November 2014

Book Signing by Peter Denton – Tue 2 Dec @ NDC Library

November 28, 2014 • Written by
"technology & Sustainability" - Peter Denton

“technology & Sustainability” – Peter Denton

technology & Sustainability” is the latest book authored by Peter Denton, one of our very own instructors at RRC.

Peter teaches in the areas of ethics and technical communications and writes about cultural changes that may be required to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

The book is being launched at McNally Robinson on Friday 28 November but Peter will be offering his work in the NDC Library on December 2.

What: Book Signing
Where: Notre Dame Campus Library
When: Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

For more information see:

Teaching with Tablets and What It Has to Do with Us

November 24, 2014 • Written by
iPad, first generation

iPad, first generation. Creative Commons Photo License

While my memory is still fresh, I’d better write about the ALA TechSource workshop “Teaching with Tablets” that I recently attended to share what it was about with those interested in knowing. One thing I want to say beforehand is that it was an introductory workshop that was packed with information, and there is certainly a lot to explore to know this topic inside out.

It shouldn’t surprise you that mobile device ownership is on the rise and will continue to rise dramatically. Out of the 85 attendees (school, academic, public library personnel), 38 percent said some students/users and 58 percent said nearly all students/users in their institutions have mobile devices. Tablets are not just cool dazzling devices that you can conveniently hold in your hands for Internet browsing and reading. The gist of the whole mobile concept is that it presents a new means of interacting with information and knowledge enabling users to find, share and create information on the fly with the assistance of a rich and rapidly growing pool of apps.

Tablet use in the classroom completely changes the way instructors interact with students. Using either a cable connector or wireless adapter to connect with a projector, or tablet mirroring or using a mobile mouse app to pair up with a laptop to project a presentation, instructors are free to move around the classroom to see how students are doing while simultaneously interacting with the program or materials projected.  And they can even send out activities, polls, and quizzes to students, and invite them to participate in group learning activities.

You may say that teachers have been able to do this all along, but do you recall how difficult it was to simply share a URL so that everyone could visit and discuss the same website? Mobile apps such as Evernote and Poppet make creating and sharing snippets of information and video clips for brainstorming with a group quick and convenient.

Tablets fundamentally change the way students learn. We all know that reading a text is not the most effective way to learn. Tablets open the gateway to a multitude of multimedia content and interactive learning tools. For instance, Anatomy 4D allows health science students to explore the human body dynamically. There are information repository apps to facilitate note taking and knowledge visualization apps to generate easy to understand graphics. Furthermore, apps like Eponyms can translate medical terms for students reading a difficult article on PubMed.

This is in no way an exhaustive list of what tablets can do. As our options rapidly evolve I encourage you to look online for the best apps in education and try them out to see which ones serve your purpose, using your long time practiced information skills to evaluate them. Tablets may not become a reality in college classrooms tomorrow but certainly very soon, and you skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been, right? With so much talk about College Wide Learning Outcomes, adapting to and innovating with tablets could very well be something we all need to dip our toe into.

The presenters of this workshop generously offered their slides online at:

They also published the following books: Rethinking reference and instruction with tablets (Miller, Meier, & Moorefield-Lang), Tablet Computers in the Academic Library, and Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms (same authors). Recommended further reading is on slides 68, 69. Knock yourself out!

Written by Can Li with the assistance of John Mark Allen, Red River College Library



Innovate – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

November 20, 2014 • Written by

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow” — William Pollard, physicist.

lightbulb brain

Red River College is in the process of renewing its College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these outcomes, which are essential for success. This is the fifth part of the series, which focuses on “innovate.”

Secret Sauce of Success?

The ability to innovate has been described as the “secret sauce” of business success (Source: The Innovator’s DNA). We want RRC grads to be equipped to innovate – to generate, build and transform ideas in their fields.

Below are some resources that give advice on how to be a successful innovator.

Innovate – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

BOOK: Ready, set, done: how to innovate when faster is the new fast / Jim Carroll.


“If you are trying to figure out how to deal with the faster world that surrounds you, then you need this book. Think about it: the high velocity global economy of today drives rapid consumer, business, industrial and marketplace change.” (Source:




Breaking out : how to build influence in a world of competing ideas / John Butman.


How do you gain influence for an idea? In “Breaking Out,” idea developer and adviser John Butman shows how the methods of today’s most popular “idea entrepreneurs”….can help you take an idea public and build influence for it.” (Source: Harvard Business Review)





Creative thinkering : putting your imagination to work / Michael Michalko.


Through step-by-step exercises, illustrated strategies, and inspiring real-world examples, this book will show you how to synthesize dissimilar subjects, think paradoxically, and enlist the help of your subconscious mind. Visit the author’s website at




Speaking of...creativity / hosted by Stacey Stone ; produced and directed by Joel Asher.


In this documentary, nine creatively accomplished people reveal the secrets of their creativity.

Watch the trailer here:
Speaking of Creativity trailer





Creative approaches to problem solving : a framework for innovation and change / Scott G. Isaksen, K. Brian Dorval, Donald J. Treffinger.


A comprehensive text covering the system for problem solving and creativity known as Creative Problem Solving (CPS). This system helps individuals and groups solve problems, manage change, and deliver innovation.




Creative strategy : a guide for innovation / William Duggan.CREATIVE STRATEGY : A GUIDE FOR INNOVATION*

The real difficulty with innovation is not the execution, but coming up with great ideas in the first place. Duggan uses the neuroscience of innovation to describe the brain’s process of analysis to come up with the best new ideas, and to break down the process step by step.






Library Art Contest Showcase

November 14, 2014 • Written by

The Red River College Library would like to thank all those who responded to our “Library Art Contest”.  Students were asked to add their artwork to a Library Catalogue Card, which was provided to them.  The idea was to illustrate the front of the card, while incorporating the card’s original wording or concept.  Entries were judged on the quality of the artwork, the artistic interpretation and creativity.

Since we received so many awesome entries, we’d like to showcase some of the other entries we received.  Please enjoy this wonderful collection of artwork!

(Click the thumbnails below to view the full sized image)

Movember: Changing the Face of Men’s Health

November 14, 2014 • Written by
Image Credit: Movember Canada

Image Credit: Movember Canada

The Canadian Cancer Society website reports some startling estimates for the third leading cancer among men:

  • 23,600 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This represents 24% of all new cancer cases in men in 2014.
  • 4,000 men will die from prostate cancer. This represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2014.
  • On average, 65 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day.

From its modest beginnings in Australia, Movember continues to grow as an event across the word. As more and more countries join the cause, Canada continues to add to the 574 million dollars raised since 2003. From milk moustaches to wispy bristles to a full handle bar, Movember continues to raise money and awareness about Prostate cancer.

The library carries a number of resources related to Prostrate cancer. Ask us how to search for this, or any other, topic.


American Cancer Society’s complete guide to prostate cancer
Call Number: RC 280 .P7 A47 2005 (Notre Dame Campus)

Dr. Peter Scardino’s prostate book : the complete guide to overcoming prostate cancer, prostatitis, and BPH
Call Number: RC 899 .S28 2005  (Notre Dame Campus)


Prostate cancer [DVD] : your treatment options
Call Number: RC 280 .P7 P76 2007

Articles From EBSCOHost

Nicks, D. (2014). The 17 Most Influential Mustaches of All Time. Time.Com, N.PAG.

Waxman, O. B. (2014). Ask a ‘Stache: The 12 Do’s and Don’ts of Growing a Mustache for Movember. Time.Com, N.PAG.

CHARNOW, J. A. (2014). Prostate Cancer AS Safe Long Term. Renal & Urology News, 13(5), 1-5.

Window Display

Look for a “Movember” window display just outside the Notre Dame Campus Library.

The College Library has everything to do with College Wide Learning Outcomes

November 13, 2014 • Written by


The College Library has everything to do with College Wide Learning Outcomes.  Providing a broad coverage of current topics, a comprehensive library collection is critical to informing and updating students and faculty with the latest knowledge in their fields.

Libraries are not mere warehouses for books and other materials.  Through the teaching efforts of Library staff students learn information and digital literacy. These skills may not be taught explicitly in classrooms yet are necessary for students to be able to research and write papers, think independently and critically, and in general, be academically successful. Information competencies benefit students in the long run as they continue on with their future education and careers.

Like many other skills, information literacy must be learned and practiced, even in an age where large student populations own electronic devices, if not more so. On a daily basis, students who come into the Library or visit us online are introduced to a plethora of information resources including electronic books and streamed videos.  They learn how to access the electronic databases to do faceted searches, to narrow down or broaden the focus of their search, and evaluate resources.  And they learn to appreciate that even though Google is a powerful tool it is not the only search engine and it does not always give good results.

By solving technical problems in the computer lab and explaining to students the likely causes and steps to take to troubleshoot, our staff members are often lifesavers to students, teaching them to find the answers and solutions for themselves and giving them the confidence to explore and hence grow their own skills.

Authors: Can Li and John Mark Allen  – Red River College Library, Notre Dame Campus

Library Art Contest Winners

November 7, 2014 • Written by

The Red River College Library would like to thank all those who responded to our “Library Art Contest”.  Since we received so many wonderful entries, it was difficult to choose a winner. However, at the end of the process we have made the choice of two winners: Adam Brandt: Trouble at Lachine Mill and Amy Wood: Generals Die in Bed.

The winning entries are found below.  Please continue to watch the Library web site as we will soon be posting all the fantastic entries we received for this contest.  Thank you to all contestants!

Adam Brandt: Trouble at Lachine Mill

Adam Brandt: “Trouble at Lachine Mill”

Amy Wood - “Generals Die in Bed”

Amy Wood: “Generals Die in Bed”

Updated 14 Nov 14 – Added photos of winners receiving awards.

Adam Brandt - Norman Beattie

Adam Brandt – Norman Beattie

Paddy Burt - Amy Wood

Paddy Burt – Amy Wood

Communicate – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

November 6, 2014 • Written by

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.

This fourth edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students which deal with communication. Students will communicate through a variety of formats, to diverse audiences in wide-ranging environments throughout their academic and professional careers.

Communicate – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

business commication for successBusiness communication for success (2013) McLean and Moman cover business writing, presentations, interpersonal communication, crisis communication, intercultural/international business communication as well as group dynamics, teamwork and leadership. Delivering the message and understanding your audience are also highlighted.


Communicating beyond languageWe interact in increasingly diverse schools, workplaces and social arenas in today’s world. Communicating effectively with diverse groups and individuals is crucial and is the subject of Communicating beyond language : everyday encounters with diversity. (2014) Betsy Rymes writes of the communicative resources we use daily along with our gestures, greetings and even our dress. Contemporary examples from popular culture and mass media are included.


Building influence in the workplacePromoting ideas and projects, and communicating persuasively is important in the business world. Building influence in the workplace : how to gain and retain influence at work (2010) introduces influence, power and responsibility in the workplace. Reputation building, moral conflicts and working with challenging colleagues are also covered by the author, Aryanne Oade.


Getting to yesGetting to yes : negotiating agreement without giving in (2011) is a classic in the business world. Roger Fisher’s message of ‘principled negotiations’ has influenced generations of educators, businesspeople and students who wish to achieve win-win outcomes in negotiations.


In Exploring professional communicationExploring professional communication : language in action (2013) Stephanie Schnurr deals with various genres of professional communication. Issues of gender, leadership and culture are discussed with an applied linguistic focus.