Video Conferencing Technology Added to Library 131

A Logitech Meetup video conferencing device has been added to Library 131. This device connects to a laptop via USB and will allow for remote participation in this meeting room. For instructions on using the technology in Library 131, see here. For instructions on Zoom for video conferencing, visit and to start using Zoom!

ITS Tech Services Overview Offered March 11 – for New (or not-so-new) Hires

Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a monthly workshop with recent hires in mind called “ITS & You:  Technology Services Overview.”  The next session will be held Monday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m.  We’ll 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 will be a presentation with questions entertained along the way, followed by an optional half hour for hands-on assistance with specific questions.

To sign up, please use our online form.  Although geared toward new or recent hires, everyone is welcome to attend – you might surprise yourself with an “aha” moment or two.

Next month’s session will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 1:30 pm.  Our complete workshop schedule can be viewed at http://go/techworkshops/.

Weekly Web Updates – March 4, 2019


  • Drupal context 7.x-3.10
  • WordPress foobox-image-lightbox plugin 2.6.4
  • WordPress foogallery plugin 1.6.17
  • WordPress ft-calendar plugin
  • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.1.7
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.19.16
  • WordPress subscribe2 plugin 10.27
  • WordPress northern-web-coders theme 3.1
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.15

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Weekly Web Updates – February 25, 2019


  • Drupal 8.6.10
  • Drupal ctools 8.x-3.2
  • Drupal link 7.x-1.6
  • Drupal metatag 8.x-1.8
  • Drupal paragraphs 8.x-1.6
  • Drupal service links 7.x2.4
  • WordPress 5.1
  • WordPress foobox-image-lightbox plugin 2.6.3
  • WordPress osm plugin 5.0.2
  • WordPress twentyeleven theme 3.2
  • WordPress twentyfifteen theme 2.4
  • WordPress twentyfourteen theme 2.6
  • WordPress twentynineteen theme 1.3
  • WordPress twentyseventeen theme 2.1
  • WordPress twentysixteen theme 1.9
  • WordPress twentyten theme 2.8
  • WordPress twentythirteen theme 2.8
  • WordPress twentytwelve theme 2.9

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Offices in the Offices and Services site can now have more than one phone number associated with them and can add a “type” to each number, for offices with more than one location, or offices which want to provide fax or TTY service.
  • The Institute site’s homepage can now feature the “Class Profile” component, with a large photo and statistics.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Audiobooks on OverDrive and You

What are audiobooks?

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Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer poses at the Research Desk, modeling audiobook use with sex columnist Dan Savage’s American Savage.

Audiobooks on OverDrive are digital versions of a book, often a novel, that allow you to listen to a book’s text. Many come in downloadable MP3 format files and are therefore portable on many electronic devices like iPods. Sometimes the authors read their works to you with modest sound effects or other dramatizations of the story or action! Audiobooks can also be found on CDs in the Middlebury College Libraries’ collection. See a thorough listing here.

Why might I want use them?

If it’s hard to find still moments to sit down and open a print work or scroll through an ebook, audiobooks offer a hands-free alternative to the other formats. So, you can carry out household chores, drive, or even exercise while listening to an audiobook.

Where can I see what’s available?

A screenshot representing a small sample of the ~200 audiobooks available at

In terms of what the Middlebury College Libraries holds on OverDrive, just visit for access to over 200 audiobooks. If you’re a Vermont resident and a holder of a public library card, you can access 5,000+ titles through the Green Mountain Library Consortium. See for more information and use your last name in all caps, ex. ALI, as your password.

Do you have any recommendations?

Book cover art for Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat

Yes, sure! But that depends on what you like. One of my favorite parts of my job is readers’ advisory. Look at the bolded type for genre:

  • If you want a psychological thriller in the realm of domestic noir, I recommend The Silent Wife.
  • If dystopian fantasy is what you’re into, Director of Access and Discovery Terry Simpkins and Library Associate Kat Cyr swear by N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Series.
  • If you want to access a classic and haven’t gotten around to it, Things Fall Apart is available.
  • Social justice? Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is sure to please and enlighten. And Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed also deeply engages systemic injustice.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer lit? I really enjoyed Less. Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo of the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies is a big fan of Redefining Realness.
  • Humor? Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay.
  • Disability studies? Good Kings Bad Kings is on the docket.
  • Then there’s also historical non-fiction like The War Before the War.
  • Historical fiction? Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer-prize winning The Underground Railroad is recommendable.
  • And we have memoirs like Michelle Obama’s Becoming— though you may have to wait awhile to get to this one. See my review of it in The Campus, in the meanwhile.
  • Oh, and if you’re studying a foreign language like Spanish, you’ve got about 10 works to choose from on OverDrive and several on CDs in many languages found in the foreign language browsing collection on the main level of the Davis Family Library.

There’s a lot out there!

How can I use them and what should I know about the app?

There are three basic steps for accessing audiobooks:

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A flyer with detailed instructions on how to use OverDrive’s audiobooks, a condensed version reproduced at left
  1. Download the OverDrive app, create an original account and after signing in, add the Davis Family Library.
  2. When prompted to sign in with a library card, accept, but use your Middlebury credentials instead.
  3. Make a selection, borrow and manage your ebookshelf.

Also, when in doubt, you are welcome to ask a librarian for help or visit the guide found at With regard to the OverDrive app, there are some cool options like setting a timer for when you want the recording to stop playing, for example, if you’re getting in bed to sleep, and adjusting the speed of the player if you want to move through some text more quickly or more slowly than others. There’s some bookmarking, too.

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Book covert art for Harriet McBryde Johnson’s Accidents of Nature

For how long can I borrow audiobooks?

There are two loan periods: 7 days and 14 days. Know that only one user will use each audiobook at a time. So, if desirable, you can place a hold on a work if you want to be in line for when a popular item is released. Check out up to three audiobooks at a time!

Last words?

They’ve changed my life, for the better. I hope they are of use to you, too. Also, to hear more from Middlebury audiobook users, see this week’s issue of The Campus.

Weekly Web Updates – February 18, 2019


Fixes and Tweaks

  • WordPress: added documentation of issues and workarounds for Gutenberg editor.
  • WordPress: Fixed fatal errors in TwentySixteen theme that prevented some sites from loading.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Weekly Web Updates – February 12, 2019

We have set up a new training website for Drupal 8 to help people who support that platform get acquainted with its new features.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • When deleting a WordPress Resource in the Course Hub, instructors are now given a link to WordPress to also delete the site.
  • Fixed an issue with WordPress were error messages for some administrative actions weren’t displayed and users only saw a generic “503 Internal Error” message.
  • MiddSTART and MiddGOAL projects with non-percentage participation goals will now provide links to the donors page.
  • Resolved issue in the Offices and Services website where group slugs were being duplicated in sub-page URL paths.
  • Updated Drupal 8 sites to use the Advanced Link widget in the WYSIWYG editor.
  • Fixed an issue in the Searchable catalog where some Course Sections displayed titles that duplicated their Course title. Section-specific titles are now ignored if they are the same as the title of the parent Course.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Welcome to the Libraries, Febs!

Welcome Febs!

Come to the Research Desk to claim your free unicorn!*

(*Ahem. No actual unicorns are available at this time.)

But please do come and say hello to a friendly librarian! We provide expert research help, bookmarks, collectible library pins and (sometimes) candy! Find us at the Research Desk on the main level of the Davis Family Library.

Spring Research Desk Hours
(February 11 – May 21)

  • Sunday 1pm-5pm
  • Monday 11am-5pm and 7pm-9:30pm
  • Tuesday 11am-5pm and 7pm-9:30pm
  • Wednesday 11am-5pm and 7pm-9:30pm
  • Thursday 11am-5pm
  • Friday 11am-4pm

And online anytime!

No one’s at the Research Desk?
Visit us in our offices! Librarians are conveniently located right behind the Research Desk.

What about the Armstrong Library?
A librarian is available most days at the Armstrong Library in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, too. Just ask!