The End Approaches! Deadlines & Things to Know: Spring 2016

As the blossoms appear and the heat drives us all to south pond, it can be easy to let all thoughts of books get washed away in the cool water and the nap-inducing sunshine.
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So here is a reminder about some important upcoming dates at the Library, which are important for all library users (and especially important for graduating seniors).

Wednesday, May 11: Due date for most library items.

      • Everyone: All Interlibrary Loans must be returned by May 11.
      • 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.
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        • 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 on your summer travels!

Friday, May 13: The big clean-up. Please remove all personal items from the library by 8am on Friday morning. On Friday:

      • 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.

Also:

      • Graduating seniors: Official print & electronic Plan copies (and optional personal copies) are due to the Registrar by noon on Thursday, 5/12. Questions? See Print and digital Plan submission guidelines or ask the Registrar or Library staff.
      • Want your own personal plan copy? Read this! Town Meeting provides funding for each senior to receive one bound copy of their Plan for free. Additional copies can be purchased for $20 each (payable to Student Accounts). You must provide the extra printed out copies to be bound. Bring them to the Registrar when you drop off your official Plan copy, and provide the friendly person there with a mailing address to which your Plan can be sent in late summer/early fall. (More on personal Plan copies) And, hey: congratulations!

Sunday, May 15 (Commencement): Building closes at 5:30 pm.

      • Graduating seniors: please return all library items by Sunday, 5/15! Not sure what you have checked out? You can log in and view your account.
      • A return bin will be placed outside the entrance near the Service Desk when we close; please leave items there if the library building is not open.

Summer hours (9:00am – 4:00pm) begin on Monday, May 16.

Questions? Let us know.

Have a fantastic summer! Congratulations to all our wonderful graduates!

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UMass Amherst Research Trip: Sunday, 4/3

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Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, April 3rd, the Library is sponsoring a 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 11:30am and return by 5:30pm.

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 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!

Spring Break @ the Library

Spring is finally here! Well. Kinda. Though the temperatures are encouraging, 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 11: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13: Closed

Monday, March 14 – Friday, March 18: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20: Closed

Monday, March 21 – Friday, March 25: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, March 26: Closed

The Library will resume regular Service Desk hours on Sunday, March 27th, 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 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!

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 17th.
  • All interlibrary loan books are due back no later than Wednesday, December 16th.
  • Marlboro library items are also due back Wednesday, December 16th. 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 17th, 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.
  • Generally, hours for the library building and services over break are M-F, 9:00am – 4:00pm, with the exception of December 21st and 22nd, which will be half days: 9:00am – noon.
  • The library will be closed from Wednesday, December 23, 2015, through Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

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!

Library Hours Over Thanksgiving & The ILL book request deadline

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 11:00pm on Tuesday, November 24th. 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 6:30pm on Sunday, November 29th. Regular hours will resume at that time.

The last day to request books or A/V materials via Interlibrary Loan this semester is Tuesday, 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!

Trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries this Sunday!

This Sunday, November 22nd, 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 11:30am and return by 5:30pm.

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.

And the Winners Are!

Many thanks to everyone who nominated 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, materials for the library each year. This year, we were able to purchase all of the items that were suggested or they had already been purchased (yay!), and the winners are:

Pierce Fund Purchases:
Language of Flowers by Kate Greenaway
The Legend of Korra Book 3 (DVD) [we have Books 1 & 2 in the AV Room]
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Fighter (DVD)
Wicked and Weird: the Amazing Tales of Buck 65 by Rich Terfey

On Their Way:
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink
All The Wrong Questions: Quadrilogy by Lemony Snicket (all four book in the series)

Currently Available:
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Christopher Ware

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.

Help Us Select Items for the David Pierce Fund

David Pierce, a Marlboro College student whose tragic death in 2003 deeply impacted our community, is remembered each October. 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. Additionally, 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 midnight on Monday, 10/5, 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 7th. 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’re currently on display on the ground floor, across from the Service Desk.

Beth Ruane
Library Director

Celebrate Constitution Day!

united states constitutionEach year on September 17th, we celebrate Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Among the many freedoms the Constitution guarantees, we’re partial to the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of expression and religion, as well as other important rights. Libraries are strong advocates of the principle of the freedom to read, supporting the concept that a vital democratic society depends on unfettered access to ideas.

Please join us on this September 17th (today!) at 2:30pm in Apple Tree for our Constitution Day event, “What Does It Take To Be an American.” Come hear the Speech Matters students give Mrs. Anne Hutchinson, a midwife and a schismatic, a second chance to make her case before the highest authority in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Instead of defending herself with creative interpretations of the Bible, as she had to do in 1637, in this rendition of the famous trial, the defendant will have access to the U.S. Constitution. Will she have better luck this time?

Huzzah! It’s That Time of Year Again!

Welcome, new students, staff, and faculty, and welcome back, to those returning! We’re so excited to see the campus teeming with life once again! We’ll open for the Fall semester on Sunday, August 30th at 12:30pm and look forward to seeing new students with their peer adviser groups on Sunday from 1-3 pm.

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Hervidor, the Library Tea Kettle

You probably know that once the library opens for the semester, we’re open 24/7 until after the Fall Finals period. You can come in, study, socialize, borrow/return books, work/print/scan/copy in the computer lab, have a cup of tea, or do whatever else you wish (subject to the College Handbook and the Library Honor Code, of course) whenever it tickles your fancy.

There are certain things, though, that you can only do when staff are on duty. These include: borrowing reserve readings; borrowing DVDs; picking up holds or interlibrary loans; and getting into the Plan Room.

Staffing will be a little atypical during the first couple days of the semester:

  • Sunday, 8/30: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Monday, 8/31: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, 9/1: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Wednesday, 9/2: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Thursday, 9/4: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm

Thereafter, our Service Desk schedule for Fall 2015 will be:

  • Sundays: 12:30pm – 5:30pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Mondays-Thursdays: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm; 6:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Fridays: 9:00am – Noon; 1:00pm – 4:00pm

We’ll always list changes to our schedule — building or Service Desk — on this blog, in the Town Crier, and on the library’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. If you ever have questions (about hours, staffing, or really, anything at all!), please stop by, email us (library@marlboro.edu), or call x221 (802-258-9221).

We are looking forward to working with you this year!

Beth Ruane
Library Director