Summer at McQuade is a different kind of busy. We shift gears a bit, and work on some long-term projects that are just not possible to accomplish during the semester. But our core mission of supporting our students, faculty, and staff remains unchanged!
This year we're trying an experiment--to respond to the needs of our increasing numbers of graduate and non-traditional students, we will be adding hours in the evening. In addition to our regular hours of 8:30am-5pm, a swipe of your MACKcard will let you in to the library from 5-10pm, Monday-Thursday. Your MACKcard will also let you log in to our multitude of web-based resources from off campus, 24/7.
We're closed weekends in the summer, and closed Fridays when the college is closed. You can always check our McQuade calendar for specifics.
Check out a best seller to take to the beach, a DVD for the weekend, or stop by and relax with a magazine on your lunch break--we're here for you.
~ Kathryn GeoffrionScannell
On Tuesday April 8, McQuade Library participated in Massachusetts Snapshot Day, which is a statewide initiative meant to capture how people across the state use their local, academic, and special libraries.
Take a look at how students, faculty, and staff use McQuade:
Merrimack biology students, along with students all across the country, are finding and classifying mycobacteriophages (viruses that infect mycobacteria) as part of the HHMI Science Education Alliance (SEA-PHAGES) initiative. Students in Dr. Charlotte Berkes' BIO 1027 class had the opportunity to hone their research skills with Science and Engineering Instruction/Liaison Librarian C.J. Wong. Students learned how to search the scientific databases, such as ScienceDirect, to find resources to help them place their work into the larger body of knowledge on mycobacteriophages as well as how to evaluate and utilize the information they find. Additionally, students learned how to keep track of their citations and create bibliographies with RefWorks, a citation management tool. C.J. created a BIO 1027 LibGuide and a Phage Page for the main Biology LibGuide featuring e-books which were purchased to support this project.
The latest edition of the online CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers was recently published and is now available to Merrimack College. The online version features enhanced content such as a Checklist of Instructions to Authors, Sample Correspondence for an Editorial Office, and is updated to current formats of scientific information. A quick guide to the CSE Scientific Style is available by clicking here.
Merrimack ScholarWorks provides a place to share and preserve student capstone projects, senior research projects, poster presentations, and other exemplary work.
Merrimack ScholarWorks provides a permanent URL for projects. This is important because:
If you have questions about repository services or would like to get started depositing your work, please see the Merrimack ScholarWorks LibGuide and contact the repository administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
New books, DVDs, and Hot Titles are constantly arriving at the library and all, as well as items featured in current and past displays, are conveniently featured on our Pinterest page, which is maintained by Joseph St. Germain, Reference/Access Associate.
Don't miss out on a chance to catch the latest titles, follow us on Pinterest today!
Some sample boards for April:
Please contact McQuade at email@example.com if you need help setting up your password to read these electronic books.
As someone said, getting information these days, especially off the internet, is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant: it is almost impossible to swallow a drop. Instead, you feel frustrated, get pretty wet, and end up with a flood! Success here means thinking critically about information and evaluating your sources before using them. Consider CRAAP, acronym for the five areas of evaluation:
Apply the CRAAP test to all the sources you find, including websites. Then read with an open mind in order to arrive at your own unbiased point of view on each source.
(A modified version of the CRAAP Test created by Meriam Library at California State University, Chico)
Every year, the library's Access Services Department has to say goodbye to some of its student worker staff as they prepare to graduate from Merrimack College and pursue new, diverse, exciting, and rewarding professional and/or educational opportunities.
Whether the students have worked for the department since their first year or are recent additions to the staff, we are thankful for their contributions to the library, sad to see them go, and proud of their accomplishments.
This year's graduating student workers from the Access Services Department are listed below. We wish all of them good luck with their future endeavors and hope they take some much deserved time to celebrate their achievements with friends and family (after finals end of course)!
Tony Brunco (Pictured on the right in a 2012 election read poster.)
McQuade has purchased electronic books by John Gardner in antipation for his upcoming talk during CETL's Annual Perspectives on Learning and Understanding Students (A PLUS) Conference. If you would like to access these titles off-campus, but do not have your password set up, please see this guide or e-mail us for help.
Many library resources have mobile sites or mobile apps. Please check out this LibGuide for mobile resources from McQuade.