From Carrie: This morning, I attended a Lyrasis webinar called “Cataloging for Non-Catalogers.” Since I supervise a few librarians who do cataloging, I figured I could use a refresher. Many years have passed since I took the required cataloging class in library school!
The instructor was enthusiastic (“We can catalog a-ny-thing! Even the Dr Pepper I’m drinking right now!”). The content was elementary (purpose of cataloging, cataloging terminology, examples of catalog records). I’m glad to have a renewed familiarity with the work that our fine catalogers do.
From Rachel: Also sitting in on the Cataloging for Non-Catalogers class, and learning to speak Cataloger. I found the resources and links the presenter provided very helpful. It’s great to have so much of this information easily accessible on-line.
From Carrie: I’ve added these two sites to my delicious bookmark collection:
It is now possible to renew an ILL item from the ILLiad web pages:
From within ILLiad, select “Checked Out Items” from the menu on the left. Open the item you would like to renew by clicking on the request number. Click “Renew Request” at the top of the detailed information page to place the renewal request.
There is a limited window of opportunity for placing a renewal. Renewals can only be placed 10 day before the due date through one day beyond the original due date.
Items already identified as non-renewable will have no button. However, each renewal request is sent to the lender for review, and it is up to the lender to grant or decline our renewal request, so seeing the button in ILLiad is NOT a guarantee of a renewal.
ILL staff will update Millennium and ILLiad with the dates provided by the Lending Libraries, and e-mail patrons when a renewal has been denied. You can check the status of your renewal in ILLiad or in My MIDCAT
Faculty, do you prefer to browse for your research in the stacks, and live or travel near another Vermont Academic Library, then VCAL‘s Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing Program may be for you! With a VCAL Borrowing card you may check out materials from any of the participating college libraries in Vermont. See the Interlibrary loan website for more information and links to the printable authorization form.
Due to the holidays and shipping madness of late December, Interlibrary Loan will reduce services during the second half of the month. From Dec. 17th through early Jan. we will not ship any ILL materials. Shipping during the holiday season is notoriously difficult due to the large increases in holiday mail, and it is a common ILL practice to avoid mailing materials during this time. Items arriving late in December, after most people have left campus for the Holiday, are also of little use to patrons and would sit unused for two or more weeks.
ILL requests submitted to ILLiad after Dec. 17th will be ordered in January. ILLiad article requests will continue to be filled by RapidILL* through Dec. 22nd. (*Articles must have a valid ISSN and year to be ordered in Rapid.)
Need materials ASAP use NExpress: http://go/NExpress. NExpress will stay open throughout the break and requests placed in NExpress go straight to the Lending Library. Loans ordered from NExpress over break may still not arrive until early Jan.
We have made the Armstrong Science library an official pick up location for ILL and NExpress materials. If you select Armstrong delivery, your requested materials will be automatically sent to the Armstrong Science Library for pick up when they arrive at Middlebury.
This is now possible for both NExpress and interlibrary loan materials. However, selecting this option is done very differently in each system.
For NExpress the choice is made each time an item is ordered, through a drop-down menu. Select Armstrong Science library from the list of available pick up locations. go/NExpress
For ILLiad, the choice is made at registration. In order for a current ILLiad user to change their preferred delivery location in ILLiad, you will need to update your contact Information in the Tools menu in ILLiad. Click on “Edit My Contact Information” and select Armstrong Science Library as your “Delivery Site” to take advantage of this new service. You can return to regular pick up at the Davis Family Library at any time by returning to ILLiad and changing your selected delivery site back to Davis Family Library. go/ill
By consensus of the NExpress Consortium, NExpress ArticleReach has been retired. With all of the participating NExpress schools now using Rapid it was determined that we could provide the same service to our patrons while using one fewer system for processing requests. All articles currently delivered to a My Midcat account will remain for the normal delivery period.
NExpress service for loan materials will continue, but all article requests should now all be submitted into ILLiad for processing. To take advantage of RapidILL processing, please include an ISSN in all article requests.
Please contact Rachel Manning: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this change.
Due to staffing and budget reductions in LIS, we are no longer able to continue traditional ILL services for CD requests. As of Feb. 1st we will no longer be borrowing or lending CDs through ILL.
The average cost to borrow an item through ILL is about $30.00. When we include the costs of Mailing and ILL fees, requesting a CD through ILL was at times costing more than purchasing the CDs. Other options for acquiring CDs still include:
Borrow from NExpress: Middlebury will continue to both borrow and lend CDs via NExpress. There are negligible shipping costs for CD borrowing and lending for NExpress requests because all NExpress items are shipped together. Middlebury patrons may search the NExpress Catalog at http://go/nexpress. You can specifically search for CDs and other sound recordings by selecting “Sound Recordings” from the “View Entire Collection” drop down box on the NExpress search page.