McQuade Messenger
Fall 2009

From the Director's Desk

I'm so pleased to announce that McQuade Library has won an important grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

We received a $6,000.00 federal “How Green Is My Library” IMLS/LSTA grant. The proposed project promotes environmental literacy at Merrimack College through funding green materials for the library’s collection and funding programs that will engage the campus community in conversations about sustainability.

The timing is perfect because there is enthusiasm, momentum, and support campus-wide to embrace sustainability, and this grant will help McQuade Library be a vital part of the greening of Merrimack College.

The federal funds will be used to add to the library's growing collection of environmental books, DVDs and multimedia kits. A website will be created that will promote green resources through specialized guides, booklists, and more. In addition, librarians are collaborating with faculty and students in courses to promote environmental literacy.

Kudos to Lyena Chavez, Head of Public Services, for writing this successful proposal. Lyena will be serving as the Project Director for this grant, so anyone interested in learning about this opportunity can contact her at Librarians are particularly interested in partnering with a few professors in the spring to work on green guides.

~ Bridget Rawding

What's Happening
What's New


Go Green and Be Seen

McQuade is introducing a new poster series with a new theme: Greening Merrimack.

Each poster will feature a student demonstrating how they “go green.”

At present, we are looking for students interested in being featured. If you “go green” and want to be seen all over campus as well as the library’s webpage, green page, and Facebook page, fill out an application here .

Join over 100 McQuade Library Facebook Fans




Wondering who the new face is on the current READ poster?

It is Kristine Johnson, a junior majoring in Education and the student assistant for the ERC at the McQuade Library. This is Kristine's second year working at McQuade and we are very happy to have her back.

Come check out Kristine's great ERC book displays on the third floor!

A digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

To enter the Digital Library, go to ARTstor and click on the “Go” button in the upper right hand corner.

* Remember, use your 14 digit library number on the back of your MACK card to access library databases from off campus.



Circulation Department Welcomes New Hires

Every fall, the Circulation Department receives dozens of work study student applications and this year was no different.

While reviewing these applications and conducting interviews gives the department the wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know many incoming and returning students, it is always sad to have to narrow down the candidates, many of whom are qualified and eager for the opportunity to work at the library.

The process for selecting candidates is based on several factors including financial aid status, availability, and previous work experience.

Once hired, student workers perform the vital tasks of covering the front desk, processing checkouts, answering the phone, referring patrons to staff, shelving, retrieving interlibrary loans and course reserves, and representing the library to current and potential students.

This year, we are thrilled to welcome the following 7 students to our staff:

Thomas Albano (2013)
Katelyn DeCarlo (2012)
Chanthida Duong (2013)
Declan Geoffrion Scannell (2013)
Amanda LeLacheur (2012)
Alexandra Picardi (2013)
Ariel Valdes (2013)

~ Joe St. Germain


McQuade Library's Educational Resources Collection (ERC) has a new and improved website. This website is intended to keep you updated on “what’s new” in the Educational Resources Collection as well as keep you connected to education databases, websites, the McQuade Library catalog and the Merrimack College Department of Education. If you are a student or a teacher in the undergraduate or graduate teacher preparation program at Merrimack College, a professional educator, an outreach volunteer, or someone interested in educational resources, visit the website at

~ Janet Graham

Fall 2009 Hours
Monday thru Thursday
7:30am -12:00midnight
7:30am -5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
11:00am - 12:00midnight

Please check our website for special holiday and intersession hours.

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