Monthly Archives: January 2015

Where online are YOU?

socialmediaSocial media may be fairly young in the grand scheme of technology, but we all know it changes quickly. People move to the new “best” thing, it hits a peak of activity, and then slowly that activity fades to a core set of devoted users.

The rumor about Facebook, of course, is that now that everyone’s parents use it, it’s no longer an online space for current college and high school students. So, where are students spending their time online?

One student from the University of Texas at Austin took the time to explain his understanding of who is using what apps. He focuses not just on who has accounts—he notes that many people have an account on Facebook even if they never really spend much time there—but on what college students are actually using on a daily basis.
You can read his article here. So, what are your thoughts? Does the article get it right? We’re on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest…. Tell us where else we should be!


openpediatricsPremed? Want to be a Physicians’ Assistant? Healthcare Administration major? Learn about OPENPediatrics, a new open source site that provides “a free online education and best practice-sharing community for pediatric clinicians worldwide.” The site “has launched a new library of openly licensed medical animations and illustrations, making them available for non-commercial educational use.”

In OPENPediatrics you’ll find 48 animations and illustrations, with hundreds more to be added soon; “The first set of resources illustrates key concepts of:

  • airway management
  • respiratory care
  • neurology
  • cardiology
  • endocrinology
  • genetics
  • trauma

According to their website, “In addition to the gallery of medical images,” OPENPediatrics also contains “a collection of all of the World Shared Practice Forum videos [they] have produced over the past two years. These videos feature an international physician or nurse expert discussing recent research or innovations in their respective fields.”

The site expands weekly, with a new nursing video on the third Tuesday of the month and a new physician video on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

For more on this new project, visit This site will also be added to the Library’s A-Z Website Guide; this Guide is a listing of scholarly websites, open access projects, and other online resources Reference Librarians have found useful for student and faculty research.

The 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

13thamendmentThe 13th Amendment was passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, formally abolishing slavery in the United States. This January 31st marks the 150th anniversary of the Amendment. If you are interested in learning more about this significant turning point in American history, the Library of Congress has created a web guide to highlight their digital collections of primary documents that revolve around the creation and passage of the Amendment, as well as life during the Civil War both in the North and South and the question of slavery.

These are just two of the many collections available from the Library of Congress digital collections:

From Slavery to Freedom – The African-America Pamphlet Collection, 1922-1909
Pamphlets are often designed to influence public opinion, but also provide insight into everyday life. These small pocket size publications provided the public with all matter of information. A pamphlet could contain arguments for the need to end slavery, or an argument supporting its continuation, a report on the education of slave children, or a speech by a well know orator. Some examples of you can find in the collection include: “The Slavery Question and Dred Scott,” a letter written by William Lloyd Garrison to Millard Fillmore and Charles Sumner, or a pamphlet written by a white supremacy group.

Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation
Are you interested in reading the fiery arguments and debates that were conducted during the legislative process for the 13th Amendment?  Access the Congressional Globe, available in this collection. The Congressional Globe provides access to bills, journals and votes of the United States Congress.  These materials give readers insight into the political mood of the country.  


The above two collections are just a small sample of what is available from the Library of Congress’s digital collections. These digital collections provide access to primary documents that can give students and researchers a new awareness and understanding of an event, movement, or an individual’s life. These documents can become an integral part of a research paper, class assignment or presentation. Need help finding documents for your class assignments, or just want additional information about how to browse these collections? Email, call 508-565-1203, or find us on LibChat!


Spring 2015 Hours

Quiet Library in WinterWelcome back! The Library has started its spring schedule, which is available here.

Please remember that you will need your Hillcard for access to the building before 8am and after 9pm on weekdays and before 12pm on weekends.

Our regular hours for spring are:

Sunday  10:00am – 1:00am
Monday – Thursday  7:30am – 1:00am
Friday  7:30am –  9:00pm
Saturday  10:00am  –  5:00pm

Exceptions to the regular hours are listed on our website. When classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, please call the library (508) 565-1313 to verify that we are open.

New Printing Available in the Library

IMG_6493 The Library received new public printers over the holidays. There are now three public printers (an increase from the previous two) in Room 110, and another printer in the Room 313 computer lab.

The printers maintain the double-sided printing and print release features that enable us to provide more environmentally responsible printing options. Users will now find the print release feature located on the touchpads on the printers themselves.

Student workers are available this week to help users learn the new machines. If you need assistance, ask at the Circulation Desk and we will be happy to help! You can also visit the IT Knowledge Base and view their section on “Printers” for more information.

Librarians’ Pets on “Photo Doggies for Anthony”









Every so often, a photo circulates on Facebook. Usually, it contains someone holding a sign that says “I don’t believe this will go viral so my mom (dad, teacher, etc.) is posting it. ‘Like’ to show me how fast things travel online!” Perhaps predictably, the images get shared, re-shared, liked, re-posted, and quickly circulate. Others are a little more fun (“If this gets 1,000,000 likes our parents say we can have a puppy!”).

Over the holidays, another type of viral post circulated Facebook. This one was for a Facebook event called “Photo Doggies for Anthony.” It’s a virtual event, one meant to raise the spirits of a little boy at Phoenix Children’s Hospital who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Librarians Liz Chase and Katie Brenner both posted photos of their dogs, Loki and Flower. At this point, the site already had hundreds of posts, and it continues to grow. CNN did a video piece on the site, and it now has over 500,000 posts.

Loki at Christmas


Introducing Ares: A New Electronic Reserves System

We have a new system, Ares, in place for managing electronic reserves for the spring semester. Materials on electronic reserve will now be linked from your eLearn course page directly to our online electronic reserve product, Ares. This means that faculty and students will be able to access electronic reserves items directly in eLearn, without having visit a separate website. More good news: faculty will no longer need to provide a password for students to remember. Students will simply enter their network (email) password to access the course materials.

In addition, the library reserve staff have access to archived articles, chapters, web links and other documents from our current e-reserve system. If you used an item for a previous course and plan to use it again, we should be able to access it and upload the material to your e-learn course page, via Ares.

The library staff will continue to ascertain the need for copyright permissions for your materials and request those permissions for you, again using Ares.

Spring 2015 Information for Faculty:
We greatly appreciate those reserves lists we received early this year; if you are still putting together your reserves for the semester, items will be added on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that you identify your first two weeks of materials when submitting new requests, so that we can add those items first. Even if a course list is not completed at this date, please send us the information you do have so that we can begin work. Please also provide a syllabus, so that we know how quickly materials will be needed by the class and we can prioritize which items to process first. Please contact Sue Conant (, Jennifer Connelly ( or Joyce Vacchi ( with your questions or call (508)565-1313.

After you have submitted your materials, library staff will create your electronic reserves items; once they have done so, there are a couple of steps you’ll need to take in eLearn to make items accessible for your students. Instructions are available here. If you have any questions about the eLearn module, please contact Jan Harrison ( or call (508)565-1096.