The Library’s Spring Newsletter is Here

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Lots of big things happening at your very own Douglas and Judith Krupp Library, and you can read all about it in the spring edition of our newsletter.

newsletterNew department names!  A new librarian!  New databases!  New books!  New locations for supplies!  How can you possibly hope to keep track of all these changes without a scorecard?  Read up on all of this newness, as well as looks back at the recent Geek the Library campaign and some Bryant history, a profile on one of our student workers, and more.

Click here to read the newsletter online and stay in the know!

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What do you geek, Bryant?

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geek defAs you can see above, “geek” is a verb.  If you geek something – comic books, football, painting, gardening, home brewing, physics, running, cooking, Russian literature, or pretty much any other thing you can name – then you love it, talk about it at length to anyone who will listen, and know more about it than some people would consider reasonable.  Fact: everyone geeks something.  And chances are, the library can help you with that in some way.

This semester, the Douglas & Judith Krupp Library is taking part in Geek the Library, a national campaign co-sponsored by OCLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that is designed to help raise awareness and generate support (vocal, financial, and maybe even at the ballot box) for libraries throughout the country.  Using “geek” as a verb is a way to get people to think about the things they’re passionate about, and then connect that back to libraries, because no matter what it is that you geek, your library (be it your local public library or your school’s library) can connect you with resources, material, and even people to help support those passions, and possibly help you discover new ones.

You’ll be seeing a lot of information about this from us in the weeks ahead, whether it’s here on the blog, on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), around campus, and at the library itself.  And there will be plenty of ways for you to participate in this as well, so keep your eyes and ears open.

Start getting your geek on, Bryant.  And ask yourselves this question: What Do You Geek?

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The iPad Mini is here!

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ipadminiThe library now has 3 iPad Minis to loan out!

Same deal as the iPad 2… you can check it out for 7 days, with an option to renew for an additional 7 days, and these are available to Bryant students, staff, and faculty only.  If you come by and we don’t have any available, you can ask to be put on our waiting list.

It’s the iPad, but smaller.

But, you know, bigger than your phone.

Either way, enjoy it, and let us know what you think!

We want your old DVDs! (Provided they still work, of course.)

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Have a bunch of DVDs you don’t want anymore?  Maybe you can help us out!

The library is looking to expand its leisure DVD offerings (you know, stuff you’d watch for fun as opposed to for class), and we’re hoping for donations of gently used, good condition DVDs (as in “still playable” and “not scratched like a cat sharpened its claws on it”) from you, our adoring public.  We get to increase our offerings to the Bryant community, the community gets a wider selection of fun DVDs to watch cheap as free, you get the dual benefits of knowing you helped us out and clearing stuff out of your room… everyone wins!

If you have any questions, call us at 401-232-6125 or email us at library@bryant.edu, or you can just stop by the desk and drop ’em off.  We’ll have a quick form for you to fill out (mostly so we know who stuff is coming from and so we can find out what you want us to do with ’em if it turns out we can’t use them), but it’s a pretty painless process.

Thanks for helping us to continue to help you!

New Toys!

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So you’re all probably aware by now that we have second generation iPads and Amazon Kindle e-readers that we lend out here at the library, but were you aware of the other cool toys we have available for you to check out now?

  • Student Laptops – We’ve had laptops for you to check out for student use in the library for several years now, but this year there’s a big change to our process: now they can actually leave the building.  Working on a project and your laptop is on fritz, or maybe you don’t have one at all?  You can now check out one of ours for up to a week, with a renewal period of an additional week (please note that these are for matriculating Bryant undergrad and graduate students only).

  • Rosetta Stone Laptops – We now have 7 laptops that come loaded with Rosetta Stone language software to help you learn French, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Gaelic, Russian, and Italian (1 language per laptop).  Bryant students, faculty, and staff members can check these out for up to 4 weeks, with a renewal period of an additional 2 weeks.

  • Kindle Fires – Besides the regular Amazon Kindle e-readers, we now also have Kindle Fire tablets available to lend to Bryant students, faculty, and staff.  These Android-powered tablets can hook up to your Amazon account, allowing you to purchase ebooks and magazines (and download any previous purchases), as well as download a variety of apps (Comixology looks great on this, if I may offer a suggestion).  These can be checked out for a week and renewed for an additional week.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Slates – These tablets are also Android-powered, but come with a detachable USB keyboard/case and stylus, making them sort of the midpoint between a laptop and an iPad.  Bryant students, faculty, and staff can check these out for a week (and renew for another week), download apps through Google Play (Comixology also looks great here… just sayin’), and really take it for a spin.

The iPads and Kindles aren’t going anywhere, and are still available for your use, but we heartily encourage you to explore and play with these other awesome options we now offer.  And as always, if you have any questions, stop by, call (232-6125), or email (circdesk AT bryant DOT edu) us!

Next Kindle Brown Bag Lunch to be held Tuesday, January 17th in Gulski Dining Room

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Looking to learn more about your Kindle, or maybe just hoping to get some suggestions for new books to download?  Then come to the next Kindle Brown Bag Lunch event on Tuesday, January 17th, from 1 to 2 pm in Gulski Dining Room.  Library staff will be on hand to help discuss and demonstrate the latest tips and tricks to get the most out of your Kindle, as well as provide an opportunity for users to swap hints and recommendations of their own.  Bring your lunch and join in!

And the Access Services Student Worker of the Semester is…

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Tyler Davis!  Tyler was chosen by the staff for his professional demeanor, friendly and easy-going manner, strong work ethic, and perpetual willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.  For his efforts, Tyler will be rewarded with the people’s ovation, fame forever, and a Dunkin Donuts gift card to help propel him through final exams.

Thanks to Tyler and to all of our student workers for making this a fantastic semester.  Everyone has done such a great job the past few months, and it made the decision process a difficult one.  Of course, that’s the sort of problem that employers everywhere would love to have, so we’re not complaining.

Again, thank you to all of our great workers.  Good luck with finals, enjoy the December holiday of your choosing, and have a great break!