Staff Interests

26
Jul12

Suggested Summer Stories from Snell Staff

Posted by: Jen Anderle

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There are 42 days until the first day of fall semester classes.  That’s six solid weeks; more than enough time to take advantage of the rest of the summer by reading some great books!

Here are some suggestions from our library staff to get you started. Click on the book title to see the record for the book in our collection. — Jen

 

River of Smoke 

by Amitav Ghosh

Suggested by Will Wakeling

I’m just finishing Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke, the 2nd volume of the historical trilogy begun with the wonderful and exotic Sea of Poppies. Everything you ever wanted to know about the early 19th century opium trade into Canton and southern China. A great way to learn the basics of Chinese Pidgin English, too – worth a “look-see.”

 

Bring Up the Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Suggested by Ethan Bren

I read Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. It’s the sequel to Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2009. Both books are really terrific pieces of historical fiction that I enjoyed immensely.

 

 

 Graceling

by Kristin Cashore

Suggested by Krishna Patel

My vote would be for Graceling and its sequel, Bitterblue, and the companion as well, Fire – all of which we own!  Written by a local (squee!), it’s a beautifully crafted fantasy tale about two delightfully strong and unorthodox ladies in a Tolkien-meets-King-Arthur sort of way.

I’ve been suggesting them like a crazy person to anyone who asks, and I’ve not had bad feedback yet.

Take that, Twilight!

 

Canada
by Richard Ford

Suggested by Jamie Dendy

It carries one away through a riveting plot, yet drops one on the ground from time to time to ponder issues of crime and inheritance.

 

 

 

Dogma
by Lars Iyer

Suggested by Karen Merguerian

Lars joined us for one of our Meet the Author Talks in Spring 2012! Watch the video here.

 

 

 

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
by Leonard Mlodinow

Suggested by Jen Ferguson

What I’m loving about it: Who knew that a book about probability could be so engaging?

 

 

 

Now go forth and capture some quality summer days! Soak up the weather, drink something sweet and cold, and read your book way too fast.

Posted in: Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity, Staff Interests

6
Mar12

Learn a Language with the BBC

Posted by: Rebecca Bailey

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In my role as the librarian for Foreign Languages and Literatures, I get questions all the time from people who are looking for materials to help them learn a foreign language. So I’m always on the lookout for free online resources to which I can direct people.

One that has just come to my attention is the BBC’s Languages site. This site offers a wealth of free language lessons and tools, for a variety of languages. You can watch videos, see vocabulary lists, subscribe to phrase-a-day RSS feeds, sign up for email tips, and more. It seems to have the most content for French, German, Italian, and Spanish, but there are 40 languages for which they at least offer lists of useful phrases.

So, if you want to do some language prep for your study abroad trip or your international co-op (or spring break!), you may want to see what the BBC has to offer you. You can also check out my subject guide for Foreign Languages & Literatures for other helpful language links. And buena suerte / bonne chance / viel Glück / good luck with your language study!

Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Read, Listen, Watch, Staff Interests

19
Jan12

Meet Snell’s Newest Staff Member

Posted by: Samantha Wasserman

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Snell Library is gaining a new librarian: Daniel Jergovic has been appointed as a new Metadata Librarian in the Metadata Management department. Jergovic started his new job with Northeastern University Libraries on January 9th.

As a metadata librarian, Jergovic creates access to the library’s resources, especially those that are electronic and digital. Jergovic says he is interested in this area because he enjoys “the challenges of organizing information” and “helping people find and use library resources”.

Jergovic brings plenty of experience to his new position: before working at Northeastern, he was a librarian for five years, working at the University of South Florida, University of Washington, and San Diego State University. At San Diego State, he managed metadata and cataloging activities for multiple print and digital projects. Jergovic holds an MSIS from the State University of New York at Albany.

In addition to his various positions as a librarian, Jergovic is also an active contributor to library committees and professional development associations, including the ALA ALCTS CaMMS Recruitment and Mentoring Committee and the Leadership Development Committee, where he serves as a communications liaison.

Jergovic has just moved to Boston and loves living in the city so far. Originally from Cleveland, Jergovic has lived in several cities, including Seattle, San Diego, Tampa, and London. Jergovic says Boston is among his “most favorite places to live”. Jergovic is also fluent in Croatian and Serbian and has been an instructor at Berlitz International.

When he’s not at the library, Jergovic has numerous hobbies that he likes to partake in, including movies, music, traveling, exercising, eating out at restaurants, and cooking, although he admits the latter is not his strongest skill.

So far, Jergovic likes working at Northeastern and says he is “really impressed by the university,” especially its “strong orientation towards looking toward the future.”

We at the library welcome Daniel to Northeastern University and wish him luck in his new position!

Posted in: Data Curation, Information and Society, Jobs, Library News and Events, Staff Interests

12
Jan12

Spring 2012 Snell Library Co-ops

Posted by: thomas urell

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Snell proudly welcomes five new students to the Library staff this January. These hires include: Anthony Gentles, Colin Parmalee, Sophie Greenspan, Karly Domsky and Kyle Maguire.

Anthony Gentles, new DMDS co-op

Anthony Gentles can be found in the Digital Media Design Studio as the new DMDS co-op. Anthony is a middler majoring in Digital Arts. He is also on the NU track team and very interested in working with video.

Colin Parmalee, new Archives and Special Collections Co-op

Colin Parmalee is the new coop in the Archives and Special Collections Department. He is a junior currently dual-majoring in International Affairs and Political Science. Colin loves watching bad horror movies, reading, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.

Kyle Maguire, new LTS co-op

Kyle Maguire joins the Snell team as the Library Technology Services (LTS) co-op. Kyle is in his third year at Northeastern, majoring in Computer Science and Digital Art. Kyle will be focusing his attention and talent this semester on the emerging Digital Repository Service as well as developing other web applications at LTS. Kyle enjoys art as well as anything technical.

Sophie Greenspan, left, & Karly Domsky, right, new Advancement, Marketing and Events co-ops

Sophie Greenspan takes on the title of Graphic Design co-op in the Advancement, Marketing and Events office in 242 Snell. Sophie is a middler and Graphic Design major with a minor in Environmental Studies. Sophie loves art, museums, baking and can’t wait for Arrested Development to return to television.

Karly Domsky joins Sophie in the Advancement office as the new Marketing and Events co-op. Karly is a middler majoring in Communications with a minor in Arts and Media. She enjoys reading, photography, skiing and travel.

A warm welcome to all of the new team members here at the Library and good luck to all!

Posted in: Jobs, Library News and Events, Staff Interests

16
Nov11

Linguistics Film Screening at MIT, 11/17/11

Posted by: Rebecca Bailey

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I just found out about a very cool event: this Thursday, 11/17/11, at MIT at 7pm, there will be a screening of the documentary film We Still Live Here – As Nutayunean. This film is about the efforts of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe of Massachusetts to revive their language after the death of the last native speaker. A copy has been purchased for Snell Library and is on reserve, so you can view it on your own at any time, but the screening at MIT will also feature a question-and-answer session afterward with the filmmaker and several linguists who have worked with the tribe on the language reclamation project. See this MIT calendar listing for more information.

The film will also air on the PBS program Independent Lens in the near future. Check your local listings for airtimes.

Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Read, Listen, Watch, Staff Interests