MRU Library Blog

And the winners are…

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.

 

Julia Phillips and Jaime Bellows, Group Award

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.

 

Tim Kenny, Senior Award

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.

 

Kalindra Walls, Junior Award

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.

 

Library Offers Support During Exams

 

Final exams start up this week, which means students are working hard to hand in final projects and study for tests before they head into the spring/summer semester or the end of the school year. The Library is pleased to extend Library hours to midnight April 8-17 and provide free Barrow coffee April 12-14.

This is a busy time of year. Please know that there are several ways you can lean on the Library to help you succeed during exams.

 

LibrarySearch allows you to get access to all Library collections, including databases, journals, articles, and books with a few clicks and a search term. Whether you’re on campus or doing research from home, students can find sources to help support class assignments.

Quick tip: Make sure to log in while using LibrarySearch to access special features to improve the search experience.

  • Save searches
  • Add to My Favourites section
  • Place holds with a click
  • Keep track of loans and account details

 

 

Subject Librarians are basically research experts for disciplines covered by programs and faculties at Mount Royal. Students are encouraged to book an appointment with a Librarian if they need focused help with research assignments.

If you’re studying late in the Library and simply have a question about LibrarySearch or need advice on the best way to find a source, stop by the Service Desk and get the help you need.

 


We offer 1,700 seats and 170 computer stations for students to access while studying in the Library. All four floors offer a variety of seating options that include booths for group sessions, pods for solo study, soft seating, study carrels, quiet reading rooms, and so much more! Many of the seats are also powered, which means students can plug in and charge devices while they work.

Quick tip: Cell phone chargers are available to borrow from the Service Desk on the main floor of the Library.

Take Part in Freedom to Read Week 2019 at MRU

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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
TBA

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
TBA

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.