Author Archives: Rebekah Irwin

About Rebekah Irwin

Director of Collections & Archives at the Middlebury College Libraries.

A footnote to your blog

Thanks to a request by the New England Review, a new plugin called Simple Footnotes and Simple Footnotes Editor Button can be activated on your WordPress site for fast, elegant, hyperlinked footnotes.

First, activate Simple Footnotes under the Plugins menu at your WordPress Dashboard. When you create a new post or page, you’ll notice a new ab1 button in the editing toolbar.

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When you’re ready to add a footnote, click that new button:

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Type the text of your footnote in the Insert a footnote box that pops up and then Insert.

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Use the Preview button to see how your footnotes look. While in edit mode, you’ll only see “tags” around your footnotes, like this = 1. Don’t fear! Your footnotes will look wonderful to the rest of the world once you publish your post or page, like this:

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And at the bottom of your page, your footnote will look like this:

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    In the past, we have used OCLC’s “FirstSearch” web page to search WorldCat, OCLC’s database of worldwide library holdings, along with several other research databases.

    Over the past years, OCLC phased out many of those research databases and launched a new public face for WorldCat – –  a more mobile device-friendly interface with social networking capabilities and other enhancements.


    As of mid-July, we are pointing our links to so that we can better understand how well this new search tool suits us.

    So please search to your heart’s delight and then send any feedback by email to or comment on this post.

    By the way, you can always find the go-link at go/worldcat.

    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 (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 or contact your liaison if this would be a useful addition to our collection.