Check This Out!—RetroPie

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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!

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Graduate Test Prep and Professional Exam Resources Online!

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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.

Want nice, easy lists of what’s in our game and DVD collections? Use these links!

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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):

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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:

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Happy searching!

 

Make Something at the Library!

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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!

#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!

 

 

African American History Month – Documentaries

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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).

Kanopy-K.jpgAnother 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:

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.