Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Vacation plans?

Summer will soon be here…

Maybe you are thinking about
getting away for a little vacation,
take a peek at some of these titles

If a warm beach sounds good,
check out these hot spots:

If you’re California dreaming, think about:

If travelling abroad to Europe is your preference,
consider these options:

If a trek to the South or East Asia is more to your liking,
take a look at these destinations:

If you are yearning for an African safari,
maybe these countries will be just the ticket:

Even if you stay at home, you can learn about
these beautiful places and many others.

Just ask us!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Victoria Day Closure

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day.

Regular spring hours will resume on Tuesday, May 24.

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Victoria Day in Canada?

Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory, except Quebec, where they celebrate National Patriots’ Day on the same day. Victoria Day honours Queen Victoria's birthday and has been celebrated in Canada since 1845 to officially recognize Queen Victoria’s actual birthday (May 24). When she died in 1901, it was recognized as a day to remember her.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Need Industry Reports? Check out IBISWorld!

Do you need information on how an industry is performing?

Try searching in  IBISWorld - the largest provider of industry information in the United States.

This database provides accurate and current business information that is thoroughly researched by economists and industry experts who study economic, government and demographic data. It contains the latest content on over 400 Canadian and 1300 American industries.

The Library subscribes Canada, US and US specialized industry reports. The content offered in each industry report is very useful to Business students. It covers:
  • key trends and statistics
  • products and markets
  • competitive landscapes
  • major company players
  • operating conditions and industry growth rates
  • analysis  on market conditions
  • current and future forecasts

Reports are searchable by both industry and major company. Both Canada and the US also follow the North American Industry Classification System (commonly known as NAICS). The NAICS collection analyzes industries at the 5-digit level offering the most up to date content on over 700 industries.

Visit the Business and Law sources page to find out our other business, industry, risk and financial resources.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Free Computer Classes (May 6 – June 3)

Come check out these free computer classes at the Learning Hub (3rd floor of the Senator Burns Building - Room NH 309)

All SAIT students welcome - no registration required!

Using SAIT Email

You will practice accessing and using SAIT’s email system. We will discuss how to write effective messages and subject lines that engage readers.

May 6      9:15am to 10:15am
                1:45pm to 2:45pm

Finding Information - Online Tips and Tricks

Many people use Google to find information online, but did you know that there are tricks to help you use it more efficiently? Learn how to use search tools and find trustworthy sites.

May 13   1:45pm to 2:45pm
Using Microsoft Word

With assignment deadlines fast approaching, drop in for a short tutorial! Get  answers to your questions about formatting documents, correct spelling and grammar mistakes, and creating a professional look using Microsoft Word.

May 20    9:15am to 10:15am
                1:45pm to 2:45pm

Using PowerPoint

Need help preparing your class presentation? Drop in and ask your questions about PowerPoint. You can learn how to organize your presentation, use templates, and insert images.

June 3   10:30am to 11:30am
              12:30pm to 1:30pm

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Celebrating Diversity - AALT Library Conference (May 12-15)

SAIT is proud to be hosting the 42nd Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT) Conference from May 12 -15, 2016.

We are so pleased the Conference is here on our campus during SAIT’s Centennial Celebration as our association is part of SAIT’s history.

This year, our theme is "Celebrating Diversity" and our sessions and keynote speakers will speak to the diversity of libraries, patrons and collections. We are presenting:

  • Stephen Abram (Friday, May 13) - a renown author as well as a library and information industry leader with a strategic planning, product development, administration, technology, rights negotiation, association leadership, education management, teaching and training, publishing and marketing background.
  • Dr. Lauryn Oates (Saturday, May 14) - a Canadian development worker and human rights activist who has gained prominence as a global expert on education in conflict zones and on women's rights. She has worked in the developing world, but particularly in Afghanistan, advocating for the empowerment of women.
  • Glenda Goertzen (Sunday, May 15) - a Canadian author of children's and young adult fantasy, including the best-selling children's novel, The Prairie Dogs.

Please take a look at our sessions and event offerings and consider joining us. Registration is open to anyone!

Who Are We? AALT is dedicated to supporting the professionalism of Library Technicians through communication, continuing education, and cooperation.

Did You Know? Our association was established as a result of a challenge that Bill Manson, a Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) library instructor, issued to each SAIT library technician second year class. Every year, he dared them to form their own organization and finally, the 1973-1974 graduating class accepted his challenge lead by Bernice Neufeld.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email.

Janis Rapchuk, Pablo Zanetta and Danica Dixon
AALT Conference Chairs

Monday, May 2, 2016

Conversation Club (May 2 to June 13)

Come practice your English speaking and listening skills at the Library's Conversation Club!

It meets every Monday from May 2 to June 13 between 10:45am -11:45am & 12 noon - 1pm in the Library, MC 008.    (*No session on Monday May 23 - Victoria Day)

Learn about the Library and other useful student resources offered at SAIT. Make new friends, interact with other people and share personal experiences. Find out about our Canadian customs and discuss current events happening in the city.

It is a great opportunity to ask questions and most importantly - have fun!

Everyone is welcome.

"One of the Conversation Club members has noticeably improved her English over the last four months. This student not only came to every Conversation Club (both sessions per week), but also made friends with classmates from other countries so their common language was English. They shared experiences, coffee, and jokes - all of this was a great incentive to improve their conversational English and it certainly worked for this student."

Janis Rapchuk
Conversation Club Trainer


It’s Finally Festival Season!

Calgary has so many fantastic festivals and events.  Here are a few options—with book pairings from the Reg Erhardt Library—to start summer off right.

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Stampede Park

Tickets are selling fast for this annual four-day pop culture convention celebrating science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation, and more.  Over 100,000 people attended last year to meet celebrities and check out workshops, exhibitors and tons of cool stuff. This year’s headliners include Adrianne Palicki, Famke Janssen, and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)!  Prep to meet Chewie:

The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
By J.W. Rinzler

YYC Taco Fiesta
April 29 – May 5, 2016

From Tubby Dog to Anejo, nearly 30 Calgary restaurants are celebrating nature’s perfect food—the taco.  For six days, proceeds from taco sales will go to great charities like the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Kids Up Front, and the Calgary Food Bank.  The perfect side dish:

Tacos:  Authentic, Festive and Flavorful
By Scott Wilson


Calgary International Beerfest
May 6 - 7, 2016
BMO Centre

A ticket to western Canada’s largest beer festival gets you a sample mug to try more than 500 different types of beer, as well as seminars, great food, and entertainment. Tickets start at $20.  (But it’s only for the 18+ crowd, and remember, never drink and drive!) Inform your tasting:

Beer and Food: Bringing Together the Finest Food and the Best Craft Beers in the World
By Mark Dredge

The 4th Street Lilac Festival
Sunday, June 5, 2016
10 am – 5 pm
4th Street SW (Between 13th Avenue and Elbow Drive)

Celebrate summer with this classic (and free) Calgary festival featuring delicious food, artisan vendors, and performances by more than 30 local musicians. While you’re there, snip some blooms:

Cooking with Flowers: Sweet and Savory Recipes with Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender and Other Edible Flowers
By Miche Bacher