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Earth Day 2018: Sunday April 22

April 13, 2018

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The theme for this year’s Earth Day is End Plastic Pollution

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and
inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

Click on the link to learn more and be part of the solution to plastic pollution: https://www.earthday.org/

Library Resources

The Red River College Library has a wide variety of materials related to recycling, as well as environmental issues, impact, and sustainability. We encourage our staff and students to search our online catalogue for more resources. In addition you can come check out our Earth Day window display at The Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed related print resources. Read More →

IBISWorld Industry Research Database

April 5, 2018

The Red River College Library now subscribes to the “IBISWorld” industry research database.

Through this subscription, RRC patrons have access to 425 Canadian & 1,350 US industry research reports, covering:

  • Industry Performance
  • Forecasted Growth
  • Product & Customer Segmentation
  • Competition Levels
  • External Drivers
  • Major Companies
  • Operating Environment
  • Key Statistics

More specifically, this resource provides access to Canadian and US industry reports containing trends, market size, market share of major companies, industry statistics and financial ratios, competitive landscape and key external forces affecting supply and demand within the industry, and industry growth rates.

About this Industry

For example, a feature called “About this Industry” provides an outline of what the industry is and what it includes. It looks at the industry definition, supply chain, major players, main activities, similar industries, additional resources; and Jargon and Glossary. You can use this snapshot to quickly assess whether this industry report contains the information that you’re seeking.

Access to IBISWorld

RRC Patrons may find the IBISWorld access link in our A-Z list of Databases.

International Women’s Day 2018 #PressforProgress

March 6, 2018

International Women’s Day is coming. Let’s get ready. March 8, 2018

#PressforProgress

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

So we can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.

Reference: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme

RRC Library Resources

The Red River College Library maintains items related to “Gender Equality” and “Gender Parity” in our collection; patrons are encouraged to search our online catalogue for resources. In addition, please check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed related resources.

You may view a list of items in our window display here:
http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Below you will find a selection of the resources we have in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk. Read More →

International Women’s Day: Videos Now on Display

March 5, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018 is International Women’s Day, an annual event celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equality.

AV Services, NDC Library, has put together a collection of videos that deal with a range of issues related to women. These videos are freely available to all staff and students at RRC. Come check out the display outside AV Services, or view some of our online selections below.

Available Online (log in required):

Gender Matters: A Virtual Discussion on Violence Against Women

As part of the Young Women’s National Leadership Summit, the YWCA and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) invited participants aged 17+ from across North America to take part in a conversation with three outstanding role models and leaders in the fight for women’s rights. Focusing on the subject of gender-based violence, the panellists discussed the issues that women are facing today, and how we can work together to create a fairer and safer society for all. (2017 | 48 min) Read More →

Black History Month Videos Now on Display

February 1, 2018

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians through history. They have helped make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. This compilation of videos, now on display at NDC Library, was created in their honour. Read More →

3 Ways to Stand Out at the Career Fair

January 17, 2018

Getting ready for this year’s Career Fair (January 24 & 25, 2018) may seem like a daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be. A few simple strategies can help open the door to new and exciting career opportunities. Below are some selected resources and tips to help you stand out to potential employers. (Note: log in is required to view electronic resources)

1. Boost Your Resume

Your resume is one of your most important assets, and it is wise to have an up-to-date version on hand. If you are starting from scratch, have a look at Same-day Resume: Write an Effective Resume in an Hour, which explains how to write a simple resume in about an hour (see Chapter 2). For examples of career-based resumes, check out Part 2 of Gallery of Best Resumes: A Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers. Also, Knock Em Dead Resumes: A Killer Resume Gets More Job Interviews includes easy-to-follow tips for giving your resume a boost.

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2. Practice Promoting Yourself

Be prepared to promote yourself. First impressions have a powerful impact, and are set in “the first 10-30 seconds of meeting someone. Psychologists call this the Primacy Effect, and it is very hard to erase.” (From The Six Laws of Approachability: How to Break Down Barriers and Get People to Like You.) Laura Stack, in Self-promotion and Self-presentation Skills: Marketing Yourself for Success suggests practicing “doing a commercial for yourself. It should be 15-30 seconds, not long, just something that you have down pat for when someone asks you, “So, what do you do?“”

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3. Dress for Success

What you wear matters a lot because it is the first thing people see about you, and first impressions are essential to standing out. “And your clothes say a lot about your judgment and level of professionalism—two extremely important criteria.” (From This Is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want – p. 182).

Video: Learn how to enhance your overall image >> When Presentation Counts: Grooming, Dressing & Body Language

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Watch “Career Fair Prep” – Thurs, Jan 18 at 12:00

Strategies and Tips Career Fair Prep – Live Stream: Thursday, January 18 at 12:00 pm. Find out how to prepare for and what to expect at the RRC 2018 Career Fair on January 24 (NDC) and January 25 (EDC). Learn how to plan a strategy for the most effective and efficient use of your time, how to approach employers with an introduction that makes a good impression, and how to follow-up after the fair.

Talking Back To The Body: Starter Resources On Body Image

January 16, 2018

Between Instagram filters and Photoshop, people have no idea the storm a psyche takes to merely look in a mirror and think hey, I look pretty good today. Girls begin dieting at younger ages, often listing the fear of being fat above the death of a parent. It starts as a passing remark (“You would have a prettier face if you lost weight.”) or hearing more about appearance than accomplishments makes a person think having a more acceptable outside will make a more worthy human being.

The Healthy Minds, Healthy College initiative, represents one way to take on the negative voices or to find help dealing with eating disorders. If upcoming group sessions are not your thing, make an appointment to see a counsellor either here or off campus. In between talking about body image issues, get empowered with these resources in *print, digital or video.

*Note: Visit our Information Desk for help refining your search for body image as it relates to men, nursing, LGBT, community services, or another topic.

Books

Am I Thin Enough Yet?: The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity
BF 697.5 .B63 H47

Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs and Sex
RC 569.5 .B65 .B38 2009 c. 2

Preventing Eating-Related and Weight-related disorders: Collaborative research, Advocacy, and Policy change
RC 552 .E18 P78 2012

When Girls Feel Fat: Helping Girls Through Adolescence
HQ 798 .F75 1997

Body image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children
BF 697.5 .B63 G76 1999

Articles of Interest (Login Required)

Cohen, R., Newton-John, T., & Slater, A. (2017). The relationship between Facebook and Instagram appearance-focused activities and body image concerns in young women. Body Image23183-187. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.10.002

Body Image’s Effect on Smoking and Drinking. (2017). USA Today Magazine146(2869), 7.

CLARK, N. (2017). Social Media and Body Image: #Fitspiration at Its Worst. American Fitness35(2), 66.

AudioVisual

AV services have a display near the entrance, with a list of titles on the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s 2018. Time for a Change!

January 9, 2018

Since 2018 has dropped in on us, and is clearly here to stay, many of our patrons have decided to make the new year a time for change.  Check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed tips and resources to help you succeed in making the changes you desire.

Below you will find a few of the resources we have placed in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

 

How to simplify your life : seven practical steps to letting go of your burdens and living a happier life

“You don’t have to put up with the complications and hassles of an overwhelming daily grind! The international bestseller How to Simplify Your Life will show you how to clear off your desk, clean up your life, and make room for the things that really matter. Packed with practical techniques for simplifying work, money, health, and relationships, this seven-step program gives you the tools you need to lead a fulfilling life. When you learn to throw off the burdens and drudgery that hold you down, you may find yourself growing wings! The practical techniques in this book will help you eliminate the chaos, jettison your self-defeating habits, and take control of every aspect of your life. You will discover and achieve the things that are most important to you. Book jacket.”–BOOK JACKET.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=97689

 

No more mac ‘n’ cheese! : the real-world guide to managing your money for 20-somethings

This book is aimed at young people recently graduated from high school or college, out on their own for the first time. Whether you’re a 20-something wanting to make the most of their financial independence; the parent of a young adult trying to instill some financial responsibility; or a member of a financial institution hoping to encourage the younger generation to start money management now, you’ll find sound advice within these pages.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=115917

 

Active living every day

Adding regular physical activity to your week can make a huge difference in your health. Move more and you’ll have more energy, less stress, a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, a healthier weight, and better sleep quality. And those are just a few of the benefits. If you’ve decided that you want to lead a more active life, Active Living Every Day, Second Edition, offers you all the tools you need to take the first steps toward success.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=115905

 

Kicking butts : quit smoking and take charge of your health

You Can Do It. Each year over a million people stop smoking. You can be one of them. Why Read This Book? If you are worried about the effect of smoking on your health or the health of those around you, you can take action with the help of the experts at the American Cancer Society. We’ll help you outline your quitting plan and show you how to set up the support you may need. We’ll also guide you through living a nonsmoking life in the days after you’ve quit.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86387

 

The case against sugar

With expert science and compelling storytelling, Gary Taubes investigates the history of nutritional science which, shaped by a handful of charismatic and misguided individuals, has for a hundred years denied the impact of sugar on our health. He exposes the powerful influence of the food industry which has lobbied for sugar’s ubiquity – the Sugar Association even today promoting ‘sugar’s goodness’ – and the extent that the industry has corrupted essential scientific research. He delves into the science of sugar, exposes conventional thinking that sugar is ’empty calories’ as a myth, and finds that its addictive pleasures are resulting in worldwide consumption as never experienced before, to devastating effect. The Case Against Sugar is a revelatory read, which will fundamentally change the way we eat.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=129153

 

Award-Winning Videos Now on Display

December 5, 2017

AV Services at NDC Library is currently displaying a collection of award-winning documentaries, films, and animation. These gems have not only passed the critics’ test, but were recommended by instructors and purchased for use at the College. The Library encourages all staff and students to borrow these resources for instructional use and/or for personal enjoyment.

Award-Winning Videos on display at AV Services in NDC Library

Award-Winning videos on display at AV Services in NDC Library

A list of award-winning videos on display is available here:
Video Award-Winners Display

Award-Winners “on Demand”

While many videos are available in physical form, thousands of videos are accessible online. Visit our Streaming Video Resources guide for more info. Below is a selection of award-winning videos available to Red River College staff and students any time, anywhere, on any device (RRC username and password required). 

Africa on the Move 
This vibrant four-part HD series celebrates the men, women and youth who embody the sweeping changes underway in Africa today. (Gemini Award (2011): Best Documentary Series)

 


Alive Inside
A joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. (Winner of multiple awards)

 

 


Bob’s Birthday
This film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. A witty, offbeat animated portrait of a frustrated dentist wrestling with the fundamental issues of life proves that birthdays (and surprise parties) can be very tricky indeed.

 


China Rises
A four-part groundbreaking documentary special that takes you inside modern China like no other program has ever done. The series is a vibrant portrait of an ascending power. (Gemini Award (2006): Best Documentary Series.)

 


The Danish Poet
This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset.

 

 


Invisible City 
A moving story of two boys from Regent Park crossing into adulthood – their mothers and mentors rooting for them to succeed; their environment and social pressures tempting them to make poor choices. (Winner of the Best Canadian Feature at 2009 Hot Docs)

 


Ryan
This Oscar®-winning animated short is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Through computer-generated characters, Landreth interviews his friend to shed light on his downward spiral.

 


Sex Traffic
This award-winning drama weaves the lives of four people, culminating in a disturbing look at the trafficking of sex slaves in Eastern Europe and beyond. Contains sensitive images and language. (Winner of 8 BAFTA awards)

 


Special Delivery
In this Oscar®-winning animated short, Ralph’s day gets off to a bad start when he dismisses his wife’s orders to clear the snow from the front walk. When he comes home and finds the mailman dead on his front stairs, Ralph attempts a massive cover-up with disastrous results.

 


Comments or Questions?

If you have any questions about video resources at RRC Library, or you are an instructor and would like to recommend a purchase, please email us at AV@rrc.ca, call at 204-632-2231, or visit us in person in the Library.

Canada’s Day of Remembrance – Learn more with streaming video

November 9, 2017

As Remembrance Day approaches, we present a selection of video titles chosen from our collection. Please take the time to learn more about why we remember through these streaming videos from our partners, the National Film Board of Canada and CBC Curio.

Note: All videos require Red River College student/staff login.

John McCrae’s War: In Flanders Fields

John McCrae's War: In Flanders Fields

This feature documentary profiles poet John McCrae, from his childhood in Ontario to his years in medicine at McGill University and the WWI battlefields of Belgium, where he cared for wounded soldiers. Generations of schoolchildren have recited McCrae’s iconic poem “In Flanders Fields,” but McCrae and Alexis Helmer—the young man whose death inspired the poem—have faded from memory. This film seeks to revive their stories through a vivid portrait of a great man in Canadian history.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/john_mccraes_war/

A War Story

A War Story

Based on the diaries of Canadian doctor Ben Wheeler during his internment in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, this feature-length docudrama is a glowing account of the spirit and its will to survive physical and mental suffering. The film is comprised of newsreel footage, interviews and dramatic re-enactments.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/war_story/

 

Liberation of Holland

In 1944, Canadian soldiers of the First Hussars Regiment began their battle through Nazi-occupied Europe. They forged ahead into Holland to end the war in 1945. Seventy years later, we join serving soldiers & veterans as they visit the Netherlands on a pilgrimage – to understand what liberation truly means.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/liberation_of_holland/

Fields of Sacrifice

This 1964 documentary returns to the battlefields where over 100,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The film also visits cemeteries where servicemen are buried. Filmed from Hong Kong to Sicily, this documentary is designed to show Canadians places they have reason to know but may not be able to visit. Produced for the Canadian Department of Veteran Affairs by the renowned documentary filmmaker Donald Brittain.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/fields_of_sacrifice/

 

PTSD: Beyond Trauma

The image of the tormented veteran unable to transition from war zone to home front is well-known. But the focus on the military’s struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) obscures a simple reality: PTSD hits more civilians than soldiers, and more women than men. But when so many people experience sudden loss, near-death, violence and abuse, why are only some haunted by PTSD while others are more resilient? Promising new discoveries raise key questions about the faultlines of fear and memory, and the roles geography and early development may play in predicting personal responses to trauma.

http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/ptsd-beyond-trauma-12874/

 

Broken Heroes

Every Remembrance Day, we honour the sacrifices made by those who were killed or physically injured serving their country in wartime. But, what of those with the crippling but invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? In this Fifth Estate documentary, Gillian Findlay introduces us to three Canadian soldiers who served in Afghanistan. Jeff, Matt and Dave all speak candidly about the flashbacks hurtling them back to the war zone, grief for dead comrades, their ongoing battles with addiction, even suicide attempts. Also featured is General Romeo Dallaire, well known for his very public battle with PTSD after witnessing genocide in Rwanda. Using the military’s own arguably conservative estimate, as many as 2,000 soldiers returning from Afghanistan could experience PTSD. The urgency to find a treatment has never been greater.

http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/broken-heroes-971/

 

Ordeal by Fire

ordeal by fire

Canada’s heavy military role in World War I (60,000 dead in a population of eight million) transforms its society, its politics and its place in the world. The horror, bravery and sacrifice of trench warfare are evoked in Canada’s great battles: Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Courcelette and Passchendaele. The domestic consequences of Canada’s war effort are also wrenching – the conscription crisis of 1917 marks a low point in English-French relations. After the war ends, labour revolts in Winnipeg and across the country raise fears of a Bolshevik insurrection. The return to stability in the mid-1920s lasts only briefly, as the crash of 1929 plunges the country into economic chaos.

http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/ordeal-by-fire-1747/