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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Reference Collection Additions

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It’s finals time here at the library, and the library is full of studious people working on final projects and papers. To help you with your projects and scholarly pursuits we regularly purchase books and materials to add to our collection. Some interesting reference books arrived recently that may help you with a last minute paper. A reference librarian is the person to ask for help to peruse these materials. Take a look at some of our recent additions:

The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance 

Boy Culture: An Encyclopedia

Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History

As always if you need help finding an article, book, or just need help finding something out: Ask a Librarian!

Good luck with finals!

We geek languages, and so can you with Mango

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As you’re probably aware, we have 7 laptops available for check-out that are dedicated to the use of the Rosetta Stone language software – one language per laptop, available in Spanish, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Russian. Japanese, and Gaelic.  But if you haven’t had any luck getting ahold of one these laptops – or maybe would like to learn a language beyond the 7 we currently offer – we have another solution for you that you won’t have to wait around for and is available to you via your web browser even as you read this: Mango Languages.

mango logoMango is a web-based language-learning tool that is available to you cheap-as-free thanks to the fine folks at AskRI.org and accessible through the Articles & Databases page on the Krupp Library website (just scroll down to the M’s).  Create an account and in just a minute or two you’ll be ready to go.  Once you’re logged in, explore your account dashboard a little – you’ll see places to keep track of the languages you’re studying and the lessons completed, as well as tabs for support and a translation tool – and then click the Languages tab to see what’s available to you.

Mango screenshot - languagesAs you can see, there are over 60 languages available.  Sure, you can learn Spanish, French, or Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), but you can also go for Greek (modern and ancient), Icelandic, Swedish, Hebrew (traditional or Biblical), Swahili, Tagalog, or even Pirate (what, no Klingon or Old High Gallifreyan?).

Basically, you have options, and you don’t have to wait around for someone to return that Rosetta laptop or worry about your place on the waiting list.  Give it a shot… you sure as heck can’t beat the price.

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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New Additions to the Reference Collection

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We at the library regularly order new reference books for our collection. The Reference Stacks are on the first floor of the library past the computer terminals. Reference books cannot be checked out of the library, but do not let this dissuade you from using them. They have invaluable information that may help you with many projects and research. Here are some highlights from our recent acquisition:

First Amendment Rights: An Encyclopedia

Historical Dictionary of Tibet

Global Social Issues

DSM – 5

Research Methods in Anthropology

Historical Dictionary of Jazz

Encyclopedia of Terrorism

Scientists and Science

Dictionary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Updated collection of Who’s Buying

The reference collection is indispensable for your research needs. The reference collection has material that is not available anywhere else. See a reference library today for help with your research needs. We are available by phone, instant message, text, e-mail, and in person.

Ask a Librarian!

The Presidential Election

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The 2012 Presidential Election is just around the corner. If you are a United States citizen, age 18 or over, you are eligible to vote in November. Hopefully you are registered to vote!

The library has some excellent resources about the history of elections and politics in the United States. Before the election on November 6th browse through these selected titles which are all available at the library.

U.S. Election System – this book is an introduction to the history and structure of our election system.

Tea Party Goes to Washington – this source details the rise and wide ranging influence of the Tea Party movement in American politics.

Hopelessly Divided – Post-9/11 politics, the widening gap between Democrats and Republicans, and the resurgence of populism are detailed in this book.

The Conservative Century – this work gives a history of Conservative politics in the United States with important figures like Barry Goldwater, Ronald Regan etc.

The Achievement of American Liberalism – the New Deal, The Great Society, and post-1960’s American liberalism is the focus of this book.

We hope that you find these sources useful while you get ready to exercise your right to vote. This election will decide the course of the nation for the next four years so it’s time to get informed and get involved. If you need help finding sources related to the election, or any other topic, come to the reference desk in the library or contact us!

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:
Screencast-O-Matic
Skype with Screen-sharing – We have used this tool with students studying abroad.
There are many others available at a cost… enjoy exploring!