January 6, 2014 • Written by Linda Fox
Economics USA: 21st Century Edition
This new video series on micro- and macroeconomics recently arrived at Red River College Library. Each of the 28 titles spans 30 minutes and focuses on a specific aspect of economics. Viewers are offered a discussion, historical background, commentary and analysis, along with input from experts in the field. The award-winning series comes “highly recommended” in a review by Michael J. Coffta, Business Librarian at Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania.
Below is a snapshot of one title from the series called “Federal Deficits: Can We Live with Them?” Both Video on Demand and DVD formats are available.
Snapshot of “Federal Deficits” from Economics USA Series…
During World War II, America’s national debt more than quadrupled. The government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to help defray the costs.
In 1960, President Eisenhower achieved a surplus. President Nixon argued that a growing economy actually required a deficit, and many economists agreed. In reality, the budget surplus was holding money out of the economy causing workers to lose their jobs.
Economic analyst Richard Gill discusses counter-cyclical policy: the idea of producing budget deficits in bad times and budget surpluses in good times in an effort to stabilize the economy.
After a large tax cut, three wars, a down market, and expensive entitlement costs, the deficit and the national debt reached unsustainable heights. Increases in spending and decreases in taxes have been funded through borrowing… but borrowing has a cost to it – interest.
How to fix the deficit and how to balance the budget are complicated questions. The deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved.
Politics make reducing the deficit tricky because no one wants to see cuts to programs that benefit their lives. Everyone has to sacrifice but no one wants to. Can a compromise on the budget ever be reached?
Conclusion: The Situation is Urgent and Unsolved
America’s deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved. Every year, the USA uses a good part of their annual budget just to pay the interest on the debt, but they also keep accumulating debt. In 2011, the Treasury Department asked congress to increase the nation’s debt ceiling to over 14.3 trillion dollars. Can the USA continue on this course? Absolutely not. Are deficits always bad? No, they are not.
If you have any questions, please contact Media Services at the Notre Dame Campus Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-632-2231.
December 10, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
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.
This year’s winners include:
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize)
- The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert (winner of the ScotiaBank Giller Prize)
- Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers (Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, Illustration)
- This is not my Hat by Jon Klassen. (Caldecott Award for Illustration)
- Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.( Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature)
Also, check out our many titles by Alice Munro winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Click here to see a list of all the award winning books that are currently in the Notre Dame Campus Library window display.
November 28, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
Lower Learning Commons at the Exchange District Campus – Includes movable workspaces that have LAN jacks and power outlets. Many of the tables can be moved to accommodate larger groups. There are also two breakout rooms here for quieter study. The Commons is available to students until 11:45 pm and 24/7 during exam time.
What is a library? It’s a collection of books, right? Maybe not…
At Red River College this is only partially true. Of course we have books, we have thousands of books. However, your library is more than just books!
At Red River College we have two full-service libraries. At the Notre Dame Campus we are located in the centre of the campus on the mall level of Building C across from the Student Association offices and the student store (The Ox). Downtown, at the Exchange District Campus, the John and Bonnie Buhler Library is located above the Buhler Learning Commons, on the second floor, near the southeast corner of the Roblin Centre.
In case you didn’t know, here are some services that we offer at both locations:
- Library Resources
- We have over 75,000
Stacks and stacks of periodicals at the Notre Dame Campus Library.
titles – books, journals, reports, government publications – in print format; over 5000 video and DVD titles (mostly videos); and over 2,000 items of equipment, including TVs, VCRs, DVD players, data video projectors, visual presenters, and digital cameras.
- Reference services
- Are you inexperienced in locating resources? Are you looking for certain resources, but you have been unsuccessful? Ask our Reference Desk professionals for help! They’re jobs is to help you find the library resources you need, whether it be a book, journal article, video or even a web resource.
- Computer Labs
- Each Library has open access computers and offers support in the use of computers and computing resources.
- Printing and Photocopying
- Would you want to use a computer or print an assignment? How about a photocopier? Come to the Library!
- Technical Help
- Maybe you’d like to connect to the Wireless and you’re not sure how to do it? Maybe your RRC password doesn’t work anymore? Come to one of our helpdesks! We are ready to help you.
- NDC Campus : Help is located in the Library Classroom, open from 8AM-4PM
- Downtown Campus: Located in the Roblin Centre, at the Learning Commons Helpdesk, from 8AM-4PM.
- Study Areas
- We have study areas in all of our locations. Come on down to the library and study!
- Notre Dame Campus: Study tables, some with laptop connections, are available throughout the library. The library is divided into two types of study area, group and individual. Group study tables are on the north side and a quiet area with individual study carrels is on the south side. There is also a quiet reading area on the south side. If you are wondering which study is best for you, just ask at the front desk.
- Exchange District Campus: Study tables, all with laptop connections, are available throughout the Learning Commons, including the Library. A quiet reading area is available in the Periodicals room within the Library. The Lower Learning commons contains seating for 65 at tables with laptop connections. As well, breakout rooms (small group study rooms) are located in the Learning Commons, mostly in the Library.
Would you like to know more? Visit our web site: http://library.rrc.ca Or, come to one of our library locations, either at the Notre Dame Campus, or at our location downtown in the Roblin Centre, and just ask.
We are here to help you!
November 13, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
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, the LGBTT* Initiative and Library Services set up a LGBTT* library window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find information about Transgender Day of Remembrance, terminology about gender identity, locations of the gender neutral washrooms at the College.
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.
November 8, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
In October, as a celebration of Canadian Library Month, the Library invited Red River College students to show off their artistic talent by illustrating a 3 X 5 library index card from our old card catalogue.
Now that the contest is complete, we’d like to present the entries of our two winners below:
by Jo Shepherd
by Jo Shepherd
By David Pelland
By David Pelland
Congratulations to Jo Shepherd and David Pelland! Both winners will receive a Red River College Bookstore gift card.
David Pelland (left) receiving his prize from Norman Beattie, Coordinator of Public Services, Notre Dame Campus Library
Jolene Shepherd (left) receiving her prize from Phyllis Barich, Coordinator, Exchange District Campus Library
November 4, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
With Remembrance Day fast approaching we’d like to introduce a part of our library collection which addresses the thoughts of many Canadians throughout “Veteran’s Week”:
Equal to the challenge : an anthology of women’s experiences during World War II
Presents stories by 55 Canadian women of their experiences during World War II. Personal wartime accounts are told by women who worked as civilians, as members of social service groups, and as members of the Canadian armed forces. An introduction discusses women’s roles in the armed forces, and how their wartime contributions influenced general attitudes toward women as equal members of society.
Fifteen days : stories of bravery, friendship, life and death from inside the new Canadian Army
Grounded in insights gained over the course of several trips to Afghanistan, and drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews not only with the service-men and -women but with the commanders and family members as well, Christie Blatchford creates a detailed, complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the twenty-first century.
For King and Kanata : Canadian Indians and the First World War
Reveals how national and international forces directly influenced the more than 4,000 status Indians who voluntarily served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force between 1914 and 1919 and how subsequent administrative policies profoundly affected their experiences at home, on the battlefield, and as returning veterans.
A place of honour : Manitoba’s war dead commemorated in its geography
Prepared by Manitoba Geographical Names Program this publication tells about all geographical features named after war Manitoban war casualties. If you are doing some family research or trying to do some remembrance on your own, this book is a great place to start.
Invisible women : WWII Aboriginal servicewomen in Canada
While there is anecdotal reporting on Aboriginal involvement, in recent years due to more Indigenous history being written, there is some new research on Aboriginal peoples in WWII, but mainly the Aboriginal male experience. There is practically nothing written about the Aboriginal female experience. Where are their voices? What are their stories?
A poppy is to remember
Each Remembrance Day we honour those who gave so much to serve their country, and those who risk their lives even today, in many troubled areas of the world. With simple yet resonant words and illustrations, A Poppy Is to Remember reminds us why we wear the poppy so proudly on Remembrance Day. (Children’s Book)
October 15, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
October is Canadian Library Month. The Library would like to invite you to show off your artistic talent by illustrating a 3 X 5 library index card.
- 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 and/or concept. Ideally, keeping the words visible.
- Use any physical media (i.e. crayon, coloured pencils, macaroni, multi-media, etc.) and style of art.
- Write your name and contact information clearly on the back.
Entries will be judged on:
- Quality of the artwork.
- Artistic interpretation.
- Entries must be submitted to either Library location by 4:30 pm on Friday November 1.
- Winning cards and honourable mentions will be displayed in the Library. (Cards will not be returned.)
To view examples go to: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/08/library-services/how-to-host-a-card-catalog-contest/
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.
September 26, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
People! Ideas! Communities! Information! Canada’s libraries foster connections between people, ideas, communities, and information.
In October, these types of connections will be celebrated during Canadian Library Month. This year’s theme is “Libraries Connect”, highlighting how libraries enable people to connect with others, foster the development of ideas, and promote the growth of strong communities.
At this very moment, from coast to coast to coast, Canadian libraries are connecting people with information, providing endless opportunity to people in our diverse communities. For generations, libraries and librarians have worked at the grass roots level, providing services to communities. Today, in Canada, over 23,000 librarians and library clerks serve in over 22,000 libraries in incredibly diverse communities, from major metropolitan areas to towns and rural hamlets, from research‐intensive universities to colleges of art and design.
As well, academic libraries, school libraries and special libraries add to the creativity and personal, professional and academic growth of many Canadians. These libraries serve everyone from students and faculty to those working in the corporate, government, legal and non‐profit sectors.
For additional information please refer to the Canadian Library Month Website:
September 24, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
The Red River College Library receives plenty of inquiries about the wireless networks here on our campuses. As usual we try to answer all of our Patron’s questions, though it must be said that we do not control or manage the wireless networks here at RRC. At the Library we are users, just like you!
In fact, it is the Information Technology Department that manages the wireless networks at the Notre Dame Campus and throughout the Exchange District Campus. However, though we do not control the system, the Library can still provide some assistance in this matter.
Lesson #1: If you can’t connect, make sure you are in an area where there is coverage
First of all, users should know where the wireless access points are located. Wireless is fully available throughout the Roblin Centre and the Patterson Global Institute at the Exchange District Campus. In the Notre Dame Campus full wireless coverage is available in Buildings A, C, D, E, F and Z and certain common areas, such as the Library, the cafeterias (Buffalo, Voyageur, Otto’s, Hard Drive ), the Cave Lounge, and the North and South Gyms. There is only partial wireless coverage in buildings M, J and B.
Lesson #2: Make sure you use your correct username and password
Windows 8 allows you to store your username and password
Additionally, Staff and students should connect through the Wireless Network named RRCWireless. You should take note that this network does not operate like an open wireless, such as the wireless at “Starbucks” or “McDonald’s”. A user needs to enter their credentials to obtain a connection. When challenged, use your normal RRC network username and password to login. If you are having troubles, please review more detailed instructions on our web page, as connections may sometimes be tricky.
As for devices, iPhones and iPads usually connect very easily. Just enter your RRC username and password and you are usually connected in seconds. Other operating systems, such as Android, may require additional settings. Further, devices such as Kobo may have trouble connecting as they normally do not have the correct WPA2 protocol required for a connection. Please refer to our webpage for more detailed info and instructions.
Lesson #3: Don’t use RRCGUEST!
A common problem that occurs is users try to connect to the network named “RRCGUEST”. This network is for guests to the college and is not meant to be used by students and/or staff.
Connections to “RRCGUEST” require a special username and a password that must be obtained in advance, by making a CASELOG request to Information Technology Solutions. The Library does not know any of the usernames and/or passwords and we cannot issue you with one.
Please note, those staff and students that have College-issued laptops and devices, should submit a Caselog if they have troubles connecting to the Wireless network. However, the RRC IT Department cannot support those that have personal devices. If you have a personal device and you just can’t seem to get it connected to the RRCWIreless then come to our Helpdesk in the Lower Learning Commons of the Roblin Centre, or to the Help Desk in the Library Computer Lab at the Notre Dame Campus. Our staff is available from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM and they are great at helping students with these types of problems.
Reference: Library Help and Guides – Red River College Wireless
September 4, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are powerful, allowing you to meet, interact and share with people around the world.
However, with all these capabilities come risks; not to just you, but your family, friends and employer.
In this blog entry I will discuss what these dangers are and how to use these sites more safely.
A common concern about social networking sites is privacy.
- Potential dangers include:
- Impacting Your Future: Many organizations search social networking sites as part of background checks. Embarrassing or incriminating posts, no matter how old, can prevent you from getting hired or promoted.
- Attacks against You: Cyber criminals can harvest your personal information and use it for attacks against you. For example, they can use your information to guess the answers to your “secret questions” to reset your online passwords, create targeted email attacks or apply for a credit card using your name. These attacks can also spill into the real world, such as identifying where you work or live.
- Harming Your Employer: Criminals or competitors can use any sensitive information you post about your organization against your employer. In addition, your posts can potentially cause reputational harm for your organization. Be sure to check with your organization’s policies before posting anything about your employer.
- Harming others: We have to always remember that the things we post on social networking sites is very public and others may be offended by what we post. Sometimes this may be what we call Bullying; at other times it is more innocuous, however it may still be negatively received.
- Limit the information you post. Don’t post anything personal. Yes, privacy options can provide some protection; however, keep in mind that privacy options are often confusing and can change frequently without you knowing. Facebook is notorious for doing this.
In Facebook, on the right side of your posts, is a security settings dropdown. Check it and make sure it is set to at least “Friends”. Avoid “Public”
In Facebook, the default is to give you minimum security. In fact, currently, when a new Facebook account is created the user’s posts will be public. This is not a good idea. In fact it is recommended that users change their default settings so that ONLY FRIENDS see their postings.
- The privacy of your information is only as secure as the people you share it with. Limit your friends. In fact if someone is a stranger to you, then do not become friends with them.
- Be aware of what information friends are posting about you. It can be just as damaging if they post private information or embarrassing photos of you. Make sure your friends understand what they can or cannot post about you.
- You may change your settings so that posts and photos where you have been tagged are only seen by you and are hidden from your friends. If one of your friends posts something you are not comfortable with, ask them to take it down. At the same time, be respectful of what you post about others.
In addition to privacy concerns, social networking sites can be used by cyber criminals to attack you, your workstation or your device (Smart Phone). Here are some steps to protect yourself:
- Login: Protect your social networking account with a strong password and do not share this password with anyone or re-use it for other sites. In addition, some social networking sites support stronger authentication, such as two-step verification. Enable stronger authentication methods whenever possible.
- Variety of Passwords: Try not to use the same password for all your sites. Try to vary the password in some way. When one site gets hacked, then the hackers may try to use the same password to break into your other accounts. Don’t use the same password for banking as you do for facebook!
- Encryption: Many social networking sites allow you to use encryption called HTTPS to secure your connection to the site. Some sites like Twitter and Google+ have this enabled by default, while other sites require you to manually enabled HTTPS via account settings. Whenever possible use HTTPS.
- Email: Be suspicious of emails that claim to come from a social networking site; these can easily be spoofed attacks sent by cyber criminals. The safest way to reply to such messages is to never click the link in an email, but to go to the website directly, perhaps from a saved bookmark, and check any messages or notifications using the website.
Look out for certain types of scams:
- Twitter Scams:
- Users sending you a direct message such as “Did you see this picture someone posted of you”. This is a scam. Don’t click the link! The user may even be a colleague or friend. The reason they are sending you these messages is because they have been scammed.
- If you click something and then you are asked to login to Twitter, be careful. Check the address bar of your browser and make sure you are actually providing your username and password to the real twitter.com web site.For example if you see something like the picture below you will know that you are not giving your information to the REAL twitter.com: (look carefully at the address!)
Note that the address is not exactly Twitter.com. This is an attempt to steal your password (Phishing). Don’t login!
Social networking sites are a powerful and fun way to communicate with the world. If you follow the tips outlined here, you should be able to enjoy a much safer online experience. For more information on how to use social networking sites safely or report unauthorized activity, be sure to review the security pages of the sites you are using.
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