Library Teaching Quarterly: SP15

Keeping you up to date with Library teaching and outreach activities.

Open Dartmouth -- Vicky May

Engineering Professor Vicky May shares her course materials openly and is one of the faculty featured in the Open Dartmouth exhibit.

Open Dartmouth
A new exhibit in Berry Main Street, “Open Dartmouth: Research, Data, Code, Ideas,” highlights faculty and researchers at Dartmouth who believe in the importance of sharing their work freely.  This exhibit follows on the heels of the Dartmouth Arts & Sciences faculty’s recent adoption of an open access policy, yet seeks to broaden the notion of what “open” means by highlighting diverse types of scholarly sharing.  The faculty and researchers featured in this exhibit describe in their own words how and why they make their work available on the open web.  By presenting the rationale for why these researchers choose “open,” this exhibit aims to foster critical awareness about access to knowledge in today’s digital environment.

The Open Dartmouth that you currently see is just the beginning of a series of physical exhibits featuring Dartmouth faculty and researchers.  We welcome the opportunity to feature more scholars, whether they be faculty, students, or staff.  So tell us, why do YOU share your work?  Let us know, and we’ll include you in part 2 of “Open Dartmouth”, scheduled for Fall 2015. We welcome recommendations too!  Please contact Jill Baron or Barbara DeFelice.

Nancy Sims

Nancy Sims helped Dartmouth stay one step ahead on copyright issues.  Credit: Marc Barker "Spiral"

Nancy Sims helped Dartmouth stay one step ahead on copyright issues.

Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, visited Dartmouth May 11-12 at the invitation of the Library and DCAL. Nancy is “lawyerbrarian”-both a librarian and an attorney–who specializes in copyright, publishing, and technology law. Over her two day visit, Nancy led workshops for library staff, instructional designers, and faculty. She shared her insights on a variety of topics including communicating complex ideas–such as copyright law–to diverse audiences; her research findings on perceived versus actual knowledge of copyright among faculty and librarians; and insights to current and recent court cases pertaining to copyright and higher education. Nancy blogs about copyright and more at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/copyrightlibn/.

Reflective Practice
Reflective PracticeThis summer, DCAL, Educational Technologies, and the Library are partnering on a digital community of practice for faculty to intentionally reflect on individual teaching experiences and connect with colleagues around teaching and learning.

This 3-part program will include: 1) A kickoff session for participating faculty to interact, receive training on the program, and learn more about reflective practice in theory and application, 2) Ongoing engagement in a digital discussion forum and guided reflection throughout the summer ’15 term, and 3) A fall ’15 debrief session in DCAL where members of the community of practice can share their experiences and lessons learned about reflection with colleagues in teh broader teaching and learning community at Dartmouth.

Look for updates here and in DCAL this fall to learn about the faculty’s experiences and to explore how you can incorporate reflective practice into your teaching.

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Photo credit: “Spiral” by Marc Barker in article on Nancy Sims.

Students’ Civil War Research on Display in Rauner Library

Students in Professor Colleen Boggs’s “Civil War Literatures” senior seminar this spring used a wide range of materials held in Rauner Special Collections Library to extend their study of literature beyond poetry and prose of the era. Their work has culminated in three exhibitions currently on display in Rauner.

“‘We love to tie our exhibit spaces to student projects,’ says Special Collections Librarian Jay Satterfield. ‘It offers students a whole new way to present their research. Student-curated exhibits offer a real-world challenge by demanding that students communicate their ideas to the general public in a meaningful way. This is something that many people in the academic world find very difficult but is so essential to what we do.'”

Read the full article, published 6/12/15 by Dartmouth Now.

Open Dartmouth: Research, Data, Code, Ideas

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 8.57.31 PMA new exhibit in Berry Main Street, “Open Dartmouth: Research, Data, Code, Ideas,” highlights faculty and researchers at Dartmouth who believe in the importance of sharing their work freely.  This exhibit follows on the heels of the Dartmouth Arts & Sciences faculty’s recent adoption of an open access policy, yet seeks to broaden the notion of what “open” means by highlighting diverse types of scholarly sharing.  The faculty and researchers featured in this exhibit describe in their own words how and why they make their work available on the open web.  By presenting the rationale for why these researchers choose “open,” this exhibit aims to foster critical awareness about access to knowledge in today’s digital environment.

Members of the Education & Outreach committee and the Working Group on Open Access, including Jill Baron, Sarah Scully, Shirley Zhao, Barbara DeFelice, Laura Barrett and Janifer Holt, collaborated on producing this exhibit, soliciting participation from a wide range of campus scholars.  Special thanks goes to Sarah Scully and Dennis Grady for the poster design.

The Open Dartmouth that you currently see is just the beginning of a series of physical exhibits featuring Dartmouth faculty and researchers.  We welcome the opportunity to feature more scholars, whether they be faculty, students, or staff.  So tell us, why do YOU share your work?  Let us know, and we’ll include you in part 2 of “Open Dartmouth”, scheduled for Fall 2015. We welcome recommendations too!  Please contact Jill Baron or Barbara DeFelice.

Laura Braunstein Accepted to Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians

Laura Braunstein, Digital Humanities and English Librarian, has been accepted into the pilot Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians. The Institute will take place at the University of Rochester’s River Campus in mid-July and is funded primarily through a Mellon Foundation Grant. The Institute will advance institutional support for digital humanities by strengthening librarians’ competencies in digital scholarship.

As one of only twenty librarians accepted into the highly competitive program, Laura will participate in a three-day residential experience, followed by one year of online engagement and support. The Institute offers four tracks and Laura will participate, with four other librarians, in the track entitled “Text Encoding, Analysis and Visualization for Humanists.” This track will explore the methods and process of bringing context to digitization and dissemination of texts through text encoding, as well as a range of visualization tools employing that coding: timelines, word clouds, concept maps, geographic maps and more. For more information, visit the Institute’s web site.

Laura’s participation in and skills learned from this institute will enrich the College’s developing programs in the digital humanities and help to support other areas of digital scholarship within the institution.

Inaugural Library Research in the Sciences Award Presented at Wetterhahn Science Symposium

Two hundred thirty-two undergraduates participated in the Wetterhahn Science Symposium, held Thursday, May 28 in the Life Sciences Center, which for the first time included an award presented for Library Research in the Sciences. Two students, Annie Fagan ’15 and Mallory Rutigliano ’17, each won an award, which was presented by Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College Jeff Horrell.

From The Dartmouth:

“This year, the winner of the symposium’s inaugural Library Research in the Sciences Award was Annie Fagan ’15, whose senior honors thesis was on the tropical dry forest streams across a land-use gradient in Costa Rica. Lora Leligdon, librarian at Kresge Physical Sciences Library and organizer of the award, said that the competition, new this year and judged by a panel of College librarians, was meant to encourage students to reflect on the research and inquiry components of their scientific question.
‘We want to hear about the student’s reflective learning process,’ she said. ‘We want to see them connect their library research with scientific research.'”

Winners of the Library Research Award, as well as the winners of the Wetterhahn/Sigma Xi science poster competition, will have their certificates or posters displayed in Kresge Library for the coming year and will also be featured in brief video interviews where they will talk about their research experience.

Congratulations to all who helped make this award happen, most notably Lora Leligdon, with help and support from others in Kresge Library, the Biomedical and Feldberg Libraries, the Library’s Education & Outreach program, the Library’s administrative office, and the Friends of the Library, who sponsored the cash awards.

Laura Braunstein elected chair of LES section of ALA!

Laura BraunsteinPlease join us in congratulating Laura Braunstein, the College’s Digital Humanities and English Librarian, on her successful election as incoming Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of LES, the ‘Literatures in English’ section of the American Library Association!  Laura’s term as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect commences at the end of the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on July 1, 2015. Well done, Laura!

The Library Gets Shadowed!

Students compare notes on rare books at Rauner Library

Students compare notes on rare books at Rauner Library

Several parts of the Library were ‘shadowed’ last Thursday by some engaged, lively 8th grade students as part of the Upper Valley Business & Education Partnership (UVBEP)’s Job Shadow Day outreach effort, coordinated on campus by the Office of Human Resources. Rauner Special Collections Library, Kresge Physical Sciences Library, and the Library’s Acquisitions Department put together two programs and hosted five students altogether.

Students visiting Rauner Library toured the stacks, where they met Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and handled first editions of Dr. Seuss’s children’s books. They also learned how materials come into the library and are prepared for research use, and then participated in several classroom exercises using primary sources from the archives, rare book collections, and manuscript holdings.

Students completed an Earth Day exhibit at Kresge Library

Students completed an Earth Day exhibit at Kresge Library

Other students started the morning at Kresge Physical Sciences Library, where they researched the Library’s holdings for books related to Earth Day, ordered a book or two for the Library and used Kresge’s circulation system to check books out to create an Earth Day exhibit. They then headed over to Acquisitions, where they processed the online book orders they’d placed in Kresge; unpacked a box of newly arrived books, checking them against the invoice for accuracy; and entered a book in the Library’s acquisitions module. Students also toured the Cataloging & Metadata and Preservation Departments, learning about the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work needed before a book arrives at the Library’s New Books display. A visit to the Evans Map Room rounded out the morning.

Thanks for visiting us, JSD students! We had a great time with you and you all did a great job mirroring some of our work in the Dartmouth Library. See you next year!

Staff Snapshot: Barbara DeFelice, MALS ’99

Barbara DeFeliceWith interest in DartmouthX growing across campus, Dartmouth Now has featured Barbara DeFelice, the Library’s director of Digital Resources and Scholarly Communication Programs, in this week’s “Staff Snapshot” column. Barbara describes her work as part of the environmental science MOOC team and underlines the challenges of providing good content in an open environment. Read the full article. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

 

Sarah Smith To Be Printer in Residence at University of Otago (NZ)

We’re pleased to announce that Sarah Smith has been selected to be the 2016 Printer in Residence at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.  Sarah is the Book Arts Special Instructor in our Book Arts Workshop, and during Spring Term 2015 is teaching a class in Dartmouth’s Studio Arts department. Photo of Sarah Smith

Sarah will begin her 6-week residency in Dunedin in August 2016, and will be located in the Otakou Press Room in the University of Otago Library. This prestigious residency has run since 2003, and includes the production of a limited edition book. For more information see Overview of The Printer in Residence at the University of Otago.

You can see examples of Sarah’s work at her website, Olfactory Press.

We look forward to this residency strengthening a growing partnership between the Otago Book Arts program and ours.

Paddock Music Library’s Recent Renovation

Paddock After

 


 

Over winter break, Paddock Music Library’s lounge/media area received a much-needed renovation.

Paddock BeforeTo the right is our lounge as it was from 1986 to December 2014. The space was rather cramped and poorly lit with 16 small carrels (not in view here) and dated furniture. You can see, too, that our windows had wired glass that gave the place a more confined feeling.

We sent out a survey to students to ask what sort of improvements they wanted to see. We found that they wanted study tables, comfortable furniture, enhanced lighting, and laptop plug-ins.

In mid-December the contractors set to work on the initial destruction phase of renovation. We took out the arch, the knee walls, and the study carrels to open up the area.

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Then came new carpet and brighter paint for the walls and ceilings, as well as much appreciated LED lighting. Warm gold and turquoise were certainly an improvement from the dated color scheme we had before.

In fact, we loved the new colors so much that we had the whole front section of the library repainted as well. The gold paint has offered our circulation area a touch of sun in this underground space.

The completed new area now includes:

  • a large study table wired for Ethernet ports and outlets
  • a journal display shelf adorned above with posters that complement the colors of the space
  • spacious study carrels with adequate lighting and a listening station
  • comfortable lounge chairs surrounding a coffee table

The room was nearly complete by mid-January. We needed to wait until the first week of February to receive all of the furniture.

Students WorkingStudents certainly appreciate the improvements—we have seen an uptick of students using the newly renovated study space.