Archive for January, 2015

RDC School of Trades & Technologies, and the Library!

January 30, 2015

This blog post highlights a few new additions to our collection, a new library guide for the RDC School of Trades & Technologies, and information about RDC Library.

At RDC Library, we encourage all students to use our quiet study space, group study rooms, computers, and comfortable seating. Our Winter Term Hours allow you to study until 9 PM Monday to Thursday, and 5 PM on Friday, as well as weekends.

We also house Academic Support, which includes the Math Learning Centre, peer tutoring, the Writing Skills Centre, and Learning Skills and Strategies, and Disability Resources, which provides specialized support for students.

Ask our friendly Library Desk staff how to access our online and print information. We have added a number of new books in Trades & Technologies to our collection: in this past year, titles included Safety In Welding, Cutting, And Allied Processes; Engineering Mechanics, Dynamics; Statics; The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook:, Groundbreaking Recipes; and Calibration: A Technician’s Guide. Your iCard is also your library card, so have a look at our collection!

In addition, to better serve our learners, we have created a new Trades & Technologies library guide for Winter 2015. This guide includes sections on finding books and articles, codes and safety information, websites and streaming videos, and apprenticeship information, as well as how to Ask Us! via chat, text, phone, and email.

RDC Library provides learner-centred resources and services to all students, staff, and faculty, as well as our community. For more information, please contact Jillian Sinotte, Librarian for the School of Trades and Technologies.

You Said: “the computer area is ridiculously noisy”

January 22, 2015

You Said:

“I feel that everyone should be encouraged to be quiet in the computer area. If they are going to talk it should be QUIETLY and pertaining to the assignment they are working on. This behaviour of hanging out in the library and laughing loudly with friends is unacceptable and should be strongly discouraged. I wear sound cancelling ear buds and I can still hear people laughing and talking loudly. Ridiculous.”

We Said:

Thank you for your comment. We’re sorry to hear that the computer area has been so noisy lately.

The Library Information Common serves many purposes on campus, and one of those purposes is as a social space. This definition of an Information Common may help to clarify: “a place that has a serious learning function, supported by information and technology resources, but in a setting that can be noisy and readily accepts group activities.”

As you may know, we tolerate a certain level of group interaction and noise. However, if the noise is excessive, please speak to the offending group or approach a staff member who may intervene on your behalf.

Another option is to sign out a laptop to use in our Quiet Study Area on the east side of Floor 2, or in the Quiet Individual Study Room, 2006J.

2014 in review

January 2, 2015

We had a pretty good year – check out this summary.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,400 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.