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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.

Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards
Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards

Have you been thinking about getting a babysitter for your favorite plant? Iching to build a theremin you play by waving your hands? Craving a Twitter bot or need to transform an old USB printer into a wifi one?

You can tackle all of these projects and more with either an Arduino Uno Starter Kit  or a Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit . Both are now available for checkout from either the Jones Media Center or the Kresge Physical Sciences Library.

Each kit comes with a Raspberry Pi 3 or an Arduino Uno, plus all the components and accessories you need to get started. Both Arduino and Raspberry Pi can be useful for programming beginners.

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)

You can find books and websites with project ideas on the Arduino & Raspberry Pi research guide.

Yes, we are superheroes. And how do I know? TNT says so! Be on the lookout for the new TNT series called The Librarians. Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin starred in this series of movies, which we have in the Jones Media Center. In this new television series, " ... an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts, including the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny and Excalibur." Someone is also killing off these skilled warrior librarians. Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) has to find out who the killer is and save the remaining librarians.

Production photo of Phantom Limb.At Jones Media Center, staff have been lending technological expertise to help curate exhibits in the Library and other locations across campus. These exhibits draw attention to a particular topic while displaying rare items drawn from locations as diverse as the Rauner Special Collections Library, the Hood Museum, and faculty members' personal collections.

In the Fall, Anthony Helm and Tara Albanese worked with Phantom Limb Company's Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko to create a media-rich website, in conjunction with the public premiere of Phantom Limb 69ºS at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and an exhibition curated by the Dartmouth College Library.  The show tells the harrowing story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1916 Antarctica expedition.

Global Health ExhibitIn December, in conjunction with DHMC, the Great Issues in Medicine and Global Health Symposium exhibit was displayed on Berry Main Street. Our intern edited video and built an interactive viewing station for users to explore.  The video included rare archival footage of Dartmouth from Jones Media Center video collections, including the 1975 performance of You Laugh, a protest piece by the first female Dartmouth students. A viewing copy of this production is available for library members to check out.

image of Norman Miller's latest bookThe current exhibit, which will run through July 2012, features the work of Professor Norman Miller. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the publication of Miller's memoir, Encounters with Witchcraft: Field Notes from Africa. Items on display include African artifacts, photos, and a documentary video.

In June, Digital Media Intern Tara Albanese will showcase her work in multimedia exhibits at the New Media Consortium annual summer conference, hosted this year at MIT.