2015 Call for Proposals: The DRS Project Toolkit

Posted by: Jen Anderle


Call for Proposals
Deadline: March 30
Apply here


The Digital Scholarship Group is now accepting proposals for pilot projects to test the DRS Project Toolkit: a new user-friendly set of tools for building digital scholarly projects and publications using the Northeastern University Libraries Digital Repository Service. With the DRS Project Toolkit, Northeastern University members can use Omeka and WordPress to create projects that draw digital materials such as images, texts, and video dynamically from the DRS.

Through the development of the DRS Project Toolkit we hope to establish a simple process to serve project materials using various web publishing tools. During this pilot phase we focus on establishing a base set of features supported by the Toolkit, and we will also work with each individual project to discover unique Toolkit features could be developed and shared with other projects, like interactive maps or timelines.

The inaugural round of development for DRS Project Toolkit will be a collaborative endeavor and a great opportunity to experiment with publishing your project’s materials. If you have a project idea, we’d love to hear from you! Just answer a few questions about your project to apply.




To see an example of the Toolkit elements in practice, check out the Terp Talks video series portal from the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. The site itself is built using WordPress, but the video content and metadata are stored in the DRS.


For more information about the DRS Project Toolkit, view the Call for Proposals, or contact us at to set up a meeting.


Written by Sarah Sweeney, Digital Repository Manager, Digital Scholarship Group.


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Studying for Finals in Snell: 20 Things Only Huskies Will Understand

Posted by: Jennie Robbiano



Walking into the library like









*2 hours later*









Ok, time to study!…or not









Dealing with the effects of your procrastination in Argo









Trying to share a table with someone who took up all the space









When you find an empty table on the third floor during finals week…








Only to realize it’s under an air vent…








But then remember you brought a sweatshirt









Realizing that your to-do list is longer than you thought









When someone asks what you’re studying









Trying to focus…







Especially when there are people talking in the stairwell…on the silent floor









When you realize that you just spent 3 hours on BuzzFeed for your five minute break









Finishing the problem you’ve been working on for hours









Leaving the library at 3 am and seeing everyone still studying







Running to get home in the middle of the night








Taking the library shuttle home instead






Getting home after being in the library all night
















When all those hours in Snell payoff and you ace your exam










Good luck on finals, Huskies! Have a wonderful winter break. We’ll see you in the spring.









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What you need is checked out? You’ve got two great options!

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


First, there’s that rush of adrenaline…Yes! The library DOES have that book or video I need!

But then … what’s that thing about its being checked out?  Someone else has the nerve, the gall, the presumption, to have it already? Now what do I do?

Your first option is a waiting list.  Follow the prompts to sign in and you’ll see ordering options.  Click on “Waitlist”, and your name will be put on a waiting list.

What if I can’t wait that long?   Frequently books are borrowed for extended periods, especially when faculty are using them for long-term research projects.  If you don’t think you can wait until the book comes back, just click on “Request from another library” and follow the prompts to our ILLiad ordering service, and we’ll get it from one of our partner libraries.

Either way, we’ll let you know by email when the item is ready for you to come and pick it up!



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New: Kanopy Streaming (82 Documentaries That You Can Watch Now)

Posted by: Jen Anderle


How does media and advertising shape our personal perceptions and world views?

Media Education Foundation’s Media and Communication Collection features 82 provocative documentaries which provide depth and analysis on issues like sexism, hip hop, teen pregnancy, cultural and gender identity, video game culture and more.

The best part? As a current member of the Northeastern community, YOU have access. Click here to connect to Kanopy Streaming and take a look at the video library for yourself!

“Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women” is used widely in many classes and will now be more convenient to access.

Relevant to journalism, sociology, psychology, and media studies, these videos can be viewed 24/7 on any device.  You can create your own account and make clips and playlists with ease.
Online instructions are available.

For more information, please contact librarians Julie Jersyk, or Debra Mandel,

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Take Your Favorite Journals on the Go with Browzine

Posted by: Jen Anderle


Prepare yourself. Your research is about to become easier and more convenient…

Members of the Northeastern community now have access to BrowZine; a new app that allows you to browse, read, and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals in a format optimized for your iOS or Android device. Built to accommodate all of your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be exported up to RefWorks and Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place. Simply download the free app, select Northeastern University as your institution, and log in using your myNEU credentials!

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full-text articles. 

  • Create a bookshelf of your favorite journals and be notified when new articles are published. 
  • Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, RefWorks, and more. 

Getting started is easy. From your device, search for BrowZine in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon App store and download it for free. When initially launching BrowZine, select Northeastern University from the drop down list, enter your MyNEU credentials, and start exploring!

Click on the buttons below to download BrowZine today, or here for BrowZine help and FAQ’s.

Download BrowZine on iTunes App Store Download BrowZine on Google Play Store Download BrowZine on Amazon App Store
All iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches with iOS v7.x+ Android Tablets with OS v4.0+ Kindle Fire HD Tablets

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