Are you curious about the “world” of resources that the Library offers?
Visit the Library lobby all week to see a pop-up display of books and movies from across the globe! We’ll also provide search tips on how to discover new favorite titles by searching for diverse writers and filmmakers.
Do you already have a favorite book or movie from a diverse voice or place that’s not in our collection? Let us know by placing a title into our suggestion box, and we’ll consider adding it. If you can’t make it to the library, you can submit suggestions via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BentleyLibraryWishlist, post your suggestions on Facebook, or comment here.
We’ll also have a giant world map on display. While you’re browsing the books and movies, take a moment to pinpoint the location where you or your ancestors come from, and check out the diversity of our Bentley community.
Happy reading, searching, and pinning!
November 13-17, 2017 Bentley Library Lobby Visit anytime during our open hours!
See the world, eat snacks from across the globe, and win prizes, all from the comfort of the Bentley Library!
Come play GeoGuessr– a fun online game that utilizes Google Earth to drop you in a random spot on the globe! Move around on the map to try to determine your location, and earn points based on how close your guesses are. Will you end up in the fjords of Norway, or trekking through the Amazon? Get a top score and select a beautiful travel book as a prize! Drop-in for one round or stay for the entire time. All are eligible to win!
Tuesday, November 14 2:00pm – 4:00pm Research Instruction Center (RIC), room 11 on the lower level
Opening on October 5th is an installation of paintings and sculpture by artist Robert Collins. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday, October 18, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Robert Collins Paintings and Sculpture
October 5 – November 10, 2017
Wednesday, October 18
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This body of work represents four years of an investigation of still life painting and sculpture. You will not find a defined table top, beautifully placed romantic objects, or even a defined light source. Instead, you will experience the relationships between objects, vertical compositions, controlled space and design. You will discover, as I did, a more complex love for two-dimensional design and composition.
I look long and hard for relationships between objects, vertical movements, and value balance. These are the harmonious relationships I see in an everyday still life situation. In this work, the paintings and sculptures come first, with their own vocabulary and style. Second, comes a slight glimpse of formal still life concerns. Spirit and a poetic thought communicate to the viewer before the actual look and feel of a traditional still life. This emphasis on two-dimensional concerns and vertical relationships takes the viewer to new experiences in still life viewing. This creates an abstracted view of the still life, putting the emphasis on the design and sensibilities of the artist.
These two-dimensional design concerns actually allow me to express a more authentic still life, one created with emotion and feeling that can be set aside from the traditional literal approach to this classical subject matter.
Passport to the Bentley Library
Open House for New Students
Friday, August 25
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Welcome to Bentley, new students! The staff of the Bentley Library are excited to help you have a great first year.
All new students – first years, exchange students, transfer students, and new grad students – are invited to the library’s open house event, Passport to the Bentley Library, on Friday, August 25th. Check in at the the arrivals desk in the library’s lobby any time between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
After receiving your library passport and map you will embark on a self-guided tour. As you explore, library staff will show you how to….
…book study rooms
…get research help for your papers and projects
…print to the library from anywhere on campus
…get free museum passes …download books to your mobile devices
…stream films for free from the library
…borrow books from libraries around the world
Along the way you’ll be given some fun (and useful) giveaways. If you collect six or more stamps on your library passport, you will be entered to win Beats headphones and other great prizes!
This is a special opportunity to meet the library staff and learn about all of the library’s services and resources. We look forward to seeing you at the library on Friday and throughout the year.
The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books!, an installation by artist Annie Silverman, is now on view in the RSM Art Gallery. Annie Silverman is a relief printmaker and book artist who has been creating experimental work with print installations, printed dimensional objects and books for over 20 years. In 2007 she formed Abrazos Press, a small teaching and professional studio with Sandra Butler and Nina Wishnok in Somerville, MA.
All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Wednesday, August 30, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Annie Silverman The Birds, The Bees, Curiosities . . . and Books! August 17 – October 1, 2017
Wednesday, August 30
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Annie Silverman specializes in both wood block and mixed media printmaking, and has been a printmaker for over 20 years.
The wood that she carves to create the matrices for her prints is specially prepared plywood from Japan called SHINA, which is easy to carve and keeps a lot of detail.
She is often asked “how long does it take to carve that?” and she always says, “As long as it takes”. Carving and listening to audio books are very complementary studio activities.
Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? Much of Annie’s inspiration comes from her life experiences. She is an urban beekeeper, a beginning accordion player, and a gardener, with strong interests in natural history and botanical illustrations. She also is intrigued with antique circus posters from the 1800’s. There is often an air of humorous oddness in her work which she finds entertaining and hopes her audience does as well.
– Carved and scratched patterns and surfaces
– Bees (she’s a beekeeper)
– Old prints of botany and natural history
– Curiosity cabinets and the history of collections
– Woven fish traps and coracles
– Polka dots
For more information about the artist please visit her website.
Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is The Bentley Student Experience, the third and final Centennial year exhibit detailing the history of Bentley University. Please join us at the opening reception for this exhibit, which will include remarks by Vice President Andrew Shepardson, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26.
The Bentley Student Experience Bentley Centennial Exhibit April 25 – June 7, 2017 June 11, 2017
Opening Reception Wednesday, April 26, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Remarks by Vice President Andrew Shepardson
Bentley was founded in response to a demand for more highly educated business professionals –especially accountants – in the first decades of the twentieth century. At this same point in the development of American higher education, what we now know as Student Affairs (a set of co-curricular offerings created and managed by educational specialists) began to emerge.
Student Affairs at Bentley evolved as they did at colleges and universities across the country, though perhaps a bit more slowly as a result of Bentley’s status as an urban, “street-car school” that offered the basics to students. Once Bentley relocated to its spacious Waltham campus, the student experience steadily began to resemble that of a traditional residential college.
The student experience at Bentley also reflects the distinctive philosophy that characterizes this institution in so many ways – a philosophy that embraces founder Harry Bentley’s belief in a real-world education. In the 21st century we talk about engagement, and Bentley prepares students to have full lives and careers by engaging them in innovative ways now, in the life of the campus and beyond.
The Bentley Student Experience exhibit is not limited to student life narrowly defined as activities and clubs; but is intended to showcase all aspects of what has contributed to being a student at Bentley for the past century – in the classroom, in the residence halls, commuting by streetcar or on Route 128, playing a sport, serving the community, meeting someone with a drastically different background, and more.
Today, fostering an engaged student experience is a key element of the university’s strategic direction, one that recognizes the educational value of comprehensive growth in and out of the classroom. Please enjoy this look at the way students have experienced Bentley for 100 years.
By now you probably know that Bentley is celebrating its historic centennial year. But you may not know that we have some important milestones coming up– this week marks the official founding of Bentley University, and the birthday our founder Harry C. Bentley!
Harry C. Bentley was born on February 28th, 1877 in Connecticut. He discovered a passion for business in his youth, and by the time he reached his 30’s he was a successful teacher, writer, and businessman. On February 26th, 1917 he held the first class at what would soon be called the “Bentley School of Accounting and Finance.” Turning 40 and starting your own school in the same week – quite an accomplishment!
To honor both of these historic dates, we’re planning an all-day birthday celebration across campus on Tuesday, February 28th. At the library, we’ll be using the day to honor and explore Bentley’s past. From 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday you can visit Room 101 on the main level to see the contents of the 1992 time capsule, and the video that students produced to go along with it. There are letters from student organizations, t-shirts, memorabilia, photos, and more to browse through. While you’re here, you can also write a letter to your future self that will be stored in the Archives and given to you at a future Bentley Reunion!
If you’d like to learn more about the early history of Bentley, and even get to hear Mr. Bentley’s voice, see our new Archives Birthday Wishes web exhibit.
In this video, you can hear remarks delivered by Harry Bentley at Commencement in 1950.
Volunteer to help bring history into the 21st century!
Colored Conventions Project Transcribe-a-thon for Black History Month
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Drop-in hours 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
live stream from University of Delaware’s event, 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, lower level
The Bentley Library is happy to be partnering with the University of Delaware’s Colored Conventions Project for a Black History Month volunteer Transcribe-a-thon! In honor of Frederick Douglass’ birthday, volunteers will gather at libraries across the country to help with a digital transcription project.
Never heard of digital transcription? No problem! All you have to do is read and type!
About the project
The University of Delaware has digitized hundreds of historic documents from “Colored Conventions” – political strategy meetings held by free and fugitive black citizens both before and after the Civil War. Documents from these meetings tell us about how participants strategized to “achieve educational, labor and legal justice at a moment when Black rights were constricting national and locally.”
Digital versions of these documents are publicly available on the Colored Conventions Project website, but they are difficult to browse. By transcribing the documents into plain text, volunteers help to make the documents text searchable, which allows researchers to read documents on tablets or phones, to conduct keyword searches, and to index terms.
What will I be doing as a transcription volunteer?
Volunteering is simple, and you can help out even if you only have a few minutes to spare. Drop-in to the library’s Transcribe-a-thon in the Research Instruction Center on Tuesday, February 14, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Library staff members will be on hand to show you how to submit transcriptions and how to make note of illegible words or other oddities.
A live stream from the University of Delaware from 12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m will include speakers, a happy birthday song for Frederick Douglass, and more.
Stay for a few minutes or a few hours! Snacks will be provided.