Extra! Extra! New magazines have arrived!

This month the library has added several exciting magazines to its print periodicals collection:

  • McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern
  • Hunger Mountain
  • The believer
  • n+1
  • The wire

An interesting assortment of editorial content can be found within the pages of these journals.   The Wire is a monthly music magazine published in the UK.  Hunger Mountain features poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and photography, and is published annually by the Vermont College of the Fine Arts.  McSweeney’s, The Believer, and n+1 are literary magazines that focus on literature, contemporary events, and popular culture.

These magazines will be of assistance with various academic projects, and they have the added benefit of being highly entertaining to read.  Recent issues of these magazines (with the exception of n+1, which is expected to arrive soon) can be found in the periodicals area of the middle floor, near Room 102.  Current issues of all periodicals are kept here, and the magazines are shelved alphabetically by title. Older issues of periodicals are located in the ground floor Bound Periodicals Room.  Here’s a handy map that highlights how to locate both areas: http://www.marlboro.edu/academics/library/print_journals?.

Magazines cannot be checked out or removed from the library, but feel free to enjoy them in the library building itself.  Luckily, there are some chairs and a couch adjacent to the middle floor periodicals section, so you don’t need to travel far to find a comfortable place to flip through the magazines.

Databases by subject? Yes, please!

Have you noticed that tools on the library homepage have been turning an attractive purple and functioning better over the last few years? Like the Journal Lookup or the Library Catalog? Well, we have another!

Introducing the library’s new Research Databases page!

All our electronic resources are now organized by subject! You will initially be directed to a page listing databases that are your best bets for any topic. On the left side of the screen, you can click on a subject and you’ll find links to recommended article databases, e-books, related research guides created by librarians, and even links to email librarians if you need help.

If at any time you want to look at an alphabetical list of all our suggested resources, look for the Research Databases A-Z link.  Click on the image above to try it out!

SOPA/PIPA blackout: Who turned off the lights on the Internet?

On Wednesday, January 18, a number of prominent websites — including Wikipedia, Reddit, the Internet Archive, and many more — will go dark to raise awareness about the implications of two pieces of legislation — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT-IP Act — that are currently under consideration in Congress.

Wikipedia talks more about their actions.

The Swiss Army Librarian collects some useful links about what SOPA and PIPA could mean for citizens, libraries, and scholars.

Link to SOPA bill summary and status on THOMAS.

Link to PIPA bill summary and status on THOMAS.

Feel free to leave comments below — and if you are inclined, share them with your Congressional delegation as well.

Emily Alling
Library Director

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

In my former profession as an Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Counselor I got to talk with folks about resolutions a lot!  I’ve always found it easier to keep resolutions to do more of something, rather than to do less of or stop a behavior.   So along with promising yourself to drink or use less,  lose some weight or stop throwing your dirty laundry on your roommate’s bed, make some resolutions to do more of something!

Along those lines, the library has collected some books to help you with your new goals.  Whether you want to hike more in the area, learn to knit, or begin a recovery program, the library has something for you.  Check out some of the selection here or on the display inside the library entrance:

Have a great semester… and an even better year! — Bonny

The secret lives of Marlboro library users

You, Marlboro, were busy in 2011. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the library.

Much of what you do here in the library building can’t be quantified:

  • The satisfaction of curling up in a nook and steeping yourself in an author’s ideas;
  • The exhilaration of pouring out years of learning via a keyboard into your Plan;
  • The impromptu conversations with other library-goers that lead to great ideas and inspirations
Some of what you do here could be quantified, but isn’t:
  • The number of times you (collectively) visited the building (most libraries keep track of this with electronic gate counts; we don’t have ‘em. It’s common knowledge, though, that the library is one of the busiest places on campus, especially after dark.)
  • The number of cups of coffee consumed in the building (based on morning-after evidence, I’d say we rival the coffee shop)
  • The number of all-nighters pulled (would need to work out methodology for counting those…any ideas?)
But other types of library use can be quantified — easily — and are compiled regularly, both for our own curiosity and because we need to submit this type of information to various agencies annually. So, here is some of what we counted in 2011:
  • Number of books checked out/renewed per full-time enrolled student: 36. That rises to 44 if you count the books that people borrowed but forgot to check out. (To give you a sense of your extreme collective devotion to the printed word: national median for academic libraries in 2010 was 5.9 checkouts per full time student [source], making Marlboro 7.5 times more bookish than your average college/university.)
  • Number of books you borrowed from other libraries via interlibrary loan: 550
  • Number of articles you got copies of from other libraries: 270
  • Number of searches you performed in EBSCOHost databases: 56,857
  • Number of articles you downloaded from JSTOR: 21,327
  • Number of times you looked at ebooks on ebrary: 16,314
  • Number of times you’ve viewed one of our Library Guides: 5978

Suffice it to say, Marlboro, you deserve this winter break that you’re getting. The library looks forward to being a part of your lives again in 2012. Happy New Year!