Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Inspirations!

All of your projects will be completed and studying for exams will be over very soon.

Christmas is just around the corner and another year has almost passed too.

Hopefully you will be able to wind down over the next few weeks.

Maybe some of these holiday baking cookbooks will help you de-stress:


 

If Christmas decorating helps you set your style then check out these titles:

         
Or if you just want to take a reading break you could always try these books:
  

Or maybe you are just wondering about various Christmas customs:
Perhaps these some of titles will inspire you but most importantly we hope you will have an opportunity to relax and enjoy your family and friends.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas 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 13 – 14
(Sat  & Sun)
We are closed
December 15 – 19
(Mon  to Fri)
8am - 5pm
December 20 – 21
(Sat  & Sun)

We are closed
December  22 – 23
(Mon & Tues)
8am - 5pm
December 24
(Christmas Eve)
8am - 12 noon
December 25 –
January 1
We are closed
January 2
(Friday)
8am - 5pm
January 3 – 4
Sat  & Sun
We are closed

Our regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 5.

We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

Did you know...

SAIT has competed in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race for nearly 40 years; winning several times, including the first two competitions?




After an unsuccessful attempt to launch the event in the winter of 1972, the first Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race was held in Red Deer, Alberta in February of 1975. Developed by Dr. S.H. Simmonds of the American Concrete Institute, GNCTR puts the creativity and skill of post-secondary engineering students to the test in a competition to build the best possible toboggan made almost entirely out of concrete.

One of the original 4 schools to compete in the event alongside U of C, U of A, and NAIT, SAIT would take first place overall in the inaugural year, producing a toboggan capable of reaching speeds in excess of 50 kmph, and able to complete the course in under 10 seconds. SAIT would return the following year to continue this winning streak, but would be dethroned in 1977 by the team from UBC.

Today, the GNCTR continues to be a strong Canadian tradition, but the best times on the hill are not the only goal for participants. With awards in categories such as team and school spirit, braking and handling, overall design, and even the use of recycled materials, the nearly week-long event offers much for the now many participating schools to compete in. 

It has yet to be seen how SAIT's Toboganous Prime will fair this February at the 41st annual event, but with 15 other teams confirmed so far, the competition is already shaping up to be quite exciting.

Interested in finding out more about at SAIT and the programs it has participated in over the last century? Please visit our digital archives or contact the Sait Archives directly to request more information

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Extended Library Hours!

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

If you need research assistance, more computer access or study space before your exams the Library can help you.
 
From November 21 to December 7, our hours of operation are:
 
Monday to Thursday        7:30am to 11pm
Fridays                                 7:30am to 9pm
Saturday & Sunday           10am to 9pm 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Did you know...

The first required textbooks at SAIT were officially listed as a part of the 1921-1922 school calendar, totalling only 3 titles?





Alongside the calendar descriptions for the Tractor Engineering, Motor Mechanics, and Electrical Engineering programs that year, the 2nd Annual Announcement also listed three books that were to be used in combination with special course notes packages prepared by the institute (the equivalent of the course module packages available today). Selected for their importance in the industry, these titles consisted of Gas Engine Repair and Installation by Rathburn, Gas Automobile by Hobbs, Elliot and Consoliver, and finally Elements of Electricity by W.H. Timbie; the last of which would continue to be used at the institute for nearly 40 years, until finally being replaced in the early 1960's.

Today, with nearly 100 full time programs in operation, and many programs using several textbooks each, the number and diversity of texts used at SAIT has increased dramatically. Unlike the 1920's, however, students have more options than ever for accessing their required texts. Many course textbooks are now available online as ebooks, and most recently the Reg Erhardt Library has introduced a collection of close to 450 course textbooks that students can sign out. Providing two hour loans for nearly every required textbook currently in use, this collection is yet another way that SAIT is working to provide students with the best possible access to relevant materials.

Interested in finding out more about early programming at SAIT? Please visit our digital archives or contact the Sait Archives directly to request more information. For more information about our Course Textbook Collection, please visit the CTC collection development policy

International GIS Day is November 19!

Wednesday, November 19 Is International GIS DAY!

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 geographical data.

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

 The SAIT GIS student projects that are on display are really 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 these fascinating projects.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wood Trades Fair 2014


WOOD TRADES FAIR 2014
The Reg Erhardt Library is showcasing the talented instructors
& students in SAIT’s Carpentry and Cabinetmaking programs.
Beautifully handcrafted furniture projects are on display
in the Library from November 7 – 28, 2014.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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 books, e-books, journal articles or videos in the library. Our information specialists also know about special collections like our Standard and Codes 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. Our staff 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)
  • Chat Reference
  • e-mail (library@sait.ca) 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 the right resources for your projects and presentations.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Remembrance Day

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



Online resources such as e-books, e-journals, databases and digital videos are always available. You just need your nine digit SAIT ID# and Library PIN to access these resources from off-campus. 
Our regular hours will resume on Wednesday, November 12.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween in the Library!

It is that time of year again.
Halloween is a favorite holiday
 for many of our staff.
The Library is decorated with lots
of creepy crawlies and haunting creatures.

Don ’ t be surprised if there are
witches or other quirky characters
helping to answer your reference questions
 or check out library materials tomorrow.

Just remember that while …
“ They ' re creepy and they ' re kooky,
  mysterious and spooky,
  they ' re all together ooky ”
They ’ re not the Addams Family;
they ’ re your friendly
neighborhood library staffers !


Join the fun and dress up too !
HAPPY HALLOWEEN !

Monday, October 27, 2014

Research Workshops & Drop-in Conversation Club Update

We have three great sessions that have been specifically designed to help you start your research projects and learn about the Library.
  1. In the Library Classroom (MC 015), we are presenting research tutorials to help you with your papers and teach you how to cite your sources correctly.

  2. Thursday, October 30
    12 pm to 1 pm
    Research Basics: Let us help you find reliable and credible library resources for your term papers.
    Tuesday, November 25
    12 pm to 2 pm
    Emergency Writing Help: Let us show you how to polish up your papers with research and citation assistance. 
    Wednesday, November 26
    12 pm to 3 pm
    Microsoft Office Word: Learn how to use Microsoft Office Word to format your documents and cite your sources. We can show you the tools that will help you put the finishing touches on your papers.
    Wednesday, December 3
    12 pm to 3 pm
    Microsoft Office Products: Get help using Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Find out how to make your papers, spreadsheets and presentations more dynamic and eye-catching with these programs. 

  3. In the Learning Labs (MC 209) every Monday afternoon beginning October 20 and ending December 8 between 1 pm to 2pm, the Library is providing citation assistance.


  4. Practice your speaking and listening skills at the Library’s Drop-in Conversation Club! It meets every Tuesday from September 28 to December 2 between 4 and 5 pm in the Library, MC008. A wide range of topics will be discussed and students will have the opportunity to learn about the library. Everybody is welcome!

Be sure to watch for updates too!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Did you know...

The first Open House event at SAIT was held over 60 years ago?





On February 11th, 1953, the doors of the North Hill campus were opened to the public for the first time on what would eventually become SAIT’s bi-annual Open House event. Taking place in the evening, this event would see over 4000 visitors pass through nearly every shop and department on the campus over the course of just two days. With the success of the event freshly in mind, planning on the next open house began soon after the doors were shut, and within the year the event was already well on its way to becoming a tradition at the institute.

Today, SAIT’s Open House event continues to be a highlight of the year on campus, taking place over two days each fall and winter. With another open house set to take place in only a week, the bi-annual Open House stands to continue for many years as an important source of information for those interested in learning about the institute and the programs it offers.

Interested in finding out more about the history of SAIT? Please visit our digital archives or contact the Sait Archives directly to request more information. For more information about our upcoming Open House events at SAIT, please visit the SAIT Open House information hompage page

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a big deal and it is not something you want to find out about the hard way. We can help you cite the resources that you use for your research projects and presentations properly.
 
 
Plagiarism occurs when someone:
  • presents the words, ideas, images or data of another person as their own without reference to the original author or original source.
  • presents work done for another course or program at SAIT or elsewhere without the instructor’s knowledge or prior approval.
Citation indicates that a particular idea, concept or statement used in your assignment originated from another person or source. It also provides:
  • the reader with an opportunity to identify and find the sources used in your writing
  • the reader with additional resources for their own interest and research
It is very important to properly cite resources that you use in your writing and research for SAIT assignments and avoid plagiarism.
 
The Library is offering citation assistance in the Learning Labs (MC 209) every Monday afternoon from 1pm to 2pm beginning October 20 to December 8.
 
The Library also has these citation style guides:
Before you begin your assignment, remember to verify the preferred citation style and edition with your instructor.

 




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Hours Update

The Library is closed on Monday, October 13 for Thanksgiving Day.

Online Resources such as e-books, research databases and streamed videos are always available. You just need to use your nine digit SAIT ID# and Library PIN to access these resources from off-campus.
Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday, October 14.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Your Connection to Better Grades

The Library is introducing drop-in workshops, in the Library Classroom (MC 015), to help you get organized and become more familiar with Microsoft Office Word and other Microsoft Office products. We are offering a series of classes that have been specifically designed to help you jump start your research and teach you how to cite your sources properly.




Here are the dates that we have scheduled so far:
 
Wednesday October 1 (12pm - 2 pm)
Microsoft Office Word: Learn how to use Microsoft Office Word to format your documents and cite your sources. We can show you the tools that will help you put the finishing touches on your papers.

Thursday, October 15  (12pm  - 2pm)
Microsoft Office Products: Get help using Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Find out how to make your papers and presentations more dynamic and eye-catching with these programs.

Thursday, October 30 (12pm - 2pm) 
Research Basics: Let us help you find and use reliable and credible resources for your term papers.

Tuesday, November 25 (12pm - 2pm)
Emergency Writing Help: Let us show you how to polish up your papers with research and citation assistance.

Wednesday, November 26 (12pm - 3pm)
Microsoft Office Word: Learn how to use Microsoft Office Word to format your documents and cite your sources. We can show you the tools that will help you put the finishing touches on your papers.

Wednesday, December 3 (12pm - 3pm) 
Microsoft Office Products: Get help using Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Find out how to make your papers and presentations more dynamic and eye-catching with these programs.

Be sure to watch for additional classes and updates!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Five Great Special Collections @ your Library

The Reg Erhardt Library supports students and faculty from all of SAIT schools and academic programs. We have some new and notable collections to tell you about.
 
1.    Course Textbook Collection
Materials in this new collection include textbooks, required and supplemental readings, articles and videos spanning across all currently taught programs at SAIT. It provides students with equitable access to materials that are in high demand.  


2.    Magazine Collection
This collection contains over 325 different subscriptions with wide-ranging subject areas that support students and staff both academically and recreationally.
 
3.    Audiobooks
Ebsco’s Audiobooks Premier Collection has almost 5,000 titles from leading publishers and include a large number of titles across a broad range of subject areas with new titles added on a monthly basis.
 
4.    Standards and Codes
Many programs at SAIT rely on industrial and technical standards. This special collection now consists of 38 different standards and codes. We are able to provide online access to the complete collection of CSA and ASTM standards as well as the 2010 National Building Code!  
 
5.    New Media Services
Students can borrow laptops, cameras, calculators, cell phone chargers and much more from the Information Desk for short term loan periods.
 

 
Our staff is committed to connecting our clientele to the best information sources.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Did you know...

The first students' association at SAIT was formed close to a century ago in 1922?




Established in January, 1922, the first SAIT Students' Association consisted of only eight executive members, and was concerned with providing a positive influence on three primary aspects of student life: social, literary, and athletic. Charging as little as two dollars per year in membership fees (the equivalent of roughly 30$ today), the association was instrumental in organizing several important student activities thoughout the year for the nearly 800 students enrolled at the institute; including debates, industry tours, and sporting events.

Today the SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) continues the mission started nearly 100 years ago, providing numerous services to thousands of students each year in association with various organizations and departments at SAIT.

Interested in finding out more about the history of SAIT? Please visit our digital archives or contact the Sait Archives directly to request more information. For access to the source of the information used in this post, and as well as much more on the history of SAIT, please view S.A.I.T The First Sixty Years, by Roy E. Smith

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Microsoft Outlook Workshop-Wednesday 17 Sept

Do you have questions about using your SAIT email account?

Come to the library's workshop in MC015 on Wednesday 17 Sept from 12-1 pm! Learn about logging in to your SAIT email, using your phone to access your email, using email through D2L and email basics like how to attach files and manage contacts!

Monday, September 8, 2014

We've Got a Course Text Collection!

The Library has a new Course Text Collection (CTC). We may have the required textbook for your class in our collection!

The CTC is a growing collection that has been established to provide students with equitable access to materials that are in high demand and/or are considered primary resources related to course curriculums. Materials in this collection include textbooks, required and supplemental readings, articles and videos spanning across all SAIT schools and currently taught courses.These materials have been determined to be in high demand by SAIT instructors or library staff in a given semester or academic year.

It is easy to check our collection for your book. Use the catalogue to look for your textbook. You just type in the title of the book or name of the author in the Discovery Search box found on our homepage. If we do not have the book, you may be able to request it via the "Suggest a New Title" tab. Also, try to look for an ebook version of your course textbook.


If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact the staff at the Information Desk in the Library or contact us at (403) 284-8616.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Welcome Back to School!

http://libresources.sait.ab.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat02760a&AN=sait.184293&site=eds-live
On the Shelf
http://libresources.sait.ab.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat02760a&AN=sait.1271818&site=eds-live
E-book


College life should be a fun and exciting
 time in your life, not stressful and overwhelming.
The Library has books, citation guides and databases that will help make your time
 in school a positive experience.




Check out this database

A multidisciplinary database providing articles from thousands of popular and professional publications, newspapers, trade magazines and dissertations. Contains very broad subject coverage, including the arts, current news, business, technology and science.



Need help with citations and references? Check out our citation guides!

The Library has also teamed up with the SAITSA Student Support Centre.
We provided them with some great
books about college, life and careers to
help you get through difficult times.
Visit the SAITSA Student Support Centre in room NJ105 in the Senator Burns Building.


The library is perfect place to study in a peaceful environment, do group work in a study room
or just relax with a book from our
fiction and graphic novel collection.



Have a successful semester!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Labour Day Hours Update

We are closed Saturday, August 30, Sunday, August 31 and
 Monday, September 1 for Labour Day.



On Tuesday, September 2, we will resume our Fall/Winter hours.

Our Fall/Winter hours are:

Monday to Thursday   7:30am - 11pm
Friday   7:30am - 9pm
Saturday/Sunday  10am - 5pm

Welcome SAIT students, staff and faculty!
We are looking forward to working with you!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drop-in Conversation Clubs!

Practice your speaking and listening skills with the Library Conversation Club!

Tuesdays from 4-5 pm starting September 16th until October 21st

Thursdays from 11-11:50 am starting September 18th until October 23rd
                               
Reg Erhardt Library, MC 008, Stan Grad Centre
                          
A wide range of topics will be discussed and students will have the opportunity to learn about the library.

Everyone is welcome.

Please contact emma.thompson@sait.ca if you have questions.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SAIT's History on Display!

Celebrate SAIT’s history!

So much of our campus’s past has shaped the way we do things now. There are so many fascinating stories, documents and artifacts. SAIT's Archivist, Karly Sawatzky, preserves, digitizes and organizes all of it to help SAIT students, staff and alumni learn about the history of this Institute.  

Come visit the Library and see part of our history currently on display. Travel back in time with us!  Explore and discover photographs and artifacts from the Archives that illustrate SAIT's early days.





To learn more about SAIT Archives search our
digital content at http://library.sait.ca/archives/ or phone
(403)774-4688 or email sait.archives@sait.ca.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Good News About Library PINS!


Getting a Library PIN has gotten easier.

Students with a standard format North American phone number (403 123 - 4567) will be able to obtain their Library PIN instantly. Beginning August 20, the last 4 digits of their phone number will automatically become their Library PIN.
 
This change makes the PIN simpler to remember. Now all you need to know is your 9 digit SAIT Student ID# and the last 4 digits of your phone number to be able to:
  • access online resources
  • renew library materials online 
  • check your library account

Students with foreign phone numbers, SAIT staff and faculty will be able to get their PIN from our staff at the Information Desk or the Contact Us list on the Library homepage.






 
 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Did you know...

1947 marked the conclusion of the first Aero-Engineering class at SAIT; the first professional-level training course offered at the institute?


With the end of WWII and an infusion of new funding, resources, and equipment at the institute, SAIT experienced a significant expansion in the types of courses and programs it could now offer. Unique among these additions, a newly introduced Aero-Engineering course allowed the institute to offer a professional-level training course to students for the first time in its history. 

An advantage not just to SAIT, however, the introduction of this new program would also prove beneficial to the Canadian aeronautics industry in general, which at the time was suffering a shortage of both engineers and technicians. With no other institute in the country able to provide the necessary training of aeronautical and aircraft maintenance engineers in order to fill this shortage, efforts by SAIT helped to ensure that the the industry had the skilled engineers and technicians it needed to continue to operate. Since then, SAIT has continued this trend, and continues to expand it's programs in order to meet the needs of industry and the marketplace, training highly skilled workers in a variety of fields.

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Time Reading!

Maybe this summer, you will able to
abandon your busy schedule and
have a little free time.

 
Think about lazy barbeque grilling,
frosty cold drinks, messy ice cream cones ...
maybe relaxing in a beach chair or
hammock reading a really good book. 

While you are taking it easy, you can
consider our summer reading picks:
 
 
Some of our most popular fiction includes these titles:
 

Take your time.
Enjoy "the read" and
take a well deserved break!