Archive for the ‘student support’ Category

Changes in the Library for Fall 2020

July 2, 2020

With the Government of Alberta provincial budget in spring of this year, RDC’s Campus Alberta operating grant was reduced by 2.4% in year for 19/20, and then another 7.4%, for a total of $5.3 million, which has affected RDC’s 2020/2021 budget. That has impacted the Library in these ways.

We will reduce our regular hours during the academic year by not opening on Saturday mornings. Instead of being open 9:00am-5:00pm, our Saturday hours will be 12:00pm-5:00pm during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.

This time period was chosen based on data collected over the past several years. We know that Saturday morning is our least busy time of the week, in terms of people using the library and people requesting assistance from library staff. Choosing that time period to close the library will have the least impact on students.

Due to COVID-19, the Makerspace has been closed since March 16, 2020. As a result of the 2020/2021 budget reductions, the Makerspace will not be reopening.

Some pieces of equipment, such as the button maker and video cameras, will be available for borrowing from the Library Desk. Other pieces of equipment, such as the 3D printers and the laser machine, will be unavailable for the foreseeable future, but may eventually become available through other departments on campus.

There will be no access to the Makerspace multimedia computers. Students, faculty, and staff, will continue to have access to the multimedia computers on the Main Floor of the Library.

There will be no access to the Makerspace location (2006F), including the studio (2006G) and collaboration room (2006H).

Peer Tutoring
There will be changes to the Peer Tutoring program. Details regarding these changes have not been finalized, and may not be in place for the beginning of the Fall term. We will share more information when it is available.

These decisions were not made lightly. We recognize how they affect our students, faculty, and staff, and the wider community who use our space and access our services. However, we are confident that these difficult decisions are the right ones to ensure long-term sustainability.

Inclusion and Diversity Survey

February 1, 2019

The Library is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all learners. Unfortunately, racism, homophobia, and transphobia still exist in the world, including on our own campus. We care about making sure that every student can access all Library services, resources, and spaces without fear of judgement or discrimination.

If you identify as being from a visible minority and/or being part of the LGBTQ+ community, we want to hear from you. The Library’s Inclusion and Diversity Survey is your opportunity to tell us what your experience has been like in the Library. The survey has seven questions, and all responses will be anonymous. With your input, we can make necessary changes to our environment in order to better serve you.

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

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.


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!

Ask Us… By Appointment

October 22, 2010

Do you know students who want some extra help with their research? Send them to the library!

In addition to answering research questions at the library’s Information Desk as they come up, we are relaunching our Ask Us… By Appointment service on October 25, 2010.

This service allows students to make appointments for in-depth, 30-minute research consultations with library staff throughout the academic year.

Appointments might involve helping a student to:

  • Narrow a research topic and get started finding sources
  • Search databases, the library catalogue and/or the Web
  • Distinguish between popular and scholarly sources
  • Properly cite sources

Students can make appointments by phone (403-342-3152), email ( or in person at the Information Desk.

For more information, please visit the Ask Us! section of the library website.

Please let your students know about this great service!

Help your students tap into their critical thinking skills

January 22, 2008

“Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use, and communicate it in an ethical manner 1.”

Are your students feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by their research assignments?  Why not bring them to the library for an introductory or refresher class this semester? (more…)

Do your students need help with citations?

January 14, 2008

If you have students who need help with citations, let them know about these free workshops, coming up at the Library. (more…)