Friday, March 31, 2017

Library Resources for Apprentices

Calling all Apprentices! We are hosting our Apprentice Outreach from Monday, April 3rd  to Thursday, April 6th.

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, April 3rd
Thomas Riley Lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday,  April 4th
Aldred Centre Lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday,  April 5th
Aldred Centre Lobby
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday,  April 6th
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.
  • ASTM Compass, ASME Standards Collection, IEEE Xplore also provide complete online access to their standards and codes.
  • Environmental guidelines and safety standards such as NFPA and Canadian envirOSH Legislation (CCOHS) are also available online.
  • Print copies of ASTM, ISO, ASME, and other industry 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!




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Discover Robotics - Come Build, Program and Play

Discover the world of robotics through LEGO Mindstorms EV3!

Just want to play?

Drop by the Library Computer Commons on your break to practice your programming skills.
  • Thurs. March 30, 9-11am
  • Mon. April, 10, 12 - 2 pm
  • Thurs. April 13, 9 - 11 am

Want to learn how to build and program?

Sign up for a free workshop to build, program and play with one of the robots.
  • Thurs. April 6, 9 – 11 am
  • Tues. May 9, 10 am – Noon
  • Thurs, May 11, 1 – 3 pm

You will have a blast!

On March 28, this Lego Mindstorm robot made its debut!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Future Trends

The February 2017 edition of Wired magazine, focused on 49 trends that they predict will shape the future very soon.

The magazine foresees that “the cyber cold war will heat up, Snapchat will actually be important, you will learn to trust chatbots, your car will no longer need you, Facebook and Twitter will be confronted this year and more…”

Many of the theories they present are interesting, thought provoking, and even a little alarming. Here are just a few of their predictions:
If you are curious about cyber warfare, self-driving cars, gene hacking or smart homes, you will probably want to read the entire fascinating issue of Wired.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring time in Alberta!

There is a beautiful Ian Tyson ballad called "Spring time in Alberta" where he describes this fickle season in our province.
Just like spring time in Alberta
Warm sunny days endless skies of blue
Then without a warning
Another winter storm comes raging through
And the mercury's fallin'
I'm left all alone
Just like spring time in Alberta
Chills me to the bone
Spring time in Alberta
Chills me to the bone

Source: Ochs, M. (1965) Ian And Sylvia On Hullaboo.
Retrieved from Britannica ImageQuest.
This year, especially, it does seem like winter has been hanging around for a long time. Even actor, Ewan McGregor, recently commented about our weather. But there are some sure signs that spring is really coming.
  • This past Sunday (March 12th), most Canadians turned their clocks forward one hour to mark the start of Daylight Saving Time. It is the beginning of longer daylight hours and hopefully warmer days.
  • Monday, March 20th is the first day of the spring season when the sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward. This day is known as the Vernal Equinox.
  • Alberta birds are returning which is a sure sign of spring. "Ravens, gyrfalcons, merlins and the like are back in Alberta, one of the early signs that spring is well on its way" says wildlife expert Brian Keating.
Source: Lorenz, C. Peregrine Falcon. Retrieved from Britannica ImageQuest.

For many sports fans, spring means it is time for the playoffs!
Source: Sandford, D. (2010). Calgary Flames v Detroit Red Wings.
Retrieved from Britannica ImageQuest.

Source: Blumenfeld, L. (2007). NCAA West Regional Final - Kansas v UCLA.
Retrieved from Britannica ImageQuest.

  • And if that isn't enough of an indication of spring, there's the World Baseball Classic (WCB), which features the best baseball players in the world competing for their home countries and territories. These games span the globe, taking place across 6 venues, beginning in Seoul, Tokyo, Miami, and Jalisco in the first round. During the second round, teams will head to Tokyo and San Diego and finally end up in Los Angeles for the Championship round. This competition goes from March 6th - March 22nd.
Source: Artist unknown. (1887). Baseball. Retrieved from Britannica ImageQuest.

Winter is going to end - it really is!
All of the photographs that we have used in this article can be found in Britannica ImageQuest. This e-Resource contains almost to 3 million images including rights-cleared images from collections from the National Portraits Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, and a Canadian Photo collection.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Indigenous Awareness Week (March 13th -17th)

Join us for Indigenous Awareness Week at SAIT to celebrate, honour and gain knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions through a series of events including storytelling, art displays, engaging presentations, crafting workshops and more.

Mon. March 13
Indigenous Art Show
9 am to 5 pm | Chinook Lodge
Inuit Art 101
Sophia Lebessis
11 am to 1 pm | Chinook Lodge
Sexual Health and Indigenous  Culture
4 pm to 6 pm | Chinook Lodge
Wed. March 15
Keychain Beading
11 am to 1 pm | Chinook Lodge
Then and Now
Ervin Chartrand
4 pm to 6 pm | Chinook Lodge
Tues. March 14
Safe space in the classroom:
Cross-cultural dialogue and Indigenous pedagogy
Gabrielle Lindstrom
11 am to 1 pm | Chinook Lodge
4 pm to 6 pm | Reg Erhardt Library
Thurs. March 16
Keychain Beading
11 am to 1 pm | Chinook Lodge
Facing oppression in Indigenous education:
Building alliance across cultural and racial identity
Verna St. Denis
4 pm to 6 pm | Macdonald Hall
Fri. March 17
Wrap Up Celebration and Feast
11 am to 1 pm | Chinook Lodge



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Plan to Land Your Dream Job

Two services at SAIT, Reg Erhardt  Library and Student Employment and Career Services, can help you get closer to your dream job. It takes planning and learning to write a resume, searching for a job, preparing for an interview, researching the company, and standing out for the rest of the applicants. They have the resources to do just that.

Reg Erhardt Library

Located on the main floor, MC111 of the Stan Grad Building, we have books and videos on topics such as resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and employment interviewing. To access eBooks and videos, you need your SAIT ID number and Library PIN.
  • Simply, type one of the above topics, into the Discovery search box and then, limit your results to either books or videos.
  • Ask a library staff member to show you how to find the information you need
  • View the "Plan to Land Your Dream Job" display of books, videos and job hunting resources on the main floor of the library.

Student Employment and Career Centre 
Now at its new location - MC205, Stan Grad Centre, they have resources that pair current SAIT students and graduates with a perfect career. Working with both employers and students, they have the tools to connect the right person to the right job. Some of their services include:
              - Resume and Cover Letter Writing Help
              - Interview Strategies
              - Resume Strategies for New Canadians and International Students
              - Networking
              - Developing Your Linkedin Profile
              - Maximizing Linkedin for Job Search
              - Career Fair Preparation

Check out Career Services for Calgary and Alberta. Finally, to help you get started, read the Top 5 Ways to Prepare for the Job Hunt to plan to land your dream job.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Life Beyond Earth? Naming the 7 newly discovered planets!

On February 22, NASA astronomers announced the discovery of a nearby solar system with
seven Earth-sized planets, using the Spitzer Space Telescope. Three of the new planets might have a suitable temperature for water and possible life.

According to NASA scientists, the discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. The star, which the seven planets orbit around, is known as Trappist-1 and it is located 40 light years away from Earth. All of these seven planets could have liquid water - this is essential to life as we know it - under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

NASA also tweeted asking ‘#7NamesFor7NewPlanets’ and the response worldwide has been huge. It caused quite  a frenzy out on the Twitter universe. Time magazine posted some of these suggestions.

Kanopy, one of this library streaming video collections, also has an amazing series called
“The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know”, which examines the new strategies astronomers are currently using to find other earthlike planets.