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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Working together, United States cultural organizations including the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Park Service, and the National Endowment for Humanities, celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month each year from September 15 to October 15.


During this month, organizations celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.”

On the US Government’s website for National Hispanic Heritage Month, you will find a number of online exhibits, resources, and information about events taking place over the course of the month. In particular, the website is hosting “Telling All Americans’ Stories: American Latino Heritage.” This series of stories aims to highlight “the breadth of Latino/a experience [as] as vital aspect of America’s rich and diverse past.”

If you are interested in on-campus events taking place this month, Mundos Apartes, Tierras Unidades (M.A.T.U.) is hosting its third annual Latinx Hispanic Heritage Festival in Pettit Atrium on Thursday, October 5th from 7:00pm-10:00pm.


To learn more, here are a few library resources:


If you are interested in learning more about the differences between terms you may hear this month, such as Hispanic and Latinx, watch this video from the Huffington Post.

FYE Week in the Library!

During the week of September 18 – 22, all 40 sections of First Year Experience (FYE) will meet in the library.  665 students will participate in the Digital Literacy Week program with reference librarians and IT staff.  The first floor will be very busy as first-year students, instructors, and student facilitators move between stations.  If you are looking for a quiet place to study, consider going to the second or third floors.

Understanding the DACA Announcement

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Fr. Denning released a statement to the Stonehill College community regarding the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

We have compiled a list of links below to provide more information on President Trump’s announcement.

– For a quick summary of the impact of this announcement, United We Dream has posted a list of Five Things You Need to Know.

– Read the full transcript of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s statement on September 5th.

– Read the remarks made by President Obama when he initially announced the DACA program on June 15, 2012.

– Read President Trump’s September 5, 2017, press release on his decision.

– View the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website on the DACA program.

– The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is offering a webinar on September 7, 2017, to discuss what this means for current and pending DACA applicants, what clients can and should do now, and how to get support advocacy moving forward.

-The National Education Association has created a webpage of tools and resources for those who may be impacted by this announcement.

– Scholarly organizations such as the APA and scholarly publications such as the Journal of Public Economics have also published studies on the impact of DACA; if you are interested in learning more, our Reference Librarians would be happy to assist.

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.

Senior Reflections: Taylor Mace ’17

Each spring, the Library staff reach out to graduating student aides to share their reflections on working in the Library.  By working at the Library, student aides learn about library management, interpersonal relations, and customer service.  The Library staff is appreciative of all their hard work.

Taylor Mace ’17 will attend Suffolk University Law School in the fall.

Taylor Mace ’17 shared her thoughts on working in the Library over the past four years.  She is a Neuroscience major with an English minor from Pottstown, PA.  Taylor wrote, “My favorite parts of working in the library included getting to know a wider population of students and getting to know the library staff! I have worked in a library since 8th grade, so I think I will miss the atmosphere of working in a library.  My plans for graduation include law school with a focus on the combination of neuroscience and the law. I’m very excited to see what is to come after my time at Stonehill.”

Senior Reflections: Jess Moody ’17

Each spring, the Library staff reach out to graduating student aides to share their reflections on working in the Library.  By working at the Library, student aides learn about library management, interpersonal relations, and customer service.  The Library staff is appreciative of all their hard work.

Jess Moody ’17 has worked at the Circulation Desk for four years.

Jess Moody ’17 shared her thoughts on working in the Library over the past four years.  She is an Interdisciplinary major for Speech Pathology from Easton, MA.  Jess wrote, “I have loved working in the library over the past four years. My favorite part was working in the Summer. We did a lot of major projects during that time, so it was fun to see what progress we made.
I will miss all of the friendships I have made while working at the desk! From the friendly staff to the other student workers, I have met a lot of great people.
My plan for after graduation is to take a gap year before applying to grad school, and working in an elementary school as a paraprofessional to gain experience.”


Senior Reflections: Michael Maggio ’17

Michael Maggio ’17 has worked at the Circulation Desk for four years.

Each spring, the Library staff reach out to graduating student aides to share their reflections on working in the Library.  By working at the Library, student aides learn about library management, interpersonal relations, and customer service.  The Library staff is appreciative of all their hard work.


Michael Maggio ’17 shared his thoughts on working in the Library over the past four years.  He is an Astrophysics and Mathematics major from Salem, NH and plans to work full-time as a Software Engineer for Raytheon in Woburn, MA after graduation.  When asked what he likes best about working in the Library, Michael responded, “I love the free candy that the generous librarians keep stocked.”