Archive for October, 2013

Celebrate Open Access Week October 21-27

October 21, 2013

Open Access Week October 21-27, 2013October 21-27 is Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an international event that promotes Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

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.

Open Access Webcasts

In celebration of Open Access Week, Athabasca University is presenting a series of free noon hour webcasts exploring major issues and opportunities of Open Access and Open Educational Resources. Topics include:

  • the state of the art in the distribution of e-textbooks;
  • open access books in the K12 schools of Brazil;
  • the open access situation in Canada;
  • MOOCs and the open access movement;
  • the OER university initiative; and
  • other issues relating to Open Access internationally

For more information and links to the webcasts, visit:
Webcast Link Free Noon Hour Webcasts Schedule

Open Access Live Stream Events

Watch Open Access events live streamed from around the globe.

For more information and links to the live stream, visit:
Webcast Link Live Stream Events Schedule

Learn More

Visit the RDC Library Open Resources guide to learn more about Open Access, Open Education Resources, and Open Culture.

Ask Me About Open Access

Find out what our “celebrities” are reading

October 18, 2013

October is Canadian Library Month, a time to recognize and reflect upon the valuable role that libraries play in the lives of Canadians.

To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to ask people what they’re reading. We setup a whiteboard in the library to invite students to tell us what they’re reading; they responded enthusiastically (see photo).

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Via Twitter, we also asked some local “celebrities,” including Deputy Premier & Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education Thomas Lukaszuk, RDC President Joel Ward, the President of the Students’ Association, Martin Cruz, some RDC faculty, and several candidates for Red Deer Mayor and City Council.

The responses were varied … everything from “no time to read” to people who describe themselves as avid readers with 2 or 3 books on the go. Here are all the responses.

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Appropriate and Inappropriate Uses of the Quiet Study Area

October 10, 2013

We heard you think our quiet study area is too loud – and we agree! Check out these appropriate (and not so appropriate) uses of the quiet study area.

From the Suggestion Box: Noisy Groups in the Study Rooms

October 10, 2013

You Said …

“Would it be possible to designate the West wing upstairs bookable group study rooms as ” quiet” study rooms??? At times these rooms become quite loud-especially during finals- and when asked to quiet down it does not seem to work.”

We Said …

Thanks for your comment. Our group study rooms are heavily used, especially during the day. Sometimes the groups can be quite large, resulting in noise carryover. However, no group should ever be making SO much noise that it interferes with others’ use of the space. Please feel free to approach the library staff and have them speak to the group, especially if you have already done so without success.

Regarding your specific question about designating those rooms as quiet study rooms, the answer is no. We currently have one large room that is for quiet study, and it is rarely used by even a single person. Turning more rooms into quiet study spaces, which are not in demand, would do a great disservice to the large number of groups that need space to meet and work on projects. The library (well, really, the entire campus) requires more group study space, not less.

We hope that this helps alleviate the concern, but let us know if this is an ongoing issue.