Library Director, Bridget Rawding

It always feels unbelievable how quickly the semester comes to a close, but here we are again. As I write these words, every corner of the library is filled with students finishing up end-of-semester projects and studying for final exams.

It has, of course, been a year of change and opportunity for McQuade Library. We are all eager to complete the renovation project and welcome you back next fall with a beautiful new first floor featuring a café, a variety of gathering spaces, and a centralized service point for assistance with all your research and information needs. I can’t overstate my gratitude to the community for your patience and flexibility throughout the renovation project.

Because construction will continue throughout exam week, we have arranged for alternative quiet study spaces on campus throughout the week:

Day Location
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3rd Floor Lounge, Sakowich
Tuesday & Thursday Meeting Room B, Sakowich
Monday – Friday Suite A & Commuter Lounge, Sakowich

These rooms will be available from 7:30am to 3:30pm each day. Got a reference question and you’re not in the library? No worries – you can contact a librarian via text, IM, phone, or email.

I wish everyone the best of luck with final exams (whether you are taking them or grading them!), and congratulations to all of our graduating seniors! Remember that the library is open all summer, so visit us often if you will be teaching or taking summer courses, or if you are just looking for some good books and DVDs to take along during your summer travels. Packing light? Check out our growing collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks.

Whatever your plans, I hope you have a wonderful summer with plenty of time for rest, renewal, and fun!

~ Bridget Rawding


Spotlight on McQuade Library Graduating Student Workers!

McQuade Library student workers are a vital part of the daily running of the McQuade Library and they perform a variety of tasks, including answering the phone, referring patrons to staff members, and checking out patrons' DVDs and books. Nine of our library student workers will be graduating. We asked them to comment on their experience working at the McQuade Library and share their future plans.

Here are their comments:

We congratulate all of our seniors, including Leah DeSalvo, Circulation Student Worker, and Kristine Johnson, ERC Student Worker and wish them all future happiness and success!

Graduating Library Student Workers

From left to right, Mary DeSantis, Tania Leeder, Yanil Rojas, Katelyn Buote. Missing – Aubrey Bean, Lindsey deMont, Leah DeSalvo, Kelly Fitzgerald, Kristine Johnson.

Library Instruction: Semester in Review

The spring semester was an active one for the McQuade Library instruction program. Reference and Instruction librarians met with over 600 students in approximately 50 course–related sessions and workshops.

Faculty Collaborations

This semester, librarians were especially pleased to go "beyond the one–shot session" and engage in many meaningful pedagogical collaborations. They worked with several faculty members to craft collaborative assignments that developed students' research skills and critical thinking. Here are a few examples:

McQuade Librarians look forward to more collaborations with faculty members that develop effective, engaging, and creative classroom activities in the fall. To set up a library workshop or have a librarian create an online research guide, please contact Lyena Chavez (x5045 or


Introducing LibGuides!

Some members of the Merrimack College community may already be familiar with LibGuides, the McQuade Library's new online research guide platform. McQuade Library began using LibGuide to create online course research guides during the 2009 Fall semester. Librarians took time during the 2009–2010 academic year to become familiar with the software and all of it's features.

Last summer the librarians began converting the old, text–heavy subject guides into the new LibGuides platform. This migration was completed during the Fall 2010 semester.

McQuade Library is proud to offer over 35 subject guides directly related to Merrimack College's curriculum, as well as many special topics guides, such as Academic Integrity, Resources for Faculty, eBooks, How to Cite Sources, Research Help, Library Renovation, Gulf Oil Spill Resources, and Government Information.

Since the fall of 2009, Instruction Librarians have also developed more than 100 online course research guides specifically geared toward course themes, topics, assignments, and requirements. Librarians work closely with faculty to ensure that course research guides are as relevant as possible to course content and meet the needs of students' research.

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Summer is the Right Time to Try OverDrive!

As the school year comes to a close, it’s time to catch up on all the leisure reading you’ve had to postpone to get that last paper finished or final exam completed. But now you’re free! Free to enjoy all the free titles available to you all summer long through McQuade Library’s NOBLE Digital catalog.


McQuade Library’s NOBLE Digital catalog gives you access to all the best sellers and classic titles in audio or E-book format that you’ve been wanting to download to your MP3 player, eBook reader or mobile device.

Is there an APP for that? If your device is a Android™, BlackBerry®, iPhone® / iPad® / iPod touch® or Windows Mobile® the answer is a resounding “Yes”! Use these apps to download directly to your mobile device.

For our ebook enthusiasts, you’ll be pleased to learn that Nooks, Kobos and Sony Readers are among the growing number of ebook readers compatible with OverDrive – consult the compatible device page from Overdrive often for the latest devices added!

McQuade Library is committed to bringing you cutting edge digital technology that offers our community the content you want and need for study, work or play. Have a terrific summer!

Featured Database: ScienceDirect College Edition

The ScienceDirect College Edition database includes full text journal articles from the current year back to 1995 in over 1900 titles from Health & Life Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Search for a specific journal, author, article, volume or issue, or browse by subject, including Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Business, Management, Economics, Psychology, and many others.

If you register for a free account with ScienceDirect you may also:

Science Direct


Friday, May 13th – Sunday, May 22nd

Weekday Time
Monday – Thursday 8:30a.m. – 8:00p.m.
Friday 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.
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Monday, May 23rd – Friday, August 12th

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Saturday & Sunday Closed
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Independence Day, Monday, July 4th Closed

Saturday, August 13th – Thursday, September 1st

Weekday Time
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Friday 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed


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