Thursday, December 17, 2009

IMPORTANT: Database Updates!

With hard economic times, come hard economic realities that libraries must face. Due to provincial cutbacks in funding to the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library (LHCADL), Medicine Hat College Library Services will no longer have access to certain database resources that allow our patrons to access journal, magazine, and newspaper articles.

The databases that we will lose access to include:
  • Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (EBSCO)

  • Child Development & Adolescent Studies (EBSCO)

  • Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)

  • Family & Society Studies Worldwide (EBSCO)

  • Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index (EBSCO)

  • Gender Studies Database (EBSCO)

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center (EBSCO)

  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete (EBSCO)

  • International Political Science Abstracts (EBSCO)

  • LGBT Life with Full Text (EBSCO)

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)

  • Literature Online (LION; ProQuest)

  • New Testament Abstracts Online (EBSCO)

  • Old Testament Abstracts Online (EBSCO)

  • OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition (H. W. Wilson)

  • Professional Development Collection (EBSCO)

  • ProQuest Education Journals (ProQuest)

  • ProQuest Science Journals (ProQuest)

  • Religion & Philosophy Collection (EBSCO)

  • Sociological Collection (EBSCO)

  • Vocational & Career Collection (EBSCO)

  • Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide (EBSCO)

  • World History Collection (EBSCO)
Thanks to the college’s membership with The Alberta Library (TAL) which allows access to a number of databases in common with other libraries in the province, and with the databases that the library purchases on its own, the college will still have a wide range of databases that cover the programs taught at Medicine Hat College.

Databases that we will add to supplement our content include:
  • Education Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • General Science Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Humanities Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • OmniFile Full Text, Select Edition (H. W. Wilson)

  • Political Science Complete (EBSCO)

  • Readers' Guide Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Social Sciences Full Text (H. W. Wilson)

  • Wilson Business Full Text (H. W. Wilson)
These changes will be effective January 1, 2010.

Though there is a net loss of resources that might seem somewhat drastic, MHC Library Services’ administration has worked to ensure that the most comprehensive and critical resources are maintained to maximize the quality and quantity of academic literature that is available to our patrons. Despite the losses, you can still expect the same level of professionalism and service provided by the staff of Library Services as we move forward in the current economic environment.

If you have concerns regarding these matters, please contact Keith Walker (Director, Library Services) at: kwalker@mhc.ab.ca, or by telephone at: 403-529-3867.

IM & Text Services - Seasonal Closures

The Library Online Agents instant messaging service and the text messaging service will be unavailable from December 24, 2009 until January 3, 2010. Both of these services will return to operation on January 4, 2010 for the Winter Semester.

We thank our patrons that have made these online services a success over the past semesters, and we look forward to serving you in the new year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

January 2010 Hours

Following our seasonal break, the libraries will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2010.

The Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat) will be operating with reduced hours on the 4th. That facility will be open from 8:oo a.m. until 5:oo p.m. on that day. It will return to normal hours of operation on the 5th, which are:
  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The Brooks Campus Library will also reopen, but with reduced hours on the 4th. They will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on that day. Regular hours of operation will begin on the following day, which are:
  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
For more information on the libraries' hours, including closures and alternate hours of operation, click here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

(Yule) Fire in the Library!

We would like to remind you that the library is a good place to study during the exam time. If nothing else, it is a good place to get out of the cold and relax with your classmates. The staff are always warm and inviting, not to mention out virtual Yule Fire.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Threat Leads to College Evacuation

There was a bomb threat called into the Medicine Hat College (MH Campus) this morning and the college was evacuated, but operations have returned to normal.

You can read the official college statement about this story by clicking here.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Library Book Tree 2009

To celebrate the festive season, Library Services has setup its 5th 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.

Some titles that have been added this year include:
See the Vera Bracken Library's Information Desk for more information and to donate.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Congrats to The Tom Sellecks

Congratulations to The Tom Sellecks. This brave group of gentlemen,which included two library staffers, grew mustaches for the month of Movember.

Though growing a mustache does not sound like an achievement in itself, the group did so for the sake of prostate cancer research—all funds will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada. In online donations alone, the group was able to garner $430 for this worthwhile cause.

Again, congratulations to the team and a thank you to those that donated.

If you want to read more about this group, click here.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December Hours

VERA BRACKEN LIBRARY

The Vera Bracken Library will be extending its hours for the following days in December:
  • 4 December 2009 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • 5 December 2009 - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • 6 December 2009 - 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • 11 December 2009 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • 12 December 2009 - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • 13 December 2009 - 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Closures and reduced hours for the Vera Bracken Library are as follows:
  • 18 December 2009 - 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. [Reduced Hours]
  • 19-20 December 2009 - Closed
  • 21-23 December 2009 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. [Reduced Hours]
  • 24 December 2009 - 3 January 2010
    - Closed [Seasonal Break]
BROOKS CAMPUS LIBRARY

The Brooks Campus Library will operate according to regular hours with the noted exceptions:
  • 20 December 2009 - Closed
  • 21 December 2009 - 3 January 2010
    - Closed [Seasonal Break]
For more information on the libraries' hours, click here.

"TeachingBooks" Education Resource Added

Library Services has added TeachingBooks to its list of resources available to the students of Medicine Hat College.

TeachingBooks is a database resource for educators that are teaching books targeted to children and young adults; it also provides supplementary information about authors of those books. Additional resources include short movies, audio book readings, and book discussion guides to bring multimedia elements into the classroom. All of these resources will help enhance "lesson planning, author studies, and professional development to support the many ways books can be integrated into all subject areas in the K–12 curriculum."

For more details and to access this resource, click here.

For a full list of all of our database resources—which includes access to journal, magazine, and newspaper abstracts and articles, as well as educational streaming media—click here, or select the Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles link from the library's homepage.

Library User of the Month - December 2009

Library Services is pleased to announce that Darren Howes is our Library User of the Month for December 2009.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Student Appreciation Week Winners - Nov '09

Well, another Student Appreciation Week has come and gone, though the feelings still linger.

For this edition, we held the following events:
  • Monday - free coffee
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - free photocopying
  • Thursday - 2 x $25 grocery gift cards
  • Friday - free punch
Congratulations to Mallory Schofield and Anton Friesen—the winners of the grocery gift cards. We hope the rest of our patrons felt like winners as we demonstrated our appreciation of you all.

You can look forward to more prize draws from Library Services when we participate in the Winter 2010 edition of Student Appreciation Week.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Drop-in Class Winners

Congratulations to our drop-in class prize winners—Olaide Oredgbe and Louisa Yip.

Each won their choice of a print credit, campus bookstore gift certificate, or cafeteria gift certificate. Each prize is valued at $15.

Throughout the month of November, Library Services was offering drop-in classes to help students enhance their knowledge of APA and MLA citation, and accessing catalogue and database resources. We look forward to offering some new and different sessions in the new year.

Monday, November 16, 2009

APA (6th ed.)--1st Printing Exchange Program

UPDATE (24 November 2009):

Students: If you purchased a copy of the manual from the campus bookstore, you can exchange your copy there. The bookstore will return your first printing and notify you when the second printings come in—this means you will be without a manual for about 2-3 weeks. You must act soon though, the bookstore will only take exchanges until December 1st.



Did you buy a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)? If you did, you might be entitled to exchange your first printing for a corrected version.

In the first printing, there were numerous errors and oversights. The APA has tried to correct these things with a series of bulletins, but this did not please everyone. A Facebook group (and others) lobbied for an exchange of first printing manuals for new corrected versions. The lobbying was successful and you can exchange your first printing for a corrected new version. ACT NOW if you want to exchange your copy!

To get the exchange or updates, choose one of the following three options:

OPTION 1: EXCHANGE COPY

Contact the APA Service Center for more information. The APA Service Center can be reached at:1-800-374-2721, Monday–Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (EST). E-mail can be sent to: order@apa.org. Once you have confirmed details with the APA, your copy must be sent in by December 15, 2009. Canadians are included in the deal.

OPTION 2: DOWNLOAD CORRECTIONS

You can download a detailed corrections copy by clicking here. The copy is not of the whole book, just notes about the corrections.

OPTION 3: ORDER PRINT VERSION OF CORRECTIONS

You can also order a print version of the corrections. You will contact the APA Service Center using the same aforementioned contact information to order the print version of the corrections.

Source:
American Psychological Association. (2009). Reprint corrections, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, sixth edition. Retrieved from http://www.apastyle.org/manual/corrections-faqs.aspx

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday, November 06, 2009

Remembrance Day Closures - 11 November 2009

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observation of Remembrance Day. Both libraries will be open normal hours on the days preceding and following the 11th.

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

Monday, November 02, 2009

Library User of the Month - November 2009

Library Services is pleased to announce that Ivan Shagin is our Library User of the Month for November 2009.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Movember!—Support Prostate Cancer Research by Supporting Library Staff

The month of Movember is upon us.

Yes, that is right, we said Movember instead of November. Why, you might ask? Well, November is the month in which men all around the world are being asked to participate in the growing of moustaches to help raise awareness and monies in support of prostate cancer research.

So doing the math: November + moustache = Movember!

To that end, Keith Walker and Jason MacDonald are two library staffers (part of a larger team of moustache growers made up of friends and family) who will be growing moustaches for the month. In Keith’s case, he has to start the month freshly shaven, so he has graciously agreed to shave his current moustache off to begin the month and re-grow it. In Jason’s case, he simply has to shave before Movember 1st and let the moustache do the rest!

So if you notice something different about Keith or Jason come next week, it is probably their moustaches, or lack thereof for now.

Did we mention that they are part of a larger group effort. Their team name is The Tom Sellecks, in homage to that great moustache from the 80s television show—Magnum P.I. We’re also still looking for others to join in with us, so guys, really give it some thought.

Ladies, talk to the man or men (parent, siblings, significant others) in your lives. Yes, that is right Movember does not discriminate. Women are encouraged to participate as well by supporting their Mo growing men!

So we are hoping we can count on you all for support whether it be moral support for our moustaches or financial support in the form of donations to prostate cancer research in Canada.

If you would like to donate please see either Keith or Jason in person or you can donate online at: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/16550.

If you know of someone willing to participate and wants to register, simply give them the URL to join their Movember team at: http://ca.movember.com/register/5454.

Thanks in advance everyone.

Let the moustaches begin!

Library On the Go!—Roaming Reference

If you cannot come to the library, the library will come to you. That is the simple idea behind our new roaming reference service—Library On the Go!

Starting on Monday, November 2nd and continuing throughout the month, the library will have Information Desk staff situated in the hallway between the campus café and cafeteria. We will be setup between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The staff will be equipped with a laptop and our most popular handouts—APA and MLA—ready, willing, and able to provide you with on-the-spot assistance.


Please stop by and see us, we look forward to serving you.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Library Drop-in Classes

Library Services will be holding drop-in classes for individuals that want to learn more about some of services and tools provided by the library.

Here is what you need to know:
  • Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 3rd to 26th, starting at 11:00 a.m.
  • Duration: 20-30 minutes.
  • Where: Library Classroom (B130)
  • Registration: Sign-up at library Information Desk or drop in.
Topics/Schedule:
  • November 3rd - APA citation.
  • November 5th - Finding journal articles.
  • November 10th - Finding books and audiovisuals.
  • November 12th - MLA citation.
  • November 17th - Finding journal articles.
  • November 19th - APA citation.
  • November 24th - Finding journal articles.
  • November 26th - Finding books and audiovisuals.
Participants are eligible to enter a draw for one choice of the following grand prizes on Nov 26:
  1. printing credit: $15
  2. bookstore gift certificate: $15
  3. cafeteria gift certificate: $15
If you have further questions, please see the Information Desk or call: 403-529-3867.

We hope to see you there.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Flu Season & Working from Home

With the H1N1 global pandemic and other season ailments floating around, it is advised that you stay home if you are feeling ill. Staying home will prevent the spread of the ailment and help you recover faster.

Many library services can still be accessed from home . . .

LIBRARY CATALOGUE
DATABASES/PERIODICAL SEARCHES
  • If your library account is up-to-date, you can access the databases to search for periodical (journal, magazine, and newspaper) articles. Click here to access databases.
INTERLIBRARY LOANS (ILL)
ONLINE ASSISTANCE

As ever, we have a wide variety of means to contact the library to get assistance. Some of the ways that you can contact us include:

Friday, October 23, 2009

APA Update: Wikis & Corrections

WIKI ENTRY UPDATE

The APA has clarified how to cite a wiki entry. Our APA Style Guide cited a wiki entry to conform to the online community standard. It has now been changed to conform to the method that is used for an online reference book.

Previous our entry looked like this (click image to enlarge):




Now it will be more correctly displayed as (click image to enlarge):



To cite the previous example in-text, it would appear as follows:
  • . . . ("APA Style," 2009). OR
  • The "APA Style" (2009) article suggests . . . .
If a single author is given, order your entry as follows:
  • author > date of posting/update > article title (sentence case, normal font) > wiki name (sentence case, italicized; preceded by "In"--using a plain font) > date of retrieval and URL.
If no single author is given:
  • Article title (sentence case, normal font) > date of posting/update > wiki name (sentence case, italicized; preceded by "In"--using a plain font) > date of retrieval and URL.
The corrected version of the guide will carry the revision date of: October 2009 [Rev. A]. To view the revised style guide, click here.



GENERAL UPDATE TO PUBLICATION MANUAL

The APA has also posted its first list of corrections and clarifications to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Click here to view the list.

Header and margin boundaries are still poorly defined by the manual and are inconsistently displayed in the sample papers. These concerns have not been addressed by the APA, so we continue to rely on the more clearly defined 5th edition header and margin boundaries.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Materials Lists Updated - September 2009

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of September 2009. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/library/New Materials/.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Thanksgiving Prize Winner

Congratulations to Rosie Saurette. She is this year's winner in our Thanksgiving Day prize draw, which included a gift package of Autumn and Thanksgiving themed goods.

Monday, October 05, 2009

APA Style Updates - October 2009

As we stated in earlier posts, the current 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Publication Manual) has a number of inconsistencies and oversights in it. We are trying to correct and update our guides as information becomes available from official APA sources—click here for past revisions. To this end, we have posted our latest revisions of the APA Style Guide, 6th ed. and the APA Sample Paper. You can download each by clicking the following links:
The To Quote, Paraphrase, or Block Quote? – APA Style guide remains unchanged.



CHANGES MADE:

RUNNING HEAD
Previously it was documented that the running head would start on page 1 (title page) and appear on every succeeding page in the following format:

Running head: THIS IS MY ABBREVIATED ESSAY TITLE

This was incorrectly documented in the APA Publication Manual it should appear:

Page 1: Running head: THIS IS MY ABBREVIATED ESSAY TITLE
Succeeding pages: THIS IS MY ABBREVIATED ESSAY TITLE


FIGURES & TABLES
• Notes are now correctly double-spaced—not single-spaced.
• Notes for these sections indicate that tables can be single to double spaced.
• Figure label and caption/title of figures are supposed to follow the figure on a page—not precede it. Examples in both documents have been updated to reflect this clarification.
• The table example on page 8 of the sample paper remains double spaced; this is to demonstrate the spatial relationship between a heading and its associated information.

BLOG CITATION (p.9 of APA Style Guide, 6th ed.)
An example of how to cite a blog was added to the APA Style Guide, 6th ed. handout. The example is the first one at the top of page 9.

ANATOMY OF A REFERENCE (p.4 of APA Style Guide, 6th ed.)
For the journal example, a noted was added to direct readers to page 6 of the guide for more information on citing the electronic versions of journal articles.

MARGINS
It is still unclear what the exact parameters for the margins are. APA says that text appears within a 1 in. margin at each side of the page. The lack of clarity regards whether or not the running head and page number are inside the 1 in. margin (which would effectively push essay text to the 1.5 in. mark from the top edges of the pages). Adding to the ambiguous nature of margin parameters are the APA’s sample papers—where margins vary throughout the presentation. We are still relying on the more clearly define margin and header boundaries from the 5th edition manual. This could, however, change once the detail is clarified by the APA.



If you have any comments, concerns, or questions regarding this latest round of amendments, please e-mail us at: reference@mhc.ab.ca.

The revised documents carry the October 2009 revision date.

For a complete list of all of our guides, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Closures - 12 October 2009

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 12th. Both libraries will be open normal hours on the days preceding and following the 12th.

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

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Library User of the Month - October 2009

Library Services is pleased to announce that Dylan Anderson is our Library User of the Month for September 2009.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Online Services Disruption Tonight

There will be a disruption of the college's online services this evening. The disruption will start around 10:00 p.m. and will ideally end around midnight MST.

The services that will experience disruptions this evening include:
  • all MHC Web sites
  • access to the Internet from within MHC
  • faculty, staff, and student MHC e-mail systems
  • mymhc.ca (portal)
  • Blackboard (learning management system)
The disruption is a result of upgrades that are being made to our Internet infrastructure. The upgrades should result in the lifting of the current restrictions on streaming media services such as YouTube, etc.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Double-side, Staple, & Hole Punch—Cool New Printer Features


The new Xerox printer in the Vera Bracken Library has some excellent new features to help you compile/print documents more efficiently. The printer has the ability to print double-sided (duplex), staple, and hole punch print jobs. You can select one or more of these options for any print job that you perform in the library.

How do you do this? Follow these simple steps once you have selected the option to print your file:

1) Select Properties . . . in the Printer dialogue window.




2) Select the desired options (i.e., double-sided, stapled, or hole punched) from the drop-boxes on the right-hand side of the \\alchemy\library_5030 Properties dialogue window. [To see the options more clearly, click the image below.]





3) Select the OK button once your print options are selected in each of the two proceeding dialogue windows.

4) You will be prompted to confirm the print job one final time. Here you can select Print or Cancel.




5) Collect your printing if you selected Print, or return to your file if you selected Cancel.

NOTE: Even when you print double-sided, your print account will be deducted $.20—it is still $.10/side.

If you encounter any problems with printing, please see the Information Desk.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

New Materials Lists Updated - July-August 2009

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the months of July and August 2009. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/library/New Materials/.

Monday, September 21, 2009

APA Style Guide, 6th ed. - Corrections

A couple more minor revisions have been made to the APA Style Guide.

Pt. 1. FULL TEXT ARTICLE WITH DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER (DOI)

This time a correction has been made to the "Full Text Article with Digital Object Identifier (DOI)" example. This is example three on page six of the guide.

The authors in the reference page column originally read as:
  • Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, . . . & Tong, G.-Z. (2009).
It now correctly reads as:
  • Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, L.-P., . . . Tong, G.-Z. (2009).
The sixth authors initials were not originally included and the ampersand (&) was not required.

REFERENCE PAGE CITATION:
To recap the display of authors names in the reference list (based on previous example):

1 AUTHOR:
  • Yu, H. (2009).
2-7 AUTHORS:
  • Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, L.-P., & Liao, M. (2009).
  • All authors will be listed in the citation, and the ampersand (&) will be placed between the second last and last authors' names.
8 OR MORE AUTHORS:
  • Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, L.-P., . . . Tong, G.-Z. (2009).
  • If you have eight or more authors: list the first six authors, use an ellipsis (. . .), and then list the last author.
PARENTHETICAL CITATION:
How will these look in-text ? [Paraphrase example.]

1 AUTHOR:
  • . . . (Yu, 2009). OR Yu's (2009) study found . . . .
  • You will use this form every time you reference this work.
2 AUTHORS:
  • . . . (Yu & Zhou, 2009). OR Yu and Zhou's (2009) study found that . . . .
  • You will use this form every time you reference this work.
3-5 AUTHORS:
  • FIRST USE: . . . (Yu, Zhou, & Li, 2009). OR Yu, Zhou, and Li's (2009) study found . . . .
  • SUBSEQUENT REFERENCES: . . . (Yu et al., 2009). OR Yu et al. (2009) found that . . . .
  • If you have 3-5 authors list them all for the first reference, and use et al. after the first author's name in subsequent parenthetical references.
6 OR MORE AUTHORS:
  • . . . (Yu et al., 2009). OR Yu et al. (2009) found that . . . .
  • In this case, you will use the et al. after the first author's surname for each and every case.
For more information on how to provide author (or editor-in-place-of-author) information in the reference list, see section 6.27 (p. 184) of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; for parenthetical referencing, see Table 6.1 (p. 177) of the aforementioned work.



Pt. 2. EPISODE FROM A TELEVISION SERIES

Example 2 on page 7 was also corrected. In the "Episode from a Television Series" example, the episode title was incorrectly displayed as: Plato's Stepchildren; it has been amended to the correct: Plato's stepchildren. The program name was also incorrectly displayed as: Star Trek, it too was corrected and now displays: Star trek.



The revised guide has been posted and will carry the designation August 2009 [Rev. B].

For additional modifications made to the style guide, select the "Revisions" tag in the Labels section below.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Alberta Art Days—September 18–20

The Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus) will proudly be participating in Alberta Art Days from September 18th–20th. Alberta Art Days is a three day cultural event that highlights the vibrant creative energies of our grand province.

The library has always been a haven for a wide variety of art, but this special event allows us to showcase our collection like never before. All members of the community are invited to the library for a self-guided tour of the works.

A special display will also be created to showcase books and audiovisual materials focusing on the arts in Alberta.

For more information about various events that are being hosted in and around the city of Medicine Hat, click here; for events in Brooks, click here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Printing Issues

As many of our patrons have encountered, we are still having printing issues in the Vera Bracken Library. Some of things that users have encountered include:
  • no printing from the classroom
  • periodic (or no) printing from Drop-in and Reference stations
  • insufficient administration privileges to print
  • printer cannot be found
  • prints a page or two of a multiple page file and stops
  • prints several successful documents, then print services stop while under the same user profile
  • will print the document single sided, but not duplex it
  • Java update window (not printing related)
  • etc.
These are all known issues and the Information Technology Services (ITS) department is continuing to investigate the issue. If you are encountering problems, please see the Information Desk in the library and we will investigate. Failing a resolution to the issue, we will print the document for you from our computer.

Thank you for your patience as ITS works towards a solution.

Friday, September 11, 2009

APA Style Guide, 6th ed. - Minor Revisions

A couple of minor clarifications/corrections were made to the library's APA Style Guide. The alterations are both on page 7 of the guide and explanations are as follows:

EPISODE FROM A TELEVISION SERIES
  • The producer was originally listed as, "Fred Freiberger." It now displays the correct method which is: "F. Freiberger."
  • Explanation: The given/first name of the producer is not required; the abbreviation is sufficient.
CORPORATE REPORT, GOVERNMENT AUTHOR
  • The original reference was problematic because the document in question could be classified as either a report (i.e., gray literature) or as a regular annual release (i.e., periodical). Depending on your interpretation, the title could either appear as: Canada Health Act annual report 2007–2008 (book/report format) or as: Canada Health Act Annual Report 2007–2008 (periodical format). To simplify the example, a different government publication/report from the same department was selected.
The guide will continue to carry the revised date of August 2009, but [Rev. A] has been added to the date for distinction purposes. You can download either version using the following links:
For more guides related to APA, click here.

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please direct them to the Information Desk in the Vera Bracken Library (e-mail: reference@mhc.ab.ca).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Java Update - Do not panic!

Some of our patrons have encountered a pop-up dialogue window that appears as follows:


If you encounter this message, disregard it and click Cancel. Please do not abandon the station that you have logged on to, your personal information and print account might be vulnerable to others if you do.

Java is trying to update itself and this cannot be done with a standard student computer account. Information Technology Services (ITS) is aware of this issue and is seeking a means of making the update less obtrusive.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

"Text Us" Service Launched

It is a mobile world and Library Services has created a new service to meet the demands of the mobile student community. Today we launched Text Us, a mobile library information service that will deliver answers to our patrons in 160 characters or less.
 You can ask us questions like:
  • When do you close?
  • Do you have [title] in?
  • Can you put [title] aside until I get there?
  • How do I renew an item?
  • Who is the Prime Minister of Denmark?
It is all fair game. If we cannot answer your query through Text  Us, we will refer you to one of our other service options which include Ask A Question, Library Online Agents (IM Services), by phone,  or in person.

You can text the Vera Bracken Library Information Desk Staff at: 403-866-5872.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Library User of the Month - September 2009

Library Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Dinesh Mategaonkar is our Library User of the Month for September 2009.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

"Tell Me More" - Language Learning Resource Added

Library Services has added Tell Me More to its list of resources available to the students of Medicine Hat College. This resource will introduce and progressively develop a user's language skills in: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (European), and Spanish (South American).

Tell Me More will guide you through the language learning process with:
  • Easy-to-comprehend content created by expert instructional designers
  • Specialized oral communication content
  • Supplemental Business and Culture specific content
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Workshops
  • 37 different types of learning activities/interactions
  • Speech Recognition with playback and achievement scale
  • Spoken Error Tracking System (SETS®) technology automatically detects and corrects your pronunciation errors
  • Professional voice-overs, videos, 3-D animations, and real-world graphics
  • Anytime, anywhere accessibility
For more details and to access this resource, click here.

For a full list of all of our database resources—which includes access to journal, magazine, and newspaper abstracts and articles, as well as education streaming media—click here, or select the Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles link from the library's homepage.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Back to Class Prize Draw Winner

Congratulations to Leonard Anstey. He is the winner of Library Services' back to class prize draw, which includes a backpacked filled with everything that a student needs to get started for the new college year.

Thanks to everyone that entered and look for more draws from the library in the future. Welcome back for another year at Medicine Hat College!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Canada, Copyright, and You

As many of you are probably aware by now, the Government of Canada is currently engaged in a process of consultation to more fully modernize the country’s existing copyright legislation. To that end, the Government of Canada is travelling across the country holding round table and town hall style meetings, as well as accepting submissions from citizens, groups, and organizations. This process is continuing until the 13th of September 2009.

The Government of Canada has established a website by which interested persons can follow as well as and more importantly, participate in the process (http://copyright.econsultation.ca). I would strongly encourage everyone (faculty, staff and students alike) to involve themselves in this process. It is the time when all our voices matter and it’s extremely important we all have our say. There are a great number of resources and primers on this discussion as to how best to get involved and make our voices heard about issues that matter to us, not only from a point of view of the educational field as it affects us, but as individual citizens in our day to day lives as well.

If you’re unsure where to begin in gaining or furthering your knowledge on the subject, there are a number of resources I recommend.

The first is an open letter from the President of Athabasca University that was sent to all students at that institution. In it he discusses the possibility of reintroduction of C-61-like legislation (the last attempt at copyright reform that died on the order paper with the general election call) and its negative impact on education. The text can be found here: http://suzviews.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/canadian-copyright-law/

The second valuable resource I recommend if you’re interested in making a submission to the consultation process, but don’t know exactly where to begin is to visit the Vancouver Fair Copyright Coalition website (http://faircopy.ca/) and read their consultation guide, available here: http://faircopy.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/fc-consultation-guide.pdf

The third is the blog of Michael Geist (law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law). He has followed the consultation process and continues to do so, summarizing and commenting up the submissions quite succinctly. His blog can be found here: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/

Again, I strongly encourage as many people as possible to actively participate and become involved in the consultation process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jason MacDonald
Copyright Information Officer
jmacdonald@mhc.ab.ca
ext. 3835

Monday, August 31, 2009

September 2009 Hours

VERA BRACKEN LIBRARY

The Vera Bracken Library will return to its normal hours of operation starting on Wednesday, September 2nd. The hours for the library will be:
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The exceptions to these hours in the Vera Bracken Library are as follows:
  • Tuesday, September 1: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 7: Closed for Labour Day
BROOKS CAMPUS LIBRARY

The Brooks Campus Library will also return to its normal hours of operation starting on the 2nd of September. Their normal hours of operation will be:
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
The exceptions to these hours in the Brook Campus Library are as follows:
  • Tuesday, September 1: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 7: Closed for Labour Day
For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Office Ultimate 2007 Deal for $64 Still On

You can still get Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for as low as $64 CAD; and yes, this is a legitimate offer. At present, Office 2008 for Mac is not offered as part of this promotion.

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.

Monday, August 24, 2009

APA 6th ed. Handouts now available . . .

Library Services has revised its handouts that are related to the American Psychological Association's (APA) style of citation. The revisions were made in order to correspond to the changes that were made for the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The revisions are now available online and print versions will be available later this week.

As with the previous edition, the first printing of the manual contains—what are arguably—numerous contradictions, errors, inaccuracies, and oversights. The guides that the library has produced have tried to compensate for these variables as much as possible. As the APA clarifies the revised style over the coming weeks, months, and years, the library will modify its documents accordingly. Should there be any modifications to the guides, a notice will be posted.

To access the current version of the handouts in PDF format, select the following links:

To view other guides that the library produces, including the revised Modern Language Association (MLA) guides and Word versions (.docx) of the aforementioned guides, please click here.

For additional resources regarding the APA style, please browse the following sources:

BOOKS
WEB RESOURCES:
  • APA Style.org - There are numerous resources including basic information, sample papers, tutorials, and more.

  • APA Style Blog - This blog posts weekly special topics on the APA style. There are often comments and responses made through this blog that will aid in clarifying details about the revised style.
To prevent any confusion between the 5th and 6th editions of the APA Publication Manual, the previous guides are no longer directly linked to from our Web site. If you bookmarked the previous guides, please update your links.

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please direct them to the Information Desk in the Vera Bracken Library (e-mail: reference@mhc.ab.ca).

Streaming Media Services Limited

Some of you might have noticed that access to streaming media sites (e.g., YouTube, Google Videos, etc.) is currently being limited in areas of the college. Due to bandwidth restrictions beyond the college's control, certain restrictions have been placed on these media sites. Streaming media sites will only be accessible from 4:30 p.m.–midnight each day. Certain streaming media (e.g., Internet radio and television) will remain blocked.

Streaming media services that the college and Library Services subscribe to will not be affected. This includes resources such as Atomic Learning and unitedstreaming [Discovery Education]—you can discover more information about each source by clicking here.


The college's Information Technology Services (ITS) department is currently working with the college's Internet service provider to resolve this issue in as timely a manner as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate and ask for your patience in the meantime. A notice will be posted as soon as regular Internet service is restored.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Geekapalooza 2.0 Presentation

Library Services proudly participated in the Geekapalooza 2.0 event that was put on for college faculty and staff. The 40 Cool Toys in 40 Minutes presentation that was created by Jason and Jess is available in the "How to Guides & Handouts" section of the library Web site.

The presentation will be near the bottom of the page under the "Presentations" heading. The presention is avaiable in the PowerPoint 2007 (9.75 MB) and PDF (5.2 MB) formats. Click here to connect to the page.

Thanks everyone that came to the presentation; we are looking forward to participating in any future event.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Library Employment Opportunies

Medicine Hat College Library Services currently has several positions vacant on its team. Both positions are in the Vera Bracken Library at the Medicine Hat Campus. Students, as well as the general public, are invited to apply for the positions.

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

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Keith Walker Returns

He's baaaack . . .

Yes, you read correctly. Keith Walker has returned to Medicine Hat College Library Services to resume his role as Director, Library Services. After a brief stint as Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Lethbridge Public Library; Keith decided that his heart and home belong at Medicine Hat College.

Thanks to Lilian Li, who was acting-director in Keith's absence, for her leadership over the past few months. Lilian will continue in her role as Information and Technology Librarian for Library Services.

Monday, July 27, 2009

August Hours – Closures

For the month of August, the Vera Bracken Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Monday, August 3rd – Heritage Day
  • Wednesday, August 19th – College Day
The Brooks Campus Library will not be affected by the College Day closure, but will be closed on Monday, August 3rd for Heritage Day.

Both libraries will maintain their Summer hours until September 1st. For more details on the individual libraries' hours, click here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Services Disruption - Sunday, July 26, 2009

Due to an urgent need to replace components of the college's electrical system, all college computer systems will be offline from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2009.

Most MHC computer related systems will not function during this time. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • all Internet access
  • all MHC websites
  • all e-mail systems (for both college employee and student groups)
  • all lab and office computer use (users will not be able to log on)
  • the Blackboard LMS
  • access to all MHC file servers
  • all college enterprise software systems (CampusVue, Portal, HR, and Finance Systems)
Though the library Web site will not be accessible during this time period, the following services will still be available via these links:
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Quiet Summer? Not Likely.

Some people think that Library Services shuts down for the Summer, but little do they realize that it is one of the busier times of the year for staff. Over the Summer time, we are actively engaged in preparing for the upcoming Fall and Winter semesters. We are preparing for new technologies and upgrading existing ones. Some of the projects that we have on the go include:
  • ENCORE – This new search tool will allow patrons to search the online catalogue for books and audiovisual materials as well as our most popular databases for periodical articles. The Encore interface also allows registered patrons to tag, rate, and comment on materials found in the library. A patron can build a custom collection of materials using the tagging system.
  • INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICES’ POST-TO-WEB – This is a great new service that we want to roll out for our patrons that take advantage of our Interlibrary Loan Services. Our testing has proven to be popular and successful with our test clients. What is it though? In the past you would have to come into the library to pickup periodical articles that you ordered, but now you can get the articles delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. Once you receive the article, you can print or save the article. The services is easier and faster for you, and good for the environment since it is now paper free. You will still have to come into the library to collect any audiovisual, book, or alternative mediums.
  • OFFICE RENOVATIONS – With new staff and changing demands for space, the Vera Bracken Library will undergo some minor renovations. Though most patrons will not see them, a new office is being built and the audiovisual storage area is being expanded. Unprocessed materials (books and audiovisuals that need to be paid for, catalogued, and prepped for circulation) will now be stored in the library’s Work Room. It might look like we are building a staff lounge with our own private book collection, but our Work Room does serve a utilitarian purpose.
  • WEB SITE REDESIGN – As part of the overall college Web site redesign, the library is examining its homepage and trying to determine how we can best maximize the access to our key online services – resource location and in-person/online assistance. Though we love our current site, we will had to change sometime to integrate new search and assistance tools that will make things easier in the long run.
  • PRINTING ENHANCED FOR STUDENTS – We will be getting a new student printer with more features such as faster/greater printing and paper capacity, photocopying, and scanning options. Our previous printer printed 600,000+ pages in less than two years – more than every other printer in the college put together! This seriously pushed the machine to its limits. The new machine promises to be bigger and faster, so hopefully no more stalls in the printing queue caused by large file sizes.
  • NEW TECHNOLOGIES – We are working towards expanding our multimedia services available to students with the acquisition of a more multimedia friendly computer – quite possibly a Mac. Additionally, we are exploring the addition of more laptops to our current pool of available machines – potentially being able to lend them to students for use on campus. Finally, we continue to explore and can hopefully acquire some assistive technologies to enhance services for those individuals that face auditory and visual related issues, and learning related issues. We continue to consult and work with groups such as the Deaf and Blind Support Specialist (DBSS) on campus to enhance these services.
  • APA & MLA HANDOUTS – This year both academic citation methods underwent an overhaul. We are rapidly working to update our handouts and presentations for the Fall semester. It does take a considerable amount of time to distill the essential information from the new volumes, edit, and enhance our existing handouts because of the rigid demands and precision that is required of academic writing.
So, yes, we are very busy preparing for the upcoming semesters. All this effort is made to provide our patronage with the best possible resources and services available. We take a great deal of pride in our achievement and efforts and we hope it shows. Cheers!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Hours Start June 29th

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be moving to their respective Summer hours on Monday, June 29th. These hours will persist until August 31st.

VERA BRACKEN LIBRARY HOURS will now be:
  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Exceptions during this time period include:
  • 1 July 2009 - Closed [Canada Day]
  • 3 August 2009 - Closed [Civic Holiday]
  • 19 August 2009 - Closed [College Day]
BROOKS CAMPUS LIBRARY HOURS will now be:
  • Monday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday: Closed
Exceptions during this time period include:
  • 3 August 2009 - Closed [Civic Holiday]
  • The Brooks Campus Library is not affected by Canada and College Days.
For more information on the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Canada Day Closure - 1 July 2009

The Vera Bracken Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 1st for the Canada Day holiday. With the exception of that day, the library will operate according to regular hours on the preceding and following days. The Brooks Campus Library is not affected by the Canada Day holiday.

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.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Vera Bracken Library Closures in June

The Vera Bracken Library will be closed on June 20th and 27th for annual maintenance. With the exception of these two days, the library will continue to operate under the normal Spring hours until June 29th – at which time both libraries (Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus) will operate according to the Summer schedule.

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

Monday, June 08, 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009

MLA Guides Updated

In April, the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) released the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (MLA Handbook). The MLA style of citation is a popular citation method used for writing essays in the humanities throughout North America. For a quick overview of the changes made in the 7th edition, click here.

Library Services has updated it handouts regarding the MLA style to keep abreast of these changes. The handouts that have been updated include:
The former two will soon be available in print in the library. The 6th edition of the MLA Style Guide will remain online until December 2009, but the print edition will no longer be available from the library.

You can find all of the guides that are produced by the library at our How to Guides & Handouts page.

If you have any comment, concerns, or questions regarding these updates, please contact us at: reference@mhc.ab.ca.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Employees Recognized!

Last night three Library Services staff members were awarded for their service to the college. Jess, Anne, and Terry received recognition for their 5, 10, and 35 years of employment at the college, respectively.

Other college staff members were recognized during the 2009 Employee Recognition Banquet. Additional details about other recipients, including the Academic Achievement Award, College Employee of the Year, Innovation Award, and Service Achievement Award winners, can be found by clicking here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Monday, May 04, 2009

Victoria Day Closure - 18 May 2009

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 18th for the Victoria Day holiday. Both libraries will be open normal hours on the days preceding and following the 18th.

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

Friday, May 01, 2009

Farewell Keith Walker

Today was the end of an era as Keith Walker, Director of Library Services, departed the college after 24 years of service. The Vera Bracken Library played host to a farewell meet-and-greet event that was attended by many dozens of well wishers from the college and community.























We all wish Keith best success in his new position as Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Lethbridge Public Library. He will assume this post on Monday, May 4th.

College Wireless Internet: Bigger & Stronger!

The college's wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet access has changed for the better! The older library network name is now defunct. Anyone wanting to connect to the Wi-Fi network can now do so by connecting to the network named: MHC-Public.

In addition to the network name change, the Wi-Fi access points have been expanded and strengthened. Wi-Fi access has been strengthened in the Vera Bracken Library with more access points, and the Cafeteria/Internet Café and Centennial Hall now have Wi-Fi access as well.

Access to Wi-Fi will remain barrier free (with no cost or user name/password sets required) to the public, staff and students. Access to network printers and storage drives will remain inaccessible though.

To read more about Wi-Fi access at the Medicine Hat Campus, go to: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/library/wireless.html.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Database Added: Canadian Cochrane Centre [Cochrane Library]

The Canadian Cochrane Centre, part of the Cochrane Library, has been added to our list of library resources. This database contains a large collection of evidence-based medical treatments and tells you "which health treatments work, which ones don’t, and which may cause harm."

When you search the Canadian Cochrane Centre, five other databases are automatically included in your search of the library, which include: The Cochrane Database of Systematic and Methodology Reviews, The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), The Cochrane Methodology Register, The NHS Economic Evaluation Database, and The Health Technology Assessment Database.

This database is currently a Canada-wide trial that began on April 15, 2009 and will expire in 9 months.

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

Friday, April 17, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

SPECIAL EDITION - Library User of the Past Two Decades

Library Services is pleased to announce that Keith Walker has been named our Library User of the Past Two Decades. Keith has been the Director of Library Services for the past 24 years, but will soon be departing the institution to be the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Lethbridge Public Library.

You can read his statement by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Library Director Departing after 24 Years of Service

The college’s Director of Library Services, Keith Walker, is leaving after nearly 24 years of service as the leader of the library. Keith will assume the position of Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Lethbridge Public Library in May. The Lethbridge Public Library has many exciting initiatives planned for the future, including the opening of a new west side community library.

The college is undertaking a search for Keith’s replacement as the director of the two campus libraries. Qualified candidates wanting to apply for the position may do so by clicking here.

Lilian Li has been named Acting Director of Library Services in the interim.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Student Appreciation Week Winners - March '09

Congratulations to our Student Appreciation Week winners! The winners of the prize draws were:
  • Everyone that took advantage of the free photocopying days and coffee station.
  • Krystal DeLaurier ($20 cafeteria voucher)
  • Janine Peters ($30 Campus Store gift certificate)
  • Ashley Herman ($50 Amazon gift certificate)
  • Angelina Caixeiro (8GB iPod Touch)
You can look forward to more prize draws from Library Services when we participate in the Fall 2009 edition of Student Appreciation Week.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Library User of the Month - April 2009

Library Services is pleased to announce that Anders Payne is our Library User of the Month for April 2009.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

April Hours for Libraries

For the month of April, please be aware that the Vera Bracken Library will be altering its hours on the following days:
  • Friday, April 10th (Good Friday): Closed
  • Saturday, April 11th (Extended Hours): 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12th (Extended Hours): 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 17th (Extended Hours): 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18th (Extended Hours): 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 19th (Extended Hours): 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25th (Reduced Hours): 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26th: Closed
Starting on April 27th, the Vera Bracken Library will be reducing its hours to:
  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed
The Brooks Campus Library's hours will be altered as follows:
  • Friday, April 10th (Good Friday): Closed
  • Hours past April 26th have not yet been determined.
For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Read & Win! Winners

Congratulations to our Read and Win! winners. The winners and their corresponding prizes are:
  • Fernando Moreno - 1st Prize: $50 credit to Chapters/Indigo.ca

  • Danielle Fitzsimonds - Runner-up: $25 credit to Chapters/Indigo.ca

  • Vincent Sletvold - Runner-up: $25 credit to Chapters/Indigo.ca

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Student Appreciation Week - March 23-27


Medicine Hat College will be celebrating Student Appreciation Week from March 23rd-27th. You can expect the biggest prize draws and most free stuff ever from Library Services.

You can expect the following prizes and free stuff over the course of the week:
  • Monday - $20 gift certificate to the campus cafeteria (prize draw)
  • Tuesday - $30 gift certificate to the Campus Store (prize draw)
  • Wednesday - free photocopying and coffee
  • Thursday - free photocopying and a $50 Amazon.ca purchase credit (prize draw)
  • Friday - A SUPER prize draw (You will not want to skip class today!)
All this and more to show you how much we appreciate the students at Medicine Hat College.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Congratulations to Keith Walker!

Congratulations go out to Keith Walker, Director of Library Services at Medicine Hat College. Our esteemed leader was elected to the position of Vice-President of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) on this day. The CLA is the national voice for libraries across Canada and represents Canadian libraries internationally. Following his tenure as Vice-President, Keith will assume the role as President of the CLA in 2010 for a one-year term.

In addition to his current role at MHC Library Services, Keith is currently serving as the Chair, Board of Directors for The Alberta Library.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Library User of the Month - March 2009

Library Services is pleased to announce that Devon Moriarty is our Library User of the Month for March 2009.

You can read a statement by her by clicking here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Read & Win!


If you read, you win with the Vera Bracken Library! It is that simple.

When you borrow any item from the library between February 23rd to March 23rd, the Circulation Desk Staff will stamp your Frequent Reader Card. The person with the most stamps by March 23rd wins.

The grand prize will be your choice of any item from Chapters/Indigo up to a value of $50. See the Circulation Desk in the Vera Bracken Library to get your Frequent Reader Card and start reading!