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!

Monday, April 17, 2017

De-Stress Fest: April 18-21, 2017

With final exams and projects due soon you may find yourself too stressed to even think! Maybe it's time to take a  moment to recharge.

The Reg Erhardt Library is happy to collaborate with SAITSA, the Lamb Learner Success Centre, and Student Development and Counselling to offer some great resources to help you refresh your mind and body as you head into final exams.

From April 18 - 21, to 11:00am to 1:00pm, we will be hosting our popular De-Stress Fest. Stop by the Library and help yourself to:
  • Free tea and healthy snacks
  • Free earplugs with helpful study tips attached
  • Support from an Academic Coach with test taking and study strategy handouts that you can take away
  • Stress management tools from Student Development and Counselling
  • A "stress-free zone" where you can take a break with a video game, board game, or a puzzle
  • A Post-It note inspiration wall where you can share your study tips and tricks with your classmates

Your academic success is important to us!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Library Fine Forgiveness Week (April 18th – 24th)

April 18 - April 24 is Fine Forgiveness Week!

Do you have overdue library materials or outstanding fines?

Come to the library, return your overdue items, and ask us about your fines.

We will cut your fines in half. 

That’s right; you will only have to pay for half!

Students with library fines can start fresh again.

All of the money we collect will go directly to the SAITSA Food Bank.

Monday, April 10, 2017

EconLit is here!

Presented by the American Economic Association, EconLit is a complete, reliable resource of economic literature. With the database on the EBSCO platform, its look and feel may be familiar to you. First time to the EBSCO platform? Take a look!

EconLit offers students and faculty access to the most current and important scholarly publications in economics. It includes peer-reviewed journal articles, working papers, dissertations, books, conference proceedings, and book reviews. EconLit contains more than 1.4 million records with citations and English abstracts dating back to 1886. Content is indexed from 74 countries. Subjects include:

  • Capital markets
  • Econometrics
  • Environmental economics
  • Labour economics
  • Urban economics
  • Country studies
  • Economic forecasting
  • Government regulations
  • Monetary theory
  • Personal finance

EconLit holdings are searchable through the main search box on the library homepage, and you can search the database individually here.

While we have subscribed to the full-text collection, not everything in the database is available in full text. For those items not available through our library, please click the “Request from another library” link. Then, complete the form so that we can provide you with a free copy of the article.

Happy searching! If you have any questions or would like a demo of this database, please feel free to email or book a meeting with our business librarian.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Choosing the Right Database

You may be required to use scholarly or peer–reviewed articles for your research and assignments. You will need information that is credible and accurate.

But, how can you find scholarly articles for your field when you are searching? The Reg Erhardt Library can help.

Internet search engines such as Google are a good way to begin a research project because they are easy to use and provide a basic overview on many topics. You simply type a word or phrase and information on that topic immediately appears. But there is a downside: often you get millions of hits and frequently the same material that is just duplicated or reproduced. Web pages and sites can change, the material found might not be current and you may need to sift through a lot of results. You also need to carefully evaluate many web sites for bias, accuracy and many sites are not updated regularly.

You may even find too much information when searching on the main search box of the library homepage. Subject specific databases may be a more efficient way to search for scholarly articles on your topic. The process is the same:  you type a concept or keyword and information appears. However, there is a difference: the articles found in databases are typically reviewed by scholars and researchers with expertise in their field.  The information is more trustworthy and reliable and you can use these articles to back your research up with credible information. You can also refine the results to get more relevant material by limiting the date, publication type, or subject.

Evaluate any information you find online by using your RADAR (a tool to help you remember the criteria used to evaluate the credibility of any source of information).

For more information about databases, contact the Library via our chat reference, the Library Information Desk or submit an in-depth research request.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Extended Hours Begin (April 10th - 23rd)

When this semester begins to wind down you may have lots of research assignments and final exams to prepare for. 

The Reg Erhardt Library can definitely help if you need research assistance, more computer access or study space. Your academic success is important to us!

Two weeks before Exam Week, we are open even later.

From April 10th to April 23rd, our hours of operation are:

Monday to Thursday     7:30am to 11pm

Friday                            7:30am to 9 pm 

Saturday & Sunday      10:00am to 9 pm

We  are closed on Good Friday (April 14) and Easter Monday (April 17).

Our Spring /Summer hours will begin on Saturday, April 29th. Please check the library calendar for more details.