Through mid-August, our Middlebury and Monterey campuses have trial access to this database from Al-Manhal, the only provider of full-text searchable databases of scholarly and scientific publications from the Arab and Islamic world. Al-Manhal’s over 13,000 e-books and 300 peer-reviewed journals can be searched through the user-friendly platform linked above. The full-text content is also fully indexed in Summon. (Allow a few days after this post for all Al-Manhal content to be find-able in Summon by Middlebury and MIIS users.)
You may know that Middlebury uses what’s called a “purchase on demand” model for its largest collection of electronic books, EBL (Electronic Book Library). Under this model, we place the catalog records in Midcat but don’t pay anything for the ebook unless and until it’s actually used. Then, we pay a fraction of the list price for each of the first four uses, and on the fifth request, the title is automatically purchased. We have set up seamless access so there’s no delay when you want to use a title, but the library is billed for all uses longer than five minutes, downloads, copies, or printing. There’s a lot more to how the program works, but that’s the broad outline.
Unfortunately, the library has reached the end of its funding for this fiscal year, so we have had to suspend access to the resource until July 1. This is definitely a temporary suspension, and EBL will be back on July 1, along with any titles you may have used but can no longer reach. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and hope it doesn’t put a serious crimp in your work. Please feel free to contact Douglas Black, Head of Collections Management, for more information.
A brown-bag lunch will be held on May 3 at 12:30 pm, in the Crest Room of the McCullough Student Center, to explore the subject of the library’s approval profile. Douglas Black, the library’s Head of Collections Management, will be presenting, with some sweets and coffee to augment your own lunch. He’ll give some history of the approval program in library acquisitions over the years and lead discussion on its role in the academic library collection of the 21st century.
For context, the library selects, acquires, and provides access to materials in many different ways:
- upon request by students, faculty, and staff
- automatic purchase of e-books and streaming media based on usage
- package deals on journal subscriptions and purchased journal archives (“backfiles”)
- one-time purchases of electronic databases, which often require annual maintenance fees
- and through automatic purchase via an “approval profile.”
Under the approval model, the library utilizes a library vendor (in our case, YBP Library Services) to purchase automatically books that meet certain criteria (e.g., subject, hardbound only, no workbooks, scholarly publishers only, within a certain price range, etc.). Middlebury typically purchases about 3,000 volumes/year this way, at an average annual cost of $97,000 in the last few years. We recently conducted a thorough analysis of the program’s effectiveness, finding that print books purchased through the approval profile are used much less than those specifically requested. The library believes some of that money could be spent more effectively and would like to gather input from members of the campus community on reshaping the profile.
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.
- Data-Planet Ready Reference provides easy means to get quick facts about countries and economies around the world.
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.Let us know what you think – email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your library liaison.
Students, faculty, and staff in the Middlebury College community have free trial access to
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.
These documents and images are cross-searchable on the Archives Unbound platform, where Middlebury has purchased access to 30 other collections.
All members of the Middlebury College community will have full access to Foreign Policy for the next 30 days.
In addition to articles published in Foreign Policy magazine, this includes:
- direct, seamless access to all content on foreignpolicy.com, which is added to many times per day and covers all regions of the world,
- Advanced search capabilities,
- All content from daily alerts,
- Full archive of the magazine back to 2010, and coming soon, a 45-year archive.