Open Access Week is an international event that raises awareness of the many benefits of making research free and open for others to use. This year’s theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge,” which asks libraries and researchers around the world to consider how they will create and support platforms for sharing knowledge that are “inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. Asking ourselves and our partners ‘open for whom?’ will help ensure that considerations of equity become and remain central… .”
At Middlebury, we are considering “open for whom?” through two goals for the upcoming year: expanding our efforts to support campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; as well as identifying our role in building and sustaining the infrastructure required for digital scholarship.
Other open access efforts at Middlebury include:
Digital Collections at Middlebury, our open-source repository that houses digitized works from our archives, along with student theses, scientific datasets, and faculty open access articles.
The Open Access policy, adopted by faculty in 2016, grants the college a license to republish scholarly essays by faculty in our online repository.
Lever Press, a consortial open access publisher focusing on “digital-first” online scholarly monographs.
An examination of digital scholarship infrastructure, supported by a Mellon grant and led by Dean of the Library Mike Roy (along with a multi-school team of library professionals), with the goal of envisioning a more modern and sustainable system that would enhance scholarly communication at colleges, universities, and research libraries.
Finally, are you wondering where to find open access research? Here are a few places to look:
LibrarySearch, Middlebury’s new discovery service (the replacement for Summon). Find Open Access materials by going to “Search Options” then “Collection” and finally “Open Access Scholarship.” LibrarySearch is still a new service and a work-in-progress, so please get in touch with a librarian with any questions!
The Library has hundreds of databases, indexes and catalogs, providing access to millions of articles, books, films, musical recordings and primary sources. That sounds promising… until it sounds overwhelming. Where should you start your research? We used to recommend Summon, but over the summer, we replaced Summon with LibrarySearch.
Like its predecessor Summon, LibrarySearch is a great place to begin your research. That’s because LibrarySearch links you to nearly everything in our collections. And, we think LibrarySearch is even better than Summon at matching results to your search terms.
We’re still straightening out some of the kinks with our new discovery service. For example, LibrarySearch is linking to materials at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and it is not linking to many of our online newspapers. So as always, please get in touch with a librarian if you’re not finding what you need.
This fall, the library is switching from Summon to a new discovery platform from EBSCO, which we are calling “LibrarySearch.” LibrarySearch will work very much like Summon: it will still retrieve results from the library catalog (MIDCAT), and it will still find article-level results from our subscribed journals and databases (as well as beyond, if desired).
We made this switch for a number of reasons.
offers better discovery of non-full-text indexes such as MLA Bibliography and RILM (in fact, these databases are not indexed by Summon, due to their dissatisfaction with how Summon handles non-full-text databases)
has features not available in Summon, such as a view into which databases search results are coming from, and the option to save search results directly into online storage providers such as Dropbox
is more tightly integrated with the library’s catalog than Summon
is (like Summon) a very stable and widely-used system
Of course, since LibrarySearch is provided to us by a
different vendor, you will see changes in how search results are ranked and
displayed, and the interface will look somewhat different.
Please see go/librarysearch to try out the new system. As with any new system, there are bound to be some bugs, broken links, unexpected results or behavior, etc. Please submit problems, or suggestions for improvements, to Terry Simpkins in the Library (x5045).
Dear Library Patrons: You may have noticed that turnaround times to complete ILL requests have of late at times been slightly longer than in the past. As a result of workforce planning, we have reduced the number of staff working in this department by .5 FTE. We will of course continue to fill requests as quickly as we can, but do bear this in mind when submitting requests with hard deadlines. Please note the following as well:
* ILL requests submitted with incomplete or erroneous bibliographic information may be returned to you as unfulfilled and/or in need of additional information
* ILL staff may not be able to devote quite as much time as in the past to filling requests for particularly rare or hard-to-acquire items
You should continue to use our online form (http://go.middlebury.edu/illiad) to submit ILL requests and as noted above, provide as much and as accurate bibliographic information as possible. If you need to speak to a member of our dedicated ILL staff, you can stop by the Davis Family Library circulation desk during the following hours:
You may be aware that we’ve had an access problem with the New York Times web site over the past few months. The short version of the issue is that SGA was providing online access until NYT discontinued that program…which no one on campus realized until our access ceased (there’s more detail in this Campus article). The Times’ new program is extremely expensive, and the library’s funding for this fiscal year was set last year. Partial access is still available; would that full access were, and we wish an immediate solution were at hand. We haven’t given up, though, and are still working on the problem. Please feel free to contact Douglas Black, Head of Collections Management, for more information.
Come Visit the 4th Annual Middlebury Write-In, Wednesday, December 5th, from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. in Davis Family Library 201 or the Anderson Freeman Center.
On Wednesday, December 5th, from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., supported by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR), the 4th Annual Middlebury Write-In will be held. Students can receive writing assistance from tutors and research help from librarians in Davis Family Library 201 or in the Anderson Freeman Center. Snacks will be served.