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.

  • 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.  

  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.
  • 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:

  • Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday: Closed
  • 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!

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated - May 2011

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

More than 220 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Windows 7 & Upgraded Network Wiring

Library Services has always tried to take a leading roll in experimenting and implementing new technologies in the college. Over the past week Information Technology Department (ITS) has been upgrading our student computers with Windows 7.

For those people that were not fans of the Vista stations, we hope that you will be pleased with this implementation. The machines will continue to provide the Microsoft Office 2007 Professional suite of applications, Adobe Photoshop Elements, SMART Board and Classroom Performance System tools, and more.

Additionally, ITS and Pro Comm have been upgrading the network cables in the Vera Bracken Library, which should translate into a faster and smoother network experience on those computers.

There is more to come, so stay tuned as we continue to move forward and coordinate with ITS to enhance your computing experience in the libraries.