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.

Books

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)

DVD

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

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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.

 

 

 

Library Window Display in Recognition of Ally Week

October 27, 2014 • Written by

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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 took place October 13-17, 2014.

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

Contribute to the Community – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

October 14, 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 third edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students on Contribute to the Community.

Contribute to the Community – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

collective visioningCollective visioning [e-book] : how groups can work together for a just and sustainable future
 Linda Stout offers advice and real life examples of including socially marginalized members of a community into the collective vision of an organization. Collective Visioning (2011) features a clear, actionable, step-by-step process to set up and create a welcoming space for activist leaders to collaborate for positive change. Stout details ways in which trainers should reach out to different groups, listen to and understand needs and concerns of the group, create a welcoming space for all voices, foster agreements, ensure the visibility of all members. [e-book]

we make changeWe make change : community organizers talk about what they do– and why
Passionate, committed people, working hard to make change they believe is possible, are profiled in We Make Change (2007).  The world of community organizing is explored by using the voices of men and women who are on the front-lines, trying every day to make a difference in their communities.

 

the transition companionThe transition companion : making your community more resilient in uncertain times
The Transition Companion (2011) draws on over three years’ experience of the worldwide Transition movement and gives a new, easily accessible approach to creating change.  It builds on the success of the bestselling The Transition Handbook and is packed with inspirational stories, photos and illustrations.  The Transition Companion picks up the story three years later, drawing from the experience of one of the most fascinating experiments under way in the world today. It tells inspiring tales of communities working for a future where local economies are valued and nurtured, where lower energy use is seen as a benefit, and where enterprise, creativity and the building of resilience have become cornerstones of a new economy. (Transition Network website)

everyone leadsEveryone leads [ebook] : building leadership from the community up
Where is the leadership we need to solve our most pressing community problems? It’s all around us. Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (2012) will inspire readers to see new leadership possibilities within themselves and their communities. It also offers a set of practices that will help leaders be more effective at bringing diverse people and groups together to solve problems. Many leadership books today focus on how to lead organizations; this book is about how to lead communities. (Everyone Leads website)

progressive community organizingProgressive community organizing : a critical approach for a globalizing world
Progressive Community Organizing (2009) is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate courses focused on community theory and practice, community organizing, community development, and social change and service learning. The second edition presents new case studies, including those of a welfare rights organization and a youth-led LGBTQ organization. There are also new sections on the capabilities approach, queer theory, the Civil Rights movement, and the practices of self-inquiry and non-violent communication. (Google books)

adult civic engagement in adult learningAdult civic engagement in adult learning
Take an in-depth look at adult learning and education for citizenship and civic engagement. Adult Civic Engagement in Adult Learning (2012) presents the foundational connections between the adult education and civic engagement movements. It’s filled with studies on adult learning for participatory or deliberate democratic change and engagement at the local grassroots level. Contributors consider civic engagement in their areas of research and practice and explore the formal and informal ways that citizens come to learn, to deliberate, and to act on the social issues they find important locally and globally. (Publisher’s website)

 

chamge philanthropicChange philanthropy : candid stories of foundations maximizing results through social justice
Social justice philanthropy provides direct services to alleviate suffering and works to transform the systems and institutions that cause that suffering. Written in an engaging, easy-to-read style, Change Philanthropy (2009) offers an insider’s view what works and what doesn’t work when developing grant making strategies in support of social change. (Amazon.com)

everything under the sunEverything under the sun : toward a brighter future on a small blue planet
Everything under the Sun (2012) includes telling facts and stats, the latest scientific findings, and examples of the positive actions people are taking today toward protecting what we have. Underpinning it all is the recognition that Earth gives us everything we require to live, under a sun that provides the energy to produce food, transport, and all of our modern conveniences. (David Suzuki Foundation website)

 

experimental educationExperiential education : making the most of learning outside the classroom
Topics covered in Experiential Education (2010) include forms and issues in experiential learning, community-based learning and research, learning abroad, demystifying experiential learning in the performing arts, work-based learning, and empowering reflective ethical engagement in field settings. (Amazon.com)

Think Critically – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

October 2, 2014 • Written by

College-Wide Learning Outcomes: Essential Skills for Success

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.

According to AAC&U’s 2013 employer survey, 93% of employers agree that a candidate’s “demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems” is more important than their undergraduate major. Likewise, more than three in four employers say they want colleges to place more emphasis on helping students develop critical thinking skills. 

This second edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students on Critical Thinking.

Critical Thinking – RRC Library Resources for Staff

Teaching for critical thinking

E-BOOK: Teaching for critical thinking: tools and techniques to help students question their assumptions / Stephen D. Brookfield.

 

TEACHING FOR CRITICAL THINKING outlines critical thinking as a “learning process that focuses on uncovering and checking assumptions, exploring alternative perspectives, and taking informed actions as a result. Written to address the broad range of disciplines, this book fosters a shared understanding of critical thinking and helps various constituencies adapt general principles to specific disciplinary contexts.” (Source: MyiLibrary product detail)

 

 

 

Infusing critical thinking into community college education

STREAMING VIDEO: Infusing critical thinking into community college education.

 

INFUSING CRITICAL THINKING INTO COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION: Faculty development leaders from five community colleges discuss their strategies for making critical thinking central to instruction.

 

Critical thinking - unfinished business

BOOK: Critical thinking: unfinished business / Christine M. McMahon, editor. (Series: New directions for community colleges; 130)

 

“Studies show that, with the exception of a few best-practice examples, critical thinking–both in our highly selective universities and out community colleges–is neither being effectively taught nor even correctly understood. Even many faculty who are teaching it are not succeeding… [CRITICAL THINKING: UNFINISHED BUSINESS] presents blueprints for such plans, methods for assessing critical thinking programs, and best practices from colleges that have begun to implement them.” (Source: Back cover)

Critical Thinking – RRC Library Resources for Students

Critical thinking and problem solving video

STREAMING VIDEO: Critical thinking and problem-solving / produced by Cambridge Educational.

 

CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING: This ten-minute video defines critical thinking and examines it’s role in the process of problem-solving. Part of the series Academic Success: Smart Tips for Serious Students

Also available on DVD.

 

Adult learners companion

BOOK: The adult learner’s companion: a guide for the adult college student / Deborah Davis.

 

ADULT LEARNER’S COMPANION is a concise manual to help the adult college student succeed. Includes tips for college and career success, stress management, time management, study skills, and more. Chapter 6 is devoted to critical thinking and problem-solving.

 

 

 

 

Keys to success

BOOK: Keys to success : building analytical, creative, and practical skills / Carol Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits.

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS is designed to help students build their intelligence with an integrated focus on critical, creative and practical thinking skills. Appeals to every age and stage of student.

EXPLORE FURTHER:

RRC Student Success Skills: What is critical thinking? 

2014 Library Art Contest – Win a $50 Gift Card

September 30, 2014 • Written by

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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.

RULES:

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  • 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.
  • Creativity.

Submission

  • 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.

Examples

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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.

Career Readiness – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

September 24, 2014 • Written by

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

10 things1. 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.

business communications for success2. 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.

 

professionalism3. 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.

 

creating effective teams4. 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.

 

the cultural difference5. 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.

 

working in the global economy6. 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.

 

building the learning organization7. 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.