Reading Day Stress Relief: Pet a Dog, Make a Button, Enjoy Coffee & Snacks

The staff of the Bentley Library invite you to three Reading Day stress relief activities on Wednesday, May 3rd. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day!

Study Break: Coffee, Tea & Snacks
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last) in the atrium in front of the art gallery. Take some time to refresh and refuel!
study break

Stress Buster: Make-Your-Own Buttons
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Take a break from studying to make-your-own final exams flair! The library has just purchased two button making machines and we are unveiling them for a little stress-relief session on Reading Day. We’ll have pre-made templates, magazines, and coloring books on-hand, or you can put Sharpie to paper and design your own.
button making

Take a Paws With Therapy Dogs
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We are happy to host another therapy dog stress-relief session at the library. Stop in to the art gallery to “Take a Paws” with two lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs, Kodiak and Echo.

therapy dog
Kodiak

24-hour Library Access for Final Exams Starts Tuesday, May 2

The library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2 (the day before Reading Day) and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 (the last day of exams), with one small weekend exception.*  The library will close at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, because everyone should take a little break from studying!
open 24 hours

Tuesday, May 2 – Saturday, May 6:
24 hour access
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6

*Saturday, May 6:
close at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 7 – Thursday, May 11:
24 hour access
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 7 and remain open until
6:00 p.m. on Thursday. May 11

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • The library is implementing card-swipe access during the overnight hours. Only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the library between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Please use the card-swipe box at the building’s front entrance.
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours.

For more information about the library, café or help desk hours please view our full hours calendar online. Good luck with your final exams, papers and presentations. Have a wonderful summer break!

Now Showing in the Art Gallery: Malakhai Pearson | “My Brother’s Black Body”

My Brother’s Black Body
Exposition of Photographs by Malakhai Pearson
April 10 – April 21, 2017

Opening Reception
Monday, April 10, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is an exposition of photographs by Bentley University student Malakhai Pearson titled My Brother’s Black Body.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Monday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the gallery. Guests will have the opportunity to hear Malakhai speak about his photographs. Rev. Emmett Price and Professor Kiana Pierre-Louis will offer additional remarks reflecting on the artist’s work.

exhibit flyer

Artist’s Statement

 My Brother’s Black Body

“The greatest reward of this constant interrogation, of confrontation with the brutality of my country, is that it has freed me from ghosts and girded me against the sheer terror of disembodiment.”

— Ta Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

The images in this exhibition are a celebration of the life and body of the young black male in America today and serve as a meditation on the public depiction of the black body. For me, these images are also a reflection of how I view my own blackness, touching on issues of masculinity and self-love.

My Brother’s Black Body was originally funded by and curated for the Boston College Libraries in collaboration with the Boston College Women’s Center as a part of Love Your Body Week in the fall of 2016.

Peace & blessings,

Malakhai Pearson, Bentley University ‘17

The library is very pleased to host this exhibit, which is co-sponsored by the Valente Center, the Office for Diversity & Inclusion, the Multicultural Center, and the Dean of Arts & Sciences. The exhibit will be on view until Friday, April 21.

New Arrivals! Books, DVDs & Audiobooks Added in March

Check out the 350+ new books, DVDs and audiobooks that were added to the shelves in March! Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Interested in downloading or streaming ebooks and digital audiobooks? You can use the OverDrive app to download books to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.  For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

FAQ: How do I find a specific article?

Frequently heard at the Reference Desk:

“My professor said I could get this article at the library, but I don’t know how to find it”.

“This article is listed on Blackboard, but the link is broken. Can you help me get it?”

“I found a reference to this article in a book I’m using for my research. Can you help me track it down?”

Finding an article when you know the name of the journal, magazine, or newspaper in which it appears is as easy as one, two, three!  Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the library’s home page and click on the Journal Finder tab.
  2. Enter the name of the journal, magazine or newspaper in the search box and click [search]. The Journal Finder will tell you if the full-text is available, the database it can be found in, and the dates for which it is available. It will also tell you if the library has a subscription to the print journal.
  3. Click on the appropriate link to search for the article in that database.

What if the article isn’t available in any database or in print at the library?

Don’t worry, the library can obtain a PDF copy of the article for you, for free, and usually within three days! Request a copy of the article you need via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Login to ILLiad with your Bentley username and password, click the link for “Request New Item – Article”, then complete and submit the form.

What if I’m not sure I have the right information, or that I am looking it up correctly?

It’s not unusual to have an incomplete or incorrect citation. Don’t give up! Reference librarians are happy to help you decode mysterious citations and locate articles. Contact the Reference Desk for help.

Find answers to more library FAQs in AskUs, the library’s FAQ database.

Storm Closing: Library Closed Tuesday, March 14

Due to the impending snowstorm, Bentley University has canceled all day and evening classes and closed administrative offices on Tuesday, March 14th. The Bentley Library will remain closed during the snow emergency. Weather permitting, the library will reopen on Wednesday, March 15th at 7:30 a.m.

Don’t forget that even when the library’s doors are closed, our research databases, eBook collections and streaming films databases are always accessible from both on and off campus.

For official updates about the status of the university, 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.

Stay warm and safe!

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: “Ghost Space” by Josephine Burr

Now on view in the art gallery is Ghost Space, a sculptural installation by ceramic artist Josephine Burr. Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, March 23rd, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Burr, a Boston-based artist, creates objects that she calls “markers for the invisibilia that underlie our experience of the world: the shifting terrain of memory, faith, and relationship.” Ghost Space presents a series of “still life” tableaux referencing the familiar, evocative language of domestic space – wallpaper and textile patterns, utilitarian vessels – abstracted into quiet meditations on memory and loss.

More information about Josephine Burr and her work can be found on her website and in the artist statement below.

Ghost Space by Josephine Burr | March 12 – April 6, 2017
The RSM Art Gallery at the Bentley Library, Bentley University

Josephine Burr
Ghost Space
March 12 – April 6, 2017

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 23
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Artist Statement:

From my perspective, the history of clay is mute and absorbent. It exists as a foundational, constant, and yet invisible presence – as pot, as brick, as toilet and basin, as earth. I respond to its silence and its capacity. It is a holder of time and of the unnoticed, of the underpinnings of consciousness and of daily life.

As an artist and a maker, I am interested in probing at this unnoticed space, exploring how the temporality of experience can be distilled into visible, tactile form. The objects and drawings I create are in a sense markers for the invisibilia that underlie our daily experience of being: the shifting terrain of presence, memory, and relationship. The body of work presented in Ghost Space makes reference to familiar and ubiquitous objects – a still life of pots, buckets and basins, wallpaper and textile patterns – while simultaneously carrying a sense of fluidity, fragility and porousness. The empty space between and within these objects is as central to the work as the objects themselves.

The ceramic medium is a tool for drawing, much like a pen or a brush. Clay offers both a malleable material for “drawing” form in space, pinching and coaxing it into form; and a surface on which line, color and light can be manipulated. It is my hope that this work carries with it the freshness of the drawn mark, a fleeting moment captured; and offers the viewer a point of entry to linger and contemplate this floating and uncertain space.

Josephine Burr is an artist living and working in Boston. She has exhibited and lectured nationally, and taught at University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and Babson College as well as numerous craft programs in Boston and New York. She is represented by Lacoste Gallery in Concord, MA and Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill, ME. Her work can be found at www.josephineburr.com.