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.

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

Welcome (back), and When you can do What at the Library

Welcome, new students and faculty, and welcome back, old friends! The library is ready to receive you. We’ll open for the semester on Sunday, September 1 at 12:30 pm and look forward to seeing new students with their peer advisor groups on Sunday from 2-4 pm.

You probably know that once the library opens for the semester, we’re open 24/7 right up through Winter Break. You can come in, study, socialize, borrow/return books, work/print/scan/copy in the computer lab, 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, 9/1: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Monday, 9/2: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Thereafter, our normal staffing schedule will be in effect:

  • Sundays: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Mondays-Thursdays: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Fridays: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

One other special task — borrowing equipment — can only be done when full-time staff are on duty (M-F, 8:30-4:30; Sunday 12:30-5:30).

Please plan accordingly!

We’ll always list changes to our schedule — building or staffing — 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 anything at all), please stop by, email us (, or call x221 (802-258-9221).

We are looking forward to working with you this year!

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!

Borrow Vermont State Parks and Vermont Historic Sites passes — free!

This summer you can borrow a free pass to Vermont State Parks or Vermont Historic Sites! Just ask at the Rice-Aron Library.

Each pass admits one vehicle holding up to eight people FREE to any Vermont State Park or Vermont Historic Site for one day.


•    Passes may be checked out by current Marlboro College faculty, staff, and students, as well as residents of the Town of Marlboro and eligible alumni who have registered for borrowing privileges at the Rice-Aron Library.

•    Four (4) day check out. Passes are due back to the library by closing time 4 days from the date you borrow them (or, if they would be due back while the library is closed for the weekend, they must be returned by Monday morning).

•    The library’s summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. If you are returning a pass outside of those hours, please leave it in the book return bin located outside the entrance to the Aron (new) wing of the library, near the librarians’ offices.

•    No renewals are permitted.

•    Passes are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. You are welcome to check the catalog (link) or call (802-258-9221) to see if a pass is available, but we cannot hold it for you.

•    Fee for lost pass: $80.00 plus billing and processing fees.

Thanks to the Vermont Department of LibrariesVermont State Parks, and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for making this program possible.

For more information about Vermont State Parks:
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-0601
(Got a smartphone? Check out the Vermont State Parks app for iOS or Android)

For more information about Vermont Historic Sites:
1 National Life Dr
Montpelier, Vt 05620

For questions about using the pass, contact the Rice-Aron Library:

End of semester Spring 2013: library deadlines & things to know

The end draws near…please note the following dates, which are important for all library users (and especially important for graduating seniors).

Wednesday, May 15: Due date for all library items.

  • Graduating seniors: please return all library items by May 15 so that we can clear your library accounts before Commencement.
  • Everyone: All Interlibrary Loans must be returned by May 15.
  • 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.
  • Please, please, please do not leave library items in storage over the summer.
    • 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!

Thursday, May 16: Graduating seniors: Official print & electronic Plan copies (and optional personal copies) are due to the Registrar by noon.

  • Questions? See Print and digital Plan submission guidelines or ask the registrar or library.
  • Town Meeting provides funding for each senior to receive one bound copy of their Plan. Additional copies can be purchased for $20 each (payable when you drop off Plan copies). 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!

Friday, May 17, 9:00 am: The big clean-up. Please remove all personal items from the library by Thursday night. On Friday morning:

  • 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.

Sunday, May 19 (Commencement): Building closes at 5:30 pm.

  • 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 begin on Monday, May 20.

Have a wonderful summer! Congratulations, graduates!

Emily Alling
Library Director

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.)