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!