Monday, December 15, 2008

Season's Greetings & Happy New Year

As final exams and the year wind down, Library Services would like to wish all of our patrons Season's Greetings and Happy New Year! We look forward to serving you in 2009!

We leave you with a classic Saturday Night Live skit that celebrates the season:


For information on the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Library Book Tree 2008

To celebrate the festive season, Library Services has setup its 4th annual Library Book Tree.

The tree is trimmed with some traditional ornamentation, but with a little something extra. It is decorated with facsimiles of our faculty members', staff members', and students' favourite books.

Anyone can add their favourite title to the Library Book Tree with a $2 donation. All proceeds from this fund raising event will be donated to the Medicine Hat News' Santa Claus Fund.

See the Vera Bracken Library's Information Desk for more information and to donate.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

Library User of the Month - December 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Sandi Pardi is our Library User of the Month for December 2008.

You can read a statement by her by clicking here.

Friday, November 28, 2008

December/January Hours for Libraries

For the months of December 2008 and January 2009, the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus) will be open regular hours, with the noted exceptions:
  • 18, 22-23 December - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • 19 December - 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 20-21, 24-31 December - 1 January - Closed
  • 2 January - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • 3-4 January - Closed
For the months of December 2008 and January 2009, the Brooks Campus Library will be open regular hours, with the noted exceptions:
  • 18 December - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • 19 December - 4 January - Closed
Both libraries will return to normal hours of operation on 5 January 2009.

For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Student Appreciation Week Winners - November '08

Congratulations to the winners in the Fall edition of Student Appreciation Week. We had many entries, but our lucky winners were:
  • Monday - Cody Frenette
  • Tuesday - Leslie Tevendale
  • Wednesday/Thursday - Everyone was a winner with free photocopying.
  • Thursday - Hanna Lee
  • Friday - Jami Hastings
Slide show of winners:


You can look forward to more prize draws from Library Services when we proudly participate in the Spring edition of Student Appreciation Week.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Registration - Winter 2009 Semester

Due to technical problems, online registration for the Winter 2009 Semester was suspended at noon on Friday, November 21st. For students who were unable to complete the registration process, you can complete the process starting on November 24th.

To complete the process, you can register using the following methods:

IN-PERSON AT THE REGISTRATION DESK:
  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (extended registration hours at the Medicine Hat Campus only)
  • Thursday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
VIA TELEPHONE:
  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • LOCAL #: 403-504-3697
  • TOLL FREE #: 1-866-282-8394
If you did complete the registration process, you can still access and confirm your selections at https://mymhc.ca.

Medicine Hat College thanks you for your patience as we work to repair the online registration system. You will be notified via your college e-mail accounts once the issues have be resolved.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Student Appreciation Week - November 17-21

Medicine Hat College's Student Appreciation Week will be from November 17th to the 21st. As you have all come to expect, Library Services will be also be participating in this event. You can look forward to the following prize draws over the week:
  • Monday: $25 gift certificate for use at the Campus Store.
  • Tuesday: An 8GB USB drive.
  • Wednesday: Sorry, no draw today, but there is free photocopying. Everyone is a winner today!
  • Thursday: Another day of free photocopying! We will also be drawing for: a $10 meal voucher from the cafeteria and a $5 print account credit.
  • Friday: A Nintendo DS.
There will be candy available at the Circulation and Information Desks as well. So stop by the library, enter the prize draws, and take advantage of the free photocopying on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Halloween 2008

The Vera Bracken Library's Halloween theme this year was Monsters of Rock. The library staff, as usual, was dressed up and ready to go. Decorations included a fog machine at the entrance, a light show courtesy of the college's theatre at one end of the Information Desk and Guitar Hero was playable on a large screen at the other end.

At the end of the day, a good time was had by both staff and students. We would like to congratulate Shayla Paxman for winning our Guitar Hero World Tour for Nintendo Wii prize draw.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Library User of the Month - November 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Ralph Kesterke is our Library User of the Month for November 2008.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Remembrance Day Closures - 11 November 2008

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in observation of Remembrance Day. Both libraries will be open normal hours on the days preceding and following the 11th - this includes Student Study Day on the 10th, when no classes are being held.

For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

We have a winner! - Thanksgiving Day Draw

Congratulations to Dong Yoon-Kim! He was the winner of the Vera Bracken Library's Thanksgiving Day prize draw.












The Thanksgiving Day themed prize package included a $45 gift certificate to M&M Meat Shop and other assorted items.

Monday, October 06, 2008

New Materials Lists Updated - September 2008

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of September 2008. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/library/New Materials/.

Thanksgiving Day Closures - 13 October 2008

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 13th. Both libraries will be open normal hours on the days preceding and following the 13th.

For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

In the meantime, have a happy Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy (for as long as it is available) the following clip from a classic episode of WKRP in Cincinnati...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Library User of the Month - October 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Medinat Adekunle-Azeez is our Library User of the Month for October 2008.

You can read a statement by her by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's back... Office Ultimate 2007 for $64?!

Once again, you can get Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for as low as $64 Canadian; and yes, this is a legitimate offer.

How good of a deal is this? To buy Microsoft Office Professional at the Campus Store, it will cost you approximately $250. Office Professional includes the 2007 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, and Accounting Express. Office Ultimate includes the entire Professional bundle, but also includes InfoPath, Groove, and OneNote. To buy Office Ultimate 2007 at regular retail price, you could spend in excess of $900.

The Ultimate Steal offer ends 31 December 2010 -- though Microsoft reserves the right to terminate the promotion at any time. To get the deal, go to www.theultimatesteal.ca to check for pricing and qualifications.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Materials Lists Updated - July & August 2008

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the months of July and August 2008. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/library/New Materials/.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Library User of the Month - September 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Betty Kipta is our Library User of the Month for September 2008.

You can read a statement by her by clicking here.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Library Jobs for Students - Fall 2008

The Vera Bracken Library is currently seeking applicants for positions as Library Shelvers. These are ideal jobs for students wanting to make a little more money over the school year. The closing date for applications is 2 September 2008. For more information about the shelvers' positions, click here.

Additionally, students can apply for the position as a Library Clerk III - Audio Visual. Applications for this position are accepted until 22 August 2008.

For details on how to apply, click here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Atomic Learning Added to Databases

Atomic Learning has been added to Medicine Hat College Library Services databases collection. Atomic Learning provides over 35,000 short video tutorials for more than 100 software applications. Some of the applications include those in Adobe Creative Suite, Apple iLife, Blackboard (for instructors and students), Microsoft Office 2007, and more. Additionally, many are accompanied by closed captioning and do-it-yourself downloadable tutorials for a hands-on approach to learning the applications.

Atomic Learning can be accessed from on campus or at home. If you want to access and learn more about this resource, click here.

Atomic Learning is provided courtesy of the the college's Information Technology Services department.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Employment Opportunities

Medicine Hat College Library Services has a couple of part-time employment opportunities available. Both employment opportunities are in the Vera Bracken Library. The closing date for each position is August 22nd, 2008.

Click on the job title to view the complete profile and requirements of each position:
For directions on how to apply, click here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

August Library Closures

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus libraries will be closed on Monday, August 4th and Wednesday, August 20th for Heritage Day and College Day, respectively. On Wednesday, August 27th, the Vera Bracken Library will be closed at 4:30 p.m.

With the exception of those days, the libraries will operate according to regular seasonal hours. For more information on the libraries' hours, click here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Library Online Agents take Summer vacation...

The Library Online Agents instant messaging service will be taking a Summer vacation starting on June 30th, 2008. We would like to thank all of our patrons that made this service a success over the past academic year.

We look forward to re-launching the service on September 3rd, 2008. For more information about the service, click here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Services Disruption, June 24th - Library System Upgrades

Medicine Hat College Library Services will experience a disruption of online services starting at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008. Normal online operations should resume early in the afternoon. This disruption will include both the Brooks Campus Library and Vera Bracken Library.

Library system upgrades are taking place and the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) might not be accessible. This means that you will not be able to search for materials located in the libraries via the Web or log into your personal library account. Additionally, the ability to authenticate to online databases for home users will not be accessible - though databases can be accessed from either campus if you are on site.

All other services (Circulation Desk, computers, databases (on campus), Information Desk, and Internet access) will not be disrupted by the library system upgrades.

We apologize for the inconvenience. All online services should be back to normal operation early in the afternoon.

For more information, please see the libraries' Circulation or Information Desks, or phone: 403-529-3867 in Medicine Hat, 403-362-1690 in Brooks.

UPDATE (24 June 2008):
The upgrades to the library system were completed as scheduled with a minimum of trouble. Most services have returned to a normal state of functionality. Staff will be monitoring irregularities over the next several weeks to resolve any outstanding issues.

We hope there was little or no inconvenience to our patrons and thank them for their patience as we strive to deliver better service through advances in technology.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Canada Day Closure - 1 July 2008

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus libraries will be closed on Tuesday, July 1st for the Canada Day holiday. With the exception of that day, the libraries will operate according to regular hours on the preceding and following days.

If you want more information on events that are happening across Canada, click here. For a schedule of events in Medicine Hat, click here.

For more information on the libraries' hours, click here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Great Horned Owls have returned...

The trees around the Vera Bracken Library have hosted a family of Great Horned Owls for the last several years. Despite the flurry of construction occurring on the college's grounds, the mother and her two owlets made their presence known this week.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Library User of the Month - June 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Susan Badger is our Library User of the Month for June 2008.

You can read a statement by her by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Library Services Wins Award

On the evening of May 8th, 2008, the Library Services Technology Committee won the college's 2008 Innovation Award for the development of its Library Online Agents instant messenger service.

Click image to enlarge:
Pictured (l-r): T. Lagran (Acquisitions Technician); L. Li (Information and Technology Librarian); K. Walker (Director of Library Services); Dr. R. Weeks (President, Medicine Hat College); J. MacDonald (Interlibrary Loans & Information Technician); J. Malinsky (Library Services Specialist); Missing: V. Westers (Information Clerk)

For more information on the evening's events and other award recipients, click here.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Victoria Day Closure - 19 May 2008

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus libraries will be closed on Monday, May 19th for the Victoria Day holiday. With the exception of that day, the libraries will operate according to regular hours on the preceding and following days.

For more information on the libraries' hours, click here.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Monday, May 05, 2008

5th Anniversary of the Vera Bracken Library

The Vera Bracken Library will be celebrating its 5th anniversary at its current location on the ground floor of the B-wing at the Medicine Hat Campus. Everyone is invited to partake in cake and punch. You can also view a slide show of the library as it was being built - from groundbreaking to finished product.

We are very proud of our facility and we hope you will celebrate our anniversary with us.

UPDATE:
Photos from today's events:


Despite the lack of patron traffic in the photos, we went through two large slab cakes and one small one, and we could have served more!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Library User of the Month - May 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Danny Wilson is our Library User of the Month for May 2008.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine Database Discontinued

The Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine database from EBSCO has been discontinued. This database will, however, be replaced with the Natural & Alternative Treatments (NAT) database, which is also from EBSCO. NAT will be available for selection from our list of database resources in the near future. For more information about NAT, click here.

For a complete list of our database resources that will let you access over 25,000 full-text journals magazines, and newspapers, click here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Libraries' Hours Reduced/Closure Notice

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be reducing their hours of operation for the Spring Semester on the 28th of April. Both libraries will be closed on the 30th of April for a staff professional development day. For more information on the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Student Appreciation Week Winners - March '08

Congratulations to our Student Appreciation Week prize winners for the Winter '08 semester. Of the 600+ entries that we received, our major prize winners include:

Becky Burtenshaw ($15 café/cafeteria voucher):









Travis Bosch ($15 café/cafeteria voucher):









Janelle McMillan ("movie night" gift basket):









Kay Hutchison (massage & relaxation basket):









Olivia Neigel (massage & relaxation basket):









Michelle Melton (a "gently" used iPod Shuffle):









Emily Van Maarion (a "gently used" iPod):









Anessa Norman (a MHC hoodie):









Congratulations to the following patrons that won a "gently used" flash-drive: Diane Franz, Kay Hutchison, Kristy Jorgensen, Anna Kirkwood, Freddy Mbikayi, Michael Schulz, and Jane Siwela.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and we look forward to serving you for the remains of the semester and beyond.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Library User of the Month - April 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Brittany Michalchuk is our Library User of the Month for April 2008.

You can read a statement by her by clicking here.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Printing Off-line - March 26th (9 p.m.-11 p.m.)

Information Technology Services will be performing routine maintenance on the print system from about 9:oo p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, March 26th. During this time, student and publicly accessible printers will off-line. This means that no printing can be done in the Vera Bracken Library or in the computer labs via the student print accounts and/or print cards.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter Basket Winner

Congratulations to Tara Love for winning Library Services' Easter Basket prize draw. She was one of the 220+ people that entered our draw this year.










Thanks to everyone that entered, and know that Library Services will be having more prize draws next week as part of Student Appreciation Week.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Student Appreciation Week - March 24-28

Medicine Hat College's Student Appreciation Week will be from March 24th to the 28th. Naturally you can expect Library Services to be participating. Things that you can look forward to include prize draws for:
  • a gift certificate for use at the campus cafeteria/Starbucks café,

  • a "movie night" gift basket,

  • a massage and relaxation gift basket,

  • "gently used" flash drives and MP3 players, and

  • a Medicine Hat College hoodie.

You can also expect to have two free days of photocopying in the library. Wednesday and Thursday will be the free photocopy days.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Interlibrary Loan Services Disruption

Library Services will be upgrading its interlibrary library loan (ILL) system on Thursday, March 13th between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. There is a potential disruption of ILL services during this time, but the upgrade will enhance the rate at which our staff can expedite your requests for materials.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this might cause.

UPDATE: The upgrade was successful and we look forward to serving you with our enhanced system.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Student Art in the Vera Bracken Library

The Vera Bracken Library is currently hosting several Art 233 students' art works. You can view the work which is located in the library's Reference Collection.



If you want to see the full collection of art that is being shown in the library, click here.

NOTE: Permission to present these images was gained from each of the artists.

New Materials Lists Updated - February 2008

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of February 2008. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/library/newmaterials.html.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Three New Databases Added

Medicine Hat College Library Services has added three new databases to its ever growing collection. The new databases include:

THE NURSING REFERENCE CENTER
[from EBSCO]
This database provides a point-of-care resource intended for staff nurses, nurse administrators, nursing students, nurse faculty, and hospital librarians. It delivers the most recent clinical evidence and knowledge on conditions and diseases.

THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD NEWSPAPER COLLECTION [from Heritage Microfilm]
This is a free database that will allow you to search thousands of PDF images from the Lethbridge Herald. The documents will range from 1905-1955.

PAPEROFRECORD.COM [from Paper of Record]
This free database provides more than 21 million PDF images of newspapers from Canada and around the world. The years of coverage will range from publication to publication. In order to gain full access, you will have to create a personal account with the site (Library Services has not received any unsolicited e-mail (i.e., spam) from this organization).

All resources can be accessed from on campus or at home. For a complete list of all of our database resources, click here.

Good Friday Closure - 21 March 2008

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus libraries will be closed on Friday, March 21st for the Good Friday holiday. With the exception of that day, the libraries will operate according to regular hours on the preceding and following days.

For more information on the libraries' hours, click here.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Library User of the Month - March 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Trent Nabe is our Library User of the Month for March 2008.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Student Study Break Hours - 18-22 February

For the Student Study Break (18-22 February 2008), the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus) and the Brooks Campus Library will be open regular hours, with the noted exception:
  • Monday, February 18th - Closed for Family Day
For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Friday, February 08, 2008

Library User of the Month - February 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Pat Humphreys is our Library User of the Month for February 2008.

You can read a statement by her by clicking here.

Friday, January 04, 2008

New Materials Lists Updated - December 2007

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of December 2007. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/library/newmaterials.html.

New Databases Added

Library Services, in partnership with the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library (LHCADL) and The Alberta Library (TAL), continues to expand its database holds. As the new semester begins, we have added 5 new databases and upgrade an existing database.

The new and upgraded databases include:

COMPUTERS & APPLIED SCIENCES COMPLETE

This database covers academic and research materials about computer sciences and traditional engineering issues. The sources are also concern with the development of new technologies and their impact on business and society.

Coverage will vary with each publication. There is indexing and abstracts provided for 1,300+ academic journals, professional publications, and other sources. Full-text is provided for 500+ periodical titles.

EDUCATION RESEARCH COMPLETE


This database provides academic research and information related to "all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing."

Coverage will vary with each publication. Indexing and abstracts are provided for 1,800+ academic journals - 900+ of which are available in full-text. Additionally, there are 100+ full-text books and monographs available.

ENVIRONMENT COMPLETE

This database is an upgrade from the previous Environment Index and covers related areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.

There are more than 1,700,000 records indexed and date back as far as the 1950s. More than 600 journals and 80 monographs are available in full-text.

FILM & TELEVISION LITERATURE INDEX WITH FULL TEXT


This database "is a comprehensive bibliographic and full text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film." Subjects that are covered include: film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The target audience ranges from the general viewer to the academic.

Coverage will vary with each publication. Complete abstracting and indexing is provided for 270 titles. Full-text coverage is provided for 70+ journal titles and 50+ books.

INTERNATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THEATRE & DANCE WITH FULL TEXT

This database "is the definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts."

Coverage will vary with each publication. There are more than 60,000 articles that are indexed in the database. Full-text coverage is provided for more that 100 periodicals, and 100 books and monographs.

WORLD BOOK ADVANCED

The World Book Advanced is a searchable suite of multimedia resources that includes the full-text print edition of the World Book Encyclopedia, an atlas (with 750+ maps), a 250,000 word dictionary, thousands of e-books, and audiovisual material.

All of the databases are accessible by staff and students from on campus or at home. If you are having trouble connecting, please contact Library Services via:
  • Phone: 529-3867 (local), 1 (866) 282-8394 ext. 3867 (toll free long distance);
  • E-mail: reference@mhc.ab.ca;
  • instant messenger; or
  • visit us at any of the library service desks in Medicine Hat or Brooks.
You can view our database collection by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Library Users of the Month - January 2008

Library Services is pleased to announce that Lina Ribero and Fredy Tirado are our Library Users of the Month for January 2008.

You can read a statement by them by clicking here.