Bentley Library Top 10 Books, DVDs & Audiobooks for 2015/16

May 24, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs, general news

If it’s May, it’s time for the Bentley Library Top 10!

top10-2015-2016At the end of every academic year we query the library’s circulation system to rank the library’s most popular books, audiobooks, DVDs and OverDrive downloadable books based on the number of times they have been borrowed. (Course reserves are excluded from the reports.)

This year the Bentley community favored Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer, both of which made appearances on the book, audiobook and OverDrive lists. Remarkably, writer Michael Lewis had three different books in the rankings – Liar’s Poker, Flash Boys and The Big Short – and as an added bonus the movie adaptation of The Big Short scored a spot on the top DVDs list. The only other author to match Lewis’ popularity was the prolific James Patterson, although Patterson didn’t do it all on his own… Two of the three Patterson titles that appear below were co-authored – The Murder House (with David Ellis) and 14th Deadly Sin (with Maxine Paetro).

This is the 7th year that we have compiled our library’s “bestsellers” lists. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the reading and viewing habits of the Bentley community as much as we do.

Browse the BENTLEY LIBRARY TOP 10 lists for academic year 2015-2016 in the categories of Popular Reading, Stacks (regular book collection), Audiobooks, Popular DVDs, OverDrive Downloadable eBooks and OverDrive Downloadable Audiobooks. With so many ties in this year’s rankings, you have even more to choose from!

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Popular Reading Collection

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Stacks

  • by Roger Fisher and William Ury [check availability]
  • by Michael Lewis [check availability]
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  • 3. (tie) THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J. D. Salinger [check availability]
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  • by Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie & Robert Tibshirani
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  • 6. (tie) OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS by Malcolm Gladwell [check availability]
  • 8. (tie) TIME SERIES ANALYSIS: WITH APPLICATIONS IN R by Jonathan D. Cryer &
  • Kung-Sik Chan [check availability]
  • 8. (tie) FLASH BOYS: A WALL STREET REVOLT by Michael Lewis [check availability]
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Top 10 Most Circulated Audiobooks [Compact Disc]

Top 10 Most Circulated DVDs from the Popular DVD Collection

Top 10 Downloaded eBooks (OverDrive)

Top 10 Downloaded Audiobooks (OverDrive)

View previous Bentley Library Top 10 lists:


Memorial Day Weekend Closing: Saturday, 5/28 - Monday, 5/30

May 23, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

flags-lg In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the library will be closed Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, 2016.  The library will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

For more information about the library’s hours, please view the hours calendarHave a great holiday weekend!

Summer Session Hours: May 23 - August 12

May 23, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The library’s hours during Summer Sessions I and II are:

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Hours are subject to change on holidays, holiday weekends and when classes are not being held (between sessions). The Deloitte Cafe/Einstein’s has closed for the summer. For more information about the library’s hours please view our online hours calendar.

Dedications in Appreciation to Our Graduating Student Assistants

May 19, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

It’s no secret that the Bentley Library couldn’t run without the hard work and dedication of our student assistants. They help us keep the doors open 110 hours a week (plus many extra late-night hours during finals), they are the front line of support at the Library Services Desk, they help the Technical Services Department process every item that goes on our shelves, and in Interlibrary Loan they facilitate borrowing from and lending to other libraries around the world.

It is library tradition to say thank you to our graduating student assistants with a book or film dedication. We invite them to choose an item from the library’s collection, which is then affixed with a bookplate in their name. This year, dedications have been made on behalf of these Class of 2016 graduates:


Books and films chosen by the library’s graduating student assistants.

Mike Brooks

Pat Brooks

Ashley Federico

Kathryn Foley

Carla Francis

Daniel Gomez

Connie Giordano

Emma Grimes

Robert Harris

Jason Martinez

Zach Pereira

Mitchell Reynolds

You can view a display of their selections in the Popular Reading area of the library and on our Student Employee Dedications Pinterest board.

Congratulations and best wishes to our seniors, and thank you to all of our student employees for their assistance this year.

On Display: Presidential Biographies

May 17, 2016 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, displays, downloadable books

whitehouseOn display at the Bentley Library (May 17 – June 27) is a selection of presidential biographies. Before the image of dusty dense tomes is brought to mind, please be aware that we’ve left those titles in the stacks!

There are a plethora of presidential biographies published, so choosing a small selection was the challenge. We’ve looked at Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award listings, book review sources, best presidential biography lists, and solicited faculty recommendations to prepare this display. We’ve tried to include at least two titles for each president.

When browsing the display shelves, you’ll notice that some of the titles include a “Bentley Pick” bookmark.

benteypickThese bookmarks indicate titles recommended by your fellow Bentley readers including Professors Gary Donato, Clifford Putney and Chris Beneke and President Gloria Larson. If you would like to recommend a title from this display, just fill out a bookmark at the Reference Desk or send your suggestion to and we’ll include a bookmark in your choice.

I’ve heard many interesting comments from patrons and colleagues in preparation for this display. Many roadblocks/perceptions that stop patrons from enjoying these titles include:

  1. They are too weighty/heavy!

Many of these titles are available in a handy paperback format and some are available through OverDrive and can be borrowed through an e-reader. See curated online display

  1. I don’t have the time to slog through the text!

Many of these titles are available as audiobooks on CD format and through OverDrive. Just listen while in the car, walking your 10,000 steps or relaxing on the beach : )

  1. They are too dry and boring!

Many of these titles have won awards, are best sellers, and some, according to the reviews, even read like thrillers.

Why not make a goal of reading a biography for every president? This is a challenge that many readers have taken on. For example, My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies is a blog by avid American history fan, Stephen Floyd, about his experience reading through the presidents. Why not read and join in the conversation? If you’d like a complete listing of all the titles recommended to keep after the display comes down, just send an e-mail request to and we’ll send you the list for your own records.

We hope that you enjoy this selection and maybe check one out for your next “beach read”. Start your journey today!


Special Library Hours: Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 22

May 12, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Please note the library’s special hours for the period of time after finals end and before the start of Summer Session I. Hours will change again when summer session classes begin on Monday, May 23.

Thursday, May 12
close at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 22

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13)

Saturday & Sunday:

Please note that the Deloitte Café/Einstein’s closes at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, for the duration of the summer.

For more information about the library’s summer hours, view the online hours calendar.

Database of the Month: ReferenceUSA

May 11, 2016 by Dominique · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

ReferenceUSA is a strong, reliable database filled with directory information on businesses and people. It is most popularly used for getting detailed company information or to create a list of competitors in a specific industry. It contains private and public company information and is updated monthly.

Who can use it?

ReferenceUSA is available online to all Bentley community users with active Bentley coordinates; find it on Bentley Library’s Databases A-Z page.

Students of GB320 are the most likely users of this resource, especially for company research assignments. Other typical projects informed by ReferenceUSA are business intelligence or research for an upcoming interview.

Our sample search today is research for an upcoming interview (see below).

What’s inside?

ReferenceUSA generates data in the form of addresses, phone numbers, and URLs, without narrative comment or storyline. The ReferenceUSA search interface guides users to select parameters and the database dynamically generates this list.

Sample search for potential internship places

The sample search that follows is preparation for an upcoming interview.  In this scenario, the goal is to identify organizations and inquire about internships. We will look for small organizations specializing in disaster relief work in the south of the United States.

  1. On the ReferenceUSA landing page, choose to search “U.S. Businesses”, then select the “Advanced Search” tab for best results.

    ReferenceUSA Advanced Search

    Click to view larger image.

  2. On the “Advanced Search” screen, identify search parameters:
    ReferenceUSA Search Parameters

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    • Under Business Type, select to do a “Keyword SIC/NAICS” search, which will search within SIC or NAICS industry classification codes. A keyword search for “disaster” within SIC Codes results in several options. We will choose “832290 Disaster Contractors” and three related industries which look good for our future internship.
    • Additional parameters chosen for this search – “Geography” (state),  “Phone” (business phone) and “Business Size” (Number of Employees = less than 100). Note that in the screenshot above, “Sales Volume” is not checked as a parameter, reasoning that disaster relief organizations may not have metrics in this area.
  3. Click “Update Count” when finished selecting parameters.
  4. Click “View Results” to view 28 results in this search for disaster relief agencies located in 10 southern states of the US, with 100 or fewer employees. Drill into each record for granular information on that organization.

    ReferenceUSA Search Results

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  5. Download this list of 28 to a laptop in .xlsx format for easy sorting and saving. Note that the number of downloads is limited to 500 hits.

You’re done! These are leads to pursue for a future internship.

What sets it apart?

ReferenceUSA prioritizes accuracy very highly and fact-checks everything by telephone calls. ReferenceUSA culls its information from the US White page telephone directories, the U.S. Census Bureau, and from publicly filed records. It has estimated 44 million US businesses, 1.5 million of them closed and 4.5 of them newly established, making historical analysis or projections possible.

Other goodies:

  • Links under the “Job Help” tab connect users to outside sources such as and , a reflection of ReferenceUSA’s origins in 1992 when it began as a search tool for students, job seekers and researchers.

For self-help, ReferenceUSA provides user-contributed how-to videos under the “Take a Tour” tab, each of these recordings explain the search process in under 5 minutes.


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 contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using this form.

Off-campus Access to Google Scholar

May 4, 2016 by Stephen · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources, Uncategorized

Off-campus users of Google Scholar can now configure Scholar to offer links to content from academic journals  made available by the Bentley University Library and make the experience as seamless as accessing Scholar from on campus.

Go to Google Scholar at or enter your search in the search box under the Google Scholar tab on the Bentley University Library website.  After Scholar loads click on the “Settings”  link at the top of the Google Scholar search page.


From the Settings page choose “Library links”and enter Bentley University Library in the search box and then click the search button.  Please make sure your browser is set to accept cookies.  If your browser does not accept cookies you will need to update the Google Scholar library links for Bentley every time you use Scholar.


Search Google Scholar and when you see “Full-text@Bentley”in the results list you will be able to access that resource using your Bentley University username and network password.



Study Break at the Library: Reading Day, 1:00pm

May 3, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: events, general news

The staff of the Bentley Library invites you to a Reading Day study break. Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks will be available on Thursday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m. in the atrium in front of the art gallery. Take some time to refresh and refuel!


April Arrivals! Check Out Something New to Read, Watch or Listen To.

May 3, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

The new acquisitions lists for April have been posted! Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the 400+ new book, DVD and audiobook arrivals by subject or format . When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

If you prefer to do your reading and listening on a mobile device or computer, visit OverDrive, the library’s downloadable books collection. For help using OverDrive view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Click to browse OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to download or stream online.

Click to browse OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to download or stream online.

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