Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Library Service Disruption

There will be a library service disruption today (Wed., Dec. 21) starting at 3pm until 7am tomorrow (Thurs., Dec. 22).

Access to the following library user services will be unavailable:

Library Catalogue

My Library Account

All Databases & E-Books

All Films on Demand Digital Videos

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SAIT Helpline at or phone (403) 210-4357, select option 3 and then select option 2

Friday, December 16, 2011

Service Disruptions This Weekend

System maintenance on Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th will disrupt some of our weekend library services.

The Films on Demand product will be unavailable on Saturday, December 17th between 11pm and 1am EST.

Access to the following library user services will be unavailable on Sunday, December 18th between 8am to Midnight. Access will resume on Monday, December 19th.

  • Library Catalogue

  • My Library Account

  • All Databases & E-Books

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SAIT Helpline at or phone (403) 210-4357, select option 3 and then select option 2

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Decorate and Donate" for the United Way

Beautifully decorated wreaths and trees can still be donated for the Silent Auction with all proceeds going to the United Way.

Come Bid and Win! Visit the library and make a bid on these wonderful Christmas items that are on display at the front of the library. Bidding forms are posted beside each wreath. Bids close at noon on December 16th. Library staff will be available to take final bids and accept payments at that time.

Share the spirit of Christmas! This is such a good cause and the money raised for this event will be used throughout the year to help Calgary’s needy people.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Deck the Library for United Way

Help Deck the Library with beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Starting Monday, Nov 21st, SAIT departments, individuals and schools will be displaying them at the SAIT Library. Items will be donated for a silent auction with all proceeds going to the United Way. The Library will welcome these items anytime from Monday, Nov 21st to Friday, Dec 9th.

Susan Brayford, Library Manager and staff are excited about displaying them in support of SAIT's United Way Change Starts Here campaign. Susan says, "The Christmas Wreath and Silent Auction is an excellent way to create the Christmas mood as well as helping those who don't have much to celebrate at Christmas. The wreath that the SAIT Library staff created is already on display. Hopefully, we can inspire departments to participate as well."

You can bid on a tree and/or wreath that you would like to take home or give as a gift. Feel good about giving back to others in need.

Gwen Hoar, who is running this silent auction, expresses "What better way to share the spirit of Christmas that to donate lovely Christmas wreaths & trees to SAIT's United Way Silent Auction. Money raised will be used throughout the year to help Calgary's needy people."

Bids can be emailed to Gwen Hoar starting Monday, Dec 12th to 12 noon on Friday, Dec 16th.

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the SAIT Library this year.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Hours Update

During the Christmas holiday season, the SAIT Library Hours of Operation are:

Sat. Dec. 17 - Sun. Dec. 18 Closed
Mon. Dec. 19 - Thurs. Dec.23 8 am - 5 pm
Fri. Dec. 23 8 am - TBA
Sat. Dec. 24 - Sun. Jan. 1 Closed
Mon. Jan. 2 - Fri. Jan. 6 8 am - 5 pm
Sat. Jan. 7 - Sun. Jan. 8 Closed

Regular hours resume on Monday January 9, 2012.

All the best in the New Year!

Favorite Christmas Songs

Here are the SAIT Library's Favorite Christmas Songs:

Little Drummer Boy
Silent Night
I Believe in Father Christmas
The First Noel
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Handel's Messiah
Silver Bells
Blue Christmas as sung by Elvis Presley
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Last Christmas as sung by George Michael
Christmas in Hollis by RUN-DMC
Mary's Boy Child (Boney M's version)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Bruce Springsteen's version)
What Child Is This?

We really just wanted to wish you very happy holidays!

Stay tuned for our Christmas Hours Update too.

Put the Finishing Touches on Your Reports

To help you polish up your finished projects we have:

Printers and Photocopiers
Laminators and Binding Equipment

You can also book one of our group study rooms to develop and practice your PowerPoint presentations. Each room is equipped with:

A computer and large screen monitor
Additional electrical outlets and network ports for laptops
A large white board (Felt pens and erasers are available at the Information Desk.)

Every student is allowed to book for a maxium of 2 hours during a 7 day period. You must specifically register for this service at the Information Desk. Once you are registered in the Room Booking Software, you can enter your Student ID# and Library PIN in the fields provided. For more information on this service go to:

This time of year the study rooms are in high demand so be sure to book these rooms several days in advance. If you decide you don't need a room booking, you can cancel it any time prior to the start of the booking period.

Library services play an important role in your academic achievements. If you have a project or presentation that you need assistance with, the library can help you.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Late Night Studying?

The Library is open Monday to Thursday until 11 pm.

Study rooms are available for individual or group study. Each room is equipped with a computer and large screen monotor. For students needing a quiet place to work, we recommend the Library's Level 0, which has been specifically designated our Quiet Study area.

Our staff can help you with:

Research assistance for your papers and presentations
General and directional assistance including telephone and text inquiries
Printing, photocopying and computer help
Binding and laminating services

Most importantly, they can provide you with your Library PIN to help you access our databases, e-books and digital videos from off-campus when we are closed.

Also, our Chat Reference Service delivers immediate, interactive research assistance when you need some additional help with your projects, term papers and assignments.

Chat Reference is available:

Monday - Thursday 10 am to 10 pm
Friday 10am to 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

For additonal information, consult our online tutorials and subject guides too.

Remember, your academic success is very important to us!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Service Disruptions on Sat. Nov. 5 and Sun. Nov. 6

System maintenance on Saturday November 5th and Sunday November 6th will disrupt our weekend library services.

Unfortunately we will not be able to access our library system and this will limit our ability to access library accounts and search catalogue. Access to other online resources such as databases, E-books and streamed video collections will also be afffected.

General access to our website services and other SAIT resources both on and off campus will not be available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SAIT Helpline at or phone (403) 210-4357, select option 3 and then select option 2.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Top Ten Reasons for Using the SAIT Library

This is our version of David Letterman's Top Ten List.

Top Ten Reasons For Using the SAIT Library

10. The dog ate your homework again ...

9. The Food and Beverage Policy keeps the library vermin-free mostly.

8. You can borrow a paper clip and a staple and you don't have to return them.

7. You were looking for love in all of the wrong places.
(The call number actually is 152.47.)

6. You thought the Fine Policy meant "I'm okay - you're okay."

5. Where else can you find that darned plumbing standard?!!!

4. The library is where all of the cool kids hang out.

3. You used the Chat Reference Service because you were lonely.

2. You were looking for the SAIT Bookstore and you made a wrong turn.

and the number one reason for using the SAIT Library is because ...

1. The staff is friendly, helpful and kind of quirky!

Thanks for using our services at the SAIT Library.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Improve Your Study Skills

The Library has several resources to help you develop better study skills and achieve greater academic success.

Books, E-books and Digital Videos

We have lots of books and e-books that can help you. From the library's homepage, search the library catalogue using keywords like:

Study skills
Test taking
Note taking
Time management

In our digital video collection, there are several videos that are also useful. These licensed streamed video products provide classroom and home use access to videos and video clips anytime and almost anywhere. Use the same keywords to search our digital video collection. Some examples are:

Studying and Test-taking
Listening and Note Taking
Effective Study Skills

SAIT's Learning Skills Services are another valuable resource. They offer a variety of seminars specifically designed to provide you with learning strategies to help you. Some examples of the sessions they offer are:

How to Manage Your Time
How to Read a Textbook
How to Take Good Notes
How to Retain Important Information
How to Prepare for and Write Exams

Tutoring, studying skill strategies, academic coaching and resource materials are available for students needing more in-depth assistance. They offer free one-on-one personalized training sessions. Make an appointment by calling 403 284-7050.

Internet Web Sites

When searching the Internet, remember to put the keywords on quotation marks. Most students should know that Internet sources like Wikipedia are not good sources on which to base academic research.

Some Internet websites that might be helpful are:

Good luck with all of your scholarly endeavours! Remember the friendly, knowledgeable Information Desk staff in the library can help you achieve top marks this academic year.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Matter of Respect

The Library wants to recognize and respect the needs of SAIT students and staff at all times. We would like to remind you about the few things that are worth mentioning.

The Library is a food free facility.

No food or beverages are permitted around any of the electronic equipment in the library. This is actually a SAIT campus-wide policy and it includes:

Computer workstations
Video viewing stations
Printers and photocopiers

Beverages may only be brought into the library if the container has a secure lid. We want to ensure that the library remains pest-free and clean. We also want to make sure that the Library collection is preserved and the equipment is not damaged. Library users are responsible for picking up and disposing of their garbage. Pleae notify library staff of spills so they may be cleaned up quickly.

Noise in the Library

There will always be a certain amount of noise in the library. Some people learn best when working in a small group while others want a quiet space for individual study. The library provides both collaborative work space and individual quiet study space.

Eight study rooms are available for individual or group study with a computer and large screen monitor. The rooms are not soundproof and users are asked to keep their discussions at a reasonable sound level.

Level 0 has been designated for quiet study. Library users are asked to keep conversations to a minimum and at a low level.

Phone usage in the Library

Cell phones are often loud and disruptive so the use of cell phones is not permitted on Level 0. Please set your phone to silent alert before entering Level 0.

There is also a courtesy phone for patrons to use. It is located near the photocopiers on the main floor. Patrons using the phone should keep their conversations brief (less than 5 minutes) and speak in a low tone of voice.

"You should be able to voice your opinion and respect the voice of the other side. You should be willing to educate yourself and know what it is you're dealing with." Steve Nash - NBA player

Friday, September 23, 2011

Have An Assignment? Got No Idea Where to Start ...?

The Library has subject guides and online tutorials that can help you get started.

If you are unfamiliar with the library or are just beginning to prepare your research strategy, our subject guides are a terrific resource tool. They are brief introductory lists of library resources and useful websites which correlate to programs taught at SAIT. They provide an overview of many of the resources that are available to you.

There is a self-paced online tutorial which introduces you to the library. Other tutorials will show you how to:

Locate library materials using the library catalogue
Find articles in a library database
Search Google more effectively

We can show you how to evaluate information sources, avoid plagiarism and use the citation guides to document your research. Our subject guides and online tutorials will help you make the most of the library and its resources.

You can also reach us through our text messaging and chat reference services too.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Information Desk Services Make a Difference!

Our friendly, knowledgeable Information Desk staff can help you achieve top marks this academic year. We provide:

  • Expert research assistance for your term papers and presentations

  • General and directional assistance including telephone and text inquiries

  • Library PINS to help you access our databases, e-books and digitally streamed videos products from off-campus, check your library account and renew materials online

  • Study Room Registration

  • Reserve Collection (This is a special collection of recommended reading materials that are made available by instructors for their students to use for a specific class and loan period.)

  • Check in and check out materials as well as renewals

  • Printing, photocopying and computer assistance

  • Binding and laminating services

  • AV Services for classroom and library use only DVDs and videos

With all of the hustle and bustle of the new fall semester, it is nice to know that the library staff has all of your research needs covered.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Got Research! Need Library Assistance?

SAIT Library Can Help You!

SAIT Library is providing an instant messaging chat service, which will allow our students, staff and faculty to chat with library staff in real time. Our new Chat Online Reference service allows you to obtain help from a reference assistance through Live Chat.

This service lets you talk online with reference assistants who will answer questions and assist you with your research by pointing you to valuable library resources. We can help you:

  • Answer basic research questions
  • Find print and online resources on your research topics
  • Evaluate information resources and help you select and access the library resources that will work best for you

The Library's live chat-based information and research service deliver immediate, interactive and knowledgeable research assistance when you need help with your academic projects, term papers and home assignments.

Chat Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 10 am. to 10 pm.
Friday: 10 am. to 4 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am. to 4 pm.

Chat live with a research assistance and get one-on-one assistance finding information at the SAIT Library!

For more information about this service and other library services visit our website.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Check out Library Services

  1. Contact Information
  2. Hours of Operation
    • Monday to Thursday: 7:30AM - 11:00PM
      • Friday: 7:30AM - 5:00PM
      • Saturday & Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    • Your SAIT Card is your Library card, you also need a Library PIN to:
    • Print and Online Resources:
    • Online tutorials and subject guides provide additional research assistance.
    • Study rooms with a computer and large screen monitor are available for individual or group study
    • Quiet Study - the lower level of the library (Level 0) is designated for quiet study.
    • Project and computing services provided include:
      • Computers and scanners
      • Wireless access
      • Printing and photocopying
      • Laminating and binding
    • Interlibrary loan - a free service for SAIT students, staff and faculty that makes material from libraries around the world available to them.
    • The Alberta Library (TAL) Card lets you borrow materials from other libraries.
    Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help you find the best information sources for your projects, papers and presentations.

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Labour Day Library Closure

    The SAIT Library will be closed on Monday September 5, 2011 for the Labour Day holiday.

    The library will resume our Fall semester hours on Tuesday September 6, 2011.

    Calling All Instructors

    Your students will learn how to:

    • Find and evaluate books, e-books, films on demand, databases and more

    • Refine a topic

    • Cite sources of information

    • Avoid plagiarism

    • Access resources with the Library PIN

    • And much more...

    The Library offers basic workshops for your classes. In addition, we provide specialized research skills sessions tailored to meet your students’ needs. We also give tours and orientations.

    We are now taking bookings for the fall semester! Our new online booking form is easy to fill out and includes a section where you can attach a class assignment we can teach to. That way, your students get the greatest benefit from their library session.

    Please click here to book. Or, contact Jason Kuffler, Coordinator of Library Instruction and Communications @ 4073. He would be happy to discuss your instructional needs.

    Library Instruction team (L-R): Jason Kuffler, Luke Malone, Dave Weber

    Jason Kuffler Luke Malone Dave Weber

    What's New this Fall in the Library

    Interested in how the Library responded to the 2011 Student Survey?

    Curious to see what was done between July 2010 – June 2011?

    Have a look at the SAIT Library Listens to Students to see what’s new this Fall, and what is still yet to come!

    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    What is a Book?

    We are pleased to have on display, The Book Arts which is a travelling exhibition featuring twenty–nine examples of works by eighteen artists from across Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

    What is a book?

    The answer seems fairly obvious, but for those who dabble in the book arts the answer can be very broad. This exhibition offers many variations on the book form and explores books as objects of beauty, personal expression and curiosity, as well as celebrating the imagination, inventiveness and skill of the artists who produce them.

    Come and observe how typography, illustration, binding, paper making, and marbling are demonstrated in this selection of books. The exhibition runs from Monday, July 4 to Monday, August 24.

    Library Closed

    The SAIT Library will be closed Monday, August 1, 2011 for the Heritage Day Holiday.

    The library will resume normal Summer hours on August 2.