The library catalog will be undergoing maintenance this afternoon and will be unavailable starting at 2:00 p.m. We hope to have things back up and running within a few hours. In the meantime, you can search Marlboro’s library holdings via WorldCat. If you need help locating an item in the stacks, please ask a library staff member! Thanks for your patience.
It’s almost over! The library would like everyone to be aware of the following dates and deadlines.
- Please remove all belongings and checked-out books from the library no later than Wednesday, December 18.
- All interlibrary loan books are due back no later than Wednesday, December 18.
- Marlboro library items are also due back Wednesday, December 18. However, you are welcome to renew them over break as long as no one else has requested them.
- The Service Desk and Reserve/AV room will close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 18.
- The library building will close and lock on Thursday, December 19 at 4:30 pm (same time that dorms close).
- Hours for the library building and services over break are M-F, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
- The library will be closed from Saturday, December 21 – Wednesday, January 1.
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!
The library building will remain open throughout Thanksgiving Break.
The Service Desk, Reserve/AV Room, and Plan Room will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27. Please plan accordingly 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 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 1. (December! Yikes.) Regular hours will resume at that time.
The last day to request books or DVDs via Interlibrary Loan this semester is Monday, December 2. (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 usual Marlboro username and password.
Have a wonderful break!
During Hendricks Days weekend, the library building will remain open.
The Service Desk will be staffed, and the AV/Reserve Room and Plan Room available, during the following times:
- Saturday-Sunday: no staffing
- Monday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Have a wonderful break!
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 browsers, operating systems, and word processing platforms.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com (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.”
The library service desk and Reserve Room will close just before 3:30 today (Wednesday, 9/4) so that staff and student employees can attend Convocation and Town Meeting.
Staffing will resume at 6:30 pm.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call x221 (802-258-9221).
We are looking forward to working with you this year!