MRU Library

Upcoming Events in the Ideas Visualization Lounge

We have a number of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, open to the public and free to attend!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • EDUC 4107 Student Exhibit – see what the students have been working in the Maker Studio to create!
    • 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • SEd Talks: Should Scientists Care About Science Fiction? – Todd Nickle
    • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Complementary pizza!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

  • Viz Wall Movie Viewing – Nightmare Before Christmas
    • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Complementary  snacks!
    • Register here

Friday, October 27, 2017

  • SEd Talks: Your Car is Learning to Drive. Are you ready to Hand Over the Keys? – Alan Fedoruk
    • 11:00am-12:00pm





Who is the Maker Studio For?

With the beginning of the school year, and all the happenings that go along with that, I started to reflect once again as to who and what is the Maker Studio for. It is refreshing to take a step back and see how it is coming together, and how it is started to be used after all this planning. I find it very moving to see the space for community and creation that we have developed at the university. The equipment in the space isn’t just a 3D printer or a sewing machine, they are tools to connect people. Tools for people to expand their possibilities and give them the option to exercise their agency in new ways.

When a faculty member comes in saying he wants to design a skeleton to which he can attach functional muscles, he’s using the 3D printer for his community of practice. It is not only for his benefit, but it is for the benefit of a community of peers and students who are learning and working together.

When someone from the community walks in and wants to practice sewing because she got a job as a seamstress, the Maker Studio is strengthening the university’s relationship with the surrounding community. But the space is also doing something I find pretty special. It is giving that person a space to be the best that she can be. She is trying her darnest to be the best seamstress that she can be at her new position. The Maker Studio is a safe environment where she can practice, learn from what went wrong, and bring her refined skills back to her workplace.

And of course, there are the students. Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of working with Education students. Hear what their thoughts are on makerspaces and how they may be used in their schools and classrooms as they become teachers. How the space may be used for differentiated learning and asking ‘what is the best tool for the process we are learning?’ and not the other way around. It was also absolutely wonderful to see the students problem solve their understanding of the philosophy of the social studies curriculum through using the tools in the Maker Studio. They all rose to the challenge to try something new and embrace this process of creation with its successes and failures. They helped each other figure out their projects and it was truly awesome to see.

Sometimes I have to stop myself from saying MY space when talking about the Maker Studio. But I guess it is my space, and it is OUR space. It is a space for people to come in and create, share, have fun. Be a community. The Mount Royal University community. What is the Maker Studio for? To learn new ways to be. Who is it for? Everyone.

-Sandra X.

Join us for S.Ed Talks this Friday!

The Students Society of Science and Technology is pleased to present Jonathan Mee and his presentation, Sex, Lies & Hybrids: The Natural History, Diversity and Evolution of Fishes on Friday, September 29, 2017.

This event will take place in the Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1270) and run from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!


Swipe to Release Printing!

Our campus card swipe to release printing is up and running! We now have four printers in the Computer Commons and a printer in the Printing Rooms on each floor. Make sure you have a balance on your printing account by using a Pcounter deposit station on campus. After selecting print from one of our computers or from your device using, go to one of our printers in the MRU Library and swipe your campus card to release your print job. You will have to register with the system once using your MyMRU username and password and then after that it will be just a swipe each time. If you forget your campus card, you can release your print job with your MyMRU username and password. Have a colour print job? Our colour printer is in the first floor printing room.

Visit us for DOYYC!

Take a look at the new Riddell Library and Learning Centre during Doors Open YYC on September 23!

The RLLC is a 16,000-square-metre, four-storey stand-alone LEED gold-certified building with state-of-the-art technology in visualization classrooms, 360 visualization room, a dedicated makerspace, treadmill desks.

Look forward to:

  • Live, interactive demos of the Maker Studio
  • Demos of the Visualization classroom
  • Viewing the Archives and Special Collections
  • Take a guided or self guided tour

More information on the DOYYC website

Database Trial – Canada Ebook Subscription

We currently have a trial of an exciting new ebook package! Canada Ebook Subscription is a database that currently has 9,940 titles with a cross-disciplinary Canada-specific focus, including 290 newly-added titles (160 English / 130 French)

This resources features titles from Academic, Education, Small and Trade presses including: Canadian Science (NRC Research Press); Grey House; IDRC Books/Les Éditions du CRDI; Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal; University of Alberta Press; Pembroke; Canadian Museum of History; Coteau Books; Talonbooks; Nimbus Publishing; Ontario Genealogical Society

To access and test out this new resource use the following login information:



Username: coppultaleln1
Password: Upd48KD2

New faces and expertise in the Library – Maker studio and Visualization spaces

With some of our new spaces in the Library we have also added new staff with matching expertise.

Maker studio

The Maker Studio is a creative space for students, faculty and community users to experiment with new technologies and tools to tackle projects and explore ideas and concepts in a hands-on way. Users from the MRU community can design objects and creations for their research, coursework, or personal projects. Currently located in EL 1355, we looking forward to having the larger Maker Studio (EL 1245) completed by January 2018.

Contact Sandra Sarmiento, Technology Facilitator,  at or 403.440.7789 with any questions about using the Maker Studio technology.

Visualization spaces

  • Ideas Visualization Lounge
    • Located on the first floor (EL 1270), the Ideas Visualization Lounge is an exciting event and presentation space, designed to support Library and campus programming with public lectures, presentations, workshops and other interactive events. The state-of-the-art interactive visualization wall is ideal for large-scale displays to augment events and programs. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of August.
  • Visualization classroom
    • The Visualization Classroom, located on the first floor in EL1441, offers a state-of-the-art interactive visualization wall ideal for large-scale displays of text, images, video, data etc.  This exciting new teaching, learning and research space enables innovative teaching and unique opportunities to explore, learn, create and share. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of September 2017.
  • Immersion Studio
    • The Immersion Studio (EL3345) takes experiential and immersive learning to a new level. This “grey box” room allows projection of images or information on all four walls of the room at the same time, creating a unique 360º experience for teaching, learning and research. Construction is expected to be complete by October 2017

Contact Anna Nuhn – Visualization Specialist – or 403.440.7088

Take a look at our streaming video collections

Want to see what we have in our streaming video collections?  New content being added all the time

Our amazing streaming video collections can be embedded into Blackboard or viewed from home!

Films on Demand – large multidisciplinary collection

Over 6000 videos covering most subject areas. This database also lets you create playlists and make your own films by putting together clips from different videos!

 CBC streaming video and audio – CURIO – multidisciplinary, CBC

Contains video and radio content from the CBC. You can create your own account and playlists using this code: YP8C-LVK5

NFB Streaming Videos – CAMPUS – multidisciplinary, Canadian content focus
The National Film Board CAMPUS offers hundreds of films including documentaries, interviews, animated films and more on their website. Users can sign up for a  free accounts to create playlists and access teaching resources.

Kanopy – focus on arts and social sciences
This large collection of films covers all genres but is especially well-suited for use in Women’s Studies, Sociology, Race Studies, Communication, Anthropology, Education, and Psychology courses

See a complete list of our streaming video databases