CLA Conference display and session feature this “Winnipeg Boy who made Good”
Marshall McLuhan reflected in a mirror. McLuhan is one of the topics of the upcoming CLA Conference to be held in Winnipeg. (Photo published under Creative Commons license through Library and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number PA-165118 and under the MIKAN ID number 4170003)
Remember Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In (originally broadcast on NBC 1968-1973)? Cast member Goldie Hawn asked “Whatcha doin’ Marshall McLuhan?” during his heyday. So who was McLuhan and what’s he doin’ back in Winnipeg?
Herbert Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) is one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. Born in Edmonton, raised in Winnipeg, he graduated from the University of Manitoba and Cambridge University, became a devout Catholic, a beloved professor of English literature and founding Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. He’s known for his prophetic poetry, satiric observations, and explorations (“probes”) into the effects of communications media on society. His most famous aphorism “The medium is the message” and percept of “the global village” are integral parts of the English language.
The Marshall McLuhan Initiative at St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba is convening a Canadian Library Association (CLA) Conference session called “McLuhan, Books & Libraries: an Old Figure in a New Ground” from 1-2 p.m. on Thurs., May 30/13 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. It will be given by McLuhan friend and collaborator Dr. Robert (“Bob”) K. Logan, Chief Scientist, Ontario College of Art & Design and Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Toronto. As this session description states, “McLuhan … had some interesting, useful and even infuriating things to say about books and libraries [e.g. “The book is obsolete”]. Ironically, these ideas have not yet been published, but exist as a manuscript co-authored by Bob Logan. Join Logan as he provides a tantalizing, humorous and poignant insider’s look into McLuhan and his ideas.”
For the CLA Conference, the McLuhan Initiative is also curating a Winnipeg-focused McLuhan display at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library entitled, “Marshall McLuhan: a Winnipeg boy who made good“. This title is inspired by McLuhan biographer Philip Marchand, author of the first full-length McLuhan biography, Marshall McLuhan: the Medium and the Messenger (1989) who inscribed two copies of his book for the Director of the Initiative with this quote.
Red River College Library holds many works by and about McLuhan, such as:
To probe McLuhan further, try:
“You don’t like those ideas? I got others.” – Marshall McLuhan
May 22, 2013 • Written by Linda Fox
Container gardening! Do you live in a condo or apartment, or do you have a small yard? Do you want a no-fuss option for your gardening needs? If you answered yes, you should know that RRC Library is the source for ideas and inspiration on container gardening. See below for a hand-picked selection of relevant books (click on the covers for more information).
The encyclopedia of container plants : more than 500 outstanding choices for gardeners
Succulent container gardens : design eye-catching displays with 350 easy-care plants
Quick and easy container gardening : 20 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas
Gardening in containers : creative ideas from America’s best gardeners
RRC Library houses some of the finest books on gardening and landscaping. These were thoughtfully chosen to support RRC’s Greenspace Management and Greenspace Horticulture programs–a great value for all RRC Library patrons to enjoy. Come visit the Library today!
May 15, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display
Please join the Red River College Library in a respectful observation of May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia.
May 17 is symbolic due to its significance in the improvement of the status of gays and lesbians. In removing homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses on a May 17, the World Health Organisation put an end to over a century of homophobia in the medical field.
Homophobia is all the negative attitudes that can lead to rejection and to direct or indirect discrimination towards gay men, lesbians, and bisexual, transsexual or transgender people or toward anyone whose physical appearance or behaviour does not fit masculine or feminine stereotypes.
The theme of the International Day Against Homophobia 2013 campaign is “Fight the Homophobia Web Virus”. For more information visit http://www.homophobiaday.org
Also, keep in mind that the The Pride Winnipeg Festival is coming up soon. “Pride Week” is a multi-day celebration with many events for all segments of the LGBTT* community, all leading up to the main PRIDE DAY celebrations which will occur on Sunday June 2, 2013.
Do you want to learn more? 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.
May 13, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
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!
May 9, 2013 • Written by Linda Fox
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 invitation 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
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:
May 1, 2013 • Written by Mark Nelson
Many 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"
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
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"
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.
April 19, 2013 • Written by Linda Fox
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
Directory of Open Access Journals
CompletePlanet: The Deep Web Directory
Scirus for Scientific Information Only
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)
(by Melissa Barker, Donald I. Barker, Katherine Pinard)