Passport to the Library Open House for New Students, Friday 8/29

August 27, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: events, general news

arrivalsWelcome, all new students! The staff of the Bentley Library are excited to help you have a great first year. Learn how at our open house event – Passport to the Bentley Library –  on Friday, August 29th between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Drop in for a self guided tour, and along the way you’ll discover that the library is more than just books. We will show you how to get help with your papers and assignments, book study rooms, print to the library from anywhere on campus, borrow free museum passes, download eBooks to your mobile device and more.

Collect six or more stamps on your library passport, and be entered to win a Kindle and other great prizes!

 Passport to the Bentley Library
Friday, August 29
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

#BentleyLibraryPassport  #Bentley2018

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! Please follow us on Twitter @BentleyLibrary and Facebook for all the latest library news.

Please Take Our Survey: Which Museum Passes Should We Offer?

August 26, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, services

Did you know that current students, faculty and staff can get free or reduced admission to a bunch of local museums and attractions? We certainly hope so, but even if you didn’t know about (or use) the library’s museum pass program, we want your feedback. Please take two minutes to complete this anonymous survey to help us decide which passes to offer. Thank you!

Click to view and reserve available museum passes.

Click to view and reserve available museum passes.

New & Notable Nonfiction is On Display

August 25, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

Some of the most important and interesting nonfiction published within the past year is now on display at the library. These books have been pulled from the stacks by our reference librarians to showcase titles that may have escaped your notice when they were originally added to the shelves. You will recognize some of these titles and authors from the bestseller lists, while others were chosen based on recommendations from professional and scholarly review sources.

Stop by the lobby to browse the display or view a list of titles in our catalog. We will continue to add new books that catch our eye as they arrive, so check back often!

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Scan on Demand Turns 1!

August 14, 2014 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: services

Bentley’s Scan on Demand is celebrating its first birthday! What is this Scan on Demand, you say? It’s a free service offered to obtain digital scans of articles and book chapters from the Bentley Library’s print collection.

Scan on Demand is available to current Faculty and registrar-approved Online Learners. If you already use our Interlibrary Loan service, then you’re already registered for Scan on Demand. We use ILLiad to process both Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand requests.

You can login to your ILLiad account from either our Scan on Demand or Interlibrary Loan pages. Once you’ve logged in to ILLiad, select “Scan on Demand” from under the “Place a New Request” options.

Scan on Demand in the ILLiad Menu

Scan on Demand in the ILLiad Menu

Submit your request and remember that the more information that you provide, the faster you’ll get what you need. Within 2 to 3 days, you will receive an email from interlibraryloan@bentley.edu notifying you that your request is available to download from your ILLiad account. The scans are in PDF format and must be downloaded within 30 days of receipt.

THE FINE PRINT: Faculty members, please keep in mind that Scan on Demand is intended for the scanning of material for use in personal research. This service does not extend to material intended to be posted on Blackboard for student use. Such requests are considered e-reserves and should be submitted in person at the Library Services Desk or via the online request form.

MORE FINE PRINT: A maximum of five requests per day will be processed. Staff will process the first five requests in your queue. Volume permitting, we will process additional requests. So, please prioritize your requests by submitting the articles your need the most first. If you are requesting more than one chapter from a book, you must place a separate request for each chapter. We adhere to the University’s Copyright guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact us at interlibloan@bentley.edu or 781-891-2301. Or, if you’re in the Library, stop by the Library Services desk and ask to chat with Amy Galante or Kristen Richards.

Database of the Month: Ad$pender

August 12, 2014 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

ad$spender

Ad$pender from Kantar Media is a web based tool that you can use to track spending on advertising by industry, company, brand or product. Ad$pender provides the current five years of national spending on internet, television, magazines, newspaper, radio and outdoor (billboard) channels. Data is accessed through customizable reports which are available to download as a spreadsheet or view in .pdf format.

Questions you can answer using this resource include:

  • How much does a specific company spend on advertising?
  • Which media channels do companies use to market their products?
  • When do companies spend money on advertising?
  • What industries spend the most money advertising on the Internet?
  • And many more…

How to create a Custom Report

customereportsSteps to retrieve data:

  1. Select Media/Market (i.e. Internet Advertising / Boston Market)
  2. Select Time Period (i.e. Month, Year to Date, 2012, etc.). You can select multiple time periods.
  3. Select Product or Show All (i.e. a category might be Baby Products/ a product might be Nike)
  4. Report Format (choose the rows you want to show and the order for sorting).
  5. Report Options(.csv, .pdf, etc.)
  6. Report Summary (give your report a name and review the specific criteria that you’ve chosen).

After you have created and run a report, your screen will appear as below:

reportviewer

click to view larger image

As this tool is web based, you need to keep using the “Refresh Listing” button [Red #1 on above screen capture] to find out if the report has finished running. The final report will appear under view [Red #2 in the above screen capture] when the report is completed. The check mark [Red #3 in the above screen capture] is for the specifications or spec of the report. The Spec report is a useful way of keeping track of what you asked for. You can use the Spec report as a way of rerunning or tweaking your report criteria to find the data you want.

Of note: The time it takes to run the report depends on the size of the data set requested. The more specific you can be with your request, the smaller the file size and the faster the report will run.

More Information and Help

Help is available at the Ad$pender site including a “Brand Central” document that is particularly useful for understanding the hierarchy of Ad$pender’s category and product levels.  The Goizueta Business Library also provides this excellent handout for using this resource.  Please contact the Reference Desk if you’d like more help using Ad$pender.

Ad$pender can be accessed via the Databases A-Z page and the Marketing Databases page.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, 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.

Bentley Ranked #15 “Best College Library”

August 7, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

We are proud to report that Bentley University has made its second appearance in the “Best College Library” category of The Princeton Review’s college rankings! Bentley is ranked #15 for Best College Library in the 2015 edition of The Best 379 Colleges (published August 2014).best379 Bentley was previously included in the Best College Library rankings of the 2011 edition of The Princeton Review’s publication.

This ranking is a result of the company’s survey of over 130,000 students attending the 379 colleges in its book. Students were asked to rate their own schools on various topics and report on their campus experiences at them. The survey included the question “How do you rate your school’s library facilities?”.

The Best 379 Colleges 2015 edition also ranks Bentley #4 for Best Career Services and #17 for Best College Dorms. Visit the The Princeton Review’s college rankings site to learn more about their lists and methodology.

The library thanks all of the Bentley University students who helped us to be recognized as a “best college library”!

Special Library Hours: Saturday, August 9 – Monday, September 1

August 7, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The library’s hours change for the period of time after summer session ends and before the start of the fall semester – Saturday, August 9 through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).  During this time, the library is closed nights and weekends.

Library Hours
Saturday, August 9 – Monday, September 1 (Labor Day)

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(note: open until 4:30 p.m. on 8/22 & 8/29)

Saturday and Sunday:
CLOSED

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Monday, September 1:
Labor Day Holiday – CLOSED

The library will resume regular hours with the start of the fall semester on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. For more information please check our online hours calendar.

New Books, Movies, TV Shows, Audiobooks & eBooks

August 5, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Visit the library’s New Acquisitions web page to view the 346 new books, DVDs, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books added to the library’s collection in July.  The lists can be browsed by subject or format.  If you find something you’d like to borrow, use your Bentley email address and password to log-in and place a request/hold.

Follow us on Pinterest to be alerted when new popular reading, audiobooks and DVDs hit the shelves throughout the month.

Click to view the library's new popular reading books, audiobooks and DVDs on Pinterest.

Click to view the library’s new popular reading books, audiobooks and DVDs on Pinterest.

Database of the Month: IHS Connect (formerly IHS Global Insight)

July 23, 2014 by Stephen · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

ihsconnectFor a number of years the Bentley University Library has relied upon IHS Global Insight to provide us with comprehensive economic and country risk data.  Recently IHS has transitioned the content we received via Global Insight  into a new product, IHS Connect.  The IHS Country Profiles can now be found under the “geography” tab at the top of each IHS Connect page.  User can search for Country Reports based on geographic location for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.   The country reports are comprehensive, updated reports across major factors shaping foreign investment: political, economic, legal, tax, operational and security environment.  Country reports has a content area labeled “Research and Data Center” that provides Bentley users with exchange rates and CPI tables, monthly forecast tables, and quarterly forecast tables.  The tabular data is downloadable with Excel.

The Growth Outlook content area provides users with a number of tables based on key economic indicators, such as production and inflation, trade and exchange rates.  Key indicator tables can be exported to PDF, Excel and PowerPoint.  IHS provides 6-8 month projections of key indicators.  The Country Rankings content area  provides users with the ability to build a rankings table for 206 countries.  Countries can be ranked by GDP, CPI, foreign Debt, International Reserves, Long-term Interest Rates, and a number of other categories.  Any table in this section of IHS Connect can easily be downloaded to Excel.

A full country report is provided for each country covered by IHS.  Each report includes a Country Risk Statement prepared by IHS.  Each report also includes a Short-term Outlook section as well as Medium- and Long-term Outlook. The Short-term Outlook provides key points and analysis with recent and projected key macro-economic indicators.  The Medium- and Long-term Outlook section provides for a deeper analysis of each country’s economic growth.   Growth, labor markets, inflation, exchange rates, monetary and fiscal policy, and the external sector of each country are covered in the narrative of each country report.

Under the “Insight” tab users can find the Risks and Ratings content area.   This section provides tables of the IHS Country Risks and sovereign risks.  The IHS Country Risks provide weighted  risks (Political 25%, Economic 25%, Legal 15%, Tax 15%, Operational 10%, Security 10%) for doing business in all of the countries covered in the database.  The sovereign risk content area provides a quick tabular view of medium term risk with ratings from Fitch, Moody’s, and S&P.

IHS Connect is a large, comprehensive database with some content areas that are  not available to members of the Bentley community.   When logged into the database users will notice that some content areas are “grayed out” or a “lock” icon is used as an indicator that we do not have access to that content.

IHS Connect can be accessed via the Bentley Library’s Databases page (http://library.bentley.edu/research/databasesaz.asp) or directly at http://ezp.bentley.edu/login?url=http://connect.ihs.com.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, 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 the Reference Desk.

Get Your Summer Vacation Reading Here

July 17, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, general news

The first thing I did this morning?  Checked out a few books for my upcoming vacation. I grabbed two brand-new arrivals (Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta and That Night by Chevy Stevens) and my book club’s latest selection (Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love)  to supplement the pile of books I have awaiting me at home. I’m looking forward to having a lazy-days-of-summer vacation (think beach and backyard), during which I try to read a year’s worth of fiction in two weeks. beach-chairs

I hope that you all get time off from work and the other stresses of life this summer.  If your idea of a great vacation includes books, please visit us before you hit the road.  We have many new releases (and older favorites) for you to choose from – in hardcover, audiobook (CD and Playaway), and downloadable OverDrive eBook and .mp3 formats!

Get started by browsing the Popular Reading and Audiobooks shelves on the main level of the library.  If you prefer to do your reading and listening on a mobile device, check out our OverDrive downloadable library. Don’t forget, library staff can help you locate a specific title/author, offer book recommendations and help you download eBooks.

Enjoy!

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