You asked for it, we’re getting it! Many students, faculty, and staff members are asking for access to more streaming video, so the Middlebury Libraries are providing more and more of these options.
New for the sciences, from the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), we now have subscribed access to:
- Science Education – 1 : a database of video instructions on General Laboratory Techniques, including the centrifuge, spectrophotometers, various aspects of microscopy, and more.
- Science Education – 2 : video instructions focused on Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology, including gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, the Western Blot, and more.
- JoVE Biology : a peer-reviewed journal of video protocols, procedures and methods.
For History, a trial through November 29th of American History in Video
Of general academic interest:
For the next thirty days, we can do a side-by-side comparison of the Criterion Collection from two different streaming platforms:
- Kanopy (trial access ends October 28th)
- Alexander Street Press (this trial is for 60 days, ending November 29th.)
In addition, we are now set up for “a la carte” purchasing of any of the films Kanopy has at www.kanopystreaming.com. If you see a film there that you think would be interesting to all campus users, suggest a purchase by email. Films we have purchased (or have trial access to) can be viewed at Middlebury’s own Kanopy site – http://middlebury.kanopystreaming.com
And don’t forget – Digitalia Film Library has films from around the world, as announced a couple of weeks ago.
As announced in this recent post, the Middlebury College Libraries recently subscribed to the six Oxford Language Dictionaries on the Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (OLDO) platform – Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.
About a week later, Oxford announced the release of their new Oxford Arabic Dictionary
on the Oxford Dictionaries platform. We now have subscribed access to this brand new online dictionary also! (In case you’re wondering, the dictionaries currently on OLDO will be migrated to the new Oxford Dictionaries platform in the near future.)
Not interested in this, but there is something else you wish we had? Let us know!
The libraries have purchased or subscribed to a bunch of new and wonderful resources over the summer (and late last academic year). Here are some of the highlights:
- The Bayeux Tapestry
- Journal of agriculture, food systems, and community development
- Japan Chronicle
- Oxford Biblical Studies Online
- Torrossa’s EIO Italian Studies – Casalini’s online platform of European e-books and e-journals
- 22 collections in Gale’s Archives Unbound (Note the list “Your Collections” in the lower left quadrant)
- Psychological Experiments Online
- Two new Chinese magazines in print – 三联生活 (Sanlian Shenghuo Zhoukan) and 中国国家地理 (Zhongguo Guojia Dili Zazhi)
- Digitalia Hispánica
- Oxford Language Dictionaries Online – Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German, and French, with Arabic coming soon
- See entries in the Special Collections and Archives blog – like this one – for recent acquisitions there!
And these resources will be available very soon!
- Digitalia Film Library (on order)
- Chinese Cultural Relics – English translation of Wen Wu (we’ve subscribed and are awaiting publication of the first issue)
Trials expected during Fall Term:
- Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE) – streaming video science experiments
- National Anti-Slavery Standard – primary source material
- Alexander Street’s Criterion Collection – streaming video of classic movies
We are always adding new resources – make your wishes known here!
Middlebury College has free trial access to the online version of the London Review of Books until September 13th.
Since 1979, the London Review of Books has stood up for the tradition of the literary and intellectual essay in English. Each issue contains up to 15 long reviews and essays by academics, writers and journalists. There are also shorter art and film reviews, as well as poems and a lively letters page.
How Successful People Stay Calm (from LinkedIn)
- Article explains optimal stress and includes 10 best strategies for managing stress (and emotions).
- British YouTube video illustrating “churnalism” (media articles based on press releases) with examples of how some fake press releases made it into mainstream media. By Churnalism.com (promotes their churnalism detection extension for Chrome and Firefox). (Shared on the ili-l listserv by Maryke Barber).
- Infographic illustrating how “content mills” work based on one example. Shows how content (matching web search terms) is written for the internet to generate ad sales. (Also shared on the ili-l listserv by Maryke Barber).
… following criticism of [DOAJ’s] quality-control checks, the website is asking all of the journals in its directory to reapply on the basis of stricter criteria. It hopes the move will weed out ‘predatory journals’: those that profess to publish research openly, often charging fees, but that are either outright scams or do not provide the services a scientist would expect, such as a minimal standard of peer review or permanent archiving …
More background and perspective from Rick Anderson via the Scholarly Kitchen.