Friday, April 23, 2010

Two More Database Trials

UVM currently has trial access to two resources of possible interest: Early American Imprints, Series 1: Evans Digital (1639-1800) and Cambridge Histories Online.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. Digitized from one of the most important collections ever produced on microform, this resource is based on Charles Evans’ “American Bibliography” and Roger Bristol’s supplement. The collection includes more than 36,000 printed works,including advertisements, bibles, broadsides, charters and by-laws, cookbooks, elegies, eulogies, laws, narratives, novels, operas, pamphlets, plays, poems, primers, sermons, songs, speeches, textbooks, travelogues, and more. This is the digitized version of the collections the library currently owns on the wretched/dreaded microopaque cards in the Microforms Room. Trial access will run through May 31, 2010.

Cambridge Histories Online is an online collection of scholarly texts on many areas of history: U.S., world, language, English, Irish and American literature, music, religion, etc. N.B. The following titles may be of particular interest: Cambridge History of American Literature, Cambridge History of English Literature, Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature, Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Cambridge History of the English Language. Trial access will run through May 23, 2010.

You may also find a link to these resources on the Library Home page --> Find --> Database Trials.

To provide feedback, either contact me or submit your "Comments" on the Database Trials page.

Millennials' Media Addiction?

Here is a fascinating article on an experiment in which students at the University of Maryland "disconnected" from all media for 24 hours and reported back:


Here is a related link to a Pew Research Center report on Millennials.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bailey/Howe Library Collections - Your Opinions Matter!

Amongst other things, the Bailey/Howe Library is considering some significant changes to its book acquisitions program that may affect whether or not newly published books are readily available to you in the library for your teaching and research needs. We would love to know how the library can best support your teaching and scholarship, and your students' research. If you would like to weigh in, I encourage you to participate in the focus groups being offered by the library.

See the message below for particulars:

Do the UVM Libraries have the collections you need? Are they available to you when and where you want them? How do you go about research and literature searching in the 21st century?

Help us learn more about how to support your research needs.

The UVM Libraries are holding focus groups the week of April 26th. In the spring of 2009, the Libraries conducted a LibQUAL survey of library users. Results show the faculty dissatisfied with library holdings, and the means of accessing them.

We want to learn more about what’s missing, and what we could be doing differently with the resources we have.

Faculty are invited to join us at focus groups on:

Tuesday, April 27th, 1PM – 2PM
Thursday, April 29th, 9AM – 10PM
Thursday, April 29th, 4PM – 5PM

Refreshments will be served, questions will be brief, and your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

To volunteer, contact Selene Colburn at, 656.9980.