Friday, August 21, 2015

What's Happening @ the Library

During the spring and summer months, our staff has been busy ensuring that the resources and services that we provide will continue to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff.


Here is brief summary of some of the things we worked:
  • Three new study rooms were constructed on Level 0. We now have 11 study rooms where you can study by yourself or with your classmates.
  • We purchased new books, eBooks, several digital video collections and databases throughout the summer.
  • We added a new games collection and we want you to come play! Games improve your memory, teach you problem solving skills and they are really good stress relievers too.
  • We hosted Conversation Clubs where summer students had an opportunity to learn about the library, meet other students and had fun practicing their speaking and listening skills.
  • We also offered free library and computer classes at the Learning Hub in the Senator Burns Building.
  • Our “Celebrating Excellence” display (located on Level 1 inside the Library) paid tribute to some very talented SAIT staff and alumni.
We were able to accomplish a lot this summer and are looking forward to the new Fall semester.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Welcome SAIT Faculty

This fall, the Reg Erhardt Library will be hosting a new series workshops in our Library classroom (MC015) for SAIT faculty with topics that will help make research, citation and documentation easier to manage.

Faculty Workshop Series
Feed your Brain

Polishing Your Research Skills
Come along on a whirlwind tour of the library’s many databases and e-resources, including a review of the advanced search features and tools available to faculty.  Google Scholar and open sources journals will also be discussed.
Jessica Norman
September 29th, 12 – 1pm
September 30th, 3 - 4pm
Cite it Right: Intro to Citation Management
Learn how online citation/document management tools can help keep your research work organized and save you time when you need to prepare properly formatted bibliographies and in-text citations.  Tools covered include Zotero, Mendeley, and Microsoft Word citation support.
Jessica Norman
October 7th,
3 - 4pm
October 8th,
10 – 11am
Searching the Engineering Village/ Compendex Research Database
Learn about Compendex, formerly the Engineering Village Research Database, a new addition to the library’s database holdings.  Advanced search and unique features such as publisher search and citation counts will be reviewed.
Dave Weber
November 3rd,
12 – 1pm
November 5th,
3 – 4pm
Publishing Your Article
Ready to share your research findings? Learn about different models of journal publishing and choose one that best fits your work. We will discuss different methods of finding reputable and high quality journals.
Sabrina Wong
December 1st,
12 – 1pm
December 3rd,
3 – 4pm

 For more information, please contact Jessica Norman via email or phone (403) 210-4073.


Two New Streaming Video Services

The Library has just purchased two great new streaming video products!


Kanopy is a Netflix-like streaming video service, that offers over 26,000 films, documentaries and training videos with new releases daily. It features producers such as PBS, HBO, Criterion Collection, TMW Media, Kino Lorber and California Newsreel. It is easy to create film clips, playlists and embed videos too.
You can browse broad subject areas such as:
  • Popular films
  • Business
  • Architecture
  • Health
  • Journalism
  • Global studies
  • Technical training

Criterion-On-Demand, has over 1200 digital full feature films that can be downloaded or streamed for classroom viewing or for viewing as course material and assignments. Many of their titles are available in both English and French and have been produced by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Lionsgate Films, Alliance Films Warner Brothers, Miramax Films and many more!

These films are available in these genres:
  • Foreign Language
  • Literary Adaptations
  • Justice
  • Classics
  • Environmental Titles
  • Social Issues
  • Documentaries
  • Animation Studies
  • Academy Award Winners

SAIT students and staff can watch both of these products anytime and anywhere. Click here to learn more about our streaming video products.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us at 403-284-2616 or e-mail us.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Did you know...

  SAIT has been offering courses in petroleum technology for over 55 years ?

The petroleum industry in Alberta has directly and indirectly been responsible for the employment of many Canadians since the discovery of oil at Leduc in 1947.  By 1950, Alberta was one of the world's exploration hot spots, attracting investment and job seekers. The boom in the petroleum industry created a high demand for skilled technicians and SAIT responded in turn by creating the Petroleum Technology program in 1959.

The Petroleum Department was headed by W.A.B Saunders and offered a two year program covering such subjects as oil field operations, petroleum geology, chemistry, drafting and surveying, mathematics, physics, and English. The requirements to enter the program were substantial, both in terms of grades and entrance fees, and the cost for each year was set at $46.00 plus a $5.00 registration fee ($377.52 and $41.03 respectively in 2015 dollars).  The first class had 22 students - all male, though this has since changed.  Graduates from this course were in high demand and could earn between $300.00-$400.00 per month ($2385-$3180 in 2015 dollars).

As the program continued to grow in popularity, it had to expand its programs to meet the needs of industry.  In 1963 an institute "oil well" was completed to the depth of 400 feet on campus in the NE corner of the Aero Hanger, and was used in demonstrations and instruction.  By 1973 a third option in production was also added in response to industry needs.  Today, Petroleum Engineering Technology as it is now known, continues to be one of the most popular programs offered through the McPhail School of Energy 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

Thursday, August 6, 2015

From the Page to the Big Screen.

Read it on the page, then watch it on the big screen.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Page:

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery,unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

The Martian is Andy Weir’s first novel and you can check it out in the Library.

The Screen:

Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity, The Departed) stars alongside Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Oscar nominees Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) in this thrilling adaptation of the Andy Weir novel. Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) is in the director’s chair. Check it out when it hits theaters October 2, 2015.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The Page:

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben, Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members – including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

Check out Gillian Flynn’s other titles in our collection too.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl is already a major motion picture starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike (in an Oscar nominated role), Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. Check out the book before seeing the movie and Flynn’s very first novel.

Sharp Objects

The Screen:

Oscar winner and perennial contender Charlize Theron (Monster, Mad Max: Fury Road) stars in this screen adaptation as the lead character Libby Day. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Chloƫ Grace Moretz (If I Stay) co-star. Check out Dark Places on the big screen August 7.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith

The Page:

Jane Austin’s classic tale of love, wealth, deceit, family and marriage. With zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. Need I say more?

Seth Grahame-Smith single handedly created the now popular mash up genre, and also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which also became a major motion picture.

The Screen:

Lily James (Downton Abby) breathes new life into the character of Elizabeth Bennet that was done to an Oscar nominated performance by Keira Knightly in 2006’s (Pride and Prejudice, sans zombies). Not only did Grahame-Smith adapt the novel, he also wrote the screen play for the film. It claws its way into theatres in February, 2016.

Room by Emma Donoghue

The Page:

Room is the story of a five-year-old called Jack, who lives in a single room with his Ma and has never been outside. When he turns five, he starts to ask questions, and his mother reveals to him that there is a world beyond the walls. Told entirely in Jack’s voice, Room is no horror story or tearjerker, but a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child.

Emma Donoghue has eight novels to her credit including Landing, Hood, and her latest novel Frog Music.

The Screen:

Oscar and Golden Globe nominated (Fargo, Shameless) William H. Macy stars in Room alongside 3 time Oscar nominated Joan Allen. This is Emma Donoghue’s first shot at the big screen. This one will hit theatres later this year, in October.

The Driftless Area by Tom Drury

The Page:

The Driftless Area is the story of Pierre Hunter, a young bartender with unfailing optimism, a fondness for coin tricks, and an uncanny capacity for finding trouble. When he falls in love, with the mysterious and isolated Stella Rosmarin, Pierre becomes the central player in a revenge drama he must unravel and bring to its shocking conclusion. Along the way he will liberate 77 thousand dollars from a murderous thief, summon the resources that have eluded him all his life, and come to question the very meaning of chance and mortality.

Drury burst onto the writing scene 21 years ago with his debut novel The End of Vandalism.  He has received multiple awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

The Screen:

Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy nominated Zooey Deschanel(New Girl, 500 Days of Summer) takes the screen as Stella Rosmarin. This is Tom Drury’s first full length film adaptation of his work.