Research Engine: Powering Knowledge

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February 09, 2023

In Fall 2022, in conjunction with the Council on the Libraries and the Dartmouth community, we embarked on a year-long process to re-imagine the future of Dartmouth Library.

Persona cards used in strategic planning workshop
Sparking Discovery

In the initial five-week sprint, a core team of Library staff engaged with designers from IDEO to take a human-centered, design-research approach to reflect back a shared purpose and vision for Dartmouth Library.

This sprint was powered by more than 70 participants, across staff, faculty, administration, and students and various levels of their education. Whether they engaged with us through ten interviews, four workshops, four tours, and many moments of feedback, we are grateful for their participation.

Informed by this wealth of stories, experiences, perspectives, and research, we wrote, revised, and then revised again the statements we were formulating. This iterative and collaborative process brought us to final Purpose and Vision Statements. Together with our values, we believe these statements reflect the unique value of the Dartmouth library today and where we might dare to go.

Dartmouth Library Purpose Sprint Overview

“One of the things I love about Dartmouth is that we involve our students in the creation of new knowledge. And the creation of knowledge starts with the ability to ask questions.”

Dartmouth Faculty

Making Choices

In the spring of 2023, we began the second phase of the project, the strategy sprint. We asked, how can we position the Library as central to teaching, learning, and research at Dartmouth? What are the actionable steps we can take to bring our mission and vision to life? 

The work in this sprint included exploring future signals in society, academia, and the library world alongside interviews with Dartmouth students, faculty, staff, and leadership. Through a series of workshops, we explored multiple strategic directions, each designed to be intentionally distinct. The process helped us clearly identify what most resonated and aligned with our values, purpose, and vision. Ultimately, we took pieces from each to meld into our strategic direction: 

Research Engine, Powering Knowledge.

Participants in the strategic sprint

Research Engine, Powering Knowledge.

Our definition of research comprises all forms of inquiry and creativity, powered by every question asked along the journey toward discovery and knowledge. It encompasses all the ways the Library shares expertise to spark discovery for the Dartmouth community and beyond.

Our Purpose & Vision

Librarian showing students a book

Our Purpose & Vision

Purpose

Powered by questions, we spark discovery—within ourselves, our community, and our world.

Vision

We aspire to be the intellectual home of open and collaborative enquiry, moving us towards a more just society.

“If there’s ever a way to spark a little curiosity in a person – that’s what brings me to work everyday.”

Library Staff Member

Our Values

Our values represent the guiding principles to which we, the staff of the Dartmouth Library, aspire. They represent our core beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes, and, most of all, how we treat each other. They were foundational to the purpose and vision work.

Community

We strengthen our vibrant community by contributing our expertise to research, learning, and scholarship, and through a commitment to being welcoming and inclusive to individuals, identities, backgrounds, and groups that have been historically marginalized.

Curiosity

We foster an environment of continuous learning, creativity, innovation, and support for the creation of knowledge and scholarship. We welcome, encourage, and honor differing perspectives.

Respect

We act with respect, appreciation, and support for the professionalism and expertise of our colleagues. We work to develop Library collections, programs, and teams that are ever more inclusive and just for our community.

Service

We are dedicated to service through our partnerships and our commitments to excellence, access, and expertise. We remain adaptable and focused on long-term sustainability of our work.

Trust

We choose to start from a place of trust and to build and maintain trust by acting with integrity, transparency, and authenticity in our collaborations, communications, and partnerships.

Thanks for Your Insights

Strategic planning workshop participant

Core Team

Amelia Looby, Research & Learning Librarian - Business & Economics

Este Pope, Manager of Digital Scholarly Software & Systems

Tim Wolfe, Acquisitions Services Supervisor

Sue Mehrer, Dean of Libraries

 

Communication Team

Daniel Chamberlain, Associate Dean of Libraries, Research & Digital Strategies

Jay Satterfield, Head of Special Collections

Kristen Rhodes, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries

Shea Roll, Staff Engagement Liaison

 

Data, Assessment, & Analysis Group

Danada Dinsmore

Lora Leligdon

Leanne Litsios

 

Strategy Sprint Working Group

Amelia Looby, Research & Learning Librarian - Business & Economics

Sue Mehrer, Dean of Libraries

Claudia Olivetti, Member, Council on the Libraries, Professor of Economics

Geoff Parker, Chair, Council on the Libraries, Professor of Engineering

Este Pope, Manager of Digital Scholarly Software & Systems

Rose Reynolds, Head of Collection Development and Analysis

Simon Stone, Research Data Science Specialist

Morgan Swan, Special Collections Librarian for Teaching & Scholarly Engagement

Tim Wolfe, Acquisitions Services Supervisor

 

Strategy Sprint 1:1 Interviews

LaMar Bunts, Chief Transformation Officer

Duane Compton, Dean, Geisel School of Medicine

Mitch Davis, Vice President of Information, Technology & Consulting, Chief Information Officer

Caroline Kerr ’05, Dartmouth Board of Trustees 2015-2023, Special Advisor to the President

Rachel Pontes ‘26

Chloe Poston, Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Institutional Diversity & Equity

Roopika Risam, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and Comparative Literature

Emi Rohn ‘25

Kyyen Shigley ’26 

Martha Whitehead, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, Harvard

 

Strategy Sprint Activities Participants

Daniel Abosso, Memory Apata, Laura Barrett, Hazen Allen, Heather Blunt, Eric Bivona, Matt Benzing, Laura Braunstein, Jentry Campbell, Daniel Chamberlain, Lizzie Curran, Danada Dinsmore, Bruce Dunn, Lydia Elias, Anna Grallert, Alexis Gomez, August Guszkowski, Lucinda Hall, Deborah Howe, Stephen Krueger, Caro Langenbucher, Leanne Litsios, Lilly Linden, Karen MacPhee, Tricia Martone, Joe Montibello, Jenny Mullins, Jenn Natale, Peter Nowell, Craig Pallett, Eileen Potts, Eric Rapp, Charlie Remy, Rose Reynolds, Kristen Rhodes, Shea Roll, David Sandberg, Jay Satterfield, Noah Skogerboe, Karen Sluzenski, Penniphurr Stevenson, Sarah Smith, Simon Stone, Toben Traver, Mark Tucker, Vi Welker, Val Werner

Student at strategic planning workshop

Purpose Sprint Extended Team

August Guszkowski, Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellow

Chris Ivanyi, Multimedia Lab Technician

Geoff Parker, Chair, Council on the Libraries and Prof. of Engineering

Jeremy Mickez, Research Data Science Specialist

Jill Baron, Research & Learning Librarian - Humanities & Social Sciences

John Cocklin, Research & Learning Librarian - Business & Economics, Interim Head of Acquisitions

Jon Whitney, Information Access Assistant

Lilly Linden, Research and Learning Librarian - STEM

Stephanie Kerns, Assoc Dean for Health Sciences and Biomedical Libraries

 

Purpose Sprint One-on-one Interviews

Colleen Boggs, Chair of Committee on Priorities, Professor of English

Josh Kim, Director of Online Programs and Strategy

David Kotz, Provost 

Dean Madden, Vice Provost for Research

Scott Pauls, Director of the Dartmouth Centre for the Advancement of Learning, Professor of Mathematics

 

Purpose Sprint Workshop Participants

 

Campus Colleagues

Joe Castelot, Director, Collis Center for Student Involvement; Council on the Libraries
Mitch Davis, Vice President of Information, Technology & Consulting; Council on the Libraries
Chloe Poston, AVP for Strategic Initiatives and Director of the Campus Climate and Culture Initiative (C3I)
Nick Ryan, Chief of Staff, Geisel School of Medicine Dean's Office
Amanda Skinner, Asst Dir of Outreach and Communications, Guarini School; Council on the Libraries
Marianne Thomson, Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Joanna Whitcomb, Director of Campus Planning

Faculty

Geoff Parker, Council on the Libraries, Prof. of Engineering
Claudia Olivetti, Council on the Libraries, Prof. of Economics
Robert Cantor, Council on the Libraries, Prof. of Chemistry
David Goodman, Council on the Libraries, Prof. of The Dartmouth Institute
Devin Singh, Council on the Libraries, Assoc. Prof. of Religion
D.G. Webster, Council on the Libraries, Assoc. Prof. of Environmental Studies
Dan Rockmore, Neukom Institute and Wright Center
Bruce Duthu, Prof. and Chair of Native American and Indigenous Studies
Anant Sundaram, Tuck, Clinical Professor of Business Administration

Students

Felix Davis ’26
Teani De Fries ’24
Ian Doran, Tuck
Natalie Grover ’24
Jade Haakonsen ’25
Amana Hill ’23
Khonza Masuku ’22
David Millman ’23, President of the Dartmouth Student Government
Philip Mulford, Thayer, Co-President of the Thayer Council
Marilyn Ndukwe, Geisel, President of the Geisel Student Government
Roman Olavarria ’23 
Kira Parrish-Penny ’24

Library Staff

Laura Barrett, Wes Benash, Laura Braunstein, Peter Carini, Daniel Chamberlain, Lora Coble, John Cocklin, Lizzie Curran, Richel Cuyler, John DeSantis, Anna Grallert, Laura Graveline, Christopher Ivanyi, Stephanie Kerns, Stephen Krueger, Lora Leligdon, Shawn Martin, Joe Montibello, Jenny Mullins, Jenn Natale, Jane Quigley, Rose Reynolds, Susan Simon, Sarah Smith, Simon Stone, Dave Sturges, Jennifer Taxman, Toben Traver

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