Friday, 19 December 2014

Wanted human books

Wanted Human Books


What is a Human Library?

A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally engage
with. Visitors to a library have an opportunity during a planned event to borrow Human Books and to engage in conversation with the books.

Human Libraries promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage
understanding of people who come from varied cultural
or lifestyle backgrounds.

What is a Human Book?

Human Books are volunteers who are willing to share their stories with others in a safe environment.

What is a Reader?

Readers check out Human Books. By doing so,they have the opportunity, during a planned event, to participate in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Human Books to ask questions and to learn about other's life experiences or special interests.

Time: Jan 26 to 30, 2015

Location: Maskwacis Cultural College

Learn about citing personal communication via human library. Come for conversation with human books.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Lois Hole Digital Library and GO FISH Information literacy program accountability update on December 18, 2014

Lois Hole Digital Library


Information literacy program provides our students with content which helps them write with a confident academic voice.

24,351 clicks, views and searches for online databases which are part of the Lois Hole Digital Library by our students from January to October 2014.

The increase is because of the 'GO FISH' Information Literacy program. The use is encouraged by creating pathfinders, workshops, embedding training modules, group, and one on one instruction.  Learn to use library databases - your way by email, social media, in the computer lab via our private navigator mobile library service.

September was the Library Card Sign-up and orientation month. The peak months for the use of online databases were March and September recording 3,485 and 10,482 hits.  Students were required to use online databases for a variety of assignments such as essays, term papers and annotated bibliographies. 


What type of databases do we have access to via Lois Hole Digital Library?

We have access to more than 20 databases and the details are as follows.

Academic Search Complete and Academic Search Elite

Coverage in animal science, anthropology, archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, history, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies and zoology.


ATLA Religion Database

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. The ATLA Religion Database includes more than 488,000 article citations from more than 1,500 journals (506 currently indexed), more than 215,000 essay citations from over 15,700 multi-author works, and more than 446,000 book review citations. This database begins in 1949 although indexing for some journal titles extends back into the nineteenth century. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.

Alt-Health Watch

This alternative health database provides full text for 180 publications in the collection, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.


Bibliography of Native North Americans

Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 98,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.

Business Source Complete

This is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the ultimate collection of bibliographic and full text content. Business Source Complete contains far more active, peer-reviewed, business related journals than any other database currently available. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back to 1886 are included. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals.

Business Source Elite

This business database provides full text for nearly 1,100 business publications, including full text for nearly 500 peer-reviewed business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.

Canadian Newsstand

Canadian Newsstand offers unparalleled access to the full text of Canadian newspapers.

Canadian Reference Centre

Canadian Reference Centre combines Canadian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books to create the largest collection of regional full text content available to Canadian libraries. This database includes leading Canadian periodicals and international (U.S. and U.K) periodicals in full text; full text reference books; full text biographies and an Image Collection. This database is updated on a daily basis.

CBCA Complete

Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete is the nation's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic full-text reference and current events database.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 560 journals indexed in CINAHL. Of those, nearly 400 have cover-to-cover indexing in CINAHL. With more than 600,000 full-text articles dating back to 1937, CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.

CPI.Q (Canadian Periodicals Index Online)

Use this database to find articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail, Canadian biographies, and other reference content from Thomson Gale, all with a Canadian focus.

eBook Collection

Education Research Complete

Environment Complete

Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC)

ERIC contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition features searchable full text for nearly 150 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Literature Resource Center

MasterFile Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,774 biographies, 100,554 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 202,164 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

Native American Archives

OmniFile  Full Text Select

 Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Select Edition is a multidisciplinary database

Science Reference Center

Shakespeare Collection

Use The Shakespeare Collection to access and study an extensive collection of authoritative materials supporting literary, textual, historical, and performance studies. Resources include the most recent Arden Shakespeare editions of the complete works, as well as editions and adaptations of Shakespeare's works, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, images, and reference.

SocINDEX with Full Text

SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 1,660,000 records with subject headings from a 19,300 term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for 344 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895, and 129 "priority" coverage journals. This database also includes full text for more than 700 books and monographs, and full text for 6,800 conference papers.

World History in Context


Which databases are popularly used from the Lois Hole Digital Library?

Academic Search is the most widely used database. AHFS Consumer Medication Information was accessed by our students during summer months of July and August showing that the use of online database is penetrating g in our community.


September of 2014 was the peak month and the variety of databases used in addition to Academic Search was as follows: 


September usage

        Alt HealthWatch

        Canadian Reference Centre


        Health Source - Consumer Edition

        Regional Business News

        AHFS Consumer Medication Information

        Business Source Elite

        eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

        Education Research Complete

        Environment Complete



Time line of development for the information literacy program

45 training sessions were conducted from January 2013 to November 2014 to create awareness and train students and faculty about the digital services.


Jan 2013: Designed Social Work pathfinder presentation and needs assessment for APA style

Jan 2013: Dr.Yun Sociology online database demonstration

Feb 2013: Virtual Child project with Lara Willows

May 2013: Literacy connection, virtual tutoring and Men's Literacy program

June 2013: Jamie Davis from The Alberta Library conducted a training session about digital resources

Sept 2013: History research connection via weekly journals Llyod Saddleback. CRAP workshop (Current Relevant, Authority, and Purpose) 

Sept 2013: Introduction to MLA for Leslie's English class

Oct 2013: Halifax explosion for adult upgrading class and CRAP test for evaluating sources for Anna Strongman's class

Oct 2013: Applied ACRL information literacy standards

Nov 2013: Planned for the embedded information literacy course IDSS course which is offered in Jan 2014

Dec 2013: Planned for the resource shelf for Family studies course

Jan 2014: Taught a six week Inter Disciplinary Studies 100 class with embedded information literacy skills

Jan 2014: Family studies journal entries for Llyod Saddleback's class

Jan 2014: Sociology research assistance for Dr. Yun's class such as 'Punjabis and hockey as an assimilation tool', Renzetti and 'GO to the original source' and Creating a textbook

Jan 2014: ECD class and online databases demo for Lucinda Minde's class

Feb 2014: Social work student's citation assistance such as personal communication in APA

Feb 2014: Social work students 'How to read a scholarly research article' training

Feb 14, 2014: Collected statistics for online database usage from FNIC-University of Alberta

Feb 20, 2014:  Survey for students and staff: Tell us how your class fits in the Standards and Guidelines:  Information Literacy Standard for Anthropology and Sociology Students.
A form of needs assessment for future training opportunities.

Feb 24, 2014: ECD research brief newsletter emailed to research students. This research brief was created by using online databases.

Feb 26, 2014: Introduced research guide for Social Work 206, Information creation cycle, Online databases as a research source, and APA style basics

March 2014: Trained student Christopher Raine to present his information literacy library support presentation at the First Nations Library Service Without Borders conference

April 3, 2014: Learning content via online databases, sharing circle and a guest from the community for the Early Childhood Education Class - Instructor Librarian Collaboration

April 17, 2014: Hosted First Nations Library Service Without Borders with a panel presentation by Dr. Yun and how his students are going to the original source and tracing other work done by that writer.

May 2014: Prepared Information Newsletter with case studies

June 5, 2014: Presented I GO Fish Information Literacy at the TCLI Montana State University

June 8, 2014: History research hands on presentation at the Chiniki Learning Centre

July-August, 2014: Research camp and digital library training for summer students

September 2014: Use of online databases report (12,331 clicks for online databases from January to August 2014)

September 2014: Prepared Information Sources handout for Dr. Yun's tracing minority's course

September 10, 2014: Conducted Sharing Circle for Cree Studies 1102. 25 students. In the class and computer lab.


September 11, 2014: Conducted Sharing Circle for Indigenous Studies 1910

September 16, 2014: Compiled a handout on, 'How to compile an annotated bibliography' and did an instruction in the classroom for 19 students  


September 24, 2014: Conducted MLA revision for Cree Studies 1102. In class instruction. 23 students. Created 25 worksheets.

September 25, 2014: Conducted MLA revision for Indigenous Studies 1910. In class instruction and computer lab. 8 students


September 2014: Conducted ROAR service Research Online with Authority and Relevance for Indigenous Studies 1910 (Focusing in Authors education and exposing students to the career benefits of taking the course. Some authors were working as curriculum developers so our students have a choice in future to pursue this)

October 2, 2014: One on one instruction for annotated bibliography and author credentials 

October 3, 2014: Looked at the papers written by students using MLA style and suggested to a self-check sheet before submitting the paper such as font size, font type, spell check, margins, etc.

November 3, 2014:  Proposed Cree studies 1102 shared reading by thesis being projected on a smart board.  Posted a starter question – Cree Identity and Language and community focused learning by answering the question, 'What can Maskwacis Cultural College do to have more Cree speakers in our community?'  Initially we were planning to have a webmap however the roundtable dialogue, debate was an interesting discussion.

November 4, 2014: Economics 1501 assignment about price ceiling and price floor using online databases.

November 6, 2014: Did a demonstration of online databases for the academic upgrading class.

November 12, 2014: Did a one-on-one training with Wilda Listener for the community healing course and we searched for articles on hope and emailed an article.  She demonstrated the online databases to her class.

November 13, 2014: Wilda found that many did not know that they could access online databases from their home.

November 21, 2014: Did a research skills session using online databases for Koren Lightning's organization class. Students had to search for journal articles demonstrating good management practices. The search findings were submitted to the instructor for marking.

November 24, 2014: ILAAP Tool used for five courses to measure the effectiveness of library instruction.

Please fill our one minute survey about the needs assessment for the Library, Archives and Information Technology program
Interested in receiving free books to giveaway to First Nation children contact:

Manisha Khetarpal, MLIS, MA
Chair of Library Studies and Scholarly Research
Maskwacis Cultural College
Toll Free: 1 866 585 3925

"Relationship creates accountability and responsibility for sustained supportive action" Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox (Scholar)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Library service development accountability update on December 9, 2014

Community Library Service development

Support by people, agencies, media, and tribal, provincial and federal government is gratefully acknowledged. 

May 23, 2013:  Library in a Box Service launched

May 29, 2013
: Information Research Forum (Duty to consult)

June 10, 2013
: CBC book drive mobilized $23,000 for the collection and development

July 17, 2013
: ATCO Library Showcase BBQ (Community Collaboration raised $1400 and mobilized $3000)

September 28, 2013
: Alberta Culture Days contributed $10,000

October 1, 2013
: ebook reader borrowing service launched

December 2013
: Viewing station by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education $10,000

January 27, 2014
: NoFrills Literacy day mobilized $10,000

February 28, 2014
: New Horizons for Seniors Grant for computer training and digital literacy $23,000

April 15, 2014
: Indigenous Library Training and Mentoring program proposal submitted

April 17, 2014: First Nations Library Service Without Borders gathering -Educational programming generated $4,300

May, 2014:  Save the Children Canada-Scholastic contributes books valued at $125,000

May, 2014:  3rd annual TDSRC in Maskwacis

June 11, 2014:  New Horizons Sharing Circle community engagement and language revitalization 

July: Online catalog in collaboration with Soutron Global. Please view our catalog.   Select San Deigo office

July 16, 2014
: 160 people registered onsite on July 16 for the TDSRC, 11 partners, $13,275 mobilized  

September 8, 2014: UNESCO's International Literacy day celebration

September 19, 2014: Connecting book contributors with places who want to receive books

November 5, 2014: Fine tune writing skills

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