Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Reg Erhadt Library Website

Today the Library website was updated and moved to a new content management system.

As part of that update we've switched to a new, better integrated system for sharing news and events. You can see our news and announcements on our home page at http://www.sait.ca/library.

We will no longer be providing news via http://saitlibrary.blogspot.ca/ and soon the news archived here will be removed.

Please update your links, subscriptions and bookmarks.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Art Exhibition at the Reg Erhardt Library

“No earthly act escapes its eternal echoes, echoes more substantial than the acts themselves.”
-Geoffrey Wood

Echo Chamber is an art exhibition featuring works from Brenda Kim Christiansen, Patrick Higgins, and Paddy Lamb. It is presented by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program. These works explore the concepts of reality and illusions, as well as memories and how they are constructed. While all of these works began with in-situ sketches or photographs, the process each artist takes to construct their art results in unique interpretations of reality.

These works are intended to engage the viewer and encourage active interpretation. Here are some questions provided by the AFA Travelling Exhibition Program to consider while viewing the exhibition:
  • What is your initial reaction to the work? What do you see and what do you think about it?
  • What shapes and objects do you notice the most? Why?
  • How would you describe the mood of this work?
  • What do you think the artist’s purpose was in creating this work? What story might they be telling?
  • Has your initial opinion of the work changed after you’ve had more time to view and think about it?
The Echo Chamber Exhibition will be at the Reg Erhardt Library until the end of August.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stampede Parade Day Hours Update

The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede will celebrate the Greatest Show on Earth from July 7th to July 16th, 2017. It is always a spectacular celebration of western Canadian heritage featuring rodeo competitions, chuckwagon races, a midway carnival, live music, and so much more!

The official kick-off to the Calgary Stampede is the annual Stampede Parade!

The Reg Erhardt Library will closed Friday, July 7th in the morning from 8 am to 1 pm for the Stampede Parade. We will re-open again from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Canada Day 150

Canada Day celebrations are always fun no matter where in Canada you are. This year, as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, the festivities promise to be something special. If you are staying in the city for the long weekend, Calgary has a massive day planned with events happening at several different locations across the city culminating with a concert on Riverfront Ave and a fireworks display over the Center Street Bridge. 

Check out all the different festivities on the City of Calgary webpage

For additional information on events in Calgary, and for events in neighboring communities check out the To Do Canada website

And don’t forget to come into the Reg Erhardt Library at SAIT during the month of July to check out our “Made in Canada” display on Level 0 which features Canadian books and authors; and our “Canada 150 Day Timeline” on Level 1 that highlights milestones in Canada, Calgary and SAIT’s history over the past 150 years.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Volunteer and Make a World of Difference!

Is volunteering on your "To Do List" this summer? Are you considering fundraising or volunteering for a cause that is near and dear to your heart?

Your actions, big or small, can make for an unforgettable experience and change someone else's life for the better. Learning about another person’s daily struggles, their culture or their day-to-day lives can make a huge difference in your life as well.

Here is a very interesting article titled: Have a heart for volunteering: helping yourself by helping others. This short article briefly outlines the benefits that volunteering has on others and your own health and well-being.

Medford, A. (February 1, 2017). HAVE A HEART FOR VOLUNTEERING. 
Alive: Canada’s Natural Health & Wellness Magazine, (412), 113-118.

Some other resources that I found in our collection are:

Four twenty-something Canadians guys packed up a motor home and
embarked upon a three month nonprofit marathon known coast to coast
as The Extreme Kindness Tour. Their mission was to perform as many
 random acts of kindness in as many communities as possible. This e-Book
documents their heartwarming stories of friendship and kindness.

In this book, Gerald Hankins examines the escalating problems
of the homeless and street people in Calgary. Whoever they are
and whatever their plight, the Mustard Seed opens its doors to them
and offers food, a warm place to stay, and sometimes even a fresh start.

In Charity Case, Pallotta offers a visionary solution to
 transform the way people think about charity. This e-Resource
is a thought provoking wake-up call about a culture that
restricts the ability of many charities to make real change.

Susan Scott interviewed more than 60 women facing
homelessness across Canada. With uncompromising
 honesty and a deep sense of empathy, she recounts their stories
while highlighting the many underlying problems they face.

Volunteering can provide you with new opportunities to meet other people, allow you to embrace other cultural traditions and perhaps go on a new adventure. And it might even give you a new perspective about the quality of your own life too.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Alberta Research Portal at Your Fingertips

Now available to all Albertans, the Alberta Library (TAL)'s partners have arranged with Gale Cengage to provide barrier free access to a world class collection of primary sources called the Alberta Research Portal (ARP). Whether you are a student writing a paper, faculty performing scholarly research or a community user interested in book writing, art creation or genealogy, ARP is not to be missed.

This resource provides access to Gale's Primary Sources databases with 69 unique primary source collections that include monographs, photographs, transcripts, newspapers, poetry, surveys, original documents, records, and more. Some of the collections are related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, Human Sexuality and Gender, Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collections Online, Early Arabic Printed Books, Picture Post Historical Archive, and U.S. and British newspapers covering literary, financial, business, political, and cultural news.

Plus, you can access 25 e-Book titles from Gales Virtual Reference Library covering topics such as LGBTQ+, environment, cultures & daily life, energy, indigenous peoples, foods of Canada and other countries.

You can access this entire collection through our Library's digital resources or directly through the Alberta Research Portal.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SAIT Graduation Ceremonies

The Reg Erhardt Library would like to congratulate all of the SAIT graduates in the Class of 2017!

This is a major accomplishment and you should be proud of all your hard work.

SAIT's Convocation Ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, June 13, Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

To learn more about SAIT's Graduation Ceremonies, click here.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Library Closure on Tuesday, June 13th

The Library will be closed on Tuesday, June 13 from 8am to 6:30pm for Professional Development and systems maintenance.

The following services will not be available:
  • Catalogue
  • e-Books
  • Databases
  • Streaming Videos
  • PIN Requests
  • My Library Account

We will re-open on Wednesday, June 14.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Library Closure on Tuesday, June 6th

The Library will be closed on Tuesday, June 6 from 12noon to 4pm. We will be participating in various activities and workshops that celebrate SAIT!

Online resources such as e-Books, e-Resources, and streamed videos are always available. You just need to use your nine digit SAIT ID# and Library PIN to access these resources.

We will re-open at 4pm and will close at 6:30pm.

Thanks for your understanding!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Enjoy Calgary's Festival Season

The summer festival season in Calgary is filled with the best music and family entertainment combined with lots of great food and fireworks!

June 1-11, 2017

FunnyFest actively promotes mental and physical well-being through a number of unique comedy shows. This distinctive comedy festival is now celebrating its 17th year and continues to showcase a wide range of outstanding Canadian comedic talent. With over 70 performers in 11 days and nights of comedy, try to take a break and enjoy a few chuckles.

This eBook examines library humour
over the past 200 years. It provides comical 
insights into different aspects of library science
with humourous portrayals of stereotypes such as 
the shushing librarian with a bun.

Fiestaval Latin Festival
June 21-23, 2017
Canada Olympic Plaza

Fiestaval is a free family oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting Calgary's Latin American culture. It takes place in the heart of the downtown and is a terrific opportunity to learn more about our Latin community.

America that recounts the story of the 
entire region with coverage of broad
themes and regional differences.

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
June 21-25, 2017

Sled Island is a 4 day independent music and arts festival that features over 250 artists and bands playing in more than 30 venues throughout the city.

This book attempts to explain the fascinating 
power that music has on our emotional state 
and how it is able to bond or divide entire societies.

Calgary Folk Festival
July 27-30, 2017
Prince Island Park

The Calgary Music Festival, celebrating its 38th anniversary, features musical artists from over 16 countries on 9 stages in 100+ concerts at Prince's Island Park. The site also includes an interactive family area, an international craft market, global culinary delights, a record tent, and tree-shaded beer gardens.

Before you go, brush up on one of folk music's best philosophers:

This book examines different aspects of Dylan's
creative thought through a philosophical lens. 
Everything from his early acoustical folk 
ballads and protest songs to his controversial
 switch to electric guitar to the profound music
 he created in the 1970's and beyond is covered.

Calgary International Blues Festival
July 31-August 6, 2017
Shaw Millennium Park

Bring the family down to the park for some of the finest Blues concerts, workshops, and special events. Check out the colourful arts market, pick up some festival souvenirs, and enjoy the delicious cuisine and beverages offered by the YYC food trucks!

Feeling musically inspired? Check out:

Jeff Todd Titon is a musical aficionado,
who has edited and researched this 
impressive compilation in order to make
music more accessible. The book has
in-depth explorations into various
 musical cultures from around the world.

Taste of Calgary

August 10-13, 2017
200 Barclay Parade SW

For the past, 20 years, Taste of Calgary has presented the best outdoor food and beverage festival in the city. It is a fantastic way to experience the gastronomic offerings of a wide range of restaurants and beverage companies. Add local music, artisans and interactive activities for a not-to-be missed culinary experience!

Create a taste of Calgary in your own kitchen with:

Discover more about Calgary's
outstanding cuisine with this 
collection of recipes from forty
 of the best chefs in the city.

August 15-26, 2017
Elliston Park

GlobalFest is a pyro-musical fireworks extravaganza that celebrates and showcases cultural diversity and the artistic excellence that exists within our city and around the world.

If you have ever wondered how fireworks are created or what makes them sparkle and explode, this video is just what you need!

Chemistry lights up fireworks (video) / American Institute of Physics

Take some time away from your busy schedules and go out to some of these great events.
Have some fun and enjoy yourself!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Planning a Vacation?

Summer will be here soon...
Maybe you are thinking about
getting away for a vacation.

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

If you are California dreaming, maybe think about:

If traveling abroad to Europe is your preference,
you might want to consider these options:

If a trek to the Orient or Asia is more to your liking,
you could try one of these spectacular places:

If you are yearning for a trip to Africa or the Middle East,
perhaps one of these countries will be just the ticket:

Even if you just stay home this year, you can learn
about all of these beautiful places and so many others.

We have books, eBooks and videos on lots of different destinations.

Just ask us!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Art Appreciation on the streets of Calgary

Take some time off to discover some of the community and street art that is on display within our city.

You can definitely get lost in the beauty of the pathways found in many of the public parks we have in Calgary. Whether you are simply on a post-work stroll through some of your neighborhood parks or maybe on your bike ride home, Parks Foundation Calgary provides lots of easily accessible, unique, recreational, and green spaces for you to enjoy.

On weekends, take advantage of our beautiful summer weather and go on a self-guided walking tour to learn more about the city's downtown public art.

You can download the Downtown Public Art Circuit podcast for a fun and educational experience or sign up for a downtown intro walking tour.

Calgary also has a lot of street art that should be acknowledged and appreciated. You'll find a variety  of different painting techniques on the buildings that are adorned with street art projects throughout the downtown core. Some of these community projects are listed below:
Around the SAIT campus, we are very fortunate to have the Alberta College of Design galleries so close to us. During your lunch break, visit their main campus and explore some of their exhibitions.

Most importantly, take advantage of the opportunity to relax and enjoy some of the extraordinary artwork that we have in this beautiful city of ours.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Conversation Club (May 8 to June 29)

Come practice your speaking and listening skills at the Library’s Drop-in Conversation Club in our Community Room (MC008).

Mondays (May 8th to June 26th) 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Thursdays (May 11th to June 29th) 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

* There is no session on Monday, May 22nd - Victoria Day

Learn about Canadian customs and discuss current events happening around the city. Discover some new and useful library and student resources that are available at SAIT. Make new friends, interact with other people, and share some personal experiences.

Have fun! It is a great opportunity to ask questions and make new friends.

No registration is required. Everyone is welcome!

To learn more about this and other library events, check out our events calendar.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring Festivals in Calgary!

Calgary has some really great spring festivals and events. Here are a few options—with book pairings from the Reg Erhardt Library—to start season off right. 

April 28 – May 7, 2017

This year, taco artists from over 30 Calgary restaurants are celebrating Cinco de Mayo and of course, the taco! Taco sales will go to these two charities: the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Kids Up Front.

If you would like to continue this celebration at home, we recommend:

Calgary International Beerfest
May 5 6, 2017
BMO Centre

Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 500 different types of beer on site. Take part in beer seminars, vote for the People’s Choice awards, meet new people, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment, and most importantly have a great time!

To learn more about brewing your own beer, we suggest:

The 4th Street Lilac Festival
Sunday, June 4, 2017
10 am – 6 pm
4th Street SW (Between 13th Avenue and Elbow Drive)

Come out to enjoy the unique and pedestrian friendly 4th Street Lilac Festival, which features a variety of musical talent, artisan vendors, and quality entertainment. There are activities designed for all ages. There are six stages hosting over 30 performances throughout the day, offering artists exposure to an often brand new audience and there are over 500 vendors that vary from artisan crafts, to imported wares, to community organizations and more!

If this inspires you to create your own beautiful bouquets, check this title out:

Flowers: the complete book of floral design: choosing, creating, presenting

June 30- July 2
Telus Convention Centre

Otafest is an annual conference for anime enthusiasts show their passion and appreciation of the hobby. Fans can show off the costumes they have made, the music videos they have created, and the art they have painted and drawn. It is a forum for discussion and education. There are educational panels introducing others to the basics of the Japanese language and tips on how to use computer programs to enhance music videos and CG art.

Here is series that we highly recommend:  

Attack on Titan

We hope this helps you shake off the winter blues and brightens up your spring!

Social Networking and Your Job Search

Creating a professional brand and a social media presence will help you manage your career and jump start your job search.

By establishing your professional profile on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, or other social media forums you are able to easily introduce yourself to prospective employers. Social networking through these virtual communities is an important component of career planning.

Building a Strong Personal Brand (video)

We also have lots of resources on this topic help you. Simply type your search term into the Discovery search box and wait for the results to be listed. Here are some examples:

Be sure to check SAIT's Student Employment and Career Centre too.

From your student experience through your professional life, SAIT is here to help you get hired!