Monthly Archives: March 2014

Funny DVDs

Funny DVDsWow, Exhausted! Home-Away-From-Home, Need Sleep, Funny

This student, along with one other, used the word “funny” in their story. Maybe they were referring to the numerous comedy movies we have on DVD!

According to this article by Pat MacDonald, laughter reduces stress, promotes better health, and helps people cope with difficult situations. Our collection will let you test this out for yourself. Check out a comedy classic like Monty Python and the Holy Grail or Young Frankenstein. Prefer newer films? Bridesmaids and Shaun of the Dead are available! We also own many TV comedy series. Catch up on South Park, or re-watch past seasons of The Office – either the American or British version.

Next time you need a study break, stop by the library and take out one of these titles, or use HillSearch to see what else we own. Our DVD collection is on the left side of the first floor, right near Ace’s Place, so grab some snacks too!

Written by Gavin Damore ’16

Irish Government Documents

Irish Government DocumentsLast week, many members of the Stonehill Community were excited to read about the Library’s facsimile copy of The Book of Kells, on display on the second floor of the MacPhaidin Library. In addition to this beautiful replica edition of a highly significant medieval illuminated manuscript, the Library also holds contemporary documents related to Irish history in the twentieth century.

Stonehill College holds the only comprehensive archived collection of Irish Government Documents from 1922 to 2004 in the United States.   The collection includes publications from Irish Parliament, government departments and commissions dealing with the matter of public policy. This collection was made possible from generous grants by donors and assembled under the guidance of Professor emeritus Jim Wiles and Professor Richard Finnegan.

You can see a full listing of items in the Irish Government Documents Collection here. Amongst the documents available are reports dealing with community health, crime prevention, transportation, education, tourism and other topics from a wide range of disciplines.  The collection also includes reprintings of key documents in Irish history, such as the 1922 Constitution of the Free State of Ireland and the 1937 draft Constitution of Ireland, printed in both English and Irish on opposite pages, as all government documents in the Republic of Ireland are available in both languages.

If you have questions about our Irish Government Documents holdings, contact Liz Chase, Head of Collections, Assessment and User Engagement, by email or by phone at 508-565-1329. For access to items in the Collection, please contact Cheryl Brigante, Head of Technical Services, by email or by phone at 508-565-1151.

Introducing Online Appointment Scheduling!

One on One ConsultationsWhat if you have major research paper due at the end of the semester. You’ve started your research but you’re not finding what you want, and you don’t want to spend hours digging for it. (Especially when you know that there are Librarians who can help you to do your research more efficiently.) You could drop by the reference desk, but what you really need is some dedicated time to sit down with a Librarian. Good news! The Library has a new service: LibCal, where you can book one-on-one appointments with us for research assistance.

These appointments aren’t just for those of you completing major research papers. If you need help with RefWorks, need to learn how to more efficiently use a database, have questions about HillSearch, or need any other kind of assistance and would prefer to meet one-on-one with a Librarian, you can use LibCal to set up an appointment.


Simply visit the LibCal web page, and look for the “Schedule an Appointment” box. Librarians have a number of time-slots available each week. You can book with any Librarian, but if you’d like to meet with your Subject Liaison, you’ll find a link to a list of our subject areas in the box labeled “One-on-One Consultations.”  Each Librarian serves as the Liaison for a number of departments, meaning that he or she is most familiar with our resources in that field.


appointmentWhen you click on a Librarian’s name, you’ll get a pop up window. This window will show you the Librarian’s availability, and any information he or she would like you to provide when you sign up for your appointment. If certain times are reserved for a particular class that is required to meet with us, you’ll see a note to that effect as well.


appointment formAvailable times are shown in green; click on the time you’d like, and a new window will appear. Enter your information, and any additional notes you’d like the Librarian to have so that he or she can prepare for your meeting. This gives us a chance to do some research ahead of time so that we’re best able to assist you during our meeting. For this reason, you must book one-on-one appointments at least 24 hours in advance.


If you need immediate help, you are still always welcome to come to the reference desk, find us on LibChat, email us, or give us a call at 508.565.1203.


For faculty members: If you are interested in having your students meet with librarians one-on-one, please contact us for more information. We can work with you to create a worksheet specific to your course and assignment that students will complete and have a librarian sign off on. We can also work with you to create extra credit options for your students as an added incentive to work with a Librarian during their research.

Library Classroom Redesign

Library Classroom RedesignIn 2013 the George I. Alden Trust awarded Stonehill College a grant for the renovation of a technology-enabled classroom and collaboration space in our existing MacPháidín Library. This renovated classroom will serve as a highly interactive space that utilizes advanced technology and innovative learning space design to maximize student learning outcomes. We envision a state-of-the-art instruction and study space for our students and faculty that supports a 21st century research, teaching and learning community.

Renovation is set to begin once Spring semester classes end.  Sample layout design boards are currently on display in MacPhaidin 116.  Please stop by this next week and let us know what you think.

Looking for the perfect Easter gift or decoration?

Fr. Croce's EggsStop by the Library and purchase a bejeweled egg created by Rev. Albert Croce, CSC.  In 2012 Fr. Albert Croce donated his hand-crafted eggs to Stonehill to be sold to benefit a scholarship in his name. Each year the eggs are sold in the Library and displayed in the lobby entrance during the Easter Season. Over $1000.00 has been raised to date. Prices for the eggs are reasonable: $4.00 to $7.00. The eggs on display are just a small sample. If you have any questions, please ask at the Circulation Desk or Nicole Casper in Archives. Sadly, Fr. Croce passed away on February 22, 2014.

International Women’s Day

Women's DayEach year, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th; observances began in the early twentieth century, in cities such as New York and Chicago, when the day focused on working women. In 1908, “15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.” You can read a brief timeline of the history of International Women’s Day here, or read more about the UN’s programming related to economic development and the work of their Commission on the Status of Women.

Many people will be tweeting their International Women’s Day events and observances using the hashtag #womensday, and you can follow accounts such as @womensday for more information. Each International Women’s Day has a theme, selected by the United Nations. The theme for 2014 is “Equality for Women is Progress for All.” There are currently four upcoming events planned for Boston, MA, including:

  • FACCNE’s Women in Business Networks Opening Reception (March 6)
  • Moving Women’s Wages Forward Locally and Globally (March 7)
  • The Artist, the Scholar and the Athlete: The Nichols House Museum Celebrates International Women’s Day (March 8)
  • Boston Celebrates International Women’s Day (March 8)

You can find more information about these events, and other events internationally, here.

If you’d like to learn more about International Women’s Day, or about women’s experiences throughout history, the Library subscribes to a number of databases that can help you research everything from women’s involvement in major social movements to the lived experiences of their daily lives:

  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000: Last year, Stonehill users conducted 1120 searches in this database; the Reference Team uses information such as this to help us make decisions when databases are up for renewal. Organized around the history of women in social movements, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights of women’s history accessible to teachers and students. The collection currently includes 110 document projects and archives with more than 4,350 documents and more than 153,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.
  • British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries: Use this database to read about the experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 90,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before, and the collection includes primary materials spanning more than 300 years.
  • Cambridge Histories Online: This unique reference compendium allows instant access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series. Stonehill users have access to a online histories related specifically to women’s history, including The Cambridge History of American Women’s Literature, Women in Modern India, as well as a broad range of reference texts that touch on issues of gender and sexuality studies in history and literature.
  • Manuscript Women’s Letters and Diaries: Manuscript Women’s Letters and Diaries from the American Antiquarian Society brings together 105,000 pages of the personal writings of women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, displayed as high-quality images of the original manuscripts, Semantically Indexed and online for the first time. The collection is drawn entirely from the extensive holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. It currently contains over 103,000 pages.
  • North American Women’s Letters and Diaries: North American Women’s Letters and Diaries includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before.  The materials have been carefully chosen using leading bibliographies, supplemented by customer requests and more than 7,000 pages of previously unpublished material. The collection also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of the sources in the database.

Remember, too, that you don’t have to visit a database that has “women” in its title to find rich, significant resources related to women’s history, gender and sexuality studies, women’s rights, and other important research topics. The libraries subscription databases cover a broad range of disciplines, and reference librarians are available to help you determine which database and search techniques are best suited to getting to the information you want. For assistance, email us at, call 508-565-1203, or find us on LibChat!

There Is H.O.P.E. For Your Spring Break!

Alex WilgoosSpring break is quickly approaching and students are preparing to leave the Stonehill bubble for a fun-filled week. Some students are combining the fun of Spring Break with a week of service for those in need. Students participate in H.O.P.E. trips as an alternative spring break program with the intention of making a difference domestically or internationally in impoverished or disaster-stricken areas. In the past students have served in the Bronx, New York; Camden, New Jersey; Wetzel Country, West Virginia; Cosby, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Phoenix, Arizona; and Coachella, California. Internationally, Stonehill students have travelled to La Romana, Dominican Republic; Guaimaca, Honduras; San Salvador, El Salvador; Chacraseca, Nicaragua; and Canto Grande, Peru.

Rooted in the Catholic Social Teaching

H.O.P.E. represents Stonehill College’s Catholic social teaching and exemplifies the Congregation of the Holy Cross’s commitment to a serving those less fortunate. The program is open to all Stonehill College students, regardless of religious affiliation. Through these annual community-service trips Stonehill students are immersed in unjust social realities throughout the world. Through these experiences of growth and knowledge, H.O.P.E. seeks to carry out Fr. Basil Moreau’s educational philosophy that “forms people into agents of justice and engages the whole person – mind and heart.”

H.O.P.E. trips adopt four pillars including: honoring our neighbors, organizing for justice, practicing peace, and encountering God. In the five months leading up to the H.O.P.E. trip, participating Stonehill students reflect on these pillars while they learn about the culture, history, and issues of social injustice in the communities they will be visiting. After returning from the H.O.P.E. trip students are asked to reflect on their experience and integrate the four pillars of H.O.P.E. into their everyday lives.

Student Involvement

Participating H.O.P.E. students are involved in many different activities in their service sites, including community development, sustainable agriculture, education, and political advocacy. Through their hands-on work, students’ return to campus armed with the knowledge of social injustices and a passion to create solutions to these inequalities. Students also gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity, including the differences between communities, the inherent value and dignity of each person, a raised awareness of societies, and the different cultures, worldviews, and political beliefs that make up our world. Furthermore, students participating in H.O.P.E. also engage in communal reflection on the service they are completing and how their service fosters the growing faith of Catholic social teaching. H.O.P.E. trips ultimately aid in student growth and instill in each participant a dedication of social betterment in marginalized societies.

You can read more about two students’ H.O.P.E. experiences here:
Alex Wilgoos has visited New Orleans, Arizona, and Nicaragua.
Lauren Mazzola has participated in a Nicaragua trip and will return there this year.

If you would like to learn more about H.O.P.E. visit this link If you are interested in alternative spring break service trips for future academic years, please contact the Campus Ministry Office. Visit this link if you would like to apply for a future H.O.P.E. trips

If you are preparing to leave for a H.O.P.E. trip this year and would like to learn more about your destination  before you go, you can browse HillSearch for travel materials. You can also conduct research on “social justice,” or read the eBook, Training for peace and humanitarian relief operations: advancing best practices as you prepare. If you have any questions about resources, or wish to learn more prior to your trip, contact, call 508.565.1203, or come visit us at the Reference Desk!

Written by Kasey Lynn Berardi ’14

H.O.P.E. Trip Student Reflections: Alex Wilgoos

Alex WilgoosAlex Wilgoos, a senior Stonehill student, has participated in three H.O.P.E. trips. In 2011 Alex traveled to New Orleans, in 2012 he participated as an Arizona H.O.P.E. leader, and in 2013 Alex traveled internationally to Nicaragua. In reflecting on each trip Alex stated, “Describing what H.O.P.E trips have done for me is nearly impossible to do with words. The amount of emotion and soul that goes into, and come out of, a H.O.P.E trip is limitless.” Alex is an advocate for H.O.P.E. and encourages everyone to take part in the priceless experience.

In describing each H.O.P.E. trip Alex identified one common theme that tied each service trip together: solidarity. Alex stated, “You develop a bond that connects you to all of your fellow members that spreads like wildfire to all of the people that you interact with on the trip. In New Orleans, this connection spread to the members of the community that had been affected by Hurricane Katrina, in Arizona it was the members of the community that we served in the soup kitchen, and in Nicaragua it was the young family of four whose foundation of a home we were working with to establish. Yet it is not the manual work we did that left an impact on my life, it was the hand-in-hand service I was doing with those around me that changed how I view life.”

When asked about what Alex will take from each trip into his future he replied, “In the end you always get back more than you could ever even hope to give. It changes you, it molds you, and you become a better person from it. Experiencing these trips gives you a new outlook on life, it shows you that we are all members of this planet we call home, and are part of one community. It has now become my job to help create a global sense of solidarity.”

Written by KaseyLynn Berardi ’14