Monthly Archives: May 2016

Deirdre Clifford’s Library Internship

Deirdre Clifford ’16 worked as an intern in the library working for the Web & Social Media team.  The library is grateful for Deirdre’s creativity and contributions.

Deirdre

During the spring of 2016, Deirdre Clifford ’16 worked as in intern for the MacPhaidin Library’s Web and Social Media Team. We were thrilled to have Deirdre work with us, voicing valuable opinions about marketing library services to students and writing articles for the library’s blog and newsletter. Deirdre hoped to get experience in marketing, content generation and research before looking for work in the publishing field after graduation.

In Deirdre’s own words:

I would strongly recommend Stonehill students interested in publishing to work with the MacPhaidin Library’s Web and Social Media Team. The experience I earned and the skills I acquired go a long way in developing understanding of a field like publishing. The team is devoted to working with students to help them learn the skills they need. There is an ideal mix of flexibility and responsibility that is invaluable to a student looking to really learn from their internship experience.

 

 

 

VHS No Longer Available in Classrooms Beginning Fall 2016

VHSThe VHS players are being removed from classrooms over the summer.  In order to keep the content that you want to use for your class, contact Heather Perry to discuss conversion options.

VHS Transition Process

The Library and IT will work together to help faculty transition away from the use of VHS for instruction by the beginning of the fall 2016 semester. Starting in September 2016, VHS playback devices will no longer be available in the classroom, and faculty will be provided alternative methods for delivering this content.

As the tapes are deteriorating and the machinery is difficult to maintain, the time has come to transition. The Library and IT have developed a process so that all the materials you need will remain available in a more stable format.

  1. Faculty who use teaching materials on VHS should contact the Library (Heather Perry hperry@stonehill.edu) by July 1st with a list of VHS tapes that they wish to use during the Fall 2016 Semester.
  2. Faculty who own teaching materials on VHS that they plan to use during the Fall Semester should contact the Library (Heather Perry hperry@stonehill.edu) with a list of the tapes they plan to use by the same date (July 1). The Library will review the material to determine if it meets copyright standards for digitization.
  3. The library will attempt to acquire a copy of the material when available in DVD or streaming format. If a copy of the video cannot be purchased, faculty should make an effort to find alternative videos that will meet their instructional goals. Faculty should contact their Subject Liaisonin the library for assistance in locating possible replacement media.
  4. Where necessary the  Library and IT will work together to digitize theVHS recordings. At least two weeks’ notice is required to ensure VHS has been digitized in time for the class session.
  5. Faculty will be able to review digitized media prior to making it available to students by placing a request with the Library;
  6. Digitized copies will be made available to students in eLearn via a short-term streaming service for a set period of time, such as 10 days, or as a DVD loan through the Library, or by placing the DVD on Reserve.
  7. A physical copy of the original VHS tape must be maintained by the Library.  If the physical copy is owned by the faculty member, in order for the copy to be digitized it must be donated to the library and added to the Library collection.

The Library and IT can accommodate requests for materials after the Fall semester has begun and in subsequent semesters as long as we are given two weeks’ notice.

Over the Summer of 2016, IT will verify that all classrooms are capable of playing DVDs and streaming videos through the podium computers placed in the room.

Library VHS Collections:

In addition to providing faculty with options to transition away from VHS for their immediate Fall 2016 semester needs, the Library will also be working to transition the remainder of its VHS collection away from VHS format; we expect this process to be completed by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. This will entail an analysis of the collection, replacement or high use items, and digitization of appropriate items. Faculty will continue to be advised as this process goes forward, and can contact Heather Perry if there are any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

19th Century Bibles are on Display at the Library

The Holy Bible translated from the Latin Vulgate. Diligently compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and other editions in diverse languages. The Old Testament was first published at Douay, A.D. 1609 and the New Testament was first published at Rheims, A.D. 1582. With annotations, references, and an historical and chronological index from the last London and Dublin editions. Carefully printed from the edition of 1844, which was published with the approbation of the Most Rev. John Hughes, D.D. Archbishop of New York. Published by New York: Johnson, Fry and Co. 1865 Gift of Peter and Myrna Finn

The Holy Bible translated from the Latin Vulgate. Diligently compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and other editions in diverse languages. The Old Testament was first published at Douay, A.D. 1609 and the New Testament was first published at Rheims, A.D. 1582. With annotations, references, and an historical and chronological index from the last London and Dublin editions. Carefully printed from the edition of 1844, which was published with the approbation of the Most Rev. John Hughes, D.D. Archbishop of New York.
Published by New York: Johnson, Fry and Co.
1865
Gift of Peter and Myrna Finn

The Library and the Archives and Historical Collections are pleased to showcase several donated 19th century Bibles in the lobby.  Stop by the Library to learn more.

For more specific questions about the Bibles, please contact Nicole Casper,  Director of the Archives and Historical Collections.

For information about the Library’s hours, please click here.

Stress Relief in the Library

20160504_095719Need a few minutes to unwind?  Come to the library and color!

The library has a giant coloring sheet and colored pencils available next to Ace’s Place.  Enjoy a few minutes and have fun coloring.  We can’t wait to see what our students create.

National Poetry Month Wrap-Up

Poem In Your PocketThank you for celebrating National Poetry Month in April with the Library. Students and staff participated in writing #selfiepoems throughout the month of April.  Many students used Stonehill themes in their poems and wrote about diversity, opportunities, learning, the campus grounds, and even their favorite treats at Ace’s Place.  These creative poems were shared on the Library’s Facebook and Twitter pages. They were also displayed in the lobby of the Library.

Students and staff also participated in National Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day on April 21.  The Ref Desk and the Circ Desk had rolled up poems that student could select, carry with them and share with others throughout the day.

The Library was happy to promote and encourage the appreciation of poetry.

Congratulations the Graduating Circulation Seniors

By Deirdre Clifford ’16

2016 Circulation Seniors

Pictured L-R: Christopher David Bruno ’16, Elise VanValkenurg ’16, Courtney Grey ’16, Kenneth Gillpatrick ’16, and Erin Cook ’16

Circulation Seniors

The library wants to recognize the seniors who have worked tirelessly at the library for their four years at Stonehill. These students have worked hard at the library assisting the MacPhaidin Library for their whole Stonehill career. They have all improved the workings of the library in their own ways and Stonehill is sad to be saying goodbye to their work!

Christopher David Bruno ’16, Erin Cook ’16, Kenneth Gillpatrick ’16, Courtney Grey ’16, and Elise Van Valkenburg ’16 were asked to complete a survey describing some of the aspects of working at the library. There was consensus on many of the questions answered; for example, every student’s favorite part of the library included the people with in it. All answers revolved around the wonderful staff, peer workers at the library, the patrons of the library, and helping those visiting. Interpersonal relations and interactions within the library is a clear selling point of the job and the friendly attitudes that each of these students possess is a obvious indicator of this fact.

Other questions received an array of answers. Each student has a different favored spot within the library as well as a different favorite treat from Ace’s place. Our circulation desk workers are experts on the inner workings of the library and the diversity of these answers shows how the library can benefit anyone’s preferences!

One of the last questions asked on the survey was, “What is the most surprising thing you learned about the library while working here?” Each student’s answer was so interesting it is worth sharing with all Stonehill students.

Erin Cook ’16: “How impressive our collection of books, records, journals, etc. is!

Kenneth Gillpatrick ’16: “The huge movie selection that we have. There are some really good ones in the stacks if you take the time to look.”

Courtney Grey ’16: “That every Ares [electronic reserve] has to be scanned and some books are very hard to scan depending on their size.”

Elise Van Valkenburg ’16: “The Book of Kells has to be turned every day”

And finally….

Christopher David Bruno ’16: “Contrary to popular belief…librarians aren’t as mean as their reputation suggests”

These students have changed the library for the better and in the process developed a deep understanding of the library and Stonehill itself. They will be greatly missed!

Be Sure to Return Your Library Materials

As the semester comes to a close, be sure that you return any library materials you may have borrowed throughout the semester to avoid holds on your account and possible fines.

For graduating seniors, you will not receive your diploma until all materials are returned and any possible fines are paid.

If you have any questions about your library account or any items you have borrowed, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call 508-565-1313