In the city: World AIDS Day

November 21, 2014

In recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014) the AIDS Network, in partnership with Mohawk College’s positive space, Social Inc., presents the movie “The Normal Heart.”   This community event will take place on Thursday, November 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at the Fennell campus. The movie stars Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, and deals with the emerging AIDS crisis during the 1980s.  A panel discussion will take place following the film.

The AIDS Network will also be hosting an Open House on Monday, November 24th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to celebrate HIV/AIDS Awareness week.  Guests are invited to meet staff and learn more about the programs and services for people living with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis C.

Mohawk College Library has a variety of resources that can help you learn more about HIV/AIDS.  The book HIV/AIDS: A very short introduction includes information about the emergence of the epidemic, scientific responses, and its impact on the world.  100 questions & answers about HIV and AIDS answers the most commonly asked questions about HIV and AIDS including: diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment quality of life, alternative medicine, targeted therapy, and coping strategies.  The series HIV/AIDS: Real people, true stories is available through the online video database Films On Demand.  The videos dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, explain how HIV is acquired and how it can be prevented, and discusses the physical, psychological, and social effects of being HIV-positive.


From the website CATIE: Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information.

Power Engineering at Mohawk College

November 17, 2014

Have you ever wondered what’s involved in keeping an industrial plant working? Complex equipment and systems are at the heart of every bustling production facility. Learn how to control and maintain these critical components in Mohawk’s Power Engineering Techniques certificate program. Power Engineering Techniques is a one year certificate course that prepares you to successfully write your Technical Standards and Safety Authority 4th Class Operating Engineering and Oil Burner Technician III examinations.

Mohawk College provides a hands on educational experience. Theory classes are mixed with lab time and a work term experience. Our new boiler lab will be ready for use in January 2015. We are all excited to provide this new real world experience to our students.

From classic titles like MacNaughton’s Elementary steam power engineering to the DVD series, Boiler operations, the Stoney Creek Library and Collaboratory has the resources to help you. Prefer online resources? We have those too. Our Power Engineering Techniques Subject Guide has a large selection of training videos, current codes & regulations, a large selection of online books and more.


In the city: Art Gallery of Hamilton celebrates its Centennial year

July 25, 2014


The Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) is in its Centennial year, and they are inviting everyone to join them in celebrating this milestone.  The AGH is the third largest public art gallery in Ontario, and features over 10,000 works of art.  Its renovated and award-winning premises present exhibits that change three times a year.  The AGH Design Annex, located in the James Street North Arts District, showcases exhibits and has an intimate performance area, which is complemented by the home and office Art + Design Store.

The AGH has planned year-long Centennial events, with something new and exciting each month.  This Sunday, July 27, 2014, is the Centennial Family Picnic from 11;00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.  This all-ages event offers free admission, free BBQ lunch, entertainment, and fun-filled arts-related programs.  Check out their Centennial calendar  and their What’s on web page for more information about events, exhibits, and programs.

The Mohawk College Library has resources to help you appreciate the arts.  The Art & Design Foundations subject guide is a great place to discover library resources, including: books, e-books, journals, online videos, and websites.  This library catalogue search includes additional resources about art, art history, and famous artists including Monet, Renoir, and the Group of Seven.  Or browse the art, architecture, and applied arts collection of the  eJournal portal for magazine and journal articles.

CODE: The 1st Nationwide Hackathon Weekend!

February 14, 2014

Are you looking for a new, extreme experience during Reading Week? Get your team together and sign up for the first nationwide hackathon!

Recently, Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, was at Mohawk College’s MEDIC research lab at the Fennell Campus.  He announced the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) – the country’s first national open data hackathon for postsecondary education students, entrepreneurs and innovators.  CODE is a 48-hour competition, and will take place from Feb. 28 to March 2.  If you’re looking for inspiration, or tips to get you through the weekend, read this article: John Hopkins students pull all-nighters for 36-hour HopHacks hackathon.


Whether you’re looking for information to support you during the hackathon or for resources to develop your computer skills, the Mohawk College Library is here to help!  The Safari Books Online subject guide includes computer science e-books to help you develop and hack your way through the CODE competition.  E-books like Hacking exposed 7: Network security secrets & solutions and App savvy are sure to help you beat the competition.

If you do participate in the CODE competition, be sure to share your experience with us!

Help is on the way! Improved student mental health support now available.

November 8, 2013

Post-secondary students are often under pressure to juggle work, school, and home commitments.  The CBC has issued a special report on the growing number of students facing mental health issues.  The series, Off Course on Campus,  includes videos, questions and answers from educators, counsellors, and healthcare workers, as well as interviews with students and their families.

The Mohawk College Library has a variety of resources for you to discover.  The Self-help resources subject guide includes books, websites and much more to assist you.  If the college experience is tougher than you expected, the book What to do when college is not the best time of your life can offer valuable ways to cope with a variety of issues.  The video, Glass People, is also available for viewing through the subject guide.  It was produced by two students in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and illustrates college-age anxiety and the great value of finding professional help.

Mohawk College offers free and confidential counselling services to its students who are experiencing personal problems that are getting in the way of their academic success. Counsellors assist students with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, financial issues, relationships, addictions, and so much more.  If you feel you need some extra help, make an appointment to see a counsellor by contacting your local campus.  The Learning Support Centre offers math and writing support, as well as tutoring sessions; visit their web page for more details.

Another password! What’s wrong with 123abc?

August 28, 2013

infographic password habits

With the start of the school just around the bend, at some point you are likely going to need to register for something that will require you to create a log in and password.  Let’s face it, trying to come-up with one of those “strong” passwords on the spot can be a challenge! Let alone one you’ll remember longer than the nanosecond it took you to type in the last digit, groan! As you can see from the infographic 123 and abc as a password  just don’t cut it as original or secure (darn it!)

Here’s an idea! Why not take a moment  while you have a little more time (next week could be a bit hectic) and check out this very short (just 3 minutes) video clip, Secure Passwords  from  the Library’s Common Craft online video collection. It has some great suggestions for how to create a secure password and one you’ll be able to remember.  Never heard of Common Craft?  It includes loads of short online video “how-to” clips on a diverse selection of interesting and handy topics.

On the lighter side, you’ve got to watch this tongue-in-check commentary from CBS Sunday Morning, A word for the password weary, it will have you giggling. It also provides a sneak peak at a promising  one of a kind solution for an alternative to passwords in the future!

See you in September!