Baker-Berry Library and “Star Wars” in Gingerbread

b-bIf you have had the opportunity to walk through the lobby of the Hanover Inn this holiday season, you have been welcomed by the Inn’s amazing gingerbread display located in the center of the room. While always a work of art, this year’s theme in particular struck our fancy. Bedecked in icing snow and fondant figures, Baker-Berry Library proudly stands its ground in league with a myriad of Stormtroopers, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and other “Star Wars” characters. ‘Tis the season!!

2015-12-15 10.26.05As my colleague and I studied the display from every angle, many questions arose for which we had no answers. We decided that if we wanted to know the answers, others probably did as well. Thanks to Alex Zullo, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Inn, our questions were answered quickly, and we thought we would share them with you. Below are the results of an email interview in which Ms. Zullo kindly resolved our inquiries. Thank you to Alex for taking the time to share her knowledge, and to Pastry Chef Pam for her amazing creation!

Baker-Berry Library: How does the Inn decide on a theme for the gingerbread display each year?
Alex: Pam, our Pastry Chef, is the one that makes the decision as she is the leader in creating the display. She bounces ideas off of Executive Chef Justin Dain and the team and then she decides. She like to work with themes that children will relate to.

Baker-Berry Library: How many people actually work on the display?
Alex: Pam is the leader, along with her assistant Ashley.IMG_2290

Baker-Berry Library: How early do you have to start making the gingerbread display before you are ready to mount it?
Alex: Pam starts making it right after Halloween as it is made completely from scratch.

Baker-Berry Library: Is the display totally edible, or do you have to use inedible materials as well?
Alex: Completely edible, but by the time it is a month old it might not be too tasty!

Baker-Berry Library: What do you do with the display once the holiday season is over?
Alex: The gingerbread walls are recycled or sustainable for the organic farm. Some of the candies make it but typically it is taken apart and discarded.

Baker-Berry Library: How many years has the Hanover Inn been putting up a holiday display (I’ve worked at the Library for 20 years, and I don’t remember ever NOT seeing one)?
Alex: This is a good question and I love to say since the beginning of time! I am checking all over the property with a few of the employees that have been here for 28 years and as far as they can remember there has always been one.2015-12-15 10.26.42

Author Rights: What are Yours?

Simbolo_CAuthors who want to share the results of their research and scholarship with a wide audience may find it odd that we’re addressing “author rights” in this blog.  Many authors think that once they write something and publish it, they can share it with whomever they please. But due to a long tradition of copyright transfer or license for works to publishers, this is often not the case.

Most authors don’t begin their research and writing with a consideration of what rights they would like to retain once the work is published.  In fact, after spending months or years researching and writing an article or book, submitting it to a journal, waiting for a response, and celebrating a publication acceptance, the publisher’s required copyright agreement may feel like an afterthought. In many cases, authors forget that the rights to their published work are theirs until they give them away (via a copyright agreement).  Often, the agreement is quickly signed, the work gets published, and the author is satisfied — until they think of a way that they’d like to reuse their work in subsequent months or years.  If this happens, librarians in the Scholarly Communication program are available to help authors understand the agreement they signed and provide advice on how authors can communicate with their publishers about rights.  There are also resources that we can recommend to assist authors in the early stages of the publishing process.

Ideally, an author would consider where to submit their work for publication based on what rights they’d like to retain.  If you are interested in exploring that for books and book chapters, we can help you modify your contract, based on prior experiences.  If you are interested in exploring that for journals, a great starting place is SHERPA/RoMEO, an easy-to-use, free, online resource that helps authors understand key points within a publisher’s copyright agreement.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions:
Barbara DeFelice, Program Director for Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Publishing
Jen Green, Digital Scholarship Librarian
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/schcomm/

Climate Change Summit and Access to Knowledge-Free Texts

UNClimateChangeLogoThe United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP21, brought world leaders and climate change scientists and activists from around the world together in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. To forward the goals of broad engagement in this complex suite of issues, it is crucial that access to peer reviewed research, reviews of topics that are grounded in that research, and reliable background texts are all available broadly and openly. This second of 3 posts about access to information that informs citizens, policy makers, government officials and scientists alike highlights some useful texts that were made freely available in light of the significant meeting.  

  1. Climate Intervention, a 2 volume set, is available for free download from the National Academies Press (NAP).  The volumes are: Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration and Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth.  One of the first publishers to provide free PDF of the print books that are sold to cover costs, the NAP provides materials that connect science to policy.
  2. Knowledge Unlatched is an innovative open access book publishing model, where libraries contribute the to costs of production by academic presses and therefore make selected books openly available. Key titles relating to global climate change issues are Understanding the Global Energy Crisis, by Eugene D. Coyle and Richard A. Simmons, and published by Purdue University Press, and On Global Citizenship, by James Tully, published by Bloomsbury Academic Press.
  3. Climate Change Research from the publisher Routledge is a freely available book that includes sections from books that from the series Advances in Climate Change Research.
  4. Elsevier is making a “virtual special issues” of the Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability freely available, which includes 29 selected articles with commentary from the editors-in-chief.
  5. Many reports leading up to COP21 are freely available and licensed with a Creative Commons license, which retains usual copyright and attribution but allows for distribution and reuse.  The “Paris Agreement” , the shorthand name for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Paris 2015,  itself is freely available.  Other related reports include those from the UNFCC Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) and from other organizations such as the Green Alliance’s Paris 2015: Getting a Global Agreement on Climate Change.
  6. Groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists gathered experts together to weigh in on the issues in light of the U.S. presidential campaign underway, and sent a letter to the candidates urging consideration of the science.

These are just a sampling of the current materials freely available relating to this historic Climate Change Summit.

For more information about open access to texts of all kinds, contact Dartmouth’s Scholarly Communication Program librarians, Barbara DeFelice and Jen Green.

Digital Humanities “Uncentered”

Dante Lab

Dante Lab

From the Dartmouth Dante Project in the 1980s and the Milton Reading Room in the 1990s, to current endeavors like Occom Circle and the Vietnam Project, Dartmouth has a long history of digital humanities scholarship. Yet, unlike many of our peer institutions, we don’t have a digital humanities center in the library (where many DH centers are located) or elsewhere on campus. This has meant that faculty, librarians, technologists, and other scholars have worked in relative isolation from project to project. We have had few formalized venues for sharing knowledge within our community and have lacked institutionalized processes for supporting digital projects across departments and centers on campus.

The Stainforth Library of Women Writers

The Stainforth Library of Women Writers

For the last year, however, the Library and ITS have been working hard to change this. Since the first “First Thursday at the AHRC” in October 2014, librarians, library staff, instructional designers, and programmers from Research Computing have been building upon existing relationships among faculty, staff, and students in order to support and collaborate on digital humanities projects for research and teaching. Current networks — those that exist between the Library, ITS, the Leslie Humanities Center, and the Neukom Institute, among others — have fostered a community of scholars, teachers, and practitioners with much to share. We’ve been — unofficially — calling our initiative a Digital Humanites “UnCenter,” not only because it’s unofficial, but also because it’s not centered on any one group or organization at Dartmouth. Monthly events such as “First Thursday” and the Digital Seminar take place in the AHRC; scheduled workshops are sponsored by the Leslie Humanities Center and the Library; and projects are supported by funding, staff, and technology resources from the Neukom Institute, ITS, the Dean of Faculty, and others.

The Dartmouth Vietnam Project

The Dartmouth Vietnam Project

Are you interested in learning more about the “uncentered” digital humanities? Check out the Digital Humanities at Dartmouth website for news, events, project descriptions, and profiles of the “humans of digital humanities.” We’ve also just learned that an anonymous donor has funded an interdisciplinary faculty “cluster” on Digital Humanities and Social Engagement, the presence of which will undoubtedly lead to further opportunities to build our community across Dartmouth’s digital humanities network. Additionally, an interorganizational group from the Library and ITS have been exploring the possibilities for a digital scholarship center on campus. Whether centered or uncentered, digital humanities is a thriving field of teaching and learning at Dartmouth, and we’re excited to see it grow and develop in the coming year and beyond.

Laura Braunstein, Digital Humanities and English Librarian
Scott Millspaugh, Instructional Designer, Educational Technologies

Climate Change Summit and Access to Knowledge-Data

UNClimateChangeLogoThe United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP21, due to the full title of 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, brings world leaders and climate change scientists and activists from around the world together in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. With an emphasis on civic engagement and empowerment at all levels, it is crucial that access to peer reviewed research, reviews of topics that are grounded in that research, and reliable data are all available broadly and openly. This first of 3 posts about access to information that informs citizens, policy makers, government officials and scientists alike highlights a couple of data sources.

The World Bank declared that the results of research, which includes articles, reports and data, be made open access.  To that end, the World Bank’s Climate Change site offers reports and data free to download and reuse.  See the Open Data in 60 Seconds toolkit to help with accessing and using World Bank Open Data.  To more easily interact with the relevant data, particularly C02 and the Human Development Index, download the World Bank Climate Change DataFinder 2.5 free app.  

Carbon emissions data can be overwhelming, and the concept of limiting global warming to an increase of 2°C difficult to conceptualize. This interactive map, Carbon Risk by Novethic, helps you visualize carbon emissions over time and space, and includes current objectives to meet that 2°C.

Public access to data is becoming a requirement of U.S. federal funding agencies, so we expect more open data on climate change to be available in the future. The National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCAR, has an open access policy for the results of research, including data as well as articles. Although geared more towards the expert, the NCAR/UCAR Climate Data Guide is source for key datasets.

U.S. federal government data is publicly available; see the GIS Data Finding Guide for sources.

The Dartmouth College Library and Dartmouth’s Office of Sponsored Projects collaborate on supporting the public access requirements of funding agencies though consultation on data management plans and options for data archiving. Start with the Data Management and Resources Sharing Plans site and the Library Research Guide on Data Management Plans.

The subject librarians can help you find sources of data, and please share your favorite sites for open data on climate change!