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!

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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!

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.

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!

Thanks to you, the BookScan Station has returned.

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So a few months ago we were all
can haz scanner

But now we’re all
bookscan station is back

Because at long last our beloved BookScan Station
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has returned! It’s back in its old location between the copy machines on the first floor, just waiting for you to come and scan your books and documents in an easy, frustration free manner. In the interest of full disclosure we should point out that the scan-to-email function is not working yet, but this is a known issue and will hopefully be resolved soon.

Thank you, Bryant community, for showing your support and letting your voices be heard in saying that you wanted this to come back to the library, since that showed the Powers That Be that this was a useful and needed device for our patrons.  We literally could not have gotten it back without your efforts.  And we promise to stop all this meme abuse now.

Well, okay, one more.
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Good IDEAs on the future of libraries

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Bryant’s IDEA (that’s “Innovation and Design Experience for All” for those of you playing along at home) was held Monday, January 21st through Wednesday, January 23rd, and gave this year’s freshman class the opportunity to apply design thinking and teamwork skills to a variety of “real world” applications covering a wide array of topics – transportation, the environment, retail, food service, cultural programs, community involvement, and many more.  Group #4, mentored by Thom Bassett, Stephanie Carter, and Kyle Nyskohus, tackled the topic of libraries, and the students in that group generated several projects conveying their ideas on the future of libraries – what services they should provide, what materials should be offered, how they should be constructed, etc.  Some of these projects are now on display on the first floor of the library:

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Take the time to give them a closer look as you walk by.  There are lots of good ideas being thrown around here – some that libraries across the world are already in the process of implementing, some that are aspired toward, and probably a few that no one has even considered yet.  We’re such big fans that we’re hoping to get some of these students to present their ideas to us in person somewhere down the line.

Group 4 (and everyone else involved with IDEA) did a bang-up job on this.  Give their work a look, they’ve really earned your attention!

Digital Commons@Bryant University

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Have you ever wondered what the scholarly pursuits of your colleagues, professors, and classmates are? Would you like to explore the history of Bryant University, and see actual artifacts that tell the story of the university? Then you should check out the Digital Commons@Bryant University. To access Digital Commons simply hover your mouse over the “Special Collections” tab on the left hand side of the page and then click “Digital Commons.”

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Digital Commons is a database powered by a company called BePress. This database holds all kinds of historical and scholarly material for your perusal. Many colleges and universities are exploring ways to provide resources that are more easily accessible. Libraries are also exploring the concept of Open Access. If you would like to read more about Open Access and related initiatives a good place to start would be UC Berkeley the Digital Public of America.

Want to check out what the Science and Technology faculty are working on? Simply visit their page here. What about the Accounting faculty? See that here. Maybe you would like to explore past Senior Honors Projects? Explore those here.

In addition to scholarly material published by faculty and staff our Digital Commons contains lots of historical and archival material. We have the Archway, Bryant Commencements, Bryant Magazine, Historical photos and documents, and so much more.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Bryant College Goes to War archive headed by Professor Judy Litoff. This wonderful collection documents the impact that World War II had on Bryant and its community.

If you are a Bryant faculty member who would like their work published in our Digital Commons, please contact Anthony Marando at marandoa@bryant.edu or refdesk@bryant.edu. The Digital Commons can only grow with your support.

As you can see we have only scrapped the surface of the Digital Commons@Bryant University. If you need help accessing materials or have questions about the collection, send an e-mail to dcommons@bryant.edu or you can IM us from the main library homepage.