Dear ILL Patrons: The ILL Department is currently experiencing a staffing shortage, and we apologize in advance if it takes somewhat longer than usual to process your orders, especially over weekends. We expect this to continue for the remainder of the summer, so if you have interlibrary loan needs, please try to give us as much lead time as you possibly can to fulfill your requests.
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We will be using this time to follow up on a Student engagement/Employment conversation with folks from DLINQ and ITS that occurred a while ago. DLINQ would also like to introduce Studio Learning as a way to immerse our student staff in meaningful work.
To help guide the discussion here is a website representing what a specific studio could be- http://act.middcreate.net/studios/
Also, here is the start of a proposal for this studio –
- This meeting is a follow up from a previous meeting that included Bob, Heather, Joe A., Joe D., and Mack P.
- Joe A. introduced the idea of Studio Learning as a strategy that DLINQ will be piloting in the fall.
- Q: What technology will the Studios need?
- Each Studio will have different needs. Some will need physical space and equipment, others will be able to operate in digital spaces.
- Long-term storage and maintenance plans need to be a consideration for Studio projects.
- Student staff supervisors in both DLINQ and ITS are seeing fewer students apply for jobs, and there is an interest in making these positions more appealing.
- Studio Learning offers students the chance to participate in transformational activities, contributing to academic research while developing desirable skills for their careers.
- Q: Is Studio Learning a way to connect student workers based on interest?
- A: Students can engage in a Studio from an interest in the technologies being used or the topics that are being explored. Whether this could become part of a student staff job description would need further discussion.
- Could Studio Learning engagement be an optional activity within a job description?
- A: Possibly, needs further discussion.
- ITS student staff do valuable work There is an expectation that the student workforce will continue to grow.
- We need to recognize that there is a cost to management students. Web Development has learned that it takes a long time to get people up to speed on the complexities of the systems before they can make meaningful contributions. This is true for new staff hires, as well.
- Q: Can students gain experience with the Studio Learning model that would prepare them for more complex student staff positions?
- A: Possible, needs further discussion.
- Current student staff are being “poached” by other programs. We are giving them valuable training and expertise that is desired by other departments. This has an effect on the development of our programs, senior student staff regularly become role models and supervisors of new student staff hires.
- Q: What needs would not be met by the Studio model?
- A: There is a tension when trying to meet a diverse set of needs and expectations with our various cultures and communities. Needs to be discussed more, may depend on the Studio. A shared Basic orientation may provide an opportunity for cross-training.
- Q: Is there a desire to continue this discussion?
- A: Yes. Needs to include others.
- Q: Who else should be invited to future meetings?
- A: Joe Durante, Charlotte Pratt. Who else?
We have a library guide for every language program this summer, from Spanish, to Hebrew to Chinese and more. Browse a complete list of subjects here.
Every guide is carefully curated by a Middlebury librarian. You’ll find links to lists of in-language books, search tips, and answers to questions that are commonly asked by students studying your language.
Most importantly, you’ll find contact information for a librarian who can help you find exactly what you need. Use the “Schedule Appointment” button, or send an email, to sign up for a one-on-one research consultation with your language librarian. If we can talk with you about what you’re working on, we can ensure you’re getting exactly what you need.
Find your favorite research guide at go.middlebury.edu/guides.
For some time, we have had access to over 150,000 ebooks on the EBSCOhost platform. Some details about how to access these have changed recently, so here is an update to this earlier post.
The starting point remains the same: You can search for them here, or in the library catalog, or if you do a Summon search and one of these more than 157,000 books has content connected to your search term, Summon will lead you to the book.
To read the book online (in a browser session on the EBSCOhost platform), you still need to create an account as described in the earlier post.
If you know you will want to download the book, you will (in addition to a personal account) also need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
Once you’ve found the book you want to read, sign in to your personal EBSCOhost account via the button on the top menu (screenshot below). Once you have logged in to your account, click the Download button and it will ask you to confirm you want to “check the book out for seven days.” Click yes and the book will be downloaded in a format compatible with ADE. After each period of seven days you will be able to renew the book. If you do not renew, the e-book will disappear from your device(s).
If you encounter any problems with this or any online library resource, please contact email@example.com