Archive for October, 2016

You Said “It’s Too Noisy in the Library!”

October 27, 2016

We received two comments this week regarding noise in the Library. You Said:

“You need to get people to work quietly to facilitate a good productive study environment. It sounds like a a cafeteria rather than a place of study and it is very frustrating to students that want to study. This is the loudest college Library I have ever seen. It makes the college look poorly. Maybey some signs would help? [sic]”

You also said:

“The library is misused by most students. It appears and sounds like a local pub… noise to excess, groups are socializing and extremely loud and can be heard in all portions of the facility even the upstairs quiet study area, no rule enforcement …. RDC library is disgrace for students who actually come to the library fo its intended use….R [sic]”

We Said:

Thank you for the comments about the noise levels in the Library.

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

While our open architecture has many benefits, one of the drawbacks is that sound carries easily between floors. We have identified this issue to be considered in potential future renovations, but there is no immediate fix for this problem.

As you may know, we tolerate a certain level of group interaction and noise, and we have provided signage in the Quiet Area on floor 2. If there is excessive noise in the Quiet Area, please speak to the offending group or approach a staff member who will intervene on your behalf. Our staff can be reached in person at the Library Desk, by text at 403-800-8945, by live chat via the library website or any of our subject guides, or by phone at 403-342-3344.

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

Open Access Week: Oct. 24-30, 2016

October 25, 2016

Open Access Week is here!

This international event celebrates publishing initiatives that make scholarly research accessible online to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world.

The theme of this year’s Open Access Week is “Open in Action.” Everyone from institutions to scholars are being encouraged to move beyond discussing the concept of Open Access, to putting it into practice.

Whether you are a faculty member looking to make your research more accessible to everyone or, you are a student interested in research that is freely available once you are finished your program, Open Access may be of interest to you.

Learn more!

Interested in learning more about Open Access?  Check out these brief handouts on Open Access from the International Open Access Week website:

Also, visit the Open Access section of Red Deer College’s Research Common website.

Blackboard: there’s a NEW app for that

October 24, 2016

Bb Student appBb Student is Blackboard’s new mobile app that enables students to learn on their own mobile device. The simple interface allows students to access course content, complete assignments, view announcements, take tests, and check grades.

Navigation is intuitive with the most relevant features grouped and categorized in one place. The majority of students will spend their time in the main Activity Stream, which is the app’s home screen. It represents a “smart view” of prioritized events and due dates.

View, complete, and submit assignments and tests right in the app. Engage in real-time collaboration with your instructor and other students.

Bb Student is available on the App Store, Google Play, and on the Windows Store.

For more information or help using the new Bb Student app or Blackboard, visit RDC Library’s Blackboard guide or see us in person at the Library Desk.

When we say you can cite anything…we mean it!

October 3, 2016

If you’ve ever thought about using a source in your writing, but decided against it because you were unsure how you would cite it, don’t worry!

The Modern Language Association (MLA) recently updated its citation style guide, which has caused quite a stir in the academic community. In order to help demonstrate the changes and how they reflect some of the new types of resources researchers will cite in their work, EasyBib has decided to show us how easy it is to cite Pokemon GO using the new MLA standard. (more…)