New on the Shelf! Books, DVDs & Audiobooks Added in January.

Did you make a new year’s resolution to read more? We can help! The new acquisitions lists are a great place to start. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

If you’re off-campus you can use the OverDrive app to download ebooks and digital audiobooks to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.  For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

new titles received in January
Click to go to the new acquisitions page.

14 Days to Have Your Say! Begins January 29

 The Bentley Library is pleased to announce the return of 14 Days to Have Your Say!

From Tuesday, January 29 to Monday, February 11, we are providing open forums—online and inside the library—to allow members of our community to post comments and suggestions. Have your say and see what others are saying about the library!

What do you love about the library?
What can we do better?
What services and resources are we missing?

There are a few ways you can participate:

  1. Post directly on the 14 Days to Have Your Say! blog. (We want you to feel comfortable posting online, so your name will not be published on the blog.)
  2. Visit the library to add your thoughts to the whiteboards you’ll find on each floor of the library.
  3. Use the tablet kiosk in the lobby to give us a quick rating.

We’ve done this before, with great success!

The past four installments of 14 Days to Have Your Say! (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014) were very successful, and the library has made many changes to our services, policies, and resources as a result of the thoughtful feedback we’ve received.

For example, in response to previous 14 Days feedback, the library has:

  • increased normal operating hours and instituted 24-hour access during final exams
  • improved the physical facilities by adding more study carrels, installing stand-up work areas, and improving signage
  • adjusted borrowing policies to extend access to our popular and faculty DVD collections
  • improved the features and functionality of the group study room reservation system
  • installed new equipment and technology, such as “quick print” stations, scanners, and USB charging ports

We hope that this installment is just as popular and productive. Don’t be shy, tell us what’s on your mind!

Have questions?

Do you have questions about this project? Please visit the About and FAQs pages, or contact the Reference Desk at refdesk@bentley.edu or 781-891-2300.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend Hours

Please take note of the following changes to our hours on Sunday, January 20th and Monday, January 21st in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday:

Saturday, January 19
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(normal hours)

Sunday, January 20
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(closing early)

Monday, January 21
CLOSED
(Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – no classes)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., 08/28/1963
Source: The U.S. National Archives https://catalog.archives.gov/id/542014

For more information about library, café or help desk hours, please view the online hours calendar.

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Database of the Month: Mergent Intellect

Logo for the Mergent Intellect database

Mergent Intellect offers comprehensive data on companies, industries, demographics, consumer lifestyles, people, and jobs. Among its specialized offerings are:

  • Information on over 245 million domestic and international public and private companies
  • First Research industry profiles
  • United States census data, searchable by geographic area
  • Nielsen PRIZM demographic and consumer reports
  • Residential contact and lifestyle data for U.S. residents
  • Job listings for companies in the U.S. and Canada

Mergent provides both standardized reports and custom reporting tools that are perfect for building lists of competitors, viewing potential customers in a geographic area, and more.

Get Started with Mergent Intellect

Use the basic search box to execute a Company, Industry, Executive or New Business search. Alternatively, click one of the icons located below the search box for other specialized searches.

Other searches available in Mergent: Advanced Search, Residential Search, First Research Industry, Demographics, Consdumer Data, Learning (Help) Center and Key Business Ratios.

Company & Industry Data

Mergent provides information on domestic and international companies. Both public and private companies are included, as are inactive companies. Search by company name, ticker symbol or URL in the single search box to access company profiles, financials, industry profiles, and executive information.

To build custom lists of companies with specific criteria, use the Advanced Search. Both Company and Executive criteria are available. Lists may be exported to CSV or XLSX format.

Company criteria are displayed; click links in the highlighted box to add more fields

Demographics Data

Standardized reports provide an overview of the characteristics of a geographical area using data from the most recent US Census and the proprietary PRIZM segmentation system from Nielsen (Claritas 360). Search by ZIP code, city or county name to access eight different reports, ranging in complexity from quick facts to full overviews. Most are available in both PDF and XLS formats.

Household income for Middlesex county, MA: 2010 actual-2024 projection

Get Database Help

Visit the Help Guides for detailed instructions on searching and building reports. How-to videos help with navigating Advanced Search, Consumer Lifestyle searches, and more.

In-person assistance is available from Bentley librarians; our Bentley Library Research Help page contains contact information and Reference Desk hours.

Connect to the Database

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and click Mergent Intellect to begin your search. This database can also be viewed in the Annual Reports and SEC, Company Profiles, Consumer Demographics, Industries and Markets, and International Business subject lists on the A-Z page.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to useful library databases, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: Paintings by Christina Chang

We are very pleased to announce that Saturation: Paintings by Christina Chang is now on view in the RSM Art Gallery. All are invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Wednesday, February 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. To learn more about the artist and her work, please read her statement below.

Saturation: Paintings by Christina Chang
January 14 – March 8, 2019

Artist’s Reception
Wednesday, February 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Spring Sunshine by Christina Chang

Artist’s Statement

Color, light, energy, and movement all come to mind when thinking about why I create art. I am never at a loss for ideas and the desire to create and paint is in me every day. I enjoy challenging myself to come up with new color combinations and applying them to the canvas surface. I find the process mesmerizing and meditative.

Although I was trained classically, and created art in many forms and expressions, capturing color, light, and shapes are primary goals in my latest creations. My work has evolved and transformed from portraying landscapes through an impressionistic style to abstraction. I am currently painting works that emphasize light in new ways. A stroke of the brush and the application of bold color are what drives my art to come to life.

I created the latest works with water-soluble oil paints on canvas. These paintings capture my love of painting and being outdoors, as well as my emotions and feelings. When I paint, I am able to express nonverbal feelings.

I enjoy working on many paintings simultaneously. I sometimes reference landscape photographs that I took at a particular location and find inspiration from those photos and my experience at that time. It is so gratifying to complete a painting with my own two hands and bring a painting from my imagination into existence.

Library Hours for Spring 2019

We hope you had a great winter break, Falcons! Ready to hit the books again? The library’s regular spring semester hours start Monday, January 14, 2019:

Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Friday
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

You can view the library, café, and Help Desk hours for the entire semester in our hours calendar. Please note that our hours will change during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Spring Break, and the Patriots’ Day holiday weekend.

During the winter months the library’s hours may be impacted by inclement weather. When the University is closed for weather, so is the library. If the library needs to make an emergency closing outside of “regular” university hours (late at night or on the weekend), we will make announcements on our social media channels and via email. Follow @BentleyLibrary on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up-to-date.

Have a great semester!

On Display: Best Books of 2018

Happy New Year! Here at the library we are celebrating the arrival of 2019 and the 10th anniversary of our annual “best books” display!

Back in January of 2009 we thought it would be fun to comb through multiple year-end “best of” lists to put together a display of the previous year’s top fiction and nonfiction titles. Thus began an annual tradition, and here we are ten years later…

This year we examined 17 unique review sources* to bring you a display of 100+ books and audiobooks. As always, you’ll find titles by popular authors who regularly land on the bestseller lists, as well as books from outside the spotlight that are worthy of your attention. The common denominator is that they have all been hailed as the best of 2018’s publishing.

Please take some time to visit the library’s lobby or browse the items online in our catalog. Many of these books are also available as downloadable eBooks and audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection.

If you don’t see anything of interest at first glance, keep checking back. As new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned we will add more books to the display. Happy browsing!

*sources consulted: AudioFile, Bloomberg, Booklist, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor (fiction, nonfiction), The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company (business, technology), Forbes, Kirkus Reviews, Inc., Library Journal, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, strategy+business, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.