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September 30, 2011

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

From NFIL (National Forum on Information Literacy)

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month, per proclamation by President Obama.

In today’s digital world, people who are information literate know how to find, access, and critically evaluate information to improve their health, their environment, their education and workplace performance.

Having that skill set empowers them to interpret and make informed decisions about their lives, in essence, taking more responsibility for their own individual welfare and that of the nation.

Please help us spread the word about National Information Literacy Awareness Month by simply putting this badge on your website, blog post, newsletter, or email signature.

September 29, 2011

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012 Published!

This annual factbook contains more than 1,400 tables of social, political and economic facts about our nation and the world. Among the broad topics covered are marriage and divorce, health, education, law enforcement, national security, social insurance, business, science and technology, agriculture, natural resources, energy, information and communications, banking and international statistics. The source of the data is not limited to the Census Bureau -- statistics are also derived from other federal agencies and private sources. Data in this edition are generally for the most recent year or period available by spring 2011. Internet address: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

Highlights [PDF]

September 22, 2011

Annual Banned Books Week, September 24 - October 1, 2011

Banned Books Week is here again! It's the 30th annual celebration this year. Visit the Banned Books website prepared by Pamela Hayes-Bohanan, Head of Library Instruction Services, Maxwell Library!

You can also celebrate this event by joining the Banned Books Read Out online. Follow this link to read more about this program.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2020

September 2011
From NCES (National Center for Education Statistics

This edition of Projections of Education Statistics provides projections for key education statistics, including enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary public and private schools, as well as enrollment and degrees conferred at postsecondary degree-granting institutions. Included are national data on enrollment and graduates for the past 15 years and projections to the year 2020. Also included are state-level data on enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools and public high schools from 2002, with projections to 2020. This report is organized by the level of schooling with sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 covering aspects of elementary and secondary education and sections 5 and 6 covering aspects of postsecondary education.

Read more.

Full document

September 19, 2011

NESA Exhibition Opens at Bridgewater State University

One of the intriguing elements of sculpture is that an almost unlimited variety of materials — some found in nature, others man-made — can be transformed into monumental works of art.

The New England Sculptors Association (NESA) is sponsoring a major exhibition at Bridgewater State University’s Maxwell Library in Bridgewater, MA. The exhibition, which is free, opens on September 7 and runs through October 15. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:45 am – 11:45 pm, Friday, 7:45 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm – 11:45 pm.

Sculptors from all over New England are presenting 60 works in bronze, marble, wood, plaster, aluminum, clay, paper, alabaster, mixed media, and even straw and rope. But it is not just about the materials, it is what they have become — the statements that the artist are making and how we react to them.

“NESA is delighted that this exhibition is at Bridgewater State University,” said Greg Spitzer, president of NESA. “The location makes the exhibition very accessible to both students and the general public.

“There will also be a chance for visitors to meet some of the featured artists during our special event on Sunday, September 18, Talking 3-D: Conversations with Sculptors. Artists will be discussing their work during the presentation that will be held in the Heritage Room of the Library from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.”

Sculptors who will have works in the exhibition include Elizabeth Archer, Andrew Barlow, William Bloomfield, Dave Borrus, Kathleen Brennan, Fielding Brown, Steven Alden Carpenter, Ryan Collins, Richard Creighton, Elaine Daly, Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Jim Doubleday, Charles Hansen, Jen Hebert, Bob Hesse, Lynne Johnson, Robert Jones, Patricia Kelley-Borchert, Barrett Kern, Karen Klein, Andres Laverty, Eric Lintala, Madeleine Lord, Rob Lorenson, Maria Luongo, Fred Manasse, Joseph Montroy, William Moser, Joan Mullen, Patricia Musick, Judy O’Donnell, Walter Phillips, James Rappa, Derek Riley, Nick Santoro, Antoinette Schultze, George Shaw, Peter Spampinato, Greg Spitzer, Derrick Te Paske, and Melanie Zibit.

About the New England Sculptors Association:

Founded in 1948, NESA is one of the oldest sculptors organizations in the United States. It represents a diverse membership of nationally and regionally recognized sculptors. NESA sponsors juried shows throughout New England, has an active website with member gallery pages (www.nesculptors.com), and awards The Peter Abate Memorial Scholarship annually to a student in a sculpture program at one of several New England colleges.

September 8, 2011

EBSCO eBooks Now Downloadable to PCs and Mobile Devices

EBSCO has purchased the NetLibrary eBook collection and dropped the term NetLibrary, so the collection is now called eBook Collection. Links in the individual title records in Webster and the eBook Collection link on the library’s home page now go to the EBSCOHost interface. When you search any of the other EBSCO databases, you can add the eBook collection into a multi-database search. For those titles we have purchased access is still one user at a time for an individual title.

Many of the eBooks that we now have on the EBSCO platform can now be downloaded to your computer and transferred to mobile devices.

In order to download titles you need to have a "My EBSCO" account and download the Adobe Digital Editions reader and create an account.

A "My EBSCO" account can be set up in any EBSCO database. In addition to allowing eBook downloads, the account can also be used to store references and save searches across all EBSCO databases. Downloaded eBooks are available for up to seven days. Only one person may download a copy of an individual title at one time.

Adobe Digital Editions allows you to open the downloaded eBook, take notes, and maintain a record of the eBooks you have read. You can also sync the download to most dedicated ereaders such as the Nook and the Sony eReader. See the list of compatible devices. (The major exception is the Kindle.)

Compatible devices: http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices
System requirements to download: http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?topic=&id=5362&page=1
How to download an eBook: http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?topic=996&id=5361&page=1

Database Trial: Accounting Research Manager

The library has a trial subscription to Accounting Research Manager from CCH with full access to all of the content in the database for the month of September. To access the trial go to http://accountingresearchmanager.com, click on subscriber login under Accounting Research Manager and enter the user name bridgewater and the password brid2 in the login box.

Accounting Research Manager is a comprehensive database of accounting and auditing information. The Standards section provides access to the full text of current authoritative accounting standards and auditing standards. In the Interpretations and Examples section, you can find interpretations of standards, checklists and samples for particular common problems, and guides to accounting and auditing. This is a companion database to the CCH Tax Research Library for which we already have a subscription.

If we decide to subscribe we will have access to the ARM Private collection which will not include the SEC, Internal Controls and Government categories that are displayed in the trial .

Please review this resource for usefulness for your research, teaching purposes, and classroom assignments, ease of navigation, and overlap with other library resources in this area and send your comments to Kendra St. Aubin, kstaubin@bridgew.edu by Oct. 7. We need feedback from faculty and students on the usefulness of this resource for the programs in the Ricciardi College of Business, and especially for the new Master of Science in Accountancy program. Thank you for your responses.

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