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.

Magazines and more!

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Did you know? You can now check out Magazines and Journals at the library.

Along with reading them in the comfy library chairs, you can take some back issues of Psychology Today or check out the latest AdWeek and enjoy them outside of the library. The Douglas and Judith Krupp library holds the most recent issues of international, national and local newspapers as well. These physical periodicals, magazines and journals are located across from the leisure reading section and to your right as you enter the library.

Are you off campus and away from Bryant? You can also access free digital magazines as well through Flipster. You can view the magazines on your computers, tablet or phone. Currently, the library subscribes to Time, Sports Illustrated and Travel & Leisure on Flipster. If you’re at Bryant and would like to peruse the magazines, come and use the iPad that’s set up by the Borrower Services Desk.  You can take a look at the magazines on the tablet stand. Come by to browse and check some out today.

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Take a look and see how you can access our digital magazines!

Virtual Reality is Actually Here with Google Cardboard at the Library!

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The actual reality we deal with every day can be pretty intense, but it is sadly lacking in the ability to step inside historical scenes, fly like a bug, safely jump off buildings, or run with dinosaurs. Luckily there’s Virtual Reality to help fill these sad voids in real life, and technology has progressed far enough that you no longer need those giant headsets seen in weird 1990s movies like The Lawnmower Man, just a viewer and a smart phone to plug into it.

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Because we support and, yeah, share your need for having dinosaurs in your life, the library now has Google Cardboard VR viewers to lend out.  Just check one of these out from the Borrower Service desk, download one or more of the many VR apps on the market from your provider of choice, slide your phone into the viewer, and you’re off!

Not sure what’s out there for VR apps?  We have you covered there, too, with our handy Virtual Reality Guide, listing a few of the many free and paid apps available as well as information on how to find even more.

The Google Cardboard viewers can be checked out for up to three days at a time, and can be renewed twice.  Contact us if you have any questions, and be sure to let us know how and where you’re using VR, what apps you like best, and what you named your new dinosaur friends.

Study tool: Zotero

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Research season has begun! If you’re collecting all your class readings for the semester, starting your Capstone project, or just want to keep your research more organized, you should check out Zotero, a free tool (for the lowest amount of storage—you can pay for more space) described on their website as “a personal research assistant.”

Here are some of the things Zotero can do:

  • Save PDFs of articles you found in a database, or links to web resources with the browser widget
  • Access files you’ve saved by logging into the Zotero website
  • Create different folders for different classes, projects, or aspects of your topic
  • Share articles with other people by adding them to a group
  • Add your own notes to each article, such as how it relates to your thesis, what pages to focus on, or the assignment they’re for
  • Generate citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago format (make sure to double-check them for accuracy just in case!)

Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. To get started, go to the Zotero website, make an account, and download the program.

IMPORTANT NEWS: Bryant’s Exit from the HELIN Catalog

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In case you missed the email messages that have gone out to the Bryant community this summer, the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is leaving the HELIN catalog and will be moving its catalog and backend systems to OCLC’s WorldShare Management System (WMS).  You may have already used the catalog this summer, as the links from our website were switched over to WMS several weeks ago, but we expect everything to be fully migrated by September 1st, if not sooner.

Due to the advanced timeline, lending and borrowing activities between Bryant and other HELIN libraries will pause during the last stage of the migration period.  We have worked with the HELIN office to come up with final lending and borrowing dates:

LAST DAY TO REQUEST – AUGUST 12 (last date for HELIN libraries to request Bryant books, and last date for Bryant to request books from HELIN libraries).

LAST CHECKOUT DATE  – AUGUST 19 (this gives a full week for the books to be in transit to Bryant or from Bryant which allows time on the hold shelf for patron pickup)

DUE DATE – SEPTEMBER 7 (this allows for a 19 day borrowing period and for 2 weeks for overdue notices and to collect on overdue books).  If your library users cannot return Bryant items by this date, please let us know and we can switch the HELIN checkout to an interlibrary loan.

Once we are fully migrated, Bryant holdings may be searched via the WorldCat link in the HELIN catalog or by searching directly in Bryant’s new catalog at http://bryant.on.worldcat.org/discovery  The catalog is still evolving, but will allow you to search for items here at Bryant, throughout the state of Rhode Island, and in libraries worldwide.

Bryant will remain a member of HELIN until December 31, 2015, but even beyond that date we will still be an active member of the library community both here in Rhode Island and beyond our borders, and will work with patrons and other libraries alike to foster cooperating and connect people with the information resources they need.

This will be a time of enormous change for everyone, ourselves included, and we are happy to speak with anyone about any questions, concerns, or even fears they may have.  Our top priority is always providing our patrons with the best service possible and this is not a move we make lightly or without consideration.  We think this will be of great benefit to all of our community, and ask for your patience, understanding, and feedback during our transition period and beyond.  All of our contact information can be found at this link.

Schoolhouse Rock: Library Study Room Edition!

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study room slideFinal exams are almost upon us and we’re getting tons of study room requests, and we’re happy to fill them of course, but if you’re not doing it correctly we have to cancel them and you run the risk of losing out on study space.  So just remember the simple rules shown above in groovy 1970s fashion.

And if you need more information on our study room request policies, be sure to visit this page!