Monthly Archives: November 2014

Introduction to Bloomberg Professional

BloombergThe MacPhaidin Library is offering introductory training sessions to Bloomberg Professional services.

The Bloomberg Professional service is the world’s leading interactive financial information network, seamlessly integrating the very best in real-time data, news and analytics. Within the business community and especially in the fields of finance, economics, banking and investment management, the use of information from Bloomberg has become an integral part of research and management. The importance of Bloomberg extends beyond business applications. As a major news outlet, frequently cited in all sorts of news stories, Bloomberg employs over 2,400 journalists.

Creating your personal Bloomberg login is quick and easy. Then, with just a few basic navigation commands and an orientation to the custom Bloomberg keyboard, users looking for company or industry information, economic data sets and world-wide economic releases, or news on people, places and events will find a wealth of information. Those wishing to develop more in-depth expertise can take advantage of the Bloomberg Essentials Online Training Program, a series of online videos that can lead to Bloomberg Certification. Bloomberg provides 24/7 online help.

There are 11 dedicated Bloomberg terminals in the Business and Student Technology Center, located on the first floor of Stanger Hall (C-109), which is where the introductory sessions will be held.

Joseph Middleton, the Head Reference Librarian and Liaison to the Business Administration Department will conduct the sessions.

Each “Introduction to Bloomberg Professional” session is 30 minutes long and is aimed at getting you up and running with Bloomberg. In the session, you will learn what Bloomberg is. You will create your own Bloomberg account, be introduced to the Bloomberg keyboard and navigation methods, and learn about the training and help that Bloomberg provides. Open to Stonehill Students, Faculty and Staff. Enrollment is limited to two persons per session. The sessions are as follows:]

  •   Monday, November 24th, 3-3:30 pm
  •  Tuesday, December 2nd, 11-11:30 am
  •  Wednesday, December 3rd, 11-11:30 am

To register for a session, click here. Interested, but the scheduled sessions don’t work for you? Make an individual appointment with Joe, or contact him directly at 508 565-1433 or jmiddleton@stonehill.edu.

Did you know that the Library has a leisure reading collection?

DSCN2818Maybe you frequent Ace’s Place, and you’ve seen the section of books across from the café, but weren’t sure why they’re there. Maybe you’ve noticed the books, but have never stopped to browse through them. Or maybe you did browse through them, and you wondered why the Library had a copy of a popular young adult novel or other “light” reading. Most people probably assume that the Library only has important, i.e. scholarly, books. And for the most part, this is true; we focus on buying books that will be useful to students and faculty in their class assignments, teaching, and research. But that doesn’t mean we don’t all also need to take a break sometimes!

The leisure collection exists to let you do just that: check out a book just for fun. We created the leisure reading collection in order to provide students, staff, and faculty with an additional place to borrow books to check out and read in their free time. You’ll find everything from nonfiction biographies, memoirs, and literary fiction to popular fiction, young adult novels, and maybe even a few “banned books.” We build this collection primarily through donations, so many of the titles in the leisure collection were given to us by faculty, staff, or members of the public who wanted their gently used books to go to a good home.

While you will certainly find a larger number of recreational titles at the public library, you can also easily swing by and browse our collection while you’re in the library.  Librarian Liz Chase wanted a book to read over lunch the other day, and checked out The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. The novel alternates between the summer of 1991 and the Salem witch trials in 1692. She ended up loving the book, probably because she used to work as an archivist and identified with long hours spent researching documents full of bad handwriting.  You can read a review of Howe’s novel here. If you enjoy the supernatural, you could also check out Deborah Harkness’s  A Discovery of Witches.

If you’re more into mysteries and thrillers, check out The Ice Princess by Camila Lackberg or Nemesis by Jo Nesbo.  Into young adult fiction? You can read or reread the Harry Potter series, or yes, Twilight. If your tastes run more to sports, try Francona: The Red Sox Years or The Most Memorable Games in Patriots History. Interested in nonfiction or memoir? We also have I am MalalaGetting Bi, and many other titles.

We asked students to send their thoughts on the Leisure Reading collection:

Jacqueline Oberg: “I personally love the selection of Jodi Picoult books because I am a huge fan of her. I also appreciate the selection of Stephen King books because although I have only read one of his books, I would love to read more of his work. I also like the selection of readings on the LGBTQ community because I think that it is very important to be inclusive and diverse in our literature.”

Taylor Campbell: “I do love the leisure section. It’s fortunately right next to Ace’s Place so it’s so convenient to browse right after I get my coffee! I’m guilty of reading some of the historical fiction (right now I’m reading Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey), but I’ve read some of the other books too! My favorite time to look is right before long weekends or holiday breaks because I finally have the time to go through as many books as I can!”

John Oliver does it, so it must be fun!

johnoliverCan Research be fun? Absolutely! John Oliver, of HBO’s Last Week Tonight demonstrates how critically examining issues can be hysterical!

Satirist John Oliver, formerly with The Daily Show, combines investigative journalism with his comedy, creating long expositions on current topics that will leave you laughing, yet surprisingly unsettled.

Oliver recently examined civil forfeiture, a widely unknown process by which the police can seize your property simply because they think a crime may be committed using that property, leaving you with little recourse. Watch clip.

This would be an excellent starting point for a criminology paper.  As you noticed from the video, Oliver starts with a newspaper article, and then presents several court cases. If you wanted to look into these resources further you could go to Lexis-Nexis Academic and find the “Stop and Seize” article from the Washington Post that Oliver referred to. You could also use Lexis-Nexis to find various court cases including UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, vs. APPROXIMATELY 64,695 POUNDS OF SHARK FINS. Additional useful material can be found searching the topic “Civil Forfeiture” in SocIndex where you will find scholarly peer-reviewed articles, as well as a wealth of other useful information.

Perhaps Civil Forfeiture is not your interest, and you are more interested in how laws are created. Watch Oliver’s exploration of State Legislatures and the organization ALEC

 

Amazingly relevant in light of the results of the 2014 election, Oliver explores the little known group that assists and encourages state legislatures to pass laws to their liking. His analysis is simultaneously hilarious and terrifying.

Oliver covers a broad range of other really interesting topics from Food Labeling, which asks the question “Do Frosted Mini Wheats actually improve student attentiveness, or are they simply ‘literally better than nothing,'” to student loans, the lottery, pay day lenders, McDonald’s and prisons.  The best part is you don’t even need a subscription to HBO, as they have kindly put them on YouTube for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

If you are at a loss for a topic, maybe John Oliver (or a helpful Reference Librarian) can help you find something interesting that you may never have thought of before!

JoVE Developmental Biology Videos

JoVEThe Library currently has access to a trial of a new collection in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments.   JoVE is a collection of online videos in the sciences; our current trial is for videos in JoVE’s Developmental Biology collection, and it provides an introduction to experiments in this field. Researchers in this discipline endeavor to understand the developmental processes that occur in organisms at every stage – starting from the single-celled embryo to the aging adult. Based on current science, this collection is divided into five sub-categories: developmental genetics, molecular developmental biology, stem cell biology, organogenesis, and aging and regeneration. The videos provide a brief history of developmental biology research and discuss the common lab techniques used to answer key questions asked by experts in this field. Try out the Developmental Biology collection today.

From introductory topics like developmental genetics, molecular biology, stem cell biology and organogenesis to more advanced techniques including induced pluripotency, transplantation and tissue regeneration, the JoVE Developmental Biology collection is a great place to prepare for lab, review concepts explored in class, and review for exams.

If you like the collection, we would love your feedback.  Please email Heather Perry with any thoughts you have.

Abraham Lincoln’s Reelection in 1864

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Rodrigue’s book on Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln and Reconstruction is available in the library.

“Defeating Lincoln for re-election was the Confederacy’s last, best hope,” says Professor of History John Rodrigue; but Lincoln was successfully relected during the Civil War on Tuesday, November 8, 1864, and “[his] reelection meant Confederate defeat was only a matter of time, since he was reelected on a platform of seeing the war on to final victory.” Lincoln defeated Democrat George McClellan, in a time when that party was deeply divided between War Democrats and Peace Democrats. While McClellan publicly ran as the “peace candidate” under the Democrat’s party platform, he was personally in favor of the war. However, Lincoln won reelection, succeeding in 22 out of the 25 states participating in the 1864 election and earning 55% of the popular vote.

 

During the following spring, Lincoln was serenaded by a crowd on April 10, 1865, and gave a speech in response, which you can read in full here. Lincoln begins his speech, “I am very greatly rejoiced to find that an occasion has occurred so pleasurable that the people cannot restrain themselves.” Lincoln later comments: “I have always thought `Dixie’ one of the best tunes I have ever heard. Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it, but I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it. … I presented the question to the Attorney General, and he gave it as his legal opinion that it is our lawful prize.”

 

This speech, along with many others, is available online as part of the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, available online through the University of Michigan.

 

Professor Rodrigue notes that “Lincoln would also later claim that the election had, in effect, been a popular referendum on the thirteenth amendment, and that is why he wanted Congress (the House) to pass it at the upcoming session, as depicted in the movie [Lincoln].” If you have not seen the film, with Daniel Day Lewis’s Oscar winning performance as President Lincoln, you can borrow it from the Library.

 

In addition to the award-winning blockbuster, we also have access to many streaming documentary videos, such as The Lincoln Assassination and Lincoln, as well as books, including Doris Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, William C. Harris’s Lincoln’s Last Months, and Professor Rodrigue’s Lincoln and Reconstruction. If you’re interested in more on Lincoln, visit HillSearch and start exploring!

 

Veterans Day: The eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918

unbrokenVeterans Day as we knowit  was originally designated by President Wilson as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the signing of the armistice in 1918 that led to the cease-fire between opposing forces in World War I. At that time, World War I was considered the war to end all wars. This, however, was not the case; World War II broke out in 1939 and the US officially entered the war in 1941. World War II required the largest mobilization of troops in all of modern history. Recognizing the efforts and sacrifices, the US Congress passed legislation in 1954 to recognize November 11th officially as Veterans Day to honor Americans that served in all wars, not just limited to World War I. Although we may honor those that served in recent wars and conflicts, it is still important to understand the history of Armistice Day and Veteran’s Day.

The MacPhaidin Library has an extensive collection of books that covers the history of warfare and World War II. Whether you are a researcher or you enjoy reading about history, one book comes to mind when I think of Veteran’s Day.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand captures the story of Louis Zamperini, a young man growing up in the midst of the Great Depression in Southern California. Zamperini was in and out of trouble as a teen, but he was also an impressive athlete. His talent for running – his speed and his stamina – gained him an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California and then took him all the way to Berlin Olympics in 1936. The fighting in the Europe and Pacific theatres of the late 1930s and early 1940s meant only war was imminent to Zamperini. He enlisted in the US Army Air Forces as a bombardier in September 1941, just three months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. While on a mission in April of 1943, mechanical problems caused Zamperini’s plane to crash in the Pacific. Zamperini and two other survivors drifted in a life raft for 47 days in the Pacific fending for themselves against shark attacks and storms while surviving off rain water and raw fish. After 33 days at sea, one of the crewmembers died. The Japanese Navy captured Zamperini and his crewmate as prisoners of war after drifting to the Marshall Islands.

While in captivity, Zamperini was transferred between multiple prison camps. Zamperini was targeted by the Japanese for his impressive finish at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – he was considered valuable and although he was not executed, the torture was unthinkable and extreme, and often by the hands of Japanese prison guard, Mutsuhiro Watanabe. He was starved and tortured, but his spirit remained unbroken despite being presumed dead and listed as killed in action to loved ones back home. He was released from captivity in 1945 at the end of the war. Watanabe disappeared and vanished from the prison camps without a trace, went into hiding, and was presumed dead. Once amnesty for Japanese war criminals was announced in 1958 did Watanabe emerge from hiding.

Hillenbrand captures Zamperini’s unbroken spirit as she details how he lived his life after returning to California. He became a heavy drinker and haunted by his experiences, but after finding and recognizing his faith, he became determined to better his life and others as well. He forgave the Japanese people for his experiences, but remained determined to find Watanabe. He founded a camp for young troubled boys with pasts similar to his in Los Angeles and devoted his time to charity.

Zamperini passed away in July 2014 from pneumonia at the age of 97. Even through his 80s, he still remained active and running at least a mile per day. In unthinkable conditions, Zamperini’s strength and spirit remained unbroken.

The story of Louis Zamperini in Unbroken is scheduled for release as a movie in December 2014.

 

AskUs : The Library Knowledgebase

AskUS1Looking for help when the library is closed or when you can’t make it over in person? Try Ask Us!

What are the most popular questions in the Knowledge Base? Here are the top five, by number of views:

Questions Views
How do you print an article from JSTOR? 589
Would a college dissertation be considered a scholarly article? 223
How do I cite an EEBO reference using MLA? 170
What is the proper way to embed a video in a PowerPoint presentation? 98
Can I print from my laptop in the library? 87

 

What is Ask Us? The “Ask Us” widget that you see on certain library pages invites users to visit the MacPhaidin Library’s online Knowledge Base. Any time Librarians aren’t available on chat, the “Ask Us!” Chat window will also redirect you here. Ask Us allows students to ask questions and get answers from a database of previously asked questions. If you don’t see a good answer to your question, the Knowledge Base can submit it to a Reference Librarian. A librarian will reply to you via email. Access to the Knowledge Base is available24/7.

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Most of the questions in the Knowledge Base are ones that Stonehill students have actually asked, but some additional questions added to the Knowledge Base by Reference Librarians. Back when the service was launched in September 2012, librarians wanted to start the Knowledge Base off with pre-loaded answers to a number of commonly asked questions. This allowed the Knowledge Base to be instantly useful. Librarians continue to add questions asked by users we think the questions may be relevant for others.

When a user clicks on the Ask Us widget, a search form appears. When the user types into the form (and hits the button to search), a number of things can happen:

  • There is a direct match with a previously answered question and the user is automatically redirected to the answer.
  • There is no direct match with the user’s question. The user clicks on one of the suggested potential matches.
  • There is no direct match and no suggested matches. The user submits his or her question to the system. The user’s name and email address are required for the user to receive a response. During Reference Service hours, Reference Librarians monitor LibAnswers for newly submitted questions, whether from Ask Us, chat, SMS texting or email.

The 24/7 aspect of the Knowledge Base makes it different from the other methods of getting library help. When you have a library question at 3 a.m. give it a try!

Kanopy Film Festival

 

kanopyfileKanopy is pleased to announce the launch of the Kanopy Virtual Film Festival – a free online film festival open to all libraries and their campuses to celebrate the Charleston Conference. The Festival showcases over 120 new and award-winning films selected from 16 leading producers.

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Kanopy’s Virtual Film Festival will run from Nov 5 to Nov 21. During the festival, you will be able to watch all films, and post and share your reviews. Featured producers include: Criterion Collection, First Run Features, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, PBS, Video Data Bank, DEFA, California Newsreel, Green Planet Films, National Film Board of Canada, Ideas Roadshow, and more.

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New release and best-selling films includeUnder Our Skin, Pornland, Tough Guise 2, Google & the World Brain, A Hard Day’s Night, Just Gender, The Great Dictator, Sand Wars, Strike, American Experience: JFK, The Actress and Getting Back to Abnormal among over 120 other feature films.

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To start watching, click here  Tear back the curtain, and discover some wonderful films! You can also watch from off campus; visit our Off Campus access page for more information on using this and other subscription resources when you are off campus or not using HillSpot. And if you’re interested in other streaming media offerings from the Library, visit our Streaming Media Libguide.

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Stone Hill House Tour

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Dick Grant, left, talks to the group touring the Stone Hill House site.

In September 1948, Stonehill opened its doors.

In July 1935, the Congregation of Holy Cross purchased 350 acres of land from Edith Cutler.

In January 1905, Edward and Mary Hayward sold several parcels of land to Frederick Lothrop Ames.

These are three key moments in Stonehill College’s history. Besides their connection to Stonehill College, they all share one thing in common. To be more precise, they share one place in common: Stone House Hill. In many ways, this rocky promontory is the focal point of Stonehill’s history. Long before the Congregation and long before the Ames started making shovels in Easton, Stone House Hill was a prominent feature in southeastern Massachusetts’ geography and culture. Today, Stonehill’s history and identity are rooted to Stone House Hill, and if you look close enough it has a lot to tell.

This was the subject of a recent tour led by Associate Dean Emeritus Dick Grant and Assistant Archivist Jonathan Green. On October 17, Grant and Green met a group of Stonehill students, faculty, and staff in front of New Hall for the hour-long tour. The group trekked from the nearby mill stones to the summit of Stone House Hill. Along the way, the tour guides talked about Stonehill’s history starting in the late-17th century and stretching as far back as 500 A.D. This history included the formation of Stone House Hill during the last ice age, Wampanoag habitation of the Hill, and the creation of the mill stones in the eighteenth-century. With a bit of geology, a dash of archaeology, a touch of folklore, and a whole lot of history, Grant and Green used the landscape to bring the past to life.

While the tour focused on the campus’s early history, it also highlighted the important work of the Stone House Hill Restoration Project (SHHRP). Dick Grant started the project this past summer with one goal in mind: clean Stone House Hill. Since then, numerous individuals (including; Stephanie and Nate DesRosiers, Drew Fitzgibbon, Elveera Lacina, Fr. Denning and several people from Facilities Management) and groups from on- and off-campus dedicated time and effort to help Grant achieve his goal. These groups include the Stonehill men’s basketball team, Brockton High School’s boys’ cross country team, and a first-year student group joined the cause during Community Engagement Day. From raking leaves and picking up trash, to clearing fallen trees and removing graffiti, Grant and the SHRRP’s many volunteers made the project a success.

What next? Grant received this question numerous times during the tour, and the answer is open-ended. As the saying goes, “When you dig up the past, all you get is dirty.” In the case of the SHRRP, this saying is true. Literally. But we got a lot more than dirt too. To keep this success story going, Stone House Hill needs regular attention, elbow grease and ongoing research in long forgotten local archives. The goal at present is not just to dig up the past but also to bring it out into the present and celebrate it.