Monthly Archives: May 2015

Poetry Madness Winner

poetryThank you to all who participated in National Poetry Month and the Library’s ‘Poetry Madness.’ Thanks to contributors Tim Watts, Jennifer Macaulay, Joyce Vacchi, Lucy Dillon and several students. And thanks to all of you who voted. The runaway winner was an original poem by a student: “Notice Me” which was entered anonymously. Congrats!

Notice Me

Since the moment I met you,
I knew that something was there
That made you different from the others.
It caused me to often stare.

Now I see you nearly each day,
Which makes me very happy.
Though it is hard to talk to you,
Which makes me very sappy.

Though sometimes you do speak to me
And you say such sweet and kind things.
Sometimes it makes me feel special.
It gives me these great feelings.

Wish it was easy to express,
But that is not how things work.
So I’ll continue hiding it.
I’ll just continue to lurk.

Student Interview: Shannon Tully ’16

ShannonTully“One door opens and eight articles come out!”

Shannon Tully ’16 talks with librarian Liz Chase about their research meetings for her American Studies capstone project.

What course did you visit the library for help with?

AMS420, my seminar in American Studies; I was working on my American Studies Capstone paper.

What does your Capstone paper focus on?

My title is “Contained Representations of Austism and Audience (Dis)comfort. I’m looking at representations of autism and audience discomfort in scripted media, including Temple Grandin, Parenthood, and Rainman.

Tell me a little bit about deciding on your topic.

When I first started out I would say [my topic] was very broad, looking at autism representations in a lot of shows, but not anything specific. Autism is near and dear to my heart, I work with kids with autism. I’m an Elementary Ed major and planning to get a masters in severe special education. I’d never looked at autism through a media lens, but I had noticed that there isn’t a lot of representation of this minority within society. These are the kids I want to represent. So I was interested in our experience of discomfort towards the autistic community and it’s representation on TV that isn’t seen a lot.

I looked at the text Representing Autism, which I got through ILL, and that really helped shape my research. I picked my favorite show, Parenthood, but then watched a bunch of movies and other shows and read reviews, and narrowed it down to my favorite three.

What were some of the challenges you had with this topic?

There’s been a limited amount of prior research in this area, so being able to find the deeper connections, and figuring out the connection to disability studies as a whole, was hard. I was also trying not to be biased because I loved Parenthood, but [in doing my research I] realized Parenthood isn’t a great representation of Autism.

What brought you to the library?

Well, first we had an instruction session for the course that Professor Opitz set up, but I’d also worked with you in previous classes. I like order, and I didn’t know where to start; I was having a hard time finding articles because there isn’t a lot published. I was taking my topic very literally in terms of autism and television. You helped me open up my ideas about the topic to look more broadly at disability studies and move beyond my black and white way of thinking. It helped me make connections between the articles that I didn’t feel like I’d have made by myself.

What would you tell other students about working with the library?

Take advantage of the resource. It’s right at your fingertips, you just have to ask. So don’t be afraid to ask for help. One door opens and eight articles come out. Half of my articles I found working with you. You also showed me how to go through the bibliographies of my articles to look at the research they’d used and make connections. Clearly it’s working because this is my third semester meeting with the library and I’ve gotten A’s! I met with you like every week!

I’d pop into your office on the spot too and ask questions.

Do you study here as well?

I do all my homework here. I feel very productive. I don’t know what it is but I like writing all my papers on the computers here because the screens are bigger and you can do a few things at once. I also like leaving the library and leaving my work. It gives me a routine. It’s nice because I like having my room as my “not work” space, so I do all my work here. I can’t get anything done when I know the TV can be turned on. I go to the second or third floor. I also meet with the writing tutors. So I take what I do with the librarians on the first floor and go upstairs and write and then meet with the tutors.

We’re here to help! Reference librarians are available for this type of one-on-one research consultation throughout the semester, and during the summer! If you’re on campus this summer for classes or a SURE project, we’re here to help. Contact us at or 508-565-1203, or visit the reference desk.

Into the Archives: Museum Studies Class Reception

In January, students in Erica Tucker’s Introduction to Museum studies class toured Stonehill’s Shovel Collection and were tasked to develop ways to “enhance the visitor experience.” Working with archives staff members, students brainstormed several ideas, including the need for additional signage, new displays in the storage area, a virtual tour and brochure. On May 1st, they unveiled their final projects at a reception attended by members of the Stonehill Community and two members of the Ames family.

Catherine Sheehan

Catherine Sheehan ’17 installs newly designed signage.


New brochures designed by Jaron Cote ’15 and Jessie Lebowitz ’15.

EmilyWiley and Handle Display

Emily Wiley ‘16 shows off her newly installed handle display.


Bill Ames explores Shovel Collection Virtual Tour with tour creator, Kasie Lyons ’17


Fred and Bill Ames look at WWI Shovel Display designed by Christopher DiElsi ‘16


Spring 2015 Museum Studies Class with Bill and Fred Ames

Senior Perspectives: Kraig Boates ’15


Kraig Boates ’15 reflects upon his time spent working at the library.

For all four years while I have been at Stonehill, I have been an employee at the MacPhaidin Library Circulation Desk. I can’t really express how much of a joy it has been to get to know the hard-working individuals that keep the library running smoothly. From the full time staff to my fellow student workers to the custodial staff, each and every one of them puts in such a great deal of care and expertise in service to all Stonehill students.

While working at the library I have gained an in-depth knowledge of how to most efficiently locate and utilize not only books, but online journals and other forms of media. I have also been able to gain skills like time management and working with people through my work at the library. Being a circulation aide has also been a great way to get to know more people around campus, staff and students. After graduation, I will be working as a full-time Software Engineer for Novetta, Inc. in Boston.

Senior Perspectives: Lexi Kirwin ’15

Lexi Kirwin

Lexi Kirwin ’15 reflects on her time spent working at the library over the past four years.

I began working at the library at the start of my freshman year and I am so grateful to have had the circulation aide job for four years.  Working at the library has been an integral part of my college experience.   I have fostered many social connections by working at the front desk.  Also, this work-study job has helped me to excel at time management by learning to plan my assigned tasks based off of how long my shifts are.  Most helpfully, I learned all of the ins and outs of the library as soon as I entered Stonehill my freshman year, which made me a resource to my peers and even professors throughout my entire college experience.


After college, I am pursuing a career role which will work to achieve social justice and address human rights violations.  I ultimately aspire to work to further programmatic initiatives within a high-functioning, global nonprofit.  I am confident that with my Magna Cum Laude Stonehill degree and the experiences which the College has provided for me, I will find a role that is a good fit shortly.