Category Archive: Featured Article

Patron Privacy in the Age of Big Data

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Dean of Libraries Mike Roy discusses privacy, big data and how we can be smarter users of technology services where we, the consumers, are the product.

Outreach For Diversity

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Library outreach to connect our collections and services with all library users is important to us as librarians and as members of this campus community.

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?

DIY Bookmaking is back this J-Term!

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Vinyl records are so 2010. Special Collections bookmaking gurus are back to celebrate the millennium renaissance of audio cassette tapes, those small, plastic, blasts from the past. We’ll provide vintage cassette tapes and… Read More

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

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.

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