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Students: Submit Your Work for the Library Research Awards!

March 5th, 2018 · No Comments

From working with students throughout the year, Brandeis librarians know that you work on great research papers and projects! To recognize students who apply exemplary library research skills, we’ll be awarding four Library Research Awards:

  • An award for research completed in a University Writing Seminar (UWS).
  • An award for a research paper or project completed by an undergraduate student outside of UWS.
  • An award for a research paper or project completed by a graduate student. Dissertations are not eligible for this award.
  • An award for research which makes use of materials in the Brandeis University Archives & Special Collections. This award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dissertations are not eligible for this award.

Each student winner will receive a $250 prize.

Research projects produced between May 7, 2017, and May 8, 2018, are eligible for this year’s awards.

Submissions are due May 8, 2018.

More information about submission guidelines: http://lts/research/library-research-award.html

Please email with any questions.

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Registration Open for Inspired by the Book: A Library Art Competition

February 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on Registration Open for Inspired by the Book: A Library Art Competition

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:

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Brandeis Institutional Repository Celebrates 10th Anniversary

January 26th, 2018 · Comments Off on Brandeis Institutional Repository Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year!

What exactly is the institutional repository? Well, it functions as an archive for collecting, storing and distributing research to the scholarly community of an institution. The BIR was established in 2008 as a resource for the Brandeis community to showcase, organize, share and preserve the research output and scholarship of the University.

The BIR is a historical record of the research done by our faculty, students and staff. More than this, the BIR contributes to the ever-growing world of scholarly communications and the research cycle by providing greater access to that output.

In other words, the BIR contributes to the scholarly communication landscape by providing access to scholarly material that is open and free to all. The objective of Open Access is to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and research freely across the internet.

The BIR works closely with the Brandeis University Press, the Classics Department, Archives and Special Collections, the Cohen Institute, the Women’s Studies Research Centerjust to name a few. The content found in the BIR is organized into communities to reflect the academic and administrative organization of the University. We have within the collection more than 100 faculty publications, 14 digital collections through Archives & Special Collections, 550 GSAS master’s theses and much more.

We collaborate with the Classics Department and the Classical Studies Artifact Research Collection (CLARC). We also provide training and teach students the importance of metadata in describing physical objects to make them discoverable to the scholarly community.

Archives & Special Collections continues to add new and unique collections to the BIR. One of the most popular collection in the BIR is the Honoré Daumier Digitized Lithographs Collection. There are approximately 5,000 digitized images in the collection. This is a distinctive resource for the study of Daumier’s art and 19th-century French history. Another interesting item is an early modern Venice Receipt Book, which provides a glimpse into the everyday life in the Jewish community of Venice.

Why submit your work to the BIR? It’s a great place to house your scholarship.

For faculty, it is the place to keep a digital copy of your publications in one place. For students who are working on theses or major projects on campus, the BIR helps preserve your academic achievements while at Brandeis. And for staff, it is the place to house your conference papers and any key achievements in your field.

Brandeis research and education showcased in one location!

As we continue to grow and develop our BIR, we encourage Brandeis University faculty, staff, and sponsored research affiliates to consider placing their research in the Institutional Repository. For more information, or if you think you have something to deposit, please visit:

10 Facts from 10 Years of the Brandeis Institutional Repository

  1. The Honoré Daumier Digitized Lithographs Collection was one of the major collections uploaded to the BIR.
  2. Our most viewed item is Daumier’s Gargantua, with 10,839 views over the course of 10 years.
  3. The BIR is the only resource that houses the Lenny Bruce audio recordings, which are personal recordings from the family.
  4. The Venice Receipt Book was featured in the Judaica Europeana newsletter.
  5. Brandeis University Press, a member press of the University Press of New England (UPNE), has been a leading contributor to the BIR. Over the course of 10 years, we have added 57 ebooks from BUP to the BIR.
  6. CLARC was one of the first collaborations back in 2008, starting with 300 objects and 1,000 images. There are now 631 objects in the BIR.
  7. GSAS was the first to start depositing master’s theses digitally into the BIR. It has now become standard practice.
  8. Not only does the BIR contain scholarly papers, it has musical compositions, audio recordings, images of 3-D molecules and much more.
  9. If you ever wanted to see Brandeis before it became Brandeis, the BIR houses a digitized copy of the Middlesex University Collection, which includes a series of photographs.
  10. Do ever wonder what life was like for Irish immigrants in Boston from 19th century fighting in the American Civil War? Well, you can read Michael Lally’s letters in the BIR. Michael Lally was a young Irish immigrant from Roxbury, Mass., who served the Union during the Civil War. There are a total of 57 letters.

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Faculty Grants for Affordable and Open Educational Resources

January 22nd, 2018 · 1 Comment

After the success of the first year of Faculty Grants for Affordable and Open Educational Resources, Brandeis Library and the Center for Teaching & Learning are sponsoring a second year of grants for faculty who are interested in addressing the high costs of textbooks and other academic resources. We encourage interested faculty to apply! Applications are due February 18, 2018. Grant funding will be awarded in amounts from $500-$1,000.

The first year of grant recipients included faculty members from a wide range of academic programs:

  • Colleen Hitchcock, Biology
    Course: Ecology
  • David Engerman, History
    Course: U.S. Responses to Global Inequality: Recent Histories
  • Patricia Steiner, Rabb
    Course: Organization Leadership and Decision Making
  • Sean Milligan, Rabb
    Course: Challenges in Project Management
  • Xiadong Liu, Psychology
    Course: Advanced Psychological Statistics

More information about the grant program

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New Solar Panels on Library Double Solar Power Generated at Brandeis University

January 16th, 2018 · Comments Off on New Solar Panels on Library Double Solar Power Generated at Brandeis University

The newly installed solar array on the roof of the Brandeis Library has doubled the amount of solar power generated on campus!

Brandeis is pleased to take advantage of state and federal programs to increase the use of solar, which lowers the University’s costs and carbon footprint while increasing the amount of energy that comes from renewable sources.

Brandeis entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with the solar company Dynamic Energy Solutions, whereby the University purchases the electricity, and the solar company owns and maintains the panels. This gives Brandeis a lower, predictable fixed price for electricity, which is highly valuable for the overall University utilities budget.

The Library was selected for the project because its roof is large and brand new. Dynamic Energy Solutions chose the type of solar panels and designed the array, which comprises 665 320-watt solar panels.

The power generated from the solar array is equivalent to about 25 percent of the Library’s electricity usage. The library is the ninth most energy consuming building on campus.

About half of all the energy used at Brandeis comes from electricity, with the other half from natural gas and a small amount from oil.

The campus currently generates 270,000 kilowatt hours of solar electricity per year from the solar installation on Gosman Sports and Convocation Center, which was installed in 2008. The new 213 kW system on the Library will also produce approximately 270,000 kwh of electricity per year.

See how much energy the solar panels on the Library are producing at AlsoEnergy.

Brandeis also is piloting the use of renewable fuel oil in our central heating plant this winter. The fuel, made from waste vegetable oil collected from area restaurants, is expected to replace up to 10 percent of natural gas use this winter.

Another foray into solar on campus is the study table on the Library’s plaza, which supplies electricity entirely from the sun. It was proposed and entirely driven by students in the course Greening the Ivory Tower: Improving Sustainability of Brandeis and Community (AMST 191b), taught by Professor Laura Goldin, last fall. It is one of the student-funded projects provided through the Brandeis Sustainability Fund.

Other sustainability improvements at the Library include the installation of bottle-filling fountains, made possible with the support of Student Union’s CEEF (Community Emergency and Enhancement Fund).

Learn more about sustainability projects and make suggestions for changes you’d like to see at the Library—or elsewhere on campus—at Brandeis University’s Sustainability Program.

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