Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Hours Update


from the staff at the Reg Erhardt Library!

The Library will be open on a limited schedule throughout this holiday season.
December 15 – 16 (Sat & Sun)          Closed
December 17 –  21 (Mon – Fri)         8 am – 5 pm
December 22 – 23 (Sat & Sun)          Closed 
December 24 (Mon)                           8 am – Noon
December 25 –  January 1                 Closed
January 2 – January 4 (Wed –  Fri)   8 am – 5 pm
January 5 – 6 (Sat & Sun)                   Closed

Regular hours resume on Monday, January 7, the first day of the Winter semester.

We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Library Staff Picks: Favorite Christmas Movies:

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Here is a list of our favorite Christmas movies:
  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  2. A Christmas Carol
  3. The Bishop’s Wife
  4. The Christmas Story
  5. Die Hard
  6. ELF
  7. Four Christmases
  8. The Ghost of Christmas Eve – By the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  9. Holiday
  10. Home Alone
  11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animated Version with Boris Karloff)
  12. It’s A Wonderful Life
  13. Love Actually
  14. Meet Me in St. Louis
  15. Miracle on 34th Street
  16. Muppet Christmas Carol
  17. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  18. Nightmare before Christmas
  19. Polar Express
  20. Prancer
  21. The Ref
  22. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  23. Scrooged
  24. Trading Places
  25. White Christmas
We hope you will have time to sit back, relax and watch one of these great movies over the Christmas break. Happy Holidays!

Did you know...

In the 1985-1986 school year many of the building and roads on campus were renamed?

Among several other shifts occurring at Sait in the mid-1980's, during the 1985-1986 school year the Sait campus was undergoing an extensive rejuvenation project. Alongside the opening of the newly constructed Colonel James Walker Building in 1986, many of the buildings and roadways at the main and satellite campuses were renamed in honor of individuals who had contributed to either the history of the institute or that of the city and province. Utilitarian names such as East Block and South Complex were replaced by titles such as the John Ware Building or Senator Burns Building, providing students with not only more recognizable names, but a stronger connection to the history of both the province and the institute. Similar to the buildings on campus, roadway names such as Fowler Drive and Boyce Crescent were established in recognition of the impact that Sait's past leaders have had on the institute. With the recent announcement of the renaming of the Heart Building as the Stan Grad Building, and the Sait Library to the Reg Erhardt Library, this trend continues to shape the face of campus even now.
To find out more about these and many other changes that have occured throughout the history of Sait, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Research assistance gets better all of the time!

We are always looking for new ways to improve our services at the library. We are introducing these exciting new services:

  • Drop in research workshops are available every Wednesday from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Library classroom (MC 015). Students from all programs can attend these open sessions and get one-to-one assistance with their research questions.
  • Roving Reference is another way for library staff to interact with students and expand access points beyond the Information Desk, telephone, e-mail and chat reference. This research service is available from Monday to Friday between 10 am to 2 pm. Our staff, identifiable by their "Ask Me" button and bright red iPad, will be walking around the library providing research assistance and information directly to students.

The Library is pleased to provide these services and contribute to the academic success of students and staff.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Late night studying just got better!

During the three weeks before Exam Week, we are open later on the weekends!

Take advantage of our new extended hours.

November 23 - December 9

Friday   7:30 AM - 11 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 9 PM
Sunday  10 AM - 9 PM

And, remember we are always open:

Mondays -Thursdays 7:30 AM - 11 PM

Good luck on your exams!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Did you know...

Only 18 individuals have ever led Sait?

Despite having been a part of Alberta for nearly a century, there have in fact been only 18 individuals to ever occupy the position of Principal or President at Sait. Between the years of 1916 and 1969 the title of School Principal was held by only 11 individuals over the course of over half a century. Held for varying lengths by each, Dr. James Collins Miller, G. R. Dolan, Mr. Boyce, L. F. Fyles, J. M. Ross, D. A. Campbell, Dr. W. G. Carpenter, Dr. James Fowler, Mr. E. W. Wood, Mr. Fred C. Jorgenson, and Mr. D. C. Fleming each held the position of Principal until it’s replacement in 1969 with the position of Sait President. Held first by a returning Fred C. Jorgenson, 7 more individuals would subsequently take up this position, including Mr. D. L. Campbell, Mr. C. Harrington, Mr. Gil Johnson, Mr. W. D. Erhardt, Mr. Dale Landry, Mr. Ken Myhre, and our current President, Ms. Irene Lewis. On December 31, 2012, Ms. Lewis will officially retire after nearly 15 years as Sait President, passing on the position to the eighth leader of the institute.
To find out more about these and many other individuals who have helped to shape the future of Sait, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fiction Forward

Four years ago, we decided to vamp up the Fiction collection for our clientele.

Initially, we had a few hundred paperbacks that were mostly donated materials. Today, we have over 3000 titles in this collection, which range from classics, to contemporary best sellers and most recently, an expanded Children's and Young Adult section.

Response to this collection has been overwhelming positive. It has grown in depth and variety. We are so pleased because this has increased the number of students and staff making use of this great reading material.

Here are the top ten most read books and graphic novels since the start of the Fall semester:


Graphic Novels:
Enjoy the read!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cite Your Assignments Properly!

It is really important to cite the resources that you use in your writing and research assignments properly.

Plagiarism occurs when someone presents:
  • the words, ideas, images or data of another person as their own without reference to the original author or source.
  • the work done for another course or program at SAIT or elsewhere without the instructor's knowledge or prior approval.

To avoid plagiarism you need to acknowledge that a particular idea, concept or statement in your paper originated from another person or source.

Citation provides the person reading your assignment with:
  • an opportunity to identify and find the sources used in your writings.
  • additional resources for their own interest and research purposes.

The following citation style guides are available online:

General information about Citation Guide Tip Sheets is also provided.

Before you begin your assignment, remember to verify the citation style guide that your instructor prefers.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Library Service Disruption (November 3 to November 4)

Due to maintenance and upgrading, on Saturday, November 3 from 11 PM to Sunday, November 4 till 9 AM, the following information services will not be available:
  • mySAIT
  • wireless and e-mail access

Desire2Learn (D2L) will not be affected by this maintenance. You can go directly into D2L and bypass mySAIT. Go to and use your mySAIT username and password to login.

We apologize for inconvenience. The library website will be available shortly after 9 AM on Sunday, November 4.

If you have concerns or questions, please contact the Helpline  or call (403) 210-HELP, select option 3 and then option 2.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween!

It's that time of year again. Halloween is a favorite holiday for many of our staff.

Once again, the library is decorated with lots of creepy crawlies and haunting creatures.

Don't be surprised if there are witches and other quirky characters helping to answer your reference questions or check out library materials tomorrow.

Just remember that although

"they're creepy and they're kooky,
  mysterious and spooky,
  they're all together ooky ..."

They're not the Adamm Family; they're your friendly nieghborhood library staffers.

Join the fun and dress up too!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Don't be shy about asking for research assistance!

Our staff has knowledge and expertise with many different types of information sources. They know how to search the library catalogue to find specific books, e-books, journal articles and videos in the library. Our information specialists are familiar with special collections like our Standards Collection as well.

Students and faculty can work with library professionals to find the best resources for their projects and presentations.

They will:
  • Help you develop or refine search strategies
  • Compile resource lists on a particular subject
  • Show you how to use specific databases for basic and advanced searches
  • Evaluate reliable or scholarly resources and information found on the Web

Students and staff can request this more personalized, comprehensive research assistance via:
  • our in-depth research form (located under the In-depth link on our Library homepage)
  • the telephone (403-284-8616)
  • e-mail ( or
  • in person

If the Library doesn't have the information you need, we can request them for you through our Interlibrary Loan services.

We will help you find and use the right resources!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Did you know...

Sait will be 100 years old in 2016?

In just 4 years, Canada's first publicly funded technical school will be celebrating it's 100th year of operation. Started in 1916 at the Colonel James Walker School in southeast Calgary, Sait has been one of Alberta's premier educational facilities since it's start as the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art nearly a century ago. Having seen the addition of three satellite campuses and numerous additions and changes to the main campus, Sait continues to expand in both programing and facilities, and will continue to do so into it’s second century of operations.  
For more on the extensive history of Sait, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Late night studying ...

The Library is open from Monday to Thursday until 11pm.

Study rooms are available for individual or group study. Each room is equipped with a computer and large screen monitor. 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 always assist you with:
  • Research assistance for projects and presentations
  • General and directional assistance including telephone and text inquiries
  • Printing, photocopying and computer help
  • Binding and laminating services

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

For additional information, consult our online tutorials and subject guides.

Your academic success is very important to us!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Research Assistance available through Chat Reference!

Students, faculty and staff can chat live with library staff and get one-on-one reference help.

You can communicate online with reference assistants who answer questions and assist you with your research by pointing you to valuable library resources.

We can help:
  • answer basic directional or simple research questions
  • find print and online resources on your research topics
  • evaluate information sources
  • help you select and access library resources that will work best for you

This live, chat-based information and research service delivers immediate, interactive and knowledgeable research assistance when you need help with your academic projects, term papers and homework assignments.

Chat hours are:

Monday - Thursday:  7:30am to 10pm
Friday:  7:30am to 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Friday, September 21, 2012

Study Rooms: A Great Resource

 Study Rooms are yours for the taking!

The Library has eight study rooms that are available for individual or group study.
Every study rooms is equipped with:
  • tables and chairs
  • a computer, large screen monitor and cables to connect your laptop
  • DVD and VHS players
  • electrical outlets and network ports for laptops
  • a white board (white board markers and erasers are available at the Information Desk)
The rooms are not sound proof, so please respect your fellow students and try to keep the noise down.
Some important things to know about study room bookings are:
  • You need to call or visit the Information Desk to get registered for booking privileges
  • You can book up to seven days in advance and book a maximum of two hours in a calendar week (Sunday - Saturday)
  • The study rooms were booked over 6500 times last year, so be sure to plan ahead.
  • The most popular booking times occur daily between 12 and 3 PM.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Did you know...

The Sait Library was once located in the Senator Burns Building?

Though the Sait Library is now located in the Heart Building, this important feature of the Sait campus was previously located in the Senator Burns Building. Taking up nearly an entire floor in the main tower, the former library location was among the largest of any technical school in Canada, and would remain a part of the Senator Burns Building until the 2001 expansion of the main campus. Relocated to the eastern side of the Heart Building, the Sait Library now contains two separate floors and various facilities to serve the needs of students and faculty at the institute.
To find out more about the Sait Library, as well as the many other buildings on the Sait Campus, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Monday, September 10, 2012

New and Improved Children’s Book Collection!

Revisit your childhood in our new Children’s Literature section!

Winnie the Pooh! The Velveteen Rabbit! Beatrix Potter! What do these stories have in common? They are all available for loan at the Reg Erhardt Library!
Do you have little ones you read to at home? Or do you simply just enjoy picture books for kids? Well if so, you are in luck! We have revamped and beefed up our juvenile collection with both award winning picture books, and best-selling children’s stories, new and old. Great for story time at home, or even for your own amusement! Some of our newest items include Knuffle Bunny, Interrupting Chicken and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Be sure to check out these gems located on the lower level of the library.  They might even be a nice refreshing break from the September study blues.
Check out the Children's Books on display in the front glass display cases in the Library entrance area too! They're great!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Welcome to the Reg Erhardt Library

Our friendly knowledgeable staff wants to help you achieve top marks this academic year.
We will provide you with:
  • Library PINS to help you access our databases, e-books and streamed video products on or off campus, check your library account and renew materials online
  • General and directional assistance including telephone and text inquiries
  • Expert research assistance for reports and presentations
  • Chat Reference Assistance
  • Twitter  @SAITLibrary
  • 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.
  • Check in, check out and renewal of library materials
  • Printing, photocopying and computer assistance
  • Binding and laminating services
  • AV Services for classroom and library use only DVDs and videos

We realize that at the beginning of each semester, there is always a lot going on and we want you to know that the library has your research needs covered.

Friday, August 24, 2012

This Summer's Hottest Streamed Videos

Have you ever used our streamed video products?

These fantastic resources provide classroom and home use access to licenced videos and video clips 24/7. New videos are always being digitized, segmented and made available. There are thousands of educational videos available in these broad subject areas:

  • Business
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Technical Education
  • Health and Medicine

Real time streaming lets you view high quality videos digitally. All you need is your SAIT ID# and Library PIN. A SAIT ID Card  is used by students, staff and faculty to borrow materials from the library. The Library PIN is assigned by the Library and is needed to access our online resources.

Here are the top ten streaming videos accessed this summer:
  1. The Brain and Violence
  2. Movements at Joints of the Body
  3. The Nervous System and the Senses
  4. Speaking Essentials
  5. Blowing Bubbles: The Emergence of Stock Trading
  6. Chemical Bonding
  7. Breathing
  8. Cells, Tissues and Skin
  9. Hooked: America on Meth
  10. The Brain: The Last Enigma
Well, it seems a lot of  "brainiacs" have been viewing our videos during July and August and we think this is actually quite brilliant.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Stan Grad Centre and Reg Erhardt Library

Here on the SAIT campus, we have anxiously been awaiting the opening of the Trades and Technology Complex. Another exciting change on the campus is the renaming of the Heart Building and SAIT Library.
As of August 23, the Heart Building will be called the Stan Grad Centre. Stan Grad is a prestigious alumnus from the Petroleum Technology program. He was also greatly influenced and mentored by Reg Erhardt, who was a former SAIT instructor and SAIT President from 1990 - 1991. We are pleased to announce that the SAIT Library will now be known as the Reg Erhardt Library.
We are honoured to be a part of these important acknowledgements.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Did you know...

ACAD was once a part of Sait?

While today the Alberta College of Art and Design is an independent institution located a short distance from the main Sait campus, ACAD once existed as a department of Sait. Formed in 1926, the continuous growth of the Art Department in both enrollment levels and instructional programs necessitated the construction in 1973 of a new structure designed specifically to house the department. Despite having separated from the main campus, however, the art college was still under the direct governance of Sait administration at this time, and would continue to be so for the next 12 years. In 1985, with official recognition by the Government of Alberta, the institution was officially granted autonomy from Sait governance under the title the Alberta College of Art (later changed in 1995 to the Alberta College of Art and Design), and has continued to exist as a self-governed body ever since.
To find out more about the history of Sait and the Alberta College of Art and Design, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Library Construction Update

The new carpet and flooring has been installed on our main floor. Our renovations will be completed by Monday August 13.
·         All of the computers have all been set up and are ready to go.
·         The printers and photocopiers are all up and running too.
·         The Reference and Fiction collections are back on the main floor in their regular places.
·         The Magazine collection is available again.
·         Study Rooms 1-4 have been recarpeted. Study Rooms 5-8 on the lower level of the library were not affected by the renovations. All of our study rooms are currently available for booking now.
Thanks for your patience!
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Heritage Day Holiday Closure

The SAIT Library will be closed on Monday, August 6, 2012 for the Heritage Day holiday.

The Library will reopen on Tuesday August7.

Have a nice long weekend break!

Monday, July 30, 2012

"Under Construction" in the Library

It seems almost every part of the SAIT Campus is moving and shaking these days due to construction related issues. This summer, the library is also no exception. Please excuse the noise and confusion. We are installing new rubber flooring in the computer areas and new carpet on the main floor of the library.

We want you to know that we are open for business and most of the services that we regularly offer are available. Our hours of operation currently are:

Monday to Thursday  8 AM to 6:30 PM
Friday   8 AM to 5 PM
Saturday & Sundays  Closed

Our Reference Collection has been relocated to the lower level of the library. The Magazine Colllection will be moved to a different area on the main floor of the library too. Our Fiction Collection is not available though.

There are computers available inside the library and printing is available on the lower level of the library. The Study Rooms (Rooms 5 through 8) on Level 0 are still available and be can booked online from the library's homepage.

If you find the main floor of the library to be too noisy and disruptive to your studies, go downstairs to the lower level of the library. The lower level of the library (Level 0) has always been designated as quiet study so you will find the peace and quiet you need there.

We expect our renovations to be completed by the third week of August. The library will be an even brighter and clear place to complete your studies and do your research when the new Fall semester begins.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on the progress of these renovations!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sizzling Summer Reads!

Summer has finally arrived.

You can read on a plane,
On a C-Train,
On a beach,
While you are eating a peach ...
Just remember to take a reading break,
For goodness sake!
Our staff is an interesting collection of people with different hobbies and interests. Here is a very diverse list of some of the books we are currently reading:


  • Walking Dead By Robert Kirkland
  • Powers By Brian Michael Bendis
  • Honor Harrington By David Weber
  • Malazan: Book of the Fallen By Steven Erikson
  • The Unwritten By Mike Carey
  • A Dance with Dragons (A Game of Thrones Series) By George R.R. Martin
  • The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare
  • Archangel Series By Nalini Singh
  • Dante Valentine Series By Lilith Saintcrow

  • Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis By Caroline Kennedy
  • The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery, Vol. 1: 1889-1910 By L. M. Montgomery
  • The Playful Brain By Richard Restak
If you are interested, many of these titles are available for loan in our Library. Come in and take them home if you would like to.


Have a great summer!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Did you know...

A Sait instructor once climbed the Heritage Hall flagpole on a dare?

In 1929 an Automotives student by the name of Nyall Tweedle chose to ascend the Heritage Hall flagpole on a dare from fellow students.  Having survived this dangerous feat, Mr. Tweedle would go onto graduate later that year, and would return several years later in 1946 as an instructor of the Automotives Department.  For the next two decades, this former student and devoted instructor would be involved in events both inside and outside of the classroom before finally choosing to retire in 1965. 
To find out more on Mr. Tweedle and others like him in the history of Sait, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Calgary Stampede turns 100!

The Calgary Stampede celebrates its 100th birthday! This year, from July 6th to July 15th, the entire city will take on a western party atmosphere.

The Stampede has become part of Calgary's identity and symbolizes this city's spirit. The Stampede Parade is the official kickoff of the Stampede. People decorate the streets, store fronts, office spaces and just about any public spaces with western themes. The Library is decorated in a cowboy theme and many of our staff will be dressed in cowboy hats, cowboy boots and western attire too.

There are parties and family events to take in during the Stampede. There is free entertainment at Rope Square (Olympic Plaza) downtown every morning. There are lots of free pancake breakfasts and BBQs all around the city, from shopping malls to radio stations to the Stampede grounds. Try to get out and enjoy these events, if you can.

You can visit other historical western attractions in and around the city as well. Here are some suggestions that might be helpful:

Whatever you decide to do, remember that during the Stampede, Calgary can be described as a place to celebrate dance, shout out yee-haws and generally soak up the cowboy way of life.

To learn more about the Calgary Stampede, the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, go to

Friday, June 29, 2012

Canada Day and Parade Day Closures

We will be closed on  Monday, July 2 for Canada Day.

Regular Summer Hours will resume on Tuesday, July 3.

We will also be closed on Friday, July 6 from

8 AM to 1 PM for the Stampede Parade!

Happy 100th Birthday to the Calgary Stampede!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Library Service Disruption (June 25th-28th)

Due to maintenance and upgrading, the following library services will not be available from  6 AM on June 25th to 8 AM on June 28th :
  • Catalogue
  • E-books
  • Databases
  • DVDS and Videos
  • PIN Requests
  • My Library Account
We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions about this disruption, please call:

AnneMarie de Groot
Coordinator of Technical Services
403 284-8431 or

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hey Good Lookin' Whatcha Got Cookin'?

SAIT is well known for its extensive culinary programs which provide hands on training for creative students in the hospitality industry. To support this program, the SAIT Library maintains a large collection of culinary materials including cookbooks, magazines and DVD's featuring foods from around the globe. Dip your toes into cooking with some of our introductory materials that teach basic techniques and delicious, easy recipes that are sure to please. Experiment and host a Mexican or Thai dinner! Our international cookbooks feature recipes from all over the world and range from simple to exotic meal ideas and desserts.

    Visit the International Cuisine
         display at  the library,
     next to the stairs on Level 1.

Trying different food from around the world may inspire a new interest in travel or allow you to connect with your roots! The library celebrates the different cultures that make our campus unique. Check out our Diversity Map, located in the magazine section of the library. Push in a pin and leave your mark on our map to show us where you're from!