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Indoor Gardening for Ultra-Beginners

May 14, 2020

Written by Olivia Oborne

As I settle into my new normal of working from home, I find myself looking for different projects to do around the house. Three weeks ago, I was craving a homemade margherita pizza when it dawned on me: what if I try to grow my own herbs? 

As someone who would classify themselves as an ultra-beginner in gardening, I knew I would be lost if I started without doing some research. 

Countertop Gardens: Easily Grow Kitchen Edibles Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment

by Shelly Levis

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This is a great eBook that I found in the RRC Library collection. It explains how to grow different herbs and vegetables in your home! It also has some easy recipes, as well as gorgeous countertop growing devices! So far, I’ve started with basil, and plan to grow mint and rosemary soon! Who knows, I might even try growing potatoes in my house because this book introduced me to cute decorative burlap grow bags. Check them out on page 91. 

For More Experienced Gardeners

For those who are more advanced in the world of gardening, the RRC Library has eBooks for you as well! Below are a few of them. You can find descriptions and links to these eBooks under their cover images.

Want to find more? Try entering gardening keywords in OneSearch (Tip: To limit to e-resources, click the Available online filter on the left side).

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101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden

by Shawna Coronado

Top tips, tricks, and solutions to save time, upcycle items in your garden, and more. 

How to Grow Perennial Vegetables: Low-Maintenance, Low-Impact Vegetable Gardening

by Martin Crawford

Advice for growing and maintaining all kinds of perennials. 

Have a question? Ask Us!

While the Library’s physical doors are closed, the online service desk is still Ask Us button for Library chatrunning and is ready to serve you. Staff are online during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday  7:30am – 8:00pm
Friday  7:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday  8:30am – 4:00pm

During this time, a staff member is available to chat or answer your email. To chat online, visit library.rrc.ca and click on the Ask Us button or send an email to library@rrc.ca.

The Baking Revolution

May 6, 2020

The Baking Revolution

Have you joined the baking revolution? Recently I looked over a collection of recipes from my Grandmother and Great-Great Aunt. Some are labeled “we used to make this during the depression.” I don’t plan to replicate these, but one or two of the others are new favourites. 

The recipes, clipped from magazines and newspapers plus handwritten entries, are pasted in notebooks. Before the internet this is how you organized your new recipes. Now you can search online for instructions on how to bake almost anything. For inspiration, expand your search by checking out the electronic resources RRC Library has to offer.

Below are just a few of the books and journals available online from the Library. Want to find more? Try entering baking keywords in OneSearch (Tip: To limit to e-resources, click the Available online filter on the left side).

Books

Find descriptions and links to these e-books below the cover images.

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Baking Artisan Bread with Natural Starters, by Mark Friend – Clear instructions on how to make a variety of sourdough breads including the starters.

From No-knead to Sourdough: A Simpler Approach to Handmade Bread, by Victoria Redhed Miller – An indepth but easy to understand look at breads, how fermentation works and instructions to make your own sourdough bread and starter.

Creative Baking: Macaron Basics by Phay Shing Tan – Simple illustrated instructions on how to make macarons.

The Everyday Baker : Essential Techniques and Recipes for Foolproof Baking,by Abigail Johnson Dodge – Covers all the baking standards including cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, and bread with clear illustrated steps for each recipe.

Where people feast an indigenous people’s cookbook, by Dolly Watts & Annie Watts – See the section on Baked Goods and Desserts.

The joy of vegan baking : more than 150 traditional treats & sinful sweets, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Journals

Find descriptions and links to these e-journals below the cover images.

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Bakers journal – Check the Recipe section on the website.

Bake – Written for bakeries but includes interesting articles on food trends (check out the January 2020 edition to find out about sourdough). Includes a few recipes.

General Interest

Find descriptions and links to these e-books below the cover images.

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Baking as biography a life story in recipes, by Diane Tye – Find out what recipe collections can say about a person’s life. After reading through recipes from my own family I am looking forward to reading this book.

Baking powder wars : the cutthroat food fight that revolutionized cooking, by Linda Civitello – For a fascinating history of baking powder, baking and cultural history. Who knew baking power was so interesting.

Have a question? Ask Us!

While the Library’s physical doors are closed, the online service desk is still running and ready to serve you. Staff are online during the following hours:Ask Us button for Library chat

Monday – Thursday  7:30am – 8:00pm
Friday  7:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday  8:30am – 4:00pm

During this time, a staff member is available to chat or answer your email. To chat online, visit library.rrc.ca and click on the Ask Us button or send an email to library@rrc.ca.


In these uncertain times when many of us are unexpectedly isolated in work and study, RRC Library wants you to know that we care and are still here to assist you.

Honouring Indigenous Themes on National Canadian Film Day

April 22, 2020

What is National Canadian Film Day?

National Canadian Film Day logoNational Canadian Film Day (NCFD), held on April 22, was started by REEL Canada, a charitable organization that celebrates Canada through film. NCFD is a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema. Why did they start it? Because “film – more than any other medium – has the power to capture the soul of a nation, and when we only watch movies from somewhere else, we lose a part of ourselves… there’s no substitute for the connection you can feel when you watch something from your own backyard” (Source: About NCFD). With that mission in mind, NCFD was born.

Honouring Indigenous Themes Through Canadian Film

We delved into the Library’s online video collection and found a number of Canadian productions based on Indigenous themes. Here is a selection of streaming titles that you can enjoy at home (log in may be required).

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PASS SYSTEM (Toronto : V Tape, 2015)

Pass system

The Pass System illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. For over 60 years, the Canadian government often denied Indigenous peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves without a pass. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders of the prairie land where this took place tell their stories of living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to today.

 

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STOLEN SISTERS (Toronto : V Tape, 2015)

Stolen sisters

Stolen Sisters takes viewers inside the contentious issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, from the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan to the haunting depths of the dark alleys in Vancouver’s dangerous Hastings district. You will hear the stories of the missing and witness one family’s desperate search for their loved one.

 

WE WERE CHILDREN (Montreal : National Film Board of Canada, 2012)

We were children

In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.

 

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DANCING AROUND THE TABLE (Ottawa : National Film Board of Canada, 2013)

Dancing around the table (Part one and two)

Part One provides a fascinating look at the crucial role Indigenous people played in shaping the Canadian Constitution. Part Two charts the battle to enshrine Indigenous rights in the Canadian Constitution, capturing a key moment in Canada’s history from the perspective of Indigenous negotiators.

 

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HISTORY OF TREATIES IN CANADA (Pembroke, ON : LeMay Media, 2016)

History of treaties in Canada

From the Royal Proclamation of 1763 to the implementation on of the modern-day Algonquin land claim, The History of Treaties in Canada explores the history, application on and legacy of these foundational legal documents and how they continue to shape and define the often strained relationships between First Nations and the Crown in Canada.

 

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NO TURNING BACK (Montreal : National Film Board of Canada, 2013)

No turning back

For two-and-a-half years, Edmonton director Greg Coyes, worked with teams of Native filmmakers, following the Commission on its journey from coast to coast. The video weaves the passionate and articulate voices of Indian, Inuit, and Metis people with the history of Canada’s relationship with its First Nations peoples.

 

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BEHIND THE MASKS (Ottawa : National Film Board of Canada, 2013)

Behind the masks

A fascinating look at the meaning behind the masks of Indian tribes of the North Pacific coast. Expositor and lecturer is Professor Levi-Strauss of Paris, world-renowned anthropologist and authority on the structural analysis of myth.

 

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KEEPERS OF THE FIRE (Montreal : National Film Board of Canada, 2007)

Keepers of the fire

Mohawk and Haida, Maliseet and Ojibwe these are the voices of ‘warrior women’ — those who have been on the front lines of some of the most important struggles Aboriginal people have faced in the latter part of the 20th century.

 

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FOR ANGELA (Montreal : National Film Board of Canada, 2013)

For Angela

A dramatic story of racism and empowerment, inspired by the experience of Rhonda Gordon and her daughter Angela. A bus ride changed their lives in a way no one could have foreseen. When three boys harass Rhonda and Angela, Rhonda finds the courage and determination to take a unique and powerful stand against ignorance and prejudice.

 

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PATRICK’S STORY (Montreal : National Film Board of Canada, 2013)

Patrick’s story

Patrick Bird was “a casualty of colonialism,” having walked a dark boyhood journey of sexual abuse, neglect, foster homes, detention centres, loss, abadonment, drugs, alcohol, and self-mutilation. With the help of friends and his loving adoptive mother, Patrick begins the search for his identity and spirituality as a Cree man, while discovering his talents in music and acting.

 

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MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA (Orangeville, ON : McIntyre Media, 2016)

Missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada

Violence against women is also a serious issue in Canada, unfortunately. One particular group of Canadian women merit special attention: Indigenous women and girls in Canada experience a scale and severity of violence that constitutes a national human rights crisis. The issue of violence against Aboriginal women and girls is a systematic one with deep roots in sexism, poverty and racism.

 

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SACRED SUNDANCE (Montreal : National Film Board of Canada, 2008)

Sacred Sundance

Under a sweltering July sky, participants in the sacred Sundance ceremony go four days without food or water. At the end of the gruelling experience they will pierce the flesh of their chests in an offering to the Creator. The Sundance is a ritual long misunderstood, and once banned – but one that is now helping to bring personal and social healing to East Coast Aboriginal communities.

Have a question? Ask Us!

While the Library’s physical doors are closed, the online service desk is still running and ready to serve you. Staff are online during the following hours:Ask Us button for Library chat

Monday – Thursday  7:30am – 8:00pm
Friday  7:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday  8:30am – 4:00pm

During this time, a staff member is available to chat or answer your email. Simply visit library.rrc.ca and click on the Ask Us button or send an email to library@rrc.ca.


In these uncertain times when many of us are unexpectedly isolated in work and study, RRC Library wants you to know that we care and are still here to assist you.

Earth Day 2020 #EARTHDAY2020

April 21, 2020

Earth Day Goes Digital

For the first time in history, Earth Day is going digital. With a theme of CLIMATE ACTION and voices stronger than ever, people across the globe will be rallying on behalf of the planet from their computers. The cries need to be heard for a reason: according to earthday.org, “climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.” Would you like to be a part of Earth Day Live? To participate in online events, tune into Earth Day Live on Wednesday, April 22.

Sustainability at Red River College

On this Earth Day, we encourage you to read about the inspiring impact the Sustainability department has made at the College. Check it out in their Earth Day blog post.

Explore Environmental Topics From Our Online Library

Explore environmental topics from the comfort of home with our online collection of e-books and streaming videos. Below are some suggestions, but you may want to try entering a keyword in the Library’s OneSearch and see what it brings you. While our physical items are currently unavailable, please remember to use the filter on the sidebar to limit your search results to “Available online.”

E-BOOKS (log in may be required)

Lyme : The First Epidemic of Climate Change

cover artKirkus Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into places they could not survive before. The first epidemic to emerge in the era of climate change, the disease infects half a million people in the US and Europe each year, and untold multitudes in Canada, China, Russia, and Australia. Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger. She tells the heart-rending stories of families destroyed by a single tick bite, of children disabled, and of one woman’s tragic choice after an exhaustive search for a cure. Pfeiffer also warns of the emergence of other tick-borne illnesses that make Lyme more difficult to treat and pose their own grave risks. Lyme is an impeccably researched account of an enigmatic disease, making a powerful case for action to fight ticks, heal patients, and recognize humanity’s role in a modern scourge.

 

Being the Change : Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

cover artLife on 1/10th the fossil fuels turns out to be awesome. We all want to be happy. Yet as we consume ever more in a frantic bid for happiness, global warming worsens. Alarmed by drastic changes now occurring in the Earth’s climate systems, the author, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes. Ultimately, he slashed his climate impact to under a tenth of the US average and became happier in the process. Being the Change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming.

 

To Master the Boundless Sea : The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire

cover artBeginning in the early nineteenth century and concluding in the first years of the twentieth, Jason W. Smith tells the story of the rise of the U.S. Navy and the emergence of American ocean empire through its struggle to control nature. In vividly told sketches of exploration, naval officers, war, and, most significantly, the ocean environment, Smith draws together insights from environmental, maritime, military, and naval history, and the history of science and cartography, placing the U.S. Navy’s scientific efforts within a broader cultural context. By recasting and deepening our understanding of the U.S. Navy and the United States at sea, Smith brings to the fore the overlooked work of naval hydrographers, surveyors, and cartographers. In the nautical chart’s soundings, names, symbols, and embedded narratives, Smith recounts the largely untold story of a young nation looking to extend its power over the boundless sea.

 

Coping with the Climate Crisis : Mitigation Policies and Global Coordination

cover artReducing carbon emissions is the most complex political and economic problem humanity has ever confronted. Coping with the Climate Crisis brings together leading experts from academia and policy circles to explore issues related to the implementation of the COP21 Paris Agreement and the challenges of accelerating the transition toward sustainable development. The book synthesizes the key insights that emerge from the latest research in climate-change economics in an accessible and useful guide for policy makers and researchers. Contributors consider a wide range of issues, including the economic implications and realities of shifting away from fossil fuels, the role of financial markets in incentivizing development and construction of sustainable infrastructure, the challenges of evaluating the well-being of future generations, the risk associated with uncertainty surrounding the pace of climate change, and how to make climate agreements enforceable.

 

Why Are We Waiting? : The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change

cover artAn urgent case for climate change action that forcefully sets out, in economic, ethical, and political terms, the dangers of delay and the benefits of action. The risks of climate change are potentially immense. The benefits of taking action are also clear: we can see that economic development, reduced emissions, and creative adaptation go hand in hand. A committed and strong low-carbon transition could trigger a new wave of economic and technological transformation and investment, a new era of global and sustainable prosperity. Why, then, are we waiting? In this book, Nicholas Stern explains why, notwithstanding the great attractions of a new path, it has been so difficult to tackle climate change effectively. He makes a compelling case for climate action now and sets out the forms that action should take. Stern argues that the risks and costs of climate change are worse than estimated in the landmark Stern Review in 2006—and far worse than implied by standard economic models. He reminds us that we have a choice.

 

Climate Shock : The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet

cover artIf you had a 10 percent chance of having a fatal car accident, you’d take necessary precautions. If your finances had a 10 percent chance of suffering a severe loss, you’d reevaluate your assets. So if we know the world is warming and there’s a 10 percent chance this might eventually lead to a catastrophe beyond anything we could imagine, why aren’t we doing more about climate change right now? We insure our lives against an uncertain future–why not our planet? In Climate Shock, Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman explore in lively, clear terms the likely repercussions of a hotter planet, drawing on and expanding from work previously unavailable to general audiences. They show that the longer we wait to act, the more likely an extreme event will happen. A city might go underwater. A rogue nation might shoot particles into the Earth’s atmosphere, geoengineering cooler temperatures. Zeroing in on the unknown extreme risks that may yet dwarf all else, the authors look at how economic forces that make sensible climate policies difficult to enact, make radical would-be fixes like geoengineering all the more probable.

 

Tweeting the Environment #Brexit

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The level of politicisation of the environment has been low in the UK. Economic concerns outweigh environmental ones in political debates, public policies and political agendas. Can the rise of social media communication change this situation? Tweeting the Environment #Brexit argues that, although limited by the dynamics of the British context, the technological affordances of Twitter enabled social actors such as the Green Party, ENGOs, and their associates to advance their political and green claims in order to mobilise voters before the 2016 EU referendum and to express their concerns in order to change environmental politics in the aftermath. The interdisciplinary research employed a combination of big data applications such as ElasticSearch and Kibana and desktop applications such as Gephi and SPSS in analysing large-scale social data. Adopting an inductive and data-driven approach, this book shows the importance of mixed methods and the necessity of narrowing down’big’to’small’data in large-scale social media research.

STREAMING VIDEOS (log in may be required)

An Inconvenient Truth

cover artFormer Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.

We are All Related Here

cover artThe story of the Yup’ik people, an Indigenous community of Newtok, Alaska, who are being forced to relocate their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming. We meet some of the people who are being called America’s first ‘climate refugees,’ and learn about the history and culture of the Yup’ik people of Newtok, who are being forced to relocate their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming.

Hole Story

Cover artIn this feature documentary, Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie continue in the same provocative vein as their earlier Forest Alert, this time turning their lens on Canada’s mining industry. Using striking images, rare archival footage and interviews, The Hole Story analyzes company profits and the impact of mining on the environment and workers’ health.

Into the Fire (Nature of Things)

cover artNature created it. Humans harnessed it. And now, as climate change helps light a flame to our forests, scientists are desperately trying to understand fire. In the summer of 2017, more than one million hectares of the B.C. landscape went up in smoke. In 2016, the Fort McMurray wildfire — known as “the Beast” — forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 residents. This compelling documentary travels from Alberta to Australia to follow researchers and firefighters as they race to learn from a new generation of massive fires.

 

VIDEO DATABASES – SUBJECT LISTINGS (log in may be required)

Subject Listing: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE on CBC Curio
Subject Listing: CLIMATE AND WEATHER on NFB Campus

Have a question? Ask Us!

While the Library’s physical doors are closed, the online service desk is still running and ready to serve you. Staff are online during the following hours:Ask Us button for Library chat

Monday – Thursday  7:30am – 8:00pm
Friday  7:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday  8:30am – 4:00pm

During this time, a staff member is available to chat or answer your email. Simply visit library.rrc.ca and click on the Ask Us button or send an email to library@rrc.ca.


In these uncertain times when many of us are unexpectedly isolated in work and study, RRC Library wants you to know that we care and are still here to assist you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 – How to Find Scholarly Resources Through our Library Databases

March 25, 2020

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Information is everywhere, but is it reliable?

COVID-19 information is everywhere you look lately: TV, radio, newspapers, government briefings, social media, friends, etc.  If you are looking for in-depth, scholarly information, the Library can help point you in the right direction.  Use these resources to find current reliable information.

UpToDate

UpToDate is a clinical support database for medical and health professionals.  It offers recommendations based on current medical information, which are evidence-based and authored by physicians.  View these peer-reviewed search results for COVID-19 (log in to your Red River student or staff account to access any of the links below).

CINAHL – Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature

CINAHL gives you access to over 750 nursing and allied health journals ncluding full-text, peer-reviewed articles.  You will also find lessons and evidence-based care sheets.  The following link takes you to the latest full-text, peer-reviewed articles on COVID-19: COVID-19 or “novel coronavirus”  Need help searching?  Email or Chat with Library staff.

Cochrane Library 

Cochrane Library includes systematic reviews, clinical trial reports and evidence to inform and support decision-making for health care professionals.  Cochrane has a special collection on Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care.  There is also a special collection for Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures. Keep tuned to Cochrane as they have the following special collections in development:

  • Effective options for quitting smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Working from home
  • Remote consultation and telemedicine
  • Mental health implications linked to the pandemic
  • Mental health for the workforce
  • Mental health with relation to post traumatic stress disorder for those in recovery or post-ICU
  • Home care for at risk populations

Medline

Medline is a database created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine which contains authoritative information on medicine, nursing and more.  The following search contains current, full-text, peer-reviewed articles on covid-19 or coronavirus or 2019-ncov.

Have questions? Contact Us!

The Library can assist you with finding the latest, authoritative information on COVID-19 or any other topic you are researching.  To contact us, email the Library at library@rrc.ca or visit library.rrc.ca and click on the Ask Us button. In addition, the Library’s broad selection of online books, videos, and journals may be accessed 24/7 through OneSearch​ (RRC log in may be required).

 

Written by Lynn Gibson, Library Services

RRC Library and ASC are Online and “Ready to Serve”

March 19, 2020

RRC Library Online

Online Service Desk Hours (Chat and Email)

While the Library’s physical doors are closed, the online service desk is still running and ready to serve you. Staff are online during the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday  7:30am – 8:00pm
  • Friday  7:30am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday  8:30am – 4:00pm

During this time, a staff member is available to chat or answer your email. Simply visit library.rrc.ca and click on the Ask Us button or send an email to library@rrc.ca.

Contact a staff member directly

To reach a specific individual, please consult our Library Staff Directory (email only). All staff are monitoring email and most are available to meet through WebEx at their virtual office link and/or by appointment.

Examples of Services

Through online chat and email, we can assist you in…

  • Gathering together online course materials, whether from the Library collection or external sources such as websites and open source videos
  • Troubleshooting technical issues related to electronic resources and applications
  • Addressing copyright concerns related to transferring courses to an online environment
  • Locating sources for an assignment or other research
  • Obtaining electronic resources from other academic institutions using Inter Library Loan
  • Learning how to use online collections and databases
Check our COVID-19 FAQ page for more information about our services.

RRC Library Online Collections and Guides

Our extensive selection of e-books, e-journals and streaming videos are available 24/7. If you would like assistance finding materials or accessing these resources, our friendly online staff can assist you during our regular hours.

The Library guides include selections of electronic resources curated by our own information experts and are a great starting place for any subject. Please note that our physical collection is currently unavailable. To create a list of favourites for future reference, check out the Favourites section of our OneSearch guide.

NEW! Working from Home Guides

In response to the stress placed upon the Red River College community at this time, the Library has developed two Working From Home guides – one for FACULTY & STAFF and one for STUDENTS. Featuring a compilation of ideas, tips, resources, supports, services and links, these guides were designed to help ease the stress of working from home. We also hope to save you time and energy by providing information you urgently need right now.

Academic Success Centre Online

The Academic Success Centre (ASC) is developing online alternatives to providing students with academic support. Visit the Online Academic Supports section of ASC’s website for information. Check back daily for updated information.

Examples of supports that ASC is developing for online delivery are:

  • Weekly reviews
  • Help desks
  • Individual and group tutoring
  • EAL supports
  • Academic coaching
  • Study skills training
  • Diversity training

Additional Online Resources from ASC

  • Student Success Skills (strategies for reading, writing, time management, study skills, test taking)
  • Student Blog (strategies for anxiety, dealing with emotions, mindfulness)
  • STEM Centre (worksheets and videos for different courses and subjects)

In these uncertain times when many of us are unexpectedly isolated in work and study, RRC Library and ASC want you to know that we care and are still here to assist you.

Freedom to Read Week: Feb 23-29, 2020

February 25, 2020

Freadom to read week

Have you ever thought that your favourite book could be banned due to racism, sexism, or any other offense that you might not even be aware of? Take part in Freedom to Read week, taking place from February 23rd to 29th, 2020. Freedom to Read week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm what they are reading to intellectual freedom. The Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council organizes it.

Why is it Banned?

You may be wondering, what is it that determines if a book should be banned or not? Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Offensive language
  • Violence
  • Being anti-family
  • Promoting a certain religious viewpoint
  • Promoting the occult or Satanism
  • Nudity
  • Sexual education
  • Being unsuited for a certain age group

Children’s Books That Have Been Banned

Here is a list of some childhood books that you may love and cherish that you probably do not even know have been banned:

Learn more >>

If you would like to learn more about Freedom to Read week, visit www.freedomtoread.ca.

Window display at NDC Library

Banned books, discussions of banned books, human rights and more. Check out the window display at NDC Library and borrow a book to read freely.

Freedom to Read Week Window Display at NDC Library

Freedom to Read Week Window Display at NDC Library

Questions or Comments?

Please feel free to drop by one of our service desks or contact us.

 

LinkedIn Learning for Thrive Skills and Mindset

November 5, 2019

Thrive Week intends to provide an opportunity to develop skills and mindset to flourish and be healthy – socially, physically, spiritually, and mentally. Building a sense of belonging and connectedness, with strong empathetic relationships, is essential.

To support your Thrive journey, Library Services has curated a short playlist of LinkedIn Learning courses that can help you:

  • develop a positive mindset for life success
  • understand one’s own personal values
  • build personal confidence and resilience
  • enhance listening skills

Check out these free resources by signing in to LinkedIn Learning!

 

Video: Six anti-success habits with Chris Croft

Take a short break and learn six anti-success habits that can create a barrier to success if you don’t become aware of them and avoid them.

Duration: 4m 14s

 

 

Course: Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts

Mindset is a choice. Learn how to cultivate a growth mindset in order to achieve your true potential.

Duration: 58m 57s

 

 

Course: Developing Self-Awareness with Gemma Leigh Roberts

Learn how to become more self-aware in order to develop yourself personally and enhance career progression.

Duration: 1h 0m

 

 

Course: Enhancing Resilience with Gemma Leigh Roberts

Being resilient will not only help you overcome challenges—it will help you thrive. Learn how to create a proactive plan to build your resilience, maintain it in the face of challenges, and track your progress over time.

Duration: 53m 29s

 

 

Course: Developing your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts

Align your intentions and your impact so that you can build strong and collaborative relationships.

Duration: 1h 10m

 

 

Course: Effective Listening with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou

Assess your current listening skills, understand the challenges to effective listening (such as distractions!), and develop behaviors that will allow you to become a better listener.

Duration: 1h 8m

 

 

For more information about these resources, you can contact Nora Sobel (Diversity Initiatives Coordinator) at nsobel@rrc.ca or 204.632.2404.

For information on how to use your LinkedIn Learning account, click here.

–Posted by Nora Sobel, Library Services

Increasing Accessibility to Educational Videos: A Joint Project between AV Services and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

September 19, 2019

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Background

In March, 2019, AV Services and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services received a $25,000 grant from The Winnipeg Foundation to support a project that will increase accessibility to instructional video at Red River College. Through the joint effort of these two departments, in partnership with the Manitoba Association of Visual Language Interpreters (M.A.V.L.I.), this project aims to provide closed captioning to 20,000 minutes of video from Red River College Library’s streaming collection.

Why Closed Captions are Essential

As many know, video resources are a staple component in most course curriculum at the College. The use of captioned streaming video as an instructional tool supports universal course design and provides educational equity for people who have a hearing disability. For this reason, providing captions to streaming video has been targeted as an essential step in satisfying the Information and Communications Accessibility Standard as laid out in the Accessibility for Manitobans Act and the College’s Accessibility Plan.

Added Benefits for All

While the project’s primary aim is to make educational video accessible to the Deaf or Hard of Hearing, as well as those with disabilities, there are added benefits for those without a disability. Some of the secondary benefits of this project include:

  • CPC CaptionMaker software package, if purchased, would enable quick one-off captioning of videos and would allow the Library and other Departments to add closed captions to videos as well (pending vendor/author approval).
  • Computerized note takers, who provide a valuable service to the College through the school year, would receive compensation for their skills during summer months when they normally face a reduction in hours.
  • Videos that are captioned would maximize learning for all by enhancing different learning styles, allowing videos to be watched in noisy or quiet environments, and aiding comprehension for ESL learners.
  • Closed captions make some videos searchable, meaning that the viewer can search for and locate a word or phrase within the video efficiently.

Support Required to Keep it Going

While the grant money has been well-utilized and the project has been a success, it is only a start. As new students arrive, courses evolve, and the Library’s collection expands, the demand to produce captioned videos will not go away. Financial support to cover the staffing, software, and miscellaneous fees will be required, and the results produced by our departments are an encouraging step toward justifying that support.

Note of Appreciation to Supporters and Staff

The Winnipeg Foundation logoWe would like to thank The Winnipeg Foundation and M.A.V.L.I. for their support in getting this project off the ground. We also extend our appreciation to the staff in Library Services and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services who led the project as well as those behind the scenes who dedicated their time and energy to produce the final product.

Suggest a Video for Captioning

For more information on this project, or to suggest a video for captioning, please contact:

  • Charlene Tweed, Supervisor, Library Resource Management
    ctweed@rrc.ca | 204-632-2389
  • Jill Patterson, Manager, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
    jpatterson@rrc.ca | 204-632-3092

Associations Canada Online

June 21, 2019

Are you looking for organizations and contacts for student work placements? Does your department or program engage in community outreach? Perhaps it’s time to reinvigorate your organizational and community networking and contact lists.

The Library is excited to highlight the new Associations Canada Online database, which provides detailed profiles to over 20,000 Canadian and international organizations and associations, including nearly 1,000 from Manitoba. Each profile includes names, full addresses, complete contact information including website and social media addresses, budgets, sources of funding, and much more.

Other information found in the database:

Meetings, Conferences & Conventions
When and where events are happening in your field.

Awards, Scholarships & Grants
Details on awards and grants offered by Canadian associations.

Registered Charitable Organizations
Lists of associations that are registered charities, searchable by subject.

Search through the database with a seemingly endless number of search fields and limiters (budget size, city, contact name, number of employees, membership fees, etc.), and find out firsthand just how useful the resource can be for your department. Find the database on the Library Homepage under Articles/Databases, or use this link.

Blog author: Jordan Zimmerly