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Faculty Course Refresh & Spa Day on Thursday, Aug. 23

August 20th, 2018 · No Comments

The Brandeis Library and Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are hosting a Course Refresh & Spa Day for faculty on Thursday, Aug. 23! Sign up for group and individual sessions with librarians & consultants to get ready for the semester: bit.ly/CourseSpa

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We’re Migrating to a New Website!

August 1st, 2018 · No Comments

The Brandeis Library is in the process of migrating to a new website, so you may see changes over the next month. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please email us at borrowing@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-5626.

The Information Technology Services website is now located at www.brandeis.edu/its .

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New York Times Digital Edition Access Now Active

May 29th, 2018 · 4 Comments

Brandeis University faculty, students and staff can now access the New York Times Digital Edition through our academic site license provided by the Brandeis Library!

More information and instructions for registering for an academic pass are available in our Research Guides.

Users can register for an account at the New York Times website:

  1. Go to this page and click the “Create Account” button.
  2. Enter your Brandeis University email address. Confirm that you are current student, faculty or staff.
  3. Click the “Sign Up” button.

Already have an account? Go to the New York Times Digital Edition to login.

If you have questions about our subscription to New York Times Digital Edition, please contact e-resources@brandeis.edu.

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Alumnus Returns to Campus as University Archives & Special Collections Volunteer

May 9th, 2018 · Comments Off on Alumnus Returns to Campus as University Archives & Special Collections Volunteer

One alumnus is giving back to Brandeis through his volunteer work with University Archives & Special Collections.

Bruce Rosen earned his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies in 1970 and his Ph.D., also in NEJS, in 1977. Now retired from software engineering after more than 30 years, he’s back on campus to help the Archives in their efforts to make more materials available for research.

Cataloging Materials

Rosen came to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections last summer as a volunteer with the goal of making more materials available online and searchable. Over the past several months, he has gone through piles of boxes to catalogue materials so they appear in the Finding Aids Database.

“I spent a lot of years here in the Library as a grad student, so it’s really a kind of homecoming,” he said. “It’s fun for me, and it’s a good feeling that I’m doing something useful.”

Some of the collections that are now catalogued and accessible in the Finding Aids Database:

  • Boxes of campus directories, student handbooks, and copies of the Brandeis Review
  • Materials from when Evelyn E. Handler was the president of Brandeis University from 1983 to 1991
  • Materials on Shula Reinharz, the Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology and founder of the Women’s Studies Research Center
  • Materials on Rabbi Marvin Fox, who was a scholar of Jewish thought and former director of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University

Writing Software

Rosen also has written software to make old finding aids more accessible through the tool ArchivesSpace, saving the Library years of manual work.

The University Archive includes several large collections of materials from faculty members and the Board of Trustees that were acquired and cataloged prior to the introduction of archive cataloging and searching software. The contents of these collections were accessible only via a number of manually input web pages, so while they were searchable individually, they were not searchable across all collections.

A long-standing goal was to import the contents of these web pages into ArchivesSpace, but this would have taken years of manual effort; one collection alone, the Nahum Glatzer papers, contained more than 1,700 folders of material in 92 boxes.

Rosen was able to use his software skills to write a series of programs that used parsing technology to extract the data from the web pages and then wrote the data out to Excel spreadsheets. These Excel files were then imported directly into ArchivesSpace. Years of data entry were compressed into several days of programming effort and these older collections are now all accessible through the ArchivesSpace’s search tool.

Here is an example of the Board of Trustees: George Alpert collection, before and after.

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Missing Book Returns to Brandeis Library After More Than 40 Years

May 2nd, 2018 · Comments Off on Missing Book Returns to Brandeis Library After More Than 40 Years

Sometimes, missing things find their way home.

Bruce Davidson’s East 100th Street disappeared from the Brandeis Library in 1973. It would not return for several decades. Presumed gone forever, the book was eventually replaced with another copy, and students and faculty continued to have access to the photographer’s striking black-and-white photography of a poverty-stricken block in East Harlem.

Then one day in 2015, the book arrived back at the Library with a note from the former student who had held onto it for 42 years.

“I am returning to you a book that I have had since 1973. While I have come across the book amongst my things many times, I have thought about it differently at different points in my life. As it lay carelessly strewn on a coffee table throughout the 70s, I’m pretty sure any inclination to return it was met with a misguided need to be an outlaw…to give expression to a rebellious impulse buried deep in my otherwise overly obedient, somewhat depressed, young self. In later years, coming across it would bring up feelings of guilt, followed by the decision to return it, followed by distraction and inaction. Now coming across the book, I feel shame and sadness. I see that it was given to the library as a gift in memory of a friend. I see that the images are powerful and could have influenced the perspective of the next person to pick it up off the library shelf. I see that books are precious, especially in the age of e-books and i-everything, and I did not keep this one in the best condition. I see that I had no business keeping it at all.

“I am returning this book with apologies to the folks who gave it to the library, to the man in whose name it was given, to the people whose images are in the pages, to the students who didn’t get to see it while it was missing, and to the University.”

East 100th Street is available in the Main Library Stacks.

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