Jupyter Notebooks

October 13th, 2017 in Feature

Jupyter Notebooks are probably one of the coolest things ever developed – if you’re interested in research, coding, and sharing your work. With Jupyter Notebooks you can write code (both simple and complex), document as well as distribute your work, and post it online. In this lesson you’ll learn:

+ Jupyter Notebook’s features
+ How to launch a new notebook
+ How to execute code and write documentation
+ How to share your work with others

Please arrive with Jupyter already installed! Installation guides and “office hours” for assistance will be provided after registration.

Join us in Mugar Library’s Estin Room (room 302) at 12:30. Space is limited. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

Date: Oct. 19, 2017
Location: Mugar Library Estin Room (302)
Time: 12:30-1:30

Register

For more information visit the Data Services website.

Financial databases available through Pardee Library

October 10th, 2017 in Uncategorized


If you want to learn more about financial databases provided by the Pardee Library, a brief description is available through the Financial Databases Overview research tutorial. This tutorial includes sources for company financials, historical prices and market data.

In November, Pardee Library will be offering financial database overview sessions in the Pardee Library conference room.  Further details will be provided toward the end of October.

If you have any questions or need help with your research, please contact the Pardee Library Reference Desk.

Pandoc and Markdown

October 6th, 2017 in Feature

Transform your writing using Pandoc and Markdown! In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of writing in Markdown – a simple and powerful markdown language – and how to convert your text to html, pdfs, and more using Pandoc. Using these two tools you’ll find a new freedom for writing by removing overhead software and working in simple plain text. In this lesson you’ll learn:

+ The working principles for this writing methodology
+ The basics of Markdown
+ How to use Pandoc
+ A few command line basics

Please arrive with Pandoc installed! Installation guides and “office hours” for assistance will be provided after registration.

Join us in Mugar Library’s Estin Room (room 302) at 11:00. Space is limited. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Location: Mugar Library Estin Room (302)
Time: 11:00-12:00

Register

For more information visit the Data Services website.

OpenRefine: Numbers, Scripts, and Exports

September 29th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Our second session on OpenRefine will continue with Data Carpentry’s OpenRefine lesson and will cover:

+ Examining numbers in OpenRefine
+ How to document data cleaning in OpenRefine
+ Applying scripts to our data sets
+ Exporting our work from OpenRefine

Join us in Mugar Library’s Estin Room (room 302) at 12:30. Space is limited. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate and are highly encouraged to attend our first session (or have some familiarity with OpenRefine). Please arrive with OpenRefine already installed!

Date: Oct. 5, 2017
Location: Mugar Library Estin Room (302)
Time: 12:30-1:30

Register

For more information visit the Data Services website.

Upcoming Library Research Sessions at Pardee Library

September 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized


Step up your researchThe Pardee Library will be offering the following research sessions over the next several weeks.

Company and Industry Information

Come and learn about the databases that will be helpful for your assignments such as Hoover’s Company Records, Factiva, MarketLine, Mergent, Mintel and the Industry Survey Locator.

Marketing and Demographic Data

These sessions will cover the library databases that will be useful for putting together your marketing plan, such as Mintel, University Reporter, SRDS, the Industry Survey Locator and article databases.

For further information and to register, please visit this page.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (October 11th)

September 25th, 2017 in Feature


Logo for Wikipedia: The Free EncyclopediaJoin us for a community Wikipedia editing event, as we update and create articles in the world’s largest crowdsourced encyclopedia. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary! We’ll provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and a pizza lunch.

When: Wednesday, October 11, 12-2:00pm
Where: Thurman Center (lower level of GSU), Makechnie Room

Would you like to see more articles about an underrepresented topic on Wikipedia? Have any ideas for a theme for our event? Let us know when you register! We’re open to all suggestions of themes for this edit-a-thon.

Sign up now!

If you would like us to provide a laptop for you to use, please let us know when you register.

This is part of a series of events organized for Open Access Month.

 

Getting Started with OpenRefine

September 21st, 2017 in Uncategorized

OpenRefine (originally Google Refine) is a free, open source tool with powerful features to help you clean and transform your data. Following Data Carpentry’s OpenRefine lesson this introduction to Open Refine will cover:

+ What OpenRefine is and why you should use it
+ OpenRefine’s major features
+ How to launch OpenRefine and create a project
+ How to facet, filter, and sort data

Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate. This is the first part of a two part series.

Please arrive with OpenRefine already installed!

Installation guides and “office hours” for installation assistance will be provided after registration.

Date: Sept. 28, 2017
Location: Mugar Library Estin Room (302)
Time: 12:30-1:30

Register

For more information visit the Data Services website

Assessment Plan FY 2018

September 20th, 2017 in

Boston University Libraries

The Boston University Libraries strive to provide the highest quality services and resources to the Boston University community. The Libraries recognize the importance of listening to constituents, assessing use of key resources and services, and providing decision makers with data for planning and resource allocation. Since its inception in 2008, the Assessment Committee has:

  • Conducted user surveys of BU faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates
  • Implemented (MINES) Measured Impact of Networked Electronic Services
  • Implemented Google Analytics on the main Library’s website
  • Participated in a number of national assessment programs and conferences as organizers and presenters
  • Conducted an ongoing environmental scan

With the support of Library Administration and the involvement of library staff, the Assessment Committee is currently implementing four initiatives.

Current Initiatives

Conduct User Surveys

Quantitative Assessment of Physical Space Usage

Rationalize Data Collection for National Annual Statistics (ARL, ACRL, and IPEDS)

Track Changes Made Based on Previous Survey

Communication

The Assessment Committee realizes the importance of integrating assessment into workflow, of involving staff in the process of assessment, and of communicating with all constituents—current and potential users, library staff, librarians involved in assessment in the wider academic community, and University Administrators. The Assessment Committee consults with Library Administration on strategic directions, policies, and needed resources. The Assessment Committee seeks to engage users and staff in ongoing conversations about library services and resources.

Click here for the 2009-2013 Assessment Plan.

Click here for the FY 2014-2017 Assessment Plan.

Bloomberg Market Concepts Program

September 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized


Stock chartThe Pardee Management Library provides access to the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) program.  BMC is an eight hour self-paced e-learning course that provides users with an introduction to the financial markets and basic Bloomberg functionality.  This program consists of four modules: Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities.  Upon completion of all four modules, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Bloomberg.  Additional details are available through the Pardee Library Bloomberg tutorial.

If you have any questions about BMC, please contact the reference librarians at the Pardee Library Services Desk.

Workshops on Citation & Reference Management

September 18th, 2017 in Feature, Uncategorized


Citation posterWould you like to learn how to create a bibliography or references page in a matter of seconds? Are you interested in finding ways to store and share your research? If the answer is “yes,” we invite you to attend one or more of the Citation Management Workshops that will be offered this semester.

Faculty, students, and staff are all welcome to attend and learn about Zotero, Mendeley or RefWorks.

Please visit our Create Bibliographies Research Guide for a complete list of the dates and times and to register for a workshop.