Friday, December 16, 2016

Holiday Hours Update

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

Here are our hours of operation:

December 17th - 18th Closed
December 19th - 22nd 8:00 am - 5:00pm
December 23rd 8:00 am - noon
December 24th - January 1st Closed
January 2nd - January 6th 8:00 am - 5:00pm
January 7th - January 8th Closed

Our regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 9th.
 








from the staff at the Reg Erhardt Library!


We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Friday, December 2, 2016

De-Stress Fest - December 5th to 9th

With final exams and projects due soon you may find yourself too stressed to even think! Maybe it's time to take a moment to recharge.

The Reg Erhardt Library is happy to be collaborating with SAITSA, the Lamb Learner Success Centre, and Student Development and Counselling to offer some great resources to help refresh your mind and body as you head into final exams.

















From December 5th to 9th we will be hosting our popular De-Stress Fest. Stop by the Reg Erhardt Library and help yourself to:

  • Free tea and healthy snacks
  • Free earplugs with helpful study tips attached
  • Support from an Academic Coach (available between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) with test taking and study strategy handouts that you can take home
  • Stress management tools from Student Development and Counselling (December 7 & 8 only, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
  • A "stress-free zone" where you can take a break with LEGO, board games, or a colouring book
  • A fun art project at our Community Art Meet-Up (December 7, 5 - 7 p.m.)
  • A Post-It Note Inspiration Wall where you can share your study tips and tricks with other students and classmates

This event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the entrance of the Reg Erhardt Library.

We're here to help you succeed! We hope to see you at De-Stress Fest!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Extended Hours in the Library

When this semester begins to wind down you may have lots of research assignments and final exams to prepare for. 

The Reg Erhardt Library can definitely help if you need research assistance, more computer access or study space.

Two weeks before Exam Week, we are open even later.

From December 3 to December 11, our hours of operation are:

Monday to Thursday     7:30am to 11pm

Friday                            7:30am to 9 pm 

Saturday & Sunday       10:00am to 9 pm

Your academic success is important to us!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Apprentice Outreach (November 28 - December 1)

Calling all Apprentices! We are hosting our Apprentice Outreach from Monday, November 28th to Thursday, December 1st. It is your opportunity to meet library staff and learn about many of the great services and resources that the Reg Erhardt Library has to offer.

Date
Location
Time
Monday, November 28th
Thomas Riley lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday,  November 29th
Aldred Centre lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday,  November 30th
Aldred Centre lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday,  December 1st
Aldred Centre lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Library privileges for apprentices begin on the first day of class and expire on the last day of class.
A valid SAIT ID and Library PIN are required to access most of these resources.

This is a short list of some of the services and resources that are available:

1.  For apprentices in the Manufacturing, Transportation and Construction programs there are useful trade guides.


2.  Here are just a few of the e-Resources that are very highly recommended:

3.  The Trades & Apprenticeship ExamBank is another great resource because it has practice exams developed by qualified trades’ instructors in a variety of fields. It is intended to help apprentices and tradespeople prepare for trade school, apprenticeship and Interprovincial exams.

4.  Industrial standards and codes are also available in print and electronic formats.
  • The Alberta Building Codes and National Building Codes are both 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.
  • ASTM, AWA, and ASME standards can be found in our Standards Collection on the main floor of the library.

5.  Additionally, the Library provides:
  • 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, our friendly, knowledgeable staff is available to help you!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

International GIS Day is Wednesday, November 16!

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 that will be on display from November 7 to December 4.

The projects 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 and power supplies
  • 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 these exceptional projects!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wood Trades Expo Reception

We are showcasing the instructors and students in the Cabinetmaking and Carpentry programs by displaying handcrafted artifacts in the Library. On Friday, November 4, we held a reception for the Wood Trades Expo.  


These skilled trade workers are in high demand. When you have an opportunity to see the quality and craftsmanship in these pieces of furniture, you will know why.

 

Projects produced by the Cabinetmaking and Carpentry programs will be on display until November 18.

Please stop by the library to see them.
 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Canadian, eh! Information e-Resources



Do you have a Canadian topic that you need to research?  We have Canadian content; e-Resources of interest to students in business, construction, manufacturing, health and communications.

Below is a sample by student type:

Business Students
 
Canadian Business and Current Affairs provides coverage of current topics, business, economics, finance, labor, law, lifestyles and academia from a Canadian perspective.

Canadian Newsstream provides access to Canadian daily and weekly newspapers with articles dating back as the late 1970s. Includes urban, rural and community publications.

Communications/Marketing/Media Students

Britannica ImageQuest is a collection of close to 3 million images including images from the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, and a Canadian Photo collection.

CARD (Canadian Advertising Rates & Data) Online offers advertising rates, data, contact information and media planning resources for advertisers and public communications professionals.

Construction/Manufacturing

Canadian National Construction Codes 2015 includes full access of the building, plumbing and fire codes.

Safetycare Online Video Library has occupational, health and safety videos for Canadian workplaces. The OHS videos are a great safety tool for training sessions and safety induction meetings.

Health

e-CPS (Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties) provides access to current and comprehensive Canadian drug and therapeutic information. Also contains directories for health organizations, poison control centres and drug manufacturers
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety provides access to data collections and standards, including: CHEMINFO, MSDS/FTSS, RTECS, and OHS References.

General Interest

Canadian Encyclopedia contains the full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia which provides comprehensive, objective and accurate information on a wide range of Canadian topics.

Canadian Electronic Library offers immediate access to over 15,000 books from Canadian scholarly and independent publishers as well as 40,000 monographs from leading think tanks and public policy agencies in all subject fields.


To search any of these e-Resources by subject or name, visit library.sait.ca

Monday, October 31, 2016

Wood Trades Expo 2016

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

Hand crafted furniture and wood projects built by these students will be display in the library from Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 18.

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

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





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



Please stop by and take a look at this exceptional display.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Recommended Reading for Halloween

Happy Halloween!!
 

With less than a week to go until Halloween, we thought it would be fun to share with you a few of our favourite scary fiction and graphic novels:

Afterlife with Archie : Escape from Riverdale / Story byRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa        
                 
All hell breaks loose when a fateful accident sets in motion a series of terrifying events that will threaten the town of Riverdale like never before! When the dead begin to rise, craving human flesh, it's up to Archie, Betty & Veronica, and the Gang to fight for their lives against the zombie hordes led by their former pal, Jughead.













The Walking Dead. Volume 23, Whispers Into Screams /  By Robert Kirkman

A new threat has emerged from within the walker hordes, catching the communities off guard. The time for peace and prosperity is over as a new fight for survival begins.
                                     
 
 
The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of
The Shining) must save a very special twelve-year-old girl
from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

The Graveyard Book / By Neil Gaiman

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place, he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and dead?

 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies / by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith 

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

 
Feel free to check out our Halloween fiction display too!
 

 
 


 
 
 
 










Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our Featured Database: Cambridge Companions

Need information on a topic, theme or important person to support your paper?

Look no further than Cambridge Companions. With 500 titles written by leading experts, you can search by author, title, topic or theme.  Or, simply browse four collections based on Cambridge Companion series for anything to do with literature and classics, philosophy, religion, and culture and music.
Geared for students, this collection has over 5000 essays that contain introductions, case studies and references of major and classic writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and time periods.  Together the chapters and titles, which are continuously updated with new content, include:

  • Hip Hop or Electronic Music
  • Alice Munro or Mark Twain
  • Shakespeare or Popular Fiction (graphic novels)
  • Football or Baseball
  • Victorian or Arab culture
  • Piano or Guitar
  • Edward Albee or Alfred Hitchcock
  • Bob Dylan or Handel
  • The Bible
  • Gay and Lesbian or Native American Literature

And each title is supported with references such a chronology and guide to further reading.
Please consider asking a library staff member to give you a demonstration.
Browse the alphabetical list of subject guides or look for similar resources such as Contemporary Authors, under Humanities and Social Sciences Resources.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Library Service Disruption (Sunday October 16)

Due to maintenance and upgrading, these library services will not be available on Sunday, October 16 from 8am to 12noon MST:
  • Catalogue
  • E-books
  • Databases (including electronic articles)
  • Streaming Videos
  • PIN Requests
  • My Library Account

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions about this disruption, please call:

AnneMarie de Groot
Coordinator of Technical Services
Reg Erhardt Library
403 284-8431
annemarie.degroot@sait.ca


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Celebrating Trojan Athletes!

The Library and Trojan Athletics and Recreation department have teamed up and collaborated on a pictorial display which highlights the tremendous athleticism of our Trojan sport teams.

 
Team sports are the heart of most school athletic programs and these images illustrate how physically fit and strong our Trojan warriors are.

From October 5th to November 28th, photographs of some of our best student athletes will be on display in Library.


Feel free to stop by and see this outstanding exhibition!
We also wanted to congratulate the staff from Athletics and Recreation because they were honoured at the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Awards ceremony on October 5th in Edmonton. To learn more, about this, go to SAITNOW

 

 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Own Your Midterms!

♫ It's the most wonderful time of the year♫

Or...perhaps not.
 
Have midterms got you stressed? Not sure how to prepare for tests? Need help with your citations? Just need someone to talk to? We're here to help. The Reg Erhardt Library - in coordination with SAITSA, Student Development & Counselling, and the Lamb Learner Success Centre - is proud to announce that Own Your Midterms is back this semester!

Own Your Midterms is taking place from October 11th-October 13th at the library. Events run from 11:00am-1:00pm. Students are welcome to drop in at any point.


Drop by the library from 11:00am-1:00pm, enjoy a cup of hot tea and a healthy snack on us, and we'll help you ace your exams this semester.  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Library Resources for Apprentices

Calling all Apprentices! We are hosting our Apprentice Outreach from Monday, October 3rd to Thursday, October 6th. It is your opportunity to meet library staff and learn about many of the great services and resources that the Library has to offer.

Date
Location
Time
Monday, October 3
Thomas Riley lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4
Aldred Centre lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5
Aldred Centre lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday, October 6
Aldred Centre lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Library privileges for apprentices begin on the first day of class and expire on the last day of class.
A valid SAIT ID and Library PIN are required to access most of these resources.

This is a short list of some of the services and resources that are available:

1.  For apprentices in the Manufacturing, Transportation and Construction programs there are useful trade guides.


2.  Here are just a few of the e-Resources that are very highly recommended:

3.  The Trades & Apprenticeship ExamBank is another great resource because it has practice exams developed by qualified trades’ instructors in a variety of fields. It is intended to help apprentices and tradespeople prepare for trade school, apprenticeship and Interprovincial exams.

4.  Industrial standards and codes are also available in print and electronic formats.
  • The Alberta Building Codes and National Building Codes are both 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.
  • ASTM, AWA, and ASME standards can be found in our Standards Collection on the main floor of the library.

5.  Additionally, the Library provides:
  • 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, our friendly, knowledgeable staff is available to help you!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Improve your Note Taking and Study Skills!

Your academic success is important to us and we want to help you with your note taking and study skills.


Here are five suggestions that will help you get top marks this year:
  1. We have lots of study carrels, study tables and comfy seating on Level 1 and the lower level of the library (Level 0) is designated for individual quiet study. Additionally there are:
      • 125 computer workstations
      • 2 scanners
      • Other specialized computer workstations are equipped with Adobe Master Collection, ArcGIS 10.1 and AutoCAD 2014 software
      • You can book a study room where you can study alone or with your classmates.
        • You can attend our Conversation Clubs and Own Your Midterm sessions. You can learn more about these events in our Event Calendar.
          • Search our catalogue using search the search terms such as "test taking" or "study skills." Here are a few examples of what we have:
              • For additional study assistance, we recommend the Lamb Learner Success Centre located in the Stan Grad Building in Room MC221. They teach you how to manage you time, improve your memory and prepare and take exams. Working with their peer tutoring programs will also provide useful study tips and resources.

              Friday, September 16, 2016

              We have a Course Textbook Collection

              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 catalogue too.

              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.

              Tuesday, September 13, 2016

              Chess Night Every Tuesday

              Every Tuesday, starting September 13 from 4 to 6pm, we will be hosting a Drop-in Chess night in the Fiction area of the Library!



              You can also borrow our chess and other board anytime you want to.

              We want to provide students with an opportunity to take a break, have some fun and maybe meet some new people.

              Come in and show us your best moves!


              Learn more about this and other library events check out our Event Calendar.

                








              Monday, September 12, 2016

              Community Art Meet Ups

              Starting September 14, every Wednesday afternoon from 5:00 – 7:00pm, the Lamb Learner Success Centre and the Reg Erhardt Library will host a weekly art event for SAIT students and employees.

              Activities have been designed for people of any skill level can participate. Some of these activities will be linked with other student events on campus, including mental health week and De-Stress (Exam Prep) week.


              To register, click here.
               
              Everyone is welcome to drop by the Learning Commons in the Library to meet other students, participate in creative activities, and relax and have fun.

              See you there!

              Tuesday, September 6, 2016

              Study Rooms Update

              The Library has implemented new software to help make booking a study room easier and better, including:
              • Room capacity and location information, click the
              • No need to register an account
              • 30 minute bookings
              Here is a short guide to help you book a study room:

              1. Click on the "Book a Study Room" button on the home page. The new page shows you the availability of the rooms.


              • Rooms may be booked up to one week in advance
              • Each person in a group is allowed to book up to 2 hours each calendar week (Sunday - Saturday)

              2. Select date on calendar on the left (defaults to the current day's date).
              3. Select room and time on grid on the right.

              • Room details are listed when you mouse over the room information.
              • For the grid:
                       Blue means the study room is not available (the library not open or time has passed)
                       Green means the study room is available
                       Orange means the study room is on hold
                       Red means the study room has been booked
              • Details about confirmed bookings (Red) can be seen by clicking the “Confirmed Bookings” button on left.
              4. Once blocks of time are selected, a “Booking Details” section appears so you can create the booking.  Click the “Continue” button to send an email to your SAIT student email account.

              You must confirm your booking through your SAIT student email within 15 minutes of booking.  


              If you do not confirm, the room will be available for others to book.

              5. Once you confirm a booking, a confirmation email will be sent that has directions to the room and it can be forwarded to other group members.

              6. If you still need help, watch this short video.
               


              You can also ask the staff at the InfoDesk to help you book a study room or contact us via the phone at 403 284-8616 or through our Chat Reference service.




              Monday, September 5, 2016

              IRIS Education web links no longer available after Sept 30th

              Faculty:
              Due to changes beyond our control, any web links that contain http://drm.iriseducation.org as part of the address will need to be updated before September 30th, 2016.  New links are now available via the video record in the library catalogue:
              1. Got to http://library.sait.ca/, search video title.
              2. Click on record to open details page.
              3. Copy URL listed at bottom of details page.





              If you are experiencing difficulties obtaining the new links please contact Library.av@sait.ca or call 403.284.8431 and we can help you.

              If you have a large number of these links in your course plan, please contact your Library liaison who can assist you.

              Tuesday, August 30, 2016

              Labour Day Hours Update

              Welcome SAIT Students, Faculty and Staff!

              We are closed on Monday, September 5 for Labour Day.


              On Tuesday, September 6, we will resume our Fall/Winter hours.

              Our Fall/Winter hours are:

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

              We are looking forward to working with you!

              Tuesday, August 23, 2016

              Need school supplies in hurry?

              The Library has a vending machine that is stocked with school supplies, computer accessories and even some basic first aid products.  It is conveniently located in our Computer Commons area and will accept cash or the SAITSA Student eCard.

              The machine is supplied with:
              • Stationary supplies such as pens, pencils, notebooks, staplers, scissors and index cards.
              • Personal items like Advil, Band-Aids, Kleenex and cough drops.
              • Media devices including scientific calculators, USB sticks and ear buds.
               

              Get everything you need for your classes, presentations and minor medical emergencies.