A Holiday Raffle for the Library Website

Posted by: Amanda Rust


Test the library website for a chance to win!

We are redesigning our website to make it as navigable and user-friendly as possible. In order to ensure this, we would like to hear from you.

We are hosting an online survey and usability test of our current website, which should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. We invite you to tell all! There are no wrong answers and all responses are confidential.

For your participation, you will be entered to win either our first prize of a $50 gift card to the NU Bookstore, or our second prize of a $15 gift card to iTunes.

If you are interested in participating and entering the raffle, please take the survey and usability test before January 5th, 2011.

Thanks for your participation!

Posted in: Information and Society, Research Online


Security Cameras Being Installed Today, Dec. 22

Posted by: Maria Carpenter


Additional security cameras are currently being installed in Snell Library. This project is part of campus-wide added security measures to ensure a safe study and research environment for Northeastern faculty, students, and staff.

Posted in: Library News and Events


Meet the Author Spring Lineup

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


The Library’s popular “Meet the Author” series continues this spring with an exciting and varied lineup of writers.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the authors we’ve booked to come to Snell Library this spring:

Losing Graceland

Micah Nathan opens the spring series on January 27, reading from Losing Graceland, a picaresque novel about a down-on-his-luck college student’s road trip to Memphis with an elderly man — who may or may not be Elvis!

Your Creative Brain

On March 9, psychologist Shelley Carson talks about Your Creative Brain, a book about how to strengthen your brain to develop your creative side, with an emphasis on understanding what kind of brain you have and what techniques work best for you.

On March 16, Patrick Rothfuss brings us The Wise Man’s Fear, a fantasy novel that tells the story of the growth and development of a hero. It’s the eagerly-anticipated second in a projected trilogy (the Kingkiller Chronicles), following the immensely popular Name of the Wind.

Hot Stuff

If you’re young enough to have just missed the baby boom you probably have fond (or not so fond!) memories of the disco era. In which case, you’ll enjoy hearing Alice Echols discuss Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture on March 30. If nothing else, she rehabilitates the great Saturday Night Fever to its rightful place in the American film pantheon.

We’ll be making more announcements as we move closer to the dates. And we hope you’ll join us for this exciting series of authors!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity


Oxford English Dictionary Is a Polished-Up Jewel

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


The new Oxford English Dictionary Online is now available through the NU Libraries.

If you love the OED, don’t be alarmed by the word “new”! All the content, the words, pronunciations, etymologies, definitions, and everything else you love and trust is still there, unchanged.

But for this new edition, Oxford has added new content, new ways of appreciating the English language, and new technical features.

New content

From a productivity standpoint, for my money the most important content addition is the integration of a thesaurus. Each definition of the word has a prominent “Thesaurus” link that allows you to see a few alternatives. The dictionary is also integrated with the Historical Thesaurus to the OED, which places your word in an outline form with related words.

In fact, overall, Oxford has placed a high value on historical content and there’s a lot more word history to explore. For example:

*Links to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography give you more information about the authors of the example quotations. (For full biographies from this resource, see Snell Library’s print edition.)

*A list of most-cited authors and texts, updated each quarter, shows you what the OED uses for sources.

*Essays by OED staff historians have also been added on the history of the English language.

*A fun time-killing feature called “Timelines” leverages the incredible amount of information packed into the dictionary by allowing you to analyze it more like a database. Choose a broad topic like “Military” and see when new military words were added to the language. Sort them by region (Ireland, Australia, etc…) to see in what part of the world they originated. Link to lists of those words for browsing.

New functionality

An updated design and some great new technical features allow you to navigate the site more easily and appreciate the incredible richness and history of our language.

*When you do a search with many results, the first screen gives you a peek into each word so you know which one you want.

*Once you select a word, a scroll bar along the definition allows you to navigate more easily.

*A text enlargement feature is built into the definition page.

*The pronunciation symbols are explained in a pop-up box for every word.

*You can save instead of just printing and emailing.

*”About this entry” tells you when the word first entered the dictionary, what other words link to this word, and other facts.

*Each word has a “Cite” button that gives you the correct citation for MLA and Chicago for your bibliography, for download to Endnote, ProCite, RefWorks, and Reference Manager software.

*During your session, the dictionary remembers the words you searched so you can go back to them.

*”My Oxford English Dictionary” is a new feature for saving your searches, creating folders to organize your favorite words, and setting preferences such as how much information you want to display on each page.

How did we even tolerate this dictionary before this update? It’s hard to imagine! Enjoy the beautiful polish and shine on this online dictionary, a true jewel of the English language.

Posted in: English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Library News and Events, Research Online


Help keep the busiest bathrooms on campus clean

Posted by: Nina Shah


Not to brag, but I think the Library tops the charts in terms of traffic in our restrooms making our bathrooms the busiest on campus! We try our best so that you can’t tell.

To keep up with the number of bathroom visitors this Fall, NU House and Grounds have stepped up their efforts to keep the facilities clean with more frequent service (and a record of when it’s been provided), paper-free hand driers designed to be both green and mess eliminators, and the installation of locks on bathroom doors to ensure a really thorough cleaning. That being said, cleanliness is a joint effort amongst all library users – students, faculty, staff, etc.

While bathroom etiquette seems like a no-brainer there have been some interesting messes in the past. Here are some tips on how to make sure the restrooms stay user friendly 🙂

1. Do not dispose of food in the toilets or anything besides what is intended of being disposed in a toilet.

2. Avoid pressing the ‘flush’ button with your foot. This damages the flushing mechanism. Here’s a tip! Use a piece of toilet paper to press the button so you avoid touching it with your hand.

3. Paper, paper, paper. Please, be green and take only what you need. Do not leave paper on the floor, use the trash can.

4. Shut off the water when you are done using the sink. If you spill, pick up after yourself.

5. And finally, if you see a problem, report it. Call x2754 (NU Work Control) or submit a request online at www.workreq.neu.edu.

Posted in: Library News and Events, Serendipity, Staff Interests, Sustainability