Archive for April, 2015

RDC Library & the School of Creative Arts

April 29, 2015

RDC Library loves art! In addition to displaying pieces from the RDC Permanent Collection, student work and travelling exhibits, the Library also provides many information, audio and visual resources to support the work of all types of artists in the School of Creative Arts. We have something for everyone – check out:

 For Theatre (Entertainment & Production)

 For Theatre (Performance & Creation):

For Music:

For Motion Picture Arts:

 For Visual Arts:

Another highlight is the Artstor image database which has well over a million images available for teaching, publishing and personal study. In addition, Artstor houses photographs of the items in RDC’s Permanent Art Collection.

And did you know that many popular music CDs & feature film DVDs can now be borrowed from our partner libraries? Use the NEOS Catalogue to search for specific titles, and use your iCard barcode and PIN to place a request.

Our Library Desk staff are happy to help you locate items, or to discover more online start with our Library Catalogue, Subject Guides, or just Ask Us!

RDC Library provides learner-centred resources and services to all students, staff, and faculty, as well as our community. For more information, please contact Yvonne Phillips, Librarian for the School of Creative Arts.

Keeping Up Over the Summer

April 26, 2015

A number of cool tools have come out recently to help you stay up-to-date in your field.  Check them out:

  • BrowZine – a very cool app that allows you to read the journals RDC Library subscribes to on your mobile device. Check out the videos here, or go here to get started on your own device.
  • Sciencescape – a new tool developed by a University of Toronto grad student to help scientists keep up with what’s happening in biomedical research.  Check out the press release for this “Twitter for science” here, or take a tour here.
  • JSTOR Daily – A new online magazine from the people behind the enormous archive of scholarly articles.  Subscribe to weekly feature articles and daily blog posts in the areas of Arts & Cultures, Business & Economics, Politics & History, Science & Environment, and Education & Tech.

If you have any questions about these, or any of the other Current Awareness tools available to you through RDC Library, please contact your School Librarian.

Happy reading!

RDC Library and the School of Arts & Sciences

April 21, 2015

RDC Library provides many resources and services to support students in the School of Arts & Sciences which includes the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Career and Academic Preparation, Open Studies, and Social Work programs.

Credo Reference serves as a great starting point for many assignments as it allows you to search hundreds of encyclopaedias and dictionaries simultaneously! In addition, the Library has a large variety of reference works specific to particular subject areas, such as the DSM-5 for Psychology or the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.

We also host popular databases such as MLA International Bibliography (English), ScienceDirect (Sciences), PsycINFO (Psychology), and America: History & Life (History). These resources represent only a few of the options available at the Library to support students in their research.

If you haven’t already, you may want to check out our large selection of online videos. Collections such as Films on Demand include a large array of titles of interest to students in the Arts and Sciences. Sample titles include:

New print and eBook titles are added to our collection on an ongoing basis. Drop by the Library with your iCard to sign out print books or view eBooks online! Some recently added titles include:

The Library is a great place to come if you need to check out devices such as camcorders, flip video cameras, or StressEraser portable biofeedback devices. These are all available from the Reserves collection at the Library Desk.

If you want more information on resources for your program area, check out our Library Subject Guides! Each guide highlights resources relevant to a particular area of study. We also have citation guides which can assist you whether you’re citing an article for a Biology lab or trying to quote a line of Shakespeare for your English project.

Also, don’t forget to check out our popular Academic Support services such as the Math Learning Centre, Peer Tutoring, Writing Skills Centre, Learning Skills and Strategies, and Disability Resources.

RDC Library provides learner-centred resources and services to all students, staff, and faculty, as well as our community. For more information, please contact Teneil Vuori, Librarian for the School of Arts & Sciences. For information on Library support for other Schools at RDC, please check out our previous blog posts!

You Said: “Kick loud people out!”

April 17, 2015

You Said:

“Kick loud people out!! I can hear people talking from even the quiet side and it leaves me no place to study at the college. Tell people if they want to work on group projects/talk they have to book a room because this place is not a library or study area, it is a giant distraction where I leave knowing less and with a headache. Kick people out!!!!!!”

We Said:

Thank you for your comment about the recent noise levels in the library.

The Library Information Common serves many purposes on campus, including space for collaborative work and 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.

You may want to try our Quiet Individual Study Room, 2006J. This room boasts extra soundproofing insulation and a white noise machine.