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!

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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.

Job Shadow Day at Rauner Library

Job ShadowOn April 1st, Rauner Library participated in Job Shadow Day, an Upper Valley tradition since 1999. Every year, the Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership coordinates visits from eleven local middle schools to over a hundred employers in the area. This year, Rauner was fortunate enough to host six 8th-grade students from Lebanon Middle School, Thetford Academy, Rivendell Academy, and the Indian River School.

During the course of their visit, the students were given a tour of the library by Eric Esau, Administrative & Reference Specialist, and learned about the college archives, our many miles of manuscript collections, and the thousands of rare books that comprise Rauner’s holdings. Peter Carini, College Archivist, and his student worker, Haley Shaw ’15, led the students in a hands-on exploration and interpretation of records related to a notable Dartmouth alum (Stubby Pearson ’42). The students were asked to tell the story of his life based upon the various documents that they examined.

Job Shadow

Ilana Grallert, Processing Specialist, invited the students to examine her work area, where she was in the midst of reprocessing the Sinclair Weeks papers. She explained how a collection is processed, what a modern manuscript collection looks like, and the particular challenges of making order out of chaos. She then showed them the original manuscript of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and some original drawings by Dr. Seuss.

Jay Satterfield, Special Collections Librarian, and Peter Nowell, Processing & Metadata Specialist, talked with the students about all the different sorts of rare books that make their way to Rauner, including a 1st edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Salty, an artist’s book covered with salt crystals and bound with squid tentacles. They also showed the students three stunning medieval manuscripts and a series of interesting cataloging challenges from recent purchases.

Job ShadowAs the students explored our collections, we were able to talk with them about Rauner’s commitment to classroom usage and accessibility. All of the students engaged intellectually with the materials, asked insightful questions, and (we believe) had a positive experience here at Rauner. As they were leaving, one of the students said, “I love this place!” We know how he feels.

Written by Morgan Swan, Special Collections Education & Outreach Librarian.

Kresge Appreciates Its Grads

Grad Appreciation Week Comes To A Close

This past week has been Grad Student Appreciation Week, and we’d like to add our appreciation for the wonderful grad students who are part of the Kresge Library community!   From the time we first get to know them at orientations in the fall, all through the next five or so years of a typical grad student career, they’re some of the folks we get to know most closely. by email and in conversations and impromptu meetings by the bike rack.

And a special note of appreciation to the 20 grad students who volunteered to be part of the Kresge Library Advisory Board (K-LAB)!    This group came together last fall and has offered input on a range of questions from “what’s the value of a library reference collection?” to “how important is it to retain print journals when we have online versions?”     Some of you are moving on after this spring, no doubt to bigger and better things, but we’ve still got one or two more K-LAB questions for you, … and maybe one final get-together.    So stay tuned, … Kresge’s not done with you yet!


Filed under: Kresge

Celebrating BASIC at 50

This spring marks 50 years since Dartmouth Professors John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz along with undergraduate students made computing history when they simultaneously launched computer time-sharing and the BASIC programming language for the first time. BASIC made computers and programming accessible to a generation and opened the door to the digital age. Dartmouth is celebrating the anniversary of their achievement with the following series of public events on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Additional information/resources:

Material on President John Kemeny:

Material on Professor Thomas Kurtz:

More Special Collections on computing:

Filed under: Computer Science, Math

Library Teaching Quarterly: SP14

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

Technology Tools for Enhancing Student Learning

Murally and Explain Everything

In March, E&O librarians presented a workshop for their colleagues entitled “Technology Tools for Enhancing Student Learning.” Attendees participated in teaching scenarios led by Tania Convertini, Language Program Director of the Department of French & Italian, and Jill Baron, Romance Languages Librarian, who demonstrated Linoit, a digital post-it application for online collaboration. Nikki Boots, Instructional Designer, had the group try out Lecture Tools, software designed to increase in-class participation and engagement. A handout with a number of additional tools that may be of interest to teaching librarians is available. These include, an online whiteboard for collaborating and visually organizing ideas; and Explain Everything, an interactive screen-casting tool for iPad that can easily incorporate many types of content from a wide variety of sources.

Dartmouth Presents at SXSWedu
SXSWeduIn early March, Susan Simon from the Jones Media Center spoke on a panel discussion at the South by Southwest Educational (SXSWedu) conference, with former Dartmouth colleague Karen Gocsik and Harvard’s Director of Academic Technology, Katie Vale. They discussed their work with multimodal assignments, more specifically with assignments that ask students to create a visual argument,  as a way to more successfully engage their students in the classroom. The discussion was primarily about how we, as educators, need to embrace alternate forms of scholarship (such as videos and other visual presentations) to better prepare our students to be good citizens and effective professionals. Students need to learn to “read” these kinds of texts and to produce them. By asking students to create original multimodal scholarship we can transform them from mere consumers into active creators. For more information and examples of student work, check out Media Projects at Dartmouth.

Exhibit and Conference on The Great War
WWI_ExhibitFor the Spring Term, the Baker Main Hall exhibit space presents “A Visible War,” a display on the Great War that emphasizes the various ways in which WWI and its context were interpreted and represented by both public institutions and private individuals. The exhibit was inspired by “Specters of the Great War,” a conference to be hosted by the French and Italian Department from May 15 through May 17. The six windows that comprise the exhibit are a testimony to the collaborative spirit of the Dartmouth community: at least a dozen participants, including members of the French and Italian, Art History, and History departments, as well librarians and staff from the Library and Hood Museum, worked together to create this multi-faceted perspective on the war.

Baker Tower
Contributors: Andrea Bartelstein (teaching tools), Susan Simon (SXSWedu), Morgan Swan and Jill Baron (The Great War).
Editors: Laura Barrett and Sarah Tischer Scully