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