Faculty Book Release: The Social Profit Handbook

Center for New Leadership - March 26, 2015 - 11:34am

Marlboro’s Board Leadership Institute kicked off on Saturday with a retreat on organizational life cycles and assessment led by David Grant.

David is the former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, where he was responsible for development and evaluation of the Nonprofit Capacity Building initiative as well as all other major programs. He now consults with organizations that have a social or educational mission, specializing in strategic planning, design of assessment systems, and board development.

We were excited to have David with us the day after his new book appeared in print!  The Social Profit Handbook, published in Vermont by Chelsea Green, offers those who lead, govern, and support mission-driven organizations and businesses new ways to assess their impact in order to improve future work rather than merely judge past performance. Assessment doesn’t have to mean piles of quantitative data, David insists:”if you can describe it in words, you can measure it.”

Spring Break @ the Library

Library Blog - March 12, 2015 - 1:44pm

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 12:30pm.

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

Library Blog - February 13, 2015 - 9:56am

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.

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

Library Blog - January 28, 2015 - 4:04pm

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

Beasts 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 Birje-Patil

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!

Library Blog - December 15, 2014 - 1:42pm

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!

Rapid Reviews this Thursday!

Library Blog - December 8, 2014 - 12:41pm

How can anyone review The Complete Works of Shakespeare in a minute? Come hear Marlboro College student Saskia Giramma try just that at this semester’s Rapid Reviews this Thursday, December 11th at 3pm in the Apple Tree lecture room. Saskia will be joined by students Kelly Hickey and Tommy Arsenault along with librarian Rachel Gravel and chemistry professor Todd Smith as they talk about their all-time favorite books, reviewing each in a minute or less.

Even with all of Shakespeare’s plays being counted as one book, you can hear about an unprecedented 58 books in 46 minutes when Tommy Arsenault attempts to review the 13 book series by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events, in one minute.  Here are some other books that you’ll hear about:

All the books reviewed will be at the event for you to check out at the event.

Milk and homemade chocolate chip cookies, as well as vegan and gluten free goodies, will be served.  We hope to see you there!