Monthly Archives: August 2016

Learning Starts at the Library


Students working in the DisCo.

Space in the DisCo and the Info Cafe are going fast! We already have 75 sessions booked for the Fall 2016 semester. Last year, Librarians conducted 117 information fluency sessions, with an additional 105 Info Cafe research consultations for individuals and small groups.

Yewno concept map of Stonehill.

Yewno concept map of Stonehill.

This semester we have an exciting new product to show faculty and students. Along with Stanford and MIT, we are beta testing a new research tool called Yewno. Yewno enables searchers to explore connections between concepts, and may help students develop better critical thinking skills.  If you are a faculty member interested in working with a librarian on research sessions for your class, we encourage you to contact us early with your preferred dates. You can email us at, call 508-565-1203, or contact your Subject Liaison.  If you are interested in a research consultation for yourself or your students, please visit LibCal to make an appointment with a librarian of your choice.

We offer a wide variety of ways for students to work with the library, including information fluency sessions in the DisCo, small group consultations, one-on-one research consultations, and participation in your course eLearn site.

For Faculty interested in having librarians teach information fluency sessions in the DisCo:

  • Visit our website to learn more about the DisCo
  • Visit our Classroom Policies Libguides page to learn more about using the space
  • Visit our Teaching Templates Libguides page to see examples of interactive class sessions
  • For additional information on the technology in the classroom, including instructions for its use, visit the Flynn DisCo LibGuide.
  • The LibGuide will continue to be updated as we receive feedback and determine additional applications for the classroom technology.

For Students interested in using the Flynn DisCo:

  • Visit our website to learn more about the DisCo
  • Visit the Flynn DisCo Libguide for instructions on using the technology for group work and studying

Book a Group Study Room Online

After a successful Spring 2016 pilot program of booking group study rooms online, all study rooms can now be booked online.  Effective Fall 2016:

  • Study rooms may be booked up to one week in advance
  • Study room bookings may not be renewed
  • Study rooms may be booked for no longer than two hours
  • No bookings will be taken over the phone
  • Walk-ins will be booked as space permits

Study rooms are in high-demand as the semester progresses, so advance booking is preferred. Visit the page “Book a Study Room” for more information about each of the group study rooms, equipment available, and instructions.

For more information or assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 508-565-1313.

Changes to Off-Campus Access

Many, but not all, of the library’s electronic resources are now available from off campus with your myHill username and password!  Stonehill faculty, staff, and students no longer have to use their HillCard barcode and PIN.

For more information about accessing off-campus resources, please click here.

Welcome Back Students!

What you need to know about the MacPháidín Library and the CWAA

We know that you’re being inundated with a lot of information in your first few weeks on campus, and you’re busy taking classes. However, there are a few things we want to be sure you know about the MacPháidín Library and the CWAA. This information will help you access some of the resources you’ll need to be successful in your classes this fall.

MacPháidín Library

    • You can find the Library’s hours here:
    • Library Databases are available on the “Electronic Resources” link on the Library’s homepage
    • Reference Librarians are available to help with research
      You can make one-on-one appointments by visiting If you don’t have time to book ahead, reference librarians are also available at the Reference Desk.
      You are not bothering us! Students often think we’re busy with other work and that they shouldn’t bother the librarian. We will gladly put aside our other work to help you with your research question. For many of us, working with students is what got us interested in Library work in the first place. So don’t feel like you’re interrupting or bothering us. We’re here to help. 
      The Reference Desk is located directly in front of you as you enter the MacPháidín Library.
  • We have many study spaces available for you
    The first floor is for collaborative study; students in these spaces are encouraged to work together and have conversation. The second floor is for quiet study; students on this level should work as quietly as possible, with minimal conversation. The third floor is for silent study; if you need a space free from noise and distractions, the third floor is for you. If you are on the second or third floor and the noise levels are too loud, please find a librarian for assistance.
    The library also has a number of study rooms available for students. Beginning this semester, all study rooms are booked online. Read more about our study rooms and how to book one here:
  • We have free printing
    Students are able to print in black-and-white (no color printing is available) for free in the Library.  You can print documents from the Library’s computers and from your personal laptop.  Directions for printing from laptops and mobile devices are available here:
  • We have classrooms and computing spaces
    The Brian J. Flynn Discovery & Collaboration Space (or the Flynn DisCo for short) is equipped with Air Media for wireless presentations that can be displayed simultaneous on 4 HD televisions and 2 projection screens.
    When the room isn’t in use for classes, students are welcome to use it as an additional study space HP tablets are available for students to use in the space.  In addition to the DisCo, there is a computer lap on the third floor, where students can access programs such as SPSS, and additional computers are available on the first floor.
  • We have LibGuides
    You’ll hear LibGuides referred to in a lot of library instruction sessions. This is a program that allows the Reference Librarians to create specific webpages, i.e. LibGuides, for different subjects and classes. Most major subjects, such as History, Business, or Biology, have a Subject Guide. Your instructors can also have Librarians create a LibGuide for a specific course. These guides can save you time by directing you to the best databases and other resources for research in a particular field.
  • Do you live off-campus?
    If you commute to campus or you are studying abroad, visit our “Off Campus Access” page to learn how to access databases from home:
  • Have a question?
    Email us at, call 508-565-1203, or visit our “Get Help” page:

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