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19
Apr17

Finals Week Events at Snell Library

Posted by: Jon Reed

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Finals: every college student’s favorite time of year. Your friends at Snell Library know that it is an incredibly stressful time. That’s why we’ve got some Finals Week activities for you at Snell.

Firstly, we’ll have a coloring table during all finals week set up in the first floor lobby. Coloring is a great proven way to reduce stress and focus on something other than college. On Friday, April 21th, From Puppies with Love is bringing some of their furry friends to visit you on the front porch of Snell from 11 AM to 1 PM.

On Tuesday, April 25th, our friends at Fit University will be bringing some awesome snacks and massage chairs into Snell from 12 to 4! Also, be on the lookout during finals week for tiny 3D printed huskies, pop-up coffee study breaks, and bubble wrap giveaway to pop your stress away. Finals are here. You got this.

Finals are here. You got this.

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28
Feb17

New Library Showcase Highlights Student Media Projects

Posted by: Thomas Bary

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Snell Library has launched the DMC Studios Showcase featuring student audio and video recordings and 3D printing projects created in the Library’s state-of-the-art facilities. Check out the variety of curricular course work and personal endeavors– Brazilian, Persian and rock music tracks, outstanding videos created for David Herlihy’s music industry class and a cool 3D character designed for a Capstone project.

The Showcase is a work in progress and will only grow with your submissions. We encourage faculty assigning classes and projects in the Library’s studios to collaborate with us to help curate this site so we can share and preserve exemplary audio, video and 3D printing projects.

Please contact Digital Media Specialist Thomas Bary with your feedback and ideas and to discuss upcoming projects.

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21
Feb17

Fair Use and the Arts: Collage-Making at Snell Library

Posted by: Hillary Corbett

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February 20-24 is Fair Use Week, and this year Snell Library is focusing on the arts. Come and make a collage with us…details below!

What is fair use? It’s a right granted to us that allows us to use copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder, under certain circumstances. The central purpose of the doctrine of fair use is to encourage creative expression and innovation through the transformative use of intellectual property. It is part of U.S. copyright law.

People often ask, “how much of someone else’s work can I use without asking permission and have it be considered fair use?” The answer is “it depends.” Fairness is something that needs to be assessed for each potential usage, against four factors:

  1. The intended purpose and character of the use, such as whether it’s for commercial or noncommercial, educational use.
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work – is it factual or creative?
  3. The amount of the portion to be used in relation to the entire work.
  4. The effect of the use on the potential market for the original work.

There’s also a concept of “transformativeness,” which, while not specifically codified in copyright law, has been shown to be a favored use. Transformativeness has to do with the creation of a new work through the use of others’ work. Recording artists and visual artists use remixing, mashups, and sampling in this way. Sometimes they need to ask permission, but sometimes appropriation of others’ work is considered fair use, and the courts agree:

Make a Collage and Learn More About Fair Use!

Creativity can be a great way to think about how fair use can apply in your research output and other work. Our Art and Architecture librarian, Regina Pagani, and I will be hosting a collage table in the lobby of Snell Library on Thursday and Friday this week (2/23 and 2/24), from 2:00 to 4:00. Stop by and find out more about fair use, and make your own collage to take with you or contribute to a larger collaborative effort!

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Posted in: Art, Library News and Events, Serendipity

23
Nov16

Dragon Prayer Book Featured on News @ Northeastern

Posted by: Giordana Mecagni

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Rare book from Northeastern archives selected for ‘illuminated manuscripts’ display
November 15, 2016 by Thea Singer

A palm-​​size 15th-​​century book from Northeastern’s archives at Snell Library was selected to be part of the multi-​​venue exhibit “Beyond Words: Illu­mi­nated Man­u­scripts in Boston Col­lec­tions.” Described by its cura­tors as “the largest exhibit of pre-​​1600 man­u­scripts ever mounted in North America,” “Beyond Words” fea­tures more than 260 items span­ning the 9th to the 17th cen­turies donated by 19 Boston-​​area libraries and museums.

Northeastern’s con­tri­bu­tion is a Dominican Prayer Book of more than 500 pages, with text in Latin hand­written in the Gothic book­hand style. It has just a single illustration—a grotesque inside a large blue “R” on the first page—but red and blue text is sprin­kled throughout. The dec­o­ra­tions are what char­ac­terize it as “illu­mi­nated.” The man­u­script includes com­po­nents of a Book of Hours, prayers that were to be said at spec­i­fied hours of the day, and the prayer cycle Office of the Dead, among other devotions. Tiny tabs extending from the edges of cer­tain pages indi­cate where par­tic­ular sec­tions begin.

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Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, Serendipity

21
Nov16

New and improved! Portal to Latino/a collections

Posted by: Giordana Mecagni

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Announcing the Archives and Special Collections new portal to Boston’s latino/a history, http://latinohistory.library.northeastern.edu/!

Boston’s Latino/a Community History Collection contains images, documents, and posters selected from the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción records and the La Alianza Hispana records held in the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department. The documents scanned from the collection include organizational charts and histories, committee and taskforce meeting minutes, fact sheets, by-laws, articles of incorporation, annual reports, program descriptions and brochures, newsletters, and organizational reports. The records available in this online collection document public policy formation, community relations, affordable housing, urban planning and housing rehabilitation, cultural and educational programming, violence prevention, and minority rights during the last decades of the 20th century.

The collection was originally scanned and made available in 2009 by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services but has since been completely overhauled.  Each item was given additional item-level metadata allowing users to dig deeper into the collection.  The searching and browsing interfaces were rebuilt using the Library’s Digital Scholarship Group’s CERES: Exhibit Toolkit, giving users immediate and searchable access to the collection.  CERES is a user-friendly platform with which faculty, staff, and student scholars at Northeastern University are building WordPress exhibits incorporating curated digital objects.

To learn more about the Digital Scholarship Group and CERES, go to http://dsg.neu.edu/the-drs-project-toolkit-is-now-ceres-exhibit-toolkit/

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