MRU Library Blog

Get set for exams at Long Night Against Procrastination

 

 

Final exams are approaching, which means students are busier than ever preparing themselves for the end of semester. Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) is the go-to event on campus that helps set students up for success with academic workshops, essay writing and math support, research tips from Librarians, as well as yoga, meditation, and interactive games to encourage self care during this stressful time of year. Join us for LNAP winter 2019 in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre on March 21 from 4pm-10pm.

LNAP is 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.

Along with specific activities to help students get back up to speed with course work, student attendees will also have a chance to win  $250 worth of gift cards to on campus services. The more drop ins and workshops you attend, the more ballots you can collect to improve your chances of walking away with the giveaway.

Check out the full lineup of sessions at mru.ca/LNAP.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Longer Hours for the Maker Studio

 

 

Students haven’t been shy about letting us know their wish to have more access to the Maker Studio. We are so pleased to announce that the Maker Studio will now offer extended hours for the rest of the Winter 2019 semester. This means students, faculty, staff, and the Calgary community will have more opportunities to drop in to use our large selection of cutting, sewing, and hand tools, as well as the supporting software that is often accessed for assignments, final projects, and general class instruction.

As of this Sunday, February 3, the Maker Studio will now be open from Monday to Friday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. Please check the Library calendar for general hours and for any changes due to holidays, closures, etc.

 

Help improve our website and get a free coffee card

***Update – January 23, 2019***
All user test sessions have now been filled. Thank you to everyone who signed up! Please email ithompson@mtroyal.ca to be placed on a wait list for those interested in being contacted if there are any cancellations.

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.

Details:

  • 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!