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April 4, 2014

CELEBRATING SEAMUS HEANEY: Old Friends, New Stories

Time: Sunday April 13, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Place: Conant Science Building Auditorium
Cost: Free and open to the public


Mark your calendars now! On Sunday, April 13, Bridgewater State University will hold a celebration honoring the 75th birthday of renowned Nobel Prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

This past August 30th the world lost one of its greatest writers of the English language, poet Seamus Heaney. Claimed by many to have been the best Irish poet since W.B. Yeats, Heaney’s poetry gave voice to the everyday men and women of the world, and in particular Ireland. While spending a lot of his time in the Boston/Cambridge area, Heaney often went out of his way to do poetry readings and class visits at public institutions, making many trips to member schools of the Massachusetts State University system, including Bridgewater State. The friends made and experiences shared, which have largely been undocumented, are now of interest.

Please come and be part of this special day at Bridgewater State University on April 13. Speakers will include Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist for the Boston Globe Kevin Cullen, author and Professor of English at UMass Boston Shaun O’Connell, former Boston fireman Robert Breen who had his friendship with Heaney immortalized in the poem Helmet, Irish harpist Mairead Doherty, former Boston State and Bridgewater State students, and others who shared a friendship with Heaney. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their stories of Heaney at this round table style event. Live readings of Heaney’s poetry will take place at interludes.

A reception will follow and will include live Irish music, Irish themed food and drinks, and an exhibit display of Heaney related items from Bridgewater State’s own Special Collections and items owned privately. Please come and help celebrate the far reach this great poet had on the region and the impact he had on those in the area fortunate enough to have known him.

For more information please contact Orson Kingsley, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.

March 28, 2014

Database Trial: Theatre in Video

The library has a trial for Theatre in Video until April 17, 2014. This online streaming video resources contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

Please click here to try this database. You can also access this database from the library home page.

Please evaluate this resource for content, ease of use, and suitability to support student and faculty teaching and research needs. Please let me know if you have any difficulties accessing the trial.

Send your comments or questions to Kristina Edwards by April 30, 2014. Thank you!

Database Trial: Drama Online

The library has a trial for Drama Online until May 31, 2014. This online resource contains full text of various texts of plays and other dramatic works. It includes dramatic works from playwrights like Aeschylus to Henrik Ibsen. It covers selected works from 1 CE to the present.

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Please evaluate this resource for content, ease of use, and suitability to support student and faculty teaching and research needs. Please let me know if you have any difficulties accessing the trial.
Send your comments or questions to Kristina Edwards by June 13th. Thank you!

March 19, 2014

Database Trial: desLibris

The library has a trial of desLibris until April 9, 2014. This online resource containing documents and eBooks covering various topics related to Canadian Studies.

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Please evaluate this resource for content, ease of use, and suitability to support student and faculty teaching and research needs. Please let me know if you have any difficulties accessing the trial.

Send your comments or questions to Kristina Edwards by April 16th. Thank you!

March 13, 2014

The Web at 25 in the U.S.

Source: Pew Research Center

Summary of Findings

The World Wide Web turns 25 on March 12, 2014. It is one of the most important and heavily
-used parts of the network of computer networks that make up the internet. Indeed, the invention of the Web by Sir Tim Berners - Lee was instrumental in turning the internet from a geeky data-transfer system embraced by specialists and a small number of enthusiasts into a mass-adopted technology easily used by hundreds of millions around the world.

The Web’s birthday provides an occasion to take stock of the impact of the rapid growth of the internet since its invention and the attendant rise of mobile connectivity. Since 1995, the Pew Research Center has documented this explosive adoption of the internet and its wide-ranging impacts on everything from the way people get, share, and create news; the way they take care of their health; the way they perform their jobs; the way they learn; the nature of their political activity; their interactions with government; the style and scope of their communications with friends and family; and the way they organize in communities.

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February 24, 2014

Database Trial: Encyclopedia of Social Work Online

The library has a trial of Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Social Work Online until March 14, 2014. This online encyclopedia is the newest version of the Encyclopedia of Social Work and is entirely online. This encyclopedia is continuously updated as new information is added to the Encyclopedia of Social Work. This online subscription allows users to have the most up to date information in the field of social work without having to wait for the next edition to be printed.

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Please evaluate this resource for content, ease of use, and suitability to support student and faculty teaching and research needs. Please let me know if you have any difficulties accessing the trial.

Send your comments or questions to Kristina Edwards by March 31st . Thank you!

Daredictionary.com Launched!

From Boston--(Business Wire)

For the first time, DARE, the authoritative record of American speech, is available online, bringing a dynamic, user-friendly digital experience to its audience, a wide range of scholars, researchers, and aficionados of American regional nuance.

Built on Safari Books Online’s innovative publishing platform, daredictionary.com transforms the dictionary’s six print volumes and 50 years of unparalleled linguistic research into an interactive, multimedia tool while giving users access to audio and new content with the following key features:

* State-of-the-art search of DARE’s 60,000 entries

* Browsing by region and alphabetically

* Audio of 5,000 recordings gathered by fieldworkers

* Maps illustrating regional distribution of words

* Access to DARE’s 1,600-question survey administered between 1965 and 1970

* Bibliography of more than 12,000 sources cited, dating back to the 17th century

* The ability to save searches/entries and share content via e-mail or social media

Read more.

February 10, 2014

Database Trial: Symptom Media

The library has a trial of the Symptom Media Training Library for the month of February. This online behavioral health training film library includes 180 clinical training vignettes incorporating symptoms guided by the DSM-V categories such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, coping mechanisms, military case scenarios, and assessment tools.

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Please evaluate this resource for content, ease of use, and suitability to support student and faculty teaching and research needs. Please let me know if you have any difficulties accessing the trial.

Send your comments or questions to Kristina Edwards by March 21st . Thank you!

January 23, 2014

LexisNexis Academic Database Has a New Interface!

On December 23, 2013, LexisNexis Academic launced its new search interface. You can just type search terms into LexisNexis Academic’s simplified, single-search box for a complete set of results sorted by relevance and date. You’ll find everything you want with one-step search capability in the red box.

More enhancements include streamlined navigation for more intuitive, user-friendly research and improved advanced search options for more sophisticated queries. And, easier access to your favorite support services such as the Academic Knowledge Center, YouTube™ video tutorials, and A – Z Source List, are just a click away.

You are welcome to check it out at YouTube.

#1 New York Times bestselling novelist JODI PICOULT to speak

#1 New York Times bestselling novelist JODI PICOULT to speak Saturday, March 29, 2014

UMass Amherst Libraries Twelfth Annual Fundraising Reception and Dinner Amherst, Mass. – Acclaimed novelist Jodi Picoult, who recently donated her papers to UMass Amherst Special Collections, will be the guest speaker on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., at the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries twelfth annual Dinner with Friends, at the W.E. B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst.

The Dinner with Friends will also feature a champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception with live jazz, a silent auction, a gourmet meal, and a book signing of Picoult’s works. Proceeds from the event will support the Special Collections Archival Training Fund to provide students with opportunities to explore careers in history, archives, and allied fields.

Jodi Picoult, a passionate researcher, is known for taking on compelling social and ethical issues and weaving them into the works of fiction that have won her a devoted readership. From her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), to the provocative My Sister’s Keeper (2004), to her recent bestseller, The Storyteller (2013), Picoult has grappled with a range of thought-provoking topics: fractured families, eugenics, school violence, teen suicide, spousal abuse, the legal rights of minors, childhood cancer, gay rights, the death penalty, war crimes, vengeance, justice, faith, and the value of life. Her wide readership continues to grow, and her novels regularly debut at #1 on The New York Times bestseller lists. Picoult’s next novel, Leaving Time, will be published by Ballantine in fall 2014.

The recipient of numerous awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, Picoult graduated with high honors from Princeton, where she majored in English and Creative Writing, in 1987, and from Harvard, where she earned a master’s degree in education, in 1990. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Hanover, NH. For more on Jodi Picoult, visit http://www.jodipicoult.com/.

The Jodi Picoult Papers include research files, drafts, editorial notes, correspondence, publicity material, early stories, and student material. Picoult also donated a comprehensive collection of her publications, including the novels in American and foreign-language editions, her earliest published work, which appeared while she was still in college, as well as five Wonder Woman stories she wrote for the iconic DC Comics.
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The Dinner with Friends is the Libraries’ signature fundraising event. Tickets are $150 per person and $275 for two (of which $100 and $175, respectively, is tax-deductible). Complimentary passes for the parking garage are available by request. Handicapped accessible parking is available next to the Du Bois Library.

For more information, and to make reservations, contact Carol Connare at (413) 545-0995, email friends@library.umass.edu, or visit the Dinner with Friends web site http://www.library.umass.edu/dinner. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available starting at $250.

UMass Amherst Libraries are open to all residents of Massachusetts, offering a rich array of resources and services. For more information about the Libraries visit http://www.library.umass.edu.

For information about Special Collections and University Archives, visit http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/umarmot/. To learn more about the Jodi Picoult Papers, see http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/umarmot/picoult-jodi-1966/.

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