What a Long Night! Against Procrastination!

All that planning, and we are left in the wake of Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP), with smiles on our faces! Why? Because you, the students, were in full force last night!

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The Library was packed, almost every seat filled, all white boards bearing the weight of erasable ink notes in blue, and black, and red…pink, and purple, and green… the list goes on and on!

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Popcorn was plentiful and snacks were everywhere to be had! And pizza! Well, that line-up was daunting, but we made it through everyone and there was even a bit of leftover for a second-round, which some of you gladly joined for! Studying really works up the appetite!

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The sessions were varied and new this year, and the LNAP team was able to stream seven of these sessions to our Brooks Campus for students there to participate in the event too!

Medicine Wheel activities, weighted blanket sleep clinics, nutritionist talks, and resiliency plans were all popular. The Therapy dogs and extra (long) friends were a real hit and, though I have thought hard about this point, I am not sure who enjoyed the experience more; the students getting to snuggle the dogs, or the dogs getting to snuggle the students?!

Whether it was in an academic session, a physical activity, or a mental health outlet, students accessed the front line services that are available to them year-round. The possibilities were endless and the options connected to students, making this night as successful as we could have ever hoped!

LNAP is more than just about conquering procrastination. This night is for any and all students throughout the course of the post-secondary education. This night is about connecting the students to those services that might make them just that little bit (or a lot) of difference to their lives.

LNAP is for everyone, every-time! We close the Fall 2019 event still riding the excitement and full bellies from last night, and eagerly anticipating the next LNAP coming to Medicine Hat College!

What are some sessions you would like to see for next time? Leave a comment!

You Are Invited To LNAP!

Are you a student at Medicine Hat College? LNAP is for you!

Pre-Register at: www.mhc.ab.ca/LNAP or at the pre-registration table!

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LNAP is the Long Night Against Procrastination, but what does that really mean? It means that we bring student services on site for that night to be accessed by you after their normal hours of work.

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Do you need to chat with the Academic Strategist on study tips? What about Writing Support to improve thesis development and paper structure? Do you have a question for Library’s Information Team on how to get started on research or how to make APA or MLA citations?

If the answer to any of these is yes, than LNAP is for you!

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What if you’re not a procrastinator? What if you have all of the above handled? I’m excited to say that the offerings don’t end there! Have you ever thought about how your mental health is affecting your academic health? One can affect the other and vice-versa, which is why it is essential to take care of both! In that, LNAP is for you!

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Nutrition and sleep hygiene can severely limit you if you’re not taking care, so why not take a session to gather tips on establishing good patterns in these areas! A talk on True Grit will help enforce resilience tools, creating a base for you to ground yourself on. Physical activities (Belly Dancing, Urban Poling, Yoga, and Zumba) throughout the night provide a welcomed break to the studying of the night, but also of the semester! The Zen Zone (Southwest Lounge in the Library) will have Medicine Wheel Activities at set times, and rock painting will occur all night. And then… there are the dogs!! Come hangout with our furry friends for a laugh, a cuddle, and maybe a puppy kiss or two!

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This is your invitation to an amazing night centered around the most important thing in our school. You, the students! LNAP is for you!

Pre-Register at: www.mhc.ab.ca/LNAP or in person on:

  • September 30 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 1 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 2 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 3 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 4 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 7 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 8 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 9 – 5:00-8:00PM (Main Entrance MHC)
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Ps. Popcorn and Pizza will be there… Really, LNAP should could stand for the Long Night Around Popcorn, Pizza, Puppies, Positivity, and Power. LNAPPPPP!!!

Meet the Team!

Alison:

I am the Library’s Administrative Assistant. I handle ordering supplies, distributing mail, preparing documents and other administrative tasks. I love the natural light in the library and the quiet study spaces, which to me encourage focus and consideration. I am looking forward to seeing the traffic come through the library this year, whether that be a rush of students during exam week, a guest speaker or members of the community looking for a good read – seeing the libraries resources utilized and people discovering all there is to offer (often for FREE) makes me very happy.

Jessica:

I am a newly-out-of-college, archery-obsessed Library Assistant 1 for MHC! I mainly handle check-outs/check-ins and AV equipment and I promise I can also give tech assistance that is only a little bit sketchy… 😉 All jokes aside, I am super happy to be here with you all and I’m really looking forward to an exciting second year at the Vera Bracken Library.

Jennifer:

I am one of many Library Assistant 1s that focus mainly on the circulation of material and multimedia equipment. My favorite thing about the library is all of the windows and being able to help all of the learners we interact with. I’m looking forward to the events that are held throughout the academic year and meeting new people!

Laura:

I am a Library Assistant 1 in the Vera Bracken Library at the Medicine Hat College.  As one would have to, working in a library, first and foremost: I love the books!  I also love helping and assisting students and community members, and building displays.  What I am looking forward to the most this school year is the opportunity to serve my first year on the display committee, and with that, the ability to use my creativity more!

Danika:

I’m a Library Assistant 1 here at MHC! I’m quite new here, but so far I love the calming and inclusive atmosphere that the Vera Bracken Library brings. I’m most excited for growing myself personally, as well as meeting new people!

Terina:

It is nice to see new and returning faces! I am a Library Assistant 1 at Vera Bracken, and I am excited about the library’s new look! The new poster printer is an exciting addition to the library! Come and check it out!

Colleen:

I am a Library Assistant 1, and brand new to the team this year, working in the evenings and on weekends. As a college student, I loved spending time in the library, so I am thrilled to now get to help learners find out everything this space has to offer! I am most excited this year to learn more about the cool technology we have in the library, like the 3D printer. I want to see someone make something awesome!

Jocelyn:

I work evenings and weekends as a Library Assistant I. We have changed a lot this year, mostly in terms of the spaces, and I am looking forward to seeing how our students use the new areas.

Karina:

I am the student position Library Assistant 1. I love working in a place that is always so bright and open. I am most excited to see what this year has waiting for myself and all the other students at MHC!

Kathy:

I work as a Library Assistant 1 on the Brooks campus! Pretty much anything and everything, we can help you with in the Library. I am excited to see what happens with the EBSCO Solar Power Grant we received for Brooks campus this year!

Linda:

On the Brooks campus I am a Library Assistant 1. I am happy to see all the new students on campus, and can’t wait to help them out at the desk.

Courtney:

I am new to the Brooks campus Library Assistant 1 team. I am so happy to be working in the Library, because of what libraries mean to me. I am excited to help students access resources and open up their minds to all the possibilities right at their fingertips through Library resources!

Rhonda:

I am the newest addition to the team, and work on Information Services. I am so excited by the friendliness of the team here at the Library, and excited about the year ahead of us. It should be great!

Kimberley:

I’m a Library Technician and a member of the Info Services team here at MHC; I’m also helping students/faculty out with their copyright questions this semester. I love the library for its enthusiasm and welcoming atmosphere and I’m excited to see the students learn and evolve this year!

Carly:

I am the technology specialist and I love being able to work with various different forms of technology. This year I am excited about some of the new changes coming up, one in particular, but it’s a secret. Shh.

Anne:

I am part of the Information Services team, and a Library Technician at Vera Bracken. Looking forward to helping you at the Service Desk.  We have lots of tools, tips and tricks that might make your assignments less stressful so please stop by and ask us!

Denise:

Hi – I am a part of the Information Services team and considered the “APA guru”.  It is great to see the library filled with students and especially the new open seating area of the library; it is so well used!  The part of my job I most enjoy is working with students and answering your questions about citing and finding information, so please stop by the desk and ask!

Adrian:

Hi! I am the instruction librarian and business liaison at Vera Bracken Library. When I think about teaching,  I use this motto: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” Xunzi

Danya:

Hello to everyone, and welcome to another year at the Library. I am the Instruction and Engagement Librarian, liaison for Health Sciences and Trades, and I work on the Information Services team. I am looking forward to seeing student utilize the areas we have created for them, and to gather feedback on how we can improve our offerings. See you around the Library!

Michelle:

I am the Manager, Library Services, which means I head an extraordinarily diverse and talented team of Library Assistant 1s, while also being part of the Information Services team. I work in two beautiful libraries, with teams of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals I have had the pleasure to work with, matching the friendliness and enthusiasm I see from our MHC Faculty, Staff, and Students, as well as our Community Members! I am most excited to see how our students will respond to our spaces this year, and what new services we can offer them to assist with their studies!

Joanne:

I am the Technology and Resource Librarian at Medicine Hat College, and Library liason for the Arts. I am really excited by the new open area in the Library, which has allowed us to offer more group study space while creating quiet study options on the other side of the Library. I am also excited by the new database offerings we have this year. Take a look at our website and explore the different options!

Jason:

I am the Director of Teaching and Learning, and I am passionate about libraries, learning, and leadership.  I love walking onto this gorgeous campus every day, where I get to support people who are service-oriented and mission driven.  I am most excited about involving students in the design of a solar garden at our Brooks campus.  

First Week Back…

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First week back… and it has already flown by! We opened the Library to new faces flooding our spaces as New Student Orientation took over the campus on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The smiling faces increased as our returning students headed back to classes on Wednesday. The excitement and readiness to tackle the year ahead was obvious, and we were happy to lend some new tools for the conquering!

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We launched our self-serve printer credit load on ALL drop-in computers across campus. Students can now load their printing accounts from their credit cards, even if the Library is not open. Log-in to any drop-in computer across campus, and utilize this new service! It will like the icon featured below:

Students took to our Library and discovered all-new spaces from what they knew of the Vera Bracken from last year. The former Makerspace has transformed into a comfy front Lounge complete with 3D printer and Cameo Sillohette (sewing machine, lighting studio kit, and electronic piano can be sign-out via our Multimedia desk), while the alcove was converted into a quiet study space for solo or two-person study. The Quiet Study Room has turned into a cozy corner, and the full West side of the Library has completely opened up to provide a huge light-filled space specifically designed for group study. Drop by the library to discover the possibilities! Whether you’re a new student or returning, come find your new favorite spot on campus!

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Though the students were in numbers filling the hallways and classes, it seems that the Robots are taking over the library!

Lego Mindstorms has been added to our collection for use by our MHC staff, faculty, and students…and the learning is only dwarfed by the fun! Ask at our Multimedia Service Desk (Vera Bracken, Main Campus) or Library Desk (Brooks Campus) for more details on how you can take one home for a week using your library card!

As we look forward to the year ahead, the first week back has certainly set us up for a fun, empowering, refreshing, and all-around electric year!

Congratulations to Another Close!

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As we move towards the end of this week, we say goodbye to our students as they close their textbooks and begin their plans for the Spring and Summer and, for some, so much more.

The end of the semester is always bitter-sweet. It is the triumphant conclusion to hard work and diligent perseverance. It is also, a period of fond farewells. Team work and camaraderie were built and knowledge was gained, and though we turn the page on the next great adventure, always remember the Library is here waiting to welcome you, always!

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To those of you heading for the stage this June, congratulations, we can’t wait to celebrate with you. To those who joined us this year but will not return, thank you for adding so much to our college community. And to those who will return again next school year, well, see you soon!

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Have fun, take a moment to relax and enjoy, and drop by if you need a book recommendation!

LNAP WINTER 2019

LNAP is coming to MHC on February 13, 2019, and there is so much to be excited for!

But what is it?

LNAP stands for Long Night Against Procrastination, and this semester it is coming to MHC on February 13, 2019!

Once a semester we plan a night to bring you the services we you need at times they normally are not available at. After hours!

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Who is it for?

LNAP is planned with MHC students in mind! All of this is for you!

When is it?

Winter 2019 LNAP is taking place on Wednesday, February 13th from 5 pm. to midnight.

What can I expect?

  • You can expect an exciting, welcoming atmosphere
  • You can expect quick half hour (or less) workshops filled with all kinds of activities
  • You can expect mental health stress reliefs (hint:  puppies and kitties, and Zen Zone)
  • You can expect snacks and drinks (another hint:  pizza and coffee)
  • You can expect assistance and guidance from Faculty, all staff including Advising, Library, IT, Peer Support, Writing Specialist, tutors in the ARC, Counselors and more
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What do I need to do?

  • Register now at LNAP Pre-Registration or register in person starting February 4 in the cafeteria or B-wing hallway (location changes depending on the day)
  • Bring your student ID card
  • Arrive at 5, ready to make the most of an amazing night!

We’ll be there, and we are excited to see you there too!  Participate in all the workshops, or only a few for some well-deserved breaks, or just hunker down to get your assignments and studying done.  What the night is really is up to you!

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Welcome! ID card info

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Hello students! For those of you who are just starting, welcome to the Medicine Hat College, and for those of you returning, welcome back! The library is excited to see you and we’re once again here to help you along the path to success.

As we all know, a journey always starts with the first step… into the library! In this case, that first step is getting your student ID card. Here is some quick information to help you figure out what you need.

New Students

To get a student ID card, please proceed to the library. Once you’re there, please stand in the line up to receive your card. Bring a piece of government issued photo ID with you; otherwise, you will not be able to receive your student card. Once you reach the front of the line, we will use your ID card to confirm your identity and then take your photo. We’ll then hand back your government issued ID as well as your brand-spankin’-new student ID card, once it’s printed.

General Info

  • If you have lost your card and you need a new one, there is a $5 replacement fee. Try not to lose it!
  • Your student ID will give you access to library materials, the weight room/gym, and student events, among other things.
  • Keep your card as long as you are a student. You will receive a new yearly expiry sticker.
  • If you are accessing material off campus through the library system it will ask you for your barcode. This barcode is the longer 14-digit number found on the bottom of your card, under the physical barcode.

Returning Students

Don’t worry about waiting in the line. Simply walk up to the main library service desk and ask for your card to be renewed. We will give you a new expiry sticker and that’s it- you’re done!

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. – Anthony J. D’Angelo