Monthly Archives: September 2015

#bannedbooksweek contest

Sue ConantInstagram and the American Library Association (ALA) are celebrating Banned Books Week during the week of September 27-October 3.

According to the ALA, “Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

You can see a list of frequently banned books here or read about one recent challenge brought against The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a nonfiction book written by Rebecca Skloot.

The MacPhaidin Library is hosting a Banned Books Week contest on our Instagram account, @macphaidinlibrary. Take a picture of yourself with your favorite banned book and post it with the hashtag #bannedbooksweek, and don’t forget to tag @macphaidinlibrary! The picture with the most likes at the end of the week will win a $20 giftcard to Dunkin Donuts!

Follow @macphaidinlibrary so that you can see some of our staff with their favorite banned books over the course of the week!


New! Book Chapters in JStor

This fall, the library has expanded its JStor collection to include ebook chapters. When you conduct a search in JStor, you will now see both Journal Articles and Chapters in your search results.

In this search for material on the poet Claudia Rankine, you see two results. One for her poem “Atlantic Shores,” published in the Mississippi Review, notes on the right that it is from a journal. The second result is a chapter from the book American Hybrid Poets. On the right, you’ll see that this is designated as a Chapter.


You can download, save, and print book chapters the same way you would download a JStor article. To see all the chapters available in a particular book, click on the book title. This will take you to the JStor page for that book, including its full table of contents:


To use JStor books, visit JStor while on HillSpot, or authenticate to the Stonehill network from off campus. Conduct your search as you would normally, and both journal articles and book chapters will be displayed in your results. If you wish to see only book chapters, click on the “Books” tab in your search results.


For Faculty

JStor books are free of digital rights management (DRM) software. This means that any JStor book chapter can be placed on electronic reserve for your course, and students can freely download and print these book chapters. In addition, you can link to the full table of contents for the book by using the Stable URL provided by JStor.


Soon, all JStor ebooks will also be available within HillSearch. If you have any questions about using JStor, or our other library databases and ebook collections, contact or call 508-565-1203.

Growing Climate Justice at Stonehill

Growing Climate JusticeThis fall Stonehill is embarking on a college-wide grassroots initiative—provisionally named Growing Climate Justice at Stonehill—to dedicate the next two academic years to a college-wide focus on Justice and the Environment. A small ad-hoc group has begun the planning process,but more input is welcome.

The idea for Growing Climate Justice at Stonehill arose from a conjunction of three timely factors with the College’s mission to ensure that “each Stonehill graduate thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world.”

A number of faculty in Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, Biology and Chemistry realized they were all teaching courses touching on environmental justice.

Thanks to a Davis Foundation Campuses for Environmental Stewardship grant, five faculty are linking course content with the Farm at Stonehill.

The Carole Calo Gallery is having a student curated exhibition in November/December on themes of environmental awareness, stewardship, and green perspectives.

To provide greater access and awareness of Climate Justice news and issues, the library has created a resource page to compile information about this initiative and its events on campus. Visit the library’s Climate Justice LibGuide to find films, books, articles and newsfeeds on the topic. The LibGuide has information about upcoming events and speakers.

For More information or to add your input contact any member of the ad-hoc group. Mary Joan Leith, Pete Beisheim, Chris Ives, John Lanci, Sue Mooney, Bridget Meigs (Stonehill Farm), Fr. Jim Lies, C.S.C, . Craig Almeida, Marie Kelly, Geoff Smith (Web site)

written by Heather Perry

Streaming Videos on Swank

thebreakfastclubLooking for a movie to watch online? Try Swank, our new database of films chosen by our professors and  available for everyone. Swank streaming video enables students to watch films without having to go to the library and get the DVD on reserve. The titles are all available in the catalog, or you can browse them from the Swank Platform. New titles will be added as professors select them.

Available films include recent releases such as Her and the Imitation Game, as well as other studio releases including Django Unchained, The Social NetworkThe Matrix, and classic favorites including The Breakfast Club.

Titles can be viewed on campus as well as off by authenticating to the campus network using your library account. Please note that Swank does not work with the Chrome browser. We recommend using Firefox to access Swank titles.

These films are available for individual viewing and in-class use.  Due to studio restrictions, we are unable to obtain public performance rights for Swank films, so they cannot be shown in group settings.

New Testing Center and Quiet Study Space Open

IMG_9205The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) Testing Center located in MacPhaidin Library room 106 provides testing services for students with disabilities who qualify for non-standard test administrations. Accommodations offered at the testing center include extended testing time, a distraction-reduced environment and assistive technology. Students need to be registered with OAR to use the Testing Center. Please visit Register with OAR for additional information. When testing is not in session, the Testing Center is open to the entire Stonehill Community as a quiet study space.

Using The New York Times Institutional Subscription

An Academic Site License using NYTimes Group Passes provides users with full access to and the smartphone apps:

  • The Stonehill community will now have access to all current content, including articles, videos, images, and other multi-media content, available on
  • Enjoy access to from any device.
  • Once activated from within your school’s network, an Group Pass can be used from any location for the duration of your license period.

Is there anything I can’t access?

There’s very little you don’t have access to. However, our new subscription does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps.

What if I am doing research and want older material?

For full access to early editions of the NYTimes, including those published before 1980, users should still access the New York Times through our Proquest Historical Newspapers subscription (coverage begins in 1851) or our Gale subscription. We also have access to Proquest Digital Microfilm for 2009-present, with a three month embargo. The new Group Pass provides enhanced access to the most recent online content and multimedia materials.

How do I get started?

To activate your pass, you must be on campus and connected to the internet via HillSpot. While physically on campus and on our network:

  1. Go to
  2. Create a account using your school email address. If you already have a account using your school email address, you may log in with those credentials.
  3. When you see START YOUR ACCESS, the expiration time and date of your pass will appear. Each pass must have an expiration date. Our campus setting is that accounts expire after one year, so that each user will only have to register once per year.
  4. Go to and enjoy your full access from any location!

Please note: Once you have activated the Group Pass provided by Stonehill, you will have full access until your expiration date with no further action on your part. However, if for any reason while on you are served the message that you are reaching the limit of free articles on the site, do the following:

Make sure you are logged in to the account with which you activated your Group Pass. If you log out of your account or visit on a device where you are not logged in, you can simply log in to your account to continue enjoying access.

Can I use my Smartphone App?

Yes! Stonehill’s Group Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone apps. Download your free smartphone apps by visiting:


Below are answers to frequently asked questions, provided by the NYTimes. If you have further questions, please contact us at or, for technical difficulties, contact the NYTimes site license support at for assistance or View their complete FAQ » Group Pass FAQ’s

Why use the Group Pass to read The New York Times online?

The New York Times charges for full access to its digital edition, Visitors to the site are capped at viewing 10 articles each month before charges take effect. The Group Pass gives you unlimited access to all content on the site, with the exception of a limitation on the number of articles you can view from the archive period 1923-1980 (However, you have full access to archived articles from 1923-1980 through our other database subscriptions, listed in our Electronic Resources Libguide).


I already have a digital subscription. What should I do?

If you have an existing paid digital subscription, you are not eligible to activate a Group Pass. You should continue to access The Times via your own subscription.


Should I cancel my existing subscription to make use of the site license access?

The New York Times Academic Site License has some restrictions that your personal subscription does not have.


What are the restrictions?

Site license access does not include the tablet apps. At this time, access to articles from the date range 1923 to 1980 is limited is limited to 5 articles for the entire duration of your pass.


Can I access The Times off-campus?

Yes, as long as you have previously activated your Group Pass from within your school’s network, e.g. its designated IP ranges while on campus. You cannot activate a Group Pass from a proxy server from an off-campus location.


Can I access the Times from my mobile device?

There are mobile apps for iPhone/iPod Touch (IOS 5.0+), Android (OS 2.1+), and Windows (7.5 O.S.) phones; these are included as part of the Group Pass. Mobile apps for tablets are not part of the Group Pass. However, you can access the mobile site ( using your smartphone or tablet running one of the above operating systems.


Why am I asked to log in on some occasions and not others?

This may be because your browser may clear its web cache/history if it is set to do so. In such cases you will need to log back into to, but you still have your Group Pass.


Do campuses alumni have access?

No, only current students, faculty and staff are entitled to activate a Group Pass.