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14
Aug17

Get your eclipse glasses at Snell Library!

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian

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Eclipse glassesOn August 21, the earth’s moon passes in front of the sun and parts of the United States will experience a total eclipse for the first time since 1979.

Here in Boston, we’re not in the “path of totality”–we’ll see just a partial eclipse. The sun will only be 63% covered by the moon and we won’t experience the midday darkness. More importantly, we won’t be able to look directly at the eclipse because so much of the sun will be exposed–it will be dangerous to look directly at sun’s rays behind the moon.

How can you view the eclipse safely?

If you have a pinhole camera, which you can make with a cardboard box, a digital SLR camera with a pinhole cap,  or even two sheets of paper,  you’ll be able to see the partially eclipsed sun as a crescent-shaped gleam projected onto a surface opposite the pinhole.

You can also take pictures with a cell phone or digital camera (use a solar filter to avoid heat damage to the camera) as long as you don’t look directly at the sun while you’re doing it.

And if you do want to look at the eclipse with your eyes, eclipse glasses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Snell Library on Monday beginning at noon or you can attend the events hosted by the NU Physics Department or Boston Public Library

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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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23
Nov16

Dragon Prayer Book Featured on News @ Northeastern

Posted by: Giordana Mecagni

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Photo cour­tesy of the North­east Doc­u­ment
Con­ser­va­tion Center

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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