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EQUIPMENT POLICIES AT ARMSTRONG LIBRARY

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Items that can leave the Library:

Calculators: These have a four hour loan rule and may be taken outside of the Library.

Mac VGA Adapters: These are found in the same drawer as the calculators and have a 4 hour loan rule.  These are typically checked out with LCD projectors and may be taken out of the Library.

LCD Projectors: These are kept in the equipment cabinet in room 208 and have a loan period of one day.  If a patron walks in without booking an LCD projector beforehand, be absolutely sure that the one you check out to them does not have a booking that day or the following day.  To do this search “LCD Projector” as a title in Search\Holds,  double click the record with the corresponding number appearing on the projector, and click on the bookings tab when in the Item Record.  If it has a booking the dates of the booking will appear in the record.

Fac/Staff Loaner laptops: There are three Dell laptops and Three MacBooks that can be loan out for a 2 week period to faculty or staff only.

Laptop Power Adapters: These are kept with the Laptops in the 208 Cabinet and are always checked out with laptops.  We have extras for individual checkout, but always be sure that there are at least the same number of adapters as there are laptops.  Power adapters cannot leave Bihall and they have a 4 hour loan period.

Items that CANNOT leave the Library:

Laptops: There are four Dell laptops and two Ibooks available for check out on a first come, first serve basis.  They have a loan period of 4 hours and must be returned when the library closes.  These are kept in the equipment cabinet in 208.  Please remind patrons that these cannot leave the Library under any circumstance.  When laptops are returned, please check to make sure they have been properly shut down and all the appropriate parts are still intact (pop-up windows will prompt you in what to look for).

PLEASE NOTE:  Equipment borrowed at Armstrong must be returned at Armstrong.  This rule applies for equipment at Main as well.  Equipment must be returned to the branch it was borrowed from.  So we do not check in items such as:

Calculators from the Main Library

Tape recorders

LCD Projector from Main

iPods

Camcorders

Cameras

CD Players

Microphones

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF WHAT LOCATION A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT HAS, BE SURE TO CHECK IN VIEW/HOLDS USING “EQUIPMENT” AS A GENRE SEARCH

Carrel Day, Valentines Day edition

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Carrel Day for Spring, 2011 has come and gone. There were 54 carrels available at 8 am on Monday morning. By Wednesday morning, there were 6 remaining. Most were booked online Monday morning. We had three calls at the circ desk from people who had problems booking online: 2 were Juniors (who are not allowed to book a thesis carrel) and one had overdue items (and was therefore blocked from booking). A few people called later in the day to confirm that they had booked a key, and all had. There was one instance of someone booking two carrels keys, but that was quickly discovered and remedied. We pushed back the start time from 7 am to 8 am, which was at the very least better for circ staff. All in all, it was a very smooth day, and much improved over the Fall.

“Plug-In, Log-In” Reminder for Faculty/Staff Members!

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With Spring semester beginning, we find ourselves amidst a busier laptop checkout period. We would like to remind all laptop borrowers that before you leave the library, each computer (Mac and/or PC) will need to be hooked up to our ethernet cord, along with a power connector at the desk, so you are able to type your user name/password. This process allows you to access your files in wireless mode while you are off campus. We will remind you of this when you come to the Circulation Desk, but please keep this in mind as well. We want you to enjoy your laptop borrowing experience without inconveniences.

New Books On Two Great Hollywood Directors

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New books, DVDs and Blu-Rays keep streaming through LIS & onto our shelves! LIS currently has a couple of gems which take a “behind the scenes” look at two giants in film, John Ford and Elia Kazan. The first book, “Ford at Fox: A Great Director’s Professional Home,” was published in 2007,  with an introductory by Joseph McBride. It follows Ford’s early years at Fox, where he began his career in 1920, while on loan from Universal. He stayed at Fox through its transition into Twentieth-Century Fox, after the Depression era in 1935.  Ford directed nearly 50 films at Fox, up until 1952. “His long and fertile relationship with Fox was among the most extensive director/studio relationships in the history of American film.”  In 1939 Ford directed “Up the River,” debuting young actors Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart in their first full length feature.  1939 brought Ford’s classic, “Young Mr. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda. The 40s’ decade offered  ”The Grapes of Wrath” and ”How Green was my Valley.”  This is a fascinating look into American icon John Ford and his work at Fox.

Also on the new books shelf is a look at Elia Kazan’s brilliant, yet sometimes controversial career. Simply titled, “Elia Kazan” by David M. Gillen, published in 2010, it chronicles the films of another Fox veteran, who began his career in 1944 at Fox to direct five films in the same amount of years.  Kazan bravely confronted pressing social topics in his time: class division, bigotry and corruption. Uncomparable works of directorial art were crafted; these films  include  ”A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “On the Waterfront,” “East of Eden,” “Splendor in the Grass,” Babydoll” and ”A Face in the Crowd.”  His last work was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s  unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” (1976) with Robert DiNiro. Oscar awards for recipients crowd the book’s pages, along with notes on celebrated actors and collaborators with whom Kazan created his cinematic masterpieces. Both books are fantastic “must-reads” for those who appreciate the art of film.

Spring Thesis Carrels

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Thesis carrels will be available online or at the circulation desk starting at 8 am on Monday, February 14th. What better way to say “I love you” than to get your sweetheart a thesis carrel? More information and instructions can be found here.

Circulation wiki updates

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Several edits have been made to both the Borrowing and Circulation staff wiki pages. If you have linked to either site, you will probably need to update your links. Please let me know if you can’t find something that used to be readily available. Also, please feel free to update any out-of-date information. I did not update content, only the organization and location of the info.
Borrowing wiki page
Circ staff wiki page

Spring Term Reserves

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With Spring Term around the corner, Library Reserves is processing print, media, and electronic materials for course work. We’re happy to generate a list of previously used reserve materials from past semesters, and we can also easily restore old EReserves pages — please let us know if these options will be helpful. Email the Reserves Department with requests and questions: libres@middlebury.edu. This is the best way to ensure a timely response to all Reserve needs. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch!