June Reading Suggestions

June 19, 2018 by
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#IndigenousReads and Pride displays

June in Canada is National Aboriginal History Month and, in many places, Pride Month.  To go along with the book displays currently available in the library, and if you’re interested in exploring either or both of these themes as part of your summer reading, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Have a great summer, and happy reading!

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Libraries doing cool things

April 26, 2018 by

When we hear the word “library” most of us still think of the big building filled with books.  And while that definition is still mostly true, inside those big buildings you’ll also find a lot of really different, innovative programming going on.  Check out some of the cool things different libraries have been up to lately:

  • Did you know that both RDC Library and Red Deer Public Library have collections of games?  RDC’s board games can often be seen out and about during our Long Night Against Procrastination and when we’re open for extended hours around exams but they can be borrowed anytime (ask at the Library Desk).  And RDPL has a great video game collection for a variety of different gaming systems.  Though at first this idea might seem nontraditional, this article from JSTOR Daily notes games actually have a long history as a part of library collections and activities.
  • The Public Library Association in the US has partnered with a company called Short Edition to install Short Story Dispensers in four public libraries across the country.  The machines dispense free short stories that can be read in either one, three, or five minutes, depending on how long the reader has.  Want to see one in action?  There’s actually one installed at the Edmonton International Airport.
  • In March of 2017 San Diego Public Library ran a project called Catalog of Life @ the Library that allowed citizen scientists to check out bug collecting kits and then return them with the bugs inside.  The kits were then shipped to the University of Guelph, where the DNA from the bugs was extracted and the data added into a global DNA barcoding database.  Contributors from the SDPL project added data for 41 species of insects to the database.

What cool things have you seen libraries doing recently?

In Search of April Raintree

March 21, 2018 by

Quiet Book Club Meeting – Everyone welcome!
Date: June 6, 2018 from 12-1 pm
Location: Library (meet near front doors)

“Oh, I’ve read about Indians. Beautiful people they are. But you’re not exactly Indians, are you? What’s the proper word for people like you?” one asked. — (In Search of April Raintree p. 117)

In Search of April Raintree Book Cover, 25th Anniversary EditionMarking the month of June as Indigenous Book Club Month and in recognition of National Aboriginal History Month, we invite you to join us in reading In Search of April Raintree, a novel by by Manitoba-born Beatrice Culleton Mosionier.

April Raintree has been critically praised as an important piece of literature that explores the relationship and bond between two Métis sisters: “The powerful and moving life stories of two Métis sisters who suffer the breakdown of their family relations and the injustices of the social services system.” It has been a past selection of CBC’s Indigenous Reads Book Club.

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You Said: “Please investigate the distracting noise in 2006B”

March 20, 2018 by

You Said: “In study room 2006B (upstairs) there is a beeping noise that consistently goes off no matter what time of day it is. It sounds like it’s coming from the side of the wall with no other study rooms on it. Either way, it’s super distracting.”

We Said: 
Thank you for reporting this issue. We checked it out and also heard the persistent beeping noise, and it is indeed coming from room 2006A, which is a secure storage room. We think the noise is coming from the security system. We will work with our campus maintenance folks to ensure this is fixed. Sorry for the distraction and inconvenience.

Fair Dealing, Freedom to Read, and Open Education Weeks

March 8, 2018 by

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the library world raising awareness around a variety of issues near and dear to us. Read the rest of this entry »

You Said: What Happened to the Start Times for Library Study Room Bookings?

January 29, 2018 by

You Said:
Recently the times for the group study rooms changed from being on the half hour and the hour to every quarter hour. As a student these time frames do not correlate nicely with class schedules. I was hoping it could be changed back or if there was a reason for the change in the first place. Thank you.

You Also Said:
Recently the times for booking rooms in the library have changed from being on the half hour and hour mark and is now on the quarter hour mark. I find this does not work well with the times classes run at RDC.

We Said:
Thank you for your feedback. The change in start times for our group study room bookings (from on the :00 and :30 marks, to on the :15 and :45 marks) was an unexpected result of a software upgrade that occurred over the Christmas break. We are unable to revert back to :00 and :30 at this time, but are actively working with the vendor to fix this issue – hopefully that won’t take too long. Please continue to bear with us; sorry for the inconvenience.

New Search Engine Options

January 11, 2018 by

As I was catching up on my reading over Christmas, I came across this Wired article talking about search engines and how they can help you get to the full text of an article.

For a couple of years now we’ve been directing you to check Google Scholar for your article before you order it in through interlibrary loan (though you’re still welcome to order it if it’s not available).  But this article introduced me to a few new options: Microsoft Academic and Semantic Scholar.

Conducting the same search using all three tools yielded some interesting differences in results, and Google Scholar provides by far the most hits, but the other two have some fun features: Microsoft Academic lets you quickly filter by field of study and Semantic Scholar provides a nice graphic of results by year.

Check them out, and see if you like what they can do for you.

 

The Innovator’s Mindset

October 23, 2017 by

“Innovation starts not by providing answers but by asking questions.” – George Couros

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by educator George Couros explores innovation and creativity from a teaching and learning perspective.

Expanding on Carol Dweck’s concept of growth mindset where “students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence” (p. 32), Couros explains the innovator’s mindset as “the belief that abilities, intelligence, and talents are developed so that they lead to the creation of new and better ideas” (p. 33).

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Couros asserts that all educators should embrace an innovator’s mindset, and identifies eight key characteristics of this mindset.

“If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators.” George Couros

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You Said … “Can I use the Library for leisure reading?”

September 5, 2017 by

You Said …

“Are we able to use the library’s content (books, etc.) for leisure, or are they considered for research/academic purposes only?”

We Said …

The Library materials can absolutely be used for leisure purposes. In addition to some great reading material in our Main Collection, we also have a Leisure Reading Collection full of books that you might think of as “popular” (or less academic).

You might also be interested to know that we have DVDs (integrated into the Main Collection) and CDs that you can borrow, plus loads of streaming content (videos) and e-books. Please speak to a staff member at the Library Desk if you need more information or directions.

Summer Reading

June 29, 2017 by

I don’t know about the rest of you, but one of my favourite things about summer is the time to actually dig into that pile of books that’s been growing beside my bed all year.

No pile yet?  Check out some of these lists offering suggestions for the books you need to read this summer:

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Visit our Vacation? Staycation? Bring a Book! display on Floor 2 of the library

 

Don’t forget to look for these titles in our leisure reading collection.  Also, the display on Floor 2 all summer long will highlight our leisure reading titles, so when you’re up there checking on the progress of our new makerspace, see if something catches your eye.

 

Happy reading, and have a good summer!