Library News

Try something new: Islam, investment, architecture, health sciences, and more trials

We’re always looking for exciting new content that may be useful to researchers here at NU. The NU Libraries will often subscribe to a web site for a trial period…if the site is appealing to YOU, and funding is available, we’ll purchase access for the university. A lot of trials are going on right now! One offer for students of African Americans: the Black Studies Center and Historical Black newspapers. If you’re interested in art and architecture, Ebsco’s Art and Architecture Complete would complement the well-known Avery Index database by offering more full-text access. And as always, the health sciences are well-represented with the AMA Manual to help you publish, the Henry Stewart Talks which are audiovisual lectures, Ageline, with health information about those who are over 50, and CINAHL plus with full text, a kind of “CINAHL on steroids” with more full text than our existing CINAHL, plus books, continuing ed modules, quick lessons, and one-million-plus citations. There’s a trial of BuildingGreen for students of sustainable building, Asia Studies Full Text which includes working papers and other grey literature in addition to articles, Index Islamicus listing scholarly articles for students of Islam, and the well-known Morningstar Investment Research, which would fill a current library gap in fund analysis information. If you’re a user of BIOSIS, you may prefer ISI BIOSIS, where it can be searched alongside Web of Science. Please feel free to try these out, and help us make recommendations by evaluating them with us!

Fall Meet the Author Series

We have a great slate of authors lined up for the fall semester. Please join us! If you can’t make it, we’ll continue to post talks on Youtube.  And stay up to date on any changes at the Library’s events web page. Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? Author Ellen Reeves Wednesday, September 23 @ Noon 440 Egan Center Reeves, a Northeastern alumnus and job hunting expert, shares her advice on finding, landing, and keeping your first ‘real’ job. She gives advice on: cleaning up your online act, using a professional email address, crafting your best resume, dressing your best for interviews, networking effectively, and avoiding emailing hundreds of resumes. “If you’re looking for a job, you need this book. And now for a confession: After reading it, I tweaked my own resume!”-Doug Hirschhorn, Ph.D., Executive Performance Coach and Author of Street Smarts Sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries, Northeastern Career Services, and the Northeastern Bookstore. Daughters of the Stone Author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa Thursday, October 15 @ Noon 90 Snell Library This novel focuses on five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women from the mid-1800s to the present. The story takes place in Africa and follows Fela and her husband, who perform a tribal ceremony, pouring the essence of their unborn child into a stone. The couple is then separated by slavery. Throughout the next four generations, the power of this stone is revealed. “This is a remarkable first novel, both magical and deeply real, that vividly renders the power of storytelling to a diasporic people. The story of each woman in her own time and place is like a luminous fiber, meticulously spun from hay into gold, which woven together creates an unforgettable history, grounded in a black stone that symbolizes the legends and rituals of the Old Ones, but spiraling into a wider world that connects stone to memory and earth to continents…I could not resist the magnetic pull of these stories.”-Alicia Gaspar de Alba, author of Calligraphy of the Witch Sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries, the Northeastern Latino/a Student Center, the Northeastern University Women’s Studies Program, and the Northeastern Bookstore. Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates Authors Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein Saturday, October 24 @ 10:30 AM      Parent’s Weekend 90 Snell Library Back by popular demand, Cathcart and Klein return to Snell Library to share their newest book, subtitled “Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife and Everything in Between.”  The pair uses a witty and lighthearted approach to examine what major philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Descartes, and Sartre wrote about death. “This little book is an entertaining and surprisingly informative survey of the Big D and its centrality in human life.”-Publisher’s Weekly Sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries, the Northeastern Office of Admissions, and the Northeastern Bookstore. Logicomix Author Christos Papadimitriou Wednesday, October 28 @ Noon 90 Snell Library This beautiful graphic novel tells the true story of Bertrand Russell, British logician, anti-war activist, and Nobel Prize winner, and his colleagues in the fields of math, science, and philosophy. It is set against the historical backdrop of major twentieth century events, including the two World Wars, and explores Russell’s passionate quest for mathematical truth. Some superheroes leap tall buildings with a single bound. Others catch thieves just like flies. But the ones in Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou’s graphic novel just think-really hard-about an incredibly difficult dilemma…Like all the best superheroes, they are deeply, fascinatingly flawed characters.”Financial Times “This is an extraordinary graphic novel, wildly ambitious in daring to put into words and drawings the life and thought of one of the greatest philosophers of the last century, Bertrand Russell…A rare intellectual and artistic achievement, which will, I’m sure, lead its readers to explore realms of knowledge they thought were forbidden to them.”-Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States Sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries and the Northeastern Bookstore. The Longest Trip Home Author John Grogan Monday, November 2 @ Noon Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Center Grogan, author of the best-seller Marley & Me, writes a personal memoir about growing up, forging his own identity, and re-connecting and reconciling with his parents. Grogan was raised in a devout Catholic home in suburban Detroit of the 1960s and 1970s. Using a deft blend of humor and compassion, Grogan vividly illustrates his own family in a way that will cause readers to recognize and embrace their own. “Genuinely heart-rending. . .Grogan invests these events with deeply felt humanity and pathos.”-Janet Maslin, New York Times Sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries, the Northeastern School of Journalism, and the Northeastern Bookstore. About the Meet the Author Series Northeastern University Libraries encourage dialogue on significant contemporary questions through its Meet the Author program. We offer a varied collection of authors, whose work and discussion can help enrich the intellectual and cultural fabric of the University. The Meet the Author programs are free and open to the public. Please join us for these stimulating events.  For more information please contact Maria Carpenter @  617.373.2821,

The Kindle versus print

Cushing Academy is getting rid of its physical books.  Now, books will only be available to students online through a Kindle reader.  According to an article in the Boston Globe, James Tracy, Cushing Academy headmaster, views books as outdated technology, like a scroll before the book.  People who are opposed to this move have expressed concerns about access– that each student must invest in a Kindle reader, and that not all books are available through the Kindle, a proprietary device.  Other expressed concerns have included the durability of the equipment, as well as the comfort and ease of reading a novel on an e-reader.  My view is that institutions of education should embrace new technologies and add them to the mix of learning tools to foster rich learning experiences.  This would include piloting and testing their effectiveness and determining how pedagogy and research assistance fits in with such a device.  Then, to partner with educational technology experts, librarians, engineers, students, and open-source experts to pilot related initiatives.   Now, I do agree with Mr. Tracy that new technologies should be exploited.  And I personally believe that e-readers will be the near-future norm for a student’s preferred learning device (over the mobile or laptop).  However, until a robost e-reader device is available using open-source platforms and until more research and development has gone into designing teaching and learning experiences for e-readers, and until an institution has a comprehensive plan to provide research support through an e-reader, I would not get rid of the entire paper book collection.

Boston GreenFest 2009

If you’re looking for something fun (and free!) to do this weekend, go check out Boston GreenFest 2009 at City Hall Plaza, right outside the Government Center T stop. This event runs from 10 AM to 10 PM August 21st and 22nd with a kickoff concert tonight from 5 to 10. Over the next two days there will be screenings of the films “The Greening of Southie”, “Fresh”, “Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change”, and “Flow: The Film”. There will be speakers and workshops covering everything from green cars to eco-games to the Charles River. You can also walk around and check out the art gallery, exhibits and listen to some live music. This looks like a really fun event with something for everyone. I’m planning to attend on Saturday so maybe I’ll see you there.


Genealogy–do you really want to uncover your ancestry?

You are perhaps thinking about doing genealogy research because you do not have much information on your family. Would you like to find out how far back you can trace and what was going on during certain time periods when your relatives were born?

You may learn about health problems in your family which can give you a better understanding of your medical history: “Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your doctor predict the disorders to which you may be at risk and take action to keep you and your family healthy.” Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative ( While tracing your family do you really want to find that you may have what you consider an undesirable person in your family tree? Think first before undertaking genealogy research! Are you ready for what you may find or what you may not find?