Friday, December 19, 2014

Reuben Chmielewski: January Library User of the Month

Reuben Chmielewski
Business Administration, Second Year

“Thanks for picking me as the library user of the month. As far as study spaces go you can’t beat this place. The staff are super fantastic, so friendly and helpful. There is nothing like walking into a place where people know your name and ask how you’re doing. I spend a fair bit of time here and the staff are always patient and kind with my list of demands. Every so often they leave treats and drinks for us hungry sleep deprived students, which is also much appreciated ;). Make sure you say thanks to them this month for all they do.”

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Faculty - We need your expertise!

Faculty - We need your expertise!
MHC Libraries Collections Maintenance Project

We have preliminarily identified (“flagged”) books in our collection to be discarded/removed. Before these books are reviewed by the librarians, we want your input. You can visit your subject area and review these flagged books. Tell us what should be kept or replaced.

What we need from you
1.       Come visit the library, grab some “save” stickers and review the “flagged” books in the collection.
2.       No time to review? Please contact Leigh Cunningham ( to make other arrangements.

Subject Areas for Review
A – General works (encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, almanacs)
B – Philosophy, Psychology, Religion (including aesthetics, ethics, etiquette, mythology, folklore, logic)
C – Sciences of History – Archaeology, History of Civilization, Genealogy
D – World History (excluding United States and Canada)

Deadline for Review: February 20, 2015

More information
MHC Libraries is systematically reviewing the physical book collection in the Vera Bracken Library. Collection Development is a process, and with finite space, we need to continually assess the collections to both add and discard (weed) material.

Our responsibility as a college library is to provide resources for use at the undergraduate and technical level while also providing material of general interest to promote lifelong learning.

Our first task is to identify low-use, damaged, and outdated material in the circulating book collection. Books that meet certain criteria are “flagged” with stickers for weeding consideration. Generally, this will include books that have been in the collection for 20+ years and have not been used in 10+ years.

We will regularly provide updates and ask faculty to assist in this important process. Faculty will be able to review items identified for weeding. It is useful to view flagged items in the context of the remaining collection; items will be left on the shelves with stickers on their spines. Any items that faculty deem essential to the library collection will be kept.

Who makes the final decisions?
All collections decisions are made by MHC librarians: Leigh Cunningham (Collections & Instruction Librarian), Joanne Mokry (Access & Technology Librarian), and Keith Walker (Director) in accordance with the Collection Development Policy.  We value input and subject expertise from faculty and staff.

What happens to the discarded books?
Discarded books are first made available to the college community. When appropriate, books are donated to the Medicine Hat Public Library book sale or recycled.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Joel Higgins: December Library User of the Month

                                                                                                    Joel Higgins,
4th year, Bachelor of Business Administration

“I’m super excited to be the library user of the month! During my time at the Medicine Hat College, I have come to appreciate the library services. The library is by far the most comfortable place to come and work. With the many spaces to study and great hours of operation, I am able to spend most of my week here. The friendly support staff are always available and willing to help. When I talk to alumni, who have moved on to other post-secondary institutes, they always mention how they wished they had the support they did at the MHC library.“

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Extended Hours

Extended hours will be in full effect again soon. Coffee will be provided a couple hours before closing on the Saturday and Sunday.

Friday & Saturday December 5, 6, 12 & 13 we will be open until 8 pm.
Sunday December 7 & 14 we will be open until 10 pm.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lunch and Learn

Lunch & Learn
Justin Boodhoo, Health Promotions Facilitator & Trish Leonard, Mental Health Therapist

Thursday November 20
Lunch & Learn 12:15 – 12:45
Crowfoot Room

As part of National Addictions Awareness Week November 17-21, 2014, Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health will be speaking with local businesses and organizations about addiction, as well as promoting the services that we offer within medicine Hat. This will be a 20-25 minute presentation with a few minutes for questions.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Library Links - Website Outage Nov 11th

Hey everyone, the college website is expected to be out tomorrow for an undetermined length of time. We know that some of you still have assignments due and we would hate to leave you out in the cold. (Too soon?)

Here is the link to our resources:
Our library guides:

Monday, November 03, 2014

Tara Wyllie: November Library User of the Month

Tara Wyllie,
3rd Year, Nursing Student

"I utilize the library for computers, quiet study areas and research. I enjoy coming here because the staff are very friendly, resourceful and have contributed to my successes."

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Halloween Art Show

The library supports our students and you should too. Check out their Halloween Art Show.

From out of the cobwebs of the Vis Com brains comes a spooky exhibition to kick off the year!

Join us in the "One On One Gallery " located in the new west wing of the Cultural Center, room VC122

The gallery is open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm for an early sneak peek, but be sure to attend the official reception October 30th.

Costumes welcome

Refreshments provided

Check out the event:

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Kimara White: October Library User of the Month

Kimara White,
Bachelor of Education student

“I have my grade 6 teacher to thank for my love of books. Until grade 6, reading was a chore that I avoided at all costs. Mrs. Rosell had a contest to see who could read the most books that year and I love a challenge! During class she would often read a book to us. I still remember ‘Jacob Tutu and the Hooded Fang’ and ‘Charlotte’s Web’ as two of my favorites.

As I listened and read I discovered that reading opened up a whole new world with each story. I won the contest that year by reading over 100 books and I still read daily. My love of learning has drawn me back to the college to fulfi ll my dream of being a teacher. My favorite spot in the library is the curriculum collection. It is full of amazing books, teaching tools, manipulatives, puppets and much more that can help anyone that works with children. I can usually be in found in the quiet study room in the library where I get most of my work done. Thank you so much for choosing me as the library user of the month! It is my favorite spot on campus. The library staff is amazing and always willing to help in any way.”

Friday, September 26, 2014

Alberta Culture Days @ the library

The library isn't just a place to read anymore, it's a place for music and learning.

For Alberta Culture Days the library celebrated with artwork, musical acts and of course coffee and treats. Everyone had a great time as faculty, students and community members were able to take a break and relax together. The event was especially fun thanks to the daycare kids who stopped by the library to take part. The kids themselves had great fun hanging out with Denise Henning (our MHC president) and David Humphrey showing them how a Ukulele worked. Thanks to everyone who took part for making the event such a success and thanks to Valarie Westers for organizing it.

We hope to bring more fun events to the library, so keep a look out for the next one.

To see more pictures, check out our Facebook Page or our Flickr Account