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Library Information Common services during Reading Break 2019

February 7, 2019

RDC will have an extended Reading Break due to the Canada Winter Games, Feb. 15 to Mar. 3, 2019.

The Library Information Common will be open regular hours during Reading Break (except closed for Family Day: Mon., Feb. 18), and most services will be offered as usual. Connect with the Library Information Common in person, by live chat, by phone, by text message, and by email.

Library
Open; all services available (research help; citation help; technology help; faculty and copyright support; library collection)

Makerspace
Closed Feb. 15 to Mar. 1
Open Mar. 2 & 3

Academic Support

Disability Resources
Open; check appointment availability or drop in

Research Common
Open; check the drop-in office hours

DSB Service Desk
Closed.

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Students say Library hours help them succeed

January 31, 2019

RDC students consistently identify the Library’s great hours of operation as a factor in their success (from RDC Completer Study data). Here’s some information about our hours of operation, including some facts about our popular Long Night Against Procrastination.

About our Space and How it’s Used

January 4, 2019

A combined study and social space, RDC’s Library Information Common provides a variety of spaces for collaboration and group work, as well as individual and quiet study spaces. Here’s some information about our space and how our students used it in 2017/18.

How the Library Information Common space is used by our students

You Said … “Quiet, please”

October 15, 2018

You Said …

“I appreciate the staffs working at the library but i hope they consider chatting at a very minimal voice. this happens many times you can hear them talking :( ” (more…)

Borrow Your Textbook from the Library

September 14, 2018

New this Fall, the Library has purchased select textbooks for students to borrow. We recognize the financial burden of purchasing textbooks and hope that this helps ease the load for some students.

Since we can’t purchase every textbook for every class offered at RDC, these are the criteria we consider:

  • high cost (over $100)
  • first-year or introductory course
  • large enrollment

Textbooks on a shelf
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You Said: “Please investigate the distracting noise in 2006B”

March 20, 2018

You Said: “In study room 2006B (upstairs) there is a beeping noise that consistently goes off no matter what time of day it is. It sounds like it’s coming from the side of the wall with no other study rooms on it. Either way, it’s super distracting.”

We Said: 
Thank you for reporting this issue. We checked it out and also heard the persistent beeping noise, and it is indeed coming from room 2006A, which is a secure storage room. We think the noise is coming from the security system. We will work with our campus maintenance folks to ensure this is fixed. Sorry for the distraction and inconvenience.

You Said: What Happened to the Start Times for Library Study Room Bookings?

January 29, 2018

You Said:
Recently the times for the group study rooms changed from being on the half hour and the hour to every quarter hour. As a student these time frames do not correlate nicely with class schedules. I was hoping it could be changed back or if there was a reason for the change in the first place. Thank you.

You Also Said:
Recently the times for booking rooms in the library have changed from being on the half hour and hour mark and is now on the quarter hour mark. I find this does not work well with the times classes run at RDC.

We Said:
Thank you for your feedback. The change in start times for our group study room bookings (from on the :00 and :30 marks, to on the :15 and :45 marks) was an unexpected result of a software upgrade that occurred over the Christmas break. We are unable to revert back to :00 and :30 at this time, but are actively working with the vendor to fix this issue – hopefully that won’t take too long. Please continue to bear with us; sorry for the inconvenience.

You Said … “Can I use the Library for leisure reading?”

September 5, 2017

You Said …

“Are we able to use the library’s content (books, etc.) for leisure, or are they considered for research/academic purposes only?”

We Said …

The Library materials can absolutely be used for leisure purposes. In addition to some great reading material in our Main Collection, we also have a Leisure Reading Collection full of books that you might think of as “popular” (or less academic).

You might also be interested to know that we have DVDs (integrated into the Main Collection) and CDs that you can borrow, plus loads of streaming content (videos) and e-books. Please speak to a staff member at the Library Desk if you need more information or directions.

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.