Spring Break Hours: Sat. March 7th - Sun. March 15th

March 5, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

It may not feel or look like spring, but it is time for Spring Break! Those of you not headed out of town might be wondering if the library is open during break. Yes, we are, with some modifications to our normal hours:

suitcaseSaturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8:

Monday, March 9 – Thursday, March 12:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 13:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14:

Sunday, March 15:
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

The Deloitte Cafe/Einstein Bros. Bagels will be closed throughout spring break. The library and cafe will resume regular hours on Monday, March 16, 2015. For more information please check the online hours calendarHave a wonderful break!

On Display: Young Adult Literature

March 4, 2015 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

This month’s display is a collection of bildungsromans. That’s the original term for the young adult novel. Classically, young adult literature features a coming-of-age tale such as Lucy Maude Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables” or Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Nowadays, the term young adult has morphed to become known as reading-age group. Folks often use “young adult” to mean fiction for teens. Sometimes, when adults read a young adult book, such as “Harry Potter,” they may face ridicule from their friends, colleagues, family, and even strangers! If that happens to you, now you can explain that young adult is not a dirty word.

If you are reading Louisa May Alcott or John Green, remember that they have the same DNA. Young Jo March and Hazel Grace Lancaster are cut from the same cloth.  Jane Austen, Cameron Crowe (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”), and Bret Easton Ellis (“Less Than Zero”) all capture the sense of what was like for teens during specific time periods and in different regions.

I hope that this display creates a discussion about the evolution of the young adult novel. Let us know what you think about the bildungsroman on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

A selection of young adult books and audiobooks will be on display in the library through April 13, 2015. You may also browse our young adult eBook collection through Overdrive. Below are instructions on how to locate them.

1. Click on All Fiction

1. Click on All Fiction

1. Click on Subject

2. Click to expand Subject

3. Click on

3. Click on Young Adult Fiction


New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks & OverDrive Books

March 2, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

The library added over 200 new books, DVDs, audiobooks, and OverDrive downloadable books to the shelves last month!  Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the February new acquisitions lists by subject or format. When you see something you want, simply hit the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

To browse for new eBooks and audiobooks to read on a Kindle, NOOK, iPad, iPod, laptop or smartphone, visit the library’s OverDrive downloadable books collection. If you’d like help using OverDrive please view OverDrive’s Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Art Gallery Exhibit: Underwater Photography by Joshua Boger

February 18, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery, events

Now showing in the McGladrey Art Gallery is an exhibit of underwater photography from the reefs of Wakaya Island, Fiji, by Joshua Boger. The exhibit will be on view February 18 – April 25, 2015. More information about the artist and the exhibit is available via Xconomy, MassBio and the Lowell Sun.

All are invited to attend an opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, February 19th, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Joshua Boger, Ph.D.

Fish, Nudi’s & Other Creatures
February 18 – April 25, 2015

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 19, 2015  |  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Click to view larger image.

Click to view larger image.

Library Welcomes Jaimie Fritz, Project Archivist

February 17, 2015 by Laurie · Comment 
Filed Under: archives, general news

As Bentley University prepares for its Centennial celebration in 2017, Bentley Library welcomes Jaimie Fritz as our Project Archivist to organize the archives associated with the University. Jaimie comes to us from the MIT Library most recently, and before that, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard. She is very excited to help us prepare for our centennial celebration, and brings the organizational and technical skills necessary to make it a success. Jaimie received her MS in Library and Information Science (with a Concentration in Archives Management) from Simmons College, and has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Smith College.

Over the next year, Jaimie will be inventorying and organizing our archives. She’ll also be creating digital exhibits around important events in Bentley history: the founding of the College, the move to Waltham, and more.

Library Opening at 5:00pm on Sunday, February 15th

February 15, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, hours

We are happy to report that the conditions are clear enough to open at 5:00 p.m. today. The library will close at its normal 2:00 a.m. closing time.  The cafe will be open from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Please take care on the roads, sidewalks and stairs, and dress in many layers.

Library Closed Sun. 2/15; Decision About Evening Hours is Pending.

February 15, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, hours

[Updated Sunday, February 15, at 9:55 a.m.] Due to the blizzard, the Bentley Library will be closed during the day today, Sunday, February 15th.  A decision about evening hours will be made by 2:00 p.m. The decision is dependent upon the forecast and campus conditions on Sunday.  Please follow the library’s updates here or on Twitter and Facebook.

Delayed Library Opening: 5:00pm on Sunday, February 15th

February 14, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, hours

Due to the blizzard, the Bentley Library plans to open at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 15th. The library will close at its normal closing time – 2:00 a.m. These plans are dependent upon the forecast and campus conditions on Sunday. Please follow the library’s updates here or on Twitter and Facebook.

Database of the Month: RIA Checkpoint

February 13, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

RIACheckpointRIA Checkpoint, also known as Thomson Reuters Checkpoint, provides access to ERISA, Internal Revenue Code & Regulations, State Codes & Regulations, Tax Cases, Tax Rulings, IRS Pubs & Other Tax Docs.

Here are some highlights and features of the Bentley Library’s institutional subscription:

Under the Table of Contents tab, users can browse to the specific document.

Under the Search tab, researchers can “find by citation” codes and regulations, cases, rulings, and IRS publications or researchers can use two different keyword interfaces. One keyword interface is called the “Intuitive Search” and the other is called “Terms & Connectors”. Intuitive Search recognizes if you enter a sentence, terms & connectors, or a citation and interprets your query to return the most relevant results for the terms you entered. It takes advantage of historical usage data, giving higher importance to documents that are frequently accessed. The second keyword interface is called “Terms & Connectors” which utilizes a more traditional search query language.

Top three search tips to increase relevancy in both the “Intuitive Search” and “Terms & Connectors” are:

  • use quotes around phrases
  • use the & symbol instead of AND between your search terms requiring both search terms appear in the results.
  • use of /p between search terms will require the terms to appear within 50 words of each other.

For more search tips view the Quick Reference Card.

Additional features of RIA Checkpoint include:

  • RIA Tax Watch (a chronological highlight of changes or proposed changes in tax legislation). Easily accessed under the Home tab in the My Quick Links area.
  • Personal Investment Calculators are available under the Tools area. Calculators are available for Auto, Business, Credit Card, Investment, Loan, Mortgage, Personal, Retirement, Savings & Tax guidance.
  • Quick Tax Amounts calculators are available under the Search tab in the Go To area.

More help is available at http://find.support.checkpoint.thomsonreuters.com

RIA Checkpoint is accessible via the library’s Databases A-Z page, and the Databases by Subject:Law & Taxation page. This database is limited to ten simultaneous users. Please contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or would like assistance using it.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a database available from the Library’s website, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases), please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact Adam Williams, Research Instruction Coordinator at awilliams@bentley.edu.

Delayed Opening: 10:00am on Tuesday, February 10th

February 9, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, hours

Bentley University and the Bentley Library will open at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10th.

For the most current campus information, please check the Bentley University website or call the Bentley University Storm Emergency line at 781.891.2020.  We also encourage you to follow the library’s updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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