Important end-of-semester information, Spring 2012

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

Wednesday, May 9: Due date for all library items.

  • Graduating seniors: please return all library items by May 9 so that we can clear your library accounts before Commencement.
  • Everyone: All Interlibrary Loans must be returned by May 9.
  • 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 10, 9:00 am: The big clean-up. Please remove all personal items from the library by 9:00 Thursday morning, at which point:

  • 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.
Friday, May 11: Deadline for graduating seniors to drop off personal plan copies to be bound & mailed to you later in the summer.
  • Don’t forget to give us a mailing address where plans can be sent in August/September.
  • And remember — official print & electronic copies are due to the Registrar by noon on Thursday, May 10.

Sunday, May 13 (Commencement): Building closes at 5:30 pm.

  • A return bin will be placed outside the entrance near the Service Desk; please leave items there if the library building is not open.

Have a wonderful summer! Congratulations, graduates!

Emily Alling
Library Director

Spring 2012 work day at the library

If you’ve dropped by the reference room this semester, you may have noticed that a number of items had pink dots on their spines.

The pink dots were affixed to titles scheduled to be moved to the periodicals room.

During yesterday’s work day, an intrepid band of students, faculty, and staff assembled together on the ground floor of the library to shift items from the reference room to the periodicals room.  Carts were loaded up and wheeled to the periodicals room.

The items were then shelved, and periodicals were shifted to make room for the new arrivals.

Due to everyone’s hard work, an impressive number of items were moved and shelved.  It was a very successful work day at the library.  Our thanks to everyone who participated.

Zotero saves the day

This semester’s Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities class is gearing up for our final two class sessions and it’s all about annotated bibliographies.

The first step was a group bibliography. Students chose the research topic gender in manga. The topic ended being a gold mine of information and would certainly need to be narrowed to one of the several subtopics that emerged during our research. During class, we all worked to find relevant sources and used a shared folder in Zotero to collect citations. If you haven’t heard, Zotero is an open-source citation management tool that helps you collect, organize and eventually cite sources. It’s a fantastic tool for personal research, but proves even more helpful for collaborative research. All your sources can live in one online place. You can make as many folders as you require and can even include notes or annotations. If you want to get started using Zotero, check out Georgia State University librarian Jason Puckett’s excellent guide.

The final assignment for the class is an individual annotated bibliography with a twist. The annotations must include how and where the source was found and why it it was selected. We also ask students to pick the most wacky citation style they can find in Zotero. It can be fun entertainment for both student and teacher. As I look today, Zotero has 2,001 citations style available in their Style Repository. Wow. Many of the styles are for specific academic journals. Did you know that some journals have a citation style all their own? That makes MLA or Chicago seem like small hurdles. But if your sources are all in Zotero, you can fairly quickly format them for the British Journal of Pain citation style in one moment and, with a few a clicks, the Chicago Manual of Style (with 15 different variations to chose from) the next.

Zotero is both a time-saver when creating footnotes and bibliographies and a helpful organization tool. If used properly, it can leave you more time to focus on the task of research and writing. Contact us in the library if you want help getting started!

Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries: Sunday, April 15

This Sunday, the library is sponsoring one final 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 list; library 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 Interlibrary Loan. (Note: last day for ILL book requests this semester is Monday, April 23.)

Librarians Amber and Emily 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.


Jet Setting Books

In addition to  visiting people throughout Vermont, I have traveled to nine states in two years, and have had invitations to travel to many others.  Currently I am in Texas, but hope to return to Marlboro within the month.  Who am I?  I am the book in the Rice-Aron Library that is the most frequently requested through interlibrary loan by other libraries : Gut and Psychology Syndrome.  I have been requested 145 times since January 2010.

Yes, while you have been busy requesting books and articles through interlibrary loan from other libraries, the Rice-Aron library has been doing their part by lending our resources to library patrons around the country.  So far this semester we have lent over 200 books, DVDs, CD’s and articles to other libraries.

So, right up to the deadline of Monday, April 23rd, keep the ILL book requests coming!  You can keep requesting articles right up to the end of the semester.

This book has traveled to: Maryland, Kentucky, Oregon (twice!), Missouri, Michigan and Georgia as well as around New England.