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!

New Books, Movies & Audiobooks Added in June

July 7, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

We added 489 new items to the library in June!  Take a look at our newest books, movies, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books – go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the 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, please visit our OverDrive collection.

Want to be the first to know about new arrivals?  Follow us on Pinterest! We pin new popular reading, new audiobooks and new DVDs throughout the month as they are added to the library’s collection.

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Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

 

On Display: Our Animal Friends

June 30, 2014 by Donna · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France

 

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The library’s new display features our animal friends like Marley the dog, Alex the parrot, and Babe the pig. The collection of nonfiction, fiction, and film focuses on the special relationship between humans and animals, exploring how animals affect us and how they can “awaken” our souls. Come by the library to make a new furry friend!

 

Visit the library to check out the display in person, take a look at the Pinterest board, or see the entire list of materials in our catalog. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please come ask at the Reference Desk. Enjoy!

Library Closed Friday, July 4th

June 30, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours, Uncategorized

The Bentley Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th, in observance of of the Independence Day holiday. The library is open regular summer hours all other days this week and weekend. For more information about our hours please view our online calendar.

Weekend Closing: Saturday 6/28 & Sunday 6/29

June 24, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The Bentley Library will be closed the weekend between the end of Summer Session I and the start of Summer Session II – Saturday, June 28th and Sunday, June 29th.  For those of you planning ahead, please note that we will also be closed on Friday, July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

For more information about the library’s hours, please view our hours calendar.

Database of the Month: MLA Directory of Periodicals

June 24, 2014 by Macee · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Ah, summer … sun, fun, time to think about writing and publishing!

The MLA Directory of Periodicals, published by the Modern Language Association, is a great source for finding potential publishing opportunities in language and literature disMLAciplines. The Directory covers 5500+ journals and book series, 4400+ of which are indexed in the companion MLA International Bibliography, providing a mix of citations and full-text.

Searching the Directory

Using the EBSCOHost search platform, you can search using keywords or choose a particular field from the dropdown index menu. Using the Advanced Search, you can choose from a variety of search limiters, such as whether a journal is peer-reviewed, or accepts book reviews, abstracts and/or notes.

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Search Options on the Advanced Search page

Each entry gives information such as publication start date, contact information, restrictions placed on contributors, languages in which the periodical’s contents are published, editorial personnel, peer-review status, sponsoring organizations, and subjects covered. Also included are statistics on how many articles and book reviews are submitted and published each year. Below is part of the entry for the Journal of European Studies.

Submission Guidelines for the Journal of European Studies

Submission Guidelines for the Journal of European Studies

The database can also be searched by browsing its indexes. Use the Indexes option at the top of the search page and choose an index to view an alphabetical list of all of the elements in that index (for example, Publication Name or Subject). As with all EBSCOHost databases, you can register for a free account in order to save your search results and search history.

Connect to this Database/More Information

MLA Directory of Periodicals can be accessed via the library’s Databases A-Z and Arts, Media, and Literature subject pages. For additional publishing resources, see the library’s Publishing Resources for Faculty research guide.

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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.

Art Gallery Exhibit: Erik Pettersen | Cityscapes and Landscapes

June 17, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery

Now showing in the McGladrey Art Gallery is a collection of oil paintings titled “Cityscapes and Landscapes” by artist Erik Pettersen. The exhibit will be on view June 16 – July 14, 2014. To view more of Erik Pettersen’s work, follow @erik_pettersen on Instagram.

Erik Pettersen
Cityscapes and Landscapes
June 16 – July 14, 2014

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Hudson by Erik Pettersen

New Books, Movies, TV Shows & Audiobooks Added in May

June 2, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

More than 300 new books, DVDs, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books were added to the library last month.  Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the May 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, please visit our OverDrive collection.

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Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

Want to be the first to know about new arrivals?  Follow us on Pinterest! We pin new popular reading, new audiobooks and new DVDs throughout the month as they are added to the library’s collection.

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Follow us on Pinterest.

 

Summer Session Help at the Writing Center & ESOL Center

May 29, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

The ESOL Center and the Writing Center have opened for the summer, and offer their assistance to all Bentley undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in summer session classes. Students are encouraged to make an appointment online using the links below, but walk-ins are also welcome. Both centers are located on the lower level of the library.

The ESOL Center

June and July Hours:
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

August Hours:
Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation and conversation enrichment? Come to the ESOL Center. Bentley University students whose home language is not English are invited to take advantage of the free tutorial services offered by Bentley’s ESOL Center. All students (including graduate students) can schedule an appointment online, call 781.891.2021 to make an appointment, or drop in to see if a faculty tutor is available.

The Writing Center

Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Writing Center staff are available to provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills. Students can drop in during open hours, but appointments are encouraged.  Schedule an appointment online, or call 781.891.3173 to make an appointment.

Our Top 10 Most Popular Books, DVDs & Audiobooks, 2013/2014

May 28, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books

top10-2013-2014If you’ve ever wondered what the Bentley University community is reading, watching, and listening to, then we have the lists for you! Our 5th annual Bentley Library Top 10 details the library’s most popular books, audiobooks and DVDs based on the number of times they have been borrowed during the academic year (excluding any items placed on reserve for a class). There were many ties in the rankings this year, giving you even more to choose from.

This year G. R. R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series (“Game of Thrones” series) dominated the book, audiobook and DVD lists. Books that saw movie releases this year were very popular, with The Book Thief, The Fault in Our Stars, Ender’s Game, The Wolf of Wall Street and Divergent all appearing in our Top 10 book lists. Remarkably, four books by Malcolm Gladwell appear on the lists, including a fifth consecutive appearance by The Outliers: The Story of Success.

Compiling the Top 10 lists is one of our favorite annual activities; we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Browse the BENTLEY LIBRARY TOP 10 lists for academic year 2013-2014 in the categories of Popular Reading, Stacks (regular book collection), Audiobooks, Popular DVDs, OverDrive Downloadable eBooks and OverDrive Downloadable Audiobooks:

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Popular Reading Collection

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Stacks

  • 1. (tie) SEEING THE ELEPHANT: UNDERSTANDING GLOBALIZATION FROM TRUNK
  • TO TAIL by Peter Marber [check availability]
  • 1. (tie) OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS by Malcolm Gladwell [check availability]
  • 1. (tie) THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR: THE CLASSIC TEXT ON VALUE INVESTING
  • by Benjamin Graham [check availability]
  • 4. LIAR’S POKER : RISING THROUGH THE WRECKAGE ON WALL STREET
  • by Michael Lewis [check availability]
  • 5. (tie) BIG DATA: A REVOLUTION THAT WILL TRANSFORM HOW WE LIVE, WORK,
  • AND THINK by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier [check availability]
  • 5. (tie) THE WOLF OF WALL STREET by Jordan Belfort [check availability]
  • 7. (tie) ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card [check availability]
  • 7. (tie) LEAN IN: WOMEN, WORK, AND THE WILL TO LEAD by Sheryl Sandberg
  • [check availability]
  • 9. (tie) BOND MARKETS, ANALYSIS, AND STRATEGIES by Frank J. Fabozzi
  • [check availability]
  • 9. (tie) FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES THE HIDDEN
  • SIDE OF EVERYTHING by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner [check availability]
  • 9. (tie) MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins[check availability]
  • 9. (tie) PEOPLE SKILLS: HOW TO ASSERT YOURSELF, LISTEN TO OTHERS,
  • AND RESOLVE CONFLICTS by Robert Bolton [check availability]
  • 9. (tie) THE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene [check availability]
  • 9. (tie) THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak [check availability]
  • 9. (tie) ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert M. Pirsig
  • [check availability]

Top 10 Most Circulated Audiobooks [CD and Playaway]

Top 10 Most Circulated DVDs from the Popular DVD Collection

Top 10 Downloaded eBooks (OverDrive)

*check availability by logging-in at http://bentleydownload.lib.overdrive.com/

  • 1. A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE SERIES (combined checkouts for the series) by
  • George R. R. Martin
  • 2. GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
  • 3. DIVERGENT TRILOGY (combined checkouts for the series) by Veronica Roth
  • 4. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY TRILOGY (combined checkouts for the series) by
  • E. L. James
  • 5. (tie) ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: MY YEAR IN A WOMEN’S PRISON by
  • Piper Kerman
  • 5. (tie) THE DINNER by Herman Koch
  • 5. (tie) THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
  • 5. (tie) INFERNO by Dan Brown
  • 9. (tie) AMERICAN WIFE by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • 9. (tie) THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

Top 10 Downloaded Audiobooks (OverDrive)

*check availability by logging-in at http://bentleydownload.lib.overdrive.com/

  • 1. THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES, (combined checkouts for the series) by
  • Suzanne Collins
  • 2. (tie) A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE SERIES (combined checkouts for the series) by
  • George R. R. Martin
  • 3. BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey
  • 4. (tie) THE LEAN STARTUP: HOW TODAY’S ENTREPRENEURS USE CONTINUOUS
  • INNOVATION TO CREATE RADICALLY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES by Eric Ries
  • 4. (tie) THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
  • 5. (tie) THE BUY SIDE: A WALL STREET TRADER’S TALE OF SPECTACULAR EXCESS
  • by Turney Duff
  • 5. (tie) LEAN IN: WOMEN, WORK, AND THE WILL TO LEAD by Sheryl Sandberg
  • 5. (tie) WE ARE WATER by Wally Lamb
  • 8. (tie) ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac
  • 8. (tie) DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US by Daniel Pink
  • 8. (tie) FALL OF GIANTS: THE CENTURY TRILOGY, BOOK 1 by Ken Follett
  • 8. (tie) QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP
  • TALKING by Susan Cain
  • 8. (tie) SERIOUSLY — I’M KIDDING by Ellen DeGeneres
  • 8. (tie) BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING by Malcolm Gladwell
  • 8. (tie) OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS by Malcolm Gladwell
  • 8. (tie) THE TIPPING POINT : HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE by
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • 8. (tie) HOW WILL YOU MEASURE YOUR LIFE? by Clayton M. Christensen,
  • James Allworth, & Karen Dillon
  • 8. (tie) ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: MY YEAR IN A WOMEN’S PRISON by
  • Piper Kerman
  • 8. (tie) DAD IS FAT by Jim Gaffigan
  • 8. (tie) THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman
  • 8. (tie) THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
  • 8. (tie) AFTER I’M GONE by Laura Lippman

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