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!

Adler Planetarium and CERN Open Collections

Two new physics and astronomy collections have recently been made available to the public. Both CERN and the Adler Planetarium have opened up new and interesting collections for viewing and use.

Alder Planetarium First, the Adler Planetarium recently announced that its collections are available for searching in their new online database.

The Adler has one of the largest collections of historic scientific instruments in the world. Its collections also include rare and modern books, photography, paintings, and models. This is the first time that these resources are searchable online.

Check out the amazing collections here.

CERNopendataCERN also recently announced its Open Data Portal, which makes LHC experiment data from collision events open to the public for the first time. The CERN Data Portal gives access to data from ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb collaborations, as well as the open source software to read, analyze, and visualize the data.

All data on OpenData.cern.ch are shared under a Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication and have a citable DOI. More information is available here.

Both of these collections are a great step toward openness and will help preserve and share valuable resources for the research community.

Math at Pixar

One of my favorite short films is Geri’s Game. I still watch it from time to time on my DVD copy of A Bug’s Life and marvel at the animation and delightful story. When my colleague forwarded this Mental Floss article (Talking Math at Pixar), I couldn’t resist sharing. Numberphile interviewed Tony DeRose about the mathematics used in Pixar animations and Geri was where it all started. It’s quite math heavy but nothing we can’t handle!

Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar) – Numberphile

In fact, if you’re looking for more math, here’s a summary of a talk he gave for the Mathematical Association of America. Another summary from a talk he gave at MoMath — read the end about software.  Tony also did a math light TED-Ed talk that’s worth a look:

Pixar: The math behind the movies – Tony DeRose

If I’ve piqued your interest, check out some of the following books and DVDs from the Library:

Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha Pro

If you haven’t yet heard, Dartmouth has a site license to Mathematica 10 and Wolfram Alpha Pro (supported by ITS)! I attended a demo two weeks ago and there are a number of cool new features in the new Mathematica, including integration with the Cloud.

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Math, Physics, Research, Tech Tips

Power Your Research with the LibX Toolbar!

libxThe Libx Toolbar is a browser plug-in that allows you to highlight the text on a web page and search for it in a set of key databases, such as the Library Catalog, Summon, JSTOR, Borrow Direct, and more. Watch this short screencast to see how it can work for you!

Learn more and install the LibX toolbar

Filed under: Tech Tips

Photos by Tracy Gordon

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Kresge Library is excited to showcase the artistic nature photography of the talented Tracy Gordon.

“Growing up in Vermont, (including attending a one room school house), instilled much of my respect and awareness for the beauty that is around me every day. In my early middle school days I was inspired by a teacher who had the “photography bug”. I picked up a camera in my early teens and started shooting pictures, noticing how light and the surrounding environment would affect my picture. As I travel from place to place I am inspired to capture small moments of that beauty that often are over looked as we speed through life. I moved from Vermont to Florida and I currently work as a graphic designer, pre-press specialist and side line as a food stylist. I spend half of my year in Florida and half in Vermont.” – Tracy Gordon

If you have artwork or know of someone who would like to exhibit with us, please contact us at Kresge.Library@dartmouth.edu.

Open Access Week 2014

Learn about new tools and opportunities during Open Access Week with information tables and workshops around campus all week long!

Mon
10/20
Tues
10/21
Wed
10/22
Thurs
10/23
Fri
10/24
Info Tables Open Source
Thayer MacLean Atrium
10:30am-12:30pm
Open Arts
Baker Library Main Hall
2-4pm
Open Data
Fairchild Tower Pendulum
10:30am-12:30pm
Open Science
LSC Gallery
9-11am
Open Education
Novack Café
9:30-11:30am
Events Know Your Copyrights
DCAL
12-1:30pm
Pathways to Open Research
DCAL
12-1:30pm

Stop by the information tables to learn about open access, publishing, copyright, author rights, open education and more; pick up materials; and make something Open! We will be talking about support for open access journal publishing fees (which is provided by the Compact on Open Access Publishing Equity fund), the Dartmouth Author’s Amendment, the Faculty Open Access Policy Resolution, and current trends in publishing and scholarly communication.

In addition, the Know Your Copyrights workshop will help you answer the question: “Can I post my publications in full text on….my web site, my departmental website, the institutional web site, my course site, sharing sites such as Mendeley, Academia.edu, ResearchGate or.. ?Please sign up here as lunch is provided.

In Pathways to Open Research, Dr. Kes Schroer will wrap up Open Access Week events by sharing her experiences at the “Open Science for Synthesis” program and offer insights on the power of open access, open data and open source for rapid, reproducible scholarship. Following Dr. Schroer’s remarks, we will have a roundtable discussion about all things open, including music, art, literature, education, and more. Please sign-up as lunch is provided.

More details: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/schcomm/OAWeek2014.html

Download the flyer here.

CV & Resume Writing Help for STEM Students

This series of events is brought to you by the Center for Professional Development and Kresge Library! All events will take place in the Kresge Library Conference Room.

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Applying to Graduate School Programs: CVs for Science Storytelling

Interested in applying for STEM-related positions or programs that ask for a CV instead of a resume? In this fast-paced workshop, Neukom Fellow and postdoc Kes Schroer will provide you with an overview of what to include and what to leave out — as well as tips for how to share your skills and experience in terms easily understood by scientists and non-scientists alike.

When: Thursday, October 23 at 12-1pm
Register by 10/23 at 10am! Click here.

Kresge Face Time

Chat with CPD advisor Chandlee Bryan and get all your questions answered!

When: Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30-8:30pm

Formatting Your CV/Resume in LaTeX

Join Physical Sciences Librarian Shirley Zhao for a hands-on workshop to format your CV or resume in LaTeX. Use what you learned in the previous events and come away with a working document.

When: Thursday, October 30 at 12-1pm

ACS Central Science Approaches Launch Date

New ACS journal to launch in 2015

Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi

Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, Editor in Chief

ACS Central Science, the new, fully open access journal announced by the American Chemical Society earlier this year, moved closer to launch readiness by naming its Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, a researcher in organic chemistry and chemical biology at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Bertozzi is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

ACS Central Science will publish only 100-200 articles a year across the entire expanse of chemistry and chemistry-related fields, including areas of pure chemistry such as organic, inorganic, physical chemistry; and interdisciplinary fields such as chemical biology, life sciences and biomedicine, computational and theoretical chemistry, nanotechnology, physics and materials science, engineering, computer science, energy and atmospheric chemistry.  All articles will be freely available online immediately upon publication, and without publishing charges levied on authors.  Manuscripts will be accepted as of November, with the first issue to be published in early 2015.

These new journals join two new journals launched by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and published in partnership with Wiley, both also highly interdisciplinary and fully open access, – Earth’s Future, and the recently announced Earth and Space Science, which will publish its first articles later this year.   [See our earlier post about AGU’s range of open access initiatives, and read AGU’s May 2014 announcement of Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s John Orcutt as Editor of Earth and Space Science.]

Get Started with LaTeX

latex_handoutBy now, you’re convinced that writing your documents using LaTeX is the way to go. Your papers, presentations, and even homework assignments will look publication-ready with its fancy headers, section numbering, and beautifully typeset mathematical equations. You’re ready to make the leap from MS Word, but how do you begin?

First, you have to decide between online versus offline use. There are pros and cons to each, but the major difference is if you plan to have internet access while you’re working on your documents.

Certainly if you don’t want the hassle of downloading the software and choosing an editor, go with one of the web options (all of these allow for collaborative writing as well):

  • writeLaTeX — instant updating of your new content or edits
  • ShareLaTeX — watch your collaborators type (like google docs)
  • Authorea — version control through git

But if you do want your own installation, start with downloading the right software distribution for your operating system here and follow the instructions to install. You should allow for at least 30 minutes for the whole process. Factors to consider: internet speed, size of the software (varies), speed of your computer, etc.

You may notice that your distribution may or may not come with a starter editor, which is your interface to writing. For example, MacTeX comes with TeXShop. You’re not obligated to use it and you are free to choose whatever editor you want. You may already be using an editor to code in other languages; e.g. Vim or Emacs. Check out this table for comparison.

Now you’re ready to make your first document! If you’d like a suggestion, try writing your CV/resume. I will be holding a workshop on formatting tips for your CV/resume in LaTeX on Thursday, October 30 at noon in Kresge Library. Save the date and bring your document!