Posts by Mark Nelson

It’s 2018. Time for a Change!

January 9, 2018 • Written by

Since 2018 has dropped in on us, and is clearly here to stay, many of our patrons have decided to make the new year a time for change.  Check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed tips and resources to help you succeed in making the changes you desire.

Below you will find a few of the resources we have placed in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

 

How to simplify your life : seven practical steps to letting go of your burdens and living a happier life

“You don’t have to put up with the complications and hassles of an overwhelming daily grind! The international bestseller How to Simplify Your Life will show you how to clear off your desk, clean up your life, and make room for the things that really matter. Packed with practical techniques for simplifying work, money, health, and relationships, this seven-step program gives you the tools you need to lead a fulfilling life. When you learn to throw off the burdens and drudgery that hold you down, you may find yourself growing wings! The practical techniques in this book will help you eliminate the chaos, jettison your self-defeating habits, and take control of every aspect of your life. You will discover and achieve the things that are most important to you. Book jacket.”–BOOK JACKET.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=97689

 

No more mac ‘n’ cheese! : the real-world guide to managing your money for 20-somethings

This book is aimed at young people recently graduated from high school or college, out on their own for the first time. Whether you’re a 20-something wanting to make the most of their financial independence; the parent of a young adult trying to instill some financial responsibility; or a member of a financial institution hoping to encourage the younger generation to start money management now, you’ll find sound advice within these pages.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=115917

 

Active living every day

Adding regular physical activity to your week can make a huge difference in your health. Move more and you’ll have more energy, less stress, a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, a healthier weight, and better sleep quality. And those are just a few of the benefits. If you’ve decided that you want to lead a more active life, Active Living Every Day, Second Edition, offers you all the tools you need to take the first steps toward success.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=115905

 

Kicking butts : quit smoking and take charge of your health

You Can Do It. Each year over a million people stop smoking. You can be one of them. Why Read This Book? If you are worried about the effect of smoking on your health or the health of those around you, you can take action with the help of the experts at the American Cancer Society. We’ll help you outline your quitting plan and show you how to set up the support you may need. We’ll also guide you through living a nonsmoking life in the days after you’ve quit.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86387

 

The case against sugar

With expert science and compelling storytelling, Gary Taubes investigates the history of nutritional science which, shaped by a handful of charismatic and misguided individuals, has for a hundred years denied the impact of sugar on our health. He exposes the powerful influence of the food industry which has lobbied for sugar’s ubiquity – the Sugar Association even today promoting ‘sugar’s goodness’ – and the extent that the industry has corrupted essential scientific research. He delves into the science of sugar, exposes conventional thinking that sugar is ’empty calories’ as a myth, and finds that its addictive pleasures are resulting in worldwide consumption as never experienced before, to devastating effect. The Case Against Sugar is a revelatory read, which will fundamentally change the way we eat.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=129153

 

Forget this Network! Reconnecting to RRCWireless

January 4, 2018 • Written by

Wireless at RRCThe 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!

Were you forced to change your password? Forget this Network!

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After you change your password, 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.

Lockouts

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).

Face-to-face Assistance

We offer help at our Library Helpdesks:

  • Notre Dame Campus – Library Computer Lab (8AM to 4PM)
  • Exchange District Campus – Lower Learning Commons (8AM to 4PM)

On-line Help

The Library has a guide with extensive wireless information:
http://rrclibrary.libguides.com/wireless

The Red River College IT Departments has a wirless help page:
http://blogs.rrc.ca/its/help-resources/connect-to-rrc-wireless/

Brain Bites – Learning skills workshops to increase your success at RRC

December 22, 2017 • Written by

Do you want to increase the effectiveness of your study time? Do better on tests? Join these free brain-based workshops to increase your study skills — and your performance on tests and assignments.

Join these free lunchtime workshops to find out what your brain needs to learn at maximum efficiency.

Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 12, 2017 • Written by

It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book. During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library.

To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.

You may also view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles, all from the Short List of the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize awards:

Minds of Winter – Ed O’Loughlin

Bright moments from the distant past spring up beside dark moments from the present, things hidden – a death, a gift, a lost clock – come briefly into view and then disappear forever. In Minds of Winter, Ed O’Loughlin’s brilliant story of polar exploration, time itself is an Arctic: a mysterious dimension of sun craze and apparitions, chance encounters and destiny. The mechanism of this novel is fascinating to observe, its implications are deeply human. In O’Loughlin’s work, our desire for knowledge, our obsession with the past, our grappling with life itself … all of it is generously, wittily on display.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130481

 

Bellevue Square – Michael Redhill

To borrow a line from Michael Redhill’s beautiful Bellevue Square, “I do subtlety in other areas of my life.” So let’s look past the complex literary wonders of this book, the doppelgangers and bifurcated brains and alternate selves, the explorations of family, community, mental health, and literary life. Let’s stay straightforward, and tell you that beyond the mysterious elements, this novel is warm, and funny, and smart. Let’s celebrate that it is, simply, a pleasure to read.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130471

 

 

Son of a Trickster – Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson’s Son of a Tricksteris a novel that shimmers with magic and vitality, featuring a compelling narrator, somewhere between Holden Caulfield and Harry Potter. Just when you think Jared’s teenage journey couldn’t be more grounded in gritty, grinding reality, his addled perceptions take us into a realm beyond his small town life, somewhere both seductive and dangerous. Energetic, often darkly funny, sometimes poignant, this is a book that will resonate long after the reader has devoured the final page.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130547

 

 

I Am a Truck – Michelle Winters

French or English, stick or twist, Chevy or Ford? Michelle Winters has written an original, off-beat novel that explores the gaps between what people are and what they want to be. For a short book I am a Truck is bursting with huge appetites, for love and le rock-and-roll and cheese, for male friendship and takeout tea with the bag left in. Within the novel’s distinctive Acadian setting French and English co-exist like old friends – comfortable, supple to each other’s whims and rhythms, sometimes bickering but always contributing to this fine, very funny, fully-achieved novel about connection and misunderstanding. And trucks.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=130478

 

Reference: http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2017-shortlist/

Library Window Display: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 17, 2017 • Written by
Library Window Display: Transgender Day of Remembrance

Library Window Display: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day that was established to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and also gives a moment when people can stop and memorialize those who have died by anti-transgender violence. (Source: http://www.transgenderdor.org/)

Visit our the Notre Dame Campus Window Display

To increase awareness on this issue, Notre Dame Library Services has set up a window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find information about Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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.

Canada’s Day of Remembrance – Learn more with streaming video

November 9, 2017 • Written by

As Remembrance Day approaches, we present a selection of video titles chosen from our collection. Please take the time to learn more about why we remember through these streaming videos from our partners, the National Film Board of Canada and CBC Curio.

Note: All videos require Red River College student/staff login.

John McCrae’s War: In Flanders Fields

John McCrae's War: In Flanders Fields

This feature documentary profiles poet John McCrae, from his childhood in Ontario to his years in medicine at McGill University and the WWI battlefields of Belgium, where he cared for wounded soldiers. Generations of schoolchildren have recited McCrae’s iconic poem “In Flanders Fields,” but McCrae and Alexis Helmer—the young man whose death inspired the poem—have faded from memory. This film seeks to revive their stories through a vivid portrait of a great man in Canadian history.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/john_mccraes_war/

A War Story

A War Story

Based on the diaries of Canadian doctor Ben Wheeler during his internment in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, this feature-length docudrama is a glowing account of the spirit and its will to survive physical and mental suffering. The film is comprised of newsreel footage, interviews and dramatic re-enactments.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/war_story/

 

Liberation of Holland

In 1944, Canadian soldiers of the First Hussars Regiment began their battle through Nazi-occupied Europe. They forged ahead into Holland to end the war in 1945. Seventy years later, we join serving soldiers & veterans as they visit the Netherlands on a pilgrimage – to understand what liberation truly means.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/liberation_of_holland/

Fields of Sacrifice

This 1964 documentary returns to the battlefields where over 100,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The film also visits cemeteries where servicemen are buried. Filmed from Hong Kong to Sicily, this documentary is designed to show Canadians places they have reason to know but may not be able to visit. Produced for the Canadian Department of Veteran Affairs by the renowned documentary filmmaker Donald Brittain.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/fields_of_sacrifice/

 

PTSD: Beyond Trauma

The image of the tormented veteran unable to transition from war zone to home front is well-known. But the focus on the military’s struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) obscures a simple reality: PTSD hits more civilians than soldiers, and more women than men. But when so many people experience sudden loss, near-death, violence and abuse, why are only some haunted by PTSD while others are more resilient? Promising new discoveries raise key questions about the faultlines of fear and memory, and the roles geography and early development may play in predicting personal responses to trauma.

http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/ptsd-beyond-trauma-12874/

 

Broken Heroes

Every Remembrance Day, we honour the sacrifices made by those who were killed or physically injured serving their country in wartime. But, what of those with the crippling but invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? In this Fifth Estate documentary, Gillian Findlay introduces us to three Canadian soldiers who served in Afghanistan. Jeff, Matt and Dave all speak candidly about the flashbacks hurtling them back to the war zone, grief for dead comrades, their ongoing battles with addiction, even suicide attempts. Also featured is General Romeo Dallaire, well known for his very public battle with PTSD after witnessing genocide in Rwanda. Using the military’s own arguably conservative estimate, as many as 2,000 soldiers returning from Afghanistan could experience PTSD. The urgency to find a treatment has never been greater.

http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/broken-heroes-971/

 

Ordeal by Fire

ordeal by fire

Canada’s heavy military role in World War I (60,000 dead in a population of eight million) transforms its society, its politics and its place in the world. The horror, bravery and sacrifice of trench warfare are evoked in Canada’s great battles: Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Courcelette and Passchendaele. The domestic consequences of Canada’s war effort are also wrenching – the conscription crisis of 1917 marks a low point in English-French relations. After the war ends, labour revolts in Winnipeg and across the country raise fears of a Bolshevik insurrection. The return to stability in the mid-1920s lasts only briefly, as the crash of 1929 plunges the country into economic chaos.

http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/ordeal-by-fire-1747/

 

Veterans’ Week: 5-11 November #CanadaRemembers

November 1, 2017 • Written by

Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians.

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele

The Battle of Passchendaele raged in Belgium in the summer and fall of 1917. The Canadian Corps joined the fighting there in October and would overcome almost unimaginable hardships to triumph on a brutal and muddy battlefield. This victory only came at a high price, however, as over 4,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives and almost 12,000 more were wounded.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The service and sacrifice of the Canadians who fought there will never be forgotten.

Reference: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war/passchendaele

Acts of Remembrance – Social Media

Every year in November, we stop to remember, salute and honour Canada’s Veterans and active duty personnel. This year, we hope that Canadians from coast to coast to coast will join us to pay tribute to our heroes for their service and sacrifice. Let’s start a social media movement that tells our Veterans that #CanadaRemembers.

You can even dress up your online profile with social media ready pics and graphics:
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day/social-media/acts-of-remembrance

Notre Dame Campus Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library window display, which highlights books and materials chosen to help you to learn more about this topic. To view a complete list of books in the window display click here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Norman Beattie, one of the College’s longest serving staff, to retire

October 30, 2017 • Written by
Norman Beattie

Norman Beattie, one of the College’s longest serving staff is retiring from his position as Coordinator, Reference and Public Services effective October 31, 2017.

Norman Beattie, one of the College’s longest serving staff is retiring from his position as Coordinator, Reference and Public Services effective October 31, 2017.

Norman joined the College in 1981 as Reference Librarian and also served as Acting Director from 2015 to the summer of 2017. During Norman’s years of service the Library’s services have transformed from a paper based catalogue and collection to a predominately electronically accessible world of information. Throughout all the technological changes Norman has maintained the highest level of service to innumerable students and staff over the years. From serving as a reference librarian at the information desk to instructing groups of students in research methods, Norman has shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with tens of thousands of learners.

We wish Norman a well-deserved retirement!

RRCLibrary is on Instagram!

October 10, 2017 • Written by

We are proud to say the Red River College Library has recently begun posting on Instagram! Tune in to our Instagram channel at rrclibrary and follow along as we continue our library related feed.

In case you’re wondering, here is a sample of what we’ve posted so far:

 

Last two. Don’t worry we have more. One word: ebooks! #redrivercollege #exchangedistrict #librarycollection

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When an an over-sized book exhibits a personality all its own. #libraryfun #redrivercollege #librarycollection

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New in the Notre Dame Campus Library… 📖 Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect youth Now, as never before, young people are surrounded by media–thanks to the sophistication and portability of the technology that puts it literally in the palms of their hands. Examine the role of media in the lives of children from birth through adolescence, addressing the complex issues of how media affect the young and what adults can do to encourage responsible use in an age of selfies, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. ___ #library #book #books #instagram #instabook #bookworm #booklover #bookcover #reading #read #bookme #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #bookaddict #booknerd #bookish #college #highereducation #librarybooks #bookoftheday #bookfinds #RRC #RedRiverCollegeLibrary

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 10, 2017 • Written by

Breast cancer is a complex disease with no known single cause. In 2015, it is estimated that 25,000 women and 220 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease.

To learn more about Breast Cancer please visit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation website.

Notre Dame Campus Window Display

Breast Cancer Awareness Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library window display, which highlights books and materials chosen to help you to learn more about this topic. We have included a sample of the items below, however to view a complete list of books in the window display click here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

 

what-you-need-to-know-about-breast-cancerWhat you need to know about breast cancer : diagnosis, treatment and beyond

An indispensable guide to a disease that continues to occur at an alarming rate. Each year, more than a quarter of a million women in North America learn that they have breast cancer. The good news is that survival rates are improving. Today, four out of five of those women are alive, five years after diagnosis. What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer offers a unique look at the sometimes baffling world of diagnosis, treatment, and healing. Written by breast cancer survivor and activist Pat Kelly and medical oncologist Mark Levine, the book’s honest, compassionate text combines practical medical information with first-hand experience and advice.

 

only-if-you-reallyOnly if you really want to know : breast cancer coping hints and treatment side effects

Happy days await breast cancer patients after making the passage through treatment. This book is a welcome guide for that journey. Breast cancer strikes one in seven women in America. Thanks to great advances in medicine, most patients can survive and live to enjoy life for many years after diagnosis. This book is based on the recent experience of a cancer survivor and walks patients through the unfamiliar and often intimidating world of diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, raditation therapy and eventual recovery. The discussion is frank, open, and factually portrays the reality of what modern breast cancer treatment means to the patient, her family, and friends.

 

Fast Facts: Breast Cancer (eBook)

Provide practical advice on all the key areas of breast cancer management, from risk factors and diagnosis to treatment of all cancer stages. But what really makes it stand out from the crowd is the authors’awareness of the information you need when you talk to a woman concerned about breast cancer.

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer and the Environment : A Life Course Approach (EBook)

Breast Cancer and the Environment reviews the current evidence on a selection of environmental risk factors for breast cancer, considers gene-environment interactions in breast cancer, and explores evidence-based actions that might reduce the risk of breast cancer. The book also recommends further integrative research into the elements of the biology of breast development and carcinogenesis, including the influence of exposure to a variety of environmental factors during potential windows of susceptibility during the full life course, potential interventions to reduce risk, and better tools for assessing the carcinogenicity of environmental factors.

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