Posted by: Kaley Bachelder
Have you heard? Our homepage has a new look! Check out all the great improvements we’ve made!
1. No more hovering
Ever gone to our website on your phone and gotten stuck in the drop-down menus? I can’t be the only one. Now, our menus open when clicked (it used to be on hover) so you won’t be trapped in ‘News & Events’ forever!
2. Pretty tiles
Our finding aides are much easier to…err…find. The most-used research aides now have fancy tiles right below the search bar, letting you start your research right from the homepage. Don’t know where to start? Check the Subject Guide for your topic! Crafted specifically for the Northeastern community by our subject librarians, Subject Guides offer an overview of over 80 subjects as well as links to relevant resources.
There’s now a nifty box just for all the happenings coming up in the library! Get the scoop on all our events, from informal office hours to free workshops.
4. Talk to us
Lastly, see what this button says?
We really mean it! This new homepage is designed to make your library experience more rewarding. Something not working right? Let us know!
Posted in: Library News and Events, Serendipity, Staff Interests, Tech Alerts
Posted by: Dylan Sessler
Gone are the days of running to the corner store in desperation only to find it closed. Gone are the times when you arrive at the library fully prepared for a day of studying only to realize you forgot your phone charger.
This semester, Snell Library has a new addition to the first floor near Argo Tea; a vending machine offering essentials such as highlighters, medicine, and caffeinated gummy bears. This is the first location of the Northeastern-based start-up, The Lobby Shop, which offers a convenient solution for the busy lives of college students and professionals.
Founded by three NU undergrads, The Lobby Shop was born after a chance meeting at IDEA, Northeastern’s venture accelerator. Co-founders Beth Hutchings and Dylan Sessler came to their IDEA orientation with a plan to take college essentials and offer them in a vending machine. Midway through the meeting, freshman Evan LaBelle stood up and pitched an idea eerily similar to their own. A few days later they were officially partners of The Lobby Shop.
Supported by IDEA, Maureen Timmons, and their coach Jordan Vallino, the three students developed their product list to incorporate the common necessities in the following categories:
- OTC medicine
- electronics accessories
- hygiene products
- school supplies
- everyday essentials
The machine will also feature a rotating selection of fun and useful items that students will be able to vote on.
After receiving contract approval and gap funding this past summer, the trio installed their machine in the back of Argo Tea in Snell Library to offer urgently needed items in a central location on campus. The Lobby Shop team plans to bring their service to residence halls at Northeastern and other universities to provide safe and convenient access to products students need at all hours of the day.
“The reality is that Boston isn’t a 24-hour city” Beth notes, “and most of our lives don’t end when stores close. Especially if we have another winter like last year, we want as many people as possible to have access to things they often need around the clock.”
Posted in: Library News and Events, Staff Interests, Tech Alerts
Posted by: Sarah Sweeney
After several months of preparation, the library has now successfully transitioned from IRis, our previous repository platform, to the newly redesigned Digital Repository Service (DRS).
IRis was publicly launched in 2006, and attained a milestone of 1 million downloads in 2013. The DRS builds upon the success of IRis by offering expanded functionality and customization specific to community needs.
Like IRis, the DRS is a storage and preservation tool designed to allow the Northeastern University community to store materials that are produced at the University or are important to the university’s mission. Faculty are welcome to upload their research materials, publications, datasets, and presentations; staff can store important administrative materials, like departmental photographs and documents. As in IRis, the library deposits all master’s theses and doctoral dissertations completed at the University into the DRS. Exemplary undergraduate student projects and publications are also included in the DRS.
DRS features include:
Self deposit: Faculty members may deposit their own material.
Simple discovery: The locally developed interface offers user-friendly searching and browsing.
Saving and downloading: Materials can be saved to Sets or downloaded for future use.
Easy account creation: Users may sign in to the DRS with their myNEU username and password.
As of today the DRS has over 70,000 files stored, and more than half of those files are available to the public:
1,677 master’s theses and doctoral dissertations completed at Northeastern University since 2008
1,217 publications authored by Northeastern University faculty and staff
16 archival collections from University Archives and Special Collections, including photographs from the Boys and Girls Club and Freedom House collections
25,000 photographs from Northeastern University’s Office of Marketing and Communications (faculty and staff access only)
We encourage everyone to visit the DRS to view the impressive collection of material produced by Northeastern University faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and staff are invited to start uploading their materials right away. For more information about the DRS, or for help getting started uploading your files, please visit our DRS resource page: http://dsg.neu.edu/resources/drs.
Posted in: Scholarly Communications, Tech Alerts
Posted by: Hillary Corbett
It’s that time of year again… you’re thinking about your syllabus for the spring semester! Linking to articles and e-book chapters on Blackboard is a great way to help your students save money on classpacks. It’s also a good way to stay in compliance with copyright law.
Check out our guide to help you find and create permalinks to articles and e-books in library databases – links that will persist over time and are best for including in an online reading list. We’ve recently updated our guide because creating permalinks is now so much easier – you can do it right within Scholar OneSearch!
Posted in: Research Online, Tech Alerts
Posted by: Hillary Corbett
Linking to articles and e-book chapters on Blackboard is a great way to help your students save money on classpacks. It’s also a good way to stay in compliance with copyright law!
We’ve created a new guide to help you find and create permalinks to articles and e-books in library databases – links that will persist over time and are best for including in an online reading list. Check it out here!
Posted in: Research Online, Tech Alerts