October 2015

EBSCOhost Mobile App

October 30, 2015 • Written by

img_mobileThe EBSCOhost mobile app is made for the smaller screens of mobile devices, and offers the most important EBSCOHost features and functionality right in the palm of your hand.

There is also an added bonus. Once you have successfully loaded a validation key into your mobile device you do not have to enter a username and password every time you use the app.

To get started, follow the instructions below, or check out our “EBSCOHost Mobile” online guide.  You may also inquire at the Library Reference Desk for printed instructions.


Step 1: Get the APP

  1. Download the free EBSCOhost app on your mobile device from within your device’s App Store. (Apple and Android only)

Step 2: Get the Validation Key

  1. Launch your web browser, from within your mobile device or your computer.
  2. Go to http://library.rrc.ca
  3. Click on “Search EBSCOhost Articles” in the left-hand menu
  4. Log in with your college username and password
  5. Click on “Continue”
  6. You should arrive at the EBSCOhost Article Search Page. Now, look at the bottom of the page (in the footer) for a link titled “iPhone and Android apps”. Note: if you are using a device that automatically simplifies pages for mobile devices you may need to select to view “full site” in order to see this link at the bottom of the page.
  7. A popup will come up, asking you to input an email address.  Be sure to insert an email address that you can access on your mobile device. EBSCOhost will now send a special key to this email address.

Step 3: Load the key

  1. On your mobile device, open up the email you receive from ephost@epnet.com and click on the link: “tap this authentication key”.
  2. That will launch the EBSCOhost application. You will now have access to EBSCOHost on your device until the key code you’ve received has expired.

Instructions on how to use the EBSCOhost mobile application may also be be found on the EBSCOHost website, or by doing a web search for “EBSCOhost Mobile Access”.

Culinary Resource – In Season Now, Local Tree Syrups

October 23, 2015 • Written by

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Maple Syrup is a fall staple in Canada. It pairs well with things like yam, pumpkin, and all those rustic fall goodies we look forward to at the end of the harvest, it is enjoyed on pancakes at any time of the year. Maple Syrup even makes a resurgence in Canadian kitchens at Christmas time where it is, pretty much in a home kitchen considered interchangeable with Carmel. Not to rock your world here, but Maple Syrup is actually harvested in the spring! If you are cooking seasonally try incorporating maple syrup into salads, and spring vegetable glazes. Light and savory uses give the syrup a chance to bring a perfect hint of sweetness to accompany spring dishes, as opposed maple syrup maple syrup’s heavy handed and sugary fall and winter applications. You may then see this Canadian ingredient in a whole new light.

Manitoba’s only “Sugar Shack” or “cabane à sucre” (the Canadian term for locations that produce Maple Syrup and elsewhere generally referred to as a “sap house”) is located in Saint-Pierre-Jolys and is an important part of the tourism development of the community.  If you want to visit Manitoba’s only designated Sugar Shack you can do so at the St-Pierre-Jolys museum. Be sure to check hours before embarking on your road trip.


Credit: Pixabay repository for public domain images

Also becoming increasingly popular is birch syrup. Local to Manitoba and with a wildly different flavor birch syrup comes in different varieties and has strong undertones of cherry. It pairs well with chocolate, and makes an excellent glaze for salmon (I enjoy it on my bacon personally). This Syrup is more delicate than maple and you have to be careful not to burn it in the cooking process. In Manitoba birch syrup is harvested in Lake Winnipeg’s south basin. To learn more about Manitoba birch syrup production visit the Great Canadian Birch Company.

Spruce tip syrup is also harvested and made in the spring. Popular in the Yukon and Alaska, it has strong pine overtones with sharp citrus undertones, and works well to enhance citrus glazes and desserts.

Looking to play around with these seasonal locally produced syrups in the kitchen? Visit the John and Bonnie Buhler Library and check out The Boreal Gourmet. This book not only carries instructions for the use of these three syrups, but also resources for retailers that carry them.

The boreal gourmet : adventures in northern cooking / Michele Genest ; photographs by Cathie Archbould

51Nf6eEFM-L._SX393_BO1,204,203,200_“Bring me moose meat! You will not be sorry!” So says Whitehorse author and cook Michele Genest to the hunters in her circle. Wild is wonderful when it comes to Genest’s creative treatments for northern viands, with exciting ideas such as moose cooked in Yukon-brewed espresso stout and finished with chocolate, lime and cilantro, Arctic char marinated in grappa and then hot-smoked, or roasted spruce grouse draped in a sour cream and Madeira sauce. As much culinary adventure story as cookbook, The Boreal Gourmet combines a portrait of northern life with an exploration of wild or “country” foods in gourmet recipes for the home cook. These recipes are inspired by a diversity of countries, traditions and kitchens, and spring from a love affair with the indigenous foods that flourish in the boreal forests and river valleys of the Yukon… –Google books.

(The Library would like to thank Ebony Novakowski for her recent contributions to our blog)

Practice Good Citizenship – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

October 14, 2015 • Written by

In this blog post we look at library resources for Good Citizenship.  Part of RRC’s new College-wide learning outcomes. The goal of this learning outcome, is that graduates contribute to their communities with integrity and cultural sensitivity. They are aware of the impact their actions have on the social, economic, and environmental well-being of local and global communities.

The first point to keep in mind is that Citizenship is a principle that expands over many levels for any given individual.  Citizenship can be that of a small group or community, an entire nation or cultural group. More and more Citizenship is becoming a global concept, and the Practice of Good Citizenship expands globally.

The organization Oxfam defines Education for global citizenship as follows: “Education for global citizenship helps enable young people to develop the core competencies which allow them to actively engage with the world, and help to make it a more just and sustainable place.”Oxfam UK

From a Canadian perspective: “Good global citizenship is part of governing in the 21st century. Canada must continue to support multilateral approaches to global problems. The major challenges of our time include poverty, environmental degradation, infectious disease, regional conflicts, organized crime and terrorism.” –This excerpt is from a speech by Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister, Canada, from the Third World Chambers Congress in Québec City,Québec, Canada on September 16, 2003.

For more information on the Practice of Good Citizenship, look to the following resources provided by the Red River College Libraries:


Global citizen : river of love & other essays

GlobalCitizenCover250“Global Citizen came to fruition as a newspaper column in October of 2006. I chose the title because global citizenship is a seductive yet contradictory term. Some prefer the concept because it recognizes the transnational character of our problems. If our problems cross national boundaries, then surely solutions require a mobilization beyond national scope. However this transnational view of the world is problematic for the average citizen. While we know that many economic, social, and environmental issues require collaborative solutions, it remains difficult for thoughtful people to know what to do. Should we look to keep our own doorways swept clean as Goethe suggests, or go across the ocean and get busy on someone else’s doorway? To be a global citizen may sound like good thing but how exactly does one choose to behave? How do you make a difference to people who are uneducated, malnourished, victimized by patriarchy and colonialization, make destitute by desertifcation, without becoming seduced by our own colonizing tendancies? Will our actions make a difference? Or is the concept of individual action just another way in which true power and authority divert us from the truth?” — Author’s introduction.


Good Citizenship and Educational Provision

314Jfq5penL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Citizenship has been taught in school around the world for many years now, and is due to be introduced to the UK curriculum over the next few years. Teachers, Headteachres, administrators and policy makers have the opportunity to develop citizenship education programs for all their students. This book takes a pragmatic approach to the issue, and answers many of the crucial questions that will be emerging: what definitions of citizenship are to be followed, and how is citizenship taught? What approaches will be taken by teachers and what is the likely shape of best practice for citizenship education? How will the issue impact on schools and teacher training, and how should they rise to the challenge? What are the key factors influencing or threatening the development of good citizens? Based on the analysis of data collected form over 700 teachers the book provides real solutions to questions raised by citizenship education, and makes recommendations for practice in schools and in the training and development of teachers. – Publisher


The World Is My Classroom : International Learning and Canadian Higher Education

416lUAhOCRL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_International education and learn-abroad programs have received heightened interest in the knowledge economy, and universities are keen to create successful programs for students. The World Is My Classroom presents diverse perspectives on these experiential learning programs and ways of globalizing Canadian classrooms. Examining themes such as global education, global citizenship, and service learning, it sheds light on current debates that are of concern for faculty members, administrators, international partners, and students alike.

The World Is My Classroom is the first book to examine pedagogical questions about the internationalization and globalization of higher education from an explicitly Canadian perspective. It features original reflections from students on their experiences in learn-abroad programs, as well a foreword by Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free the Children and Me to We, on the benefits of international learning experiences. Universities considering developing, enhancing, and refining their learning abroad programs, as well as students considering these programs and experiences, will find this an insightful and useful book. –Google Books

In Recognition of Ally Week

October 7, 2015 • Written by
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Check out the window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

Ally Week is a national youth-led effort empowering students to be allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying, harassment and name-calling.

It is usually held in September or October, often coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11, and October also being LGBT History Month. The event started in October 2005 and has grown since. This year Ally Week takes place October 12-16, 2015.

The goal of Ally Week is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while highlighting that peer support for LGBT students is stronger than the students themselves may have thought existed. People across the country can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth.

Visit our the Notre Dame Campus Window Display

To increase LGBTT* awareness Library Services set up a window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find additional information about the LGBTT* initiative at RRC. As well, the RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

List of Items: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

RRC Library Poster/Bookmark Contest

October 2, 2015 • Written by

Please note: In this year’s art contest, unfortunately no entry met the criteria listed. As a result, we have not awarded a prize. We hope for a better outcome next time! (Updated 7 Dec 2015)


October is Canadian Library Month. Show off your artistic talent by creating a Library poster or bookmark!

The poster or bookmark should represent one of our many services such as the Library databases, reference help, etc. (See the guidelines below for complete details). Need ideas? Unsure what we have? Ask our staff! They would be happy to show you anything from how to log into databases to requesting books from Exchange District or Notre Dame Libraries.

Please make your entry colourful, creative, and be sure to include one of our organizational logos: (Library Wordmark Image | Red River College Logo Image) If you can free hand the logo with colored pencils have fun, or dust off Photoshop/Publisher for those with digital wizardry. If going the digital route, make sure anything used conforms with copyright restrictions. In other words, images must either be original or in the public domain.

Keep in mind the winner(s) may find their creation is actually used by the Library for promotional purposes!

Contest Rules/Guidelines

  • prizesOpen to all students
  • Size
    • 11 X 17” full colour poster,
    • 5 X 8.5”  2-sided, full-colour bookmark
  • Topic: pick one of the following themes:
    • Extensive E‐book collection
    • Online Full-text Databases
    • Streaming Videos
    • Great Reference Desk help
      e.g. one-on-one research assistance; tutorials, etc.
    • Library (general ‐ must be specific to the RRC Library)
      e.g.  “Did you know our library offers …”
  • Use any media (i.e. coloured pencils, digital media, mulmedia, etc.) and style of art
  • Write your namestudent numberand email or phone number clearly on the back of your poster or on the envelope for bookmarks.
  • All submissions must be turned in to either Library location by:
    4:30 pm on Friday October 30th, 2015.
  • Entries will be judged on:
    1. Quality of work
    2. Creativity
    3. Use of chosen topic
    4. Accuracy and clarity
  • Winning artwork and honourable mentions will be displayed in the Library and on our website. They may also be used for future promotions.

Contest frequently asked questions

  • How many posters/bookmarks can I enter?
    • One poster, one bookmark (total of 2 entries)
  • How big can the poster / bookmark be?
    • Posters are to be 11x17” (tabloid)
    • Bookmarks are to be 2.5×8.5” and should have a front and a back.
  • Do I have to use the RRC or Library logos? If so, where can I get them?
  • Can my entry be black and white?
    • We prefer full colour – unless your artistic vision says black and white!
  • Will I get my project back?
    • We have kept all entries in the past. If you would like your entry returned to you, please say so on the back of the poster or on the bookmark envelope. Please note that winning entries will be kept for some time regardless.
  • Can I make a poster on a topic not listed?
    • If it fits within the rules (our decision), then it’s OK.
  • Can I ask staff about the different services for more information?
    • Absolutely!
  • What goes on my entry?
    • Your name, student number, phone or email. If you want your entry back you should state this as well.
    • Please print clearly. If we can’t read it, we can’t contact you.
    • Information for bookmarks can be put on an envelope so that the original art isn’t damaged.
  • Do you have envelopes for posters?
    • Nope, put your information on the back.
  • Do you have envelopes for bookmarks?
    • Ask us.
  • Does my bookmark need to be printed double-sided?
    • It can be submitted in two parts (front and back) on paper as long as it conforms to the size specified.
  • Can I use 3-dimensional media?
    • The winning entries may be reproduced into promotional materials for the library. To do this we need to be able to make copies. 3D may limit our ability to do this at a reasonable cost. We won’t say no, but you should also submit a 2-dimensional print of your entry.
  • When does the contest close?
    • Oct 30 at 4:30 – nothing will be accepted after that.
  • When will we learn who won/honourable mentions?
    • A week or two after the contest ends.
  • Who will judge the contest?
    • Library staff will be the judges.
  • What are the prizes?
    • Tim’s card, Red card, or Bookstore credit for $50.
  • Do we supply paper? Anything else?
    • Supplies are on you.
  • What do you mean by copyrighted material/clipart?
    • Anything that someone else has created – e.g. downloaded from the internet, clip art from MSWord, photocopies, etc. Your entry must contain only original art created by your hand.
  • What materials can I use to create a poster?
    • Pencil crayon, pencil, ink, digital media, multimedia, etc.
  • Where can I find information on Canadian Library Month?