Changes to equipment lending: projectors, screen, more

As the library embarks upon its second year lending out equipment, we’re making some changes to how the system works based on what we’ve learned.

Equipment can now be borrowed and returned anytime the library is staffed — whether that staff be a full-time employee or a student worker. It is very important that equipment be handed to the person on duty when you return it — do not leave it on the counter or in a return bin! Equipment remains your responsibility until it is checked in by a staff member.

The projectors and screen are now due back the day after they are checked out. Because the projectors and projection screen are in such high demand, we have shortened their loan period. If borrowers could return the projector even earlier — as soon as they are done with it — so much the better! If you know you will need a projector for longer than 1-2 days, talk to library staff ahead of time, and we will try to come up with an arrangement that works for everyone.

One thing that hasn’t changed: Equipment must be returned by its due date! If an emergency prevents you from returning equipment on time, please contact the library staff immediately. If we don’t hear from you within 24 hours after equipment is due back, you are subject to being billed for it, including a nonrefundable $10.00 billing fee per item. This can be prevented by communicating with us early and often.

Finally, we want to let you know that, in the one exception to our strict confidentiality policies, we may share the names of borrowers/seekers of equipment in order to facilitate and maximize the use of these items. Equipment remains the responsibility of the original borrower until a library staff member transfers the checkout in the library system. This can be done in person at the library or with the expressed consent of all involved parties — just email and make sure the previous and current borrowers are copied in, or call x221.

Thanks for bearing with us as we try to come up with a system that gets the two projectors into the hands of as many people hoping to use them as we can.

And the winners are….(David Pierce Fund)

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of Marlboro student David Pierce’s death. His family has generously established a fund in his memory to support the purchase of fun, not necessarily academic items for the library each year. And each year, we’ve been asking for your nominations for items to buy, compiling them into a ballot, and sending it out to students for a vote.

This year, we received a total of 39 nominations, and 57 of you voted. The winners are:

  • A Crack-Up at the Race Riots, Harmony Korine (book)
  • Breaking Bad: The Complete First Season (DVD)
  • Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, Alfred Kinsey (book)
  • A Prairie Home Companion, 25th Anniversary Edition (CD)
  • Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (DVD)
  • The Legend of Korra, Book 1: Air (DVD)

This will arrive at the library over the next few weeks; look for them on the new books display as they come in.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s selection process! This tradition is a lovely tribute to David’s memory. I hope that everyone enjoys these great new additions to the collection.

Emily Alling
Library Director

Vote for some fun things for the library to buy

David Pierce was a Marlboro College student whose death on October 1, 2003 shocked and saddened the entire community, Many on campus still have fond memories of David, and a bench and apple tree outside of the library commemorate his life and time at Marlboro.

David’s family established a fund for the library to purchase items that are not necessarily for academic purposes, but rather for fun. Think graphic novels, movies, TV series, current popular fiction….

Each year, the library buys a few more items using the fund established in his memory. This year, we are asking for your help in choosing what to buy.

Between now and 8:30 am on Monday, 9/23, email (or call, or stop by, or comment below…) with the titles of any movies, books, graphic novels, or other items you’d like the library to add. Remember: fun, not work (though the two aren’t always mutually exclusive!).

We’ll make a list of all your suggestions, then put them to a vote. Students will be emailed a link to a survey; voting will be open through the end of the day on Friday, September 27. When voting is over, we’ll rank the selections, start buying with the top vote-getter, and continue down the list as far as we can.

In the meantime, stop by the library to see some of the items that have been bought with David’s fund in past years. They’ll be on display starting later this week on the entrance level, across from the Service Desk. You can also find them in the library catalog, where they are tagged “David Pierce Fund.”

Emily Alling
Library Director

Say hello to EBSCO eBook Academic: 125,000+ academic ebooks

Over the summer, the library said goodbye to ebrary and hello to a new ebook collection: EBSCO’s eBook Academic Collection, which is a bit of a mouthful, but which gives us access to more books (125,000 to ebrary’s 75,000) and which garnered very positive feedback when we asked faculty and students to test it out last spring.

EBSCO iconSome things to know about EBSCO eBooks:

  • You can search and read the full text of over 125,000 academic books from across most disciplines.
  • When you search the library’s EBSCOHost databases as a group, ebooks will now show up in your results along with articles, dissertations, and more.
  • Most of the ebooks in the collection can be downloaded to most devices (not Kindles, unfortunately). The first time through is a little complicated. We have prepared detailed instructions, and we’re also happy to help — just stop by the library service desk!
  • Some ebook activities (like downloading) require you to create a MyEBSCOHost account. This is an account set up directly between you and EBSCO; the library can’t recover your password for you. Be sure to make a note of your account info!
  • Most ebooks let you print a limited number of pages (60 seems common); the limit is determined by the publisher.

We hope you find some useful information in EBSCO eBook Academic Collection. We welcome suggestions for a good nickname for this collection. And we always welcome questions and feedback — email; call x221 (802-258-9221); or stop by the Service Desk when we’re staffed.

Happy reading!

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.)

Limited-time access to trial databases: don’t miss out!

Springtime often finds the library setting up database trials — free, limited-time opportunities to try out academic search engines and collections.

We’ve got a few trials in the works. The first two are now live and consist of historical newspaper collections.

Proquest Historical Newspapers provides the full-text (original page images) of major world newspapers from their beginnings until a few years ago. Included in our trial are:


  • The New York Times (1851-2009);
  • The Globe and Mail (1844-2009);
  • The Guardian (1821-2003);
  • The Observer (1791-2003);
  • The Irish Times (1859-2011);
  • The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958); and
  • The Scotsman (1817-1950).



Gale NewsVault contains the full text of a number of 17th-19th century British and U.S. newspapers and magazines. This trial lasts only a week, so if you’re interested, try it now!

Yet to come: a trial of a major ebook collection that might give ebrary a run for its money — watch this space for updates.

You can always access all of our current trials by visiting the library homepage and clicking Database Trials (under ‘Conduct Research’).

New! JSTOR for Alumni

jstor_logo_mediumThe Library and Alumni Relations are happy to announce that we have been able to arrange access to JSTOR for Marlboro College alumni.

One of the most frequent questions that the library gets from soon-to-be and recent graduates is “How much longer will I have access to library databases?” Up until now, we’ve had to answer that shortly after graduation, your access disappears. This is because our license agreements with publishers only permit us to allow access to current students, faculty, staff, and people physically on campus.

Recently, however, one of our most popular database providers, JSTOR, announced a new program whereby colleges and universities can add on to their existing subscriptions and provide access to alumni — wherever they may be.

So we did! And now you can peruse over 100 years of scholarly literature in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences in PDF full text from anyplace with a live Internet connection. All you need to do is visit this link:

and log in with your Marlboro College username and password. (Don’t have one, or forgot yours? Just fill out this form and you’ll be set up before you know it.)

Please note that Marlboro has access to most, but not 100% of articles in JSTOR. If you find you’re not able to view an article that you think you should be able to, drop the Library a note at and we’re happy to investigate.

Questions? Feedback? Please contact the Library (library@marlboro.edu802-258-9221) or Alumni Relations.

Happy reading!
Emily Alling
Library Director

This year’s winning David Pierce Fund items

Many thanks to everyone who nominated and voted for items for the library to buy this year with the David Pierce Fund. This year’s winners are:

  • A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America (27 votes)
  • Adventure Time: Complete First Season (DVD) (16 votes)
  • Sherlock: Season Two (DVD (16 votes)
  • Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (DVD) (11 votes)
  • The Marx Brothers Collection (A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store) (DVD) (11 votes)
  • The Muppet Movie – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition (DVD) (11 votes)
Look for these to arrive at the library over the next couple of weeks (except Game of Thrones, which won’t be released until sometime in 2013). And, if you’re looking for diversions, check out the library’s For Fun page, which highlights recently added novels, feature films, TV series, and more.


Welcome back! and some important changes to the library

photo courtesy themaxsons

As of this morning, all four entrances of the library are thrown open and we are ready to receive you, our beloved bookworms (and tech-worms).

Some things to know:

  • During the first week or two of the semester, evening staff hours at the library may be spotty as our student assistants are hired, trained, and work out their schedules. You can count on someone being here between 8:30 and 4:30. If you want to call before coming up to use the Reserve Room, borrow a DVD, etc. in the evening, just dial x221 (802-258-9221).
  • DVD cases are still on the shelves, but they are now empty. To borrow a DVD, bring the empty case to the Service Desk; we’ll retrieve the disc and check it out to you.
  • You’ll notice a newly constructed area in the reference room: the Galbraith Collection. This is the personal library of John Kenneth and Catherine Atwater Galbraith, donated by their son Peter (a Marlboro trustee). We are still working on processing this collection and creating a comfy nook in that space. For now, these books do not circulate: feel free to browse and read them, but please put them back on the shelf when you are done. There will be a dedication ceremony for this collection on November 4: stay tuned for more details.

We are very excited to welcome you, or welcome you back, to Marlboro. Best wishes for a wonderful fall semester.

Vermont State Historic Sites pass now available from the library

In addition to the Vermont State Parks pass, the library has received a free pass that will admit a carload of up to 8 people to any Vermont State Historic Site for one day. Guidelines are the same as for the State Parks pass:

  • Four day loan
  • No renewals
  • First-come, first-served (check availability)
  • Replacement cost for lost pass: $80.00

To take advantage of either of these passes, just visit the library’s Service Desk (summer hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm). Many thanks to the Vermont Department of Libraries and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for sponsoring this program.