Friday, September 25, 2015

Community Art Meet Up

Every Wednesday afternoon from 5:00 – 7:00pm, the Lamb Learner Success Centre and the Reg Erhardt Library are hosting a weekly art event that is free for all SAIT students and employees.

Activities have been designed for people of any skill level can participate. Find your inner creativity!

This is what we have scheduled for Wednesday September 30:

Show Me How You Feel Today


On large paper students will outline the shape of their body and then depict where the emotions are felt in the body using free flowing color and shapes to convey movement, gesture, shape, and/or action-- the visual elements of emotion.

  1. Prompt expression of feelings
  2. Provide the individual a platform to write their feelings with movement and colour
  3. Create a visual for sharing with the group within each person's comfort zone
Everyone is welcome to drop by the Computer Commons area of the Library to meet other people, participate in creative activities, relax and have fun.

Register now to confirm your registration and attendance.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Free & secure WiFi access with Eduroam

Eduroam (educational roaming) offers free and secure WiFi access to students, staff and faculty at participating institutions.

To use it, you just need to fulfill these three criteria:
  • be a current student, staff or faculty at a participating institution (your "home institution")
  • be on the campus of a participating institution
  • know the wireless log-in credentials from your home institution

How it works:
  1. A visitor from another institution must select "eduroam" from their list of available wireless networks on their device (smart phone, laptop, iPad, etc.)
  2. When prompted, the visitor must enter their WiFi username and password from their home institution.
  3. An authentication request is then sent to the visitor's home institution.
  4. Once the credentials are verified by the visitor's home institution, the visitor is good to go.

SAIT students, staff and faculty should continue to use sait-acdm, sait-acdm-student or sait-acdm-staff when they are on the SAIT campus but eduroam is a good option when they are visiting the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University or Bow Valley College campuses (see full list of the Canadian institutions and use agreements).

For more information about this service, see eduroam's FAQ.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Did you know ...

Many SAIT students went on to become SAIT instructors?

George Henry Ryning was born on December 18, 1922 in Rowley, Alberta where his parents homesteaded. Like many youngsters who grew up during that era, George worked on the family farm; milking cows, churning butter, driving teams of horses and harvesting oats and wheat. During this time he developed a interest in photography, camping, mechanics and electronics. In 1942  he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F) serving as an airframe mechanic in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Gander, Newfoundland. In 1946, George enrolled in the Aeronautical Engineering program at the Provincial Institute of Technology (PITA) now known as SAIT.  After graduating in 1949, he worked for six years in the aircraft industry as a draftsman and engineer. In September 1955, he began his career an instructor at SAIT.   

A secondment with the Canadian International Development Organization (CIDA) from 1971-1974, sent George and his family to Africa where he established an Aircraft Maintenance program with the Zambian Air Services Training Institute. Returning to SAIT, he designed and taught various courses in the Aeronautics department, retiring as the program supervisor in 1984.  He volunteered for a number of organizations including the Calgary Aero Space Museum and at the SAIT Archives where he could indulge in his passion for aviation and teaching. George passed away on October 12, 2012 at the age of 89. He was married and had five sons.

As a volunteer in the SAIT archives, George understood the importance of preserving our history and donated a small collection of material which includes his lecture notes, photographs and a collegiate sweater.  The fonds were arranged and described in 2015 and available at the SAIT Archives.

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

Community Art Meet Up

The Lamb Learning Centre and the Library will be hosting a weekly art event for SAIT students and employees every Wednesday afternoon from 5:00 – 7:00pm. All of the activities have been designed for people of any skill level and some of the sessions will be linked to other student events on campus, including Mental Health Week and Distress Week.

The first session we are offering is on Wednesday, September 16 and it is called Inside Mask. People often do not realize that they put on masks when interacting with others. We wear masks to get through stressful times. We put on masks when we are with our children being loving and nurturing, at work being professional, and with strangers to keep them from seeing too much (to name a few). This exercise is designed to help the participant begin to become aware of their inner masks by painting their own inner mask.

Everyone is welcome to drop by the Computer Commons area of the Library to meet other students, participate in creative activities, and relax and have fun. You can also confirm your attendance and register in advance.

Register Now
Stay tuned for updates.

We hope to see you soon!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ebook service disruption

On Tuesday, September 15 the EBL platform will be temporarily unavailable as the platform undergoes system maintenance and upgrading.

The disruption to service is scheduled to occur from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Tuesday night, and will impact all ebooks offered through the EBL platform.

Access to all other ebooks will remain unchanged during this period.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the library via email, telephone (403-284-8616), or online via chat.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Course Textbooks at your Library

Our Course Text Collection (CTC) has been a resounding success. If you need a required textbook or have forgotten to bring your copy, the Library can help you.

Materials in this collection include textbooks, required and supplemental readings, articles and videos spanning across all SAIT schools and currently taught courses. Most of these resources are available for a short term loan period, which is usually 2 hours long.
It is important to provide students with equitable access to materials that are in high demand  and/or are considered primary resources related to courses during each semester or academic year.
To find out if we have your textbook, simply search for the title on our homepage. We may have an e-book version of your course textbook in the catalog too.
If we do not have your textbook, let us know. You can also request it via the Suggest a New Title" tab on our homepage.  

If you have any questions, please contact us via email, by phone (403 284-8616) or ask the staff at the Information Desk for assistance.


Table Top Games Night in the Library

A pandemic has struck the Munchkins of Smallworld!  Only the Settlers of Cattan can organize a resistance to the viral Dominion! 

If that made any sense to you at all, then it’s time to get your “Ticket to Ride” to the Reg Erhardt Library Games Night. 

Join us from 5-7 pm on Friday September 11th for a night of wholesome family fun and backstabbing your enemies. 

We have these great games:
  • Carcassonne – Players lay tiles to create the area around Carcassonne (a southern French city famous for its medieval fortifications) and play defenders in strategic locations. It’s easy to learn but involves complex strategy.
  • Settlers of Catan – Players compete to expand their colony by harvesting commodities (Sheep, wood, bricks and grain) to build roads, cities and villages on a randomized board. Watch out for the robber!
  • Munchkin Deluxe – The fast-playing card game sends players into a dungeon adventure to kill monsters and grab the loot. Fun characters and cartoon-like illustrations make for a good time as players attempt to go from level 1 to level 10 (similar to Dungeons & Dragons characters).
  • Resistance - In this card based game, players must complete 3 missions through bluffing, deception and logical deduction. Players are either Resistance Operatives or Imperial Spies who must try to deduce the other players’ identities and gain their trust.
  • Scrabble – In this classic word game, players use letter tiles to form words on the game board and earn points.
  • Ticket to Ride – Players claim train routes between US cities by playing “train” cards of different colors. The longer the route you claim, the more points you get!
  • Takenoko - Players must care for the Emperor’s bamboo garden to feed the hungry panda.  Players build irrigation systems and plant bamboo groves based on dice rolls using a randomized board.
  • Geek Out & Geek Out Pop Culture - These fast-paced trivia games have multiple categories such as games, movies, books and music.
  • Dominion – In this card game, players vie to build their kingdoms by hiring minions, constructing buildings and obtaining wealth by creating the best collection of cards they can.
  • Checkers, Chess, Backgammon – These traditional board games, require players to move discs on a marked board in designated ways to win the game.
If you have your own game you’d like to play, feel free to bring it along.

Game Night will proceed unless the Power Grid fails.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Conversation Club (Sept 3 - Oct 8)

Come practice your speaking and listening skills at the Library’s Drop-in Conversation Club (MC 008) beginning September 3 to October 8.

  • Thursdays (September 3  to October 8) between 5pm and 6pm
  • Mondays (September 14 to October 5) between noon and 1pm

A wide range of topics will be discussed and students have the opportunity to learn about the library and other great student resources offered at SAIT.
Everybody is welcome!

Labour Day Hours Update

Welcome SAIT students, faculty and staff!

We are closed on Monday, September 7 for Labour Day.

On Tuesday, September 8, 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
We are looking forward to working with you.