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RDC Library celebrates National Aboriginal History Month

June 12, 2017

June is National Aboriginal History Month in Canada, and we recognize National Aboriginal Day on June 21. RDC Library is celebrating with a book display all month long on Floor 2.

National Aboriginal Day

In addition, check out some of the relevant materials on curio.ca. The Contemporary Indigenous Voices collection focuses on cultural awareness, traditional knowledge, and the contemporary challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Canada. The videos in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women collection present a snapshot of the situation and recount the stories of the families and communities affected by this national tragedy.

Curio.ca is CBC and Radio-Canada’s subscriber-based streaming service developed for the Canadian educational community; RDC Library has purchased a subscription for our students, faculty, and staff. Access is seamless on-campus; if you are accessing these resources off-campus, you will be prompted to sign in with your NEOS username and password.

You Said … “Please Get a Self-Checkout”

May 9, 2017

You Said:

Have you guys thought of having a self-check out station, mainly for books, at the RDC library?

It’d be a nice addition to your great service, as well as help us shy booklovers have a guilt-free reading.

We Said:

This is a great question! We actually used to have a self-checkout station when the Library opened back in 2002. The technology was in its infancy back then and the machine we had didn’t really work properly, so after a lot of maintenance and continued down time, we got rid of it.

We considered replacing that machine with something newer that worked with our collection. But the new machines require RFID technology, which we do not currently have. Switching our entire collection from security strips and barcodes to RFID tags would be a substantial monetary and time investment. The relatively low to moderate circulation numbers of our collection do not warrant such an investment.

Sorry for the lengthy response to what seems like it should be a simple request. Please know that we will continue to consider this option as technology changes over time – if it becomes possible in the future, for a reasonable investment, a self-checkout may be added to our services.

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.

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.

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.

Light therapy lamps available for student use

September 23, 2016

Light therapy lamps, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Lamps, mimic outdoor natural light. Late fall and winter months in Canada tend to lack sunshine, which can affect individuals in different ways, including lowering mood, decreasing energy and over-sleeping.

light therapy lamps available at RDC libraryExposure to light that mimics sunlight is believed to alter brain chemicals that moderate mood, helping to relieve feelings of fatigue, anxiety, low mood, and loss of motivation that can commonly occur during the winter months. In as little as 20-30 minutes a day, symptoms can be relieved by using light therapy.

The Students’ Association of RDC has provided two light therapy lamps for use by RDC students. The lamps are available for 2-hour loan from RDC Library, for use anywhere on campus.

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RDC celebrates Science Literacy Week 2016

September 8, 2016

Science Literacy Week, celebrated across Canada from September 19-25, 2016, showcases the excellence and diversity of Canadian science outreach institutions and highlights our outstanding scientists and science communicators.

Science Literacy Week Logo_FINAL-01RDC Library joins over 100 partners across Canada in this celebration. We’re so excited that we’re celebrating Science Literacy Week not just for a week, but for the whole month of September! Check out our themed book display on Floor 2 and our posts on our various social media accounts.

The Science Literacy website has a guide to great ideas and great writers; a look into the minds of some of the most engaging and important scientists of all time. Check out the list of interesting and thought-provoking books, blogs, websites, and podcasts for you to explore. Most of the books are available in our library (check out the display on Floor 2) or we can bring them in for you via our interlibrary loan service.

 

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New Leisure Reading Collection coming together

August 15, 2016

File_000 (3)In March we told you about our Reading Culture task team and the scientifically proven benefits of reading, and invited you to submit suggestions for books you’d like to see included in our new Leisure Reading Collection. We heard from a LOT of you, and we’ve ordered several new books.

The Leisure Reading Collection will be on Floor 2 near the elevators. We’ve placed some comfortable furniture in the space and have relocated our paperback collection there. Some spiffy new shelving units have been ordered for all the new books that are arriving daily. In the meantime, borrow a paperback or check out one of the brand new books which are currently on display near our Library Desk.

It’s not too late to suggest titles for this collection; use this form if you’d like to do that.

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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.

Fair Dealing Week 2016

February 22, 2016

(by RDC Chief Librarian Kristine Plastow)

Fair Dealing Week (and Fair Use Week in the United States) 2016 is taking place February 22 – 26. Fair dealing is an exception under the Copyright Act which allows the use of copyrighted materials (in any format) without permission for the purposes of research, private study, parody, satire, criticism, review, news reporting, and, most importantly in our context, education. This exception allows for copying limited portions of a work, not outright copying of complete works. Please see our Copyright Guide for specifics around what is allowed.

Check out Fair Dealing Canada to learn more about fair dealing, see examples in action and read stories of how this exception is used in educational institutions across the country. You can also tell your story about how you use fair dealing in your work or studies.

To see what is happening in the United States around Fair Use (a similar exception under their copyright law), check out Fair Use Week.

Follow #fairuseweek2016 on Twitter.