On Display: The Art of the Book: Sustainability & Social Justice

“Small books are more durable than big ones; they go farther. The booksellers revere big books; readers like small ones. An exquisite thing is worth more than a huge thing.”

– Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

 

Books mean many things to many people. To authors they are the breath of life. To readers, books are places where adventures begin, comfort is found or learning leads to knowledge. Books open us up to a world larger than ourselves. Books sustain the soul and sometimes our livelihood.

Bentley Library is proud to partner with Professor Jane de León Griffin to present a display entitled, The Art of the Book: Sustainability & Social Justice. Dr. Griffin has done extensive research on alternative forms of literary production in Latin America and recently published a book on the subject, The Labor of Literature: Democracy and Literary Culture in Modern Chile. Dr. Griffin’s book explores issues of literature publishing, Latin American culture, political and social movements that shape the literary world and what a book means to those who have limited access to the printed word.

The books and videos collected for this display include a variety of subjects that touch on Latin American culture and authors, the creative, emotional and artistic expression of books and book production, literature as a social movement and using the world’s cast-offs to create objet d’art. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Black History Month Book and Film Display

“To my children, for whom I dream that one day soon they will no longer be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr., dedication in front of his book “Why We Can’t Wait” 

 

View 150 books and DVDs in the library’s front hall for Black History Month starting now! Hear the voices of  past and present African American leaders and rediscover their accomplishments, both in the United States and South Africa. With this display, find works on the people who intensely pursued the rights for blacks to vote and meet advocates for the underserved. Refresh your knowledge of the history and events in this important subject area. Reflect on the work of African American desegregation martyrs. Also browse for beautiful works such as Eyes on the Prize or take home inspirational speeches by outstanding orators on DVD. Check out stirring primary documents such as The Ferguson Report or the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to evaluate exactly what was written that has become so symbolic.

Key events and strong figures from the civil rights movement of the 1960’s

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Medgar Evers
  • Malcolm X
  • Nelson Mandela

and the leaders of today

  • Angela Davis
  • Barack Obama
  • Henry Louis Gates
  • John Lewis

Mostly non-fiction, this display brings together multiple materials about positive, dynamic leaders and their successes. The Bentley Library is well-stocked with books on history of civil rights and successful African Americans and we limited the array to bring you the best materials. Racism, African American arts, literature, and athletes are minimally represented here, as those are entire areas which could merit their own displays and space was limited. We invite you to explore those topics in our catalog.

The 2017 Black History Month display is intended as a showcase of works by and about great African American figures throughout history, and the gains we have made with their leadership. Although the origins of Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week, the topic has blossomed in scope and the conversation happily continues in many directions well past the month of February every year.

“To the committed supporters of the civil rights movement, Negro and white, whose steadfastness amid confusions and setbacks gives assurance that brotherhood will be the condition of man, not the dream of man.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr., dedication in the front of his book “Where Do We Go From Here?

On Display: Best Books of 2016

Best Books of 2016Happy New Year! In keeping with tradition, we have spent the last couple of months combing through some of our favorite reviewer’s year-end best books lists* to bring you our 8th annual Best Books display.

Stop by the library’s lobby to browse 2016’s best fiction and nonfiction titles. With over 160 books to choose from, we are certain you will find something to capture your interest. Some of these books have received numerous accolades and publicity, but you’ll also find great books that did not receive as much mainstream attention.  Many of these titles are also available to download or read/stream online from OverDrive, our digital book and audiobook collection.

If you don’t find anything at first glance, we encourage you to keep checking back.  Books will be added to the display as new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned. If you have a best books list to recommend, please share in the comments.

These are just a few of the best books of 2016

* Lists consulted: Bloomberg, Booklist, The Boston Globe, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, The Christian Science Monitor (fiction; nonfiction), The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Publishers Weekly, strategy+business, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

On Display: Giving

We’ve all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but do you know about Giving Tuesday?  Seeking the true spirit of the season, #GivingTuesday is intended to be a global day of giving, encouraging you to help others through the gift of time, donation, or action.  Inspired by this year’s #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016, the library’s latest display is all about giving back.  The collection features books about kindness, philanthropy, volunteering, charity, social action, and altruism; there are also some movies featuring selfless characters like Amélie and Forrest Gump.

The entire list of titles in the Giving Display can be found in the catalog (if you’d like, click the “Request it” button to place an item on hold).  Stop by the library to check them out and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please come ask at the Reference Desk.  To learn more about #GivingTuesday, please visit the web site: https://www.givingtuesday.org/.

 

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On Display: Office Culture

Every office has its quirks, its characters and its particular ethos. Because people spend so much time in an office environment, often a unique culture evolves. My coworkers and I have a wall where we post funny sayings overheard in our office over the years. Other offices have slightly different conventions, such as the classic scene in the movie Office Space where the printer/fax machine is destroyed. coffeemachine
For this display, we’ve pulled together books and films that relate to office culture. Whether you are looking for titles on organizational change, personal development, leadership, effective management, teamwork, work/life balance, diversity and inclusion, generations in the workplace, and other work-related topics, you’ll find something of interest. On the lighter side, we’ve also included books on office pranks, office supplies, and some classic Dilbert comic strips to lighten up your daily workload. And yes, you can check out Office Space and watch Michael, Peter, and Samir destroy that prinstaplerter.pencil-cup

We know you’ll want to check out some of these items, so grab some Post-It notes to write down titles of interest. Or, come to the Library to browse the display, look at the entire list in the catalog (if you’d like, click the “Request it” button to place an item on hold), and/or visit the Reference Desk to see titles included in the display but not currently featured on the display units.

We aren’t necessarily advocating for extra time spent in the office, but we hope you’ll spend some time with titles from the Office Culture display.

On Display: A World of Books: International Fiction

There’s still a bit of summer left … what better time to discover a new author or settle in with an old favorite? This collection of books (and audiobooks) written by international authors (including two works by Bentley faculty members) offers titles from 44 countries.

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Photo: Blogspot user doloretes

It includes titles originally published in countries where English is the primary language, and titles that have been translated into English. The main focus of the display is 20th- and 21st-century authors, but you’ll also find some classics from previous centuries.

Also included are film adaptations of novels and plays.

Stop by the library’s lobby to browse the selections, or view a list of the titles on display

 

On Display: Presidential Biographies

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 refdesk@bentley.edu 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 refdesk@bentley.edu 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!

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Readers and Writers: A Display of Books (& Films!) about Books

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.

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!