March 6, 2014
Want to learn how to get started on your ePortfolio using the ePortfolio tool in eLearn? Come out to the Library TECH BAR at any campus during our workshops, and we’ll show you how. Attend this 1 hour session and leave with a start on your ePortfolio! Click to register!
March 4, 2014
Everyone is invited to listen and learn from electric guitar great, Robben Ford. Mohawk College is proud to be hosting the guitarist on March 6th and 7th at the Fennell campus. A five-time Grammy nominee, Robben Ford has played with artists as diverse as Miles Davis, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, and many others.
The community is invited to join a master class that Robben is running for students in Mohawk’s Music programs from 10 a.m. to noon on March 6th. The Mohawk College Foundation is proud to present Robben in concert at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre on March 7th, building on the tradition of fundraising shows by the Steeltown Friends of Mohawk Music, to raise money for Mohawk’s Music program. For more information, click here.
Learn about music with the help of the Mohawk College Library! The Music subject guide contains a variety of resources about the music business, instruments, and types of musical styles. You’ll also find musical scores, websites, apps and industry news.
February 27, 2014
Welcome back from your work term!
We hope you had a great experience out in the field. Some exciting things have been happening at the Stoney Creek campus while you were away. A new boiler is being installed the construction started this week, and two new faculty members have joined your department; a warm welcome to Tim Woods and Ron Allan. The library has recently streamed the very popular Boiler operation DVD series; you can watch the series from the comfort of your home!
Drop by the library for books, DVDs, and online resources for your program. Your subject guide is a fabulous resource for your study needs.
See you soon!
February 25, 2014
For the past 30 years, Canada’s Book and Periodical Council has sponsored the Freedom to Read Week. This week long celebration, which just happens to coincide with the College’s Reading Week, brings to the attention of Canadians that their intellectual freedom to read what they desire is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
According to the Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee’s report, Intellectual Freedom Questioned: Challenges to Library Resources and Policies in Publicly Funded Canadian Libraries in 2012 (Schrader & Bowman, 2013), publicly funded Canadian libraries received 73 requests, citing 148 reasons, to have material removed from libraries.
While the titles listed below are not amongst the items currently fostering dis-favor, they have all appeared on the list of challenged works. Why not celebrate your freedom to read this reading week and check out some of these titles?
February 19, 2014
On the Concurrent Disorders Subject Guide Trends and Issues tab, we feature the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Mental Health blog. CAMH has other blogs. One that recently caught our attention is their Addiction Fundamentals blog where they have been blogging about the death by heroin overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Reaction to this death seems to fall more on the side of treating addicts as people who are ill rather than as criminals. Russell Brand advocated for this very thing in his poignant reaction to Hoffman’s death. Want to learn more about addiction and mental health? Start on the Concurrent Disorders Subject Guide, bookmark interesting blogs, websites and journals and read them regularly. Drop by the library to learn more about our databases and how to search them for credible or scholarly resources.
February 18, 2014
All eyes are on Russia these days as we follow the triumphs and trials of our Olympic athletes. For a few years now, the country has been considered an emerging economy, part of the so called BRIC group which also includes Brazil, India and China. Jim O’Neill, formerly of Goldman Sachs, coined the BRIC term and wrote this book, available in the Cummings Library.
Those spectacular views of the Sochi area, Red Square in Moscow and the fabulous architecture of St. Petersburg might have you thinking about working in Russia or doing business there. Our Business Source Premier database has a terrific collection of regularly updated country profiles. Start your research with this one about Russia and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
You’ll need to make your move quickly! O’Neill has forecast that the MINT economies (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey) could replace the BRICs soon!
February 14, 2014
Are you looking for a new, extreme experience during Reading Week? Get your team together and sign up for the first nationwide hackathon!
Recently, Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, was at Mohawk College’s MEDIC research lab at the Fennell Campus. He announced the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) – the country’s first national open data hackathon for postsecondary education students, entrepreneurs and innovators. CODE is a 48-hour competition, and will take place from Feb. 28 to March 2. If you’re looking for inspiration, or tips to get you through the weekend, read this article: John Hopkins students pull all-nighters for 36-hour HopHacks hackathon.
Whether you’re looking for information to support you during the hackathon or for resources to develop your computer skills, the Mohawk College Library is here to help! The Safari Books Online subject guide includes computer science e-books to help you develop and hack your way through the CODE competition. E-books like Hacking exposed 7: Network security secrets & solutions and App savvy are sure to help you beat the competition.
If you do participate in the CODE competition, be sure to share your experience with us!