A Very Fond Farewell from MHC Library to Social Media

After 7 years on social media, MHC Library is closing this chapter and saying a very fond farewell at the end of June.

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To best support our learners, we are refocusing work to the MHC Library website and our physical spaces. Shifting to this will move everything to one spot, whether you are looking for materials, services, support guides, operational hours, or events in our space. The information will be ready and waiting for you when you need it.

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You might catch a glimpse of Library featured on MHC’s official accounts (@MHCollege) throughout the year, but don’t be a stranger, check out MHC Library and the MHC Library website for all your library needs!

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It’s the Final Countdown!

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Welcome to April, and the last month of classes! Here in the Library, we know how busy and stressful the next month can be for everyone, with studying, final projects, etc. So, we decided to compile a list, full of suggestions from all the Library staff, in order to help all the learners at MHC along with their “end of the semester” studying!

Don’t worry: in honor of National Humor Month, and April Fools Day, this post will be full of jokes! As they say, a joke that helps with your studies is an e-joke-cational one!

try these tips:
  • Find a quiet place to study–too much noise might keep you distracted (noise cancelling headphones work too!)
  • Make sure you have ample lighting; it might leave you and your studies in the dark if you don’t
  • Take breaks if you need them; don’t overwhelm yourself
  • Stay hydrated, or else you might wash away your chances of a good grade
  • Remember to have a snack! Little pieces of chocolate or candy work well as the sugar and caffeine content will give your brain a little pick-me-up, which makes studying all the sweeter
  • Work on one class at a time, because jumping from subject to subject might confuse you
  • Save your notes, studying tools, or projects frequently if you’re working on a computer, otherwise you may lose the drive to keep studying
  • Repetition. Write it over, write it over, and say it out loud! Repetition can help the knowledge stick in your brain and make it easier to recall during your exams
  • Study with a friend! You can keep yourselves accountable, and bounce more study ideas and tips off of each other!
  • Make a schedule or a time table. This will help you budget your time for each subject more efficiently, and help you better understand and see how much progress you’re making. That way you won’t be overdue on anything
  • Triage your academic priorities! Knowing which classes and projects should be at the top of your list is important, so you know where you should be focusing all of your energy

We here at the Library have quite a few ways to help you with your technological studying needs too! We have a variety of multimedia resources for you to sign out, such a USB drives, headphones, therapy light lamps, and more! All you need is your Student ID card!

We also have different spaces within the Library for you study, such as the Computer Lab, the Quiet Study Room, and the Group Study Rooms. The Computer Lab has access to two scanners for you to scan your notes electronically, and The Quiet Study Room is for those learners who just need peace and quiet while they work! The Group Study Rooms are certainly better for a crowd, with room for up to four people! You can book the Group Study Rooms in advance for up to two hours at the bottom of our Library website! Or, you can click this link and get right to the booking page: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/GroupStudyRooms@mhc.ab.ca/bookings/

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If you’re looking for even more information, tips and tricks, you can also take a look at the online recordings of Student Success Sessions! You can find all of the current recordings at https://www.mhc.ab.ca/Services/AcademicSupport/Student-Success-Sessions as well as the calendar for any in person classes that Academic Support is putting on!

If you need more information, or need to ask any questions at all, you can always come see us during our open hours, or contact us via email or phone! And, follow us on social media @mhclibrary for more fun tips and tricks through the last push of the semester!

Happy studying!

What’s a mathematician’s favorite dessert?

Pi.

Twas four weeks till the break…

Twas four weeks till the break,
when all through the college,
some small things were stirring,
seeking new knowledge
Don’t know them from last year?
Here’s what’s in store…
Our elves, Paige and Read
are back at it once more!
With last year’s IDs
they knew what to do!
To the Library the skipped
to get them renewed!
And at the Library desk,
oh, something new and inviting!
Canned foods for overdue fines…
How thrilling! How exciting!
Looking to learn,
they planned sneaking to classes,
with gift bags in tow,
working hard for some passes!
With so much to do,
Paige made a decision.
“I’ll use tomorrow’s extended hours
in the Library for revision!”
Now the elves had arrived,
what should they study?
“Let’s try education
and reading to a buddy!”
On the way from the Library
the elves dropped by the centre
for student success,
with writing tips and coaching mentor!
The Library kiosk
was the next stop to be had,
where they booked study rooms
and searched for books that were rad!
With finals approaching,
a relaxing PAWS is sound!
Paige and Read heard about one…
Louie the therapy dog is coming to town!!
(and by town, we mean the Front Lounge of the Vera Bracken Library on Dec 6 from 12-1PM)
Hearing students talk of the databases’ might
They researched the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Celebrating one day of oil that lasted for eight,
the elves wish Happy Hanukkah to all on this date!
With assignments due shortly,
Read loaded up money.
“The campus self-serve printing option
is so simple it’s funny!”
With their printing credits ready
they felt quite at ease,
so they spent some time sitting
in the front lounge at peace.
While enlightenment takes longer
than the time they had free,
our elves call out happily
“Blessed Bodhi Day to thee!”
The extra hour last week
helped Paige out a lot!
This week Read will join her,
4-5 in the Library, for a thought!
This International Human Rights Day
the elves are proud to join in,
Declaring “Elves are for Human Rights!”
But do you know where yours begin?


Check out the Human Rights Support at the College: https://buff.ly/3HTNQTy
The elves were quite pleased
with their health book collection…
though Read still ate too much
that he gave himself indigestion!
With a tummy-ache extreme from reading/eating experimentation,
Paige sought out some help for Read’s health tribulations.
Besides, they knew that in nursing their was talent to unleash…
though the equipment they needed always seemed just out of reach.
In VisCom they painted well into the night,
with even their still-life’s strung with bright lights!
Learning theories of color, design, and composition,
they thought some new paint worth a sleigh branding transition!
To the Library they raced
with their designs freshly sketched,
making vision into 3D reality,
hands and minds both outstretched.
With a few finals left, the break fast approaches…
there is one extended hour in the Library left before its passed.
Join the elves this Friday, till five, for studying time.
It will be merry and bright, holly jolly, and fine!
The elves rubbed their chins
as they took a step back,
diagrams filling up whiteboards
with awesome reindeer jet packs!
The elves entered the gym,
and man, were they psyched!
Before their eyes: the perfect space
for an epic snowball fight!!
As they finished their work
they realized their blunder…
“We haven’t checked in with Santa!
Surely he’s beginning to wonder!”
So they borrowed an OWL
for a virtual meeting,
And seeing familiar faces
they ushered a greeting!
Paige and Read let Santa know
about all the learning they had faced.
And, thanks to their business classes, pitched
that Santa’s workshop be made remote-based!
The elves learned today
what Pancha Ganapati observes;
a celebration with focus

on five realms to preserve!
This day is only the first,

four more will follow in tow…
love of family, friends, associates,

culture, and religion… all grow!!
At the end of the month,
their heads filled to bursting,
they headed to the Library
to do some soul searching.
With the campus soon closing
for the holiday rest
they relaxed in the Library,
restored and refreshed.
With all the fun that was had
they just knew they’d be back,
for these elves have a passion
for learning new facts!

Tune in all through December as more of Paige and Read’s Grand Adventure is told…

International Literacy Day Challenge

“Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”

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International Literacy Day has been celebrated annually since 1967. It is a day where people recognize the importance of literacy and how it is a basic human right. The goal of International Literacy Day is to further the progress we are making to create a more literate and sustainable society. To this day approximately 773 million youth and adults are lacking basic literacy skills. Learning is a lifelong process, it does not stop when you become an adult, and there should always be an opportunity to further progress you literacy skills, no matter your age.

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Due to the pandemic, we have seen some literacy divide among people across the world. For example, adult learning programs were not included in the Education Response Plan to Covid-19, thus suspending them and halting adult learning, some children did not have access to the resources they needed to learn (ex: power, internet, etc.), and it amplified the pre-existing inequalities in accessing a good education and basic literary learning opportunities, due to literacy opportunities not being evening spread out among the nation. Covid-19 also amplified the digital divide society experiences as some people did not have access to the technology (computers) necessary to continue their learning.

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This year on September 8th, 2021 to celebrate International Literacy Day we will be focusing on a human-centered recovery, where we work to close the gap on literacy and digital divide. We will strive to create a more inclusive learning environment for all people, so that no one gets left behind, and everyone has the chance to further their learning in a way that they value.

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This year on international literacy day pull out a book or your electronic reading device and read for a bit. Your mind will thank you and you can take pride in knowing you are helping create a more literate and sustainable society.

On September 8th, 2021 join other MHC staff and students as we celebrate the International day of Literacy.

Open to all MHC faculty, staff and students, there will be a reading challenge from September 8-14, 2021 as we narrow the global digital divide and build a more literate and sustainable society. Sign up at the Student’s Association, either as a soloist or on a team (up to 4 people) and start READING! Make sure to keep track of minutes read as you spend this week finishing your latest novel or exploring a new book from our reading suggestions. Submit your reading form to the Student’s Association with all reading minutes at the end of the week for your chance to win some awesome prizes!

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Need some help choosing a book that’s right for you?! Take a look at our reading lists below, all items available in our library!

BOOK LISTS FOR YOU!

Challenge Me

  • Ulysses PR 6019 O9 U55 1960
  • Moby Dick PS 2384 M5 1999 or CD Audiobook PS 2384 M6 2009
  • The sound and the fury & : As I lay dying PS 3511 A86 S6 1946
  • Blood meridian PS 3563 C337 B58 2010
  • The Silmarillion PR 6039 O32 S5 2008
  • War and peace Online e-book
  • A tale of two cities PR 4571 A1 1949 OR Online e-book
  • The white racial frame : centuries of racial framing and counter-framing E184.A1 F395 2013
  • Shingwauk’s vision : a history of native residential schools E96.5 .M55 1996
  • Dune PS 3558 E7 D8 2005
  • One hundred years of solitude PQ 8180.17 A73 C513 2006
  • Heroes : the Greek myths reimagined BL783 .F77 2020

On The Go

  • Encyclopedia of Lies Online e-book
  • The Subtweet Online e-book
  • Here Goes Nothing Online e-book
  • Love after the end : an anthology of Two-spirit & Indigiqueer speculative fiction PN6120.92.G39 L68 2020
  • Malagash Online e-book
  • We all go back to the land : the who, why, and how of land acknowledgements Online e-book
  • Weak Planet : Literature and Assisted Survival Online e-book
  • Rebellion Online e-book
  • Shadow Warrior Online e-book
  • The House of One Thousand Eyes Online e-book
  • Alberta Views Online Magazine
  • The New Yorker Online Magazine

Knowledge Seekers

  • High achiever : the incredible true story of one addict’s double life HV5805.J46 A3 2019
  • The gun gap : the influence of gun ownership on political behavior and attitudes HV8059 .J67 2020
  • What difference does it make? : the journey of a soul survivor RC 464 F86 A3 1998
  • Himalaya : a human history DS485.H6 D68 2020
  • Quitter : a memoir of drinking, relapse, and recovery HV5293.B375 A3 2020
  • Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty HD9666.95.S23 K44 2021
  • Learning to love : arranged marriages and the British Indian diaspora HQ802 .P36 2021
  • The power of habit : why we do what we do in life and business BF 335 D78 2012
  • Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail PS3619.T744 .Z46 2013
  • Social media and your brain : web-based communication is changing how we think and express ourselves Online e-book
  • We are displaced : my journey and stories from refugee girls around the world Curriculum Collection 371.822 Yous
  • The truth about luck : what I learned on my road trip with grandma HQ 759.9 R44 2013

I Don’t Like Reading But I Want To

  • Not Being on a Boat Online e-book
  • Sadie PZ7.S95397 Sad 2018
  • The marrow thieves PZ7.D54 Mar 2017
  • The tattooist of Auschwitz PR9639.4.M668 T38 2018
  • When the flood falls Online e-book
  • Friendship PS 3607 O94 F75 2014
  • The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy PR 6051 D3352 H57 2005
  • Gods behaving badly PR 6116 H45 G62 2007
  • All the light we cannot see PS 3604 O34 A77 2014
  • The innocents PS8555.R84 I55 2019
  • Small game hunting at the local coward gun club PS8605.O4479 S63 2019
  • The kingmaker’s daughter PR 6057 R386 K5 2012

Days Of Youth

  • The poet X : a novel PZ7.5.A35 Po 2018
  • Genesis begins again PZ7.1.W5456 Gen 2019
  • The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass Online e-book
  • The power PR6101.L43 P69 2017
  • The field guide to the North American teenager PZ7.1.P5165 Fie 2019
  • Five feet apart PZ7.1.L568 Fiv 2019
  • The king of jam sandwiches PZ7.W35 Kin 2020
  • A great and terrible beauty PZ 7 B7386 Gre 2003
  • Twilight PS 3613 E979 T84 2006
  • The Hunger Games PZ 7 C68 Hun 2009
  • Glass Town PN6737.G735 G53 2020
  • Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone PZ 7 R79835 Har1 1999

Canadian Authors

  • Jonny Appleseed PS8645.H5498 J66 2018
  • The sun and her flowers PS8621.A695 S86 2017
  • The heart goes last PS 8501 T82 H4 2015
  • The age of hope PS 8553 E665 A33 2012
  • Birdie PS 8623 I63 B57 2015
  • Daydreams of angels : stories PS 8579 N443 D3 2015
  • Tell PS 8567 T3 T44 2014
  • New women : short stories by Canadian women PS 8327 N49 1991
  • Dragons cry PS 8575 W37 D72 2000
  • The wild rose anthology of Alberta prose PS 8255 A4 W54 2003
  • An audience of chairs PS 8555 L355 A92 2006
  • A map of glass PS 8591 R68 M36 2005

Family Reads

  • Alma and how she got her name PZ7.1.M3745 Alm 2018
  • We are water protectors Curriculum Collection 813.6 Lin
  • Song for a whale PZ7.K29639 Son 2019
  • Hike PZ7.1.O86 Hik 2020
  • I am human : a book of empathy PZ7.1.V46 Iam 2018
  • Drawn together PZ7.1.L39 Dr 2018
  • Meet your family = Gikenim Giniigi’igoog Curriculum Collection 897 Bou
  • How to become an accidental activist Curriculum Collection 361.2092 Mac
  • When stars are scattered PN6727.J36 W54 2020
  • The thing about bees : a love letter PZ7.L32317 Thi 2019
  • Eyes that kiss in the corners PZ7.1.H596 Ey 2021
  • Greta and the giants : inspired by Greta Thunberg’s stand to save the world PZ7.1.T83 Gre 2019

Where Are The Pictures

  • To kill a mockingbird : a graphic novel PN6737.F673 T6 2018
  • The Iliad : a graphic novel PN6727.H49 I44 2019
  • My brother’s husband PN6790.J33 T25 2017
  • Speak : the graphic novel PZ7.A54385 Sp 2018
  • My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel HV6515 .D47 2012
  • The great Gatsby : the graphic novel PN6737.F673 G74 2020
  • A game of thrones : the graphic novel PN 6727 A27 G35 2014 v. 3
  • Pride and prejudice and zombies : the graphic novel PN 6737 A87 G7 2010
  • The night wanderer : a graphic novel PN 6733 T39 N54 2013
  • Anne Frank’s diary : the graphic adaptation PN 6790.I753 F65 2018
  • Trinity : a graphic history of the first atomic bomb PN6733.F48 T75 2012
  • Stripmalling Online e-book

Crime and Mystery

  • The lake house PR9619.4.M74 L35 2015
  • The long way home PS 8631 E56 L6 2014
  • Drawing conclusions PS3562.E534 D73 2012
  • Medusa’s scream PE1126.N43 J33 2017
  • Bones are forever PS 3568 E476 B6 2012
  • I was here PZ7.F676 Iwa 2015
  • The racketeer PS 3557 R5355 R23 2013
  • The killer trail PS 8605 A737 K55 2014
  • Company Town PR9199.4.A886 C66 2016
  • The perfect murder PR6060.A472 P47 2014
  • Gone girl PS 3606 L935 G66 2012
  • Mystery Weekly Online Magazine
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Welcoming Everyone Back To The Library While Staying Safe And Healthy This Fall

With public health restrictions in Alberta recently lifted, the MHC Library is ready to welcome back students, faculty, and staff at full capacity.

So what will the Library space look like this fall?

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With capacity limits no longer in place, the Library has 321 seats available, including solo and group study spaces, as well as group study rooms which can be booked in advance for up to 2 hours a day.

Physical distancing if recommended and masks are required in all public spaces on campus (this includes the library). It is still important to stay home if you are sick and to to go through the Covid-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist before heading out for the day. There will be additional cleaning in high-traffic areas at 2pm each day to ensure everyone’s safety.

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Printing And Paying Fines

You can self-load your print account using the printer credit icon on the drop-in computers across campus, using a credit card or debit-credit card. The Library also takes cash at the front desk for on-campus printing. You can also pay Library fees online when using debit or credit, or choose the option of paying in cash at the front desk.

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Drop-In Computers, Computer Lab, And Technology Assistance

The drop-in computers and the computer lab will be open and available during the Library’s operating hours. If you require technical help on the computers, we ask that you maintain physical distancing and prefer if you wear a mask, although it is not required. We have virtual options to receive help should you be unable to wear a mask or maintain physical distance.

What Will Borrowing Library Materials Look This Year?

Our stacks will be open this fall, and you will be free to browse the shelves for physical items such as books, DVD’s and curriculum collection items. You can 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, re-new your materials, request holds, and double-check your due dates. The self-service hold shelf will still be operational during Library hours, and will be located just inside the entrance to the Library.

If you do not want to browse the shelves for materials in-person, you can still browse the stacks virtually. In our online catalogue, every physical item has a button labeled “browse the shelf” that allows you to see what is available on nearby shelves.

Library will be lending laptops, calculators, and other items that were not available during the last academic year.

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Getting/Validating Your Student ID

You can request your virtual student ID through your student dashboard, or you can acquire a physical card in person at the front desk in the Library, just be sure to bring government picture ID to verify your identity. For returning students, validation stickers for the current academic year can be obtained at the front desk in the Library.

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What If I Need Research Or Citation Assistance This Year?

Both in-person and online research and citation assistance will be available this fall. In-person reference assistance will be available at the front desk of the Library. Please check the website for operational reference hours. You can also book an online research or reference appointment at your convenience by clicking here.

Also be sure to check out the Library’s research guides for help completing your assignments, papers, and exams.

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When Is The Library Open?

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

Time for Brew Monday! Get your tea steeping and your connection ready!

For those of you who have never heard of Blue Monday, it is supposedly the most depressing day of the year, occurring on the third Monday in January. What a lot of people don’t know about Blue Monday is that the man who coined the term, and did the research to narrow down this exact date, never intended for the day to become negative. It was actually identified with the intention to encourage people to take the time to find the positives in the “gloomiest day of the year” and remember that the beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to begin other things too; it’s an opportunity for change and fresh starts (Peat, 2018).

(Altman, 2018)

We all know 2020 was a weird year. And 2021 is off to an odd start too- but I promise I’m not here to tell you these are “unprecedented times.” You know they are, you’re living them! I AM here to tell you that just because things are strange right now, different from what we have come to expect out of our day-to-day, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the college experience of community… it just means we have an opportunity to get a bit creative in how we enjoy these experiences. And what better time to get creative in finding a little spot of happy than Blue Monday?

Since we can’t enjoy the fresh beginning of meeting new people around campus the way we could other years we are bringing it online with “Brew Monday”.

“Brew Monday” is a play on the term “Blue Monday”, which occurs on January 18th this year. It is a chance to connect MHC students with each other! And maybe an excuse to drink more tea/coffee… (haha- BREW Monday, get it?)

(Stokpic, 2014)

Sooooo… what exactly happens? On Monday, January 18, from 11 AM – 2 PM, virtual rooms will be set up via Blackboard Collaborate, each dedicated to a special interest or topic. All you need to do is find access to a computer or laptop with webcam and microphone capabilities where you can open Blackboard Collaborate. Then make your favourite tea or coffee, and come back here to the Chapter One Blog! A list of topics and meeting rooms will be posted and you can select your connection!

Together let’s make Blue Monday a little less blue 😊 and all about creating more connections! We hope to see you there! Find your connection points and times below!

JANUARY 18 @TOPICS & INTERESTS
11:00AM-NOONMature Student Experience And Parenting
NOON-12:30PMBaking! Because Who Doesn’t Love Food!
NOON-1:00PMCatching Up With All Things True Crime
NOON-1:00PMFinding New Worlds To Explore In Books And Movies
1:00PM-2:00PMDogs, Dogs, And More Dogs! Bring Your Dog!
1:00PM-2:00PMGet Lost In The Fun Of Board Games And Card Games
1:00PM-2:00PMPositivity, Focus, And Making Your Beveridge Work For YOU!

References

Altman, G. (2018, March 24). Time for Change. Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/photos/change-new-beginning-risk-road-3256330/

Peat, J. (2018, January 5). Man who coined the term ‘Blue Monday’ apologises for making January more depressing. Retrieved from Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/blue-monday-apology-depressing-january-misey-money-disposable-income-psychology-dr-cliff-arnall-a8143246.html

Stokpic. (2014, October 24). Woman Drinking Coffee. Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/photos/woman-drinking-coffee-person-601568/

ELF INVASION: Read and Paige take over the Library!

Picture taken from @mhclibrary on Instagram

Happy holidays everybody!

My name is Read, and I’m one of the resident elves that come around the Library during the winter season! Normally we don’t hang around the front desk computers too much, because we don’t have any of the log in information, but one of the library assistants left their computer on! Paige told me I shouldn’t be touching anything, but I couldn’t help but notice that this blog didn’t have any elf related posts! (Paige said I can write a post only if it’s educational and won’t get the person who left their computer on in trouble–she’s just out to ruin all my fun!)

As you already know, the holiday season is looking a bit different this year, so Paige and I decided to scrap our holiday trip plans and stay nice and settled here at home in the Library! It’s been very cheery, but we didn’t come to that decision alone! Let me tell you all about how the librarians helped us out!

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First, we “fell”–get it? Snowfall?–into the virtual drop-in to ask for help on how to use the Library Database. We ended up finding a super fun issue of Canadian Geographic on Flipster! (I may have found some fun magazines on Christmas craft
time too!) Then, we made sure to browse around on Criterion through the Library Database, watching lots of winter movies like Home Alone and The Polar Express! It was how we originally decided to stay in Alberta and just have a great time here! But as with almost everything this year, we rethought our plan and decided we should wait. Staying safe and warm this winter is our top priority, so we’re actually going to snuggle in under some blankets, drink lots of hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream and sprinkles, and listen to some great tunes!

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We couldn’t decide on where we should travel when travel is allowed, but we’ve narrowed it down to some places here in Southern Alberta–Elkwater and Cypress Hills for sure, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and Crowsnest Pass! We even have some great books here in the Library about them: be sure to take a look for them on the online catalog, place a hold on them, and pick them up with the self service hold shelf process once it is back in the New Year! You can find information on how to use that in the Using Your Library Account: A Quick Start Guide post on this blog! Paige says that the call numbers for the books usually start with FC or G. When the Library reopens, you can also take a look at the fun winter wonderland display at the front counter! Lots of books about places and cities in Canada, and obviously, Alberta!

Happy holidays from the Library elves! We hope you’ll tune into the Library Instagram account @mhclibrary to see all of our adventures! You can also scroll through and see what fun we got into last year!

Love,
Read & Paige

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#VETYOURSOURCES

#vetyoursouces is a campaign launched in the fall of 2020 by MHC Library to challenge our students to critically examine the content they’re viewing online. 2020 has moved so much of our social, work, and academic lives into the digital space, now more than ever, it’s important to evaluate the information we encounter online. 

Are you ready to critically evaluate your information sources? 

The Association for College and Research Libraries (2016), encourages teaching that “information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used” (para. 8). Dependent upon the intended use of a piece of information, the source can be evaluated as both credible and not credible. For example, a scientific claim presented over Twitter by a Hollywood celebrity might not be considered a credible source if used in a paper examining that claim. However, that same source may be considered credible if you use it in a paper examining celebrity influence in science.

Fake News

Beyond finding a source suitable for inclusion in one of your course assignments, the same critical eye should be applied to your everyday consumption of information. A growing vocabulary of terms used to describe the inaccurate content you may come across online reinforces the growing need to be critical of what you read. Fake News is one of the many terms used to describe inaccurate information online, but what exactly is it? And, how do you spot it?

First, note that the term “fake news” characterizes the information landscape as either true or false, good or bad, verified or biased (Robinson & Gariepy, 2019). Just remember, the suggestion that there are simply two types of news; real and fake, doesn’t leave much room for nuance.

What kinds of fake news exist?

There are four broad categories of fake news, according to media professor Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College.

CATEGORY 1: Fake, false, or regularly misleading websites that are shared on Facebook and social media. Some of these websites may rely on “outrage” by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits.

CATEGORY 2: Websites that may circulate misleading and/or potentially unreliable information

CATEGORY 3: Websites which sometimes use clickbait-y headlines and social media descriptions

CATEGORY 4: Satire/comedy sites, which can offer important critical commentary on politics and society, but have the potential to be shared as actual/literal news

No single topic falls under a single category – for example, false or misleading medical news may be entirely fabricated (Category 1), may intentionally misinterpret facts or misrepresent data (Category 2), may be accurate or partially accurate but use an alarmist title to get your attention (Category 3) or may be a critique on modern medical practice (Category 4.)  Some articles fall under more than one category.  Assessing the quality of the content is crucial to understanding whether what you are viewing is true or not.   It is up to you to do the legwork to make sure your information is good.

Fake News Libguide, by Indiana University East Campus Library, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

How to Spot Fake News, by The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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Virtual Reference Services

If this isn’t your first year as an MHC student, you’ve likely become accustomed to stopping into the library for assistance with narrowing your research topic, finding an academic article, or citing your sources. All of these services are still available, albeit in a new format. For those of you 1st year MHC students, this is a service you want to make use of, the earlier in the semester, the better, and your grades will thank you.

So, how can you access research help?

Four different virtual formats are now available: chat, virtual drop-in, book an appointment and email. Take a look at the descriptions below to help you decide which format is best suited to your needs.

Chat Reference – This service is best for quick questions. The chat service is staffed from 8am – 8pm Monday – Thursday, and 8 am – 5pm Friday’s.

Virtual Drop-In – This service is best for immediate research assistance. Similar to what you would have received in-person from library staff in the past. No need to book a time, just drop in. Virtual Drop-in hours currently run from 11am – 3pm Monday – Friday.

Book an Appointment – This service is best for in-depth assignment specific support. Book an appointment in advance so you don’t need to wait. A library staff member can help you with research or citations. Appointments are available from 8am – 3pm Monday to Friday.

Reference Email – This service is best for questions that are not time sensitive. The reference email is staffed from 8am – 8pm Monday – Thursday, and 8 am – 5pm Friday’s.

Access virtual services at the bottom of the library home page.