Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Library User of the Month - October 2015

Dragana Vukovic

Bachelor of Business Administration
Rattlers Basketball

“Libraries have been my favorite study place since I was a kid. I have three brothers who are not very interested in school, so at a very young age, I discovered the beauty of libraries peace and quiet. Vera Bracken Library, I have learned very quickly, offers you way more than peace and quiet.
It is a perfect place to study in a group, work on a team project, or hammer your readings in a “quiet” room. There is always someone to ask for help and all the resources you need are just a few steps away. There are, as well, perfect corners to sit back, relax, and clear your mind, or choose a good book and get lost for a while. With my busy schedule, doing school and playing basketball, the library is my second home and 90% of my school work gets done there.”

OER Project – Peggy O’Sullivan, Instructor

OER Project – Peggy O’Sullivan, Instructor

What steps does one take to produce an OER textbook?
1.         Roundup resources
2.         Review resources
3.         Assemble resources into book form
4.         Review book
5.         Start teaching – by now, it’s time for a new term and teaching to begin

            My team and I have been working to produce a microbiology textbook for use at Medicine Hat College for the Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative. 

            Over the summer library technician Denise Holt and I were very busy searching OER biology and microbiology sites to find microbiology material suitable for my on-line microbiology text.  While there is a lot of OER information available online, many of the sites containing microbiology information are not covered under a Creative Commons copyright license, have unclear copyright statements and/or require permission to use their content.  This greatly limited the amount of information available that we could use to produce the microbiology textbook and slowed down our research in the beginning.  With copyright officer Chelsey Reid checking copyright licensing on material we did access, the project was well underway and took most of July and August to assemble material. Denise and I persisted in gathering as much relevant microbiology material as we could and I reviewed and organized the material into chapters to include in the textbook.  We are now more than halfway through the project and are in the process of getting the material formatted into electronic book form by Andrea Woods. 
As we proceed with the project, things are falling into place and I look forward to my students using the free OER microbiology textbook in the Microbiology course I teach in January 2016.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Speaking of Books - Kathleen Winter author of Annabel

Please join us for Speaking of Books – an evening with Kathleen Winter, author of the novel Annabel. If you haven’t already read Annabel, there are copies available in the libraries (ebook via MHPL). It is sure to spark interesting discussion and debate.

Friday October 16, 2015 7:00 pm – Medicine Hat Public Library
Author reading, reception (wine & cheese), and book signing
·         This event is co-sponsored and coordinated by Medicine Hat Public Library and Medicine Hat College Libraries.
·         This is a FREE event open to everyone in the community. No registration is required.

A follow-up facilitated book discussion (with refreshments) will take place the morning of Saturday October 17, 2015 (10:15 am-noon; Medicine Hat Public Library).

Contact info:
Medicine Hat Public Library:
​Sharlene Hertz

Medicine Hat College:
Leigh Cunningham

More information is here: