eBooks Abound!

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The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library tries to make things convenient for students.  Most of our databases are accessible off-campus, we lend kindles and iPads, and we’re constantly growing our eBook collection.  The handiest thing about eBooks, is that you can read them anywhere.  Those cold winter nights when you dread leaving your dorm–those are eBook nights.

One thing to know about some of the eBooks that we buy, is that due to licensing restrictions, some are only able to be read by a single user at a time.  If you ever run into an issue with an eBook that won’t open, likely that will be the reason.

Here is a list of some of the new eBooks we’ve added to our collection.  You can click on the titles to be re-directed to the book record in the catalog and view the eBook!

International law and the Third World

Beyond biotechnology

Molecular ecology and evolution

Bioethics in Singapore

Bird migration and global change

Research handbook on the interpretation and enforcement of intellectual property under WTO rules

The limits of transnational law : refugee law, policy harmonization and judicial dialogue in the European Union

Understanding international law

Florida Bay research programs and their relation to the comprehensive Everglades restoration plan

Natural history of San Francisco Bay

Turning the tide : saving the Chesapeake Bay

Science for ecosystem-based management : Narragansett Bay in the 21st century 

Social and environmental impacts of the James Bay Hydroelectric Pro

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Helpful Government Sites

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Depending on what kind of project you’re working on, you often need statistics to back up any claims you make.  While we at the library are lucky to offer students access to a wide variety of excellent databases, sometimes you need to look outside the databases for your information.  Sites like wikipedia or blogs are unacceptable for scholarly research, and you may occasionally come across an article that lists statistics but doesn’t cite its sources.  There are many government sites that offer well-organized, current information and statistics to serve as a foundation for your research.

Here’s a shortlist of some that will be helpful to Bryant students:

CIA World Factbook: When doing research on other countries, it can be incredibly frustrating at time to just get basic information about the type of government, major industries or political structure.  The World Factbook is an excellent source for information on every country in the world.  In addition to that, there are links to intelligence literature, reports, press releases, maps and more.  The factbook is updated on a weekly basis, and is  not only an excellent source of information, but it’s actually interesting to read and browse.

US Census Factfinder: You can find industry specific economic factsheets for the whole country, or for individual cities then refine it further by industry.  There is also some data on foreign trade, current and historical, economic surveys and community surveys.

Congressional Budget Office: CBO provides Congress with: Objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget; and the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.

To that end, CBO offers access to economic and employment projections, as well as publications ranging from agriculture to housing to federal personnel.  It also includes cost estimates for bills currently in congress and PAYGO tables.

Bureau of Labor and Statistics: BLS includes information on American labor statistics as well as international comparisons.  Major headings covered by BLS include: Inflation Prices, Unemployment, Employment, Spending and Time Use, Productivity, Pay and Benefits and Workplace Injuries.  You can look at current and historical information about the labor market in the US.  The Bureau of Labor and Statistics also includes the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which shows projected growth or decrease in demand by industry.  This is a useful economic indicator, but also is helping for individual career research.

US Patent Office: Have a great idea and need to know if it’s been done already?  This is where you go to find out.  The patent office site allows full text and image searching (with a tiff viewer) of historic and current patents.  There are also links explaining why patent something, how patent and copyright differ and links to forms.

Department of Health:  If you need information about statistics at the state level, often those can be found on that state’s Department of Health site.

Securities and Exchange Commission: Need information on a publicly-traded company? This should be one of your first stops.  You can search by ticker symbol or company name and bring up a complete list of SEC filings including press releases, quarterly reports, prospectuses and communications and more.

The White House:  The White House is the best place to look for unbiased current legislation information as well as statements, speeches and news from the nation’s capital.  It also includes basic civics lessons on the three branches of government and their functions, The Constitution, Links to state and local government and The White House blog.

National Center for Education Statistics: If you need education statistics, then this is where you need to look.  NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.  You can search the site for current statistics as well as read reports and publications.

Energy Information Administration: Monthly and yearly energy forecasts, analysis and statistics, congressional reports, greenhouse gas data, energy use statistics, and international energy data.

Good luck with your research!

Adjusting and Readjusting to the New School Year

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The school year is rapidly approaching, and while you’re trying to cram in as much end-of-summer fun as you can, it’s also a good time to start mentally preparing for the coming year.  Returning Bryant students know the routine, and know their way around campus, while new students are adjusting to a new place and possibly a new way of life different from high school.  Regardless of your academic progress, there are a few things you can start in the fall semester that will help you throughout the year and for life!

  • Ask questions.  Even if you’re a senior at Bryant, there are still many things you do not know.  Some of those things you did know have changed, and some are completely new.   Your professors, Bryant staff and the Bryant librarians are there to answer your questions, but you have to ask first!  The more you ask questions, the more you will learn; and the more you get into the habit of asking questions, the more questions you’ll think up.
  • Start a routine you can stick with.  It’s very easy to get caught up in the beginning-of-the-school-year fervor, but far too many students try to pick a routine that’s unsustainable, they break their routine, and then all organization flies out the window.  Don’t be too hard on yourself.  Don’t tell yourself that you’ll be up, showered, and in the library every morning promptly at 7am because unless you naturally wake up at 5, it’s just not going to work.  Build your study time around your class schedule, and find a place to camp out that’s not your dorm.  If your study space is full of friends, TV and other distractions, you won’t get your work done.
  • Do your research early.  As tempting as it is to put off that paper until the night before, you’ll often find that if you do that, all the library books on your topic will have already been checked out by your classmates, and the research articles that you need have to be requested from another library and won’t get to you for a week.  You can still write your paper the night before, but it will actually make sense to the reader if you’ve done your research and assembled the resources you need beforehand.
  • Take timeStudies show that students are spending less and less time working on homework and studying, and their grades, college experience and performance after college can all suffer.  College can be the best years of your life, but it’s also the time when students should be working their hardest and learning as much as possible to prepare for an increasingly tight job market.  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but all play and no work means Jack may not graduate, and that’s no fun at all.  If you feel like your study skills are lacking, or if you’re struggling in a class, contact the Academic Center for Excellence and use the experts who are there to help you.  Above all remember that you don’t know everything and no one expects you to know everything.  You’re in college to learn, not because you already have all the answers.
  • Take a break. Using your downtime to recharge your mental batteries is necessary to keep yourself academically engaged and successful.  If you don’t have any pressing homework, give yourself a night off.  Go to the movies, read a book for pleasure, or just catch up with friends.  If you give yourself treats and rewards for a job well done, you’ll be more successful and less frenzied.
  • Get some exercise.  Regular exercise will help you sleep better, avoid the freshman fifteen and will give you time to think.  People who run regularly often say that doing so gives them the uninterrupted time to muddle over what they’re working on, “Wolfgang Ketterle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a physics Nobelist in 2001, told Runner’s World magazine “I haven’t made any big discoveries on a run, but it does give me time to think through problems. Some solutions are obvious, but they are only obvious when you are relaxed enough to find them. Running is like decompressing and cleaning up your mind. Your body is busy and your mind is free.”  Even if you hate running, find an exercise you enjoy and you’ll improve your mental clarity, attitude and increase productivity.  Stop by the Chace Center and check out the class offerings, walk or run on the cross-country trails around campus.  Even just taking the long way to class can wake you up and give you some time to think.

Deep in the Archives

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The Bryant Technical Services crew has been working feverishly to make more of our archival information available online, so it’s available to more and more people all over the world. Even if you’re not doing research, what’s online so far is just plain fun to look through.

Bryant Goes to War: The Bryant College Service Club was formed in March 1942 by Bryant students for Bryant alumni serving their country during World War II. Its purpose was to send monthly packages of cigarettes, candy, cookies, letters, and knitted articles to Bryant men and women serving in the U.S. military. The club also sold war stamps and bonds and conducted first aid classes.

When the club was formed there were about 80 Bryant men and women deployed throughout the world. Over a 3 year period this number grew to over 500 Bryant alumni/ae engaged in World War II.

The nearly 1,400 letters received by the Bryant College Service Club from 1942 to 1945 were arranged in four scrapbooks, probably under the aegis of Miss Blaney, who was Director of the club in addition to her duties as Publicity Director and Director of Placement during this time. The letters then sat in boxes for years until they were discovered in 2009 by Director of Library Services, Mary Moroney.

The online collection includes letters, v-mail (A method of microfilming US soldiers’ mail to and from home to cut down on shipping costs during World War II, with “V” standing for “victory.”) all sorted out by author.

Movies and Audio: Commencement speech audio and video going back as far as 1930 is online and is fascinating to listen to.

Archway: Issues of the Archway go all the way back to the beginning–1946.

Photos: In the Historical Photographs section, you can see everything from President Machtley jumping into the pond, to students at the old Providence campus:

Jacobs Hall, 7-9 Young Orchard Avenue, Providence, RI

Salisbury Hall, a women's dormitory on Bryant's East Side Campus in Providence, Rhode Island

Historical Documents: The Historical Documents Collection includes everything from the original charter of the Bryant and Stratton National Business College of 1863 to brochures from the 1920s promoting Bryant’s secretarial training, to documents from the present day.

Spending a little time looking through the online archives is a great way to learn more about Bryant’s long and storied history, to read first-hand accounts of the men and women affected by World War II, and to just appreciate where Bryant started and how it continues to grow and evolve.  To access the collection, start at the library home page, select Special Collections, Digital Commons, then Douglas and Judith Krupp Special Collections.  The collections are growing all the time, and soon we will add Bryant’s old yearbook collection.

Get out of the House This Summer!

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You may be bogged down with homework, but even the most diligent student needs a break every now and then,  Breaks help you re-focus on the task at hand, and keep you from getting cranky and petulant.  People who live in Rhode Island know all about the beaches, but what about those sunburned days when you just want to be in air conditioning, or you want to do a little more than just lie around?  There are plenty of adventures to be had within a short driving distance from Bryant, and many are cheap or even free.

Waterfire: Waterfire is a regular event in Providence that is both free, and fantastic.  The actual Waterfire is baskets of cedar placed in the river and lit at sunset.  The soothing glow of the fire against the velvety backdrop of the water is enhanced by music that changes as you walk along the river walk.  Waterfire attracts thousands of people to downtown Providence, and in addition to the beauty of the event, there’s also a carnival atmosphere.  Food vendors set up shop in the park and along Canal Street, Dunkin’ Donuts is always giving away free iced coffee samples, there’s often other live music set up downtown, and it’s all free!  It’s a fine way to spend a Saturday or Friday night, just make sure to get there early for the best parking.  Waterfire does full and partial lightings about every other weekend in the summer, check out the full schedule.

Free Fun Fridays:  Every year museums and visitor’s sites all over Rhode Island and Massachusetts participate in Free Fun Fridays, which means that participating locations open their doors to all comers free of charge.  Starting July and ending the last Friday in August, each Free Museum Friday gives you four options to choose from, and all you have to do is show up.  You can even make a day of it.  Pick an outdoor space, like Tanglewood or Shakespeare on the Common, pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy a nice leisurely day out.  You might even learn something.

RI Family Guide: The Rhode Island Family Guide sounds like it’s just for families with small children, but it’s chock full of fun ideas for all ages.  It’s a handy way to browse sites and activities around the Ocean State, and pick what you’d like to do.  It includes contact information and address, and is broken down geographically so you can eliminate those long drives if you don’t have much time to adventure.  A lot of the sites listed in the family guide may also have special summer events, which are always fun to check out.  This may be just the thing to discovering a new way to spend your down time this summer.

Take to the Sea: There are many ways to have a sea-worthy adventure this summer even if you don’t know anyone who owns a boat.  There are several sailing companies that operate short harbor cruises all day and into the evening in Newport.  Some include a fully narrated tour of the harbor, and others are just pleasure sailing.  There are also seal watch tours and lighthouse tours.  There is no better way to cool off on a hot day than by boarding a sleek water vessel–you’ll be glad you did.

20 Things About the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library

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  1. The library has copies of the Archway from 1946-present, some are even online!
  2. The library uses a Motorola Droid to answer all your texted questions.
  3. Over 130 library staff members come to the Bryant Library from all over the state of RI twice a year for conferences–and many mention how beautiful the campus is.
  4. What do Bryant and Steven Spielberg have in common? The architect that designed the Bello Center also did the Academy Award–winning director’s house.
  5. The amount of shelving in the library in linear feet would be nearly five miles if the shelves were placed end-to-end.
  6. Bryant has an Art Collection.  Most of the pieces were donated by alums, and not all can be displayed at one time.  To check out the full collection, look on the library’s site under Special Collections.
  7. Did you know there are 3 scanners available to use in the library, 2 on the main level and 1 on the 2nd floor?  The one upstairs is referred to as the Kurzweil scanner and can even read your scanned text to you in a groovy robot voice.
  8. Ever feel like you have completely forgotten the library tour you took as part of your FFL class?  We have a virtual tour on Youtube that shows all the cool stuff you may have forgotten about.
  9. All of the librarians and student workers at the desk are there to help you.  You are never interrupting us–our job is first and foremost helping students.
  10. We have 75 desktop computers for student use, and the whole facility is wireless.  If you’d rather plug your laptop in, you can borrow an ethernet cable from the Access Services desk.
  11. Ever wanted to know a little more about your professors?  In the Library’s Digital Commons, we have most full-time faculty’s CVs, articles written by faculty and senior theses written by former Bryant students.  It’s an interesting way to learn about faculty and former students, and also a good place to do research.

    Edith M. Hodgson

  12. The library used to be located on the lower-level of the Unistructure.  At that time, it was known as theEdith M. Hodgson Memorial Library.  Dr. Percy Hodgson was a president of Rotary International and he and his wife traveled together to as many Rotary Clubs as possible throughout the world.  They picked up many art pieces along the way, which they also donated to Bryant.   The library moved in 2002 when the Bello Center was completed.
  13. There are a total of 571 seats in the library with the option of seating up to 400 people in the Grand Hall.
  14. Every semester, we negotiate to get trial subscriptions to databases we don’t normally subscribe to.  Sometimes a database proves to be so beloved of students and faculty that we get a subscription, sometimes it’s just a handy way to get a homework assignment done faster.  On the Articles and Databases page, check the top and see if we have any Helin Trial Databases–you might find something interesting and useful!
  15. The library sells glue sticks for $.50, but lends a whole bunch of other office supplies if you just leave your ID with us.  We have pens, colored pencils, dry erase markers, highlighters, permanent markers, scissors and more!
  16. The Library is named after Douglas Krupp and wife Judith.  Mr. Krupp graduated from Bryant in 1969 and received an honorary Doctor of Science in Business Administration at Bryant’s 1989 commencement.  Mr. Krupp was a Bryant University Trustee from 1991/92 -2000/01.  Mr. Krupp returned to Bryant’s Board in 2008/2009 and continues to serve in this capacity to this day.  The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library opened in September 2002 with the generous support of the Krupps.
  17. There’s a coffee shop in the library–Bulldog Bytes Cafe.  They will help keep you fortified with caffeine and snacks on those late nights and early mornings.
  18. The library is not just about scholarly books, we also have a Leisure Reading collection.  This used to be on the second floor, but recently moved to the first floor next to the periodicals.  When you’re tired of crunching numbers and feel like you just can’t learn anymore, stop by and cozy up with something light and entertaining.  Also, you can request that the library purchase a book for the leisure collection
  19. We have old copies of Bryant yearbooks going all the way back to 1939!  These can be endlessly entertaining and full of fashion and hair styling ideas.
  20. The library lends both kindles (digital readers) and iPads.  These are available first-come, first-served basis and check out for one week with an optional one week renewal.

Solutions: For a Sustainable and Desirable Future

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Solutions is a newer *(one year old) Open Access Journal that hopes to blend scholarly research with the readability of a popular magazine.  According to Solutions’ website, “It’s intended to allow serious, creative dialogue and discussion at the highest level across a range of perspectives, while still being understandable and engaging to the lay public. It moves beyond the current culture of argument that casts even the most complex problems as polarizing debates.” What that means, is Solutions is both readable and scholarly–what’s better than that?

More and more Bryant students are focusing on projects that have to do with the study of the environment.  Students in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences are approaching these studies from a scientific perspective; and Business students are tapping into the growing demand for greener products.  Solutions meets both these needs by providing peer-reviewed perspectives from leaders in their fields.

Another major focus of solutions, is providing a viable solution.  The formula for articles is, “no more than one-third of the paper should describe the problem, while at least two-thirds should be devoted to solutions.”  In the article Towards a New Economy and a New Politics, author Gus Speth (Yale University; Founder of the World Resources Institute; Co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council) breaks down the economic, political, environmental and social crises that brought about The Great Recession.  Rather than state facts that we have all read dozens of times by this point, Speth also offers well-reasoned solutions, based on his research and years of experience.

Solutions is a unique and fun way learn and generate discussion.  It could also be particularly useful to students in the early phases of research looking for ideas.  You can find a link to Solutions in the Bryant Library’s Journals List.