Tag Archives: Library Spotlight

Has an ebook gone missing?

Noticed that an ebook you’ve previously seen no longer appears available? There are several possible reasons, but the most likely one right now is that it was removed from our collection because of its cost. The Library has many sources for ebooks, and the largest one is a company called Ebook Library (EBL). We have some 200,000 EBL records in our catalog, of which we own only .6%. The rest are there for access as needed, and we don’t pay for them until they’re actually used. This is a recently developed program called Demand-Driven Acquisitions (DDA). A vastly oversimplified description is that for the first four uses, the library pays a percentage of the full purchase price, and the fifth use triggers an automatic purchase. DDA lets us offer a tremendous range of ebooks at a small fraction of the full purchase price. Over the last four years, we’ve paid less than $500,000 for access to more than $8 million worth of books.

However, in the last two years, many publishers have decided they weren’t making enough money, so they dramatically hiked their fees for those first four uses, which has sent our library’s costs skyrocketing. We’ve shifted some funds from print purchasing to cover the additional ebook costs, but the only way to moderate expenditures for the longer term is to remove the most expensive titles, along with titles from the most expensive publishers.

What to do? If you’re not finding something you’d previously seen, or if you come across a catalog link that doesn’t work (removing the catalog records tends to lag behind the actual ebook access), email us right away, and we might be able to get it back. If we can’t, we’ll work on finding another way to lay hands on the material for you.

Read, and Cultivate Inclusion

Stop by the Davis Family Library atrium this month to browse our book display featuring literature and research in Ethnic Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and Disability Studies.

inclusivity display

All materials are available for checkout, so grab a book and find a comfy blue chair to curl up in!

View more titles online at go/inclusivitydisplay and recommend books that have inspired you at go/displaysuggestions!

Data-Planet (Trial through Dec. 17, 2015)

Students, faculty, and staff at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey have free access to Data-Planet for a limited period of time.

There are two aspects of Data-Planet:

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides access to the extensive Data-Planet repository of standardized and structured statistical data. Through a single platform, users can search and browse 25 billion data points in over 4.3 billion datasets sourced from over 70 authoritative government and private sources. The platform’s powerful functionality allows users to manipulate datasets, compare multiple indicators, chart trends over time and spatially represent data without requiring additional software programs. Multiple export options are provided.DataPlanetStatData
  • Data-Planet Ready Reference  provides easy means to get quick facts about countries and economies around the world.DataPlanetReadyRef

Please let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Dictionary of American Regional English (Trial ends Nov. 6, 2015)

For a limited time, members of the Middlebury College community can discover the full panoply of American regional words, phrases, and pronunciations with Harvard’s Dictionary of American Regional English, or DARE. The digital edition features audio, interactive maps, and insights into the DARE Survey.DARE_mapLet us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your library liaison.

Archive of materials from Reconstruction (Trial ends Oct. 27, 2015)

Students, faculty, and staff in the Middlebury College community have free trial access to

Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Enforcement of Federal Law in the South, 1871-1884

This Archives Unbound collection on law and order documents the efforts of district attorneys in states that fought in the Confederacy or were Border States to uphold federal laws. It includes correspondence between and among DAs, Attorneys General, marshals, judges, convicts, and citizens.Reconstruction_snip

These documents and images are cross-searchable on the Archives Unbound platform, where Middlebury has purchased access to 30 other collections.

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.