Posts by Brenda Ellis


JSTOR Journals – 2 new collections added

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JSTOR – Collections V & VI added
Collection V title list. Description: “…important literary reviews and state historical journals. It will also widen the scope of core disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as philosophy, history, classics, religion, art and art history, and language and literature.”

Collection VI title list. Description: “…extends JSTOR’s coverage in disciplines across the social sciences, with clusters focused in economics, education, linguistics, political science, and area studies.”

See other library resources added recently here.

New Library Databases and Resources

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The librarians often wait to select new database purchases or subscriptions until the end of the fiscal year, when it is more clear how much money is available.  So far this year, we were able to add the following databases/resources:

ProQuest Historical Newspapers – Added 3 black newspapers:  Chicago Defender; Pittsburgh Courier; Atlanta Daily World . Also added Boston Globe.

Latin American Newspapers, 1805 – 1922

Readers’ Guide Retrospective, 1890 – 1982

Scientific American

Social Explorer (premium edition)

Periodicals Archive Online ( more journals added)

For full descriptions with links, see the New and Trial Databases page: or http://go/trials

A few other resources will be announced, once they become available.

Featured Library Resource: CQ Researcher Offshore Drilling Report

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Interested in weekly reports that analyze current issues?  Check out the latest CQ Researcher Report:

Offshore Drilling: Is tougher federal oversight needed?”

Each CQ Researcher report provides an introduction to an issue along with overview; background; current situation; outlook; pro/con; chronology, and more. Other recent reports include Water Shortages; Health Care Reform; Jobs Outlook; and U.S. – China Relations.  To see other reports use the go shortcut http://go/cq and choose CQ Researcher.  Add as RSS feed for the reports or sign up for weekly email alerts from the left menu bar. Additional library resources can be found listed by subject on the library Subject Guides found on the library homepage or using the go shortcut http://go/subjectguides.

Faculty Authors – Retaining Your Author Rights

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Faculty, before you sign that next publishing contract, read the information about retaining your author rights by adding an addendum to your publisher’s contract.  Links to this information may be found at the bottom of the LIS for Faculty page (shortcut  http://go/lis4faculty).   Or you can use these direct links:

Thanks to Jeff Rehbach for creating these pages.

LIS Social Science Advisory Group Meeting Notes

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The notes from the LIS Social Science Advisory Group May meeting have been posted:

The agenda included:

  • Information Literacy Standards and Proposals (Review of the Research Skills document)
  • Effect of the new printing rules for students on classes

E-Book Collections – Trial access during May

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Curious about the future of E-books and how Middlebury might expand its offerings?

LIS has had demos from 3 of the major e-book vendors and we now have trials to explore their platforms on our own. If you are curious and have the time, take a look at each before the trials end and submit feedback to  The first two are IP-based and don’t require a password.  For the 3rd one, contact any librarian for the login info.  In all likelihood we will set up a patron-driven purchase plan with one of these (similar to what we did with netLibrary – load records for the titles in MIDCAT, but a purchase only happens if a title is actually used by our users).  The links for these trials are at go/trials or Library homepage -> Research -> New & Trial Databases

Vermont Parks Free June 12th and 13th

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VERMONT DAYS is coming up June 12th and 13th. All Vermont State Park day areas, state-owned historic sites, and Vermont’s History Museum will be open and free to the public. Saturday, June 12th is free fishing day – the one day in the year when residents and non-residents may go fishing without a license.