FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK
Happy New Year and Welcome to "Spring" Semester!
I hope by the time you are seeing this classes will have met for 5 whole days in a row. The library staff have not let the weather slow us down--keep reading for details of what's been happening. And think warm thoughts!
New and Improved Alden Lab
Librarian C.J. Wong works with first year engineering students in Alden.
During the Fall 2014 semester librarians taught over 100 course-integrated library workshops. Although librarians often travel to classrooms to offer these customized workshops, the majority of these workshops are held in the Alden Lab, McQuade's dedicated instruction space located on the 3rd floor across from the Writing Center. Over the summer, the Alden Lab received a makeover. The lab transformed from a traditional lab of forward-facing rows and hardwired computers, to a flexible, open environment of tables conducive for laptops and tablets. Since there are no longer desktop computers in this space, students are encouraged to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Librarians also use a "Lab in A Box," which is a cart of 15 laptops. Tables are on wheels which allow librarians to successfully facilitate group work and provide individualized research assistance to students. Librarians continue to use Alden's instructional technologies such as the interactive EnoBoard for database demonstrations and the document camera to project syllabi and print resources, etc. There is ample whiteboard space at the front of the room for notes and brainstorming.
This new, flexible configuration serves the program well, as librarians continue to incorporate more group exercises and activities into their pedagogies in order to increase student engagement, collaboration, and learning. In the fall, librarians piloted a new "Evaluating Search Tools" group activity in all First Year Writing (FYW) courses; librarians and FYW faculty alike witnessed increased levels of student engagement and participation.
Librarians Work with International Students
Librarian Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah takes new International Students on a tour of the McQuade Library.
Every year, Merrimack College welcomes an increasing number of international and intercultural students. These students who are studying in another culture and educational system may have some difficulties conducting research because library services and resources may be very different from those in their native countries. McQuade Librarians work in collaboration with Maura Shaffer, Academic Counselor for International Students, in order to make sure that these students are comfortable using library services and resources.
McQuade Library has published an international student guide that is designed to assist international and intercultural students use Merrimack College's McQuade Library effectively.
A Selection of New Electronic Books
Click to read these electronic books. If you need to set up your library password, please follow the directions in the video in this newsletter or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 3, 2015 fifty-five Merrimack authors were honored for their works published September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014. See the Tolle Lege 2014 List of Publications with department affiliations and alumni class year. Kevin Salemme's photos of speakers Taesoon Ahn, Dan Butin, Laura Hall-Seelig, Christina Hardway, and Joseph Kelley can be seen on Smugmug. See also Jack Minch's article highlighting presentations and other authors.
Pictured here sitting, left to right, are Kathryn Nielsen, Deborah Venuti, Alison Russell, Lynn McGovern, Christina Hardway and Autumn Alcott Ridenour. Standing, left to right, are Aaron Adair, Sandra Raponi, Dan Butin, Anne Gatling, Russ Mayer, Laura Hall-Seelig, Mark Allman, Jay Leccese, Ron Guilmette, Sally Ann Connolly, Joe Kelley and Taesoo Ahn.
McQuade Library added 2 new online journals to our collection in 2015. See below.
Some online journals have also switched publishers. If you have a link that is not working, check our Journal Finder - the Journals link on the library home page. The Journal Finder links to over 33,000 journal titles available online and lists about 100 available in print at McQuade.
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!
Over Winter Break library staff began shifting books on the Third Floor of McQuade. The goal is to move books off top shelves too high to reach, and off shelves on the floor. At the same time we are moving shelves closer together to eventually make room for our rapidly growing DVD collection.
Consequently Science and Literature books may not be where you expect them. And the literature books now span across the North and South stacks on the Third Floor. Check labels at the end of the stacks, or ask for help locating books.
The Impact of Merrimack ScholarWorks
E-Books on Social Justice & Related Topics
Social Justice crosses all disciplines. Below are some recent e-books.