Thursday, December 24, 2015

Conversation Club (January 11 – February 11)

Practice your speaking and listening skills at the Library's Drop-in Conversation Club (MC 008) beginning January 11 to February 11.

Mondays (January 11 – February 8) between noon and 1pm
Thursday (January 7- February 11) between 5pm and 6pm



A variety of interesting and fun topics are discussed.

Students have the opportunity to learn about:
  • some of the library resources and services that are available
  • other great student resources that are offered at SAIT
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Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Great Children's Books!

Winnie the Pooh! The Runaway Bunny! The Hunger Games!



What do these stories have in common? They are all available for loan at the Library.

Do you have little ones you read to at home? Or do you simply just enjoy picture books for kids?

Well if so, you are in luck!

We have revamped and beefed up our juvenile and children’s collections with Caldecott and Newbery award winning picture books, and best-selling children’s stories.

We have contemporary novels and the classics.

You will find lots of hidden treasures that may surprise you and
warm your heart.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Holiday Hours Update

Throughout this holiday season, the Library will be open on a limited schedule.

Our hours of operation will be:

December 14 – 17 (Monday to Thursday)
7:30am – 11pm
December 18 (Friday)
7:30am to 9pm
December 19 – 20 (Saturday & Sunday)
We are closed.
December 21 – 23 (Monday to Wednesday)
8am – 5pm
December 24 (Thursday)
8am – 12noon
December 25 – January 3
We are closed.


The Library will reopen on Monday, January 4.





We look forward to seeing you in 2016!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Did you know ...

That the International Centre at SAIT has been around for almost 50 years?



During the 1960s, SAIT became a popular choice among students from outside of Canada.  In October 1965, SAIT students held a meeting to see if there was any interest in forming a club for international students.  The response was overwhelmingly positive.  In 1966, the International Student’s club organized for the first time and a student handbook was prepared which provided students with important information about campus services and activities.  The Club eventually became the International Centre.

To date, the Centre has recruited students from 156 countries and currently has 1262 students from 89 different countries represented in both academic and language programs.  The top five countries represented at the Centre are China, South Korea, Vietnam, India and Nigeria.

The Centre provides many valuable services for the students including admissions assistance, transcript assessment and international student orientation.  There is also a fully qualified immigration consultant to assist with all immigration enquiries. The International Centre has a recruitment team that travels extensively throughout the year; attending fairs, visiting high schools, meeting with SAIT approved educational consultants for trading and recruitment purposes.  The team also meets with Alberta trade commissioners and Canadian government trade commissioners.

To help students adjust to their new surroundings, they also organize many activities and events including a trip to Banff,  ice skating, snow tubing and a Christmas lunch.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Great Library Resources for Apprentices

Apprentice students need to know about these great library services and resources:














Library privileges for apprentices begin on the first days of class and expire on the last day of class.

A valid student ID and Library PIN are required to access specialized databases such as:

Check out these online services at library.sait.ca:

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 Building Codes are available online through IHS Standards Expert.
  • 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.

The Library also has:
  • Study rooms and work space
  • Computers and wireless networking
  • Photocopying, printers, laminating and binding equipment
  • Laptops, cameras, cell phone chargers and other software are available for short term loans.

Most importantly, remember our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help you!

Friday, December 4, 2015

De-stress Fest (December 7th - 10th)

Sometimes, everyone finds themselves too stressed to think. Maybe it's time to take a moment to unplug and recharge. We are presenting a De-stress Fest from December 7th - 10th.















The Library is  happy to be collaborating with SAITSA, the Lamb Learner Success Centre and Student Development & Counselling to offer some great resources for students as they get closer to exam time.
 
We will have:
  • Podcast listening station: Student Development & Counselling have created some great podcasts on relaxing, stress management and other related topics.
  • Free tea & snacks
  • Free earplugs with helpful study tips attached
  • Test taking and study strategy handouts
  • Support from an Academic Coach (available on one of the evening, TBD)
  • Puzzles and/or take-away craft kits
  • Post-it inspiration wall that asks "What's your study inspiration?"
  • Citation support

This event will run from 5:00 - 7:00pm, Monday through Thursday, in the fiction area of the Library.

Your academic success is very important to us!











 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Library Events

In December, the Library has lots of exciting displays and activities planned for students and staff who want to take to a break and relax a bit.  
 

 
This is what we are presenting: 


Date

Time

Event

Location

December 1 – 11

 

Red Dress Campaign

MC 111

December 1 – 18

 


MC 111

December 1 – 18

 

Great Gingerbread Challenge

Library Computer Commons

December 1 – 4

 


MC 111

December 2

5 – 7pm


Library Computer Commons

December 3

5 – 6pm


MC 008

December 3

11am – 1pm

Board Game Break

MC 111

December 3

11am – 1pm

Master Chess Tournament

MC 111

December 7 – December 10

5 – 7pm

De-Stress Fest

MC 111

December 7 – December 10

11am – 1pm

Apprentice Awareness Week

Aldred Centre & Thomas Riley Building

December 9

5 – 7pm


Library Computer Commons
December 19 – December 24

 

Holiday Hours

MC 111


Please feel free to stop to see our exhibitions or relieve some of the Christmas stress by attending one of our events.


 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Food for Fines Forgiveness Week (Nov. 30 - Dec. 4)

Do you have overdue library materials or outstanding library fines. Whatever the reason for not returning an item, students and staff with library fines can start fresh again.

Come to the library, return you overdue items and ask us about your overdue fines.

We will cut your fines in half. You can either pay cash or bring in a non-perishable food donation. Each non-perishable food item will be worth $2.00.

All of the money and food donations we collect will go directly to the SAIT Adopt a Family program. Also, if you don't have fines, but would like to make a donation, you are welcome to do so.














We know that sometimes every little bit helps!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Extended Hours in the Library

Three weeks before Exam Week, we are open even later!


If you need research assistance, more computer access or study space before your exams the Library can help you.

From November 28 to December 18, our hours of operation are:

Monday to Thursday     7:30am to 11pm
Friday                            7:30am to 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday       10:00am to 9pm

Your academic success is important to us!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Did you know...

Midge, a Shetland Pony, was the Official Mascot of the No. 2 Wireless School? 



During the Second World War, it became necessary to open a second wireless school under the Joint Air Training Plan.  The school, named simply No. 2 Wireless School was located at SAIT; then known as the Provincial Institute of Technology (PITA).

One of the many airmen who took their wireless training at the No 2 School was Sergeant Lloyd Willigar.  Toward the end of his training in 1941, Sgt. Willigar won a Shetland Pony named "Midget" or "Midge" in a contest sponsored by the Calgary Herald.  When Sgt. Willigar left Calgary, he presented Midge to the school as the Station mascot, promising to come back for her.  Midge was a popular mascot.  She had her own little barrack and a blanket decorated with the RCAF insignia. She was often the subject of stories printed in the Calgary Herald.

In 1942, Sgt. Willigar was killed in action over Germany.  Two years later, Midge mysteriously disappeared.  Anxious for her return, the airmen called police and asked for the public's assistance in finding Midge. Two days later, the much loved pony was found trotting towards the flying squadron at Shepard, 24 kilometres east of Calgary. Some wondered whether Midge had gotten tired of waiting for Sgt. Willigar to return and went off to find him.  Others thought she had caught the flying bug. Whatever the reason, Midge was quickly returned to the Station.  When the wireless school closed in April 1945, she was sent to live out the rest of her days with Sgt. Willigar's mother in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

Interested in learning more about the history of SAIT? Visit our digital archives or contact the SAIT Archives directly to request more information.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

International GIS Day is Wednesday, November 18!

GIS Day is an international forum that celebrates and demonstrates how Geographic Information System (GIS) applications make the world a better place.  
 
Geographic Information Systems capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and organize all types of geographical data.
 
Some very remarkable GIS student projects will be on display in the Library from November 15 to December 4.
 
 
 
The projects might include really interesting topics such as:
 
  • Management of resources such as allocating emergency response staff
  • The assessment and eventual development of infrastructure such as streets
  • Companies also take advantage of GIS technologies to help them choose a strategic market location that has not yet been saturated by other competitors

These GIS student projects illustrate how this powerful technology plays an important role in our daily lives.  
Come to the library to take a look at this exceptional display!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Connecting with the Library

The Library is here to help answer your questions.

Here are some easy ways to contact us:
  1. Talk to us directly at the Information Desk.
  2. Get research and technical assistance by phone (403) 284-8616 or by email.
  3. Use the Ask us a Question service or request in-depth research assistance which includes:
    • One-on-one instruction in the use of advanced databases or other research tools
    • Research into wide-ranging topics or more specialized fields of study.
    • Guidance on using the best resources for your research papers or presentations.
  4. Chat Reference, on the Library's homepage delivers immediate, interactive assistance to help you with your projects, term papers and homework assignments.
  5. Suggest a new resource. Suggestions from students, faculty and staff for the purchase of new materials always welcome.
Additionally, if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you  can be informed about helpful updates about library events and activities as well as SAIT campus updates and happenings.



Monday, November 9, 2015

Wood Trades Fair 2015

The Library is celebrating the talented students from the Cabinetmaking and Carpentry programs.

SAIT's Wood Trades students work in many areas of construction, including residential, commercial and industrial construction.

Cabinetmakers produce custom-made wood products and learn how to build and repair wood components, furniture, fixtures and cabinetry.


Carpenters are involved in reading blueprints, selecting materials and methods of work, measuring, cutting and joining materials. Carpenters can also specialize in one type of work such as framing, bench work or finishing carpentry.

 
Beautifully hand crafted furniture and wood projects are on display in the Library from November 9 - November 27.
 
Please stop by and take a look at this extraordinary display.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Remembrance Day Hours Update

The Library is closed on Wednesday, November 11 for Remembrance Day.




Online resources such as e-Books, e-journals, research databases and digital videos are always available. You just to need to use your SAIT ID # and Library PIN to access these resources from off-campus.

Our regular hours will resume on Thursday, November 12.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Library Events

In November, students and staff are invited to participate in a variety of library workshops and events.



Here are the sessions we are presenting:
Date
Time
Event
Location
Monday, November 2
12 -1pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
Tuesday, November 3
12 -1pm
*SAIT Faculty only
MC 015
Wednesday, November 4
5 – 7pm
Library Computer Commons
Thursday, November 5
5 - 6pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
Thursday, November 5
3 - 4pm
*SAIT Faculty only
MC 015
Monday, November 9
12 -1pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
Thursday, November 12
5 - 6pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
Monday, November 16
12 -1pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
Wednesday, November 18
5 – 7pm
Library Computer Commons
Thursday, November 19
5 - 6pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
Monday, November 23
12 -1pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
Tuesday, November 24
11am – 1pm
SAITSA Financial Literacy Event: Debits, Credits, & Savings
Library Computer Commons
Wednesday, November 25
5 – 7pm
Library Computer Commons
Thursday, November 26
11am - 1pm
Games Tournament
Library Computer Commons
Thursday, November 26
5 - 6pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
Monday, November 30
12 - 1pm
Conversation Club
MC 008

We do hope that you will be able to join us for some of these events.