Periodically, the Dartmouth College Library organizes and hosts an event called “Gear Up for Research.” This is an event that showcases departments and programs across campus and the resources that they have available for students, faculty, and staff engaged in the research cycle (from “snout-to-tail” or in research terms, from proposal to publication). Gear Up events have occurred at the Life Sciences Center, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Arts and Humanities Resource Center, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). The most recent Gear Up happened earlier this week in the Baker Library’s Main Hall. This one was coordinated by Lora Leligdon, Physical Sciences Librarian, with the help of members of the Open Dartmouth Working Group. The events move around the campus so that we can reach researchers across many different disciplines. This week’s Gear Up was focused on reaching scholars within the Arts and Humanities, but the event still attracted presenters from a wide range of disciplines including medicine, biology, digital humanities, scholarly communication, research computing, technology transfer, and sponsored projects.
What’s interesting and wonderful about Gear Up is that it is a quick and social way for Dartmouth researchers to become aware of the many resources (lab spaces, assistance with grant writing, consultations about copyright, guidance on the use of technology, and more) that exist. But, more importantly Gear Up visitors learn that these resources may be open to them regardless of department affiliation or academic focus.
Gear Up happens in different places and at different times throughout the year, so there is a good chance that it will appear near you in the future, if it has not already. If you’d like Gear Up to come to your department, school, or disciplinary unit, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask!