Exhibit: Asian American Authors in Baker-Berry Collections

In collaboration with the Asian American Book Club, Baker-Berry Library invites you to check out books by the many Asian American authors represented in our collections.

[important]The books will be on exhibit from January 7 through January 31, 2014. Pick up a book and check it out![/important]

The Asian American Book Club is supported by a collaborative partnership of Asian American Studies, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, and the Dartmouth College Library.

More information on the Asian American Book Club: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~opasa/programs/bookclub.html

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Free Books at Kresge!

Yesterday, I sent out a couple of emails about the project we are working on in Kresge. We are clearing out older, superseded editions of books to make way for current editions, and removing select duplicate copies of books from the collection.

Books that have been withdrawn from Kresge’s collection will be shipped to Better World Books, an organization that sells used books to libraries, dealers, and individuals. A portion of the proceeds returns to the Dartmouth Library and is used to purchase new books; another portion goes to a foundation that promotes literacy. Material that does not meet Better World Books’ guidelines for acceptance is recycled at Dartmouth.

[important]Before sending each shipment of withdrawn books to Better World Books, we will make them available on book trucks outside Kresge Library (on the 3rd floor of Fairchild Tower, across from the elevator) for Dartmouth students, faculty and staff to take for their personal collection on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee you’ll get what you want, but know that we have the latest editions in Kresge for borrowing! For your convenience, a list of titles that have been withdrawn will be posted on this page each week, with the date by which each group of unclaimed titles will be shipped out or recycled. [/important]

This first set will be removed next Friday and each week we will add more trucks until we complete the project. Because there have been several requests, I will send emails to the Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics, and Computer Science Departments when a new truck is added. I’ve gone through the QA’s (math in Kresge only; does not include Cook) and half the QB’s (astronomy/astrophysics). More QB’s to come next week! For those of you interested in Earth Sciences and Chemistry, please check with Jane Quigley.

Questions or concerns? Please email me! We welcome suggestions for additions to the collection as well (especially for our PopSci Collection)!

PS. Dana is still working through their monograph collection if you are interested in acquiring some of those texts. Their workflow is different than ours so please check with them if you have any questions.

Dartmouth Library Depository Visit

I visited the new Dartmouth Library Depository (DLD) last week. It’s the high density storage facility that our books will be going to when the current Storage Library is decommissioned. Dana’s collection is already housed there (click here to learn how to request items). Unfortunately, the facility is not open to the public and you’ll need special permissions to enter. Here are a few insider photos I snapped (with permission):

Finding Dartmouth Theses and Gear Up!

All is quiet here in Kresge. I’ll be here for another 3 hours today. We were also open yesterday from 1-6pm. So far, today’s traffic has already exceeded yesterday’s. There has been quite some interest in obtaining past theses and dissertations. Theses (senior honors or masters) are located in the area between my office and Jane’s (by the windows, across from the current periodicals reading area). They have the green binding and are shelved by subject area and then last name. Dissertations (PhD) are given their own LC classification number and shelved with the other books in the stacks. To find all theses and dissertations by department in the online catalog, one trick is to use the department name in the author field. For example: Chemistry.

In other news, be sure to join us for Gear Up! The first of three locations for this event is Fairchild on Thursday, November 29!

I’m working on a list of “Great Books for Scientists” with assistance from Anne Esler (Feldberg) and Peggy Sleeth (Biomed). I’ll post a link once it’s ready. In the mean time, if you have a suggestion, send it along!

New@Kresge: Popular Science Collection

Exciting news! The Kresge Popular Science Collection has officially launched! This collection will feature books on current, popular, high-interest science topics in the physical and general sciences.

They are available for a 28-day circulation period with no renewals so come find something fun to read! If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to email me or drop an anonymous note in our comment box!

Some of my latest projects

I’m constantly thinking of ways to do outreach to undergrads and grad students. It’s harder than you think! We offered workshops in the spring but there was 0 attendance. So… how else can I reach students at the optimal time?

  • study the academic timeline for key points in a student’s career when s/he would need assistance from a librarian
  • talk to faculty about ideas for what students need help with
  • figure out where students can get writing assistance

I’m also on a working group on open access so we are planning programs for Open Access Week (October 22-28). Lots of work to do here!

We’re also developing a Popular Science Collection at Kresge! I’m really excited for this. We’ve already got a list of books for our pilot collection and starting to build a research guide to augment the collection.