Friday, May 31, 2013

Want to Borrow a Camera, Laptop or a Calculator?

We can help you. Your Library is improving our Information Desk Services.

Through our Media Service initiative, we are now able to provide students with access to the following:

·         10 Toshiba Laptops which are equipped with MS Office Suite,    Skype, and Adobe CS6 Master Collection (Software for editing images and video, creating animations, developing websites and more…)
·         2 Canon SLR Cameras, which includes a standard lens and a telephoto lens
·         4 Calculators: 2 Scientific and 2 Ti-83 Plus Graphing
·         2 Headsets equipped with microphones
·         3 Cell Phone Chargers
·         Network Cables & Flash Drives

SAIT students can now sign out these items for 3 hour loan periods from the Library Information Desk.

To learn more about our Media Services, go to contact the library.

Providing students with access to the resources they need is an essential part of our commitment to their academic success.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Faculty Showcase 2013 was a resounding success!

There were 65 informative and entertaining sessions at this year's Faculty Showcase. From May 6th to May 9th, SAIT faculty and staff had the opportunity to learn, share and develop professionally.

The best in teaching and learning were highlighted. The sessions focused on technology, teaching, research and diversity. Some of the seminars included discussions on new technologies like smart phone apps and the impact that social media has had on how rapidly information and ideas are now exchanged. There were also presentations on cooking, self-publishing and even a tour of the sheet metal lab!

Library staff presented two sessions this year. Here is a brief summary of their presentations:

Publishers aren't Stupid: EBooks in Libraries and the Classroom

This session, was hosted by our digital media experts, AnneMarie de Groot and Kristian McInnis. Their presention focused on:
  • Providing an overview of the types of eBooks that are currently available in the Library
  • Presenting the guidelines for building reading lists from multiple eBooks
  • Showing faculty how to make eBooks valuable and easily accessible classroom resources

Re-Energizing Courses! CITD/Library Resource Support

Studies show that 91% of students admit that they don't do their course readings before class, but 46% of them say they would do these reading if they were freely available online (Wakefield, 2011).

Catherine Farr (CITD) and Samuel Cassady (Library) presented on a project that they collaborated on that showed instructors how to make building and maintaining courses easier. By using electronic resources (eBooks, streaming videos, and articles), they demonstrated how course material was easily accessible to students online through D2L.

For more information about these sessions, contact the Reg Erhardt Library.

Faculty Showcase promises to get bigger and better every year. We are very proud to be a part of it and look forward to next year's presentations.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Victoria Day Closure & Library Service Disruption (May 20th)

The Library is closed on Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day. Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday May 21st.

Also, due to maintenance and upgrading, the following library services will not be available on May 20th from 6am to 6pm MST:
·         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

Monday, May 13, 2013

Vacation Plans?

Spring has arrived … and the winter blues will soon fade.
If you are thinking of getting away for a little vacation,
take a peek at some of these titles:
If a warm beach sounds good,
check out these hot spots:

If you're California dreaming, think about ...
If travelling abroad to Europe is your preference,
 consider these options:
If a trek to the Orient or Asia
 is more to your liking,
 take a look at these destinations:
If you are yearning for an African safari,
maybe these countries will be tempting:
Even if you stay at home,
 you can learn about these beautiful
places and many others.
Just ask us!

Did you know...

Sait students have had the opportunity to work on numerous aircraft throughout Sait’s history?

As one of the earliest and longest running departments at Sait, the Aeronautics Department has been responsible for the construction and repair of numerous aircraft since it's creation in the 1930's. From recreational gliders and civilian aircraft, to fighter jets and bombers, students have been provided access to numerous classes of aircraft through various agreements with commercial and government organizations, private aircraft owners, and even the Canadian military. Though no longer housed on the main campus, Sait continues to grow and expand it's aeronautics programs, and is currently operating out of the Art Smith Aero Centre located at the Calgary International Airport.
For more information on this and many of the other departments of Sait throughout it’s history, please contact the Sait Archives or view our online collections.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SPRING ARCHEXPO 2013 (May 6 - May 31)

ARCHEXPO, the annual architectural and design exhibit is being hosted by the School of Construction and Reg Erhardt Library!

This year, three teams of students from the ARCH 260 class are presenting model and poster presentations of the work of a noted architect, illustrating significant historical precedents.

Trace the precedents through history and find out how these historical influences affect architectural styles from ancient times to the 21st century.

These architectural masterpieces will be on display in the library from May 6 through to May 31, 2013.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Job Hunting?

We have some excellent resources to help you get started.

Our catalogue is a good place to begin. Use simple keywords such as:
  • job hunting
  • job interview
  • resumes
  • resume employment
  • cover letters

Use these keywords to search for streaming videos and dvds. Here are some examples that might be helpful:

We also subscribe to a variety of newspapers. You can check the "Careers" section and look for job postings there.

You can search our databases to find full text and in-depth articles about job searching or to learn more about a potential employer.

Put your search term in quotation marks for best results. If you want to narrow your search results, use the "date range" or "full text" options.

 Here are some databases that we recommend:

Our "Career Searching and Employment" subject guide can help get you started too.

Internet Web Sites
When you search the Internet, remember to put the search term in quotation marks. If you need to refine your search, try using terms like:
  • online job search
  • work at home
  • job listings
  • online networking
You can also make the Internet work for you by uploading your resume and cover letter so potential employers can find you when they are looking for someone with your particular skills.

Remember that the Internet is a two way street. Just as you might use Google to find out about a potential employer, your employer can check you out as well. Be careful what you post on Facebook or YouTube.

Some Internet websites that might be useful are:

Good luck with your job search!