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.

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

              Due to changes beyond our control, any web links that contain 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, 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 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.