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Initiatives & Innovations

Support for Emerging Forms of Scholarship

The Dartmouth Academic Commons The Dartmouth Academic Commons

The Dartmouth Academic Commons (DAC) will provide access, preservation, and management over the long term for digital content created by members of the Dartmouth community. A joint project of Dartmouth’s Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Dartmouth College Library (DCL), DAC is the repository for fulfilling the intent of the Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy.




Digital Humanities at Dartmouth Digital Humanities at Dartmouth

Digital humanities—the field in which computer technology intersects with the traditional interests of the humanities—is a thriving area of research, teaching, and practice at Dartmouth. The Library collaborates with students, faculty, and staff who are creating digital games, developing online collections, analyzing social media, and mining textual data.




Metadata Games Metadata Games

Metadata Games is an online game system for gathering useful data on photo, audio, and moving image artifacts. Images from Rauner Library’s Stefansson Collection on Polar Exploration were used in the pilot and the game is now populated with images from Rauner's Archival Photographic Files. Metadata Games was created by Mary Flanagan, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College and director of Tiltfactor Lab, with support from an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant and an ACLS fellowship. Try it, it's fun!




Occom Circle Occom Circle Project

A collection of 500-plus manuscripts has been digitized as part of the Occom Circle Project, a National Endowment for the Humanities and We The People funded project led by Ivy Schweitzer, professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies.  Occom Circle includes letters, diaries, sermons, prose, a page of herbal remedies, and annotated books by or related to Occom and his "circle," including Eleazar Wheelock, important religious figures here and in Great Britain, and many of Wheelock's earliest Indian students.




Dartmouth Digital Library

Dartmouth Digital Library Program

A recent library service including the digital publishing of faculty materials; digitization of library collections; and digital exhibits. This Program engages staff expertise from across the Library, and includes new investments in digital production and preservation.




Support for New Models of Publishing

COPE Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE)

Dartmouth is an original signatory of the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE). This program offers financial support for open access publishing of Dartmouth research and scholarship.




Open Access Open Access / Scholarly Publishing

Increasing readership for and the impact of research and scholarship at Dartmouth is a Library priority. Open access and new business models in scholarly publishing are two areas where the Library is active.




Partnerships and Collaborations

image of students at poster sessionDartmouth College Library Research Awards

Dartmouth College Library offers two undergraduate library research awards, the Award for Library Research in the Sciences and the Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award. Library research awards recognize students’ accomplishments as information researchers and formally connect the library to the scholarly research process. Both awards are sponsored through the generosity of the Friends of the Dartmouth College Library fund.




Elementa Elementa - Science of the Anthropocene

A major new open-access publishing endeavor, in partnership with BioOne publishers, launched in December 2013. Elementa comprises of 6 academic domains: Atmospheric Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Ecology; Ocean Science; Sustainable Engineering; and Sustainability Transitions. Dartmouth faculty members are Editors-in-Chief of the Sustainability Transitions domain, and Dartmouth College Library is the technology partner, hosting the publishing platform.




DPN The Digital Preservation Network

Dartmouth College is a founding member of DPN, a new distributed, federated infrastructure to provide long-term preservation and access for the higher education community. DPN is designed to safeguard our digitized materials from catastrophic loss.




MHCDS Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS)

MHCDS is a hybrid of on-site and distance graduate education and learning. Faculty from the Tuck School of Business and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) jointly teach students in the MHCDS program.  Librarians from the Feldberg Library and Biomedical Libraries collaborate to support MHCDS students, particularly in their Action Learning Project. Team-based service and support for students in this online graduate degree program reflect an innovative approach to delivering service that the librarians themselves planned and developed in 2011 during their work with program leadership, the faculty curriculum committee, and with the first class (and subsequent classes) of students admitted to the program.




Matariki Matariki Libraries Benchmarking Project

The Dartmouth College Library, along with partner libraries in the Matariki Network of Universities, are collaborating on a benchmarking project that compares selected services and activities representative of library service provision, to identify best practices and to learn from each other. The project considers benchmarking activities in three identifiable areas of support: support for research, support for learning and teaching, and the role of the library as a place within the student experience.




Readex The Readex Project

A ten-year mass-digitization partnership with Readex Corporation to digitize and conserve the U.S. Congressional Serial SetAmerican State PapersHouse and Senate Journals, and the Senate Executive Journals. Dartmouth College Library staff prepared 15,739 total volumes for digitization by Readex resulting in 11,935,564 scanned pages and 74,495 maps.




Summon Summon

Dartmouth College Library was an early beta partner in the development of this leading discovery service four years ago, which now has 600 customers in 40 countries, and a central database of 1.2 billion records.




Sponsored Events

October Conference October Conference

The Dartmouth Library's October Conference, which originated in 1997, provides New England academic librarians a venue for sharing with and learning from one another. The conference features short, snappy, and practical presentations based on a different theme each year; past themes have focused primarily on teaching, outreach, and user services.




Librarians Active Learning Institute Librarians Active Learning Institute

The Librarians Active Learning Institute (LALI) helps teaching librarians develop and refine their skills as learner-centered teachers, instructional designers, and collaborators. Participants spend two days exploring evidence-based practices that maximize student learning, and they come away with new approaches and ideas to incorporate into their teaching.

Last Updated: 4/20/17