In the city: Hamilton Multicultural Festival

August 22, 2014

This week in the city, Ward 2 is celebrating its first-ever Hamilton Multicultural Festival!  This free, one-day festival, aims to connect and promote the diverse communities of Hamilton’s Ward 2 neighbourhoods.  The festival will feature local performers, music, games, kids’ activities, food, and arts and crafts vendors. There will also be a space for inter-cultural conversations about inclusion and equity in our communities.  


The Multicultural Festival will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Pier 8 at 47 Discovery Drive.  The festivities will run from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  You can find out more information on Facebook, or read this article from CBC Hamilton.

The Mohawk College Library has resources that you can use to learn more about diversity, multiculturalism, and equality.  The library databases are a great place to find articles from thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers.  If you are looking for a specific journal or magazine title, the e Journal portal can help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Whether you are on-campus, or just online, Mohawk College Library staff are available to help you discover everything the library has to offer.  Contact us for more information about our services, locations, and discover how your campus library can help you connect, learn and succeed!

Construction wrap up at Stoney Creek Campus

August 18, 2014

Construction is starting to wrap up at Stoney Creek Campus. Very soon the library will move into our new and improved location. Furniture, computers and books still need to be arranged and the doors hung but we are getting there. We will be closed while we move back in. Please check the Library website if you are planning a visit to the Stoney Creek Campus Library in the next two weeks.

Around the campus there are other changes. Tim Horton’s is now located in the front atrium. The only thing Tim Horton’s needs is the coffee brewing and the donuts baked. The bookstore, cafeteria, the new fitness centre and student engagement are conveniently located down the “main street” hallway. Sorry no pictures of “main street” it is still under construction. By September all the construction gates will be removed and we will be ready to welcome you back to school.

The new library almost ready for furniture.

The new library almost ready for furniture.

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Tim Horton’s located in the front entrance of Stoney Creek Campus

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The new bookstore location

In the city: It’s all Greek to me!

August 15, 2014

This weekend in the city, do not be alarmed if everyone around you is screaming OPA!  They are only getting in the spirit of things for Hamilton’s one and only Greek Fest.  The annual Hamilton Greek Fest is located at Inch Park on the Hamilton mountain.  The fun starts at noon on Friday and doesn’t stop until 9 p.m. on Sunday.  This family friendly, fun-filled event features a kids zone, authentic homemade greek food and desserts, dancing, vendors, live performances, and much more!  For more information check out the event schedule.

If you want to brush up on your knowledge of all things Greek, the Mohawk College Library has the right resources to get you started.  Find books, videos, and more on Ancient Greece, Classical Greece, culture, and civilization.  Let this list of library resources be your guide!

The library also has e-books that you can download anywhere for information on the go.  The History Reference Center offers access to nearly two thousand full text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Or search the EBSCOhost eBooks database which includes thousands of full-text reference, scholarly, and professional e-books.

If you plan to attend Hamilton’s Greek Fest, tell us about it!  Tweet us @mohawklibrary (don’t forget #hamgreekfest!), find us on Facebook, or leave a comment below.

How much tax do you pay?

August 13, 2014

frasertaxvideoThe Fraser Institute, a rather right wing Canadian think tank, just published the results of one of its 2014 surveys, the Canadian consumer tax index.   You can check out the quick summary, the infographic or the full report here or get the basic scoop from this video.   Bottom line … it’s not good news.  We spend more in taxes each year than on the sum total of our other big expenses: clothing, food and shelter!

Not everyone agrees with the Institute’s methodology but, regardless, it’s interesting food for thought.  Want to know how much tax you pay?  Not sure what your marginal tax rate is?  Check out Ernst & Young’s tax calculator and tax rates tool , available online from the Library.

Maybe some better financial planning is in your future?   Check out the Trends & Issues page on our Subject guide for Mohawk’s Business – Financial Services program; you’ll find some great blogs to follow!


MOCOmotion: A brief introduction

August 12, 2014

Welcome first year students!  You are probably excited to start this new phase in your life as a college student.  We are pleased to welcome you to Mohawk College, and are looking forward to seeing you in the Mohawk College Library where we can help you succeed in your chosen field of study.

MOCOmotion is Mohawk College’s portal. MOCOmotion is where you will find your official college email, grades, and timetable. You will also find an area to pay your fees, find your T2202a tax receipt, and update your personal information.


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MOCOmotion "my student account"

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These are just a few of the resources you will find in MOCOmotion; take some time to explore  all the information on your own. If you would like help navigating through MOCOmotion, visit a Mohawk College Library TECH BAR location for a one-on-one introduction.  Check out the Technical Support web page for more information.

In the city: Summer festivals

August 8, 2014

The summer season just would not be the same without a music festival.  This weekend in the city, the Ancaster Fairgrounds welcomes the Festival of Friends.  The festival is celebrating its 39th year, and offers free admission and family friendly events.  Weekend parking passes are available, or you are welcome to take the HSR shuttle service directly to the fairgrounds.  As always, the festival will include multiple stages and musical lineups, food of the world, arts and crafts, and a midway.


Promoting events can be a large undertaking; organizing volunteers, vendors, sponsors – the list is endless!  Mohawk College offers Continuing Education programs to help you learn more and further your career in all these areas.  The latest CE catalogue is now available and registration is open for courses beginning in the fall.  The Community Services and Support certificates offered at Mohawk College include: Event Management, Fundraising/Development Associate, Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit sector, and Volunteer Management.

If you are already taking courses to complete one of the above certificates, or planning on registering for the fall, the Mohawk College Library has all the resources you will  need to successfully complete your program.  You can access the best resources through the library Subject Guides, which were created to assist students with their research needs.  The Community Leadership – CE guide includes books, journals, websites and videos to support your learning objectives.

Greatist is great!

August 7, 2014

greatist One of our favourite blogs these days is called Greatist. With a focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, it features “awesome workouts, easy recipes, and wellness tips”.

Posts are written by a team of experts and certified professionals and even more importantly… from a cred perspective … they try to support all facts with a scientific study! (You know how we library types love that evidence based stuff!)  Great example of the format is a recent article on a topic we can all relate to: hand washing technique in public washrooms!     Cold water vs. hot,  paper vs. air dry, soap vs. hand sanitizer …  the winners are all supported by evidence in the works cited list!   Follow Greatist in all the regular places or subscribe to emails … you’ll be glad you did!

Interested in more info on how to live a healthy lifestyle?   We’ve identified other great blogs; find them on the Library’s subject guide for the Health, Wellness and Fitness program.


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