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.

Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries: Sunday, February 16

WEB Dubois library
Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, February 16th, 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.

Better Living Through Zotero: Workshops, 10/13 and 10/27

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 two Sundays in October, librarians will offer workshops to help you get the most out of Zotero. The content and structure of the workshops will be determined by who shows up. No prerequisites for either one, except for a desire to make your life easier!

To get going with Zotero, or become a power user, come to the Research Bar at one or both of the following times:

  • Sunday, October 13, 2-3 p.m. with Emily
  • Sunday, October 27, 2-3 p.m. with Amber

Emily and Amber are also available for one-on-one Zotero help; just stop by the desk or email us to set up a time.

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf award celebration: May 6, 2:00 pm

banner_web_120x240This winter, the library received a grant of several books and DVDs as part of the NEH’s Muslim Journeys Bookshelf program. Come celebrate as we introduce these books and DVDs to the community. Hear faculty and students talk about their work in Islamic Studies, and enjoy some tea and Near Eastern goodies. Meet at the Library Research Bar/Service Desk. The celebration will take place on Monday, May 6 from 2-3 pm.

Watch for more programming in conjunction with this collection in the coming academic year!

(Preview a list of the books and DVDs in our catalog; they’ll be available for checkout after the ceremony on Monday.)

Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries: Sunday, April 21

WEB Dubois library

Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, April 21st, 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.

Zotero workshops: 4/8 and 4/11, 5-6 pm

zotero 4Zotero bills itself as “free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.”

Get started using this amazingly powerful open-source citation management software for all your source saving, organizing, and citing needs! Come to a workshop with Emily or Amber this Monday, April 8 or Thursday, April 11. Both workshops are from 5-6 pm at the Library Research Bar.

We’ll go over how to install Zotero and then use it to capture, organize, annotate, sync, and share citations. We’ll also check out its bibliographic formatting capabilities and see how its word processor plugin can help you cite as you write.

Bring your own computer if at all possible.

Rapid Reviews: Thursday, December 6, 3:00 pm, Apple Tree

Join us for a beloved Marlboro tradition that marks the end of each semester. Hear five people from the Marlboro College community review some of their all-time favorite books, each in a minute or less. This fall’s reviewers are Jodi Clark, Isaac Dupree, Haley Peters, Maya Rohr, and Matan Rubinstein.

  • Thursday, December 6, 2012
  • 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Apple Tree

Books will be available to check out after the event. Homemade cookies and milk will be served.

Take a break and pet a dog! Therapy dogs @ the library, Friday 12/7

Bliss the Bearded Collie

Bliss the Bearded Collie and her human Sharon will be among our visitors on Friday.

Take a break during Reading Days and enjoy some quality time with a sweet canine. A group of registered therapy dogs and their people from Monadnock Therapy Pets will be in the Library Reference Room on Friday, December 7 from 2-3 pm. Two or more of Bliss the Bearded Collie; Keeta the Siberian Husky; Spirit the Collie; and Emma the black Labrador await your love and adoration. We’ll have tea and cocoa at the Research Bar.  All are invited! Brought to you by Residence Life and the Library. (See event on Facebook)

Van trip to UMass Library – Sunday, November 11

This Sunday, November 11th, 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 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.

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.

Return of the typewriters! Letter-writing social, Weds 9/26, 2:15 pm

Have you ever been irritated by the sound of someone typing at a computer while you are trying to study in the library?

It could be worse. Much worse. Come and see!

On Wednesday, September 26 at 2:15 pm (after Dedicated Hour), Student Life and the Library will be hosting an old-fashioned letter-writing social in the Library Reading Room (300s).

Resurrect the art of letter writing! Imagine the surprise and delight that someone in your life will feel upon receiving a handwritten or typed epistle from you. A friend; a family member; your Plan sponsor…

Many people have generously lent and donated a selection of fine vintage writing instruments for you to try out, including several models of manual typewriters from the early and mid-twentieth century; quills; fountain pens; ink; and sealing wax. If you have a typewriter, bring it! Bring fancy paper and envelopes if you have them; we’ll have some on hand, too.

There will be snacks, tea, soda in little glass bottles, and a fine selection of vinyl (pre-Beatles) to provide musical accompaniment.

If you’d like inspiration before sitting down to inscribe or type a letter, try these links:

No RSVP necessary, handwritten or otherwise. Just come with your friends for an afternoon of epistolary fun. We will wrap things up by 4:15 pm, at which time the Reading Room will turn back into a sanctuary for reading, reflecting, and blessedly quiet laptop typing.

Thanks to Amherst College for the original idea for this event