Friday, December 17, 2010

Library Services' Staff SPCA Drive

As we moved into the season for giving, the staff of Library Services decided to give to our oft forgotten friends of the four-legged variety. The staff donated cat and dog food/treats, cat litter, and a play tunnel. In addition to food and play items, an additional $25 in cash was raised for the Medicine Hat SPCA.

We encourage anyone concern with animal welfare to visit the Medicine Hat SPCA's website to discover more about this organization.

New Materials Lists Updated - November 2010

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of November 2010. The lists can be found at:

During this month, more than 125 new audiovisual and print resources were added.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Seasonal Hours: 18 December 2010 - 4 January 2011

Following the conclusion of exams on Friday, 17 December 2010, the libraries will be changing to their seasonal hours of operation.

Starting on Saturday, 18 December 2010 and running until 4 January 2011, the hours for the libraries will be as follows:


18-19 December 2010: Closed
20-22 December 2010: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
23 December 2010: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
24 December 2010-3 January 2011: Closed
4 January 2011: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


18 December 2010-3 January 2011: Closed
4 January 2011: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

With the seasonal break in operations, comes suspension of e-mail, instant messaging, telephone, and text/SMS information services; all services will resume on 4 January 2011. Any questions in the queues will be resolved then.

Both libraries will resume regular hours of operation on Wednesday, 5 January 2011—the first day of Winter Semester classes.

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

Monday, December 06, 2010

Student Appreciation Week Winners

Congratulations to Shane Longley and Lisa Murphy! They are the winners of the Student Appreciation Week prize draws that were made by Library Services on Friday.

Hopefully everyone else that was able to take advantage of the free photocopying and other giveaways in the Vera Bracken Library felt like a winner as well.

The Vera Bracken Library will continue to be serving free coffee for those students that take advantage of our extended hours over the next weekend; so the winning continues.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Employment Opportunity - Library Clerk

Medicine Hat College Library Services is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its team as a Library Clerk II at the Circulation Desk. The position is in the Vera Bracken Library at the Medicine Hat Campus. Capable students, as well as the general public, are invited to apply for the position. Please note that the deadline for applications is 9 December 2010.

For more details about the position, click here.

For details on how to apply, click here.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - December 2010

Adrienne Lattery
Instructor, Division of Business

At MHC, we won the library lottery and boy oh boy, we won the jackpot! Our library is #1 in service! Why? One of MANY reasons is that instructors, staff, and most importantly, students, can send a text message, use online messenger, or send an email and staff from the library will actually respond to your message . . . with an answer! If it wasn’t for the library, I don’t think I would have ever completed my MBA. When I was going through the rigors of the program, the library showed me how to use their online databases. These tools saved me so much time because they enable you to find articles in periodical publications such as journals, magazines, and newspapers by typing only a few words! Back in my day we actually had to read a book in order to see if it contained anything valuable for research.

A BIG thank-you to the library staff for everything they do and thank-you for choosing me as Library User of the Month!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Library Services Employee Honoured

On Monday, November 29, 2010, the United Way of Medicine Hat presented a plaque to Library Services’ Darlene Graham for her years of service as their Campaign Coordinator at the Medicine Hat College.

Regarding her experience, Darlene states that, “I think it is important to let everyone here at the college know the United Way appreciates everything we, as a community college, do for our community. I was part of the campaign for 20 years, enjoyed it, and appreciated all the help I received from staff and students over the years. The silent auction was always a success thanks to all the departments who donated items or gift certificates to it. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Once again thanks for allowing me to do this for so many years.”

Congratulations to Darlene for her dedication and work with the United Way from her coworkers in Library Services.

Plaque inscription:

“In Appreciation For Your Years of Service & Dedication”
Darlene Graham
Medicine Hat College
Employee Campaign Coordinator

Monday, November 29, 2010

Student Appreciation Week - Fall 2010

From Monday, November 26th to Friday, December 3rd, Library Services would like to extend its appreciation to our student population. Over the course of the week you can expect the following perks and prize draws:
  • Free photocopying throughout the week for students.
  • Two prize draws; one is for a Christmas themed gift basket and the other is a $25 grocery card.
  • Free pencils and pens.
  • On Friday, you can expect cookies and milk to be served.
In addition to these perks and prizes, students can expect free coffee to be served on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the extended hours period.

These are just some of the ways, we would like to express our appreciation to our student population.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Library Book Tree 2010

Drop in to see the “favourite book” Christmas tree in the library.

For the past six years the library staff have invited faculty, staff, and students to identify their favourite books so that they may be used to decorate the tree. For just a $2.00 donation per title—with proceeds going to the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund—a small facsimile of the book cover is hung on the tree with the person’s name on the back of the cover. Titles that are recommended, but not yet in our collection, will also be considered for acquisition.

It is fun to see the variety of titles that have been submitted—so come and join in or just come to see what others are reading.

Some of the titles that have been received for this year include (linked titles are currently in our collection):

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Materials Lists Updated - October 2010

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of October 2010. The lists can be found at:

During this month, more than 370 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Extended Hours Begin - November 26th

The Vera Bracken Library will begin its extended hours starting November 26th and run until December 12th. You can expect the library to extend its hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for those three weeks.

The hours for those days will now be as follows:
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (+2 hours)

  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (+3 hours)

  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (+2 hours)
The library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday as normal. For more information about the libraries' hours (including the Brooks Campus Library), click here.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Annotated Bibliography Guides Revised

Library Services has revised its handouts regarding how to create annotated bibliographies in the American Psychological Association's (APA) and Modern Language Association's (MLA) citation styles for academic papers.

The handouts, which are located in the How-to and Research Guides section of Library Services' website, are now available individually. Each of the two guides contains explanations and scaled examples of how annotated bibliographies will be formatted.

It should be noted that the APA does not have a prescribed methodology for creating annotated bibliographies. To this end we have suggested that you use the footnoting/end-noting technique that is permissible in the APA style. This technique was described as, "a creative adaption of APA Style," by the APA on Twitter.

Click the following links to connect to each annotated bibliography guide:
In either case, if your instructors advise you differently, please follow their guidelines.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

New College (and Library Services) Website Launched

We are 24 hours into the new website and we hope you enjoy the new look of Medicine Hat College (and Library Services in particular). This project was a long time in the making and we genuinely hope you find navigating the site an easier and more enjoyable experience.

Some new features that Library Services has added include an arrangement of tabs that will allow you to perform a variety of searches directly from our homepage. The searches that you can perform include: print and audiovisual searches of the online catalogue, article search in EBSCOhost databases, print and electronic periodical title searches, and a Google Scholar search.

Critical resources and information such as hours of operation and contact information have been promoted to the homepage. Accessing assistance, how-to guides, and placing interlibrary loan requests has also been made easier. If you need assistance navigating the site, please see the Information Desk.

College Advancement and Information Technology Services oversaw the website redesign. You can read more about what was involved in completing the project by clicking here.
NOTE: Older links in the blog might not be accessible because of new site deployment. If there is content that you wish to view, but the links are dead, please contact us.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - November 2010

David Minor
Environmental Reclamation Technician student

Wow! How exciting to been chosen as library user of the month. Do you know how many AVs I had to check out to get this award? A lot, I bought an extra VCR and two new 46” Sony flat screens. No not really, but I sure got a lot of extra material from those AVs that greatly improved my studies and was a relaxing way to learn. I would like to thank all who were involved in choosing me, and I especially thank the staff at the library for making it such a great resource center for all us students. Further, I would also like to thank my Instructor in the environmental reclamation program, Dr. Dinesh Mategaonkar PhD, for introducing me to the AV section. I would certainly encourage anyone who has not checked out the AV section to do so. There are AV/AVs available on any topic you might need, and if you cannot find what you are looking for just ask the staff. They are very qualified and more than happy to assist and quickly. I do have to caution, there is a limit of 10 AVs at a time.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Remembrance Day Closure - Thursday, November 11th

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 11th in observation of Remembrance Day.

Services for Remembrance Day will begin at 9:30 a.m. (ending at about 10:40) in the Medicine Hat Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre (401 1 St SE) and will be followed by a ceremony at the city cenotaph at 11 a.m.

The doors to the Esplanade will open at 8:30 a.m. and the theatre will open at 9:15 a.m. There will be no charge for parking at the Esplanade for the Remembrance Day services.

Please note that Friday, November 12th is a Study Day, so regular classes will not be held; however, both libraries will be open normal hours on that day. For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

PHOTO: poppy love.... #9 -- I see red by onkel_wart

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dr. Noorali Bharwani Speaking Engagement - Tuesday, October 26th

Please join us in the Vera Bracken Library's southwest lounge for a reading by Dr. Noorali Bharwani from his book A Doctor's Journey: An Emotional and Humorous Look at Life Through the Eyes of a Doctor on Tuesday, October 26th at 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Bharwani is a general surgeon based in Medicine Hat and his book chronicles his life on four different continents. It is with an emotional and humourous flair that he recounts the ups and downs that he has faced in his personal and professional life.

To discover more about Dr. Bharwani, please visit his book's web page at: The Vera Bracken Library does have a copy of his book available in its collection (Circulating Collection Call Number: R 154 B42 A3 2006).

This event is hosted by Library Services as part of Canadian Library Month: Opening Doors to the Future.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Kobo & SD Cards Go Great Together

Have you wanted to read your own articles or books on one of our Kobo eReaders? Well, you can.

If you load your ePub or PDF formatted documents on an SD card (4GB maximum, not SDHC compatible), you can read your own selections on either of two Kobo eReaders that are available from the Vera Bracken Library's circulation desk. This includes PDF formatted articles that can be downloaded from the databases or any of our handy how-to guides.

  1. Provide your own or borrow an SD card from the library.

  2. Load the ePub or PDF file to the card. (We also provide card readers.)

  3. Plug the card into the Kobo eReader.

  4. Read your files.

There are too many public domain books for us to load onto the Kobo devices. Fortunately for fans of the classics, you can go to sites like epubBooks, ManyBooks, Project Gutenburg (and many more) and download titles for free.

You can also perform a Google search using [book title] format:epub OR pdf to search for specific titles in ePub or PDF formats (e.g., moby dick format:epub).

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

New Databases Added - Automotive & Business

Library Services has added three new databases to support students in the automotive and business/management/marketing programs at Medicine Hat College. The new databases are:


ALLDATA Online replaces the Chilton Library database for students in the automotive program. This database is a powerful, easy-to-use resource for automotive technicians requiring information about vehicles that includes, but is not limited to: diagnostic trouble codes, diagrams, part locations, specifications, and technical service bulletins, etc. The database provides information for most vehicle makes and models since 1982 and is updated regularly.


This Hoover's Inc. database contains industry profiles, call prep sheets, and provincial and state profiles. These resources, "are essential for call preparation, enhancing presentations, underwriting credit, and for quickly learning a company's key business issues."

Monthly statistics and quarterly trend updates for more than 900 industry segments. This database also provides monthly employment, business, and real estate trends in each of the Canadian provinces and US states.


Hoover's is a database that provides comprehensive information and profiles about companies and industries, and the people that run them. This resource also provides news feeds about those companies, industry, and people. It is updated regularly.

With the exception of ALLDATA Online, 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:
You can view our database collection by clicking here.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Closures - 11 October 2010

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 11th. 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.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - October 2010

Lindsay Binkley
University of Alberta Education student

“As an education student, I think a brilliant library can be a central hub for planning, learning and working with others. Preparing engaging and meaningful lessons for students often requires some research, resources, and, at times, some direction . . . all which can be found in the Vera Bracken Library.

The atmosphere of the library encourages me to feel comfortable and creative by providing many diverse areas for me to complete my work, knowledgeable people to answer my questions, and a vast collection of books, articles, and other media to ensure that I can always find what I’m looking for. I couldn’t ask for a better 'classroom.'

Thank you, Vera Bracken Library!”

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Creating Perfect Page Headers - APA Style

The following steps can be taken to create properly formatted page headers as specified in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. These steps are specific to Word 2007, but can be easily adapted for use in Word 2010.

NOTE: Clicking the images will enlarge them in a new tab/window.

STEP 1: Insert a 3 column header: Insert (tab) > Header drop-box (Header & Footer panel) > select Blank (Three Columns). Erase the middle column once it has been inserted—click once and press Delete or Backspace. The left and right columns will align perfectly every time regardless.

STEP 2: Enter your header text and auto-page number function in the appropriate column area. This is done by clicking once on the [Type text] boxes and entering desired header text (left-side box), and using the insert page number function (right-side box).

NOTE: When inserting the page number: click the right-side box, select Page Number drop-box (from either the Insert or Design tabs) > Current Position > Plain Number.

STEP 3: Select the Different First Page check-box in the Options panel under the Design tab. Do not worry if the header disappears.

STEP 4: Repeat steps 1 and 2, and insert the desired text (i.e., "Running head: . . . ") and page number where appropriate.

STEP 5: You can insert a page break in the main body of the manuscript to see if it works. Once beyond page 1, the running head (sans the phrase: "Running head:") should appear.

STEP 6: Double click or highlight the individual header elements and format the text accordingly (i.e., 12-point, Times New Roman font).
  • If your page number goes to the second line, click immediately after the conclusion of your header text and press the Delete key until your page number returns to the first line.

  • There is more than one way to perform any action in Word, this is just a method we prescribe.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Changing Passwords

As a student starting at Medicine Hat College, the default user name and password follows this pattern (click here for more details):
  • User name: firstname.lastname (all lowercase)

  • Password: last four digits of student ID#, followed by first three letters of last name (with the first letter capitalized; e.g., 1234Las)
If you misplace your registration papers or Campus ID Card, it is possible for someone to intuit this information and access your personal accounts. To this end, it is in your interest to change these passwords.

In the past, if you changed one password, that change would be recognized/synchronized by all online services (Blackboard, computer log-in, and e-mail). These online/system services are now independent, so you will have to change them each manually. If you desire to do this, follow these directions for each:

  1. Log-in with default user name and password.
  2. Select "Personal Information" in "Tools" box (left-hand side of screen).
  3. Select "Change Password."
  4. Enter and verify new password > click "Submit."
  5. Once verified, click "OK," and continue with your Blackboard session.
  6. Use your new password for your next Blackboard session.
  1. Log-in with default user name and password.
  2. Once logged in, click: Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  3. From the options, select: "Change a password..."
  4. Follow onscreen directions (enter current password > enter new password > confirm new password >click "OK" or arrow buttons to continue).
    1. Password Creation Rules (3 of 4 conditions must be used, computers only):
      1. At least one upper case letter must be used.
      2. At least one lower case letter must be used.
      3. At least one number must be used.
      4. At least one special character must be used from the following set: @ # % - _ .
  5. Change of password confirmation should be given.
  6. Use your new password for your next computer session.

When using the student portal, you will create your own unique password when creating this account. You can modify this password by:
  1. Log-in with default user name and current password.
  2. Select: "Menu" (near top left corner of portal's interface) > "My Profile" > "Change Password."
  3. Enter: "Old Password" > "New Password" > "Confirm New Password" > Click: "Change Password"
  4. Once verified, continue with your myMHC session.
  5. Use your new password for your next myMHC session.
  1. Log-in with default user name and password.
  2. Select "Settings" (near top right corner of interface).
  3. Select "Accounts and Import" tab.
  4. Select: "Google Account settings"(in "Change account settings" area).
  5. Click "Change password."
  6. Enter: current password > enter new password > confirm new password > Save
  7. Once confirmed, continue with you e-mail session, the next time you log-in, you will use your modified password.
If you want to test your relative password strength, click here.

For password assistance, please see the library's Information Desk or the Information Technology Services' Help Desk (located near B223 on the second floor of the B-wing).

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Default User Name & Password

When logging into most online services (Blackboard, computers, and e-mail) at the college, you will initially use the following pattern:
  • User name: firstname.lastname

  • Password: last four digits of student ID#, followed by first three letters of last name (with the first letter capitalized)
For more information about the Campus ID Card, click here.

Click here to learn about changing your passwords.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - September 2010

Zakk Morrison
Coordinator, Sport & Wellness Resources

They say, “size doesn’t matter”.

I believe this to be true, especially when it comes to the Vera Bracken Library. For the VBL, it’s all about – quality!

All services offered either within the VBL, or online provide me with the academic resources necessary to get the job done well.

However, size can impact the experience. For me, the VBL staff have always greeted and assisted with big hearts, big brains and big smiles.

Thanks VBL for ensuring I always have the quality resources I need at hand.

P.S. ... and thanks for the BIG SMILES!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September 2010 Hours


The Vera Bracken Library will return to its normal hours of operation starting on Thursday, 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:
  • Wednesday, September 1: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Monday, September 6: 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. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Monday, September 6: Closed for Labour Day
For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Kobo E-book Reader is Here!

Library Services has added the Kobo e-book reader to its repertoire of multimedia devices available to employees and students at Medicine Hat College.

The two Kobo readers will be loaded with popular fiction titles on each, which includes:

Kobo eReader 1:
  • Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything

  • Lawrence Hill's Book of Negroes

  • Stieg Larrson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • Nora Roberts's Black Hills

  • Danielle Steel's Family Ties: A Novel
Kobo eReader 2:
  • Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist

  • John Irving's Last Night in Twisted River

  • Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • James Patterson's Private

  • Scott Turow's Innocent
In addition to those titles, both will contain 100 classic works.

If you want to borrow one, see the Vera Bracken Library's Circulation Desk. You can borrow one for up to one week at a time and have the option of renewing it if no one else has a hold on it.

If you have any suggestions for titles that could be added, please e-mail them to:

If you would like to know about the Kobo e-book reader, please visit their website:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Office Professional Academic 2010 Edition for $89

It might not be called the Ultimate Steal anymore, but students can still purchase the Microsoft Office 2010 suite at a significant discount. As in years past, this is a legitimate offer.

Microsoft is offering the Office Professional Academic 2010 edition for Windows for $89 CAD. This suite of products contains the 2010 versions of: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, and OneNote.

To purchase this suite from academic/campus stores, a student might normally pay approximately $250. To buy the suite from other retailers, you could expect to pay as much as $650. Even for the Microsoft Office Home And Student 2010 edition (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote), you might need to spend more than $135.

To take advantage of this and other academic offers from Microsoft, click here.

Please Note:
  • The Mac version of Office is not available through this offer.
  • Medicine Hat College will be supporting the Office 2007 suite of products for this current academic year.
UPDATE (14 September 2010): Some students encountered an issue where the new * e-mail domain was not accepted by the offer's site. MHC Information Technology Services has resolved this issue with the vendor and students should now be able to access the offer without issue.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

New Materials Lists Updated - June 2010

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of June 2010. The lists can be found at: Materials/.

More than 300 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month.

Friday, July 23, 2010

August Hours – Closures & Holidays

For the month of August, the Vera Bracken Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Monday, August 2nd – Heritage Day
  • Wednesday, August 18th – College Day
The Brooks Campus Library will not be affected by the College Day closure, but will be closed on Monday, August 2nd for Heritage Day. To compensate for the Monday closure, the Brooks Campus Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Both libraries will maintain their summer hours until September 2nd. For more details on the individual libraries' hours, click here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Library Jobs for Students - Fall 2010

Medicine Hat College Library Services currently has several positions vacant on its team. All positions are in the Vera Bracken Library at the Medicine Hat Campus. These are ideal jobs for students wanting to make a little more money over the school year. 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 details on how to apply, click here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Canada Day Closure - 1 July 2010

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed on Thursday, 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.

The old sign-off from CBC TV; very Canadian:

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Materials Lists Updated - May 2010

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of May 2010. The lists can be found at: Materials/.

More than 370 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month.

CLA Consultations

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is seeking consultation from members and stakeholders as it begins to restructuring itself. To this end, current CLA President, Keith Walker petitions those members and stakeholders to participate in the process:

You can follow more about the CLA's ongoing rewstructuring efforts through the CLA's Future blog.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Hours - Starting June 28th

Library Services will be moving to its summer hours on Monday, June 28th.

VERA BRACKEN LIBRARY (Medicine Hat Campus)

The Vera Bracken Library will operate with the following hours:
  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

The Brooks Campus Library will operate with the following hours:
  • Monday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Closed all other days.

  • The library will be closed for renovations from June 18th to July 5th; though assistance can be rendered from the Brooks Campus's registration desk.

The Library Online Agents instant messaging service will be suspended starting on Monday, June 28th. This service will relaunch on Monday, August 23rd.

Text messaging services will continue throughout the summer, but hours will be 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday—closed on the weekends.

For more about each library's hours of operation, click here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Brooks Campus Library Closure

The Brooks Campus Library will be closed from June 18th to July 5th, 2010 for renovations. Though the physical space is unavailable, you can still get assistance from library staff by seeing the Registration Desk at the Brooks Campus.

We apologize for any inconveniences this might cause during this period.

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

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Library Closure - Saturday, June 19th

The Vera Bracken Library will be closed on Saturday, June 19th for maintenance to electrical systems. With the exception of this day, the library will continue to operate under the normal spring hours until June 25th – 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.

Library Staff Complete Successful Lecture Circuit

Pictured (l-r): L. Li; J. Malinsky; J. MacDonald; L. Cunningham

Staff from the Vera Bracken Library has been busy on the library lecture circuit this spring. Working in teams, staffers have been presenting to professional (Alberta Association of College Librarians, 15 April 2010), provincial (Alberta Association of Library Technicians, 29 June 2010), and national (Canadian Library Association, 4 June 2010) organizations on the merits of using the short message service (SMS; a.k.a.; text messaging) as a remote information service.

During the course of their presentation, they shared their research, experience, and successes with the audiences. The presentation was always well received and is proving to be a model for other libraries as they consider launching their own services.

Medicine Hat College Library Services has demonstrated innovation and leadership in information services—being the first post-secondary institute in Alberta to offer this service to its patrons.

To learn more about our text messaging service information service, click here.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Keith Walker named CLA President

Congratulations to Keith Walker, Director, Library Services at Medicine Hat College!

At the 65th annual Canadian Library Association (CLA) National Conference and Trade Show, held in Edmonton, Alberta, from June 2-5, 2010, he formally assumed the role of CLA President. Upon accepting the station at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), some colleagues held a quick coronation ceremony, which included a crown.

We wish him best success as he assumes this office and guides the CLA through some challenging times. For more information about Keith and the CLA, click here.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - June 2010

Dawn Dickinson
Community Member

“I’ve found the Vera Bracken Library to be a marvelous resource for residents of Medicine Hat. I’ve used it now for the past twenty years; the collection is great and the staff always most helpful. Thank you for the acknowledgement and I wish you all the best and lots of funding for the future!”

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Victoria Day Closure - 24 May 2010

The Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 24th for the Victoria Day holiday. Both libraries will be open normal hours on the days preceding and following the 24th.

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

Listen to The Kinks' "ode" to Queen Victoria, from their 1969 album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), called "Victoria":

For a live performance, click here. For lyrics, click here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

New Materials Lists Updated - April 2010

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of April 2010. The lists can be found at: Materials/.

More than 230 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Library Online Services Disruption - 5 May 2010

On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, Library Services will experience a scheduled disruption of some online services from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. This disruption is a result of an incremental and planned upgrade to our library system in conjunction with our partners at the University of Lethbridge.

Our patrons will experience the follow disruptions to our online services during this time:
  • Unable to use the library catalogue to search for book and audiovisual materials, and renew materials remotely.

  • Unable to remotely log-on to databases to locate journal, magazine, or newspaper articles.
No other services will be disrupted during this time, so you will still be able to check materials in/out of the libraries, access databases from on campus, receive assistance from our online information services (Ask A Question, Online Agents (IM service), and text messaging (403-866-5872)), etc.

We apologize for the inconvenience this might cause.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - May 2010

Dr. Terry Cooper
Vice-President, Academic

“The Vera Bracken Library has always played an integral but active role in our campus educational processes. The physical design, the extensive print and media collections but most of all the knowledgeable and accommodating staff have made the Vera Bracken Library the heart of the institution. Keith and his staff continue to be at the forefront of meeting the changing expectations of its users. My wife Carol and I have used it extensively over the years particularly to help plan our many cultural trips abroad – the resources and information services provided by the library are incredible. What is probably less known by many users is that it has an extensive CD collection which I have often used to help populate my iPod and laptop. Thanks to the Vera Bracken Library, I now have a variety of music to suit my many moods while working or traveling.”

Friday, April 23, 2010

Online Agents (IM) and Text Messaging Services: Hours of Operation

With the move to Spring hours at the libraries (Brooks Campus and Vera Bracken), information services will change their hours to match. The Online Agents service (instant messaging) and text messaging services will now be operating for the following hours during the Spring semester:
  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Saturday: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

  • Sunday: Closed
For more information on the libraries' hours of operation during the Spring semester, click here.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring Hours Start on Saturday, April 24


Starting on Saturday, April 24, 2010, the Vera Bracken Library will moving to its Spring hours of operation. The hours for the library will now be:
  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

The Brooks Campus Library will move to its Spring hours on Monday, April 26, 2010. The library will open for the follow hours:
  • Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday:Closed
For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

New Materials Lists Updated - March 2010

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of March 2010. The lists can be found at: Materials/.

More than 290 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Library Survey Results Now Available!

In February and March 2010, Library Services asked Medicine Hat College students, faculty, and staff to participate in a library survey. We are pleased to share the results of our survey with you.
Comments are also on display in the library entrance.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. We appreciate your feedback! If you have further comments, or missed the chance to complete the survey, please feel free to comment here on the blog, or contact the library.

For more information on the survey, please contact:

Keith Walker, Director of Library Services

Leigh Cunningham, Collections and Instruction Librarian

Monday, April 05, 2010

Student Art in the Vera Bracken Library

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

If you cannot make it into the library, you can checkout the impressive pieces in the slideshow [enlarge the slideshow to discover more about the each piece and the artists]:

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

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - April 2010

Gail Williams
Instructor, Global Tourism & Marketing

"How very fortunate we are at Medicine Hat College to have such a wonderful facility on campus – the Vera Bracken Library. From the large windows to the soft seat areas to the quiet study areas it is a great place to search for class material or just relax and spend some reflective time. The library staff provides so many services to the students and ongoing support and assistance to the faculty. I appreciate them keeping me updated about new resources available in the library and ordering in material to preview. The audio visual personnel are always accommodating no matter how many times I call them to assist me with something that I cannot get working. Thanks Keith and all of your staff! The library would not be the wonderful place it is without the friendliness and helpfulness of you all."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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 2nd (Good Friday): Closed
  • Friday, April 9th (Extended Hours): 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 10th (Extended Hours): 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 11th (Extended Hours): 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16th (Extended Hours): 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17th (Extended Hours): 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 18th (Extended Hours): 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24th (Reduced Hours): 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 25th: Closed
Starting on April 26th, the Vera Bracken Library will begin its Spring session hours, which are:
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

The Brooks Campus Library's hours will be altered as follows:
  • Friday, April 2nd (Good Friday): Closed
Starting on April 26th, the Brooks Campus Library will begin its Spring session hours, which are:
  • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Student Appreciation Week Winners - March '10

Over the course of Student Appreciation Week we had 385 entries for our prize draws. Congratulations to our three winners:
  • Nickel Javier - $25 Safeway gift certificate

  • Kim Rooke - Library Services mug with Starbucks Gift Certificate

  • Sarah Thiessen - $10 print credit
Naturally, everyone was a winner with free photocopying on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Successful Partnership with MHC Division of Business

A book launch party was hosted in the Vera Bracken Library to celebrate the successful partnership between Library Services and the Division of Business. The book is a compilation of business student projects instructed by Glen Allan with the research support from the library. The students were excited to see their projects turned into a published work and listed with many other books collected by the library. The highlight of the event was that each individual student was able to retrieve the book through the online catalogue by searching their own name as the author!

- Lilian Li, Information and Technology Librarian

You can view their book, Business Math 183: Class Project: Statistics, by clicking here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

LibQUAL+® Draw Winners

With 304 entries and 152 comments submitted to the Library Services' LibQUAL+® survey, we are greatly appreciative of all of those individuals that took time to participate. No good deed goes unrewarded and the reward is greater for some of you. Congratulations to the following participants in the survey who won one of our 10 prize draws:

$25 Campus Store Winners:
  • Ray Bosomworth
  • Lindsey Kowalchuck
  • Dean Milne
  • Carrie Noack
  • Judi Santos
$25 iTunes Store Winners:
  • Brianne Debler
  • Jacqueline Freeman
  • Jamie Herman
  • Jennifer Knudsen
  • Joelle Thibault
For our other participants, we will take your suggestions to heart and continuously work to build a better library for all our patrons. Thank you again for participating and look forward to the results of the survey in the near future.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Student Appreciation Week - March 22-26

Medicine Hat College will be celebrating Student Appreciation Week from March 22nd to the 26th. You can expect prize draws and free stuff from Library Services over the course of the week.

Some of the things you can expect include:
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday - free photocopying
  • Thursday - draw for three separate prizes which include: $25 Safeway card, mug with Starbucks gift certificate, and a $10 print credit
All this and more to show you how much we appreciate the students at Medicine Hat College.

Friday, March 19, 2010

New Materials Lists Updated - February 2010

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of February 2010. The lists can be found at: Materials/.

More than 330 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

"ebrary" E-book Collection Trial

Medicine Hat College Library Services is currently offering our patrons access to the ebrary e-book collection. This trial database will give you access to the following ebrary collections:
All three sets can be searched from one convenient search box or you can try the advanced search features for a more focused search.

Trial access is currently available from the Medicine Hat or Brooks Campuses of Medicine Hat College only and will expire March 31, 2010. To access the ebrary, click here.

Please give us feedback on this resource by contacting us at:
  • Phone: 529-3867 (local), 1 (866) 282-8394 ext. 3867 (toll free long distance);

  • E-mail:;

  • Text Message: 403-866-5872; or

  • visit us at any of the library service desks in Medicine Hat or Brooks.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - March 2010

Xue Cao (Snow)
University Transfer, Business

"I have been a student of Medicine Hat College for over one year. I really like studying in the Vera Bracken Library. There are many factors that make me feel very comfortable in the library. First of all, I can find some places where it is quiet so that I can concentrate on my studies. Also, the professional people who work in the library are helpful. Every time I ask for help from them, they patiently answer my questions with a smile. Third, the users of the library appreciate the bright lighting and the equipment. We may use computers and videos to support our work. All in all, the Vera Bracken Library is a really good place to study for me."

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Help Us Help You!


All current Medicine Hat College students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a library quality improvement survey to help us serve you better. Check your college email for the link or take the survey here.

Results of the survey will be shared with the college community and will be used to improve library services and resources.

How can I complete the survey?
  • You will receive a link to the web-based survey in an email from Campus Announcements on Monday February 22 and on Monday March 1. Check your college email account. Missed the email? Take the survey here. If you have problems accessing the survey, please contact Leigh Cunningham.

  • Completing the survey will take about 5 minutes. The survey will remain open until 4pm on Friday March 12.
Is there an incentive?
  • Yes! To thank you for your participation, we invite you to enter a prize draw for a chance to win one of five $25 iTunes gift cards or one of five $25 gift certificates for the college bookstore. Be sure to provide your college email address when you submit your survey. Your email will not be linked to your responses.
Are my responses confidential?
  • Yes. No identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained. Only combined data will be reported. Your participation is voluntary. This project has been reviewed by the Medicine Hat College Ethics Review Board.
Do I have to answer all questions?
  • Yes. If you do not know how to answer a question, you can select “N/A” or “I don’t know”. The survey format is designed to capture your expected, desired and perceived levels of service and this is why there are three responses required for each question.
What is the LibQUAL+® survey?
  • LibQUAL+® survey measures library users’ perceptions of their libraries’ service quality and identifies gaps between minimal, desired and perceived levels of service. LibQUAL+® is a rigorously tested web-based survey offered by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) that helps libraries assess and improve library services. Over 1000 libraries in Canada, the United States and internationally have used the survey since 2000.
For more information, please see the LibQUAL+® website:

Many thanks for your help!

Questions about the survey can be directed to:
Leigh Cunningham, Collections and Instruction Librarian
Phone: 403-504-3654

Friday, February 19, 2010

Library Staff Complete Their Own Torch Relay

1 country, 25 participants, 106 days, 26,000 kilometres – Go!

In October of last year, 25 library staff members signed up to participate in the Library Services version of the Olympic Torch Relay. The challenge was to convert any physical activity into steps and as a team, to follow the real Olympic Torch across the land portion of its journey across Canada. 26,000 kilometres in 106 days!

Each participant was handed a pair of Olympic red mittens, a pedometer and the encouragement to go ‘swifter, higher, stronger’. We totaled our step counts for walking, cycling, running and climbing stairs. We calculated our minutes of aquasize, swimming, weight lifting and yoga. We tallied dog walks, dancing, grocery shopping and vacuuming. A large map of the relay route was posted as motivation and as a visual representation of our efforts. A record was kept of each person’s activity and the number of steps they contributed. While this might have discouraged some of the non-competitors in our group, in reality it had the opposite effect. We encouraged each other in our physical activities, we discussed what people did in their spare time and admittedly it did generate a little bit of friendly competition.

So, did we manage to finish the relay in time for the opening ceremonies on February 12th? Yes we did, with a few hours to spare. But perhaps the bigger achievement was the sense of community and teamwork that developed as a result of the challenge. And isn’t that what the Olympics are meant to inspire in all of us?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

WARNING: Beware of Fake Wireless Networks on Campus

IMPORTANT: When connecting to the wireless network on campus, only connect to MHC-Public (see Fig. 1).

Fig. 1. The one and only official college wireless network you should connect to.

connect to any other wireless network on campus, because they are not official college networks—this includes one that might say MHC-Library.


Unfortunately there are individuals on campus that are creating “rogue” networks. These rogue networks might look like free wireless access points (see Figs. 2 & 3), but you are not connecting to a network, you are connecting to someone’s computer directly. An intention of these rogue networks could be to steal your private information (e.g., user name and password sets) that you use to access secure information online (e.g., banking and credit card information, Facebook, myMHC, etc.).

Fig 2. A rogue computer-to-computer network.

Fig. 3. Another rogue computer-to-computer network.

Another problem these rogue networks create is that they will disrupt the functions and services of the MHC-Public network. The effects of which include: making the network unavailable or unstable.

  • Do not access banking and other confidential information using the public wireless network (this includes MHC-Public).

  • Do not have your laptop configured to automatically join networks—always manually connect to networks out of your home network.

  • Never make a computer-to-computer connection—regardless of what the name of the network is.

  • Do not accept any prompts when you are asked to allow someone to join you.

  • Turn off your wireless card if you are not browsing the Web—this also saves power.

  • Have up-to-date security software installed on your computer—antivirus, firewall, etc.

  • If you have the technical expertise, create a personal virtual private network (VPN) before connecting to a public wireless service.
Information Technology Services (ITS) is actively seeking a solution to resolve this issue.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Student Study Break/Family Day Hours - 15-19 February

For the Student Study Break (15-19 February 2010), the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus) and the Brooks Campus Library will be open regular hours, with the noted exception:
  • Monday, February 15th - Closed for Family Day
For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Twitter Contest Winner

What is a good way for Library Services to start a new year? Have a contest!

Library Services held a Twitter related contest for the first several weeks of 2010 and we would like to congratulate our winner--Jan Stalwick. She is the winner of a green iPod Shuffle. We definitely appreciate her enthusiasm and hope she enjoys the prize.

Thank you to everyone else that entered. Look for more contests, events, and prize draws throughout the year from your friends in Library Services.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Library User of the Month - February 2010

Sharon Allan, Coordinator
UT Education and University of Alberta Education

Pictured (l-r): Standing: Jeremy Molzan (2nd year UT Education), Jen Karpiuk (4th year U of A Education), Greg Elgie (4th year U of A Education), Michelle Alberts (1st year UT Education), Rachel Lesko (4th year U of A Education); Seated: Sharon Allan, Coordinator

By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
~ Latin proverb

“It is an honour to share the Vera Bracken Library User of the Month Award with Education students from our Medicine Hat College University Transfer program and our University of Alberta Collaborative Bachelor of Education program. As teachers we are called to lifelong learning and the resources offered within our library have enhanced both my work as a teacher and my curiosity as a learner.

In addition to our library’s main collection Education students and faculty find valuable support and guidance within our growing curriculum collection. Reflecting the Alberta Program of Studies, this collection includes teaching resources selected and placed together to assist Education students as they plan for and work with children in classrooms. When a student teacher needs help with lesson planning, classroom management techniques, manipulatives to teach mathematical concepts, or a big book to share with primary children during story time, the curriculum collection offers resources to support our developing professional practice.

The Vera Bracken Library enriches the learning of Education students and enhances the work of faculty as together we explore engaging and effective methods of teaching children and young adults in classrooms throughout our community.”

Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy 40th Anniversary Barb!

It is a rare accomplishment, but our Barb Banasch (Circulation Supervisor) has been with Medicine Hat College Library Services for 40 years! To honour this accomplishment, we present some statistics about her career here:

  • 14,600 days of service

  • 350,400 hours of service

  • 21,024,000 minutes of service

  • 1,261,440,000 seconds of service (not counting trips to Brooks, speeding along the Deerfoot Trail, or bus rides to Elkwater)
  • 8 Library Directors

  • 46 Circulation Clerks

  • 47 AV Clerks

  • 25 Brooks Clerks

  • This does not count all those other wonderful people she has worked with throughout the college over the years.
  • 470 job interviews (acquiring staff, not job hunting for herself)
Barb (née Wells) then (1970) . . .

Barb now (2010) . . .

What does Barb have to say about all of this? Click here to read more.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Interlibrary Loans' Post-to-Web is here!

  • It is a great new green delivery option from the library's Interlibrary Loans department that is designed to effectively increase your access, while decreasing your excess to acquiring periodical publications (journals, magazines, and newspapers).
  • When you select this delivery option, you can have periodical articles that you ordered sent directly to your desired e-mail account as a PDF.
  • Since periodical articles that you ordered can be delivered directly to your e-mail, this means you can access the article: on-campus, in your office, at home, or anywhere else in the world. You will not need to trundle into the library on those wintry nights to retrieve your order. [Increasing your access.]

  • You help save trees since paper will not be used in the delivery of the article, which is better for the environment. [Decrease your excess.]

  • FREE! Despite this great new service enhancement, the service remains free to faculty, staff, and students of Medicine Hat College.
  • New Registrations: When you register for the service, select "Email Post to Web" in the "Delivery Method Copy:" drop-box.

  • Existing Patrons: Log-in to your account, and access your "User Profile." In your profile, select "Email Post to Web" in the "Delivery Method Copy:" drop-box.
Please join us in making a difference. Think before you print!