Author Archives: Jennifer Macaulay

The MacPhaidin Library Turns 20

Come celebrate with us over the next year as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the construction of the MacPhaidin Library. Construction began in late May of 1997, and the library opened at the beginning of the fall semester in 1998.

Follow along with us as we share pictures and stories of the construction and opening of the library over the next year in the newsletter and on our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest).

The images above were taken on September 3, 1997 when the college had an official tree topping-ceremony to celebrate the start of construction. Members of the college community were invited to sign a beam that was then raised into place in the library during the tree-topping ceremony.

What is a tree-topping ceremony? We wondered, too. Here’s an article from Slate explaining the history of the tradition.

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.

May 2017 Hours

The MacPhaidin Library

The Library will close at 4:30pm on Friday, May 12th, and will be closed Saturday and Sunday, May 13th-14th.

During the rest of May, the library is open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, closed on the weekends and will close at 12pm on Friday, May 26th and remain closed until the morning of Tuesday, May 30th for the Memorial Day holiday.

Go On a Blind Date with a Book

This February, why not go on a blind date with a book or DVD?

Our Web & Social Media team has selected titles from a wide variety of genres, authors and directors. We’ve wrapped them all, so you won’t know what you’ve picked until you’ve checked out the book or DVD. However, we have written a few helpful keywords for each one as a preview; see them all below!

  • Fantasy, Knights, Graphic Novel
  • Biography, Women’s Rights, Graphic Novel
  • Memoir, Civil Rights, Activism
  • Art, Activism, Feminism
  • Comedy, Magic, Weddings
  • Secret, Obsession, Scandal
  • Dogs, Animation, Songs
  • Desire, Betrayal, England
  • Classic, Families, Race
  • Couples, Comedy, Holidays
  • Unlikely Love, Absurdism
  • So-Ho, Exes, Diabolical Plot
  • Mobster True Crime Story
  • Fictitious road trip with mayhem
  • Historical Romance with master spy
  • Fiction, all wars have rules
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Murder in a Quebec monastery
  • A Princess’s memoir
  • Adoption, Family, Love

Celebrating Black History Month

heroesThis month, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Museum will all be celebrating Black History month. Initially a week-long celebration, the observance was founded by Cater G. Woodson in 1926.

“As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.”

In 1976 during the US bicentennial, President Ford expanded the celebration to last for a month.  “Since then, each American President has issued African American History Month proclamations.” You can view the documents related to these proclamations here.

This year, America’s cultural heritage institutions are beginning Black History Month with a screening of the film I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary by Raoul Peck that examines James Baldwin’s reactions to the assassinations of many civil rights leaders. Sponsored by the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, you can watch the streaming webcast of the documentary tonight. Visit their site for more information.

For information on additional events, visit the African American History Month website here.

Quotations from an essay by Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University, for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, found here.

Brain Drives, Climate Change, and Doing Good: A Neurosurgeon’s Dilemma

Stonehill is celebrating the second year of the Growing Climate Justice at Stonehill Initiative showcasing different events focusing on justice and the climate. Building on last year’s success, 2016-2017 will feature more thought-provoking speakers and events. The first event of the Fall will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM in the Martin Institute. There will be a public lecture entitled “Brain Drives, Climate Change, and Doing Good: A Neurosurgeon’s Dilemma” by Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime, the Nicholas T. Zervas Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School.

As part of the Growing Climate Justice at Stonehill Initiative. Dr. Duhaime’s talk should give us better insight into how our brains can thwart our efforts at climate change. Senior Neuroscience major, Nicole Pirro ’17 explains:

“Thursday’s talk by Dr. Anne-Christine Duhaime should be extremely interesting as it will explain three different items of discussion and why this could be an obstacle for a Neurosurgeon. In previous talks that can be viewed online, Dr. Duhaime has taken the big picture and broken it down so students and faculty of other disciplines will easily understand the point that she is trying to get across. The human brain has evolved to respond quickly to certain stimuli in order to stay alive. Therefore, our brains are not wired to think about large, slow moving threats such as climate change. However, the human brain does work with a reward system that will affect how one behaves. I’m eager to see how Dr. Duhaime will connect and explain the relationships between brain drive, climate change and doing good with Neuroscience and relevant research.”

For more information about this, and other Climate Justice events on campus, visit the Climate Justice page at

IT @ The Library

img_8278Having trouble connecting to wifi? Been locked out of your account? IT Specialists are back working at the library during evening hours. Stop by the Reference Desk to get help.

Monday – Thursday  6:00 – 10:00pm
Sunday 2:00 – 10:00pm

Bring your questions and your laptop or just stop by to say hi!

Library Video Tutorials

videotutorialDo you want your students to learn about a particular library resource or service, but don’t have time for in-class instruction from a librarian? Maybe your students have had some instruction, but you want them to have a refresher available on demand?

Do you want a little help when faced with an unfamiliar database at 3 am? Where do you go if you want to SEE the steps involved in setting up an interlibrary loan account and using ILLiad?

MacPhaidin Library instructional videos may be the answer!

Videos are available 24/7 and most are two to four minutes in length. They can be a way to engage visual and auditory learners, and provide an alternative when face to face library instruction is not possible. Videos can be embedded in eLearn courses, added to web pages, and sent via email.

We have videos that provide user instruction on specific databases, including JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, PubMed, and WorldCat. Links to these videos are placed at the point of use: near the corresponding database in the Electronic Resources list, and in the Finding Articles tab in library guides for individual disciplines or specific classes.

Other videos discuss research related topics such as Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources and How to Choose the Right Database. Still others describe library services, including Creating an Interlibrary Loan Account and Using Course Reserves.

Many videos are created by the library in-house. Others are selected by librarians from videos produced by database vendors like Ebsco, ProQuest, Lexis-Nexis, PubMed, and others.

All videos are available in the Library Video Tutorial Guide, along with links for sharing via email and embedding in eLearn class pages. Most library videos are also available on the Library‘s YouTube channel.

The library continues to create videos and to look for more videos from our vendors. Your suggestions for new videos are welcome!

For more information and to submit suggestions, contact Joe Middleton, 508 565-1433,

Changes to the Bloomberg Training Course

Here’s some news for Bloomberg users. As of Wednesday, August 31 2016, the Bloomberg Essentials BESS <GO> (commonly known as “Bloomberg Certification”) function has been replaced with the new Bloomberg Market Concepts BMC<GO> function. Now, when a student types BESS <GO> into the Terminal, they will be automatically forwarded to BMC <GO>.

Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) is an 8-hour, self-paced, e-learning video course consisting of four modules (Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income and Equities) and over 70 Bloomberg Terminal functions. After completing all four modules, students receive a certificate of completion.

BMC can be taken for free on any of the Bloomberg Terminals in Stanger. Students can also opt to complete BMC on the Bloomberg Institute website for a fee.

Bloomberg promises to release several enhancements to the BMC course over the next 12 months. For more information, see the Bloomberg Guide or contact Joe Middleton, x1433,