Student Employees

It’s almost time to re-register some computers (or, What to do if you can’t log in to Millennium)

If you turn on a computer and try to login to Millennium and nothing happens in the next few weeks, here is the likely culprit: Every 300 days, we have to register the computers with the network or some such. According to my calculations, that 300 days is about up. So if you experience difficulties, here is what you do.

1. Open up IE or Firefox (not Chrome)
2. Follow the registration instructions
3. It is fine to use your own username – it just needs some sort of verification that you are an actual Middlebury user.
4. It may ask you to restart the computer.
5. If all of that still doesn’t work, call the Helpdesk.

Additional information and instructions can be found HERE.

New York Times

The New York Times recently announced that it will start charging for online content.  If you haven’t been asked about it yet, you probably will be soon!  Our researchers want to know if the library has a subscription.  Read these two blog posts so you’ll be ready for them.

We Have Your New York Times

More on the New York Times

Sneak Preview

Please  check out these two new video tutorials created by our librarians.  They may be the first in a series, and we’d like to know what students think of them!

Questions for you to ponder:

  1. Do you think these are useful?
  2. Any other thoughts to share?
  3. Do you think short, visual tutorials like these (in general) could be useful?
  4. Any suggestions for topics to cover in future tutorials?

Please click on “Leave a Reply” below, or send your comments to Carrie at  Thanks!

The Return of STATS WEEK!

Hi all. Some of you have fond memories of last semester’s stats extravaganza. For those of you who don’t, allow me to explain; We keep track of every time we get asked a question. (With the exception of “Can you get this book for me?”) Just go to this form and fill in the appropriate information. If you are not sure what kind of question it is, just guess. Please continue to do this all week every time you get asked a question. The library gods will be pleased.

JAMA password

(That’s short for “Journal of the American Medical Association” and it sort-of rhymes with what one wears at bedtime.)

This is one of the few titles that requires a special password for online access.  The MIDCAT record tells you what to do to get it:  call the Reference Desk at x5496.

Remember that in most cases, when someone asks for a password for an online journal, you should tell them they probably will need nothing more than their Middlebury username and password.  The trick is that they need to use the link for the journal that’s in our Journals A-Z list (go/journals), not just any link they find on Google.

Reminder: Reference Training

I’m hoping to see lots of circ staff and students tomorrow afternoon at the Ref Training Session!  Note the time change:  3:30 -4:30 (instead of 3-4).

Please review Research-How to Help in advance.  Whether or not you’re able to attend the session, I think you’ll find this document is useful not only for your work at the desk but also for your own research projects.

Ref Training
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
3:30-4:30 pm
Lib 145 (Davis Family Library)

Congratulations to our Seniors!

Congratulations to our wonderful Circ and ILL Seniors! We will miss you all! You leave behind a big gap at the Circ Desk and in our hearts, and though we may fill your roles in Circ and ILL, we can never replace you! Take good care and be well. Safe travels.

Here are a few pics from our Senior buffet lunch celebration – thanks to Dan for organizing!

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Congratulations Seniors!

Staffing Changes

I wanted to update you all on some staffing changes at Circ.
Kellam Ayres has officially been promoted to Reserves Coordinator, though as you know, she has been the Queen of Reserves for some time now. Congratulations, Kellam!
Steve Bertolino has been promoted to Reference and Instructional Librarian, and will soon be leaving the Circ equipment kingdom and moving across the Davis Library to his new office. Thankfully he will not be going far! Hurray for Steve!
Shawn O’Neil will be joining Circulation Services, and may have a temporary home behind the Main Circ Desk, before moving to Armstrong. Many of you may know Shawn from his work with the Helpdesk and Media Services. Welcome, Shawn!
Rich Church, Circ Stacks supervisor will (joyously!) be retiring on June 30th, after shelving, shifting, dusting and organizing many, many, many miles of books, and other library materials. Rich will have a new temporary home next to Kellam until the end of June.
This is also my last semester and June 30th will be my last day at Midd Circ. I am moving to Dummerston, VT, and though this is a very happy change for me, I will miss you all and this job very much!
We are currently in the process of interviewing candidates for 2 positions in Circ – and I will update you again when I know more.
You may also see lots of activity throughout the Main Library as staff across LIS move into different offices and work locations. So if you don’t find someone in their usual location, please check the Midd Directory for the most up to date info.
Seniors, you are also leaving Midd soon and I suspect that this is a bittersweet time for you as well. This year Circ is witnessing an unprecedented number of graduating seniors, and you will all leave a BIG gap in Circ Services.
Our Circ motto of “change is our tradition” seems quite appropriate this year! 🙂