Improve Your Writing Skills at the ESOL Center & Writing Center

September 14, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

Tutors at the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center and the Writing Center have the knowledge, experience and expertise to help you improve your writing skills. Both centers are located on the lower level of the library. Start the semester off right by utilizing these valuable resources!

Note that the centers have recently launched new online scheduling sites – please update your bookmarks.

ESOL Center
Opens September 14

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation and conversation enrichment? 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. Due to high demand, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment online. You may also call 781.891.2021 to make an appointment or drop in to see if a faculty tutor is available. Hours of operation:

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Writing Center
Open limited hours September 14 – 18
Regular hours begin September 21

Writing Center staff are available to provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills. Tutors will act as a sounding board for ideas, review a draft, help you make sense of a professor’s comments on previous papers, or talk about writing in general. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment online, but you may also call 781.891.3173 to make an appointment, or drop in to see if a tutor is available. Normal hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Passport to the Library Raffle Winners

September 14, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: events

The library thanks all who attended our First Week Open House event, Passport to the Bentley Library. Attendees who collected six or more stamps on their passport were entered to win a drawing for a Google Nexus 7 and other prizes. We are happy to announce the winners:

prizesGoogle Nexus 7: 
Mallika S.

Barnes & Noble gift card: 
Vanessa M.
Stephanie W.

Dunkin’ Donuts gift card: 
Sarah W.
Jillian K.
Piper W.

Starbucks gift card:
Jack H.
Miguel C.
Cassandra C.

All winners were notified via email. If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at

If you were unable to attend Passport to the Library, we encourage you to look at this quick introduction to the library:  Or, contact us with your questions.

BrowZine: Browse, Read and Follow Scholarly Journals

September 14, 2015 by Stephen · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources


The Bentley Library is pleased to announce a new research tool, BrowZine, for the Bentley community.  BrowZine is a free web or mobile application that allows users to browse, read, and follow academic journals from the Library’s online collections.  BrowZine allows tablet users to read articles in a format that is optimized for their device.  Users can also create a bookshelf with their favorite journals.  Tablet users can download the BrowZine app from the Apple or Android app stores or by going to Bentley’s BrowZine site at  Once the app is downloaded users can select “Bentley” from the list of BrowZine libraries to access the Bentley Library’s online academic journal collections.

The web-based version of BrowZine can be used with a browser and does not require a mobile device. To access BrowZine via the web point your browser to

A Bentley email address and network password are required to access BrowZine content from off-campus.  Please contact the Bentley Library Reference Desk at or 781.891.2300 with any questions regarding BrowZine.

New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks & eBooks

September 3, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Check out the new books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and eBooks added to the library’s collection in August!

Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new acquisitions lists by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

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 view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

image - Click to browse the new acquisitions lists

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

image - Click to browse OverDrive for eBooks and audiobooks.

Click to browse OverDrive for eBooks and audiobooks.

New Student Open House, “Passport to the Library”, Friday 9/4

August 31, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: events, general news

Welcome, new students! The staff of the Bentley Library are excited to help you have a great first year.

All new students are invited to the library’s First Week open house event, Passport to the Bentley Library, on Friday, September 4th. Check-in at the the arrivals desk any time between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  After receiving your passport and map you will embark on a self-guided tour.

As you explore, library staff will show you how to book study rooms, print to the library from anywhere on campus, borrow free museum passes, download books to your mobile devices, get help with your papers and assignments, and more.

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 a Google Nexus 7 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.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @BentleyLibrary, Instagram and Facebook for all the latest library news.

Changes to the Faculty Video Collection

August 27, 2015 by Nicholas · 2 Comments 
Filed Under: DVDs

VHS image

The Bentley Library is in the process of removing all VHS tapes from its Faculty Video Collection.  This decision was made due to the fact that Bentley no longer has VHS players as part of its classroom technology infrastructure, and many of the VHS tapes have started to degrade and will eventually become unwatchable.

We will be replacing with DVDs or streaming video those films that have been checked out or placed on reserve recently or have lasting educational and artistic value. The remaining VHS titles will be discarded and the tapes recycled.

A significant number of the films formerly on VHS are now available through our Films on Demand collection.

This process will be completed by the end of this calendar year.

New Streaming Films at the Bentley Library

August 25, 2015 by Nicholas · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Swank Digital Campus imageKanopy image




*Updated on 09/01/15

Have you tried to view a movie for class, and it’s been checked out? Wanted to easily embed full length, award-winning documentaries into Blackboard for use in your class? Don’t feel like making the trek to the library during a blizzard to find that classic film? The Bentley Library now has access to 2 new streaming films databases: Swank Digital Campus and Kanopy.

Swank Digital Campus specializes in popular feature films, both classic and contemporary.  We have access to over 50 films through Swank Digital Campus, including Gangs of New York, Despicable Me, Vertigo, The Dark Knight, The Lego Movie, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Every film in Swank can be placed in its entirety in Blackboard.  To place films in Blackboard, please contact Matt Van Sleet at or Stephen Tracey at Many of the films accessible through Swank Digital Campus have been placed on reserve in the past, and, as such, this is a great curriculum resource for Bentley faculty.

You must download Microsoft Silverlight to stream the films in Swank Digital Campus. Microsoft Silverlight will not work in the Google Chrome browser. Microsoft Silverlight can be downloaded here.

Swank screenshot


Kanopy focuses on critically acclaimed feature films and award-winning documentaries on political,social, and cultural topics. Some of the well known producers whose films are available through Kanopy are Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, Kino Lorber, and New Day Films.  Whole films or custom-created clips can be placed in Blackboard for use in Bentley courses.

Kanopy screenshot


Additionally, we have recently purchased a cloud-based video solution (MediaCore) that will allow faculty to upload videos to their course sites in Blackboard without worrying about storage space and permission issues. Videos uploaded in a specific course will only be available to students enrolled in that course. Please contact for more information.

Each of these databases can be accessed from the library’s new Streaming Films page.

Try Our New Ask Us Service.

August 24, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: research help, services, web site


One of our tasks this summer was to build a database of frequently asked questions and answers. The result is a new service that we are calling Ask Us.

Knowing that others have asked the same question is a comfort, but more than that, seeing questions you might not have intended to ask but wanted to know can help you to learn new things.

Here are a few examples:

Access is available in a number of ways:

If you have a question that is not answered, you can submit your question and your email address to get an answer. If the question is asked a few times, we’ll add it to the knowledge base. Of course, you can still visit our reference librarians in person at the library and we encourage you to do so, but try this service out. Give it a spin and see what questions others are asking and what the answers are.

Now Showing in the Art Gallery: Cody Justus, “Convoy”

August 24, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery

Cody Justus
August 24 – November 6, 2015

Now showing in the McGladrey Art Gallery is “Convoy”, a small series of large paintings by artist Cody Justus. For more information about the artist please visit his website.

A reception for the artist is being planned. Please check back here for updates.

image of Big Rig (Malibu) painting by Cody Justus

Big Rig (Malibu)
Acrylic, duct tape, and pigmented iron on canvas
68 x 46″

Read at Your Own Risk!

August 18, 2015 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.” – Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Each year, libraries and bookstores around the country celebrate our freedom to read during Banned Books Week. Since the first Banned Books Week in 1982, the American Library Association reports that over 11,000 books have been challenged or banned in the United States.

A challenge is when a person or group tries to “remove or restrict” a book from a library or school. Banning is when that item is removed completely from a library or school.

J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, and Stephen Chbosky are among the authors whose works have been banned or challenged in the United States. As recently as last year, there were over 300 challenges reported to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.


The individuals or groups challenging these books have wanted them banned for a myriad of reasons. Anti-family (Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples), “depictions of bullying” (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie), and “controversial issues” (The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison) are just the tip of the iceberg. All three of these works were among the top ten most challenged titles of 2014 and are part of our “Read at Your Own Risk!” display.

Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out one of these books, on display in the library through October 5. During Banned Books Week, being held September 27 – October 3, stop by the Library Services desk to get a free Banned Books Week bookmark (while supplies last). And don’t forget search our Overdrive collection for downloadable challenged eBooks like The Hunger Games, Freakonomics, and Looking for Alaska.

Display co-produced by Amy Galante and Kristen Richards from Library Services. Kristen’s favorite controversial book is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Amy is partial to Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more scandalous literary picks from the Bentley community. 

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