New Bestsellers, Books, DVDs & Audiobooks Added in March

April 1, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

More than 400 new books, DVDs, audiobooks and OverDrive digital books were added to the library’s collection in March. Visit the New Books & DVDs page to browse all of the new titles.  When you see something you want, use the “request it” link to place a hold on an item.

 

Access the new acquisitions lists.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

If you prefer to do your reading and listening on a mobile device or computer, visit OverDrive, the library’s downloadable books collection. For help using OverDrive, access their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Access OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks.

Click to browse OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to download or stream online.

We Are Here to Help! Visit, Call, Email, Text or IM a Librarian.

March 30, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: research help

Reference librarians are available 7 days a week to answer your questions and provide research assistance. It’s easy to connect with a librarian in person, on the phone, via email and by IM/chat!

Full details, including our hours, contact information and the “Ask Us” chat widget are available on the Research Help page.

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Art Gallery Exhibit: Welcome to the Crowd | Miranda Updike

March 30, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery

Opening in the RSM Art Gallery on April 2nd, Welcome to the Crowd is an installation of paintings by artist Miranda Updike.  All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Wednesday, April 6, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Miranda Updike
Welcome to the Crowd
April 2 – 29, 2016
Read Artist’s Statement

Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Miranda Updike painting, "Black Cloud"

Black Cloud | 2015

Artist Statement

Miranda Updike picture

Miranda Updike

These paintings are from a series on the subject of crowds. In our times of technology, there is little online substitute for a public gathering of bodies and souls uniting in a common cause.  My paintings represent human bonding and interacting in a hi-tech era that tends to foster isolation: People joining together to share ideas, physical space and sentiments.

Many of my crowd paintings are viewed from the aerial perspective.  I use photographic references to abstract the idea of human movement.  I’m attracted to the decorative quality of clustered people or when they are haphazardly separated, like dropped gems, confetti or beads. There is loveliness to the accidental placement of people in the streets seen, say, from the fourteenth floor of a skyscraper – A littering of colored shapes and shadows, which move above asphalt and street lines, express a brand of contemporary splendor.

In tandem with the aerial crowd paintings, I have been working on a mixed media sub-series. These works resemble uncertain seascapes of elliptical shapes that jut forward in space, then recede, and end below a moody sky at the horizon line. I want the viewer to feel like they are part-of-the-pack, and to experience the weight, the mass, and the muscle of a crowd.

– Miranda Updike

To view more works by Miranda Updike please view her Facebook page and visit her website.

What We’re Reading and Watching

March 30, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Inquiring minds want to know – what are library staff reading and watching?  

I asked my colleagues to share what they have been reading and watching recently.  Here are a few of their responses….

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Dominque, Reference Department

I have been reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Very good! –Dom

Jaimie, Project Archivist

Here are two books that I really love – I checked both out from the Bentley Library but soon found that I wanted to buy my own copies so I could keep them on my bookshelves forever.

The first is Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog – a light sci-fi/fantasy time travel mystery novel! This was published in 1998 but the wit, plot, and tone are as relevant as ever. If you like Doctor Who, Douglas Adams, or mysteries by the likes of Dorothy Sayers, give this a shot. One of the few books I’ve read in recent memory to make me laugh out loud. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (Note: this book is not available in the library’s collection, but it can be requested via Interlibrary Loan).

The second, which was released last year, is Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (also known as the singer/songwriter for the Mountain Goats). orphan-blackWhile this is *not* sci-fi/fantasy, it’s perhaps an even trippier read. The story moves back and forth between a young man who has suffered a horrible injury, and the people playing a text-based game he created. Powerful, haunting writing is about all I can say without spoiling anything.

(As an added bonus, if you have even a vague interest in either of these reads you should absolutely watch BBC America’s Orphan Black – one of the best shows on television if you like action, science, futurism, feminism, mystery, or comedy. The new season starts soon but you still have time to binge-watch!)  –Jaimie

Lisa, Reference Department

Orphan Train by Christina Baker KlineLast month my book club read The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, which intertwines the stories of two women from different eras, each persevering through extremely difficult circumstances. Although I found the outcome of the story a bit predictable, I enjoyed the author’s descriptive writing and it was fascinating to learn about the orphan trains of the 1900s.

I also recently completed The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon and I am almost finished with Michael Koryta’s Last Words.  I would describe both as psychological mystery/suspense with shades of the supernatural. Neither book blew me away, but both are entertaining and held my interest until the end.

I am looking forward to reading the YA novel Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman and Bonnie Jo Campbell’s collection of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. –Lisa

Kim, Reference Department

Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen audiobook

We are listening to the Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. My 11 year old and I are listening to it in the car. We are both getting a huge kick out of it. It is the original radio program and it is performed not just read so sometimes the performer fades out and it can be hard to understand what when he is mumbling, but it is a different experience than most of the audiobooks we’ve listened to lately. We are on the last disc so it will be coming back to the library’s collection soon. We will continue our adventure with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which we can borrow and listen to through the Overdrive app on my iPhone.

I also listened to Unstoppable by Bill Nye recently and enjoyed that for different reasons entirely, but would recommend it as another family-friendly and thought-provoking, although sometimes alarming, audiobook to listen to. –Kim

Do you have a book or DVD recommendation?  Share it with us in the comments!  If you would like to suggest that the library purchase a title for our collection, please submit a request via the Suggest a Purchase form.

Database of the Month: Mediamark University Internet Reporter

March 29, 2016 by Stephen · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Mediamark University Internet Reporter is a profiling system used to define targets in order to gain insights and better understand markets and/or the media used to reach those markets.  First time Mediamark users must register and create an account before they can us the database.  Users should contact the Bentley University Library at 781.891.2300 or refdesk@bentley.edu to receive a registration code to be entered when creating a Mediamark account.  Mediamark is available to current Bentley University students, faculty and staff.

Registration Steps:

  1. Go to the Mediamark home page and click [Register].
  2. Enter the Registration Code, your name and your Bentley University email address.  If your professor has not provided you with a registration code, please visit or email the Reference Desk at refdesk@bentley.edu to obtain the code.  A Bentley email address is required for proper authentication.
  3. After registering, you will receive a password validation email from clientservices@gfkmri.com. You must click the activation link in the email within 3 days to activate your account and set up your password.
  4. After clicking the activation link, you will be able to create your own password to access Mediamark University Internet Reporter. The password must be between 8-16 characters in length and have at least one alphabetic character and one numeric digit.
  5. After all these steps have been completed, proceed to Mediamark Reporter to begin using the database.

Mediamark registration

After registering for an account users will be able to access data on media use, product use, behavioral and other marketing measures from Mediamark’s yearly national probability sample of consumers.  The University Internet Reporter  provides access to GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer for academic use by students and faculty.  The Survey’s vast database of media usage, demographics, psychographics and consumer behavior makes it a powerful resource for penetrating insight into the actions and motivations of adult American consumers.

Once logged in users will select a Category for a list of over 25 product areas:

Mediamark categories

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Users will then select a Question — a consumer activity.   Once the consumer activity has been selected users will be able to create a report based on Target criteria including report type, consumer activities (Details) and demographics (Target).

Mediamark target reports

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The understand how the Mediamark University Reporter presents information in a report users should download the Mediamark University Internet Reporter Tutorial.

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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 contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using this form.

Easter Sunday Holiday Hours: Library Opens at 1:00pm

March 24, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Easter Holiday Hours
Sunday, March 27, 2016
1:00 p.m.– 2:00 a.m.

The Deloitte Cafe will be open from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and the Help Desk will be open 1:00 p.m. –  10:30 p.m.

For more information view the full online calendar.

Spring Break Hours: Saturday, March 12 – Sunday, March 20

March 10, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Wow, after yesterday’s abnormally warm temperatures it definitely feels like it’s 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 12 & Sunday, March 13:
CLOSED

Monday, March 14 – Thursday, March 17:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 18:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 19:
CLOSED

Sunday, March 20:
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 21, 2016.

For more information please check the online hours calendarHave a wonderful break!

February Acquisitions: New Books, DVDs and Audiobooks

March 3, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Visit the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new books, DVDs, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books added to the library’s collection in February.  When you see something you want, use the “request it” link to place a hold on an item.

Access the new acquisitions lists.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

If you prefer to do your reading and listening on a mobile device or computer, visit OverDrive, the library’s downloadable books collection. For help using OverDrive, access their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Access OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks.

Click to browse OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks to download or stream online.

On Display: Testing, Testing 1,2,3

February 24, 2016 by Dominique · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

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.

Database of the Month: ACM Digital Library

February 23, 2016 by Macee · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

ACM Digital Library, published by the Association for Computing Machinery, is a comprehensive collection of full-text articles and citations covering the fields of computing and information technology. A noteworthy strength of this database is full-text access to conference papers containing emerging research within the ACM’s special interest groups (SIGs).

This database is particularly useful for those pursuing research in the areas of computer science and/or Human Factors Information Design.

Our subscription includes:

  •  The Full-Text collection of all ACM publications, including journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines, newsletters and books, and a select collection of ACM DL logoother computing publications.
  • ACM Guide to Computing Literature, including a comprehensive bibliography of citations.
  • ACM Author and Institutional Profile Pages, which include bibliographic and bibliometric data for over 1.5 million authors, and every academic, government, and industry organization publishing articles in the field.

Search, Retrieval and Export

Browsing options are available on the main page, including a page containing names and descriptions of each SIG. Each interest group focuses on a specific area of computer science research; the searcher with a specific area of interest may wish to click a group name to narrow his/her search to a particular group.

Basic and Advanced searches are also provided. Advanced searching enables the user to join keywords or phrases to form a tailored search. Both the Basic and the Advanced searches allow the user to refine the result set by author, institution, conference name, date, publication name, and more.

Several options for exporting citations are available, including Endnote and CSV.

Personal Web Account

Sign up for a free Web account to save searches. Using the My Binder feature (available after login), the user can compile a bibliography of citations from the database.

Database Help

Visit the Training & Resources page to schedule an online training session, watch videos, set up RSS alerts for Tables of Contents, and more.

Connect to this Database

Please visit the ACM Digital Library page to start your research. ACM also provides a mobile app for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows phones, available in the app store for the specific device.

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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 contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using this form.

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