Partner with faculty to develop and teach class sessions that support student learning goals around research skills, information literacy and digital literacy. Continue engagement with classes throughout the semester, supporting students in their coursework both inside and outside of the classroom.
Create instructional materials, such as online course guides, tutorials, academic technology workshops and LATTE modules, tailored to the research needs of different courses.
Work with faculty to identify reading materials, appropriate technologies, and other relevant materials during course development. We also assist in making the resources accessible to all students as needed.
Collaborate with faculty on the design of assignments which involve research, information literacy, and digital literacy skills.
Offer workshops and sessions on citation management, research strategies, data analysis and management, GIS, quantitative and qualitative software, academic technologies, accessible course content, and discipline/subject-specific resources.
Partner with faculty to develop and teach class sessions that support student learning goals around research skills, information literacy and digital literacy.
Support grant recipients for their work in A/OER, TI, FACET, etc.
Work with faculty as individuals and departments to update and diversify their syllabi, including walk throughs of search strategies to find new voices in the discipline and purchases of titles, journals and other materials to support this initiative.
Support faculty in their search and interview process for new talent, including working with search committee members on how to determine the credibility of journals listed on CVs to aiding in the compilation of a list of outside reviewers for tenure materials.
Provide one-on-one and small group consultations that help students articulate and focus their research topics, choose the right search tools, use technology effectively and develop effective search strategies.
Help students develop skills around evaluation and contextualization of information sources, as well as ethical use of sources (including citation practice) in their own work.
Schedule and conduct consultations in person, over the phone, or via video conferencing software.
Offer drop-in help at the Research Help desk in Goldfarb; students can also get in touch via online chat, phone, email, or help ticket.
Develop knowledge of key resources and methodologies for academic disciplines in order to provide effective research support to faculty and researchers, and to develop Library collections that support teaching and research at Brandeis.
Help researchers select appropriate databases and construct effective search strings for literature or systematic reviews.
Assist in tracking down information sources that may not be readily available, such as datasets and primary source materials, and work with researchers who are interested in acquiring such materials for the Library collection.
Consult with research teams and research assistants, as well as with individual faculty members or researchers. Provide training and consultation on citation management software (Zotero and EndNote) and other technologies used in the research process.
Give guidance on the use of free and subscription sources for demographic datasets like those from the federal, state or municipal governments, international governments, supranational organizations/NGOs such as the UN, IMF, World Bank, ICPSR, etc.
Provide data literacy instruction.
Acquire and catalog datasets from third parties including Dave Leip, StatCAN, and ITERATE for use by members of the Brandeis community.
Citing data sets and statistics.
Delivery via workshops, one-on-one sessions, phone, email, chat, or research help drop-ins.
A place where faculty, students, staff, researchers, and other Brandeis community members can come to rapid-prototype electronic for sensor data collection and actuation systems with rentable gear, step-by-step guides, back-end equipment, and weekly trainings.
This lab is for projects that require more computational work: crunching data sets, rendering complex geometries, creating virtual experiences, or coding that requires larger displays - with tools such as matlab, GIS, 3D scanning and 3D rendering, unity, unreal engine, and other data analysis, coding, or simulation software.
Large scale text analysis
GIS, photogrammetry, map data, word cloud, heat maps
Consultations and trainings on how to virtualize a physical object
Macro studio object photography
Offer training on how to operate photogrammetry software and handheld 3D scanners
Will support 3D scanning of objects small to large for research and academic applications, including digitizing real world objects, spaces, buildings, or whole environments
From a tiny-bug-scale to all of campus
Advanced sensing and analysis
XR world building (VR, AR, Displaced-R, Mixed-R): Unity and Unreal Engines
Borrow physical materials (books, DVDs, CDs, microforms, and other material types) for our Library patrons from other libraries when Brandeis does not own, are checked out on loan, or otherwise unavailable. Nearby and cost-free libraries are given preference to provide the fastest shipping and most cost-effective delivery possible.
Obtain copies and scans for our Library patrons of articles, book chapters and other materials from other libraries or sources. Nearly always delivered electronically and unmediated by staff
Purchase articles (mediated), if the request is urgent or hard-to-get. Sometimes also to reduce copyright costs
Accept purchase suggestions via the Interlibrary Loan system from faculty and graduate students. Buy for the Brandeis Library, if within the scope of our acquisitions policy. Also accept purchase suggestions from Senior Honors thesis writers, if they ask.
Purchase for the Brandeis Library is also considered if an interlibrary loan request is hard-to-get, and the item falls within the acquisitions policy.
Reference help provided by email, phone or in-person. Correcting citations, and help identifying rare, old, foreign, and unusual items and finding sources for them.
Manage copyrights, for compliance and controlling costs.
Maintain online self help guide for Library patrons.
Provide analytical support to collections management staff and other Library staff to help them make decisions about purchasing materials vs borrowing.
Provide analytical support to collections management staff and other Library staff to help analyze trends in Interlibrary Loan and related services.
Provide scans of articles, book chapters and other materials from the Main Library or Library Storage when Brandeis Library has the item in print or electronic form to our library patrons. This is done via the Interlibrary Loan system.
Acquire, preserve, house, and make available rare and unique primary-source materials on numerous topics, including books, manuscripts, visual materials, and digital collections in support of the Library’s mission to serve the teaching and research interests at Brandeis and beyond.
Acquire, preserve, and create avenues of access to materials by, for, and about Brandeis University in multiple formats, including more than 100,000 photographic images, university and student publications, theses and dissertations, faculty papers, sound and moving image collections, university records, alumni publications and papers, artwork, posters, architectural plans, maps, and more.
Advise staff, faculty, students, alumni, and other donors on the disposition of their archival records and assists them with the transfer and donation process.
Connect with donors and prospective donors to acquire collections, including securing gift agreements and transferring special collections materials to the department.
Maintain several thousand collections and items and make them accessible to students and researchers through arrangement and description, including the creation of accession records, guides, and single-level and multilevel finding aids.
Digitize rare material and curate digital collections, working in conjunction with other departments to make digital collections available through the Brandeis Institutional Repository, the Internet Archive, Digital Commonwealth, digital exhibits, and other platforms.
Provide individually tailored reference services and assistance to members of the Brandeis community (staff, faculty, and students), as well as around the globe, both in-person and virtually, for Archives & Special Collections materials.
Work in conjunction with faculty to provide instruction using primary source materials; instruction can be tailored to any class and active learning exercises can be created based on class content or learning goals.
Mount informative digital and physical exhibits in the library and online using materials from our collections.
Co-organize conferences, symposia, and special events related to our materials.
Work with foundations and individual donors to secure grants for special projects, such as symposia, digitization and preservation, or collaborative digital efforts.
Share information about our materials through events, partnerships, blogs, social media, and other avenues.
Employ undergraduate and graduate students and interns and provide experience in working with primary-source material.
URM provides customized consultation services regarding how your office records should be retained or destroyed, based on regulations and best practices, and develops the university’s records retention schedules (under construction).
URM surveys campus buildings and basements for "orphaned" record collections stored before the URM program was established. We reconcile these collections with the office of record or nearest cognizant office and determine whether to store and manage them offsite or to destroy/shred them.
Consult with faculty and graduate students on writing book proposals and manuscript development and editing, for both print and electronic publishing, to disseminate research and scholarship produced on the Brandeis campus.
Mount public book events in cooperation with Brandeis Library, centers, institutes and departments.
Publish backlist titles as Open Access on the Brandeis Institutional Repository, available worldwide.
Publish books in scholarly and general interest series, including:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
The HBI Series on Jewish Women
The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies
The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series
The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought
The Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law