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:, 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


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]

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.