On Tuesday, Jan. 16, our systems vendor Innovative Interfaces will be performing an upgrade of MIDCAT, the library catalog. We expect the catalog to be unavailable from approximately 3AM-5AM Tuesday morning.
Apologies for any inconvenience, and thank you in advance for your understanding.
Director, Discovery & Access Services
Middlebury College Libraries
UPDATE: This issue has now been resolved. Again, we apologize for the confusion and unneccessary alarm.
Earlier this morning, many of you may have received automated email notices generated by our library system (MIDCAT) erroneously informing you of having overdue library materials. Please ignore these notices. We are investigating why these notices were sent, but please be assured that the materials are NOT currently charged out to your account.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
Director, Discovery & Access Services
Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer poses with the Very Short Introductions display. With more than 500 titles, these works represent one of the libraries’ most diverse collections.
Hey, there’s a new display up of Very Short Introductions to usher in the New Year. Come check it out, January 3rd- 26th!
Katrina (Literatures & Cultures Librarian), what are these books?
Every title featured on the table belongs to the Very Short Introductions series. They attempt to treat big themes in relatively few pages. The topics covered are broad in range from anything as abstract as “love,” as concrete as “water,” as complex and involved as “American politics,” as controversial and problematic as “racism” and as esoteric as “Kant.”Continue reading →
Google is discontinuing the Google Drive software that synchronizes files from your computer to the cloud. The software is being replaced with two new options, outlined in our Google Drive Notice. The Google Drive online service (https://drive.google.com) is not changing, and can be accessed on the web or using one of the replacements below. On December 11, 2017 Google stopped supporting the Drive software. On March 12, 2018, the Drive software will stop working.
If you use Google Drive strictly via the website (https://drive.google.com) and do not use the Google Drive software on your Mac or PC to synchronize your files to the cloud, then you will not be affected by the changes listed below. However, you should still consider the new functionality offered by Google and described in our Google Drive Notice.
Of the two replacement options made available by Google (Drive File Stream and Backup & Sync),
ITS recommends that users of the Google Drive software install Drive File Stream to access their Middlebury Google Drive. Drive File Stream frees up disk space, decreases sync time and minimizes the amount of Middlebury data stored on your computer. The other option available, Backup and Sync, does not offer these advantages.
To install Drive File Stream, for a comparison of options or for more information, please see the Google Drive Notice.
Happy New Year! ITS is pleased to announce a new printing method called Mobility Print which is now available through our Papercut printing service. Mobility Print enables you to install print queues on your personally-owned computer through a one-time process, then print directly from your applications using File/Print thereafter. Unlike with Web Print, you’ll be able to print in a variety of ways — specific pages, single- or double-sided, color or black and white — all without the need to upload your files.
Visithttp://go/mobileprint/ for instructions on how to set up printers on macOS and Windows computers, then say “goodbye” to Web Print and its limitations.
Mobility Print is intended for single user computers. On Windows computers, whoever added the printer will be charged, regardless of who is currently logged in.
We are pleased to let you know that the Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 suite is now available for installation on eligible computers.
Current Adobe users will need to remove older application versions from their college computers first, then install the new 2018 versions to maintain compatibility with our labs and other colleagues. To simplify this upgrade process, self service options are available for both Mac and Windows college-owned machines.
Here are the upgrade steps for college-owned computers:
During the Fall 2017 semester we worked with Professor Patricia Saldarriaga’s FYSE 1500A: Apocalyptic Representations class. The course explored theories and representations of “apocalyptic imagination” across many forms of media, including virtual reality. On Thursday, December 14th, students from the class gathered in the lobby of the Davis Family Library to present their final projects, virtual worlds representing the Apocalypse.
We recommend coming to the Library and immersing yourself in these worlds using the Oculus in LIB 240B. The worlds can also be explored using an up-to-date web3d-enabled browser. Here are some samples of the students’ work, along with links to all of the presented projects.
Due to the holidays, shipping madness, the increased risk of losses, and the lack of open libraries willing to send things, the Interlibrary Loan Department limits ordering and shipping during the second half of December.
If you need anything before winter break request it now! Interlibrary loan requests submitted to ILLiad after Dec. 15th will be ordered in early January.
ILLiad article requests will continue to be filled by RapidILL through Dec. 22st, but requests must have a valid ISSN and yearto be processed by Rapid.
Use Worldcat to find your citations and submit your loan requests!