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!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Library E-mail Service Disruption

The majority of library staff will be participating in a professional development session on Monday, June 4. The library will be open; however, only information desk services will be available. 

The following e-mail mailboxes will not be checked until Tuesday, June 5:

There are still several ways to reach our information desk staff:

  • In person, MC111
  • Telephone: 403 284 8616 or 403 284 8397
  • Text: 403 805 2436
  • Chat Reference Services, on our library homepage
For more details please contact:
Dave Weber
Library Customer Relations
MC 129,
Phone: 403 284 8476

The Results are In! The 2012 Student Library Survey Says …

The 2012 Student Library Survey was conducted from February 27 to March 11. This survey was designed to help us understand how students currently use the library, their needs, opinions and the changes they would like to see in the future.

The Library received 1495 responses. Students answered questions online after accessing the survey via e-mail or the library website. Their suggestions and comments have been tabulated. You can read the the full report here.

Here are some of the highlights:

Physical Space:
  • More students used the library on a weekly or monthly basis. Our facilities are the most popular feature of the library. Most students use the study space, study rooms and computers. This was also reflected in the Comments section of the survey. Many of the students also did their research here too.
  • In 2012, upgrades and additions were made to library computers and seating. Approval of the library facilities was noticeably higher this year. This was indicated in the survey responses, where students awarded higher ratings to these aspects of our facilities.
  • 93% also found the level of safety and security in the library to be excellent or good.

  • More students responded that they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with almost every category of our resources. In particular, satisfaction with our video collection improved by 6% since 2011. Satisfaction with the databases improved by 5% over the same period. This may be due to the growth of the library's streaming video collection and the addition of three new Health databases in 2011.
  • An overwhelming majority of Apprentice students found the ExamBank database to be helpful, too.

  • Consistent with our statistics from the past year, more students attended tours or classroom sessions. From July 2011 to April 2012, librarians taught 172 classes and delivered 30 tours to promote awareness of the library and help develop students' research and information literacy skills.

Customer Service:
  • Students consistently found the library staff helpful and welcoming. They are always impressed with the library. It is the highest rated service on campus. A sizable number of the comments told us "to keep up the good work!"

Assessments such as this survey are critical to ensuring that the Library is meeting user needs. The feedback we received is very important to us. We will continue to deliver the highest possible levels of service and collection development to our students and the entire SAIT community.