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!”