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Cancellation Notice – Design and Applied Arts Index

Final day of access: September 30, 2020

Cost of resource: $4,212 

Reasons for cancellation:

  • Usage for this resource has decreased in recent years
  • This is an index and does not provide full text content

Alternate resources:

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at librarycollectionsmanager.gg@mtroyal.ca

 

Criteria for cancellation of electronic resources:

  • Usage: The use of each resource is considered, including frequency and relative amount of usage (for example compared to program size).
  • Cost: This criteria includes the cost of the resource but also consideration for a constellation of other factors such as continuing and unsustainable price increases from publishers, USD exchange rates, and recent government budget cuts. 
  • Uniqueness: Availability of alternate ways to access the same or comparable information source. 
  • Content/access or interface design considerations: Unreliable access to full text results; poor user interface, currency, poor linking or indexing.

Cancellation Notice – Encyclopedia Britannica

Final day of access: September 30, 2020

Cost of resource: $5,677 

Reasons for cancellation:

  • Content is available through other resources and the e-resource is no longer of value to its targeted discipline

 

Alternate resources:

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at librarycollectionsmanager.gg@mtroyal.ca

 

Criteria for cancellation of electronic resources:

  • Usage: The use of each resource is considered, including frequency and relative amount of usage (for example compared to program size).
  • Cost: This criteria includes the cost of the resource but also consideration for a constellation of other factors such as continuing and unsustainable price increases from publishers, USD exchange rates, and recent government budget cuts. 
  • Uniqueness: Availability of alternate ways to access the same or comparable information source.
  • Content/access or interface design considerations: Unreliable access to full text results; poor user interface, currency, poor linking or indexing.

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester

 

The Library extends a warm welcome to Mount Royal students and employees! We have been working with campus partners and with the guidance of Alberta Health Services to create a supportive Library environment for online learning this semester.  There’s no denying that we look forward to having all students and employees back on campus, but until then, we are here to support you virtually. There are so many ways you can make use of Library resources and supports. 

 

This is what you can expect from the Library this semester:

 

Online support and research help

  • Library staff are available to help answer questions over chat on our website or you can text us! (#587-400-8044)
  • Subject guides cover most disciplines offered at MRU and are available online; they include relevant subject, course and assignment-specific resources such as databases, journals, articles, as well as citation tools. 
  • Book a virtual appointment with a subject specialist, who can help you with research related questions including finding and evaluating sources.

 

Visiting the Library in person

  • Visitors must follow the on-campus activity protocol before coming to campus. There are student-specific guidelines to follow and special instructions for employees
  • Masks must be worn, as per campus guidelines.
  • A OneCard will be required to enter the building from the west entrance (across from the EA building). Tap the access pad to enter and follow instructions on signs and disinfect hands at the sanitizing station.

 

Study spaces

  • The main floor of the Library will be available to the limited number of students and employees who will be on campus. Check the hours page on the Library website for the most up-to-date hours of service.
  • Seating for study purposes will be appropriately spaced to adhere to distancing measures. Regular cleaning will take place to disinfect common areas and cleaning products will be made available to visitors to wipe down work surfaces. 
  • Group Rooms on the main floor are available for booking, but are limited to single occupancy and can now be reserved for an extended period of time (4 hours) to limit turnover. 

 

Computers and printing

  • The Computer Commons and computers in the Library Classrooms will be available to students on campus; computers will be appropriately spaced to adhere to distancing measures. 
  • No printing will be available in the Library until further notice.

 

Access to collections

 

Faculty support

 

Workshops and special events

  • Online workshops, orientations and panel discussions are regularly added to the Library calendar. Register for a session and learn about support for online course delivery as well as copyright, specialized equipment, software, and expertise related to virtual reality and the Maker Studio.

 

The main floor of the Library will reopen to all current students and employees on Tuesday, September 1. We are happy to be able to provide a study area for the limited members of our community who need to come to campus this semester and we’re asking for your help to maintain a clean work environment. Please respect the distancing measures on the main floor; the seating is intentionally spread out to give each visitor adequate space to work. Also, make use of the cleaning supplies that will be available and wipe down your study area. Remember that masks are currently mandatory on campus. 

 

We look forward to connecting with each of you, from wherever you’ll be studying and working this semester.

 


Check out the video we created for new student orientation that highlights some of the ways we’re supporting the Mount Royal community this semester.

Important Details on Library Access Starting Next Week

 

On August 12 we issued a release on the limited Library access available as of Monday, August 24. We now have new details to share that will help guide current students and those who are preparing to return for the fall semester:

 

September 1

All new and returning students registered for fall 2020 courses will be able to use their OneCard to access the main floor of the Library as of Tuesday, September 1.

 

August 24

Current students registered in summer courses that have specific exceptions that require them to be on campus (for example, in-person labs, etc), will be able to access the main floor of the Library as of Monday, August 24.

 

As mentioned in a previous post, the first-floor computer lab and study areas will be open to students with specific protocols to accommodate clean and distanced work areas for all visitors.

OneCard entry is available at the west entrance across from the EA building. There is an access pad where you can tap your OneCard to gain entry during open hours.

Please note that these are special accommodations for students who are required to be on campus and need a place to study in between an online course and an approved in-person exception and/or access to a computer. Printing is not available in the Library until further notice.

The Library Service Desk will continue to be completely virtual. Please reach out to our Service Desk staff through the chat option on the Library website or text your question to 587-400-8044.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on campus.  Anyone coming to campus must wear a mask or face covering. This applies to students, employees, contractors and visitors.