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How Do You Use Your Library?- Oz Aloni

This is the first in a series* of posts about members of the Middlebury community who value the library. Today’s profile is of Oz Aloni.

Delal Bridge in Kurdistan

Where are you from and what’s your academic specialty?

I’m from Jerusalem, Israel. I teach at the Modern Hebrew program at Middlebury. I’m a Semitic Linguist, which means I research languages of the Semitic family, a family that includes Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Amharic, and many more. My research is focused on a language called the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) – in fact only on one dialect of that language: the Jewish dialect of Zakho, Kurdistan.

Two books authored/edited by Oz Aloni in the Faculty Authors Collection in the Davis Family Library: The Neo-Aramaic Speaking Jewish Community of Zakho, and Lishana deni : leḳeṭ agadot ṿe-sipure ʻam mi-masoret Yehude Kurdisṭan mesuparim be-Aramit be-lahag Yehude Zakhu

What do you like about Middlebury?

The beautiful nature surrounding us; the college’s great facilities; the friendliness of Vermonters.

How do you use the library?

For my own research I use the library mainly through its online databases and resources, and also its efficient interlibrary loan service. Two of the databases that were recently added to the library’s collection are particularly valuable for me: the Responsa Project and the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics [see note below]. They are also very useful for my students, as research tools for the assignments I give.

How can the library better serve you?

The library is doing a pretty good job as it is. One thing that can be an improvement is expanding the Hebrew collection, and I’m happy to help with that.

Note that the library has free access for one more week to the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics while we decide whether to subscribe. Check it out!

*How Do You Use The Library? is a social media series based on the “Humans of New York” model. 

More to love in JSTOR

More Archival Journals

The Middlebury College community has expanded its journal coverage in JSTOR, (“JAY-store” short for journal storage). We have 502 more titles than we had a couple of weeks ago ranging across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Most of JSTOR’s journal content is “archival” (published more than 3-5 years ago and dating back to the early 20th century).

More Current Journals

In order to expand our current journal holdings in addition to our archival holdings, we’ve expanded our access to current journals. (See JSTOR – not just for archives anymore for some background.) We now have access to the most recent issues of 226 journals, largely from university presses and scholarly societies.


JSTOR for Alumni

As well, we are now able to offer Middlebury alumni from the College, Bread Loaf, and Language School programs access to all our JSTOR collections* through Middlebury Online, the alumni community website. Alumni can access JSTOR here.

 

*At this time, only JSTOR’s archival collections are available off-campus to alumni.

 

 

New Library Databases and Resources

The librarians often wait to select new database purchases or subscriptions until the end of the fiscal year, when it is more clear how much money is available.  So far this year, we were able to add the following databases/resources:

ProQuest Historical Newspapers – Added 3 black newspapers:  Chicago Defender; Pittsburgh Courier; Atlanta Daily World . Also added Boston Globe.

Latin American Newspapers, 1805 – 1922

Readers’ Guide Retrospective, 1890 – 1982

Scientific American

Social Explorer (premium edition)

Periodicals Archive Online ( more journals added)

For full descriptions with links, see the New and Trial Databases page:

http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib/research/db-newtrial or http://go/trials

A few other resources will be announced, once they become available.