reference

Ask a librarian – anytime!

The red sign is back!  As always, whenever someone has a research question, please don’t hesitate to refer them to a librarian.  At any time!

Give us a call at x5496.  Whoever is available will be glad to come out and help. On weekday and Sunday afternoons, and Sunday-Wednesday evenings, one of us is always on duty.  Look for the red “Librarian on duty” sign.

If it seems like no one is around, have the person write to us in the go/askalibrarian form.  Even when we’re not in the library, we’re often on email.  Hours and information about how to reach us is at go/askus.  Also, some good “getting started” advice is here:  Find Books, Articles and More.

Coming soon:  Ref Chat!

Visitors to the College – research databases

We love the Guests and Visitors to the College page!  It makes it so easy to provide answers about guest access.  We’ve just made a change to the page, and it’s significant enough that we thought I should make sure you’re aware.

The revised text is toward the end of the “Guest Borrower Responsibilities” section:  “Many electronic resources are available to guests in the library, but due to licensing agreements and contract restrictions, some are restricted to Middlebury College users.”  We want to be sure it’s clear that guests can use most of our electronic resources when they’re in the library.  (Previously the text said that use of electronic resources was at the discretion of the reference staff.  I’m sure someone in our group signed off on that text at some point — maybe even me!  But now we realize that it might have been misleading.)

Also, I added a link to the wiki page from this Drupal page: Visiting Our Libraries.

Thank you for all of your documentation!

Want Free Money?

All you have to do is show up and hang out with Reference Librarian Steve Bertolino for an hour while he talks about Reference stuff and we will pay you for your time. This will be primarily geared towards Davis Family Library resources, but all are welcome to attend.

You have two options:
Tuesday, Nov. 9th: 12:30-1:30 (Feel free to bring your lunch!)
Tuesday, Nov. 9th: 4:30-5:30

Both sessions are in LIB 105.

Reference librarians

Posted on behalf of Joy Pile:

One of the skills Middlebury librarians continually hone, is the ability to help students, faculty, staff and community users find the information they are looking for. We’ve put that information out on the LIS webpages – at Ask Librarian and Research Advice. But you could help us provide this service by referring those asking questions about library resources to us. Although we’re officially “on duty” Sunday-Friday afternoons and evenings Sunday-Wednesday, we’re happy to answer questions in person, by e-mail or text anytime. Please also help the curious find and use our support pages!

Ref training!

Carrie will offer a reference training session for anyone interested (students included!) on Tuesday, August 3rd from 3-4 3:30-4:30 in room 145 of the Davis Family Library.

If you plan to attend, please review Research – How to Help in advance. Carrie will work through a few practice questions with you during the session.

Even if you don’t plan to attend, you should review Research – How to Help!

Reference training session

Carrie will be offering a reference training session for any interested circ staff or students on Friday, June 18th from 1:30-2:30 in LIB 105.  Learn what to do when someone asks you a research question.   Saying, “Sorry, I have NO idea how to help you find that article” is no fun.

If you plan to attend, please review Research – How to Help in advance. Carrie will work through a few practice questions with you during the session.

Even if you don’t plan to attend, you should review Research – How to Help!