On Display: Library Staff Picks

October 6, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

How do you find your next book to read or movie to watch?  You probably get suggestions from friends and family, or some of you may belong to social communities such as Goodreads. Perhaps you have been enticed to try something from Amazon’s “recommended for you” list or Netflix’s “because you watched…” category.  Well, now’s your chance to get recommendations from the Bentley Library staff!

In preparation for the Library Staff Picks display, Donna and I asked our colleagues to select their top 10 favorite books and movies. It should come as no surprise that most people who work in libraries like to read books (no, librarians do not get to read books all day at work). We also like to watch TV shows and movies – a lot of movies (we don’t get to watch those at work either). Being bookish doesn’t mean only loving the classics or always opting for “serious” literature. The staff of the Bentley Library includes pop culture aficionados, history junkies, graphic novel fans, and dedicated audiobook listeners, just to name a few.

Enough about us. Stop by the lobby to see for yourself the books, movies and audiobooks recommended by library staff.  Each item is labeled with a sticker showing which staff member made the pick. Try something new and you just might find a kindred spirit here at the library.

Library Staff Picks on display at the library, October 6 - November 16, 2015.

Library Staff Picks on display at the library, October 6 – November 16, 2015.

New Arrivals! Check Out These New Books & DVDs.

October 2, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Over 400 new books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and eBooks were added to the library’s collection in September!

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.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

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

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


#AskAnArchivist on October 1st

September 29, 2015 by Jaimie · Comment 
Filed Under: archives

October is American Archives Month and the celebrations are kicking off with #AskAnArchivist Day! Lots of people are unfamiliar with archives, so we’re here today to answer any and all questions you might have. Below are the answers to some common questions about archives in general, and about what’s in the Bentley Archives. If you have more questions that you’d like answered by the Archivist you can comment here or send your question to one of the Bentley Library’s social media accounts using #AskAnArchivist ! Want to know what the oldest item in our collection is? Want to see pictures of your fellow students from a specific historic time period? Go ahead and ask!

What is an archive? What’s in the Bentley Archives?

There are lots of ways to describe archives but essentially they are repositories for items of historical value that relate to a common topic. The Bentley Archives preserves the historic records of (you guessed it) Bentley University! We have objects spanning almost 100 years which are collected to document the history of life and learning at Bentley. These items are preserved and organized so that people can use them for research – although archives material cannot be checked out like library books.

Can I use the collections in the Bentley Archives?

Yes! Our collections are still being organized, but you can take a look at our Archives LibGuide to see what we have. If you know what kind of historical items you’d like to see, or if you have an idea or project and are interested in using the Archives, please email archives@bentley.edu. We are always happy to help identify photos, documents, or objects that might be helpful in your work. You’ll need an appointment to view material in the Archives, so try to send in requests early and we can work with you to get history into your hands!

What are some fun facts about Bentley that you’ve learned in the Archives?

  • A lot of political power players have visited Bentley. Our commencement speakers include Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sec. of State John Kerry, as well as former MA Gov. Mitt Romney. In 1958, President (then Sen.) John F. Kennedy spoke at a Bentley alumni event!
  • We have always been a school of hard workers. In a pamphlet distributed to students around 1930, at least 20 hours of homework per week are recommended. The tuition was a bit different though. Tuition in 1929-30 was $235, and room & board could be had for about $10 a week!
  • There’s tons of great Bentley history in downtown Boston! Our campus used to be spread across many buildings, primarily in the Back Bay neighborhood. You can still visit many of these buildings on Tremont Street, Boylston Street, and Commonwealth Avenue. Don’t look for our old classrooms at 815 Boylston Street though – it’s now an Apple Store!
  • Find out more facts about Bentley history in our online exhibit – Bentley Through the Years.

I have a lot of papers, photos and mementos – how do I start preserving my own history?

It’s never too early to start your own personal archive! First, let us know if any of your material is related to Bentley. We might be a good place to donate material if, for example, you’re the head of a department or a student organization, you took pictures of a campus event, etc. If the material is of a more personal nature, here are some quick tips:

  • Put a date (at least the year) on everything! Date papers and photos lightly with a pencil. For digital files, see if the creation date is in the file properties, or add a date to the file name.
  • Create safe spaces for records. Get a filing cabinet or some acid-free boxes for your physical items, and get an external hard drive to store digital files.
  • Design an organizational scheme. Try to divide items into a few broad categories that make sense & are memorable to you. If possible, create folders for these categories both in digital & physical space. Then you can always sort new items easily instead of letting them pile up!

For more tips on personal archiving, including where to find help with digitizing and storing photographs or other media, see our Archives LibGuide.

If you still have questions about the Archives, send them to us here or on social media with #AskAnArchivist, or email archives@bentley.edu!

Learn RefWorks Now!

September 25, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: catalog, web site, workshops & classes

The Bentley Library is offering a workshop for students about RefWorks.
RefWorks is a tool that creates bibliographies and formats research papers in the citation style of your choice (e.g. APA, MLA).
Learn to export citations, create bibliographies, and save and organize sources for all your research papers and projects – all in one place.
Have sources you’re not sure how to cite? Bring them with you and we’ll help you get them right.


Wednesday, October 14, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, on the lower level of the library.

How to sign up:

Register by sending an e-mail to library@bentley.edu (Since seating is limited, you must register.)

If you don’t already have an RefWorks account, we strongly recommend that you “Sign up for a New Account” before coming to the workshop – you can do so at the RefWorks’ website.

Database of the Month: Introducing WestlawNext

September 24, 2015 by Stephen · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources


WestlawNext is a new database that replaces Westlaw Campus.  This new offering from Westlaw allows users to search for state and Federal cases, statutes and regulations and is designed for students to be the starting point for legal research. WestlawNext allows users to search for citations to cases and statutes. Users can simply enter a citation in the West Search search box at the top of each page. West Search allows users to easily switch between Federal and state jurisdictions while searching for legal information.

When users run a search on WestlawNext, they don’t need to select a database. The search is automatically run across eight content categories:

  • Cases
  • Statutes and Court Rules
  • Regulations
  • Administrative Decisions and Guidance
  • Secondary Sources
  • Briefs
  • Proposed and Enacted Legislation
  • Proposed and Adopted Regulations

WestlawNext also provides users with the option of searching for legal terms. WestlawNext supports the Boolean search method that allows users to enter a query that consists of key terms from their issue and connectors specifying the relationship between those terms. The Advanced Search page enables users to search for terms within specific parts of a legal document and to limit by jurisdiction.  After search results are returned, users can use the WestlawNext filtering tool to find the exact document they need. WestlawNext allows users can email download, print, place in DropBox, or view with Kindle search results and documents.

For more information about WestlawNext please contact the Bentley Library Reference Desk at 781.891.2300 or refdesk@bentley.edu.

Streaming Films and MediaCore Workshop

September 24, 2015 by Nicholas · Comment 
Filed Under: workshops & classes

MediaCore imageSwank Digital Campus imageKanopy image

The Bentley Library and the Academic Technology Center will be jointly hosting a workshop on streaming film databases and a new resource, MediaCore. The session will be held on Wednesday September 30th from 2:00-3:00 pm in the Research Instruction Center (RIC) on the bottom floor of the library.

The library has recently added two new streaming films databases to our collection, Swank Digital Campus and Kanopy. Swank Digital Campus specializes in popular feature films, both classic and contemporary. 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. Kanopy focuses on critically acclaimed feature films and award-winning documentaries on political,social, and cultural topics. MediaCore is a cloud-based video solution that will allow faculty to upload videos to their course sites in Blackboard without worrying about storage space and permission issues.

Librarians will be going over how to access and  best use the streaming film databases, specifically how to easily place films from these resources in Blackboard for use in courses. Gaurav Shah and Steve Salina from the ATC will go through the process of uploading films to Blackboard using MediaCore and answer any questions about this resource.

Click here to register for the workshop.

Please see this In the Know post for more information on these new resources.

Quality Sources Workshop

September 17, 2015 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: workshops & classes

EvalImageHaving trouble finding quality sources? Come to a workshop developed specifically with you in mind!

The Bentley Library is offering a workshop to help students find and identify quality sources.

Highlighted tools and resources include:

  • The Library’s “Journal Finder”
  • Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory
  • Browzine

You have two opportunities to attend:

Tuesday, October 6th, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Both workshops take place in the library’s Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, on the lower level of the library.

Since seating is limited, please register by sending an e-mail to library@bentley.edu indicating which day you prefer.

You’re Invited! Art Gallery Reception, Thursday 9/17, 5-7pm

September 17, 2015 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery

Please join us this evening for the first art gallery event of the new academic year – a reception for artist Cody Justus.

Stop in to The McGladrey Art Gallery between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to meet the artist and learn more his installation of paintings, “Convoy”.  Refreshments will be served.


Cody Justus

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 17
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit on view August 24 – November 6, 2015

Online Archives Exhibit: Bentley Through the Years

September 15, 2015 by Jaimie · Comment 
Filed Under: archives, general news

As you prepare to take part in all of Bentley’s amazing Homecoming activities, we thought you might be interested in becoming more “In the Know” about Bentley’s history! For example, did you know that the original class consisted of just 30 students who used to meet not far from what is now the Hynes Convention Center? Or that tuition was $120? Do you know when Bentley became co-educational, or what the first buildings on the Waltham campus were? Over nearly 100 years, we’ve evolved from the “Bentley School of Accounting and Finance” to “Bentley University” through a series of impressive developments that were the work of many dedicated people.

Our new exhibit, Bentley Through the Years, will introduce you to these changes as you look at photos and documents from every decade of Bentley’s history. You’ll learn how the school navigated through two World Wars, how Bentley students lived & worked, and how the campus developed, along with many other fun facts. You – students, faculty, staff, alumni, family & friends – are all a part of Bentley’s rich history! We hope this exhibit will connect you to your campus community and inspire you to keep making Bentley a place of innovation and collaborative spirit.

A group of male students, seated at desks in a classroom, presumably in one of the Boylston Street buildings on the Boston campus.

A group of male students, seated at desks in a classroom, presumably in one of the Boylston Street buildings on the Boston campus. Click to view a larger image.

Please contact our Archivist, Jaimie Fritz, at archives@bentley.edu if you have questions about the exhibit, or if there is another part of Bentley history that you want to learn more about!

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
appointments: https://bentleyesol.mywconline.net/

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
appointments: https://bentley.mywconline.net/

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.

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