The Library will be opening early for Spring 2016 class pre-registration

Pre-registration for Spring 2016 classes is underway and the library will be opening early on the following days for anyone who needs to come in and use the computers to register (we know some of you prefer a hardwired connection to do this… or maybe you just want to get out of your dorm):

Tuesday, Nov. 10th – Friday, Nov. 13th: opening at 6:45am

Monday, Nov. 16th – Thursday, Nov. 19th: opening at 6:45am

Good luck getting the classes you need, and remember to return those long overdue library items, because they can lead to blocks on your account that will keep you from being able to register!

Celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

It’s Banned Books Week, the American Library Association’s annual effort to bring awareness to the book challenges, censorships, and bannings in libraries and schools across the country.

banned books week 2015Books are challenged because they are challenging, and occasionally have a tendency to force people to confront ideas they disagree with, ideas they’d like to forget, and even ideas they’d just prefer to ignore.  But the open exchange of ideas – even and especially those we disagree with! – is important in any free society like our own, particularly as we start to kick off the next election cycle.

And yes, book challenges do occur on a regular basis, on every level of library, instigated by people from every political, social, and age range you can name, even college-age students: two recent challenges, both involving Allison Bechdel’s award-winning (and recently adapted into a Broadway play) graphic memoir Fun Home, were instigated by students at Duke University and at Crafton Hills College.

We know this is a busy time of year for everyone, but if you get the chance, please embrace and celebrate your freedom to read (and think) whatever you want.  Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that someone somewhere might be angry about you doing so, and that’s always fun.

For more information, please visit the official site for Banned Books Week, or the American Library Association’s site for the event.

Dr. Robert Ballard: Explorer, Oceanographer, Geophysicist, Educator, the Most Interesting Man in the World

We here at the library are thrilled to welcome  Dr. Robert Ballard to as part of Student Arts and Speakers Series on Monday, October 5 at 8 PM in Bello Grand Hall. Your librarians are frankly geeking out over the visit. Curious why?

According to his URI Profile,

(Professor) Ballard came to instant fame in 1985, of course, as the discoverer of the final resting place of the ill-fated R.M.S Titanic. Since that time he has led expeditions to locate the sites of other shipwrecks including the German pocket-battleship Bismarck, the aircraft carrier Yorktown and numerous other vessels including ancient Phoenician ships off Israel.

But his explorations (well over 100) also include research missions into such phenomena as hydrothermal vents in the sea floor and the exotic ecosystems that surround such vents.

Professor Ballard gave one of my favorite TED Talks in 2008 on the Astonishing Hidden World of the Deep Ocean.

You can also watch Professor Ballard and his team on the E/V Nautilus during their expedition season (April through September) at Nautilus Live. Don’t despair if the ship is in port, you can always watch recordings of their latest explorations on the EV Nautilus YouTube channel.

Professor Ballard has a strong Rhode Island connection: he received his PhD in Geological Oceanography from University of Rhode Island in 1974 and is Professor of Oceanography and Director of URI’s Center for Ocean Exploration and Director of the Institute for Archeological Oceanography.

Interested in reading Dr. Ballard’s research? Get started here.


Leap First, Ask Later.

Iron age shipwrecks in deep water off Ashkelon, Israel

Roman Shipwrecks – Probing the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, a nuclear submarine locates the remains of trading vessels that sank west of Sicily 2,000 years ago.


The discovery of the Titanic

Return to Titanic : a new look at the world’s most famous lost ship

Titanic : an illustrated history

See everyone on the 8th!

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.


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.

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

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  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.

Google Scholar form

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.”

Google Scholar choose articles

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.

Google Scholar Make public

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


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