Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Reminder: Holiday Service Hours

Happy Holidays from the staff at the Reg Erhardt Library!

Throughout this holiday season, the Library will be open on a limited schedule.

NOTE: the Library will close at noon on December 24th and will not re-open until January 2.

Our hours of operation will be:

December 16 - 20 (Mon - Fri): 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

December 21 - 22 (Sat & Sun): Closed

December 23 (Mon): 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

December 24 (Tues): 8:00 am - noon

December 25 - January 1: Closed

January 2 - 3 (Thurs - Fri) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

January 4 - 5 (Sat & Sun): Closed

Our regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 6, the first day of the Winter semester. 

We look forward to seeing you in 2014!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Quirky Christmas Gifts

Have you ever been the recipient of a strange or rather odd Christmas present? I asked our library staff this question and here are some of our responses:

Samuel Cassady: One year I asked for a dog, but got a gumball-machine fish tank.  I cried.   

Danica Dixon: I won this lamb golf club head cover from a tournament last year.  It was so wimpy looking.  Come on … a dragon or fox would be way better … even my Betty Boop one rocks.  I told my parents that no super star golfer like me would be seen with it.  My mum loved it so I gave it to her.  Unbeknownst to me, she had a devious plan.  She re-gifted it to me last year for Christmas.  Be careful what you complain about 'cause it may come back.'  LOL…      

Alison Hart: I received a 1976 New York Times Almanac from my mom. She was born in New York City and this was the bicentennial edition too! I was pretty thrilled to have it. I felt connected to her and pretty patriotic at the same time.  I guess I got a little obsessed with it because I carried it around with me for a couple of months, reading it whenever I had free time. Finally one of my brothers intervened and made me leave it at home. I am not sure what my mom was thinking when she gave me this book, but maybe it prepared me for some of the research assistance that I provide for people in the library.

Heather Ibbitson: Every year for Christmas, since I was a little girl, my brother and I each receive a tub of Maclaren's Imperial Ripe cheddar cheese in our stockings with our names written clearly on them so we wouldn't have to share.


Merry Christmas and in case you missed it, here are our Holidays Hours.

Our hours of operation will be:

December 14 - 15 (Sat & Sun)     Closed
December 16 - 20 (Mon - Fri)      8:00 am - 5 pm
December 21 - 22 (Sat & Sun)     Closed
December 23 (Mon)                      8:00 am - 5 pm
December 24 (Tues)                      8:00 am - TBA
December 25 - January 1             Closed
January 2 - 3 (Thurs - Fri)              8:00 am - 5 pm
January 4 - 5 (Sat & Sun)              Closed
Our regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 6, the first day of the Winter semester.

See you in 2014!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

E-Book Update -- Check your Links!

The Reg Erhardt Library helps enable SAIT's strategic priority of increasing blended learning by providing access to over 150,000 high-quality e-books. These e-books are accessible remotely and can be easily embedded into D2L, saving students time, money and headaches.

In 2012-2013, the SAIT Alumni & Development Student-Caller program raised $30,000 for e-books. This money allowed the library to begin purchasing e-books in an innovative, truly student-centered manner. A Demand-Driven Acquisitions (DDA) program was implemented, which replaced the traditional method of subscribing to e-book bundles en masse.

The first institution to adopt DDA in the province, SAIT students now select which e-books they would like to view, and the library only purchases the most highly used texts. In less than a year, 433 students have triggered e-book purchases, viewing 68,206 pages! And while we used to pay approximately $1.20 per page viewed, DDA only costs $.11 per page (over 90% in savings!!!) These savings have allowed the library to bring more content to SAIT students, as we will be adding over 70,000 e-books to the DDA program.

Commencing December 13, 2013, the library will transition several thousand e-books from subscriptions to DDA. While the evolution will temporarily result in broken e-book links and/or some lost titles, it will help us achieve our long-term, sustainable plan of providing permanently accessible e-books, which can confidently be embedded into SAIT's distance and blended learning environments.

Please be sure to update and/or check your e-book links in the New Year, and contact Samuel Cassady (, Collection Development Librarian, for any concerns or questions.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Hours Update

Happy Holidays from the staff at the Reg Erhardt Library!

Throughout this holiday season, the Library will be open on a limited schedule.

Our hours of operation will be:

December 14 - 15 (Sat & Sun)   Closed
December 16 - 20 (Mon - Fri)    8:00 am - 5 pm
December 21 - 22 (Sat & Sun)   Closed
December 23 (Mon)                   8:00 am - 5 pm
December 24 (Tues)                  8:00 am - TBA
December 25 - January 1          Closed
January 2 - 3 (Thurs - Fri)          8:00 am - 5 pm
January 4 - 5 (Sat & Sun)           Closed

Our regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 6, the first day of the Winter semester. 

We look forward to seeing you in 2014!

Did you know...

Did you know that in 1947 Sait began offering engineering instruction at the professional level for aeronautics students?

Beginning in 1947 students in the aeronautics program at Sait interested in doing so were able to take an additional third year of instruction in their field. Completion of this additional year permitted them to test for the Royal Aeronautics Society exam, which, if passed, allowed them to seek election to the Royal Aeronautic Society as an associate fellow.

Interested in learning more about the history of Sait? Visit our digital archives or contact the Sait Archives directly to request more information.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Results - Favorite Reads : Tell and Win Contest

Thank you to all that participated in our first Favorite Reads contest. 35 students, 32 staff members and 5 faculty members submitted their favorite books and authors to us. Some of the entries were featured on the Library’s slat wall display.

Winners were drawn and contacted on November 28th.Students won a USB wall charger and preloaded $10 cash card for printing and photocopying in the Library. SAIT staff won a USB wall charger and a drink cup.

We congratulate the following:
  • Aimee C., a student (in image)
  • Brenda B., a student
  • Carla C., SAIT staff

A wide range of genres and even some technical materials were among the entries. The Library is in the process of reviewing the entries and will be purchasing many new title to add to our Library’s fiction collection.

‘Till next year!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Canadian Business Resource - Our Featured Database!

Canadian Business Resource (CBR) allows you to search for Canadian business information quickly and interactively. This database contains 2,500 of the largest firms in Canada with all 3,500 TSX and TSX venture listed firms.

We recommend this database for market research and financial analysis because:

1.  A company search provides you with:
  • contact information, including the names of their officers and directors
  • a short company description
  • financial data and NAICS codes
  • direct links to email, website addresses, press releases, stock analysis and investment information
  • research results can be downloaded into CVS format individually or in bulk

2. Corporate Profiles give detailed information about:
  • what the company does
  • how it grew and developed into a successful corporation
  • the company's current role in the Canadian economy
  • the names of the company's top executives, board members and profiles on one or more of the company's leaders

3. Executive Profile Tables list each executive by company name. Executive biographies are also cross-referenced here.

4. CBR is updated several times a week and includes in-depth, current company analysis.

Canadian Business Resource is a great research tool. It offers valuable and easy to access data on many of the top rated Canadian companies.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Five Great Study Tips

The Library can play an important role in your academic success. Here are five ways we can help you before you write your final exams:

  1. Three weeks before Exam Week, we are open even later! If you need more computer access and study space, the library can help you.

    November 22 to December 12
    Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 11 pm (Full Library Access)
    Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (Full Library Access)
    5 pm to 9 pm (Library Computer Commons Access Only)

  2. You can book a study room where you can study by yourself or with your classmates. The lower level of the library (Level 0) is designated for individual quiet study too.

  3. The Library offers student drop-in sessions in our library classroom every Wednesday from 11:30am - 12:30pm to provide students with one-to-one help with assignments and research assistance on your final projects.

  4. Try these helpful library resources:

    The Anxious Test-Taker's Guide to Cracking Any Test
    Essential Study Skills
    The Student's Guide to Exam Success  (E-Book)
    How to Study  (E-Book)

  5. These are just a few of our resources. Search our catalogue, using the search terms "test taking" or "study skills" to find other resources.

  6. For additional study assistance, we highly recommend the Learning Skills Services, located in the Stan Grad Building in Room MC221. They can teach you how manage your time, improve your memory and prepare and take exams. Their peer tutoring programs can provide you with useful study tips.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

International GIS Day (November 20)

International GIS Day is November 20 !

GIS Day is an international forum that celebrates and demonstrates how Geographic Information System (GIS) applications make the world a better place.

A geographic information system captures, stores, manipulates, analyzes, manages and organizes all types of geographic data.

GIS students apply GIS applications to:
  • generate user-created searches
  • examine and evaluate spatial information
  • edit data found in maps and
  • present the results of all of these operations

The SAIT GIS student projects that are currently on display in the library are incredible. These projects are excellent examples of how this powerful technology plays an important role in our daily lives.

Stop by the front entrance of the library to take a look at the fascinating projects.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Did you know...

Students and staff at Sait used to conduct weekly theatrical performances in the early years of the institute's history?

Beginning in 1926, students and staff at Sait would often gather on Wednesday afternoons after the weekly students’ council meeting to participate in a variety of short theatrical performances.  Known as LITs, these performences were considered a way to air troubles or let off steam, and often involved a wide range of topics and styles, spanning the gamut from individuals spinning ropes and performing ventriloquism acts to short plays and group musicals. Continuing for many years into the later half of the century, LITs were an important part of life at the institute, and produced many memorable experiences for students and staff alike.

Interested in learning more about the history of Sait and its students? Visit our digital archives or contact the Sait Archives directly to request more information.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Favorite Reads Contest - Tell Us and Win

What book or author has you all a buzz?

Is it a classic that you read over and over again?

Is it a series and you cannot wait for the next installment?

What story has amazing characters?


The Reg Erhardt Library Wants to Know!

Starting November 13th , you can enter once by:

Clicking here to enter online
Completing an entry form at the Library Information Desk.

 Contest Rules:
Ø  Open to All SAIT Students, Staff and Faculty
Ø  Contest runs November 13-27
Ø  Complete 1 entry form per person online or at the Library Information Desk
Ø  All valid entries will go into a draw to win 1 of the 3 great prizes
Ø  Draw date: November 28th, 2013 @ 8am
Ø Winners will be drawn using Random Picker

Ø Winners will be contacted using the information & must be able to pick up their prize at the Library
Forgot the title, series name or author … No worries!
We’ve got resources to help you.

ü  Ask a library staff member for assistance
ü  Search the library catalog
ü  Browse our fiction and graphic novel collections
Contest ends on November 27th!  Don’t Miss Out!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Extended Library Hours

Three weeks before Exam Week, the Reg Erhardt Library is open even later!

If you need more computer access and study space, we want to help you.

November 22 to December 12:

Monday to Friday        7:30 am to 11 pm (Full Library Access)
Saturday & Sunday     10 am to 5 pm (Full Library Access)
                                       5 pm to 9 pm (Library Computer Commons Access Only)


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Remembrance Day Holiday Closure

The Reg Erhardt Library is closed on Monday, November 11th for Remembrance Day.

Online Resources such as e-books, research databases and streamed videos are always available. You just need your SAIT ID# and Library PIN to access these resources from off-campus.

Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday, November 12th.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Reminder: Library Service Disruption (Sunday, November 3rd)

Due to maintenance and upgrading, the following library services will not be available on Sunday, November 3rd from 6am to 6pm MST:
  • Catalogue
  • E-books
  • Databases
  • DVDS and Videos
  • PIN Requests
  • My Library Account

If you are working on research projects or term papers that require these library resources, you will need to access them before this Sunday.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

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

AnneMarie de Groot
Coordinator of Technical Services
(403) 284-8431

Knovel E-books are available again.

All of  our Knovel e-books are currently accessible now.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you and thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions or concerns about this service disruption, please contact:

AnneMarie deGroot
Coordinator of Technical Services
(403) 284-8431


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Knovel E-books Are Temporarily Unavailable

The Library has been experiencing technical difficulties with our Knovel e-book collection. All of our Knovel e-books are currently inaccessible. 
We are working very hard to correct these problems and hope to regain access as soon as possible. 
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Library Service Disruption (Sunday, November 3rd)

Due to maintenance and upgrading, the following library services will not be available on Sunday, November 3rd from 6am to 6pm MST:

  • Catalogue
  • E-books
  • Databases
  • DVDS and Videos
  • PIN Requests
  • My Library Account

If you are working on research projects or term papers that require these library resources, you will need to access them before this Sunday.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

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

AnneMarie de Groot
Coordinator of Technical Services
(403) 284-8431

Friday, October 25, 2013

Have questions? Chat with us!

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

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

If  you are a student, we can also register you for Study Room Booking Services.

Chat Hours:

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

Our Chat Reference service delivers immediate, interactive and knowledgeable library and research assistance to help you with your projects, term papers and homework assignments.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Workshop Wonders on Display!

The Reg Erhardt Library is celebrating SAIT's Building Trades!

We are showcasing the incredibly talented instructors and amazing students in the Building Trades programs by displaying handcrafted artifacts. Projects produced by the following programs will be on display:
  • Carpentry
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Painting
  • Concrete Finishing
  • Bricklaying and Tile setting
  • Glazier
Our skilled trade workers are in high demand. When you have an opportunity to see the quality and craftsmanship in these pieces of furniture, you will know why.

Stop by and take a look at these beautiful works of art that are on display near the front entrance of the Library until November 12, 2013.

The Library is also hosting an Outreach Booth for Building Trades and Apprentice students in the Thomas Riley Atrium on Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7 from 11am to 1pm.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Library Service Disruption (Sunday, October 20th)

Due to maintenance, the library catalogue will not be available on Sunday, October 20th from 7 am to 10 am. Affected services will include:
·         Catalogue
·         PIN Requests
·         My Library Account
If you already have an existing link you should be able to access these services:
·         E-books
·         Databases
·         Digital Videos
We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions about this disruption, please call:
AnneMarie de Groot
Coordinator of Technical Services
403 284-8431 or

Monday, October 14, 2013

Did you know...

Nearly 35 years ago staff at Sait were already discussing the possibility of an on-demand service to provide video lessons to students at their leisure? 

In 1978, former Sait president Reg Erhardt once commented on the idea of having a video service available for students which allowed users to place a call to an operator at the school and request that a particular instructional video be played on a nearby television set for them. Though work on introducing this particular service design has long since been set aside, developments in computer networking, as well as the introduction of streaming video has since made this dream of an on-demand video service a reality. With services like Films on Demand now available to students at nearly any location and time, the early concept discussed nearly 35 years ago has since become a very real option for students looking to find information while studying.

Interested in learning more about Sait’s past or exploring the many on-demand video resources available through the library? Contact the Sait Archives to learn more, or visit the Reg Erhardt Library video resources to explore our collections.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thanksgiving Day Closure

The Library is closed on Monday, October 14th for Thanksgiving Day.

Online Resources such as e-books, research databases and streamed videos are always available. You just need to use your SAIT ID# and Library PIN to access these resources from off-campus.

Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday, October 15th.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Don’t be shy! Ask for research assistance!

Our staff has knowledge and expertise with many different types of information from a variety of information sources.  They know how to search the library catalogue to find specific books, e-books, journal articles or videos in the library. Our information specialists also know about special collections like our Standards Collection.

Students and faculty are able to work with research professionals to determine their research needs and decide the information sources that will work best.
They will:

·         Help you develop or refine search strategies that work

·         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 more personalized or comprehensive research assistance via:

·         our in-depth research form that is found under the In-depth research link on the Library’s homepage

·         the telephone (403 284-8616)

·         e-mail  ( or

·         in person
If the library doesn’t have the resources you need, we can request them for you through our InterLibrary Loan services.

We will help you find and use the right resources for your projects and presentations.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Library Email Services Restored

Email services at the Reg Erhardt Library information desk have been restored and users of the library are once again encouraged to contact us via chat, telephone (403-284-8616), or email at

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Temporary Disruption in Email Services for the Reg Erhardt Library

Please be advised that due to a technical issue, the information desk is currently experiencing a temporary disruption in email services.  Students are still able to access their Sait student webmail accounts and other Sait services via any of the library computers or the wireless access network.  However, if do you need to contact with the information desk for assistance, we are currently advising that you do so via the online chat service or by telephone at 403-284-8616 until email services have been restored.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Did you know...

Tuition in the mid 1940’s at Sait was only $25 dollars per course?

In 1946 the cost of tuition for students registering in a standard 10 week long day course at Sait was as little as $25 dollars per course. In addition to this tuition fee, however, students were also required to pay an additional shop fee of $3 dollars, as well provide a refundable $5 dollar tool deposit. When added to the $2 dollar Students Association fee also assessed each semester, this brought the total cost of a single regular day course at Sait to $35 dollars, or the equivalent of roughly $450 dollars when adjusted for inflation.

Interested in learning more about Sait and the courses it has offered in the past? Visit our extensive collection of digitized calendars, or contact the Archivist directly to arrangeto access our collections.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Five Things Apprentices Should Know About the Reg Erhardt Library

Apprentice students need to know about these great library services and resources:
  1. Library privileges for Apprentices begin on the first days of classes and expire on the last day of classes.
  2. A valid student ID and Library PIN are required to access specialized databases such as Mitchell ProDemand or the Trade & Apprenticeship ExamBank.
  3. Check out these online services at
    • PIN Requests
    • Access eBooks off campus
    • Review and renew library materials using the My Account link.
  4. Valuable industrial standards and codes  are available:
    • A wide variety of industrial standards such as ASTM, AWA, and ASME can be found in our Standards Collection.
    • National and Alberta Building Codes are located at the Information Desk.
    • CSA Online contains the entire collection of CSA (Canadian Standard Association) standards and related documents, including the Canadian Electrical Code.
    • Environmental guidelines and safety standards such as NFPA and Canadian envirOSH Legislation (CCOHS) are also available online.
  5. Your Library also provides you with:
    • Study rooms and work space
    • Computers and wireless networking
    • Photocopying, printers, laminating and binding equipment
    • Laptops, cameras, cell phone chargers and other software loans

Most importantly, remember our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help you!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Labour Day Holiday Closure

We are closed on Saturday, August 31st, Sunday, September 1st and Monday, September 2nd (Labour Day).

On Tuesday, September 3rd, we will resume our Fall/Winter hours.

Our Fall/Winter Hours are:
Monday to Thursday 7:30 am - 11 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday/Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Welcome to SAIT students, faculty and staff! We are looking forward to working with you.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Which is Better - the Book or the Movie?

Have you ever judged a book by its movie or vice versa?

Many of our staff did and this what we had to say:

Sarah Birch's pick was:
Book Title: Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Movie Version Directed by: Peter Sollett  (2008)
Reason: I'm glad to say that there are many things that the movie gets right in its interpretation of the original book (like Nick's yellow Yugo!) but a few things make the novel superior. The book tells the story from two perspectives, by alternating "Nick" and "Nora" chapters; additionally the print version of Nick is far more likeable than Michael Cera's somewhat whimpy portrayal. Overall I say it's both a watch and a read!

AnneMarie deGroot and Janis Rapchuk both liked:
Book Title: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Movie Version Directed by: Anthony Minghella  (1996)
AnneMarie's Reason: I liked both the movie and the book, but was amazed at how closely the book was able to be put onto film. It remains one of my favorites. The film version was an amazing representation of the book and the chosen cast resembled the people I saw as I read the book.
Janis's Reason: Another great movie/book combo is "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje and the movie had Ralph Fiennes. The movie was excellent but I liked the book better because it explained the protagonist's motives.

Janis also picked:
Book Title: The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Movie Version Directed by: Phillip Noyce (2002)
Reason: The book I like is "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene and the adaptation of the same name (the 2002 version with Michael Caine). I liked the book and it has special meaning for me because I bought it off a street vendor in Viet Nam BUT I liked the movie better because of Michael Caine's amazing performance for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Alison Hart's choice was:
Book Title: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Movie Version Directed by: Joe White (2005)
Reaason: I liked the book best, of course. This because some of the scenes that I liked in the movie were not included in the 2005 version (the one with Keira Knightly) of this movie. I also do not think that the movie accurately depicts the era which the book is set in. Some of the events that occur in the book have a modern slant to them that is not true to the actual times that Jane Austen referred to. I still like the movie though.

Corrinna Meidinger chose:
Book Title: Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Movie Version Directed by: Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH - 1982)
Reason: When I was kid, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien, was my favorite book. So when the movie, The Secret of NIMH, came out in 1982 I was quite excited to see it. What a disappointment! The book was so much more engaging, suspenseful, and intriguing to me than the movie was.

Danica Dixon picked:
Book Title: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fanny Flagg
Movie Version Directed by: Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes - 1991)
Reason: Love the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes. Two life messages ring true for me in this movie:
  • Be Fearless in Who You Are!
  • Friends, past, present and future, come by to lift you with their comments and stories.  
Samuel Cassady liked this one:
Book Title:  On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Movie Version Directed by: Walter Salles (2012)
Reason: The book! The most recent version of the film stars Kristen Stewart ... Enough said? Although, Garrett Hedlund, as Dean, was fantastic.

Jim Gray's pick was:
Book Title:  The Watchmen by Alan Moore
Movie Version Directed by: Zack Snyder (2009)
Reason: While I actually like the film's twist ending better than the book's, the movie is all style and no substance compared to Moore's definitive Graphic Novel. The characters are shadows of themselves and important plot lines are dropped entirely.

Kathleen Johnston like this one:
Book Title: The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure by William Goldman
Movie Version Directed by: Rob Reiner (1987)
Reason: This is one of the few books where I equally love the movie and the book. The quirky nature of the plot gives you lots of laughs while it rolls along quickly and unpredictably. The movie stays true to the spirit of the book.

She liked this one too:
Book Title: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Movie Version Directed by: John G. Avildsen (1992)
Reason: While the movie was never a blockbuster, I enjoyed it - right up to the end. The problem with most movie adaptation is that they can't resist tweaking the book. In "The Power of One," the tweaking changed the ending for no apparent reason and shut down the possibility of a sequel before the reviews were even in.

Pablo Zanetta's choice was:
Book Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick
Movie Version Directed by: Ridley Scott (Blade Runner -1992)
Reason: My choice is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Phillip K. Dick. The film, Blade Runner, is based on this novel although it takes a lot of liberties with the plot. I am a fan of both the novel and the film. The novel is certainly deeper in its exploring of identity, slavery, mortality and what makes us human. But the film is a visual masterpiece that also explores these themes in a subtle fashion (as long as you stick to the director's cut without the horrible voice over narration that ruins that subtlety).

Kristian McInnis picked:
Book Title: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
Movie Version Directed by: Chris Weitz (2007)
Reason: My pick is the "The Golden Compass." The movie removed the most controversial part - and therefore the most interesting - of the book's religious themes.The movie also did a poor job of setting up the world and characters, making it difficult relate to the story.

Taryn Alard chose:
Series Title: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Movie Versions Directed by: Chris Columbus: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002);  Alfonso Cuaron: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); Mike Newell: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005); David Yates: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011)
Reason: The books because given the time restrictions of the movies some of the elements that they cut out were understandable, but they were confusing. There are certain plot lines that were needed to make sense of the overall plot. For example, the Marauders and the map, in the third book and the locket in the fifth book. For this reason, whilst the movie adaptations are decent and do a good job of translating the material, the Harry Potter Book Series will always be the best.

Sierra Robson picked:
Series Title: Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Movie Version Directed by:  Keishi Otomo (2012)
We have the whole set of Rurouni Kenshin manga in omnibus format in our collection. There are also multiple anime released as well as a movie. I prefer the original graphic novels because the adaptive version added in filler episodes and changed some important details and scenes. Also, the drawings and character designs in the graphic novels are more attractive.

Reign Zhang liked:
Book Title:
The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) by Stieg Larsson
Movie Version Directed by:
David Fincher (2011)
This is a rare case that I like the movie better than the original novel. Perhaps it's due to watching the movie before reading the series. I found the movie version of the characters more likeable, partly because I already like Daniel Craig and partly because I fell head over heels for Rooney Mara's Lisbeth (main protagonist). There is more explanation and details provided in the novels, therefore the movie actually left more room for my own imagination.

She picked this one too:
Series Title:
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
Television Version Directed by:
Takuga Igarashi (2006)
The manga for this series is quite popular, and while the anime is well done, it doesn't come close to the original writing. It falls short in the last few episodes due to the manga still being written at the time the anime finished leading to a weird ending that didn't fit the series well.

Another noteworthy but anonymous submission was:
Book Title:
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Movie Version Directed by:
Robert Ellis Miller (1968)
In this case, I prefer the book over the movie, and this is my favorite book so the movie can't beat that! The book focuses on 4 characters that all pivot around the fifth central character. It is a long book with dense characterizations and the movie just can't keep up with everything going on. It even drops one of the 4 characters. The movie simply leaves out too much.

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