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.

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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

 

 

Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition: A crewman’s view

Twenty men standing on an icy island with thick snowsuit on.

“Elephant Island Men”

Yesterday, one hundred years ago, the crew of the Endurance was rescued by their leader, Ernest Shackleton. More than four months had passed since he departed Elephant Island aboard the James Caird with five of their crewmates. George Marston, the expedition’s artist, and Frank Hurley, the photographer, were the first to spot the small steam tug Yelcho, a Chilean naval vessel that was lent to Shackleton for his return to Antarctic waters.

In their excitement to see the ship, the remaining crew members tore through the door and walls of their makeshift shelter. Shackleton’s approach from the tug to shore in a small boat was greeted with ragged and weak cheers from the crew, who began to question him before the bow of the boat could touch sand. Within an hour or so of Shackleton’s landing, the entire crew had been transported to the tug and were on their way back to civilization.

Not a single man was lost, although Orde-Lee was almost left behind. He had remained behind at the campsite to show Shackleton around, but realized that Shackleton had no intention of touring the site only after the last boat had shoved off from shore. After a frantic dash down the beach, Orde-Lees hurled himself headlong into the boat and labeled himself “the last man to leave the accursed spot.”

It seems fitting that the last man to leave the island also should be the last to speak here about the ordeal. In his diary entry for August 30th, 1916, Orde-Lees gives praise to Shackleton, saying that he “at the greatest peril had undertaken a journey of unprecedented magnitude with the most utterly inadequate equipment in order to bring succor to his men marooned on an Antarctic island, a debt that we can never repay him except by demanding that he shall receive the honours due to all heroes who at their own great personal risk save the lives of those for whom they are responsible. All honour then to this truly brave man.”

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Rauner Special Collections Library in Webster Hall holds a complete transcript of the diary and the manuscript diary from March 24th, 1915, through April 16th, 1916. To see them, come to Rauner and ask to see MSS-185 or Stefansson G850 1914 .O7 1997 during normal hours of operation.  An exhibit on Shackleton’s Antarctic explorations will be on display in Rauner from July 1-September 2, 2016.

Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition: A crewman’s view

By Thomas Orde-Lees, Quartermaster

“August 1916, 23.

No change in pack or weather.

Certain members are exhibiting obvious concerns about the present food shortage and strange to say now that there really is a shortage the imperturbable pessimists are apparently quite unconcerned and certainly are not saying anything in the nature of “We told you so.” It is not unusual that pessimism and equanimity are counterparts.

Three boats sailing on icy ocean

“Endurance under full sail” – courtesy of Shackleton Endurance Photography

The manner in which the aforesaid members exhibit their fears is in trying to overcome them assuming that the pessimists are now thoroughly scared and therefore making mocking remarks such as “Now we shall all starve” and “We shall have to eat the one who dies first” and so on, which has actually occurred before now when people have been in only very slightly worse straits than we are now. There’s many a true word said in jest. To a close observer there are many other indications in the way that the fatuous optimists shout loudly to each other all manner of such remarks about the food supply question as if to keep their spirits up by the cheery loudness of their voices in much the same way psych-ologically as Chinese walking along a road at night shout loudly to each other to keep off evil spirits in other words fear by mutual encouragement.

Of course the probability is that we have ample to support us until the pack clears off again, for it has now been in for a week and the longest previous spell has been 13 days only, but when it does clear we shall have no reserve left and, should we be based again within a few days for a more we should be in a bad way.

I had gone round the foot of Penguin Hill and had reached the top in order to give a had with the rope, but as I was immediately afterwards required down on the ice foot I had the pleasure of being lowered over the precipice on the end of the rope, and subsequently ascended by the same means.

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One hundred years ago this August, Ernest Shackleton rescued his crew after the failure of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Rauner holds a complete transcript of the diary and the manuscript diary from March 24th, 1915, through April 16th, 1916.” These entries are a selection from the diary of the expedition’s quartermaster Thomas Orde-Lees.

Rauner Special Collections Library in Webster Hall holds a complete transcript of the diary and the manuscript diary from March 24th, 1915, through April 16th, 1916. To see them, come to Rauner and ask to see MSS-185 or Stefansson G850 1914 .O7 1997 during normal hours of operation.  An exhibit on Shackleton’s Antarctic explorations will be on display in Rauner from July 1-September 2, 2016.

Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition: A crewman’s view

By Thomas Orde-Lees, Quartermaster

“July 1916, 25.

Mild and damp. West wind and snow.

We had quite an exciting incident today. A large pregnant female seal drifted quite close in on an ice-slab in West Bay at a place where there is a good ice-foot over the rocks but where Penguin Hill rises in an abrupt precipice. Wild came along with his little gun but failed to make his usual fine shooting and although he shot it three times in the head he did no kill it. As he had only three cartridges with him he sent Holness back tot he hut for some more.

“The James Caird” – courtesy of Shackleton Endurance Photography

To reach the hut it was necessary to go right round the foot of Penguin Hill a distance of some 300 yards over a difficult rocky path. Whilst Holness was away the seal so far recovered itself that it got its head and shoulder over the edge of the little floe and was about to dive when Holness arrived. It was an anxious moment for fear we might lose this valuable quantity of food. Wild then successfully dispatched it and it was decided to cut it up where it lay as soon as the floe drifted in close enough to gain access to it, and to haul it up the precipice by rope.

I had gone round the foot of Penguin Hill and had reached the top in order to give a had with the rope, but as I was immediately afterwards required down on the ice foot I had the pleasure of being lowered over the precipice on the end of the rope, and subsequently ascended by the same means.

The seal was cut up into four pieces and hauled up and the fully developed foetus which had only about two months to go was hauled up complete. We also got two penguins.”

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One hundred years ago this August, Ernest Shackleton rescued his crew after the failure of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Rauner holds a complete transcript of the diary and the manuscript diary from March 24th, 1915, through April 16th, 1916.” These entries are a selection from the diary of the expedition’s quartermaster Thomas Orde-Lees.

Rauner Special Collections Library in Webster Hall holds a complete transcript of the diary and the manuscript diary from March 24th, 1915, through April 16th, 1916. To see them, come to Rauner and ask to see MSS-185 or Stefansson G850 1914 .O7 1997 during normal hours of operation.  An exhibit on Shackleton’s Antarctic explorations will be on display in Rauner from July 1-September 2, 2016.