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!

Laptops to Loan . . .

Occasionally students might find that they need to do a little mobile computing around campus, but do not have a computer where they want to work. To this end, Library Services now provides laptops to students that need some mobile computing power where and when they need it. Internet services can be easily accessed using the laptops' built-in wireless cards and our wireless network.

Students can borrow and schedule laptops from the Vera Bracken Library for use on campus only. A laptop can be borrowed for 4 hours and renewed for an additional 4 hours if there are no holds on it. See the Audio Visual Desk in the library for additional details.

The laptops' software profiles are as follows:
  • Microsoft Office XP (SP3)
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
  • Classroom Performance System (CPS)
  • SMART Notebook 10
  • CD/DVD burning application and more
Some quick hardware specifications include:
  • 17" screen (great for collaboration)
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • 3GB RAM
  • Wireless network card & Bluetooth
  • Built-in Web-cam and microphone
  • CD/DVD player
  • SD card reader
  • Firewire (1394a)
  • USB 2.0

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Library Online Services Disruption - 12 January 2010

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, Library Services will experience a scheduled disruption of some online services from approximately 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This disruption is a result of incremental and planned upgrades to our library system.

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.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Streaming Media Restrictions Lifted

As many on campus experienced for the last several months, there were restrictions to using certain streaming media services on campus—most notably, but not exclusively, Google Videos, YouTube, etc. These restrictions have now been lifted and streaming media has returned to Medicine Hat College.

Information Technology Services (ITS) would, however, ask that you try and use some prudence when accessing these types of resources. Bandwidth is still an extremely precious and costly resource. We would like to maximize availability and speed to all Internet services and streaming media can be taxing on our current, though vastly improved, resources. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

It should also be noted that despite the lifting of restrictions to streaming media, the college will still be employing Websense Web filtering services. This service is designed to maximize network integrity by filtering potentially malicious or offensive content from being accessed via the Web.

Click here to read more about this.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Win an iPod Shuffle from Library Services

Everyone loves to win a prize, so let us begin 2010 with a different kind of prize draw from Library Services! We are giving you the opportunity to win an iPod Shuffle when you subscribe to our Twitter feed. It is really easy and only takes 5 minutes of time.

TO QUALIFY, you must do the following things:
  1. Subscribe to our Twitter site (

  2. Retweet the Twitter contest announcement (

  3. Direct message (DM) us via Twitter with your iPod Shuffle colour preference (silver, black, blue, green, or pink) [NOTE: We might have to "follow" you before you can DM us.]
  • Faculty, staff, and students of Medicine Hat College.

  • Public and existing subscribers/tweeps.

  • Must have a Canadian mailing address if outside the Medicine Hat and Brooks areas.

  • Exception: Present library staff members cannot enter.
  • Starts: 5 January 2010 (8:00 a.m.)

  • Closes: 22 January 2010 (Midnight)

  • Draw date: 25 January 2010 (Noon)

You will be notified via Twitter DM if you won the draw. You will have 48 hours to claim/confirm acceptance of the prize. If no acceptance is received by us, the prize will be redrawn until a winner accepts the prize.

Library User of the Month - January 2010

Library Services is pleased to announce that Ian Wearmouth is our Library User of the Month for January 2010.

You can read a statement by him by clicking here.

Employment Opportunity - Library Shelver

The Vera Bracken Library is currently seeking applicants for a position as a Library Shelver. This job is ideal for students wanting to make a little more money over the school year.

Click here to read more about the position. The deadline for applying is January 8, 2010.

For details on how to apply, click here.