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What is GO?

GO is an aliasing and redirection application. Don’t let the jargon intimidate you, just think of it as a way to make and use shortcuts to college resources.

If you’d like to see a list of shortcuts that are currently available simply type “go” into the address bar of your web browser. If you are off campus you may use “go.middlebury.edu”. If you’d like to visit a go shortcut directly from on campus simply type it into your address bar. For instance type “go/liswiki” and hit “enter” to get to the LIS wiki page.

Chances are you will use a go link without even realizing it by clicking on a normal anchor (link) in a web page. You can use a GO shortcut as a URL in a link on a web page for any page internal to middlebury.edu. Example: <a href=”http://go.middlebury.edu/liswiki”>LIS Wiki</a>. You’ll want to use a GO shortcut rather than a direct link for any resources you are linking to that could change location. As long as the shortcut admin updates the shortcut when a content location changes you won’t need to update any of your links.

GO eased the launch of the new site by allowing links in content to be easily updated en-mass. GO has also become central to our search strategy as GO shortcuts are now provided as suggestions and automatic-redirects when you enter search terms on the main site.

This year we’ve added additional features to GO, such at the community moderation of GO shortcuts, an improved editing and admin interface, as well as the ability to generate a QR code for any go shortcut by visiting its info page.

Don’t read this?

September 24−October 1 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. (from ALA Banned Books Week)

Some have found that when you ban a book, people become more interested in it. So, we all should be sure not to read these books! Books Banned or Challenged, 2010-2011.

LIS DVD Collection- Watch Our Collection Grow

LIS has made significant changes over the summer, and we are especially pleased to inform you of the newly-augmented Browsing DVD section of the library. This section has been supplemented with over 80% of DVDs formerly confined to library viewing, housed behind the Circ Desk. These additions to the Browsing Collection provide an enhanced selection for you to select from and enjoy at home or wherever your laptop may take you for three days.  Additionally, since we have had the good fortune to add the Music Library contents over to Davis, we now offer an extensive group of musical DVDs ( CDs are stored separately behind the Circ Desk). In the lobby Browsing area, select from a musical DVD collection diverse as Rebel Music ( Bob Marley’s life story) to Puccini’s Tosca to Superfly. Our documentary section is incredibly stimulating & most definitely something to write home about. (But you must restrain yourself. You can only take out 3 DVDs at a time). Some examples:
The Maysles Brothers‘ Grey Gardens (based on the fascinating, reclusive mother-daughter socialites Edith Beales).
Man on Wire
, (an astonishing account of French high-wire artist who dared to walk and perform acrobatics on a cable between the Twin Towers 1350 feet above ground  in 1974).
The award-winning (Sundance Film Festival) Andy Warhol from PBS. Producer/writer/director Ric Burns’ takes an insightful portrait of Warhol, who defined the pop art movement in the 20th century.
Thompson’s wild ride in Gonzo: Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. And what a journalist.
From the Bill Moyers Collection, B.T. Jones: Still/Here.  Acclaimed choreographer Jones and his creative process.
Need I say more? These are just a few.
The TV Series section is also eclectic and fun (think Simpsons, True Blood, SNL, Mad Men, Smallville) while our current and classic feature collections encompass masters from the silent era, D.W. Griffith & Chaplin, on to Jack Cardiff, Hitchcock,Fellini, Truffaut, Wilder. All of the heavyweights are here. Check the amazingly varied titles in Midcat.
We have color-coded four sections to assist your search as you navigate through the shelves. There are posters to guide you to an area of interest. This continues to be a work in progress, but we welcome you to take advantage of our abundant & fantastic collection. We will keep you updated on the DVD project status as we proceed.
Huge thanks go to all of the students who worked on this DVD project over the summer, as well as the staff members who spear-headed this project, while accomplishing an amazing amount of work by cataloging and processing new titles, along with the physical changes with new cases and labels.
Now staff members and students can kick back and enjoy.  Popcorn anyone?

Lynda in the Limelight

If you are asking yourself, “Who is Lynda?” then you are missing out on a wealth of fabulous learning opportunities.  Lynda is not a “who” but rather a “what” – it is a video-based online instruction resource now available 24/7 to all faculty, staff and students, both here and at Monterey.  Lynda currently offers over 1100 courses composed of engaging, easy-to-view short videos that, like eating potato chips, make it hard to watch just one.

Don’t take our word for it; try it yourself.  In just 1.55 minutes learn how to navigate the Lynda site and find video segments and courses that interest you.  Here’s how:

      • Type go/lynda (or go.middlebury.edu/lynda from off-campus) in your browser’s address field, then press Enter or Return.
      • From Middlebury’s authentication page, log in with your regular Middlebury username and password.
      • The first time you log in you will be asked to provide basic information for your Lynda profile.  At minimum fill in your first and last name; the rest is optional.  (The profile stores your personal video viewing history, bookmarks, certificates of completion, etc.)
      • After logging in, click “Navigating the site” to watch the video.

Bet you can’t watch just one.

Please Test the New Portal

Over the summer, Communications and Web Application Development have been working together to bring Middlebury a service that will bring news, events and other information into one location. It began as a mobile project, a way to address the cumbersome browsing of our main site in smartphone browsers, and grew into a way that faculty, students and staff could find a wide breadth of information no matter what device they are using.

This is Middlebury’s first big push into portal and mobile technology, so we are asking anyone and everyone to browse these sites from all of their devices and use the FEEDBACK link to share their experience. We would like this to be the place where the Middlebury Community goes to find information about what is happening on campus, so all thoughts are welcome.

The Portal – Desktop and Laptop version

Choose your favorite browser and point it to http://portal.middlebury.edu or go/portal.

Browse the page to see snippets of information, or click on the blue icons to find full articles, stories, events, dining menus, etc. The CUSTOMIZE icon will give you a preview of things to come, allowing you to add and remove features.

 

The Portal – on a Smartphone

Open your phone’s browser and point it to http://m.middlebury.edu or go/m or go/mobile.Click on the icons to see streams of information optimized for mobile devices. Use the same CUSTOMIZE button to make changes

on the home screen. Again, please click on the FEEDBACK icon to share your experience. Thank you for taking the time to try this new service out!

Twin Towers Tragedy, Photographs by John Jonas Gruen

Special Collections is honored to present “Twin Towers Tragedy — Ten Years: Photographs by John Jonas Gruen,” in the Atrium of the Davis Family Library, Monday, September 5-Friday, October 7, 2011. This solemn retrospective on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 offers 15 photographs taken by New York author/photographer John (Jonas) Gruen in the wake of the unspeakable events of 9/11.  The exhibit at Middlebury College is an exclusive viewing of Gruen’s 9/11 photographs not included in the exhibit now on view at Guild Hall in Easthampton, NY.  At the reception of the opening of an exhibit of his Guild Hall exhibit on Saturday, September 3, 2011, Gruen summed up the experience of taking these photographs – ”To have witnessed the unthinkable was to know the meaning of rage and confusion.”

Annual Special Collections Open House

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR 

ANNUAL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS OPEN HOUSE

Special Collections, Davis Family Library, Lower Level

 FACULTY  & STAFF ARE INVITED TO REVIEW OUR MOST RECENT ACQUISITIONS OF PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS INCLUDING

RARE BOOKS & FIRST EDITIONS; MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS; JOURNALS; DIARIES; ANTIQUE MAPS & PRINTS; EPHEMERA; ETC. 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS MATERIALS ARE SELECTED FOR THEIR RELEVANCE TO COURSES BEING TAUGHT ACROSS THE CURRICULUM AS WELL AS FOR FACULTY RESEARCH

SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE ACQUISITIONS ARE WELCOME

TOURS OF THE CLOSED STACKS WILL BE AVAILABLE

PLEASE STOP IN ANYTIME

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY,THURSDAY

SEPTEMBER 6, 7, & 8, 2011

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU