Category Archives: Post for MiddPoints

Exhibit– A People’s History of Middlebury College: Student Resistance and Social Change

People's History of Middlebury Exhibit

In conjunction with an ongoing student project and J-term class, Special Collections has mounted an exhibit drawn from the College Archives–  A People’s History of Middlebury College: Student Resistance and Social Change.   From an uprising of students in 1822 asking for the dismissal of a professor, to the student strike in 1970 to protest of the war in Vietnam, through the formation of diverse activist groups like the Black Students for Mutual Understanding, the exhibit draws on primary sources in the College Archives.  These resources have been heavily used by Hanna Mahon ’13.5 and Kristina Johansson ’14 as they’ve worked on the People’s History of Middlebury project over the past year, and used by the students in the J-term class that Hanna and Kristina are teaching.  See the exhibit in the front vestibule, and the Harman Periodicals Reading Area of Davis Family Library.

To listen to an audio recording of the related panel discussion “Middlebury in the 1960s” see this blog post.

People's History of Middlebury Exhibit

Also on display in the Davis Family Library Atrium–  Antique wooden toys produced in local toy factories.

 

Spring Term Course Reserves

With Spring Term around the corner, Library Reserves is processing print, media, and electronic materials for course work. We encourage you to submit your requests as soon as possible! We’re happy to generate a list of previously used reserve materials from past semesters, and we can also easily restore old EReserve pages — please let us know if these options will be helpful.
Email Library Reserves with requests and questions: libres@middlebury.edu. This is the best way to ensure a timely response to all Reserve needs. For more information on submitting reserve requests, please visit the Reserves Information for Faculty wiki page. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch!

Sub Sandwich? Noooo Subpage (Drupal Classes and Work Sessions)

Needing to learn how to edit your Department’s webpage? Want to know how to add sub pages, pictures and sidebars?  Checkout go/lisworkshops for upcoming Drupal Intro classes and Work Sessions.  From basic content to sidebars, the intro class will give you what you need to get started.  Join us for a Drupal intro class and, for you more advanced users, bring your challenges to a work session and we’ll help you work through them.

Busy start to 2014 in Special Collections

Special Collections has enjoyed a busy start to 2014 with several J-term classes visiting this week to use our collections for coursework. Prof. Peter Lourie’s class Adventure Writing and Digital Story Telling came to see 17th to early 20th century examples of travel and adventure writing, as well as to view photos from the College Archives of students engaging in their own adventures over the years.

And below see some photos from Prof. Kacy McKinney’s class Space and Place in the Graphic Novel. Students learned about the history of illustrations in books, viewing everything from a 1484 illuminated Latin text, to recently published graphic novels.

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Students looking at a wide selection of illustrated books

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Special Collections Director Rebekah Irwin shares a large format art book.

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Prof. McKinney and students view illustrated books from the 16th to the 18th century.

Nominate LIS staff for recognition

LIS continues to recognize the accomplishments of its staff. Each month we recognize one LIS staff member of the month, an LIS “crew” of the month, and one LIS student employee of the month. We welcome recommendations and nominations from all areas of the College. Whether you’ve received exceptional support for a specific project or you want to highlight consistent and reliable service, please take a moment and submit a nomination. Log in and share some details about why the staff member or group deserves recognition: go/nominate. Many thanks!

Classroom A/V upgrades: AXT 201, FIC Freeman 1, FIC Cook 1, Gifford Classroom, MBH (several)

In December 2013 LIS upgraded the audio/video equipment in many classrooms on-campus:

  • AXT 201
  • FIC FR1
  • FIC CK1
  • GFD CLS
  • BIH 104
  • BIH 117
  • BIH 161
  • BIH 317
  • BIH 505
  • BIH 632
  • PRS KDR

Here is what has changed:
- installed a new, brighter, high definition projector
- added a new type of connection (HDMI) but kept the existing video connections
- replaced the DVD player with a Blu-ray player that can play DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs
- removed the VCR (3 loaner VCRs are available at the Davis Family Library and 1 will be available at Armstrong soon; VCRs can be plugged into the auxiliary video input at the rack)
- replaced the aging touch panel with a slightly larger one that we’ve found is easier to use (very similar to the touch panels in many other classrooms)

We’d be happy to schedule an orientation session – just contact us at helpdesk@middlebury.edu. You can also watch a video on how to use the new equipment.

In 2014 we plan to upgrade the equipment in several other classrooms:

February recess:
CHT 109
LAFORCE121
MCA 221

March recess:
ROSS B11
SDL 203

May/June recess:
MNR 214
MNR 314
MNR 401
MNR 407

Podcasting in Education

Please join us as we engage in a discussion and workshop on audio and podcasting for education with radio producer and filmmaker, Erin Davis, in January. Participants will walk away from this two day workshop with a clear map for podcast production from concept to distribution.  We will begin by addressing the fundamental question, “What is a podcast?” and swiftly continue to cover:

  • Format, style and themes of a variety of leading podcasts
  • Equipment needs & recording techniques
  • Software & editing basics
  • Distribution and sharing

The discussion and workshop will occur on Monday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 22nd, from 1pm-4:30pm. There will also be time to work with technologists on project work on Tuesday, January 21st, from 1-4:30pm.

Bio

Erin Davis is a radio producer and filmmaker living in Vermont.  Her audio work has aired on All Things Considered, Studio 360 and elsewhere. She studied documentary at The New SchoolThe Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, in the studio with visionary cinematographer Albert Maysles and in the field on projects like the Oscar nominated film The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant and award winning Remote Area Medical.

If you would like to attend please sign up using this link - https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/forms/d/1N6wHPSN0XWGgM5zJ0vg0ko7pJq4C4Xc7UDhj9_fjmnQ/viewform

iPad in Education

Please join us as we engage in a conversation and demonstration about the possibilities of iPad in Higher Education with Apple Systems Engineer, Lars Ljungholm on Monday, December 9th.

We are currently undergoing a shift in the education landscape. Students are now growing up in – and graduating into – a connected, information-rich world which presents both challenges and opportunities for educators. Faculty can use mobile learning tools to help personalize learning, engage and motivate students, and practice authentic assessment. At this session, we will be discussing and demonstrating the use of iPad and various apps that you can use to enhance your personal productivity and professional work both in and out of the classroom.

There will be a morning and an afternoon session in rm 105 in the Davis Family Library.

If you would like to attend please sign up for one of the sessions using this link - https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/forms/d/12vcWvum-OKFagVpiE4R-GzXFin5Im4SE2UsAHJQ2fkc/viewform