On display at the Bentley Library from April 5th – May 16th is a collection of titles about reading and writing. If you have a love for literature, be sure to take a look! We’ve divided the display into a few categories so you can find a book or movie that suits your interests the most. See the attached PDF Category List for the full list of titles in each category – although some fit more than one!
- Readers: In these titles, books play a starring role. Possession by A.S. Byatt tells the story of two scholars searching for a hidden history inside old books, and in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a college freshman tries to navigate life through her obsession with her favorite book series.
- Writers: Fictional stories about the craft and life of writers. Try Rick Moody’s Hotels of North America for a story about a man working through his troubles by writing online reviews. Or pick up Misery by Stephen King – the book or film version! – to see what happens to a writer when he’s confronted by his disgruntled biggest fan.
- Non-fiction: Check out Book Lust by Nancy Pearl or Read This Next by Howard Mittelmark to find recommended titles that you may have missed on your reading list. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester and The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett bring you some true-life stories of intrigue about book culture.
There are plenty of books and movies on this display that will satisfy your bookworm curiosities. Whatever genre you prefer, we hope you’ll find something new to read or watch!
Now on display in the library’s lobby, the “Testing, Testing 1,2,3” display has three kinds of materials:
- Assistance with practice for professional exams, certifications, and credentialing. Advancing a career to the next step sometimes requires taking a test such as GMAT, LSAT, GRE, CPA exam…. The likely users of these materials are graduate students or people about to finish their Bentley undergrad journey.
- For anyone who has headaches getting ready for assessments in a timed setting, there is a wide selection of books with tips for users to study smarter, not harder. Titles in this group address strategies for test taking, time management, study skills, and stress busting. Outsmart the test.
- Finally, the “Testing, Testing 1,2,3” display offers material to answer academic questions such as, “What is the value of standardized tests in our school systems?” and “In what ways has teaching-to-the-test influenced education?” These materials will benefit researchers looking into education theory and the culture of standardized assessments.
Stop by to browse and borrow.
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Happy New Year and welcome to the library’s 7th annual best books display! This year we have combed through eighteen* year-end “best books” lists to bring you the Best Books of 2015.
The display features fiction and nonfiction titles that have spent weeks on the bestseller lists, and also highlights critically claimed books that have not garnered as much mainstream attention. Intrigued? Stop by the library’s lobby to browse the selections or click here to view a list of the titles on display. Many of these books are also available as downloadable and streaming eBooks and audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection.
More than 150 books and audiobooks are currently on display. More titles being added as they are acquired and returned, so keep checking back!
Please visit the Reference Desk if you need help finding a book or would like to learn more about downloading eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive.
*Sources consulted: Amazon.com; Bloomberg; Booklist; The Boston Globe; CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries; The Economist; Entertainment Weekly; Financial Times; Forbes; Inc. Magazine; Kirkus Reviews; Library Journal; The New York Times; NPR; Publishers Weekly; strategy+business; The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
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On display, from November 17, 2015 to January 4, 2016, at the Bentley Library is an interdisciplinary collection of books highlighting research about data. Included are popular and scholarly works about collecting it, obtaining it, analyzing it, evaluating it and finally accounting for it.
Visit the library and browse through the physical display located in front of The McGladrey Art Gallery or view the contents of the display online. If you see something online you would like, just request it through the library catalog, and you will be notified when the item is available on the hold shelf for you.
To highlight a few:
(Of note: Multiple users can view the same content at the same time.)
- Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World by Christine L. Borgman.
- Bursting the Big Data Bubble: The Case for Intuition-Based Decision Making edited by Jay Liebowitz.
- Handbook of Digital Currency: Bitcoin, Innovation, Financial Instruments, and Big Data edited by David Lee Kuo Chuen.
Overdrive Downloadable Books:
(Of note: Downloadable content is checked out to one user at a time.)
- Big Data : A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.
- Dataclysm : Our Life in Numbers by Christian Rudder.
- The Organized Mind : Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levintin.
We hope that you enjoy this display. If you notice we are missing a title on this topic, please feel free to suggest a purchase.
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How do you find your next book to read or movie to watch? You probably get suggestions from friends and family, or some of you may belong to social communities such as Goodreads. Perhaps you have been enticed to try something from Amazon’s “recommended for you” list or Netflix’s “because you watched…” category. Well, now’s your chance to get recommendations from the Bentley Library staff!
In preparation for the Library Staff Picks display, Donna and I asked our colleagues to select their top 10 favorite books and movies. It should come as no surprise that most people who work in libraries like to read books (no, librarians do not get to read books all day at work). We also like to watch TV shows and movies – a lot of movies (we don’t get to watch those at work either). Being bookish doesn’t mean only loving the classics or always opting for “serious” literature. The staff of the Bentley Library includes pop culture aficionados, history junkies, graphic novel fans, and dedicated audiobook listeners, just to name a few.
Enough about us. Stop by the lobby to see for yourself the books, movies and audiobooks recommended by library staff. Each item is labeled with a sticker showing which staff member made the pick. Try something new and you just might find a kindred spirit here at the library.
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“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.” – Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Each year, libraries and bookstores around the country celebrate our freedom to read during Banned Books Week. Since the first Banned Books Week in 1982, the American Library Association reports that over 11,000 books have been challenged or banned in the United States.
A challenge is when a person or group tries to “remove or restrict” a book from a library or school. Banning is when that item is removed completely from a library or school.
J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, and Stephen Chbosky are among the authors whose works have been banned or challenged in the United States. As recently as last year, there were over 300 challenges reported to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
The individuals or groups challenging these books have wanted them banned for a myriad of reasons. Anti-family (Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples), “depictions of bullying” (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie), and “controversial issues” (The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison) are just the tip of the iceberg. All three of these works were among the top ten most challenged titles of 2014 and are part of our “Read at Your Own Risk!” display.
Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out one of these books, on display in the library through October 5. During Banned Books Week, being held September 27 – October 3, stop by the Library Services desk to get a free Banned Books Week bookmark (while supplies last). And don’t forget search our Overdrive collection for downloadable challenged eBooks like The Hunger Games, Freakonomics, and Looking for Alaska.
Display co-produced by Amy Galante and Kristen Richards from Library Services. Kristen’s favorite controversial book is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Amy is partial to Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more scandalous literary picks from the Bentley community.
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Summertime and the reading is easy…
I equate summer with reading. I’m sure this stems back to years of summer vacation from school. Wonderfully long stretches of time to spend reading Laura Ingalls Wilder, Judy Blume, Madeleine L’Engle, S.E. Hinton and Stephen King. Yes, there were lots of fun summer activities that kept me busy, but there was plenty of time to read the books I wanted to read, not just those assigned by my teachers.
As an adult it still feels like summertime is meant for reading. My summer vacations are shorter now, but the stack of books to read is just as high.
Now on display in the library’s lobby is a selection of summer reading books and audiobooks. Everyone’s idea of the perfect summer read is different, but hopefully something here will grab you. Maybe you’ll find a new release from one the ubiquitous bestseller or “best beach books” lists, or rediscover an old favorite to re-read. Don’t forget to check out the downloadable ebooks and audiobooks available from OverDrive. OverDrive is getting even easier to use – if you have an internet connection you can read most eBooks online and stream most audiobooks through your browser without using the OverDrive app.
If you don’t find something on the display, ask any one of us here at the library for a recommendation. We’ll be happy to tell you about the books we are enjoying this summer.* We would also love to hear about what you’ve been reading.
Have a great summer, and happy reading!
*So far this summer I have enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (copy being purchased for the library soon), Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and The Rosie Effect, Graeme Simsion’s follow-up to The Rosie Project. I’m currently halfway through Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, which I selected for book club this month. When I hit the beach later this summer I plan to bring Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and I Refuse by Per Petterson. I’m also trying to decide between two series – Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series and the Queen of the Tearling books by Erika Johansen. If you’ve read either, and have a recommendation, let me know! ~Lisa
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Exciting journeys await you between the covers of the books in this month’s display. Experience the wilderness of Mt. McKinley with Christopher Johnson McCandless, as told by Jon Krakauer in the book Into the Wild. Learn how to make your garden a beautiful oasis with From Yard to Garden: The Domestication of America’s Home Grounds by Christopher Grampp.
There are so many wonderful places to visit across the United States; from the mountains of New England to Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Unfortunately travel can be expensive. If you are on a budget, or don’t have a lot of free time, why not check out a book? Travel to some of these wonderful places during your lunch break or while sitting at your local park!
Not a reader? Laugh along with John Candy and Dan Aykroyd in the 1988 comedy The Great Outdoors. Relive childhood memories of summer camp with Wes Anderson’s stylized film Moonrise Kingdom. Experiencing the outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean being outdoors!
If you already have camping plans for this summer, why not check out Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors, by Robin Donovan or The Great Outdoors Cookbook, by Sunset Magazine, for some inspiration on cooking in the wilderness.
From new and contemporary authors, like Cheryl Strayed, to old favorites like Henry David Thoreau, let the words of these individuals transport you to times and places of great adventure.
Summer is just around the corner! Everyone is eager to get outside to enjoy some beautiful weather. It is no wonder that June is National Great Outdoors month!
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They work at the Library as early as 7:30 a.m. and as late as 2:00 a.m. During finals, they’re even here between 2 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Filling printers with paper, processing new books, and assisting library users are just a few of their responsibilities. Who are these people? They are your fellow Falcons who work at the Bentley Library.
As a small token of thanks, we ask our seniors to select a book or film, which is then affixed with a bookplate in their name.
This year, dedications have been made on behalf of these Class of 2015 graduates:
Stop by the New Books area of the library to view a display of their selections, or visit the Library Student Employee Dedication Pinterest board to view photos of the dedications.
On behalf of the entire Library staff, we thank you for all of your hard work and commitment. Best of luck and congratulations!
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Perhaps you’re at a gathering of people of the sort that requires a name tag, and you need to make some small talk. Possibly you need to get up to speed quickly on a topic that you don’t know much about, or maybe you just enjoy learning about new things. Whatever your motivation for picking up a print or audio book to learn about something new, this month’s display aims to transform you into an Instant Expert. I’ve chosen books and audio books of varying lengths and on a variety of subjects from all parts of the library’s collection. You can reacquaint yourself with the Guinness Book of Records (a personal favorite of mine from childhood), find and implement a business model that makes sense for your company, read about how swampy Boston marshland became today’s Back Bay, brush up on your language skills, learn How to Measure Anything, and a lot more!
If you’d prefer to watch streaming videos, take a look at our Films on Demand collection, where you can watch episodes from the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series, view some TED Talks, or find other videos of interest.
To start the process of becoming an expert on your new favorite topic, come to the Library to browse the display, look at the entire list in the catalog (if you’d like, click the “Request it” link we’ve provided to place an item on hold), or visit the Reference Desk to see titles that are on the list but that aren’t currently featured on our display shelves.
I hope you’ll enjoy adding to your areas of expertise!