Thursday, February 25, 2016

Conversation Club (Feb 29 - Apr.7)

Practice your speaking and listening skills at the Library's Drop-in Conversation Club (MC 008) beginning February 29th to April 7th.

Mondays (February 29th to April 4th) between noon and 1pm.
(*Monday, March 28th we are closed for Easter Monday.)

Thursdays (March 3rd to April 7th between 5 and 6pm.


At Conversation Club, we talk about idioms, Canadian culture and life in Calgary.

It is a great opportunity to make new friends. Everyone is welcome!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week!


Freedom to Read Week is an annual, nation-wide event that celebrates and promotes Canadians’ right to intellectual freedom. At the Reg Erhardt Library, we empower students and staff to find out more about these rights and what it means to them. We invite all members of the SAIT community to participate in an interactive discussion, epic reading marathon and other events during Freedom to Read Week, February 21-27.
Monday, February 22, 2pm-?:  Epic Reading Marathon
We start the clock at 2:00pm - and then it's time to read, read, read! We'll provide the banned books and it's up to you to read. Marathon readers will briefly state what freedom to read means to them and then read for 15-30 minutes from their favorite banned or challenged work. Our goal is to read for 8 hours with 16-30 participants reading one after another. If you are interested in being a volunteer reader, please contact jim.gray@sait.ca
Wednesday, February 24, 12-1pm: Censorship, Academic Freedom, and Libraries - Panel Discussion
Join us for a lunchtime panel discussion in the Library Meeting Room (MC008) on issues of censorship and academic freedom. Guest panelists will provide perspectives, and SAIT students from the Library Information Technology and Journalism programs will contribute readings from banned or challenged works. Students, staff and community members are welcome to listen, ask questions, and contribute to the dialogue on this important topic.

Wednesday, February 24, 5-7pm: Community Art Meet Up
Express your thoughts in a creative way!

All week: Post your thoughts!
Stick up a post-it on the south windows of the Library and tell us what freedom and censorship mean to you. If you prefer to participate digitally, tweet @saitlibrary with the hashtag #freedomtoread.
No registration is required for these free events!

ARCHEXPO 2016 Awards Go To...

ARCHEXPO 2016 was exceptional! It was great to have these architectural masterpieces on display in the library. The projects were all amazing and they attracted a lot of attention.

This is a wonderful way to celebrate and highlight the work produced by all of these very talented students.

Winners of the ARCHEXPO 2016 People's Choice Awards are:

1st Place Winners: Glenn Murcutt
                                        Alan Eyre
                                        Lucinda Jama
                                        Lucas Sobry
                                        Michelle Orig

2nd Place Winners: Tadao Ando
                                         Izabella Dlugosz
                                         Sanaz Hemati
                                         Lindsay Petro

3rd Place Winners: Frank Gehry
                                         David C. Erickson
                                         Joon-Young Yi
                                         Michel Thibert
                                         Jing Hao

This year's Honourable Mention: Santiago Calatrava
                                                             Carolina Yepes Castano
                                                             Michael Brausen
                                                             Danielle Murrison



Thank you and congratulations to everyone who contributed to this year's event!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Library Service Disruption

Due to maintenance and upgrading, the following library services will not be available on Sunday, February 21st 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 contact:

Annemarie deGroot
Coordinator of Technical Services
Reg Erhardt Library
403 284-8431
annemarie.degroot@sait.ca




 
 






Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Did you know...

That SAIT was created partially as a result of the Calgary-Edmonton Rivalry?

It all began in 1905, when Alberta became a province and Edmonton was selected as the capital. Calgary thought it was the best choice, as it was larger and located on the transcontinental track, but the legislature did not agree. A year later the legislature would also decide to build a university and Calgarians felt that it was their turn since the legislature had promised that the university would not be located in the capital city. They even picked out a spot west of the city, in what is now Varsity, for the site of university. Once again, however, the legislature chose Edmonton, and the rivalry was born.


Outraged, Calgarians lobbied the legislature for their own university; though they were largely unsuccessful. By 1915, however, the rapidly growing population, expanding economy, and the need for vocational training for returning war World War I veterans, drew the attention of the federal government, who agreed to provide funding for a new institute. On February 18, 1916, the city and the province signed an agreement, creating the Provincial Institute of Technology (PITA). The facility (later known as SAIT) opened October, 1916 in the Colonel Walker School (seen above), becoming the first publicly funded technical school in North America.

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

Reading Week Hours Update

The Library is open during Reading Week!


If you need a place to study or are working on assignments and papers during Reading Week, please come to the Library.

We are open from:

Tuesday - Thursday     7:30am to 11pm
Friday                          7:30am to 9pm
Saturday & Sunday     10am to 5pm

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


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Family Day Hours Update

We are closed on Monday, February 15 for Family Day.


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

Our regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, February 16.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Knitted Together

The Library is presenting Knitted Together. We are knitting together for the community!

We are recruiting volunteers and hosting knit-ins in the Library in February from every Tuesday and Thursday between 11 and 1pm.

Anyone can come to the Library and knit scarves, toques and mittens which will be donated to a local charity or SAIT student program that needs additional assistance. We will provide the supplies while you knit.  Our goal is to donate at least 100 items for a special charity.



Here are some of the health benefits of knitting:

  • it is a wonderful creative outlet
  • it boosts memory and cognitive function
  • it is relaxing and enjoyable
  • it is a natural antidepressant

To learn more about the medical and social benefits of knitting click here.

Everyone is welcome to attend! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Library Events

In February, students and staff are all welcome to participate in various library workshops and events that will allow them to take a break and relax a bit, help them with their studies or meet new people.


Here are the sessions we are presenting:

Date
Time
Event
Location
February 1
12noon – 1pm
MC 008
February 2
11am – 1pm
Library
Main Floor
February 2
5 – 8pm
Library
Main Floor
February 3
5 – 7pm
Library Computer Commons
February 4
10:15 – 11:15am
12:45 – 1:45pm
Computer Skills: Using PowerPoint
Learning Hub (NH309)
February 4
3 – 4pm
*SAIT Faculty only
MC 015
February 4
5 – 6pm
MC 008
February 8 – 11
11am – 1pm
Own Your Midterms
Library Computer Commons
February 8
12noon – 1pm
MC 008
February 9
4 – 6pm
Drop-in Chess Night
Library Computer Commons
February 9
February 11
11am – 1pm
Library
Main Floor
February 10
5 – 7pm
Library
Computer Commons
February 11
5 – 6pm
MC 008
February 16
February 18
11am – 1pm
Library
Main Floor
February 22 - 26
Ongoing
Library
Main Floor
February 22
2 - 8pm
Library
Main Floor
February 23
February 25
11am – 1pm
Library
Main Floor
February 23
11am – 1pm
SAITSA Financial Literacy: Know your Taxes
Library Computer Commons
February 24
12 - 1pm
MC008
February 24
5 – 7pm
Library Computer Commons
February 25
5 - 7pm
Library
Main Floor


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