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!


Library of Congress to Remove the Subject Heading “Illegal Aliens”

It’s not often that cataloging issues are considered newsworthy in the library profession at large, but this news is most definitely worth sharing.

The Library of Congress recently announced that it will soon be removing the subject heading Illegal aliens (and all related headings) from its list of authorized subject headings.

Library of Congress Subject Headings photo by liltree, cc by-nc-nd 2.0The decision comes on the heels of a year and a half of lobbying efforts which originated here in the Dartmouth College Library. Research and Instruction Services librarians Amy Witzel and Jill Baron had worked closely with the campus student group CoFIRED (Coalition for Immigration Reform, Equality, and DREAMers), who expressed strong concerns about the use of the term “Illegal aliens” in library catalogs and other discovery tools. Amy, Jill and I prepared the necessary documentation to make a formal petition (through our Library’s membership in the SACO program) to the Library of Congress to change the subject heading. After months of deliberation, the Library of Congress denied our petition on the grounds that Dartmouth’s proposed replacement heading (Undocumented immigrants) was problematic in the context of their internal terminology.

At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston in January of this year, one of my colleagues on ALA’s Subject Analysis Committee continued to pursue the issue of removing the subject heading Illegal aliens within various components of ALA and succeeded in bringing the matter before ALA Council as a resolution. ALA Council overwhelmingly passed this resolution, urging the Library of Congress to replace this subject heading.

In February of this year, the Library of Congress again considered the request, this time at a much higher administrative level, and agreed to remove the heading Illegal aliens and replace it with two new headings: Noncitizens and Unauthorized immigration. It should be noted that it is extremely rare for the Library of Congress to make changes to its subject headings based on community pressure.

This decision represents a great victory not only for the Dartmouth students who initiated the process, but for all undocumented library users in the United States and those who champion their rights and dignity.

For more information, see:

(Photo by liltree, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

John DeSantis, Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian and Bibliographer for Film, Theater and Russian Language and Literature

Mourning Charlie Hebdo (and why collecting historical newspapers matters)


You’ve probably heard the news this morning.  As editors for Charlie Hebdo met for their weekly Wednesday morning meeting today, January 7, 2015, at least two armed intruders wielding automatic rifles opened fire in the satirical newspaper’s offices in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, killing twelve of the newspaper’s employees. Among the dead are Charlie Hebdo’s editorial director, Charb, and cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous. French President François Hollande is calling this a “terrorist attack.” It is also without a doubt an attack on freedom of speech. This is not the first time that the Charlie Hebdo has come under attack. In 2011, the offices of Charlie Hebdo were firebombed for having published a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.  Nor is it completely out of the ordinary for French newspapers to raise ire, as this timeline from Le Monde “50 years of attacks against the French media” shows. However, today’s attack is certainly the deadliest.

Since the early 1970s, Charlie Hebdo has occupied a place in the radical left of the French media, publishing news and cartoons that are both humorous and harshly critical of current events. This past summer, prompted by the recommendation of Assistant Professor of French Lucas Hollister, the library acquired the entire back run of the first iteration of Charlie Hebdo, including all issues published from 1970-1981. Hollister saw the value in students having first-hand access to this highly visual representation of politics and culture in France in the 1970s. Few libraries in North America have such complete holdings from the first generation of Charlie Hebdo, and this acquisition offers an opportunity for students and faculty to examine this important voice in the satirical press.  It also reminds us of the singular role that academic libraries and archives serve in preserving and providing access to marginalized voices from around the world.

Dartmouth’s complete holdings of Charlie Hebdo are on Berry Lower Level:

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 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.

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

Mix and Match at Jones Media Center






Bond goes legally blonde.

Introducing the promotional poster series Mix and Match at Jones Media Center.

The Mix and Match posters are the latest in a series of digital media projects developed by Jones student tech assistants, intern, and staff to help promote Media Center resources and services, in this case its extensive video collection of over 17,000 DVDs.


Swan-WalterIn the process of creating these promotions, student techs develop graphic design skills and get to explore different digital media applications. During the production phase, they hone specific skills; e.g., the use of layer masks and brushes in Photoshop and text animation in Adobe After Effects.





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Past and current projects include an iconic movie posters series; movie trailers to promote new movie arrivals, produced in Final Cut Pro; a senior poster in ligne claire comic style, traced from photographs using Adobe Illustrator; and Halloween posters    featuring Jones student employees.


Screen_Shot_2014-09-26_at_5.33.39_PMFor this most recent promotion, Jones student techs, intern and staff worked as a team to develop a Photoshop poster template that would effectively convey the Mix and Match concept through the use of hybrid characters. The message is simple and executed in a visually engaging manner. Familiar movie characters from a variety of genres are juxtaposed to create quirky graphics.




FrankUnderwoodcoloradjustFor easy reference, movie titles and DVD numbers are listed on each poster. To date, student tech assistants and the Jones intern have produced over a dozen Mix and Match posters, showcasing some of their favorite flicks. The Jones Media Center video collection campaign extends across campus. An animated Mix and Match version is showing on digital screens throughout the Dartmouth Libraries.




Up_JawLibrary patrons can search the Jones Media Center video collection using the Dartmouth College Library catalog. Digital media applications used in the production of Jones promotional projects, including Adobe Creative Suite CS6 and Final Cut Pro X, are installed on Jones Media Center computers. Anyone is welcome to check out an editing station at the Media Services desk to work on a media project. Student tech assistants are available during evening and weekend hours and happy to help with questions.



Devil wearing ChaplinThe Mix and Match posters are currently on display at Jones. Visitors to the Media Center will be greeted by a band of oddly incongruous characters inhabiting the glass panels adjacent to the main entrance. Be sure to stop by and take a moment to be confused and amused as Edna dons a mean girls skirt, the devil wears Chaplin, and 007 takes Bruiser for a stroll.

Dartmouth at the Digital Directions 2014 Conference

Image from the blog

This past July I had the great opportunity to attend the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s Digital Directions 2014 conference. In a lucky turn, this year’s conference was held in Portland, Oregon, home of my alma mater, Reed College. In addition to reexperiencing the highlights of one of my favorite American cities, I was able to meet and engage with many people doing amazing work in digital collections across the country and beyond.

The conference covered a fascinating diversity of topics, from high-level project management and planning to specific examples of workflows and equipment setups. One of the first things impressed upon me was the fascinating diversity of digitization efforts occurring across the world. As the demand for digital content continues to expand, many institutions are rushing to fill that need. Because of this, it can often seem that no two institutions’ digital programs are the same, or even particularly similar.

To its credit, the Digital Directions did a phenomenal job accounting for these various setups. The three days were jam-packed with a fascinating variety of discussion topics and presentations. The first day consisted of mostly big-picture type talks. We discussed the interplay between digital preservation (maintenance of access to digital content) and digital curation (adding value to digital content), as well as how to craft each institution’s best practices and standards according to their needs. The day was wrapped up with an impressively no-nonsense discussion about rights and responsibilities from a legal perspective by Peter Hirtle, followed by a lovely meet-and-greet at the Portland Art Museum.

The following days covered a wide variety of topics, including a fascinating section about audio and video digitization (an area unfortunately outside my range of experience). However, it soon became apparent that the challenges faced by those audio and video digitization teams were remarkably similar to my own in the world of object and document reproduction. Many digitization projects face the same fundamental roadblocks: time, equipment, resources, access, and storage.

Image from NEDCC’s twitter account

While the specifics varied, these fundamental issues could not help but make themselves apparent. The relative merits of, say, cloud storage (to pick a random example), can be endlessly debated among digital librarians, and indeed I’d doubt there ever will be a definitive final-word on this topic. But the crucial takeaway must be a willingness to engage with these issues, understanding the risks and drawbacks inherent in each option so that they can be minimized, or at the very least understood fully so that we may deal with them more effectively in the future. Among the many useful things I learned at Digital Directions 2014, perhaps the most important one was that my own peers are an incredible resource, both within Dartmouth and world-wide. By learning through their experiences and sharing my own, I hope to do my part to keep the Dartmouth Library’s Digital Collection growing and improving well into the future.

Written by Ryland Ianelli

Paddock Music Library’s Online Resources

Dartmouth College Library provides a number of music-related online resources, including streaming audio and video as well as electronic scores and reference material, all of which can be accessed via the Library Catalog.

classical music libraryThe Library subscribes to five streaming audio databases: Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM), Smithsonian Global Sound, Classical Music Library, Naxos Music Library, and Jazz Music Library. Within these databases you can create playlists and listen to music at your computer and on your smartphones.

Classical Music Library and Naxos Music Library each contain a continually growing collection of recordings from the world’s greatest classical labels. The collection covers work from all major genres and time periods from medieval to contempdramorary.  Jazz Music Library is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz recordings available online. It includes recordings from legendary jazz labels, such as Verve and Impulse, and artists from the earliest beginnings of jazz to modern day performers, such as Diana Krall and Buddy Guy. DRAM is a database of sound recordings, original liner notes, and essays documenting American music from independent record labels and archives.

smithsonianSmithsonian Global Sound is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions. This collection includes over 42,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds from all over the world. Every two weeks, Alexander Street Press and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings offer a free music download from Smithsonian Global Sound and Classical Music Library. All tracks are owned by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings or Alexander Street Press and are available, free of charge, for a limited time. You can sign up to receive an email notification every time a new download is available.

The library also provides two streaming video resources. Dance in Video contains footage of 20th century performances of many genres—jazz, contemporary, ballet, and improvisational to name a few— as well as instructional videos. Opera in Video provides over 500 hours of footage from nearly 300 operatic works, including staged productions as well as interviews and documentaries.

In addition to streaming content, the Library provides online access to several music-related print resources. The Classical Scores Library contains more than 30,000 works that can be viewed on your smartphone or tablet. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online and Groves Dictionary of Music Online supply an incredible store of reference information about almost any music subject.

New! Access and Borrowing Privileges at Our Partner Libraries

borrowdirectDartmouth-affiliated faculty, students, and staff can now enjoy on-site access and on-site borrowing privileges at other BorrowDirect institutions and some Ivies Plus institutions! Access information and borrowing policy details are maintained by each institution’s library and may vary from one institution to another. New accounts must be created at the location and within the hours set by each institution. For more information and a list of participating institutions, please see BorrowDirect Plus On-Site Borrowing

oclc-researchIn addition, Dartmouth participates in SHARES, which is a collaborative effort of OCLC’s Research Library Partnership group. Dartmouth-affiliated faculty, students, and staff have on-site access at over 100 research and museum libraries around the world. This partnership also streamlines our DartDoc services. Learn more about SHARES and see the list of participating libraries.

eduroamIf that’s not enough to get you excited, Dartmouth is now part of the eduroam community! eduroam provides a way for you to be WiFi authenticated at another institution without having to go through any local guest setup. Once authenticated you are on that institution’s network with access to their internet and library’s resources, although you would still have to use the same remote methods to access any Dartmouth-specific services and resources. Learn more about how to set up your access through Dartmouth and see participating institutions.

If you are not at any of our partner institutions, you can always rely on WebGateway or the Juniper VPN for general off-campus access to the Library’s resources. Please contact your subject librarian if you have any questions.

Clinical Key Interface Update

Clinical Key UpdateAs previously announced, MD Consult has been replaced by Clinical Key.  Clinical Key has all the books and journals formerly in MD Consult, and much more, including over 1,000 books, over 20,000 videos, 2.5 million medical images, 600 journals, and a point-of-care resource called First Consult.

Clinical Key has released a new interface to make searching and browsing easier.

  • The search box on the opening page allows you to designate the type of resource to search: all, books, journals, First Consult, patient education.
  • The table of contents of individual books are presented more clearly with links to the chapters more apparent.
  • There are new “topic pages” with quick information on 1,400+ diseases.
  • Viewing the pdf of a book chapter still requires a personal account, one that you can create for yourself for free by clicking on “login” at the top righ of any screen.  Note that if you already have a login for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect journals you will already be registered and can use that same username and password.

Subscription to Clinical Key was made possible by the Geisel School of Medicine, the Department of Medicine, the Department of Surgery, the Department of Anesthesiology, the Patient Safety Training Center, and contributions from the Departments of Urology and Pediatrics.

Questions?  Contact, stop by, or call 603-650-7660.