Is the Research Desk in your toolkit yet? Come and talk with a librarian when you start your first assignment. You’ll find that we are always happy to help. You don’t even need a question! Just tell us what you’re working on. Together, we can figure out what you’ll need to do first, next and last.
Fall Research Desk Hours (September 10 – December 14, 2018)
Like your summer language with pictures on the side? We’ve got just the thing for you. Come and check out (literally!) the comics and graphic novels we’ve put on the cart in the Davis Family Library atrium. (Yes, you may borrow them!)
We have a lot, and we’re eager to refill. So if you want to see more colorful covers, and texts in French or Spanish, be sure to come and get these!
Every research guide is carefully curated by a Middlebury librarian. You’ll find links to lists of in-language books, search tips, and answers to questions that are commonly asked by students in your language program.
Most importantly, you’ll find contact information for the librarian who can help you find exactly what you need. Use the “Schedule Appointment” button, or send an email, to sign up for a one-on-one research consultation. If we can talk with you about what you’re working on, we can ensure you’re getting exactly what you need.
Special Collections’ summer exhibition, In the Footprints of the First German Printers: 1450-1500, retraces the expansion of printing in Europe. The exhibit follows the German pioneers who initiated and spread the historical evolution of the art of bookprinting and developed a tradition that transformed the world of learning.
All but one of the books featured were donated by Helen and Arthur Tashiera, Californian benefactors of Middlebury who summered in Vermont. In 1946, they generously gifted forty-three printed books from the infancy of print, primarily from Italy and Germany. (The other book on display was a gift of Middlebury alumna Ruth Hesselgrave, class of 1918.)
Each book contains the history of the early evolution of printing. By studying the materials of the covers, pages, inks, the page layout implemented, the hand-painted additions to the printed text, we learn about how the first printers’ processes developed and how readers’ interpretation of texts evolved. (And that’s without even reading them!)
In the Footprints of the First German Printers: 1450-1500 was curated by Marie Théberge (P ’10) and designed by Mikaela Taylor (’15) with additional support by Danielle Rougeau and Rebekah Irwin. It will be on display in Davis Family Library atrium (main level) and Harman Periodicals Reading Area (lower level) from June 14th through September 30th.
Welcome back to the libraries, alumni! We know that even though you’ve graduated, you’ll never stop learning. We want to be sure you’re aware that the scholarly journals in JSTOR and Project Muse are available to you. After signing up for a Midd alumni account, you can use JSTOR and Project Muse from anywhere. For more information including instructions on how to sign up, see How do I get Alumni Access to JSTOR and Project Muse?
We hope you enjoy reunion! Here are a few tips to welcome you back to the libraries.
Computers and Library Databases
Use our computers and library databases while you’re here in the library! Just ask for a guest username and password at the front desk. (Or, for quick a email inbox check, look for the computers that are already logged in on the main level of both libraries.)
To connect your phone or other device to the wireless network, create a guest account by following the instructions here: Get started with wireless.
Now available for checkout from the Davis Family Library Circulation desk: a family pass (up to 8 people in one vehicle) for free entry into a Vermont Historic Site. This means you can go see and of these historic sites – the Bennington Battle Monument, President Calvin Coolidge, Chimney Point, Hubbardton Battlefield, Senator Justin S. Morrill, Mount Independence, Old Constitution House, President Chester A. Arthur, and Eureka Schoolhouse and Baltimore Covered Bridge – for the bottom line price of zero dollars! At that price, you can’t afford to NOT go learn some history! The pass is available for checkout by all college faculty, staff, and students for a three-day loan period.