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McQuade Messenger: Winter 2016

McQuade Library News

From the Director's Desk

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This year's Tolle Lege reception was a resounding success!  Thanks to everyone who contributed their publications and attended the reception.    We are excited to offer two more programs this semester -- an Open Access workshop for faculty and an environmental art show and speaker just in time for Earth Day.

Don't miss your chance to say goodbye to Operations Manager Bob O'Brien '73 on April 7-- I don't know HOW we will manage without him!  We all wish him the best on his retirement after 37 years at McQuade.  --Kathryn

Open Access and Digital Repositories: Openness in Teaching, Research, and Publishing

The Library Resources Committee invites faculty to the McQuade Library to hear Hillary Corbett speak about Open Access and Digital Repositories: Openness in Teaching, Research, and Publishing. 

Learn how Open Access affects your publications, and the advantages it has for faculty, students, the college, and academic publishing as a whole. 

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, March 1 at 3:30 PM in the Alden Classroom, located on the third floor of the McQuade Library (across from the Writing Center). Light refreshments will be served.

Hillary Corbett is the Director of Scholarly Communication & Digital Publishing and University Copyright Officer at Northeastern University

Flipster - Popular Magazines Online

Merrimack College now has 23 business, education, science and popular magazines available online - via the Internet or your favorite IOS or android device.  Browse and view online, print articles from your desktop, or click the menu within the issue to download articles and issues for off-line and app viewing. Look for the free Flipster app in the iTunes app and Google Play Store sites.  For more tips, see the FAQ.

Tolle Lege Hosted on Groundhog Day 2016

The annual Tolle Lege reception was held on February 2, 2016 at the Writer's House to celebrate the creative and scholarly work contributed in the previous year.  This year 126 new works were added to the Tolle Lege collection, which included books, book chapters, scholarly articles, and conference presentations. 

This year, Andrea Cohen (Writers House), Sean Condon (History), Michael DeCesare (Sociology), Zach Kissell (Computer Science), Krista McQueeney (Criminology), and George Nogler (Accounting) spoke to an audience of over 60 faculty, staff, and students.

The Tolle Lege Collection was established in 2003 to recognize the academic scholarship of the Merrimack College community by McQuade Library and the Center for Augustinian Study and Legacy.  This special collection of faculty, staff, and alumni published work is housed on the second floor of McQuade Library, and is also available online in Merrimack ScholarWorks

Librarian Publishes Article

Lyena Chavez, Head of Instruction and Outreach, recently published an article entitled, "Creating a Research Center: Space for Collaborations and Conversations" in a peer-reviewed journal.

This article was published online in February and will appear in the 57(3) summer issue of The Reference Librarian.

Congratulations, Lyena!

New! Cambridge Structural Database

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CSD is a world wide repository of small molecule crystal structures hosted by Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center (CCDC). Access this resource in the Library Research Center on the 2nd Floor of McQuade or in the Chemistry Department.

Hot Titles at McQuade

Looking for something fun and interesting to read this semester? Want to take a break from reading (boring) textbooks? Check out McQuade’s Hot Titles, located on the long, middle tables on the first floor of the library.


We have fantastic new books (both fiction and non!) by popular authors like: Rainbow Rowell, Stephen King, James Patterson, Gillian Flynn, Robert Galbraith, and Ransom Riggs. We even have graphic novels (which are definitely not just for kids!) if you were looking for something more creative and original to read too. Not sure where to begin? McQuade has got you covered- Look for books with gold stars to indicate Staff Picks!


Know of a new Hot Title that we don’t have yet?

Email Kadie Turcotte to make a request! 

Top Hot Title Picks by Genre


Young Adult: Tease by Amanda Maciel  

Non-Fiction: Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Fiction: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Graphic: Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King & Mark Jude Poirier

Thriller: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Memoir: Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

Prize-Winning: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Retelling of a Classic: After Alice by Gregory Maguire 

Historical: Rywka's Diary by Rywka Lipszyc & Anita Friedman


Works Uploaded to Digital Commons are Having a Big Impact!

In the past year, two works uploaded to the Digital Commons network (the same network that hosts Merrimack ScholarWorks) saw a significant increase in downloads after they were cited in articles by major publishers.

A student senior thesis from Claremont McKeanna College’s institutional repository (Scholarship@Claremont) received over 80,000 downloads after the thesis was cited and linked in a November 2014 Elle article.  In December 2015, Fordham Law Review (hosted by The Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History repository) became one of the most downloaded publications in the Digital Commons network after a 2004 article was cited and linked in an October 2015 Huffington Post article. The same article was cited previously in a 2013 Salon article, and has since received over 50,000 downloads.  

Merrimack ScholarWorks uses the same tools as Scholarship@Claremont and the Fordham Law Review to make your work discoverable through search engines like Google. If you are interested in finding ways to increase readership of your work contact Michaela Keating.

New! We now have CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Online

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Major E-Books

New Journals Coming Soon!

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Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research cover

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Strategy + Business

Congratulations, Bob!

Operations Manager Robert J. O'Brien, Merrimack Class of 1973, is retiring this spring after 37 years at the McQuade Library. Please join us in wishing him the best at the Merrimack Club at 4:30pm on April 7.  Bring your best Bob story!

Environmental Artist to Display Works and Speak at McQuade

Artist Janal Houton with some of her Massachusetts Endangered Species Art

McQuade Library is hosting local artist, Janel Houton, from Beverly, Massachusetts. Her artwork will be featured on the first floor of McQuade Library in April in celebration of Earth Day! Stop by to see her work! She will also be presenting a talk entitled

Native Species Threatened: the Environment, Climate Change and Faith, from 1600s New England to Pope Francis.  Wed. April 13 at 2:45 in McQuade Lobby by the art.

Therapy Dogs Visit McQuade

Over 400 members of the Merrimack community made their way over to the Sakowich Center and the McQuade Library this December to have the chance to relax and enjoy some down-time with a few very special (and fury) friends. Thanks to the Pets and People Foundation, an organization committed to pet-assisted therapy, as well as Hamel Health and the McQuade Library, eight fluffy, energetic, and well-trained pooches were able to pay a visit in an effort to help the Merrimack community de-stress during the busy week on finals. Each of the pups were accompanied by their human, who were all very knowledgeable and encouraged questions from the ever-growing crowd. "This has probably been the most popular event the library has seen in a long time," commented Kadie Turcotte, McQuade's Reference/Access Associate. "We had over 100 signed waivers within the first fifteen or twenty minutes!" With the amazing success of this event, it's likely that the therapy dogs will return to Merrimack for Finals Week Spring 2016. 



Attention All Faculty!

Schedule your class to come in for a Library Instruction Session today!


Librarians help students develop a research strategy, produce and distribute online resources guides specifically designed for the class, and provide a hands-on, active learning experience. Research instruction is most effective when students are engaged in a learning partnership between librarians and their instructors. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that faculty collaborate with librarians on class content and attend the library session with their class. Also, instruction is most useful when coordinated with an assignment that requires library research so consider scheduling a class later in the semester rather than the first week of class.

Please let us know your information needs and how we might assist you in introducing your students to the research process. We want to ensure that your students have a positive library experience.

For more information about our instructional program, please visit:

Time to Sign Up for Farmer Dave's CSA Pick Up at McQuade Library

​McQuade Library is collaborating with Farmer Dave's Community Supported Agriculture to provide fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits to the Merrimack College community. It is time to sign up.  Pick up is Wednesday afternoons between 3-6 at McQuade.  E-mail C.J. Wong (wongc) if you have any questions or would like to find a partner to share a share.  

S.T.E.M to S.T.E.A.M. in the ERC

 Looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or infusing the arts to transform S.T.E.M into S.T.E.A.M?  The ERC has many new resources to help with your preK-12 lessons and curriculum plans. Full S.T.E.A.M ahead... Check us out!


New! Boston Business Journal Portal Online

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