Archive for October, 2010

Ask Us… By Appointment

October 22, 2010

Do you know students who want some extra help with their research? Send them to the library!

In addition to answering research questions at the library’s Information Desk as they come up, we are relaunching our Ask Us… By Appointment service on October 25, 2010.

This service allows students to make appointments for in-depth, 30-minute research consultations with library staff throughout the academic year.

Appointments might involve helping a student to:

  • Narrow a research topic and get started finding sources
  • Search databases, the library catalogue and/or the Web
  • Distinguish between popular and scholarly sources
  • Properly cite sources

Students can make appointments by phone (403-342-3152), email (rdclibrary@gmail.com) or in person at the Information Desk.

For more information, please visit the Ask Us! section of the library website.

Please let your students know about this great service!

Happy Open Access Week!

October 20, 2010

October 18-24 is Open Access Week!

This international event recognizes and promotes publishing initiatives that make scholarly research accessible online to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world.

This is accomplished through Open Access (OA) journals, institutional repositories, self-archiving and a lot of hard work by academics, librarians and a variety of others who argue that free, universal access to research is a right, not a pricey privilege.

To learn more about OA and how you can help promote OA initiatives to students, colleagues and the general public, check out the following resources:

Poll Everywhere!

October 6, 2010

Mobile devices are a reality in all classrooms- and what better way to engage the wayward texters than to get them using their thumbs for the powers of  good! Polleverywhere is an excellent example of another way to integrate mobile devices into classroom use.  Through Twitter, texts, or the web, you can create real time surveys to use with your students.  The website offers free polls for 32 users or less (in Higher Education), and  a subscription fee based on the number of participants thereafter.  Now if only students could learn everything through some kind of  text osmosis…..