Make the Most of August With Library Resources

It’s August, and there’s about a month left of summer vacation (eek!). If you’re looking for something to do for the next month, come to the library! We’ve got a bunch of resources to help you make the most of the last month of summer.

Rosetta StoneIf you’re interested in learning a language, you can check out a laptops that have a Rosetta Stone language installed. These are checked out for a month (perfect timing!) and have languages such as French, Spanish, Gaelic, Japanese, Italian, or Mandarin. This is a great way to build your skills over the summer and keep your brain working.

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Far away from Bryant and still want to learn a language this summer? No problem! The library, thanks to Ask RI, provides access to Mango Languages, an online program to help you learn languages. There are a ton to choose from: American Sign Language, German, Latin, Spanish, and even Shakespearean English and Pirate! They even have movies in different languages that you can watch to build your skills. You can access Mango Languages by going to the library’s Articles and Databases page for the link, and then making an account on Mango.
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Looking for something a little less intensive to do for your last month off? We have some Kindle Fire tablets that you can check out for a week. You can connect the Kindle with your Amazon account and buy e-books and apps, but don’t worry, we clear all of your info off the tablet when we get it back. Use the Kindle to get your Candy Crush fix, read some e-book novellas, watch Netflix, or browse The New York Times.

Another option is to hang out in the library, enjoy the AC, and check out a leisure reading book. If you need some recommendations, take a peek at our display of summer books on the first floor (on the right when you walk into the library).

We also have a ton of magazines, including (but definitely not limited to): ESPN, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Ebony, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Time that you can read while you’re in the library, or just come in and just say hi to your favorite librarians—we’re lonely without all of you on campus!

Have a great rest of the summer, Bryant!

Krupp Library Schedule for August 1-23

The fall semester starts in just over a month, and we’re as deep in denial about that as anyone.  As summer classes wind down, our schedule changes a bit.  Here are our hours for August 1st through the 23rd:

Mondays-Thursdays: 8am to 6 pm

Fridays: 8am to 4:30pm

Saturdays: 9am to 4:30pm

Sundays: CLOSED

Exceptions:
Monday, August 10th (Victory Day): CLOSED

Saturday, August 22nd: CLOSED

IMPORTANT NEWS: Bryant’s Exit from the HELIN Catalog

In case you missed the email messages that have gone out to the Bryant community this summer, the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is leaving the HELIN catalog and will be moving its catalog and backend systems to OCLC’s WorldShare Management System (WMS).  You may have already used the catalog this summer, as the links from our website were switched over to WMS several weeks ago, but we expect everything to be fully migrated by September 1st, if not sooner.

Due to the advanced timeline, lending and borrowing activities between Bryant and other HELIN libraries will pause during the last stage of the migration period.  We have worked with the HELIN office to come up with final lending and borrowing dates:

LAST DAY TO REQUEST – AUGUST 12 (last date for HELIN libraries to request Bryant books, and last date for Bryant to request books from HELIN libraries).

LAST CHECKOUT DATE  – AUGUST 19 (this gives a full week for the books to be in transit to Bryant or from Bryant which allows time on the hold shelf for patron pickup)

DUE DATE – SEPTEMBER 7 (this allows for a 19 day borrowing period and for 2 weeks for overdue notices and to collect on overdue books).  If your library users cannot return Bryant items by this date, please let us know and we can switch the HELIN checkout to an interlibrary loan.

Once we are fully migrated, Bryant holdings may be searched via the WorldCat link in the HELIN catalog or by searching directly in Bryant’s new catalog at http://bryant.on.worldcat.org/discovery  The catalog is still evolving, but will allow you to search for items here at Bryant, throughout the state of Rhode Island, and in libraries worldwide.

Bryant will remain a member of HELIN until December 31, 2015, but even beyond that date we will still be an active member of the library community both here in Rhode Island and beyond our borders, and will work with patrons and other libraries alike to foster cooperating and connect people with the information resources they need.

This will be a time of enormous change for everyone, ourselves included, and we are happy to speak with anyone about any questions, concerns, or even fears they may have.  Our top priority is always providing our patrons with the best service possible and this is not a move we make lightly or without consideration.  We think this will be of great benefit to all of our community, and ask for your patience, understanding, and feedback during our transition period and beyond.  All of our contact information can be found at this link.

Google Scholar Guide

Hello Bryant professors (and Bryant students who are getting published)! Are you on Google Scholar yet? You should be! Google Scholar lets you create a profile for yourself that will highlight your published works and make them easier to find online. Here are a few benefits to creating a profile:

  • Your profile will shows how many times each of your works has been cited by others
  • Gives you more visibility online so more users can find your articles
  • Your profile will link to all your work, and you’ll be linked to as a co-author on others’ pages, which makes it easy for users to find other articles you’ve written

To get started creating your own profile, go to this link and click “Get started with Google Scholar Citations.” Fill in your information, such as name, institution, your Bryant email address, areas of interest, and your webpage, and click next.

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Next, you can select the articles you’ve written from the list Google gives you. To add an article to your profile, click “Add article.”

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When you’re done selecting all your articles, click Next step on the bottom left, and choose whether to let Google Scholar to automatically update your profile to correct citations or delete redundant entries, or whether you’d rather be emailed and make the changes yourself.

Google will also send you an email to verify your email address–just click the “Verify email address” link in the email they send out to do this.

Another key step is to make your profile public by clicking the Edit link next to “My profile is private” and select “My profile is open.” A public profile will allow others to view your profile, since private profiles will not show up in Google Scholar. If you’d like, upload a picture of yourself and make any other edits to your profile.

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Once your profile is all set up, you’ll notice some information on the right of your profile. Under citations, Google will list the total number of times your works have been cited, and in the other column, how many times they’ve been cited in the last five years. There are also some Google metrics displayed, such as h-index, which measures productivity and impact, and i10-index, which shows how many of your articles have been cited 10 or more times. For more info on these, you can read a quick description by mousing over them. Your profile also links to your co-author’s Google Scholar pages, and their pages will link back to you.

Here’s an example of a profile that’s fully set up that shows the metrics and co-author sections:

Google Scholar profile

To get some more of your articles on your Google Scholar page, ask to have your works added to Bryant University’s Digital Commons, Bryant’s institutional repository. Any articles uploaded into the Digital Commons will be accessible through Google Scholar and will be linked to under your profile.

To have your work added or for help setting up a profile, send an email to Becca Pac at rpac@bryant.edu.

CHECK THIS OUT! – Internet Favorites In Real Life

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Some of your favorite web-based authors and artists have been working hard to get their work off the Internet and into your hands, through the timeless magic of book publishing! So if you feel like spending some time with a “real” book instead of endlessly scrolling on a screen, check out these picks.

Maybe you’re familiar with the long-running, delightfully geeky xkcd webcomic? Creator Randall Munroe recently released What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, a book that seeks to solve ridiculous questions submitted by his readers (“If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the moon at the same time, would it change color?”) using math, science, logic, and dozens of stick figure djane eyre coverrawings. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll enjoy the footnotes.

Speaking of laughing and learning, Mallory Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters rewards you for having paid attention in class — the more you remember about literary classics such as Hamlet, Don QuixotePride & Prejudice, and The Great Gatsby, the harder you’ll laugh at the jokes. But don’t worry if you’ve forgotten everything from AP English! You’ll also find sections on The Baby-Sitters Club, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. These imagined text message conversations originated as a column on The Hairpin and continued on Ortberg’s website The Toast before being published as this charming, bright yellow book.hyperbole and a half

And speaking of bright yellow books! Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half has turned some of the best content from her website (as well as some brand new material) into Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. This color-saturated book features Brosh’s signature Microsoft Paint illustrations and her “I can’t believe that really happened!” storytelling style. Brosh tackles everything from birthday cake to clinical depression to goose attacks, always with an eye to the hilariously absurd. This book has become one of the most popular graphic novels in our collection, and when you check it out you’ll see why.

Each of these titles can be found in the Leisure Reading section, located across from the Borrower Services desk (it’s the first shelf you’ll see when you walk into the library). Do you have a favorite website-turned-book? Let us know, and we might add it to our collection!

CHECK THIS OUT!–Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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In celebration of summer vacation, why not check out a leisure reading book, sit outside (or inside in the air conditioning) and read? I recommend Station Eleven, which follows a group of people whose lives begin to intersect because of the death of an actor on the night before the world ends.

Arthur Leander, an actor, has a heart attack and dies on stage while performing King Lear. Jeevan, a paparazzi-turned bartender-turned paparazzi-turned paramedic tries to resuscitate him, and when he can’t, he comforts Kirsten, a child actress in the play. Later that night, a pandemic erupts and a flu-like disease kills almost everyone and effectively ending the world as we know it.

This story spans decades as we follow different characters, all connected by some kind of relationship to Arthur. We see Arthur’s ascent (or descent) into fame as well as the outbreak through the eyes of his first ex-wife Miranda and his close friend Clark. We see what the early days of the infection were like from Jeevan, who gets a phone call from his friend who works in a hospital telling him to get out before the planes were grounded. Because he can’t leave his brother, he stays and we see what the early days of the outbreak were like in the city before Jeevan sets out into the unknown. We see the future through Kirsten, (now grown up and skilled at throwing knives,) part of a traveling orchestra/Shakespearean play company in the post-apocalyptic future. Throw in a cult leader named The Prophet and a comic book called Station Eleven, and you’ve got an interesting plot that ties all these characters together into one cohesive story.

–Review by Becca

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CHECK THIS OUT!– DVDs

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It’s finals week, and I know everyone’s working hard, so this week we’re highlighting the library’s DVD collection. Most of you know that we have documentaries and other educational films, but you may not know that also we also have movies like Paprika, High School Musical, and Nacho Libre. Take a study break: check out a movie, grab a few friends, and relax for a few hours between finals!

To take see what DVDs we have, click here!

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