Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Database: World Book Academic

Library Services has added a new database to its collection: World Book Academic.

This resource is "a comprehensive reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search." 

World Book Academic can be accessed on campus or off campus (for current students, staff, and faculty) via the library's complete database listing page or the reference databases page. 

Ryo Morimoto - March User of the Month

Ryo Morimoto
3rd Year Visual Communications Student

“The library (in general) used to be my least favorite place to go. The Vera Bracken Library however is one of the places I would casually stop by at the Medicine Hat College. The very first reason is because the staff is very professional. I can't thank them enough for their help with my studies. Without them I would not have developed my English this far. Another reason is that the library has a very relaxing environment so that I can almost forget about stressful classes. As a Visual Communications student I really like walking around and seeing artwork on the walls or on the shelves. This helps me take my mind off things if I am having a bad day.”

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Valentine's Draw & Spirit Gear Winners

Congratulations to Mikayla Fritzke, who won the library's Valentine's Day draw.  Mikayla took home a fabulous Valentine's-themed gift basket!

In other contest-related news, winners keep emerging as part of the library's Spirit Gear Hunt.  Lynett Getz found a golden ticket on a book display and won an MHC-branded backpack!  Two more tickets are still hidden somewhere in the Vera Bracken Library, so keep searching!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

New Database: Print Measurement Bureau

MHC Library Services has added another statistics database to its collection: Print Measurement Bureau

This database contains single-source data on print readership, non-print media exposure, product usage and lifestyles.  The first national PMB study was conducted in 1973. Since then, it has grown to the point where it now uses an annual sample of 24,000 to measure the readership of over 115 publications and consumer usage of over 2,500 products and brands.

Print Measurement Bureau is available on and off campus and can be accessed via the library's complete database listing page or the business databases page.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

More Spirit Gear Hunt Winners

Congratulations to Ryan Kiemele and Yilma Kebelo, both of whom found gold coloured tickets in the Vera Bracken Library and redeemed them for free MHC-branded prizes! 

More tickets remain hidden throughout the library.  Keep looking for your chance to win!

New Database: SuperDemographics

Library Services has added a new statistics database to its growing collection: SuperDemographics.

"SuperDemographics is implemented by Manifold Data Mining Inc., to enable online market and consumer insight analysis with Manifold micro-marketing databases at the 6-digit postal code level:
  • Canadian Demographics
  • Canadian Lifestyles
  • Canadian Household Spending Pattern
Manifold Data Mining Inc. is a Canadian company specialized in creating demographic, household expenditure, consumer purchasing behaviour and lifestyle cluster databases at the 6-digit postal code level. Manifold is an authorized reseller of Statistics Canada."

SuperDemographics can be accessed both on and off campus.  Check the library's business databases page or complete database listing page to learn more or to access SuperDemographics. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Student Study Break & Family Day Hours 2013

The Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus) and the Brooks Campus Library will be closed on Monday, February 18 for the provincial Family Day holiday.

Though classes will not be running for the Student Study Break (February 19-22), the Vera Bracken (Medicine Hat Campus) and the Brooks Campus Libraries will both be open regular hours.

For more information about our hours of operation, click here.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Building" a Chair Exhibit

The Vera Bracken Library is currently hosting an exhibit from MHC visual arts students. Everyone is welcome to view the work which is displayed on the library's reference collection shelves.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Safira Lachapelle - Good Food Box Winner

Congratulations to Safira Lachapelle- this month's winner of the Good Food Box draw!

Prize draws for a complimentary Good Food Box are held each month in the Vera Bracken Library. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spirit Gear Hunt Winners (So Far)

Congratulations to the winners listed below who each won a Medicine Hat College branded prize:
  • Udit Thattarakkal (Hoodie)
  • Lindsay Toth (Mug)
  • Brady Berg (Golf shirt)
  • Shelby Hande (Tumbler)
  • Tanner Jens (T-shirt)
There are still more prize tickets hidden throughout the Vera Bracken Library, so keep searching!

Monday, February 11, 2013

January New Materials Lists

Library Services has posted its new materials lists for the month of January 2013. The lists can be found at:

More than 320 new audiovisual and print resources were added that month.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Allison Keller - February User of the Month

Allison Keller
Environmental Reclamation

My favourite place within the Medicine Hat College campus is the library.  The Vera Bracken Library is a place where I come to study, research and relax.  The resources are phenomenal and the staff is incredibly helpful (just in case you cannot find that book you are looking for).  I have used the library every day since I began my post-secondary education and it pleases me to know I can continue to come here until I finish my studies.  Thank you to the entire staff for your excellent help and positive, supportive attitude.