Digital by Dartmouth Library (DxDL) is an inclusive community of experts, enthusiasts, and engagers in all things digital. Learn about the many ways to collaborate with us.

Build Digital Collections

 

We are always looking to develop our digital collections. We’d love to hear your ideas and discuss collaboration. Every project starts with a conversation.

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We are interested in projects that:

FIT THE SCOPE OF OUR COLLECTIONS

DxDL works collaboratively across the Library, Dartmouth, and other communities to develop unique digital collections. We value our collections not only because they are unique to the Dartmouth Library, but because they are uniquely digital. 

  • Unique: Digital materials that are held only by Dartmouth Library, as well as materials to which we’ve added value by gathering disparate objects, adding original metadata, contextualizing with scholarship, or enabling original usage.
  • Digital: Materials that were born digital or have been reformatted to digital from manuscript, print, photographs, or time-based media such as audiotape or film.
  • Collections: Collections are groups of objects with one or more unifying characteristics, selected or created by subject experts within the Dartmouth community or among our collaborators. Subject experts can be anyone deeply engaged in a topic: scholars such as faculty and subject librarians, students engaging in coursework or other activities, researchers, exhibit curators, artists, and those with expertise in their own communities.

FIT WITH OUR CURRENT AREAS OF FOCUS

Currently areas of focus include Arctic and Antarctic materials, indigenous materials (in partnership with the Hood Museum of Art), and materials related to the history of Dartmouth College.

 

BUILD ON EXISTING COLLECTIONS

Strengths include Dartmouth history, polar materials, and the history of comics and illustration. Explore our collections to learn more.

WE HAVE THE LEGAL AND ETHICAL RIGHT TO MAKE OPENLY AVAILABLE

Items in DxDL collections are generally assigned a Creative Commons (CC-BY or CC-0) license. Rights in works of authorship are generally retained by those who create them; Dartmouth does not claim rights of ownership except in circumstances outlined in the Intellectual Property policy. For further help or questions on copyright, please contact the Library's Scholarly Communication Program.

FIT WITH OUR LONG-TERM DIGITAL PRESERVATION GOALS

In accordance with the Dartmouth College Library Digital Preservation Policy, DxDL employs best practices for the creation and long-term management of digital objects. 

Note: DxDL does not administer or manage licensed materials such as databases of electronic journals, ebooks, or other purchased library resources. Please contact the Dartmouth Library's Collections Program for more information about subscriptions to licensed materials.

Digitization Services

While DxDL does more than digitization, several Dartmouth Library departments provide digitization services. If you need a digital image, here’s where to start:

  • Find library locations for self-service printing, copying, and scanning
  • Learn from image and graphic tutorials from the Jones Media Center
  • Read about digital image and media reformatting services at Rauner Special Collections Library
  • DxDL can sometimes help with special requests. Get in touch to discuss your needs. 

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Digital Project Planning

As digital scholarship experts, we can advise on all aspects of digital project planning and implementation.

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PLATFORMS

Many DxDL projects use custom-built platforms to organize the library’s digital collections. We also have access to other supported platforms, both open-source and licensed, that are available for community use. Platforms supported by the Library or ITC include:

  • JSTOR Forum
    • a media management solution that enables institutions to upload, catalog, and share digital collections
  • Dartmouth Digital Commons 
    • a publishing platform and open repository for scholarly, research, and educational outputs created by the faculty, staff, and students of Dartmouth
  • Omeka-S
    • a metadata-rich platform for digital cultural heritage collections and digital exhibits
  • Wordpress
    • a web publishing platform for teaching, learning, and research

METADATA

Metadata design and text markup help to make your collection discoverable and reusable. We can consult with you to design a metadata scheme or plan an approach to text preparation and markup.

DIGITIZATION

We can help you design workflows that take into account available staff and technology resources.

PRESERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

We can help you make decisions to help optimize your workflows and practices for preserving and sustaining your digital materials over the long term.

COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSIONS

We collaborate closely with our colleagues in the Library’s Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Publishing program to review all digitization projects. They are available to consult with you regarding copyright and permissions for digital projects.

Digital Pedagogy

DxDL's team collaborates with faculty, staff, and students across Dartmouth to facilitate teaching, learning, and research with digital materials. Contact us to discuss assignments using the Dartmouth Library's digital collections that meet your teaching and learning goals.

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Digital Preservation

DxDL -- in coordination with Preservation Services, the Jones Media Center, Rauner Special Collections Library, the Digital Library Technologies Group, and ITC -- works to implement best practices for the long-term management and access of digital materials owned by the Library for the benefit of the Dartmouth community. The Dartmouth College Library Digital Preservation Policy is available for review.  

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