Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Database: The World Bank eLibrary




The Sawyer Library has recently added a subscription to the The World Bank eLibrary.

"The eLibrary offers full-text access to the complete backlist of all books, working papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank since the 1990s."

Topics covered by the eLibrary include "more than 20 disciplines related to poverty, development, and social science including economic and human development, agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, climate change, natural resources, and regional integration."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NEW! Mildred F. Sawyer Library Speaker Series Presents:


Perspectives on a Modern American Death Penalty
A Discussion with Jeffrey Pokorak,
Suffolk University Vice-Provost and Professor of Law

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, NOON-1 PM
POETRY CENTER, SAWYER LIBRARY
 
Mildred F. Sawyer Library welcomes you to our very first Speaker Series event, featuring your Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Curriculum, Jeffrey Pokorak! We hope you will join us to discuss capital punishment in the USA with Professor Pokorak.

Professor Pokorak has been involved in many efforts to combat unjust application of the death penalty. He worked as Senior Staff Attorney at the Texas Resource Center, an organization dedicated to representation of indigents on death row in their post-conviction appeals. He has been a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Defenders Services, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to death sentenced inmates, as well as training and assistance to attorneys representing those charged with capital crimes. Additionally, he has moderated victim forums in the death penalty context, and continues research in the areas of race and prosecutorial discretion and victims' access to equal justice in the criminal law system.

Friday, October 3, 2014

New Database: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sawyer Library has recently added a subscription to the The Chronicle of Higher Education website. It is available to all current Suffolk University students, faculty, and staff, from the Sawyer Library web page (with authentication via a current Suffolk ID number, when off campus).

From the center widget box on the Sawyer Library home page > select the Databases Tab > then either choose the A-Z list, or select: Social Sciences > Education.

The Chronicle is the #1 source of news and information within the world of higher education.

Monday, September 15, 2014

OneSearch

The Sawyer Library has recently contracted with EBSCO's Discovery Service, to offer a 'OneSearch' option to identify library resources. As described by EBSCO, the OneSearch function strives to provide:

  • "A fast, single search of your [library's] collection
  • Comprehensive content
  • Highly-refined relevancy ranking
  • Elaborate indexing (subject headings, etc.)
  • The inclusion of high-end indexes
  • Enhanced catalog treatment & handling of repositories
  • A full-featured discovery layer user experience
  • Instant access to full text (whenever available)."
Google has been the ultimate catalyst for libraries to re-visit their methods of presenting their resources. Traditionally, content has been organized by subject (business, literature, social sciences, etc.), and to a certain extent format (books vs. articles; print vs. online). A 'Google-like' single search interface, such as OneSearch, intermingles all of the above, and then displays a variety of limiters along the margin of the screen, to enable users to narrow down their results.

"OneSearch" is the default option in the center widget box of the Sawyer Library homepage. (The 'classic' online catalog, and the periodical databases are all still available as before.) Since there is a good deal of behind-the-scenes effort that must go into to making such a system function seamlessly, we currently have our OneSearch labeled as being in 'beta.' Afterall, Google, having been founded in 1998, has a 16 year headstart.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Library Copiers Scan to your USB Drive.



Quick Start: How to Scan-to-USB Drive:


1. Insert USB drive into copier.

2. Document face-down on upper left corner of glass.

3. Touch-screen button: SCAN

4. Touch-screen button (lower left of screen): SEND FILE TYPE / NAME

5. Choose unique title for saving document to USB.

6. START button to scan. Continue placing pages on glass as prompted.

7. Press # to finish and save document to USB.

8. WAIT to remove USB until document saving is complete.


For more information, check out our LibAnswers entry on scanning in Sawyer Library.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

"New Books" Display

Here is an alphabetical list of the titles currently in the New Book display. Click the hyperlink to see if the item is available, or already checked-out. Please be assured that the books in the display case are not the actual books!





Bees : a natural history | Christopher O'Toole; featuring photographs by Edward Ross

Christopher Tolkien


Between Pagan and Christian | Christopher P. Jones



Boston : a visual history | Jonathan M. Beagle, Ph.D


Collective genius : the art and practice of leading innovation | Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, Kent Lineback

Congo : the epic history of a people | David van Reybrouck ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett




The divide : American injustice in the age of the wealth gap | Matt Taibbi ; illustrations by Molly Crabapple




GPS declassified : from smart bombs to smartphones | Richard D. Easton and Eric F. Frazier ; foreword by Rick W. Sturdevant


Histories of victimhood | edited by Steffen Jensen and Henrik Ronsbo



The impacts of lasting occupation : lessons from Israeli society | edited by Daniel Bar-Tal and Izhak Schnell











Richard Wagner : a life in music | Martin Geck ; translated by Stewart Spencer

The roots of cognitive neuroscience : behavioral neurology and neuropsychology | edited by Anjan Chatterjee and H. Branch Coslett





The soft edge : where great companies find lasting success | Rich Karlgaard ; foreword by Tom Peters ; afterword by Clayton M. Christensen

Titian | edited by Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa




What is chemistry? | Peter Atkins

Why hell stinks of sulfur : mythology and geology of the underworld | Salomon Kroonenberg ; translated by Andy Brown



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PrivCo Trial


According to the vendor, PrivCo "is the premier source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies." The PrivCo database’s coverage focuses on U.S. Major Private Companies (MPCs) but also provides coverage on what PrivCo considers to be smaller but high-value private companies.   Financial data includes revenue, sales growth rates, total employee size, ownership structure, bankruptcies and restructurings.   Try it out!