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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!

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The Latest & Greatest: Award Winners in the Library

May 20, 2015

This post combines two of my favourite things: lists and books (no wonder I love my job as the cataloguer here in the RDC Library!). Here’s a list of the lists in this post:

List One: we’ve ordered a cornucopia of award-winning titles, some of which are ready to check out and add to your summer reading pile. They’re on the New Books shelf in the library, but don’t wait – these are the hot titles that have set the book world buzzing.

List Two: if you love award-winning books, check out the links at the bottom of this post. Many of these titles are also in the library – search here to find them.

List Three: head over to my favourite bookish website, earlyword.com, scroll down & you’ll find their massive A-Z list of awards in the right-hand column, from the Agatha Awards to the World Fantasy Awards.

Happy reading!

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Libraries Inspire!

October 6, 2014

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October is Canadian Library Month, and 22,000 libraries across Canada are ready to provide inspiration. In a library you can create, connect, communicate, research, learn, share, and – of course – read. And many Canadians are already doing just that: over 21 million of us have a library card.

The Red Deer College Library is celebrating by showcasing our staff’s favourite reads. You’ll find them displayed upstairs in the library, ready for you to discover your new favourite. Here are a few of the faves. Come to the library & see the rest! (more…)

Notable New Videos in the Library

February 14, 2014

Looking for a quality documentary to watch in class or at home? Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table puts together a list of outstanding programs released in the last two years. From this year’s 34 nominees, 15 were chosen for the 2014 list of Notable Videos for Adults. These are films that the ALA believes make “a significant contribution to the world of video”. Here’s the full list. 

And here are the 8 Notable Videos that were added to the library’s collection this week. For now, you’ll find them on the New Books display, across from the Circulation desk.

Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry (2012) 91 minutes.  Profiles Chinese dissident artist Ai WeiWei and his mission to draw attention to political oppression in China. 

Brooklyn Castle (2012) 101 minutes.  Public school kids and educators overcome economic challenges to compete in national chess championships

The Gatekeepers (2013) 101 minutes. A glimpse into machinations of Israel’s counter-terrorism operations through unprecedented interviews with six former leaders of Shin Bet. 

The House I Live In (2013) 108 minutes.  Lays bare the social consequences of America’s failed war on drugs.Image

How to Survive a Plague (2013) 109 minutes. Members of ACT UP fight to provide lifesaving drugs to their community and raise awareness during the outbreak of HIV/AIDS.Lays bare the social consequences of America’s failed war on drugs.

Invisible War (2012) 98 minutes. An expose about sexual assault in the military and the system that perpetuates it.

Kumare (2013) 84 minutes. By posing as a guru, the filmmaker explores the common longing for spiritual guidance.

A Place at the Table (2013) 84 minutes. An exploration of America’s food insecurity and its negative impact on the nation’s most vulnerable.

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Infographic: ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2012

October 19, 2012

Check out this infographic that visually summarizes some of the 2012 ECAR study results:

http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERS1208/EIG1208.pdf

Key Findings

See the 2012 report for a full list key messages, findings, and supporting data.

  • Blended-learning environments are the norm; students say that these environments best support how they learn.
  • Students want to access academic progress information and course material via their mobile devices, and institutions deliver.
  • Technology training and skill development for students is more important than new, more, or “better” technology.
  • Students use social networks for interacting with friends more than for academic communication.

ECAR Recommends

See the 2012 report for a full list of actionable results.

  • Look to emerging or established leaders (other institutions, other countries, other industries) for strategies to deliver instruction and curricular content to tablets and smartphones. Learn from their exemplary strategies for IT support and security with student devices as well as planning, funding, deploying, and managing instructional technologies, services, and support.
  • Prioritize the development of mobile-friendly resources and activities that students say are important: access to course websites and syllabi, course and learning management systems, and academic progress reports (i.e., grades).
  • Bridge the gap between the technologies that have seen the greatest growth (e-portfolios, e-books/e-textbooks, and web-based citation/bibliographic tools) and students’ attitudes about their importance. Focus training/skill-building opportunities for students, professional development opportunities for faculty, and support service opportunities on these emerging technologies.
  • Use e-mail and the course and learning management system for formal communication with students. Experiment with text messaging and instant messaging/online chatting, and don’t focus efforts on using social networks and telephone conversations to interact with students.

Crowd-sourced Cataloguing at the Bodleian Library

July 6, 2012

Have you always wanted to be a cataloguer? I know, who doesn’t? Here’s your chance to leave a mark on one of the world’s foremost libraries. The Bodleian Library at Oxford University has developed a project to have regular folks describe a collection of 4300 Victorian music scores for piano. They hope that this project will open the door to having other collections catalogued by the public.

Don’t panic if you’re not sure how to describe a musical score – there’s an extensive Guidelines section to help.

Want to participate? Check it out at http://www.whats-the-score.org.

The project is hosted by Zooniverse.org – another cool spot to participate in world-wide, crowd-sourced projects. You could help researchers understand how whales communicate, search the Milky Way for data on how stars form, or study the lives of Ancient Greeks. Perfect rainy day summer projects!

One Book, One Twitter

May 11, 2010

Are you looking for something to read this summer? Follow the crowd, and join a world-wide book club on Twitter. 

Conceived by Jeff Howe, at www.crowdsourcing.com, One Book, One Twitter is an attempt to harness the power of social media to get the entire connected world reading one book. To participate, search Twitter for the hashtag #1b1t. The book club starts this week, discussing Chapters 1, 2, and 3.

The big question, of course, is which book?  Chosen by popular vote: American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

From Wikipedia: “American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on a mysterious and taciturn protagonist, Shadow.  The central concept is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods with them, but their power is diminished as people’s beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America’s obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and illegal drugs, among others.”

Although Red Deer College doesn’t own a copy of this book, several of our NEOS partner libraries do, and you can request it through our online catalogue.

Happy reading!