The VT Department of Libraries website currently has a list of organizations and links that can help both libraries and the public with post-Irene information. It includes information for those affected, and for those who wish to volunteer.
We will likely not be getting the following newspapers at the Davis Family Library, nor anywhere in the Middlebury area (for sale), until further notice:
- Rutland herald
- Burlington free press
- Boston globe
- New York times
- USA today
Some folks may have experienced some water damage from Irene. Here’s a link to the NEDCC’s technical leaflet on how to recover damaged books and files.
and another about photographs.
Last year’s seniors (2010-2011) who submitted theses to include in our digital repository now have their work available in DSpace (go/dspace). Some students request that their work be restricted to the College community, so to view those, you’ll be asked to log in with your Midd username & password.The others are available ‘worldwide,’ and are eventually searchable via Google (etc.). Continue reading
We advise our community to use Middfiles for all file storage needs. In fact, sensitive information should always be stored on Middfiles.
Dropbox, one of the most popular cloud storage providers, has had several security flaws and breaches over the past year:
- In June, for four hours, anyone could access anyone else’s Dropbox files.
- Three other separate security flaws (or holes) were found this summer.
- Furthermore, FTC found that Dropbox was misrepresenting their security measures and protocols.
- In addition, Dropbox had changed then clarified its Terms of Service within a matter of days.
That’s why we promote Middfiles for “cloud” storage needs. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions around Dropbox, cloud storage or security. If you have questions specific to Middfiles, please visit our documentation page.
- Toolbar & right-click context menu: Search your library catalog directly from the LibX toolbar or using the right-click context menu.
- Support for off-campus access via EZProxy/WAM: Using the Library’s off-campus proxy, you may reload a page through the proxy, or follow a link via the proxy, making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer.
- Quick full text access to journal articles: LibX uses Google Scholar to search for articles and directs the user to the electronic copy subscribed to by your Library. Select a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button on the toolbar. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.
- Support for embedded cues: LibX places cues in web pages you visit if your library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the cue, click on the link to look at what the Library has to offer. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book’s entry in Midcat. Cues are displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other pages.
The Davis Family Library will close this Friday at 8 pm, and be open 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday. Armstrong Library will close at 5 pm on Friday and be closed this weekend. Starting Monday, August 15th, the libraries will be open 9-5 M-F for the rest of the month. Full hours can be found here.
In related news, the Wilson Café will be closed for the remainder of the month after August 12th. The Grille and Midd Express will remain open.
Thanks to the generosity of Brett Millier from the Department of English and American Literature and the bargains to be found on eBay, the main floor of the Davis Library now has a new microfilm reader that makes it much easier to read microfilm ‘on screen’ rather than printing it out.