Have a paper or project due soon, and need information to complete it?

March 27, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: events, workshops & classes

Here is an opportunity that is just perfect for you.


Drop in to:

“I just need three sources by tomorrow”- a research workshop.

Bring whatever you are working on and get immediate expert assistance in finding the information you need, whether it be articles, statistics, company information, or books. You will walk away with the source or two (or three) that you need!
You have two opportunities to attend this week:

  • Monday, March 30th – 1pm to 2pm
  • Wednesday, April 1st – 3pm-4pm

(No RSVP necessary; come in anytime during the hour)

These sessions will take place in the Research Instruction Center (Room 11) located on the library’s lower level. (Coffee, Tea & Snacks are available).

5 New Things at the Library

March 17, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: catalog, DVDs, general news, services, technology & equipment

Welcome back from spring break! As you settle back into the routine of classes, campus activities and studying, we would like to draw your attention to five new technology, equipment and website additions at the library. We want to make your library experiences – from charging your smartphone to identifying the location of a book in the stacks – a little bit easier.

Many of these items were implemented in response to feedback received during 14 Days to Have Your Say!, but we welcome suggestions at any time. Email library@bentley.edu or use the Contact Us form to tell us how we can improve the library.

1. USB charging outlets have been installed in the atrium outside the art gallery.


2. StackMap has been integrated with Encore (classic catalog integration is coming soon). Click the “Map It!” button to pinpoint the exact physical location of books, DVDs, audiobooks and periodicals in the library.


3. A second Bookeye book scanner has been installed in the upper level print room.


4. Blu-ray DVDs are being purchased for the popular DVD collection and two Blu-ray players have been installed in the Video Preview room.


5. A third water bottle filling station has been installed on the lower level.


We hope you enjoy the new additions. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help or have any questions.

Database of the Month: Global Issues in Context

March 16, 2015 by Dominique · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Gale Cengage has a great product with Global Issues in Context (GIC).  It is especially relevant to expository writing and classes discussing cultures, current events, and politics.

GIC serves up information on a broad variety of topics including:

  • Conflict diplomacy, society, and world politics (true to its namesake of ‘global’ there are 80+ issues)
  • Science and epidemics, such as ebola and vaccination
  • Technology, i.e., medical breakthroughs and space exploration triumphs
  • Human interest stories, such as literacy, ethics in cell genome research
  • Environmental topics, i.e., oil spills, Kyoto Protocol, fracking

They publish their material in two formats, both with inviting graphics and clickable links: the Portal page and the Results page. Presentation type depends on the timeliness, volume or persistence of the topic.

Global Issues In Context portal page

Note on this Portal page for ebola, the video option on the upper left and the “related portals” on the lower left. [Click to view larger]

Be wowed by Global Issues in Context and search it!

  1. Savor the depth of topic treatment and the varying degrees of scholarliness in the content. For example, go to Browse Topics > Conflict and Diplomacy  from the front page and activate “Iran: International Relations”.
  2. Slice it the Google way by entering keywords in the search box. Try  “Pollution” for an example of a good Results page with rich returns; don’t rush through it.
  3. Chase your topic by geography as an alternative. From the main page choose the path Browse Issues and Topics > Browse Regions > Asia. Choose “China” and then pick from an array of Portal pages.
  4. Sample the world map from the main horizontal menu. Focus on a country of interest and then activate the pin icon displayed visually in your target.

One last thing, the great navigation.  GIC’s main menu at the top persists on every page to make for predictable, easy wayfinding.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a database available from the Library’s website, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases), please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact Adam Williams, Research Instruction Coordinator at awilliams@bentley.edu.

Spring Break Hours: Sat. March 7th – Sun. March 15th

March 5, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

It may not feel or look like spring, but it is time for Spring Break! Those of you not headed out of town might be wondering if the library is open during break. Yes, we are, with some modifications to our normal hours:

suitcaseSaturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8:

Monday, March 9 – Thursday, March 12:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 13:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14:

Sunday, March 15:
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

The Deloitte Cafe/Einstein Bros. Bagels will be closed throughout spring break. The library and cafe will resume regular hours on Monday, March 16, 2015. For more information please check the online hours calendarHave a wonderful break!

On Display: Young Adult Literature

March 4, 2015 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

This month’s display is a collection of bildungsromans. That’s the original term for the young adult novel. Classically, young adult literature features a coming-of-age tale such as Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Nowadays, the term young adult has morphed to become known as reading-age group. Folks often use “young adult” to mean fiction for teens. Sometimes, when adults read a young adult book, such as Harry Potter, they may face ridicule from their friends, colleagues, family, and even strangers! If that happens to you, now you can explain that young adult is not a dirty word.

If you are reading Louisa May Alcott or John Green, remember that they have the same DNA. Young Jo March and Hazel Grace Lancaster are cut from the same cloth.  Jane Austen, Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), and Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero) all capture the sense of what was like for teens during specific time periods and in different regions.

I hope that this display creates a discussion about the evolution of the young adult novel. Let us know what you think about the bildungsroman on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

A selection of young adult books and audiobooks will be on display in the library through April 13, 2015. You may also browse our young adult eBook collection through Overdrive. Below are instructions on how to locate them in Overdrive.

1. Click on All Fiction

1. Click on All Fiction

1. Click on Subject

2. Click to expand Subject

3. Click on

3. Click on Young Adult Fiction


New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks & OverDrive Books

March 2, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

The library added over 200 new books, DVDs, audiobooks, and OverDrive downloadable books to the shelves last month!  Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the February new acquisitions lists by subject or format. When you see something you want, simply hit the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

To browse for new eBooks and audiobooks to read on a Kindle, NOOK, iPad, iPod, laptop or smartphone, visit the library’s OverDrive downloadable books collection. If you’d like help using OverDrive please view OverDrive’s Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Art Gallery Exhibit: Underwater Photography by Joshua Boger

February 18, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery, events

Updated 04/13/2015:  As part of Bentley University’s #EarthDayatBentley celebration, Joshua Boger will be in the McGladrey Art Gallery on Wednesday, April 22nd from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Stop by to meet Dr. Boger and view his exhibit of underwater photography.


Now showing in the McGladrey Art Gallery is an exhibit of underwater photography from the reefs of Wakaya Island, Fiji, by Joshua Boger. The exhibit will be on view February 18 – April 25, 2015. More information about the artist and the exhibit is available via Xconomy, MassBio and the Lowell Sun.

All are invited to attend an opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, February 19th, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Joshua Boger, Ph.D.

Fish, Nudi’s & Other Creatures
February 18 – April 25, 2015

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 19, 2015  |  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Click to view larger image.

Click to view larger image.

Library Welcomes Jaimie Fritz, Project Archivist

February 17, 2015 by Laurie · Comment 
Filed Under: archives, general news

As Bentley University prepares for its Centennial celebration in 2017, Bentley Library welcomes Jaimie Fritz as our Project Archivist to organize the archives associated with the University. Jaimie comes to us from the MIT Library most recently, and before that, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard. She is very excited to help us prepare for our centennial celebration, and brings the organizational and technical skills necessary to make it a success. Jaimie received her MS in Library and Information Science (with a Concentration in Archives Management) from Simmons College, and has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Smith College.

Over the next year, Jaimie will be inventorying and organizing our archives. She’ll also be creating digital exhibits around important events in Bentley history: the founding of the College, the move to Waltham, and more.

Library Opening at 5:00pm on Sunday, February 15th

February 15, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, hours

We are happy to report that the conditions are clear enough to open at 5:00 p.m. today. The library will close at its normal 2:00 a.m. closing time.  The cafe will be open from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Please take care on the roads, sidewalks and stairs, and dress in many layers.

Library Closed Sun. 2/15; Decision About Evening Hours is Pending.

February 15, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, hours

[Updated Sunday, February 15, at 9:55 a.m.] Due to the blizzard, the Bentley Library will be closed during the day today, Sunday, February 15th.  A decision about evening hours will be made by 2:00 p.m. The decision is dependent upon the forecast and campus conditions on Sunday.  Please follow the library’s updates here or on Twitter and Facebook.

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