Author Archives: Rebekah Irwin

About Rebekah Irwin

Director of Collections & Archives at the Middlebury College Libraries.

Newly added library collections

Here are some things that we added to our collections during the 2013 fiscal year:

Online resources

Online journals

Print titles

  • Frieze - devoted to contemporary art
  • Bidoun - art and culture from the Middle East
  • Detail : Zeitschrift fuer Architektur und Baudetail – architecture; in German and some English text
  • Three month subscriptions to print versions of foreign titles for browsing during the Language Schools – Ogonek and Allure (Russian), Teva HaDvarim (Hebrew), Al Jamila and Sayidati (Arabic [at Mills College])
  • History of al-Tabari, State University New York series in Near Eastern studies (40 volume set) located on the third floor shelves of the Davis Family Library (call number: DS38.2 .T313 1985)

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.

It’s getting easier to download free ebooks and audiobooks

Overdrive, our provider of popular fiction and non-fiction titles, launched a new platform. It’s a little less clunky and less hampered by Digital Rights Management road blocks.

And we’ve added new titles too.

Visit the site at http://go.middlebury.edu/overdrive (Or, go/overdrivego/audiobooks, go/bookstogo).

You can watch a tutorial on the new platform here.

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Oberlin Group of 17 Digital Library Unconference

The Oberlin Group of 17 Digital Library Unconference was held on May 21, 2013, at Mt. Holyoke College.  With over 30 participants from 14 of the OG17 schools, there was lively discussion on topics including digital library planning and scope, organization and staffing, platforms and tools, data management and preservation policy, digital scholarship/digital humanities, outreach, and archiving born-digital records.

The format of the meeting eschewed the traditional speaker followed by a few questions in favour of a lightning round describing current projects at representated colleges, then brainstorming topics to be further discussed in a series of “break-out” sessions. The format felt more collaborative and productive than simply presenting information.   Discussions were deemed successful enough to warrant follow-up meetings.

Attendees from Middlebury: Wendy Shook, Rebekah Irwin, Bryan Carson.

Deutsche Sammlung German ebooks (trial through May 3)

For one month starting today, we have access to over 4,500 German ebooks covering the humanities, arts, sciences, technology, engineering, and medicine from publishers such as De Gruyter, Aarhus University Press, International Monetary Fund, Ohne Verlag, and Frank & Timme GmbH.

Visit Deutsche Sammlung or our New & Trials website for other new library collections and current trials.

Email us at eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison if this would be a useful addition to our collection.

New research database: Orlando Women’s Writing in the British Isles

Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present by Cambridge University Press includes entries on over a thousand authors’ lives and writing careers, contextual material, timelines, intertextual links, and bibliographies.

Find Orlando and other New & Trial Resources here.

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Deep archives of the New Yorker, Harper’s, New York Review of Books

The Middlebury College community now has access to the full archives of  Harper’s (starting in 1850-current), The New Yorker (1925-current), and The New York Review of Books (1963-current). 

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Until now, we’ve had a patchwork of years through databases, microfilm, and print. Starting today, access all issues, with full illustrations, on any device, through the magazine’s own websites.

(A caveat! Our subscription does not include access to The New Yorker iPad/iPhone app. That’s available only through individual subscriptions.)

If you’re off-campus use one of the go/links listed here too access through the College’s network.

http://go.middlebury.edu/newyorker (go/newyorker)

http://go.middlebury.edu/nyreview (go/nyreview)

http://go.middlebury.edu/harpers (go/harpers)

*Tip: add icons to your iPad/iPhone home screen by following these directions.