Monday, December 19, 2011

Seasonal Hours in Effect

The seasonal hours for both libraries are as follows:

VERA BRACKEN LIBRARY

20 December 2011: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
21 December 2011: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
22 December 2011: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
23 December 2011-2 January 2012: Closed 
3 January 2012: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

BROOKS CAMPUS LIBRARY

19 December 2011-3 January 2012: Closed
4 January 2011: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 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 3 January 2012. Any questions in the queues will be resolved then.

Both libraries will resume regular hours of operation on Wednesday, 4 January 2012.

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

Friday, December 16, 2011

Interlibrary Loan Service Outage: December 18th

Please note: Library Services’ interlibrary loan system will be unavailable on December 18th between the hours of 10 am and noon. 

Users will be unable to submit new interlibrary loan requests during that time. 

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Fireplace Installed in Southwest Lounge!

Just in time for those frigid winter temperatures, an electric fireplace has been installed in the Vera Bracken Library's southwest lounge for the enjoyment of all! 

Friday, December 02, 2011

Donate to the Santa Claus Fund at the Library

This holiday season, Medicine Hat College Library Services is collecting donations on behalf of the Santa Claus Fund.  Money raised will help provide Christmas gifts for children in need. 

Cash donations for any amount can be dropped off at the library’s information desk and donors will receive a decorative stocking to post on the café window in the library.  


Santa says "help children in need by making a donation at the Vera Bracken Library today" (personal communication, December 2, 2011).

Thursday, December 01, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated - November 2011

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of November 2011. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/Library/Resources/New_Materials.aspx

More than 400 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Extended Hours December 2nd-18th, 2011

The Vera Bracken Library will be extending its hours of operation from Friday, December 2nd to Sunday, December 18th. The extended hours will be on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The hours for those days will 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.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Employment Opportunities at Vera Bracken Library

Medicine Hat College Library Services is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its team as a Library Clerk III (Audiovisual Department).

Two positions are available: one part-time sessional and one casual.  Both positions are based at the Vera Bracken Library at the Medicine Hat Campus. Capable students, as well as the general public, are invited to apply. Please note that the deadline for applications is 2 December 2011.

For more details about the part-time sessional position, click here.
For more details about the casual position, click here.

For details on how to apply, click here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mango Languages App Available for iOS Devices

Learn languages on the go with the new Mango Languages app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch! 


To get started, users must first access Mango Languages on a computer via Library Services’ databases page and sign up for a free account.  Then, simply download Mango Languages from the Apple App Store and sign in with your Mango account.  Visit the Mango Languages site for more details.

Mango Languages is an online language instruction program that will help develop a user’s knowledge of a particular language, in the following fields: comprehension, cultural insight, grammar, pronunciation, retention, and vocabulary.

Mango Languages currently provides instruction in 34 languages, which are:
  • Arabic (Levantine)
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi (Persian)
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Pashto
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

New Look for Bowker's Global Books in Print

The Bowker’s Global Books in Print database has been revamped to make the interface more attractive and easier to use.


Bowker’s Global Books in Print is a resource that lets you search for bibliographic information for more than 12.5 million in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books, audio books, and videos. The database also contains more than 2.2 million professional reviews.
Students, faculty, and staff can access Bowker’s Global Books in Print on campus or from home via Library Services’ databases page.  Simply click the Advanced Article Search link on the main library page, choose Reference from the subject areas list, and then click Connect next to the entry for Bowker’s Global Books in Print.  If you are accessing this database from home, you will be prompted for your student or staff/faculty ID number.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Whiteboard Wall Installed in Group Study Room

Forget what your mother told you about writing on the wall!  Library Services has installed a wall-sized whiteboard in group study room B132.  Students, staff and faculty can now write anywhere on the south wall in that room using a dry-erase marker. 



Group study rooms can be booked by filling out the appropriate sign-up sheet located outside each room in the Vera Bracken Library.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated - October 2011

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of October 2011. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/Library/Resources/New_Materials.aspx

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

Monday, October 31, 2011

Library User of the Month - November 2011

Ramotu Jimoh, Communication Studies, Athabasca University

I am in my fourth year of the Bachelors of Art Degree, Communication Studies, through Athabasca University. There is no doubt that without the help of the staff of the Vera Bracken Library I would not have been able to complete my assignments especially in the area of materials, references and citations for the assignments. They never let me feel different although I am an African Canadian. The library feels like my second home especially because I have kids and I need a quiet place to study, so the library is a perfect choice for me. My favourite area in the library is the Quiet Study Room and Computer Lab.

I would like to thank the entire staff of Vera Bracken library especially the ones who are at the Information Desk for their patience, kindness and their wilingness to help me at anytime the library is open with their great smiles.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Refworks Now Available

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. 


Students, faculty, and staff can access Refworks on campus or from home via Library Services’ databases page.  Simply click the Advanced Article Search link on the main library page, choose Reference from the subject areas list, and then click Connect next to the entry for Refworks.  If you are accessing Refworks from home, you will be prompted for your student or staff/faculty ID number.

Please note:
  • You must create an account (no cost for MHC students, faculty, and staff) in order to use Refworks
  • Library Services encourages users to proofread all citations produced by Refworks or any other electronic citation tool
If you have questions about Refworks or would like more information, please contact the Vera Bracken Library's Information Desk at 403-504-3544. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Save Your Borrowing History!

By default, Library Services does not track your borrowing history (i.e., once returned, we do not know what books, periodicals, videos, etc. you borrowed).

If you want to track your personal borrowing history, you need to log-in to your library account and opt in to that feature. Library Services staff do not have access to your borrowing history if you elect to track it—assuring your privacy.

To opt in, follow these directions:

STEP 1: Log in to your library account (see Figure 1). You can log-in from the Library Services homepage or the online catalogue.

Figure 1. Library account log-in page (click to enlarge).
STEP 2: Select "Reading History" from the left-hand column (see Figure 2).
Figure 2. Select "Reading History"
(click to enlarge).
STEP 3: Select the "Opt In" button. It will then switch to "Opt Out" (see Figure 3). NOTE: Your record will start to build/retain your checkout history when you next borrow an item.

Figure 3. Opting in (click to enlarge).
VIEW YOUR HISTORY

When you next log-in to your library account and select the "Reading History" option, your borrowing history will be displayed (see Figure 4). NOTE: You can opt out to stop the tracking history or delete selected records.
Figure 4. Borrowing history display (click to enlarge).

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please make use of our information or social media services.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Printer Names

Public printers at the Vera Bracken Library have been renamed to make it easier for users to distinguish between the black & white and colour printers:
  • Library_6360 is now Library_Colour
  • Library_5030 is now Library_BW

The cost for colour printing is 50 cents / page while black & white is 5 cents / page.


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Default Login for Student Accounts Created or Reset after October 1, 2011

Student accounts (Blackboard, Gmail, MyMHC, Campus Computers) created or reset after October 1, 2011 will be accessible via the instructions below:

Username: firstname.lastname
Example:
Name: John Doe à Username: John.Doe

Your password will be the first three letters of your month of birth with the first letter capitalized, followed by the 4 digits of your year of birth, and the last 3 digits of your Student ID number.
Example:
Birth Date: February 20, 1983 
Student ID#: 123 456 789

Password: Feb1983789

Please Note: These instructions apply only to accounts that were created or reset after October 1, 2011. 

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated - September 2011

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of September 2011. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/Library/Resources/New_Materials.aspx

More than 430 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Human Library a Success!

Thanks to Erin Penzes, Jacquie Penner, Dr. Linda Schwartz, and Dr. Nancy Brown, who made our first-ever "Human Library" at the Medicine Hat College a wonderful success! What a great way to celebrate Alberta Arts Days.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Human Library This Sunday!

Come and “check out” one or all of the fascinating books that will be available in the MHC “Human Library” collection on Sunday, October 2nd from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Thanks to Linda Schwartz, Vice President Academic; Dr. Nancy Brown, Science faculty; Jacquie Penner, Dean of Business; Erin Penzes, Dean of Adult Development; and Deborah Forbes, Arts faculty for making our first “Human Library” come ALIVE!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Library User of the Month - October 2011

Travis Beck
Business Student, Accounting
 
Having been a student, as well as an employee, and most recently, a student again, I have spent many hours within the library walls. Whether it be just another late night doing homework, checking out a book, or simply just stopping by to talk to the librarians, the library has become much like a second home for me. In fact, I think there are even some people who would consider it to be my first. After many nights having been kicked out by the flashing light just before closing time, I have gotten to know this place very well. With librarians who are never shy to lend a helping hand, which is always welcome with the increasing demands for APA writing, the library has become not only a place for learning, but also a place to find a friend. Even greater than the many resources offered by the library, are the great people here who really make this facility into what it has become. Thank you to everyone here as I am honored to be the 2011, October Library User of the Month.

Monday, September 26, 2011

New Database Added: Films on Demand

Library Services now subscribes to the Films on Demand database. With Films on Demand, students, staff, and faculty have instant access to thousands of full-length, high-quality educational videos.


Films produced by organizations such as BBC, History Channel, and PBS are available in dozens of subject areas. Users can also organize & bookmark clips, and create & share playlists.

This database can be accessed on campus or from home.  Film titles have been added to the library’s catalogue as well and can be identified by the [electronic resource (video)] notation in the item title.  Simply click on the Available Online link in the catalogue record to access the film.


Those who prefer to browse can access Films on Demand via Library Services’ databases page.  Simply click the Advanced Article Search link on the main library page, choose General/Multidisciplinary from the subject areas list, and then click Connect next to the entry for Films on Demand.  If you are accessing the database from home, you will be prompted for your Student or Staff/Faculty ID number. 

If you have questions about Films on Demand or would like more information, please contact the information desk at 403-504-3544.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

“Human Library” Available October 2nd

In conjunction with Alberta Arts Days 2011, the Medicine Hat College Library is celebrating the culture of our college by hosting a “Human Library” on Sunday, October 2nd from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the library.

We believe that this MHC “Human Library” will provide a means of accessing information in an innovative way. Patrons will be able to grab refreshments and “check out” a person of interest for 15 minutes and ‘read’ their life by conversing with them.

Monday, September 19, 2011

MacBook Pro at Vera Bracken Library

The library has acquired a new MacBook Pro computer for students to borrow.  The MacBook can be borrowed for 4 hours at a time.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Eight More Computers in the Vera Bracken Library

Library Services has installed an additional eight computers in the Vera Bracken Library.  This brings the total number of computers in the library to 87. 

Terminals are located near the Information Desk, inside the library classroom (Room B130), and in study carrels scattered throughout the facility. 

Students, staff, and faculty can login to an available computer using their College username and password.

Friday, September 09, 2011

New Materials Lists Now Available for July & August

Discover what new titles were added to the library’s collection over the summer months!  Lists are available for both the Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus libraries.  Click this link to get started.

MHC Wireless - Log On Now Required

The college has moved to an authenticated wireless network service where students and employees need to use their college username and password to log on. This service will provide a greater number of more reliable connections than our previous open service.

To connect to the network:
  • Select MHC-WiFi from your computer or mobile device
  • Once connected open your web browser
  • You will be directed to a page indicating the terms of use in accessing the network.  Please read this and scroll to the bottom of the page
  • If you accept the conditions, enter your username and password
  • For this system, the username and password is the same one used to connect to MHC computers and networks in labs and offices
  • Click the green-coloured Submit button
These steps were reproduced from the MHC Information Technology Services blog: http://mhcit.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Book an Appointment with Library Staff

Don’t know where to find a scholarly article?  Need help using the library catalogue?  Not sure where to begin with your research project? 

Library Services is pleased to announce the launch of a one-on-one appointment service for students, faculty, and staff.   Enjoy personalized assistance from a library staff member dedicated to helping you succeed! 
To get started, visit the Library Services home page and click the “Book An Appointment” button located in the “Get Assistance” menu.  After you fill in and submit the form, Library Services will contact you to confirm appointment details.
  • This service is available Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Student appointments usually take place in the Vera Bracken Library
  • For faculty and staff, we are happy to meet you in your office on campus if preferred

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Discover Library Resources via. Encore Synergy

Medicine Hat College Library Services is pleased to announce the launch of an integrated single search application that is made possible through our long term partnership with Innovative Interface Inc. and its product -- Encore Synergy.

The single search box responds to searches with local book holdings, e-books, scholarly and popular articles, audiovisual collections, and more. The smart search technologies, the advanced discovery tools such as facets, search history, recently added list, the unique Web 2.0 feature such as tag cloud that invites users to contribute and exchange ideas, will for sure promise our users a whole new and exciting search experience.

The following figure captures the presentation of Encore Synergy through the Library Services website:

(Single Encore Search Box, click to enlarge)

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact Library Services via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Student Login: Username and Password

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

For new students and returning students who have had the logins reset recently:
  • User name: firstname.lastname
  • Password: last five digits of student ID#, followed by the first three letters of last name (with the first letter capitalized)


For returning students who haven't updated their logins recently:
  •  User name: firstname.lastname
  •  Password: last four digits of student ID#, followed by the first three letters of last name (with the first letter capitalized)


For more information about Campus ID card, please 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).

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Where to Wikipedia

Wikipedia has just turned ten this year. Library Services co-sponsored and participated an interesting panel discussion to explore the past, present, and future of Wikipedia.

Our guest speaker, Sarah Polkinghorne, public services librarian from the University of Alberta, gave an informative presentation to answer some of the foundational questions about Wikipedia: what is Wikipedia really? How does it work exactly? Who created it and who uses it? Where is it headed? It is interesting for the participants to get to know that 90% of the Wikipedia contributors are male and there are so called five "pillars" that summarize the fundamental principles by which Wikipedia operates.

The panel and participants further explored issues such as: potential classroom uses for Wikipedia; the changing face of "peer reviewers"; individual versus collaborative intellectual property; critical thinking in the age of Web 2.0; quality research and non-print literacy; writing for Wikipedia as scholarly activity.

The panel members created a wiki page that lists some inspiring articles about Wikipedia. It can be accessed @ http://wiki-panel.wikispaces.com/ The wiki-panel wiki page can also be a perfect spot to carry out some further discussions on Wikipedia.

Panel members (l-r): Lilian Li, Terry Chapman, Avril Torrence,
Sarah Polkinghorne, Leigh Cunningham, Lorne Jeal
Thanks to the sponsors (Division of Arts, Library Services, Faculty Association Professional Development Committee) and to the participants for making this event a success.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Library Services Website Has Gone Mobile!

Medicine Hat College Library Services is pleased to announce the launch of a new mobile library site that enables library-users-on-the-go to access library services any time, any place through mobile web on any mobile devices.

The library mobile site features catalogue search, hours and locations, news and events, access library account, search for articles, and various ways to get hold of us for assistance. To bookmark and access the mobile site, users can initially go to the Medicine Hat Collge Library Services website. The "Go Mobile" button will take you over there!

Figure. Access library mobile site (click to enlarge).
We will continue to enhance the mobile site so stay tuned! Hope you enjoy the service and find it convenient and efficient! If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact Library Services via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Digital Books and Geekapalooza 4.0

Library Services participated in Geekapalooza 4.0, the annual event for college faculty and staff. Leigh Cunningham, Collections and Instruction Librarian, presented a session, How to Read an eBook, which provided an overview of the various types of eBooks and eReaders available today as well as issues to consider as the market matures. Various online sources for acquiring eBooks were also demonstrated, including Project Gutenberg, Google eBookstore, Medicine Hat Public Library’s Library To Go System, and the MHC libraries’ ebrary online resource.
Leigh Cunningham is holding one of the library's Kobo touch screen readers.
The Medicine Hat College Libraries provide access to more than 15,000 eBooks that can be read online on a computer, laptop, or mobile device with an internet connection. Search for eBooks through the Library Catalogue.

Five Kobo eReaders, including two new touch screen models, are available for 2 week loan periods from the library. Geekapalooza attendees had a chance to test drive the eReaders and engage in some great discussion about the potential of the technology. Thanks to those that participated; see you next year!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Networked Colour Printer Now Available

In the past, we handled colour printing jobs manually by the Information Desk staff in the library – meaning students had to bring their files to the staff; staff printed the document and handed it back to students, with cash involved. It is not the case anymore! Library Services just added a networked colour printer that student can manage all their printing jobs, either black/white or colour, straight from the desktop that he/she is working on and from one consolidated printing account.

The newly added colour printer and the existing black/white printer are located side by side right outside the library computer lab. The charges for the printings are as follows:

  • Black/White: 5 cents per page
  • Colour: 50 cents per page

(Figure 1: Image of the printers, click to enlarge)

Make sure to select the right printer for your job as it determines the charges that are put through your printing account.

(Figure 2: Printer selection window, click to enlarge)


It is always a good idea to check the balance and how much the printing is going to cost before sending your job. Here is the last dialog window you will see during the process that shows the information (in this case, we don’t have enough balance in the printing account therefore the printing job will never reach the printer! – time to talk to our circulation desk staff to add some more money!)

(Figure 3: Balance information dialog window, click to enlarge)

Hope you enjoy the service and find it convenient and efficient! If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact Library Services via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

APA Handouts Revised

Library Services has revised two of its American Psychological Association (APA) citation guides. The guides that have been updated are the APA Style Guide and the To Quote, Paraphrase or Block Quote? – APA Style. Both of these guides cover the sixth edition version of the citation style. Additionally, the What is Plagiarism? handout has also been revised.

APA STYLE GUIDE [PDF/DOCX versions]

The 12 page format has been retained, but some new examples of citations have been supplied—not all of which are in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Some of new and revised examples include:
  • notes on Canadian legal documents
  • dictionary entries
  • basic web pages
  • Facebook posts
  • Twitter posts
TO QUOTE, PARAPHRASE OR BLOCK QUOTE? – APA STYLE [PDF/DOCX versions]

The document is largely unchanged, but the language/phrasing employed in the examples has been modified to be more consistent.

WHAT IS PLAGIARISM? [PDF/DOCX versions]

Though it is not strictly related to the APA style of citation, our What is Plagiarism? document is a complement to the aforementioned guides that not only outlines what constitutes plagiarism, but the consequences of doing so at Medicine Hat College.

You can download and view these and other guides by visiting the "How-to and Research Guides" section of the Library Services website.

In all cases, we strive for accuracy in these documents. If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact Library Services via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Save Your Borrowing History!

By default, Library Services does not track your borrowing history (i.e., once returned, we do not know what books, periodicals, videos, etc. you borrowed).

If you want to track your personal borrowing history, you need to log-in to your library account and opt in to that feature. Library Services staff do not have access to your borrowing history if you elect to track it—assuring your privacy.

To opt in, follow these directions:

STEP 1: Log in to your library account (see Figure 1). You can log-in from the Library Services homepage or the online catalogue.

Figure 1. Library account log-in page (click to enlarge).
STEP 2: Select "Reading History" from the left-hand column (see Figure 2).
Figure 2. Select "Reading History"
(click to enlarge).
STEP 3: Select the "Opt In" button. It will then switch to "Opt Out" (see Figure 3). NOTE: Your record will start to build/retain your checkout history when you next borrow an item.

Figure 3. Opting in (click to enlarge).
VIEW YOUR HISTORY

When you next log-in to your library account and select the "Reading History" option, your borrowing history will be displayed (see Figure 4). NOTE: You can opt out to stop the tracking history or delete selected records.
Figure 4. Borrowing history display (click to enlarge).

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please make use of our information or social media services.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Two New Databases:
Computers and Applied Sciences Complete &
Points of View Reference Center

Library Services has added two new databases to its collection of resources. The new databases are EBSCO's Computers and Applied Sciences Complete and the Points of View Reference Center.

COMPUTERS AND APPLIED SCIENCES COMPLETE

This database provides the latest information on research and development in computer sciences and related disciplines. It will not only provide insight into the latest technologies, but also the business and social implications of those technologies.

It has nearly 2,200 periodicals are indexed and full-text is provided for more than 1,000 titles. Coverage for each title will vary, but some full-text and indexing is as early as 1970. Click here to view the database's holdings.

In addition to being listed under the Complete Database List page, Computers and Applied Sciences Complete can be found alphabetically under the Sciences and Trades & Technology  headings on our Databases page.

POINTS OF VIEW REFERENCE CENTER

This database provides a wide variety of essays on controversial subject matter that affects all aspects of society. The essays present both the pro and con aspects of the debate and are designed to provoke further discussion, thought, and study of the subject matter.

The Points of View Reference Center is listed under the Complete Database List page, but can also be found under the General/Multidisciplinary heading on our Databases page.

Each database is accessible by staff and students from on-campus or at home. You can view our complete database collection by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact the library's Information Desk via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Brooks Campus Library Photos

If you were not aware, Library Services does have a full service library at the Brooks Campus. We now present you some external and internal photos of the Brooks Campus Library:

BROOKS CAMPUS LIBRARY (internal)


BROOKS CAMPUS LIBRARY (external)


To view more photos from Library Services, please visit our Flickr sets or our Facebook albums.

Monday, July 25, 2011

August Hours: Closures & Holidays

For the month of August, the Vera Bracken Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Monday, August 1st – Heritage Day

  • Wednesday, August 24th – College Day
The Brooks Campus Library will not be affected by the College Day closure, but will be closed on Monday, August 1st for Heritage Day.

Both libraries will maintain their summer hours until September 1st. For more details on the individual libraries' hours, click here.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

New Database: Career Cruising

Library Services has added Career Cruising to its list of database resources!

Career Cruising is a career guidance and planning resource. Some of the tools available in the database include: a built-in résumé builder; an employment guide and job search tool; an interest based assessment tool; skills assessment; a learning styles inventory; 550+ career profiles; and information about colleges, universities, and apprenticeship training.

Career Cruising can be accessed on and off campus by faculty, staff, and students of Medicine Hat College. To directly connect to the resource, click here.

Career Cruising, as well as other databases, can be located on the Library Services website in the Databases section. It will be listed alphabetically under the  Career & Vocational Guidance, the Complete Database List, the General/Multidisciplinary, and the Reference links.

If you have any questions, please contact the library's Information Desk via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Database Added:
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

Library Services has added EBSCO's Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text database to its collection of resources. This database is replacing the ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals database.

Justice sends mixed messages by Dan4th
The Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text database provides information on many criminal justice topics that include: criminology, corrections and prisons, criminal investigation, forensic sciences and investigation, substance abuse and addiction, and probation and parole. The database offers full-text coverage for more than 200 periodical publications, and also includes full-text books and monographs.

Coverage for each title will vary, but some periodical titles are available as far back as 1910. For a complete list of the database's holdings, click here.

This database is accessible by staff and students from on-campus or at home. You can view our complete database collection by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact the library's Information Desk via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated - June 2011

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of June 2011. The lists can be found at: http://www.mhc.ab.ca/Library/Resources/New_Materials.aspx

More than 280 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Employment Opportunities: Library Shelvers

Library Services is seeking three candidates to assume roles as Library Shelvers in the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus).

The job of a shelver is ideal for students wanting to make a little more money over the school year. These are term positions that run from September 7, 2011 to April 20, 2012 and have a starting wage of $13.60 per hour.


Click here to read more about the position.

The deadline for application will remain open until suitable candidates are found, so apply early and include a copy of your class schedule! For details on how to apply, click here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Employment Opportunity: Library Services Specialist

Medicine Hat College Library Services is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its team as the Library Services Specialist!

The position is in the Vera Bracken Library at the Medicine Hat Campus. Qualified candidates can submit their applications until 29 July 2011.

For more details about the position, click here.

For details on how to apply, click here.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Blog Updated

Original Blog Design and New Look
After many years of service, the Library Services Blog has updated its look. The blog will continue to function as a source for Library Services' achievements, history, services information, and updates. It will function in conjunction with our other current social media sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter.

We hope you like the new look and watch as we continue to layer additional services into the updated blog design.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Kobo eReader Touch Edition: More to Love About E-books

Library Services has added two new Kobo eReaders to its collection. These new e-book readers are the Kobo eReader Touch Edition model, which means you will no longer need to use the direction pad found on older models to "turn pages" like you did with our older Kobo eReaders.

Kobo eReader Touch Edition
The new readers each contain more than 50 popular titles, plus more than 100 popular public domain titles that will satisfy the interests of almost any patron. To view the availability and contents of each new reader, select either:
Regardless of which of the five Kobo eReaders you borrow from Library Services, all will feature Jessica Grant's Come Thou, Tortoise—Medicine Hat One Book One Community's 2011 book selection!

The new e-readers also feature better quality screens, faster response times, and less "page turning" screen flicker than previous versions. Like the previous versions, the new readers feature microSD card slots that allow our patrons to view their own compatible e-books and files on the devices. For complete technical specifications and information on compatible file types that can be viewed on the Kobo eReader Touch Edition, click here.

Patrons of the Vera Bracken Library can ask for an available device from the Circulation Desk, while Brooks patrons can  see the Services Desk at the Brooks Campus Library.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Library User of the Month - July 2011

Erin Rothwell
Student Recruiter, Student Services

I really love the Vera Bracken Library. It is one of my favourite places on campus and I enjoy taking out reading materials (so much that I have difficulty returning them on time) for personal enjoyment and to enhance what I am doing in my work. As a student recruiter, I enjoy bringing students to the library because I believe it is one of the nicest physical spaces on campus in terms of its large windows, natural light, and beautiful view of greenery and animals; it provides a welcome retreat for students to study, visit with friends and even just relax. Prospective students are often visibly awed by the facilities, and, because of the comfortable, accessible environment, can often envision themselves in this space. The VBL demonstrates some of Medicine Hat College’s best attributes in terms of being friendly, open and accessible to students, staff and community members; the staff is always extremely willing to facilitate events, tours, library cards and ID cards for new students. The library’s unique array of services enhances the college experience for students and staff members. I have recently joined the Good Food Club facilitated through the library and enjoy the monthly assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables this membership provides. The library has also came in handy once or twice with our Student for a Day groups in initiating an icebreaker among particularly shy groups of students—let’s text the library a question and find out who has the best/closest answer! As a word of advice, asking students what year Bryan Adams was born is a great way to open up communication with a group of previously unacquainted students.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Canada Day Closure - 1 July 2011

Canada Day 2010 by jp1958
The Vera Bracken Library will be closed on Friday, July 1st, 2011 for the Canada Day holiday. With the exception of that day, the library will operate according to regular hours.

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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Text Message a Record from the Online Catalogue

Library Services has introduced a new feature in our online catalogue. This feature will allow patrons to text message the primary information of a record to themselves. The information that will be texted includes: title, call number, and location.

WHY?
  • With this service, patrons do not have to write down the record information to retrieve the material from the shelves. Patrons will also be able to retain that record information on their cellular device.  

HOW IT WORKS
  1. When in a record, look for the "Send via Text Message" text and icon (see Figure 1) and click it.
  2. Figure 1. "Send via Text Message."
    (click to enlarge)
  3. In the dialogue box (see Figure 2) enter your cellular phone number with all 10 digits (without dashes, spaces, etc.).
    Figure 2. Enter cellular number.
    (Click to enlarge)
    You will also need to select your cellular provider (see Figure 3; we currently provide service to all of Canada's major cellular providers).

    Figure 3. Available cellular providers.
  4. Click "Send" and a "Message sent!" dialogue box will appear.

    If you decide not to send a text, click "Clear" to return to the record.

  5. You will then receive a text message similar to the one in Figure 4.
Figure 4. Received record information.
WHAT ABOUT QR CODES?
  • This services does not replace the use of QR codes in the catalogue—it is a complement or alternate means of delivery to the use of QR codes.
Special thanks to our partners at the University of Lethbridge that made this service possible.

Please note that charges may apply if your service plan does not include free/unlimited text messaging. If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please make use of our information or social media services.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Instant & Text Messaging Summer Hours

Starting on Saturday, June 25, 2011, Library Services' remote information services will be moving to their summer hours.

The hours for the instant messaging and text messaging services will now be:
  • MondayFriday: 8:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

  • SaturdaySunday: Closed
Text on the Beach: "Im on th beach where r u?" by Doug Waldron

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MHC Libraries Read Posters

Over the past academic year (2010-2011), Library Services has created and displayed its MHC Libraries Read posters throughout the libraries. These posters feature staff and students with some of their favourite book selections.

The posters have been published in our Facebook album and now they have been collected and posted in our Flickr album. We hope you enjoy the posters and the staff's reading selections!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Hours Start June 25th

The libraries will be moving to their summer hours of operation starting Saturday, June 25th, 2011. The hours for each library is as follows:

VERA BRACKEN LIBRARY
  • Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday: Closed
BROOKS CAMPUS LIBRARY
  • Monday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
     
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday–Sunday: Closed
These hours will persist until September 1, 2011. For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Summer Skies over Rathcoffey by Bart Busschots

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Library Services wins the college's Environment Week Challenge!

From June 5th to 11th, various departments in Medicine Hat College participated in the Environment Week Challenge. This event prompted departments and staff to reflect on how they interact with the environment as groups and as individuals.

Part of the challenge entailed staff members in each department scoring themselves in various categories about the degrees to which they practice environmental conservation. Personal scores were totaled as a department and then divided by the number of participants in each department, producing an average score.

Library Services proudly took top honours for this year’s challenge! In recognition of our win, we were awarded a certificate of achievement from the college’s Environment Committee and the honour of displaying Kermit the Frog in our service area.

Pictured (l-r): K. Walker, B. Banasch, J. Malinsky, A. Baxter (with Kermit), J. MacDonald, G. Rose, J. Clarke, L. Cunningham, R. Smith, H. Lewis-Futrell
Individual honours were also won by Vera Bracken Library staff members! Darlene Graham and Gloria Rose tied for the top personal scores. Each received a $20 gift card to the Windmill Garden Centre.

As a department, Library Services has been very conscious of environmental concerns. We recycle as many consumables as possible, which includes batteries, cardboard/paper, electronic equipment, glass, and plastics. Library Services has also added more than 15,000 e-books to its collection in the past couple years and also employs Kobo e-readers for many popular titles, which means less paper being used and more space for our patrons.

Library Services was not without stiff competition from the other departments though, so congratulations to all the participants and we look forward to next year’s event. In the end, we all know that the environment is the real winner!