We are in the process of making improvements to the Library homepage and looking for MRU students to give us feedback.
If you would like to help and have approximately 30 minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, please sign up for a session through the online booking form.
For your participation in the user testing, we’ll gift you a $20 Barrow gift card.
- The tasks and questions will be with the Library Communications and Content Coordinator in group room EL 3355
- A usability testing software will record your mouse cursor movements and audio answers to questions during the test
- Only current MRU students are needed for user testing at this time
- Each participant can sign up for a maximum of one time slot
- If you are not at the test location for your scheduled time and we have filled that time with someone else, you forfeit your chance at a gift card
Thanks for your help!
Final exams start up this week, which means campus will be buzzing with students handing in final projects and studying for tests before they head into winter break. The Library is pleased to extend Library hours to midnight December 12-20 and provide free Barrow coffee December 14-16 after 8pm. In addition, we are offering a few extra ways to unwind and brighten your long study days, which includes a draw that gives students a chance to win a gift card to Barrow and the MRU Bookstore!
Complimentary Massages in the Ideas Lounge
December 12 4pm-8pm
December 13 5pm-8:30pm
Sit back, relax and enjoy a complimentary fifteen minute massage in the Ideas Lounge, courtesy of the MRU Massage Therapy Practicum students. Those studying in the Library will be encouraged to take a break and sign up for a massage to help release tension and relax their minds.
Yoga in the Immersion Studio
December 12 3pm-4pm
We’ve partnered with MRU Recreation to bring Akhanda Yoga instructor Jade Cozier to the Library for a free hour of yoga students can attend to help relax as they prepare for long study sessions leading into exams.
Intro to Stress Reduction Meditation in the Immersion Studio
December 13 1pm-3pm
Students will be introduced to stress reduction through meditation. There’s no better place to unwind than the calming vibes of the 360º experience in the Immersion Studio.
*A Chance to Win!
To shake things up this semester, we’ll also have a draw where students can enter to win a $50 gift card to either Barrow or the MRU Bookstore. Students can enter by:
- We want to see how you use the Library! Share a photo in the Library on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LibrarySupport. Each post will be an entry in the draw. Tag @MRULibrary in your post and capture anything from your favourite Library study spot to a resource or service in the building that you rely on to get through exams.
- Grab a paper ballot when you check out at the Library Service Desk. Fill in your name, email, year of study, program and hand it to Library staff who will slip it in the ballot box on the main floor.
* Contest rules: You must be a registered MRU student to win. Contest closes on December 18 at 11:30pm MST.
Imagine taking a History course about the Cold War, that dangerous and extraordinary period which continues to impact our world today. Combing through journals and history books would be necessary for researching the final paper, but what if students could also read, touch, and analyze a collection of pamphlets published at the time by the Canadian government to prepare the population for nuclear attack? This is the type of resources that students and faculty can access in the Archives and Special Collections at the MRU Library—it’s a teaching and research resource that provide direct evidence of the past.
The Archives and Special Collections now offers an online database that allows Library users to access rare primary sources from the classroom or even from the comfort of their own homes. Archives Search, launched on October 25, contains descriptions of over 2,600 historical records held by the Archives and Special Collections. It also contains over 1,400 digitized photographs and documents, allowing far greater access to these sources while also helping to preserve fragile originals.
“Archives contain the unique unpublished primary sources that history is written from,” explains Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Peter Houston. The launch of this new online resource is a big step towards his goal of connecting as many students and faculty as possible to the Archives’ valuable collections so that they can be used for teaching and research. Since some records are so delicate, having a digital copy will also help to preserve the originals for future generations.
Archives Search is now available via the Archives and Special Collections webpage. Simply enter a search term and the database will find all available relevant records. Most records have to be accessed in person in the Archives’ Reading Room on the 4th floor of the Library, but those that have been digitized are available as downloadable high resolution images. There’s also an Archives Research Guide for those who may be new to searching and using archival materials.
The search database currently holds 10 percent of total Archives collections. Houston encourages users who don’t find what they’re looking for to contact the Archives. Descriptions and digitized records will be gradually added to Archives Search over time. Houston says the Archives team prioritizes collections that are relevant to current courses at MRU, or that are accessed most frequently by researchers or instructors who bring their classes to Archives for instruction.
“This summer we’ve digitized a new collection of medieval manuscripts (some of which are up to 800 years old) because they are already being heavily used by Mount Royal students in English and History,” says Houston. “This is a perfect example of the benefits of digitization since it not only helps protect the original manuscripts, but users can easily view and download digital copies for study.”
As part of the MRU Library, the Archives and Special Collections is open to everyone, Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Did you know the Library Reserve Collection includes required textbooks for a variety of courses currently offered at MRU?
The Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) and the Library partner every semester to purchase new textbooks from the MRU Bookstore that are kept behind the Library Service Desk. The selection covers a variety of subjects and new additions to the collection are often decided based on demand from students as well as course popularity and class size.
“Partnering with SAMRU on the Textbook Purchase Program helps us to make as many assigned textbooks available for loan to students as possible” says Library Public Services Associate Dean Katharine Barrette. “Assigned textbooks already held by the Library are moved down to Reserves each semester but SAMRU’s contribution to this partnership is what helps us to add new texts each semester and provide more free access to required readings for our students. The MRU Bookstore also gives this project a discount on each book purchased so our shared budget for book-buying goes further.”
Many of the popular books in the Reserve Collection are available to students on a two hour loan while others can be borrowed for up to one week. Having course textbooks available for students to borrow is typically seen as a convenient option for students while on campus—this allows them to stop in to the Library and review course content before an exam. But there are a portion of Library users who rely on this resource as a temporary measure while managing their finances.
“SAMRU partners to support the Library Reserve Collection to help make textbooks more accessible and affordable for students,” says Cordelia Snowdon, SAMRU Vice-President, Academic. “This program helps ensure that students do not have to choose between their finances and academic success, and represents our commitment to learning excellence.”
The recent Fall/Winter 2018 textbook purchase allowed us to bring in textbooks for 36 courses offered here at MRU, which means that 1,800 students now have free access to their course text.
Find textbooks the Library has available in the Reserve Collection by using LibrarySearch Course Reserve function. Enter the course name in the search tool and review results to find relevant materials available at the Service Desk.