Whether you’re new to campus or returning from summer break, we welcome you to the libraries.
Midd Libraries Quick Guide
Ready for an introduction to library resources? You’ll find all the advice you need to get started in the Midd Libraries Quick Guide.
Want a deeper look at our collections? There’s a guide for every subject at http://go.middlebury.edu/guides.
The Library is canceling its subscription to RefWorks citation software (Legacy RefWorks and RefWorks 3) next year, effective June 30, 2017. After that date, students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be able to use RefWorks through Middlebury’s subscription.
Why is the library canceling its subscription to RefWorks?
When we began offering RefWorks ten years ago, there were only a few options for citation management software. RefWorks was one of the most reliable and inexpensive options, and it included most of the citation styles that our students and faculty needed. There are many more options now, and some of these options are more user-friendly, more powerful and less expensive. Specifically, the Library recommends Zotero. As the number of Zotero users at Middlebury has grown, the number of RefWorks users has decreased. Zotero is free to use, open source and portable, and it includes hundreds of citation styles. Our Zotero guide has advice on how to get started.
How can I save my RefWorks citations?
We have begun contacting all RefWorks account holders via email. lf you have a RefWorks account and would like to keep the citations you have stored there, you will need to export them before next summer. We have instructions on how to do that here:
Questions? Ask a librarian! http://go.middlebury.edu/askus
We hope you enjoy reunion! Here are a few tips to help you feel at home in the libraries.
Computers and Library Databases
Our computers and library databases are fully available if you are here in the library. Just ask for a guest username and password when you visit. You may also be interested to know that JSTOR and Project Muse are available for free to Midd alumni. After signing up for a Midd alumni account, you will be able to use JSTOR and Project Muse from anywhere. For more information including instructions on how to sign up, see How do I get Alumni Access to JSTOR and Project Muse?
To connect your phone or other device to the wireless network, create a guest account by following the instructions here: Get started with wireless.
Borrowing, printing and more
You may also find our information (including borrowing privileges and printing advice) for guest and alumni patrons useful: Guests and Visitors to the College.
Just for fun
Find yourself in a yearbook! Our yearbooks are in the Browsing Collection on the main level of the Davis Family Library, just beyond the graphic novels.
You CAN use library databases from off campus! Just start at the library website: go.middlebury.edu/lib. When you’re off campus, links on library web pages like Research Guides, Summon and the Journals list will ask you to log in with Midd credentials.
Questions? Ask a librarian: go.middlebury.edu/askus.
We’ve received a number of noise complaints recently. Just a reminder that especially at this time of the year, students will appreciate our attempts to keep conversations in public spaces as quiet as possible. Thank you!
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?
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.
More: AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel on Display April 11-29, Davis Family Library
(Photo of AIDS Memorial Quilt courtesy of the NAMES Project Foundation)
Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this library-related poem.
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.