Monthly Archives: April 2009

National Library Week: Three Cups of Tea PowerPoint Presentation

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YouTube Contest to Celebrate Libraries

Create a one minute video that explains how libraries bring power to users.

Upload your  “Power to the user” commercial on the Librareo group on Youtube.

The Grand Prize winner will split $5,000 with the library of their choice.

For details, visit:

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Free Gale Databases April 12 – May 15

To celebrate National Library Week, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will provide free access to the following databases:

  •  Global Issues in Context
  • Small Business Resource Center
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • Business & Company Resource Center
  • Gale Directory Library
  • Testing & Education Reference Center
  • DemographicsNow Library Edition
  • Gale LeglaForms
  • PriceIT! Antiques & Collectibles

Access to the free databases are on the Library Guide to Economics and Business Administration Research.

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April Lunchable:Business Research

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National Library Week: April 13-17

The Whittemore Library will be celebrating National Library Week the week of April 13-17. This year’s theme is “Worlds Connect @ Your Library”. We have a number of activities and events planned for the campus community.


READ posters: Similar to the American Library Association’s celebrity “READ” posters, the Library staff will display photographs of faculty, staff, and students holding their favorite book.


Faculty Book/Art display: The library will display books written by the faculty and artwork. If you would like to donate some of your publications or artwork for display, please drop contact Colleen Previte, the college’s archivist.


Display of books and DVDs: The library will display series of books that highlight classics works, such as Great books of the Western World, The Harvard Classics, and the Nobel Prize Library, and of taped lectures from The Teaching Company.


Book Discussion: Professor Lisa Eck will lead a book discussion on Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. If you would like to read the book and are unable to join us for the book discussion, the library has extra copies of the book at the circulation desk. Tuesday, April 14 at 1:00pm, Archives Room


Musical Celebration: The Appalachian Travelers will perform music played by the immigrants and their descendants who settled the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1600’s. During the 1920’s and 1030’s, this music came to prominence through the recordings of the Carter Family, the Monroe Brothers, and the Skillet Lickers. Thursday, April 16 at 1:30pm, Library entrance


Story time and Crafts: The Curriculum Library will be hosting the children from the Child Development Laboratory for a story and craft program based on the theme of National Library Week. Friday, April 17, Curriculum Library

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Introducing the Business Lounge

The library was awarded $5,000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services* to better support the research needs of the undergraduate Economics and Business Administration majors and the MBA program.
We reorganized the print business reference collection, purchased new materials and rearranged some furniture. Here is a summary and some before and after pictures:

Business Reference Collection: The majority of older, out of date titles have been discarded. We have moved some books (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries) out of the Reference Room and into the new Business Lounge. Here are some of the print and online resources that were purchased with the grant: Plunkett’s Food Industry Almanac; Plunkett’s Renewable, Alternative and Hydro Energy Industry Almanac; Plunkett’s Retail Industry Almanac; The American Marketplace: Demographics & Spending; Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance; Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks: Business Plans Handbook; Encyclopedia of Business and Finance, Encyclopedia of American Industries, and Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. The library also received a generous donation that was used to purchase the online version of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

The Business Lounge: Located in the index area, the Business Lounge was created for faculty, students and staff to enjoy a quiet area and to have access to business resources.

Resources from the Business Lounge include:
• 4 computers
• Color printer/scanner
• Small business reference collection (list is online at:
• Newspapers like Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barrons
• Magazines and journals like Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Consumer Reports
• Books on careers and print guides from the Career Counseling Center
• Small white board for group work

Economics and Business Administration Libguide: The library offers many online resources as well. We have created a new online subject guide for Economics and Business Administration: The guide highlights business databases (like Business Source Premier and Mergent), books, e-books, and business websites.

Business Research Instruction Sessions: The library can tailor library instruction classes to your assignments. In addition, the library will hold regular sessions on business research.

Many thanks to all of my colleagues in the library who helped with the area, especially Bonnie, Marge, Allyson, Debbie, Rick and my very special intern Laura.

Before and after pictures of the Business Lounge are found here:

*Bought with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

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EBSCO Tools for the Power Researcher

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