MRU Library

Student Awards for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavors – Winners!

The Library is very pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Library’s Student Awards for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavours:
  • Stephanie Weber (Junior Award) for her paper “Culinary Imperialism: Chinese Food in New York, 1870-1943”
  • Steven Lilley (Senior Award) for his project “‘The Robot as an Entertainer’: Historical Consciousness and the Mechanical Music Controversy in America, 1906-1929”

The Library will be holding an award presentation ceremony for these two talented students to celebrate and recognize their outstanding scholarly achievements. We hope you can join us on May 30 from 1:00 – 2:00 in the Library Lounge.

Please feel free to share this invitation!

MRU Library’s Big Ideas Lounge

Let’s talk about trigger warnings and microaggressions in the classroom and beyond!

Where: Library Lounge (located in the library)

Date: Thursday January 21st,  2016

Time: 2-4pm

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to join this informal conversation about Trigger Warnings and Microagressions, led by MRU’s Patricia Kostouros and Rosalee Averin. The Big Ideas Lounge invites you to share your ideas and consider the views of others through engaging and thoughtful dialogue.

Snacks provided. Drop in or register here.  See you there!

11th Annual Library United Way Book Sale!

The 11th Annual Library United Way Book Sale is happening on Thurs. Nov 19th, 2015!

You can donate any of the following items until November 18th, by dropping them off in the donation box next to the Circulation Desk in the Library.

  • new and used books, CDs, DVDs, videos, albums and more
  • fiction and nonfiction
  • recently published textbooks


Shop at the Sale – 9 am to 4 pm, in front of the Library:  All items – $1 each.

All proceeds go to the United Way of Calgary.

Big Ideas Lounge

What is the Big Ideas Lounge?  A casual, facilitated discussion series that invites students to join a conversation that will foster critical thinking beyond the classroom.

Calling Bullshit: How to Lose Friends and  Alienate People
Thursday March 12-2 pm
2nd Floor Wyckham House

‘McDonald’s hamburgers don’t rot’, ‘Eating turkey makes you tired’, ‘Sugar makes children hyperactive’. Misinformation about science, health and the natural world abounds, much of it on social media.It is up to people to vet and judge the accuracy of the information they receive for themselves. Yet, the very nature of social interactions means that most of the information that we see and hear is relayed by our friends or acquaintances. Polite rules dictate that we don’t publicly disagree or embarrass others for a lack of critical thinking.

So what do you do when your friends spread misinformation?

Join Trevor Day, Professor of Biology at MRU, and Robyn Moody,  local artist and sceptic, to engage in a lively discussion about the challenges of negotiating touchy scientific topics with friends.

Light snacks will be provided.

Award for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavors

Have you completed an outstanding student project? 
MRU Library’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavors seeks to recognize student projects that incorporate effective use of information resources and demonstrate research skills. Individual student projects can be essays/papers, film projects, poster presentations, web or technology-based projects, honours theses or creative works. Students can compete for $1000 awards in either of 2 categories recognizing Junior and Senior projects.
For more information, and to learn about previous winners, please see the award website at:

Banned book readings

February 23-27 is Freedom to Read Week

Come listen to members of the MRU community as they read from banned and challenged books as a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to intellectual freedom, the right to creativity, and the free expression of ideas.

Where: Main Street in front of the Library
When: 12 – 1 pm all week, Feb. 23-27

If you would like to be a reader, please contact

FTRW is celebrated nationally in Canada. More information can be found here.


Chris Turner for Freedom to Read Week

In partnership with the Institute of Sustainability, the Library is proud to host a talk by award-winning author Chris Turner. He will be speaking to censorship in the sciences, the state of science teaching, and environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Where: Room T107
When: 2 – 3 pm, Mon. Feb. 23rd
RSVP: Get your FREE ticket via our Eventbrite page

FTRW is celebrated nationally in Canada. More information can be found here.


Open Access Week events at MRU – October 20 – 28

Monday October 20th 10:00 am-11:30 am Location: T107

Open Textbooks: Opening the doors to education (Webinar)
Amanda Coolidge, Manager of Open Education at BCcampus, will provide an overview of the BC Open Textbook Project. She will share with faculty the challenges and successes of open education and provide resources to help faculty adopt, adapt or create their own open educational resources.
Sponsored by: Mount Royal University Library

Monday October 20, 1:00-2:00 pm Location: Library Boardroom (G201)

OA Week Kickoff Event (Webinar)
This panel representing research funders, university administrators, and scholarly societies will discuss how Open Access affects scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers, and how institutions can support researchers in making their work Open.
Presented by: World Bank and SPARC

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