Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 24, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

BBW14_CoverArt_op1Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, is taking place this week, September 21 – 27, 2014. During Banned Books Week, librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, authors, teachers and readers work together to draw attention to the freedom to seek and express ideas. You can follow this national conversation by liking the Banned Books Week page on Facebook, following the #bannedbooksweek hashtag on Twitter, and watching the celebrity Virtual Read-Out videos on the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel.

In 2013, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) logged 307 book challenges. You can find specific details about some of those challenges in this document: 2013-2014 Books Challenged or Banned. Last year, challenges were made against classics such as Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man, as well as contemporary bestsellers such as John Green’s Looking for Alaska. In one instance, a history textbook was challenged in a Florida county, and protesters went so far as to recommend that student volunteers tear a chapter out of the textbook.

Statistics show that most book challenges occur in public libraries, school libraries and classrooms. The Office for Intellectual Freedom estimates that up to 85 percent of actual challenges to library materials receive no media attention and remain unreported. Visit the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books webpage to view the top 10 challenged books by year, banned and challenged classics, most frequently challenged authors and more. Please take a moment this week to reflect upon your freedom to read.

Database of the Month: Business Source Complete

September 18, 2014 by Hope · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

Business Source Complete logoBusiness Source Complete adds much more content to the Ebsco family of business databases. Not only does it include over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals, but it indexes and provides abstracts to the most important scholarly journals in business, dating back to 1886 in some instances. Some of these are the top ranking journals used in business school research, such as the Academy of Management ReviewAccounting Review, Econometrica, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Political Economy, MIS Quarterly, MIT Sloan Management Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, along with many others.

Business Source Complete journals

Business Source Complete includes:

  • More than 1,150,000 company profiles written by independent analysts from MarketLine, a leading business information company, and Medtrack, a biopharmaceutical corporate intelligence company. Business Monitor Reports make available information on 24 industries in 200 global markets.
  • There are 1,440 Country Reports  included in this database. These comprehensive reports provide past and current information on the business, economic, legal, employment, tax and political climate and risk of a country. Analysis and forecasts come from IHS Global Insight, Business Monitor International, Going Global Career Guides, and Country Watch information sources.
  • There are 28 Working Papers published by Yale School of Management, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, University of Michigan Business School, Columbia University and Harvard Business School. Neither Yale nor Harvard include the full text of the papers.
  •  7,648 Industry Profiles are from U.S. Industry & Market Outlook and World Industry & Market Outlook. These 250-page, up-to-date reports provide trends (reported and estimated) in industry sales, number of establishments, and number of employees for major global industries. Here is an example of information offered from a recent Services Industry Report.
Business Source Complete Services Industry Report

Click to view larger image of the Services Industry Report.

In addition to all this, Business Source Complete includes more than 10,270 case studies, over 8,800 executive interviews, and 57 videos from the Harvard Business School faculty seminar series from leading business scholars including Michael D. Watkins, Tarun Khanna, and Amy Edmonson, to name a few.BSC-browse-menu

To access the videos, click on the Business Videos link under the Browse column, enter the search terms in the Find field and click Search.  To view all available Business Videos, search using the term Business.

You have the option of viewing the lecture in full or reading it in a PDF. Topics range from Brand Positioning to Business Leadership. The videos are between 30 and 60 minutes long, but may be viewed in 2-3 minute segments by subtopic.

Business Source Complete is located in the library’s Databases A to Z listing and may be accessed anytime, anywhere through the library’s webpage.


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

New Database! eMarketer

September 17, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

eMarkerter logoThe Bentley Library is pleased to announce a new database acquisition – eMarketer. Focusing on digital marketing, advertising, media and ecommerce, eMarketer aggregates information from over 4,000 sources. Data is gathered from research firms, media and marketing agencies, magazines and newspapers, academic institutions, governments and industry experts.

The eMarketer database provides…

…a compilation of key data, research and analysis from multiple sources

…expert distillation of industry, market and consumer intelligence

…visual presentation of data in charts, tables and graphs

…an easy and intuitive search interface

Although eMarketer does not conduct primary research, eMarketer analysts and writers develop industry benchmarks, make forecasts and publish 200+ comprehensive topical reports per year. eMarketer content can be easily downloaded and inserted into reports and presentations.

eMarketer search page

Click to view larger image.

The eMarketer database is accessible via the library’s Databases A-Z and Marketing Databases pages. Please contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or would like assistance using eMarketer.

Blu-ray Comes to the Bentley Library

September 15, 2014 by Nicholas · Comment 
Filed Under: DVDs

Blu-ray imageDark Knight Blu-ray

Do you prefer your movies in lush, exquisite high-definition? If so, the Bentley Library has the answer for you! We now have over 50 Blu-ray titles in our Popular DVD collection.  The list of movies in Blu-ray now in the library’s collection includes the following:

  • The entire Harry Potter film series
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the first 2 films in The Hobbit series
  • The Godfather trilogy
  • A number of Pixar films such as Finding Nemo and Frozen
  • The Christopher Nolan directed Batman series
  • Gravity

Here is the complete list of titles in Blu-ray, or view the library’s Blu-ray Movies Pinterest board.

The recently purchased Blu-rays are intended as a pilot program to gauge the level of interest in this format here at Bentley.  We’ll purchase additional titles in the Blu-ray format if these titles prove to be popular among the Bentley community.

New Books, eBooks, Movies & Audiobooks

September 15, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Visit the library’s New Acquisitions web page to view the books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books added to the library’s collection in August.  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 acquisitions.

Take a #Shelfie, Get a Lanyard! Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month.

September 8, 2014 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

It’s National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Each September, the American Library Association campaigns to remind folks to sign up for a library card at their local public library. Fortunately for Falcons, your Bentley ID is your Bentley Library card!

During First Week, the Bentley Library welcomed all new Falcons with “Passport to the Library,” a self-guided open house/tour of key Library resources. Those who participated got those much-sought-after Bentley Library lanyards. If you’d like to get your very own Bentley lanyard, here’s your chance:

twitter bird iconTWITTER: Follow @BentleyLibrary and tweet us a photo of your favorite library study spot or a #shelfie in the library and use the hashtag #BentleyLibrary.

Instagram_Icon_SmallINSTAGRAM: Follow @BentleyLibrary and tag us in your library #shelfie or favorite study spot pic. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BentleyLibrary.

Once you’ve posted your photo to Twitter or Instagram, stop by the Library Services desk, show a staff member your photo, and we’ll give you a free lanyard (while supplies last).


Look, it’s a #bentleylibrary #falcon #shelfie!
Tweet or Instagram your #shelfie or a picture of your favorite library study spot to get a lanyard for your Bentley ID. Don’t forget to tag #bentleylibrary!

Since it’s National Library Card Sign-Up month, we encourage you to visit the Waltham Public Library, where all current Waltham college students are eligible for a free library card. This card includes access to their Museum Pass Program and a plethora of resources from the Minuteman Library Network. The WPL will be celebrating its 150th anniversary next year.

If you prefer digital to print, all current Massachusetts residents and students are eligible for a free eCard at the legendary Boston Public Library. You can register online and gain access to their extensive online book collection (through Overdrive) and streaming content through Hoopla.

Library Printing Update

September 3, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, services

The most frequently asked questions at the library this week have been “how do I print?” (from new students) and “are these printers working?” (from returning students). Just before fall classes started, Bentley’s IT Client Services made an important change to the campus printing network, affecting library computer use and printing. Users who wish to print from a library computer are now required to login to the computer using their full Bentley email address and network password. To release a print job, users must swipe their Bentley ID at the printer.

Details about the network printing changes were provided in an email sent by the Help Desk to all students on Tuesday, September 2nd (copied below):

Dear Students,

Welcome back to Bentley.

Over the summer there has been a change to the network printing stations located in the Library and the Student Center. The keyboards have been removed and you will now swipe your ID only to view and print your jobs.

The network printing queues are named “Falcon” (black and white) and “Falcon Color”. As a reminder, print jobs remain in the queue for 48 hours only. After that time, they are deleted.

If you plan to print from the Library computers, you will need to login to the Library computer using your full Bentley email address and your network password. The username, “.\classuser”, is no longer a valid login to the Library computers.

As a recap, printing from the network printers in the Library and the Student Center will now be done by swiping your ID card.

When using a Library computer, you will need to use your network credentials (Bentley e-mail and password) to login and use the computers. The username “.\classuser” is no longer available.

Please contact the HelpDesk at the contact information below if you have any questions.

Best wishes for a successful semester.

IT Client Services Help Desk

Library Lower Level
Faculty Staff Help Desk – 781-891-2854
Student Help Desk – 781-891-3122

If you need help using the library computers or printers, please visit either the Library Services Desk or the Reference Desk.

Library Closed Labor Day Weekend

August 28, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The library will be closed Saturday, August 30, through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).  Normal library hours will resume when fall classes begin on Tuesday, September 2.

When our doors are closed you can still access library databases and download eBooks and audiobooks to enjoy on your computer and mobile devices. Log-in with your full Bentley email address and password to access the library’s online resources.

For more information about the library’s hours please view our full hours calendarHave a great long weekend!

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.

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