Thursday, September 29, 2011

Human Library This Sunday!

Come and “check out” one or all of the fascinating books that will be available in the MHC “Human Library” collection on Sunday, October 2nd from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Thanks to Linda Schwartz, Vice President Academic; Dr. Nancy Brown, Science faculty; Jacquie Penner, Dean of Business; Erin Penzes, Dean of Adult Development; and Deborah Forbes, Arts faculty for making our first “Human Library” come ALIVE!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Library User of the Month - October 2011

Travis Beck
Business Student, Accounting
Having been a student, as well as an employee, and most recently, a student again, I have spent many hours within the library walls. Whether it be just another late night doing homework, checking out a book, or simply just stopping by to talk to the librarians, the library has become much like a second home for me. In fact, I think there are even some people who would consider it to be my first. After many nights having been kicked out by the flashing light just before closing time, I have gotten to know this place very well. With librarians who are never shy to lend a helping hand, which is always welcome with the increasing demands for APA writing, the library has become not only a place for learning, but also a place to find a friend. Even greater than the many resources offered by the library, are the great people here who really make this facility into what it has become. Thank you to everyone here as I am honored to be the 2011, October Library User of the Month.

Monday, September 26, 2011

New Database Added: Films on Demand

Library Services now subscribes to the Films on Demand database. With Films on Demand, students, staff, and faculty have instant access to thousands of full-length, high-quality educational videos.

Films produced by organizations such as BBC, History Channel, and PBS are available in dozens of subject areas. Users can also organize & bookmark clips, and create & share playlists.

This database can be accessed on campus or from home.  Film titles have been added to the library’s catalogue as well and can be identified by the [electronic resource (video)] notation in the item title.  Simply click on the Available Online link in the catalogue record to access the film.

Those who prefer to browse can access Films on Demand via Library Services’ databases page.  Simply click the Advanced Article Search link on the main library page, choose General/Multidisciplinary from the subject areas list, and then click Connect next to the entry for Films on Demand.  If you are accessing the database from home, you will be prompted for your Student or Staff/Faculty ID number. 

If you have questions about Films on Demand or would like more information, please contact the information desk at 403-504-3544.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

“Human Library” Available October 2nd

In conjunction with Alberta Arts Days 2011, the Medicine Hat College Library is celebrating the culture of our college by hosting a “Human Library” on Sunday, October 2nd from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the library.

We believe that this MHC “Human Library” will provide a means of accessing information in an innovative way. Patrons will be able to grab refreshments and “check out” a person of interest for 15 minutes and ‘read’ their life by conversing with them.

Monday, September 19, 2011

MacBook Pro at Vera Bracken Library

The library has acquired a new MacBook Pro computer for students to borrow.  The MacBook can be borrowed for 4 hours at a time.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Eight More Computers in the Vera Bracken Library

Library Services has installed an additional eight computers in the Vera Bracken Library.  This brings the total number of computers in the library to 87. 

Terminals are located near the Information Desk, inside the library classroom (Room B130), and in study carrels scattered throughout the facility. 

Students, staff, and faculty can login to an available computer using their College username and password.

Friday, September 09, 2011

New Materials Lists Now Available for July & August

Discover what new titles were added to the library’s collection over the summer months!  Lists are available for both the Vera Bracken and Brooks Campus libraries.  Click this link to get started.

MHC Wireless - Log On Now Required

The college has moved to an authenticated wireless network service where students and employees need to use their college username and password to log on. This service will provide a greater number of more reliable connections than our previous open service.

To connect to the network:
  • Select MHC-WiFi from your computer or mobile device
  • Once connected open your web browser
  • You will be directed to a page indicating the terms of use in accessing the network.  Please read this and scroll to the bottom of the page
  • If you accept the conditions, enter your username and password
  • For this system, the username and password is the same one used to connect to MHC computers and networks in labs and offices
  • Click the green-coloured Submit button
These steps were reproduced from the MHC Information Technology Services blog:

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Book an Appointment with Library Staff

Don’t know where to find a scholarly article?  Need help using the library catalogue?  Not sure where to begin with your research project? 

Library Services is pleased to announce the launch of a one-on-one appointment service for students, faculty, and staff.   Enjoy personalized assistance from a library staff member dedicated to helping you succeed! 
To get started, visit the Library Services home page and click the “Book An Appointment” button located in the “Get Assistance” menu.  After you fill in and submit the form, Library Services will contact you to confirm appointment details.
  • This service is available Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Student appointments usually take place in the Vera Bracken Library
  • For faculty and staff, we are happy to meet you in your office on campus if preferred

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Discover Library Resources via. Encore Synergy

Medicine Hat College Library Services is pleased to announce the launch of an integrated single search application that is made possible through our long term partnership with Innovative Interface Inc. and its product -- Encore Synergy.

The single search box responds to searches with local book holdings, e-books, scholarly and popular articles, audiovisual collections, and more. The smart search technologies, the advanced discovery tools such as facets, search history, recently added list, the unique Web 2.0 feature such as tag cloud that invites users to contribute and exchange ideas, will for sure promise our users a whole new and exciting search experience.

The following figure captures the presentation of Encore Synergy through the Library Services website:

(Single Encore Search Box, click to enlarge)

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please contact Library Services via email, instant messenger, text message (403.866.5872), telephone (403.504.3544), or in person.

Student Login: Username and Password

When logging into most online services (Blackboard, computers, and e-mail) at the college, you will initially use the following pattern:

For new students and returning students who have had the logins reset recently:
  • User name: firstname.lastname
  • Password: last five digits of student ID#, followed by the first three letters of last name (with the first letter capitalized)

For returning students who haven't updated their logins recently:
  •  User name: firstname.lastname
  •  Password: last four digits of student ID#, followed by the first three letters of last name (with the first letter capitalized)

For more information about Campus ID card, please click here.

For password assistance, please see the library's Information Desk or the Information Technology Services' Help Desk (located near B223 on the second floor of the B-wing).