April 2015

Throw Back Thursday at EDC

April 23, 2015 • Written by

If you are old enough to fondly remember going to the video rental store in the 90’s the Library Staff at EDC would like to remind you that you can enjoy that nostalgia browsing our DVD collection. Staff and students are able to take out a DVD for the night or over the weekend. Given that winter has decided to give us one last kick before summer, you may decide it is a good weekend to curl up and watch a movie and relax after a week of studying for exams, or taking on a new work placement.

Sure there is Netflix and Youtube, but why not dust off that DVD player and enjoy a buffer free weekend? The best part is you can justify the break because we have DVD material that is relevant to your studies and course work. They are a great way to spark your creativity and add to your knowledge base, all from the comfort of your comfy couch.

Here is a short list of interesting titles, but we have many more options for you to look through so drop in and visit us.

stashStash DVD Magazine

If you are looking for that weekend cartoon fix, or to grab some visual inspiration. “Stash delivers inspiration and insight into outstanding design, visual effects and animation projects and the people who create them. Exceptional commercials, music videos, title and broadcast designs, game cinematics, short films and more – complete with exclusive interviews, behind the scenes features, production notes, credits, toolkits and links for every project.” –stashmedia.tv


Art and Copy

art and copy“A powerful new film about advertising and inspiration … reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time–people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s ‘creative revolution’ of the 1960s [spearheaded by Doyle Dane Bernbach], these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in Art & copy were responsible for ‘Just do it,’ ‘I love NY,’ ‘Where’s the beef?,’ ‘Got milk,’ ‘Think different,’ and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. … Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion” — Film Web site.


429574828Google and the world brain

“In 1937, the science fiction writer H. G. Wells imagined a “World Brain” containing all of the world’s knowledge, accessible to all people, that would be “so compact in its material form and so gigantic in its scope and possible influence” that it could transcend even nation states and governments. Seventy years later, Google set about realizing Wells’s vision, launching a massive project to scan millions of books from university library collections. But when it was discovered that over half of the first ten million books Google scanned were still in copyright, authors from around the world joined together to wage a fierce legal battle against the Internet giant, culminating in a dramatic courtroom showdown in 2011. In gripping detail, Google & the World Brain tells the fascinating story of this complicated struggle over intellectual property and access to human knowledge, offering crucial insights into broader debates surrounding data-mining and privacy, downloading and copyright, fair use, freedom and surveillance.”–from container



61WfWPvppOL._SY550_“With beautiful visuals and engaging stories, Nourish explores the provocative question: What’s the story of your food? By providing a “big picture” view of our food system, Nourish reveals the many ways that food connects to our environment, our health and our communities. Most importantly, Nourish offers specific action steps that viewers can take to help create a sustainable food future.”–Website.




librarianThe Hollywood librarian

“They have more cardholders than VISA, more customers than Amazon, and more outlets than McDonald’s. Meet America’s librarians. The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject of librarians. A vivid blend of factual documentary, feature film, and storytelling, it reveals the history and realities of librarianship in the entertaining and appealing context of American movies. Interviews with actual librarians, intercut with film clips of cinematic librarians, examine such issues as literature, books and reading, censorship, library funding, citizenship and democracy. For the first time, we see and understand the real lives and real work of American librarians who for decades have been a cultural force hiding in plain sight.”–Container.


Videos for the Environment

April 17, 2015 • Written by

Have you ever wondered about the elaborate relationship and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals? Couldn’t we all just stop using plastic bags? What about population growth? The Red River College Library would like to honour Earth Day (April 22), by presenting a selection of videos from the RRC Library’s collection that remind us to be healthy planet dwellers. 


Symphony of the SoilSymphony of the soil

An artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil‘s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers.

Bag itBag it

This story follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy — admittedly not a ‘tree hugger’ — who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. This simple action gets Jeb thinking about all kinds of plastic. He embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.



Mother: Caring for 7 billionMother: Caring for 7 Billion

Brings to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises – population growth. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic- religion, economics, family planning, and gender inequality. The film illustrates both the over consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother, a child-rights activist, and the last sibling of a family of twelve, as she discovers the thorny complexities of the population dilemma and highlights a different path to solve it.

Climate refugeesClimate Refugees

The first feature film to explore that global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences.




White water, black goldWhite Water, Black Gold

Follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across Western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world’s thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain ice fields that are the source of the industry’s water, to the Tar Sands tailing ponds, where thousands of migrating birds have unwittingly landed and died … [It] is a sober look at the untold costs associated with developing this major oil deposit, and raises important questions about how much environmental damage we’re willing to tolerate to feed our oil appetite.

Nourish: short filmsNourish: Short Films

A companion to the award-winning PBS special Nourish: Food + Community, this engaging collection of 54 short films explores such themes as Farm to Fork, Cooking and Eating, Food and Health, and Edible Education. Use these beautiful, bite-sized films to spark the imagination and inspire meaningful change.



Toxic trespassToxic Trespass

Intrepid filmmaker Barri Cohen launches an investigation into the effects of the industrial chemicals around us. She starts with her own daughter, who — like most children today — carries a cocktail of carcinogens in her blood. Toxic Trespass delves into the chemical soup that surrounds us and that we’ve taken for granted. We meet passionate activists, doctors and scientists who see clear evidence of often-denied links between the environment and health, and are working for change.


Nature of thingsNature of Things

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight.

If you are interested in viewing these titles or have any media-related questions, please visit Library–Media Services in person or contact us at:

Notre Dame Campus Library

P: 204-632-2231
E: media@rrc.ca

Exchange District Campus Library

P: 204-949-8370
E: pscmedia@rrc.ca

Earth Day 2015

April 14, 2015 • Written by


Red River College will once again be celebrating Earth Day. From April 20-24th, RRC staff and students have the opportunity to participate in learning activities that demonstrate the social, economic, and environmental spirit of sustainability and help you strengthen and renew your commitment to healthy planet living.

At both the Notre Dame Campus and the Roblin Centre, the Library will be participating in the “Sustainable Living EcoFair”:

  • Notre Dame Campus: Monday, April 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Roblin Centre: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

You may visit more than ten sustainability booths and enjoy some delicious local foods. Come on down and compete in some rousing sustainability games!

NDC Library Window Display

Check out the “Earth Day” display at the Notre Dame Library. We are featuring many wonderful items from our collection.

The entire list of items in our Window Display is located here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Blue future : protecting water for people and the planet forever

blue futureIn her bestselling books Blue Gold and Blue Covenant, world-renowned water activist Maude Barlow exposed the battle for ownership of our dwindling water supply and the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to reclaim water as a public good. Since then, the United Nations has recognized access to water as a basic human right-but there is still much work to be done to stem this growing crisis. In this major new book, Barlow draws on her extensive experience and insight to lay out a set of key principles that show the way forward to what she calls a “water-secure and water-just world.” Not only does she reveal the powerful players even now impeding the recognition of the human right to water, she argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Focusing on solutions, she includes stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as government policies that work for both people and the planet. At a time when climate change has moved to the top of the national agenda and when the stage is being set for unprecedented drought, mass starvation, and the migration of millions of refugees in search of water, Blue Future is an urgent call to preserve our most valuable resource for generations to come.


Consumed : food for a finite planet

Consumed-719x1024Sarah travelled the globe to research her new book. In Consumed she reports on the efforts of people—in cities and on farms, from New York to rural India—who are putting together a new way of feeding the world that is resilient to the inevitable shocks that climate change will throw our way. Sarah tells the untold stories of this massive but little known global social movement that is changing all aspects of food. With her eye on the year 2050, Sarah lays out the decade by decade targets we must meet so that by mid-century we can feed ourselves in an ever increasingly turbulent world.


Eau Canada : the future of Canada’s water

eaum canadaAs the sustainability of our natural resources is increasingly questioned, Canadians remain stubbornly convinced of the unassailability of our water. Mounting evidence suggests, however, that Canadian water is under threat. Eau Canada assembles the country’s top water experts to discuss our most pressing water issues. Perspectives from a broad range of thinkers – geographers, environmental lawyers, former government officials, aquatic and political scientists, and economists – reflect the diversity of concerns in water management. Arguing that weak governance is at the heart of Canada’s water problems, this timely book identifies our key failings, explores debates over jurisdiction, transboundary waters, exports, and privatization, and maps out solutions for protecting our most important resource.

Get out! : 150 easy ways for kids and grown-ups to get into nature and build a greener future

get outThis book is chock full of fresh ideas for getting kids –and adults– to appreciate nature, get outdoors, and care for the environment. Features chapters on everything from being a green consumer and green eating to choosing an issue and taking a stand.




The mom’s guide to growing your family green : saving the earth begins at home

moms guide“This is an invaluable, user-friendly resource for the regular mom who cares about her family, her home, her community, and the local schools. With tips for home and garden, shopping, travel, school, work, and the community, this is the complete guide to becoming a green mom for the benefit of the whole family as well as the earth.” — Back cover.




We need your books!

April 14, 2015 • Written by

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-300x282The Library will once again be participating in the Sustainable Living EcoFair.

We are hosting a Book Exchange – bring in your gently used books and exchange them for others that are new-to-you. Or donate them to the Library’s ongoing Recreational Reading Book Exchange – we are always looking for new titles!

Everyone who participates in the exchange may enter a draw for an eco-prize.

And, get rid of your clean plastic bags at the same time! Swap a dozen or more for a re-usable Library bag.

The event will be held on:

  • Notre Dame Campus: Monday, April 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Roblin Centre: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For your convenience, books may be dropped off in the Library before the event.

New & Noteworthy Videos at RRC Library

April 9, 2015 • Written by

Below are some new and noteworthy titles that have recently graced the NEW VIDEO ARRIVALS DISPLAY at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus Library. All staff and students at Red River College may borrow these titles for free!

Brooklyn Farmer


BROOKLYN FARMER explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City. As their growing operation expands from Long Island City, Queens to a second roof in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.

Little Big Girls


In the documentary LITTLE BIG GIRLS, filmmaker Hélène Choquette sheds light on early-onset puberty, which affects more and more young girls today. The causes of this phenomenon, fast becoming a worldwide public health concern, may still be misunderstood, but the physical, psychological and psychosocial repercussions on young girls are all too visible.

You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t


The first documentary filmed in an Alzheimer’s unit told from the perspective of an Alzheimer’s patient. In Danville, California, Lee Gorewitz wanders on a personal odyssey through her Alzheimer’s & Dementia care unit. From the moment she wakes up, Lee is on a quest– for reminders of her past, and her identity. A total immersion into the fragmented day-to-day experience of mental illness, YOU’RE LOOKING AT ME LIKE I LIVE HERE AND I DON’T is filled with charismatic vitality and penetrating ruminations that challenge our preconceptions of illness and aging. Here is one extraordinary woman who will not let us forget her, even as she struggles to remember herself.

Butterfly Collectors


THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTORS is a short production which dramatically illustrates the ways young girls can be trapped into prostitution. Two stories, based on eyewitness testimony and official police records, effectively demonstrate the cycles of child prostitution.

Sperm Donor X: A Different Conception


Director Deirdre Fishel takes an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at her own experiences and that of three other diverse women as they opt for a life they never imagined — to try to have children solo using donor sperm. From the strangeness and humor of picking an anonymous donor to the creation of joyous families of both biological and adopted children, SPERM DONOR X provides a powerful challenge to old ideas about making a family.

If you have any questions for Media Services staff, please contact us at:

Notre Dame Campus Library

P: 204-632-2231
E: media@rrc.ca

Exchange District Campus Library

P: 204-949-8370
E: pscmedia@rrc.ca