Posted by: Jennie Robbiano
Here’s what you need to know about the library this semester.
Archives and Special Collections Acquires The Boston Phoenix
In September 2015, Phoenix owner Stephen Mindich donated the paper’s archive as well as its sister publications to the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections. For nearly 50 years, The Boston Phoenix was Boston’s alternative newspaper of record, the first word on social justice, politics, as well as the arts and music scene.
The physical collection is available in the Archives for research and perusal.
New: GIS and Data Visualization Drop-in Hours
This semester, Bahare Sanaie-Mohaved and Steven Braun will hold weekly, informal drop-in hours for students and faculty interested in Geographic Information Services and Data Visualization. Whether you need help with specific projects or just want to know what GIS is, all are welcome. Walk-in hours are every Thursday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30pm in CoLab D, on the first floor of Snell Library near Argo Tea.
Learn about GIS and Data Visualization here!
Follow Northeastern Data Visualization on Twitter!
Spring 2016 Events and Workshops
From exploring the history of Boston’s neighborhoods, to introductory workshops in the 3D printing and recording studios, to a storytelling slam with Foundation Year students, this Spring’s events at Snell cover a range of topics.
Keep your eyes on our calendar and follow us on Twitter @ClubSnell for the most up to date information.
Support in Your Subject Area
Did you know there’s a librarian who’s an expert in you subject? No research question is too small or too complicated for our subject librarians.
Find your subject librarian here to set up an appointment or find them at the Research Help desk on the first floor.
Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, Library News and Events, Research Guides by Subject, Serendipity
Posted by: Michelle Romero
Guest Post by Kelly J. Conn, Ph.D. and Mya M. Mangawang, Ph.D.
I will never forget the thrill I felt as I worked my way carefully through the meticulously organized folders and boxes of the Lowell Institute School archive collection housed in the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department of Snell Library. What would be in the next folder? A poem? A work of art? A legal document? A handwritten letter? How were all these items connected? What story did these archives have to tell of the rich history of the 112-year-old Lowell Institute School, which was embraced by Northeastern University in 1996?
While many aspects of the School’s early history had previously been shared in different ways by various authors, an account that combined these stories into a comprehensive narrative that spanned the period from the arrival of the Lowell family in New England through today had not yet been published. My co-author, Dr. Mya M. Mangawang, and I set out to tell that story, not only to celebrate and honor the Lowell family, their Institute, and the School they began, but also to help frame the most recent vision for the future of the School in meeting the needs of the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
This history is meant both to document the past and point to the future in order to highlight the ways in which the Lowell Institute School has met, and is well-positioned to continue to meet the needs of our STEM industries for years to come. We hope that you, as our readers, will appreciate the well-defined and distinguished legacy of the Lowell Institute and Northeastern University, and will join us in our optimism about the powerful impact that the Lowell Institute School at Northeastern University will have on future generations.
The full text of The Lowell Institute School at Northeastern University is available in the Digital Repository Service.
Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, Engineering, Mathematics, Online Collections
Posted by: Jen Ferguson
We’ve expanded our subscription to the journal Neurology. Accessed nearly 1,000 times by Northeastern users in the past year alone, NU faculty, staff, and students now have full-text online access to all Neurology issues from 1951-present.
Neurology is the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The journal aims to advance the field of neurology by presenting new basic and clinical research with emphasis on knowledge that will influence the way neurology is practiced.
Neurology content includes:
- Clinical/Scientific notes
- Views & Reviews (including Medical Hypothesis papers)
- Issues of Neurological Practice
- Historical Neurology
- WriteClick® Editor’s Choice
- Position papers from the American Academy of Neurology
- Resident and Fellow section
- Patient Page
- CME Quizzes
- Supplementary data (including video) for specific articles
Posted in: Biology, Collections, Health Sciences, Online Collections, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Toxicology, Psychology, Research Online, Serendipity
Posted by: Andrew Begley
Just try to name a University committee that Gerry Herman hasn’t been involved with over the past half-century. Handbooks and contracts? He reviewed them. Strategic Plans? He helped plan them. Technology and distance learning initiatives? He championed them.
Herman first called Northeastern home as a graduate student in 1965. Since then, he has been on the cutting edge of incorporating media into the study and teaching of history. He taught courses on topics ranging from Western and World History to the History of Flight and Space Travel. Herman has given new meaning to the term “University Service,” serving as University Copyright Officer (1988-2012), Special Assistant to the Provost (1979-1987), and Special Assistant to University Counsel (1987-2012) in addition to chairing a host of committees and task forces. Herman has also been integral to the success of Holocaust Remembrance Week, serving on the Holocaust Awareness Committee from 1983-2013. Professor Herman retired from the University on July 1, 2015, but his impact will surely be felt for many years to come.
Herman’s professional papers and records (the Gerald H. Herman Papers) are preserved in the Archives and Special Collections Department in Snell Library.
Herman teaching an honors seminar in 1984.
Professor Herman in 1975.
Herman and President Richard Freeland at the inaugural NUTV broadcast, April 1997.
Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, History, Serendipity
Posted by: Andrew Gaudio
Looking to learn a new language, or brush up on one you are already familiar with? Snell Library has trials to two language learning programs: Mango Languages and Pronunciator. (Log-in information below.) Mango’s trial ends on April 16 and Pronunciator’s ends on April 10. Try them out while you can!
Both programs offer similar features such as:
- Key phrases and expressions in the target language
- Narration by native speakers to show you how to pronounce each word
- Cultural bits of information which help you get a sense of proper etiquette in the country where the language you are learning is spoken
- Media in the form of radio broadcasts and films with subtitles to help you with your listening comprehension
- Media can be played back at varying speeds to suit your level of comprehension
- Exercises and quizzes to see what you have learned
- Mango offers 63 languages, Prounciator offers 80
Now for the differences:
- Pronunciator allows you to select any language as your source language and any language as your target language. If you choose German as your source language and Thai as your target language, you would be learning Thai with instruction in German.
- Mango does not have mix and match capabilities, but it does offer English courses for non-English speakers of Polish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Armenian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
- Pronunciator will match the pitches of different vowels of words to music notes so you can hear the differing tones of different vowel sounds.
- Pronunciator gives you the option of playing only the voice, the notes, or both the voice and notes.
Screenshot from Pronunciator’s Vietnamese course.
- With Pronunciator’s writing tool, the narrator speaks a word or phrase in the target language, and you can write the word and insert vowels with diacritics using the virtual keyboard.
- Pronunciator takes accurate diacritic marks into account. Red letters indicate that the diacritics are either incorrect or missing.
Screenshot of Pronunciator’s writing tool.
- Mango color codes parts of speech in both languages to show the user which parts of speech in the language being learned correspond with those in the user’s native language.
Screenshot from Mango matching English words to Vietnamese words.
Pronunciator and Mango have apps available for mobile devices including iOS and Android devices: Pronunciator apps | Mango apps
The URL for the free trials are:
Log in: ne
Try out both and let us know what you think!
Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Serendipity