October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

President Obama has declared October 2009 to be National Information Literacy Awareness Month. His official proclamation states:

“An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.”

Want to talk to an expert on finding and evaluating information? Contact a reference librarian! We can help you, as the president puts it, “separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.” Faculty, use this form if you’d like to request a research instruction session for your class.

For more information, check out our online research guide on Information Literacy and Instruction, or  the website of the National Forum on Information Literacy.

H1N1 Information & Resources

Flu season is fast approaching.   Bentley University’s Center for Health & Wellness website is designated as the official site for  information on H1N1 influenza.  The Center for Health & Wellness site will provide the most up-to-date information about H1N1, as well as lists of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and other selected resources.

If you are interested in conducting further research about H1N1 – or influenza in general – please visit the Bentley Library’s H1N1 library research guide.  This research guide highlights librarian-recommended books, databases, and websites useful for researching H1N1 and related topics.

Reference Librarians Debut Online Library Research Guides

The Bentley Library reference librarians have created a new collection of library research guides that are designed to help you locate the best resources for your research! Research guides are available for a number of popular topics/subjects, as well as for specific classes.  In each guide we recommend specific books, journals, databases and web sites.  Where needed we also include step-by-step instructions.  The entire collection of library research guides is available at http://libguides.bentley.edu/.

This is an evolving collection – guides will continue to be added and updated.  If you’d like to suggest a topic for a library research guide please email refdesk@bentley.edu.

Bentley Librarians say…Chat With Us!

The Bentley Library is making it easier to ask us questions! Simply look for the “Chat With Us” box on our web pages (currently on our databases pages and our research help page).   Check for the message indicating that the Reference Desk is online, then enter your message.  You will automatically be connected with us – no need to create a user name or have an existing IM account of any kind.  How easy is that?

Did you catch us while we are “offline”?  No worries, if it is during normal hours you may reach us in person, email or phone.  Our research help page has all of those details!