Library Honors Graduating Student Employees

Left to right: Ran Zhuo, Priyanka Sivaramakrishnan, and Dean of Libraries Sue Mehrer discuss Student Library Service Bookplate selections from 2016.

The Student Library Service Bookplate Program honors graduating student employees by inviting them to choose books or other items for the Library’s collections. Each item will include a bookplate acknowledging the student’s selection and recognizing his or her service to the Library. Eligible students have worked at least two terms in a Library department, including the Student Center for Research, Writing and Information Technology (RWIT).

“The tremendous quality and quantity of assistance that the library’s student workers provide is invaluable. It’s great that we’re able to honor the achievements of those graduating with items that have personal meaning to them,” observed Greg Potter, Research and Information Desk Coordinator. In addition to Potter and Cox, the Bookplate Program committee includes Goodie Corriveau, Wendel Cox, Julie McIntyre, and Tim Wolfe.

“The selections reflect student interests, passions, and humor,” said Cox, Research and Instruction Services (RIS) librarian for History and English. “It is always fascinating to see what they choose.”

For 2017, Dartmouth College Library honors 34 students with selections including works of fiction, musical CDs, and classic works of the cartoon arts to a musical score and a history of makeup.

An exhibit of student honorees and their selections, created by Dennis Grady, Dartmouth College Library Web Support and Graphic Arts Specialist, runs in Baker Main Hall June 9-August 30, 2017. Baker-Berry Library display panels will also present each honoree’s selection.

Visit the Bookplate Program’s webpage for a full listing of student selections for the program.

Crossword: Library Study Spaces

As the academic year comes to a close and final exams approach, we in the Library are once again encouraging you to get up, stretch, and take regular breaks from studying — it will help you in the long run. To that end, Laura Braunstein, Digital Humanities Librarian, with the assistance of Nate Cardin ’05 and Andrew Kingsley ’16, has created a Dartmouth-themed crossword puzzle to help you de-stress. Look for other study breaks in and around the libraries as well — anywhere you see this sign:  Want the answer key to the puzzle? Find it here.

Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award

This last Tuesday at the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase reception on Berry Main Street, Dartmouth College Library presented its first Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award. Eligibility for the award is open to any student who writes a senior thesis and is majoring in the humanities, social science, and interdisciplinary fields. This award is analogous to the Library Research Award in the Sciences which has been awarded at the Wetterhahn Symposium since 2015.

Winners of the award demonstrated exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources (including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, collections, web resources, and all media) and to use them in the creation of a project. They also displayed evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

This year, the winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award were Emily Burack and Megan Ong, both members of the class of 2017.

Emily’s thesis was supervised by Jennifer Miller in the History department. Its goal is to understand why the Jewish Defense League (JDL) emerged in 1968 as a Jewish militant group in Brooklyn, New York. Her thesis contributes to the existing scholarship on Jewish extremism by examining the factors that combined to pave the way for the formation and success of the JDL from 1968 to 1972.  Above all, the JDL believed that America in 1968 was a time of crisis for American Jews and they saw their group as filling a dire need in the American Jewish community: going at any length necessary to fight for Jewish survival. Emily’s thesis hopes to fill a current knowledge gap in scholarship by presenting a comprehensive look at the emergence and self-construction of the JDL. For her research, Emily found Dartmouth’s Summon search tool to be the most consistently helpful and dependable resource that she used, and she also relied heavily upon the library’s resource sharing programs such as DartDoc and BorrowDirect.

Megan’s thesis was supervised by Jeffrey Friedman in the Government department. Her research question was, “Can a more predictive model of terrorist attack rates during interstate war be formed if more specific factors are added? If so, which factors have the most effect?” Her thesis hypothesizes 26 potential risk factors, broken into categories describing the country itself, the opponent country, and the relationship between the two, and tests all hypotheses against a dataset of directed dyads at war from 1972 to 2008. Megan’s thesis has important implications for political scientists and policy makers. Not only does it provide a predictive model that can be used to better inform policy-makers’ decisions, it provides important insights into common assumptions that have often shaped political thinking. Megan utilized numerous electronic databases as well as a statistical analysis package that she learned to use by relying on free guides on the library websites and consultation with James Adams, the liaison librarian for the Government department.

We congratulate Emily and Megan for their excellent accomplishment and look forward to collaborating again with the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase to honor students who demonstrate exceptional research skills and a high level of intellectual inquiry with regard to their theses.

Exhibit: Protest! at Dartmouth

College campuses have a long history as sites of activism and protest. It’s a truth acknowledged easily enough by today’s students, who have witnessed and in some cases participated in current movements like Black Lives Matter, #NoDAPL, and the Women’s March on Washington, among numerous others. What may be less apparent is the role the college plays when the activism dust settles.

At Dartmouth, the archivists of Rauner Special Collections Library are committed to recording the College’s history—the history of many years ago and the history of yesterday—through primary source documents. Campus activism is a significant part of this history, and one of the most effective ways of capturing it is via first-person narrative.

Oral history is an interview-based approach to documenting the past, centering around an in-depth, recorded conversation between two people: the oral historian and an individual who experienced a particular event, era, or culture firsthand. Because of its emphasis on non-dominant perspectives and marginalized voices, oral history is uniquely situated among history methodologies to document moments of protest and dissent. It is, at its heart, a means of telling stories that might otherwise have gone untold.

This exhibit explores three protest movements in Dartmouth’s past, and a selection of oral history interviews with individuals who experienced them. These interviews and many more are available at Rauner Special Collections Library.

Exhibit curated by Caitlin Birch, Digital Collections and Oral History Archivist, and designed by Dennis Grady, Library Education & Outreach.

Baker-Berry Library, Berry Main Street: May 1 – July  30, 2017

Welcome, First-Year Families!

Here are the events the Library is hosting for First-Year Family Weekend. We hope you’ll also take some time to explore current exhibits, the Orozco mural, and other areas of interest in the Dartmouth College Library.


Tower toursBaker Library Bell Tower Tour
Friday, May 5, 2 – 4:45pm

Get a bird’s eye view of campus from the Baker Library Bell Tower.
Please note: this tour includes climbing a steep staircase. Tours may end up to a half hour earlier than the listed time to accommodate the guests still waiting on the top floors.

book of hours france ca. 1440Special Collections Library Tour
Friday, May 5, 3 – 4pm

Explore what’s so “special” about Dartmouth’s Rauner Special Collections Library. You will be treated to illuminated manuscripts, early editions of major authors, Shakespeare’s First Folio from 1623, fascinating modern manuscripts and gems from the College Archives.

Student-Curated Exhibit “Values of Medicine”
Friday, May 5, 4 – 5pm

Join Rauner Staff in a reception for the opening of an exhibit curated by students from Sienna Craig’s “Values of Medicine” First-Year Seminar. The exhibits draw on the rich medical history collections in Rauner Library to question how the ethics and practice of medicine have transformed over time.


Baker Library Bell Tower Tour
Saturday, May 6, 12 – 3pm

Get a bird’s eye view of campus from the Baker Library Bell Tower. Please note: this tour includes climbing a steep staircase. Tours may end up to a half hour earlier than the listed time to accommodate the guests still waiting on the top floors.

Book Arts Workshop Open HouseBook arts hand press
Saturday, May 6, 2 – 4pm

Come to the Book Arts Workshop and explore letterpress printing on the lower level of Baker Library! Try your hand at running the presses and learn more about methods of making books and other printed materials. The Workshop is proud to have recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.


Unexpected Encounters with Book Arts – and Dartmouth – in Guadalajara

Last November, I traveled to the 30th annual Feria international del libro (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico.  This is a major international book fair, with 2,042 publishers representing 47 countries.

Celebrity sighting: Rigoberta Menchú in the FIL 2016

I was one of 200 librarians from public and academic libraries in North America attending the book fair, my travel and lodging sponsored by the American Library Association’s ALA-FIL Free Pass Program. For some of my colleagues, book shopping at the FIL is a competitive sport.  They wheel around suitcases bulging with purchases, and post pictures on Facebook of the boxes of books destined for their R1 library.  I’m more of a JV player when it comes to the FIL. Buying books is certainly central to my trip.  But it is the other, less tangible things, like unexpected encounters with a new publisher, author, or colleagues, that I hope for.  These can have the most enduring impact.

One such encounter happened at this year’s FIL.  I was inside a stall occupied by three independent publishers from Mexico, with my head down in a book, when suddenly I heard someone ask, “Dartmouth?”

I looked up, a little startled, and nodded.  Clemente Orozco introduced himself, smiled, and said, with a handshake, “I’m Clemente, Class of ’85.”

Clemente Orozco ’85 with linotype in the Impronta studios

I learned that Clemente, the director of Taller Impronta, a letterpress and fine press book publisher in Guadalajara, is a Dartmouth graduate.  As we talked, I also learned that this “’85” is the grandson of José Clemente Orozco, whose mural, The Epic of American Civilization, located in the Baker Reserve Corridor, is classified as a National Historic Monument.

Later that week, Clemente welcomed me and two other librarians to the Impronta studios, where we toured the workshop with its dozens of letterpress and linotype presses.  After lunch, we visited Orozco’s murals in the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Palacio de Gobierno.  As we walked the city, Clemente pointed out architectural landmarks: art deco buildings, his grandfather’s house, built upon his return to Mexico in the 1930s, and a house designed by Luis Barragán.

Clemente Orozco ’85 and Melissa Padilla ’16 at the Impronta studios

A further unexpected coincidence that evening brought us together with current Dartmouth student Melissa Padilla ’16.  Melissa was in Guadalajara to conduct interviews for her senior thesis project, and together we dined on enchiladas, tamales, and strawberry atoles.  It was a beautiful Dartmouth moment to see an ’85 and a ’16, both from Guadalajara, meet and share their experiences at the College.  We ended the evening back at the Impronta studios, where a book launch and gallery opening celebrated a new edition, Al circo, illustrated by Clemente, and an exhibit of prints from La Mano press, a printmaking collective in Michoacán, led by Artemio Rodríguez.

Meeting Clemente at the Guadalajara FIL was not only unexpected, but fortuitous, given Dartmouth’s commitment to the book arts and the cultural production of Mexico.  At present, Sarah Smith, Book Arts Workshop Program Manager and I are exploring ways to collaborate with Clemente Orozco in the coming year, perhaps inviting him to campus as a visiting artist, or even conceiving of ways to bring Dartmouth to Guadalajara via an experiential learning opportunity.  I did send boxes of books home, many of them intended for specific faculty and students.  One never knows what one will find at the FIL!

Student-Led Publishing: Experiential Learning at Dartmouth

Co-Editor-in-Chief Freya Jamison '17 shares World Outlook magazine at the Student Publishing Fair in Baker Main Lobby. (Photo: Stephen Angell)

Co-Editor-in-Chief Freya Jamison ’17 shares World Outlook magazine at the Student Publishing Fair in Baker Main Lobby. (Photo: Stephen Angell)

by Elli Goudzwaard, Learning Initiatives Program Manager

Spirituality, business, fiction, opinion, world politics, art, comedy, science…whatever your interest, it seems, there is a Dartmouth student-led publication for you. This great variety, and the students behind it, were on hand in Baker Main Hall [January 11] at the Student Publishing Fair, an event hosted by the Dartmouth College Library.

The publishing fair is one of several components of the Library’s experiential learning project, “Preparing students to be arbiters of new scholarship: Editing, reviewing, and publishing in the 21st century,” which received support through DCAL’s Experiential Learning Grant. The project is coordinated by Barbara DeFelice, Program Director for Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Publishing and Laura Barrett, Director of Education & Outreach in the Dartmouth Library.

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Tibetan and Himalayan Lifeworlds

Tibetan and Himalayan Lifeworlds, Baker-Berry Library, Baker Main Hall, January 6-March 31, 2017. Exhibit reception: Wednesday, January 25, 3-4:30pmA new exhibit in the Baker-Berry Library at Dartmouth, Tibetan and Himalayan Lifeworlds, provides a window onto the unique culture and environment of the ‘Roof of the World.’ This exhibit explores the social and religious practices that shape life in Asia’s high mountain environments, explores the political history of the region, and describes some of the encounters between foreigners and Himalayan and Tibetan people over time. The exhibit has been curated by Senior Lecturer Kenneth Bauer and Associate Professor Sienna Craig, who have lived and worked in the region for decades.

Tibetan and Himalayan Lifeworlds is enriched by the presence on campus of artist Tenzin Norbu. Born in 1970 in the Himalayan region of Dolpo, Nepal, Norbu studied traditional thangka painting as well as Buddhism from his father, following a lineage of painters that dates back more than 400 years. He is now one of the leading figures in contemporary Tibetan art.  In addition to being a painter and lama (religious and community leader), Norbu is a social entrepreneur, encouraging education and sustainable development in one of Nepal’s most remote districts.

Photo credit: Jens Kirkeby

Photo credit: Jens Kirkeby

Norbu’s repertoire ranges from traditional imagery to unique depictions of daily life, religious practice, and landscape. His work was highlighted in the 1998 film Himalaya (Caravan), the only Nepali film to have been nominated for an Academy Award. Over the past fifteen years, Norbu’s work has been featured in exhibitions in global cities, from Kathmandu and New York City, to Aarhus, Monaco, Lucerne, Paris, Osaka, Tokyo, and Thimphu, Bhutan.

Norbu was one of the artists in Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, an exhibit which originated at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, and traveled to the HOOD Museum in 2010. Norbu is the illustrator of five children’s books, including Clear Sky, Red Earth: A Himalayan Story, a project on which he collaborated with Professor Sienna Craig (Anthropology) and which has been published in both English and Tibetan.

On January 19 and 25, 2017, Norbu will spend time (9:30am – 2:30pm) painting in the Baker-Berry corridor. A reception for the artist and to celebrate the exhibit will take place on January 25, from 3-4:30pm. Norbu will also be visiting classes and staging a popup exhibit of some of his recent work at the Black Family Arts Center, beginning January 17.

Connect to the Dartmouth College Library (and Elsewhere) While You’re Away

Hopkins Center bulletin board; wanted: rides home for Thanksgiving [undated]

Hopkins Center bulletin board; wanted: rides home for Thanksgiving [undated]

Traveling over the break? Here’s how to access Dartmouth‘s online library resources as well as those at other institutions:

1. There are several options for accessing Dartmouth College Library’s online resources from off-campus.

2. If you’re traveling to another university or research institution, Eduroam is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. It allows users to connect to the secure networks and resources at other participating institutions.

3. Dartmouth-affiliated faculty, students, and staff enjoy on-site access and on-site borrowing privileges at other BorrowDirect institutions and some Ivies Plus institutions.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the break!


Open Book Publishing Reduces Access Barriers-Sounds Good!

OpenBookThe Dartmouth College Library and the University Press of New England (UPNE) are collaborating on open access monograph publishing for Dartmouth scholars, as well as for the back list of selected UPNE books. As part of that collaboration, we recently offered a seminar on “The Open Book: New Directions in Monograph Publishing” with a focus on “Monograph Publishing Options”.  Topics included opportunities for broadening distribution and readership, as well as a realistic assessment of the costs of producing a scholarly monograph in light of budgetary constraints on purchasing such works.

The benefits of reducing cost barriers for readers are compelling, but the benefits of reducing access barriers for those with different abilities was a key reason Dartmouth professor of Music William Cheng sought funding for immediate open access for his book Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good, published in print and digital formats by the University of Michigan Press in August 2016. At Dartmouth, financial support for publishing often comes from the departments and Dean of the Faculty areas, to cover the subventions that are often required by publishers. Cheng sought and received funding from several additional sources, including the Dartmouth Open Access Fund, to ensure his book would be readable by all, and expresses why in this statement:

“I have chosen to publish my book, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016), both in print and Open Access so that it can reach William_Cheng_photoas many readers as possible, especially those who might otherwise be unable to afford or access this text. By harmonizing the medium and message of the book (which advocates for care, compassion, and outreach in academia and beyond), Open Access offers a downloadable file that accommodates quick searches, text-to-voice dictation, and transportability via e-readers.”

JustVibrationsCoverImage In November, it was announced that the American Musicological Society selected professor Cheng’s book for their Philip Brett Award for 2016.


For question about open access options for your scholarly monograph, contact the Dartmouth College Library’s Digital Publishing Program