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Why did you choose to become a librarian?
Music has always been my first love and I had a career in acting, opera and musical theater before deciding to pursue librarianship. Classical singers are trained in many languages, and I found that librarianship offered a place for me to use that skill and stay connected to musical scholarship in a way that performance couldn't. I also love working on a college campus where students are full of hope, excitement and creativity.
Who are your typical patrons?
Most of our visitors are music faculty and students. We also have a large number of community members who come to the library to listen to music and use our equipment.
What do you see as the challenges and rewards for your profession? What "makes your day"?
The greatest reward for probably any subject librarian is getting to use your own background in the discipline to help a student or faculty member along in their research. It’s that moment when you get to say, “Oh, did you know that this composer wrote about this piece in their own words?” and that text becomes the linchpin resource for their project. The challenge is that librarians’ disciplinary knowledge isn’t always the thing that students think of when they think of librarians.
Is there something unique about you, or your library that you would like to share?
If you’ve seen someone walking around campus with a hula hoop, it was probably me. In addition to being the librarian for music, I am also the librarian for dance and hooping is the way I keep up my dance chops.
How is your library using more electronic sources? To what extent have these impacted the way that your patrons use the library and its materials?
Music isn’t as affected by the move to digital as other disciplines. Yes, we do purchase e-books, but the main commodity of the music library is its physical scores. While some musicians these days do play from tablets, most still prefer a paper copy of the music.
Is there anything that your library does especially well that you’d love to continue and possibly expand?
Paddock is great at community outreach. Our first concern is always the Dartmouth community, but our also programming attracts a lot of people from the Upper Valley who become rich personal resources for the students who attend our events. My dream library is more like a bookshop/café, wherein students play live music everyday. There’d be a little stage, a recording studio, a dance studio and workshops on songwriting, reading music and musical entrepreneurship. This space would be the hub for a community of practice in music decked out with all of the equipment a budding artist would need to get started on their work.
When it comes to motivating your patrons to read or listen to music, what techniques or strategies have you found to be most effective?
I'm fascinated by the People Magazine version of composers' lives. Knowing a little about their habits, politics and even their romantic affairs can really peak a patron's interest. They see that the composer was a real person with a story and it makes them want to learn more.
Favorites Historical figure: Shirley Chisholm. Her campaign slogan was “Unbought and Unbossed.” Most people know her as the first black woman elected to congress, but her whole life was incredibly inspiring. She was this petite lady with a huge personality and incredible ideas. Fictional World: Like most millennials, I grew up on Harry Potter. My dog is named after Luna Lovegood. Musician: Nina Simone. She’s brilliant. She’d play a fugue in the middle of a jazz standard. It’s nuts.
Did you know that you can access some great newspapers and magazines through the library? If you are off-campus, you may be asked to login using your NetID and password. If you prefer the paper version, please visit us in person!
The Wall Street Journal You now can access WSJ.com from anywhere on campus. You need to create an account on their site, with your Dartmouth email address and a password, which will allow access on other devices outside of the university network. Once you have an account you can go directly to their site. You also can access archival articles via ProQuest.
Dartmouth students, faculty and staff now have unlimited access to nytimes.com. Create a new account on nytimes.com using your Dartmouth email address. Once you have created the account, you'll be back at the original screen, now click on "Already have an account? Log in here »". If you already have an existing nytimes.com (unpaid) account, you will not click "Create Account" on the welcome page. Instead, click "Already have an account? Log in here" and log in with your existing nytimes.com username / password.
You also can access all articles from June 1980 through to the present through our ProQuest subscription. For more details on other subscription options, including archives, see the full catalog record.
Financial Times You can go to the Financial Timeswebsite directly and access all of their articles with our group subscription. You will be prompted to login when you click on a specific article. For more subscription details see the full catalog record.
Library Press Display Instant access to over 6,000 newspapers, from 100 countries, in 60 languages. Need we say more?
Ethnic News Watch Access—via ProQuest—to full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing often overlooked perspectives. This includes community publications not found in any other database.
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What are Arduino and Raspberry Pi?
"Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects. Arduino consists of both a physical programmable circuit board (often referred to as a microcontroller) and a piece of software, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that runs on your computer, used to write and upload computer code to the physical board." (source)
"The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse… It's capable of doing everything you'd expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games." (source)