Monday, August 31, 2009

September 2009 Hours


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

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 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:

  • APA - 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:

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.