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!

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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Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Creatives & Intellectual Property

This week, on November 22nd from 5-8pm in c r a v e Pub, the Medicine Hat College Library Services, along with the Medicine Hat Entrepreneurial Development Center, and Enactus are co-hosting an informal learning session where Medicine Hat entrepreneurs, inventors, educators, and experts discuss and share what they have learned about protecting ideas through trade secrets, patents, copyright, trademarks, and other intellectual property protection tactics.

As a student at MHC, here are the top 3 reasons why you should attend:

  1. You are an intellectual property owner. If you’ve ever written a paper, email, text, etc., you own intellectual property, so it’s worth learning about your rights.
  2. If you’re planning to work in business or a creative industry learn about intellectual property now while funding is available. “The Government of Canada is investing $85.3 million over five years to help Canadian businesses, creators, entrepreneurs and innovators understand, protect and access intellectual property (IP) through a comprehensive IP Strategy” (Government of Canada, n.d., IP Strategy section).
  3. Medicine Hat has many creative and inventive people that you can learn from. Take advantage of this weeks event to network with both speakers and attendees. Who knows, the time spent  learning about and discussing intellectual property might inspire you to create something great!

 

Here’s what a few of our speakers had to say about IP:

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John Stroh

Why did you start working with the IP topic you will be speaking about?

When I started working with Alberta Innovates, many of the companies I worked with were developing new products that provided them with the opportunity to grow their business. I began to look for trusted IP professionals who could assist these companies with their efforts to protect the opportunity, and by extension learned from them along the way.

 

One piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about working on a similar project?

 

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Jason Open

My best piece of advice is this – do you really want to write a book? Do you have the space/time to write a book?  I took on a book project at the beginning of my doctoral studies. It was a decision made out of ambition, and I paid a price for that ambition and, on occasion, so did my family.  I wanted to be a scholar, I wanted to be an academic, and I wanted to be a leader (even though I am not sure I can define what I mean by any of those labels).  The book came out in July 2018, and I am thrilled, but also humbled – it wasn’t easy; I haven’t always been the best-version of myself throughout the process.  I have wondered, was the ambition worth it if, at the end of the day, I am only more certain that all is vanity, and that there is nothing new under the sun?  After all, it’s a book about assessment.  I think it’s important and I am proud of it, but my ambition has diminished me on more than one occasion. So I guess, do you know what you are signing up for, especially if you are working with someone? And if you are working with someone, make sure you talk about process.  Having those conversations up-front will help out in the end. (I guess that is two pieces of advice).

I hope you’re convinced that you should attend Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Creatives & Intellectual Property this Thursday. Register at Eventbrite.ca and join us for lively discussion and tasty refreshments in  c r a v e Pub between 5 and 8pm.

 

Government of Canada. (n.d.). Intellectual property strategy. Retrieved from https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/108.nsf/eng/home#accordion-item-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’re invited to LNAP!

LNAP logoWhat is it?

LNAP stands for Long Night Against Procrastination.  Still confused?  One night each semester we bring together all the services that we think will help you succeed as a student here at MHC.  We want to help you avoid procrastination and give you support to start (or finish!) all of your assignments and papers.

Who is it for?

LNAP is a college-wide event for all MHC students.

When is it?

Fall 2018 LNAP is happening Wednesday, October 10th from 5 pm. to midnight.

What can I expect?

  • You can expect a fun, friendly atmosphere
  • You can expect quick workshops filled with all kinds of success strategies
  • You can expect stress release activities (hint:  puppies and kitties)
  • You can expect food and caffeine (another hint:  pizza)
  • You can expect help and support from Faculty, all staff including Advising, Library, IT, Peer Support, Writing Specialist, tutors in the ARC, Counselors and more

What do I need to do?

  • Register now at LNAP Pre-Registration or register in person starting October 1 in the cafeteria or B-wing hallway (location changes depending on the day)
  • Bring your student ID card
  • Arrive at 5 and be ready to become a part of something big!

It’s up to you.  Join in all of the activities or hunker down and get some work done.  It’s all good.  See you there!

Tips & Tricks for Video Assignments

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Hey everyone! Welcome to the Library Services Blog. Since it is the beginning of the semester I figured I would get ahead of the game and post some information in regards to Video Production and Editing. Since working at Medicine Hat College there has been an increase in the amount of assignments that are requiring video as a component. Which personally I think is awesome! There are so many opportunities out there for people to become creators of their own content and video is such a great method. I know a lot of you are currently saying “But… I don’t know anything about video production” well don’t worry, here I will give you a little rundown of some information that you need to know as well as, where to find more information. Without further ado, Video Production Tip & Tricks.

To start the library offers different solutions depending on what you need to record. We have Web Cams, Video Camera’s and a DSLR camera. We even have something called a Cam Link which you can use to hook up a video camera directly to your laptop. This lets you record directly to your device meaning no need to transfer the video after the fact. Alright, so now that you have an idea of the equipment available, let’s move onto the next part.

I won’t go into any specific info here as I will be linking the library’s guide to Video Production and Editing at the end of the post. The video guide has all the information you need to understand what video recording entails and what you need to complete your assignment.

So you’ve recorded your video but something about it isn’t right. Perhaps it’s too long or there was a part where you laughed in the middle, don’t sweat. The library Makerspace has a couple different video editors that you can use at any time. Not sure how to use video editing software? We have you covered. The link at the end of the page has a video editing section which will give you a basic rundown of how to use the software.

Finally, before I end this post I will mention that the library also has 2 green screen. 1 is set up in MakerspaceMHC and the other is available for sign out. This tool is great if you need to change your background for your project. Say your assignment is supposed to have you in an exotic location, the green screen will have you covered and once again all the info on how to use the green screen is available by following the link.

Video Production/Editing/Green Screen Guide

Alright, now that you know what resources are available to you I hope that you feel a little better about doing that video assignment. Oh, and I almost forgot. We also offer a workshop on this content. The workshop will give you a beginning understanding of creating/editing a video and it’s also a great place to ask questions. Check the calendar below for times.

 

Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein

MakerspaceMHC

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Did you know that the library has a makerspace? We sure do! MakerspaceMHC is located within the Vera Bracken Library and is open during regular library hours. Everyone is invited to use the space to explore, learn, create and discover.

We have tons of equipment available including: a 3D printer, sewing machine, electronic cutter, a music creation station, poster creation stations as well as, a variety of software for 3D modeling, video game creation and other artistic endeavors. The equipment is available on a drop-in, first-come, first served basis. We also offer a variety of workshops throughout the year highlighting various projects that can be completed within the makerspace location. Please note: that an introductory workshop is required in order to use the 3D printer and/or the electronic cutter.

If you are a student, staff or faulty member of the Medicine Hat College online workshops are available.

Online Workshops

Once you login to Blackboard make your way to Library Workshops and pick the applicable workshop. Please note: Make sure to enroll in order to take the short quizzes.

Have fun and get making!

Check the calendar below for available workshops.

You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you. – Maxwell Maltz