Author Archives: Joseph Watson

Cellphone booths in Davis Library

We were going to wait to announce the new Cellphone booths in Davis Family Library until we’d had a chance to evaluate them and decide on a permanent location for them, but Brittany beat us to the punch with this post on middblog.  (Thanks Yiling Zhang for the great picture.)

Photo by Yiling Zhang

We’ve installed these in an attempt to solve two problems.   For years we’ve had complaints about people having cell phone conversations adjacent to study areas.  Other academic libraries like ours have successfully used cell phone booths like these to solve that problem.  Also, there are about thirty staff members working in shared offices in Davis Family Library and these folks don’t have a private place for phone calls to their doctor, baby sitter, etc.   Part of the reason we acquired the cell phone booths was to enhance the work/life balance of these staff members.

We purchased them at a deeply discounted price and we hope they’re worth it.  Only time will tell.   In Brittany’s post she mentioned that the location of the one on the upper level might not be ideal.  If you have suggestions of better spots in Davis Family Library for these, please feel free to drop me a line at jwatson@middlebury.edu  Thanks!

Friday Links – January 27, 2012

Last week some Film & Media Culture students working on an independent project this term filmed the second episode of their internet comedy “Legacies” in Davis Family Library.   You may watch “Up All Night”  at go/legacies or here.  http://www.funnyordie.com/legaciestheseries

Artist Guy Laramee carves books.  http://www.guylaramee.com/index.php?/previous-projects/the-great-wall/  and  http://www.guylaramee.com/index.php?/biblios/text-1/

Book Sale Receipts Donated to Public Library Disaster Relief Fund

We’re pleased to report that the recent Davis Family Library book sale brought in $2,732 and that amount has been donated to the Vermont Public Library Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund to help libraries that were impacted by the floods following Tropical Storm Irene.  The funds will be used for repairs, mold abatement, clean-up and replacement of books, furniture and computers. Thanks to Jess Isler and Carrie Macfarlane for suggesting that we use the proceeds from the sale to support the fund.  Thanks also to our College Cashier and the folks in Accounting for helping us coordinate the donation.

PRICES REDUCED at Library Book Sale!

On Thursday everything is half-price at the Davis Library Book Sale!  Hardcover books are just $1, paperbacks are two for $1, and audio CDs just $1.  Come get them while they last!

And… on Friday everything is free!  Yes, FREE!  From Friday morning until Monday morning anything that is left over from the sale may be taken away for free!

Library Book Sale is Open!

Tuesday, November 15th – Sunday, November 20th ,Davis Family Library, 110 Storrs Ave., open at 9:00 AM on first day, continuing during regular library open hours thereafter.

Davis Lbirary Book Sale 2011

Davis Library Book Sale 2011

LIBRARY BOOK SALE– The Davis Family Library at Middlebury College is offering withdrawn and duplicate copies of books, music scores, CDs and other media for sale at great prices. Choose from a wide variety of items for scholarly work or recreational reading, listening, and viewing. Proceeds from this year’s sale will be donated to the Vermont Public Library Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, assisting libraries that were impacted by the recent floods. (Because the low price asked for materials is in part a service to the college community, anyone purchasing items on the first day of the sale will be required to show a Middlebury College ID. Book dealers are not welcome to purchase items for resale on Tuesday, Nov. 15th). FMI, contact Joseph Watson 443-5487 jwatson@middlebury.edu

Salvage of water damaged books, files, and photos.

Some folks may have experienced some water damage from Irene.  Here’s a link to the NEDCC’s technical leaflet on how to recover damaged books and files.

http://www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets/3Emergency_Management/06SalvageWetBooks.php

and another about photographs.

http://www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets/3Emergency_Management/07SalvageWetPhotos.php