A very important week is upon us all – it’s the “Fair Use / Fair Dealing” week which runs from February 26 – March 2, 2018. It’s a week coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries, celebrating the importance of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. In it’s simplest terms, “fair use” and “fair dealing” are the legal use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances – something students and educators deal with on a daily basis. For more information and ideas on how you can be an active participator, please visit their site: Association of Research Libraries
Have you checked out our new video game nook near the BServ desk and Laptop? We have a RetroPie available for checkout that has over 175 games from the Atari, NES, and SNES systems, including Pacman, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros. The RetroPie is available for a 3 day checkout (and can’t be renewed), and just requires a TV or monitor and an HDMI cable to use. Come visit our display and check it out for some weekend gaming!
Considering graduate school or a career with a competency exam? As a new year begins, we want to remind folks to visit AskRI.org for access to GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT and PCAT preparation tests, Practice Entrance Tests for health occupations, and a variety of other valuable resources.
We often get requests from people who just want to see a list of what we have in our board game and DVD collections, but the catalog doesn’t always make that easy. We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of it for you, though, and figured out the searches necessary to display the titles in these collections, and in alphabetical order for easier perusal to boot.
Click here to see a listing of our board game collection, or else scan this QR code with your phone (even if you think your phone doesn’t have a QR reader, it probably does… even Snapchat can read QR codes):
And you can click here to see what we have available for viewing on DVD, educational and fun stuff alike, or else scan this QR code:
Everyone knows you can get research help and study at the library, but did you know you can make things too? We have some tools in room 215 you can use to help you make something cool, whether it’s for a class assignment or personal project. Here are a few of the things you can use use in that space:
- 3D Printer: We have a new MakerBot in the library! Students can book time with the machine, send their files to print, and pick up the project when it’s finished printing. For more details, or to book the machine, click here.
- Sewing machine: Another new addition to our collection is a Singer sewing machine! The machine can’t reverse stitch, but it’s fully functioning otherwise, so you can bring your own supplies to complete a quick sewing project, like a superhero mask for Halloween or this coffee cozy for your favorite pumpkin spice flavored beverage.
- Cricut: The Cricut is a machine that cuts out super precise paper shapes. You can use it to create banners, titles for a poster project, or even to cut some bat and pumpkin shapes for Halloween. The machine can also cut vinyl which you can use to design mugs and other items. You’ll need to make a free Cricut account, but you can design on your own laptop and come in to the library to cut your design. We’ve stocked the room with both paper and vinyl, so head upstairs and see what you can make!
For more information on any of these tools, contact the library, and send us pictures of what you make!
While 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!
February is African American History Month! We have displays on the first and second floors of the library highlighting some of our resources, so definitely check those out. There are also some events going on at Bryant this month, like a Black History Exhibit and Lecture, and a screening of Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis (more information here).
Another way to learn more about African American history is to watch documentaries on Kanopy, which has streaming videos you can watch if you’re snowed in. Here are a few suggestions, or you can look through some of the other films they have: