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.


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

The End Approaches! Where Are Your Library Books? Spring 2015

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 13: Due date for most library items.

      • Everyone: All Interlibrary Loans must be returned by May 13.
      • 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!

Thursday, May 14:  The big clean-up. Please remove all personal items from the library by midnight on Wednesday. On Thursday:

      • 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.


      • 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.
      • 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 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!

Sunday, May 17 (Commencement): Building closes at 5:30 pm.

      • Graduating seniors: please return all library items by Sunday, 5/17! 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 (8:30-4:30) begin on Monday, May 18.

Questions? Let us know.

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

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Little Known Library Treasures

 Have you explored our Zine Collection?


It doesn’t hit you over the head with its presence, sitting at the end of the hallway on the middle floor, but don’t let its modest appearance deceive you! With over 400 zines to peruse, and a rotating cast on display, there’s no shortage of interest, entertainment, and education to be found on those shelves! Come by and check it out!

The collection was started in 2008, and boasts a healthy IMG_0131selection of personal and political zines, as well as a category for poetry & fiction, art & comics, sexual health, bikes & animal rights, prison zines, DIY (do-it-yourself) zines, history zines, zines in other languages, and locally produced zines by Marlboro folks.

The collection is currently undergoing a growth spurt, and new zines are being added every week. We’re working on beefing up our DIY section, as well as our zines about bikes, history, and foreign language zines. We also hope to introduce a new category for environmental zines, gender/identity, race/class, travel, and food/cooking.

For that matter, we are currently seeking new contributions! If you have zines you’d like to donate to the library, we are accepting donations over the course of the next two weeks (while we have someone here to catalog them!), and would welcome IMG_0134zines on any subject. Zines by Marlboro community members are particularly welcome. Zine donations can be given to a librarian at the service desk or left in the box labeled “Zines to Donate To Library”, located in the Zine Collection.

As always, feel free to search the collection online at LibraryThing. Zines can be searched by title, author, series, or subject (tag).

And just for fun, if you’re out and about in the northeast, here are some other cool zine libraries you can visit to garner some zine inspiration:

Papercut Zine Library in Allston, MA
Flywheel Arts Collective Zine Library in Easthampton, MA
Brooklyn College Zine Library
Barnard Zine Library
New York Public Library Zine Collection
Hampshire College Zine Collection in Amherst, MA
Smith College Zine Collection in Northampton, MA
Carnegie Library in Pittsburg, PA
The Soapbox: Philadelphia’s Independent Publishing Center in Philadelphia, PA

In the meantime, spread the word! Visit our collection! Read, celebrate and make zines!

It’s National Poetry Month!

The Rice Aron Library is celebrating this month with a display of some of the wonderful poetry books in our collection. Come by and check it out to discover some of the treasures of our poetry collection! As always, feel free to check out any of the books on display, or peruse the stacks to find more.

There are also numerous ways to participate in NPM:

Here in the library we will be hosting a Magnetic Poetry Contest, open 24/7 for submissions. We’ve set a up a magnet board with plenty of words to help you create poetic masterpieces on the ground floor of the Library, next to the poetry display. Come by anytime and compose a poem! If you wish to submit a poem to the contest, take a picture of it and email it to library@marlboro.edu with your name and contact information. We will remove your contact info before we post your photo.

We’ll highlight some of our favorites on our Facebook page, and one lucky poet will win a gift certificate to the Potash Grill!  The winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries at the end of the month.

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Join people across the country who will be selecting a poem to carry around their pocket and share with others throughout the day.

To learn more about National Poetry Month, visit http://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home

Celebrate your poet friends! Write poetry! Enjoy the month!


Research trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries, 4/19

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Yes, that’s the library!

This Sunday, April 19th, 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.

Beth is 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 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


Along with the rest of the Marlboro College community, the library is mourning the loss of beloved former faculty Jaysinh BirjePatil 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 BirjePatil

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!