Wednesday, January 19, 2011

One Book One Community 2011: Book Suggestions Needed!

The One Book One Community committee of Medicine Hat is busy preparing for its 7th annual event to be held in October 2011 and they need your help! For each event, OBOC chooses a book to be read by all of Medicine Hat from suggestions made by the community.

Throughout February 2011, you can submit your suggestions via an online suggestion form. You can also submit your suggestions in person at Coles The Book People (in the Medicine Hat Mall), the Medicine Hat Public Library, and the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat College).

Your suggestions can be either fiction or nonfiction, but must be:

(a) Canadian,

(b) available in paperback format, and

(c) substantial enough to generate discussion and debate.

For more about information about OBOC, visit their website at You can keep up-to-date with the latest OBOC news by subscribing to their blog or joining their Facebook page.

Please contact Leigh Cunningham at 403.504.3654 or for any additional information.

Medicine Hat College Library Services is a proud sponsor of One Book One Community.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated - December 2010

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

More than 200 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month.

Friday, January 14, 2011

New TVs in Group Study Rooms

In January, the Vera Bracken Library took receipt of 5 new HD (720p) televisions and DVD/VCR combo players for the Group Study Rooms. The new televisions feature a 32" panoramic display, which is a significant improvement over the the previous 19" CRT televisions.

The Group Study Rooms provide a convenient place for students to perform group projects in by giving them an environment that allows them to focus on the work at hand or have discussions.

  • Faculty, staff, and students can book the Group Study Rooms.

  • Rooms can be booked for as long as 2 hours.

  • Access is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis—sign-up sheets for the current week are outside each room.

  • Booking for subsequent weeks can be made at the Circulation Desk.

  • Groups requiring a room take precedence over any one individual occupying any Group Study Room.

  • If a group is 10 minutes late, the room goes to the next waiting group.

  • The rooms also have access to basic cable television and whiteboards for collaboration—whiteboard erasers and markers can be checked-out from the Circulation Desk.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lost Your USB Drive? Check E-mail

The Vera Bracken Library not only houses an excellent collection of audiovisual media, books, periodicals, and more, but it is also home to a large collection of a discarded or lost USB flash drives.

Currently the library has more than 65 USB flash drives that are unclaimed. Library Services staff do make an effort to reconnect the owners with their drives though. More than 90% of the owners have been contacted via their student e-mail accounts, but the drives still go unclaimed. Drives that are not claimed prior to the start of the subsequent semester will be reformatted and distributed to students that will make use of them.

So please, check your official college e-mail and see if your lost USB drive is waiting for you at the Vera Bracken Library's Information Desk.

If you think that you lost your USB drive anywhere else on-campus, please see the Information Technology Help Desk (second floor of B-wing) or the Security Office (F-128).

Monday, January 10, 2011

Employment Opportunity - Audiovisual Clerk

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

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 14 January 2011.

For more details about the position, click here.

For details on how to apply, click here.

A Colour Copier That Does More . . .

The Vera Bracken Library has added a colour photocopier to its repertoire of services.

The new copier can do more than print in colour though; it adds the following new features as well:
  • Duplex (double-sided) printing. This feature will help conserve paper which is good for the environment and backpacks.
  • A document feed tray. This is a great feature for duplicating large articles from the Reserve Collection that students might want to retain for studying purposes.
  • USB printing of PDFs. Patrons of the library can print files that are in the PDF format from their flash drives to the photocopiers via the copier's onscreen interface.
The copier can duplicate/print to legal and letter sized paper. Costs for duplicating are as follows:
  • black & white:
    • $.10 (single-sided)
    • $.20 (double-sided)

  • colour
    • $.50 (single-sided)
    • $1 (double-sided)
Assistance with the new machine can be provided by the Circulation Desk staff.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

E-mail Information Services: Farewell AAQ, Hello to Us

After successfully participating in The Alberta Library's (TAL) Ask A Question (AAQ) e-mail information service for the more than 10 years, Medicine Hat College Library Services will be venturing out and launching its own in-house e-mail information service.

With our new submission form, we have streamlined the process to submit a question and users will also be able to submit a formatted e-mail message to us.

Despite the change in service delivery, patrons can still expect the same level of quality in the answers that they will receive. The Library Services Information Desk team will also be able to reply with formatted e-mails and provide attachments if necessary, both of which are helpful for APA and MLA citation questions.

Patrons can locate the e-mail submission form by selecting the "ASK A QUESTION" link on the homepage or by selecting "E-mail Information Services" via the left-hand navigation menu on any Library Services page.

If you submit a question, please "white-list" the e-mail address: Replies from the service will be delivered via this address and whatever e-mail service you employ might flag our reply as spam.

Patrons that want to use TAL's AAQ service can still do so, but Library Services' staff will not be replying.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Library User of the Month - January 2011

Jonathan Horsman
Instructor, Division of Science

As library user of the month, I would like to thank the library staff for the premier service they provide to all library users at Medicine Hat College. The quality of staff determines the difference between a good library and an exceptional library and we truly have an exceptional library. I find I look forward to my almost daily ritual of visiting the library staff for a friendly smile and helpful service. The library provides the resources and environment for students to pursue their dreams and achieve their academic goals while at Medicine Hat College. It is usually the first place I look for my research, education, and technology needs. It is truly one-stop shopping, except it doesn’t cost you a penny. I hope everyone takes a minute out of their day to thank the staff of the Vera Bracken Library for their exceptional commitment to quality resources and exceptional service.

Database Updates 2011

Every year libraries across the province of Alberta have to negotiate access to database resources, which are used to access journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Fortunately organizations such as The Alberta Library (TAL) and the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library (LHCADL) make negotiations easier. Despite a relatively health economy, libraries are still feeling the effects of the latest economic recession.

Library Services' administration has tried to maximize the resources available through the aforementioned organizations, but we will still lose access to some databases. The databases that will no longer be available include:
  • Agricola (EBSCO)

  • Association Unlimited (Gale)

  • Computers and Applied Sciences Complete (EBSCO)

  • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text (EBSCO)

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale)

  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)

  • International Bibliography of Theatre and Dane with Full Text (EBSCO)

Agricola and MEDLINE are still free and searchable indexes (with some full-text content) that are made available by the United States' Departments of Agriculture, and Health and Human Services, respectively.

Though we have lost several resources, we have gained some World Book Encyclopedia resources. Those new World Book products include:


Some additional changes to be aware of are:
  • The "Nursing/Health Studies" section of the database directory has been renamed. It will now be titled "Health Studies/Nursing." The URL will remain the same, so there is no need to change your bookmark.

  • The following headings have been removed from the database directory: "Career Development," "Media," and "Philosophy," because we no longer subscribe to specific databases related to these fields of study.

    Databases under the General/Multidisciplinary heading can be used for these subject areas.

If you have concerns regarding these changes please contact the Library Services Information Desk at:, or by telephone: 403.504.3544.