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The Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth cordially invites all interested Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students to submit an original design for a new bookplate commemorating Dartmouth College’s 250th anniversary in 2019. All designs will be created using hand-set type, ornaments, and engravings available in the Book Arts Workshop’s letterpress studio. Bookplates incorporating the winning design will be printed by hand and affixed to hardcover copies of the forthcoming coffee table history of Dartmouth. The competition comes with a $250 prize for the winner.

Told through an eclectic mix of text and images, the new history will be a beautifully produced, heavily illustrated and designed to capture the spirit, character, diverse voices, and accomplishments of the College, while implicitly making the case that Dartmouth’s historic contributions to society will only become greater as Dartmouth moves forward in the 21st century. Successful bookplate designs will evoke Dartmouth’s rich heritage while visually acknowledging the College’s unique history of being a forward-looking institution of higher learning.

Deadline for entries: May 31, 2018

Sign up for one of our Letterpress Orientation classes to learn how to set type and print with letterpress.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Bookplate Design Parameters (PDF)

For details, information, and inspiration, email Book Arts Workshop Program manager Sarah Smith at or stop by the Book Arts Workshop on the lower level of Baker Library.

Professor Katie HornsteinHolding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

In this week's edition, we talk with Katie Hornstein, a specialist of nineteenth-century French art and visual culture.  Her book, Picturing War in France, 1792–1856 (Yale University Press, 2018), examines representations of contemporary conflict in the first half of the 19th century and how these pictures provided citizens with an imaginative stake in wars being waged in their name.  Katie also recently co-edited Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture (University Press of New England, 2017) about the artist Horace Vernet, who, although popular during his lifetime, was reviled by the poet Charles Baudelaire and thus consigned to relative obscurity.  In this interview, Katie speaks about her single-authored monograph, Picturing War.

What is your book about?

My book deals with the emergence of a public in France after the French Revolution that was eager to consume pictures of war: these pictures were (relatively) easy to understand and often fun to look at, though they were also violent. I want to know what this tells us about the political and artistic culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 

Where do you get your ideas?

From my cat. And from primary sources, especially works of art.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

For research, I could not live without Gallica (the digital portal of the Bibliothèque nationale de France), museums, curators, and my colleagues.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I hope that it will still contain a lot of books. The digital world is wonderful, but I think it's important to know how to browse the shelves and be surprised by what you find.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Put down your phone and make space for non-distracted thinking.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

I just read Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong and some salacious French revolutionary historical fiction by Hilary Mantel (A Place of Greater Safety); at the moment, I'm contending with a pile of old New Yorker magazines that have gone neglected in recent months.

cover of bookHolding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

In this week's edition, we talk with four of the student authors of Bartolomeo Platina: Lives of the Popes, Paul II (Faenum Publishing, 2017).  During the Spring 2016 term, Professor Thomas Hendrickson created an experiential learning opportunity by assigning Latin 28 students the task of producing an edition of a Renaissance Latin text. The manuscript was completed during the ten-week term, and was published last fall.  The edition has 11 co-authors, including current students and alumni/ae, proving that Dartmouth undergraduates are no strangers to high quality research and scholarship.  The Classics department is sponsoring a launch party for the book on Friday, April 13 from 4:30-6 PM in Bartlett 201.  Students, alumni, faculty and friends are welcome to attend.

What is your book about?

Graham Rigby (GR): The text concerns Pope Paul II's imprisonment and torture of humanists during the early part of the renaissance in Rome.  Daniel Gridley (DG): The winners write the history books, so Bartolomeo Platina took the liberty of writing the book on his arch nemesis, Pope Paul II.  Gaby Sommer (GS): We put together the first student edition of Platina’s Paul II, including grammatical, lexical, philological and historical commentary.

Where do you get your ideas?

GS: I've always been interested in finding ways to get young people excited about Latin -- to make it fun. Professor Hendrickson pitched this project as an opportunity to do just that. Learning Latin in high school, particularly with the AP curriculum, it was easy to get bogged down in grammar and "Gaul is divided into three parts" and forget the significance of the literature you’re reading. Sometimes you need a breath of fresh air. Lives of the Popes is a ready-made soap opera. It’s the Renaissance Game of Thrones. Our job was just to make it accessible.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

Kent Ueno (KU): I have the image of papers strewn everywhere. After all, research is a collaborative process and one needs to constantly be in conversation with the community. I wouldn't be able to live without different colored pens.  DG: Collaboration--the ability to bounce ideas and drafts off of colleagues.  GR: Research is being curled up with a book. Cozy chairs are a necessity.  GS: KAF!

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

GS: I hope we never outgrow traditional libraries, but I expect more Kindle-types, more digitization – maybe a library cloud?  KU: I think it's rather sadly becoming more digital. I like physical books though, and hope it can stay that way. I imagine it will be largely digital with sections off in the corner for the oldies who like books.  GR: Hopefully much the same as the library of today.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

KU: Find something you're actually interested in. You'll put out your best work when you really care.  DG: Write! The more you write, the more you write. Like anything, it takes practice to find your own voice.  GS: I’m still in college, so I'm speaking from limited experience, but I think a combination of good mentorship, patience, and choosing work you genuinely enjoy at the end of the day goes a long way.  GR: Don't worry about deadlines.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

DG: I'm currently reading Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, and next on my docket is Italo Calvino's The Nonexistent Knight.  KU: I'll read anything from the Lord of the Rings to the Hannibal Lecter series. I'd like to get more into books by authors like Brian Greene who explain complex physics ideas so clearly to general audiences. It's an extremely difficult skill I want to master.  GS: I read a lot of fiction – I really love John Irving, and he’s written so much that you can read him for a while. I’m also a big fan of essays when I’m short on time – Charles D’Ambrosio, Amy Schumer, Joan Didion and David Foster Wallace are my go-tos.  GR: These days I read a lot of ancient history - I'm currently (slowly) reading a book about the collapse of Eastern Mediterranean societies at the end of the late bronze age. If I had more time, I'd be reading Duff McKagan's It's So Easy: and Other Lies, a harrowing tale of his time as a member of Guns N' Roses and his long battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

Did you know that you can access some great newspapers and magazines through  the library? If you are off-campus, you may be asked to login using your NetID and password. If you prefer the paper version, please visit us in person!


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The Wall Street Journal
You now can access from anywhere on campus. You need to create an account on their site, with your Dartmouth email address and a password, which will allow access on other devices outside of the university network. Once you have an account you can go directly to their site. You also can access archival articles via ProQuest.


The New York Times
Access all articles from June 1980 through to the present through our ProQuest subscription.  For more details on other subscription options, including archives, see the full catalog record

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Financial Times
You can go to the Financial Times website directly and access all of their articles with our group subscription. You will be prompted to login when you click on a specific article. For more subscription details see the full catalog record.


Washington Post
Access Washington Post articles via our subscription to ProQuest. For archives, visit our ProQuest Historical Newspapers database

Library Press Display
Instant access to over 6,000 newspapers, from 100 countries, in 60 languages. Need we say more?

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Ethnic News Watch
Access—via ProQuest—to full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing often overlooked perspectives. This includes community publications not found in any other database.

Learn more about all the newspapers and news you can access as a member of the Dartmouth community.

Photo of Rashauna Johnson, professor of history and AAASHolding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

In this week's edition, we talk with Rashauna Johnson, Associate Professor of History, and author of Slavery's Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge University Press, 2016; paperback 2018). Rashauna's book has received much acclaim, garnering the 2016 Williams Prize for the best book in Louisiana history and an honorable mention for the Urban History Association's Kenneth Jackson Award.  Slavery's Metropolis was also a finalist for the 2016 Berkshire Conference of Women's Historians Book Prize, and the 2017 Frederick Douglass Book Prize.

What is your book about?

It shows how fights over the physical place of enslaved people in New Orleans were proxies for Atlantic debates about urbanity, mobility and modernity.

Where do you get your ideas?

Archival research, other scholars, and popular culture.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

Good music and great coffee.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

Beats me. I just hope it exists!

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

To pay attention to the craft of writing, and to remember that inspiration and discipline feed one another.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

Fiction. I love novels.  I haven’t started it, but next up is Brit Bennett’s The Mothers.

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Sara Muñoz-Muriana, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Holding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library. 

In this week's edition, we talk with Sara Muñoz-Muriana, Assistant Professor of Spanish, and author of "Andando se hace el camino" : calle y subjetividades marginales en la España del siglo XIX.  Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2017.  Sara specializes in 19th century literature from Spain, and teaches classes teaches classes on the literature and culture of Spain from the 18th and 19th centuries.

What is your book about?

My book studies the street in connection with a number of marginal figures --prostitutes, beggars, female shoppers, ragpickers, the unemployed or adulterers--that populate the Spanish literary productions of the 19th century.

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere! Reading the newspaper, watching TV, or listening to the Spanish news, I couldn't help but establish connections between the great political and economic unrest in Spain today and the 19th-century characters in my literary works. And I have to say, my ideas take shape and become organized when I am outside running, an activity that I've been doing regularly and that has kept me sane!

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

For me, research doesn't always happen when we are busy in front of the computer. That's why I try to get away from the computer as much as possible, and sit down and read novels as people would have read them in the 19th century. Trying to recreate the reading and living experience of the time when these works were published is an essential part of my research.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

Honestly, I hope the library of the future looks very much like the library of today: a nice combination of physical materials and electronic resources. Baker-Berry does an awesome job in giving us access to online materials as well as materials from other libraries that are not here. As much as I like physical books, it would be great if in the future we could have immediate access to books that are not in Baker. The dream of any scholar would be to access any material with the touch of a button --in other words, if everything would be digitalized!

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Do something you are really interested in!

And finally, what do you read for fun?

I have recently discovered Scandinavian crime fiction, and precisely because it is so different to what I do as a scholar, it is something that I like to read to relax and have fun!

books by Dartmouth authors for the spring 2018 displaySpring is here!  And with it a new line-up of books by Dartmouth authors in the King Arthur Flour Café.  Next time you are in Baker-Berry, check out the newly redesigned display, which offers a powerful visual “read” on Dartmouth’s intellectual talent.  Its location in the King Arthur Flour Café is no accident; the Library serves as an incubator for much of the research and writing activities of Dartmouth authors, providing necessary services, staff expertise, and spaces for work.

The Spring 2018 cohort of ten authors includes both faculty and students, in the humanities and social sciences, and includes single-authored monographs, edited volumes, a translation, and an edition of Renaissance Latin text.  One new feature of the display is a series of interviews with the authors, editors, and translators, to be published throughout the term right here on Library Muse.  The Library will also be hosting a book talk each term featuring one of the books on display.  On Thursday, April 26 at 4:30 PM, in the East Reading Room, we will have Matt Garcia, co-editor of Food Across Borders (Rutgers, 2017) in dialogue with co-editor E. Melanie Dupuis and contributor Teresa Mares.

These books are now part of the Library's collections and are available for check out.  For more information, click on any of the links (below) or check out this guide to new books by Dartmouth authors:

Every year, three Dartmouth College Library Fellowships provide opportunities for recent graduates to explore different types of careers in libraries and to gain practical experience.

The  Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or current graduate student of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning and contributing to aspects of digital library production, delivery, assessment and preservation. The fellowship may be tailored to the individual interests of the candidate where their skills support the mission of the developing Digital Library Program.

The Jones Memorial Digital Media Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or recent graduate of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning digital media technology as applied to the academic curriculum and careers in librarianship. The fellowship may be tailored to the individual interests of the candidate where their skills support the mission of the Jones Media Center.

The Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Special Collections Fellowship offers recent Dartmouth graduates an opportunity to work in Rauner Special Collections Library and gain valuable experience with archives, manuscripts and rare books. The fellow will work on a major project tailored to his or her skills and interests while gaining a general overview of special collections librarianship.

All three fellowships are one year, full-time paid positions with benefits. First consideration of applications will begin on March 21, 2018. To learn how to apply, visit the homepage of the fellowship(s) of interest.

Craig Gallagher, Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston College, is one of Rauner Special Collections Library's New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. This Friday, February 23rd, Gallagher will give a brief talk entitled, "Imperial Zealots: Scottish Missionaries and the British-American Frontier, 1763-1800," based upon research conducted at Rauner with the Samuel Kirkland Papers.

Few peoples living in eighteenth-century North America were as zealous about the expansion and security of the British Empire as the Scottish Presbyterian community. These Scots had overcome their status as excluded outsiders operating on the margins of the British Empire in the late seventeenth century to hold leading commercial, military, political, and religious offices in colonial North America in the eighteenth. Their community was bound together by transatlantic merchants and Presbyterian missionaries, many of whom served on British frontiers with Native Americans and Quebecois along the Connecticut, Hudson, and St. Lawrence Rivers.

The Rev. Samuel Kirkland, missionary to the Oneida in the late eighteenth century, was in many ways emblematic of the wider Scottish Presbyterian community because he saw his mission as a means to defend the British, Protestant borders of the Empire from its Catholic, popish neighbors. His mission carried on through the American Revolution, when his community’s relationship with Great Britain was sundered as the United States took its place as the last, best hope for Protestant liberty in the Atlantic World.

To learn more about Samuel Kirkland and the fascinating research that Craig Gallagher has been doing as a NERFC Scholar this year, join us this Friday from 3:30 until 4:30 pm in Rauner Library's Bryant Room for an engaging talk and following discussion. Please contact Morgan Swan at if you have any questions.

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Playing with FIRE: Librarian Integration in Graduate Medical Education at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical CenterAs part of the Formal Instruction in Resident Education (FIRE) rotation in the Internal Medicine Residency curriculum at DHMC, each second year resident is required to observe clinical rounds with a librarian and gather clinical questions for those patients’ care. After rounds, the librarian works with the resident to refine the clinical questions using the evidence-based medicine procedures of creating a well-built clinical question, searching for the best evidence, and choosing an article to present. Ashley reviews critical appraisal points and tools with the resident, and goes over the process of presenting an article in journal club. She participates in the journal club the following week, prepared with learning points related to critical appraisal that reinforce the evidence-informed-medicine process. Working with a librarian during this rotation reinforces the importance and process of evidence-based practice; how to form, search, and answer clinical questions is vital to patient care the resident provides.

Programming N’ Pizza

Students, staff, and faculty have been gathering to talk about programming while enjoying a few slices of pizza at Programming N’ Pizza. Programming N’ Pizza (or “PNP”) is a monthly event organized jointly by the Library and Research Computing to help anyone in the Dartmouth community to share, teach, and learn programming skills and meet others with programming interests. Christian Darabos (Research Computing, ITC), one of the organizers, says, “To me, the most exciting aspect about PNP is the “crowd-learning” element there is to it. I love that most people who want to learn or have questions and those who have knowledge to share are one and the same. It really creates a positive dynamic where all participants are peers, and everyone can grow in a relaxed atmosphere.” 

The next Programming N’ Pizza event is scheduled for Thursday, February 22 from 6-8pm in the Frantz Classroom in Byrne Hall and is open to everyone. Email for more information.


On the Road with Active Learning

Students working with a librarian in an active learning session in Rauner Library.Dartmouth librarians have been widely sharing their knowledge of and commitment to active learning. This past fall, a group of Maine librarians and archivists gathered at Bates College to participate in Dartmouth's Active Learning Institute (LALI) focused on Archives and Special Collections. Led by three Dartmouth facilitators, Peter Carini and Laura Barrett from the Library and Cindy Tobery from DCAL, participants explored evidence-based principles and practices that maximize student learning. One of the Maine attendees described the experience as, "Exhausting, inspiring, and thought provoking!" 

Last month, Jay Satterfield and Morgan Swan traveled to the Newberry Library in Chicago to inspire Newberry staff to incorporate active learning strategies in their instruction. In his talk "Learning by Doing," Jay described his own evolution as an instructor and shared anecdotes that exemplify the values of active learning pedagogies. Jay and Morgan then ran class sessions, with Newberry staff in the role of students, so the participants could experience first-hand the effectiveness of student-centered instruction with primary sources.


Contributors: Ashley Duguay (Playing with FIRE), Katie Harding (Programming N' Pizza), Laura Barrett (Active Learning)
Editors: Pamela Bagley and Laura Barrett