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MRU Library Hosts Gallery that Honours Soldiers and Military Families

War In Pieces is a growing collection of stories that have been donated by members of our Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. Each story is told in first person and presented with a memento that symbolizes it. The purpose is to provide the public with an intimate glimpse of life through the eyes of our service men and women, and their families.

“Our exhibit reveals the challenges and rewards of military life. We provide visitors with an intimate glimpse into lives of commitment, sacrifice, and heroism with stories told in first-person by our military men and women. We personalize those who wear the uniform, and we help Canadians recognize and appreciate their sacrifices,” says Melanie Timmons, Executive Director of the War Stories Society.

The stories and mementos are exhibited in a physical traveling popup gallery and in the virtual gallery on

MRU Library is proud to host the upcoming War In Pieces pop-up in the Ideas Lounge from November 7 and 8 from 9:00am-4:30pm on each day. We encourage everyone on campus to stop by to experience this meaningful exhibit. Please share this widely and invite students, colleagues, and include in department newsletters if applicable.


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Complete Library Satisfaction Survey and Enter to Win $$$


Mount Royal Library continuously works to improve services and resources to meet the needs of students, faculty and the general community. We are conducting a survey that will help us to understand how we are doing as a library and how we can improve.

Select students and faculty will be sent an email invitation to complete the LibQUAL + Satisfaction Survey but we encourage all current students and faculty to participate. The survey takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete and has been a way for us to implement meaningful changes to the library over the years. Past survey feedback has led to changes such as adjusting our hours of operation, enhancing services, and website updates.

Participants will have a chance to enter a draw to receive gift cards valued up to $300.

Questions about this survey can be directed to Brian Jackson at or 403-440-5032. Please share this notice with others who might be interested in participating.

Join the Student Library Advisory Council

Current Mount Royal students interested in gaining experience on a council while helping to direct future changes to the University Library are encouraged to join the Student Library Advisory Council. Submit your statement of interest by Wednesday, October 30.

What is it? 
SLAC is a forum for gathering input and advice from MRU students about the University Library. Students on the council provide feedback on resources, services, spaces and programs, and help generate ideas for enhancing the student experience at the library.

When does it meet?
We plan to meet three times this year. The first meeting will be on November 7th from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Dates and times for next semester will be scheduled based on member availability.

What will you get out of it? 
This is an opportunity to contribute to future Library improvements that will better the student experience. Learn what the Library has to offer and how it operates while gaining committee experience to add to your resume. SLAC is also a great venue to meet other students from across campus over snacks or a light meal.

What is expected of student members? 
You are expected to attend and participate in meetings by sharing ideas and providing feedback about how to improve the Library, along with helping to strengthen communication between the Library and MRU students. We understand if your schedule requires you to arrive late or leave meetings early.

How do I apply?
Please submit your name and a brief paragraph describing your interest in joining SLAC, via email to the committee chair Alice Swabey, at, no later than October 30th.

RLLC Blackfoot Translation App is Now Available

MRU Library is excited to announce that a mobile app that translates Blackfoot signage in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre (RLLC) into English is now available! DeciphAR uses augmented reality to provide audio and visual information about Blackfoot signage available throughout the RLLC. This project is a collaboration with Red Crow Community College in Lethbridge, and translations are provided by Elder Leo Fox. The audio information includes pronunciations of the Blackfoot phrases on the signs, while the Info cards offer an explanation of the translation. We are so pleased to offer a way for all RLLC visitors to better engage with way-finding signs and share important details of each Blackfoot translation.

DeciphAR was developed by third-year information design student, Chase Schraeder, who started in the Junior AR Developer position on the Library Visualization team this summer.

“Essentially all you do when you see a Blackfoot sign is point your phone at it,” explains Schraeder. “It will start scanning and what we dubbed an ‘info card’ will pop up. The cards provide the explanation, the English, the Blackfoot, and the button to listen to the pronunciation.”

We invite you to download DeciphAR and try it out. A table will also be set up at the West Entrance of the RLLC this Thursday (October 10) from 8:30am-4:30pm. Anyone interested is encouraged to stop by and the team that led the app development will be available for questions.

You can learn more about this project from an article recently published on called Wayfinding in Blackfoot.