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Free as a Free Kitten: What is the Price of Open?

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Supporting the open access movement is vital for the future health of academic libraries, but how do we balance this support with the need to, at least in the short run, continue to provide access to the paid subscription journals that faculty, students, and researchers still value highly?

Digital Fluency and the Library

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At Middlebury, our new strategic plan calls for us to move in the direction of cultivating digital fluency and critical engagement. As we consider the outsized role of technology in our current age, the time is right for us to directly engage in helping our students (and ourselves) understand not only how modern technology functions, but also how to think critically about the kind of world we want to create.

Towards an Open Information Commons

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The Middlebury College libraries work towards creating a shared scholarly information commons.

Library Exhibitionists

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You may have noticed some different types of exhibits in the Davis Family Library lately.  Our new Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer has launched a set of small displays visible just as you… Read More

The Importance of Being Open

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The library has just finished developing our budget proposal for next year. As part of the broad budget adjustments happening across the college, we submitted a budget that is 3% less than last… Read More

Caitlin Myers

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In each issue of Keynotes, we profile a faculty member who makes innovative use of the library and/or academic technology.  This issue features Caitlin Myers, Associate Professor of Economics and 2015-2016 Digital Liberal… Read More

A few words from Mike

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Welcome to the first issue of Keywords for the 2016-2017 academic year! As usual, it has been a busy summer here, with the libraries operating full-tilt year-round to support the Language Schools and… Read More

On Access

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As we wrap up the academic year and head into summer, most of our undergraduates and many of our faculty head off to other locations across the country and across the globe, and we welcome a new set of students and faculty who join us for our language schools and our Bread Loaf School of English. It is during these transitions that I am particularly reminded of the need and challenges of providing access to the library’s collections.

The Library, Wellness, and Campus Transformations

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The recent visit by Alex Pang to talk about rest and contemplative computing was an opportunity for us in the library to consider some of the important ideas that Pang discusses in his work.

Data Point: Coffee @ the Wilson Cafe

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We were wondering exactly how much coffee is drunk at the Wilson Café, so we asked them. Turns out… a lot! Last year Wilson sold a total of 2,177 gallons of coffee: •… Read More

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