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Learn Something New—Fall workshops in the Library


We are proud to feature spaces that are often catalysts for teaching and learning across many subjects, industries, and interests. The Library calendar has been updated with workshops that range from creating a smartphone stand to learning how to protect content and understand your rights when publishing online.



Copyright and Data

Copyright Workshop – Using Electronic Images
September 19, 10am-11:30am
*Registration is required*

Knowing how to incorporate electronic images in your course materials in a copyright friendly way can be confusing. Join Copyright Advisor Alana Gaulin in a workshop that will answer your questions. In this session you will explore:

  • Copyright basics
  • Your user rights under the Copyright Act
  • How to source copyright friendly electronic images
  • Where, when and how to incorporate these images in your teaching


Copyright Workshop – Copyright for MRU Students
September 20, 10am-11:30am
*Registration is required*

Students need to understand how copyright affects them in their school work and how they can rely on their user rights to prepare assignments. In this workshop, Alana Gaulin, MRU Copyright Advisor, will take students through a broad overview of students’ rights and obligations under the Copyright Act in a digital world.


Research Data Management and the Tri-Agency’s Draft Policy
October 11, 10am-11:30am
*Registration is required*

A growing number of funders and publishers are implementing policies requiring researchers to plan and document their data management practices and to archive their research data. In this session, we will discuss the Tri-Agency’s Research Data Management Draft Policy and go over the principal elements of research data management, including organization, documentation, storage, and data publishing.


Creating a Data Management Plan
November 16 1pm-2:30pm
*Registration is required*

In this workshop, we will introduce the fundamental elements of research data management planning using the Portage Network’s DMP Assistant. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a DMP Assistant account and begin writing a data management plan. Participants are encouraged to come with an existing research project in mind, but practice projects will also be available.



Maker Studio

Use Illustrator to create a phone stand for the Laser Cutter with Bree Smith in collaboration with START
September 25  2pm-4pm
*Registration is required*

This hands-on workshop shows you how to make a custom phone stand using Adobe Illustrator to be output on the Laser Cutter. You will learn how to use the tools in Illustrator to customize a template, as well as how to get your file ready for the Job Control software. By the end you will have a completely custom design ready for you to cut on the material of your choice.


Finishing School – with Edith Koprek
Thursdays 12:30pm-1:30pm, Drop in

Join our master in all things fibre and finish an ongoing project or just get started. This event is weekly on Thursdays between 12.30-1.30 just outside of the Maker Studio.


Photoshop for etching on the Laser Cutter with Bree in collaboration with START

Learn the basics of Photoshop to be able to etch images into surfaces on the Laser Cutter. Examples will be shown and file set up for the Laser Cutter software Job Control will be explained. Registration is required.


Learn 3D modelling with Tinkercad to create a ring for 3D printing in the Maker Studio
October 2, 2pm
*Registration is required*

This Tinkercad workshop will teach you how to design a 3D model of a wearable ring you can 3D print on the Maker Studios 3D printers. Options for making your design in metal once it is refined will also be explained.


Hand Embroidery 101 with Milena Radzikowska in collaboration with Information Design
October 17 2pm-5pm
*Registration is required*

Information Design professor, Milena Radzikowska will run a workshop on how to plan and start a hand embroidery project. You will learn how to transfer an image onto fabric, prepare your materials, and three basic hand embroidery stitches. We will focus on giving you confidence to do hand embroidery and use it in creative, unexpected ways!


Building DNA using 3D printing with Lars Petersen in collaboration with the Biology Department
October 29 2pm-3pm
*Registration is required*

Biology Instructor Lars Petersen will demonstrate his 3D printed DNA models and explain his process in developing this educational tool. Come and use the model while learning about DNA and the trials and tribulations of iterative design and 3D printing.


How I made my own 3D printer with Stian French
November 1 10:30am-11:30am
*Registration is required*

Health Sciences student, Stian French will explain how he built his own 3D printer from scratch using some of the technologies in the Maker Studio. In this presentation, Stian will guide participants through the process of research, purchasing parts, building the machine and programming the various elements of the 3D printer. Stian will be available for questions afterwards to help participants understand how 3D printers work and how they can build their own.


Button Making Affirmations
November 14 2pm-3pm

Discover why affirmations are an important part of wellbeing. Make a button, fridge magnet or keychain to enforce this practice of improving mind and body. Registration is required.


Knitting for Wellbeing

Learn the research and science behind how knitting can promote wellness. Learn knitting basics and create an object based on the simple beginner stitches of knit and pearl. Registration is required.



Visualization + VR/AR/MR

Advanced Visualization Wall Techniques  
October 18, 2018 / November 8, 2018 / November 29, 2018
Visualization Classroom
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Learn how to create engaging and interactive presentations, exhibits, and research displays on the MRU Library Visualization Walls. We will explore advanced features of the wall(s) including; recommended web applications/tools, presentation design tips, and custom setups/displays and how you might incorporate them into your teaching/learning, outreach, and research.


VR, AR, MR, Oh My!  
October 25, 2018 / November 15, 2018 / December 6, 2018
Visualization Classroom
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Explore Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) and learn about the newly opened MRU Library Experience Lab (EL1355), available library services, headsets, 360 cameras, types of content and how to integrate it into your classes and research.


VR Sculpting with Oculus Medium
November 1, 2018 / November 22, 2018 / December 13, 2018
Experience Lab
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Learn how to create a sculpture utilizing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Oculus Medium application in the newly opened MRU Library Experience Lab (EL1355). You can then 3D print your sculpture in the Maker Studio to take home.

The Experience Lab is Now Open

The Experience Lab is a space for the MRU Community to explore VR/AR/MR and we are happy to announce it is now open on the main floor of the Mount Royal University Library in room EL1355—the location of the temporary Maker Studio before it moved into its permanent home.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to learn more about this new resource and try out  VR/AR/MR experiences during drop-in hours Monday – Thursday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

The hope is that users take an opportunity to use the lab as a research and testing ground and look into the educational potential of existing VR experiences, or develop custom interactive VR content that can enhance current course programming. This is also a space where those who are simply curious about this technology can stop in and try it out, perhaps for the first time, between classes.

Not quite sure you understand the difference between virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR)? We’ve created a brief video that demonstrates the features of each one, which we think you’ll find helpful.

Learn more about the specialized equipment available in the Experience Lab and helpful information you should know before your first visit, and look out for workshops that will soon be available in the lab.


Aileen Smyth Heads Into Retirement with a Lasting Legacy at MRU

Aileen Smyth


Aileen Smyth works hands on with students across campus at Student Learning Services but as her peers reflect on her contributions as she heads into retirement this week, it’s clear the impression she’s left on the MRU Community can’t possibly be confined to a singular role.

“Aileen is a collaborator, a builder, and a connector. She is full of wonderful ideas and always works from a place of how to bring others together to help make those ideas a reality,” says Katharine Barrette, Associate University Librarian, Public Services, when asked to describe Smyth.

Barrette not only works two floors away from Smyth in the RLLC, they both collaborated on Mount Royal University’s inaugural Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) this past March, which was initiated by Smyth. Working as a Writing and Learning Strategist, Team Lead, since 2006 has allowed Smyth to connect with students, help them to improve specific skills, and identify opportunities to set them up to succeed here at MRU and beyond.

LNAP is now 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. Smyth was introduced to it by a speaker at a conference she attended in November 2012 and was inspired to bring a version of the event to MRU.

“Most of the institutions at that time did an all nighter, it started at 10 p.m. and went to 7 a.m.” says Smyth, who goes on to explain that her and the rest of her colleagues at Student Learning Services knew they could gather support for LNAP by preserving the spirit of the event but adjusting elements, such as the timing, to keep from encouraging late night cramming and students forfeiting sleep.

Shortly after working out the details, Smyth approached Barrette about incorporating the MRU Library into LNAP. The pair formed an LNAP committee, comprised of partners across campus that came together to offer everything from free yoga classes to help with writing and study techniques. The goal is to ensure student attendees are supported academically, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially.

“Students who came out expressed excitement at discovering services and support available to them and we certainly had students express gratitude at being able to access some of these services (SLS and START in particular) at times when those areas are normally closed,” says Barrette, who looks forward to planning future LNAPs at MRU, but she knows Smyth’s presence will be missed.

“I will miss Aileen so much; I’ll miss her energy, her positivity, her unwavering belief that our potential to support student success is limitless. I’ll miss how she listens deeply to others and I’ll certainly miss how calm and calming she is, even when there’s a terrible blizzard on the day of the very first LNAP ever!,” says Barrette as she recalls the unseasonably frosty weather that made an appearance at the first LNAP on March 15.

Smyth’s last day at SLS is Friday, June 29. When asked what she’ll miss most about being on campus, her response is immediate and instinctive.

“The students! My colleagues are wonderful, but I’ll miss the students.”

Calvin the Cougar takes some me-time and gets a massage from MRU Massage Therapy students at the first MRU LNAP held on March 15, 2018 (photo credit: Katharine Barrette)
Calvin the Cougar takes some me-time and gets a massage from MRU Massage Therapy students at the first MRU LNAP held on March 15, 2018 (photo credit: Katharine Barrette)

The next LNAP will take place on November 14, 2018. Please look out for updates as the evening’s activities are confirmed.