MRU Library Blog

It’s Now Easier to Borrow the Tech You Need

 

Mount Royal students, faculty, and staff have access to a wide variety of equipment available to borrow from the Library. Everything from high-tech audiovisual cameras and light kits for special projects, to everyday essentials like phone chargers and laptops, are free to use with an MRU OneCard.

It’s now easier than ever to view and book exactly what you need through the Library website. The newly launched equipment booking system allows you to choose and reserve the device you’re looking to use with a few clicks. Once we get your request, it will be ready for pick up at the Service Desk on the main floor.

Questions? Start a chat from the homepage and we’ll be happy to help you with the new online booking system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Value of Information Literacy in the Workplace

 

Sara Sharun is exploring how information literacy is experienced in the workplace through her most recent scholarship that surveys Alberta health care professionals.

Exploring Value as a Dimension of Professional Information Literacy is a recently published study that questions what information literacy looks like through the eyes of health centre staff, and suggests how their information practices can help Library and Information Studies (LIS) researchers understand the concept of information literacy.

Sharun, who is an Assistant Professor and Librarian, conducted seven interviews with youth support specialists and medical office assistants at a Calgary community health centre in spring 2018.

The qualitative study explored the concept of information value as it emerged from participants’ descriptions of their work with clients in the context of their workplace, the network of human service organizations in Calgary, and the broader health and social care system.

“What was most surprising to me was the subjective nature of information value. The information they used in practice was valued only if it supported client outcomes and helped build and maintain relationships with clients. This relationship-based approach to information use is something I think warrants more consideration by librarians working with their own clients,” says Sharun.

She observed that key concepts related to information literacy,  largely developed in and for academic settings, were evident in the staff members’ descriptions but looked quite different within the health centre. Sharun suggests that future studies examine the nature of these differences more carefully and in other contexts to continue to build a more complex understanding of these concepts.

“I think there is a lot of space for LIS researchers to make more connections between workplace and educational settings, and develop more insight from studies of different professional, personal and everyday life contexts to inform our information literacy instruction for students and future professionals.”

Library Resources to Help During Exams

 

Final exams start up this week, which means students are busy preparing for tests and projects before the winter break. The Library is pleased to extend Library hours to midnight December 9-19  and provide free Barrow coffee December 13-15. In addition, we are offering a few extra ways to unwind and brighten your long study days,  which includes a draw for a chance to win a gift card to the MRU Bookstore!

 

Get help when you need it

Make use of the Library Chat feature that will connect you with Service Desk staff who are ready to answer questions related to sources you need for class projects or guidance around citations.

For focused research help, consider booking an appointment with your Subject Librarian. Appointments can be made through the website and are an ideal environment to get subject-specific research help.

 

Reserve a group study space

Reserve a Group Room or Presentation Practice Room for focused work time with classmates. It’s a busy time of year, so consider whether your study needs can be met without a reserved space, and please cancel bookings if you no longer need the room. Your fellow students appreciate the courtesy!

 

Access course textbooks

Course Reserve books are located behind the Service Desk and are the texts instructors request to be placed on reserve so all students can access them. Use LibrarySearch to look up a course text and confirm it’s available before you go check it out from the Service Desk.

Tip: Library staff often tweet out when popular Reserve texts become available.

 

We’ve got your study breaks covered

Incorporating breaks into study sessions can help students manage stress, boost productivity, and encourage physical activity. Stretch your legs and hang out in one of the Library featured break areas to recharge.

 

Share your #LibrarySupport and win!

Do you have a favourite study spot in the Library? A go-to set up in the Group Rooms? Or, maybe you know the best corner for perfect selfie lighting. We want to see how you’re using the Library while you’re here studying for exams. Share a photo or tweet on Instagram or Twitter with #LibrarySupport and follow @MRULibrary for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Campus Store.

 

 

Apply to Teach in the Immersion Studio for Winter 2020

We are currently accepting applications from faculty interested in teaching a Winter 2020 course in the Immersion Studio. This is an opportunity to partner with the Library to utilize this unique resource for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Located on the third floor of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, the Immersion Studio is a 360º projection room that allows for immersive multimedia experiences that enhance group learning and research.

This is an environment that supports simulation and context-based learning, providing opportunities to interpret information in relation to where and when it occurs.

Room Features:

  • Present images, video, and audio in 360º
  • Specialized surround sound system
  • Customizable furniture arrangements
  • Display content from multiple HDMI sources
  • Room capacity: 20-40

Use Cases:

  • Presentations
  • Exhibits/Galleries
  • Simulations/Training
  • Research/Data Visualization

If interested, please fill out the booking request form. Application review begins January 2, 2019, please submit applications early as space and time are limited.

For more information or to arrange a consultation please contact:
Anna Nuhn, MRU Library Emerging Technologies Specialist (anuhn@mtroyal.ca).