FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK
As you'll see from the stories below, there's a lot going on at McQuade! We are growing and changing to meet the expanding needs of our students, faculty and staff. We have new online resources, a revived book group, and a new librarian for you to meet. Drop by the Open House on Oct 17 and see what we have to offer!
McQuade Open House
The Library and Media Center are pleased to join with other departments housed at McQuade in an Open House October 17. WIth so many new faces on campus, this is a great opportunity to meet and talk about what we do and how we can help! Stop by and chat with representatives of IT, the Center for Academic Enrichment, the Math Center, the Writing Center, and ZeBi. Take a quick tour of the Welcome Center, enjoy a snack, and take a chance on a raffle. We hope to see you there!
Academic Resources QR Code Walking Tour a Resounding Success!
FYE Students enjoying QR Code Tour
Head of Instruction & Outreach Lyena Chavez partnered with First Year Coordinator Sara Quagliaroli to create a QR Code Academic Resources walking tour for nearly 200 students participating in the First Year Experience program. Sara and Lyena, with the help of many of their colleagues, created an interactive, fun, memorable experience that introduced students to the amazing academic resources available at McQuade.
First year students were issued library ipads and maps that enabled them to take self-guided tours and travel throughout the library. Students visited the 1st floor Help Desk, Media Center, Research Center, IT, Center for Academic Enrichment, Writing Center, and Math Center. Using library ipads or their own smartphones, first year students scanned the QR codes at each station and watched an accompanying video to learn about that area of McQuade. These engaging video clips featured a mix of students and staff members.
First Year Experience students truly enjoyed taking the multimedia walking tour and learning about the multitude of resources available at McQuade to help them achieve their academic goals.
Special thanks to Kevin Salemme, Joseph St. Germain, C.J. Wong, Lucky Henry, Anthony Brunco, Diane Shaw, Ronald Geffrard, and Brittany Rochelau for helping make this project a success!
FYE Students at IT
FYE Students at Research Center
Common Core Standards Initiative
In support of the Common Core State Standards Initiative the Education Resources Collection (ERC) has many new acquisitions. Search the catalog using Common Core as a keyword and limit to Merrimack or come in and browse the shelves.
Common Core on the go… add the free APP to your iPhone or iPad.
Oxford Language Dictionaries Online-OLDO
There are free language dictionaries on the web, but often you need something more reliable. Bookmark OLDO for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish words and phrases and hear words spoken by a native speaker. You can also see word equivalents in Arabic, Portuguese, Polish, Japanese, Korean and Thai. Find out more here.
Do you need something with more nuances of the English language or more specialized vocabulary and descriptive essays? Don’t forget we have the Oxford English Dictionary, Credo Reference and other works online.
Did you know the library has a reserve shelf of materials designed to enhance faculty understanding of international students? Are you seeking assistance to successfully engage international students in the academic enterprise at Merrimack and thus create a rewarding pedagogical experience for you and your students?
Click here to find resources that may answer questions you have on the classroom experience; advising ESL students; understanding and appreciating the rich cultural value these students bring to the classroom. Reserve materials are available at the Library’s first floor help desk.
Librarians Donna Maturi and Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah are both members of the International Leadership Team and welcome the opportunity to assist you in this important work here at the College.
McQuade Book Group
An informal group of readers, meeting monthly. Here are some suggested selections for this year--what would you like to read? Stop by the Help Desk or email email@example.com. We’re waiting for YOU!
|*Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
|*TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
|*On the noodle road : from Beijing to Rome, with love and pasta by Jen Lin-Liu.
|*Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
|*Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
|*The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
|*The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
|*The Fault in Our Stars by John Green|
Please join McQuade in welcoming Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah to the library staff as our newest part–time Instruction/Liaison Librarian.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Merrimack users can now access the full Chronicle of Higher Education on their mobile devices and with the iPad app. You just need a Chronicle account created with your Merrimack email address.
- On your mobile device or any web browser, go to chronicle.com and select "Sign In" (upper right, or scroll down).
- Select Create a New Account and enter and confirm your Merrimack email address.
- Following the instructions to complete your account signup.
iPad users can download an iPad app that enables you to view recent news and with an account, download recent issues.
First Floor McQuade Magazines
Grab a cup of coffee and peruse the latest issue of popular weekly magazines now on a shelf near ZeBi. Titles include Bloomberg Business Week, Entertainment Weekly, New Yorker, People, Sports Illustrated, Time, Chronicle of Higher Education and more. Please return McQuade magazines to the shelf when done.
More McQuade magazines and newspapers are in the second floor yellow ERC area. Free take-away newspapers (Boston Globe, New York Times, and USA Today) are at McQuade’s entrance.
Merrimack ScholarWorks Update
Open Access literature is free, digital and available to anyone online. At Merrimack, our institutional repository Merrimack ScholarWorks houses the college community’s collection of open-access material. Broadly defined, an institutional repository is a digital collection that captures and preserves the intellectual output of our college communities. Our site went live in February, 2013. As we approach our first year anniversary, we have thus far added 71 items and achieved more than 4417 downloads. That is 4417 times that someone, somewhere in the world took the time to access scholarship and other works that were created by members of the Merrimack community, faculty and students!
Help us break a digital record and double the number of items in the repository by February 2014!
Know someone who would like to contribute their scholarship to Merrimack ScholarWorks?
Have them contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New Student Workers!
McQuade Library is pleased to welcome the following recently hired Student Workers
Pictured left to right:
Brianna Roberts, Access Services Student Worker, is a freshman majoring in finance with a minor in economics. She attended the smallest public school in Massachusetts with just 32 other students, and the small class sizes helped draw her to Merrimack, as well as the strong sense of community and social involvement.
Karamarie Joyce, Media Services Student Worker, is a junior majoring in Mass Communication. She hopes to assist students and faculty with equipment that Media Services provides. In addition to working in Media Services, Kara is also Editor in Chief of the campus newsletter The Beacon.
Brigitte Ravagli, Access Services Student Worker, is a sophomore majoring in Criminology. She is a huge Celtics fan and loves all sports in general!
Lauren Tocco, Access Services Student Worker, is a Psychology major who spends most of her time in clubs and organizations throughout the campus.
Rebecca Towne, Access Services Student Worker, is a freshman Business major, concentrating in Accounting.
Max Aniconi-- ERC/Technical Services
Erin Beausoleil--Media Services
Amanda Cook--Access Services
Selene Cummings--Media Services
Christine Hayek--Media Services
Dana Tuccelli--Media Services
Jocelyn Valentin--Media Services
Picking Out a Book
Whether looking for a follow-up to Paradise Lost or a Stephen King novel there are now so many ways to discover your next best read. Look up a book in the Library Catalog and scroll down for recommendations, awards, excerpts and more. Search NoveList Plus to discover new authors and titles in your favorite genre. For a more academic tone, try Choice or Resources for College Libraries.
For children’s books there is Horn Book Guide Online, Novelist K-12 and CLCD-Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. And for downloadable ebooks and audiobooks (great for long commutes!) on your mobile device try ebrary and Overdrive. All are available on and off campus. NoveList and Overdrive come to us through our consortium NOBLE.
McQuade Library is excited to offer space to recycle recent magazines and journals to a new reader. Located outside the lecture hall in the basement is a magazine exchange. Feel free to bring and/or take magazines from this area. Stock up on reading materials for a long plane ride, Thanksgiving Break, or to take to the gym. You'll find a variety of reading generes represented; there is something for everyone! Enjoy this green initiative!