eSynapse Post on LaTeX

Check out my post in the latest issue of the Eccles Health Sciences Library Newsletter, eSynapse!

Writing with LaTeX


Email me if you want the TeX file from the screenshot above!


Math Drives Careers

mathaware2015_icon150This year’s theme for Mathematics Awareness Month is “Math Drives Careers!”
Leave us a comment to this question:

What math class(es) have you taken or are taking that support your career choice?

I’ll start. By the time I finished my third year of undergrad, I knew I wanted to be an academic science librarian. Although it’s hard to see a direct impact, the classes I took shaped the way I think and certainly has shaped the way I get things done. The most difficult class I had was Chris Gole’s Analysis course (read the syllabus here) and I learned how to recreate math. It was a class that taught me how to think and write mathematically, in addition to building skills in teamwork and a drive to continue learning after the course finished. Fun fact: this was the class I first learned how to use LaTeX and now I teach it here. There are several other mathematicians who have inspired me, but I will leave that for another post.

Also, don’t miss out on the first National Math Festival!

“Dedicated to discovering the delight and power of mathematics in everyday life”

Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Washington, DC

Filed under: Math

Happy Pi Day!

pi day

Pick up a free card at Kresge!
Design by Shirley Zhao. Printed at Book Arts with the help of Sarah Smith and Lisa Ladd.

Pi Day this year is especially significant because of the sequential digits and strategically placed separators!

3.14.15 9:26:53

Read more about it around the internet:

#dartmouth #dartmouthlib #bookarts #pi #piday #piday2015

Filed under: For Fun, Math

HackDartmouth 2015

This interesting email came in today and I’d like to encourage any undergrad to attend!

On April 11-12 (the second weekend of spring term), Dartmouth will be hosting its inaugural student-run hackathon! HackDartmouth is a 24-hour event where you’ll get the chance to build cool software and hardware projects, meet engineers and recruiters from companies like Google, Ionic Security, and Palantir, and get tons of free gear. We’ll have a whole host of events lined up for the weekend and loads of awesome prizes! All food and snacks are provided as well.

Register now and check out our website at Feel free to reach out to if you have any questions or ideas or would like to help out with the event.

Polish your skills before the big day with the following resources:

  • Lynda — short video tutorials on topics such as 3D Animation, Audio, Business, Design, Home Computing, Photography, Video, Web + Interactive, etc.
  • Safari Books Online — latest books in technology, digital media, and business books and videos.
  • Git/GitHub — learn how to use it for codesharing.

Email me if you need help with finding something more specific!

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, For Fun, Math, Physics, Science

Fair Use Week 2015

fairuseweek2015This week we are focusing on fair use. Outside my office (309 Fairchild) you will find a number of infographics and reports to peruse at your leisure. Come celebrate the week and be more informed! Further reading/resources are in bullet points below.

What is Fair Use Week?

Taking place the last week of February, this is an annual celebration of important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. This year, it falls on February 23-27.

What is fair use?

In order to understand fair use, we need to know a bit about copyright:

A form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for “original works of authorship”, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. “Copyright” literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, title, principle, or discovery. Similarly, names, titles, short phrases, slogans, familiar symbols, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, coloring, and listings of contents or ingredients are not subject to copyright.


Now read this page for a concise explanation of fair use:

There are 4 factors for determining whether or not a particular use is fair. The Fair Use Checklist developed at Columbia is a very useful tool for guiding you through this process:

How do libraries operate with fair use?

We have a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, which deals with common questions in higher education and affirms fair use in eight recurrent situations:

  1. Supporting teaching and learning with access to library materials via digital technologies
  2. Using selections from collection materials to publicize a library’s activities, or to create physical and virtual exhibitions
  3. Digitizing to preserve at-risk items
  4. Creating digital collections of archival and special collections materials
  5. Reproducing material for use by disabled students, faculty, staff, and other appropriate users
  6. Maintaining the integrity of works deposited in institutional repositories
  7. Creating databases to facilitate non-consumptive research uses (including search)
  8. Collecting material posted on the web and making it available

How does the College handle copyright and fair use?

Dartmouth’s policy and guidelines are posted here:

Please note the guidelines on online use of course materials are being updated and last week’s DCAL workshop addressed this in Fair Use in Teaching. If you missed it, there will be another session in the Spring term. In the meantime, if you have any questions, we are available to assist!

Filed under: Library – General