Dear ILL Patrons: The ILL Department is currently experiencing a staffing shortage, and we apologize in advance if it takes somewhat longer than usual to process your orders, especially over weekends. We expect this to continue for the remainder of the summer, so if you have interlibrary loan needs, please try to give us as much lead time as you possibly can to fulfill your requests.
Our normal hours will continue as usual, with the exception of Monday, Aug. 6, when we will be closed for the day. Thank you for your understanding and please continue to submit new ILL requests! We will continue to fulfill them as quickly and thoroughly as we possibly can!
We will be using this time to follow up on a Student engagement/Employment conversation with folks from DLINQ and ITS that occurred a while ago. DLINQ would also like to introduce Studio Learning as a way to immerse our student staff in meaningful work.
This meeting is a follow up from a previous meeting that included Bob, Heather, Joe A., Joe D., and Mack P.
Joe A. introduced the idea of Studio Learning as a strategy that DLINQ will be piloting in the fall.
Q: What technology will the Studios need?
Each Studio will have different needs. Some will need physical space and equipment, others will be able to operate in digital spaces.
Long-term storage and maintenance plans need to be a consideration for Studio projects.
Student staff supervisors in both DLINQ and ITS are seeing fewer students apply for jobs, and there is an interest in making these positions more appealing.
Studio Learning offers students the chance to participate in transformational activities, contributing to academic research while developing desirable skills for their careers.
Q: Is Studio Learning a way to connect student workers based on interest?
A: Students can engage in a Studio from an interest in the technologies being used or the topics that are being explored. Whether this could become part of a student staff job description would need further discussion.
Could Studio Learning engagement be an optional activity within a job description?
A: Possibly, needs further discussion.
ITS student staff do valuable work There is an expectation that the student workforce will continue to grow.
We need to recognize that there is a cost to management students. Web Development has learned that it takes a long time to get people up to speed on the complexities of the systems before they can make meaningful contributions. This is true for new staff hires, as well.
Q: Can students gain experience with the Studio Learning model that would prepare them for more complex student staff positions?
A: Possible, needs further discussion.
Current student staff are being “poached” by other programs. We are giving them valuable training and expertise that is desired by other departments. This has an effect on the development of our programs, senior student staff regularly become role models and supervisors of new student staff hires.
Q: What needs would not be met by the Studio model?
A: There is a tension when trying to meet a diverse set of needs and expectations with our various cultures and communities. Needs to be discussed more, may depend on the Studio. A shared Basic orientation may provide an opportunity for cross-training.
Looking for something to do with your kids now that they’re free for the summer? Take them to the Echo Center in Burlington! The library has a pass that allows for $7 admission for each guest (up to 4 max). Regular admission prices are $11.50 for kids and $14.50 for adults. The pass is available for checkout at the circulation desk to all college faculty, staff, and students for three-day loan.
Now available for checkout from the Davis Family Library Circulation desk: a family pass (up to 8 people in one vehicle) for free entry into a Vermont Historic Site. This means you can go see and of these historic sites – the Bennington Battle Monument, President Calvin Coolidge, Chimney Point, Hubbardton Battlefield, Senator Justin S. Morrill, Mount Independence, Old Constitution House, President Chester A. Arthur, and Eureka Schoolhouse and Baltimore Covered Bridge – for the bottom line price of zero dollars! At that price, you can’t afford to NOT go learn some history! The pass is available for checkout by all college faculty, staff, and students for a three-day loan period.
Going away this summer? Take the library with you!
You can search library databases from off campus. Just start at the library site: go.middlebury.edu/lib. From there, JSTOR, ebooks, audiobooks, Summon and all of our online journals, magazines and newspapers are available to you…no matter where you are!
When you’re off campus, links that are on library web pages (a few examples of library web pages include Research Guides, Summon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials. It’s as easy as that!
The Davis Family Library will be open 24 hours a day starting Sunday morning, May 6th. Regular hours resume for Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th, then 24/7 resumes until 11 pm on Friday, May 18th. Saturday’s hours are 9 am – 11 pm, then 24/7 resumes at 9 am on Sunday, May 20th and the library will close at 8 pm on Tuesday, May 22nd. During this period, you will need your ID to access the building after 9 pm. After 1 am, there will be no circulation services provided – the library will only function as a quiet study space.
Armstrong Library will have regular hours.
A full calendar of the hours can be found at go/hours
This Wednesday, April 25, we will apply a security update to all Drupal sites shortly after it is released. This will occur between 16:00 and 18:00 UTC, which is 12:00-2:00pm EDT or 9:00-11:00am PDT. The Drupal project has posted a pre-release announcement of this update.
We do not anticipate any service interruption while the update is applied. Still, we advise you to have saved work in the sites prior to the scheduled update. We will post an announcement here when the update has been successfully applied, which will contain more information about the issue.
Do you have any new staff members joining your team in the coming months? Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a monthly workshop with new hires in mind called “ITS & You: Technology Services Overview.”
We introduce services and resources provided by ITS to all Middlebury campus employees, including: email, file storage, account security, online learning, and how to obtain computing help. The workshop format is presentation-style with questions entertained along the way, followed by an optional half hour for hands-on assistance with specific questions. Our complete workshop schedule can be viewed at http://go/techworkshops/.
Although geared toward new or recent hires, everyone is welcome to attend — with the ever-changing world of technology, even not-so-new staff might surprise themselves with an “aha” moment or two. Please ask employees to sign up using our online form, or you can complete the form on their behalf.