Showing in the Art Gallery: Paintings by Linda Collins

April 29, 2016 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery, events

On exhibit from May 2 – June 20 in the RSM Art Gallery is an installation of dog portraits and Cape Cod landscapes by artist Linda Collins.

The series of dog portraits on view includes Kodiak, one of the handsome and huggable therapy dogs that visited the library last semester. Kodiak and his canine friend Athena are returning to the library on Thursday, May 5 (Reading Day), from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., for another Take a Paws stress relief session

In lieu of a formal opening reception for the exhibit, Linda Collins will be present at Take a Paws on May 5.  If you would like to meet Ms. Collins or learn more about her artwork, please visit the gallery during that event.  You can also see more of the artist’s work on her website and her blog.

Linda Collins
Inspirations
May 1 – June 20, 2016

Painting of Kodiak, a Bernese Mountain Dog.

Painting of Kodiak, a Bernese Mountain Dog.

About the Artist

Linda Collins, a Cape Cod resident, has been painting for the past ten years. She began by taking portraiture classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. “If you are going to take up something new, why not start with the most challenging subject matter!” From people she moved on to painting pets, still life, and more recently, landscapes. “The dogs are always what I go back to though. If I am struggling with something else, painting a dog always gets me in a happy place.” This show represents the full range of her painting, with the large canvas landscapes being her most recent.

Linda, the Assistant Director of the Falmouth Public Library, is a member of the Falmouth Artists Guild and the American Impressionist Society. She has had her work in juried shows both locally and nationally, including the “6 Inch Squared Exhibit” at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA and the “Best and Brightest” at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, AZ.

“I work full time as a librarian but it is wonderful to have found this creative outlet that has become a full time passion.”

Special Hours for Patriots’ Day Weekend

April 13, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The library has modified hours during the Patriots’ Day holiday weekend. On Sunday, April 17, we will open late at 1:00 p.m. and close early at 9:00 p.m. On Monday, April 18, we will open late at 10:00 a.m. The Deloitte Cafe/Einsteins also has adjusted hours on Sunday and Monday.

Saturday, April 16:
(no changes)
library: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
cafe: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 17:
library: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
cafe: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, April 18:
library: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
cafe: 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

For more  information about the library or cafe hours, please view the hours calendar. Have a great long weekend!

24-Hour Library Access for Final Exams: Wed. May 4 to Thurs. May 12

April 11, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

open 24 hours24-Hour Library Access for Exams Period

The library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 (last day of exams).

*Please note the weekend exception: The library will close at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning  – because everyone should take a little break from studying!

Wednesday, May 4  – Saturday, May 7:
24 hour access
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7

*Saturday, May 7:
Close at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 8 – Thursday, May 12:
24 hour access
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 8 and remain open until
6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • The Library is implementing card-swipe access during the overnight hours. From midnight until 7:30 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday (5/4-5/7) and Sunday-Thursday (5/8-5/12) only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the Library, using the card-swipe box to the left of the building’s front entrance.
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours.

“Take a Paws” With Therapy Dogs – Thursday, May 5th, 4-6pm

April 11, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, services

“Take a Paws” Stress Relief Session at the Library

We are excited to welcome therapy dogs Kodiak and Athena back to the Bentley Library for another “Take a Paws” stress-relief session! Thanks to the Center for Health and Wellness, you can enjoy some Bernese Mountain Dog love in the art gallery on Thursday, May 5, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Also in attendance at this event is artist Linda Collins, whose paintings are currently on view in the art gallery. Dogs are one of Ms. Collins’ favorite subjects to paint, and her portrait of Kodiak is included in this exhibit. More information about the exhibit can be found in this blog post. You can learn more about the artist at http://www.dogfaceartwork.com/

Kodiak the therapy dog

Kodiak

Athena the therapy dog

Athena

Why have therapy dogs at the library? Studies have shown that interacting with animals can:"Take a Paws"

  • improve our interpersonal interactions & mood
  • reduce cortisol (the “stress hormone”), heart rate & blood pressure
  • improve immune system functioning
  • reduce anxiety
  • enhance empathy
  • improve learning

It’s posited that human-animal interaction activates the oxytocin system, leading to these positive effects.*  Don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself.  Stop by the library on Reading Day for your daily dose of dogs (and oxytocin)!

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* Beetz, A., Uvnäs-Moberg, K., Julius, H., & Kotrschal, K. (2012). Psychosocial and psychophysiological effects of human-animal interactions: The possible role of oxytocin. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 234. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3408111/

Learn About Downloadable Books at Our OverDrive Clinics

April 11, 2016 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: downloadable books, workshops & classes

overdriveclinicHave you checked out our OverDrive collection recently?  We’ve been busy adding downloadable ebooks and audiobooks – including current bestsellers Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, The Widow by Fiona Barton, Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg and perennial favorites by authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Bill Bryson and John Irving, and classics by Jane Austen and Bram Stoker.

Simply click into OverDrive to view our Newest Additions or to browse the ebook and audiobook collections by genre or check out the Getting Started Guide.

If you haven’t already set-up your laptop, Kindle, iPad, NOOK, smartphone or other device, we’d love to help you get started. We are holding two drop-in clinics this week to answer questions about Overdrive:

OverDrive Downloadable Books Clinics

Tuesday, April 12
2:30PM – 3:30PM
and
Thursday, April 14
4:30PM – 5:30PM

No RSVP is required – just come to our classroom (lower level, room 11) and we’ll be there to lend you a helping hand! If you bring your device with you, we can help you with the initial set-up or troubleshoot any problems you’ve been having. We hope to see you there.

Database of the Month: Business Insights: Essentials

April 7, 2016 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

BIE
Business Insights: Essentials
provides in-depth information on U.S. and international businesses (both public and private) and industries. Included are company profiles, industry profiles, financial data, investment reports and articles from business periodicals. The strength of this database comes from its underlying sources. It is a great resource for getting a company’s history, market share and SWOT analysis. It is also a great resource for getting an overview of a particular industry as well.

Usage tip: Start by searching for a company name (such as Wal-mart) or ticker symbol (such as WMT)  in the keyword box and look through your results for the company profile. This will create a “dashboard” view of all of the available reports regarding your company including:

  • A Company History (sourced from International Directory of Company Histories)
  • Market share (sourced from Market Share Reporter)
  • SWOT Analysis (sourced from Global Markets Direct SWOT Reports published by GlobalData Ltd.)
  • And many others  (see below image).

BIECDS

The company profile also provides a Related Articles area that groups current article content into specific subject categories. These articles help to update the above reports with the most current data available. The Related Articles are grouped into these categories:

  • Financial Data
  • Legal Issues
  • Management
  • Operations & Technology
  • People; Products & Services
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Statistics
  • Strategy & Planning

Remember, when you click on one of these subject categories in the company profile, you will only link to articles relevant to this specific company.

The company profile also includes the industry names and the NAICS codes in which the company operates including the one indicated as the Primary Industry. Clicking on the linked title (see below image) will bring up an industry profile.

BIENaics

Of note: searching for the NAICS code (such as 452990) in the keyword search box on the database’s homepage will also bring up an industry profile.

An industry profiles lists “Top Companies” by Revenue and provides “Industry Essays” (sourced from the Gale Business Insights Online Collection, 2016 which consists of these encyclopedias: Encyclopedia of American Industries; Emerging Industries & Global Industries).

Business Insights: Essentials can be used to compare companies and/or industries using available metrics. This feature is available under the Comparison Charts drop down menu from the database’s homepage.

  • Metrics available for companies: Number of employees, Number of employees over Time, Revenue, Sales per employee, Sales Per Employee over Time
  • Metrics available for industries: Number of Companies; Number of Companies over Time; Employees; Number of Employees over time; Sales Per Employee; Sales Per Employee over Time; Revenue

Comparison charts & data can be exported into Excel.

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Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a database available from the Library’s website, 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 contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using this form.

Readers and Writers: A Display of Books (& Films!) about Books

April 5, 2016 by Jaimie · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

On display at the Bentley Library from April 5th – May 16th is a collection of titles about reading and writing. If you have a love for literature, be sure to take a look! We’ve divided the display into a few categories so you can find a book or movie that suits your interests the most. See the attached PDF Category List for the full list of titles in each category – although some fit more than one!

  • Readers: In these titles, books play a starring role. Possession by A.S. Byatt tells the story of two scholars searching for a hidden history inside old books, and in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a college freshman tries to navigate life through her obsession with her favorite book series.
  • Writers: Fictional stories about the craft and life of writers. Try Rick Moody’s Hotels of North America for a story about a man working through his troubles by writing online reviews. Or pick up Misery by Stephen King – the book or film version! – to see what happens to a writer when he’s confronted by his disgruntled biggest fan.

There are plenty of books and movies on this display that will satisfy your bookworm curiosities. Whatever genre you prefer, we hope you’ll find something new to read or watch!

New Bestsellers, Books, DVDs & Audiobooks Added in March

April 1, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

More than 400 new books, DVDs, audiobooks and OverDrive digital books were added to the library’s collection in March. Visit the New Books & DVDs page to browse all of the new titles.  When you see something you want, use the “request it” link to place a hold on an item.

 

Access the new acquisitions lists.

Click to browse the new acquisitions lists.

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, access their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Access OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks.

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

We Are Here to Help! Visit, Call, Email, Text or IM a Librarian.

March 30, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: research help

Reference librarians are available 7 days a week to answer your questions and provide research assistance. It’s easy to connect with a librarian in person, on the phone, via email and by IM/chat!

Full details, including our hours, contact information and the “Ask Us” chat widget are available on the Research Help page.

get-research-help

Art Gallery Exhibit: Welcome to the Crowd | Miranda Updike

March 30, 2016 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: art gallery

Opening in the RSM Art Gallery on April 2nd, Welcome to the Crowd is an installation of paintings by artist Miranda Updike.  All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Wednesday, April 6, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Miranda Updike
Welcome to the Crowd
April 2 – 29, 2016
Read Artist’s Statement

Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Miranda Updike painting, "Black Cloud"

Black Cloud | 2015

Artist Statement

Miranda Updike picture

Miranda Updike

These paintings are from a series on the subject of crowds. In our times of technology, there is little online substitute for a public gathering of bodies and souls uniting in a common cause.  My paintings represent human bonding and interacting in a hi-tech era that tends to foster isolation: People joining together to share ideas, physical space and sentiments.

Many of my crowd paintings are viewed from the aerial perspective.  I use photographic references to abstract the idea of human movement.  I’m attracted to the decorative quality of clustered people or when they are haphazardly separated, like dropped gems, confetti or beads. There is loveliness to the accidental placement of people in the streets seen, say, from the fourteenth floor of a skyscraper – A littering of colored shapes and shadows, which move above asphalt and street lines, express a brand of contemporary splendor.

In tandem with the aerial crowd paintings, I have been working on a mixed media sub-series. These works resemble uncertain seascapes of elliptical shapes that jut forward in space, then recede, and end below a moody sky at the horizon line. I want the viewer to feel like they are part-of-the-pack, and to experience the weight, the mass, and the muscle of a crowd.

– Miranda Updike

To view more works by Miranda Updike please view her Facebook page and visit her website.

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