FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK
We're excited to inaugurate the new academic year with a new way of finding what you need: MACKsearch. You'll also find some changes in the building, with the beautiful new Compass study space and offices opening on the third floor. The library continues to be a one-stop destination for your academic support needs, and now you can get a smoothie here, too!
Keep reading for info on some new resources, and check our website, blogs, SmugMug, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as you're surfing. Here's to a great semester!
Merrimack ScholarWorks is Growing!
Merrimack ScholarWorks is expanding in both readership and content!
In September, Merrimack ScholarWorks ranked as one of the most popular institutions in the Higher Education and Teaching Commons in the Digital Commons Network! With over 100 institutions around the world contributing to this commons, coming out on top is a great stride for our growing institutional repository.
Since July, we have added over fifty publications. This influx of new work also allowed us to create a new School of Science & Engineering collection for faculty publications from the Biology, Health Science, Computer Science, and Physics departments. We also added a new collection for student work to house Master of Education capstone projects.
We've come a long way in the last couple of months, but we're not stopping here! These recent accomplishments show that the more we add, the more readers we get- so make a name for yourself by adding your work to Merrimack ScholarWorks today!
If you would like to contribute your work to Merrimack ScholarWorks, please contact the repository administrator, Michaela Keating: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scan and Learn: QR Code Walking Tour a Success!
Students were issued earbuds and used their personal devices (iPads and smartphones) to scan QR codes throughout the building and watch 10 videos to learn about the amazing academic resources available at McQuade. Students visited the Media Center, Help Desk, MACKcard office, IT area, ERC, Research Center, Writing Center, Math Center, Center for Academic Enrichment, and First Year Counselor's office. Click on links to view these entertaining and informative videos!
Sara Quagliaroli, First Year Academic Counselor, and Lyena Chavez, Head of Instruction and Outreach, partnered to create this year's tour. Kudos to Kevin Salemme for his editing expertise and to all McQuade staff members and students who participated in this project to make it a success! Special thanks to Allison Gill, Associate Dean of Campus Life/Dean of First Year Students and Alison Pukala, Director of Student Involvement, for supplying both earbuds and wonderful student team leaders to help with this tour.
We encourage Class of 2018 students to take advantage of McQuade's many outstanding resources and services that will enable them to succeed during their first year and beyond.
Research Center FYE Video
Help Desk FYE Video
Education Resources Collection FYE Video
Media Center FYE Video
Athletic Injuries Class Utilizes Library Resources on iPads
Professor Birgid Hopkins (Director of Athletic Training) and Librarian C.J. Wong (Science and Engineering Liaison) collaborated to have students in Evaluation of Athletic Injuries and Illnesses I bookmark library resources they could easily access via their iPads. Librarians are exploring additional iPad- based library instruction and resources -- contact us for more information. Below is a sampling of some of the resources students are using via their iPads.
DVD Collection in the ERC
Will you be teaching mathematics to Elementary students? Are you interested in how children learn differently? Doing a lesson plan on Native Americans? Want to compare the book Charlotte’s Web to the movie?
The ERC's DVD Collection includes subjects such as Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Physical Education, Art and how to reach and teach students with learning differences. Useful for lesson planning, research, and curriculum development you can make learning interesting and fun with this diverse collection. Check out this wonderful collection!
Thinking of Flipping?
Check out the eCampus News Educator's Resource Center on Flipping and the following books at McQuade Library:
Access Services Welcomes New Student Workers
Access Services started the academic year off by welcoming some new students to its dynamic, engaging student worker staff. The new student workers are Benjamin Burke, Nicholas DeFilippis, Jacqueline Nigro, Savannah Shairs, and Agneris Vazquez.
On September 9th, Access Services student workers gathered at McQuade Library to participate in an orientation for some team building, training, and a few laughs.
Supervisors Chris Condon, Joseph St. Germain, and Linda Wilkins emphasized how Access Services student workers support the library and its patrons in countless ways by staffing the Help Desk, keeping items organized, retrieving materials, and referring questions to appropriate departments.
Returning student workers shared their experiences with new hires and all were introduced to a new Blackboard classroom created by Joseph St. Germain that encourages further team building and increased collaboration among the student worker staff to keep the department focused on providing McQuade Library patrons with friendly, professional, and outstanding customer service.
The entire department is looking forward to working with the college's students, faculty, and staff this year to continue to facilitate access to McQuade's physical and electronic resources by providing friendly, professional service to all.
Access services student workers pose for a picture outside the library.
McQuade Library is excited to introduce MACKsearch, a tool that allows you to search the majority of the library's physical and electronic resources simultaneously.
Rather than having to check the library's online catalog for books and DVDs and the library's databases for articles and other electronic content, MACKsearch brings you results from nearly all of these unique tools in one easy to use interface.
In other words, you can think of MACKsearch as a customized version of Google Scholar that makes finding the library resources you want and need as easy as ever.
Films on Demand
Linked in MACKsearch, linked in the catalog and viewed online - over 1000 videos on ethics, religion and philosophy are now available to Merrimack users. Films on Demand videos come from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, PBS, BBC, ABC and more. You will find videos on topics from business to social psychology, Buddhism to Taoism, and aesthetics to zeitgeist. View off-campus or on, on your phone or tablet.
This resources is provided courtesy of the Braverman-Casey Fund and the Religion & Theological Studies department. It will be available through next June.
Below is a sampling showing the variety of videos available in the Films on Demand Philosophy and Religion collection.
Password Setup Instructions
Watch this video to see how to set up your password for off campus access to resources as well as placing holds on materials in the library catalog!
New Acquisitions - September 2014
New Reference Works at GVRL
Click any of the titles below, or search McQuade's entire Gale Virtual Reference Library.