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
  • sait.ca
  • library.sait.ca
  • 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 http://learn.sait.ca 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.