Academic Support Centers
In addition to building on the strength of the faculty and enhancing student life, we need to take continuing care of the Colleges infrastructure. The priorities developed under this rubric fall into two distinct categories: academic support and the physical infrastructure.
The Dartmouth College Library System has seen some exciting changes over the past decade. We are nearing the completion of the Baker and Berry Libraries project, which provided for the addition of new staff, extensive new space for collections and resources, and the renovation of the Baker Library. The Rauner Special Collections Library, completed in 1999, holds Dartmouths extensive collection of manuscripts, records, and documents. Librarian Richard Lucier has also moved ahead with a digital library for the campus that will provide easier and more extensive access to information systems from around the globe. Together these projects have ensured that the Dartmouth College Library System is fully prepared to meet the academic and research needs of faculty and students in the 21st century.
- We must build on the existing collection and provide innovative leadership for the library system.
- We must move ahead with the digital library to provide Dartmouth faculty and students with access to a broad range of digital materials including databases, online manuscripts and archives from around the world, published literature, and reference materials.
- We must further the integration of library and computing services.
Dartmouth has an historic strength in the area of computing and educational technology. We were among the first institutions in the country to fully network the campus and to require all incoming students to own a computer. We have continued this tradition with the introduction of wireless technology to the campus. Nevertheless, we need to continue to seek leadership opportunities in this important and dynamic area.
- We must create and sustain a seamless information environment through Kiewit Computation Services and the Dartmouth College Library System.
- We must ensure that our technological infrastructure adequately supports our rapidly changing needs in the area of information systems.
- We must provide appropriate computing hardware and software to enable the administration to serve more effectively and efficiently.
The Hopkins Center
Since its opening in 1962, the Hopkins Center has become a nationally recognized center for the performing arts, celebrated for its productions, its music and dance ensembles, its student workshops, and the Dartmouth Film Society. The Hop contributes to the overall diversity of the community by bringing to campus a rich cultural array of artists. Over 95 percent of the artists who perform at the Hop are also involved in a residency or outreach program in support of the centers educational mission. The Hop works closely with the faculty and students in Studio Art, Music, Film and Television Studies, and Theater, and provides an impressive range of co-curricular programs. While students and faculty represent the Hops primary focus, the center also serves the wider Upper Valley community through its outreach programs and public events.
- We must further strengthen the co-curricular program to bring still more students into the Hopkins Center.
- We must expand the visiting performing artist program so as to continue to ensure the quality and vibrancy of this program and to add a resident performing artist program to bring performer/teachers to campus for longer visits.
- We must extend the student workshop program by increasing its hours and by adding workshop space for students.
The Hood Museum of Art
Like the Hopkins Center, the Hood Museum of Art serves as both an academic resource and as a regional cultural center. The Hood has been a leader in integrating these dual missions and in providing innovative exhibitions and programs. The museum is one of the largest academic museums in the country, and faculty and students use its extensive collection in their courses and scholarship. The Hood was recently recognized by the American Association of Museums as a national model.
- We must strengthen student programming at the Hood Museum.
- We must provide more support for exhibitions and related programming.
- We must increase the acquisitions budget so as to take better advantage of opportunities to expand the collection.
- We must continue to work with the community on K-12 education and other public outreach programs.