FYI

New Equipment Arrives at Circ!

We are pleased to inform supervisors and student staff members that 12 near professional-grade hand-held camcorders (Canon Vixia R42 models) have been added to our inventory, as well as one additional very popular high-performance digital camera, the Canon Rebel T3i. The intent for the hand-held camcorders is to have a uniform supply, which simplifies loan use and instruction. We also have seven new Canon Power Shot Elph 100 cameras and Behringer headphones. There was a particular enthusiastic welcome to a  palm-sized Aaxa Pico LCD player.  Feedback so far on the Pico LCD has been A+, despite its less than perfect technical features to the larger models; it has been checked out since we added it last week, and reports are that DVDs screen just as vividly as on larger projectors.  Naturally, the ease of transporting cannot be over-emphasized.

These items were on our “wish list” back in the Spring, and we are so grateful to have them to loan out. We now have 12 LCDs (10 at Davis and 2 at Armstrong), yet we still had an empty LCD shelf Wednesday night, the last night of break. It was movie night for plenty of students!

The new headphones have also had excellent reviews from the students.

We are trying to keep up with the high demand for Mac chargers each night. Many suffer wire damage with use and others get lost.  I know our most popular items are chargers and headphones.

Please ask questions if any arise about the new equipment. In the meantime, as the saying goes in U.K. applies here at Circ, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

Thank you to Dan, Petar, Charlie, Mary and Carol for managing these additions. We are so glad to have them to loan out.

Jack Maher: April’s Student Employee of the Month & DVD/CD Display Center

This note is so everyone is aware of this month’s student employee award, which went to Jack.  He has worked at the Circ Desk since starting as a first-year at Midd, longer than some supervisors.  It was unanimous that Jack had earned this accolade and we are proud of him. Jack’s participation at the circ desk has been memorable and fun. He will not be forgotten at Circ. So far, our circ employees of the month featured Jun Chen as our first, Chad Sonn, Cynthia Wang and Jack. Way to go!

Additionally, Jack selected several DVDs, featuring Ryan Gosling and acclaimed TV series, The Wire for the display area, and we have found that all of his choices have been checked out!  (R. Gosling is a huge draw, so that couldn’t hurt). Our previous student Christian Schoning made his selections before Jack’s picks, and they were also popular checkouts. It is obvious the display center is successful, so we appreciate your input. Brittany Gendron had a fabulous run as our first student recommending films and TV shows. Her picks did well too. This is a great way for faculty, staff members and other students to have easy access to our collection. We have had a lot of feedback from those checking the displayed DVDs and CDS, with comments like, “Wow. I didn’t know you had “The Ides of March,” or “I haven’t heard “The Smiths” in a long time!
So, don’t keep your favorite picks to yourself!  Keep them coming our way so we can share your recommendations. This is your chance to practice your music and movie criticism skills!
Ciao for now ~~

NEH Fellowships binder on temporary holdshelf

A NEH Fellowship binder is currently located on the temporary holdshelf and available for faculty to borrow for a two-hour loan period. This item was brought to us from Franci Farnsworth in the Academic Affairs office. She anticipates that just a few faculty will need access to the binder over the coming weeks. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for accommodating this special request!

DVDs, Local Browsing Books and Popular Magazines at your Fingertips

With the new year comes change, and LIS is no exception. Check out the varied display of local books on the main level next to our DVD area.  From Patti Smith’s Just Kids, to Chris Bohjalian’s The Night Strangers, you will appreciate our range of topics. One particular standout is from faculty and author Andrea Olsen, an absolute treasure in the dance department. Her recent publication, Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide, features a forward written by John Elder, & preface from Bill McKibbon, so you can’t miss, considering this Midd triumverate. Then there is the true story, The Man Who Cycled the World, by Mark Beaumont, detailing how he demolished the Guinness World Record in 81 days. Several outstanding novels are on the shelf; The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht is one of the ten best books on the NY Times Book Review, and Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, is a National Book Award Winner, just to mention a couple. If you wander downstairs you will see popular magazines lining the front racks. Current issues of Esquire, PC World, Vogue, Mother Jones, Time, National Review and many others are conveniently displayed, so you can keep up with weekly news and entertainment events in a comfy setting.  Add a cup of joe or hot tea from the cafe, and the joys of a Midd J-Term winter’s night can be cozy and as imaginative as you wish! Welcome 2012, and to your J-term!

Library Reserve personal copies

Personal copies of books and media that were on reserve for Spring Term are now ready to be picked up by faculty (or by someone on the faculty member’s behalf). The items are on carts in my work area and listed in alphabetic order by last name. Please simply hand the items over to the faculty member — no need to check out, desensitize, etc. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks, Kellam

 

Printing NExpress Slips.

We now have a dedicated printer, stocked constantly with blue paper, for printing the NExpress pull slips.  It’s Lib250blue!

To add this printer to your computer, use the ‘start’ menu on your computer, select ‘Run’ and open:  ‘\\bombay\lib250blue’ 

When printing NExpress slips just select this printer from the list of possible printers.  After you have printed the NExpress pull slips you will need to collect the slips from the tower printer in Lib250c, the ILL work area behind the Circulation desk.

NEH Fellowships binder on temporary holdshelf

A NEH Fellowship binder is currently located on the temporary holdshelf and available for faculty to borrow for a two-hour loan period. This item was brought to us from Franci Farnsworth in the Academic Affairs office. She anticipates that just a few faculty will need access to the binder over the next week or so. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for accommodating this special request!