On Exhibit: Dunhuang: An Oasis along the Silk Road

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The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is excited to host the interactive exhibit Dunhuang: An Oasis for East-West Cultural, Commercial, and Religious Exchanges along the Ancient Silk Road in the Bello Grand Hall.

This exhibit, on view from September 27- October 6, features cave number 285 of the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cave 285 is among the most significant of all the caves, dating back to the Western Wei Dynasty. This cave has been physically re-created, allowing visitors to experience and walk through the full-size cavern.

Speakers and tours are available every day during the exhibition. Presenters include Bryant professors and other lecturers who will speak about the influence of Dunhuang in art, trade, religion and international relations. Interested in learning more? The library has a number of books and eBooks that showcase the historical, cultural and religious importance of the Silk Road.

Books and eBooks

Interactive Maps

Papers

The Dunhuang exhibition at Bryant University is made possible by a partnership between Bryant University and Dunhuang Academy and co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Government of Gansu Province.

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#Bryant2021 Reads “Grit”

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GritWhile September still seems a month away, our incoming first year students are participating in the “GRIT Initiative” Bryant’s entire incoming class has been asked to read the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and write a 1-2 page reflection for their Gateway course.

The library has the physical book that you can borrow, but if you’re out of state or prefer to access it a different way, you can digitally borrow the audiobook! (1 user at a time, 2-day loan). Start listening now and get ready for September!

 

 

Mintel Oxygen: Marketing Analysis for every occasion

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Hi Bryant Community! Are you working on an Industry Report, Marketing Report or looking for some opportunities in a growing market? The library subscribes to Mintel Oxygen, a marketing intelligence agency that’s a great resource for you.

Mintel is a large database that’s purchased and used in the professional workplace. Here at Bryant, we use it in an educational setting. You can start to master this product now and also impress your professors in final reports.

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Who knew dental and oral care markets could have such exciting graphics?

As long as you have a Bryant username and password you can use it away from campus too! This database shows you executive summaries, analyst reports, infographics, predicted market growth, consumer behavior data, upcoming trends and industry & product overviews! (Can you tell how excited we are about this database?)

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Yes! Even our food purchases at theme parks are carefully researched.

On Display: LCS 220 Mail Art

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Professor Martha Kuhlman’s LSC 220 class uses a creative approach to answer the question, “What kind of art inspires you?” For one recent assignment, students produced collaborative Mail Art.

“This project really combines the three skills that the students learn in this class,” said Professor Kuhlman. “This class teaches them to create, collaborate and explore.”

The project involved two sections of the LCS 220 class. One section started the assignment, creating letters showing the types of visual art that inspired them. These letters were “mailed” to the other LCS section, which responded creatively by adding to the original letters or composing written responses.

“We don’t get personal mail anymore,” said Kuhlman. “In class, we talked about the different ways that we communicate now, by texting or using social media. This discussion and project allowed (the students) to think about how we communicate and challenged them to use a medium that was different than what they use daily.”

You can see the students’ Mail Art on display in the cases by the Library entrance. Come take a look today!

 

On Display at the Library: Altered Books

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Professor Joan Zaretti’s “Creativity and the Arts” class has had 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 currently on display in Krupp Library.

This project showcased the students 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 chose 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!

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Obtaining Consumer Information from Krupp Library

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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!

Quesenberry_SocialMediaStrategy                    Consumer behavior 2015-2016_ RK_Miller             Cross_Packaged pleasures : how technology & marketing revolutionized desire

Kanopy and Chill: Streaming using the Library

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Hey there! It’s your friendly Bryant librarian, updating the blog on winter break. How’s it going? If the break is getting a little long we can help! We have some great library resources that can enlighten and entertain you, even away from campus. Did you know that the library has a whole database that encompasses “A collection of thousands of streaming documentaries, indie films and more?” We do! It’s called Kanopy.

According to their website, Kanopy streams more than 26,000 films to over 3,000 higher education campuses worldwide, reaching millions of students around the globe. With over 75 subjects, Kanopy partners with the Great Courses, Criterion Collection, PBS and more, to collect hard-to find films that cover a multitude of educational subjects.

Where else can you stream movies that teach and show you interesting subjects? You can see the Criterion Collection and Documentaries all in the same space. How else can you find great documentaries on Doing Business in Singapore and then Madame Tutli Putli?

This is a great resource for professors to try out at Bryant too. Thousands of video examples are here at your fingertips. You can watch a whole film or create an account and clip scenes from different films to create an informational playlist. Use them in the classroom to explain a topic, inform students or just to enjoy!

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You’re getting your mind ready for classes again, while relaxing. Best of both worlds.