Author Archives: Carrie Macfarlane

About Carrie Macfarlane

Director of Research & Instruction.

Friday Links – May 16, 2014

Tim Parson’s blog features a survey of “the twelve oldest trees on campus” featuring photos from the Archives in Special Collections in Davis Family Library.

Astronomy Welcomes New Experts - The Observatory will resume its public-viewing sessions thanks to two recent hires.

Here’s a short post on the Faculty and Staff Author’s reception held recently in Special Collections.   What isn’t mentioned here is that the food was FANTASTIC!  Don’t miss it next year!

New at go/lib: Ask a Midd Librarian

Thanks to lots of work from LIS staff members including Bryan and Ian, we’re trying out a new widget for the library home page. (Click on that link and scroll! You’ll notice what I’m talking about right away.)

The “Ask a Midd Librarian” widget should make it even easier for library users to get answers to their questions. It appears on every page of the library site. When librarians are logged in and available for chat, the widget says, “Chat with a Midd Librarian,” and clicking on the widget initiates a chat session. When we’re not logged, the text changes to, “Ask a Midd Librarian,” and clicking on it sends the person to a page that lists all the ways they can get help from us.

Scrolling widgets seem to be appearing all over the web these days, so it felt like a good time to test. Let us know what you think!

Friday Links – February 28, 2014

Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling – Audiobooks are growing in popularity, returning us to childhood storytelling and invoking a literary tradition as old as the Illiad. Browse audiobooks at the library.

6 Innovative Uses of Lecture Capture – Teachers are increasingly using lecture capture tools for interactive lessons, content sharing, and multimedia assignments.

Alan Alda keynotes the meeting of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) – discussing the importance of communication with the public in STEM fields. “… Some members of the U.S. Congress also struggle with jargon and therefore are faced with the ‘difficulty of giving money to something they don’t understand,’ Alda cautioned.”

Civil War Letters Come Home to Vermont - Featuring not only the letters, but also Rebekah Irwin and Special Collections!

Got my carrel! - From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog.

Friday Links – January 24, 2014

With a tagline like this: “A spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century” who can resist? Check out the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States presented by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond to view a digital version of Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s atlas that was originally published in 1932.

 

Exciting! Students and staff at University College London serendipitously discovered a type 1a supernova in M82 on January 22. Read about it here!

Supernova in M82, before and after, by  E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini
Supernova in M82, before and after, by E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini, January 2014.

If you are very keen, check out the IAU Transient Object Followup Reports.

Research Desk Poetry (and more at the LIS Facebook page):

poem

Is your refrigerator running? Then it might be spamming people.

Google is pulling the plug on guest blogging for increased ranking.

If you put an email address in a Google Calendar event’s title, that person will get a reminder of the event, even if you don’t share it with them. This is “expected behavior” according to Google.

Liaison Discussion: Interactive Workshop Activities

Topic: Interactive Workshop Activities. Led by Joe Antonioli, Brenda Ellis, Stacy Reardon and Carrie Macfarlane.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
When and where: Friday, December 13, 10-11 am. LIB145.

Description:
We continue to experiment with techniques that make our workshops more interactive. Joe, Brenda, Stacy and Carrie will share their recent attempts, then turn the floor over to the group for discussion. Come ready to tell others about your own ideas, whether you’ve tested them in the classroom or not. Bring a laptop if you want to experiment with concept mapping. This is part 2 of our discussion from last October (October 2012: Increasing student participation in workshops).

***
“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.

Liaison Discussion: Data Management

Topic: Data Management. Led by Wendy Shook.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
Where and when: Friday, October 25, 10-11 am. LIB145.

Description: Wendy will bring us up to date on the status of science data management, data management planning, and a pilot data repository in the making.

***
“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.

Fall Family Weekend at the Library

Fall Family Weekend is coming up. There are 3 events at the Davis Family Library on Friday. Full schedule is here: Fall Family Weekend 2013.

Friday, October 11

1:00–3:00 p.m.—Highlights from Library Special Collections and Archives
View an exhibit of Civil War letters written from September 1862 to June 1865 by Orlando French, a member of the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, to his wife Lydia. Also on exhibit is Picturing Middlebury: Images from the College Archives. Conclude your visit in the Special Collections reading room to view a varied selection of rare books and unique manuscripts selected for Fall Family Weekend by our curators.
Davis Family Library, Special Collections & Archives Reading Room

3:00 p.m.— Data Analysis, Experimental Economics, and the Liberal Arts
Come see Middlebury’s brand new data-analysis computer lab and learn how faculty are using this new facility to engage students in hands-on research and the development of data-analysis skills. You can participate in an actual experiment led by Assistant Professor of Economics Andrea Robbett. The experiment is designed to highlight a relatively new area of study in economics—how people actually behave given economic incentives. Rather than just learning about economic models of behavior (e.g., consumption, investment, production), this demonstration will illustrate how researchers can test such models using the experimental lab.
Davis Family Library, Room 140

3:00–6:00 p.m.— Marathon Reading of Homer’s “Iliad”
Beginning Friday afternoon Oct. 11, at 3 p.m., the Middlebury College Classics Department will sponsor a marathon reading of Homer’s “Iliad”, in English using the Lattimore translation.  The “Iliad” is an epic Greek poem that recounts the siege of Troy and includes memorable allusions to ancient art, heroics of war and enduring literary images.  The reading, by both students and faculty, will continue through Oct. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. each morning on Saturday and Sunday until dusk each evening.  The reading will be held on the steps of the Middlebury College Library and is open and free to the public.
Davis Family Library, Library steps

Students: Start the year off right

Flickr photo by weesen

Flickr photo by weesen

We’ve all had moments where we’ve thought, “Next time, I’ll do it the other way!”

Whether you’re a new student or you’re returning, learn these 4 things now and you’ll start the year off right.

 


4 Things to Start the Year off Right

  1. Get your laptop connected to the fastest wireless. Midd-secure or Midd-Standard
  2. Store your documents where they won’t be lost if your laptop crashes. Middfiles
    These tech tips and more at Top Things Students Should Know about Technology at Midd
  3. Use the scholarly sources your professors want to see in your bibliographies. Start your research at the library home page. go/lib
  4. Speaking of bibliographies, learn how to cite your sources! It doesn’t have to be difficult. go/citations
    These research tips and more at Ask Us

If you have questions at any point, you can find answers at the LIS Help & Support page.