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McQuade Messenger: Fall 2016

McQuade Library News

From the Director's Desk

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So much is going on in the library this fall! And there are more changes to come. Wouldn't you like the chance to tell us what you think about the people, the resources, and the building that make up the McQuade Library experience?

Seize the opportunity to weigh in (and maybe win a prize) by participating in our LibQUAL survey in November. Watch your email for your invitation!


McQuade Library Awarded STEMsmart Teachers Grant

McQuade Library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for $7,810 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

This one year project is entitled “STEMsmart Teachers: Bringing Hands-On Learning from the Library to the Classroom.”

With this grant, McQuade librarians, in collaboration with School of Education faculty, will select, acquire, and promote STEM resources for McQuade’s Education Resource Center (ERC) to support Merrimack’s growing STEM major. McQuade Library will also host a series of “STEMsmart” workshops for aspiring teachers on how to integrate hands-on STEM resources in the classroom. 

Librarian Lyena Chavez is serving as Project Director.  She will be working with Janet Graham, ERC Coordinator, and School of Education Faculty this year. 

It's on Trial!

Merrimack regularly reviews new resources that may be helpful for broad and specific topics.  This Fall we are reviewing the following resource.  Please send your comments on these resources, and suggestions for others to Frances Nilsson at

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Where are the newspapers and magazines?

Read a current newspaper – the Boston Globe, Herald, New York Times or Wall Street Journal – and relax a minute while scanning current news and entertainment.  There are Andover, North Andover and Haverhill newspapers as well.

logo of Flipster appOr browse a current magazine, in print or online in Flipster – from Astronomy and The Atlantic to Sports Illustrated and Time! In print only we have Catholic newspapers, the Utne ReaderYes! and more! And in Flipster we have most of your favorite magazines – from Entertainment Weekly to Vogue. And now ArtNewsCommunication Arts (great for graphics majors), Mindful, and Yoga Journal.

NEW Hot Titles @ McQuade

Check out all of the new and popular reads on the 1st floor of Mcquade!

There are lots of new books in both fiction and nonfiction, including graphic novels!

Make Hot Title requests by emailing Kadie Turcotte

To view all of McQuade's Hot Titles and to see what's new, visit:

Don't Forget About Ebooks!

Looking for E-books or E-audio?

Don't forget that OverDrive is available to all NOBLE patrons (including those from Merrimack) at No Charge!

Signing up is EASY

& You can even put the app on your phone or iPad!!!

1. Click "Sign Up Using Your Library Card"

2. Enter in "McQuade" as your library

3. Select "Merrimack College: McQuade Library"

4. Sign In using your Library Card Number (located on the back of your MackCard)

Still Have Questions? Contact a McQuade Librarian: / (978) 837- 5177

Merrimack College makes it to the top again!

Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Fernandez, chair of the Chemistry Department, for boosting Merrimack College into the list of the most popular institutions for works in inorganic chemistry in the Digital Commons Network! 


In May 2016, Merrimack College ranked amongst institutions like University of Pennsylvania, Marquette University, California Polytechnic State University, and others with the most downloaded works in the field.  


Dr. Fernandez’s article was uploaded to Merrimack ScholarWorks in December of 2014, and since then has received over 55 downloads from users around the world.


If you are interested in finding ways to make your work reach a wider audience, contact Merrimack ScholarWorks administrator Michaela Keating:

McQuade Librarians Host Noble Academic Librarians UnConference

McQuade Librarians got to sit down with their fellow academic librarians to discuss the work they were doing, get feedback, and start collaborations in early August.  An UnConference is a participant-driven meeting providing participants with opportunities to meet with colleagues in a welcoming atmosphere and discuss the topics that interest them. Unlike formal conferences, it was a day that focused on conversations rather than presentations, and participants set the agenda for the day! Librarians from various NOBLE Libraries enjoyed a day of networking and idea sharing.  It was a great way to end the summer refreshed with some great new ideas!

McQuade Libraians Rock Orientation

Fall Library Orientations started with iTEC (Innovation Through Engineering and Computing) students working with Science and Engineering Liaison Librarian, C.J. Wong, to find and instagram various places, people, and resources in the library.

Next, Librarians Lyena Chavez, C.J. Wong, Michaela Keating, and Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah met the new International Students for tours of the library.  

It was all hands on deck when First Year Students stopped by the Library with their Orientation Leaders for a McQuadeGo activity!

Banned Books Week 2016 at McQuade Library

During Banned Books Week 2016, McQuade Library featured two book displays of books that have been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.  There was an interactive display of banned books on the first floor; librarians created some helpful signs to “warn” readers about what they’re getting into! There was also a terrific display of children’s picture books and the reasons for their banning in the ERC.

Librarians Kadie Turcotte and Michaela Keating took their banned books read-out on the air this year during WMCK‘s faculty and staff radio hour on September 28. They read from some banned classics and popular books, accompanied by a special Banned Books Week playlist.#BannedBooksWeek

McQuade also partnered with Chrissi DiMartino and Rachel MacKelcan, two English majors and the hosts of the weekly WMCK show Bookish.  Chrissi and Rachel  discussed several banned books, and played songs that related to each title.

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read!



Feeling the need to take a breath and be more mindful?  Check out the following resources:

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Mindful Magazine and Yoga Journal are available on Flipster.

Librarian Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah Helps International Students Feel Welcome

Kudos to McQuade Librarian Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah who served on a panel during International Students Orientation. She shared her experiences studying in the United States and passed along some great tips to our new international students. She also has published a great LibGuide for International Students.



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