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.
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.
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.
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.