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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.




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.


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!

reading infographic



RDC joins Red Deer Reads

June 26, 2015
Joel Ward

Joel Ward will be reading Station Eleven this summer

Red Deer College is pleased to participate in Red Deer Reads, the community-wide book club launched by Red Deer Public Library. RDC President and CEO Joel Ward will be reading the book this summer, along with many staff and faculty.

RDC has a free copy of the official Red Deer Reads book, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, and more free copies will be available for pickup at RDC Library over the summer. The Library also has the book in our collection, as does Red Deer Public Library and many of our partner libraries throughout Alberta.

Please join us! Get your hands on a copy, read the book, and participate in the many Red Deer Reads activities this fall (more details to come).

For more information on the community book club, the book, and the author, visit the Red Deer Reads website or drop into any branch of Red Deer Public Library.

The Alberta Library presents the new TAL Online

January 27, 2014

The revitalization of TAL Online has culminated in an exciting new product, launched Oct. 1, 2013, for Alberta’s Library users – a powerful new discovery tool powered by OCLC’s WorldCat platform.

library_books_mouse             “TAL Online makes it easier for people to connect seamlessly to a huge variety and number of resources and request items to be delivered to their local library.”  – The Alberta Library

Watch this!

Breaking news!    Read TAL Online Awarded the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation.

If you have any questions, contact the RDC Library, or check in with your local public library.

We’ve been busy!

September 24, 2013

Welcome back! The start of a new Fall term is always an exciting time, for you and for us. We’ve been busy over the summer and you’ll notice a few changes at the RDC Library:

Group Study Rooms can now be booked online. I know, right? We’re excited too!

West Wing Wow! The print periodicals from the West Wing area (main floor) have been moved upstairs, gone virtual, or been discontinued. So that left us with the question: What to do with this space? Talk about a blank slate! Look for a ton of changes here: lots of plug-ins for technology, plus rolling chairs, tables and whiteboards that can be configured for group work and collaboration. Renos will get underway later this month and furniture should start arriving by mid-October!

Writing and Math, together at last! The Writing Skills Centre (WSC) and Math Tutoring have moved to the East Wing area (main floor). Appointments with the WSC can now be booked online. And Math Tutoring is still available every weekday via drop-in. The main Learning Support Services Desk is still in the same place (around the corner from the Information Desk, beside the stairs), open weekdays 10 am to 3 pm. You can also contact them by phone 403-357-3629; or email or .

Library hours. Our hours have changed. Evening, weekend, exam (extended), and summer hours have all been affected. If you’re interested, visit our website for an explanation of how and why we arrived at those changes.

Trout Unlimited Supports Local Libraries

January 14, 2013

On Jan 8, 2013, Doug Pullan, Secretary of the Central Alberta Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada, presented donations to Kristine Plastow from Red Deer College Library and Ron Sheppard from Parkland Regional Library.

This is the third year that this chapter has provided funds to purchase books and DVDs that focus on fish, fish habitat and the surrounding riparian areas. The value of this year’s donation was $1500. The books that were approved by the chapter’s executive committee were tailored towards people of all ages as well as college level reference texts. The chapter has received encouraging feedback from the libraries indicating people are more concerned about our water resources and are looking at good stewardship in a different light.  The Central Alberta Chapter believes education is an important part of the mission and goals of Trout Unlimited Canada and will continue with further financial contributions to local libraries in the future.

Photo: Kristine Plastow (RDC Library), Doug Pullan (TUC’s Central Alberta Chapter), Ron Sheppard (PRL)

TU donation 2013


2012 in review

January 8, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Got a question? Text RDC Library!

September 8, 2012

Got a research question? Need directions? Wonder when we’re open? Now you can text us your question!

green text iconIf you’re ever sitting in your PJs and need last-minute help citing an article, have a great spot in the Library and don’t want to leave your stuff, or are in your office and can’t remember how to find RefWorks,  RDC Library has a solution just for you.

Starting this Fall, you can Text RDC Library @ 403.800.8945.   Text us your questions during Library hours and we will text you right back!

Longer question? No cell phone?  RDC Library is available by phone @ 403.342.3152, by email @, and by chat.

And, of course, you are more than welcome to come to the Library and see us in person!

A New Kind of Library

March 8, 2012

Columbia architecture grad John Locke is conducting an experiment on the streets of New York City, setting up impromptu libraries in phone booths.  So far he’s set up two, but has plans for several more.  Check out the photos, read the interview, and then tell us what you think.  Is this a good idea?