Posts by Brenda Ellis


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.

Predict Nobel Laureates with Library Database

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The Library subscribes to Web of Science, which is the platform for Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index.  Since 1989,  the publisher of Web of Science, Thomson Reuters, has correctly predicted at least one Nobel Laureate each year using citation analysis from these databases.  See the full story here:

To access Web of Science, see our list of library databases here: or use
For help using Web of Science or any other resources, contact a librarian

Changes to location of reference resources

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In the old site we had a link for Online Reference Sources.  You’ll find a revised version in the new research guides format.  Just choose Reference from the Research guide widget drop-down menu from the Library page (on the right side).  Not all online reference resources are on this guide – some specialized ones are on the individual subject guides and others are simply listed in midcat or are part of larger collections (ex. Oxford Reference Online).  To see what kind of resources I’m talking about, just look at the guides. 

If anyone is used to using our “ready reference” books (the small section of  high use ref books that used to be on the shelves next to the reference desk), you’ll notice those shelves are now empty.  We did away with that separate section.  Those books have either been transferred back into the main reference section or weeded (withdrawn) if they were no longer needed (ex. phonebooks – we have online sources for that info on the online Reference guide).  If you can’t find something, try searching in midcat  If you still can’t find it, email a librarian at