Posts by Brenda Ellis


Friday links roundup – Sept. 16, 2011

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Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books (has links to best movies, novels, albums, gadgets and TV shows of all time too).

Wired Magazine interviews Bill McKibben about the tar sands.

JSTOR announces free journal content

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JSTOR announcement: “…we are making journal content on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere, freely available to the public for reading and downloading. This includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing approximately 6% of the total content on JSTOR.”  See the full announcement  for more details.  Since Middlebury already subscribes to most modules, it will only add access to a small number of journals, mainly in the sciences.

Summon Video Tutorial

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Wondering how to search Summon, the library’s new default search tool on the library homepage? Watch this short video tutorial that will show you many of Summon’s features using an example search. Want to know more about Summon? See our announcement about it from earlier this summer.

Friday Links Roundup – Aug 5

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Some of these might be useful for personal use:


Check out books and improve your grades!  Read more here. And its follow-up post that sorts the results by discipline.

Using online library resources helps too!  See the JISC Library Impact Data blog (the post above refers to this blog).  Their analysis of cross-institutional data shows that there is a “statistically significant relationship between both book loans and e-resources use and student attainment.”

Using DocScanner to Scan on the Go For those with iPhones or Android phones, this app seems potentially quite useful.


New Library Databases and Resources

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This spring/summer the library added a number of new resources or expanded coverage of existing resources.  See the New & Trial Resources guide for full descriptions. For example:

Summon (our new search tool)
Ebook Library (EBL)
More online journals / periodicals (Elsevier, Sage, Nature, Economist, Times of India, PAO, JSTOR)
Britannica Global Reference Center
Oxford Handbooks Online
Naxos Music Library
Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics
American County Histories
Archives Unbound (digitized primary source documents)
Scopus (similar to Web of Science)
Gartner Research (Technology research)
UlrichsWeb Global Serial Directory
And more!

American Library Assoc. Annual Tech Wrap-up

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ALA TechSource will be wrapping up the ALA Annual Conference with a free tech webinar on July 8th at 3pm. A panel of experts will discuss what they learned and what stood out. From e-books to tablets to RFID and library systems. Register here. Or see this related post on top tech trends.

Friday links – 1 July 2011

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What are QR codes? (think bar codes on steroids).  How might they be used in libraries? (with implications for the wider LIS).  See this powerpoint from a conference presentation that was shared on our VT academic libraries listserv.

In Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom an aging Belgian draft horse named Fred is part of a team racing to bring broadband Internet access to all corners of the state by 2013. Read more here.