5 Ways to Maximize Your Creativity

Last week, creativity and brain expert Dr. Shelley Carson visited Snell Library. She shared these five tips for maximizing your creativity. 1. Continue to actively learn and gather information throughout your life. 2. Turn off the automatic ‘censor’ in your brain (e.g. “that won’t work because…”). 3. Carry around a notepad or recorder– breakthroughs often happen in the strangest of places, when your censors are turned down. 4. Read about and hang out with other creative people 5. Don’t be afraid of failure. Creative people fail. Dr. Carson’s book, Your Creative Brain, is available for checkout at Snell Library. Thank you, Dr. Carson, for encouraging us all to be engaged explorers of the Universe.

A Week Full of Events!

As many of you may know, this month is filled with an assortment of fun and exciting events. We are headed into the second week of March with four programs you won’t want to miss! We hope to see you at one, or all of the events this coming week! If you have any questions on these or other upcoming programs at the library please contact Tuesday, March 15th @8:30am – Breakfast with Artist Deborah Davidson To kick off the Northeastern University Humanities Center’s Artists and Practitioners in Residence Program, featuring Deborah Davidson, we will be serving a complimentary breakfast for attendees to meet and mingle with the artist. Breakfast will be served in the Alumni Reading Room on the first floor of Snell Library. To attend please R.S.V.P. to Tuesday, March 15th @10am- Book Making Workshop with Deborah Davidson Following the breakfast, Deborah Davidson will be leading an informal book binding workshop in the lobby of Snell for those interested in seeing how a hand bound book is made. This event is open to everyone so drop in between classes or during your study break! Tuesday, March 15th @12pm- Meet the Analysts: Baseball Prospectus 2011 Join us in 90 Snell Library for a look into this year’s coming baseball season! The analysts of Baseball Prospectuss have insights into over 60 different players, their teams, and their managers. Wear or bring your favorite team’s baseball cap! Wednesday, March 16th @12pm- Considering Books: A Talk with Deborah Davidson Come by 90 Snell Library to hear Deborah Davidson talk about her interest in making and thinking about books. Her focus will be on the book Voices, a 27’ scroll, which is included in the exhibition, What is Contained: The Book As Subject and Object, now open in Gallery 360. Wednesday, March 16th @6pm- Meet the Artist: Patrick Rothfuss Fantasy fiction writer Patrick Rothfuss will visit campus for a talk and book signing of his latest publication, The Wise Man’s Fear. This program will be in 200 Richards Hall and books will be made available for purchase. We will also have copies of The Name of the Wind for purchase.

Submit Your Work to Our Spring Media Showcase!

To all students and faculty, your artwork (photographs, graphic images, video or audio) can be displayed as part of our Spring Media Showcase on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 which will be held from 12-1 p.m. in 90 Snell Library. All you have to do to be considered as a participant in the Showcase is drop off a storage drive of your work to the Digital Media Design Studio in 200 Snell Library between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by March 11th. Just follow these guidelines: – Projects must have been produced within the last two academic years – Photography and graphic image submissions must be in .PDF format – Video submissions must be less than 5 minutes in length, in Quicktime format (.mov), and with a resolution of 620×480 pixels. Video submissions should include an open slate at the beginning of the video with name, project title, date and length. – Audio submissions must be less than 3 minutes long and in mp3 format For more information please contact Thomas Bary ( or 617-373-3399) or Elizabeth Ochse ( or 617-373-4109). Get your creative juices flowing!

Staff News: Donna Kennedy and Brian Greene

Donna Kennedy has assumed a new role within the Research & Instruction Department in order to increase support and research assistance for the School of Education, as it expands its graduate certificate, degree, and distance learning programs. Donna has held many positions at the University over her 34 years of service. She has relocated to 270 Snell Library and retained her phone extension, 617-373-3197. Brian Greene has been named Head of Access Services. Most recently he was Head of Resource Sharing & Assistant Head Librarian in Access Services. Brian is now a member of the Library Management Team. His office is in 130 Snell Library (behind the Circulation Desk) and he can be reached at 617-373-2401.

Northeastern Meets Micah Nathan

Yesterday was the first Meet the Author Talk of the semester, and it was awesome! Losing Graceland’s Micah Nathan gave an excellent reading and candidly answered all of our inquiring questions about the novel, his personal life, and his writing processes. The audience was pleasantly surprised when we were treated to more than a few amusing anecdotes from his life. Frankly, he should try comedy on the side. You can read more about Losing Graceland on Amazon or on his website where Micah says Northeastern “rivaled any bookstore/assembly/book expo I’ve ever attended.” And he wants to use our poster design as a potential new book cover! “…a graphic design major put together the poster. If fate deems the book goes into a second printing, I will lobby for this being the cover. Or at least a cover for some version. How is it she managed to combine the Elvis vibe with my narrow head?” I know I’m looking forward to the next event, and I hope to see everyone there!