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:

Library-Inspired Last Minute Halloween Costumes

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Need a last minute costume idea for Halloween?  Hey, the library can help you with that, too.  Here are a few suggestions that will be easy to pull off, even on a limited budget (or no budget at all):

h2g2Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – When the world ends, Arthur is still in his pajamas and bathrobe, so put on your pjs, throw a robe on, and be sure to grab your towel… no intergalactic hitchhiker goes anywhere without a towel, the most useful object in the known universe.  Not only is this one of the easiest costumes ever, it’s arguably the most comfortable.


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Day-Off Wolverine from Astonishing X-Men Books 1 and 2 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday – Wolverine is undeniably cool, but his various comic book costumes would look weird in the real world.  On his downtime, though, his look is really easy to pull off… just a dirty t-shirt (or no t-shirt), dirty flannel shirt, dirty jeans, some heavy duty hair gel, and you’re good to go.  See?

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He’s the best there is at what he does, and he doesn’t even need to dress up for it.


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Former CEO and business guru Jack Welch – He led General Electric, he’s renowned for his business acumen, and he name dropped Bryant in his book, Winning.  Chances are you’ve got business clothes in your closet already, so grab out a shirt and tie, and walk around with either some GE small appliance or a bottle of Welch’s Grape Juice (which he had nothing to do with but it did inspire a good joke about “mind grapes” on 30 Rock a few years back, so it counts).


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Looking for Alaska by John Green – Why be a single character when you can be the whole book? Just make up a poster with a picture of the state of Alaska, write “Have you seen this state?” over it, and grab a pair of binoculars.

Look, you waited until the last minute, okay?  They can’t all be winners.


A Course Reserve Book – This one is super easy… make a big green rectangle with a black, uppercase “R” on it.  Then make a big yellow circle with a professor’s name on it.  Stick those both on yourself somewhere, say you’ll be going out for two hours, and then actually return much later after everyone else has been looking for you forever.

(Yeah, we totally notice when you do that. 🙂 )


However you spend Halloween, have a good time, be safe, and because you’re never too old for Trick or Treating, remember to avoid the houses that hand out healthy snacks or toothbrushes.

Also, if for some reason you do use any of these bizarre suggestions, we’d love to see pictures!

Also also, we’re happy to take any and all Reese’s Peanut Butter cups you don’t want off your hands.  Just putting that out there.

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.

Pokemon Go at Bryant

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Catching a Zubat in game

If you’ve liked our page on Facebook, you may have noticed that we’re playing Pokemon Go (also, go like our page if you haven’t yet!). Pokemon Go is a free augmented reality mobile game for iPhone and Andriod where you can catch, evolve, and battle Pokemon. The game uses GPS to put Pokemon, gyms, and Pokestops, (special locations that give you items) in real-life locations, so that you can catch Pokemon while exploring your neighborhood.

There are a bunch of locations on campus that tie in with the game, including the library! The Bello Grand Hall is a Pokestop and you can also catch Pokemon inside the library (so far I’ve seen Zubat, Eevee, and Pidgey in here). The Chase Fitness Center, Fisher Center, Koffler Building, bookstore, and the Alumni Path are all Pokestops, so visit these locations to get items like Pokeballs, eggs, and potions.

Bryant also has two Pokemon gyms, one at the Bryant Arch and one at Hall 9, where trainers can battle for control of the gym once they reach level 5.

If you want some more information on how to play, check out this article from USA Today, or try this article from Forbes for some more advanced strategies. Let us know if you’ve got any good tips, especially if you know where to find some rare Pokemon!

#FindCreepyMouse

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The library has a festive pest problem — there’s a holiday mouse hiding in our building! Can you find CreepyMouse? She’ll be moving around every day during finals — if you catch CreepyMouse, bring her to either the Borrower Services or Research & Instruction desk on the first floor to claim your fabulous prize!

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The Library will be opening early for Spring 2016 class pre-registration

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Pre-registration for Spring 2016 classes is underway and the library will be opening early on the following days for anyone who needs to come in and use the computers to register (we know some of you prefer a hardwired connection to do this… or maybe you just want to get out of your dorm):

Tuesday, Nov. 10th – Friday, Nov. 13th: opening at 6:45am

Monday, Nov. 16th – Thursday, Nov. 19th: opening at 6:45am

Good luck getting the classes you need, and remember to return those long overdue library items, because they can lead to blocks on your account that will keep you from being able to register!

Important Info About Study Room Closings

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Bello Center second floor study rooms 203 – 211 (the ones encircling the Grand Hall) and 215 & 216 (the two inside the quiet area) will be unavailable for booking or student use as of Thursday, May 1st, and will remain unavailable for the rest of the summer.  Rooms 201 and 202 will remain available for the time being (at least through July, when they will be used as offices for a series of summer conferences), though this is subject to change.

The study rooms in question will serve as temporary office space for our colleagues in University Relations, who are being displaced by the latest round of summer construction in the Unistructure.  These rooms will reopen for student use in the Fall 2014 semester.

In the meantime, we’ll do what we can to help you find alternative spaces to work and study during this busy period, whether elsewhere in the library or around campus.  If you have suggestions for good study locations, please share them with us so we can pass the word onto others.

Thank you for your understanding, and best of luck with final exams.