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Pending print subscription cancellations

Between September 2012 and June 2014,  Lisa McLaughlin, our über Collections Associate, tallied uses of all of our print journals. That is, Lisa counted magazines dutifully left by readers who followed the directions on our “Please-Do-Not-Reshelve-Your-Magazines” signs in the Current Periodicals section of the Davis Family Library.

191 of the titles we currently subscribe to were reshelved only one time or not at all during that 22-month period.

We are proposing canceling the Libraries’ subscriptions to these 191 print titles, but before we do, we would like to hear from you.

This spreadsheet includes the journals we think we should cancel. If you have used any of these, and reshelved them yourself (so they weren’t counted), or for any reason, you think the Libraries should continue one or more of these subscriptions, please send me an email by the end of August.

*The fine print:

  • We currently have online access to many of these titles through databases such as LexisNexis or ProQuest. Unfortunately, the title lists of these databases can change at any time and we cannot guarantee long-term access.
  • For titles with the comment “no online access post-subscription” (21 titles), this means that if we cancel the print subscription, we lose all access to publisher-hosted online content – the print remains our only access to content that we paid for.
  • Funds currently spent on these little-used or unused print subscriptions can be re-directed to gain access to more relevant library resources.
  • As faculty identify titles that we should continue subscribing to, the spreadsheet will be updated in green with the note “to be retained”.

Digitalia Film Library (trial ends August 13, 2014)

Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff can now view 19 of the films in the Digitalia Film Library, The Digitalia Film Library includes films from around the world in a variety of languages.

To view these trial-access films – From the Digitalia Film Library homepage, click “My Resources”

DigitaliaFilmMineTrial films include Zona Sur from Bolivia, El Circuito de Rom´an from Chile, A Busca (Father’s Chair) from Brazil, …

ThreeFilmsThis selection of films is intended to give us an idea of the film quality and streaming capabilities of the Digitalia Film Library. Browse the entire collection to see what we could have access to if we decide to subscribe. Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (trial ends August 7, 2014)

For thirty days, the Middlebury College community has free access to the Oxford Language Dictionaries

OLDO

The innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online site offers essential language resources never before available online: fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages.

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Friday Links – July 4, 2014

Mostly language-neutral fireworks display for the fourth of July at Middlebury. Keep the sound on. [Warning: English spoken (sung by Katy Perry) from 5:00 through 8:37)]

A different kind of fireworks – real-time cyber-attacks

The 100-year legacy of World War I – fascinating interactive piece from the New York Times

What is an eBook? How do Publishers price it? Includes a video produced by an Italian publisher that describes all the production costs behind the price of a book – print or digital.

Why the future of tech demands smarter people, not smarter gadgets – The next 30 years of innovation risk being wasted unless society does a better job of educating people about the potential – and downsides – of technology.

New Language Resources!

The Middlebury College community now has access to two resources of full-text journals and e-books in languages other than English!

 

*Records for the books and journals in these collections will be in the library catalog in the coming weeks.

+Please note that our access to content in Torrossa does not include every title. When you do a search, icons indicating subscribed access appear next to items included in the EIO Italian Studies Collection.

Friday Links – June 20, 2014

Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University and author of the Scholarly Communications blog, is a co-host of a 4-week MOOC – Copyright for Educators and Librarians. Also participating will be Lisa Macklin, Director of the Scholarly Communications Office at the library of Emory University, and Anne Gilliland, Scholarly Communications Officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Friday Links – June 13, 2014

HathiTrust Digital Library Wins Latest Round in Battle With Authors – Chronicle of Higher Education

Something one just needs to read.  Nice images, too!

The first half is this incredibly dark rant about how the Internet is alienating and inhuman, how it’s turning us all into lonely monsters.”

“But in the second half, I’ll turn it around and present my vision of an alternative future. I’ll get the audience fired up like a proper American motivational speaker. After the big finish, we’ll burst out of the conference hall into the streets of Düsseldorf, hoist the black flag, and change the world.”

As I was preparing this talk, however, I found it getting longer and longer. In the interests of time, I’m afraid I’m only going to be able to present the first half…