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September 28, 2006

Upcoming Barnes & Noble Book Signing Event

Mitch Albom Book Signing

When:  Saturday, September 30th, 12:00 Noon
Where:  One Worcester Road, Framingham

Mitch Albom introduced the world to the wisdom of his beloved former teacher in Tuesdays with Morrie -- a #1 bestseller that became nothing less than a phenomenon. His latest novel, For One More Day, is a poignant work that takes Albom's inspirational message to new heights.

In this heartwarming novel, a middle-aged man returns to his hometown and finds his mother - who died eight years earlier - living in their old house, giving them the opportunity to share family secrets and make amends.

Listen to exclusive video interview with Mich Albom.

BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL 2006 STARTING FROM THIS FRIDAY!

The BeanTown Jazz Festival features more than 15 performances on three stages, including national acts and homegrown powerhouses, a family entertainment area on Carter playground, a VIP jazz tent, and more than 50 vendors offering food, arts, and crafts. Prostate cancer awareness and research organizations will be on-site at Saturday's festival to create awareness for their programs and recruit volunteers. It's free also on Saturday only.

Times:

Friday, September 29
The Story of Impulse! Records - The McCoy Tyner Septet
8:15 pm at Berklee Performance Center

Saturday, September 30
BeanTown Jazz Festival
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
South End, Columbus Avenue Between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street
Free Admission (Donations Accepted)

Sunday, October 1
Gospel Jazz Brunch - with Kendrick Oliver's New Life Orchestra
11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Westin copley Place

Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster

Maxwell Library 2006 Massachusetts Election Resources Guide is Up!

Voter Registration Forms for Massachusetts are available at the Reference desk of the Library. The last day to register to vote in the Massachusetts General Election is October 18, 2006. For more information on the candidates and ballot questions, please check out the Maxwell Library 2006 Massachusetts Election Resources Guide.


September 27, 2006

Proquest Databases and Cambridge Journals Unavailable This Saturday Night and Sunday Morning!

If you are an eLibrary, The New York Times, and The Historic New York Times database user, please make a note to yourself that these databases will not be available on this Saturday night from 11 pm until 10 am Sunday morning. The database vendor, Proquest, has planned to migrate its database system to a new platform during that period.

Also, 6 journals published by the Cambridge University Press will not be available at the same time. They include The British Journal for the History of Science, Canadian journal of political science, International Labor and Working Class History, The Journal of Economic History, Journal of Latin American Studies, The Journal of Modern African Studies.



September 25, 2006

Music and Dance: The Royal Drummers of Burundi

The Royal Drummers of Burundi
with special guest MOMBASA PARTY

Saturday, September 30, 8:00 PM

Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy St
Cambridge, 02138
Visit http://www.worldmusic.org/ for more information.

One of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, the Royal Drummers of Burundi are a spectacle of music and dance. Full of energy, grace and pure athleticism, they hammer out compelling rhythms and complex syncopations while leaping, dancing and singing over their waist-high drums.

The Mombasa Party, one of the largest and most respected taarab groups in Kenya, celebrates the acoustic traditions of this joyous African music. Taarab echoes the sounds of Bollywood with its rich Arabic and Indian melodies. Its unique instrumentation combines African percussion with Indian harmonium, tabla and tashkota (a Japanese toy instrument akin to a small koto with a typewriter-like keyboard used to pluck the strings).

John Adams Unbound

John Adams Unbound marks the first public exhibition of the complete personal library of founding father and lifelong book collector, John Adams.

Designed by C&G Partners, New York, John Adams Unbound features more than 3,800 books from Adams’s personal library. Held by the Boston Public Library since 1894, the John Adams collection is of particular historical importance because hundreds of books retain a permanent record of John Adams’s interactions with his library. He read with a pen clasped firmly in hand, and scores of volumes contain Adams’s handwritten commentary in the margins. These private notes often represent a lively dialogue between Adams and the author, moments where he felt compelled during his reading to respond to the printed text with force, passion and his unique – and often testy – insights. His books also feature original family signatures, acquisition dates, purchase amounts, drawings, inscriptions, and a wide variety of family bookplates, as well as loose manuscripts, newspaper clippings and handwritten indices.

This landmark event is the culmination of a three-year project by the Boston Public Library to catalog, preserve, digitize and provide access to the extraordinary personal library of America’s second president and was made possible by federal grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the General Services Administration (GSA). An online John Adams Library will be made available to the public soon!

Exhibition Information:
September 22, 2006 - April 1, 2007
Admission free
Exhibition open during all library hours

Guided Tours beginning September 30th
Thursdays at 6 p.m. & Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Four High Quality Scientific Journals Added to Library's A to Z List

The Library has just added four high quality journals from Hindawi's open access collection to its A to Z Journal and Newspaper Title List. They are Abstract and Applied Analysis, Boundary Value Problems, the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, and Fixed Point Theory and Applications. Hindawi is journal publisher publishing more than 45 journals in Biology & Medicine, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, and Mathematics fields.

Abstract and Applied Analysis is a mathematical journal devoted exclusively to the publication of high-quality research papers in the fields of abstract and applied analysis. Emphasis is placed on important developments in classical analysis, linear and nonlinear functional analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, optimization theory, and control theory.

Boundary Value Problems includes research papers on boundary value problems for ordinary, functional, difference, elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic differential equations.

The EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications highlights on the continued growth and new challenges in wireless technology, for both application development and basic research.

Fixed Point Theory and Applications provides the conditions under which maps (single or multivalued) have solutions. The theory itself is a beautiful mixture of analysis, topology, and geometry. The theory of fixed points has been revealed as a very powerful and important tool in the study of nonlinear phenomena. In particular, fixed point techniques have been applied in such diverse fields as Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Game theory, and Physics.

September 21, 2006

Banned Book Week, September 23 - 30, 2006

Banned Books Week is sponsored annually by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and others to ensure that no one person or group dictates what others can read.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

September 20, 2006

45 Journal Titles from Sage Publications Are Accessible Online Now!

Over this summer, the Library has moved 45 journals published by Sage Publications from print version to online version. These titles are focused on criminal justice, economics, psychology, robotics, sociology, and sport. You can use our A to Z Journal and Newspaper Title List to locate these journals and read them online. Login is required from off-campus. Below is the alpabetical list of these journals:

ADMINISTRATION & SOCIETY
ADULT EDUCATION QUARTERLY
AFFILIA
AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL SCIENTIST
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE
ANNALS OF THE AMER ACADEMY OF POLITICAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE
ASSESSMENT
COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES
COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGIST
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR
CURRENT SOCIOLOGY
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT QUARTERLY
EDUCATIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT
EVALUATION REVIEW
GENDER & SOCIETY
HEALTH EDUCATION & BEHAVIOR -
HISPANIC JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROBOTICS RESEARCH
INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES
INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT
JOURNAL OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE
JOURNAL OF APPLIED GERONTOLOGY
JOURNAL OF BLACK STUDIES
JOURNAL OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION INQUIRY
JOURNAL OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION
JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY ETHNOGRAPHY
JOURNAL OF CROSS CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES
JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY
JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE
JOURNAL OF SPORT & SOCIAL ISSUES
JOURNAL OF URBAN HISTORY
LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION QTRLY
NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY
PERSONALITY & SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY BULLETIN
PHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL CRITICISM
PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
POLITICAL THEORY
POLITICS & SOCIETY
RESEARCH ON AGING
RESEARCH ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS & RESEARCH
URBAN EDUCATION

September 19, 2006

Massachusetts 2006 Election Resources

WHERE DO I VOTE?

The Massachusetts State Primary will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2006. Visit Massachusetts Election Division for more information. For Gubernatorial Debate information, visit this site.

New Service: MaxExpress

Too busy to come to the Library?
Not enough hours in the day?
We Deliver!

MaxExpress

Maxwell Library is testing a new service called MaxExpress. This free document delivery Service provides electronic delivery, via the web, of articles from the Library's own collection. MaxExpress is available at this time only to current full-time College faculty, administrators, and staff. The service will be reviewed and evaluated once the pilot project is completed.

Requests are placed through the same web-based service used for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests. If the article is not available in the Maxwell Library collection, it will automatically be routed as a request through ILL. Eligible users can track the status of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery requests through the ILL/DDS web-based system.

MaxExpress operates in full compliance with the United States copyright law. It is not a photocopying service and can only be used for delivery of single copies of items. Incomplete or incorrect citations will cause delays; please be sure that citations for requested materials are accurate. Library staff will scan articles from 1-49 pages. Longer articles may be obtained directly by users.

MaxExpress will not fill requests for articles that are available in full-text through one of our electronic databases. Request for items available in electronic format will be cancelled and requestors will be sent instructions on how to obtain the article online.

MaxExpress works in conjunction with ILL/DDS. If a user is blocked through the Interlibrary Loan system, they are also blocked from requesting MaxExpress articles.

To place requests, checking request status & view electronically received articles:
Log in to the ILL/DDS System.

Enjoy using this new service. Comments about this service can be sent to either Cynthia Svoboda or Mary Ellen West.

September 15, 2006

Celebrate Constitution Day!

September 17 is Constitution Day! To honor this historic document and the events surrounding its creation, a number of interesting and thought-provoking activities have been planned across campus. For a list of the lectures, workshops and other activities scheduled to celebrate Constitution Day, visit the Library's website. For a partial list of the books, videos and other resources on and about the U.S. Constitution, visit this page.

If you want to add more events to the site, contact Mike Somers.

September 14, 2006

October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month

Archaeology is everywhere in Massachusetts this month!

Local historical societies, libraries, museums, and archaeologists have planned a variety of exciting events for you and your family to enjoy. Meet Dana Cameron, author of the Emma fielding mysteries an the Boston Public Library or take a canoe trip along the Nemasket River. Take the kids to Historic Deerfield or the Stone House Museum in Belchertown for "Archaeology Day." You can visit the excavation of the 18-century Taylor's fort in Charlemont or take a more hands-on approach at a number of different venues in Cambridge, Carver, or Havehill to name a few. Teachers can also schedule special field trips for their classes. There are more for you to explore and discover archaeology in Massachusetts.

The detailed event calendar is available at the Massachusetts Historic Commission web site.

Encourage a Love of Reading

Target Presents The Boston Globe Children's Book Festival.

Come to the 4th annual Boston Globe Children's Book Festival presented by Target.

The fun begins Saturday, September 9 with a weeklong series of readings and activities at Boston Public Library branches. Then on Saturday, September 16, join us in Copley Square for a day filled with readings and signings by children's authors and illustrators, great entertainment, loads of giveaways, and more. Admission is FREE!

For more information and directions, please visit the program's web site.

September 8, 2006

Two Photo Exhibits

Recovered Views: African American Portraits, 1912-1925

Rare Images Date to 1912

Location:
Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery
Jackson Arts Center
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree St., Fall River

Time:
September 1 - October 5, 2006


Matt Weber: The Urban Prisoner

An Eye for Irony

Location:
Pierre Menard Gallery
10 Arrow St., Cambridge

Time:
August 28 - September 28, 2006

An introduction to these two exhibitions written by Cate McQuaid appears in September 7's Boston Globe. It is entitled Photo exhibition is quite a find. This article is available in library's Newsbank database.

September 6, 2006

At Home Astronomy: Hands-On Science Experiments for the Whole Family

At Home Astronomy provides a collection of illustrated instructions for science experiments related to astronomy. Topics include understanding shadows, verifying the size and location of the sun, building a model lunar settlement, demonstrating the principles of rocketry, and making an astrolabe and model of the solar system. Includes links to related sites. From the Center for Science Education, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley.

Calisphere: World of Primary Sources and More

Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations.

September 1, 2006

New Database: Criminology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

The Library has added a subscription to Criminology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection, including the full-text of 23 journals published by SAGE and participating societies, encompassing over 5,500 articles. It covers such subjects as Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Corrections, Penology, Policing, Forensic Psychology, and Family and Domestic Violence. Representative titles include Crime, Media, Culture; Homicide Studies; Police Quarterly; Prison Journal; and Violence Against Women.

New Database: BioOne

The Library has added a subscription to the BioOne database, including full text of biological, ecological and environmental sciences research journals with all illustrations and links from the original printed articles. Most of BioOne’s titles are published by small societies and non-commercial publishers, and, until now, have been available only in printed form. Additional publishers and journals will be added over time, and the database aggregation will ultimately encompass over 200 bioscience titles.

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