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Students, Submit Your Artwork by April 19 for Inspired by the Book: A Library Art Competition

April 17th, 2018 · No Comments

Attention all students! Are you artistic? Do you like books? Submit your art to “Inspired by the Book: A Library Art Competition” (part of the Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts).

Where: Brandeis Library (main floor)

When: Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Why participate? Show your wonderful artwork to the world! Win fabulous prizes! Eat delicious cookies! Enjoy the artwork of your fellow students! Show your love of books!

Rules: Art must be INSPIRED BY THE BOOK (this could mean a specific book or books in general). All artistic mediums and forms are accepted.

Submissions must be dropped off between 9 – 9:45 a.m.

Register here: http://bit.ly/LibraryArtShow

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Association of Jewish Libraries to Present Jim Rosenbloom with the Fanny Goldstein Merit

April 9th, 2018 · 2 Comments

Brandeis University’s Judaica Librarian James P. Rosenbloom will receive the 2018 Fanny Goldstein Merit award from the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The Fanny Goldstein Merit award, named for the Boston Public Library librarian, social activist, and founder of National Jewish Book Month, is bestowed in recognition of a lifetime of loyal and ongoing contributions to the AJL and to the profession of Jewish librarianship. Rosenbloom will receive the award at a ceremony on June 20.

The award committee voted unanimously to give the award to Rosenbloom, who has played a central role within the AJL leadership for many years. He has served as co-program chair of the AJL conference in Cambridge (2006); vice president of the Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections (RAS) Division and Chairperson of the RAS Awards Committee (2006-2008); RAS president (2008-2010); president of AJL (2010-2012); and vice president for Development (2014-2015).

Rosenbloom called his two years as president of AJL the high point of his career. During his term, he successfully increased the income of the organization while simultaneously decreasing expenses—saving almost $30,000 a year. He also promoted and led efforts to switch the scholarly journal Judaica Librarianship from print to electronic, making it accessible to the whole world and expanding the readership.

His contributions to Judaica Librarianship include serving on the editorial board. In addition to his regular presence at AJL conferences, Rosenbloom has regularly attended the conferences of the Association for Jewish Studies, and international conferences at the National Library of Israel. He currently serves as both the national conference chair (2015-2018) and the local conference chairperson for the 2018 conference in Boston.

His work in conferences has been instrumental to their success, from selecting conference sites, hotels and caterers, to negotiating contracts. Rosenbloom’s dedication and vision have greatly helped AJL to achieve its goals and avoid errors and missteps.

Rosenbloom, who has worked at the Brandeis Library since 1976, has brought a keen eye for detail and a sense of judiciousness to all of these highly demanding positions. He is adept at balancing what is practically achievable with AJL’s ambitious educational mission.

His erudition has benefited countless students and scholars in the field on campus and beyond.

“Jim is an invaluable colleague,” said Matthew Sheehy, Brandeis National Committee University Librarian. “He is a tireless advocate for the Library, and all the faculty I meet in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies speak highly of him and his work. Jim deserves this recognition, and along with the Association of Jewish Libraries, I applaud his many contributions to the profession.”

Congratulations, Jim!

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Check Out Our New Non-English Recreational Reading!

April 9th, 2018 · No Comments

The Brandeis Library is building a non-English recreational reading collection!

Available across from the Information & Borrowing Desk in the Goldfarb Library, the collection features about 50 titles in Hindi and Chinese.

The Library is continuously working to be a place where the entire Brandeis community can feel welcome. When international students walk through the doors, they will now have more opportunities to see material in their native language.

In addition to the recreational reading collection, the Brandeis Library offers scholarly resources in multiple languages.

  • We have more than 15 databases that are either primarily or entirely in a language other than English. The most highly represented languages include French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Russian and Yiddish.
  • We provide more than 250 newspapers across formats—print, online and some microfilm—that are in languages other than English. The most highly represented languages include French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Our students have access to more than 800 documentary and academic films that are in a language other than English.

You can help us grow the recreational reading collection! If you would like to suggest a title or a non-English language we should include, please email libacq@brandeis.edu .

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Faculty’s Research Goes Viral with Support from Brandeis Library’s Open Access Fund

March 19th, 2018 · No Comments

Brandeis University politics professor Jytte Klausen has been named one of Taylor & Francis Group’s 100 Women in Science.

Her article, “Tweeting the Jihad: Social Media Networks of Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq,” is featured as the fifth-most-downloaded research article from the last five years with a female lead author in STEM and the social sciences—with more than 35,500 downloads and more than 37,000 views.

Klausen attributes her research’s viral success to the Brandeis Library’s support of open access, the idea that all research should be freely available and accessible online once published.

Communicating results is an essential part of the research process. However, cost or use restriction can prevent can prevent the full community of potential users from accessing the information.

The Brandeis Library promotes open access through several initiatives, including the Brandeis Open Access Fund, which supports scholarly publishing for faculty, staff and students in established scholarly journals that are not supported through subscriptions.

“By removing price and permission barriers, open access makes scholarship more accessible and propagates research in an egalitarian way,” says Matthew Sheehy, Brandeis National Committee University Librarian. “The Library is proud to support our community with the Open Access Fund to help with article processing charges (APC) whenever possible.”

Thanks to support from the fund, the fee of nearly $3,000 that peer review journals required to release Klausen’s research without a paywall was covered.

At Brandeis, Klausen is the Lawrence A. Wien professor of International Cooperation.

Now available to a larger audience, the article has gained more than 220 citations, according to Google Scholar. It also was recently translated and posted to an Arabic website for scholarly publications, where editors shared that it had more than 2,000 hits within a few days.

To apply for funding, submit a request to the open access form at http://bit.ly/BrandeisOpenAccess .

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Study Spaces and Services Available During March 21 Emergency Preparedness Drill

March 9th, 2018 · No Comments

The Brandeis Library will be closed during the emergency preparedness drill from 6 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 21. During that time, alternative study spaces and computer and printing services will be available.

The Library will re-open at noon.

Where to Study

The International Lounge and Levin Ballroom in Usdan will be open from 8 a.m. to noon as alternative study spaces. The Shapiro Campus Center computer lab will be open from 8 a.m. to noon, and printers will be available.

Available Services

Information & Borrowing: The Information & Borrowing Desk will open at noon with the library. Email service will be available by emailing borrowing@brandeis.edu from 8 a.m. to noon.

Research Help: Research Help Chat and email will be available from 9 a.m. to noon. Email researchhelp@brandeis.edu for assistance.

Archives and Special Collections: The Archives and Special Collections reading room will open at noon.

Writing Center: The Writing Center will open at noon.

Getz Media Lab: The Getz Media Lab will open at noon.

MakerLab: The MakerLab will open at noon.

Technology Help

Technology Help Desk services will be modified in the following ways during the drill:
– The walk-in center located in the Goldfarb library will be closed during the drill and will re-open at noon when the library re-opens.
– The Technology Help Desk phone number (781-736-4357) and email support address help@brandeis.edu will be open regular hours. We ask for your patience as response times may be longer than usual during the drill as it is impracticable to relocate the full support team.

Media Technology Services: Media Technology Services will provide phone (781-736-4632) and email (mts@brandeis.edu) services from 9am-12pm. Classroom technology support will be available starting at 9am.

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