Good-bye and thank-you to our readers – bye bye blog!

December 19, 2014

After ten years, Mohawk College Library bloggers are saying good-bye.

We are happy to have had the opportunity to share lots of information and library news with you, and have truly enjoyed reading and responding to your comments on a variety of different topics.  Although we will no longer be posting to this blog, you can still find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram so you can stay up-to-date on library news, events, and services.

We sincerely thank you for your support and readership and look forward to hearing from you through our social media sites.

So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, adieu!

Mohawk College presents Laverne Cox

December 12, 2014

The Mohawk College community is already getting ready for a special guest early next year!  Social Inc. in partnership with the Mohawk Students’ Association, The Well (LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton) and the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area present Laverne Cox.

Laverne Coxlaverne cox is well-known for her role on the hit show “Orange is the New Black” and will discuss her life and journey as a transgender actress.  This event will be held at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, located at the Fennell campus on March 23rd, 2015.  For more information and tickets, please click here.

Mohawk College Library has resources to help you learn more about the LGBTQ community.  The library has recently acquired the video Beautiful Boxer which  is based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgendered kick-boxer, Parinya Charoenphol (known as Nong Toom in Thailand).  The book, Transgender people discusses gender identity disorders, the transgender rights movement, and other issues faced by the transgender community.

If you do go to the event, be sure to send us a message on Facebook, Tweet us @mohawklibrary, or send us a picture on Instagram.

Support the MSA food bank at your campus library

December 1, 2014

The season for giving is upon us, yet so many people in our community are in need.

The Mohawk Student Association operates a student food bank at each campus in the MSA Office.  This is a free service for students in emergency need of food.  To learn more about the MSA food bank, you can read this article published earlier this year by Mohawk’s own Ignite News.

The Mohawk College Library is encouraging you to support our students and the MSA food bank this holiday season.  The library will be collecting non-perishable food donations at each campus library location in support of this MSA initiative.

Please give generously to support our students!

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In the city: Protect yourself this flu season

November 14, 2014

As the weather grows colder, flu season begins.  Protecting yourself and others around you from the flu virus is important for our overall health and wellness.

Influenza, most commonly referred to as the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus.  Symptoms may include: fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, sore throat, cough, weakness and tiredness.  The flu virus is spread through contact with people or surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus.

You can help prevent the spread of the flu:

– get your flu shot every fall

– wash your hands

– cover your cough and sneeze with something other than your hands

– stay home when you are sick

The vaccine is widely available in the city of Hamilton; to find a free flu shot location near you, click here.  For more information about influenza, getting your flu shot at Mohawk College, or other health related topics, check out the Wellness4U@Mohawk web site.

Mohawk College Library can help you protect yourself this flu season.  The video Resisting the flu: How to minimize your risk provides habits to improve your resistance, tips on how to take care of people who are infected, and covers mild and severe symptoms.  The Health, Wellness, & Fitness subject guide includes great library resources to keep you healthy this flu season and all year round!


Mohawk College Open House at the Stoney Creek campus

November 6, 2014

This evening, Mohawk College faculty, staff, and volunteers are welcoming you to the Mohawk College Open House at the Stoney Creek campus!   stoney creek

This is a great opportunity to discover the many different skilled trades and apprenticeship programs offered at Mohawk College, and to explore the recently renovated Stoney Creek campus.  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 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek campus.  For maps and directions, please click here.

ProQuest service alert

June 14, 2014

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, ProQuest will be unavailable due to scheduled improvements to its internal systems.





ProQuest expects that the following products will not be available:

  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest Support Center
  • ProQuest Dialog
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • ProQuest K12 databases
  • ProQuest Genealogy databases
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • RefWorks


This maintenance interruption will begin at approximately 10:00 p.m., and should be completed by approximately 11:00 a.m., on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

The Mohawk College Library has other databases available for you to use; please use one of the following methods to search for magazines, journal and newspaper articles:

  1. Find articles by subject using this Ebsco search box
  2. Search alternative databases by title
  3. Search for specific magazine and journal titles using the e-Journal Portal

If you are having difficulty accessing library databases, please refer to the library web page How to Access from Home (Remote Access) for additional information.

Victoria Day: The unofficial beginning of summer

May 15, 2014


In 1845, with an official declaration by the Legislature of the Province of Canada, Queen Victoria’s birthday – May 24th – was declared a holiday.  After Queen Victoria’s death, in 1903, Canada declared May 24th to be Empire Day, and then later changed it to British Commonwealth Day (Henderson, 2005, p. 119).  However, since 1952, Victoria Day,  the last Monday before May 24, has been celebrated as a holiday (Parry, 1987, p. 140).

Although the reason we celebrate this day has changed over the years, this weekend marks the first long weekend of the summer season.  So, whether you have called it Victoria Day, Empire Day, Commonwealth Day, May Two Four,  the May long weekend, or are campaigning to have the name changed, to “Victoria and First Peoples Day,” this Monday, May 19th is a holiday and all Mohawk College library locations are closed  but resume regular hours on Tuesday.

Want to learn more about Queen Victoria? The Westfield Heritage Village is paying tribute to her with their program, Queen Victoria – A Woman of Influence. As well, the residents of the Six Nations welcome everyone to the Bread and Cheese Festival, a celebration started by Queen Victoria.

There are fireworks, at dusk,  Sunday evening in Dundas at the Driving Park, and inside the horse track at the Six Nations.


If you want more information about the other holidays we celebrate, have a look at Let’s Celebrate! Canada’s special days by Caroline Parry and Holidays, festivals, and celebrations of the world dictionary (3rd ed.), edited by Helene Henderson.  Both books are located in the Cummings Library.



Mohawk College Health Wellness & Fitness Expo

April 8, 2014


What do the following topics have in common?

1. Nutrition & Diet
2. Lifestyle
3. Stress Management
4. Sleep
5. Exercise
6. Disease Prevention and Cures
7. Mental and Emotional Well-Being
8. Happiness



Each plays an important role in your overall well-being and, together they comprise the topics essential for maintaining your Health, Wellness and Fitness.

While information about these topics can be found on Health, Wellness & Fitness, and Self Help subject guides, even more information on a variety of different subjects will be featured at the Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo.  Sponsored by McMaster Innovation Park and Mohawk College, the work of eighteen students in their fourth semester of the Health, Wellness & Fitness program will be featured at this family friendly expo being held on  April 11th @ 2 P.M.

Register here for your free tickets.

Connect to Careers: Job Fair

January 22, 2014

Graduating soon?

Looking to start your career?

Plan on attending the Connect to Careers job fair being held on Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 10 – 4, at the Careport Centre, Hamilton.

Employers are recruiting for full time, part time, co-op and summer positions.  Obtain information from employers on educational and job requirements, industry trends and growth.  Registration required.  A complete list of participating employers can be found here.

Check out the resources listed on the Career fairs page on the Careers and Job Hunting subject guide to find out how you can prepare for a career fair.  While you’re looking at this subject guide, use the sites on the Company research page to find out more about participating companies.

Need a place to study?

December 11, 2013

The Library is here for you while you finish preparing for exams.

Need silence?  We’ve got it!

For students who wish to study alone, with no distractions:               the silent study room is open until 9 PM.

Need quiet? We’ve got it!

For students working individually, with minimal distractions:             visit the main floor of the Library.

Need a place to work late? We’ve got it!

For students needing a place to work late:                                        check out the Collaboratory’s extended hours. Until Thursday, December 12th, open until midnight .