Dartmouth College Library Digital Program: Digitization for Access and Preservation

Visit the Digital Production Unit at Baker Library to learn how the Library’s Digital Program provides access and preservation to the Library’s collections.  An open house showcasing conservation, digitization, and digital preservation will be held on Monday, April 28, from 11 am  until 1 pm in Baker Library, Room 2 (east end of the Orozco Cooridor).  This event is part of a nation wide celebration of the American Library Association’s observance of Preservation Week.

UpToDate Enhancements Coming

UpToDate banner UpToDate® introduces enhanced search results and an improved user interface Find answers faster than ever with links to the sections and graphics most likely to answer your clinical questions. UpToDate synthesizes data from over 21 million monthly topic views to analyze search terms and information viewed by clinicians. This analysis enables UpToDate to quickly and accurately display relevant sections and graphics for a given search. Navigating UpToDate is even more intuitive with a redesigned user interface that puts key features like Drug Interactions and Practice Changing UpDates on every page.

Enhancements that improve search and usability include:

  • Links to the sections and graphics within a topic that are most likely to answer your clinical question
  • Customizability allows you to collapse the search results to see more results per page; this setting will be saved if you are logged in
  • The topic outline continues to provide a comprehensive overview of all topic sections and graphics
  • Find in Topic now displays your search term immediately upon opening
  • Improved user interface facilitates navigation by grouping items together in sections in the header and footer

enhancement examples

Learn more about the enhanced search results and updated user interface:
Watch a brief video demonstrating the changes or view a full description.

Writing in Books

This edition of the works of Virgil (Venice: Juntas, 1552) is pretty standard in format for the time. Extensive commentaries of multiple writers frame ten to fifteen lines of Virgil on each page. The book turns into an active conversation between Virgil, Servius, Donatus, Mancinellus, Ascensius and others. But our copy also features the voice of a very active reader.

A note at the beginning of the book attributes the marginal comments to Germain Vaillant, Abbe de Pimpont, who prepared his own commentary on Virgil for Christopher Plantin in 1575. His notes are in Greek and Latin and fill nearly every bit of marginal space in the book. At times, he inserted extra blank leaves to give himself more room to gloss the gloss.

Ask for Presses J969v to join in the conversation.

DynaMed Mobile!

Dynamed MobileDid you know that DynaMed is available as a mobile application, compatible with devices such as the Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, just to name a few?  Visit here to learn more.

DynaMed™ is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.

Updated daily, DynaMed editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed.

A recent article in BMJ evaluated five point-of-care resources (including UpToDate) to see how quickly the resources updated new evidence.  DynaMed was judged the best by far at updating critical topic reviews based on new evidence.


According to another study of disease reference tools by KLAS, survey respondents indicated that DynaMed excelled in the credibility of the information it provided and in the relevance of its information.


Links to DynaMed can be found on the Biomedical Libraries Web under Resources and in the Dartmouth Library Catalog.

Audits Happen

It's the letter you dread getting. The one that informs you that you've been selected to participate in an audit of your tax return. Or better yet, the one that tells you that you owe more than you initially thought. And, oh, by the way, here's the additional penalty for that error.

The complexity of the tax code certainly got the better of Robert Frost in 1939 when he miscalculated his tax obligation on the earned income credit portion of his return. According to a May, 1940 letter from the Burlington office of the IRS, Frost was "kindly requested" to attach his check for the $72.06 he still owed and to also send in an itemized list of the expenses matching the $2882.75 he had deducted in Schedule A.

In the same folder are Frost's returns for the years 1927-1939 as well as some of his preliminary calculations for that same period. What appears to be a more comprehensive set from 1939, possibly in preparing his response to the audit letter is also included in the folder.

Ask for MS-1178, Box 20, folder 16 to see this batch of returns. Other returns are also included in Frost's papers.


cosmosentryHappy National Library Week! We kicked off celebrations with an Edible Books Festival, held yesterday afternoon. Kresge staff submitted an entry: “Cosmos”-politans.

We were inspired by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and cosmopolitans were the perfect fit. We used jello to suspend edible glitter and candy in the glasses. For the space theme, we added asteroids (rock candy and chocolate rocks), alien saucers (satellite wafers), stars (candy stars, star confetti, origami stars, star shaped sprinkles), celestial bodies (bouncy balls), and rings (glow sticks).

Many people asked us for the recipe so here it is!

Edible Ingredients:

  • jello mix
  • candy stars
  • edible glitter
  • sugar pearls
  • star shaped sprinkles
  • silver sprinkles
  • lava balls (candy)
  • chocolate rocks
  • rock candy
  • red sour taffy
  • satellite wafers
  • lime
  • candy fruit slices

  • black table cloth
  • tray
  • martini glasses
  • origami stars
  • star confetti
  • glow stick bracelets
  • bouncy balls
  • Marvin the Martian
  • original book cover
  • parody book cover
  • sign holders

  1. Prepare jello mix as directed on box. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until jello has gelled but not solidified.
  2. Stir in candy stars, edible glitter, sugar pearls, and star shaped sprinkles.
  3. Ladle into martini glasses and drop in a couple of lava balls for each glass. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Set table with decorations as shown in photo.
  5. When the jello is set, sprinkle some more glitter/sprinkles and drop some chocolate rocks on top.
  6. Add lime slices, candy fruit slices, rock candy, satellite wafers, and/or red sour taffy to garnish.

rainbowfishAnd a big heartfelt congratulations to the winner of the People’s Choice category: Rainbow Fish by Jenny Bai, Diane Jang, and Juliana Park. Juliana is one of our student assistants! In fact, she was working at the front desk when the judges announced it.

Filed under: Astronomy, For Fun, Kresge, Library - General

2014 Spring Newsletter

Kresge Physical Sciences Library
& Cook Mathematics Collection

Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2014

This is a quarterly electronic newsletter to update you on what’s happening in your Library! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or suggestions!

Looking back on Winter 2014

  • Kresge librarians worked with the following courses:
    • Prof. Torresani’s CS 74/174
    • Prof. Grigoryan’s CS 89/189
    • Prof. Kull’s Chem 7
    • Prof. Kremer’s CoCo 7
    • Prof. Taylor’s Earth Sciences 7
    • Prof. Herbrich’s Math 8
    • Prof. Orellan’s Math 17
    • Prof. Somersille’s Math 50
    • Prof. Prosper’s Math 76
    • Prof. Webb’s Math 124
    • Prof. Wegner’s Physics 7
    • Prof. Gleiser’s Physics 16
    • Prof. Rogers Physics 105
    • Prof. Koch’s Writing 5
  • Library eResources Fair was held in early January; we promoted many science resources and reference managers.
  • We held our first Tuesday Brown Bag Lunch Series and covered a variety of topics.
  • The LaTeX Users Group started from conversations at a Brown Bag.
  • Art Wall exhibit by Lew Watters
  • Lights, Camera, Science! — a student produced exhibit opened in March.
  • SciFinder account rep Rebekah Burr provided a session on advanced reaction search tips for Chem 262
  • Gear Up! -  the information fair showcasing resources, support and services for researchers was held Feb. 28th at DHMC

Spring Term Staffing and Hours

  • This term Kresge will be open Monday-Thursday 8am-1am, Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-1am.
  • The search for a new Physical Sciences Librarian was successful! Lora Leligdon, from the University of New Mexico Library, will start work in June.
  • Shirley Zhao will continue to fill the role of library liaison to the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Tracy Snow and Veneda Gabourel continue to staff Kresge for the time being.

Collections and Resources Update

  • The Library has trial access to Scopus, the major abstract and citation database (especially strong in science, technology, and medicine) through April 30th.  Try it out and provide feedback here.
  • We are continually adding new books to the collection. Please drop by Kresge to peruse our New Books shelf or check the new acquisitions lists.
  • If there’s a new book that you think would make a great addition to the library, please suggest a purchase!

Research/Information Guide Highlights

Select Library-Wide Events

  • LaTeX Minicourse is a 3 part series to get you started using LaTeX.
  • Kresge Library Thesis Writers’ Bootcamp for seniors will take place on Sunday, April 27th.
  • Edible Books Festival is Monday, April 14.
  • Your Future in Science” (a Neukom Institute event) on Saturday, April 26, will feature and highlight some library resources for budding scientists.
  • The annual Wetterhahn Symposium is May 22. The poster preparation session is Thursday, May 8.
  • Check out the Dartmouth Events Calendar for campus-wide events!

Previous Newsletters

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Kresge, Math, Newsletter, Physics

Greetings From Paddock Music Library!

Located on the lower level of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Paddock Music Library houses more than 70,000 printed volumes—including books, music scores, and serial volumes—as well as over 28,000 sound recordings (CDs and LPs) and over 1,500 video recordings.  The music library also provides the Dartmouth community with access to over 300 music journal titles, Finale and Sibelius composition software, and several electronic databases with many thousands more sound recordings and scores.

Paddock has a research cPaddock_LPollection that represents a wide variety of genres. In addition to Western art music, the holdings include jazz, folk, electronic, and popular music, as well as the music of a diverse array of cultures and religious groups.

The music library’s resources are valuable to the music major and casual music listener alike, to solo musicians, a cappella and choral groups, and performance ensembles of all sorts.  Dartmouth has over 200 students participating in Hopkins Center ensembles; and, according to a recent survey conducted by the Hop ensemble director, about 25% of Dartmouth students have had instrumental training. We see many of these students here in Paddock looking for music scores and invite those of you who haven’t made it here yet to come by.

april 2014 postThe Hopkins Center hosts an eclectic mix of live performances every term, and you can find scores, recordings, and books relevant to these shows here in Paddock. Visit Paddock to take out an album by the brilliant vocalist Bobby McFerrin who just recently performed in Spaulding Auditorium. Or listen to a recording of Gabriela Montero’s improvisations on classical themes before she plays here on April 16. Check out the score of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, which the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra will be performing in their Spring concert. Look over the libretto to Così Fan Tutte before viewing the opera live from the Met in the Black Family Visual Art Center’s Loew Auditorium. Or read about Mozart’s “Mass in C minor,” which the Handel Society will perform in May. The options are endless.

Dubious Lineage

On April 23rd, 1947, Thomas Louis Cook was born in Hanover, NH, to Bill Cook '49 and his wife Evelyn. Bill Cook was a decorated World War II airman who had received numerous commendations for his service to his country, including a Purple Heart for a gunshot wound inflicted during the US Marines' occupation of Peleliu Island in the fall of 1944. After the war, he and his wife came to Dartmouth, where he distinguished himself as a lacrosse player and she ran a small crafts store in downtown Hanover.

Thomas's birth was big news on campus, and not because a baby being born to a student was all that uncommon; after the war, numerous servicemen returned to college with their families. According to Cook himself, "babies have evidently been arriving so thick and fast that the College needs a full staff to keep up with them." Instead, all the excitement was because Thomas, whose Mohawk name was Ronwi Kanawaienton, was being popularly identified as "the first Indian born in Hanover." Despite the questionable veracity of this claim, numerous newspaper articles heralded the child's birth, the College Photographer arranged a photo shoot of the family, and President John Sloane Dickey signed a formal declaration welcoming Ronwi to campus.

Although the enthusiasm of the College seems genuine enough, its treatment of Ronwi and his parents reveals the struggle of the Dartmouth community to differentiate between its traditional appropriation of Native American culture and its treatment of actual Native Americans. A sense of unease pervades, in small details, like the College Photographer's subject heading ("Indians") for his files, or the use of the title "Grand Sachem" in Ronwi's birth declaration. Sadly, we will never know how Bill Cook felt about the attention lavished upon his son by Dartmouth, or his time on campus: he died in a military flying accident in 1952 after being called back into service as a flight instructor.

To learn more about Bill Cook '49, and to read an essay he wrote for GOVT 54 about the threat of governmental paternalization of the Mohawk tribe, come to Rauner and ask for his alumni file.

Voices of Dartmouth

Voices of Dartmouth

A member of the Class of 2017 at the Library’s First-Year Open House, Sept. 2013

Every fall since 2008, we’ve interviewed students who attend our annual first-year open house. We ask them to tell us a little about themselves, their hometowns, what influenced their decision to come to Dartmouth, and their first impressions of the College. It has been a fun way to get to know some of our new students shortly after they arrive on campus. Additionally, for the past two years, we have begun to follow up with these students as they are about to graduate. Here’s the most recent installment in this series, “Voices of Dartmouth: Class of 2017” that features interviews with students during last fall’s open house.

You can see all of the videos in our “Voices of Dartmouth” series, as well as the “Echoes of Dartmouth” follow-up videos we recorded with members of the classes of 2012 and 2013 nearly four years later, on our YouTube playlist.