Until May 16th, Middlebury faculty, students, and staff have free access to Hispanic American Newspapers from 1808 through 1980. This collection represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. The distinctive collection features hundreds of Hispanic American newspapers, including many long scattered and forgotten titles published in the 19th century. It is based on the “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project,” a national research effort directed by Nicolás Kanellos, Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston.Let us know what you think – email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your liaison.
A few months ago, the library subscribed to EBSCO e-books. You can search for them here, or in the library catalog, or if you do a Summon search and one of these more than 157,000 books has content connected to your search term, Summon will lead you to the book.
Below is a screenshot of what you’ll see, showing red boxes around some key things.
- Scroll down to read a brief description of the book, see how many users can view the book at a time (most have “unlimited user access”), and see other information about the book.
- To ‘save’ it to read later in the same browsing session, click “Add to Folder” (Note that if you close the tab or window, the folder will empty.)
- To read the book page by page online on the EBSCO platform, choose the “PDF full text” icon in the left menu.
- To download it to read offline, or to retain it in a folder after you close your browsing session, you need to create your own personal account on EBSCOhost. To do that, click the “Sign In” link on the top bar, and create your account. (It is best practice to not use the same username or password that you use for Middlebury logins.) Once you have created an account and logged in, you can download an EBSCO e-book for up to seven days.
- There are EBSCO e-book apps for Android in the Google Play Store and for iPhone in iTunes. You need to create a personal EBSCOhost account as described above (on a laptop or desktop) to use for the app.
Beginning May 1st, all library resources
not available locally may be requested
via Interlibrary Loan using ILLiad at:
Or, use the ILL links in Worldcat:
- Requesting through NExpress will be unavailable after April 30th 2017.
- Items borrowed from NExpress libraries are due May 16th. These items cannot be renewed past that date and must be returned. If you have an item that you still need to use, you may place a request via ILLiad.
- The Library continues to work with our former NExpress partners via ILL. If a requested item is owned by a former NExpress library, we will do our best to expedite the request.
You will continue to see quick delivery from the NExpress libraries.
Now available at the Davis Family Library and the Armstrong Library! Make your own reservations for group studies. It’s easy to see existing reservations and pick your time online.
View policies and make reservations at:
- go.middlebury.edu/armsgroupstudy: Armstrong Library group studies, lower level
- go.middlebury.edu/libgroupstudy: Davis Family Library group studies, lower level
- go.middlebury.edu/libvideoroom: Davis Family Library Video viewing rooms, main level
- (Group studies on the upper level of the Armstrong Library and the Davis Family Library are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Make the most of the space! Group studies are for a minimum of 2 people, unless you’re practicing for an oral presentation. If your group has reserved a room and you arrive to find the room is in use, your reservation permits you to ask the other group to move to another space.
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.
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.
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.
Facilities installed a new ADA-compliant water fountain in the Davis Family Library that is designed to fill water bottles too. The Library Space Team successfully applied for an Environmental Council grant to cover the cost for one. The fountain will calculate the number of disposable plastic bottles that are saved by using it. Next time you are thinking of buying bottled water, think instead about using a refillable container (and thus avoid landfill waste or the energy and financial costs of recycling). It will also be the only ADA-compliant fountain in the Library, so if someone in a wheelchair needs a water fountain, be sure to direct them to this one, which is just opposite the print copy room on the main level.
Many thanks to the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life for recommending a thoughtful selection of books to help all members of the campus community renew and restore relationships with one another.
Find these books on conflict, conversation and resolution in the atrium of the Davis Family Library. Most of them can be checked out in print or found online in MIDCAT. If you don’t have time right now, that’s okay! Along with the books on display, you’ll find printed copies of the reading list. Take one with you for later.
Readings on Conflict, Conversation, and Resolution
- Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Stone, Patton & Heen, 1999
- The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects: A Practical, Hands-On Guide. Schirch & Campt, 2007
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler, 2012
- The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. Lederach, 2003
- The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding: A Vision and Framework for Peace with Justice. Schirch, 2004
- The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking. Pranis, 2005
- How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable. Elgin, 1997
Don’t miss the March issue of Keywords: The Middlebury College Library Newsletter!
Read about how the library is planning for College-wide budget reductions, how you can dig through Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) materials online, our battle to acquire a 1521 edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, new colleagues at the library, and more.