Studying for Finals in Snell: 20 Things Only Huskies Will Understand

Posted by: Jennie Robbiano


Walking into the library like


*2 hours later*


Ok, time to study!…or not


Dealing with the effects of your procrastination in Argo


Trying to share a table with someone who took up all the space


When you find an empty table on the third floor during finals week…


Only to realize it’s under an air vent…


But then remember you brought a sweatshirt


Realizing that your to-do list is longer than you thought


When someone asks what you’re studying


Trying to focus…


Especially when there are people talking in the stairwell…on the silent floor


When you realize that you just spent 3 hours on BuzzFeed for your five minute break


Finishing the problem you’ve been working on for hours


Leaving the library at 3 am and seeing everyone still studying


Running to get home in the middle of the night


Taking the library shuttle home instead


Getting home after being in the library all night


When all those hours in Snell payoff and you ace your exam


Good luck on finals, Huskies! Have a wonderful winter break. We’ll see you in the spring.


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Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive – WBUR Oral History Project Announces Lesson Plans

Posted by: Claudia Willett

In the wake of the events that occurred on April 15, 2013 at the 117th Boston Marathon and on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Northeastern University English Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Assistant Professor Ryan Cordell recognized the obvious need for a space where people could tell and share their stories with each other.  They believed that sharing stories from survivors, families, witnesses, visitors to the city, and everyone around the world touched by the event will speed the healing process, and wanted to create that space as a gift to the community. Together, they established the Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, a crowd-sourced, digital archive of pictures, videos, stories, and social media related to the Boston Marathon bombing.  Thus far, they have acquired an archive of almost 10,000 items, 3 interactive exhibits, and 3 major collections.


[April 21, 2013, from the Public Submissions collection]

This summer, I contributed to this remarkable endeavor as a Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) graduate summer intern sponsored by the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Department and supported by the Project Co-Director James McGrath. In addition to exhibit building and social media, the main task of my internship was to create lesson plans for schoolroom use. Because children were affected by this crisis as well, the team at Our Marathon thought it would help the healing process for children to use the Our Marathon archives—to remember and share stories in the safety of their own classrooms.  Additionally, it can be difficult for teachers to navigate the complex questions young students ask and a resource like the digital archive can work as a great tool to facilitate age appropriate discussion. To that end, I helped create a Teaching Resources page for Our Marathon. This page showcases five lesson plans for Kindergarten through Grade 12 that utilize Letters to the City of Boston and The Copley Square Memorial collections,  and the WBUR Oral History Project as the basis for a teaching unit. These lesson plans are designed to demonstrate mastery of grade and subject appropriate Common Core Standards. Hopefully, these assignments will generate more student submissions to the archive as well as create a platform for an important dialogue amongst students and teachers. I look forward to reading about their experiences in the Our Marathon archives.

Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, Library News, Read, Listen, Watch


What you need is checked out? You’ve got two great options!

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian

First, there’s that rush of adrenaline…Yes! The library DOES have that book or video I need! But then … what’s that thing about its being checked out?  Someone else has the nerve, the gall, the presumption, to have it already? Now what do I do? Your first option is a waiting list.  Follow the prompts to sign in and you’ll see ordering options.  Click on “Waitlist”, and your name will be put on a waiting list. What if I can’t wait that long?   Frequently books are borrowed for extended periods, especially when faculty are using them for long-term research projects.  If you don’t think you can wait until the book comes back, just click on “Request from another library” and follow the prompts to our ILLiad ordering service, and we’ll get it from one of our partner libraries. Either way, we’ll let you know by email when the item is ready for you to come and pick it up!    

Posted in: Library News


Fun and Statistics

Posted by: Diann Smothers

My first response to Statista was “oooh, pictures!” but when I started doing some searching, I was really impressed by the breadth of the statistics available, not just the presentation of them.  For quick statistics to make your papers and presentations pop, it’s a great resource. estimated-expenses-of-us-libraries-and-archives-from-2005-to-2012 You can find lots of different topics in Statista: apples and iPhones, club venues and libraries. Searching it is simple, and once you’ve found what you need, Statista is totally okay with your downloading the chart and putting it in your presentations and papers – they even have tools to make it easy. But what if you need just a little more information? Take a look at the source and release information that tell where the statistics come from. Statista also publishes infographics that are fun to browse, timely, and easy to tweet or embed in blog posts (with proper attribution, of course). Next time you need a few statistics, give Statista a try! Infographic: Digital Accounts For Nearly 70% of U.S. Music Revenues | Statista

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Celebrate Open Access Week With Us! Oct. 20-26, 2014

Posted by: Hillary Corbett

Open Access Week Are you: …a scientist hoping to maximize the audience for your research? …a student who’s tried to access a journal article through Google and hit a paywall? …an early career researcher concerned about establishing your scholarly reputation? …a taxpayer who wants to be able to access government-funded health research? If so, then Open Access is relevant to you! This week, Snell Library is celebrating International Open Access Week, which highlights the importance of expanding access to research on a global scale. Open Access Week is an international event now in its eighth year – its purpose is to raise awareness about inequities in access to information and promote change in the publishing industry. Traditionally, researchers access information they need through a personal subscription, buying a book, or accessing information through a library. But what if your library doesn’t have a subscription? Or, what happens when you graduate? Or, what about researchers in developing countries where the costs of access are out of reach? (Journal subscriptions can cost thousands of dollars.) These are some of the reasons why opening access to research is important. The theme of International Open Access Week this year is “Generation Open” – highlighting the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change. Snell Library has several events planned to celebrate OA Week; given the theme this year, I’m very pleased that for the first time, one of our events features a Northeastern student’s work! And be sure to stop by our table in the lobby of Snell every day this week (11:30-1:30) to learn more and pick up a totebag, laser-cut bookmark, or pen! Schedule of Events Monday, October 20 3:00 pm-4:30 pm 90 SL Webcast: “Generation Open” Panel Discussion Speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. Refreshments will be served. Wednesday, October 22 3:30 pm-8:30 pm Digital Scholarship Commons (211 SL) Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Join us to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of under-represented groups in Massachusetts and U.S. history. This hack-a-thon style session will focus on editing and updating Wikipedia pages in a group setting. Participants do not need any prior experience with Wikipedia, just bring a laptop and a power supply. Refreshments will be served. Thursday, October 23 12:00 pm-1:00 pm DMC 3D Printing Studio 3D Printing Presentation: Andreas Aghamianz Northeastern student Andreas Aghamianz (COE ’18) will discuss the process of fabricating and assembling his open-sourced inMoov robotic hand. Thursday, October 23 2:00 pm-3:00 pm 90 SL Webcast: The Right Metrics for Generation Open Stacy Konkiel of Impactstory presents a guide to getting credit for practicing open science. Refreshments will be served.

Posted in: Library News, Scholarly Communication