September 30, 2014 • Written by Mark Nelson
October is Canadian Library Month. The Library invites you to show off your artistic talent by illustrating a 3 X 5 library index card. This is the second year that we are running this contest. You may review last year’s winners here.
- Open to all RRC students
- Choose up to 3 cards from any Library location.
- Illustrate the FRONT of the card incorporating the card’s wording or concept.
- Use any physical media.
- Write your name and contact information clearly on the back.
- Entries must be submitted to either Library location by 4:30PM Friday 31 October 2014.
Entries will be judged on:
- Quality of the artwork.
- Artistic interpretation.
- Entries must be submitted to either Library location by 4:30 pm on Friday 31 October 2014.
- Winning cards will be displayed in the Library.
For More Information
Check out our posters throughout the campus. If you have any further questions you are invited to make inquiries at any of our Library Reference Desks.
September 24, 2014 • Written by Lynn Gibson
Red River College is currently renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. (rrc.ca/cwlo/)
The Library can point you in the right direction towards resources that would be suitable for each of the Learning Outcomes. In this edition of our College-wide Learning Outcomes blog we will look at some fantastic resources for instructors who wish to integrate these outcomes into their courses, and for students who need to acquire the competencies required.
The first learning outcome is Career Readiness, one of our fundamental goals at the College – to make sure students are ready to not only begin their careers but to excel in them.
Career Readiness includes academic subject expertise, teamwork skills, adaptability, personal accountability, interpersonal relations, continuous learning, creativity, communication, and intercultural competency among others.
Career Readiness – 7 Resources Available to RRC Staff and Students
1. A broad overview of career readiness can be found in 10 Things Employers want you to Learn in College : the know-how you need to succeed by Bill Coplin. The author lists 10 skill sets that students need to excel in the world of work which are:
- Taking responsibility
- Developing physical skills
- Communicating verbally
- Communicating in writing
- Working directly with people
- Influencing people
- Gathering information
- Using quantitative tools
- Asking and answering the right questions
- Solving problems
This skill set, argues the author, is what every graduating students needs to succeed and progress in the world of work. A degree and a high GPA might get students an interview, but these competencies will get the job.
2. Communication skills are also crucial to a successful career and are covered in Business Communication for Success by Scott McLean and Murray Moman. McLean and Moman’s text covers understanding your audience, effective writing, giving presentations, crisis communication, teamwork, leadership and more.
3. Professionalism: real skills for workplace success by Lydia E. Anderson, Sandra B. Bolt touches on many aspects of career readiness such as attitude, time management, ethics, etiquette, accountability, conflict management and customer service.
4. Collaboration, teamwork, supervision, organization and leadership skills are essential to a well-functioning workplace. Creating Effective Teams : a guide for members and leaders by Susan A. Wheelan is a practical guide for building and sustaining top-performing teams, describing why teams are important, how they function, and what makes them productive. The text is suitable for team members as well as supervisors.
5. Career readiness also includes intercultural competence. Valuing, understanding and respecting differences between cultures is crucial in today’s workplace. The Cultural Intelligence Difference by David Livermore is designed to help students reach this goal. It covers cultural intelligence (CQ) which is required to thrive in our multicultural workplaces and globalized world. The power of CQ helps manage multicultural teams and serve a diverse customer base both locally and internationally.
6. With today’s technology and social networking, the world of work is wide open to our students. Working in the global economy [e-book] : how to develop and manage your career across borders by Roblyn Simeon shows how professionals can market themselves in the global business world, not just locally. This resource provides professionals with tools to evaluate domestic and international career markets and presents strategies to package and market skills and competencies at home and abroad. Readers will learn how to research national markets, spot new career opportunities, locate regions and companies where opportunities flourish, network, find training programs and more.
7. The ability and desire to be a lifelong learner is another hallmark of career readiness. Building the learning organization : achieving strategic advantage through a commitment to learning by Michael J. Marquardt is a toolkit for transforming an organization into one that learns from its experiences and transfers that knowledge into peak performance. Action learning is brought into the hands of managers who want to build, maintain and sustain learning organizations.
September 8, 2014 • Written by Mark Nelson
The Red River College Library receives plenty of inquiries about the wireless networks on all our Winnipeg campuses. Our goal is to help all our library patrons, though we always have to be clear that we do not control or manage the wireless networks here at RRC. At the Library we are users, just like you!
In fact, it is the Information Technology Department that manages the wireless networks at the Notre Dame Campus and throughout the Exchange District Campus.
Are you a Returning Student? Forget this Network!
If you are, you likely had to reset your password over the summer. When you return to the college, make sure that any of your devices, such as cell phones or tablets, also have your new password in their settings.
Q: How do you do update your wireless password?
A: Forget this network!
Just ask your device to “Forget this Network” and then setup the network fresh.
When you ask your device to “forget this network”, always keep in mind that it was likely trying to actively connect to the wireless with a bad password. This would have caused the college’s wireless system to lock out your device. So, when you reconnect with your username and your new password it may still not connect. It is probably locked out!
Wait 30 minutes after you “Forget this Network” for your locked-out device to be re-allowed to connect to RRCWireless.
Laptops – Mac and PC
If you have a laptop, you may not need to “Forget this Network”. You can likely just login with your new password when your computer challenges you for credentials. However, you may still have to wait 30 minutes for your laptop to cease being locked out. Just put in your new password, and wait for the lock-out period to expire (30 minutes).
We offer additional help at our Library Helpdesks:
- Notre Dame Campus – Library Computer Lab (8AM to 4PM)
- Exchange District Campus – Lower Learning Commons (8AM to 4PM)
As well we have a web page with extensive wireless resources and guides: http://library.rrc.ca/Help-and-Guides/Wireless.aspx