Monthly Archives: April 2015

Money Smart Week

moneysmartThe American Library Association in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is sponsoring Money Smart Week taking place April 18-25, 2015.  Take control of your personal finances with resources available from Money Smart Week.  There are lots of websites and apps available to help you budget and control spending.
Student Kenneth Gillpatrick ’16 reviews two personal finance apps:

Is managing your money not a strong suit? As college students, we are constantly struggling to monitor our spending habits. One solution is take out your smartphone (which a majority of us have) and download a few personal finance apps. Mint and Check are two great apps that allow you to budget your money, and provide you with a visual of where your money is spent. Personally, I prefer Mint because I am the type of person to use my debit card for most, if not all, of my transactions.  For people that prefer to spend cash, the app makes it somewhat difficult to track cash expenditures. Nonetheless, these apps will aid anyone trying to track their personal finances, and they can even tame the most reckless of spenders.

Student Chris Bruno ’16 reviewed two websites:
My Money
After spending sometime reviewing the MyMoney website it is clear that this site is a great tool for people of all ages who are looking for ways to control their money. The primary purpose of the website is to help students understand the risks and opportunities that college students are mostly susceptible to. The use of tabs at the top of the screen allows the website to be very easily navigable and it allows the viewer to find the main points with minimal difficulties. A big aspect of MyMoney is the “MyMoney Five” feature. This part of the site allows the viewer to look at the five most important building blocks for making the most of one’s money. The five keys are: spending, earning, saving/investing, protecting, and borrowing. The website features tabs for all five of these categories and ultimately makes it a focal point for the site. Overall MyMoney.gov is a great website for anyone trying to make the most out of their money and I recommend the site to all college students.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
The FDIC website is a great tool for anyone looking to manage their money more carefully. With quick links to tips about borrowing money, saving money, managing your bank accounts and much more, the site offers a variety of advice. While exploring the different features of the website a unique feature that I took interest in was the “Scams and Thefts” tab. This quick link takes you to a part of the website which explores many different risks that college students are highly acceptable to. Whether it’s how to avoid fraud, or protecting your privacy, this link allows the viewer to get a wide variety of scams and illegal actives that could involve one’s money. FDIC also provides many links to other websites that can give you more information about a specific financial topic that you may be interested in. Overall, the FDIC website is a starting point which offers an abundance of information for someone who is looking to manage their money better or perhaps learn about the risks that are involved with managing money.

For more information about Money Smart Week, please contact the Reference Librarians for more assistance by email or by phone at 508-565-1103.

Faculty: Nineteenth-Century Journals Now More Accessible

Alltheyearround_1891After shifting our academic journals, we created enough space to bring our 19th century British and American journal collection into the main stacks. These journals, donated to us many years ago by the New Bedford and Fall River public libraries, are especially great resources for faculty as you start putting together syllabi for next year.

For English and history classes, we have All the Year Round, a British literary magazine edited by Charles Dickens. Its volumes comprise of popular literature of the era, including many of Dickens’ own novels in their original serial form, such as A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.  In our American collection, we have Every Saturday and Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, published in Boston and containing short literary pieces. It will interest marketing and business classes as well with its many advertisements from the time period. The collection also represents the sciences with older editions of journals that are still being published today, such as Scientific American.

Profs. Sara Gracombe and Matthew Borushko in the English department already use these journals with students. Librarian Liz Chase has worked with students in both courses. She notes that students in Professor Borushko’s class examined the Edinburgh Review to better understand the significant role it played in shaping literary discourse during the Romantic Age, while students in Professor Gracombe’s “Fictions of Englishness” course used British periodicals as the starting point for in-depth research papers. One of these papers was presented last week at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Literature Conference by Amanda Marriott ’16; her paper, “Educating an Angel: Education as a Means of Enhancing the Victorian Woman’s Domestic Role,” examined the ways in which an anonymous article argued that allowing women’s access to education would actually enhance their roles as wives and mothers.

We want faculty members in all departments to utilize this great collection! Feel free to look through it on the second floor of the library, and if you think some will be useful in a class you’re teaching in the fall, contact our Reference Librarians. They will be happy to help you incorporate this fantastic resource into your teaching!

By Gavin Damore ’16

 

Library Open 24/5 for Finals!

IMG_7325The MacPhaidin Library will again be open 24/5 during the Spring 2015 exam period. 24/5 hours begin on Sunday, April 26th; full details on library hours during the exam period are below. Beginning on April 20th, the Library will be open to current Stonehill students, faculty, and staff only. We are closed to the public from April 20th through May 10th.

Library hours during the Exam Period:

  • Friday, April 24: 9:30am-10:00pm
  • Saturday, April 25: 10:00am-10:00pm
  • Sunday, April 26: Open at 10:00am continuously until Saturday, May 2 at 1:00am
  • Saturday, May 2: 10:00am—Sunday, May 3: 1:00am
  • Sunday May 3: Open at 10:00am continuously until Saturday, May 9 at 4:30pm
  • Sunday, May 10: CLOSED
  • Monday-Friday, May 11-15: 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17: CLOSED

For information regarding library hours or service, call 508-565-1313 or visit our website.

 

Poetry Madness

poetrymadnessHelp the Library celebrate National Poetry Month!

In the tradition of March Madness, we’re conducing our own “Poetry Madness” during the nonth of April, in honor of National Poetry Month. Students and staff have sent us both their favorite poems and original works.  Visit the library to view the poems we’ve received and cast your vote for a winner! Our 2015 Poetry Madness Winner will be announced in the next newsletter. Stay tuned!

 

 You can read more about National Poetry Month, founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, here.

To submit a poem, email reference@stonehill.edu.