New Search Engine Options

January 11, 2018 by

As I was catching up on my reading over Christmas, I came across this Wired article talking about search engines and how they can help you get to the full text of an article.

For a couple of years now we’ve been directing you to check Google Scholar for your article before you order it in through interlibrary loan (though you’re still welcome to order it if it’s not available).  But this article introduced me to a few new options: Microsoft Academic and Semantic Scholar.

Conducting the same search using all three tools yielded some interesting differences in results, and Google Scholar provides by far the most hits, but the other two have some fun features: Microsoft Academic lets you quickly filter by field of study and Semantic Scholar provides a nice graphic of results by year.

Check them out, and see if you like what they can do for you.



The Innovator’s Mindset

October 23, 2017 by

“Innovation starts not by providing answers but by asking questions.” – George Couros

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by educator George Couros explores innovation and creativity from a teaching and learning perspective.

Expanding on Carol Dweck’s concept of growth mindset where “students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistence” (p. 32), Couros explains the innovator’s mindset as “the belief that abilities, intelligence, and talents are developed so that they lead to the creation of new and better ideas” (p. 33).


Couros asserts that all educators should embrace an innovator’s mindset, and identifies eight key characteristics of this mindset.

“If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators.” George Couros

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

September 5, 2017 by

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.

Summer Reading

June 29, 2017 by

I don’t know about the rest of you, but one of my favourite things about summer is the time to actually dig into that pile of books that’s been growing beside my bed all year.

No pile yet?  Check out some of these lists offering suggestions for the books you need to read this summer:


Visit our Vacation? Staycation? Bring a Book! display on Floor 2 of the library


Don’t forget to look for these titles in our leisure reading collection.  Also, the display on Floor 2 all summer long will highlight our leisure reading titles, so when you’re up there checking on the progress of our new makerspace, see if something catches your eye.


Happy reading, and have a good summer!

RDC Library celebrates National Aboriginal History Month

June 12, 2017 by

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 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. 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 by

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.

Questions for Detecting Fake News

April 10, 2017 by

Fake news continues to be a topic of conversation in the news and in classrooms.  Earlier this year we posted about a study suggesting that the majority of students were not able to detect fake news when they came across it on social media and news websites, and we told you about a tool that lets you visualize how fake news spreads across the internet.

Now NPR has joined in, offering up a list of very practical, easy questions to ask yourself to help you determine whether the information you’re looking at is reliable or not.  Focused very specifically on news media and how it operates, these questions are a nice supplement to the CRAAP test as a tool for evaluating information.  Give them a try!

The Reason You Walk

April 4, 2017 by

“To be hurt, yet forgive. To do wrong, but forgive yourself. To depart from this world leaving only love. This is the reason you walk.” – Wab Kinew

the-reason-you-walkIn this memoir, we get a glimpse into the year that Wab Kinew spent reconnecting with his father. Through the power of story, Kinew recounts painful moments in the past and hopes for the future.

“Invoking hope, healing and forgiveness, The Reason You Walk is a poignant story of a towering but damaged father and his son as they embark on a journey to repair their family bond. By turns lighthearted and solemn, Kinew gives us an inspiring vision for family and cross-cultural reconciliation, and a wider conversation about the future of aboriginal peoples.” – Penguin Random House Canada

Read an Excerpt

Marking the month of June as Indigenous Book Club Month and in recognition of National Aboriginal History Month, we invite you to read The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew. This memoir is listed as one of CBC Books 15 Books to Read for Indigenous Book Club Month.

The Reason You Walk is the current selection for the Quiet Book Club, an initiative of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). All RDC students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us at our next meeting to share how the book has impacted you personally or professionally:

Quiet Book Club
June 14, 2017 @ 12-1 pm
Location 913C (CTL)

The Reason You Walk is part of the RDC Library Collection.
It is also available for purchase in the RDC Campus Store.

Book Reviews

“A moving father-son reconciliation told by a charismatic First Nations broadcaster, musician and activist.” Read the synopsis from Penguin Random House Canada.

Recommended Reading from RDC Library

You Said … “the study rooms are dirty”

March 28, 2017 by

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.

Open Education Week

March 27, 2017 by


Happy Open Education Week! From March 27 to March 31, 2017 universities, colleges, schools and organizations around the world will be celebrating Open Education Week.

“Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.”

Many events are taking place locally and globally to promote the ideas of Open Education. The following free events may be of interest:

March 29, 2017

Successful OER Adoption Models: Academic Libraries Leading the Way
2017-03-29 12:00 pm ONLINE EVENT

March 30, 2017

Integrating OER: Tips for Getting Started
2017-03-30 09:00 am ONLINE EVENT
Northern Virginia Community College

Be It Resolved That All Knowledge Be Open
2017-03-30 12:30 pm IN-PERSON EVENT
University of Alberta, Cameron Library

Introduction to Open Pedagogy
2017-03-30 13:00 pm ONLINE EVENT
University of Saskatchewan

March 31, 2017

OER Google Hangout
2017-03-31 10:00 am ONLINE EVENT
Northern Virginia Community College

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