Stress Less at MHC

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It’s a new year and for both our new and returning students, the Fall semester can be a time of challenges and triumphs. To make sure that your year starts off right, we have a few tips from our VP Internal, Evelyn Schottner and our Health and Wellness Coordinator, Jaycene Mock.

Hi Everyone! Evelyn here – I’m your VP Internal. You can come visit me to help with all sorts of academic issues if they arise for you. I’m here to help guide you through academic appeals, discrimination issues, and general student rights. I really believe that the College should be a place where all students feel safe and included, and that’s really what my position — and the Students’ Association in general — is all about! I also want to remind students really quick that there is an important date coming up: November 21st, 2018 is the withdraw date. This means that this is the last day to withdraw from a class and have it show up as a “W” on your transcript instead of a failing grade. I would highly recommend talking to your academic advisor prior to this date to weigh out your options if you have a class or classes that you’re struggling in. Other than that, feel free to pop into the SAMHC office or email me at SA_Internal@mhc.ab.ca with any questions you might have! Have a great year everyone!

Changing gears just a little! Jaycene here, your friendly neighborhood Health and Wellness Coordinator. The Fall semester is just kicking off and already I’ve seen a few very stressed-out students. Taking care of yourself can sometimes fall off to the bottom of your priority list when life gets busy but reminder: self-care should always be a priority! As cheesy as it sound, it’s true that you can’t take care of anything if you have not been taking care of yourself. This looks different for each of us, but below is one of my favorite infographics from the masters at Buzzfeed! If you have anymore questions or need anything, again please feel free to pop into the SAMHC office or email me at SA_HWC@mhc.ab.ca. Also come out to our Stress Less Events on September 11th and 12th in the Den 😀

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Borges, Anna. “For Making Everyday A Little More Chill.” Buzzfeed. 16 July 2016. Retrieved on 07 September 2018 from: https://www.buzzfeed.com/annaborges/relaxation-charts?utm_term=.gpxXjo1Ne&sub=4308927_9196789

How to Find a Book in the Library

Walking into the college library for the first time can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Library staff are always willing to help, but if you are attempting to find a book on your own, here’s a few tips:

  • Search for the book title in the library catalogue, it can be accessed from the library webpage. Type your title into the search box. Using “quotation marks” around your title will help your search bring up accurate results.

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  • If the book is owned by MHC you will see the notation “Held by: MHC Libraries” just under the book description. If the book is currently available, you will see the green check mark beside the notation “Available”.

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  • If a book is both owned by MHC and Available you should be able to find it on the library shelves. Use the call number, (the circled number above) to locate the book.
  • Each book shelf in the library has a label on it. It tells you the range of call numbers that can be found within it.

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  • Books are ordered alphabetically based on the first letter (or two) of their call number. In the MHC library, A’s begin on the bookshelf with the orange kangaroo on top.

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  • Our FIND IT! guide can help you navigate the shelves to the resources you need.

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  • Finally, remember that library staff are here to help! You just need to ask.

Preparing for College

Starting college can be an exciting and overwhelming time for students.  Here are some tips to consider when preparing for the semester ahead:

  1. Time Management – Get organized with your class schedule and plan to create a study schedule that works for you.  Be aware of what distractions may be time vampires — such as social media — and eliminate them so you can make room for more valuable ways to spend your time. For help with time management, see the Academic Strategist … me!
  2. Be Resourceful – Resourceful students are successful students. Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness, so be open to reaching out for help.  You will most certainly face challenges, and knowing where to get help when you need it is key to managing those challenges effectively.  Find out what services are available on campus, and consider introducing yourself to MHC support staff early on.  Here is a link to the services available: https://www.mhc.ab.ca/Services
  3. Attend Orientations – There is a lot of valuable information given at student orientations.  Be sure to attend those that apply to you and take detailed notes so you can refer to them later. This can be a good opportunity to meet instructors and fellow students, and can help you get connected.
  4. Self-Care – Starting classes can be overwhelming, so looking after yourself should be a priority. Consistent, healthy habits create consistent positive results. Proper sleep, exercise, time with friends, music, and time in nature are all examples of self-care practices. Identify what activities and habits work for you and be sure to add them to your schedule.

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

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

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

How to Research

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Not sure how to get started with research? Don’t worry! We have you covered. The library has a very thorough and easy to understand guide to help you learn to do research.

To get you started, here are a few things to keep in mind.

The first step is understanding your assignment. Read it thoroughly and note any specific requirements:

  • Type of assignment (essay, poster, report, debate, annotated bibliography, literature review, presentation)
  • Number of sources required
  • Types of sources required (articles, books, videos, etc.)
  • Citation format (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)

It is very important that you ask your instructor about anything you don’t understand!

A useful strategy to manage your research is to keep notes as you go. Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas, and, as you consult sources and make notes, keep a list of the sources you used.

There are many ways that you can keep notes to manage your research and citations more easily:

  • Use index cards or a notebook.
  • Start building your References page as you find your sources.
  • Use citation management software such as Mendeley or Zotero.

Managing your time to complete an assignment is essential. There are many resources available at MHC to help you get started, stay organized, and receive feedback.

To check out more information including How to Develop a Topic, How to Find & Evaluate Information, How to Use that Information and so much more check out the library guide.

Library Research Guide

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? – Albert Einstein

The Journey Begins

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We understand that sometimes it’s hard to get started on projects when you’re not even sure where to start. Don’t worry! That’s where the library and our other services come in. This is going to be a dedicated resources for everyone where they can find information related to their assignments and services at Medicine Hat College. Stay tuned for tidbits, tricks and important information to help you along your academic journey.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton