The Most Important Things To Know About The Library This Year

This fall, things are looking a little different in the Library. New systems and services have been put in place to align with government guidelines surrounding the reopening of Post-Secondary and Libraries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But…What does that mean I can do in the Library?

Before heading out for the day, it is important to go through the Covid-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist! Help protect your community by making sure you are taking the correct precautions.

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We have 100 seats in the Library on main campus for you to solo study. Some of the computer stations have been placed out of order to assist with physical distancing, but you will still be able to drop-in to stations located near the front of the Library for access to technology and printing.

Self-load your print account using the print credit icon on the drop-in computers, using a credit card or debit-credit card. You can also use credit or debit when paying fines online! If you need to use cash, the Library service desk will accept exact change (any extra will be applied to your print account).

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If you need some technical help on the computers, masks must be worn within 2 meters. Be sure to bring your mask in case you need the assistance, otherwise there are a number of virtual options you can explore! Ask at the service desk for more details.

What can I borrow and how do I get it?

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Our stacks are closed, but you can still get your books! Use your student ID card to access thousands of books, magazines, videos, journal articles, and more, both online and in print. Register for your Library Account to check what items you have borrowed, renew your materials, and double-check your due dates, as well as requesting holds.

Miss scanning the shelves for similar topics? You can still Browse the Shelf virtually. When searching items in our collection, click the item available at our Library and then click the Browse the Shelf item for the system to show you titles nearby! Need the book, scroll just a little lower to hit the Request MHC Copy! You will receive an email notification when it has been checked out to you and is waiting to be picked up from the Self-Serve Holds shelves, located at the front of the Library. Check out all the ways to request materials.

Unfortunately, Library will not be lending calculators or laptops this year. We do have a small supply of headphones to help assist learning in the space.

Just need a bit of help?

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Get instant help or Book an Appointment for research and citation support, or take advantage of Drop-in Hours from 11AM-3PM each weekday. And don’t miss out on accessing helpful library guides to help kick-start your research!

How do I stay informed about what is happening in the Library?

For important information about upcoming events and tips for success, follow us @mhclibrary on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

When is the Library open?

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Both the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus) and Brooks Campus Library are open year round. Hours change over the year, with reduced hours in spring and summer. Check out the Library website for Hours of Operation. Visit us in B-Wing at the Medicine Hat Campus and to the right of the main entrance at our Brooks Campus.

Call: 403.529.3867 (Toll free: 1.866.282.8394)

Email: circulation@mhc.ab.ca

IM: visit www.mhc.ab.ca/library

Text: 587.333.2766

      

February 5, 2020! Don’t miss out!

What is happening on February 5, 2020? For Medicine Hat College Library, it seems like everything! And we are bringing it all here for you! From a special one time only event to our standard essential for the semester, check out the day we’ve got planned for MHC!

CBC Massey Lecturer, Tanya Talaga, will be speaking at the Eresman Theatre on main campus at 12-1PM. With her books, Seven Fallen Feathers and All my Relations: Finding a Path Forward, this renowned author is one you do not want to miss.

With topics of inter-generational trauma and its affects, the need and path towards finding reconciliation, and so much in between, Tanya Talaga is a dynamic speaker and story-teller, who will spark the discussion in all of us!

Register here today!

Following this special event is another that our college has come to look forward to each semester; Long Night Against Procrastination! LNAP Winter 2020 runs from 5PM until MIDNIGHT, with all the student services brought to you, after hours, to answer the questions you have as a student. It’s ALL-ACCESS till MIDNIGHT!

Focused on academic and mental health, each session and drop-in option is focused on giving/teaching students the resources and skills needed to be the most successful they can be. The night has so much to offer for every individual, whether you are a self-labeled procrastinator or the top of your class, looking for a quick study tip, and brush-up on APA, or an excuse to snuggle a puppy or work on that sun salutation that seems to have escaped progress since the weather turned cold.

Stay on or get back on track with this amazing night!

Pre-registration begins January 27! Find LNAP members at:

  • Monday, January 27 –> Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, January 28 –> B-Wing Hallway
  • Wednesday, January 29 –> Cafeteria
  • Thursday, January 30 –> B-Wing Hallway
  • Friday, January 31 –> Cafeteria
  • Monday, February 3 –> B-Wing Hallway
  • Tuesday, February 4 –> Cafeteria

Or, pre-register online, and check out the schedule to see what you are most interested in! Five sessions will be streaming to Brooks Campus, so all of our students can take part in the night’s events!

Get excited! With 10 days left, the count down is officially on!!

Because the Library is a Space for Everyone

On January 2nd, 2020 we launched our Because the Library is a Space for Everyone initiative. This statement is built out of our Library’s shared values of caring and respect, opening Library up as a place for anyone, for everyone, to find something they can take part in!

Whether hunkering down to study in one of our quiet spaces or our silent space in the room towards the back of the library, or looking to socialize and group work in our collaborative study spaces, or just looking to start a new interest by picking up a new book or tinkering with a new technology, we have the space for you!

From January 2nd through till February 7th, 2020, we are focusing the spotlight on you, the learner. Follow us on instagram @mhclibrary, take a selfie of yourself enjoying the Library and tag us to be entered in to win a gift card to the bookstore. We want to see what you value about the space, what you love most about the Library, and what you want to see more of!

And while we are talking about creating a welcoming environment for all, lets chat about another initiative, Food for Fines, happening from January 2nd through till February 7th.

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During this month long period, Library will offer the ability to pay for overdue fines with non-perishable food items. One item will equal $5.00 worth of overdue fines, and up to a maximum of $25.00 in overdue fines, per person, can be waived this way! All donations will be going to our SA’s Food Pantry, helping to assist students through the tough few months of Winter Semester.

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For more details on either initiative, come to the Library and talk to one of our lovely staff members. We can’t wait to see you!

Fall 2019 Extended Hours

Finals are here! Whether you are studying for the big final, or working on your last assignment or paper for your class, the Library is here for you!

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On Sundays in December, Vera Bracken Library will be staying open an extra two hours! Come spend some time from 1:00PM to 10:00PM on:

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15

Still need a spot outside of the Vera Bracken Library’s regular and extended hours? Check out our blog post about Places to Study Outside of the Library! Each space is specially rated to address the biggest standard needs of students. Judge and choose for yourself the best option to fit you.

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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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