MRU Library Blog

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.

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