In the city: Fall jazz concert series

October 31, 2014

This weekend in the city you can enjoy a great evening of music presented by the Hamilton All Star Jazz ensemble.  The series of concerts will be held at the Old Firehall Arts Center, 334 Wilson Street East, Ancaster.  The concert series includes the following performances: Broadsway with Heather Bambrick on Saturday, November 1; Tara Davidson Quartet on Saturday, November 8th; and a Tribute to Eva Cassidy featuring Candace Walkes on Saturday, November 15th.  Tickets are only $26 and doors open at 7:00 p.m. with performances starting at 8:00 p.m.  Visit the Hamilton All Star Jazz events page for more information.

jazzMohawk College Library has a variety of resources for the jazz aficionado, or those learning to appreciate jazz.  Discover the history and culture of jazz through one of the many books available, or listen to a CD and immerse yourself in jazz music.

If you are just beginning to appreciate this type of music, you may be interested in the book Jazz styles: History & analysis.  This book is an introduction to jazz, and it teaches the chronology of jazz by showing readers how to listen and what to notice in each style.

If you plan on attending one, or all, of this exciting concert series, be sure to let us know!  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We have “bookbooks”!

October 29, 2014

ikeaIKEA’s great little promo video “Experience the power of a bookbook”  went viral in September with over 12 million views.  It cleverly extols features such as lack of cables, eternal battery life, touch navigation and pages that load in a flash!  Absolutely brilliant advertising!

If you’re a fan of the “bookbook”, you’ll be pleased to know that Mohawk Library has lots of them.   Interested in the best business ideas?  Check out some classic reads in our “Business leaders read this”  collection.  Want Canadian content?  Health Sciences students can easily zero in on titles with a maple leaf symbol on the IAHS bookshelves.  For trades and technology students, we have loads of codes too!    Big books, small books, fat  books, skinny books … if you prefer the simplicity of print, we’ve got it!


Mohawk College Library & Collaboratory

October 27, 2014


The Mohawk College Library & Collaboratory and TECH BAR recently launched a new web site. This site highlights the services offered at the Library TECH BAR locations at Fennell, IAHS, and Stoney Creek campuses.  Additional services are available at the Collaboratory located at Fennell  campus.

One of the great features of the website is the FAQ page. The FAQs offer excellent step by step tutorials on many commonly asked questions about MOCOmotion, eLearn, downloading free software, and more. Check them out! Have a suggestion for an FAQ? Be sure to contact us and let us know.

Need one on one help? Book an appointment online with one of our friendly TECH BAR staff. At home and need a quick question answered? Chat with us.  Don’t need an answer right away? Email and we will get back to you the next business day.



Mohawk College Open House at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences

October 25, 2014

Today, Mohawk College faculty, staff, and volunteers are welcoming you to the Mohawk College Open House at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences building!   IAHS

This is a great opportunity to discover the many different health sciences programs offered at Mohawk College, and to explore the Institute for Applied Health Sciences building.  You can meet with faculty and staff  who can provide valuable information about programs, admission requirements, and what to expect from campus life.  Our friendly library staff will be available to share the services that you can access at your campus library.

The Open House will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences building, located on the McMaster University campus.  For maps and directions, please click here.

In the city: Celebrate the season

October 24, 2014

The city has certainly had it’s fair share of miserable weather this week, but the weekend forecast is promising some sunny skies, and one way to enjoy it is by exploring this great city!  Tourism Hamilton has a long list of events happening in the city, and this weekend is no exception.

6236213699_0118cfc298_zHalloween is only a week away, the Hamilton Civic Museums are celebrating early.  Witches & Warlocks at Westfield includes more than thirty-five heritage buildings lit by lanterns, pumpkins and moonlight, the Westfield will be a magical, mysterious setting for Halloween fun.

This Saturday you can Be a Mad Scientist at the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology.  Enjoy creepy chemistry experiments, including making slime, and take a Halloween-themed tour of the 1859 Pumphouse. Mad scientists-in-training will also get to decorate their own mad glasses, and create their own lava lamp to take home.

Or why not visit the Community Kitchen at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market for Cooking at the Market: Spooktacular Appetizers. Learn how to create two spooktacular appetizers: Spicy Pumpkin Hummus (in a pumpkin) & Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.  The event is free, but space is limited.

Mohawk College Library offers online access to The Hamilton Spectator – your source for what’s on in your exciting city!  You can also find a print copy of Hamilton Magazine at the Cummings Library located at the Fennell campus.  Be sure to follow our blog for weekly “In the City” posts for information about events in the Hamilton area.

In the city: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

October 17, 2014


This weekend in the city,  Mohawk College and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) celebrate a jazz legend as they present Ray Charles: A Tribute at Hamilton Place on Saturday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.).  The program features favourite songs from Charles’ repertoire and original arrangements from artistic director Matt Catingub starring singer Joni NehRita and Grammy-nominated drummer Steve Moretti.  This program is packed with classic Ray Charles songs like Hallelujah, I Love Her So, Georgia On My Mind and Hit the Road Jack.  Mohawk guests are also invited to a Motown themed after party at Hamilton Place.  Tickets are free but limited.  Students can call the box office at (905) 526-7756 to reserve their seats!

Mohawk College Library has resources for jazz musicians and for those of you that just appreciate the music.  The Music subject guide is a great place to start; it contains books, e-books, music scores, jazz CDs, and so much more!  Discover something new about jazz music or your favourite jazz musician with resources from the our collection.

If you plan on attending this exciting event, be sure to let us know!  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Let the Library know what you think and get a free coffee card!

October 14, 2014

coffeeThe library is looking for students to participate in a study about our website. The goal of the study is to find out if our website is easy or difficult to use. Here’s what’s involved:

  • Spend a 45 minutes – 1 hour with us navigating a website and completing a short questionnaire
  • In return, get a $5 coffee card
  • That’s it!

The time will be scheduled according to your convenience and the location will be the library at your campus. Interested? Please fill out this brief form! Please note – while we appreciate everyone’s interest in the study, only those selected to participate will be contacted. If you are selected, you’ll hear from us within 2 weeks. We appreciate your interest in the study!


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