Spring Break @ the Library

Spring is finally here! Well. Kinda. Though the snow lingers and the temperatures continue to toy with us, at the very least, Spring Break is upon us.

During Spring Break, the Library will be open, so come see us! Our hours will be:

Friday, March 13: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15: Closed

Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22: Closed

Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday, March 28: Closed

The Library will resume regular Service Desk hours on Sunday, March 29th, at 12:photo credit:  无忌 王伟30pm.

During the Break, we’ll be doing some cleaning in the Library building; if you are leaving personal items in the Library, please make sure all library books are checked out and displaying yellow slips and other items are placed in designated areas in the stacks.

If you’re not going to be on campus, library staff will still be available to help during break — just email library@marlboro.edu or give us a call at 802-258-9221. And, of course, our electronic resources remain available to you 24/7 via our website.

Safe travels to those venturing off the Hill, and we admit to a small amount of envy of anyone heading to warmer climes!

 

Better Living Through Zotero: Meet with a librarian for tailored help

Zotero 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 zotero 4browsers, 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 three upcoming weekend days, librarians will offer individual meetings to help you get the most out of Zotero.

To get going with Zotero, or become a power user, sign up for 15 minutes of individual help (Marlboro login required to sign-up) at the Research Bar during the following times:

  • Saturday, February 21st, 10-12:15 p.m. with Beth
  • Sunday, February 22nd, 3:00-5:15 p.m with Amber
  • Sunday, March 8th, 2-4 p.m. with Beth

If you can’t make any of those times, Beth and Amber are also available for one-on-one Zotero help at other times; just stop by the desk or email us to set up a time.

Celebrating the scholarship of Willene Clark and Jaysinh Birje-Patil

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Along with the rest of the Marlboro College community, the library is mourning the loss of beloved former faculty Jaysinh Birje-Patil and Willene B. Clark. As well as serving as inspiring professors and trusted mentors, Birje and Willene were also published authors.

We encourage you to explore their books held in the Marlboro College Rice-Aron Library.

Willene B. Clark

Valley of the ShadowA Medieval Book of BeastsBeasts and Birds of the Middle Ages: The Bestiary and Its Legacy. Middle Ages Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989.

The Medieval Book of Birds: Hugh of Fouilloy’s Aviarum. Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, v. 80. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1992.

The Stained Glass Art of William Jay Bolton. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992.

Valleys of the Shadow: The Memoir of Confederate Captain Reuben G. Clark, Company I, 59th Tennessee Mounted Infantry. Voices of the Civil War Series. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994.

A Medieval Book of Beasts: The Second-Family Bestiary: Commentary, Art, Text and Translation. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2006.

Jaysinh Birje-Patil

Good Muslim of Jackson Heights Chinnery's Hotel

Ten Short Stories by Suresh Joshi. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 2001.

Chinnery’s Hotel. East Sussex: Bodiam Books Ltd, 2004.

The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights. Burlington, Vt: Fomite, 2011.

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

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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.