Archive for March, 2016

The Dog Eared Review of ‘Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers’ by Mary Roach

March 25, 2016

“The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back. The brain has shut down. The flesh begins to soften. Nothing much new happens, and nothing is expected of you.”

Due to the graphic nature of this book I won’t go into much detail of the contents therefore making this review substantially shorter than others but, as I am perfectly aware that there are those who share in my curiosity, I believe it falls within acceptable parameters being that I am writing for a post-secondary institution. 51f-QUJNhnL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

With my slight significant fascination for the macabre and an even greater appreciation for modern science, Stiff immediately became a necessary read when I first noticed it as I was perusing old, ‘read this book before you die’ lists somewhere online. With an exaggerated nod to my somewhat over-fed appetite for grisly knowledge of all kinds, Ms. Roach’s narrative brings to life what happens to those bodies predestined for organ donation or those which have been generously donated to science. With a respectful yet tastefully humorous look at what happens with donated cadavers, the author peels away the layers of ongoing questions and speculation about medical history from the early centuries to modern day science.


You Said “take the loud conversation elsewhere!”

March 21, 2016

You Said…

Honestly – of all the places in the college to go – the people yelling at the library entrance couldn’t have considered the feelings of others and chosen somewhere else?? Please ask them to go elsewhere, thanks.

We Said…

Thanks for your comment, submitted on Saturday morning. If we had seen this comment in time, our staff certainly would have asked those people to take their conversation elsewhere. Unfortunately, the “Suggestion Box” is not a forum for addressing issues that need immediate action. Comments submitted to the Suggestion Box are generally dealt with during regular weekday office hours.

For issues requiring immediate action, please speak to a staff member directly, text us , submit a comment via our online chat form , or call us. All of those methods are actively monitored during library opening hours.

Reading @ RDC

March 15, 2016

It’s no surprise that the Library loves books, but did you know that reading can have a positive impact on your health, happiness, and academic success?

Research shows that readers will likely have higher incomes, donate more to charity in both time and money, stay healthier, and be happier than non-readers. Plus, reading reduces stress up to 600% more than playing a video game (take that Call of Duty!), enhances empathy, and improves cognitive abilities. See the research from Canada’s National Reading Campaign here, and check out the infographic below.

The Library wants all RDC staff, students & faculty to enjoy these benefits, so we’ve created a Reading Culture team to help grow a movement of leisure reading at Red Deer College. Our goal is to gather a supply of books to read just for pleasure, create a space where everyone can enjoy them, and develop an atmosphere that supports and promotes reading for fun.

So tell us, what do you want to read? The latest novel from your favourite author? An exciting new memoir? Complete this form, and your suggestions will help us create a collection that will get RDC reading!

reading infographic



Open Education Week

March 7, 2016

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From March 7 to March 11, 2016 universities, colleges, schools and organizations around the world will be celebrating Open Education Week:

“Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.”

Many events have been scheduled locally and globally to promote the ideas of Open Education. The following free Canadian online events may be of interest:


View the Open Education Fact Sheet (PDF) from the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) for more information about Open Education, including Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Open Access (OA).

View the RDC Library Open Guide to find open education tools and resources.

Student Book Review: What We Saw

March 1, 2016


Autumn Chrunik is RDC Library’s student book blogger. She’s an avid reader (a huge bookworm!), who hopes to become an author someday. Until then she wants to study literature and literary writing, as well as publishing. Other than reading, she enjoys writing and hanging out with her friends and family. You can find Autumn on Twitter @AutumnChrunik or check out her blog For Those Who Read at Night.  Interested in being a student book blogger? Email:

REVIEW: What We Saw By Kate Weston


Synopsis (from my hardback cover)-

Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early, the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details, and begins asking questions.

What really happened at the party after she left? Who was still there? What did they see?

When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

My Thoughts:

*Trigger Warning: Rape

This book was so powerful! The decision that Kate Weston, the main character, has to make is really difficult: find out what really happened the night of the party when Stacey Stallard was assaulted, and tell, or stop asking questions. It’s a decision that Kate refuses to let go, especially when it might have to do with her new boyfriend Ben. All she can think about is what happened to Stacey, and where was Ben that night? Kate stops at nothing to find out the truth, no matter the consequences. The only problem is, is she willing to tell the police the truth as well, to do the right thing for Stacey, but potentially harm Ben in the process?

I really liked that the story had no happy ending. No one was going to be able to move on from the night of the party, and what happened to Stacey, whether the truth got told or not.This book also sheds light on the topic of rape, consent, and slut-shaming. I think this is such an important aspect of the book because it doesn’t get sugarcoated at all. This is an issue that needs to be discussed about more often, and the fact that we are seeing it more and more in literature is very important.

This book also sheds light on the topic of rape, consent, and slut-shaming. I think this is such an important aspect of the book because it doesn’t get sugarcoated at all. This is an issue that needs to be discussed about more often, and the fact that we are seeing it more and more in literature is very important.

With all of this being said I give this book, 5/5 stars! I think this is a book that everyone should pick up, so I highly recommend it.

Want to read this book? Request it using The Alberta Library.