Online @ Marlboro and Find At Marlboro temporarily unavailable

Library Blog - July 1, 2014 - 10:33am

The library’s links to full text from Google Scholar (“Online @ Marlboro”), as well as the “Find At Marlboro” button in our databases (which lets you link to full text or request items via interlibrary loan), are both broken at the moment. We’re working on fixing the problem.

In the meantime, if you find an article and want to see whether you have access to it through Marlboro, just enter the journal title in our Journal Finder.

If it turns out that Marlboro does not have the article and you’d like to request it via interlibrary loan, then use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

You can also get in touch with the library any time; we’re happy to walk you through your options for getting the articles you need.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

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Status Updates - May 31, 2014 - 8:58pm

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Most Dangerous OP Trip EVER

Potash Phil - May 29, 2014 - 9:53am

Imagine a white-water rafting trip that ends calamitously with two participants suffering from hypothermia, one with a sprained ankle and howling like a coyote, one with a dislocated shoulder and broken wrist, and one mysteriously wedged between two trees with a broken leg that is grotesquely gushing blood. The only participant temporarily smart enough to escape injury is heating up cocoa for her friends when the stove blows up, leaving her with third-degree burns on her face. I know you’re thinking I have some whacky, morose imagination, and I do, but this would all be very easy to picture if you were part of the Wilderness First Responder training workshop taking place on campus this week.

Compound fractures, anaphylactic shock, heat exhaustion: you name it, you can find it in Marlboro’s verdant woods this week. Run by the Wilderness Medical Association, with support from our very own Outdoor Program, the weeklong WFR workshop is awesome training in first aid, leadership, and gory special effects for anyone who works in remote locations. A bumper crop of 21 outdoor educators, guides, and other kinds of nature-loving professionals are learning to splint, staunch, bandage, carry, and console outdoorsy victims in the most desperate straits. Seven participants are stalwart Marlboro students, preparing for their role as Bridges orientation trip leaders next fall.

Did I mention that one of the paddlers with hypothermia is also diabetic and not responding to treatment because he is in hypoglycemic shock? And the youth who brought the rescuers to the scene is breaking out in hives and having trouble breathing? I tell you, this is any trip leader’s worst nightmare, short of a zombie apocalypse, and these WFR trainees handle it all with the confidence and composure of seasoned first responders. I would put my compound fracture in any of their hands, as soon as I get over the impression that they are all a little accident-prone.


Borrow Vermont State Parks and Vermont Historic Sites passes — free!

Library Blog - May 28, 2014 - 8:00pm

This summer you can borrow a free pass to Vermont State Parks or Vermont Historic Sites! Just ask at the Rice-Aron Library.

Each pass admits one vehicle holding up to eight people FREE to any Vermont State Park or Vermont Historic Site for one day.


•    Passes may be checked out by current Marlboro College faculty, staff, and students, as well as residents of the Town of Marlboro and eligible alumni who have registered for borrowing privileges at the Rice-Aron Library.

•    Four (4) day check out. Passes are due back to the library by closing time 4 days from the date you borrow them (or, if they would be due back while the library is closed for the weekend, they must be returned by Monday morning).

•    The library’s summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. If you are returning a pass outside of those hours, please leave it in the book return bin located outside the entrance to the Aron (new) wing of the library, near the librarians’ offices.

•    No renewals are permitted.

•    Passes are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. You are welcome to check the catalog (link) or call (802-258-9221) to see if a pass is available, but we cannot hold it for you.

•    Fee for lost pass: $80.00 plus billing and processing fees.

Thanks to the Vermont Department of LibrariesVermont State Parks, and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for making this program possible.

For more information about Vermont State Parks:
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, Vermont 05671-0601
(Got a smartphone? Check out the Vermont State Parks app for iOS or Android)

For more information about Vermont Historic Sites:
1 National Life Dr
Montpelier, Vt 05620

For questions about using the pass, contact the Rice-Aron Library:

The Nature of Art

Potash Phil - May 9, 2014 - 11:47am

Every so often, and this time of year actually quite often, I see a student’s Plan work and it literally blows my mind. I mean, not in the way black holes, metaphysics, jazz, restaurants that advertise “home-style cooking,” and other things I just don’t understand “blow my mind.” I’m talking about students that show so much more intellectual curiosity and integrity and maturity in their little pinky than I can muster with all my cerebral cylinders firing—certainly way more than I ever exhibited as a college student. This time it was two students who had particularly perceptive little pinkies exhibiting their art in Drury Gallery at the very same time, hence the blustered brain.

Katie Lyon did her Plan in biology and visual arts, especially exploring biomimicry and ecological design. She approaches art exactly like a brilliant scientist, with an attention to method that would make Francis Bacon do backflips, and the result is beautiful. Like, she did 100 awesome little sketches of zooplankton (above) collected as part of a semester at sea program. The object of the collection was to index species diversity, but Katie lovingly turned the result into something so much more colorful and rewarding. She also documented the first 36 galaxies in Charles Messier’s catalog (left), and then created, I’m not kidding, 36 bright colored cards that represented the numbers in the New General Catalog for each of these galaxies. I mean, I can hear my neurons boggling just thinking about it, and that’s before looking up at Katie’s ethereal, light-catching, sculptures hanging above, or her grid of paintings demonstrating a multivariate analysis of art movements, media, and seasons, oh my!

Ayla Mullen did her Plan in politics, especially environmental political thought, and ceramics. Her installation of a table set with finely crafted plates, each depicting beautiful vegetables, resting on a bed of green seedlings, was somewhere between Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party and Thoreau’s vegan dining room in heaven (right). Each setting was complemented with a “seed pot” a ceramic vessel with a tiny hole for safely storing seeds until the next season, when it is broken open like Mother Nature’s piggy bank. Ayla’s work is all about reconnecting with nature, and her own intimate understanding of this connection, displayed in eye-popping etchings, trunk-like ceramics, and delicate drawings of branches and leaves and pinecones on porcelain sconce lights, is enviable. Like Katie, Ayla has found a truly bodacious, artistic way to complement her other academic interests, in this case the challenges and rewards of ecological citizenship. With mind-blowing students like these, who needs black holes?


End-of-semester Spring 2014: library deadlines and things to know

Library Blog - May 7, 2014 - 11:44am

The end draws near…please note the following dates, which are important for all library users (and especially important for graduating seniors).

Wednesday, May 14: Due date for most library items.

  • Everyone: All Interlibrary Loans must be returned by May 14.
  • 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.
  • Please, please, please do not leave library items in storage over the summer.
    • 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!

Thursday, May 15:  The big clean-up. Please remove all personal items from the library by noon on Thursday. On Thursday afternoon:

  • 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 18 (Commencement): Building closes at 5:30 pm.

  • Graduating seniors: please return all library items by Sunday, 5/18! 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 begin on Monday, May 19.

Questions? Let us know.

Have a wonderful summer! Congratulations, graduates!

Emily Alling
Library Director

Rapid Reviews: 50 books in 50 minutes! Thu 5/8, 3 pm

Library Blog - May 6, 2014 - 12:08pm

No more pencils, sure, but no more books? That isn’t how it works at Marlboro, where we celebrate the end of the school year by gearing up to read right through the summer. It’s time for another Rapid Reviews! Come hear students Phoebe Lumley and Courtney Varga, staff accountant Stephen Sirum, library director Emily Alling, and sociology professor Kat Rickenbacker each review 10 of their all-time favorite books in a minute or less per book. The eclectic assortment of titles will be available to borrow at the end of the event. Milk and homemade chocolate chip cookies/baked goods (including vegan and gluten free options) will be served. Join us in the Apple Tree at 3:00 p.m. this Thursday (May 8), and bring a book on break.

Marlboro Signs Real Food Challenge

Sustainability Updates - April 18, 2014 - 9:44am

“I am thrilled to be a part of the solution to our troubled food system,” said Benjamin Newcomb, chef manager at Marlboro through Metz Culinary Management. On April 15, Benjamin and Marlboro President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, joining more than 100 colleges and universities across the country.“The Real Food Challenge permits us to create a fair, sustainable food culture that celebrates the student, the local farmer, and the best of what New England agriculture has to offer—farm to table.” The signing of the commitment was followed by a community dinner of mostly regional or ecologically sound foods, part of Marlboro’s events leading up to Earth Day.

Learn more.

Beethoven and Bartok Up Close

Potash Phil - April 8, 2014 - 10:54am

Imagine it is the bleakest hours of World War I, and you are traveling through Algeria with brilliant Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, sitting at an outdoor café, drinking black coffee that makes your hair stand at attention, and listening to local folk music that will put mojo in the second movement in our man Béla’s Quartet No. 2, opus 17. I’m not kidding, that’s what it felt like listening to the award-winning Heath Quartet, last weekend’s “Music for a Sunday Afternoon” offering in Ragle Hall. Okay, it didn’t hurt that yours truly was sitting right on stage, just a café table away from these champions of chamber music.

Ahem, let me explain. This was the debut U.S. appearance of the Heath Quartet, a young ensemble that has rocked houses all over Europe with crazy names like Sage Gateshead, the Musikverein, Vara Konserthus, and the Kissingen Winterzauber and Spitalfields festivals. They’ve won more awards than you can shake a baton at, including the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists Award and the 2012 Festspiel Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Ensemble Prize. I mean, they are like rock stars of the chamber music world. Their Marlboro premier launches a U.S. debut tour that includes the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, and Weill Recital Hall presented by Carnegie Hall.

The reason they started at li’l ol’ Marlboro is that retired sociology professor Jerry Levy is an absolute groupie. He saw them perform in England last year, and followed them all over Europe to see them again and again and again, kind of like Phish but without the “super-extended grooves.” He parted oceans like Moses to bring them here to Ragle, then moved mountains like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to let people know they were here. In the end, this included moving chairs around to accommodate the absolute overflow crowd on Sunday, for which Jerry received a hearty round of applause. Because I was one of the fashionably last people to squeeze through the door, I got seated in the ring of seats on stage, behind the quartet.

Okay, I admit it, the first thrill was having a packed house watching the stage (including yours truly) with rapt attention, and clapping like maniacs as the ensemble took their seats. But as soon as the musicians all chimed in with the lively Allegro con brio from Beethoven’s Quartet in B Flat No. 6, opus 18, all self consciousness flew out the window and I was transfixed by the music that was so close, so close to me. My heart was pounding to the rhythm of the music, and as each phrase was carried from cello to viola to violin, and on and on, I felt like they were coursing through my veins. I was so close that I was driven absolutely mad by a loose hair on the bow of violinist Cerys Jones, and was tempted to lean forward and nip it off during a paus. That probably wouldn’t have gone over too well, but by the time the Heath Quartet had rocked their way through Beethoven, Bartok, and Mendelssohn, I totally felt like a roadie for the band.


Marlboro Farm Highlighted as “Outdoor Learning Space”

Sustainability Updates - April 7, 2014 - 2:02pm

“The garden and greenhouse are spaces of experimentation to relearn essential human skills—i.e. how to grow food,” said a recent article in College Planning & Management, referring to Marlboro College’s “farm.” “The students build knowledge by building community, while decreasing dependency on industrial agriculture.”

The article on Marlboro was included as part of a regular column on “Outdoor Learning Spaces” in CP&M, a magazine providing planning solutions for colleges and universities across the country, with more than 30,000 subscribers. “The space lives on and adapts to the current needs and interests of the community,” concludes the article. “New challenges create new opportunities for knowledge experimentation.

Van trip to UMass Amherst Libraries, Sunday 4/13

Library Blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:07pm
Yes, that’s the library.

This Sunday, April 13th, 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.