Monday, October 31, 2011

Library User of the Month - November 2011

Ramotu Jimoh, Communication Studies, Athabasca University

I am in my fourth year of the Bachelors of Art Degree, Communication Studies, through Athabasca University. There is no doubt that without the help of the staff of the Vera Bracken Library I would not have been able to complete my assignments especially in the area of materials, references and citations for the assignments. They never let me feel different although I am an African Canadian. The library feels like my second home especially because I have kids and I need a quiet place to study, so the library is a perfect choice for me. My favourite area in the library is the Quiet Study Room and Computer Lab.

I would like to thank the entire staff of Vera Bracken library especially the ones who are at the Information Desk for their patience, kindness and their wilingness to help me at anytime the library is open with their great smiles.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Refworks Now Available

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. 

Students, faculty, and staff can access Refworks on campus or from home via Library Services’ databases page.  Simply click the Advanced Article Search link on the main library page, choose Reference from the subject areas list, and then click Connect next to the entry for Refworks.  If you are accessing Refworks from home, you will be prompted for your student or staff/faculty ID number.

Please note:
  • You must create an account (no cost for MHC students, faculty, and staff) in order to use Refworks
  • Library Services encourages users to proofread all citations produced by Refworks or any other electronic citation tool
If you have questions about Refworks or would like more information, please contact the Vera Bracken Library's Information Desk at 403-504-3544. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Save Your Borrowing History!

By default, Library Services does not track your borrowing history (i.e., once returned, we do not know what books, periodicals, videos, etc. you borrowed).

If you want to track your personal borrowing history, you need to log-in to your library account and opt in to that feature. Library Services staff do not have access to your borrowing history if you elect to track it—assuring your privacy.

To opt in, follow these directions:

STEP 1: Log in to your library account (see Figure 1). You can log-in from the Library Services homepage or the online catalogue.

Figure 1. Library account log-in page (click to enlarge).
STEP 2: Select "Reading History" from the left-hand column (see Figure 2).
Figure 2. Select "Reading History"
(click to enlarge).
STEP 3: Select the "Opt In" button. It will then switch to "Opt Out" (see Figure 3). NOTE: Your record will start to build/retain your checkout history when you next borrow an item.

Figure 3. Opting in (click to enlarge).

When you next log-in to your library account and select the "Reading History" option, your borrowing history will be displayed (see Figure 4). NOTE: You can opt out to stop the tracking history or delete selected records.
Figure 4. Borrowing history display (click to enlarge).

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please make use of our information or social media services.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Printer Names

Public printers at the Vera Bracken Library have been renamed to make it easier for users to distinguish between the black & white and colour printers:
  • Library_6360 is now Library_Colour
  • Library_5030 is now Library_BW

The cost for colour printing is 50 cents / page while black & white is 5 cents / page.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Default Login for Student Accounts Created or Reset after October 1, 2011

Student accounts (Blackboard, Gmail, MyMHC, Campus Computers) created or reset after October 1, 2011 will be accessible via the instructions below:

Username: firstname.lastname
Name: John Doe à Username: John.Doe

Your password will be the first three letters of your month of birth with the first letter capitalized, followed by the 4 digits of your year of birth, and the last 3 digits of your Student ID number.
Birth Date: February 20, 1983 
Student ID#: 123 456 789

Password: Feb1983789

Please Note: These instructions apply only to accounts that were created or reset after October 1, 2011. 

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

New Materials Lists Updated - September 2011

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

More than 430 new audiovisual and print resources were added this month!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Human Library a Success!

Thanks to Erin Penzes, Jacquie Penner, Dr. Linda Schwartz, and Dr. Nancy Brown, who made our first-ever "Human Library" at the Medicine Hat College a wonderful success! What a great way to celebrate Alberta Arts Days.