Monthly Archives: October 2016

Books Need Readers

Books Need Readers!


What: The Human Library

An event where people can tell their story. Topics for the Stonehill event focus on diversity and political perspectives. You can read more about our books here.


Where: The MacPhaidin Library


When: Thursday, October 27th 1-4pm

“Books” can be checked out for a 20-minute time slot. Each book may only be available for one-time slot, or may have multiple times available.


How: What do I do if I want to be a reader?

A reader is a person who is interested in learning about and discussing a particular subject. There is no advance reading or preparation required! Come to the Library between 1pm and 4pm on October 27th to be matched with a “Book”!



As part of its strategic plan, the College seeks to “encourage greater interdisciplinary engagement around diversity.” In the current political season, this is an opportunity for the community to come together and understand the diversity of perspectives that make up Stonehill College.


The success of this event relies on you! We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions please contact Cheryl McGrath, Library Director, 508-565-1223,

Election 2016: Be Informed

Election 2016: Vote!Today is the last day to register to vote in Massachusetts.  You can watch the 2016 Presidential Debate taking place tonight, October 19th at 9pm in the DisCo.

Did you know that you don’t have to don’t have to vote on every issue on the ballot to have your vote count?

Learn more about voting and the election by visiting our Voting FAQ LibGuide.

The Traveling Shovel

Nicole Casper, Director of the ArchivesAssistant Archivist, Jonathan Green

Did you know that October 5th is Ask an Archivist Day?  Here’s a peek of what’s been going on at the College Archives…

If you hadn’t heard, Stonehill has shovels. In fact, the Stonehill College Archives houses and cares for 783 shovels. Well, technically that count is down to 782, ever since one of the Shovel Collection’s oldest shovels made its debut at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C.

On September 17, at the invitation of the Smithsonian, Stonehill College Archives staff made a whirlwind day-trip to our nation’s capital to attend a preview gala for the new NMAAHC. They had the opportunity to see Stonehill’s 1844 square point blade shovel on loan as part of the Museum’s displays. Less than a half mile from the Washington Monument, the imposing bronze structure that is the NMAAHC occupies a prominent spot on the National Mall. As they waited in line, Director of Archives Nicole Casper and Assistant Archivist Jon Green had the opportunity to speak with one of the museum’s consultants who explained how it took a diverse community to bring to fruition a museum that was “100 years in the making.”

About a half an hour into their visit, they found Stonehill’s shovel in an exhibition highlighting African Americans who served in the Civil War, titled “United States Colored Troops.” The NMAAHC is using the shovel to convey the integral role African American soldiers played in the Civil War. One line of exhibit text captures this: “As trench warfare expanded, massive earthworks projects fell disproportionately to black soldiers.”

Like many objects on display at the NMAAHC, this shovel became a tangible link to the past, where the conjunction of text, photographs, and objects have a way of translating history into not only facts, but also emotions. Visitors come to a deeper understanding of African American history and culture through a literal proximity to the past. So, for Nicole and Jon it is not just about having 783 shovels. What is important is making history accessible and relatable to diverse communities. This is achieved by using collections like the Shovel Collection to tell a rich and layered story about that past. Partnering with the NMAAHC allowed the Stonehill College Archives to do just that.

The NMAAHC officially opened on September 24. Find out more about the museum here.

You can always tweet questions to @SC_Archives or email

Election 2016

vote1Don’t miss out, be informed! For most students, this will be your first opportunity to vote in a presidential election.

Deadlines to register to vote are fast approaching. In Massachusetts you must register to vote by October 19th. You can do this in person, online or by mail.  Each state has different rules and procedures.  Nate Green put together videos for each of the states that explain everything that you need to know.

Senior Emily Wooster just applied for her absentee ballot, saying “I know it is important for my voice to be heard.  Since I live in New Hampshire I had to get an absentee ballot, but it was quick and easy.”

For More information about the election, the candidates, Massachusetts ballot questions, and everything else you might want to know see our LibGuide at or check out the book ribbon on the bottom of the Library’s home page.

For the information the Secretary of State’s office sends out on the Ballot Questions including what a yes or no vote means, visit their page.

Need a place to watch the debate? Come to the DisCo!

The next two Presidential debates will take place on October 9th and October 19th. Both debates begin at 9pm and will be shown on the TVs in the DisCo.

If you’re watching the debate, either in the DisCo, at home, or in your dorm, you may also want to follow along with one of the many fact checking sites that are analyzing the debates in real time this year. NPR offers real-time transcripts and fact checking that you can continue to access after the debates; you can read both their analysis of the first Presidential Debate or the Vice Presidential debate.

For general fact checking of speeches on the campaign trail and other events in US politics, visit Politifact and

Want to learn more about the elections?  The library homepage has several books regarding the election.

“How do I find the Bible?” and Other HillSearch Questions

Have you ever tried to find something in Hillsearch that you KNOW should be there, only to come up empty?

Our favorite example of this is a search for The Bible. If you search “bible” in Hillsearch to locate a copy of the King James bible, for example, you’ll come up with 12,459 results, but none of the results on the first page are an actual copy of The Bible itself. You will find titles in religious studies such as The Oxford encyclopedia of the Bible and the arts and Bible, gender, sexuality: reframing the church’s debate on same-sex relationships, along with wholly unrelated works such as Excel 2013 bible and The trend following bible: how professional traders compound wealth and manage risk.


If you’re looking for something with a ubiquitous word, such as “Bible” as its title, you may have to find ways to be more specific. To find this particular example, search for The Holy Bible. It also helps to put the phrase in quotation marks for your search, i.e. “the holy bible,” to tell Hillsearch that you want those three words in that exact order in your results. When you search this way, the first three results are all editions of The Bible; one is the New Revised Standard Version, and two are the Authorized King James version.

Maybe you need to watch The Color Purple for a class. If you search for this title in Hillsearch, you’ll find a link to the streaming version in Swank. When you click on the link that says “Access Online Video,” it takes you to the Swank Home page. You’ll need to search for The Color Purple here; this is because Swank does not yet offer direct links to its videos.

Or perhaps you’ve been asked to use our print collection of nineteenth-century British and American Journals. You can find a list of our journals here. If you were to look up The Edinburgh Review  in Hillsearch, you’d find this record. The LibGuide tells you that these journals are located on the second floor of the Library, but if you looked in Hillsearch and you were unsure where to find them, you could call the Reference Desk at 508-565-1203, email, or come in and see us at the Reference or Circulation desks for help locating this or any other items you are having trouble finding for your classes and research.

We are always happy to help you navigate Hillsearch and the Library’s collection of databases and other electronic resources. And if you have a more extensive research question and would like some assistance finding source, be sure to book a one-on-one consultation with us!

Columbus Day 2016 Hours

Please be aware that the hours for the MacPhaidin Library will be as follows over the Columbus Day weekend:

Fri. Oct. 7  7:30am – 4:30pm
Sat. Oct 8  Noon  – 5:00pm
Sun. Oct. 9  Noon  – 10:00pm
Mon. Oct. 10  10:00am – 10:00pm

Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016.  To see the regular operating hours and upcoming holiday hours, please click here.