11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy – Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.
Who’s still not online, and why? The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports. As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.
Middlebury has trial access to the Chinese Collection of ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers through November 13, 2013. This collection provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events between 1832 and 1953.
Explore the civil wars, Japanese invasion, occupation by foreign nations, rise of communism, and more — cover-to-cover and in full image with 12 English-language Chinese newspapers.
Let us know what you think! Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or your liaison.
The Davis Family Library in a car wash
We’ve heard a lot about open access (OA) journals – what about OA books? Possible, sometimes, through Unglue.it.
Happy New Year! (a month late) Here are some resources we’ve added in the last few months:
The Social Science and Humanities Library of Taylor & Francis: nearly 1,300 journals covering fields including linguistics, ethnic and gender studies, education, political science, and lots more. This means you’ll find more in Summon. For a full title list, click here.
Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics over 1,100 original essays, published in November 2012.
Lithosphere – a journal of the Geological Society of America
Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute now both have trial access to two collections of declassified US intelligence documents on a platform that is “in beta development” from Brill.
- Cold War Intelligence, 1945-1991 This collection of 2,360 formerly classified U.S. government documents (most of them classified Top Secret or higher) provides readers for the first time with the declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in its efforts to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
- US Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009 Since 1945, the U.S. intelligence community has had to cover a half-dozen major wars and several dozen smaller but equally bloody armed conflicts in the Middle East, as well as innumerable civil wars, border clashes, armed insurgencies, and terrorist attacks. This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.
We’ll have trial access to these until November 3rd. Please let us know what you think – email email@example.com , your liaison at Middlebury, or to Ann Flower at MIIS.
If you go to the ERIC website, you will see this notice:
Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host eric.ed.gov have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.
ERIC can still be searched by the Middlebury College community through ProQuest.
If you come across other government databases that are unavailable, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to locate other providers.
Interactive Storytelling - There has been a lot of interest in the article “Snow Fall – The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” as presented by the New York Times. (If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out!) Bear 71 is another example of interactive storytelling. It is the “true story of a female grizzly bear monitored by wildlife conservation officers from 2001 – 2009.” The National Film Board of Canada presents this film as well as a variety of other interactive media which can be viewed here.
“Signals” help students graduate: “Signals … keeps track of how students approach class work. Taking in about 20 data points [from the CMS] such as whether or not a student has completed online reading or watched online lectures, it measures the data against test and assignment grades, and ‘signals’ students how they are doing with green, yellow, or red lights for each course. The signals are scheduled throughout each course by the instructor.”
Reading the New York Times, right now*, at Middlebury College:
- Today’s New York Times:
- nytimes.com. Get one of a limited number of passes at nytimes.com/passes (requires a middlebury.edu email address)
- in print on the Lower Level of Davis Family Library
- text only (no images) in several databases listed at go/journals
- Past issues:
- 1857-2009 in ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers (pdf images; searchable)
- 1857-2012 on microfilm in Davis Family Library (useful if you know the date of the issue(s) or you want to browse) – film no. 8
- 1857 to a few months ago on digital microfilm (useful if you know the date of the issue(s) or you want to browse)
- 1857 to present at nytimes.com which you can access after getting a pass (described above) (a few limitations on downloads)
- text only, 1980-present in several databases listed at go/journals
*Note that these details will change over time. We will update this post as needed. You can always land at this page by searching go/journals for New York Times and choosing the link called “Middlebury College’s New York Times”