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.

Photo: Blogspot user doloretes
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!

On Display: Testing, Testing 1,2,3

Now on display in the library’s lobby, the “Testing, Testing 1,2,3” display has three kinds of materials:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.