Summer Students, the Writing Center & ESOL Center are Here to Help!

Bentley University’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center and Writing Center are now open and accepting appointments from all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in summer session classes. Walk-ins are welcome (please check their hours before dropping in), but appointments are strongly encouraged. Use the appointment links provided below. Both centers are located on the lower level of the library. Please note that this summer the Writing Center is offering online (synchronous) assistance!

The ESOL Center
Bentley Library, lower level, room 26

Monday and Wednesday
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation, and conversation enrichment? Come to the ESOL Center. 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. Schedule online, call 781.891.2021 to make an appointment, or drop in to see if a faculty tutor is available.

The Writing Center
Bentley Library, lower level, room 23

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (online only)

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (in-person OR online)

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (online only)

Writing Center staff provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills. This summer, the Writing Center will be open on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for in-person assistance. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

New for summer 2018 – online assistance! You are also invited to have an online conference with a Writing Center tutor. Conferences are booked and held through the Writing Centers’s scheduling site, WCOnline.

Special Hours & Activities for Bentley Reunion, Saturday June 2

Looking Back with Nostalgia
Join us for a trip down memory lane, courtesy of the Bentley Archives!
Bentley University Reunion Weekend
Saturday, June 2  |  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Welcome back to campus, Bentley alumni, family, and friends!

We invite you to stop in to the library to view two Bentley Archives exhibits that celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bentley’s arrival in Waltham and talk with the University’s archivist, Jaimie Fritz. The exhibits—“Waltham Campus” and “Bentley Milestones”—will be on display in study rooms 102 and 103. Perhaps you can help Jaimie identify documents and photographs! If you’d like to bring your own Bentley memorabilia, we will scan or photograph your items for the Archives. You’ll also have the opportunity to make your own souvenir button.

While you’re here, take a stroll around the library to view our spaces and collections. (If you graduated before 2006 the building will look quite different!) We’re happy to answer any questions you have. Enjoy your visit and have a great Reunion Weekend!

Dedications in Appreciation to Our Class of ’18 Student Assistants

It is a Bentley Library tradition to show appreciation to our graduating student assistants with a book or film dedication. Each student is invited to select an item that is meaningful to them, which is then affixed with a special bookplate in their name. A display of their selections will be available soon in the Popular Reading area. You can also view the photo album on Facebook and our Student Employee Dedications Pinterest board.

This year, dedications have been made on behalf of these Class of 2018 graduates:

Ana Belliard
Poet X

Amelia Cheung
Milk and Honey

Aaron Coss

Isabelle Fang
Beauty & the Beast

Carlos Gonzalez
The Tao of Pooh

Peter Hersey
Ahead of the Curve

Nathan Louf

Sarah Paulhus
The Bad Beginning

Jasmine Rosa

Emely Santos
Higher Education and First-Generation Students

The library could not operate without our student assistants. We rely on them to be the face of the Library Services Desk, to keep our stacks organized, to help process every new book, DVD, and journal that arrives, to fulfill ILL requests, and to handle so many behind-the-scenes tasks that we can’t list them all here! Our doors would not be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (and around the clock during finals) without them! The library staff thanks all of our student assistants and sends best wishes to our graduates. Congratulations!

Reading Day Relief! Coffee Break, DIY Buttons & Therapy Dogs

reading day relief The library is hosting three events on Reading Day (Wednesday, May 2) to encourage you to take some time off from studying to reboot your mind and body. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day!

Wednesday, May 2

Study Break: Coffee, Tea & Snacks
refuel & recharge
11:00 a.m. – until supplies last |  library lobby
Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last). Bring your own reusable water bottle to refill at one of our three water bottle filling stations.

DIY Buttons
stress buster
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  art gallery
Take a break from studying to make-your-own buttons using the library’s button makers. We’ll provide pre-made designs, magazines, and coloring books for you to use, or you can put markers to paper and create your own design. This activity is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Therapy Dogs
relax with Kodiak and Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery
Our furry friends Kodiak and Echo are returning to the library to spend some quality time with you! Studies show that interacting with animals can improve our interpersonal interactions and mood, reduce cortisol, lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance empathy, and improve learning. Come and see for yourself. Drop in to the art gallery to unwind with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Storm Closing: Tuesday, March 13

Due to the inclement weather, Bentley University and the Bentley Library will be closed Tuesday, March 13.  Weather permitting, the library will reopen on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 a.m.

For official updates about the status of the university, check the Bentley University website or call the Bentley University Storm Emergency line at 781.891.2020. We also encourage you to follow the library’s updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t forget that even when the library’s doors are closed, our research databases, eBook collections and streaming films databases are always accessible from both on and off campus.

“The Year We Thought About Love” – Film Screening and Q&A

The Bentley Library, Equity Center, Residential Center, Multicultural Center, and Student Programs & Engagement are excited to present a screening of the documentary film The Year We Thought About Love on Monday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilder Pavilion. The screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmaker Ellen Brodsky and members of the LGBTQ youth theater group, True Colors.

The Year We Thought About Love documents the journey of an amazing group of young people from Boston as they develop, write, and perform a unique play based on their own experiences. The camera follows them in and out of rehearsals, homes, and classrooms to capture their exploration of love in all its forms: romantic, familial, and religious. The lives of several troupe members are highlighted to bring to the forefront the challenges and joys of LGBTQ adolescents. More about the film and its subjects can be found at their website.

The Year We Thought About Love
film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Ellen Brodsky and members of True Colors, Boston-based LGBTQ youth theater group and oldest queer youth theater troupe in the U.S.
Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilder Pavilion

Celebrate Fair Use Week!

From February 26 to March 2, the Library will celebrate Fair Use Week. Fair Use is an important legal doctrine within U.S. copyright law that underpins many of the activities we engage in every day. It allows the right to use a copyrighted work under certain conditions without permission of the copyright owner. The doctrine helps prevent a rigid application of copyright law that would stifle the very creativity the law is designed to foster. It allows for the unlicensed (that is, without permission or payment of royalty) use of a copyrighted work where the balance of several factors weighs in favor of such use. Four of these factors are specifically enumerated in the statute. Application of fair use requires a factual analysis of these four factors as applied to the facts of the proposed use.

Did you know?

Without fair use, you wouldn’t be able to:

  • Search web browsers or databases. These valuable research tools rely on fair use to index information, making it easier to find what you need.
  • Read that assigned book chapter on Blackboard. Fair use makes it possible to read digitized course material from the comfort of your bed.
  • Enjoy and create memes. Internet memes are a form of parody, which is protected by fair use.
  • DVR the Pat’s game because you have work to do. Yes, fair use makes it possible to record live programming to watch later.

Learn more about how fair use impacts almost everything you do, whether it’s for research or for leisure.

Visit Bentley Library’s Research Guide on Fair Use for resources to help you to understand and apply fair use.