Author Archives: Carrie Macfarlane

About Carrie Macfarlane

Director of Research & Instruction.

Friday Links – June 7

Commencement Address
Watch author Jonathan Safran Foer’s commencement thought-provoking address. Then, congratulate Media Services and LIS staff responsible for capturing and streaming this event! And finally, read one of Safran Foer’s books from our library collection.

Google Reader Replacement
Attention, people saddened by the July 1 demise of Google Reader: I found a replacement that I (Carrie) like! The Old Reader. It’s in beta, but hopefully if enough people use it, it’ll last at least as long as Google Reader.  I tried NetVibes but found it wasn’t syncing frequently enough. I tried Feedly but found that within categories, I wasn’t able to sort feeds manually (they sort alphabetically and it seems that can’t be changed). Here’s one blog  (among MANY) that describes these readers: LifeHacker: Five Best Google Reader Alternatives.

Open Access
The fox offering to guard the hen-house?
Jennifer Howard. “Publishers Propose Public-Private Partnership to Support Access to Research.”The Chronicle of Higher Education. Wired Campus, June 4, 2013.

JSTOR for alumni

jstor_logo_1Reunion weekend is coming up, and alumni are asking how to log in to JSTOR.

To access JSTOR for Middlebury alumni visit http://go.middlebury.edu/jstoralum (go/jstoralum). Once you’re there, you’ll be instructed to log in with your alumni username and password.

(Note: The alumni username/password is different from the midd username/password used for students’ middlebury.edu email accounts. If the alum hasn’t yet created an alumni pasword, look for the link: “Not yet registered for the community? Click here to register now!” ). Then, enjoy!

JSTOR is a full-text archive of over 1000 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. All Middlebury alumni can access our JSTOR archived journals, dating up to five years ago.

Liaison Discussion: Information Security Road Show

Topic: Information Security Road Show. Led by Ian Burke, Network Security Administrator.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons, Information Security Team members, and anyone else 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: Wednesday, May 29. 1-2 pm. LIB 105. (rescheduled from April)
Description: Information Security: Why should we care about it? What are the recommended practices for keeping computers and identities secure? This is a near-total revamp of last year’s information security presentation, and Ian will be bringing it to other offices at Middlebury as well as out to Monterey. Come learn, share, and provide Ian feedback as he prepares for his travels.

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“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.

POSTPONED. Liaison Discussion: Information Security Road Show

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Topic: Information Security Road Show. Led by Ian Burke, Network Security Administrator.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons, Information Security Team members, and anyone else 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: Tuesday, April 16, 2013. 1-2 pm. LIB 145.
Description: Information Security: Why should we care about it? What are the recommended practices for keeping computers and identities secure? This is a near-total revamp of last year’s information security presentation, and Ian will be bringing it to other offices at Middlebury as well as out to Monterey. Come learn, share, and provide Ian feedback as he prepares for his travels.

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“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: Assessment

Topic: Assessment. Led by Adela Langrock, Office of Planning and Assessment.
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: Tuesday, March 12, 10-11 am. LIB 145.

Description: Adela will tell us what academic departments and programs been asked to do regarding assessment of student learning, share some examples of what departments have chosen to do, and discuss how assessment is a continuous process that should build over time. We’ll then share some ideas regarding how LIS staff can contribute to information literacy assessment efforts, both through our information literacy pilots and through our individual course-related workshops.
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“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.

Friday Links, Feb. 15, 2013

Play On! Put On a Show Within A Show
This play is hilarious! And it features our very own System Administrator, Mike Lynch! Nice write-up in the Campus, just in time for this weekend’s performances.

Terry Deary’s attack on libraries branded ‘ignorant twaddle’
Popular children’s author Terry Deary says public libraries should cease to exist. Other authors disagree.

The Only Thing That Can Stop This Asteroid Is Your Liberal Arts Degree, from McSweeney’s.