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

Library Blog - May 11, 2015 - 5:08pm

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.

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.
      • 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 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!

Little Known Library Treasures

Library Blog - May 7, 2015 - 10:45am

 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 selection 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 zines 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!

Theory Into Practice: RAFFL

Center for New Leadership - May 4, 2015 - 2:50pm

Hillary Boone: Give us a quick overview of Rutland Area Farm and Farm Link. Why do you exist? What kind of activities do you do?

Tara Kelly: RAFFL is strengthening the economic viability of local agriculture while also ensuring that local foods are broadly available to people. This requires a multi-faceted and coordinated approach. Our most visible project is our annual publication called the Locally Grown Guide. This year is the 10th anniversary of this directory to area farm and food businesses in our region.

Beyond promoting farms through the Guide and a number of other communications, our main efforts are:

  • we provide direct technical assistance to farmers focused on navigating the challenges of business start up in their first 7 years of operation;
  • we operate a year-round, on-line farmers market that creates a convenient option for people to order and receive local farm products at their workplace;
  • we run cooking education programs around the county;
  • and we organize community volunteers to harvest surplus produce from area farms for donation to food shelves and other meals programs.

How is RAFFL gearing up for summer?

After such a long winter, it feels like spring is flying by! We’ve just released our Locally Grown Guide and we’ve held our last farmer workshops for a while. We are now focused on a series of events to get the public engaged including recruiting volunteers for our Glean Team project.

Is there anything that Vermonters should be particularly excited about this year?

RAFFL is part of a collaboration with other partners around the state to help more farms become better equipped to welcome visitors onto their farms. We co-hosted a two-day conference in our region on this topic.

There is clear enthusiasm from state officials from both the Agency of Agriculture and the Department of Tourism and Marketing who see this as a win-win as it would build upon our state’s brand while also providing an additional income stream for farmers. RAFFL will be working with farms in our area to continue supporting those farms that want to incorporate this into their businesses.

 What program have you been a part of at Marlboro?

When I first became Executive Director for RAFFL, it was bit of a professional stretch for me PLUS we were a brand new organization that had been formed through an organic process of community involvement and volunteer leadership. When I began looking around for resource to assist me, I found the non-profit management certificate program at Marlboro. I enrolled in the first session I could!

The Certificate program provided me with information and access to experts on the topics that were essential to laying a firm foundation for our organization. I was reassured to find that we were on the right track with some topics. For others, I came away with tools and knowledge to take the next steps. It was tremendously useful to me as a new director of a new organization!


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It’s National Poetry Month!

Library Blog - April 14, 2015 - 10:57am

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 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.

Additionally, April 30th is

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

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


Research trip to the UMass Amherst Libraries, 4/19

Library Blog - April 13, 2015 - 12:23pm
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!

Karen White Wins Axiom Business Book Award

Center for New Leadership - April 9, 2015 - 10:45am

This month Karen White’s “Practical Project Management For Agile Nonprofits” received an Axiom Business Book Bronze Award. The Axiom Awards were launched in 2007 “to honor the year’s best business books and their

authors and publishers.”

Karen teaches Project Management and Change Management in Marlboro’s MS in Management- Mission-Driven Organizations program, where she has become known for her expertise and her use of real world examples in her teaching. “Karen White’s classes have consistently received rave reviews as a game changer for how people organize their work and teams,” says Sean Conley, Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies.

Karen was inspired to write the book while volunteering for a local fundraising event. She realized that project management tools would really assist in managing volunteers, and potentially even impact the revenue from the event. She was right.

“Feedback I have received from students and other practitioners with whom I interact confirm my thoughts that the needs of the non-profit sector are really not that different from the for-profit sector,” says Karen. “Both sectors range in size from the very large with perceived unlimited resources to the very small surviving through the efforts of two or three dedicated employees. Both sectors are focused on improving the return on their investments – be it increased shareholder value and profits, or increased programs and community support – while containing costs.”

Nonprofits have their own unique challenges, including the education of donors and board members about the benefits that can be gained by investing in project management discipline. “That is where I see the book and my teaching making a difference,” says Karen, “advocating for the mind change needed.”

More information about the awards program and other winners can be found at  

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 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.