Middlebury women take a snowy ride up to Ripton, ca. 1940s

In this clip, members of the Women’s Forum of Middlebury College load up holiday gifts into a truck parked behind Forrest Hall, en route to the Meeting House in Ripton, VT. Upon their arrival in Ripton, local children run (and slide, trudge, and sled) to meet them. The Middlebury women, joined by a costumed Santa, distribute their holiday gifts.

Established in 1937, the Women’s Forum was itially organized to further interest in economic, political, and social issues of the day. In 1944 the group merged with the Student Action Assembly to focus on social and service work. This clip dates likely dates from the early to mid 1940’s.

Happy holidays from Special Collections & Archives.

Friday Links – December 5, 2014

Gates Foundation announces “world’s strongest policy on Open Access“. ‘from January 2015, researchers it funds must make open their resulting papers and underlying data-sets immediately upon publication — and must make that research available for commercial re-use. “We believe that published research resulting from our funding should be promptly and broadly disseminated,” the foundation states.’

Librarians as publishers. As an example – one of our own: Portulano (while the library may not be “a publisher” of this journal, certain library staff members provided instrumental support in making it accessible)

All About Those Books. The Mount Desert Island High School version of Meghan Trainor’s “All About The Bass.” (MDIHS has just 571 students!)

FSU Shooting Highlights the Need for Library Security.  Library Journal article – “Early in the morning of November 20 a lone gunman opened fire in Florida State University’s (FSU) Strozier Library.”  The library staff will be receiving training this month for how to handle such situations.

Systems Maintenance this Sunday Morning

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Dec 7th between 6 and 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • One of the Middlebury Internet Service Providers has scheduled network changes that will result in the circuit going down for a few minutes. We have sufficient redundancy in providers that impact to the Middlebury network should be negligible.
  • Our Active Directory servers will be rebooted for regular maintenance. Customer facing services will see no impact. Admin login access to some Linux based servers will be unavailable for the duration of a server reboot.
  • Our DNS and DHCP servers will be rebooted for regular maintenance. We have sufficient redundancy that there should be little to no impact.
  • There will be equipment added to the network closets to increase client capacity at the Middlebury Marble Works offices. Network access in those offices will be unavailable while the equipment is offline for expansion.

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Vermont flood of 1927, or 1938? You be the judge.

In our ongoing effort to digitize historical, fragile films, we discovered this unlabeled and undated film clip depicting a flood in East Middlebury:

Though we were confident that we got the location right because some of the buildings are still standing in East Middlebury, we weren’t sure about the date.  Based in part on the vintage of the cars, we assumed the flood of 1927. To test out our theory, Joseph Watson shared the link on the Growing up in Addison County Facebook group and its 2,000+ members. As a result, we revised our initial date. Based on what evidence?  First, about 52 seconds into the film clip, the camera captures a Green Mountain National Forest tool box. The Forest wasn’t established until 1932. And second, the trees in the film clip are full of leaves. The ’27 flood was in November (no leaves!) while the ’38 flood was in September. Eureka! The Facebook thread (as of December 1) is below:

 

screencapture-facebook-EMidd-Flood

24/7 exam hours for the libraries

The Davis Family library is now open 24 hours a day through December 14th. After 11 pm, you will need your ID to access the building. The library will close at 10 pm on Sunday, December 14th.

Armstrong Library will have regular hours, with extended hours Friday and Saturday, December 12th and 13th (closing at 10 pm and midnight, respectively).

A full calendar of the hours can be found at go/hours

Interlibrary Loan Schedule for the Holiday Break 2014

Due to the holidays and shipping madness, the increased risk of losses, and the lack of libraries open or 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. 18th will be ordered in early January.

ILLiad article requests will continue to be filled by RapidILL through Dec. 20st, but requests must have a valid ISSN and year to be processed by Rapid.

For loan materials use NExpress: (http://go/NExpress). NExpress will stay open during break. Requests placed in NExpress go straight to the Lending Library for processing. Loans ordered from NExpress over break should arrive in early January.

Digital Media Bootcamp Update

Wilson Media Lab

Wilson Media Lab

Three of the Adobe workshops have filled up, as well as the Omeka workshop. We have added four more workshops to the series to accommodate the demand:

Adobe Photoshop @ 1pm January 5, 2015
Adobe InDesign @ 2:45pm January 12, 2015
Building Digital Exhibits with Omeka @ 2:45pm January 14, 2015
Adobe Illustrator @ 1pm January 22, 2015

Other popular workshops include:

Equipment Demo: Scanners, Plotters and more @ 2:45pm January 6, 2015
Equipment Demo: Cameras @ 1pm January 8, 2015
iMovie @ 2:45pm January 8, 2015
Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip @ 1pm January 12, 2015
Portfolios Using WordPress @ 2:45pm January 19, 2015
Crafting Digital Narratives with Scalar @ 2:45pm January 21, 2015
Audio Software @ 2:45pm January 26, 2015

Please visit the Digital Media Bootcamp site for the complete listing of workshops and the space availability.