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New and improved (and inclusive) subject headings in Special Collections

We’ve been updating our records with new subject headings from the Library of Congress.

Snip of a MIDCAT record featuring newly added transgender subject headings from the Library of Congress.
Our copy of Chrisine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography, currently on exhibit.

Until last week, the above record for Christine Jorgensen’s autobiography had one subject heading: “Sex change — Biography.”

This means that despite the fact that Jorgensen was a transgender woman, and the first American to become widely-known for having sex reassignment surgery, you wouldn’t find her autobiography at Middlebury if you searched the catalog for “transgender.”

Preservation Manager Joseph Watson asked Cataloger Marlena Evans if the Library of Congress had perhaps updated their subject headings to reflect current terminology used to represent the transgender community.

Thanks to Marlena’s diligence, we now know that Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) include a number of terms (at least 47!) that we can use to catalog works by and about members of the transgender community. Marlena has also updated other records in Special Collections with new subject headings (see below!).

If you’ve ever wondered about those clickable subject headings in library catalog records, they are anything but arbitrary. The Library of Congress maintains a thesaurus of controlled, precise subject headings that catalogers and librarians all over the United States assign to their holdings and use to find works about similar topics.

Researchers use these too! You can click any one of the headings in a record and find similar and related works.

If you are interested in Jorgensen and other writers in the LGBTQ+ community, be sure to check out our current exhibit: Before and After Stonewall: Queer Stories Throughout American History.

Questions? Email specialcollections@middlebury.edu

Bye-bye Summon, Hello LibrarySearch

LibrarySearch allows you to search our catalog of physical books and all our digital resources at the same time.

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.

Next time you’re starting a research project, try LibrarySearch! Look for it at the center of the Library home page, or at go.middlebury.edu/librarysearch

Weekly Web Updates – October 7, 2019


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Profiles in the Offices and Services site are now scoped to single groups, simplifying the editing interface, allowing staff who work in multiple offices to have multiple profiles, and ensuring that staff profiles can only be edited by people in that office.
  • The menu in the Middlebury School of the Environment site will now display its full context.
  • Resolved an issue with the CSS and JS assets on the Drupal training site being gzipped twice.
  • Added redirects for some URLs in the old Admissions site which had gone out in print mailings.
  • Fixed several issues with the process that syncs newsletter membership from Banner related to the third party API’s rate limits.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

More issues of The Middlebury Campus digitized

New old issues of The Middlebury Campus (1981-2008), now available via the Internet Archive!

Thanks to the efforts of Middlebury’s Digital Projects & Archives Librarian, Patrick Wallace, we are happy to announce that digitized issues of The Middlebury Campus dating from 1981 to 2008 are now available via the Internet Archive (go/ia).

These “new” issues of The Campus have been added to an ever-growing (over 3,000 items!) digital collection entitled “Middlebury College Newspapers and Magazines” available on the site. In addition to digitized copies of The Campus, the collection also includes The Undergraduate (precursor to The Campus), and Middlebury Magazine.

Visit go/ia to access digitized copies of The Campus and more!

Did you know digitized materials on the Internet Archive are full-text searchable? Simply click the bubble next to “Text contents” below the search bar. We searched for ourselves and found this mention in a Campus article from March, 7, 2007:

We can’t help but agree with the author on this one.

Questions about accessing digitized materials? Email specialcollections@middlebury.edu

Weekly Web Updates – September 30, 2019


  • Drupal views_data_export 8.x-1.0-beta3
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 7.7.2
  • WordPress redirection plugin 4.4
  • WordPress subscribe2 plugin 10.30.1
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.9
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.18

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Added the proper search results page for use with the search form on the new Admissions site.
  • Fixed a bug which sometimes showed GO shortcut descriptions from the MIIS version of GO on codes from the Middlebury version of GO.
  • Added an SSL certification for the NER website.
  • Updated the Drupal 8 training website to have all current site features.
  • Ensured that the setting which defined the Institute site homepage is not overwritten when configuration changes are imported.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – September 9, 2019


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue with the MyEmma API that was preventing people who have dropped off of our lists in Banner from being removed from the email lists.
  • We’ve updated the global navigation on the MIIS website to streamline it and the text component can now be used on the homepage.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the icons on the GO website from loading.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.