Thursday, October 24, 2013

Virtual Reference Service

Did you know?

In addition to face-to-face reference service at the desk, we offer research help via phone, email, text, and Libchat IM.

Watch a three minute Youtube video demonstrating our Libchat window!

The video is sharpest at full-screen size and 720p HD resolution.

Libchat is roughly available 8am to 9pm, Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, hours are reduced. Libchat may become unavailable during any high-traffic period at the Reference Desk.

If you cannot reach Reference on Libchat, please try emailing, calling us at 617-573-8532, or just stop by the Reference Desk in Sawyer Library.

Don't forget to bookmark Sawyer Library Virtual Reference yourself:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kindle E-Readers are Available at Sawyer Library

Sawyer Library has purchased Kindles for student and faculty use! Here's some quick Kindle facts:

* Sawyer Library has 12 circulating Kindles available.

* Each Kindle may circulate for 28 days, plus two renewals of the same amount of time (assuming there is no waiting list for Kindles).

* A Kindle user may download one ebook for free, as long as Sawyer Library does not already own a physical copy of the book.

* To check out a Kindle, visit the Circulation Desk in Sawyer Library.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Some New (& Relatively New) Books

The necessity of using a computer for school work is universal, however familiarity with the details of using that computer is not universal. Listed below are some recent additions to the Sawyer Library that might be of interest:

Computing for Ordinary Mortals by Robert St. Amant, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Master your Mac: Simple Ways to Tweak, Customize, and Secure OS X by Matt Cone, No Starch Press, c2013. (Access online from the online catalog, via eBrary.)

Exploring Windows 8 for Dummies by Galen Gruman John Wiley and Sons, 2012. (Access online from the online catalog, via eBrary.)