RRC Library Media/Circulation Clerk Receives Prestigious Award

May 13, 2013 • Written by
Bruce Locken, the MALT “Library Support Worker of the Year” 2013

Bruce Locken, the MALT “Library Support Worker of the Year” 2013

The Manitoba Association of Library Technicians (MALT) has recently awarded Bruce Locken (Library Media/Circulation Clerk)  the “Library Support Worker of the Year” award for 2013.

The intent of the award is to recognize a library support staff member who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library, or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level.

Bruce, who has served RRC for 25 years at both the Exchange District Campus and the Notre Dame Campus was recognized for his excellence in custom service, efficiency, cheerfulness and  his sense of humour.  Over the years he has developed excellent working relationships with faculty and staff who have come to rely on him for their frequent media bookings and to provide assistance by troubleshooting equipment problems in classrooms .

Aside from his regular duties as Media/Circulation Clerk, you may have also have spotted Bruce in a daffodil hat and vest, and selling bunches of daffodils in support of the March “Daffodil Days” fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.    Library Staff are also more than familiar with Bruce’s efforts to coordinate one or more of the RRC Library Christmas Cheer Board hampers each year .

We all feel that it is a privilege to work with Bruce, and we’d like to congratulate him.  He is a very worthy recipient of the MALT Library Support Staff of the Year award!

Food Heaven!

May 9, 2013 • Written by

I took a little browse through the TX section at the Exchange District Campus Library and became enraptured with food-related inspiration from around the globe! The books here offer tantalizing photos, recipes, cooking and baking techniques, information on meal presentation, and even delve into beer-brewing in Canada (Great Canadian Beer Book). Check out some of my finds below — just a small taste of RRC Library’s glorious culinary collection. Trust me, the covers don’t do these books justice.

Seven Sumptuous Finds


Under pressure : cooking sous vide

TX 690.7 .U47 2008

 

 

 


Come in, We’re closed : an invitat
ion to staff meals at the world’s best restaurants
TX 725 .A1 C343 2012

 

 


Definitive Canadian wine & cheese cookbook

TX 759.5 .C48 P74 2007

 

 

 


Bread : a baker’s book of techniques and recipes

TX 769 .H235 2004

 

 

 


Art of royal icing

TX 771 .S64 2010

 

 

 


Culinary tea : more than 150 recipes steeped in tradition from around the world

TX 817 .T3 G65 2010

 

 


Sauces

TX 819 .A1 R68 2009

TX section explained

The “TX” section is where culinary arts resources are located, beginning at TX 341. TX is the first part of the call number, which serves to keep all of the books about that broad subject together on the shelves. This is incredibly helpful when you want to browse a topic of interest.

Browse in person or online!

Why not browse the shelves yourself?  If you can’t browse in person, you can always surf the Library’s holdings online via the Library Catalogue.

Further Food for Thought…Culinary Periodicals

Did you know about the Library’s selection of culinary periodicals? The Library offers a comfy sitting area for you to sit and enjoy a relaxing read. Or if you prefer, back issues may be borrowed by any patron with a valid Library card.

Here is our latest addition to the culinary periodical collection:


Anna magazine

Google More, Google Better!

May 1, 2013 • Written by

search-icon-512Many of us use search engines.  In fact, a search engine is often the first place a user heads to when they begin their online session. However most people are not experts and they probably use a search engine in its simplest form.

I’m here to tell you that Search Engines will do much more than you think, and we have posted a handful of really cool tips below that we just know you will love!

Please note that in these instructions we are primarily referring to Google.  However these tips will work in other search engines such as Bing.

Let’s get started!

Searching an Explicit Phrase:

Lets say you are looking for content about the Winnipeg Jets.  Instead of just typing Winnipeg Jets into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase “Winnipeg Jets”.  To do this, simply enclose the search phrase inside quotation marks.

Example: "Winnipeg Jets"

Excluding Words

Lets say you want to search for info about Justin Trudeau, but you want to exclude the results that may be included that have info about Justin Bieber. Simply use the minus (-) sign in front of a keyword you want to exclude from your search results.

Example: Justin Trudeau -Bieber

A Site Specific Search

Often, you want to search a specific website for relevant content.  Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:hostname.com” modifier.

Example: Winnipeg Jets site:winnipegfreepress.com

A Synonym Search

Let’s say you want to include a word in your search, but you also wish to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.  To do this, use the tilde (~) character in front of the word. For example, you could search for “Winnipeg Jobs” and then also search for “Winnipeg Employment” and get two different results.  However if you search for “Winnipeg ~employment” you should get all results for Winnipeg and all synonymns of employment included.

Example: winnipeg ~employment

Searching for a Specific Document Type

Performing a Filetype Specific Search

Performing a Filetype Specific Search

If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier “filetype:”.  For example, you might want to find only PDF files related to the Red River College:

Example: Red River College filetype:pdf

Searching for This OR That

By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search.  If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator.  Please note that the OR has to be capitalized.

Example: "winnipeg jets" OR "manitoba moose"

Conclusion

There are dozens of tips which can be used with Google, but this is all for now!  We will post more in a future blog entry.

The Invisible Web: Web Resources You Didn’t Know About

April 19, 2013 • Written by

By Lsmpascal [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Lsmpascal [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know that search engines such as Google and Yahoo! don’t deliver all that the Web has to offer? In fact, most of the Web is hidden from plain view. You don’t see it because general search tools are unable to index it. It is called the “Invisible Web” or “Deep Web” and contains a treasure trove of info you might find useful, including:

  • the content of databases
  • websites that are deep and rich in content
  • forms to be completed (e.g. sites offering job descriptions, travel directions, etc.)
  • non-text files (e.g. multimedia, images, software, documents)
  • content requiring password access or other restrictions
  • full text articles and books
  • content with continuous updates (e.g. news and airline flights)

There are a ton of search tools to help you access these resources – below are just a few samples. You are encouraged to seek ones that cater to your interests. For example, specialized databases can be found by searching a general search engine using a subject term and the word “database” (e.g. economics database). Check out the links at the bottom of the page for more search tips and background information on the Invisible Web.

Sample Tools for Searching the Invisible Web: 

Librarians’ Internet Index
Infomine
Directory of Open Access Journals

CompletePlanet: The Deep Web Directory
Scirus for Scientific Information Only 
TechXtra 

Learn more…

What Is the ‘Invisible Web’? : The Content That Goes Beyond Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com…
(by Paul Gil, About.com Guide)

The Deep Web
(by Laura Cohen, webmaster of the Internet Tutorials: your basic guide to the Internet)

From RRC Library:

Going beyond Google : the Invisible Web in learning and teaching
(by Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider)

Internet research
(by Melissa Barker, Donald I. Barker, Katherine Pinard)