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

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