The Library wants to hear from YOU!

September 15, 2014

This September, the Library launched its new and improved website (now mobile-friendly!) Your feedback is important to us. Take our short survey about the library website and you could win a $25 iTunes gift card!  The survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete and is totally anonymous. Act soon – the survey closes Oct. 1st! Help us to make your library website the best it can be!

fill out our survey, you could win a $25 iTunes gift card!

In the city: Supercrawl 2014

September 12, 2014

Supercrawl 2014

This weekend in the city, James Street North is celebrating it’s 6th annual Supercrawl!  There is no better way to spend the weekend than enjoying local artists, musicians, family events, literary readings, and lots of food.  This year Hamilton band the Arkells are part of the huge lineup of shows; you can read more about the Arkells from this Hamilton Spectator article.

Supercrawl developed out of the C & C Music Festival, the James Street North artcrawl, and the desire to showcase Hamilton’s community of local talent.  Today, six years later, organizers are anticipating even higher numbers than last year, which boasted over 100,000 people in attendance.  For more information about this weekend-long festival, check out the daily schedule for event listings.  Before you head out to the festival, be sure to take a look at the Supercrawl map for directions and road closures.

Mohawk College is a zone sponsor of Supercrawl, and there will be a Mohawk College Fashion Stage featuring live performances on Saturday, September 12th, and Sunday September 14th.

Mohawk College Library has lots of resources to help musicians develop their skills.  The Music subject guide includes books, e-books, articles, musical scores, videos, and apps to help you discover everything you need to know about musical instruments, marketing and the music industry.  The Trends & Issues page includes selected articles to help keep you up to date on industry news.

If you do head down to Supercrawl, share your expericne with us via social media – find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

99 bottles of beer on the wall?

September 11, 2014

beerBeer is back in the news this fall.   From dry frosh weeks to calls for beer to be sold in convenience stores,  our passion for and against the brew is clear.

Beer companies large and small are great potential employers for grads of Business and Engineering Technology programs.  For the latest numbers on the brewing industry in Canada, consult our friends at StatsCan.   CTV news distills their details about the popularity of craft beers here.   For some insight into the big players and the Canadian beer market,  check out the latest industry profile from our Business Source Premier database.

Drinking responsibly is important at any age and at any time of year.  Drinkaware in the UK does a particularly good job of promoting the concept of responsible alcohol consumption.  They’ve even developed an app!  Why not try it out and let us know what you think?











College – the second week

September 8, 2014

Cummings Library & Collaboratory

Congratulations! You survived your first week of college. Hopefully you attended some of the campus events, met some new people, and had some fun.

The second week is when the work begins, and the library is here to help.  We have a variety of resources to help you succeed; your subject guide is a great place to start!  If you are having trouble locating library resources, ask a library staff member at the customer service desk for help.

TECH BAR staff are available to help you navigating MOCOmotion and eLearn, and can also assist you in downloading Microsoft Office or AutoCAD to your laptop.  Simply visit a TECH BAR – there is one at each library location!  You can also borrow a laptop up to 2 hours each day, for use in the library, at each of the TECH BAR locations.

Need a place to study?  We have those too. The library has quiet study and silent study space; larger groups are encouraged to book a group space online using the library booking system.  Library staff can be found roving in any of these areas to offer assistance when needed.  Studying at home and have a quick question? We can be reached by phone, chat or email.

Mohawk College Library is here to help, so drop by and say hello.


In the city: Locke Street Festival

September 5, 2014

This weekend in the city, Locke Street is the place to be!  The annual Locke Street Festival is taking place on Saturday, September 6th, and starts at 10:00 a.m.  This family friendly event offers something for everyone; arts and crafts, performances, and great food will be lining the street.  Live entertainment featuring local performers will be on stage from noon until 11 p.m.  Check out the Live on Locke web page for more information.

Creative_sparks Mohawk College Library has great resources to help you discover your passion for the arts.  The Art & Design Foundations subject guide includes books, e-books, journal, videos, and websites to inspire your creative spirit.  The book Creative sparks shows you how to ignite your design ingenuity 24/7 with over 150 mind-bending concepts, images and exercises.

If you do attend the Locke Street Festival, be sure to share your fun-filled day with us.  You can find the library on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!

It’s library poll time!

September 4, 2014

The library understands that busy students often use their smartphone for more than social networking.  This week we want to know if you use your smartphone to do library research.

Ice bucket pros and cons

September 3, 2014

ALSice The ALS Association‘s hugely successful Ice Bucket Challenge has captured the imagination of people all over the world this summer.  In addition to raising over $100M for the association, this viral sensation has introduced many to the awful condition which is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. (Find out more about the condition from one of our fave medical sites, Medline Plus.)

Media coverage has been extensive.  Techcrunch posted some fascinating numbers in an article today.   BBC news provides an interesting overview of pros and cons in an article entitled: How much has the ice bucket challenge achieved?   Here’s a view from the “inside” … one fundraising professional identifies the challenges the ALS Association might face after the challenge!

Marketing coup?   Waste of water?    Challenge to other charities’ fundraising?   Let us know what you think.  Did you participate?

Interested in the marketing side of charities and non-profits?   Check out our subject guide page on fundraising and development.



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