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Two New Civil War Collections Won for Special Collections

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Erastus Hibbard Phelps Collection

The winning bid on the Archive of Civil War paymaster Erastus Hibbard Phelps, Middlebury Class of 1861, was made at auction by Andy Wentink, Curator of Special Collections & Archives. The archive was one among nearly 350 lots of American History, including Civil War, materials offered by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH, last Friday morning, December 2. The Phelps Archive comprises 334 letters, 4 diaries (3 from Civil War years), 2 bound volumes including a photo album containing portraits of graduates of the Middlebury Class of 1861, many of which are inscribed to Phelps. The archive also includes two photos of Phelps previous to his years at Middlebury, his paymaster sidearm (a Colt 1851 Navy 36 caliber pistol), what is believed to be his sheepskin winter jacket worn on duty, and a leather documents trunk carried during his service.

Andy also made the winning bid on another Civil War archive, 54 Letters of 2nd Lieut. Ephraim L. Hackett, Wisconsin 1st Light Artillery. Born in Maine in 1837, Ephraim L. Hackett was living in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in August 1861, when he enlisted as a Sergeant in the 1st Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery. Small in number and mobile, the Battery recruited barely over 100 men before being sent into the field in Kentucky that Fall, then went on to fight up and down the Mississippi Valley until the end of the war.

These two important Civil War collections significantly enhance Middlebury’s already impressive Civil War era archival holdings including the Aldace Walker (Middlebury Class of 1862) Letters, the Calvin Parker Letters, the Civil War Archive of Professor Kit Wilson, and nearly 100 Civil War era letters from individual writers.

The purchase of the Phelps and Hackett archives was made possible through the generous partial funding from the Friends of the Davis Family Library, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Julian W. Abernethy Fund, and the Davis Family Library.

New federated search engine: MetaLib

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                The U. S. Government Printing Office is hosting a new federated search engine, called MetaLib, that searches more than 50 government databases covering a broad range of subjects, including energy, the environment, health, defense, geodata and statistics.  The database retrieves reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.  Three search modes are available: basic, advanced and expert.

Nobel Laureates at Middlebury Libraries

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Well, we don’t have Laureates in the flesh-and-blood, but you can discover works by and about the 2011 Nobel Laureates throughout the Middlebury Library collections. Here are a few to choose from:

The documentary film Pray the Devil Back to Hell features Leymah Gbowee, one of three Nobel Peace Prize winners. The DVD is available at the Davis Family Library for classroom screenings. Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the story of a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country in 2003.

Tomas Tranströmer, a Swedish poet, won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Currently, we have seventeen of Tranströmer’s works, in both English and Swedish, some newly ordered and still on their way. Choose the “notify when available” link to be the first to get these new volumes by Tranströmer in your hands.

For this year’s Nobel prize winning scientists, Middlebury’s collection of some 73,452 online and print journals can lead you to articles by Professor Dan Shechtman, Nobel prize laureate in Chemistry or  Saul Perlmutter, Nobel Prize winner in Physics. Finally, PubMed, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive, lists articles by Ralph M. Steinman, the Nobel winner in Physiology or Medicine, for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity. Dr. Steinman died three days before the Nobel announcement. To learn more about his work, start with one of PubMed’s 400+ articles.

Visit the Nobel Prize website to learn more about this year’s winners and then Summon (go/summon) to search for films, electronic journals, books, and ebooks.

Annual Special Collections Open House

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PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR 

ANNUAL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS OPEN HOUSE

Special Collections, Davis Family Library, Lower Level

 FACULTY  & STAFF ARE INVITED TO REVIEW OUR MOST RECENT ACQUISITIONS OF PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS INCLUDING

RARE BOOKS & FIRST EDITIONS; MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS; JOURNALS; DIARIES; ANTIQUE MAPS & PRINTS; EPHEMERA; ETC. 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS MATERIALS ARE SELECTED FOR THEIR RELEVANCE TO COURSES BEING TAUGHT ACROSS THE CURRICULUM AS WELL AS FOR FACULTY RESEARCH

SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE ACQUISITIONS ARE WELCOME

TOURS OF THE CLOSED STACKS WILL BE AVAILABLE

PLEASE STOP IN ANYTIME

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY,THURSDAY

SEPTEMBER 6, 7, & 8, 2011

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU

 

LibX updated to include Summon searching

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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.

Research Libraries, Publishers Stake Out Positions on International ILL

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A battle is brewing between research libraries and an association of academic publishers over the right to engage in international interlibrary loans and document delivery, both well-established library practices.

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Summon webinars

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There are 3 free Webinars coming up about Summon, our new library discovery tool. The topics are:

Jun 21, 2011 1:00 pm The Impact of Embracing Electronic Collections on Workflow and Staffing

Jun 22, 2011 11:00 am The Summon™ service: A Public Services View

Jul 26, 2011 12:00 pm What’s New and Upcoming with the Summon service

Get more information here.