Thursday, February 24, 2011

Library Noise Zone Guidelines

Library Services has established guidelines for moderating conversations within the facility. There are four zones, which are:
  • Green – Normal conversation.
    You can expect conversations to be carried out at a normal volume. These areas are group study and social areas within the library.

  • Yellow – Quiet talking.
    Conversations are expected to be carried out in a discrete and quiet manner.
  • Blue – Quiet study.
    These zones are for quiet studies and no social conversations will be allowed.
  • Red – Silent.
    The expectation is that these areas are quiet study zones and there will be no conversations.
Vera Bracken Library Noise Zones [Click to enlarge.]
Library Services would like to maintain its policy of not “policing” the noise zones. Regardless of what zone you are in, please be considerate of your fellow students and other library patrons. If you do believe that noise is excessive in your area and you are not comfortable approaching those patrons, please contact the library’s Information Desk in-person, by e-mail (, instant messenger, or text message (403.866.5872).

Library Services is continuing to examine other means of dampening sound in the library to promote a healthy and productive academic environment for all patrons.

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact us at the Information Desk in-person, by phone (403.504.3511), e-mail (, instant messenger, or text message (403.866.5872).

You can also discuss or share your opinions about the guidelines and defined noise zones via Facebook or Twitter.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Freedom to Read Week - 20-26 February 2011

It is Freedom to Read Week in Canada! This is a week to celebrate freedom of expression and give recognition to those individuals and organizations that actively work to expand and maintain this liberty in Canada.

Library Services is a proud supporter of Freedom to Read Week. To show our support, we will have a book display that will present a collection of titles that have been banned or challenged. The display will be near the library's entrance and some of the titles that you will find include:
For a list of challenged books and magazines, and the reasons they were challenged, click here. To learn more about current censorship issues in Canada, read:  Freedom to Read (Vol. 27).

A very special thank you to the students that participated in our MHC Students Read Banned Books! poster.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Southern Alberta Newspapers" Database Cancelled

Due to changing fee structures and low usage, Library Services has discontinued its subscription to the Southern Alberta Newspapers database.

This database permitted users partial access to digital content produced by the: The 40-Mile County Commentator, The Coaldale Sunny South News, The Lethbridge Herald, Medicine Hat News, The Prairie Post, The Prairie Post West, Taber Times, and The Vauxhall Advance newspapers.

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact Library Services at:, or by telephone at: 403.504.3544.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Family Day Hours/Student Study Break - 21-25 February

The Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus) and the Brooks Campus Library will be closed on Monday, February 21st for the provincial Family Day holiday.

Though classes will not be running for the Student Study Break (21-25 February 2011), the Vera Bracken (Medicine Hat Campus) and the Brooks Campus Libraries will both be open regular hours.

For more information about the libraries' hours of operation, click here.

Whether you spend this week on the beach, on the slopes, or in your books, we hope you have a good time!

Photo: Beach (Beach, Nilandho, Faafu Atoll, Maldives) by shazwan

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Good Food Club: Great Produce, Low Price

Staff members of the Vera Bracken Library have coordinated distribution of produce for the Medicine Hat Good Food Club for the past several years. The club is an initiative of the Community Food Connections Association, whose stated goal is to improve "the quality of life for everyone and believe healthy food is a right and not a privilege."


With 220+ members currently in the club, the group is able to purchase top-quality fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices through the power of bulk buying. The Good Food Club is available for faculty, staff, and students at Medicine Hat College.


Faculty and staff:
  • $30/year for non-volunteers
  • $10/year for volunteers with the Good Food Club
  • FREE
Each month you choose the size of box you would like. The boxes are valued at: $10, $15, or $20 (this is in addition to the annual membership fee). Payment is due before the last Tuesday of each month.


Delivery is on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.


To join the club, please contact Barb Banasch or Valarie Westers of the Vera Bracken Library—they proudly organize this endeavour at the college. You can visit them in-person in the Vera Bracken Library or reach them by telephone at: 403.529.3867.


Even if you do not join the club, you still have opportunities to benefit from the club. Library Services will have a prize draw for a food box each month. The draw can be entered during the week prior to the boxes' delivery to the Vera Bracken Library.

If you are a member of the community and want to join the club, discover other pick-up locations, or want to read the full guidelines, please visit the "Initiatives" page of the Community Food Connections Association for more details.

The Community Food Connections Association and Library Services, working to develop healthy bodies and minds!

Pictured (l-r): Large, medium, and small produce boxes' contents.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Library User of the Month - February 2011

Bonnie Dirk
Lab Assistant (retired), Division of Science

Prior to the construction of the B Building, which houses the library, one of my favorite places to enjoy a few moments of relaxation during a coffee break or lunch hour was this exact spot where the library is situated. One could choose a bench in the sun or under the shade one of the huge poplar trees. After lunch you could read a book, a newspaper or just have a snooze. So, when I heard that I was going to lose one of my favorite spots on campus, I was of course a little sad. Little did I know that, despite now being indoors, the small southwest corner of the library near the newspaper and the fiction section, would soon become my favorite place on campus with the bonus of being able to enjoy it all year round. During the freezing months of winter, one can still enjoy the light and warmth of the sun, sitting in the comfy chairs.

The library for me is pure pleasure. I have a passion for reading, cooking, gardening and learning languages and the library is an endless resource of information and learning tools. Part of that pleasure also, is chatting with any of the staff who are so willing to help in their area of expertise. As I leave my position as Lab Assistant in the Division of Science to pursue a career in retirement, I know I will be returning on a regular basis as a community member to benefit from the library atmosphere and services.