An error has been discovered in the install discs for Microsoft Office 2010 and 2011, so they are getting fixed by the Helpdesk. Unfortunately, this means that if you have used these discs to install the software at home, you will need to re-install once the discs are fixed. Stay tuned to this post for an update as to when they are available again. Also – if anyone thinks this should be a broader post than just LIS staff, please feel free to re-categorize.
Innovative informed me that one of two fans in our Central INN-Reach server kicked-the-bucket. They will have to bring down the server to swap out the hardware. They will do this at 5:30 pm Friday August 26, 2011. They predict that it will take approximately 30 minutes complete. All central system activities, the catalog, request processing, etc. will be down during this time.
Staff Council is aware that many Middlebury College staff members do not know that they can use the Library’s resources just as students and faculty can. So, as part of its ongoing series of Learning Lunches, Staff Council is grateful that Brenda Ellis has agreed to offer a (re)introduction of some of Davis Family Library’s resources to interested staff and faculty members.
The Learning Lunch will not only help staff members become aware of some of these resources, but will also showcase what’s new in the Davis Family Library now that the contents of the former Music Library have been moved in. We also have a new search method for finding answers to your research needs (“Summon”), and more!
Please join us as Brenda shows us what’s new (and not so new) about the Davis Family Library and its resources!
Wednesday, June 22, noon until 1pm
Room 145 of Davis Family Library
The Davis Family Library will be providing extended hours during the last week of classes and the exam period.
24/7 hours started at 9 am on Sunday, 5/1 and will end at 8 pm on Tuesday, 5/17. Bring your ID – card access required between 11 pm and 7:30 am (9 am on Saturday and Sunday). Guest passwords for computer access will not be issued between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am.
Check here for up to date hours at all Libraries.
Items that can leave the Library:
Calculators: These have a four hour loan rule and may be taken outside of the Library.
Mac VGA Adapters: These are found in the same drawer as the calculators and have a 4 hour loan rule. These are typically checked out with LCD projectors and may be taken out of the Library.
LCD Projectors: These are kept in the equipment cabinet in room 208 and have a loan period of one day. If a patron walks in without booking an LCD projector beforehand, be absolutely sure that the one you check out to them does not have a booking that day or the following day. To do this search “LCD Projector” as a title in Search\Holds, double click the record with the corresponding number appearing on the projector, and click on the bookings tab when in the Item Record. If it has a booking the dates of the booking will appear in the record.
Fac/Staff Loaner laptops: There are three Dell laptops and Three MacBooks that can be loan out for a 2 week period to faculty or staff only.
Laptop Power Adapters: These are kept with the Laptops in the 208 Cabinet and are always checked out with laptops. We have extras for individual checkout, but always be sure that there are at least the same number of adapters as there are laptops. Power adapters cannot leave Bihall and they have a 4 hour loan period.
Items that CANNOT leave the Library:
Laptops: There are four Dell laptops and two Ibooks available for check out on a first come, first serve basis. They have a loan period of 4 hours and must be returned when the library closes. These are kept in the equipment cabinet in 208. Please remind patrons that these cannot leave the Library under any circumstance. When laptops are returned, please check to make sure they have been properly shut down and all the appropriate parts are still intact (pop-up windows will prompt you in what to look for).
PLEASE NOTE: Equipment borrowed at Armstrong must be returned at Armstrong. This rule applies for equipment at Main as well. Equipment must be returned to the branch it was borrowed from. So we do not check in items such as:
Calculators from the Main Library
LCD Projector from Main
IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF WHAT LOCATION A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT HAS, BE SURE TO CHECK IN VIEW/HOLDS USING “EQUIPMENT” AS A GENRE SEARCH
With Spring semester beginning, we find ourselves amidst a busier laptop checkout period. We would like to remind all laptop borrowers that before you leave the library, each computer (Mac and/or PC) will need to be hooked up to our ethernet cord, along with a power connector at the desk, so you are able to type your user name/password. This process allows you to access your files in wireless mode while you are off campus. We will remind you of this when you come to the Circulation Desk, but please keep this in mind as well. We want you to enjoy your laptop borrowing experience without inconveniences.
New books, DVDs and Blu-Rays keep streaming through LIS & onto our shelves! LIS currently has a couple of gems which take a “behind the scenes” look at two giants in film, John Ford and Elia Kazan. The first book, “Ford at Fox: A Great Director’s Professional Home,” was published in 2007, with an introductory by Joseph McBride. It follows Ford’s early years at Fox, where he began his career in 1920, while on loan from Universal. He stayed at Fox through its transition into Twentieth-Century Fox, after the Depression era in 1935. Ford directed nearly 50 films at Fox, up until 1952. “His long and fertile relationship with Fox was among the most extensive director/studio relationships in the history of American film.” In 1939 Ford directed “Up the River,” debuting young actors Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart in their first full length feature. 1939 brought Ford’s classic, “Young Mr. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda. The 40s’ decade offered ”The Grapes of Wrath” and ”How Green was my Valley.” This is a fascinating look into American icon John Ford and his work at Fox.
Also on the new books shelf is a look at Elia Kazan’s brilliant, yet sometimes controversial career. Simply titled, “Elia Kazan” by David M. Gillen, published in 2010, it chronicles the films of another Fox veteran, who began his career in 1944 at Fox to direct five films in the same amount of years. Kazan bravely confronted pressing social topics in his time: class division, bigotry and corruption. Uncomparable works of directorial art were crafted; these films include ”A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “On the Waterfront,” “East of Eden,” “Splendor in the Grass,” Babydoll” and ”A Face in the Crowd.” His last work was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” (1976) with Robert DiNiro. Oscar awards for recipients crowd the book’s pages, along with notes on celebrated actors and collaborators with whom Kazan created his cinematic masterpieces. Both books are fantastic “must-reads” for those who appreciate the art of film.