Library closing at 6pm on Halloween

Great-PumpkinJust a reminder that we will be closing at 6pm on Halloween so everyone has the chance to go out and acquire as much candy as possible, and then go find a pumpkin patch sincere enough to attract the attention of the Great Pumpkin. This is the year, I’m sure of it.

We’ll be open our normal schedule for the rest of the weekend: 10am – 6pm on Saturday, and Noon – 1:30am on Sunday.  Happy Halloween, everyone!

GFOB Resources

If you’re taking GFOB 100 this semester and aren’t sure how to find information for your project, you’ll be happy to find out that the library has some new resources for you! We have four short tutorials on how to do research, how to find company competitors and financial ratios, and how to register your business. To get to these resources from the library home page, you’ll want to click on “Research help,” Guides by class, and they’re right at the top under GFOB 100. See the images below for a visual step-by-step guide.

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class guide

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Graphic Novel Display on the Second Floor

comic display signWe’ve bought a lot of graphic novels (and scholarly titles on topics related to comics and graphic novels) to add to our collection in the past few years, so in order to call attention to our acquisitions the latest book display at the rear of the 2nd floor “quiet area” is devoted to comics of all kinds. Memoir, history, music, science, food, horror, science fiction, fantasy, humor, super heroes… if there is a topic or genre that appeals to you, you’re likely to find something that will appeal to you either on these shelves or elsewhere in the collection (we own way too many now to put them all on display now).

If you’re a fan of the comics format, check it out.  If you’re new to or are just curious about comics, also check it out! And if you have any questions or are looking for some suggestions, feel free to ask.  We always like connecting people with new things to read, and I pride myself on being able to find comics that will appeal to just about anyone.

And to answer a question we often get about these book displays: yes, OF COURSE you can check these out!  We set these things up to draw your attention to the books we set up, and we hope that results in people giving them a shot.  Personally, I love seeing big empty spaces in previously full displays… that means it’s working.

And if you check out and request a lot of graphic novels, we might get to buy more. Everyone wins.

Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 21-27

We read banned books! And sometimes pose with them!

We read banned books! And sometimes we pose with them for promotional purposes! But mostly read!

The week of September 21st through 27th marks Banned Books Week, the annual campaign by the American Library Association (ALA) dedicated to protecting intellectual freedom and the right to read whatever you choose. Every year, individuals and groups throughout the country occasionally demand that access to certain titles be restricted, or that they be removed completely, leading to an event ALA calls a challenge. Sometimes these efforts end up being successful, leading to an outright ban. Challenges and bans of books can occur in public, K-12, university, or special libraries; retail outlets where books are sold; classrooms; and anywhere else thoughts and ideas can be encountered and considered.

To give you an idea of the scope of this, over 11,300 books have been challenged since ALA started the event in 1982. In 2013 alone, there were 307 challenges reported to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. The total number of challenges may be higher still, but many go unreported. This year’s most frequently challenged books include a diverse group of titles ranging from Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series to 50 Shades of Grey. Click here for the list of the top 10 most frequently challenged books for each year since 2001.

This year, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is also heavily involved with Banned Books Week, highlighting the fact that comic books and graphic novels of all topics and age ranges are frequently the victim of library and classroom challenges. You can follow this link to their website for more information, frequently asked questions, and a PDF handbook featuring a cover by Bone cartoonist and author Jeff Smith (who also finds himself on this year’s Top 10 challenges list).

We know this is a busy time of year for students, faculty, and staff alike, but take the time to celebrate your intellectual freedom. Read a banned book, have an unpopular idea, and embrace the freedom of thought and expression the Constitution allows.

Banned Books Week

Book a Group Study Room! NEW PROCESS

Overwhelmed with projects? Need a place to meet with your group? Book a library study room! These convenient rooms are located on the second floor of the library, overlooking the Bello Grand Hall. If you’re already familiar with the library’s study room reservation process, we have some BIG NEWS: the process is totally different this year! We’re using a great new system, 25Live, and we think you’ll really like it. Follow this quick guide to booking a room, and you’ll be on your way to group studying success!

First of all, read through our study room reservation page, so you know the policies and rules. When you’re ready to book a room, click the “thumbs up” at the bottom of that page to open 25Live.

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Ready? If the following images are too small, just click them to open larger versions!

On the 25Live homepage, select “Create an Event.”

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Then log in with your Bryant email username and password.

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Now you can book your group study room!

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Now you’re all set! After we process your request you will receive an email confirming your study room reservation.

Questions? Contact the library! Call the Borrower Services desk at 401-232-6125 with any questions or concerns about booking a group study room.

Happy studying!

Welcome to Reunion @ Homecoming 2014

We’d like to welcome all returning alumni, family, and friends to Bryant’s Reunion @ Homecoming 2014. We hope that while you’re on campus enjoying all of the weekend’s activities you make some time to swing by the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library so we can show you all of the services we provide to the Bryant community – students, staff, faculty, and yes, even alumni.

And then if you like what you see and maybe wanted to make a donation to help us do even more, we certainly wouldn’t say no to that.  :)

Welcome back!

Wow, that was a fast summer.  But here we are… it’s Labor Day weekend, every food or drink you can imagine comes in a pumpkin or apple flavored variety, and school is starting again.  No matter what the calendar says, it’s fall, so welcome back (or for our new students, welcome for the first time) to Bryant University!  Remember that the library is here to serve all of your informational needs – big or small, academic or not – so swing by whenever you need.

Best of luck to you all in the semester ahead!

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