Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dartmouth Library Hosts New England Code4Lib Regional Meeting

Early last December, library and technology enthusiasts from the far corners of New England gathered in the Jones Media Center here at Dartmouth College Library for the NE Code4Lib 2015 Fall Meeting.

Thanks to the awesome NDSR-Boston cohort, a lot of digital preservation ground was covered- including getting started with digital preservation, building a digital preservation community, and processing born-digital archival materials.
I gave a short talk about a script I use to QC and package digital materials for ingest into our repository.

You can see slides for these talks, and all of the great presentations from the meeting, on the NECode4lib 2015 Fall wiki page. Also, be sure to check out the Storify for the day put together by Joe Monibello.

The Book Arts Workshop also played a role in the event. My colleague Shaun Akhtar and I made use of the resources, expertise and equipment of the Book Arts Workshop to print custom letterpress give-away posters for the Meeting. It was a really fun way to tie together all of the technological expertise that resides here in the Library!

Written by Jenny Mullins

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Personnel Announcement

I am happy to announce that Elizabeth (Lizzie) Curran has accepted the position of Assistant Conservator in Preservation Services and will start on April 25th, 2016. Lizzie comes to us from the Huntington Library in San Marino, California where she was a Conservation Technician and was responsible for working on a variety of material. Lizzie was also a summer intern here in Preservation Services in 2013, and is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School in Boston focusing in Bookbinding. 

Deborah Howe

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Overnight on Doublehead

My blog post for these early winter days is one in which I will let readers see why I so enjoy the "View from the Original Cheap Seats".

Recently I stayed overnight with friends in a Civilian Conservation Corps cabin built in the mid-1930's on the summit of North Doublehead Mountain.

It wasn't the first, nor will it be the last time, I have hiked there for a relaxing weekend overnight getaway.
Doublehead Mountain is a relatively small mountain (North Doublehead 3050 ft., South Doublehead 2938 ft.) off the beaten path of the more famous Appalachian Trail and the Mt. Washington/Presidential Range to the North.
View of Presidential Range

It is located in Jackson, NH, 3 miles north of North Conway on Rt. 16.  The name Doublehead refers to the two distinct, trail connected peaks of the mountain which are separated by a very steep incline and a level saddle area.  There are two trails to the North summit, the Ski Trail and the Old Trail. These two trails are connected to a third trail from the south, the New Trail, which starts at the base of the mountain about 500 yards from the Ski Trail.  

Beginning in the small parking area, the Ski Trail is a 1.8 mile, moderate to difficult hike to the top, while the Old Trail also summits North Doublehead 0.9 miles after diverging right a half mile into the Ski Trail and going up the steeper part of the mountain.  The Old Trail connects in the saddle between the peaks to the New Trail, which ascends from the south side of the mountain (1.3 miles to South summit, 1.7 to North) on a moderate to somewhat difficult trail.  The New Trail summits South Doublehead first, then descends, passing a gorgeous cliff top lookout west over Jackson to Mt. Washington, then connects with the Old Trail and climbs rather steeply to the cabin.
Inspiration for "View from the Cheap Seats"
It is a mainly wooded mountain with three exceptions: the view west from the open cliffs near the summit of South Doublehead, the view west from the Civilian Conservation Corps cabin on North Doublehead, as well as the partial view to the east from what we Cheap Seaters have dubbed "the back porch" near the cabin.  On clear nights one can see the lights of Portland, Maine on the coast.
Tuckerman Ravine (L), Mt. Washington (C), Huntington Ravine (far right)

I hope readers have the chance to do a day hike sometime, perhaps doing a loop up the various trails to maximize the views, or even have an overnight adventure in the cabin.
Sunset over Mt. Washington Range
Be forewarned, there is no water on the trail or at the cabin, with the cabin being heated by whatever dead wood can be gathered and burned in the small wood-stove.  


Written by: Brian Markee

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Personnel Update

I am pleased to announce that Lauren Melgoza has joined Preservation Services as Preservation Assistant. Lauren is responsible for commercial binding, assisting with new book processing, supervision of student employees, and support of the various Book Arts Workshop publicity and outreach efforts.  Lauren's last position was at Colorado Mesa University, Tomlinson Library, in Grand Junction, Colorado where she was responsible for serials processing, binding, and e-resources.

Welcome, Lauren!

Written by Barb Sagraves

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Digital Production Roundup

Sometimes great content comes through the Digital Production offices and we don't have a chance to share it. Here are a few of my favorite selections from recent shooting sessions:

"The Flayed Angel" by Jacques Fabien Gautier D'Agoty, available to view in Rauner Special Collections. Read more about it here

A design for a theatrical device by Denis Diderot, co-founder/chief editor/contributor to the Encyclop├ędie with Jean le Rond d'Alembert

Vintage ad from Dartmouth Alum Robert L. May's scrapbook. May created the Rudolph character in 1939; read more about him here

Concert posters from Dartmouth history, scanned for an exhibit in the Baker Berry Library: Fleshtones concert poster, 1983

Spring Formal poster with Duke Ellington

New Hampshire maps from the Evans Map Room, scanned as part of the Granite State Maps project

Map illustrations

Written by Ryland Ianelli

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Personnel Announcement

Tracey Dugdale, Preservation Assistant, has accepted the position of Electronic Resources Specialist in Acquisitions Services effective Sept. 15.  Even though her new workstation in Acquisitions is less than 50 ft. from her desk in Preservation we will feel the loss of her special skills.

Tracey can get anything done -- and if she can't she knows who can!  She serves as our blog wrangler and keeps the blog, Preservation, and Book Arts web pages up to date.  She handles commercial binding for Baker Berry Library and processes the binding for other libraries.  She hires and trains our students to do book repair  and shelf prep.  You can visit the Preservation Assistant position posting to get an idea of all the responsibilities.

It is a pleasure to work with Tracey and I am delighted that Dartmouth College Library is not losing her.

Best wishes Tracey!