12
Dec18

Things to look at instead of your computer screen when you need a break

Posted by: Jill Chancellor

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During finals week, it is important to remember to be kind to yourselves and give yourself a break every now and then. If you need a break from studying and from your all the variety of screens you’ve been staring at, come on down to the Archive and Special collections and look at some interesting books and photographs housed in our collections. We are located in the basement of Snell Library, Room 92. We are open Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 so if you aren’t able to visit us during finals week, we’re always happy to have visitors!
  • Missing the warm spring days and the colorful flowers that accompany them? Take a look through our copy of Select Flower Arrangements of Moribana and Heikwa. This book is bound in green silk printed with branches and has an accordion style opening.
  • Need to see that there is life outside of finals? Our collection of photographs from The Theater Offensive shows colorful play performers and parties from this Boston based queer performance group.
  • If you’re just wanting to look at pretty and colorful pictures of building ornamentation, we have that too! In The Grammar of Ornament you can flip through this large volume exploring the different building designs from all over the world and all in full color.
  • In the mood for some frollicking animals? Come down and look at our copy of Chôjū Giga. These Japanese scrolls date from the 16th century and have been reproduced in a fold-out book. With scenes of frogs, mice, and monkeys, you are sure to forget (even if only for a little while) about the stresses of finals.
  • And speaking of de-stressing, we have another fold out book with Japanese artwork, titled Sesshu’s Long Scroll: A Zen Landscape Journey. This pocket-sized book with a printing from beloved Japanese artist Sesshu and is filled with Japanese landscapes throughout the seasons.
  • If you celebrate Christmas and are wanting to get into the spirit, we’ve got you covered.  You can look through pictures from our Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción records of past Christmas talent shows and events. We also have a beautifully illustrated poem by Sophie Jewett titled The Least of Christmas Carols.
  • Feeling nostalgic? Our collection of Northeastern Yearbooks allow you to go back in time and look into the lives of previous students. Fun Fact: this fall was the 75th anniversary of the first enrollment of women at NU. We have photographs of these women when they first enrolled as well as photographs from their 50th anniversary in 1993. If you’re interested in going even further back, we have a collection of photographs from African American photographer Charles H. Bruce who photographed various scenes around the Boston area in the early 1900s.
  • Traveling over the holidays? Or just wish you were? We have a multiple travel books and maps with illustrations that make you feel like you are there.  We have adventure memoirs from Rockwell Kent from his travels in Alaska as well as the Strait of Magellan in South America. If you’re looking for someplace warm to explore, we have The Golden Octopus: Legends of the South Seas filled with colorful illustrations of the Pacific islands. We also have maps of London and Paris from the 19th and 20th centuries that could help you plan your next trip across the Atlantic. The Paris guide even has a map of all the bus routes! (accuracy not guaranteed).
 
  • And finally, we have pictures of dogs, but not just any dogs. From 1920s-1970s, Northeastern University had its very own husky as a mascot. There were five dogs who were crowned King Husky and attended various events on campus throughout their tenure.
Good luck on finals week and have a wonderful break!

Posted in: Archives and Special Collections

26
Nov18

Finals Week. It’s here. We can help.

Posted by: Admin

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Finals. Everyone’s favorite time of year. We love it as much as you do. Your friends at Snell Library and the Curry Student Center want you to know you’re not alone and to take some time to take a step back from all the end of semester craziness to de-stress. To help you achieve that, we will have:

Thursday, December 6th to Wednesday, December 12th: Coloring table, Legos, madlibs, and bubble wrap to pop in Snell’s Lobby

Thursday, December 6 at 3pm: Zooniverse activity in Snell’s Lobby – count penguins and more!

Sunday, December 9 at 7pm: Movie night in Snell Library, Room 90

Tuesday, December 11th at 1PM: therapy dog at Snell Library

Tuesday, December 11th at 5PM: pop up “study break” with coffee and snacks in Snell Library

Throughout all of Finals Week, be on the lookout for giveaways, free coffee study breaks, and positive sentiments from library staff!

We love that you love to study in Snell but we understand that sometimes more space is needed. So, our friends at the Curry Student Center have reserved some rooms for you for finals week study.

From 7:30AM to 2AM, rooms 333, 334, 335, 336, and 342 will be open for quiet study. Room 340 will be open for collaborative study.

What’s Poppin’ will also be open for study 9AM to 9PM Monday through Thursday and 9Am to 5PM on Friday.

In addition to extra study space, our friends at Curry will be giving away chocolate covered coffee beans daily at Campus Crossroads as well as:

Thursday, December 6th/Reading Day: Starbucks Nitro at 9PM in the indoor quad until it runs out

Friday, December 7th: Hot Chocolate Bar at Campus Crossroads 11am until it runs out

Saturday, December 8th: Free Starbucks Nitro at 7PM in the indoor quad until it runs out

Monday, December 10th: chocolate covered coffee beans and stress relief activity: make your own buttons.

Tuesday, December 11th: chocolate covered coffee beans and stress relief activity: make your own buttons.

From all of us here at Snell Library and Curry Student Center, we wish you the best of luck on your finals!

Posted in: Library News

1
Nov18

BYO data & code! Preparing for reproducible publication workshop

Posted by: Jen Ferguson

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Data code workshop flyer NU

We’re bringing Code Ocean to campus on Nov. 8th for a hands-on, interactive workshop.

This 2-hour session is a unique opportunity to bring order to your own data and/or code!  You’ll receive expert, step-by-step guidance on:
  • Organizing your files
  • Creating a codebook (so that others – not to mention your ‘future self’ – can understand how & why you’ve done things)
  • Preparing your code & data for documentation and reuse
  • Maximizing the potential reproducibility of your research outputs
Space is limited to about 20 attendees, so please register soon to reserve your place. More info and registration link is here.  Questions?  Contact Jen Ferguson or Tom Hohenstein.

Posted in: Data Management, Library News

30
Oct18

The Library’s Audio Workshop Series II Starts Soon. Sign Up Today!

Posted by: Debra Mandel

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Audio Engineering is a wonderful skill to learn, whether you are a musician, budding sound engineer, or creative adventurer.  The Recording Studio’s Audio Engineering Workshop series II begins November 1st with three weekly classes: miking techniques for drums, miking techniques for amps and mixing your final recording. You can attend one or all in a small group setting. Welcome beginners!

I am Zac Kerwin, the Recording Studio’s co-op. I’m a third year Music Industry student, and the Head of Green Line Records’ Recording Department. I have had a passion for music my whole life, and have been recording, mixing, and mastering music since I was in high school. I’ve learned a lot through my time working here, and with Green Line, and I can’t wait to share everything I know with everyone at these workshops.

I look forward to meeting and teaching you all! Workshops meet from 12-1pm and 6-7pm on Thursdays. If you can’t find a spot, make sure to sign up for the waitlist though, as you might get a spot if someone cancels! And if that doesn’t work, I’ll set up a separate consultation.

Register here:   http://northeastern.libcal.com

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at e.kerwin@northeastern.edu

Visit our website at: http://library.northeastern.edu/services/recording-studios   See you soon! Zac Kerwin    

Posted in: Creative Services

24
Oct18

The Archives and Special Collections finding aids have a new look!

Posted by: Jill Chancellor

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The Northeastern University Library Archives and Special Collections has over 300 processed collections, so it can be an understandably overwhelming place to know where and how to search through all of these materials. Luckily, each collection comes with a finding aid that provides historical and biographical information on the collection and an inventory of materials in the collection. These finding aids have recently moved to a new platform that allows for a more efficient and user-friendly way for both old and new patrons of the archives to find what they are looking for. To begin your search, visit the Archives Catalog homepage at https://archivesspace.library.northeastern.edu/. If you know what you are looking for, you can put it in the search bar and begin your search. If you are unsure of where to start, there are links that allow you to browse the collections.*Search tip* When searching by a person’s name or by a phrase, use quotation marks around the terms in order to find that specific phrase. You will then be redirected to the page with the results of your search. From this page, you can add filters such as type, subject, names, and year in order to find exactly what you are looking for. When you find a collection that you are interested in, you can click on the collection name to look further into the collection. Each collection has a description on either the person or organization, as well as the types of materials within the collection. On the right side is a menu with the series and sub-series and a full folder inventory of materials. If you need to do another search, you can click on the magnifying glass at the top of the page, or on the Archives and Special Collections link in the top right corner and you will be able to start your search process over. If you are already on the Archives and Special Collections homepage, you can use the search bar in the middle of the page. Simply type in your search term and you will be redirected to the Archives Catalog page. So take a look and see what we have to offer and we look forward to seeing you down in the archives! If you have any questions, email us at archives@northeastern.edu and we will be happy to help in any way we can!  

Posted in: Archives and Special Collections