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Foreign Office Files (China) 1919-1980 (Trial ends Dec. 6, 2015)

For the next 30 days, students, faculty, and staff of Middlebury College have free access to the Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980. These are archival documents from the British Foreign Office that deal with China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan from between 1919 through 1980. Our trial includes these parts of the archive:

  • 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International
  • 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis
  • 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory
  • 1949-1956: The Communist revolution
  • 1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward
  • 1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

Digital Media Bootcamp 2016

The Digital Media Bootcamp offers the same workshops that we use in our Digital Media Tutor training during the month of January, and are open, à la carte, to all interested faculty, staff and students. This is the same training that we have been using for the Summer Digital Media Tutor program, plus a few additions based on feedback from last year’s Bootcamp.

The following sessions will introduce the attendees to a wide variety of technologies and uses, including computing practices at Middlebury, concepts and software for developing media, and devices for creating and consuming media. Most sessions will run for 90 minutes and will take place in the Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library.

New This Year

Digital Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp

  • Instructors: Ryan Clement, Alicia Peaker, TBA
  • Description: Are you new to working with data for digital scholarship? In this DLA sponsored workshop series, we will teach you some of the basics of working with data as well as some free (and mainly web-based) tools you can use to visualize data, map data, and analyze textual data. The series will include one required course on the first day, as well as three à la carte course over the following three days. Attend one, or attend all three! All courses will be 3 hours long and will include discussions of background concepts as well as hands-on work.

    Because these courses will be tailored to the participants’ interests and disciplines, the deadline for signing up is January 1st. Please contact Alicia Peaker or Ryan Clement with any questions.

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date  
Intro to Visual Literacy and Presentations @ 2:45pm 4-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Intro to Audio Literacy @ 2:45pm 5-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip @ 2:45pm 6-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Equipment Demo: Scanners, Plotters and more @ 1pm 8-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Copyright, IP and Creative Commons @ 1pm 11-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Audio Software @ 2:45pm 11-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Adobe InDesign @ 1pm 12-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Adobe Illustrator @ 2:45pm 12-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Equipment Demo: Cameras @ 1pm 13-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Adobe Photoshop @ 2:45pm 13-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Equipment Demo: Space and Place @ 1pm 14-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp –
Working with Data @1pm until 4pm
19-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Introduction to Information Literacy @ 2:45pm 25-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Safe Computing Practices at Middlebury @ 1pm 25-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Online Identity: Your Story to the World @ 2:45pm 26-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Online Recording Lab: SANSSpace @ 1pm 27-Jan-16 View & sign-up »

Data-Planet (Trial through Dec. 17, 2015)

Students, faculty, and staff at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey have free access to Data-Planet for a limited period of time.

Data-Planet’s two interfaces, Statistical Datasets and Statistical Ready Reference, provide access to the extensive Data-Planet repository of standardized and structured statistical data. Users can search and browse 25 billion data points in over 4.3 billion datasets sourced from over 70 authoritative public, private, domestic and international sources. Subjects covered include Statistics and Data, Business/Finance, Social Sciences: Political Science, criminal justice, social work, Demography, International Studies, Economics, Agriculture, Education, Nursing/Public Health, Environment/Climate Data/Energy and more.

Data-Planet has two access points:

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides users with various analysis tools to manipulate datasets, compare multiple indicators, and view in various charts such as trends, rankings, pie charts and maps. Multiple export options are also available..DataPlanetStatData
  • Data-Planet Ready Reference  provides refined searching of the Data-Planet repository. The Ready Reference interface allows for a more simplified tool for the novice researcher getting to the same data interested in accessing a quick statistic, chart, graph, etc. A quick number or statistic for a state or country may also be quickly retrieved in this interface.DataPlanetReadyRef

Please let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

Information Security RoadShow


October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Join your colleagues from both the Middlebury and Monterey campuses for a presentation and discussion on critical cybersecurity issues including phishing and cracking.

  • On October 29th at 12:30 Eastern time, Information Security will host a Cybersecurity Roadshow.
  • You can join the discussion in Lib105A on the Middlebury Campus or on PolyCom 710205
  • Central Monterey meeting location McCone Boardroom

Please join us for this discussion. It is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. Computer security is the responsibility of us all.

For more information call Information Security at 802-349-5805

BrowZine trial, take two (Trial ends Nov. 6)

We trialed BrowZine in mid-summer and got some good response, but since then they’ve enabled a Web-based version which we think will be useful to more of our community, so we’re trialing it again.BrowZine_Snip

BrowZine is a unique product that “knows” Middlebury’s journal subscriptions and allows you to browse or search our journals in a visually interesting and convenient interface. BrowZine2

On mobile devices (and soon in the web version),  you can create your own shelf of journals, on which new issues will appear as soon as they are published. BrowZineShelf

It’s modeled after the experience of browsing the periodical shelves in the library, but it’s on your mobile device. There are many more features, too.

We would really like to get some feedback from all parts of our user community this time – staff, faculty, and students! Try out BrowZine – the web version, or download the app – and let us know what you think: email or contact your liaison.

Dictionary of American Regional English (Trial ends Nov. 6, 2015)

For a limited time, members of the Middlebury College community can discover the full panoply of American regional words, phrases, and pronunciations with Harvard’s Dictionary of American Regional English, or DARE. The digital edition features audio, interactive maps, and insights into the DARE Survey.DARE_mapLet us know what you think – email or contact your library liaison.