Thursday, January 28, 2016

Check This Out: Pro Sound Effects

Imagine being able to add sound effect to enhance to your video game, broadcast, website or presentation! Broadcasting, New Media, Film and Video Production and Business programs will be sure to find Pro Sound Effects useful as it offers about 42,000 royalty free sound effects.

Pro Sound Effects have been featured in blockbuster and award-winning films, TV shows, commercials, games and apps . Plus, the sound effects, most as .wav files with embedded metadata with 16 bit or 24 bit formats, can be used in the following applications:
  • Film post 
  • Broadcast 
  • Music 
  • Television 
  • Radio 
  • Theatre 
  • Web design 
  • New Media  
Sound Types: 
  • Single isolated sounds like alarm clock buzzing, coffee brewing, or cars driving by 
  • Special effects from comedy, horror, science fiction FX and musical accents 
  • Background ambiance to make the listener really feel like they are in places like the office,  beach, hail storm, hockey game, or Italian restaurant.
Tools You Can Use
  • Filter by category such as Foley Sounds, Science Fiction or Whooshes
  • Download a sound that can be synchronized with a visual presentation, or with other audio materials such as a voice in the case of a radio commercial.
  • Upload an audio file to search for musically similar results.
  • Synchronized in many media: television, radio, film, Web sites, computer games, music and multimedia and audio-visual presentations. 
  • Sounds cannot be given, traded, loaned, distributed or sold sound effects or music; they must be synchronized within a multimedia presentation, film, Web site, game, audio-visual production or broadcast. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016



January 18 – February 5

The annual architectural and design exhibit, ARCHEXPO, is hosted by the School of Construction and Reg Erhardt Library!

Learn about the architectural standards and practices through history and discover how these historical influences continue to shape architectural styles from the 19th to the 21st centuries.
This year, 13 teams of students from the ARCH 260 classes are presenting model and poster presentations of the work of a noted architect, illustrating significant historical precedents.

These incredible architectural masterpieces are on display in the library from January 18 through to February 5, 2016. Come help us celebrate the work produced by our amazing Architectural Technology students and their instructors.

Students, staff and visitors to the Library can vote for their favorite architectural presentation through the ARCHEXPO 2016 People's Choice Awards.

Voting closes on Wednesday, February 3 at 12 noon.


Past Year's Winners:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Human Library

Join us at the Human Library on Tuesday, February 2, 5 - 8pm!

What is a Human Library?

A Human Library is an event where participants get to hear and share personal experiences and stories. When a small group of readers borrow a human “book,” they will sit down together to listen to the human book’s story and ask questions for 45 minutes. Human books are people in the SAIT community who deal with challenges from mental illness to sexism to a learning disability. This event aims to break down stereotypes and highlight the real people beyond the labels that they are given.

Book your borrowing session!
1. Read the descriptions.
2. Make an appointment. You are welcome to book one, two, or three 45-minute sessions with different human books. Session times are 5:15-6:00pm, 6:00-6:45pm, and 6:45-7:30pm.
Refreshments will be provided.
Our Human Books:
Audrey Weasel Traveler (Book a session)
Audrey Weasel Traveler is Chinook Lodge's Cultural Resource Elder for February. Audrey was born and raised on the Piikani First Nation in southern Alberta and is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy that extends into Montana. Audrey continues to practice the ceremonial life of the Piikani-Blackfoot and has raised her four daughters and five grandchildren within the traditional ways of Piikani ancestors. Family and community wellness continue to be central focus of her energies.

Gaining an understanding while living in two worlds, her ancestors’ and mainstream Canada, has been a challenge with its own rewards. Audrey believes in the advancement of the First Nation people and holds student success as central to that effort. Promoting higher education and career pathing has been a significant focus in her life.

For the past 16 years she has held an education administers position with the federal government. Audrey has attained a Master of Education Degree from the University of Lethbridge and is proud to say that each of her four daughters has earned post-secondary credentials.

Colleen Smereka - Reading and Writing with your Ears! (Book a session)
Sign out this delightful human book and hear Colleen’s story of living with a learning disability. Colleen earned her Bachelors in Education and is a valued SAIT employee. She has lived the first half of her life not knowing that she was learning disabled and the second half of her life learning to accept her new reality. Colleen will share how she used technology to develop her skills and become a more capable reader and writer.

Cora Sutton - Life on and off the ice (Book a session)
Check out this human book about balancing life and school. Cora Sutton moved away from home at 18 to play for the SAIT Women's hockey team. She earned her Civil Engineering Technology Diploma and is currently taking Architectural Technology. Cora will share the challenges of being a student athlete, moving away from home, and time management.

David Morales - The Road to Recovery (Book a session)
My name is David Morales, and I am currently in my second year of Journalism at SAIT. When I was in my forth year of university in Ontario back in 2005, I began to suffer a mental illness called psychosis. Later in February of 2006 I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I am currently symptom free, and have been since 2010.  As a result of my improvement in health I have become a leader in the mental health community, and have become a well sought out public speaker.

Jeff Jewett - Go where there is no path and leave a trail (Book a session)
This story is loaded with adventures that will captivate your imagination. There are tales of success and failure. Achievements in the academic and business world that can serve as a, "what to do or not to do," instruction guide. Here is an excerpt, "and then I packed 1/2 of my worldly possessions into a shipping container and loaded my family onto an Air Canada flight to England to take the position of a producer at Dales Television."
Jesse Tregarthen - Through a Glass Darkly (Book a session)
Jesse is a Information Technology student at SAIT. This is the inspiring story of how Jesse has overcome the challenges in life without the ability to see.

Lorie Tran - After the worst day of my life (Book a session)
Lorie is a second year Software Development student who serves as president of the VietSAIT student club and works as a Community Assistant in Residence. She is also the SAITSA ITSD Club President 2015 and SAIT Alumni and Development - Volunteer Leader 2015. When Lorie first moved to Canada, she could not find work related to her degree. She worked as a housekeeper, nanny, tutor and nail technician before deciding to go back to school. It was hard to adjust to school and she found herself doing poorly. Learn about how Lorie found support at SAIT and is now back on track.

Mauricio Jimenez Arce - The Best Student Life Experience (Book a session)
Mauricio's story can be summed up in two lines: The best student life experience at SAIT. A story of student engagement. Mauricio is the president of the SAIT Culture Link student club.

Tara Winberg-Crooks - My Auto Biography: A woman's experience in the automotive trade (Book a session)
Breaking through the barriers of traditional roles, this book tells the story of a woman’s life spent in the Automotive trade.  Beginning in an all-girls high school Auto Mechanics class to teaching Automotive at SAIT, Tara will share how her career was a balance of great challenges, thrilling motorsports and positive life experiences.

Vickie Chase - I'm not who I think I am (Book a session)
The moment you are born you are shaped by other peoples' ideals and values and then you grow up to discover your background and circumstance make you who you are, but you are responsible for who you become. Vickie's story features the challenges she faced growing up, her broadcasting career, marriage to someone with an addiction, and what she continues to learn about herself every day.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Did you know...

That there was hockey team from the Land Down Under during WWII?

In August of 1940, the No. 2 Wireless School was set up at SAIT (PITA) as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Several months later, in November, 173 Australian and New Zealand airmen arrived at the School.  Although initially impressed with Alberta, and in particular the majestic Rocky Mountains, they were totally unprepared for the culture shock.  The Australians had the most difficulty adjusting; none had ever experienced the bone chilling temperatures of a Prairie winter.   The food was also different. The group became incredibly homesick, staging a walkout just a few weeks after arriving.

In an effort to help them cope with their new surroundings, various local organizations held dances and introduced the men to the game of hockey.  It proved to be a big hit.  Former RAAF wireless operator Fred Marsh, who would later return to SAIT following the war as the Assistant Registrar, recalled, "they'd get the Australians and New Zealanders to put on a ten minute hockey game.  The goalies would come out holding onto chairs to stand up.  We'd be on our backs more than our feet and the crowd would howl". 

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

Monday, January 11, 2016

Five Great Things to Know About the Reg Erhardt Library

The Reg Erhardt Library can play an important role in your academic success.

Here are five ways to make the most of your library:
  1. Information Desk staff provide:
  • Expert research assistance for your research papers and presentations
  • General and directional assistance including telephone and chat reference inquiries
  • Library PINs to help you access our databases, e-books and digital videos off campus
  •  Check out and check in library materials

     2.  Study Rooms & Quiet Study Space
          Reserve a study room that is equipped with a computer and large screen monitor.
          Go to  to self register for online study room booking privileges.
          The lower level of the library (Level 0) is designated for individual quiet study.

      3. Media Services
          You can borrow laptops, cameras, calculators, head phones, flash drives and more from the
          Information Desk.

      4. Project Finishing Services to help you polish up your finished projects the library provides
  • computers and scanners
  • printing and photocopying
  • laminating and binding equipment

    5. The Alberta Library Card (TAL Card)
        Current SAIT staff and students are eligible for a free TAL Card which can be used to borrow
        materials from any participating library in Alberta like the CPL or U of C libraries.

Check in anytime with your Library to let us know how we can serve you better.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January Library Events

Happy New Year ! The Library has lots of exciting activities and training sessions planned for students and staff in the next few weeks.


Here are the events we are currently presenting:

January 11
12noon – 1pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
January 13
5 – 7pm
Library Computer Commons
January 14
9:15 – 10:15am
2:15 – 3:15pm
Computer Skills: Using SAIT Email
NH 309 Learning Hub
January 14
10:30 – 11:30am
1 – 2pm
Learning at the Library: Info Session
NH 309 Learning Hub
January 14
5 – 6pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
January 15
9:15 – 10:15am
1:45 – 2:45pm
Computer Skills: Finding Information Online – Tips and Tricks
NH 309 Learning Hub
January 18
12noon  – 1pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
January 20
5 – 7pm
Library Computer Commons
January 21
9:15 – 10:15am
1:45 – 2:45pm
Computer Skills: Using Microsoft Word
NH 309 Learning Hub
January 21
5 – 6pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
January 25
12noon  – 1pm
Conversation Club
MC 008
January 26
12noon  – 1pm
3 – 4pm
SAIT Faculty Only
MC 015
January 26
4 – 6pm
Drop in Chess Night
MC 111
January 27
5 – 7pm
Library Computer Commons
January 28
5 – 6pm
Conversation Club
MC 008

Please feel free to attend some of these great and very informative sessions.



Friday, January 1, 2016

January Hours Update

Welcome Back!
Here are our hours of operation during the first week of January:

January 1st - January 3rd    Closed

January 4th - 8th      8:00 am – 5 pm

January 9th - 10th (Sat & Sun)    Closed


Our regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 11, the first day of the Winter classes.