Archive for March, 2017

You Said … “the study rooms are dirty”

March 28, 2017

You Said…
“Please clean (eg. dust, vacuum, wipe tables, keyboards and computers) in the study rooms. I am not talking about cleaning up student’s messes. The study rooms are consistenly dirty, filled with dust, unvacuumed, etc. They should be cleaned weekly.”

We Said…

Thank you for alerting us to this issue. RDC has a contract with a cleaning company, and they are to clean all of our public spaces weekly, plus more often if an area needs it. In addition, Library staff dust near the computers, since it is outside of the janitors’ contract to clean the technology or the space near it. Based on your comment we have reminded our Library staff to ensure that the study rooms are not forgotten when they are dusting the computer workstations. In addition we are contacting the janitors to find out how often the group study rooms are being vacuumed and the tables cleaned. I hope you will quickly see an improvement.

If you have any other comments about the cleanliness of the Library, please let us know so that we can work with the cleaning contractors to improve.

Open Education Week

March 27, 2017


Happy Open Education Week! From March 27 to March 31, 2017 universities, colleges, schools and organizations around the world will be celebrating Open Education Week.

“Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.”

Many events are taking place locally and globally to promote the ideas of Open Education. The following free events may be of interest:

March 29, 2017

Successful OER Adoption Models: Academic Libraries Leading the Way
2017-03-29 12:00 pm ONLINE EVENT

March 30, 2017

Integrating OER: Tips for Getting Started
2017-03-30 09:00 am ONLINE EVENT
Northern Virginia Community College

Be It Resolved That All Knowledge Be Open
2017-03-30 12:30 pm IN-PERSON EVENT
University of Alberta, Cameron Library

Introduction to Open Pedagogy
2017-03-30 13:00 pm ONLINE EVENT
University of Saskatchewan

March 31, 2017

OER Google Hangout
2017-03-31 10:00 am ONLINE EVENT
Northern Virginia Community College


NASA’s New Software Catalog is Here!

March 15, 2017

At the beginning of the month, NASA released its 2017-2018 software catalog. The catalog is free for the public to use without needing to worry about copyright.

“Space Wallpapers” by tableatny is licensed under CC BY 2.0

By releasing this catalog, NASA is making it easier for you to used the latest software available and currently used by the American government agency.

Not into space? Don’t leave just yet!


Freedom to Read Week

March 6, 2017

Last week (February 26-March 4, 2017) was Freedom to Read Week in Canada, an “annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.”

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) celebrated Freedom to Read Week by releasing a preliminary report (pdf) on the 2016 findings from their annual Challenges Survey.  Each year CFLA-FCAB collects information on materials and services that have been challenged in Canadian public, academic, and special libraries.

Check out the report to get a sample of the challenges libraries face for the materials in their collections and the services they provide.