MRU Library Blog

RLLC Blackfoot Translation App is Now Available

MRU Library is excited to announce that a mobile app that translates Blackfoot signage in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre (RLLC) into English is now available! DeciphAR uses augmented reality to provide audio and visual information about Blackfoot signage available throughout the RLLC. This project is a collaboration with Red Crow Community College in Lethbridge, and translations are provided by Elder Leo Fox. The audio information includes pronunciations of the Blackfoot phrases on the signs, while the Info cards offer an explanation of the translation. We are so pleased to offer a way for all RLLC visitors to better engage with way-finding signs and share important details of each Blackfoot translation.

DeciphAR was developed by third-year information design student, Chase Schraeder, who started in the Junior AR Developer position on the Library Visualization team this summer.

“Essentially all you do when you see a Blackfoot sign is point your phone at it,” explains Schraeder. “It will start scanning and what we dubbed an ‘info card’ will pop up. The cards provide the explanation, the English, the Blackfoot, and the button to listen to the pronunciation.”

We invite you to download DeciphAR and try it out. A table will also be set up at the West Entrance of the RLLC this Thursday (October 10) from 8:30am-4:30pm. Anyone interested is encouraged to stop by and the team that led the app development will be available for questions.

You can learn more about this project from an article recently published on mru.ca called Wayfinding in Blackfoot.

Special Guest Lecture with Sandra Littletree

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are where you go to access information and Indigenous systems of knowledge should be considered and applied to historical documents and new material.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!

Honouring Relationality: Centering Indigenous Perspectives in Library Services with Sandra Littletree on May 28 at 2pm

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.

 

Students Share Feedback on Library Services and Spaces

 

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.