MRU Library Blog

Students Share Feedback on Library Services and Spaces

 

The Library set up a feedback table with whiteboards and colourful sticky notes at the West Entrance of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre on February 11. Thank you to all the students who took time to write down where they want to see change in the Library to better serve the MRU community, and also the high-fives for what you love the most about the people and services offered.

Library leadership received all 173 comments recorded by students throughout the day and carefully considered each one. Students weighed in on everything from group rooms, the Maker Studio, seating, to specifics on how to best communicate with Mount Royal students throughout the semester. We’re excited to look into new ways to implement change and make improvements. Look out for updates, as we expect to share any changes made that are from student suggestions. In the meantime, refer to the infographic below for answers to a portion of questions and concerns included in the feedback.

 

Submit Research to Library Awards for a Chance to Receive Cash

 

Mount Royal students can submit outstanding research to the Library Awards for Research Excellence by April 10, 2019 for a chance to win a cash award from one of three categories.

The Mount Royal Library Awards for Research Excellence celebrates students who produce outstanding scholarly projects such as essays/papers, film projects, poster presentations, web or technology-based projects, or creative works that demonstrate research skills and the effective use of information resources.

Individual projects and group projects will be evaluated for the award category entered on the application:

Senior Award – $1000: For projects created in 4000-level or higher courses, independent studies, capstone or honours thesis work, this category recognizes projects which are larger in scope, represent a higher level of independence and a greater depth of research.

Junior Award – $1000: For projects created in 1000-level to 3000-level courses, this category recognizes outstanding student work at a level that is smaller in scope and depth of research.

Group Award – $1500: For projects created at any course level, this category recognizes outstanding student work completed by 2 or more students.The award will divided equally among group members.

Visit library.mtroyal.ca/award for complete details including submission requirements.

SAMRU Partners with the Library to Buy Textbooks

Cordelia Snowdon (Left) and Katharine Barrette (Right) browse the Reserve Collection shelves behind the Service Desk on the main floor of the Library.

 

 

Did you know the Library Reserve Collection includes required textbooks for a variety of courses currently offered at MRU?

The Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) and the Library partner every semester to purchase new textbooks from the MRU Bookstore that are kept behind the Library Service Desk. The selection covers a variety of subjects and new additions to the collection are often decided based on demand from students as well as course popularity and class size.

“Partnering with SAMRU on the Textbook Purchase Program helps us to make as many assigned textbooks available for loan to students as possible”  says Library Public Services Associate Dean Katharine Barrette. “Assigned textbooks already held by the Library are moved down to Reserves each semester but SAMRU’s contribution to this partnership is what helps us to add new texts each semester and provide more free access to required readings for our students. The MRU Bookstore also gives this project a discount on each book purchased so our shared budget for book-buying goes further.”

Many of the popular books in the Reserve Collection are available to students on a two hour loan while others can be borrowed for up to one week. Having course textbooks available for students to borrow is typically seen as a convenient option for students while on campus—this allows them to stop in to the Library and review course content before an exam. But there are a portion of Library users who rely on this resource as a temporary measure while managing their finances.

“SAMRU partners to support the Library Reserve Collection to help make textbooks more accessible and affordable for students,” says Cordelia Snowdon, SAMRU Vice-President, Academic. “This program helps ensure that students do not have to choose between their finances and academic success, and represents our commitment to learning excellence.”

The recent Fall/Winter 2018 textbook purchase allowed us to bring in textbooks for 36 courses offered here at MRU, which means that 1,800 students now have free access to their course text.

Find textbooks the Library has available in the Reserve Collection by using LibrarySearch Course Reserve function. Enter the course name in the search tool and review results to find relevant materials available at the Service Desk.

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Study Spaces

Looking for an alternative place to study while the library is closed on December 2? Check out these spots:

Quiet Spaces
On campus
Wyckham House
Off Campus
T 126 — Tables and chairsEast gate – Starbucks tables & chairs350 seats in the Food CourtCalgary Public Library Branches: Alexander Calhoun, Signal Hill, Nichols Family
I 130 - Tables and chairsE wing – study carrels, including E13075 seats in the loungePhil and Sebastian - Marda Loop
T 219A — Study carrelsTim Horton’s – tables and chairs80% of the food outlets will be open until 3 pmIndigo Books Signal Hill
T 223A — Study carrelsI wing – tables and chairs, including I130Also seats available in level 2 lounge areaTim Hortons - Richard Way & Signal Hill Centre
Y 219 — Tables and chairsT wing – tables and chairs, carrels, lounge seatingStarbucks - Signal Hill Centre, 45th Ave, Marda Loop
EA 2004 —Tables, chairs and lounge seatingY wing – tables and chairs, carrelsSecond Cup - Signal Hill Centre
EA, EB, EC - Tables and chairs, lounge seating, Jugo Juice (EA)Monogram Coffee - 16th St
NHBR Coffee - 16th St