Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook by Myer Kutz added to Online Collection

Click on the image below to check out this new multi-volume set:

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Volume One of the Mechanical Engineer’s Handbook, Materials and Engineering Mechanics, gives you accessible and in-depth access to the most common topics you’ll encounter in the discipline: carbon and alloy steels, stainless steels, aluminum alloys, copper and copper alloys, titanium alloys for design, nickel and its alloys, magnesium and its alloys, superalloys for design, composite materials, smart materials, electronic materials, viscosity measurement, and much more.

Volume Two: Design, Instrumentation and Controls covers electronics, MEMS, and instrumentation and control, giving you accessible and in-depth access to the topics you’ll encounter in the discipline: computer-aided design, product design for manufacturing and assembly, design optimization, total quality management in mechanical system design, reliability in the mechanical design process for sustainability, life-cycle design, design for remanufacturing processes, signal processing, data acquisition and display systems, and much more.

Volume Three: Manufacturing and Management covers environmentally benign manufacturing, production planning, production processes and equipment, manufacturing systems evaluation, coatings and surface engineering, physical vapor deposition, mechanical fasteners, seal technology, statistical quality control, nondestructive inspection, intelligent control of material handling systems, and much more.

Volume Four: Energy and Power covers the essentials of fluids, thermodynamics, entropy, and heat, with chapters dedicated to individual applications such as air heating, cryogenic engineering, indoor environmental control, and more. Readers will find detailed guidance toward fuel sources and their technologies, as well as a general overview of the mechanics of combustion. -from Wiley

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Summer Reads in Higher Education

 These electronic books can be read on your computer or mobile device.  Make sure you set up your library password to access these items.
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A Comparative Analysis of Higher Education Systems – Michael Kariwo (Editor); Tatiana Gounko (Editor); Musembi Nungu (Editor)

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Success on the Tenure Track – Cathy Ann Trower

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Instruction/Liaison Librarian Awarded Scholarship

Congratulations to Instruction/Liaison Librarian CJ Wong for being awarded ACRL/NEC’s Christine Drew Scholarship.

The $ 2,000 scholarship includes registration/travel stipend to attend the ACRL Immersion program (which CJ attended last summer in Burlington, Vermont) and complimentary registration/travel stipend to attend the ACRL/NEC Annual Conference, where McQuade Instruction/Liaison librarians presented a poster.

Well done, CJ!

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Films on Demand for ALL disciplines!

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Linked in MACKsearch, linked in the catalog and viewed online – over 10,000 videos on all topics are now available to Merrimack users.   Films on Demand videos come from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Broadway Digital Archive, California Newsreel, PBS, BBC, ABC, historical newsreels, and more.

View off-campus or on, on your phone or tablet.  Link titles, segments or custom clips in your syllabus for out-of-class viewing on campus or off.

Below is a sampling showing the variety of videos available:

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Congratulations to the Graduating Civil Engineering Majors!

The staff at the McQuade Library is extremely proud to feature this year’s Senior Design project,  Proposed STEM Academic Building, Middlesex Community College, in Merrimack ScholarWorks!  Under the guidance of department chair, Marc Veletzos, seventeen students prepared a proposal for the a new STEM building to be constructed on the Middlesex Community College campus. This capstone project will be featured as the Merrimack ScholarWorks paper of the day.

Faculty members- if any of your students created exemplary work this semester, we would love to show it off! Contact Michaela Keating for more information about including student work in Merrimack ScholarWorks.

Senior Design: Proposed STEM Academic Building, Middlesex Community College

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Farm Share Outs Begin

CJ and Kath at McQuade farm share table.

McQuade Library Director, Kathryn Geoffrion Scannell and Instruction/ Liaison Librarian (Science and Engineering), C.J. Wong at Week 1 of share out.

McQuade Library is excited to serve as a share out location for Farmer Dave’s CSA.  Fruit and vegetable shares are available and it is still possible to sign up.

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C.J.’s favorite vegetable is tatsoi so she was thrilled it was included the first week.  She usually just chops it up and stir fries it with an onion and some garlic.  There were a lot of greens the first week so she also made Mark Bittman’s Ribollita to use up some of those greens and the rosemary.  She had frozen stewed tomatoes from last fall, which really adds to the flavor of this recipe, and she modifies it by just cooking on the stove and not adding the bread and cheese.

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On Thursday mornings after share out, the leftover food (from shares not collected) is taken to Beverly Bootstraps or the Senior Center in North Reading.

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Summer Reading

Looking for something to read this summer? Why not try checking out our Hot Titles collection, located around the fireplace on the first floor of the library. Here you can find some of the newest and best-selling books around. This collection features a mix of several genres, so there’s a little something for everyone.

If you’re into short stories, Someone by Alice McDermott is a great choice to read out on your deck or in the sand at the beach. This heart-warming collection of stories details the life of a young girl named Marie, and her struggles throughout childhood, adolescence, motherhood, and old age. If you want to be touched by the lives of others, this is the book for you!

Perhaps longer novels are more your thing. If that’s the case, why not check out The Daring Ladies of Lowell written by Kate Alcott. This wonderfully written book of local historic fiction looks at the struggles and hardships women endured while working in the mills of Lowell, Massachusetts.

You don’t have to be a teenager to enjoy reading young adult novels- they’re for everyone! Dive into the world of young adult literature with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. This coming-of-age story encompasses all the teenage angst you could ask for. Get caught up with the unlikely pair of Eleanor and Park as they encounter love, hate, peer pressure, and courage.

Do you like the curious and bizarre? Fascinated with the weird and atypical? Then Hollow City, the second novel in Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series is just what you’re looking for! Hollow City takes you on a journey with a teen named Jacob and his group of unusual friends, while they attempt to rescue their loved orphanage director, Miss Peregrine.

Who says you have to sit around all summer? Grab a book from our Hot Titles collection and travel to distant lands, explore the universe, and journey through time meeting people (and creatures) that otherwise would be unknown. A book isn’t just a stack of ordered papers; it’s a chance to embark on tremendous new experiences!

For other great summer reads, check out:

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Instruction Librarians Present Poster

Lyena Chavez, CJ Wong, Elizabeth Sarkodie-Mensah, and Michaela Keating presented a poster at The Association of College and Research Libraries – New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) Spring 2015 Conference held at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

This conference entitled, “Spacing Out with the Library: An Exploration of Collaboration Across the Physical, Virtual and those Places in Between” examined physical and virtual library spaces intentionally designed to encourage scholarship, collaboration and production.

McQuade Librarians’ poster is entitled Collaborative Reference: McQuade Library’s Research Center.

Here is the poster’s abstract:

Are reference services responding to changes in students’ research habits and behaviors? This poster describes Merrimack College’s Research Center, a place where a team of librarians provide flexible, convenient, and personalized research assistance to students.

Although reference has gone high-tech, students seeking high-touch reference assistance still travel to a destination — whether it’s a reference desk, a librarian’s office, a reference room, or a center.  Thus, libraries are challenged to design reference spaces in which librarians are visible to students and are well-positioned to partner with students to engage in active research, from quick “show and go” questions to more in-depth reference consultations. This poster discusses how and why McQuade Library at Merrimack College embraced a Research Center model that creates a positive reference user experience for students and places collaboration – both among librarians and with students– at its core. McQuade’s Research Center facilitates a team of librarians successfully serving a variety of student learners in an appealing and comfortable environment. This poster describes how the Research Center is staffed, the types of research consultations happening within the center, and visually depicts the layout of the center. It also includes reference and usage statistics and student feedback proving that if you build it, students will come.

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Welcome Kadie

We’re pleased to welcome Katherine (Kadie) Turcotte to our McQuade library team as our new Access Services/Reference Associate.  Kadie graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies/Political Science. In May, she will receive her Master’s in Library and Information Science degree at Simmons College.

Kadie will be splitting her time between the access services and reference/instruction departments.  She will be staffing the Research Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.  She will also help develop and maintain McQuade’s LibGuides collection, and conduct library workshops in the fall.

Her access services responsibilities include managing interlibrary loan and facilitating the library’s iPad lending program.  Her office is on the 1st floor behind the Help Desk.

Kadie is a sucker for young adult literature, especially A Series of Unfortunate Events. It’s a little known (and secret) fact that she’s member of the V.F.D. Kadie also enjoys knitting and running -but not at the same time. When the sun is shining and the weather is beautiful, Kadie likes to spend time outside at the beach or hiking in the woods.

Please stop by the Help Desk to meet Kadie!

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Community Supported Agriculture @McQuade

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McQuade Library, in collaboration with the Welcome Center, Human Resources, and Hamel Health, is partnering with Farmer Dave’s in Dracut to offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm shares. Purchase of a share entitles you to a box of fresh, locally grown produce every week for 20 weeks, from mid-June through late October. Small and regular boxed vegetable shares, as well as fruit shares, are available.

Pick up is on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-6:00 at McQuade Library. Any leftover produce will be donated to the Merrimack Campus Kitchen Project and another local food pantry.

Interested? Go to to sign up, or email C.J. Wong for more info.  When you sign up, you can select 2015 Fruit Share, 2015 Regular Vegetable Share (Pre-boxed), or 2015 Small Vegetable Share (Pre-boxed).  Let C.J. know if you are interested in splitting a share.  She may be able to find someone for you.

Check out these related titles online or on display on the 1st floor of McQuade:

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