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New Geoscience Resource Available

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Bryce Canyon

The University of Vermont Libraries now offer access to GeoScience World, an online resource for research in geological and earth sciences.

GeoScience World provides access to citation information and, in many cases, full-text articles from the publications of leading geoscience societies and university presses. In some instances, you’ll have to use other tools, such as the library catalog, to track down the works cited.

GeoScience World supports cross searching with GeoRef, another major research tool for the geosciences.

Contributors include:

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG),
  • American Geological Institute (AGI),
  • Geological Society of America (GSA),
  • The Geological Society of London (GSL),
  • Mineralogical Society of America (MSA),
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Desert Rocks

Text it!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Cell phone

A common scenario: you need a book from the library so you scribble the call number on a gum wrapper you find in your pocket. You are now on the 3rd floor of Bailey-Howe or standing at the front of the Dana Medical Library only to discover that your book bag has eaten that gum wrapper.

Next time, TEXT IT! UVM Libraries catalog has a texting option within each record that will send your cell phone an abbreviated title and location information. Charges from your cell phone carrier may apply.

A Beckoning Country: Art and Objects from the Lake Champlain Valley

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

April 14 – September 20, 2009
Fleming Museum, University of Vermont


In celebration of the quadricentennial anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain’s travels to the lake that bears his name, the Fleming Museum presents A Beckoning Country: Art and Objects from the Lake Champlain Valley. For thousands of years, Lake Champlain has drawn people to its shores and to the land it nourishes. A Beckoning Country examines the features of the Champlain Valley landscape through the objects and art created from and inspired by them.

Organized around a geological and natural history framework–water, earth, flora, and fauna—the exhibition includes both pre- and post-European contact material, such as stone tools, maps, furniture, textiles, and baskets, as well as paintings and drawings that depict and celebrate the region’s physical landscape.

A Beckoning Country includes contributions from a number of campus repositories as well as community institutions and individuals. Special Collections contributed several works on paper, including a 1632 edition of Samuel de Champlain’s Les voyages de la Nouvelle France occidentale and Lafitau’s 1724 Moeurs des sauvages ameriquains, a boldly colored and decorated map of the northeastern United States and Canada created around 1683, and photographs of the Emporium Logging Company in Danby and the Summit House on Mount Mansfield. Some of these works are described in the essay “Boundaries and Identities” that Director of Special Collections Jeffrey D. Marshall contributed to the exhibition catalog.

Image:  Detail of Burlington Bay circa 1850 by Theodore Hopkins (1828-1889).  Courtesy of the Fleming Museum.

UVM Seeks Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Vintage librarian with card catalog

Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian /Library Assistant Professor – University of Vermont Libraries

The University of Vermont Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI, http://cdi.uvm.edu/) seeks a detail-oriented, innovative, and energetic librarian for the position of Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian. The Institute for Museum and Library Services has recently awarded the University of Vermont a 24-month grant to continue development of the Libraries’ digital initiatives. The main goal of this grant is to build a user community for the CDI that will engage as active participants in the development of the CDI and the content and services it provides. The Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian will provide expertise and leadership in the creation and maintenance of metadata for digital content acquired or created by the CDI. The Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian will help to develop, refine, and implement policies, procedures, workflows, and metadata standards for the CDI; manage digitization projects; and participate in the overall management of the CDI.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides expertise and leadership in the creation and maintenance of metadata for digital content acquired or created by the CDI; provides descriptive, technical, and structural metadata for digital content; evaluates and maintains quality control of metadata operations; trains and supports metadata staff; maintains documentation on metadata best practices; analyzes metadata needs and provides estimated metadata costs and timeline for proposed projects; designs, implements, and manages project workflows;collaborates with CDI and Libraries staff in selection of digital projects and content; participates in the management of the CDI; promotes and reports on CDI activities to local, regional, and national communities; represents the CDI in professional and campus organizations and initiatives.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master?s degree from an ALA-accredited program or foreign equivalent; experience with metadata work on digital projects; experience with XML.; experience with standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD and TEI; knowledge of MARC; familiarity with controlled vocabularies, such as LCSH, AAT, LCTGM, GNIS, and TGN; demonstrated project management experience; excellent attention to detail; ability to work independently and in a team environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; commitment to professional achievement and growth; commitment to diversity and inclusion.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Working knowledge of digital asset management systems; demonstrated understanding of preservation metadata, such as PREMIS; experience in crosswalking, normalizing, and transforming xml metadata; working knowledge of XSLT.

SALARY AND APPLICATION INFORMATION: Qualifications should merit appointment at the rank of library assistant professor (non-tenure track). Salary is commensurate with experience, not less than $49,191 for this position. Benefit package includes TIAA/CREF or alternate plan, managed health care plan, and 22 days of annual paid vacation. Review of applications will begin on May 8, 2009 and will continue until position is filled. Anticipated start date is August 15, 2009. Apply on line at http://www.uvmjobs.com with letter of application, vita, and names and contact information for three professional references. Job Requisition Number = 032645. Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee at The University of Vermont is an AA/EO employer.

Bailey/Howe Wireless Gets an Upgrade

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Wireless symbol

Library user survey commenters have asked for more reliable wireless throughout Bailey/Howe.

We’re currently expanding the wireless network throughout the building with thirty-four new access points, most of which will be added to the second and third floors.

Electricians are already working on the installation. We’ve scheduled much of their work for early morning hours, to minimize disruption. If you feel the project is impacting your work, please let us know.

New Printing Options For Laptops

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Laptop with stickers

We’re pleased to announce that Windows laptop users can now print directly to Libraries’ printers.

Install the printers for your library of choice (Bailey/Howe, Dana Medical Library, or Cook Chemistry/Physics Library) and you’ll be good to go.

Laptop printing solutions for Macintosh users are currently under development.

Laptop Stickers by Roo Reynolds used used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Ethnic Newswatch

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


Find unique viewpoints often overlooked in mainstream publications with Ethnic Newswatch.  Ethnic Newswatch features over 300 newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press.  You may search the full collection or narrow your search to find articles from a particular ethnic perspective.  Ethnic groups included in Ethnic Newswatch are African American/Caribbean/African,  Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian/Pacific Islander, European/Eastern European, Hispanic, Jewish, Multi-Ethnic, and Native People.

Literature Resource Center

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


Need help with your literature paper?  Literature Resource Center provides a wealth of information on literary figures and their works from the classic poet, Ovid, to more contemporary authors, such as Khaled Hosseini.  You’ll find bibliographical essays, bibliographies, literary criticism, reviews, and work overviews in a variety of genres such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and film. Literature Resource Center can also help you pick out your next book to read with its Authors by Type search.  You can search for books by genre, theme, or time period and choose the ethnicity or nationality of the author to pinpoint just the type of book you are looking for.

If you need additional information on literature, view our complete list of resources related to English Literature or World Literature.


Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


With over 1.4 million print volumes of books and journals and 27,000 online journals, the University of Vermont Libraries is the largest research library in Vermont. While that does sound like a lot of information, sometimes we still don’t have what you’re looking for but that doesn’t mean we can’t get it for you. When your attempts at trying to find books or journals at UVM fail, take a look at WorldCat. WorldCat has around 135 million unique items in more than 470 languages and dialects making it the world’s largest bibliographic database.

Requesting material is easy. Just go to WorldCat and search the catalog like you would search using the UVM catalog. Once you click on a book you want, you will see a screen similar to the following picture.

If UVM does not have the book, you will see a link that says “Order using Interlibrary Loan” in the External Resources section. Click on the link, log into your ILLiad account and submit your request. You will receive an e-mail message when it’s available. and you can check your ILLiad account for status information.  Make sure to start your research early as it can take 7-21 business days to receive your request.

The Center for Research Libraries

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. The collection includes over 4.5 million rarely held books, journals, newspapers, foreign dissertations, government documents, and other primary source materials, with a special strength in publications and archives from many developing nations. In addition to the print and microform collection, the CRL has over 8000 items digitized including historical world newspapers, Chinese pamphlets, and periodicals and pamphlets of the French Revolution which can be easily browsed at the e-collections page.

As a member of the CRL, University of Vermont students, faculty, and staff can take advantage of this diverse collection for their advanced research and teaching needs. To find materials in the collection, you can search a particular collection or search the entire CRL collection. Once you find an item you want to request, proceed to the UVM interlibrary loan request page. If you have any questions about using the CRL, a librarian would be happy to assist you.