MRU Library Blog

Update on Library Support, Services, and Teaching

Update 3 – Tuesday, March 24

The Library is here to support you, with all your online information needs, in a virtual environment.

 

Text us your questions –– (587- 400- 8044)

  • New service!  Send your questions to the new Library SMS messaging number and easily connect with us using your smartphone.

Library hours and access

  • Library support is available virtually, 7 days a week. We are available to assist students and faculty over chat, text (587- 400- 8044), and email. Check the Library website for opening hours. 
  • During the week (M-F), the first floor of the Riddell Library and Learning Center remains open for study and computer lab access during regular campus hours for those who must come to campus. Please note that there is no in-person support available during this time. As of March 21, the University campus, including the Library, is physically closed on weekends.  Please reach out to us virtually for support.

Digitization of Course Reserves

  • While the circulation of all physical collection items has been suspended, we are working hard to connect the MRU Community with Course Reserve material. Students and faculty can now submit a request using the form now available on the Library website. All requests are subject to MRU’s fair dealing guidelines, and the turnaround time for each request and availability of this service is affected by the volumes of requests we receive.

Interlibrary loan access

  • In an effort to align with guidelines from Alberta Health Services and Mount Royal University, MRU Interlibrary Loan service has suspended the borrowing and lending of physical material (Eg. books, videos, etc.). ILL physical materials received from other libraries will not be processed at this time.
  • For Mount Royal University students, faculty, and staff: If you have an ILL loan, please do not come to campus to return it. Due dates are suspended indefinitely and we will waive any fees incurred.
  • For other Libraries: If you have borrowed MRU items, renewal requests are automatically granted, and all due dates have also been extended.

Update 2 – Wednesday, March 18

The Library is making a number of adjustments to services, teaching, and support, to meet the changing needs of campus and of Library users as follows:

The circulation of physical materials including equipment is temporarily suspended.  Due dates for all currently borrowed materials will be extended, and users will be encouraged to hold on to any borrowed materials until further notice.  Online access to books, journals, databases, and archival materials remains unchanged. A process for digitizing and providing alternative formats for Course Reserve materials is being developed.  Please visit the Library website for updates or contact your subject librarian if you have questions.

There will be some changes to Riddell Library and Learning Centre (RLLC) building access in response to the significantly reduced number of students on campus. Floors 2 to 4 will be closed. With some exceptions, the first floor of the RLLC remains open.

Library employees are focused on meeting the demand for virtual support.  Please continue to contact us using the usual virtual options.

 


Update 1 – Monday, March 16

The University has advised faculty to transition to alternative methods of course delivery starting Tuesday, March 17. The Library supports all directives and updates published on mru.ca/COVID19. The situation is changing quickly as we work to follow guidelines issued by Alberta Health Services and the University; at this time, we wish to share the following information:

  • The Library remains open. We continue to teach and support all Library users via chat, phone or email, or in-person at the Service Desk. Please continue to get in touch with us as usual.
  • As the campus transitions to alternative methods of course delivery, we encourage faculty to consider adjustments to assignments requiring print materials (including Course Reserves), or specialized equipment. Please email your Subject Librarian for assistance and to discuss options for locating alternative resources, such as streaming videos, ebooks, or other licensed or open digital materials for online classes.
  • Subject librarians will continue to work with faculty to teach information literacy content virtually; we are also able to provide student support for research assignments through video conferencing using Google Meet. Students can schedule virtual appointments through the Schedule an Appointment page.
  • You do not need to come to campus to renew or return library materials. Renew online or contact us for help.
  • We will waive fines for materials temporarily, to accommodate students, faculty, and staff unable to make it to campus to return items.  Please reach out to Service Desk staff through the Contact Us email form or chat so we can make note of special arrangements.
  • The Library will temporarily suspend lending equipment with foam faceplates or accessories worn on the head or that make contact near facial features until further notice. This includes headphones, microphones with foam attachments, and VR headsets. All other equipment continues to be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • With fewer students on campus, we have made adjustments to the staffing of specialized learning and teaching spaces. Staff in the Maker Studio, Experience Lab, and Archives & Special Collections will continue to provide support and assistance to library users via scheduled appointments (either in-person or virtually) but will not be available for drop-in appointments. To schedule an appointment please email the following contacts:
  • Library workshops, instruction sessions, and other group learning opportunities will be moved to virtual delivery where possible.
  • We know the Library has many high-touch surfaces. Disinfectant wipes are available at the Service Desk. We encourage all users to wipe down work areas and equipment before use.

Join the Student Library Advisory Council

Current Mount Royal students interested in gaining experience on a council while helping to direct future changes to the University Library are encouraged to join the Student Library Advisory Council. Submit your statement of interest by Wednesday, October 30.

What is it? 
SLAC is a forum for gathering input and advice from MRU students about the University Library. Students on the council provide feedback on resources, services, spaces and programs, and help generate ideas for enhancing the student experience at the library.

When does it meet?
We plan to meet three times this year. The first meeting will be on November 7th from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Dates and times for next semester will be scheduled based on member availability.

What will you get out of it? 
This is an opportunity to contribute to future Library improvements that will better the student experience. Learn what the Library has to offer and how it operates while gaining committee experience to add to your resume. SLAC is also a great venue to meet other students from across campus over snacks or a light meal.

What is expected of student members? 
You are expected to attend and participate in meetings by sharing ideas and providing feedback about how to improve the Library, along with helping to strengthen communication between the Library and MRU students. We understand if your schedule requires you to arrive late or leave meetings early.

How do I apply?
Please submit your name and a brief paragraph describing your interest in joining SLAC, via email to the committee chair Alice Swabey, at aswabey@mtroyal.ca, no later than October 30th.

Some Links to Library Resources Have Changed

 

Links to some Library resources have changed – updates to course materials may be required
The Library has implemented a new library services platform and some links are expiring. Please take the time to update your links to Library resources in Blackboard and in other teaching materials.  For more details on how to identify the types of links that will no longer be functional and how to retrieve the new links, please see our FAQ article. To make updates, please do a search from the Library homepage to find your item and retrieve its new link. For assistance, please contact your Librarian; for assistance with a large number of links please contact Susan Wilkinson, Public Services Supervisor swilkinson@mtroyal.ca, 403-440-7217 or visit the Library Service Desk in the RLLC.