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McQuade Messenger: Summer 2016

McQuade Library News

From the Director's Desk

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Summer is here! Remember you can use all of our web-based resources from home, the beach, or wherever you may roam this summer.

If you choose to come by in-person, we'll be open 8:30am to 8:00pm Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 5:00pm on Friday, and 1:00-5:00pm on Sunday. 


Congratulations to the Graduating Seniors of the Honors Program!

Honors Class 2016

2016 Honors Class 

The staff at McQuade Library is extremely proud to feature Honors Capstone projects in a new Honors Program collection in Merrimack ScholarWorks! This year’s capstone projects range from a look into the history of medicine in the Islamic Golden Age, a manual for adding sweatshop-free and fair trade items to the college bookstore, an assessment of the obstacles to tax reform, and even more exceptional projects! 

Faculty members- if any of your students created exemplary work this semester, we would love to show it off! Contact Michaela Keating for more information about including student work in Merrimack ScholarWorks.

Instruction Spotlight: ENG2055 Libguides Project

This semester librarian Lyena Chavez collaborated with Dr. Paul Vatalaro in an ENG2055 "Embodied Romanticism" Sophomore Seminar course.

Working in teams, this group of sophomores created collaborative group webpages using libguides software.  Each group created multimedia-rich resource pages that made insightful connections between our culture and the culture of the British Romantics:

Not only did these students acquire technical skills by mastering libguides, but they also gained valuable practice evaluating and curating information.  The project also reinforced the notions of scholarship as conversation and collaboration; both students and Dr. Vatalaro read and commented on each others pages throughout the semester.

Student Testimonials:
I think using the libguide platform was fun because we got to pick our material and we weren't subjected to only using scholarly articles.

What did I learn?  How to incorporate sources into a web-based format.  How to write annotations for multimedia sources. How to design a web-page style template.  How to work in a community of other writers online -- developing thoughts, ideas, and connections.

What I really liked about this project was that it forced you to examine the topics we discussed in class on a much bigger level. Though we looked at the text and how certain themes really stood out in different authors' works, trying to connect those themes with the media we see on a more regular basis helped not only to understand the material but interpret it in a new and more personal way. Doing this project, you can see how literature is not only shaped by/shapes its time, but still remains relevant hundreds of years later.

Therapy Pets Visit McQuade

Hundreds of members from the Merrimack community made their way over to McQuade Library this May to have the chance to relax and enjoy some down-time with a few very special (and furry) friends. Thanks to the Pets and People Foundation (an organization committed to pet-assisted therapy) as well as Hamel Health and the McQuade Library, five  well-trained pooches, and one 16-pound cat, were able to visit Merrimack students and staff in an effort to de-stress during the busy week on finals. Each of the pets were accompanied by their human, who were all very knowledgeable and encouraged questions from the crowd.


Hot Titles @ McQuade

Looking for something fun and entertaining to read this summer? Want to take a break from studying and reading textbooks? Need a good book to bring to the beach? What about something to listen to on a long car ride? Check out McQuade’s Hot Titles, now located on the 2nd floor of the library, on top of the reference shelving.

McQuade's Hot Titles collection features books by today's best selling authors, including: Jane Hamilton, Gillian Flynn, Rainbow Rowell, James Patterson, Stephen King, Jojo Moyes, and many, many more! The Hot Titles collection even features several graphic novels, as well as audio books! Not sure what to read? Look for gold stars that indicate Staff Picks!  

Do you  know of a book that would make a great Hot Title? Email requests to Kadie Turcotte.

Check out McQuade's Hot Titles guide to see what we have to offer:


FYE Summer Reading

McQuade Library has partnered with the First Year Experience Program to have copies of convocation speaker Adam Shepard's books available.  Check out the FYE Library Guide!

Welcome Christine!

Christine Morrell

McQuade Library is delighted to welcome Christine Morrell to the staff.  Christine will join us as the Library Office Manager in June. She will work with the Resource Management department as well as provide administrative support to the library staff.

Social Justice Week 2016

SJW2016 poster





Merrimack College held its third Social Justice Week this spring.  Under the theme “Diversify”, this year’s SJW exemplified the ongoing commitment to inform students, faculty and staff about issues related to Social Justice, focusing on what diversity looks like at Merrimack College and in our world, as well as what the Merrimack College community can do to contribute to a more just campus climate and a more just world.

McQuade Library directly sponsored three of the wide variety of activities featured in SJW 2016:

  • Native Species Threatened: the Environment, Climate Change and Faith, from 1600s New England to Pope Francis” was a talk by Beverly, Massachusetts artist Janel Houton, based on the exhibit of her art work mounted on the first floor of McQuade Library.  Janel was on hand to answer questions about her work from the audience, after the talk.

  • Honor Diaries: Culture is No Excuse for Abuse” was a screening of the first film to break the silence on “honor violence” against women and girls in Muslim-majority societies around the world, including here in America.  The screening of the documentary was followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Luis Saenz de Viguera Erkiaga, Librarian Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah, and International Student Danya Ali.  Find the film at call number HV6250.4W65 H6 2013.

  • Books at McQuade Library on Social Justice were put on display on the first floor by the Access Services staff for the duration of SJW.

Other events featured in SJW 2016 included:

  • “Why We Shouldn’t Sentence Juveniles as Adults: the Karter Reid Story,” a talk by professor, activist, and author Jean Troustine, Professor Emeritus at Middlesex Community College.

  • Food Chains,” a documentary that explores the connection between farm workers' struggles and the fruit and vegetables that we consume on a daily basis.  The screening was followed by a discussion facilitated by Sociology and Social Justice Faculty Dr. Rob Koegel.

  • “A Fence or a Wall?” presentation by recent Alternative Spring Break San Diego participants who talked through the conflicting thoughts connected with the continuing debate on the Mexico-U.S. border.

  • Global Justice (Poster Presentations) – Professor Sandra Raponi’s PHL 3030 Global Justice class showcased their work.

Access Services Manager Christina Condon, and Instruction/Liaison Librarian Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah served on the SJW 2016 Program Planning Committee.

Farmer Dave's 20 Week CSA to Return to McQuade Soon!

McQuade Library has partnered with Dracut's Farmer Dave's again this year to provide sustainably grown and local fruits and vegetables to the Merrimack Community.  Vegetable shares are available in small and large sizes and fruit shares are also available.  The vegetable shares come loaded in a plastic crate, which is easy to pick up.  The full season is 20 weeks, but if you are past the starting week, you can still sign up.  If you think the share might be too large to handle, find someone to share with.  Contact Librarian C.J. Wong (wongc) at McQuade if you are looking to share a share.  If you are ready for a convenient way to get your produce then click here to visit Farmer Dave's CSA page!

McQuade Librarians Present at Association of College and Research Libraries New England Chapter 2016 Conference

Congratulations to CJ Wong and Kathryn Geoffrion Scannell for their “Don’t Panic, It’s Organic” poster describing McQuade’s CSA at the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries New England Chapter Conference entitled Holistic Librarianship: Broad Thinking for Diverse and Creative Solutions.  Their poster is archived in Merrimack ScholarWorks

New Children's Books for Summer Reading

Fiction, non-fiction, on a school book list or just reading for fun - explore the ERC for the many new Young Adult and Picture Books available for Summer Reading. Traveling and don’t have room for those print books… set up an OverDrive account and enjoy new e-books and e-audiobooks too!  Check us out! 

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!

Bill Gates: 5 Books to Read This Summer