Free Ear Plugs! When it just can’t be TOO quiet…

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Do you find it’s still too loud for studying – even in the designated library quiet zones? Stop by Borrower Services and pick up a free pair of individually packaged ear plugs! Great for studying in the library, sleeping in your dorm, meditating outside, or anywhere else you need some quiet time on campus. You will be surprised at how effective they are in blocking out unwanted noise.  Check out this article, Quiet Please, from Slate Magazine.

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Don’t forget to follow the directions for usage on the package or take a peek at this page from the University of Wisconsin for proper fit.

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Check This Out: Zombies in the Library

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Braaaaiiinnnnsssss… braaaaaiiiiinnnssss…

I know, I know what you are thinking.  You all are using your brains so much during the semester that you cannot bear to read a blog post about them.  Well, you’re in luck!  This here is a post about zombies.  Zombies that are IN THE LIBRARY and you should totally check them out!

In the past few years we’ve seen zombie films and television series abound and along with that comes books about zombies.  Here are a few that you may want to take a look at if you have a thing for zombies and want to mix up your love of them with your academic pursuits.  It is possible.  I swear.

Jacket.aspx Zombie Economics takes the reader through the origins, consequences, and implosion of a system of ideas whose time has come and gone. These beliefs–that deregulation had conquered the financial cycle, that markets were always the best judge of value, that policies designed to benefit the rich made everyone better off–brought us to the brink of disaster once before, and their persistent hold on many threatens to do so again. Because these ideas will never die unless there is an alternative, Zombie Economics also looks ahead at what could replace market liberalism, arguing that a simple return to traditional Keynesian economics and the politics of the welfare state will not be enough–either to kill dead ideas, or prevent future crises.”
Thinking Dead: What the Zombie Apocalypse Means , edited by Murali Balaji, examines various aspects of the zombie apocalypse scenario from the perspective of a variety of theoretical frameworks. Essays in the collection shed light on why we are so obsessed with the undead. This is a cutting-edge volume for the growing scholarship on media representations of zombies. jacket2
jacket3 This hardcover features the first 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone needing a slightly heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead.

Finally, don’t forget that we have a zombie librarian among us! Check this out!

Zombie Maura

Instamatic Instruction: Learn how to use the library via Instant Messaging

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Have you ever IM-ed a Librarian? If you have you may have experienced something pretty cool. You asked a question and the librarian said “If you give me a quick minute, I can show you how to use this database” or “Just a sec and I’ll send you a short video on how to do that.”

The library staff is making use of some freely* available tools to help teach you how to be an independent library user. Now don’t get us wrong, we love helping you with your intriguing queries. We get to learn something new every time you ask a question! But… we also want to contribute to your success as a well educated and capable individual upon graduation and part of that is giving you the tools to “do it yourself!”

We have two approaches we use to demonstrate search strategies, how to use a particular database, where to find a book, etc.

    1. Video-casting – The library uses the free version of a tool called Jing (by TechSmith) to quickly record a specific activity on our computer screen.  We can add voice overs, but often simply show where to go, what to type, what to click and more without sound.  Because of the design of the tool, we are able to create a video, upload it and generate a link for you in less than a minute.  That means that you are given visual instruction to teach you how to find the answer to your query often in a matter of minutes!  See an example here.
    2. Screen-sharing – The library uses a the free version of a tool called Join.me to share our screen with you, an IM user, on the fly.  We simply send a link through the IM chat box, you click and immediately you are able to see our screen and all we do on our computer.  This has several perks such as an embedded chat box, the ability for us to give you control of our computer and more!  Screen-sharing with Join.me even allows us to work collaboratively online, if you want to demonstrate something to the librarian; it can function as a two-way street.

The feedback we have received from you, the student, has been really positive.   So next time you decide to IM the library, feel free to ask to see our screen or get a video to demonstrate the “how-to” answer to your question.  Maybe you’ll find a way to use the tools for your group projects or help your friend figure out how to set-up a new feature on their Facebook profile.

We look forward to getting your next question and teaching you via Instamatic Instruction, how to find your answer!

*We often refer to free versions of tools as “free-for-now.”  With the quick evolution of web-based services, companies often take away the free version once they’ve got users hooked, so it is always a good idea to have other tools to choose from as alternatives. 
Here are a couple:
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Skype with Screen-sharing – We have used this tool with students studying abroad.
There are many others available at a cost… enjoy exploring!
 

Databases Galore!

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Now through the end of March, the HELIN consortium is trialing 60 databases! That’s right folks, you now can access many databases that are not traditionally available through the library’s subscriptions. Resources include Bizminer, Euromonitor, Sport Business Research Network, ADAM Interactive Anatomy Online, Ethnographic Video Online and the Bibliography of British and Irish History, just to name a few.
To access the trials go to the Articles and Databases page from the library website or simply click HELIN TRIALS.

If you have feedback on any of the products please email us and let us know all about it! refdesk@bryant.edu

Library Closed 12/24-12/27

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The library will close at 4pm December 23rd and will reopen at 8:30am on December 28th. Feel free to email or leave a voice mail at the library and we will get back to you after the 28th.

Access Services
401-232-6125
circdesk@bryant.edu

Reference Services
401-232-6299
refdesk@bryant.edu