Monday, March 25, 2013

Five Great Ways to get Research Assistance at your Library

1.       Information Desk Services provide:
·         Expert research assistance for your papers and presentations
·         General and directional assistance including telephone and text inquiries
·         Library PINs to help you access databases, e-books and digital videos from off-campus, check   your library account and renew materials online.

2.       Roving Reference is a new service that allows library staff to interact with students and expand our research assistance. This reference service is available from Monday to Friday between 10am to 2pm. Our staff, identifiable by their “Ask Me” button and bright red iPad, walk around the library providing research help and information directly to students. 

3.        Chat Reference Service delivers immediate, interactive help with your projects and assignments.
Chat Reference is available:
·         Monday – Thursday                        10am to 10pm
·         Friday                                                10am to 4pm
·         Saturday & Sunday                          11am to 4pm

4.       Student Drop-in Sessions in our library classroom every Wednesday from 11:30am - 12:30pm provide students with one-to-one help on research questions and assignments.

5.       Virtual Information Services allow you to contact us via:
·         Text 403-805-2436
·         Email
·         Request in-depth research assistance
·         Follow us on Twiitter @SAITLibrary
For additional information, you can also consult our online tutorials and subject guides.

Your academic success is very important to us!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 Student Survey Prize Winners

2013 Student Survey Prize Winners are:

First Prize:
16GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi
Mohamed Butt
(School of Health & Public Safety)

Second and Third Prizes:
Kobo Mini eReaders
Aruna Saram (School of Construction)
Lindsay Jack (MacPhail School of Energy)


Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s survey. The feedback that we receive from this survey is critical to ensuring that the Library is meeting user needs. We will continue to deliver the highest possible levels of service and collection development to our students and the entire SAIT community.

We value your contribution to the library and its services.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Did you know...

Sait has had several mascots under the name 'Troy'?

While at Trojan sports events you will likely see Sait's current mascot, Troy the Trojan Horse, this is actually not the first Sait mascot to bear the name Troy. Prior to the introduction of the current mascot in 1999, Sait crowds were entertained by a mascot modeled after a Trojan warrior, bearing first yellow and green, then red and white colors. Introduced in 1986, this mascot was created without a name, and a contest was used to determine what to call him. With seven entries tied for the prize of 100$, Troy was given as the official name, and has stuck with the Sait mascot ever since.
To find out more about these and many other iconic figures in Sait’s history, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Spring Tech Faire 2013

Do you want to see some amazing inventions and astounding technological designs?
The first annual Spring Tech Faire, presented by the Reg Erhardt Library and Calgary Maker Foundation, is celebrating technology, science, creativity and invention. 


There will be:
  • Demonstrations that bridge the gap between technology and imagination
  • Hands-on interactive activities and games
  • Robotics
  • Spectacular Student Projects
  • Green Technology
  • Amazing DIY Science and Technology Innovations
  • Whimsical and Unexpected Mechanical Creations

SAIT students, faculty, staff and members of the public are all welcome to participate in this outstanding event.
Join us on Friday, March 22nd between 10am to 2pm in MacDonald Hall (Heritage Hall).  You won’t be disappointed!!
Libraries enrich the lives of their patrons by providing access to ideas and information. They promote lifelong learning and assist in the exploration of ideas and knowledge. This event is another wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate how new information and knowledge can spark creativity, promote ingenuity and transform technology.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

You Asked and We Listened!

Your feedback from last year's Student Survey, resulted in these improvements:

  • Rock and Rove Reference was launched! Staff now stroll throughout the library on an hourly basis offering research assistance to students. This also provides additional security and increases staff visibility.
  • Student Drop-in Sessions every Wednesday from 11:30am -12:30pm provide students with one-to-one help on research questions.
  • Extended Study Hours - during the three weeks before Exam Week, we are open later on the weekends! 
  • Services for Distance Students continue to improve with additional e-mails about library services, new resources and upcoming events.
  • Increased Radio and Print Marketing promotes library awareness throughout the main campus as well as at theMayland Heights campus (Buck Crump and Bob Edwards buildings) and the Art Smith Aero Centre.
  • New Flooring in the computer areas and new carpet on the main floor help reduce the noise level in the library.
Watch for:
  • New Media Desk Services in the Spring! Students will have access to equipment like laptops and headphones.
  • Library Website Redesign is also underway! This will make it easier for students to navigate and access the resources they need.

Complete the Student Survey 2013 before March 11!

Check in anytime with your Library to let us know how we can serve you better.