Libraries are where you go to access information and Indigenous systems of knowledge should be considered and applied to historical documents and new material. MRU Library is pleased to feature a guest lecture with Dr. Sandra Littletree, PhD who will offer insight on how to make space for Indigenous perspectives in institutions. Honouring Relationality: Centering Indigenous Perspectives in Library Services will take place on Tuesday, May 28 at 2pm and is open to the public. Register today!
We are pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the Library Awards for Research Excellence!
Each year, MRU Library recognizes 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. Students submit their best work, along with a reflective essay for a chance to receive a cash award that acknowledges their academic achievements.
The selection committee was impressed with the quality of applications this year and proudly recognized the 2019 award recipients at a small ceremony on April 26.
Group Award Winners – Julia Phillips and Jaime Bellows
Perceived Accessibility in City of Calgary Recreation Facilities: A Comparison Between People With and Without Accessibility Needs
Jaime and Julia are both Health and Physical Education students passionate about physical activity and creating a society where everyone has the opportunity to participate. The pair incorporated their interest and knowledge of disability, accessibility, and inclusion into their PHYL 5300 capstone project and made the decision to focus on how people with and without accessibility needs perceive built environments once they realized there wasn’t research on this particular topic. Jaime and Julia contacted the City of Calgary who not only confirmed that they didn’t currently have this type of data, but also expressed interest in accessing their final results.
Senior Award – Tim Kenny
IndigiComms: Using Decolonization, Power Studies and Indigenous Methods to Inform Post-Modern Communications Practice & Scholarship
Tim is a Communications Studies student who came across publications on mainstream media representations of Indigenous issues, which started him down a path of pursuing many sources on this topic and led him to a capstone project for his COMM 44851 class. Course instructor Dr. Chaseten Remillard helped him incorporate critical commentary on things he has personally experienced. Tim has said that his hope is for future Indigenous academics to refer to his work as a type of wayfinding to help navigate similar situations. The committee was particularly struck by the diverse and carefully chosen academic and contemporary research sources, from multiple fields of scholarship, that supported Tim’s argument about the power of communications that can serve to enact meaningful and reconciliatory change in Canada.
Junior Award – Kalindra Walls
Structural and functional musculoskeletal implications of patients with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Kalindra dedicated herself to learning about hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome through extensive research processes. There were moments when she was overwhelmed and discouraged but instead of giving up, she took the initiative to meet with Librarian Cari Merkley who introduced her to specific tools and research strategies. Once she decided to focus on musculoskeletal implications, Kalindra was faced with 60-70 articles with content she didn’t understand. Enter her supervisor on this project and Health and Physical Education instructor Dr. Jared R. Fletcher who helped her to to develop a better understanding of the topic. The quality and relevance of primary sources Kalindra referenced, along with her remarkable journey to come to a better understanding of this connective tissue disorder is what impressed the committee.
Learn more about the 2019 winners and the awards in this MRU News article.
Final exams are approaching, which means students are busier than ever preparing themselves for the end of semester. Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) is the go-to event on campus that helps set students up for success with academic workshops, essay writing and math support, research tips from Librarians, as well as yoga, meditation, and interactive games to encourage self care during this stressful time of year. Join us for LNAP winter 2019 in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre on March 21 from 4pm-10pm.
LNAP is a renowned initiative that is typically hosted by writing centres at post-secondary institutions around the world. The idea to host a full evening dedicated to guiding students towards resources meant to help them throughout their course work first kicked off in Frankfurt, Germany in 2010.
Along with specific activities to help students get back up to speed with course work, student attendees will also have a chance to win $250 worth of gift cards to on campus services. The more drop ins and workshops you attend, the more ballots you can collect to improve your chances of walking away with the giveaway.
Check out the full lineup of sessions at mru.ca/LNAP.
Freedom to Read Week at MRU is February 25 – March 1 and we are proud of the selection of events lined up, open to all on campus, that encourages students and faculty to consider their right to freedom of expression. This is a week-long national celebration that encourages Canadians to reflect on issues relating to censorship and to acknowledge our ongoing commitment to intellectual freedom.
We’ll kick off the week with pop up theatre that challenges the audience to check in with themselves and decide how they feel when excerpts of challenged books are performed by experienced actors. Catch a performance between 11am-1pm on February 26 and 27 in the Arts Building, Main Street, Wyckham House, and the Library. Follow @MRULibrary on Instagram to get notice of the schedule and come out to see what scandalous content is showcased.
We want to hear your take on Freedom to Read Week and find out how material flagged as controversial has an impact on campuses. Freedom of Expression on Campus – A Conversation is a panel of students and faculty who are actively working to ask questions around censorship that don’t typically have easy answers. Come and join this discussion in the Ideas Lounge on February 28. We expect it will be the ideal setting for a thoughtful exchange that may impact how we consume and question texts in academia.
BONUS: student attendees at the panel will have a chance to enter into a draw to win a stack on banned or challenged books to take home and add to their personal collection.
Banned Book Immersion on March 1 is a twist on the traditional readings that are a mainstay of Freedom to Read Week. Step into the Immersion Studio on the 3rd floor of the Library and take in a selection of books read by MRU faculty and students that were not only banned but are in some way meaningful to the reader. This is a great way to hear about books that have been celebrated throughout history, yet deemed as problematic for reasons that may surprise you.
Learn more about Freedom to Read Week and additional details of the events taking place at Mount Royal University.