Middlebury College Library and Information Services does many things to preserve our collections. For instance, we regularly backup up computer file servers, bind heavily used paperback books in the circulating collections, perform conservation treatments on rare books in Special Collections, and digitize photos and films in the College Archives. Plus we spend a lot of time doing one of the most important things– getting and keeping things organized!
To mark Preservation Week, we’re reminding you that it’s easy to take some basic steps to preserve your own important family collections. Here’s a great web page that will tell you pretty much all you need to know! http://atyourlibrary.org/passiton/preserving-your-treasures
And we love this short video, Why do Old Books Smell? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInTfrDnA It reminds us that one of the most important things we can do is provide a good climate for our collections to slow the rate of organic decay.
Because Middlebury was ranked by Sierra Magazine as one of the “Cool Schools,” Taylor & Francis is graciously providing us with free access to the 212 journals in their Environment and Agriculture Collection.
Since there isn’t a specific page or website for these journals, after the trial we will see whether the journals in this collection were used sufficiently to justify a subscription. Find articles in these journals by searches in Summon, or searching the Taylor and Francis Online platform, or link to the journals from go/journals. A complete list of journal titles can be found here.
Middlebury College has free access through April 30th to the NAACP Papers section of the ProQuest History Vault. Browse-able and searchable by full-text, this collection includes documents from NAACP Conferences, legal pursuits, correspondence of all kinds, political activities and more.
Let us know what you think. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or your liaison.
The Northeast Document Conservation Center reports that they’ve recorded one hundred of the two hundred and fifty cylinders in the Flanders Ballad Collection. Quite a milestone! See the recording system at work and listen to the hundredth cylinder in the NEDCC blog post here! Take a look at some of the previous posts to learn more about this new sound scanning technology.
View any of over 700 videos highlighting many aspects of art and architecture, including
- Art – drawing, painting, sculpture
- Art appreciation
- Art history
- Many architectural periods, including Baroque, Medieval, and Modern
and more! The Art & Architecture collection from Films on Demand is available on a trial basis to the Middlebury College community through April 21, 2014.
Let us know what you think! Drop an email to email@example.com or contact your liaison.
For the next month, we have free access to Oxford Biblical Studies Online,
One of many images from Oxford Biblical Studies Online
on a trial basis.
Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. The integration of authoritative scholarly texts and reference works with tools that provide ease of research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible make Oxford Biblical Studies Online a valuable resource not only for college students, scholars, and clergy, but also anyone in need of an authoritative, ecumenical, and up-to-date resource.
Take an introductory tour of the site by clicking here.
Let us know what you think – send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your liaison.
We are pleased to announce that the Middlebury College community now has permanent access to the Historical Newspapers – Chinese Newspapers Collection.
We trialed this last Fall and received highly positive feedback. Thanks to those who responded – you help us keep our collections relevant to your needs.
The Korean American novelist Chang-rae Lee’s newest novel, On Such a Full Sea appeared in January with a technological twist: Lee collaborated with the 3-D printing company MakerBot to create a first-of-its-kind, limited edition 3-D printed cover, formed from a corn-based bioplastic and made on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.
© Riverhead books
Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, copy number 465
“What I like about this project is that it re-introduces the idea of the book as an art object. Content is what’s most important, but this [3D edition] is a book with a physical presence too.” Chang-rae Lee.
Chang-rae Lee using a MakerBot Replicator 2 Photo © MakerBot
Middlebury’s limited edition copy, number 465 of 500 copies, will be on display in Special Collections and Archives in the Davis Library this spring.