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Music Library To Be Relocated To Davis

Last Saturday, the Middlebury Board of Trustees approved a project to relocate the Music Library from the Mahaney Center for the Arts (MCFA) into the Davis Family Library, moving the History of Art and Architecture Department into the vacated music library space.  This project is scheduled to begin next June, with completion hopefully by September.

The consolidation of the Music Library into Davis was proposed by the College Administration, with the stated aims of strengthening ties between the curriculum and the Middlebury Museum of Art, also located in the MCFA, and increasing the use of the MCFA building, which has declined substantially especially since the closing of the Rehearsals dining space.  The moves will also free up studio space in Johnson for the Program in Studio Art and Architectural Studies.

From the library perspective, it is my hope that incorporating the music collection into the Davis Family Library will increase the visibility of this fabulous library resource, one that has perhaps been underutilized due to its location on the periphery of the campus.  With almost 20,000 compact discs; over 18,000 scores; and 13,000 books about music, this is a tremendous resource for anyone with even a passing interest in music, encompassing everything from the latest contemporary classical and avant-garde works to jazz, blues, and popular music for study or recreational listening.  We hope that integration of the music collection into Davis will inspire the musically-curious to investigate our collection and take advantage of the riches it contains.

Moving a collection of this size entails, of course, a great deal of planning and no small amount of disruption, especially during the summer months of 2011.  LIS hopes that our constituents will bear with us through this transition period, and have patience for any temporary inconveniences you encounter.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at: Terry Simpkins (tsimpkin@middlebury.edu) 802-443-5045, Davis Family Library 202C

iPad for Academics

Louisa Burnham (History), Joe Antonioli (LIS) and Shel Sax (CTLR) shared their experiences with the iPad Wednesday afternoon during a brown-bag lunch presentation and discussion  in Lib 105. They focused mostly on teaching and research, but questions from a very-interested audience reflected both academic and extra-curricular interests (where do YOU go for recipes?).

Here’s what Louisa, Joe and Shel told us about the iPad:

Louisa Burnham (History)

Louisa purchased her iPad mostly for travel during the summer, but she continues to use it now.  She has been pleased overall, but she still needs a regular computer, eg to prepare a manuscript.  During her presentation, Louisa highlighted the 2 apps below, but she has found many other useful research apps (dictionaries, ebook readers, etc.).

iAnnotate PDF

  • Annotation of articles, grading of papers.
  • Circle, highlight, write with finger or stylus, type into a post-it style box.
  • For grading – students can email the paper, and when she’s done annotating she can email it back.
  • Louisa also uses Dropbox, a cloud-based app (there’s also an iPad app). Put a Dropbox folder on your computer, and the contents will be synced with your Dropbox folder/s elsewhere. FYI, Dropbox folders can be shared among users.
  • Louisa uses a wifi connection only (didn’t pay for 3G access).
  • Purchased bluetooth keyboard but has found that touch keyboard is usable.


  • Import, view, edit, create: .doc, .docx, .ppt, PDF, etc.
  • Can’t edit or create footnotes. Still, better than Pages (Mac word processing program, which strips footnotes and diacritics altogether).
  • Also just started using 2Screens for presentations.  It allows live on-screen annotation

Joe Antonioli (LIS)

Some reasons why Joe likes the iPad:

  • iPad turns on and off quickly.
  • Can connect to Exchange, Google calendar.

Joe’s favs include: Stargazer, Flipboard (displays web pages differently, eg as a book).

Next iPad will have a camera

Shel Sax (CTLR)

Fav Apps: forscore (scans and displays music), eclicker.

Additional Notes

Students and others on campus will use devices other than the iPad/iPod/iPhone.  For example Android, Blackberry.  We should be thinking about all mobile devices.

The iPad is a new and emerging technology and currently, LIS and other College budgets are unable to support institutional purchases of iPads.

Question: Which format would Louisa prefer for a book (eg a novel), print or ebook? Answer: Print.

Note for projection in classrooms: It’s app-specific (ie, some apps will project and others will not).

How to find apps: Google, NITLE, iTunes store.

To Come

Another presentation in a few months? Sure.

iPad user group? Sure.

NISO’s webinar on item-level (i.e. article) usage statistics

On September 15, I “attended” a webinar presented by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) which focused on the improving capacity to measure usage at the article level.  The presenters contend that article-level usage information more accurately reflects scholarly impact than the current ‘gold-standard,’ citation-based measures.

The first presenter was Paul Needham describing the progress of the PIRUS 2 project. Their mission is to establish global standards for finding article-level usage information.  (It is funded by Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the UK and Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources (COUNTER), the group that established protocols for journal-level usage statistics, participates.)  Needham reported that PIRUS has loaded data from six publishers that includes 555,000 articles from 5500 journals, and just shy of 17 million download events.  They expect there will be upwards of 3 billion article download events to ‘count’ each year when most publishers are participating.  They are also working with institutional repositories.  More information can be found at their website: www.cranfieldlibrary.cranfield.ac.uk/pirus2/

The second presenter was Johan Bollen describing the Metrics from Scholarly Usage of Resources (MESUR) project.  http://www.mesur.org/MESUR.html   “The project’s major objective is enriching the toolkit used for the assessment of the impact of scholarly communication items, and hence of scholars, with metrics that derive from usage data.”  Bollen contends that impact factors based on citation data does not honor the full scope of scholarly activities; further citation tracking takes more than two years to develop.  In contrast, usage data is real-time and can use large scales of data.  He described MESUR as a “scientific project to study science itself from real-time indicators.”  The usage data he’s been working with includes “clickstreams” so they can follow what articles are clicked on after a given article is downloaded.  One of his articles on his research is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/0902.2183 and includes a graphic that shows how citation-based metrics do not reflect actual usage. It is fascinating in an academic scholarly kind of way.

A New Bookplate for the Davis Family Library

DavisFamilyLibraryBookplate 2010
To coincide with the naming of the Davis Family Library and to honor Jim Davis and his family, the Office of College Advancement commissioned a new bookplate for the library.   Bookplates have been used for centuries to indicate ownership of a book.  The Latin phrase “ex libris” or “book of” is traditionally used, and the design of a bookplate often conveys information about the owner of a book, whether that owner is an individual or an institution.  The Middlebury College Library has had a variety of bookplates over the years and each branch library has its own bookplate.

Selecting an artist to create a small work of art that conveys specific information yet is interesting to look at, is a unique challenge.  LIS provided Pamela Fogg, Design Director in the Office of Communications, with an historical overview of the bookplates that have been used over the years and she researched potential artists.

Artist Antar Dayal was selected because he works in detailed line drawing and often uses allegorical themes that translated well to a bookplate design.   When he received the commission from Middlebury College in the Spring of 2009, Dayal was temporarily living in Hawaii because a wildfire had destroyed his studio and home in California.  His website www.dayalstudio.com features a blog and portfolio.

Library staff shared some ideas with the artist about what design elements might be included in the bookplate.  One of the library’s most distinctive architectural features is its shape, and Dayal referenced the shape of the building in the shape of the frame around the image.  One of the things people seem to enjoy most about being in the library is the view from the inside looking out to the verdant surroundings, and Dayal captured that feeling by drawing a book, as if held in one’s lap, with foliage beyond.

The new bookplate has been used in books being added to the library collections since the day of the library naming ceremony last spring.

Annual Special Collections Open House, August 31-September 2, 2010


On view in Special Collections, Davis Family Library, Lower Level

Faculty and Staff are welcome fo review our most recent acquisition of primary source materials incuding rare books and first editions, historic periodicals, manuscript collections, journals, diaries, antique maps, ephemera, etc.

Everything from the Illustrated London News to American travel letters to Victorian hair jewelry to NY Poet Frank O’Hara.

Special Collections materials are selected for their relevance to courses taught across the curriculum as well as for faculty research.

  • Suggestions for future acquisitions are welcome.
  • Tours of the closed stacks available upon request.

Please stop in anytime  9:00 AM-5:00 PM,  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 31-September 2, 2010

We look forward to seeing you.

Media Curator

Steve Bertolino has recently assumed the role of media curator for video collections housed in Davis Family Library, basically becoming responsible for the “care and feeding” of both the restricted and browsing video collections. In this cross-departmental role, Steve will work with faculty and LIS staff to:

  • ensure timely replacements of missing/damaged items
  • ensure we have viable copies of materials needed for screenings and reserve
  • periodically generate and review reports relating to use, condition, etc., of the collections
  • work with faculty and LIS staff to review and revise policies pertaining to the collection
  • monitor space needs or issues within the collection
  • keep an “ear to the ground” regarding new and emerging technologies relating to video streaming or alternate delivery systems
  • reconvene, and serve on, the LIS committee responsible for adding (and withdrawing) materials for the video browsing collection.

Please contact Steve with any questions about the use of the library’s video collections.  Please contact the appropriate liaison or submit a suggestion if you would like to request a purchase.

LIS Collection Management has a new name!

With the merger of Collection Management and portions of Academic Consulting Services, it became clear that the area needed a new name to reflect its expanded scope.

I’m therefore pleased to announce that the name for this area is now Research and Collection Services (RCS). While many portions of the website still reflect the old names — and it will take a while before we’ve eradicated all remnants of Collection Management/Academic Consulting Services from the website, email distribution lists, HR/Banner information, etc. — please consider the name to be effective immediately.  We’ll try to get the changes made expeditiously.

As a reminder, RCS includes:

  • Reference and Instruction Librarians
  • Special Collections
  • Vt. Collection
  • Government Documents
  • Inter-library Loan
  • Cataloging/Acquisitions/Serials
  • Preservation & Processing
  • Collection Development