Sunday, February 26, 2017

Freedom to Read Week (Feb. 26 - Mar. 4)

SAIT supports Freedom to Read week, an annual, nation-wide movement that encourages Canadians to reflect on issues related to censorship and to celebrate our ongoing commitment to intellectual freedom. This year, Freedom to Read week is February 26 - March 4, 2017.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, join us in the Reg Erhardt Library at Noon for lightning presentations on the importance of intellectual freedom, followed by the Epic Reading Marathon to hear live readings of banned and challenged books.

Want to be a reader?

Contact: Jim Gray at or 403.284.8504.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Library Service Disruption (Sunday, February 26)

Due to maintenance and upgrading, these library services will not be available on Sunday, February 26 from 8:00am to 12noon:
  • 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 call:

AnneMarie de Groot
Coordinator of Technical Services
Reg Erhardt Library
403 284-8431

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Family Day and Reading Week Update

We are closed on Monday, February 20 for Family Day.  Our regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, February 21.


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.


Monday, February 13, 2017

ARCHEXPO 2017 Awards Go To...

ARCHEXPO 2017 was outstanding! 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 these very talented students.

Winners of the ARCHEXPO 2017 People's Choice Awards are:

1st Place Winners are:    Fay Jones
                                                  Alisa Wuthrich
                                                  Rebecca Butler
                                                  Kyoung No Youn
                                                  Tanner Tomko
2nd Place Winners are:      Sou Fujimoto
                                                       Andra Maris-Duma
                                                       Liana Juca
                                                       Madison Bird

3rd Place Winners are:      Bing Thom
                                                     Arianny Marquez
                                                     Alex VanSickle
This year's Honourable Mention was:      Bryon McKay Lyons
                                                                                 Dean Meyers
                                                                                 Bradley Moule
                                                                                 Katie Husted
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who contributed to this year's event!

Living Library (Tuesday, February 14)

Join us at the Living Library on Tuesday, February 14, 11 am - 3pm!

What is a Living Library?

A Living Library is an event where participants get to hear and share personal experiences and stories. When a small group of readers borrow a “living book,” they will sit down together to listen to the living book’s story and ask questions for 45 minutes. This event aims to break down stereotypes and highlight the real people beyond the labels that they are given. Based on the worldwide Human Library movement this unique event will enable you to explore other peoples’ lived experiences and to better understand your neighbours. 

Drop in as your schedule permits but please arrive 5 minutes before the start of each session. Support from SAIT Student Development & Counselling will be available throughout the event and after as needed.

Our Living Books:

Lee Airton
Dr. Lee Airton is a Toronto-based educator, speaker, researcher and blogger focused on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity.

Hear Lee’s story from 11:00-11:45, 12:00-12:45, 1:15-2:00, or 2:15-3:00

David Morales – The Road to Recovery
My name is David Morales, and I am currently a journalism student at SAIT. When I was in my fourth 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.

Hear David’s story from 11:00-11:45, 12:00-12:45, 1:15-2:00, or 2:15-3:00

Colleen Smereka - Reading and Writing with your Ears!
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.

Hear Colleen’s story from 11:00-11:45, 12:00-12:45, 1:15-2:00, or 2:15-3:00

Lorie Tran - We can't create luck but we can create opportunities!
Lorie recently graduated from SAIT’s Software Development program. She is a mentor for the VietSAIT Club and other non-profit organizations around Calgary and she has been recognized for her work with several SAIT awards including the Therese Murray Award and the President's Student Leadership Award. 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 how she made her own success.

Hear Lorie’s story from 11:00-11:45, 12:00-12:45, 1:15-2:00, or 2:15-3:00

Audrey Weasel Traveller - Life is what you make it
Audrey Weasel Traveller is Chinook Lodge’s Elder-in-Residence for February 2017. As a Piikani-Blackfoot member of a southern Alberta First Nation, Audrey will recall her history as a student, a sister, a mother, and a grandmother.  She is currently preparing for retirement as a federal government employee and her story will reflect on the highlights of her life.

Hear Audrey’s story from 11:00-11:45, 12:00-12:45, 1:15-2:00, or 2:15-3:00

Friday, February 3, 2017

Reg Erhardt Library: Year in Review

Last year was a busy one for the Library! We saw increases in usage of our collections and resources, and we heard from students about the importance of the Library in their academic lives. Take a look below to learn more about the Library’s activities in 2016. If you’d like to know more about anything mentioned below, contact your liaison.

Library Resources for Apprentices

Calling all Apprentices! We are hosting our Apprentice Outreach from Monday, February 6th  to Thursday, February 9th. This is your opportunity to meet library staff and learn about many of the great services and resources that the Reg Erhardt Library has to offer.

Monday, February 6th
Thomas Riley lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday,  February 7th
Aldred Centre lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday,  February 8th
Aldred Centre lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday,  February 9th
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!