Author Archives: Carrie Macfarlane

About Carrie Macfarlane

Director of Research & Instruction.

Join us at our first Write-In

Middlebury Write-In

On Wednesday, May 4th from 8-11 PM, the Writing Center at Middlebury College will join 75 other colleges and universities who sponsor a Write-In between the weeks of April 24-May 5. Supported by CTLR, the Writing Program and the Library, the Write-In fosters a writing community by creating a calm time and space in LIB 201, LIB 145 and the Harman Reading Room for students to write together. A Peer Writing Tutor and a Research Librarian will be on hand in LIB 201 to provide support. During the Write-In, students may work on academic papers, do personal writing, or brainstorm writing for fellowships, internships, and jobs. We’ll provide snacks and prizes. See Swarthmore’s International Write-In page for more information.

Why come to a Write-In?

Writing can be lonely, solitary work. Joining a group of other student writers can be motivating, productive, and calming.

How will this work?

  • Come to Davis Family Library 201 any time between 8-11 PM. Stay from 15 minutes to 3 hours.
  • Sign in to receive prizes
  • If you want, we’ll give you a pen and a pad.
  • Have some tasty snacks (Cheese and Crackers, Chicken Satay, Rice Krispie Treats, Brownies)
  • Meet with a Peer Writing Tutor or Research Librarian.
  • Stay in Lib 201, or go to one of our two reserved quiet spaces: Lib 145 and the Harman Reading Room.

What kind of writing should I do?

  • Academic writing (Start your end of the semester papers this week!) (We’ll provide some research questions.)
  • Personal writing (No idea where to start? We’ll provide some writing prompts.)
  • Brainstorm writing for fellowships, internships, and job applications (We have a handy worksheet to get you started.)

Who is making this great event happen?

AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel on Display

A section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display on the second floor of the Davis Family Library, beginning the week of April 11 through the end of April. All interested members of the community are invited to visit the display.

MoreAIDS Memorial Quilt Panel on Display April 11-29, Davis Family Library

AIDS Memorial Quilt

(Photo of AIDS Memorial Quilt courtesy of the NAMES Project Foundation)

Work Study – a poem

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

Work Study

Memory requests a title from the closed
stacks. An exchange student is sent
into the basement to retrieve an available book.
Downstairs he remembers he saw a couple

of co-eds making love in their end-of-semester
carrel. They didn’t look up. Never asked
if he wrote his mother in Ethiopia. They just
kept going at it. A phrase he learned

in his ESL class. Perhaps one day he’d recall
in his home-at-last house. Retrieve a fact
he learned for a test. Memories aren’t stored
like books. What we feel and smell and see,

what we touch, chapters it wouldn’t be wrong
to say, kept separately in the brain’s foreign
places. Experienced pieces of love and near-love.
We can retrieve if we remember to ask. Even

when they’re found where they’re supposed to be.
Next to another story, a text, an oversized
compendium of maps. And carried, close to the chest,
floor by floor, up to the circulation desk.

-Gary Margolis

Flow has a new name

Attention, researchers: If you used Summon or another library database to save citations to a Flow account, please be aware that Flow is now called RefWorks 3. It also has new tools and capabilities. If you were a Flow user, simply log in to the new RefWorks with your Flow username and password in order to access, add to and manage your citations.

You may log in to the new RefWorks by using this link (RefWorks 3 login) or by clicking on the “RefWorks Log In” link at the top of the results page in Summon:

RefWorks login in Summon

We will update library guides for RefWorks 3 and Flow soon. For now, please visit RefWorks 3 Help for additional documentation.

Researchers who have been using legacy RefWorks should continue to use it. Be aware that clicking on “RefWorks” links in Summon will bring you to a page that invites you to create an account with RefWorks 3, and RefWorks 3 will not automatically contain your citations from legacy RefWorks. We will share more advice as it becomes available.

A Heaven We Have Left – a poem

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

A Heaven We Have Left

I’m reading a novel that takes place
in 1860 in Sicily. The writing’s so good
I could be anywhere and not know
where I am. I’ve never heard of the author,

Gieuseppe di Lampedusa, who only
wrote one book, until a friend wanted
to pay me for a gift I couldn’t take
any compensation for and mailed me

this story. For listening to his wife
who was worried about their son
when my friend was out of town. Away
attending to their daughter. Who said

he thought I would be carried away
by the paragraphs, the natural details married
to the psychological, how Lampedusa presents
the past as if it were the present. How he collapses

the future in a sentence. Quickly
and forever involves me in that other
century, a place not my own.
Unless I lived in Sicily in 1860

and cheered for Garibaldi the Great Unifier.
And all those underneath, accompanying stories.
I can’t ask God to give me more time
to read. To take with me when I’m gone.

Although maybe I could beseech Him, believe
beneath the ground there is a library and no
librarian, no automatic notice letting me know
when a timeless book is overdue.

When I have to return or pay to replace it.
When my friend is away so long
I feel like I’m living in a once and future century,
one of us will have to read and write about.

-Gary Margolis

You CAN search library databases from off campus!

You can search library databases from off campus! Just start at the library site: http://go.middlebury.edu/lib.  JSTOR, ebooks, audiobooks, Summon and all of our online journals, magazines and newspapers are there for you…no matter where you are!

When you’re off campus, links that are on library web pages (for example, Research Guides, Summon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials. It’s as easy as that!

Seniors: Ask a librarian about alumni access to library databases!

Enjoy the summer!

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