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Newspapers, post-Irene

We will likely not be getting the following newspapers at the Davis Family Library, nor anywhere in the Middlebury area (for sale), until further notice:

  • Rutland herald
  • Burlington free press
  • Boston globe
  • New York times
  • USA today

Details …
The Rutland Herald proclaimed on their website that they published their Monday issue at 4 pm Monday.  Given the extent of Irene’s impact in Rutland, this is remarkable.  We receive our copies of the Herald through the mail, and those copies come out of their mailing center in Barre, VT.  Only about two weeks ago did we begin receiving copies after their Barre offices recovered from the Spring floods in May.  We haven’t yet received official word, but I anticipate that their Barre facility is again flooded and it will again be many weeks before we can expect to receive copies of the Herald.

We get the other four papers – the NY Times, BFP, the Globe, and USA Today – from Pittsfield News Service, as do most other purveyors of newspapers in the Middlebury area (e.g., Middlebury Market).  In normal times, those papers arrive at Pittsfield, MA, in the wee hours of the morning, get trucked up to their office in Rutland, and a driver based in Rutland delivers them to us and others in the Middlebury area.  Below is a photo of Route 7 just South of Rutland.  I think it’s safe to say that those deliveries will not be happening for a while.

I have placed notes on the spots for these affected papers in the Harman Periodical Reading Room.

Route 7 a few miles South of Rutland, VT - 29 August 2011

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.


and another about photographs.




Senior theses 2010-2011 available online

Last year’s seniors (2010-2011) who submitted theses to include in our digital repository now have their work available in DSpace (go/dspace). Some students request that their work be restricted to the College community, so to view those, you’ll be asked to log in with your Midd username & password.The others are available ‘worldwide,’ and are eventually searchable via Google (etc.).

In the DSpace repository, you’ll also find previous years’ submissions, back to 2007-2008, which is when we began experiment with “ETDs” (“electronic theses & dissertations”).

Submissions are tracked and uploaded, along with metadata (including title, author, summary, subject headings), by LIS cataloging staff — this year, Sue Driscoll. (In the past, other staff who have helped include Michael Warner, Marlena Evans, and Richard Jenkins.)

Take a look to find intriguing research in a wide-range of topics and academic areas.

On a related note: print copies of Honors theses, some master’s theses, and DML theses (Doctor of Modern Languages) continue to be stored in the College Archives, housed in the Library’s Special Collections area. Titles and authors can be found here. Contact Andy Wentink or Danielle Rougeau to view these items.

Use Dropbox? Consider middfiles instead

We advise our community to use Middfiles for all file storage needs. In fact, sensitive information should always be stored on Middfiles.

Dropbox, one of the most popular cloud storage providers, has had several security flaws and breaches over the past year:
- In June, for four hours, anyone could access anyone else’s Dropbox files.
- Three other separate security flaws (or holes) were found this summer.
- Furthermore, FTC found that Dropbox was misrepresenting their security measures and protocols.
- In addition, Dropbox had changed then clarified its Terms of Service within a matter of days.

That’s why we promote Middfiles for “cloud” storage needs. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions around Dropbox, cloud storage or security. If you have questions specific to Middfiles, please visit our documentation page.

LibX updated to include Summon searching

Middlebury’s version of the LibX browser extension has been edited so that it can now be used to search Summon.  LibX provides:

  • Toolbar & right-click context menu: Search your library catalog directly from the LibX toolbar or using the right-click context menu.
  • Support for off-campus access via EZProxy/WAM: Using the Library’s off-campus proxy, you may reload a page through the proxy, or follow a link via the proxy, making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer.
  • Quick full text access to journal articles: LibX uses Google Scholar to search for articles and directs the user to the electronic copy subscribed to by your Library. Select a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button on the toolbar. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.
  • Support for embedded cues: LibX places cues in web pages you visit if your library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the cue, click on the link to look at what the Library has to offer. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book’s entry in Midcat. Cues are displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other pages.

Library hours post-Language School

The Davis Family Library will close this Friday at 8 pm, and be open 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday. Armstrong Library will close at 5 pm on Friday and be closed this weekend. Starting Monday, August 15th, the libraries will be open 9-5 M-F for the rest of the month. Full hours can be found here.

In related news, the Wilson Café will be closed for the remainder of the month after August 12th. The Grille and Midd Express will remain open.