Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Extended Hours: April 1st-17th, 2011

The Vera Bracken Library will be extending its hours of operation from Friday, April 1st to Sunday, April 17th. 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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Multiples Project: Students' Sculptures in the Vera Bracken Library

The Vera Bracken Library is now hosting "The Multiples Project" in its Reference Collection.

This show displays the sculptures created by the students in the ARFN 233 class at Medicine Hat College. Their task was to "use multiples of a small object to create a sculpture that makes a statement." You will see that the results were very impressive.

If you cannot see the display in person, then browse the slideshow [enlarge the slideshow to discover more about the each piece and the artists]:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stay United With Your Flash Drive!

Due to their small size, it is very easy to lose a flash drive. In some cases, it is the loss of the information that is more infuriating than the loss of the actual physical device.

Fortunately there are many Good Samaritans at Medicine Hat College and lost flash drives are regularly turned in to us. Library Services does try to reunite flash drives with their owners by identifying names in files and sending an email to * accounts.

Basic File Naming &
Contact Information
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Provide Contact Information

You can help us connect you to your lost drive by including a simple little text file (*.txt) that provides basic contact information. Your name and * should be sufficient information—never provide ID numbers or other confidential information.

Naming the Text File

When naming the text file with the contact information, give it an obvious/simple name. Some examples are: CONTACT INFORMATION, IF LOST CONTACT, OWNER INFO, etc.

If you think your flash drive was lost in any place other than the library, please check with the Information Technology Help Desk (B223) or the Security office (F128)—both desks have lost & founds as well.

Please note that in cases where ownership of a flash drive is not obvious (e.g., numerous names in files), we do not send an email, so please check with any of the aforementioned service desks for assistance. Additionally, we do not send emails to accounts other than *

Monday, March 21, 2011

Student Appreciation Week - March 2011

It is Student Appreciation Week in the Vera Bracken Library!

From Monday, March 21st to Friday, March 25th, Library Services would like to extend its appreciation to our student population.

During the week, students will receive free black-and-white  photocopying in the Vera Bracken Library. Additionally, a whiteboard has been set-up for students to express themselves and inspire their peers.

Library Improvements based
on Student Suggestions

On the opposite side of the whiteboard, you can read what Library Services has done to improve itself based on student suggestions. Please keep the suggestions coming, because we are not done yet!

These are just some of the ways, we would like to express our appreciation to our student population.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Reporting Feature Films & Television Programs: What You Need to Know

Many thanks to those who have taken the time to fill out and submit the reporting forms when showing a feature film or using recorded television programs in their classroom thus far! Keep them coming!

The Medicine Hat College’s agreements on public performance of these types of materials stipulate that the college must record and report their usage. Reporting is simple, easy to do and it only takes a minute or two. Anyone using a video/DVD copy of a major motion picture or a videotape of a recorded television program (does not include use of television programs in commercially available prepackaged box sets or the like) can use the handy paper form that is distributed with the audiovisual equipment or visit the Faculty Service web page on the Library Services’ website and download the reporting form found there.

For further information concerning these licencing agreements as well as any other questions concerning copyright matters, please contact Jason MacDonald, Copyright Information Officer, in the Vera Bracken Library.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

QR Codes: Information in an Instant


You might have seen an image such as the one to the left, but were not aware of its purpose. The image is called a quick response (QR) code and it is a two dimensional barcode.

QR codes can hold a variety of information that could include: calendar events, contact information, phone numbers, plain text, text messages, URLs, and more.

The QR code's purpose is to connect you to information quickly. You will find them embedded in print advertising (take a look at a movie poster when you are at a theatre), websites, television commercials, and more.


To read a QR code, you need the following:
  1. A web-enabled phone with a camera. The 4th generation iPod Touch will also be able to read QR codes with a Wi-Fi connection.
  2. A QR code reading application. Free or low cost applications are readily available from your device’s app store. The i-nigma Reader is a popular reader that is freely available and compatible with a variety of handsets.

    Phones running Google Android and modern Nokia handsets have the QR code reader built-in.
  3. Scan the QR code. With your QR code reading application, scan the QR and retrieve the information encoded in it.

To start, Library Services will employ QR codes in the following ways:

Library Catalogue
QR Codes in the Catalogue
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  • You will start to see QR codes in the library’s online catalogue records.

    You can perform your search on a computer, capture the QR code with your mobile device, and have its record information displayed on the device. The information will include the title, location, call number, etc. You will no longer need to record the information on a piece of paper; it will now be conveniently accessible on your mobile device.
Library Promotions & Signage
QR Codes in Library Ads
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  • You will also start to see QR codes in some of Library Services’ promotional materials and signs. These QR codes will provide supplemental information and links related to library activities.
Library Services will continue to explore different means of implementing QR codes to facilitate access to information easily and quickly.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated - February 2011

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of February 2011. The lists can be found at:

More than 230 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month.

Friday, March 04, 2011

The Chair Project: Student Art in the Vera Bracken Library

The Vera Bracken Library is currently hosting projects that were produced by the students in the ARFA 305 class. The works are located in the library's Reference Collection.

The students of ARFA 305 were asked to design a chair that combines their own aesthetic with that of a contemporary, award-winning architect, using a specific building as their inspiration. They then built a half-size prototype of this chair. Each of the works is accompanied by a photograph of the original building of inspiration.

If you cannot make it into the library, you can checkout the impressive pieces in the slideshow [enlarge the slideshow to discover more about the each piece and the artists]:

You can also view this gallery from our Facebook or Flickr sites.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Library User of the Month - March 2011

Ashley Rode
Business Administration, Marketing

For the two years I’ve been attending Medicine Hat College, I’ve been part of both the student body and staff, and I’ve loved it! It’s an honour to be chosen for the March library user of the month. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful facility. With so many places to read, do homework, and use a computer, I don’t think I can pick just one part that is my favorite. I love the free wi-fi, research resources, ability to sign out video cameras, and the wonderful people I get to work with! Don’t forget to be awesome!