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.
The Middlebury campus community can find out what’s happening with global IT trends with access to research, news analysis and trends from Gartner Inc.
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Middlebury has a campus subscription to Gartner’s online research database. To access Gartner, simply visit http://go.middlebury.edu/gartner-login and authenticate using your Middlebury username and password.
Students can benefit by using Gartner to find research for assignments, learn where IT is headed and how it will shape our world, discover an area of interest, or even get ideas on careers. Gartner research enriches the educational experience by providing timely, objective real-world examples and content.
Faculty & Staff can benefit by using Gartner to stay current on IT industry trends. Gartner provides insight to the application of technology to real-world problems and enables understanding of the long-term trends and issues that current and future IT decision makers will face.
Should you have any problems accessing this resource or have any questions pertaining to Gartner research, please contact Chris Norris.
I am very pleased to announce the promotions of Nate Burt and Jamie Carroll to the position of Lead Senior Technology Specialist in Service Requests. Nate will be the Lead for the Software and Imaging work group, and Jamie for the Hardware and Distribution work group.
The Leads will help our work-groups by providing support to the community, resolving technology issues within agreed upon time frames, and keeping customers updated on the status of their issues. They will be charged with mentoring the members of their respective teams, as well as student workers, to become skilled technical troubleshooters, good communicators, and building prioritization skills. The Leads will also be tasked with managing and/or tracking large projects within Service Requests.
Please join me in congratulating Nate and Jamie on their well-deserved promotions.
The Middlebury College Archives is searching for a movie about the College filmed in 1948. It features scenes shot at the Snow Bowl in the winter and the main campus in the spring. We’ve placed a request with Paramount Picture, which originally produced it, and we’re waiting to hear back from them. But we also thought it was possible that somebody associated with the College might have a copy somewhere. If you know where a copy can be found, please let us know. SpecialCollections@middlebury.edu 802-443-3028.
Article in the Nov. 4, 1948 issue of The Campus about the release of Sno’ Time for Learning