Monthly Archives: August 2017

Security Certificate Warnings in Library Resources

What to Do When You Get a Security Certificate
Warning Trying to Access Library Databases

The library provides off-campus access to databases via a proxy server; due to websites increasing their security protocols, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of security certificate warnings received when trying to access resources. Our library system vendor does have an updated method for allowing off-campus access that should eliminate this problem; to implement this new method, our system needs to be upgraded.

To complete the upgrade, the library will install new hardware, update our software, test the new system and then test and replace all of the library’s links that we use to access the databases. This process will interrupt access to resources and will change many of the links used in eLearn and for course reserves. Therefore, the library will implement the new system in May of 2018 in order to minimize the impact of the upgrade.

Whenever a security certificate warning appears in a browser, people can click through the warning to get to the resource (instructions are below). We are providing you with this workaround and preparing for a May 2018 rollout of the proxy fix because implementing it during the academic year would result in broken links. Proceeding with the instructions below will ensure students, faculty, and staff can access all library materials. After analyzing the problem and possible solutions, this is the least disruptive option for faculty and student access while classes are in session this year.

We will work closely with faculty teaching during summer of 2018 to ensure all of their links are updated to the new protocol and will have instructions for faculty to update existing links in their eLearn course packages well in advance of the fall 2018 semester.


In Google Chrome:

This is the warning screen you may see:

Click on the Advanced link. 

You will see this window next:

Click on the Proceed to [url for various databases] to get to the resource. 

You will see this message in the URL bar:

In Microsoft Edge:

This is the warning screen you may see:

Click on “Continue to this webpage (not recommended)” to get to the resource.

You will see this message in the URL bar:

In Internet Explorer:

This is the screen you may encounter:

Click on “Continue to this website (not recommended)” and you will be brought to the database.

You will see this message in the URL bar:




In Mozilla Firefox:

This is the warning screen you may see:

Click on the “Advanced” button to proceed.

You will then see the following screen.

In Firefox, you must add the site as an exception. Click on the “Add Exception” button.

The Add Security Exception screen will pop up.

Click on “Confirm Security Exception” to add this site as an exception and to be taken to the database. You can check the box next to Permanent store this exception and you should not have to go through this process next time you visit this database.

You will see this message in the URL bar:




In Safari:

This is the warning screen you may see:





Click “Show Certificate”.

Click “Trust” to open the drop-down menu.

Select “Always Trust” in the drop-down next to “When using this certificate,” then select “Continue.” Once you select Continue you will be prompted to enter your password to approve the system change.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 508-565-1313.

Updates from Summer 2017

What’s new in the Library? 


Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the start of the fall semester. Here are some of the things we’ve been up to this summer in the Library in preparation for the 2017-2018 Academic Year: 



Print room move 

In preparation for upcoming library renovations to house the Collaboratory for Innovative Design (CID), the print room has been moved from its former location in Room 110 to its new location next to Circulation. 


Introducing the Huddle Space 

Room 110 (the former print room) is now a Huddle Space. It will be used by librarians for consultations with students and faculty, and when not in use by librarians it will be available on a first-come-first-served basis to faculty and students as a work and collaboration space. 



FYE digital literacy week 

On September 19th-22nd, the Library, IT, and CWAA will be hosting all First Year Experience sections for a digital literacy session introducing them to our services. The DisCo and Library staff are fully-booked from 9am-5:30pm during this week.  



Welcome Allison Keaney!  

The Library has hired Allison Keaney as Head of Open Access Systems and Services; Allison oversees the Circulation & Access Services staff and is in charge of Copyright and Open Access programs. Allison and Liz Chase are working together on copyright for fall reserves as Allison settles into her new role. She joined the MacPhaidin Library Staff on August 7th.



Ebrary is now Ebook Central 

Proquest has replaced ebrary with Ebook Central. You will see that the ebook reader functionality is the same. Currently, users may receive a security notification when accessing the site; it is okay to proceed. The Library is working to remove this and will notify you of any changes. 



On the Library home page, you will see that we’ve changed our “Electronic Resources” link to read “Databases,” based on student user feedback. 


Articles tab 

We have removed the Article search from HillSearch, based on low usage and the quality of search results. A search in HillSearch now yields physical and electronic resources held by the library. Article PDFs are accessed through our databases. 


Changes to Yewno 

Yewno has updated their user interface, if you have any questions about its functionality, contact 




The deadline for fall reserves was August 1st. If you have not submitted your fall reserves requests yet, please do so ASAP. We will process materials for the first two weeks of your course first so that they will be available to students, then continue to add items in the order they were received. 


Book and streaming media requests  

If you would like the Library to purchase books, DVDs, or access to streaming media for your courses, please contact Liz Chase ( for Book and DVD requests, or Heather Perry ( for streaming media requests. 


Book your fall instruction! 

Space in the DisCo for the fall is already filling up; please contact your Subject Liaison or ASAP to discuss your plans for research instruction this fall. 


If you would like more information about any of these updates to our systems and services, please email or call 508-565-1203. 


Introducing Our New Information Skills Curriculum

Introducing Our Information Skills Curriculum 

Over the past year, Reference Librarians have created a new Information Skills Curriculum, developed using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. Our curriculum identifies specific learning goals for the different stages of a students’ studies at Stonehill College. The stages focus on a variety of core concepts ranging from the simple – the iterative nature of searching – to the more complex – the impact of context on the value of information. The framework is designed to enhance student’s information skills through faculty-librarian collaboration.  


Our Mission Statement 

The Library’s information skills curriculum fosters the development of independent thinkers capable of analyzing, evaluating and creating information with expertise and flexibility in their careers and life. We support Stonehill’s diverse community by cultivating students’ ability to use information responsibly within a fluid technological and social environment. 


About the Curriculum 

In our guide, you’ll find templates and ideas for how librarians can collaborate with students and faculty. We aim to save faculty time by providing in-person and online research support to students. We collaborate with students to help you enhance your research skills and produce high-quality work.  


By the time they graduate, students who participate in the full information skills curriculum can: 

  • Define their information need 
  • Identify appropriate source types and research tools to meet their information need 
  • Evaluate information to determine its validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness and bias 
  • Synthesize information from research with existing understanding in order to create new knowledge 
  • Identify the legal, ethical, economic and social issues related to the use of information and recognize relevant intellectual property laws 


These learning outcomes are drawn from our analysis of the key goals of the ACRL Framework. The Framework is centered around six concepts: 

  • Authority is constructed and contextual 
  • Information creation as a process 
  • Information has value 
  • Research as inquiry 
  • Scholarship as conversation 
  • Searching as strategic exploration 


The reference librarians used the framework to create learning outcomes for each of these six concepts that focus on the research conducted by Stonehill College students across the curriculum. Now, we are working to create additional resources, such as a guide to “Reading in the Disciplines,” that provides guidelines for how to approach articles and publications differently, depending on their discipline. Stay tuned for more from us this fall as we launch our new curriculum! 


If you’d like to partner with a librarian on an Information Skills Curriculum-based instruction session, please contact your Subject Liaison or 

Learning Starts at the Library – Fall 2017

Space in the DisCo and the Info Cafe are going fast! We already have 56 individual sessions booked for the Fall 2017 Semester! During the 2016-2017 academic year, librarians conducted 120 instruction sessions for 2125 students, with an additional 109 one-on-one research consultations for individuals and small groups. 


In addition to these sessions, during September 19th-22nd, the Library, IT, and CWAA will be hosting all 40 sections of the First Year Experience program for a Digital Literacy Week introducing them to our services. The DisCO and Library staff are fully booked from 9am to 5:30pm during this week. 

This fall we are launching our new Information Skills Curriculum. You can read our article about the new curriculum here. We offer a wide variety of ways for students to work with the library, including information skills sessions in the DisCo, small group consultations, one-on-one research consultations, and participation in your course eLearn site. 


We are also transitioning to a “Bring Your Own Device” model! As we phase out the HP tablets we used when the DisCo first opened, we strongly encourage students to bring their own laptops or tablets to class sessions. Using their own devices, students can create folders to organize their research, practice research skills they’ll use again outside the library session, and identify any potential issues they may have accessing library resources, all with a librarian present to provide assistance. We will also have five Chromebooks available for those students to share.   


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

  • Visit our Information Skills Curriculum LibGuide to learn more about our learning objectives and services 
  • Visit our website to learn more about the DisCo 
  • Visit our Classroom Policies Libguides page to learn more about using the space 
  • For additional information on the technology in the classroom, including instructions for its use, visit the Flynn DisCo LibGuide. 

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 


Welcome Allison Keaney!

Allison Keaney is the new Head of Open Access Systems and Services.

Allison Keaney is the Open Access Systems and Services Librarian. She oversees the circulation department including course reserves. Her prior library positions have included academic, public and special libraries. Allison holds a B.A. in History (concentration Military History) from UMass Boston, and is completing a MLIS degree at Clarion University. She has also taken several courses towards a Certificate in Genealogical Studies through The University of Toronto.  Outside of work, Allison enjoys reading, genealogy, cooking, and fixing things in her 167-year-old house. Most of all she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters and 4 cats.