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Nursing Students: CINAHL Database Drop-in Library Instruction Session

October 18, 2016 • Written by

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Are you a Nursing student? Would you like to learn how to find Peer-reviewed research articles for your Nursing assignments? Drop-in to the Notre Dame Campus Library on Friday 21 October 2016 from 1:00-1:45PM for a library instruction session.

  • Who:  Any Nursing students in any year are welcome to attend the Library Instruction session on the CINAHL database for Nursing.
  • What:  It will cover how to access CINAHL, what it is, why it is important, searching for articles, viewing patient care sheets and more.  Learn about our other databases for health research.
  • When:  Friday, October 21st, 2016, 1 pm – 1:45 pm.
  • Where:  Library Classroom, Library, room CM29
  • Why:  Learn to find Peer-reviewed research articles for your Nursing assignments.

For any questions please contact Lynn Gibson at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

The Roblin Centre will be closed on October 11

October 7, 2016 • Written by

sorrywereclosedRed River College’s Roblin Centre will be closed on Tuesday, October 11 in order to allow for necessary work to the water main adjacent to the campus.

During that time the water will be shut-off and for the health and safety reasons classes will be cancelled and the campus will be closed to the general public.

Regular operations are expected to resume on Wednesday, October 12.

Red River College has been advised that this outage will not affect the adjacent RRC properties located in the Exchange District.

Classes, programs, and services offered at the Massey Building and the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute will carry-on as scheduled.

8 Simple Ways to Manage Your Stress

March 14, 2016 • Written by

The assignments are piling high, money is tight, and the deadlines just keep coming. When things get overwhelming, there are small things you can do to counteract the stress in your life. Below are simple ways to reduce stress, borrowed from the eBook Everything You Need to Know About Stress Management (Click the link to view the book):

Everything You Need to Know About Stress Management

1. Spend 10 minutes planning and organizing your day.
2. Record specific tasks in a to-do list, ranked in order of priority.
3. Tackle demanding tasks when you are most alert.
  • Make the most of your own biological “prime time.” (i.e. are you a night owl, or a morning person?)
4. Conquer procrastination.
  • Make a decision now, not later.
  • Turn intimidating tasks into bearable ones by separating them into sub-tasks.
5. Learn to say “no.”
  • Stay in control by blocking off time for important tasks, and saying no when you know it’s more than you can do.
6. Make use of idle time.
  • When you are stuck waiting you can relax with deep breaths, read, get organized, make phone calls, check your to-do list, get focused on the next task, etc.
7. Deal with interruptions.
  • Leave part of the day unscheduled to allow time for the unexpected.
  • Avoid distractions when you need to focus.
8. Reward yourself.
  • Give yourself goals, then reward yourself when you achieve them.

Look further:

Check out Red River College’s Student Success Website for various student supports and additional info on managing stress.

Counselling Services - Managing Stress Website

For more information on other resources at RRC Library, stop by the Library desk or contact our reference staff at:

Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 9, 2015 • Written by

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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 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize awards:

15 DogsFifteen Dogs – André Alexis

What does it mean to be alive? To think, to feel, to love and to envy? André Alexis explores all of this and more in the extraordinary Fifteen Dogs, an insightful and philosophical meditation on the nature of consciousness. It’s a novel filled with balancing acts: humour juxtaposed with savagery, solitude with the desperate need to be part of a pack, perceptive prose interspersed with playful poetry. A wonderful and original piece of writing that challenges the reader to examine their own existence and recall the age old question, what’s the meaning of life?

ArvidaArvida – Samuel Archibald

Samuel Archibald’s stories come from over there: way, way over there. They live in the woods, hunting for creatures that may or may not exist, and they sometimes go surging down the highway at reckless speeds. At other times, they freeze, paralysed by the strange sounds that should not be coming from empty rooms in very old houses. This writing – so wise and funny and impeccably crafted – is the best kind of gossip: it tells us everything we need to know, the real dirt, about this place and about all the people, the true ‘characters,’ we meet wandering up and down the cryptic streets of a real but mythic Arvida. There is a lot of whispering going on in this town, a lot of information that strains credulity, a lot of laughter, a lot of suspense, a bit of fear. Arvida is just like life: a tender, sometimes terrifying, mystery unfolding before our eyes.

OutlineOutline – Rachel Kusk

Compulsively readable and dazzlingly intelligent, Rachel Cusk’s Outline follows a writer’s journey to Athens to teach a summer writing course. Along the way she encounters a cast of characters who share with her the outlines of their own life stories. The result is a novel of breathtaking skill and originality. Perfectly paced, without a word out of place, Outline reminds us of the truly formidable power that good literature has to change our hearts and our minds.

Daydreams of AngelsDaydreams of Angels – Heath O’Neill

This is a work of acute charm and radically deft imagination. Whether probing the behaviour of clones for some sign of a relationship between genes and genius, eavesdropping on the anecdotes of abandoned dolls, or detailing the particulars of ‘A Portrait Of The Marquis de Sade As A Young Girl’, O’Neill’s stories continually spar with that which so often defines our lives or limits our daring – the problem of pain. Here are characters born of a distinctive sensibility and sent forth to chart the strange and volatile terrain where grace is found, lost, and found again. There’s no thrill quite like encountering tales this tall, and few tall tales offer up their gifts this freely.

Martin JohnMartin John – Anakana Schofield

Stylish and provocative, Martin John comes at you as soft and lyrical as a folk song. But like the tune that refuses to stop repeating itself, it is hauntingly about all those memories of suspect desires and guilty pleasures, of knowing right from wrong, of wanting to do what even your mamma would want you to do but maybe you just can’t. As readers, we find Martin John a tantalizing reflection on living the contradictions in every identity and of definitively knowing what is real. At its heart, this is a bittersweet story of personal confrontations such as asking do I always want what others — even my mother — want for me.

Reference: http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/finalists/2015shortlist/

In Recognition of Ally Week

October 9, 2015 • Written by
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Check out the window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

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 takes place October 12-16, 2015.

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

RRC Library Poster/Bookmark Contest

October 9, 2015 • Written by

prizesRRC Students! Show off your artistic talent by creating a Library poster or bookmark.

Contest Closes Friday 30 October 2015!

The poster or bookmark should represent one of our many services such as the Library databases, reference help, etc. (See the guidelines on our website for complete details). Need ideas? Unsure what we have? Ask our staff! They would be happy to show you anything from how to log into databases to requesting books from Exchange District or Notre Dame Libraries.

Keep in mind the winner(s) may find their creation is actually used by the Library for promotional purposes!

Please visit the blog post on the Library site for complete contest details!

Wireless at RRC

September 3, 2015 • Written by

Wireless at RRCThe Red River College Library receives inquiries about the wireless network.  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!

At RRC, the Information Technology Department manages the wireless networks. Even though we do not control the system,  the Library can still provide some assistance in this matter.

Reference: Library Help and Guides – Red River College Wireless

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!

Staff and students should connect through the Wireless Network named RRCWireless.  Do not connect to 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.

Lesson #4: Are you a Returning Student? Forget this Network!

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If you are, you likely had to reset your password over the summer. When you return to the college, 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.

Lesson #4: 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.

Conclusion

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

We need your books!

April 16, 2015 • Written by

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-300x282The Library will once again be participating in the Sustainable Living EcoFair.

We are hosting a Book Exchange – bring in your gently used books and exchange them for others that are new-to-you. Or donate them to the Library’s ongoing Recreational Reading Book Exchange – we are always looking for new titles!

Everyone who participates in the exchange may enter a draw for an eco-prize.

And, get rid of your clean plastic bags at the same time! Swap a dozen or more for a re-usable Library bag.

The event will be held on:

  • Notre Dame Campus: Monday, April 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Roblin Centre: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For your convenience, books may be dropped off in the Library before the event.

Library Research Guides: Sources Tailored for You

January 15, 2015 • Written by

creative-108545_640Written assignments can seem like a chore. Getting started is the hardest part, though eventually you select a topic and decide on the kinds of sources you will use to conduct your research.

The Internet offers more than a galaxy of information, and you may not have the time or expertise to filter out which information is both relevant and reliable. Plus, there are valuable print and media resources that are available.

RRC Library Research Guides

Here at RRC Library, we have done some of this filtering and gathering for you. You will find of all kinds of sources conveniently organized in the RRC Library Research Guides.

Here’s what the Research Guides can do for you:

  • Get the ball rolling and guide your research
  • Help you pinpoint your topic
  • Lead you to relevant, reliable, and authoritative resources
  • Present a balance of print, media and online materials

Visit the guides at http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Subject-Guides.aspx.


Credit: Written by Linda Fox.  We are also indebted to Norman Beattie, coordinator of Public Services at RRC Library, for his enormous contribution to the production and management of the RRC Library Research Guides. Thank you, Norman!

Book Signing by Peter Denton – Tue 2 Dec @ NDC Library

December 1, 2014 • Written by
"technology & Sustainability" - Peter Denton

“technology & Sustainability” – Peter Denton

technology & Sustainability” is the latest book authored by Peter Denton, one of our very own instructors at RRC.

Peter teaches in the areas of ethics and technical communications and writes about cultural changes that may be required to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

The book was launched at McNally Robinson on November 28th but Peter will be offering his work in the NDC Library on December 2nd.

What: Book Signing
Where: Notre Dame Campus Library
When: Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Click here for more information.

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