Statistically significant subject guides

December 17, 2014

topsubjectguidesThe Library’s subject guides are a hit!  Actually they were a hit over 275,000 times in 2014!  Congrats to faculty and students in the RPN to BScN program for having the top used program guide (almost 16000 hits).   Students in two of our Continuing Education programs made good use of their subject guides too: over 10,000 hits each for the Library and Information Technician program guide and the Mental Health Nursing Certificate guide.

Haven’t discovered your program’s guide yet?  Make this your first priority in January!  You’ll find lists of customized, best bet, online and print resources selected with care and expertise by your Library staff.  They provide great starting points for just about any assignment and will save you gobs of time!

As you can see, our APA guide really attracts attention!  Technical help is just a click away with our Tech Support guide.  Dreaming about that job at the end of the rainbow?  Check out our Careers and Job Search guide for some great tips and tricks!  Writing skills, time management, stress relief … we’ve got it!

New Year’s resolution:  get to know your subject guide!  We’d like to see a little more competition for those top spots!

Shop til you drop and then … give

November 27, 2014


After the spending frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday,  Giving Tuesday reminds us about the importance of helping others during the holiday season.  This is the second year for Giving Tuesday in Canada and,  in a short time,  an amazing 1900 organizations have come together to promote the “opening day of the giving season”.

Sometimes it’s hard to decide where to direct your money, where it will do the most good.  Why not consult MoneySense Magazine’s most recent Charity 100 rankings or Charity Intelligence Canada’s list of 4 star organizations?  Lots of surprises!  Giving doesn’t have to be about money; it can also be about volunteering.  Find a local volunteer opportunity in the Volunteer Hamilton database.

Let us know how you decide to give back on Tuesday!  Share via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


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.

Advice from Iron Man

January 14, 2014

muskDid you know that Elon Musk (of PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, and hyperloop fame) was the inspiration behind the Iron Man character?  These days, it’s hard to miss this fascinating entrepreneur in the press.  His latest coup was being named Business person of the year by Fortune magazine.  Check out the December 9 issue of Fortune in the bizHUB for the feature article and its interesting comparison of Musk to Steve Jobs.

Musk had some words of wisdom for students when he was interviewed recently by Fareed Zakaria on CNN.  In this video clip, he talks about the importance of being good with technology, being creative and “thinking until your brain hurts”!   Now that’s trying hard!

Want to know more about Elon Musk?  Check out this list of articles from our Business Source Premier database.

Why not follow him on Twitter?   The Library does!

Find your passion and follow it!

November 12, 2013

tellmeaboutyourselfThere was a great post on the Workopolis blog recently called “How to land a job with just one email“.  It told the story of a university student who landed his dream job at technology startup Foursquare by sending an email to the founders.   His passion for the company comes across loud and clear in the email.  He had done his research, knew lots about them and was able to convince the founders that he would be a valuable addition to the team.

We all need motivation to accomplish our goals.  Dreaming about a job with a particular company might just be the motivator you need to push you through assignment and exam time!   Maybe your ideal job is at a company around the corner, or the firm your Mom works for or ????  Having trouble identifying that dream employer?  Check out our slew of lists of best employers  in a variety of categories:  most socially responsible, most “green”, most employee friendly, most “caring” and, of course, the standard…most revenues and fastest growing.  bestemployers

Find your passion, build your story and put it out there!   Be sure to connect with the Library if you need help.  We have lots of ideas!

Entrepreneur sure to generate electricity!

March 23, 2012

During the month that featured International Women’s Day, it seems only fitting that our final guest in the Entrepreneurship Speakers Series this academic year is a female business woman discussing the trials and tribulations of being a woman “Running a business in a traditionally male industry”.   The Gerrie family has a strong connection with Mohawk as students and as partners. Gerrie Electric has grown to be one of the largest independent electrical distributors in Canada.   Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Elaine Gerrie and to win the big prize:  a chance to job shadow at Gerrie Electric AND a Student Educational Tool Kit valued at over $400 (tool bag includes; cutters, pliers, screwdrivers, a tape measure, level, hasp, NVC tester and more).   To help you prepare for this event the Library has done some digging and come up with a wealth of interesting  background information.  Listen, learn … and you’ll all be winners!  See you Tuesday at 2pm in i125 Fennell!

New nursing grads…your future awaits!

March 22, 2012

  The end is in sight…you’re about to graduate!  Let us help you with the next phase of your life too.  Whether you’re in the process of preparing to write the CRNE,  beginning your nursing job hunt or planning for your first days on the job,  our subject guide, Professional practice preparation – RN is a great place to start!  We’ve pulled together the latest and best resources available in print and online from the Library, as well as on the web, to help you get ready and be ready.  Your future awaits!