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: https://www.facebook.com/events/876066515738897/


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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MHC celebrates Alberta Culture Days


Please join the Medicine Hat College Library, in partnership with the Division of Visual and Performing Arts and the College Child Development Centre, as we celebrate Alberta Culture Days 2014.

The Medicine Hat College Library will be hosting several events during this celebration.
  • Wednesday, September 24: The library will be presenting a musical performance showcasing Lyle Rebbeck, Rick Lett and Ryan Massini from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 25: The library will host the ukulele stylings of one of our students, David Humphrey from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Featured throughout the week will be a wonderful display of artwork created by the children of the College Child Development Centre.
Everyone is invited to attend and coffee and treats will be provided at the events. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Brittany Sander Draw Winner

Congratulations to Brittany Sander!


This last week the library hosted a “Show us your ID” draw. Where students received a draw slip when using their ID’s within the library. The draw proved to be a big hit and Brittany is the proud owner of a new backpack full of school supplies. Keep a look out for future draws hosted by the library.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Employment Opportunity: Library Services Specialist - Technology

Medicine Hat College Library Services is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its team as the Library Services Specialist - Technology.

The position is based in the Vera Bracken Library at the Medicine Hat Campus. Qualified candidates can submit their applications until August 8, 2014.

For more details about the position and how to apply, click here.

August 2014 Closures

Both the Medicine Hat and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed on the following days during the month of August:
  • August 4 - Heritage Day
  • August 20 - College Day
  • August 25 - Staff In-Service
For more information about our hours of operation, please click here.  

Monday, July 07, 2014

Off-campus database access: Changes to student login

Due to the library's recent migration to a new integrated library system, students must now use their 14-digit barcode number, rather than their student ID number, to access the library's databases from off-campus.


You can find your 14-digit barcode number on your student ID card to the left of the card issue date.

If you have any problems accessing the databases from off-campus, please contact us.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Less Print Periodicals in the Library Collection

In response to the provincial budget cut for the 2013-14 budget the librarians reviewed the amount of funds spent on print copies of periodicals, especially the amount spent on duplicated print issues of materials available electronically. A large number of print periodical subscriptions have been cancelled and the copies in print have been removed from the shelves. There are a number of reasons for this decision:

  • The use of print journals and magazines has been steadily declining over the past decade while the use of electronic resources has been increasing.
  • All of the periodicals that have been eliminated are available electronically and research shows that students prefer electronic resources.
  • In order to be good stewards of the public funds, the library should not be paying twice for access to the same information in different formats.

The decision about the collection was made with users in mind. Students and researchers will benefit:

  • Electronic articles are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; access does not depend on library hours.
  • The space occupied by the print periodicals will be repurposed to increase consultation and study space: to provide more space for users.
  • The remaining print journal collection will be displayed, providing better access to the titles, and some of the funds saved by cancelling the subscriptions will be used to enhance the electronic collection, making it more attractive to students and researchers.

If you have any questions please contact Keith Walker, Director of Library Services: kwalker@mhc.ab.ca 

Canada Day Closure & Summer Hours

Beginning today, Monday, June 30, MHC Library Services will shift to summer hours of operation:

Vera Bracken Library:
  • Monday to Friday - 8 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Brooks Campus Library:
  • Monday & Thursday - 9 am to 12 noon
  • All other days - Closed
Please note: both locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 1 in recognition of Canada Day.


Parliament Hill, Ottawa.  Photographed by David Samuel.