Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute for International Studies have trial access to content from academic publishers, research and scientific societies, and university presses across the Middle East available from Al Manhal until November 22, 2013.
During the October break, two exhibition cases will be relocated adjacent to Special Collections & Archives, near the Harmon Periodicals Reading Room.
Please stop by and view the collections on display. We’re looking forward to sharing the College’s unique and historical items with a wider audience (especially outside of the hours of our Reading Room) and better accommodating classes. We’re happy when we’re bursting at the seams, but it doesn’t make for a smooth visit when we’re short on tables, chairs, and space for books and bodies.
Rebekah Irwin (as Interim Curator of Special Collections)
Daniella Rougeau, Assistant Curator of Special Collections & College Archivist
Joseph Watson, Preservation Manager, Special Collections & Archives Associate (Chair of the Space Team)
11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy – Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.
Recently, while digitizing some song recordings from the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, we discovered an undocumented recording of a man reading from Rowland E. Robinson’s book Uncle Lisha’s Shop: Life in a Corner of Yankeeland. We recognized it as a Robinson story because of the characters mentioned, so we searched the online version of one of his most popular books for the word “voter”, which seemed unlikely to be a common word in the story, and we found that the text being read starts on pg. 13, seven lines from the bottom of the page. We recommend that you read along in the book while listening to the recording. Click here for the online text and listen to the recording by clicking the icon below.
The reader takes on the accent of two of Robinson’s classic characters, a “Yankee” and a “Cunuck”, aka French Canadian. Robinson wrote most of his fiction in the 1890s and it was very popular, particularly in Vermont, right up through the 1930s and 40s when Flanders was collecting her ballad recordings. Unfortunately we don’t know who the reader is or when the recording was made. The ballad recording that precedes it on the tape was originally on a disc, which means it was recorded between 1939 and 1950, but the story on the tape seems to be covered over by the ballad recording, and how that happened is a bit of a mystery yet to be solved, and we can’t be certain the singer of the ballad is the same person reading the story. We may eventually discover a more complete version of the reading.
For more about the Flanders Collection and to hear some of the recordings visit this site.
The home of Rowland E. Robinson is a museum open to the public in nearby Ferrisburgh. www.Rokeby.org
Middlebury has trial access to the Chinese Collection of ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers through November 13, 2013. This collection provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events between 1832 and 1953.
Explore the civil wars, Japanese invasion, occupation by foreign nations, rise of communism, and more — cover-to-cover and in full image with 12 English-language Chinese newspapers.
Topic: Data Management. Led by Wendy Shook. Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts. Where and when: Friday, October 25, 10-11 am. LIB145.
Description: Wendy will bring us up to date on the status of science data management, data management planning, and a pilot data repository in the making.
“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.
The LIS Recognition & Recreation Crew is pleased to announce the LIS employee awards for October:
Employee of the Month – Carrie Macfarlane
Student Employee of the Month – Samantha Moog (Digital Media Tutor)
Congratulations to all! And a reminder about our FABULOUS prize packages: Employee of the Month winners receive a generous Amazon gift card; Crew and Student of the Month winners receive a coffee card good for 11 free cups of coffee.
The R&R Crew needs award nominations! Nominate LIS staff, student employees, and crews at go/nominate! Please be sure to include details about why the nominee deserves recognition.