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

On Display: The Future: Nonfiction, Novels and Film

May 22, 2014 by Macee · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

In September 1956, Modern Mechanix magazine ran an article titled “Your Telephone of Tomorrow.” In a summary of the article, it was predicted that people would eventually have “a tiny, touchtone, color videophone” (pictured at right).

Your Phone of Tomorrow Modern Mechanix, September 1956

Your Phone of Tomorrow
Modern Mechanix, September 1956

The science (and art) of prediction is known as forecasting. For this display, I’ve pulled a small sampling of books from our collection that deal with forecasting. Multiple industries and settings are represented, including finance, economics, population demography, management, tourism, energy, food supply, environment, politics, science, marketing, academia, and others. (Predictive analysis, a related process, is out of the scope of this display, but I’ve included Nate Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise here as a gateway.)

I’ve also included novels and films that are set in a future time. Both science fiction and mainstream fiction are here, and dystopia titles such as The Hunger Games are also on the display.

Browse the Pinterest page to see the entire selection of books, and if you see something of interest that is not on display, come to the Reference Desk and we can get it for you.

Today, we use our tiny, color videophones for FaceTime to keep in touch with people, and for many other things not envisioned back in 1956. I hope you’ll be interested in taking a little time away from your “phone of tomorrow” to read and/or watch some of these great titles from our collection.

Database of the Month: Doing Business Project from The World Bank

May 21, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

doing-business-projectThe Doing Business Project (DBP) -  a free resource provided by The World Bank – is an essential source of information about business regulations and their enforcement for 189 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. Doing Business focuses on regulations affecting domestic small and medium-size companies.

Annual Doing Business reports are available back to 2004 and can be downloaded in PDF format, but researchers may find that the best way to get started is to select an economy from the homepage. This will retrieve the economy’s Ease of Doing Business ranking and business regulation summary information.

Ease of Doing Business

Choose an economy from the Explore Economy Data drop-down box to retrieve Ease of Doing Business ranking information for that economy. Topics considered in the rankings include:

  • Starting a Business
  • Dealing with Construction Permits
  • Getting Electricity
  • Registering Property
  • Getting Credit
  • Protecting Investors
  • Paying Taxes
  • Trading Across Borders
  • Enforcing Contracts
  • Resolving Insolvency

For example, here is the Ease of Doing Business In Ghana table:

doing-business-ranking-ghana

Click to visit webpage.

Data

Doing Business provides business regulation data from 2003 to the present.  Each economy’s snapshot contains detailed information on the topics included in the Ease of Doing Business ranking. For example, here is a detailed view of the “Starting a Business In Ghana” data:

doing-business-starting-a-business-ghana

Click to visit webpage.

Economy Rankings

Doing Business ranks all economies on their ease of doing business, from 1 – 189. Rankings are available for economies, regions, selected cities, income and population.

Law Library

The Doing Business Law Library contains information on business laws and regulations.  According to the Doing Business Project, “The Doing Business law library is the largest free online collection of business laws and regulations. We link to official government sources wherever possible. Translations are not official unless indicated otherwise. We update the collection regularly but are unable to guarantee that laws are the most recent version.”

Other Doing Business Project reports and information

Access the Doing Business Project / Get More Information

Researchers can access the Doing Business project online at http://www.doingbusiness.org/, or via the library’s Databases A-Z and International Business Databases pages.  More information about the Doing Business Project’s objectives, coverage, methodology and data is available in this About Doing Business 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 staff at refdesk@bentley.edu.

Memorial Day Weekend Closing: May 24th – 26th

May 19, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

In flagsobservance of the Memorial Day holiday, the library will be closed Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26, 2014.  We will resume our regular summer session hours at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27th.

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

Library Hours for Summer Session

May 19, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Summer session begins on Monday, May 19, 2014. Our regular summer session hours are:

Sunday
1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hours are subject to change on holidays and holiday weekends and when classes are not being held.  The Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) has closed for the summer.  For more information about the library’s hours please view our online hours calendar.

Dedications in Honor of the Library’s Class of 2014 Employees

May 19, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news
class-of-2014-employee-book-dedication

Class of 2014 graduate Terry Del Rossi with his book dedication.

Congratulations, Bentley University Class of 2014! This year the library will be saying goodbye to three graduating student employees:

Lucas DeBarros
Owen Bang
Terry Del Rossi

It is a Bentley Library tradition to honor our graduating employees with a book or film dedication.  In appreciation for their service, we asked Lucas, Owen and Terry to choose a book or film to be dedicated with a bookplate in their name. Visit the Bentley Library’s Student Employee Dedication board on Pinterest to see their selections. 

We wish Lucas, Owen, Terry, and all Bentley University graduates much happiness and success in the future! 

Special Library Hours: Friday, May 9th – Sunday, May 18th

May 8, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The library’s hours change for the period of time after finals end and before the start of summer session. Hours will change again when summer session classes begin on Monday, May 19.

Please note that the Deloitte Café/Einstein’s closes at 4:00pm on Thursday, May 8, for the duration of the summer.

Library Hours
Friday, May 9 – Sunday, May 18, 2014

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 9th)

Saturday & Sunday:
CLOSED

For more information, check our online hours calendar.

New Books, Movies, TV Shows & Audiobooks

May 8, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Check out our newest books, eBooks, audiobooks and movies!  Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the April new acquisitions lists by subject or format.  To browse for new eBooks and audiobooks to read on a Kindle, NOOK, iPad, iPod, laptop or smartphone, please visit our OverDrive collection.

new-acquistions-stamp

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.

Return/Renew Your Books & DVDs Before You Leave

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

book returnDo you currently have library books or DVDs checked out? Don’t forget to return them before you leave for summer break. If you are going stay in the local area this summer and want to keep your books and DVDs, you may renew them online (items may be renewed once).

Log-in to My Library Account to see what you currently have checked out and to request renewals. You may also contact the Library Services Desk at 781.891.2168 or libraryservices@bentley.edu for renewal assistance.

On Display: Graphic Novels and Comic Books

April 23, 2014 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

Plus: Movies and TV Shows They’ve Inspired!

This display is brought to you by Craig Lordan ’93. When we were kids, my older brother and future Bentley graduate spent many hours reading comic books and drawing his own comic book characters. It was the dark ages, and we lived in the suburbs, so Craig got his comic books through mail order.

At some point, I started saving my allowance to buy my own comic books. Initially, all I wanted was Disney comic books, but I finally graduated to George Perez’s Wonder Woman. The year was 1987 and DC had “rebooted” the Wonder Woman series. I was hooked.

Since then, comic books have graduated to pop culture’s mainstream. Geek culture destination San Diego Comic-Con International has seen its attendance numbers rise to 130,000 for its annual event. Comic books are no longer the exclusive realm of the fanboy and fangirl.

Groundbreaking works such as Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, give readers a glimpse into what life was like during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Harvey Pekar’s autobiographical opus American Splendor was made into a movie starring Paul Giamatti. The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, was a New York Times best seller and has been nominated for two 2014 Eisner Awards.

fifth beatle true blood Persepolis index

Comic books and graphic novels are being adapted into films and television shows with unprecedented alacrity and success. Hellboy300Ghost WorldThe Avengers, and many more have made the jump to the big screen.

On the small screen, DC has Arrow (CW) and Marvel has Agent Coulson and his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC). Meanwhile, AMC brings viewers into an actual comic book store on the reality series Comic Book Men. Also on AMC, there are zombies galore on The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead. Yes-there’s a talk show about a television show based on a comic book!

Conversely, some TV shows are resurrected in comic books. True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The X-Files are just a few of the shows that have found a second life in the pages of comics.

The Bentley Library has a wonderful and growing collection of these books and DVDs. Come in and check out the display in person, or browse online at Pinterest.

Photos by Amy Galante

Top row (L-R): Avengers director Joss Whedon, artists/writers Liam Sharp and Dave Gibbons, actor Steven Yeun and writer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Amy Galante and writer/artist Daniel Clowes. Bottom row (L-R): Arrow panel at New York Comic-Con, Steven Yeun and a fan, artist Dave McKean. Photos by Amy Galante

 

Amy Galante is the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor/Assistant Manager of Library Services. She uses her geek culture knowledge for the good of humankind as a freelance writer for Examiner.com, Library Journal, CBS Local, and more. Her favorite comic books include Dazzler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fray, DMZ, and pretty much anything by Neil Gaiman, Gail Simone, and Brian K. Vaughan. 

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