How far is it from good to great?

November 12, 2014

goodtogreatMohawk’s new president, Ron McKerlie, is asking how we can move the College from good to great.   It’s a catch phrase proposed by management and leadership guru, Jim Collins, in his 2001 book by the same name which tracked and analyzed the traits of 11 companies over a 5 year period in a rigorous research study.

An early review published in the prestigious Harvard Business Review said: “In fact, so contrarian are its findings that some managers may be tempted to dismiss it out of hand. But that would be a mistake; the book does make the leap to greatness.”   Managers listened;  Collins’ book  has sold millions of copies and still makes the top ten on most best business reads lists.

Need to get your hands on this business bible?  You guessed it!  Mohawk College Library – Cummings branch –  has a copy!  It’s seen a fair bit of action in the last few months 🙂 and may not be available just when you’re ready to read, so join the queue.     While you’re waiting your turn, why not check out Jim’s twelve questions or Inc’s quick and dirty version of his approach?   Join in the conversation: let us know what we can do to move Mohawk from good to great!


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.

Learning never stops

November 27, 2013

Mohawk+College+Continuing+Education+Catalogue+Cover+Winter+2014[1]Whether you want to train, upgrade, change careers, or just learn something new, why not take one of the courses and programs available through Continuing Education (CE) and Online Learning programs at Mohawk College.

Winter 2014 registration opens Tuesday, November 26th!

Access to the Mohawk College Library is just one of the many services you are entitled to use as a continuing education student.


Once you have registered in a CE course, the library borrower card located at the bottom of your registration confirmation form affords you full rights and privileges to use the resources provided by the library. Even before you come to the library, you can learn how to access the library, use the library facilities, find information, or do research by checking out the How To, Guides & Tutorials. 

Behind the Scenes of Murdoch Mystery

October 2, 2013

A small crowd of curious people lined the streets near the Mohawk-Laurier Campus, downtown Brantford, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, to watch Murdoch Mystery film an upcoming episode of the popular television series.


Now in the seventh season of filming, for those not familiar with the TV series, Murdoch Mystery stars Yannick Bissons, who plays a keen-minded detective who uses revolutionary forensic techniques to solve mystifying crimes. The episode being filmed, called The Murdoch Sting,  will air in the new year.


If you are interested in watching a few episodes, season three can be borrowed from the Cummings Library.

If you want to know about solving crimes, information about criminal investigation can be found in the catalogue, and in the Protection, Security & Investigation subject guide.

Poll time!

April 15, 2013

Check out our latest poll and have your say! We want to hear from you and how you use our space.

Library Poll, get your Library Poll!

March 22, 2013

It’s that time again, folks…time for another library poll! In this week’s poll, we’d like to know how you’d like to use the study space (room H101B) in the Cummings Library at Fennell campus…

Too Much Noise??!!

November 30, 2012

Cummings Library gets lots of complaints about noise – with the end of the semester and exams fast approaching, we’d like to help make our space more conducive to research and study.  So, we’re asking for less noise and more quiet and we’re asking because the noise really bothers a lot of your classmates and  fellow students.

We tried to make Cummings Library at Fennell bright and welcoming, a real destination space.  It is clear that we succeeded – our new space is so lively that lots of students like to do all kinds of things here.  However, that liveliness isn’t for everyone, especially at this time of year.  So we’re asking everyone who uses the library to act respectfully towards their friends and classmates who need less noise in order to study and get their work done.

You do have some choices at Cummings and throughout the Fennell Campus:

  • For individual, absolutely SILENT study, please use our Silent Study Room located at the back of the library.
  • Starting the week of December 3rd, our Study Hall will be dedicated to Silent Study for the rest of the semester.
  • On the main floor of the library, it is okay to work quietly together – quiet voices, dedicated to school work.
  • We know that food and studying go together, that’s why we allow food in the library! But, if you and your friends just need a place to eat your take-out Chinese food or pizza, please use the cafeteria.
  • If you’re meeting friends to chill and hang out between classes, there are lots of spaces throughout the college.  There’s also the cafeteria – lots of space there & they have games too!!

Thanks for your understanding, let’s make the library work for everyone!

I’ve Got the Music in Me!

September 18, 2012

Jimi Hendrix, an American musician and singer-songwriter, is remembered fondly today.  Hendrix died 42 years ago, yet he continues to influence many musicians.  A very talented guitar player, he helped to popularize the use of the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock.  The Jimi Hendrix discography includes fifteen albums; interestingly enough, eleven of the albums were released posthumous.  His music, especially the sound of his electric guitar, is iconic.  Hendrix’s rendition of the American anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, at Woodstock in 1969 will be remembered by generations.

If you would like more information about this guitar hero, you can borrow from this list of resources at the library – it’s just what you’re looking for!  Online videos are also available through Films On Demand; this playlist includes information about Jimi Hendrix, some history about the guitar, and you can even watch a video to learn how to play.

Mohawk College offers Applied Music programs for those students interested in pursuing a career in the arts. To support the learning and development of our music students, the library has established a Music Subject Guide.  The guide contains lots of resources to hone their skills and encourage the development of their musical talents.  Tomorrow the Collaboratory hosts a free concert for all during Common Hour.  Come out and listen to Morgan Donors from 12-1pm on the terrace.  This band loves playing and remaking the sounds of the 60s and 70s, Funk, Rock, Soul and R&B.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood!

August 28, 2012

It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood….especially in downtown Hamilton’s Gore Park.  Today CFMU is producing a live broadcast of their program, In the Neighbourhood, hosted by Jamie “Gunner” Smith and Matt Jelly until noon today.  The radio show “…focuses on local issues and events in Hamilton, with a focus on promoting the people, organizations and businesses who make our neighbourhood livable.”  Today is an especially important broadcast for the city and its local food banks.  The hosts have decided to bring the show to Gore Park to raise awareness for the food shortage that local food banks are experiencing at this time.  They are encouraging all those that can, to donate non-perishable food items to the Welcome Inn Food Bank.

The food crisis that we face today is something that we can sometimes overlook.  To find out more about food and sustainability, visit the Mohawk College Library for resources to keep you informed.  Poverty touches more people in this country than we’d care to admit.  Learn more about poverty, how to face this problem and help be part of the solution, with information from the library.  If you can’t make it to the broadcast this morning, but want to make a difference, you can!  Check out the gardening efforts of the Hamilton Victory Gardens, a not-for-profit organization providing local, organic, fresh produce to Hamilton’s marginalized population through local food banks and hot meal programs.  The Pay It Forward committee of Mohawk College is another great way to support the community.  Join the PIF SOS group, and change the world one act of kindness at a time.  Each of us can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

“There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.” – Ed Asner

Happy 100th Birthday to Julia Child!

August 16, 2012

Are you looking for a reason to celebrate?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.  Join us in celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday!  And what better way to celebrate than with a feast for the body and the mind.

Julia Child is known for her passion for cooking and all things culinary.  Her love affair with cooking, and French food in particular, began while she lived in France with her husband, Paul.  Julia Child trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, where she mastered the skills required to earn her a diploma.  She and Paul lived in France for many years, and it was their adventures and culinary experiences that were the inspiration for the book My Life in France, which is available as an audiobook at the library.

Today most of us are well aware of the Top Chef’s and Food Network stars; yet it’s ulia Child that is acknowledged as the first celebrity chef.  At a time when TV dinners and canned food were dominating dining tables everywhere, she opened the pantry to a world of gastronomic possibilities.  She was welcomed into the homes of her viewers during many of her televised shows but The French Chef  is certainly the one that she is most remembered for.  Julia has said, “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”  Her humorous outlook on life and cooking made her a beloved fixture in kitchens and homes alike.

In 2001, after deciding to move back to her native California, Julia Child donated her kitchen to the National Museum of American History.  The kitchen was presented as a temporary exhibit; the heartfelt response from visitors has prompted its permanent residency in the museum.  The museum’s website provides a virtual tour of the exhibit, and some fun facts too!

In the spirit of honoring the legacy of Julia Child, PBS has launched a challenge: find your favorite Julia Child recipe and cook it between August 5 and August 15.  They are even providing some recipes to inspire you!  If you’re looking for some additional inspiration, look no further – the library has a variety of resources to help you cook like a professional.  Looking for cookbooks on the go?  The library has an eBook collection for you to discover!  If you’ve ever wanted to hone your culinary prowess, Mohawk College offers a variety of workshops through Continuing Education that may interest you, and help enhance your cooking skills too.  Finding fresh ingredients to cook with has never been easier – the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, located in downtown Hamilton, offers visitor’s a newly renovated space, cooking classes and educational demonstrations, the historic Birks clock, and of course, fresh and local meat and produce.  The most important kitchen wisdom offered by Julia Child, I think, is this: “Learn to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.”  Wishing you all a fun-filled culinary adventure!  Bon Appétit!