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.

We hope you enjoy reading our commentaries. It was a lot of fun composing it for you! You can check most of these titles from our collection too.

Maybe you will enjoy the READ as much as we did!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Technical Issues with Knovel EBooks

Knovel is upgrading their Ebook platform and we are experiencing some temporary technical difficulties as a result. 

Remote users may experience access issues. Knovel is actively working to resolve these issues.

Also, when users are able to connect, they may experience other functionality or display issues. If this occurs, these users should try refreshing the browser or try clicking on the Compatibility View button on the browser's toolbar.

The compatibility button is shown here:

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

Monday, August 19, 2013

Did you know...

The Sait Bookstore initially occupied a mere 350 square feet when it first opened in 1955?

Originally operated by Canadian Art Galleries, the Sait Bookstore began serving the needs of students and staff when it first opened its doors in 1955.  Then a mere 350 square foot part of campus, the bookstore did not initially require a great deal of space as it did not carry many of the course materials or textbooks required by programs offered at the institute during the time.  Instead, individual departments were each responsible for providing their own students with these materials, and it was primarily only the Art Department which took advantage of the bookstore's services.  It would not be until nearly three years after the opening of the store that a request by Principal Wood for expanded institute support would lead the bookstore to begin supplying materials in 1958 for all programs and departments at the institute, establishing a single, centralized location on campus from which nearly all students at Sait would be able to acquire the materials and supplies they needed to complete their studies at the institute.

To learn more about the history of the Sait campus and the many services it provides, please contact the Sait Archives, or feel free to browse our online collections.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Check Out Our New Website!

The Reg Erhardt Library is pleased to announce the launch of our new website!

It seems that the campus, like many parts of this city, has been under construction. This summer, our website has also undergone some very exciting renovations.

Our new website has been designed to offer a smooth and clean interface in an easy to use format. These exciting improvements will make it easier for you to access services and find the research information you need.

The user friendly interface enables you to quickly and easily learn about great library services, such as:

These new improvements let you to search for these library resources with ease:

Another new feature is the "About Us" menu. Use the drop down menu and select "Contact Us" to access:

You can contact us by:

There is a whole lot more to discover on the new Reg Erhardt Library website.

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Heritage Day Library Closure

    We will be closed on Monday, August 5th for Heritage Day!



    Have a nice long weekend break!
    Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, August 6th.