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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.

Web of Science Now Includes Conference Proceedings

Web of ScienceGood news!  The Library’s subscription to Web of Science now includes access to its Conference Proceedings Indexes, both the Science and the Social Science  & Humanities sections.  The CPI includes the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions in a wide range of disciplines, from 1990 to the present.WoSCPIRecord

These files are part of our Web o’ Science “Core Collection,” meaning they are automatically searched whenever you search WoS, – no need to do anything extra.

For Extra Credit:

Web of Science – New Interface (Biomedical Libraries Blog, January 15, 2014)

CrossMark: Tool for Identifying Changes in Journal Articles

CrossMark Link to Information You may notice this CrossMark symbol on the PDF of a recent journal article you have downloaded. The icon is linked to information about this journal article, and keeps you updated with any changes even though you have downloaded the PDF to your own computer, as long as you are connected to the internet. You may also see it on the HTML of an article. The CrossMark icon link will most likely tell you that the version of the journal article you are viewing is current, but it will also warn you if there have been updates to the article, then link to those updates.

CrossMarkUpdatesUpdates could include corrections, changes in a data set,  or retractions.

The DOI (digital object identifier) registration service CrossRef has developed the CrossMark service for use by publishers who use CrossRef DOIs. See CrossMark examples implemented by a variety of publishers.

Discovering Open Access Articles

Several tools for discovering journal articles, such as Web of Science, IEEE Xplore, PubMed, and ScienceDirect, now have ways for you to limit a search to open access articles or to identify the open access articles within the result set of your search. Open access articles are free to read regardless of the reader’s access to the published articles via institutional subscriptions.

Due to the importance of being able to identify open access articles and to know what kinds of uses of these are permitted, NISO is sponsoring a working group of stakeholders to develop “Recommended Practices for Open Access Metadata and Indicators“. The adoption of standard metadata will enable transfer of that data among information providers and publishers, and further enhance discovery of this information, including in web scale discovery services like Summon.

Meanwhile, you can use the following tools to locate open access articles; look for similar options in other search tools:

In the new Web of Science platform, run your search, display results, and find the open access option at the end of the “Refine Results” list of options. This will show you the number of articles in your result that are OA; then apply “refine” to limit your set to these.

IEEE XPlore offers the option at the search page:
PubMed offers a filter for “free full text”.
ScienceDirect provides browsing of journals by “open access” for completely open journals or “contains open access” for those where some article are open access, as well as a refinement on your search to open access articles.

Faculty Insight: Creating iBooks for Medical Education

Guest post by Amanda Albright, Educational Technology Support Specialist at Geisel School of Medicine Computing Services


In the fall of 2012, each incoming student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth received an iPad as well as a variety of productivity and content apps to aid learning. As part of the iPad initiative, faculty willing to investigate the educational value of the iPad also received a device. A number of faculty, after attending iBook Author workshops facilitated by Apple educators, decided to create iBooks.

The following are excerpts submitted by faculty describing the rational for creating iBooks, the experience of creating iBooks, and student reaction to the iBooks. For more information, please contact Geisel.Instructional.Technology@dartmouth.edu.

SBM Cardiology (Yr2) – James Bell, M.D.Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases

I give approximately 20 hours of lecture in the 2nd year Fall SBM Cardiology curriculum.  These lectures are supplemented by a series of fairly extensive lecture notes and PowerPoint slides.

In the past, some students have been confused as to where they should spend their study time: the notes, the slides, or reviewing the lecture on video. In an attempt to resolve student confusion, I constructed a series of iBooks for each of my lectures to integrate the key aspects of both the lecture notes and the most important illustrations from the PowerPoint slides.

I’m a bit of a visual learner, so I put a lot of emphasis on the juxtaposition of text and graphics on each page.  I particularly appreciated the ability to use video (e.g., echocardiogram) and sound recordings (especially helpful in describing heart sounds and murmurs).  I tried to make each page a separate entity, to minimize page turning when trying to make a point.  I was on a pretty steep learning curve, but I really enjoyed learning to create what for me was a work of science and art.

There were, of course, some problems.  I think the biggest was that none of the other (SBM Cardiology) lectures had iBook counterparts, leaving students with the previous dilemma of how to distribute their study time.  Another was that, despite my hope that students could just use the iBook and not worry about the notes and slides, many of them saw the iBooks as just one more study object to occupy their time.

Still, I think the iBooks were generally well-received.  The student evaluations were quite positive (mostly excellent or very good) with a 4.55 out of 5 on the evaluation form.  We asked specifically for comments on the iBooks, which proved quite insightful:

“The iBooks were incredible. The integration of pictures and audio files for the heart murmurs made for an excellent studying resource. Couldn’t be happier with this use of the technology; it really made a difference.”

“They could be improved by incorporating “test your understanding” questions along the way. It would break them up a bit and help to reinforce important concepts.”

“The iBook is the perfect modality for presenting information, as it seamlessly blends notes and slides. I wish there was an iBook for every lecture.”

Medical Virology (Yr1) – Edward Usherwood, Ph.D.Enveloped Viruses

For the 2012 – 2013 academic year, I created two iBooks for the Medical Virology course for Year 1 medical students.  The books synthesized lecture notes and slides from the lecture, so they are together in one integrated document.

The ability to insert sets of sides as galleries in the iBook allowed students to review all the visual material together with the pertinent section of the text.  It also removed the inconvenience of switching between Word and Powerpoint files when reviewing notes and slides, respectively.

There was something of a learning curve when I began to create the iBooks, but the online tutorials on Lynda.dartmouth.edu were an invaluable resource when learning the interface.

Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive, the most common comment being they liked the format as a single, integrated document containing all the relevant material in one place.  In response to this, for the 2013-2014 classes, we are converting all lecture notes in this class to the iBook format.  Currently, I am exploring inserting more video and internet-based content into the iBooks to enrich the experience for the students. The recent release of Apple’s OS X Mavericks will make iBooks even more accessible since they will run on a Mac laptop as well as an iPad.

Medical Physiology (Yr1)– Andy Daubenspeck Ph.D., Eugene Nattie M.D., Donald Bartlett M.D.Fick Principle and Mass Balance

The fall 2013 semester was the first year that the Medical Physiology 110 faculty were able to effectively prepare lecture notes (13 iBooks) and concept-specific materials (7 iBooks).

Lecturers were responsible for producing the lecture note iBook for their assigned topics. The responsibility for developing the concept iBooks that covered more basic material pertinent to multiple lectures was assumed by Andy Daubenspeck.

An essential aspect of the development of these lecture note iBooks was the summer assistance of Jason Laurita, a rising 2nd year medical student, who was able to massage the material from various lecturers into quite impressive iBooks. Hermes Yeh, chairman of Physiology and Neurobiology, was very supportive of this and found the funds for Jason’s efforts.

Based upon discussion with the Year 1 curriculum representatives, who gave us thoughtful insights about the effectiveness of the iBooks, we realize that preparing these materials is a process of continuing improvement. We may have unconsciously made the content of some iBooks unnecessarily difficult for first year students to follow and grasp. In addition, we may have underutilized linkages to available web-based resources that students found useful. We also have not fully responded to the difficulties facing incoming students for whom English is not their first language.

As a result, we anticipate substantial revisions to the iBooks for next fall to simplify the verbiage, to incorporate improved guidance as to the overall goals for each iBook and of each iBook within the overall course, and to incorporate more of the useful, web-based resources (e.g., Khan Academy offerings).

Human Anatomy and Embryology (Yr1) – Virginia Lyons, Ph.D.Human Anatomy and Embryology

Creating an iBook is not difficult, and you do not have to start from scratch as your existing notes and PowerPoint slides can easily be imported. The training videos on Lynda.dartmouth.edu provide everything you need to get started with iBooks Author.

I think what I like best about presenting our course materials in this format is the ability to make the material interactive. In other words, as students are reading the content you can insert questions along the way or diagrams for them to label so they are not just passively reading. The students really love having all the material in one place, and especially seem to like review questions at the end of the chapters. A typical comment from our course evaluation reads:

“The presentation of material in iBook format was extremely helpful. I really liked the scrollable galleries and the end-of-chapter review questions.”

If you plan to incorporate iBooks into your course be forewarned: once you provide some of your content in iBook format, the students will want all of your content in this format. Creating iBooks takes time and we were fortunate to have the assistance of Aaron Steen, a medical student who had recently completed our course.  However, once you create your books, it would be naïve to assume that you are done; iBooks offer so much potential for creativity in content delivery, you will find yourself spending your evenings tweaking your iBooks…but you won’t mind because it is fun!

A Quick Review of Mobile Document Storage: Scanning Options, PDFs, and Combating the Paper Stream

Article by Rick Hansen

In a December “App Smart” section of The New York Times, columnist Kit Eaton remembers when we were promised paperless lives with amplified Internet accessibility, and most recently, increased mobile technology.  Freedom from the paper trail has not yet arrived, but Eaton’s review of free and for-purchase mobile applications will help you manage documents and reduce the need to carry around and save physical items.  Click here to read more on the pros and cons of iOS applications such as Readdle’s Scanner Pro, Genius Scan, Perfect OCR, or the Android application Mobile Doc Scanner.

Application Highlights:

Genius Scan

genius-scanUsing your camera on your mobile device, take a picture and store it directly into Genius Scan or utilize your camera’s stored images to import saved pictures.  Genius Scan creates a new PDF file every time an image is uploaded. It also allows you to add to existing documents for multi-page PDFs and helpful organization.


You can also export files as a PDF or JPG through email or iAnnotate (for example).  The bonus Wi-Fi-sync option with a nearby computer is available if you like, and you also have the ability to adjust the resolution of an image.  The free version (Genius Scan “Lite”) has sync limitations with Dropbox, Evernote and other cloud storage providers.

Automatic and manual cropping allows you to make the best of your captured image:


Genius Fax

Genius Fax works directly with Genius Scan to allow for faxing a document, when sharing a PDF is not an option. Genius Fax also makes available a cover page when faxing a file, if desired.  Payment in advance is required for each file, prior to sending the fax.

Here is an example of stored fax transactions, and a welcome homepage:

The application’s mobile cover page allows for straightforward fax submission:


Start Lite

Start Lite allows you to create a PDF from a webpage.  The application will become your web browser for quick “PDFMe” options. Alternatively (and after download), you may enter the letter “S” to the beginning of your Safari webpage and the Start Lite PDF option will automatically begin.  Your PDFs are stored for quick access offline, and with this lite app version, 3 free PDFs can be created everyday.

Below:  See how you may use multiple tabs for browsing and you can use menu bars to toggle between views.


A summary of open webpages appears on the left-menu column.  Swipe the screen to open or close this menu.  Selecting “new tab” opens a new webpage.  Also, view your stored PDF files by selecting “My PDF Files.”

By selecting “My PDF Files,” the right column lists all of your saved PDFs:

Swiping between the three menu pages allows you to see open tabs and webpages (to the far left), stored documents (in the center), and an open document or webpage (on the right):


BrowZine: Our eJournals on Your iPad

Article by Katie DeFord, Rick Hansen, and Jeremy Klockars

Would you like to easily access the current issues of the Biomedical Libraries’ subscriptions to eJournals without trolling through databases?  After all, databases are designed for searching, not reading.  Now Dartmouth’s subscription to the full features of BrowZine, an application that allows you to easily create your own Newsstand, browse & store, and access thousands of Dartmouth’s eJournals collection.  One of BrowZine’s nice features is your ability to have the articles you need at your fingertips and be able to access them anywhere, anytime!  You can save articles to DropBox, iBooks, Notability, and other services. As of right now, BrowZine doesn’t offer printing, but articles can be opened in other apps that allow printing depending which you have installed on your iPad.

browzine vs. web

Dartmouth’s subscription to BrowZine allows you to create your own journal shelf. Simply browse the Dartmouth College Libraries’ eJournal collection, choose the titles you want on your shelf, download articles of interest and save references.  Currently, not all of Dartmouth’s e-journal subscriptions are available using BrowZine.  See a list of participating publishers here.  You can sign up for a newsletter to receive new updates about product releases through BrowZine.


Instructions for installing BrowZine:

  • From the App Store on your iPad, download the free BrowZine app.
  • For off-campus access you will need the Dartmouth VPN to access the collection. For instructions on setting up VPN on your iPad click here.
  • When installing BrowZine on campus (Dartmouth or DHMC/Lebanon), click “continue” when prompted with “VPN required at Dartmouth College.”
  • When you open BrowZine for the first time, you will see a list of schools; please select “Dartmouth College.”
  • BrowZine is also available at the Google Play and Amazon/Kindle stores for Android tablets. For more about BrowZine, see http://thirdiron.com/browzine/

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Welcome to Fall Term!

WELCOMEWe’re glad to see you all back in Kresge.  It’s been too quiet without you!

Remember, we’re here to help you succeed in your research, your studies and your projects.   Any Kresge staff person is happy to answer any question you have. Also, just FYI, we have a lot of helpful items you can borrow:

Laptop Chargers
Targus Universal

Scientific Calculators
Graphing Calculator
Molecular Model Kit
Ethernet cord

Group Study Room
Mac adapter for conference room projector
Remote control for conference room projector
Laser pointer

Also available to loan are office supplies such as rulers, protractors, pens, pencils, highlighters, Wite-Out, glue sticks, and permanent markers.

If you’ve forgotten something or just don’t want to bother bringing yours with you, please ask for any of these items at the front desk.

Summon 2.0 – Preview It Now!

Summon 2.0 is not just a new look for a user interface to search for vast amounts of scholarly content. It provides new functions and content now, with more to come as it develops over the next few months. It’s available to preview now so have a look!

Highlights of the new look and features that you’ll see in Preview:

  • 3 columns so additional information does not cover the existing information
  • Research guides, subject specialist librarians and topic overviews display in the third column to provide additional sources of information on the topic
  • Overviews of topics, currently from three sources with more to come: Credo Reference, Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia
  • Facets are selected by links instead of check boxes
  • Results are grouped in “roll-ups” by content type such as images and newspaper articles
  • Results are grouped into broad disciplines
  • Additional suggested search terms are provided through use of controlled vocabularies from a variety of sources, including some index and abstract services

The URL for Dartmouth’s Summon Preview is dartmouth.preview.summon.serialssolutions.com