LTS Introduces New Chat Service!

By Aimee Slater & Lisa Zeidenberg

Need Research Help but can’t leave your room because pizza is on its way? Are you off-campus and having trouble searching for journal articles? Help is just a click away! LTS is pleased to announce our new Research Help chat service:

Whether you are using OneSearch,


Combing through Brandeis Scholar,


Or checking out the latest assignment posted on your LATTE page


Just look for the bubble that says “Chat with a Librarian Now!” and click to start a conversation. You can also start chatting from the Research Help homepage. Or if you are searching in certain databases, an orange bubble will appear in the right column. The service is currently available from 9am–5pm, Mon–Fri.

Still need help and chat is offline? You can reach a librarian:

Upcoming Student Brown-Bag Roundtable Discussions

Librarianship as a Career Path: Not Just by the “Books” Anymore
LTS Brown-Bag Lunch Roundtable Discussion

Please join John Unsworth, Vice Provost, University Librarian, and Chief Information Officer, and additional LTS staff members to learn more about Library and Information Sciences master’s programs and related professional degrees for Library and Information Management.
April 21, 2015, 12:30pm-1:30pm at the Geller Conference Room in the Hassenfeld Conference Center.

Please RSVP via Google form
If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Hage x64711 or


What Library and Technology Services Do You Need to be Successful? #GraduateStudents
LTS Brown-Bag Lunch Roundtable Discussion

Please join John Unsworth, Vice Provost, University Librarian, and Chief Information Officer, and additional LTS staff members to provide feedback on the specific LTS needs of graduate students at Brandeis and to learn more about available services.
April 23, 2015, 12pm-1pm at the Geller Conference Room in the Hassenfeld Conference Center.

Please RSVP via Google form
If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Hage x64711 or

Fun and Games and … Citations?

Oh no. It’s paper season. Students come to us this time of year with questions galore on citations, references, and bibliographies. We all know citations are an important piece of the writing process, but most people find writing bibliographies to be a chore.

We subject librarians want to have some much-needed fun with citations! We’re holding our first ever #CiteThisBrandeis contest this week. We’ll challenge students to cite all kinds of things. Think maps of UFO sightings, Inuit video games, statues of famous people. Yep, you can cite them all!

Keep an eye on our library social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. We’ll announce the day’s item-to-cite at 8 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, on all platforms. You’ll have until 5 p.m. to send us a citation in APA, Chicago, or MLA styles.

The first student to send us the correct citation for the day’s item wins a finals de-stress fun pack, plus bragging rights. You can submit your entries by tagging us on social media (see our account names below) or by emailing us at We look forward to your entries!

Twitter: @brandeislib
Instagram/Tumblr: @brandeislibrary

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, library print book
Style Guide to Electronic Resources, library e-book

Chicago Manual of Style, library e-book

MLA Handbook for Writing Research Papers, library print book

Brandeis 2nd Annual Edible Book Festival

For the second year in a row, Brandeis will be participating in the International Edible Book Festival, where we devour books a bit more literally than we usually do – and you can too!  The festival, in honor of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, encourages us to eat our words by creating edible masterpieces inspired by literature.  The primary requirement is that entries must be “bookish.”  One might recreate a book’s cover art, depict a scene from the text, make something shaped like a book itself, or – most often – make a visual pun on a book title.  The other requirement is that they must be edible!

Submit an entry through this form to participate or come by the library’s CD alcove at noon on April 1st to admire the entries and vote for Best In Show.  The winner of the popular vote will be announced and prizes awarded at 1:30pm, along with the winners of three judged categories:

  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Visual Presentation
  • Most Creative Use of Ingredients

 Schedule for the day:

Participants drop off entries: 9am – noon (Goldfarb Consultation room, next door to the Writing Center)
Open to the Public: noon (CD alcove, opposite of the Writing Center)
Viewing, photos, and voting: noon – 1:30pm
Awards: 1:30pm – 2pm
Eating: 2pm – 5pm!

For some inspiration, here are our winners from last year, or check out the flickr album of all of the entries!

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      Photo Credit Ian Roy


Access changes to Legacy LATTE

We’ve had a few questions and seen some confusion recently about what the recent change to Legacy LATTE access means, and wanted to clear this up.  As some of you might know, Brandeis has two flavors of LATTE: The one that is in use for our current classes, “New LATTE”, and the one that was in use for classes prior to 2014, Legacy LATTE.

In February, LTS modified Legacy LATTE so that it was only available to users connecting from on-campus, or via Wormhole. This was in response to a potential security exploit. One result of this is that people unable to access either the campus network or Wormhole are no longer able to access Legacy LATTE. Legacy LATTE no longer contains current courses but remains in service to aid faculty who need to move content from past courses into New LATTE.

We have not made any changes affecting access to New LATTE. Current students and faculty remain able to log into New LATTE from anywhere on the internet.  As always, Brandeis faculty have control over access to their LATTE sites and course material, even during the semester in which the courses are taught.  Faculty may choose to hide their courses or remove course materials as they please. Therefore, students and alumni who would like access to past course materials should contact their instructors.

We apologize if the additional security applied to Legacy LATTE has created any confusion. These changes were made purely to avoid allowing a legacy system containing student information to be compromised by malicious attacks.  As always, our goal is to ensure that faculty and students have as secure access to course materials, past and present.

Some alumni have also asked about library resources. Library information that Brandeis owns in physical form iis available to alumni who come in to the library to borrow it.  Click here for the current borrowing policy for books, and note that resources like the Brandeis Institutional Repository also provide open-access materials available to all, including (at present) 35 recent monographs from the Brandeis University Press.  However, much of what library users now seek are online databases, and those are licensed through vendors, on terms that contractually limit how we can share these resources.  Currently only enrolled students, appointed faculty, and employed staff of Brandeis University have access to many of the online databases and full-text resources.

LTS remain committed to Brandeis alumni and has licensed online materials–for example, JSTOR and Project MUSE–specifically for use by alumni.  We provide these resources through BConnect, the Brandeis alumni portal.   JSTOR offers nearly 2,000 journals and 15,000 e-books, plus 2 million primary source objects, in an expanding range of disciplines.  Project MUSE offers hundreds of humanities and social science journals in electronic form.  Over time, the Brandeis University Library plans to add additional electronic resources licensed for alumni use through B Connect.

You can learn more about B Connect at:

If you’re already registered, you can log in at:

And if you have not registered with B Connect, you can do that at:

Once logged in, look for “Library Resources” in the left-hand navigation panel: the landing page will offer you links for JSTOR and Project MUSE.  Questions about B Connect should be directed to the Alumni Office at 800-333-1948.

For any other questions about access to LATTE or to library resources, please contact us at

March brings exciting new workshops!

We’re all hoping March will bring us warmer temperatures. Luckily, it will definitely bring an interesting suite of grad student workshops! Be on the lookout for the following sessions:

Data Visualization & Methods with Deb Sarlin

Joseph Priestley’s 1796 visualization, “A New Chart of History” might be the first timeline ever created. Priestley, who almost killed himself discovering oxygen, may have been the first person to create and publish a chart of pleasingly colored horizontal points to represent clustered events and the passage of time. You, however, don’t need to stress as you design your own pathway into new digital landscapes. Come join academic technologist Deb Sarlin for an hour and learn how to build a beautiful timeline. We’ll also review a number of different tools you can use to display information important to your own discoveries.

  • Timelines
    Thursday, March 5, 12 noon
  • Mapping
    Thursday, March 12, 12 noon

Research Data Management for Scientists with Melanie Radik

Doing research is hard enough–keeping track of your data on top of everything else can add unnecessary frustration. Never fear! Our Research Data Management Series is here! These workshops include tips and tricks to make your life easier and your research more productive. We’ll begin with the early stages before a research project even starts. Learn how to organize your files so that you can quickly find them later. We’ll cover some options for storing and backing up your data securely, so that even the IRB approves. You may have heard about repositories where you can share finished data–you might have used one yourself to download someone else’s dataset. But is your data the type that goes into a repository?  How does that work?  Do you need to do that to comply with your grant’s requirements to share your data?  Librarian Melanie Radik will cover all these questions and more in our series!

  • Organizing Your Working Data: Find it Faster
    Friday, March 6, 1:45 pm
  • Keeping Context: Make Your Data Make Sense (And Remember Why You Did it That Way)
    Friday, March 13, 1:45 pm
  • Data Storage, Backup, and Security: Keep it Hidden, Keep it Safe
    Friday, March 20, 1:45 pm
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations: There’s Probably a Law About That
    Friday, March 27, 1:45 pm

Government Information with Aimee Slater

The U.S. Government can feel as bulky and vast as Mt. Everest–it has more than 30 departments and hundreds of agencies, bureaus, and commissions. They all produce a lot (and we mean A LOT) of information: reports to recommendations, rules to regulations, legislation to legal bulletins, science news to statistics. But don’t freak out! Librarian Aimee Slater is your sherpa and can guide you up this mountain of information. Her workshop covers tools and tips that equip you with a pick axe and a rope to make scaling this summit more like a walk in the park. We’ll talk about some of the different kinds of government information available and the best ways to find it. We also have a second workshop that focuses on how to cite government documents in APA style.

  • Using Government Information
    Tuesday, March 10, 12:15 pm & Tuesday, March 24, 5;15 pm
  • Citing NGO Publications & Government Information (with Gina Bastone)
    Tuesday, March 12, 12:15 pm

We have other great workshops also coming this month. See our sign-up form for the full schedule and to reserve your spot!

Luke Hollis talk on Segetes – Noon Today in Farber 2

Make close reading online a pleasant experience — check out Luke Hollis’s, a platform and a sample implementation. Luke will be at Brandeis today, February 23, at 12pm in Farber 2 giving a talk about this exciting platform. Bring your lunch, snacks and drinks provided.  This talk is part of the Digital Classicist New England 2015 series.

Reading on a screen should be as simple and beautiful of experience as reading a book. Similarly, interacting with metadata should be as intuitive as interacting with the text itself, no matter what device a user accesses it with. Segetes is a simple, developer-friendly framework for creating and curating networked texts in web applications that can share seamlessly between each other and have the potential to create decentralized networks. The first application built with the Segetes framework is the poetry of Vergil and is available at

Creating online lectures

If you’re a faculty member seeking to make up class days cancelled by winter weather, online lectures can be part of the solution!  LTS staff can help you develop high-quality, effective, pedagogically sound online lectures that fit within the structure of your course.  Eli Jacobson consults with faculty about lecture recording technologies and Deb Sarlin consults on best practices for effectively using different kinds of online lectures in your course.

Below are three options for recording online lectures. Whichever one you choose, LTS staff are glad to consult and help.  Please contact us!

  1. Record lectures using your computer.  LTS can provide faculty members with software, documentation, and support for recording lectures using your computer’s built-in webcam and microphone.  Recorded lectures can be automatically uploaded to the Brandeis streaming media server and easily posted in LATTE.
  1. Record lectures in our studio.  You can reserve a block of time in the Media Technology Services studio (on Goldfarb Library Level 3) to record your lecture.  LTS will provide equipment and support will be on hand.  Available times include the following.  If our established lecture recording times don’t work for your schedule, we’re happy to reserve a different time for you when the studio isn’t in use.
  • Tuesdays, 9 am – 10 am
  • Thursdays, 2 pm – 3 pm
  • Fridays, 9 am – 10 am 
  1. Record lectures in your classroom.  If you already teach in a classroom that contains lecture recording equipment, it’s possible to record your lecture in that room if your schedule is flexible.  Most classrooms are heavily used, but there are sometimes free blocks of time that can be reserved for lecture recording.  Note: For logistical reasons, LTS recommends that you record your lecture either with your computer or in our studio.

Here are some additional thoughts to guide you as you explore these new possibilities.

  • Clearly define what you are covering. Discretely limiting your topic makes for better video projects.
  • Review your resources.  The images and the materials you select to share will aid in determining the direction of your revision of your classroom lecture for video capture.
  • Segment to hold attention.  In the classroom, you can frame and then reframe as you gage the attention in the room.  Consider restructuring your classroom lecture as videos in shorter, well structured sections.
  • Offer prompts.  Guide students to respond to questions you pose OR ask students to develop their own questions after viewing the content. They can either submit those replies to you privately as an assignment or post to a forum discussion in LATTE.

Working remotely

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LTS can help.

If you’re not able to come to campus but still need to work on files, keep meeting appointments, etc., LTS has a few options worth considering. When campus is closed, these services will still be available, as long as there is power and network connectivity on campus.  Note that if campus is closed, the helpdesk phone line and ServiceDesk ticketing system will still be monitored, on most days from 9 am to 9 pm, so if you need help, call 781-736-HELP (x64357).

Hold online classes, office hours, and meetings
During extreme weather, Blue Jeans online conferencing services remain available for essential University activities including meetings, office hours, individual or group consultation, virtual classrooms, and more. To use Blue Jeans, visit and log in with your Brandeis account.

As a cloud-based service, Blue Jeans is not restricted by local weather conditions.  Please be aware that your Blue Jeans experience may be affected by weather-related issues with your home broadband connection. You can request help online. LTS staff will assist to the best of their ability.

Use Google Drive or Box to make selected files available in the cloud
Both Google Docs and Box are site-licensed for the entire campus, and if you haven’t used them before, it’s not hard to get started.
Using Brandeis Google Drive
Using Brandeis

Use VPN to access all your shared files on Omega
If you have ever had to connect to BUSS or Sage from off-campus, you probably have already installed and used Brandeis’s Virtual Private Networking client, Junos Pulse.

Once you have Junos Pulse installed and running, you need to point your web browser to (please note that popups from must be enabled in your browser).

Connecting to Omega with Wormhole:

  • Go to
  • Log in using your Brandeis username and password.
  • Once connected to Wormhole, click on the link Omega File Server
  • Finally, select the shared space you have access to. (If you do not see the link to
    Omega, please follow the directions below.)

Help! I can connect to Wormhole, but I don’t see Omega / my fileshare!

  • In the text field to the left of the browse button in the top right of the page, enter (without quotes) ‘\\omega\’
  • Click ‘browse’.
  • Click on the appropriate fileshare.
  • In the top right of the page click the add bookmark button.
    Name the bookmark as you see fit and click ‘Add Bookmark’.
  • A direct link to this fileshare will now appear whenever you log into

Use Remote Desktop to Access Files and Applications on your Desktop Computer
Not for the faint of heart, but if you really need to be able to run applications on your work computer from home, or access files that are not in Google Drive, Box, or Omega, then you need Remote Desktop software installed both on your work machine and on whatever computer you will be connecting from at home. More instructions are available. Just don’t forget, you also need to leave your work computer turned on when you leave, and it needs to be set to “Wake on LAN” so that it comes out of powersave mode when you try to connect to it from home.