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Stats You Can Use (Heating Oil & Propane Prices)

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Wondering about the retail prices of heating oil and propane this winter season? Check out EIA’s Heating Oil and Propane Update (updated weekly). Get prices specific to Vermont for heating oil and propane from the More Price Data section.

Recent article by Robert Darnton

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Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library, describes many of the issues facing libraries – from digital books to the rising price of journals in this article published November 23, 2010 in the New York Review of books.

Cool Class Taught by LIS Staff Member!

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Kudos and huzzahs to Andrew Wentink, Curator of Special Collections & Archives, for receiving recognition in the Fall 2010 issue of Middlebury Magazine!  Andy’s class on “Social Dance in Popular Culture” was cited as one of 10 particularly interesting course offerings that caught the Magazine’s attention, among other classes such as “Economics Of Happiness” and “Magic and the Occult In Western Europe.”  Good job, Andy!

Access to NLM’s Visible Human Data sets

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The library has just acquired access to data sets and images from the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Visible Human Project.  Access through the library account is available for Middlebury students and faculty using the data sets for teaching and study purposes.  Several types of images are available:

  • Radiological: original radiological images, in GE format as received from MRI and CT scanners, with text files and instructions for opening
  • Fullcolor: original cryosectional images at 0.33mm XY resolution, .RAW format, with instruction
  • 70mm: cryosection images at .17mm XY resolution, derived from scanning the original 70 mm film, in .RGB format, with instructions
  • PNG: original radiological and fullcolor images formatted in .PNG format, with text files of associated MRI and CT headers

If you would like to use this data for teaching or classroom purposes, please contact the LIS liaison for your department.

The NLM asks that anyone using the data sets for their own research purposes, or who is creating new uses for the images (e.g., developing an application to manipulate or view the files, etc.) submit their own application for access, which is free-of-charge. This allows the NLM to better understand and track how the data is being used.  Please submit individual applications directly to the NLM via their website.

We hope you find this resource useful!

Terry Simpkins

Director of Research and Collection Services

Discuss! (at Liaison Discussion Section)

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You’re invited!  (Who?  All LIS liaisons and others who might be interested. What’s an LIS Liaison?  Find out at http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons.)

Liaison Discussion Section
Thursday 11/18,  10-11 am in Lib 145
Topic:  Support for curricular technology

We will talk about the ways in which we have provided support for curricular technology on behalf of LIS. What questions have we received about Segue, WordPress, MediaWiki, etc.? How have we answered? Have we been asked to recommend one platform over another? What was the scenario and how did we respond?

Pre-assignment:  If you’re among those in LIS who have provided support for curricular technology then please be ready to share 2 questions or challenges that you’d like to discuss.

RSVP:  Liaisons have received and responded to an Outlook invite.  All others don’t need to respond.  Just come if you’re interested!

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What is “Liaison Discussion Section”?  It’s a revival of librarians’ “Reference Training and Review” sessions. “Liaison Discussion Section” meetings will address topics of interest to liaisons: research and/or technology. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the third Wednesday of the month.  In order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’ll occasionally be scheduled for different days/times (for example, this one is on a Thursday!).  Anyone in LIS is welcome.

Middlebury joins the Center for Research Libraries

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The library is pleased to announce that Middlebury College has just become a member of the Center For Research Libraries (CRL) (http://www.crl.edu/).  CRL is a partnership of over 240 university, college, and independent research libraries.  The CRL collection includes:

  • the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America, including international, U.S. colonial titles, U.S. ethnic titles, and Civilian Conservation Corps camp newspapers/newsletters
  • 38,000 foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and other locations
  • a total collection of almost 5,000,000 rarely held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and primary source materials

Membership in CRL provides Middlebury library patrons with access to the entire CRL collection via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  Loan periods, and the amount of material that can be borrowed at any time, are considerably more generous than traditional ILL.  Some CRL materials can be digitized on demand and can be provided via e-mail or other electronic delivery.

How do I use CRL?

CRL materials are requested the same way as any other traditional ILL request: through Middlebury’s ILL department: go\ill (on-campus) or go.middlebury.edu\ill (off-campus).   If you know ahead of time that you need to borrow a large quantity of material, or you need to borrow something for an extended period of time, please indicate this clearly in the “Notes” field when you fill in the ILL request form.

You also have the option of searching the CRL catalog directly at: http://catalog.crl.edu/ If you locate something that’s of interest, leave a note in the ILL form indicating that you found the item in the CRL catalog.  This will save time by alerting ILL staff to route these requests directly to CRL.

If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact one of our librarians, or contact Terry Simpkins, Director of Research and Collection Services, at 802-443-5045.  If you have questions specifically about ILL matters, you can contact Rachel Manning at 802-443-5498.

We are excited to be able to provide you with access to this extraordinary collection, and hope you find it to be a valuable resource for your teaching and research.

Terry Simpkins

Director of Research & Collection Services

Middlebury joins the Center for Research Libraries

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The library is pleased to announce that Middlebury College has just become a member of the Center For Research Libraries (CRL) (http://www.crl.edu/).  CRL is a partnership of over 240 university, college, and independent research libraries.  The CRL collection includes:

  • the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America, including international, U.S. colonial titles, U.S. ethnic titles, and Civilian Conservation Corps camp newspapers/newsletters
  • 38,000 foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and other locations
  • a total collection of almost 5,000,000 rarely held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and primary source materials

Membership in CRL provides Middlebury library patrons with access to the entire CRL collection via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  Loan periods, and the amount of material that can be borrowed at any time, are considerably more generous than traditional ILL.  Some CRL materials can be digitized on demand and can be provided via e-mail or other electronic delivery.

How do I use CRL?

CRL materials are requested the same way as any other traditional ILL request: through Middlebury’s ILL department: go\ill (on-campus) or go.middlebury.edu\ill (off-campus).   If you know ahead of time that you need to borrow a large quantity of material, or you need to borrow something for an extended period of time, please indicate this clearly in the “Notes” field when you fill in the ILL request form.

You also have the option of searching the CRL catalog directly at: http://catalog.crl.edu/ If you locate something that’s of interest, leave a note in the ILL form indicating that you found the item in the CRL catalog.  This will save time by alerting ILL staff to route these requests directly to CRL.

If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact one of our librarians, or contact Terry Simpkins, Director of Research and Collection Services, at 802-443-5045.  If you have questions specifically about ILL matters, you can contact Rachel Manning at 802-443-5498.

We are excited to be able to provide you with access to this extraordinary collection, and hope you find it to be a valuable resource for your teaching and research.

Terry Simpkins

Director of Research & Collection Services