The Vermont Department of Libraries now provides access to the Vermont Online Library (VOL) to anyone accessing the internet from an IP address located in Vermont.
The VOL includes resources for school-age children, career explorers, automobile repair and maintenance from and much more from the Gale-Cengage family of resources. The Department of Libraries has taken on this expense so that public and academic libraries throughout the state can provide rich online resources to all of their patrons.
(Note that anyone traveling outside of Vermont who is not associated with an academic institution needs to arrange access to these resources, if possible, with their public library. These resources are incorporated into Middlebury’s library holdings; Middlebury students, faculty, and staff can access these from outside of Vermont by authentication through a link on a library website such as a search in Summon or through the library homepage.)
A number of library content providers have made significant changes to their platforms in the last several weeks, or they will early in 2017. Listed are some of the major ones, and where you can find out more.
Cambridge University Press – Cambridge’s journals and other content (such as Cambridge Histories Online) is now on an updated platform called Cambridge Core. See their video.
SAGE journals – SAGE Publishing has migrated their journals to a new platform. The URL for each journal has changed; old links will be re-directed to the new platform. More information here.
As a reminder, the Library is canceling its subscription to RefWorks citation software (Legacy RefWorks and RefWorks 3) next summer, effective June 30, 2017. After that date, students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be able to use RefWorks through Middlebury’s subscription. For rationale, alternatives and next steps, see The Library is canceling RefWorks next year.
Do you think you’ll miss RefWorks? If so, you should try Zotero citation management software. In January, we’re offering a few Zotero workshops here at the Davis Family Library. Our Zotero guide has scheduling and signup instructions. A librarian would be glad to provide one-on-one advice, too — contact us at go/askus/ and we’ll get you started.
It was a hit last spring, and so we’re doing it again: on Wednesday, December 7, the CTLR, the Writing Center, and the Library are hosting the second Middlebury Write-In! Students can attend at either the Davis Family Library or the Anderson Freeman Resource Center to find a productive, social, and supportive environment designed to help them focus on their writing. There will be food, prizes, and writing and research help on hand to make end-of-term writing less stressful and more fun. The Write-In begins at 8 pm and lasts until 11pm, but students are welcome to come any time!
What: Middlebury Write-In!
When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8-11 PM
Where: the Davis Family Library and the Anderson Freeman Resource Center
Good news! Thanks to lots of positive feedback, the “Unplug and Recharge Room” on the upper level of the Davis Family Library will be available at least until the end of this year. We’ve added a curtain and acquired a few other items to make it more permanent. We’ll add more as soon as possible. Many thanks to the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life for allowing us to continue to borrow the meditation cushions.
Wish you could use the meditation cushions somewhere else in the library? That’s easy, borrow a set from us! Check them out at the Circulation Desks at the Davis Family Library or the Armstrong Library.
We’re getting lots of questions at the Research Desk about citations these days. How should I cite this multimedia presentation from the New York Times? What should a citation for a chapter within a book look like when I’m citing it for the second time? What about this PDF with no author that I found on the website of a non-profit organization?
Insider tip: We usually turn to our Citation Guide for answers. You can, too!
Looking for an ebook you used recently but that seems to have vanished? Let us know right away; we can probably get it back. Our major ebook program is undergoing some changes due to soaring costs and increasing publisher restrictions on usage. A large number of titles will disappear from our catalog this week. The process is designed to leave available anything that’s been used recently, but because of behind-the-scenes technical work, there’s a lag between the vendor’s most recent usage reports and the actual catalog-record deletion. As a result, you may have used a title in the last two weeks and now can’t find it again. Just ask us to recover it, and if our supplier still has it available, we will!