Tech Alerts


One on one training in Maya now available at the DMDS

Posted by: Jonathan Iannone




Posted in: Digital Media Design Studio (DMDS), Tech Alerts


Welcome to the new Library website!

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


Update: January 20, 2012 — The new site is live! Please have a look around, and let us know what you think, here in the comments, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @ClubSnell.

Coming soon, the Northeastern University Libraries will launch a redesigned web site at The site is the result of over a year of planning and building by myself and my Web Team colleagues Annie DeVane, Amanda Rust, and Diann Smothers along with the staff of the NU Libraries who helped us along the way.

Many of you and your friends in the Northeastern community participated in usability testing, surveys and focus groups as part of this project. The resulting site is designed to be easy to use, and takes into account the primary functions you need when visiting the library online. It was a lengthy and robust process, we’re excited about the results, and can say with gratitude that it all began with you.

The new homepage welcomes visitors with our familiar Discovery search as well as a NUCat search option. Links to our most popular services, like Room Booking, Ask a Librarian, and Interlibrary Loan are prominently displayed. New features include a redesigned menu, site search, and plenty of engaging exhibits, polls, featured resources, and news. A dropdown at the top of the homepage allows for selection of targeted resources for different types of users.

Built on Drupal, an open-source web content management system, the new website is flexible, configurable, and allows for innovation and sustainable growth going forward.

The site is the first part of a number of initiatives and redesigned online services planned for the coming year, including improvements to searching and room booking.

The top of the page will have a link to a form for you to contribute your feedback. You can comment there, or on this blog, about the new site. We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Tech Alerts


Why is Wikipedia down today? (Jan. 18, 2012)

Posted by: Hillary Corbett


Major websites such as Wikipedia and the Internet Archive are holding blackouts today, January 18, 2012, in protest of two anti-piracy bills currently before Congress. Many believe that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) go too far in their efforts to curb illegal downloading and streaming of movies and television shows.

The stated intent of these acts is to protect the intellectual property rights of copyright holders (sometimes the authors or creators but more frequently the large media corporations who own the works). However, if passed into law, they may set a dangerous precedent for permitting private companies to block access to information. Wikipedia, among other sites, has chosen to do just that today – block access to the information that millions of us seek every day – in order to highlight what they feel could happen if SOPA and PIPA are passed.

What do you think about this topic? Read more here:

Full text of SOPA and PIPA

“A Political Coming of Age for the Tech Industry” (The New York Times)

On a lighter note…

“Wikipedia Blackout: A Nation of Students Mourn” (The Guardian)
(compilation of tweets, may contain foul language)

Register your opinion on SOPA/PIPA with Congress:

PopVox: What’s Your Position on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)?

PopVox: What’s Your Position on the Protect IP Act (PIPA)?

Need that information TODAY? Visit our online collection of dictionaries and encyclopedias!

Posted in: Information and Society, Library News and Events, Research Online, Scholarly Communications, Tech Alerts


LibX Available for Firefox 5.0

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


Once again, Firefox has been updated, and Northeastern’s LibX for the library, the browser plugin that lets you drag and drop searches, right-click to log in to an ejournal, and find citations in our collections, is now compatible with it.

If you haven’t upgraded to Firefox 5, your upgrade should automatically include the new LibX edition for Northeastern. If you’ve already upgraded and you don’t have the plugin, go to our LibX page to get links and information to install the latest edition.

If you don’t know what Northeastern’s LibX plugin is, or what it can do, see our earlier post with information and examples.

Posted in: Library News and Events, Research Online, Serendipity, Tech Alerts


SimplyMap currently down

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


SimplyMap is back as of Monday, 4/25 AM.

SimplyMap is currently unavailable.  The vendor informs us their data servers have been down all day.

SimplyMap is a web site that enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, health, crime, and marketing data variables including Mediamark and Simmons Consumer Data.

We’ll inform you when the SimplyMap site is back and functioning again.  We apologize to our users for the inconvenience.

Posted in: Tech Alerts