The Palm You See in the Question – a poem

Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this library-related poem.

The Palm You See in the Question

You don’t want your local library
tracking you down
in heaven.

Sending a team of librarian
angels to recover,
retrieve the book

you didn’t think
any reader would miss.
Given how many times

you were allowed
to renew it.
How many years passed

without a patron
searching the stacks
for that missing one.

The book you took out
to take to a deserted
island. To have something

good to read, over
and over again.
For all the time it could take

to be found there.
Drawing a word in the sand.
Tearing your shirt

into sparkling strips.
As if you had some other place
to be. As if God needed

to find you, dozing under
a tree. The palm you see
in the question

What book would you bring
with you,
if you were stranded

on a deserted island?
If you had all the time
in this world and the next.

If you could fall asleep
with a book
on your chest.

-Gary Margolis

Weekly Web Updates – November 13, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Added a minimum time-before-commenting in the Midd Drupal site to address an influx of spam comments.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – November 6, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Drupal 8 authentication is now based on the unchanging Middlebury College UID field, rather than email addresses.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Finding Sources at Middlebury Libraries

The library has millions of resources, but how do you start to find the exact title you’re looking for? The answer isn’t one size fits all. Check out the top ways to find sources below:

Finding sources at the library infographic

Research Guides

Librarian approved! These guides highlight relevant resources and databases on specific subjects and are a great place to start your research. go/guides/

Summon

Library search engine, results will show everything  the library has access to. Use the filters on the left side to narrow your results down to a manageable amount. go/summon/

MIDCAT

The traditional online library catalog, MIDCAT is a great tool when you know a specific feature of what you’re looking for like the author’s name, title, or subject of the work. go/midcat/

Interlibrary Loan

Fear not! If Middlebury doesn’t have the resource you want, you can still have it (though it might take a little longer than pulling a book off the shelves) Submit an ILL request for anything we’ll get a copy for you! go/ill/

Still Not Sure?

Meet a librarian at the Research Desk or schedule a consultation, no question is too small. go/AskUs/

Please Welcome Corey Selover in her new role as a Software Engineer for the Web team.

We are very excited to announce that Corey Selover has accepted a position as a Software Engineer for the Web Technologies and Services Team. Corey will start her new role effective November 6.

Corey graduated from Middlebury in 2010 and, after a brief stint away, returned to teach at the Red Cedar School in Bristol for four years.  She currently resides in Seattle, WA, where she practices Aikido daily.  She developed and released the video game Zorbit’s Orbits in her free time over the past six years and still loves to program games in her spare time.  She is very excited to rejoin the Middlebury College community!

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, November 5th, 2017

During our regular 6am – 10am EST maintenance window we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • Connectivity to the Public Switched Telephone Network in VT will be offline for up to 30 minutes. Incoming and outgoing calls will be affected.
    • This maintenance is an extension of the maintenance from Thursday, Nov 2nd.
  • There will be a handful of test and development virtual machines migrated between computing platforms. ITS has coordinated with the affected workgroups for the migrations.

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

Regards,

Middlebury Information Technology Services

Throwback Thursday: Kat Cyr

Some of the employees working within the libraries once had other roles and separate affiliations with Middlebury. Follow their (r)evolutions on the first Thursday of every month this semester.

Name: Kat Cyr

Former Role(s) on Campus: Midd Class of 2011, Japanese Major, Linguistics Minor

(also a Japanese Summer Language School Alumnus)

Current Role on Campus: Interlibrary Loan Associate

When was this photo taken?

When I was studying abroad in Kyoto in 2010. This was before we had established a Midd-specific school in Japan so I was there via the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP).

What were you doing in this photo?

I’d gone up to Kurama Hot Springs with a bunch of friends for a day of cultural enrichment (i.e. soaking in huge volcanic baths) and inter-college outreach (i.e. goofing about with fellow study abroad students from other schools). We had gathered a small group of Magic enthusiasts and were playing in between soaking sessions; we were using Japanese cards of course, so studying was still happening. We were just also in our fancy robes, sipping tea, occasionally amusing the other hot spring patrons. I seem to remember several little old ladies approaching us in the bath to chat. It was a delightful day.

How have things changed in your life since then?

I’m a couple years older, a couple degrees further in debt, now thoroughly obsessed with fiber arts, and very much turning into a crazy cat lady librarian. Also my Japanese is much, much better than it was then.

What hasn’t?

I still love hot springs, though my access to them is now non-existent. I also drink entirely too much tea, study Japanese whenever possible, and play geeky games on a regular basis.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

I love seeing all the interesting books that people request through ILL. We see some really cool things requested for research purposes, from microfilm of obscure government documents to foreign language comics to massive road maps. As schools borrow things from our library we also get to see some of the coolest books from the stacks that I would never have thought we’d have. And then there are just the awesome book recs we get from people ILLing fiction of various kinds. ILL is a spectacular place to work if you love books.

What is on the horizon?

I’m currently working my way out of debt and trying to establish a home that is a little less temporary than my string of dorm rooms and office-provided apartments. Other than that, I haven’t thought that far into the future. Right I’m just taking things one day at a time.

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