Archive for September, 2012

Santa 2.0

September 24, 2012

Just in time for the Christmas decorations to start going up in stores, news came out last week that a new version of The Night Before Christmas is being released.

In this revised version, all references to Santa having a pipe or smoking have been removed, so that they do not offend modern children or encourage them to take up smoking.

The new book has met with criticism from a number of different groups, who object to modern revisions of classic literature to remove now offensive content.  A similar debate arose last year over news that a revised version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was going to be released.

Take a look at the article, and then let us know what you think.  Do you prefer your Santa old-school, or are you excited about the new Santa 2.0?

From the Suggestion Box: “Quiet Area” not so quiet

September 17, 2012

You said:

I am a returning student this year and I have found that the “quiet area” on the east side of the second level does not have enough signage to keep it a quiet study area. I don’t think that the first year students realize that this is meant for the ones who need to concentrate while reading or studying. It would be really nice to see some of the same things as last year, a white board informing students that this is a quiet area, and/or little quiet area notices on the desks, these nice little reminders seemed to help with the chatter last year.

We said:

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We usually roll out our awareness campaign throughout the term … we start with the little “quiet” tentcards, then later on, we add the whiteboard notice for more emphasis. Then, at the end of term, when people are studying for finals, we add a more strongly-worded whiteboard message.

Since the area is loud already (wow, it’s only the second week of classes!), we’ll get those tentcards out tonight. The whiteboard will probably get put out around midterms (mid-October-ish), or sooner if we (or you!) notice the need.

As a returning student, you probably know that you can let other students know that they’re in a quiet space, or remind them to take their conversations, phone calls, etc. to another area. If you are not comfortable doing this, or if it has been unsuccessful, please feel free to approach a staff member to help you out.

Thanks for using our new online suggestion box!

From the Suggestion Box: Finding the NEOS link

September 14, 2012

You said:

“The quick link to the library page doesn’t have an easy way to find the neos link on it. i haven’t been able to find it on my own.”

We said:

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are aware that some of our common search tools are buried on our website, and we plan to redesign our homepage to make these tools easier to find. In the meantime, to make if easier for you, the NEOS link is on our “Find>Books” page – here’s the direct link:

If you have further difficulties finding things on our library website, please contact us again.

Anne Marie Watson, on behalf of the Library web team

Got a question? Text RDC Library!

September 8, 2012

Got a research question? Need directions? Wonder when we’re open? Now you can text us your question!

green text iconIf you’re ever sitting in your PJs and need last-minute help citing an article, have a great spot in the Library and don’t want to leave your stuff, or are in your office and can’t remember how to find RefWorks,  RDC Library has a solution just for you.

Starting this Fall, you can Text RDC Library @ 403.800.8945.   Text us your questions during Library hours and we will text you right back!

Longer question? No cell phone?  RDC Library is available by phone @ 403.342.3152, by email @, and by chat.

And, of course, you are more than welcome to come to the Library and see us in person!