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.
…and hoping they’ll be a little better next time? Talk with a librarian! We’d love to help you build more research and information literacy support into your spring semester classes. Our new InfoLit site describes what we do, and how it makes a difference. You’ll find assignment ideas, sample workshops, and of course, lots more prompts to talk with a librarian.
“Every student who met with you commented on how that meeting focused their work and led them to search the appropriate literature quickly and effectively.”
-Faculty feedback on library research consultations for students, Fall 2018
It’s finals week, and students are making use of every desk, table, carrel and recliner in the libraries. Surely, someone will find something amiss.
Please feel welcome to alert library staff to outages and other problems in the building. Visit the Circulation Desk, or report the issue via our Library Feedback Form at go.middlebury.edu/libfeedback. We want to keep our facilities in top-top shape for you!
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.
We’ve been developing new library guides around topics related to digital scholarship (or digital humanities, or digital liberal arts, or whatever usage you prefer). These guides are aimed at faculty, staff, and students who are new to digital scholarship or who are looking to learn new skills in a particular area. They will mainly be styled after our other “How to” guides, offering steps to get started with a particular tool or concept, selected tips on more advanced features, and places to look for more advanced help.
Our first new guide in this series is “Getting started with Omeka,” which gives an outline of options for using Omeka here at Middlebury, the basic steps of getting started building your Omeka exhibit, and links to see how others have used Omeka for research, public scholarship, and in the classroom. More information will roll out to this guide soon on plug-ins and other advanced topics.
You can find the Omeka guide, along with all of our other upcoming digital scholarship guides (including some legacy guides that we’ve included) at go/digitalscholarshipguides/.
If you have topics you would like to see covered in a digital scholarship library, contact one of the expert librarians (listed at go/digitalscholarshipguides/), and we’ll discuss!
Do you feel stuck? Not sure what to do next? No need to feel stressed. Middlebury Librarians want to help you get back on track.
Here are our Top Tips for Starting Your Research.
Reminder: Librarians are ready to guide you through any stage of library research, from refining a topic, to revising search terms, to identifying, selecting and citing sources. Hours, contact info and FAQs.
Hey, first-year students! Now that you’re settled in to campus, it’s time to explore the libraries a little more. Here’s some insider advice to get you going (thanks, College Newsroom!):
P.S. You can meet all of the librarians at go.middlebury.edu/librarians.