Get Prepped for the Alternative Media Conference

Are you excited about the Alternative Media Conference coming up on May 18th? So are we! Swing by the library and check out the books we’ve put on display to celebrate the conference, all of which are authored by conference speakers or address substantial parts of the first Alternative Media Conference in 1970.

All of these items can be checked out so don’t be shy. Not on campus or can’t get up here? No problem, these items are in the Alternative Media Conference Authors List in the Eliot D. Pratt Library Catalog and you can request them there.

 

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Library Catalog Video Tutorials – Easier Than Ever!

Have you checked out the Library Catalog Video Tutorials lately? You can find them under the “How To” menu of the LITS Website. We’ve recently added some new topics and embedded the videos in the page, like this one, so that it’s that much easier for you to watch. Enjoy!

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Labor Movement & Unions Resources

The library has a wealth of information on unions and the labor movement in a list in the online catalog, including The Legal Rights of Union Stewards and Grievance Handlers Pocket Guide from the first Goddard Staff Steward Training. If you weren’t able to make it, check these out to see if this work is right for you. You’ll get your own copies later if you become a steward.

Don’t miss the display near the library info desk on the rich labor history of Goddard. It covers labor conferences & CIO steward training in the 1940/50s, the AFT union in the 1970s, the NEA union organized the 1990s, and the UAW unions of the 2000/10s.

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Hot! Hot! Hot! Art Books & DVDs

Thanks to faculty suggestions in the MFAIA program, we now have complete sets of three very popular art series in both the Vermont and Washington locations:

Whitechapel’s Documents of Contemporary Art Series (25 titles)

Phaidon’s Theme’s and Movements (12 titles)

PBS’s Art:21 Program (6 seasons on DVD & 6 accompanying books)

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Borrowing Policy & ILL Quick Facts

We get a lot of questions about the borrowing policies for Library materials as well as ILL. Our full policies have always been available online, but now we also have a couple FAQs for easy reference:

Borrower Policy Quick Facts

  • Includes all material types: Books, Audiovisual & Kits, Museum & Park Passes, Interlibrary Loans, Final Products, and eBooks
  • Covers loan periods, item type & total checkout limits, holds, renewals, daily overdue fines, replacement & processing, and in some cases how to access the materials

Interlibrary Loan Quick Facts

  • Covers the above topics and who pays to ship materials, how to request ILL books and articles, delivery time expectations, tracking, paperwork with ILLs, where & how to return items.
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30th Annual Banned Books Week – September 30-October 6

50 State Salute to Banned Books WeekThis year for Banned Books Week, each state was asked to produce a video for the 50 State Salute. We thought you’d like to see the ones for Vermont and Washington:

50 State Salute – Vermont Librarians
Books Banned in Washington

For more State Salutes, just search in YouTube for “50 State Salute” and the state you’re interested in.

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Books That Shaped America

Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeThe Library of Congress conducted a survey to “spark a national conversation on books and their importance in Americans’ lives, and, indeed, in shaping our nation.” From the results, they compiled a list of 88 Books That Shaped America. We’ve tagged the books and ebooks that are in the Eliot D. Pratt Library Catalog. Simply click on “Tag Cloud” below the search box and then click on the “LOC88″ tag to view what we have. Enjoy.

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Become a Call Number Master!

New to Library of Congress? Need to find a book on the shelf? Wondering about the structure of a call number? Want to browse subjects?

Our Call Number Tutorial explains each part of the call number and how to use it. Watch a 2 minute video, read a detailed description, or skip to the subject-call number correlations. Get as much or as little as you need out of it!

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Free Passes Available!

Don’t forget to grab the free (or discount) passes available at the info desk. They can go out for two days (not including days we are closed). Check out the details by clicking through to each one in the catalog.

ECHO Leahy Center
Vermont State Parks
Vermont History Museum
Vermont State Historic Sites

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Give the Library VHS Collection a New Home!

Cover ImageWe have withdrawn the VHS Tapes from the library. It was time. They are now on the Book Sale Shelf (the shelves that make up the Pratt Computer Lab wall). Everything is first come, first serve and there’s some great stuff there if you still have a VCR. The book sale policy is come, fill your backpacks, boxes, etc. and leave a donation you feel is appropriate.

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