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: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/Library/Resources/New_Materials.aspx

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.