Professors Joan Zaretti’s “Creativity and the Arts” class has a busy semester as they’ve been learning how one can explore creativity as a general process of engagement. One of their projects “Altered Books” is on display in the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library.
This project showcased the student’s creative reactions to the cover or contents of a book. “They used the text as an inspiration and responded, showing what it brought to mind,” said Professor Zaretti. “This allows them to see how even words on a page are part of a visual and creative response.”
Students choose a book and had the freedom to alter it visually or even physically alter the book itself. The display highlights the many different interpretations that students had and shows how they transformed the existing piece into something new.
While students had little or no background in visual arts, their response in this project shows a strong display of creative talents that included drawings, mixed media and sculpture.
“This class shows students how artistic communities can find inspiration among each other,” said Professor Zaretti. “The students now see how communities use each other as inspiration. This is a skill that they can translate to other aspects of their lives.”
Come and check out the display!
On Friday, March 17 we celebrate the 20th Annual Women’s Summit at Bryant University – Bryant’s significant event of “Inspiring, Empowering and Advancing Women”. At Krupp Library, we are proud to offer books, articles and DVDs from this year’s keynote speakers: Academy Award winner Geena Davis; Nobel Laureate and Liberian Peace activist Leymah Gbowee; author and leadership expert Mary Kelly, Ph.D.; and health expert, entrepreneur, author Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC™, FDN. We encourage our community to stop by the library and learn more about these exceptional women through their works and their passionate experiences in ‘inspiring, empowering and advancing women’.
We’re finding that students have been looking for consumer information to help them with projects. Luckily, you can find these resources using the library’s databases at Bryant. Let’s look at some databases!
Mintel gives you analytical information and consumer reports created by professional analysts to give you an understanding of consumers and markets.
Mediamark is an even clearer tool that allows you to look at consumers and categorize them by age, race, and income, and the magazines, television and websites that they will consume.
Another great resource that the library offers is Statista. This data aggregator is a great tool that can help you find statistics by subject dossier or by surveys that give you people’s opinions.
We also have some books and eBooks that are useful as well. Click on the book cover to read the eBook!
There’s still some time left in African American History Month to get some reading done! Check out some of the biographies and autobiographies we have in our collection. Click the links for more information, or to place a hold on these books:
Hi everyone! This week we’re highlighting the materials the library has on the Harlem Renaissance:
February is African American History Month! We have displays on the first and second floors of the library highlighting some of our resources, so definitely check those out. There are also some events going on at Bryant this month, like a Black History Exhibit and Lecture, and a screening of Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis (more information here).
Another way to learn more about African American history is to watch documentaries on Kanopy, which has streaming videos you can watch if you’re snowed in. Here are a few suggestions, or you can look through some of the other films they have:
Welcome back from break! This semester we have an exciting announcement — we have 10 new Bryant community Bloomberg terminals for faculty, students, and staff to use! These terminals have Bloomberg installed on them, which provides finance data, analytics, communication tools, and more. These terminals have two monitors and a specialized keyboard, so you’ll be able to spot them on the first floor of the library near the windows, and the second floor in the lounge near the study rooms.
To use these terminals, you’ll need to log in to the computer with your Bryant username and password, then make a Bloomberg account. Let us know if you need any help — we have written directions as well.