Posts by Carrie Macfarlane


Find LIS on Facebook and Twitter

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Since we got ourselves on Facebook and Twitter over a year ago, more than 220 students, faculty, staff, organizations and colleagues have ‘liked’ and ‘followed’ us. More are always welcome! Find us on Facebook at Middlebury College LIS, and on Twitter at @MiddLibrarian.

We wondered recently how we were doing. Should we go to other social networking sites? Are we posting useful news? What else do students want to know about? We polled our student workers and learned that most importantly, we need to make sure everyone knows we’re out there!  Facebook and Twitter still seem to be the most popular forums, and our content seems good.

To help us keep spreading the news, Mike Lynch (Systems Administrator) has joined us as a social media community manager. Great job this month, Mike!

We’re asked periodically by LIS staff members how to get info posted to the LIS Facebook page. The easiest way is to post it to the LIS blog. We’ll notice it, and we’ll either share it right away, or we’ll decide to share it later. (We now use the ShareThis plugin, and we have a planning calendar so that we don’t over-post.) Alternatively, send an email to Steve Bertolino, Mike Lynch, and Carrie Macfarlane and we’ll make a note of your request.

How to print

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Welcome, new students! Among the many questions you have about life at Middlebury, certainly, “How do I print???” is right at the top of the list! Here’s all you need to know.

  1. The Tech HelpDesk Printing page  [shortcut: go/printing] gets you started. It tells you where the printers are and how much it costs to print. It also refers to the print release stations.
  2. If you follow the link to the Print Release Stations page, you’l find out how to send a document to a printer. You can print from library computers, lab computers, or your own computer.
  3. How to print from your own computer? Easy! Follow the instructions for WebPrint.

Questions? Start at the Tech Help Desk Help and Support page.

Thesis carrel signup

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Seniors who are currently enrolled in 500, 600, or 700 level thesis/project work are eligible for a thesis carrel either at the library. If you register for one of these classes you may sign up ONLINE for a Davis Family Library carrel starting at 8 am on Monday, September 17th. Instructions can be found here (go/bookacarrel). Note: Please use Firefox or Chrome browsers.

For a carrel at Armstrong Library, please go directly to that circulation desk on Monday the 17th to reserve.

All books in thesis carrels must be checked out and display the thesis bookmark indicating it’s checked out to you.

Reference (or, Research!) Desk Revived

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Based on the findings of last year’s Research and Instruction Assessment, we’ve decided to use the Reference Desk again. This is the desk on the main level, near the walk-up computers. Don’t get used to the name though. We’re changing it! We’re also stretching to increase our hours of coverage. When students work with us, they come back. But some of them don’t think of us in the first place. We’re trying to encourage all students to ask us for help.

Starting next week, librarians will be available at the Research Desk. Please refer research questions to us! Does the library have any movies in Spanish? How should I cite this web page? I’m writing a paper on [insert your topic here]… We know what to do!

Signs and web pages will be updated ASAP.

Monday-Wednesday: 11-5 and 7-10 pm
Thursday: 11-5 pm
Friday: 11-4 pm
Sunday: 1-5 and 7-10 pm

At any time you can always Ask a Librarian! (go/askalibrarian)

25th Annual Writing and Teaching Retreat

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Joy, Steve and I attended a 3-day Writing and Teaching Retreat for faculty, organized by the CTLR and held at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden. We led a session called “Undergraduates as Researchers,” brainstormed with faculty in syllabus workshops, and gave individual and small-group introductions to the course hub, Moodle, and other curricular technology.

Here are just a few take-aways from the event:

  • During our session on undergraduates as researchers, several faculty members agreed that determining whether or not a source is appropriate for use in a paper is one of the most important skills for student writers to learn; it also is one of the most difficult skills to teach.
  • In a session on oral presentation skills, we learned that simply taking a deep breath as you approach a podium can help you speak more clearly.
  • When working with first-year seminar faculty, some in the CTLR like to share this advice:  ”You are creating the students you want to see in your other classes.”
  • Both students and faculty won’t always ask for help, even if they might need it. “We don’t know what we don’t know,” one faculty member pointed out.
  • When planning a class or a workshop, start at the end (ask, “What do I want the students to have learned?”) and work backwards. This should help you decide which content to prioritize.

One more thing: The Mountain Top Inn is a really nice place!

New Science Data Librarian

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I am very happy to announce that our new Science Data Librarian will begin working at Middlebury on Monday, August 6. Wendy Shook served most recently as a volunteer librarian at the Hawai’i Academy of Arts and Science. Prior to this position, she was a Data Analysis Specialist at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy – Gemini Observatory. She holds a Master of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University in Australia (2011), and a Bachelor of Science, Physics Cooperative Program, from University of Victoria (1996).

Wendy will be the LIS Liaison to most of the sciences, and her office will be at the Armstrong Library. Look for her next month! We’ll be touring all of LIS (and beyond!), so say hello when you see us.

Liaison Discussion: Zotero

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Topic: Led by Daisy Benson, Reference and Instruction Librarian and Library Assistant Professor, UVM
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone else who is interested
When: Tuesday, July 17, from 11:15-12:30
Where: LIB 105, Davis Family Library

We’ve been receiving more requests for help with alternative bibliographic management software. UVM has been supporting Zotero for a few years now, so I’ve invited librarian Daisy Benson to visit for a Zotero demo and discussion. We can talk about other tools too (Noodlebib and Easybib have been mentioned in recent years), and consider investigating them later.

Sorry to spill over into the lunch hour. The room is being used until 11, and since Daisy is coming all the way from Burlington I thought we should block off more than just 60 minutes. You may leave whenever you need to!

“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.