New Publications


Quick updates: what an exciting month this has been! This week I signed up for my figshare account and got a DOI for my LibGuides Project Team poster. My plan now is to turn this poster into a write up and publish it somewhere. Where? TBD.

Mellanye Lackey presented the other poster I was co-author on.


Earlier this month, my short piece for the MLA News Technology column was also published. If you’re an MLA member, please enjoy. If you are not, the gist of it is in my post here.

Gear Up 2015

Don’t miss the upcoming Gear Up events
for Dartmouth researchers!

  • Wednesday, January 21st, 11:30am-1:30pm [MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, GlycoFi Atrium]
  • Thursday, January 22nd, 3-5pm [Arts & Humanities Resource Center, Bartlett Hall] – Focus on Digital Humanities

Gear Up is a great way to connect with people across campus who support Dartmouth’s researchers through services, tools, and consults. Find out about support and services provided by Research Computing, the Office of Sponsored Projects, the Library and others, – for all stages of your research, from idea generation to finding funding, from writing proposals to programming support, from grants management to publication & dissemination of your research results.

Find out more at These are drop-in events so spend as much or as little time as you want there! If you cannot attend any of the events but are interested in the topics, please feel free to contact us!

gearup2015Connect with the people at Dartmouth that support all stages of your research and scholarship.  
Learn about services, solutions, and resources that can bring power to your research project.

Gear Up is sponsored by the Dartmouth College Library, ITS, and the Neukom Institute for Computational Science.

Filed under: Publishing, Research, Science, Tech Tips, Workshops

Get Started with LaTeX

latex_handoutBy now, you’re convinced that writing your documents using LaTeX is the way to go. Your papers, presentations, and even homework assignments will look publication-ready with its fancy headers, section numbering, and beautifully typeset mathematical equations. You’re ready to make the leap from MS Word, but how do you begin?

First, you have to decide between online versus offline use. There are pros and cons to each, but the major difference is if you plan to have internet access while you’re working on your documents.

Certainly if you don’t want the hassle of downloading the software and choosing an editor, go with one of the web options (all of these allow for collaborative writing as well):

  • writeLaTeX — instant updating of your new content or edits
  • ShareLaTeX — watch your collaborators type (like google docs)
  • Authorea — version control through git

But if you do want your own installation, start with downloading the right software distribution for your operating system here and follow the instructions to install. You should allow for at least 30 minutes for the whole process. Factors to consider: internet speed, size of the software (varies), speed of your computer, etc.

You may notice that your distribution may or may not come with a starter editor, which is your interface to writing. For example, MacTeX comes with TeXShop. You’re not obligated to use it and you are free to choose whatever editor you want. You may already be using an editor to code in other languages; e.g. Vim or Emacs. Check out this table for comparison.

Now you’re ready to make your first document! If you’d like a suggestion, try writing your CV/resume. I will be holding a workshop on formatting tips for your CV/resume in LaTeX on Thursday, October 30 at noon in Kresge Library. Save the date and bring your document!

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Math, Physics, Publishing, Tech Tips, Workshops Tagged: LaTeX

On Supporting Science and Scholarly Communications


Click photo for an enlarged version of the poster

Last week, I presented a poster at the annual Special Libraries Association conference. The theme of the conference was Beyond Borders so the poster was titled “Beyond Information Literacy: Supporting Science & Scholarly Communications.” Click here to get the PDF or email me if you’d like the source file (SVG).

Abstract: ACRL defines information literacy as the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information [1]. While librarians have embraced their roles as educators, many have not gone beyond teaching these skills in courses, workshops, and individual consultations. In the sciences especially, information is easily available through well established digital infrastructures (e.g. repositories) and new publishing models (e.g. open access). Because science students learn how to analyze and use that information through coursework and departmental advising, librarians must find other ways to support them. The librarians at Dartmouth College have begun focusing on helping students develop communication skills and greater awareness of how scientists disseminate their work. This poster will highlight some innovative ways to support scholarly communications and to teach science students how to effectively communicate the knowledge they have acquired. Areas of focus include organizing references, learning and using LaTeX, designing and presenting a research poster, crafting a science elevator pitch, exploring publishing options, and measuring the impact of different work.

[1] Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000;

I analyzed the types of private consultations we received at Kresge and the types of outreach programs we hosted or participated in. The data shows that consultations about scientific communication have generally increased, both as a percentage of total consultations and in absolute number. An increased number of outreach programs in the previous semester appear to result in an increased number of consultations and interest in scholarly communication. In other words, there’s value in supporting science and scholarly communications and the library can and should support these needs.

There were a lot of follow-up questions and general interest in the LaTeX-related programs. I had presented specifically on teaching and supporting LaTeX at the Mathematics Roundtable session the day before. People seemed excited to try supporting it at their own institutions.

For further thoughts, read my other blog entry and come by Kresge to see the poster!

Addendum: see some of the other posters from the All-Science Poster Session here.

Filed under: Kresge, Publishing, Research

On the Cost of Journal Bundles


Image pulled from Science Insider

Have you ever wondered how much universities are paying for the journal subscriptions you have access to? A new study on journal bundle pricing and non-disclosure agreements was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The news piece in Science gives an interesting perspective as well. Both worth reading!

Filed under: Publishing, Science

LaTeX Minicourse

Brought to you by the Department of Mathematics and Kresge Library, we will get you set up and using LaTeX like a pro in no time through this 3-part series! So mark your calendars for the following Tuesdays this Spring and join us:


email me for the source files

Addendum: Leslie Lamport, who developed LaTeX, was just named the 2013 A.M. Turing Award recipient! (Thanks to Carol Hutchins for pointing that out!)

Filed under: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Kresge, Math, Physics, Publishing, Tech Tips, Workshops Tagged: LaTeX