Better Living Through Zotero: Meet with a librarian for tailored help

zotero 4Zotero is a useful (and free!) tool that can help you manage and format citations as you research and write. No longer just for Firefox, Zotero now works with most browsers, operating systems, and word processing platforms.

You can…

  • Capture and keep citations and links to books and articles as you come across them;
  • Organize your citations into folders for different classes or projects;
  • Format citations in any of dozens of formats (including APA, Chicago, and MLA) with just a few clicks;
  • Insert citations in your paper as you write and have them formatted automatically;
  • Sync your Zotero library across computers;
  • Create group libraries to share citations.

On three upcoming weekend days, librarians will offer individual meetings to help you get the most out of Zotero.

To get going with Zotero, or become a power user, sign up for 15 minutes of individual help (Marlboro login required to sign-up) at the Research Bar during the following times:

  • Sunday, September 28th, 2-4 p.m. with Amber
  • Saturday, October 11th, 10-11:30 a.m with Beth
  • Sunday, October 12, 2-4 p.m. with Beth

If you can’t make any of those times, Beth and Amber are also available for one-on-one Zotero help at other times; just stop by the desk or email us to set up a time.

Constitution Day Read-In

united states constitutionEach year on September 17th, we celebrate Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Among the many freedoms the Constitution guarantees, we’re partial to the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of speech. Libraries are strong advocates of the principle of the freedom to read, supporting the concept that a vital democratic society depends on unfettered access to ideas.

Please join us on this September 17th (Wednesday) for a Constitution Day Read-In, and exercise your right to read what you please! Starting at 9am, this 24 hour event will be held in the Reference Room; comfy seating and “questionable” books will be provided. Open to all, participants are invited to come in and peruse a selection of books that have been banned or challenged. Read from an old favorite, or explore a new title!

Huzzah! It’s That Time of Year Again!

Welcome, new students, staff, and faculty, and welcome back, to those returning! We’re so excited to see the campus teeming with life once again! We’ll open for the Fall semester on Sunday, August 31st at 12:30 pm and look forward to seeing new students with their peer advisor groups on Sunday from 1-3 pm.

You probably know that once the library opens for the semester, we’re open 24/7 right up to Winter Break. You can come in, study, socialize, borrow/return books, work/print/scan/copy in the computer lab, or do whatever else you wish (subject to the College Handbook and the Library Honor Code, of course) whenever it tickles your fancy.

There are certain things, though, that you can only do when staff are on duty. These include: borrowing reserve readings; borrowing DVDs; picking up holds or interlibrary loans; and getting into the Plan Room.

Staffing will be a little atypical during the first couple days of the semester:

  • Sunday, 9/1: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Monday, 9/2: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Thereafter, our normal staffing schedule will be in effect:

  • Sundays: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Mondays-Thursdays: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Fridays: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

We’ll always list changes to our schedule — building or staffing — on this blog, in the Town Crier, and on the library’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. If you ever have questions (about hours, staffing, or really, anything at all!), please stop by, email us (library@marlboro.edu), or call x221 (802-258-9221).

We are looking forward to working with you this year!

Beth Ruane
Library Director

Online @ Marlboro in Google Scholar temporarily unavailable

The library’s links to full text from Google Scholar (“Online @ Marlboro”), as well as the “Find At Marlboro” button in our databases (which lets you link to full text or request items via interlibrary loan), (fixed! thanks. Elliot!) are both broken at the moment. We’re working on fixing the problem.

In the meantime, if you find an article in Google Scholar and want to see whether you have access to it through Marlboro, just open up a new tab and enter the journal title in our Journal Finder. If Marlboro owns the journal, check to see if we have the volume and issue that you need, then follow the links to it.

If it turns out that Marlboro does not have the article and you’d like to request it via interlibrary loan, you can use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

You can also get in touch with the library any time; we’re happy to walk you through your options for getting the articles you need.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Borrow Vermont State Parks and Vermont Historic Sites passes — free!

This summer you can borrow a free pass to Vermont State Parks or Vermont Historic Sites! Just ask at the Rice-Aron Library.

Each pass admits one vehicle holding up to eight people FREE to any Vermont State Park or Vermont Historic Site for one day.

Guidelines:

•    Passes may be checked out by current Marlboro College faculty, staff, and students, as well as residents of the Town of Marlboro and eligible alumni who have registered for borrowing privileges at the Rice-Aron Library.

•    Four (4) day check out. Passes are due back to the library by closing time 4 days from the date you borrow them (or, if they would be due back while the library is closed for the weekend, they must be returned by Monday morning).

•    The library’s summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. If you are returning a pass outside of those hours, please leave it in the book return bin located outside the entrance to the Aron (new) wing of the library, near the librarians’ offices.

•    No renewals are permitted.

•    Passes are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. You are welcome to check the catalog (link) or call (802-258-9221) to see if a pass is available, but we cannot hold it for you.

•    Fee for lost pass: $80.00 plus billing and processing fees.

Thanks to the Vermont Department of LibrariesVermont State Parks, and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for making this program possible.

For more information about Vermont State Parks: http://www.vtstateparks.com/
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-0601
802-241-3655
(Got a smartphone? Check out the Vermont State Parks app for iOS or Android)

For more information about Vermont Historic Sites: http://historicsites.vermont.gov/
1 National Life Dr
Montpelier, Vt 05620
802-828-3080

For questions about using the pass, contact the Rice-Aron Library:
802-258-9221
library@marlboro.edu

End-of-semester Spring 2014: library deadlines and things to know

The end draws near…please note the following dates, which are important for all library users (and especially important for graduating seniors).

Wednesday, May 14: Due date for most library items.

  • Everyone: All Interlibrary Loans must be returned by May 14.
  • Everyone: Please return all library DVDs before leaving for summer.
  • If you are returning in the fall, you can borrow/renew Marlboro College library books over the summer. See our full circulation policies.
  • Please, please, please do not leave library items in storage over the summer.
    • Not using them over the summer? Return them before you leave.
    • Using them over the summer, and coming back in the fall? Renew them and bring them with you!

Thursday, May 15:  The big clean-up. Please remove all personal items from the library by noon on Thursday. On Thursday afternoon:

  • All library books left around the building will be picked up, checked in, and reshelved.
  • Personal items will be moved to the lost and found (Recycling Room, middle floor); anything left there on June 1 will be donated/discarded.
    Also:
  • Graduating seniors: Official print & electronic Plan copies (and optional personal copies) are due to the Registrar by noon. Questions? See Print and digital Plan submission guidelines or ask the registrar or library.
  • Want your own personal plan copy? Read this! Town Meeting provides funding for each senior to receive one bound copy of their Plan for free. Additional copies can be purchased for $20 each (payable when you drop off Plan copies). You must provide the extra printed out copies to be bound. Bring them to the Registrar when you drop off your official Plan copy, and provide the friendly person there with a mailing address to which your Plan can be sent in late summer/early fall. (More on personal Plan copies) And, hey: congratulations!

Sunday, May 18 (Commencement): Building closes at 5:30 pm.

  • Graduating seniors: please return all library items by Sunday, 5/18! Not sure what you have checked out? You can log in and view your account.
  • A return bin will be placed outside the entrance near the Service Desk when we close; please leave items there if the library building is not open.

Summer hours begin on Monday, May 19.

Questions? Let us know.

Have a wonderful summer! Congratulations, graduates!

Emily Alling
Library Director

Rapid Reviews: 50 books in 50 minutes! Thu 5/8, 3 pm

No more pencils, sure, but no more books? That isn’t how it works at Marlboro, where we celebrate the end of the school year by gearing up to read right through the summer. It’s time for another Rapid Reviews! Come hear students Phoebe Lumley and Courtney Varga, staff accountant Stephen Sirum, library director Emily Alling, and sociology professor Kat Rickenbacker each review 10 of their all-time favorite books in a minute or less per book. The eclectic assortment of titles will be available to borrow at the end of the event. Milk and homemade chocolate chip cookies/baked goods (including vegan and gluten free options) will be served. Join us in the Apple Tree at 3:00 p.m. this Thursday (May 8), and bring a book on break.

Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries, Sunday 4/13

WEB Dubois library
Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, April 13th, the library is sponsoring a van trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries. Space is limited! Sign up on the sheet at the Library Research Bar.

The van will leave the Dining Hall at 11:30 am and return by 5:30 pm.

While at UMass, you can search their hundreds of databases and download or scan articles from their extensive journal holdings (ejournal listlibrary catalog). If you are a Massachusetts resident, you can get a library card and borrow books; if not, you can jot down any book titles that look useful and request them via Marlboro’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Emily and/or Amber are happy to meet with you this week to help you make the most of your 3 hours (roughly) at UMass. Stop by or set up an appointment.

Spring break hours @ the library

Spring Break is one of those discombobulating times when the library is not open 24/7. Nota bene! During Spring Break, the library’s hours will change as follows:

The library building will close at 4:30 pm on Friday, March 14 (Pi day!).

The library will be open M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm during break; closed on weekends (3/15-16; 3/22-23; 3/29). When the library is not open, the building will be closed and locked.

The library will reopen at 12:30 pm on Sunday, March 30, which is when normal hours will resume.

Please plan ahead and come to the library before 4:30 pm on Friday 3/14 if you need to borrow books or DVDs, print things out, retrieve your belongings, or do anything else in the building before you leave campus.

Library staff will still be available to help during break — just email library@marlboro.edu or give us a call at 802-258-9221. And, of course, our online journals, books, etc. remain available to you via our website, http://www.marlboro.edu/library.

We wish everyone a wonderful break and look forward to seeing you back at the end of March!

Emily Alling
Library Director