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.