Friday, May 29, 2015

Grace Chan - Library User of the Month June 2015

Grace Chan

Child Care Professional

College Child Development Centre

“It is very convenient for me to come to the College library at my lunch time. It only takes me fi ve minutes to walk here from my work place. I get to rest, read a book or newspaper in this quiet place. Sometimes I go on the computer or even have a snooze. It refreshes me after my lunch hour. This library is also a good resource area for my work place. There are puppets, children’s games and children’s books that I can borrow. In the College library, I can relax and find resources for my work. I love to come to the College library at my lunch time.”

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It's Time For Reconciliation



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With the growing strength of minority voices in recent decades has come much impassioned discussion of residential schools, the institutions where attendance by Native children was compulsory as recently as the 1960s. Former students have come forward in increasing numbers to describe the psychological and physical abuse they suffered in these schools, and many view the system as an experiment in cultural genocide. In this first comprehensive history of these institutions, J.R. Miller explores the motives of all three agents in the story. He looks at the separate experiences and agendas of the government officials who authorized the schools, the missionaries who taught in them, and the students who attended them.

Starting with the foundations of residential schooling in seventeenth-century New France, Miller traces the modern version of the institution that was created in the 1880s, and, finally, describes the phasing-out of the schools in the 1960s. He looks at instruction, work and recreation, care and abuse, and the growing resistance to the system on the part of students and their families. Based on extensive interviews as well as archival research, Miller's history is particularly rich in Native accounts of the school system.
This book is an absolute first in its comprehensive treatment of this subject. J.R. Miller has written a new chapter in the history of relations between indigenous and immigrant peoples in Canada.
Co-winner of the 1996 Saskatchewan Book Award for nonfiction.
Winner of the 1996 John Wesley Dafoe Foundation competition for Distinguished Writing by Canadians
Named an 'Outstanding Book on the subject of human rights in North America' by the Gustavus Myer Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

When residential schools opened in the 1830s, First Nations envisioned their own teachers, ministers, and interpreters. Instead, students were regularly forced to renounce their cultures and languages and some were subjected to degradations and abuses that left severe emotional scars for generations.
In Finding My Talk, fourteen aboriginal women who attended residential schools, or were affected by them, reflect on their experiences. They describe their years in residential schools across Canada and how they overcame tremendous obstacles to become strong and independent members of aboriginal cultures and valuable members of Canadian society.

This book examines the history of the Indian Residential Schools established in Canada and the effects of the colonial education of Aboriginals on contemporary native culture. The book recounts the history of the Euro-Amerindian encounter in North America and the foundational beliefs that provided the underpinnings for the creation of the residential system. The author dedicates three chapters to the description of health, infrastructure and academic deficiencies that plagued the system, as well as the abuse of residential students and the consequent long-term damage they experienced. In closing, Grant offers a perspective on the future of political and educational efforts being made to restore and maintain native culture.

Theodore Fontaine lost his family and freedom just after his seventh birthday, when his parents were forced to leave him at an Indian residential school by order of the Roman Catholic Church and the Government of Canada. Twelve years later, he left school frozen at the emotional age of seven. He was confused, angry and conflicted, on a path of self-destruction. At age 29, he emerged from this blackness. By age 32, he had graduated from the Civil Engineering Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and begun a journey of self-exploration and healing.
In this powerful and poignant memoir, Theodore examines the impact of his psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, the loss of his language and culture, and, most important, the loss of his family and community. He goes beyond details of the abuses of Native children to relate a unique understanding of why most residential school survivors have post-traumatic stress disorders and why succeeding generations of First Nations children suffer from this dark chapter in history.
Told as remembrances described with insights that have evolved through his healing, his story resonates with his resolve to help himself and other residential school survivors and to share his enduring belief that one can pick up the shattered pieces and use them for good.

Truth and Indignation offers the first close and critical assessment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as it is unfolding. Niezen uses interviews with survivors and oblate priests and nuns, as well as testimonies, texts, and visual materials produced by the Commission to raise important questions: What makes Canada's TRC different from others around the world? What kinds of narratives are emerging and what does that mean for reconciliation, transitional justice, and conceptions of traumatic memory? What happens to the ultimate goal of reconciliation when a large part of the testimony—that of nuns, priests, and government officials—is scarcely evident in the Commission's proceedings? Thoughtful, provocative, and uncompromising in the need to tell the "truth" as he sees it, Niezen offers an important contribution to our understanding of TRC processes in general, and the Canadian experience in particular.

Award-winning author Constance Deiter unveils the stories of women and men who attended residential schools in Saskatchewan. Using personal interviews and reflections, she exposes the intergenerational impact these schools have had on First Nations people.

Childhood Lost examines the experiences of four individuals who were sent to residential schools when they were very young. While their stories represent different generations panning over fifty years, they share a common sense of loneliness, despair and trauma. We learn how some are coping with the many years of sexual abuse and the effects it has had on their lives. Each story is intensely personal. At the close of the documentary, the individuals are brought together for a chance to share their experiences. In the talking circle they share memories of pain and humour. For each of them this is a healing journey. This is a journey that may never end.

From the preface: "Depicts an era in Canadian history when Indigenous children were taken from their parents and placed in institutions under the care of the federal government and various religious denominations. This era is of profound importance because the treatment children received has had, and continues to have, a devastating impact upon individuals, families, communities and nations. "

Between 1879 and 1986, upwards of 100,000 children in Canada were forcibly removed and placed into Indian Industrial Residential Schools. Their unique culture was stripped away to be replaced with a foreign European identity. Their family ties were cut, parents were forbidden to visit their children, and the children were prevented from returning home.
First Nations children were the only children in Canadian History, to be singled out by race and forced to live in institutions; generation after generation. 

Starting to Talk

A guide for Communities on Healing and Reconciliation from the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

Native Canadians are demanding the federal government act on recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Among the many recommendations is one that would redress a terrible injustice: residential schools. native Canadians want to heal the wounds inflicted by those schools, but they say that can't happen until the government apologizes for its involvement and accepts responsibility. Many Native children suffered abuse, sexual and physical, and neglect in these schools. All of them lost their past, culture and traditions when they were forced to attend these white-man schools.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Looking for a Career?

Looking for your career? 

The library can help. Check out our great resources. 

201 Careers in Nursing

Few professions have evolved as much as nursing has, or offer as much variety, opportunity for growth, and potential for great personal and professional satisfaction.201 Careers in Nursing, the new edition significantly expanding, updating and revising101 Careers in Nursing, is your guide to careers in nursing practice, education, research, and so much more.
Comprehensive in scope and for nurses at all levels, each career description includes educational requirements, core competencies, and required skills. Interviews with nurses working in a variety of roles and settings bring to life the breadth of opportunities available to nurses today. Important tips within the book will help when making your career choices, along with compensation range per degree, certification requirements, and earning potential for each career.201 Careers in Nursingis an essential resource for nurses entering the profession, nurses considering a career change, and counselors facilitating career choices.

101 Careers in Counseling

This comprehensive and easy-to-use guide is an invaluable resource to help you choose a rewarding counseling career that best suits your interests, strengths, and personality. Exploring a wealth of career opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional settings, including the most exciting emerging fields, this useful reference describes the many benefits found in the work of a professional counselor. Each career listing includes an overview, salary range, employment prospects, best and most challenging aspects of the job, and educational and licensing requirements. In addition, the book helps guide you through financing your education and the job search process. As a special feature, chapters include profiles of actual counselors and their work, providing an insightful insider's perspective on their profession.

Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future

People of all ages and backgrounds are seeking work in career fields that will help save the planet, yet many people are unaware of the variety of green careers available. This unique career guidance book, based on labor market research, covers green jobs representing almost every area of career interest.
The authors' extensive experience in career and workforce development will help you explore tomorrow's green career options. Answer such questions as: What green careers are available? What salary can I expect? What education do I need? What is the demand for this type of job? How do I change to a green career?
Green Careers offers clear and concise information about the emerging field of green and environmental jobs. Chapters include:
  • Industry-by-industry overview of green jobs
  • Profiles of 90 different occupations in 12 different career groups
  • Over 65 case studies and interviews of people working in green jobs
  • Career planning information and job search resources

Connecting Students to STEM Careers: Social Networking Strategies

Many jobs of the future will involve science, technology, engineering, and math, but how can we expect our students to go into careers as mechanical engineers, environmental scientists, or computer programmers when they’ve never met the people who have these jobs? Students might not even realize that they have career options in STEM fields. Introduce your students to the numerous STEM careers available by connecting them to actual STEM professionals who can act as role models and career mentors, showing students how their school work applies to the world and their future job opportunities.Discover how to make these connections using technology such as videoconferencing and web 2.0 tools. In Connecting Students to STEM, author Camille Cole shows you ways to find STEM professionals around the world who are willing to interact with your students. She explains how to set up programs that give students the opportunity to engage in real-world learning experiences and how to tap into current programs. Through this authentic engagement your students will find their STEM education to be more rewarding and relevant to their lives, leading many to develop an interest in STEM careers.

Careers in Sport, Fitness and Exercise

Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise is your guide to landing your dream job in one of today’s most exciting, popular, and fastest-growing industries!
Produced by the American Kinesiology Association, this hands-on guide includes detailed job descriptions, information on working conditions, salary ranges, responsibilities, key skills, and required certifications for 36 careers in sport and fitness.

Careers in Focus: Clerks and Administrative Workers

Careers in Focus: Clerks and Administrative Workers, Second Edition explores 20 careers in this in-demand field. New and updated job profiles include:-Billing clerks -Bookkeeping and accounting clerks -Collection workers -Hotel desk clerks -Insurance policy processing workers -Legal secretaries -Library technicians -Medical transcriptionists -Office clerks -Railroad clerks -Receptionists -Statistical clerks -Typists and word processors -and more.

Law and Ethics for Medical Careers

Law and Ethics for Medical Careers, Fifth Edition, provides an overview of the laws and ethics you should know to help you give competent, compassionate care to patients that is within acceptable legal and ethical boundaries. The text can also serve as a guide to help you resolve the many legal and ethical questions you may reasonably expect to face as a student and, later, as a health care practitioner. The text features pertinent legal cases, anecdotes, and sidebars related to health-related careers. Content has been updated and special attention has been paid to legislation affecting health care.

Top 100 Careers Without a Four-Year Degree : Your Complete Guidebook to Good Jobs in Many Fields

Many jobs that do not require a four-year degree need workers and are growing quickly. This completely updated edition of Top 100 Careers Without a Four-Year Degree identifies which of these jobs are most promising and offers extensive information about them.
With this comprehensive resource job seekers, students, career changers, and anyone else doing occupational research will: explore 100 careers that don't need a bachelor's degree; assess which of these careers match their skills; and learn how to get a job quickly. This book provides current, interesting job descriptions that include information about each job's pay, outlook, education requirements, skills needed, and much more.
A special book-within-a-book section describes the seven steps that cut job search time in half, and includes sample resumes crafted by professional resume writers. In addition, an easy-to-use assessment matches readers' personal skills with the characteristics of the jobs described in the book.

Careers in Law, Criminal Justice & Emergency Services

Written for high school and undergraduate students, this series will help students explore their futures, and set goals in these exciting fields. This title examines 20 occupations in law and criminology. Careers covered in the text include Courts & Court Administration Judge & Attorney Law Enforcement & Investigation Corporate Security Computer Security Corrections Chapters provide an inside-look at the career options within a particular profession, including: Overview: Sphere of Work A Day in the Life Work Environment: Physical, Human, Technological Education & Training: Schooling, Licensing, Adult Job Seekers Earnings & Advancement Areas with the Highest Employment Levels Employment Outlook Associations & Business Contacts to Jumpstart Networking Plusa Famous Firsts, Occupation Specialties, Skills & Abilities, Fun Facts Conversations with Real Professionals, including What I Wish I Had Known.

Fashion Design Careers Do You Have What It Takes? (Film)

It’s one thing to launch a career on a reality TV show and quite another to become a successful designer through talent and tenacity alone. This video follows eight up-and-coming fashion designers as they discuss the skills and characteristics needed to make it in the fashion industry. Candid interviews with young designers tackle questions about careers in fashion, including: What personality traits do you need to have? Where do designers get ideas? What are the tough realities of being a fashion designer? What successes has each guest designer achieved? Why do they love doing what they do? An indispensable guide for viewers who dream of breaking into one of the most demanding and exclusive industries in the arts. A viewable/printable worksheet is available online.

Addiction and the Making of Professional Careers

The misuse of drugs continues to cause suffering and worldwide economic turmoil. In response to these problems, many have devoted their lives to preventing the misuse of mind-altering substances. Addiction and the Making of Professional Careers focuses on the need for enhanced understanding of professional careers in the addiction field. The spectrum of professionals involved is wide and includes treatment personnel of every kind.

Some of the questions examined here include: Why do some people decide to dedicate their lives to responding to drug problems? How do and should we select, train, mentor, support, inspire, and nurture the young career aspirant? What makes for the most effective use of talent? Is every personal case different or can general conclusions be reached?

After a foreword by William Miller and an introduction by Griffith Edwards, the book includes interviews with Joseph Brady, Louis Harris, Conan Kornetsky, and Robert DuPont, all of whom were pioneers in the behavioral pharmacological analysis of addiction. Commentary chapters are written by Kerstin Stenius, Ilana Crome, Peter Anderson, and Jonathan Chick.

Working World : Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development

Now available in a new second edition, Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development offers an engaging guide for cause-oriented people dedicated to begin or enhance careers in the now burgeoning fields of international affairs. Mueller and Overmann expand their original dialogue between a career veteran and a young professional to address issues that recognize the meteoric rise of social media and dramatic geopolitical events. They explore how the idea of an international career has shifted: nearly every industry taking on more and more international dimensions, while international skills -- linguistic ability, intercultural management and sensitivity -- become ever more highly prized by potential employers. 

This second edition of Working World offers ten new and four significantly updated profiles as well as new and expanded concepts that include: work-life balance; the importance of informational interviews; moving on; and key building blocks for international careers.Like the award-winning first edition, Working World is a rare and valuable resource to students and graduates interested in careers in international affairs, mid-career professionals who want to make a career change or shift, as well as guidance counselors and career center specialists at universities.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Week One - Getting to know OER

OER Project
BLOG – week 1

Week one – Getting to Know OER.

My name is Peggy O’Sullivan.  I am a microbiology instructor in the Science and Health Division at Medicine Hat College (MHC) in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  I’m very excited about converting one of my microbiology courses to an OER format.

Our Medicine Hat College team comprised of Keith Walker, Chelsey Reid, Denise Holt and I were recently awarded an Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative grant to work on my CMMB250 – Microbiology for Health Care Professionals course – a course offered to first year nursing students at MHC.

Our first order of business was to meet and set up a plan of action.   I provided Denise (Library Research Assistant) with my course outline and textbooks.  I have downloaded all my course materials – lecture power points and textbook e-material on a flash drive that I am providing to Denise. 

I have also registered on the website in order to familiarize myself with the OER concept and movement.

I’m excited about switching my course to an OER course – I have a feeling that we are going to have a very busy summer converting my course.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Connie Cash - Library User of the Month - May 2015

Connie Cash

Student Finance Officer

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
–Author Unknown

“I am so thrilled to be chosen as the library user of the month! The library is my favourite place to be on campus and I look forward to my daily visits. I enjoy the fact I am able to take advantage of the interlibrary loan service and get reading material from many different sources. The staff always have a smile on their face and are willing to help in any way possible; you always feel welcome. As an employee of the College I feel confident when I refer students to the library that they will get the resources they need with the best service possible. The atmosphere is very comfortable, relaxing, and a great place to lose yourself in a good book or catch up on your favourite periodicals. It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’re having – it’s always a great day in the library!”