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Thinking about making a journey? Traveling with friends? Looking for exemplars of the cartoon and graphic arts? Enjoy reading banned books? We have some new digital editions of towering works of literature and letters from Scholarly Digital Editions to smooth your path, guide you right, or land you in hot water with a sixteenth-century pontiff, including:

Dante Commedia

Dante Alighieri’s, Commedia:

Dante MonarchiaDante Alighieri’s, Monarchia:

Image from the Devonshire Chaucer.
Image from the Devonshire Chaucer.

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Digital Catalogue of Canterbury Tales:


Canterbury Tales Nuns tale
Canterbury Tales: A Nuns Tale

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Caxton's Canterbury Tales:


Scene of the Hill Battle, where Leofwine and Gyrth, brothers of King Harold, were killed.
Scene of the Hill Battle, where Leofwine and Gyrth, brothers of King Harold, were killed.
King Edward, and Harold, an earl of the English, and his soldiers ride to Bosham.
King Edward, and Harold, an earl of the English, and his soldiers ride to Bosham.

Bayeux Tapestry Digital Edition:

Brief catalog records are already in place with links to digital editions. You may need to use a VPN to access these resources when off campus.

Photo of Marcelo GleiserHolding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

In this week's edition, we speak with Marcelo Gleiser, a theoretical physicist, professor of Physics and Astronomy, and the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy.  Gleiser's book The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected: A Natural Philosopher's Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything (Fore Edge, 2016) integrates memoir writing, scientific exposition, and an investigation into some of life's big questions.  In addition to his voluminous scientific production, Gleiser is the author of several books of popular science, co-founder of NPR's 13.7 cosmos & culture blog, and frequent guest on radio and television shows that explore subjects related to science.  On Wednesday, July 18, Gleiser is giving a public reading in Baker-Berry, a rare opportunity for the Dartmouth and surrounding communities to hear Gleiser read from his more popular work.  We hope you can join us.

What is your book about?

Simple Beauty is about our search for meaning in a strange and unpredictable world. I tell my own story as a scientist and a learning fly fisherman to illustrate our quest to engage with nature and our inner selves. The book is a manifesto for life.

Where do you get your idea [for this book]?

After one of my fly fishing trips, I realized it was an apprenticeship that had much to say about how we fit within nature and about going beyond limits and obstacles to learning. It's a grand metaphor for life that I wanted to share with people.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

Research is the act of engaging with the unknown. Despite its rational, technical aspects, there is something magical about it, as we search for answers to new questions about the world and how we fit in. The process of searching is the lifeblood of re-search which, I always like to say, means we search and we search again. Sometimes frustrating, but, in the end, deeply satisfying.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

It will be a living, world-wide-connected, repository of accumulated knowledge, an ever-sprawling gateway, as it has always been, to human creativity and its many fruits. It will encompass all kinds of information in all kinds of platforms, from books to virtual-reality experiences of the world and culture.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

To always write your ideas down and to not be afraid to put your soul into your work. It's the only way to make it truly meaningful.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

Ha! Good question. I love historical fiction and try to read it any chance I have. I also love books about running and the outdoors, given that I am a devoted trail runner myself.

Holding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

In this week's edition, we talk with Annelise Orleck, a historian of labor movements, and author of "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now": The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages (Beacon Press, 2018).  In this book, Orleck interviews worker-activists in many US cities and countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines.  Seven Days has highlighted the book as among the best new books by Vermont authors, and Ms. Magazine included it in its list of 10 Feminist Books to Read This Spring.

What is your book about?

This book traces the globalization of our world economy and the 21st century global uprising against poverty wages led by low-wage workers, a great many of them women of color. Using photos and 140 interviews, this book tells the story, whenever possible, through workers' eyes and workers' voices.

Where do you get your ideas?

On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 2011, Bangladeshi garment worker Kalpona Akter said, "In Bangladesh it's not 2011, it's 1911." I have found that to be true all over the world, in terms of workplace safety conditions, what wages will be, and the rights of workers to unionize. This book traces a movement by workers to regain rights they first fought for and won more than one hundred years ago.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

This project involved global travel and interviewing, archival research, and digital online research. I could not live without face-to-face and Skype interviews.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I think it will include paper as it does now, material objects, and global online links to digitized resources.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Enjoy your research and writing. Study what moves you. If you are moved and are having fun as you write, readers will have fun and be moved by your writing.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

I read many different kinds of novels, the New Yorker, Salon and the Guardian.

Photo of Reiko OhnumaHolding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

Reiko Ohnuma, professor of religion, is a specialist in the Buddhist traditions of South Asia, and teaches on Hinduism and Indian Buddhism.  Her book, Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017), looks at the roles played by nonhuman animals within the imaginative thought-world of Indian Buddhism, as reflected in pre-modern South Asian Buddhist literature. What may be the key to her successful writing practice?  Yoga before she sits down to write.

What is your book about?

My book is about Indian Buddhist depictions of animals—which really turn out to be statements about what it means to be human.

Where do you get your ideas?

My last book was on mothers and motherhood as a trope in Indian Buddhism, and since mothers are often compared to animals, I was naturally led to the topic of animals.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

For my last two books, I have relied heavily on mind-mapping software, which I find to be really helpful in organizing my ideas. I use FreeMind, which is an open-access program.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I don't know, but I hope that it contains lots of physical books and continues to allow for free and aimless wandering through the stacks.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Do 20 minutes of yoga before you try to write anything!

And finally, what do you read for fun?

I wish my answer was more impressive than celebrity gossip rags—but, there you go.

Holmes photo in Hubbard BrookHolding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.

Summer is here, with plenty of opportunities in the Upper Valley and northern New England for outdoor activities.  As such, we are kicking off the summer edition of Holding Court with the work of a researcher who has spent much of his working life out of doors.  In this week's edition, we talk with Richard T. Holmes, co-author (with Gene E. Likens) of Hubbard Brook: A Story of a Forest Ecosystem.  Holmes, Research Professor of Biology and Ronald and Deborah Harris Professor of Environmental Biology Emeritus, and Likens, a former colleague at Dartmouth (now at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY) have been involved in a 50-year long study of the Hubbard Brook Forest in New Hampshire.

What is your book about?

The book describes and synthesizes the results of 50 years of ecological research conducted in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This multidisciplinary project, initiated at Dartmouth but expanded to include investigators from throughout the US and abroad, is one of the longest running and most comprehensive investigations of forest ecosystems anywhere. The findings have led to a greater understanding of the process that inform environmental issues, including the impacts of acid rain and other atmospheric pollutants, water quality, sustained forest growth, land use and forestry practices, effects of climate change, and wildlife conservation.

Where do you get your ideas?

From decades of working in the forest at Hubbard Brook, listening to colleagues and students present and discuss their research findings, and reading many of the more than 1700 scientific papers published from research at this site.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

Trying to understand the processes and mechanisms that underlie the functioning of a forest ecosystem. My focus has been primarily on factors and mechanisms that determine the abundance and population dynamics of birds inhabiting the forest. Being a field biologist, my research gets me out-of-doors to study and appreciate natural systems. Having access to such outdoor laboratories is essential!

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I hope it will still contain lots of books, and they will be accessible to everyone.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Follow your interests and see where they take you.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

I like biographies and accounts of travel and exploration, as well as historical fiction. I just finished reading The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles Mann, a fascinating account of two scientists who were very influential in the development of environmentalism as we know it today.

For over 25 years the Book Arts Workshop has welcomed students, faculty, and community members to explore the world of book arts. To celebrate what is possible in the Book Arts Workshop, the Dartmouth College Library hosts a competition for the Book Arts Prize. Each Spring students and community members (faculty, staff and local residents) put forward their best work from the academic year for our judges to assess. These judges often have a tough time deciding among the fantastic works that have been produced. Whether the books, broadsides and other printed pieces came about as a class project or out of curiosity and fun, everyone enjoyed a chance to learn about printing and bookbinding and to work with their hands. The prize winning pieces are on display in the Treasure Room Hall of Baker-Berry Library and will remain through the 2018 fall term.

Entries on display for judging in the bookbinding room of the Book Arts Workshop — photo by Sarah Smith


The Prize winners:

Grand Prize Winner, Maya Lakshmi Srinivasan for “Inexplicable”, intaglio printed images with letterpress printed text, bound with wood and leather in a dragon scale structure — photo by Sarah Smith


First Prize for Bookbinding, Max Saylor for “Cyclicity”, digital photographs bound with bicycle inner tubes, tire and brake line  — photo by Sarah Smith


First Prize for Letterpress, Matteo Visconti for “El Hombre—Nuances of a Theme by Williams”, letterpress printed with metal and wood type  — photo by Sarah Smith
Detail of Matteo Visconti for “El Hombre—Nuances of a Theme by Williams”


Honorable Mention for Artist Book, Isabel Adler for "Book of the Hours", letterpress, hand-drawn "illuminations", hand-bound in cloth covered case, with brass embelishments  — photo by Sarah Smith


First Prize (shared) for Community Excellence , Larry Litten for “Detached Sentences on Gardening”, letterpress printed text, woodcut relief printed imagery, bound in a blizzard book structure and housed in a hand-made cloth covered box  — photo by Sarah Smith


First Prize (shared) for Community Excellence , Harriette Yahr for “And So We Begin Again”, laser printed text designed with InDesign, bound in a dos-a-dos structure, accompanied with found/hand-made objects, notes and other items, all housed in a hand-made, Cave paper covered pop-up box and a laser-cut label — photo by Sarah Smith


First Prize for Community Excellence in Letterpress, Maria Elena Sandalli for “Nella Breve Notte”, letterpress printed with metal and wood type — photo by Sarah Smith
Detail of Maria Elena Sandalli for “Nella Breve Notte”


The other entries that made the judges decisions difficult:

Debra Kraemer's entry, "Fragments", letterpress printed text, mosaic cover in a flutterbook/accordion structure — Photo by Amy Bucci
Summer Christensen's "Cells: The Building Blocks of Life", letterpress, hand-made rubber stamp and hand colored miniature accordion book — Photo by Amy Bucci
Kevin Soraci's "Metal", brass, aluminum sheeting, sewn with thread in a coptic binding structure — Photo by Amy Bucci
Julie Lim's "The Planets", laser printed text, letterpress printed covers and hand-painted pages bound as an accordion structure —photo by Amy Bucci
Jessica Canto's "Latinx Resistance", one of a series of 5 letterpress printed broadsides — Photo by Amy Bucci
Morgan McGonagle's "Unearthed", digital photos hand-sewn into Langdell cinnamon paper — Photo by Amy Bucci
Jessica Weil's "Bleeding Heart", letterpress, red ink, hand-bound as a shaped drum leaf structure — photo by Amy Bucci
Hollye Swinehart's "Suspended Exhalation", digital photos in an accordion structure with a pocket of found objects and notes inside the front cover — photo by Amy Bucci
Alexandra Gosnell's "Towards Freedom", laser printed text, set with InDesign and hand-bound in a hard cover (case bound) — Photo by Amy Bucci
Sophie Connor's "Return", hand-cut Canson Mi-Tientes paper in a carousel book structure —photo by Sarah Smith

Books by Dartmouth Authors for the Summer display in KAFWhat are you reading this summer?  Need a suggestion? How about a portrait of Vietnam War soldiers, an exploration of fly-fishing and physics, or an account of labor conditions of low-wage workers worldwide?  A study of a 50-year research project in a New Hampshire forest, a history of the Hebrew language, or a guide to help conquer your migraines, once and for all?  The Summer 2018 display of New Books by Dartmouth Authors is now up in the King Arthur Flour Café, showcasing a fascinating array of research and scholarship from members of the Dartmouth community.

Want more?  Check out “Holding Court,” a series of short interviews with the authors, appearing Mondays throughout the term.  And I hope you can come to this summer’s book talk, on July 18 at 4:30 PM in the East Reading Room of Baker-Berry, with Marcelo Gleiser, professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth.  Author of The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected: A Natural Philosopher's Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything, Gleiser’s lyrical prose explores the physics – and bigger philosophical questions – pertaining to fly-fishing, a hobby he picked up after watching a class on the Dartmouth Green.

Next time you’re in line at the KAF (which, by the way, reopens on June 21), take a look at this summer’s selection.  The Dartmouth Library has a copy of each one of these books for check-out, or, look for them in a library or bookstore near you:


This exhibit is on display in the Sherman Art Library 6/12/18 - 11/11/18

This beautiful work documents the remaining sixteenth-century village churches in and around Santiago de Guatemala. Original pen and ink drawings of the twenty-two churches were transferred to metal relief plates, printed and hand-colored by Grove Oholendt.  The prints are accompanied by letterpress books, in English and in Spanish, with text by Catherine Docter. The books include twenty-two tipped-in photographs by Mitchell Denburg, documenting the churches. Each volume is covered in traditional Mayan hand-woven petate paper weaving and the woodcut endpapers are printed by the Guatemalan artist Guillermo Maldonado.

Catherine Docter was inspired to document the beauty of the architectural facades of these village churches, which are falling into disuse and disrepair.  This beautifully crafted edition serves as a testament to the beauty of Guatemala’s colonial baroque architecture, surviving nearly 500 years.

Village Church of Santiago de Guatemala

Libros San Cristobal is a fine book press and atelier located in Antigua, Guatemala. This press produces limited edition fine books and portfolios on Central American subject matter.  Libros San Cristobal is one of the only fine press publishers making books about the region, in the region.

Original Etchings by American Artists was published at a time in American history when the country was trying to establish an artistic identity and visual presence that could rival Europe’s.  Sylvester Rosa Koehler, the first curator of prints at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and editor of this work, went on to be a curator of graphic arts at the Smithsonian and was also an editor and contributor to the American Art Review.  He commissioned all of the etchings included in the volume and he chose artists who were at the top the 19th century American art scene.  Through his publishing and scholarship, Koehler had a huge impact on the course of American art history and contributed to the renaissance of etching and engraving in American Art. In some ways this publication was meant to elevate the American taste for landscape and genre art put forth by the American Art Union, which had a more sentimental view of art and promoted artists that took fewer artistic risks. Many of these prints from this volume can be viewed individually in museums around the country, and it is rare to find a complete volume today. Dartmouth’s volume is in fact missing two prints, which have been generously provided in this collection by the Smith College Museum of Art.

Dartmouth's copy of Original Etchings by American Artists can be viewed in Sherman Art Library by asking for NE2186 .K7 in Art Special. The prints also be viewed in Artstor,  and via Shared Shelf Commons.

To learn more about the American Art Union and its impact on American Art in the 19th century, read Laura Graveline's, Dartmouth Art History Librarian, short blog post on the organization.

This work was curated by Monica Erives '14, the Edward Connery Lathem Digital Library Fellow.


On May 29, 2018, the Dartmouth College Library's Jones Media Center presented its 1st Annual JMC Excellence Awards for Digital Media. 2018 JMC Excellence Awards LogoThese awards recognize student achievements in academic multimedia. These works, produced by students during the current academic year, may take the form of videos, audio recordings, multimedia stories or travelogues, data visualizations, podcasts, websites, or other media content produced as part of academic research and coursework.

The submissions received were evaluated by a panel of judges, including Anthony Helm (Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies), Susan Simon (Media Learning Technologist), Helmut Baer (Learning Spaces Manager), Veronica Williamson (Jones Memorial Digital Media Fellow), and Colleen Goodhue (Media Communication and Student Engagement Manager in the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning).

Submitted works were evaluated based on evidence of research, academic content, and/or storytelling; overall organization; production quality; and audio and video editing (where applicable).

Awards were presented to a total of seven students in four categories based on the submissions we received: “Best Documentary or Non-fiction Prize,” “Best Creative or Fictional Prize,” “Best Multimedia or Animation Prize,” and a “Grand Prize” honoree. Judges also recognized one submission for Honorable Mention–“We’re All Meant To Shine” is a moving work by Dan LaFranier '17 and was an excellent kick-off to the presentation event.

The award for excellence in documentary or non-fictional work was presented to Crystal Clements ’18, Tiffany Dyson ’18, and Sofia Greimel-Garza ‘18 for their submission “Murales de Orozco,” an assignment for Spanish 80. Writing in Spanish, the students explain, "Through the murals of Orozco, we investigate the idea of hispanophobia and hispanofilia, specifically how the presence of the murals influences these feelings. We want to show how the murals, in the basement of Baker Berry's library, are simultaneously hyper-visible and invisible. The purpose of the visual essay is to convince our audience how this duality of the murals is an 'effect' of Orozco's positionality, as a Mexican muralist, in relation to American hegemonic powers and the content of the murals, which criticizes pedagogical institutions."

The award for excellence in creative or fictional work was presented to Ross Bower ’18, for his film submitted as a final project for Film 31. Ross writes, "This is a short film in which two men bear witness to the same relationship through different lenses. I wanted to make a commentary on how photos deceive and distort our memories and perceptions."

The award for excellence in multimedia or animation was presented to Jenny Hyun Ji Seong ’16/GR and Anne Muller ’18 for their “Informational Animation for LiGaze,” a project in the Dartmouth Networking and Ubiquitous Systems (DartNets) Laboratory.

And finally, after reviewing all of the submissions the judges agreed to award the Grand Prize to a single recipient for her collection of submitted works, as the three works taken together stand out as exemplars in each of the three categories. The Grand Prize was presented to Cecilia Torres ’18 for her works, “Es Bonito Verdad, Hija,” “Inmigracion,” and “Lengua.”

"Inmigracion" screen shot
Still from Cecilia Torres' animation "Inmigracion"

Congratulations to all of the award winners. Their entries may be viewed and listened to at:*

*Please note, some of the entries are in Spanish without subtitles.