Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries: Sunday, February 16

WEB Dubois library
Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, February 16th, the library is sponsoring a van 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 11:30 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 (ejournal listlibrary 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.

Emily 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 set up an appointment.

Snowy day 2/5/14: library open; limited staffing

Today (Wednesday, February 5), the library and AV/Reserve Room will be open as usual. There will be limited staffing at the service desk, so if you need to borrow DVDs or equipment, pick up holds or ILLs, or get help, please note the following schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

You can always email with questions — we’ll be monitoring email all day.

Enjoy the snow!

Welcome back! Start-of-semester hours

Welcome to those of you who are new to Marlboro, and welcome back, old friends! The library building will reopen for the Spring semester on Sunday, January 19 at 12:30 p.m. We look forward to meeting new students for orientation at that time.

During the first few days of the semester, the library’s regular Service Desk and AV/Reserve Room hours may vary as we schedule student employee coverage. Someone will certainly be here during the following hours:

  • Sunday, January 19: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Monday, January 20: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 21: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

We hope to be fully up and running starting on Wednesday, January 22.

Library catalog unavailable January 8, afternoon

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.

End-of-semester dates and deadlines

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 journalsbooks, 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, and ILL book request deadline

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!

Library over Hendricks Days

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!

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