On Display: Health and Wellness

Health and wellness are key components to leading a happy, full life. Physical and mental well-being in your everyday life can lead to success.

Did you know that the Bentley Library’s collection is more than just business books? The library’s latest display features books on topics such as exercise, sleep, meditation, and more that can help you achieve a well-balanced life. Looking to start yoga? The library has a great assortment of beginner and advanced yoga DVDs to get you going! Looking to simplify? Ditch your car? Take up canoeing? Find a new healthy recipe? The “Health & Wellness” display can help!

Stop by the library’s lobby to browse the collection and see a complete list of titles here.

On Display: Books That Will Make You LOL

A quick giggle.

A soft chuckle.

A hearty laugh that erupts into a surprising snort.

Stifling a laugh because you are in public, causing your whole body to shake uncontrollably.

Laughing so hard you can hardly catch your breath. Laughing so hard you cry. Laughing so hard you wet your pants.

Whatever form it takes, we feel better after a laugh (well, unless you have soggy pants)! The goal of this book display is to lighten the mood. We want you to find a book that pushes the stress and frustration of the outside world away. A book that makes you feel good.

Recognizing that what’s funny to one is not funny to another, there’s a wide variety of humorous fiction and non-fiction titles included in this display. You’ll find lighthearted, silly, absurd, witty, surreal, satirical, sarcastic, observational, and dark comedy in these pages. No matter what your sense of humor, you should discover a book or an author that will make you LOL.

If we’ve overlooked one of your favorite funny books let us know in the comments or send your recommendations to refdesk@bentley.edu.

Enjoy!

On Display: The Great American Read

Looking for a summer reading project? Join The Great American Read!

Join PBS and The Great American Read

PBS wants to know America’s favorite novel. Kicking off on May 22nd at 8 pm ET, The Great American Read hosted by Meredith Vieira will explore some of America’s most-loved novels over the course of eight episodes. Viewers can begin voting for their favorite from a list of 100 titles after the first episode airs. The series will return in the fall as the votes are tallied and the number one book is chosen.

Our lobby display pulls items from the Bentley Library’s collections on the Great American Read book list to make them available in one convenient spot for browsing. The novels selected span a variety of genres and time periods. Titles on the list include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Catcher in the Rye  by J.D. Salinger, Charlotte’s Web by E B White, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Beloved by Toni Morrison, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and many more.

Reread one of your favorites or try something new! And, if you don’t have time to read the books we have a number of film adaptations available on DVD.

Can’t make it to the library? We’ve got you covered! See what we have available as an eBook or audiobook through OverDrive that you can access from anywhere.

Participate with The Great American Read discussions on social media using the hashtag #GreatReadPBS and check out their website for fun activities such as a quiz to see how many of the 100 books you have read.

On Display: May 15-June 25, 2018

On Display: Fakes, Frauds & Phonies: Understanding the Noise in a Post-truth World

The phenomenon of “fake news” is nothing new. For centuries, consumers of information have encountered and engaged with sources that present stories that play to our own prejudices and biases, manipulating facts to serve specific agendas. Today, with the ubiquity and ease in which information is both disseminated and received, it is paramount that we remain vigilant against the scourge of fabricated sources.

As information professionals, librarians have been at the forefront of emerging media, providing guidance in using and interacting with information resources. Within the higher education community, academic librarians endeavor to ensure that learners know how to actively and responsibly engage with information as students, relying on ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. Librarians help students to recognize when information is needed and to develop the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. These skills contribute to scholarly inquiry and help prepare for lifelong learning in the workplace and everyday life.

To further provide guidance in evaluating news sources, the Bentley Library has curated this collection of resources, which will be on display from April 3 to May 14.

If you are interested in more information on evaluating resources, check out our research guide, or contact a librarian.

On Display: Women’s History & Leadership

March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating with a lobby display, guest curated by Bentley’s Center for Women and Business! Visit the library from 2/21/18– 4/2/18 to browse items in person, or see the list of display titles online. Many of these books, as well as additional women’s history and leadership titles, are available as eBooks and audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection.

This display encompasses many aspects of women’s history and empowering women’s advancement. Titles have been divided into two sections to help you browse and choose new books more easily.

  • Looking Back: Learn about inspiring, historical women and the ways that they have led and changed the world. Find out about the history of women’s suffrage, early female entrepreneurs, and more.
  • Looking Ahead: Get inspired to be a future leader by picking up titles that discuss current women’s issues and strategies for women at work. Titles in this section address the wage gap, leadership,  female mentorship, the state of women in politics, and more.

Check back on the display often – we will update the title list as new acquisitions arrive and checked-out titles return to the library. If a title you want to read is checked out, remember to place a hold! If you’d like more reading suggestions for Women’s History Month, please contact the Bentley Library. If you’re looking for resources on women’s leadership, please visit the Center for Women and Business website.

On Display: Best Books of 2017

Best Books of 2011Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions is to read more in 2018, we have just the thing you get you started…our 9th annual Best Books display! This year we have combed through 20 year-end best books lists* to bring you over 130 of the top titles published last year. The display includes fiction and nonfiction, print and audio. You’ll find wildly popular bestsellers alongside books that were critically acclaimed yet didn’t receive as much mainstream attention.

Stop by the library’s lobby to browse. If you don’t find anything of interest at first glance please keep checking back. We will add books to the display as new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned.

Many of these books are also available as downloadable and streaming eBooks and audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Happy reading!

Best Books of 2017

* Lists consulted: AudioFileBloomberg, Booklist, The Boston Globe, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Publishers Weekly, strategy+business, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

On Display: A Hot Topic – Climate Change

On display at the Bentley Library November 7, 2017 – January 2, 2018 is a selection of book, films, and audiobooks about the topic of climate change. Chosen in collaboration with Professor Thom Davis of the Natural Science Department, these titles will focus on the many aspects of this multidisciplinary topic. Included in the display are the works of Dr. Michael E. Mann, an upcoming speaker in the Distinguished Visiting Scholar series.

Stop by to browse and borrow. Don’t forget to attend Michael Mann’s lecture,  The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues, on Thursday, November 16 from 5:00 to 6:20 PM in Koumantzelis Auditorium.

Michael Mann books

On Display: Words Have Power – Read a Banned Book!

According to the American Library Association website, “A [book] challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.”

child reading a book with fist raised
American Library Association

In 2016, 323 book challenges were recorded in the United States by the American Library Association. (It is worth noting that many challenges go unreported.) The majority of challenges occurred against materials found in public and school libraries, and were most commonly brought by parents and public library users. The most common reasons for book challenges are: sexually explicit subject matter, offensive language, and religious viewpoint. ALA does not track international challenges, but history records many instances in which books have been censored and/or suppressed based on political viewpoint and other reasons deemed offensive to the state or nation.

In conjunction with Banned Books Week 2017 and through the month of October/beginning of November, we’ve provided a selection of fiction titles that have been reported as challenged and/or banned by public libraries, school libraries, and countries. Also included are some nonfiction titles on censorship topics. Stop by to take a look at the books on display or view them online (and place holds on anything you’d like to check out). Books on display each contain a banned-books-themed bookmark, which readers are welcome to keep. We’ve also made some buttons which are free for the taking.

If you use our OverDrive Downloadable Books , a list of banned and challenged books appears when you log into that collection.

Exercise your freedom to seek and express ideas- read a banned book!