The End is Nigh!

It’s almost over! Congratulation to our graduating seniors, and we wish everyone a successful close to the Fall semester! The Library will close over the winter break, and to that end, we wanted to update everyone on the following dates and deadlines:

  • Please remove all personal belongings from the library no later than Thursday, December 18th.
  • All interlibrary loan books are due back no later than Wednesday, December 17th.
  • Marlboro library items are also due back Wednesday, December 17th. However, you are welcome to renew them over break as long as no one else has requested them.
  • The library building will begin winter break hours on Thursday, December 18th, at 4:30pm (when the dorms close), which means the building will be locked overnight. A return bin will be located outside the entrance by the librarians’ offices for those needing to return library materials.
  • Hours for the library building and services over break are M-F, 8:30am – 4:30pm.
    The library will be closed from Wednesday, December 24, 2014, through Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Doing research over break? Don’t forget that you have access to tens of thousands of journals, books, and more via the library’s website. And whether you are near or far, library staff remain available to provide research assistance.

Have a wonderful break!

Rapid Reviews this Thursday!

How can anyone review The Complete Works of Shakespeare in a minute? Come hear Marlboro College student Saskia Giramma try just that at this semester’s Rapid Reviews this Thursday, December 11th at 3pm in the Apple Tree lecture room. Saskia will be joined by students Kelly Hickey and Tommy Arsenault along with librarian Rachel Gravel and chemistry professor Todd Smith as they talk about their all-time favorite books, reviewing each in a minute or less.

Even with all of Shakespeare’s plays being counted as one book, you can hear about an unprecedented 58 books in 46 minutes when Tommy Arsenault attempts to review the 13 book series by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events, in one minute.  Here are some other books that you’ll hear about:

All the books reviewed will be at the event for you to check out at the event.

Milk and homemade chocolate chip cookies, as well as vegan and gluten free goodies, will be served.  We hope to see you there!

Library Hours over Thanksgiving, & the ILL book request deadline reminder

While the Library building will remain open during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Service Desk will have reduced hours.

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Governor LeRoy Collins pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey in Tallahassee, Florida. 1957. State Library and Archives of Florida.

The Service Desk will close at 3pm on Wednesday, November 26th. Please plan in advance if you’d like to borrow reserves, DVDs, equipment, or pick up holds or ILLs before break!

The Service Desk, Reserve/AV Room, and Plan room will reopen at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 30th (December! Yikes!). Regular hours will resume at that time.

The last day to request books or A/V materials via Interlibrary Loan this semester is Monday, December 1st. (You can keep requesting articles.)

Remember that even when you’re away from the library, you still have access to over 125,000 academic ebooks, 40,000 online journals, and dozens of research databases. When you use library resources off campus, if you’re prompted to log in, just use your Marlboro username and password.

Have a wonderful break!

Van Trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries, 11/16

WEB Dubois library
Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, November 16th, the library is sponsoring the second van trip of the semester 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 (e-journal 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 Marlboro’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Beth 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 email us to set up an appointment!

Privacy and security concerns with Adobe Digital Editions

**Please read this if you download ebooks from our eBook Academic Collection to a personal device**

Recently, it came to light that there are serious privacy and security concerns with Adobe Digital Editions version 4. ADE is software that can be downloaded onto laptops, tablets, and smartphones, and is used to view ebooks offline on personal devices. With version 4, Adobe Digital Editions has been logging and sharing non-encrypted data on the books used. While Adobe has announced it is currently working on correcting this issue, it is strongly recommended that users revert to ADE 2 or 3; older versions of this software do not log and transmit personal data back to Adobe in the same way version 4 does. You can find the older versions here.

Please be aware that simply viewing an ebook on a computer does not put your privacy at risk; the privacy concerns only occur when you actually download an ebook and open it using ADE 4. Adobe Reader – used for viewing pdf’s – is also not affected.

For more information, see the article in Ars Technica and the latest update from the American Library Association.

Please contact Beth Ruane, Library Director, with any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

 

And The Winners Are…!

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

  • The Roald Dahl Audio Collection (CD) (23 votes)
  • The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (20 votes)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire Audiobook Collection: Book 1: Game of Thrones (CD) (9 votes)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox and Other Stories Audio Collection (CD) (8 votes)
  • Nothing Nice to Say by Mitch Clem (7 votes)
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (5 votes)
  • The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer (4 votes)

These items will arrive at the library over the next few weeks; look for them to be on 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.

Van Trip to UMass Amherst Libraries, Sunday 10/5

WEB Dubois library
Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, October 5th, 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 (e-journal 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 Marlboro’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Beth 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 email us to set up an appointment.

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

September 21st to the 27th is Banned Books Week, an annual event which highlights the value of free and open access to information. Every year, thousands of books are targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools, and while books do continue to be banned, the majority of the titles remain available. This is in large part to the efforts of teachers, librarians, students, and community members who speak out for the freedom to read.

kiteRunnerCertain titles have become perennial favorites as the targets of banning efforts, including Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. More recently, titles such as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, have been challenged.

For more information on banned and challenged books, The American Library Association has developed a timeline celebrating three decades of liberating literature, and the Huffington Post has created a series of infographics on banned books in the United States.

Help Us Select Items for the David Pierce Fund

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, current popular fiction, movies, TV series, etc.

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, 9/29, email library@marlboro.edu (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 Wednesday, October 1st. 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 next week on the entrance level, across from the Service Desk. You can also find them in the library catalog, tagged with “David Pierce Fund.”

Beth Ruane
Library Director