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Career Readiness – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

September 24, 2014

Red River College is currently renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. (rrc.ca/cwlo/)

The Library can point you in the right direction towards resources that would be suitable for each of the Learning Outcomes. In this edition of our College-wide Learning Outcomes blog we will look at some fantastic resources for instructors who wish to integrate these outcomes into their courses, and for students who need to acquire the competencies required.

The first learning outcome is Career Readiness, one of our fundamental goals at the College – to make sure students are ready to not only begin their careers but to excel in them.

Career Readiness includes academic subject expertise, teamwork skills, adaptability, personal accountability, interpersonal relations, continuous learning, creativity, communication, and intercultural competency among others.

Career Readiness – 7 Resources Available to RRC Staff and Students

10 things1. A broad overview of career readiness can be found in 10 Things Employers want you to Learn in College : the know-how you need to succeed by Bill Coplin. The author lists 10 skill sets that students need to excel in the world of work which are:

  • Taking responsibility
  • Developing physical skills
  • Communicating verbally
  • Communicating in writing
  • Working directly with people
  • Influencing people
  • Gathering information
  • Using quantitative tools
  • Asking and answering the right questions
  • Solving problems

This skill set, argues the author, is what every graduating students needs to succeed and progress in the world of work. A degree and a high GPA might get students an interview, but these competencies will get the job.

business communications for success2. Communication skills are also crucial to a successful career and are covered in Business Communication for Success by Scott McLean and Murray Moman. McLean and Moman’s text covers understanding your audience, effective writing, giving presentations, crisis communication, teamwork, leadership and more.

 

professionalism3. Professionalism: real skills for workplace success by Lydia E. Anderson, Sandra B. Bolt touches on many aspects of career readiness such as attitude, time management, ethics, etiquette, accountability, conflict management and customer service.

 

creating effective teams4. Collaboration, teamwork, supervision, organization and leadership skills are essential to a well-functioning workplace. Creating Effective Teams : a guide for members and leaders by Susan A. Wheelan is a practical guide for building and sustaining top-performing teams, describing why teams are important, how they function, and what makes them productive. The text is suitable for team members as well as supervisors.

 

the cultural difference5. Career readiness also includes intercultural competence. Valuing, understanding and respecting differences between cultures is crucial in today’s workplace. The Cultural Intelligence Difference by David Livermore is designed to help students reach this goal. It covers cultural intelligence (CQ) which is required to thrive in our multicultural workplaces and globalized world. The power of CQ helps manage multicultural teams and serve a diverse customer base both locally and internationally.

 

working in the global economy6. With today’s technology and social networking, the world of work is wide open to our students. Working in the global economy [e-book] : how to develop and manage your career across borders by Roblyn Simeon shows how professionals can market themselves in the global business world, not just locally. This resource provides professionals with tools to evaluate domestic and international career markets and presents strategies to package and market skills and competencies at home and abroad. Readers will learn how to research national markets, spot new career opportunities, locate regions and companies where opportunities flourish, network, find training programs and more.

 

building the learning organization7. The ability and desire to be a lifelong learner is another hallmark of career readiness. Building the learning organization : achieving strategic advantage through a commitment to learning by Michael J. Marquardt is a toolkit for transforming an organization into one that learns from its experiences and transfers that knowledge into peak performance. Action learning is brought into the hands of managers who want to build, maintain and sustain learning organizations.

 

Making the grade, meeting deadlines, and other great dilemmas

March 20, 2014

It’s a push to get to the end of the term. The stress is mounting as you face a pile of assignments and tests, accompanied by anxiety about how to get everything done and actually attain your goals for success. See below for some short videos geared toward students like you. A few small changes in how you study and handle your time can make a big difference!

VIDEO SERIES FEATURE:
Academic success: smart tips for serious students

This video series features five videos, each about 10 minutes long and divided into bite-sized segments. It’s so easy to get a little inspiration on the go! Just click on the image, go the Library web page, click the play link, and log in with your RRC username and password to view. The series is also available on DVD.

Studying and test-taking

Studying and test-taking

Studying and test-taking

Researching, reading, and writing

Researching, reading, and writing

Researching, reading, and writing

Time management

Time management

Time management

 Active listening and note-taking

Active listening and note-taking

Active listening and note-taking

 Values and goals

Values and goals

Values and goals

RRC Library is here to help you

Red River College Library staff want to help you succeed. Come by for a visit or contact us by phone or email with any questions you have to ask us.

Freedom to Read Week

February 25, 2014

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Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year it is from February 23-March 1, 2014.

Reference: http://www.freedomtoread.ca/

Censorship in Canada

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Would you like to see a list of the works that have been challenged in Canada
http://www.freedomtoread.ca/challenged-works/

Freedom to Read Week Video

This inspiring Freedom to Read Week video was made by Julia and Danika from the Calgary Science School, who won the Calgary Public Library Teen Freedom to Read Week Video contest.

Items in our Collection

You too can learn more about censorship by searching our library catalogue.  Here are a few items that the Red River College Library currently has in it’s collection:

120 banned books : censorship histories of world literature
Throughout history, nations, peoples, and governments have censored writers and their works on political, religious, sexual, and social grounds. Although the literary merit of the majority of these books has been proven time and time again, efforts are still in place today to suppress some of them. From Animal Farm to Ulysses, this book examines the struggle 120 of these works faced to be read.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=95189

Dear sir, I intend to burn your book : an anatomy of a book burning
In 2011, Canadian writer Lawrence Hill received an email from a man in the Netherlands stating that he intended to burn The Book of Negroes, Hill’s internationally acclaimed novel. Soon, the threat was international news, affecting Hill’s publishers and readers. In this provocative essay, Hill shares his private response to that moment and the controversy that followed, examing his reaction to the threat, while attempting to come to terms with the book burner’s motives and complaints.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=121454

forbiddenfruitForbidden fruit : banned, censored, and challenged books from Dante to Harry Potter
From the New Testament to The Diary of Anne Frank to current objections to the Harry Potter series–dubbed the most frequently challenged books of the 21st century by the American Library Association–the tradition of banning, censoring, and challenging books has been remarkably enduring.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112230

Literature suppressed on political grounds
Throughout history, tyrants, totalitarian states, religious institutions, and democratic governments alike have banned books thought to challenge their beliefs or question their activities. This book profiles the censorship of works banned because they were perceived as threats to governmental security or challenges to widely held political values, or simply because they presented truths embarassing to authorities.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=99785

Freedom To Read Week Display

At our downtown campus, at the John and Bonnie Buhler Library in the Roblin Centre, there is a Freedom to Read Week display, which includes many more related items from our collection.

Video Feature: National Film Board

February 21, 2014

National Film Board of CanadaAs Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board (NFB) is considered an essential part of Canada’s cultural heritage. Founded in 1939, they produce world-renowned films that are recognized for their distinctive, relevant and innovative qualities.

The NFB film collection comprises documentaries, animations, experimental films and fiction. They showcase films that take a stand on global issues of concern to Canadians—environmental issues, human rights issues, international conflict, the arts, etc. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and have won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars, and over 90 Genies. (Sources: National Film Board of CanadaWelcome to NFB.ca)

For more info on the NFB, check them out at the National Film Board website.

NFB Films at RRC Library

RRC Library holds nearly 225 films by the NFB. These are valued for their enduring educational value and Canadian focus. Here is a taste of some streamed titles that we offer (click the images to log in and view).

Grievance

Grievance

Illustrates the orderly processing of a grievance through several stages of negotiation between union and management, showing how the rights of a worker with a genuine grievance are protected under the union’s contract. (1954, 29 min.)

Out: stories of lesbian and gay youth

Out

An intimate exploration of the struggles and victories of gay and lesbian youth in Canada. Delving into the emotional, societal and familial conflicts lesbian and gay youth often face, this film breaks the damaging silence surrounding sexual orientation and sexual differences. (1994, 40 min.)

Justice denied

Justice denied

Donald Marshall, a Micmac Indian, was only 17 when he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he did not commit. He spent 11 years in a maximum security prison until the real murderer was discovered. Based on the true story of this tragic and controversial case as recorded in the best-selling book by Michael. (1989, 98 min.)

 A house divided: caregiver stress and elder abuse

House dividedThrough four moving portraits, A House Divided sheds light on the tragedy of caregiver stress and elder abuse. With great sensitivity, this film portrays the emotional complexity of family relationships that can lead to abuse of the elderly, the anguish and isolation of its victims, and the tremendous need for community understanding and support.
(1988, 35 min.)

 

If you have any questions, please contact Media Services at Red River College Library:

  • Notre Dame Campus Library: media@rrc.ca or 204-632-2231
  • Exchange District Campus Library: pscmedia@rrc.ca or 204-949-8370

Looking for a job? Here are some RRC Job Search Resources

January 27, 2014

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With the 2014 RRC Career Fair about to get underway and with our Winter Convocation occurring next week, we thought it was a good time to point out some great RRC job search resources.

RRC Student Employment Services

This has to be your first stop in your job search! Student Employment Services provides a full range of employment services and supports targeted at RRC students, recent graduates, and employers.  If you are not aware of what RRC Student Employment Services can do for you, then you should definitely get familiar!

Check out the web page: http://www.rrc.ca/employmentservices/

Student Employment Services posts employment opportunities exclusively for Red River College students and alumni on jobcentral.rrc.ca. To register as an RRC student on Job Central log on to jobcentral.rrc.ca and follow the instructions.

RRC’s Student Employment Services also provides a link between businesses and their future employees found in the College’s student body through job postings and job alerts, on-campus presentations and recruitment initiatives.

Would you like to know more about these opportunities? Student Employment Services has offices at both the Notre Dame Campus and also at the Exchange District Campus. (Look here: http://www.rrc.ca/employmentservices/)

RRC Career Fair: 29-30 Jan 14

CAREER-FAIR-PSTER_web-696x1024Presented by the RRC Students’ Association, the Career Fair is not to be missed!  This year it is being held at the Notre Dame Campus on 29-30 January from 9am-2pm.

Some helpful tips for the career fair: Bring your resume, ask lots of questions, look presentable and take your time.

Also, you should be aware that there are different employers on each day, so you might want to attend both days.  Just check out the list of employers to map out your plan: http://rrcsa.ca/career-fair-2014/

Library Resources

We have many great resources in our collection, including online videos.

We have many great resources in our collection, including this video series available online!

The Red River College Library maintains many “Job Search” resources in our collection.

A particularly useful group of items may be the videos in the “Complete Job Search System” series.  These are available to current RRC students both on DVD and via streaming video.

Check out the list of titles below.

Complete Job Search System Video Series:

Evaluating different careers
On Demand:  http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111213

Finding a job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111216

Interviewing for a Job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111220

Right Job for your personality
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=110076

Succeeding on the job
On Demand http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=111222

Other Online Resources

The Library web site maintains a selection of “Jobs, Resume Writing, Career Planning” resources in a category on our online resources page: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Online-Resources.aspx

Just scroll down to “Jobs, Resume Writing, Career Planning”.

Good Luck!

The RRC Library would like to wish good luck to all of our current and future graduates.  We know that your dream job is just around the corner!

Are we ready for the next pandemic?

January 14, 2014

Unlike the seasonal flu virus, “the pandemic influenza virus can cause severe complications, such as pneumonia and death in people who were otherwise healthy. For unknown reasons, influenza pandemics generally occur three to four times a century” (source: Public Health Agency of Canada). In fact, pandemics of various kinds have killed more people than all wars combined. Now… are we ready for the next one?

Videos from RRC Library

With the H1N1 business in the news lately, perhaps you want to delve further into the subject. Check out the videos below to learn about pandemics and get a glimpse of what a modern scenario would look like.

Outbreak: anatomy of a plague / National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel Canada, Radio-Canada Television.

Outbreak: anatomy of a plague / National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel Canada, Radio-Canada Television.

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

Juxtaposing a 21st-century scenario against the 1885 smallpox epidemic in Montreal, Outbreak features interviews with leading experts to trace the possible trajectory of a modern plague.

(2010, 86 min.)

 

 

 

 

 

Killer flu / Educational Broadcasting Corp.

Killer flu / Educational Broadcasting Corp.

Killer Flu

Discusses the 1918 flu pandemic, its deadly consequences and the possibility that a similar strain could occur today.

(2004, 60 min.)

 

 

 

 

Black dawn: the next pandemic / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Black dawn: the next pandemic / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Black Dawn: the Next Pandemic

Features leading epidemiologists, doctors and emergency planners who envisage the impact of avian flu spreading around the world. The scenario is a fictional account, but based on scientific fact and actual research and pandemic preparedness efforts.

(2006, 52 min.)

 

 

 

If you have any questions or want to find related media on the subject, please contact Media Services at the Notre Dame Campus Library at media@rrc.ca or 204-632-2231.

RRC Library Acquires New Video Series: Economics USA

January 6, 2014

Economics USA: 21st Century Edition

This new video series on micro- and macroeconomics recently arrived at Red River College Library. Each of the 28 titles spans 30 minutes and focuses on a specific aspect of economics. Viewers are offered a discussion, historical background, commentary and analysis, along with input from experts in the field. The award-winning series comes “highly recommended” in a review by Michael J. Coffta, Business Librarian at Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania.

Below is a snapshot of one title from the series called “Federal Deficits: Can We Live with Them?” Both Video on Demand and DVD formats are available.

Snapshot of “Federal Deficits” from Economics USA Series…

During World War II, America's national debt more than quadrupled. The government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to help defray the costs.During World War II, America’s national debt more than quadrupled. The government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to help defray the costs.


In 1960, President Eisenhower achieved a surplus. President Nixon argued that a growing economy actually required a deficit, and many economists agreed. In reality, the budget surplus was holding money out of the economy causing workers to lose their jobs.

In 1960, President Eisenhower achieved a surplus. President Nixon argued that a growing economy actually required a deficit, and many economists agreed. In reality, the budget surplus was holding money out of the economy causing workers to lose their jobs.


Economic analyst Richard Gill discusses counter-cyclical policy: the idea of producing budget deficits in bad times and budget surpluses in good times in an effort to stabilize the economy.

Economic analyst Richard Gill discusses counter-cyclical policy: the idea of producing budget deficits in bad times and budget surpluses in good times in an effort to stabilize the economy.


After a large tax cut, three wars, a down market, and expensive entitlement costs, the deficit and the national debt reached unsustainable heights. Increases in spending and decreases in taxes have been funded through borrowing... but borrowing has a cost to it – interest.After a large tax cut, three wars, a down market, and expensive entitlement costs, the deficit and the national debt reached unsustainable heights. Increases in spending and decreases in taxes have been funded through borrowing… but borrowing has a cost to it – interest.


How to fix the deficit and how to balance the budget are complicated questions. The deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved.

How to fix the deficit and how to balance the budget are complicated questions. The deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved.


Politics make reducing the deficit tricky because no one wants to see cuts to programs that benefit their lives. Everyone has to sacrifice but no one wants to. Can a compromise on the budget ever be reached?

Politics make reducing the deficit tricky because no one wants to see cuts to programs that benefit their lives. Everyone has to sacrifice but no one wants to. Can a compromise on the budget ever be reached?


Conclusion: The Situation is Urgent and Unsolved

America’s deficit is staggering and the mission to find a solution is urgent and still unsolved. Every year, the USA uses a good part of their annual budget just to pay the interest on the debt, but they also keep accumulating debt. In 2011, the Treasury Department asked congress to increase the nation’s debt ceiling to over 14.3 trillion dollars. Can the USA continue on this course? Absolutely not. Are deficits always bad? No, they are not.

Explore further…

If you have any questions, please contact Media Services at the Notre Dame Campus Library at media@rrc.ca or 204-632-2231.

Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 10, 2013

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It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book.  During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library. To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.

This year’s winners include:

  • Indian-HorseThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize)
  • The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert (winner of the ScotiaBank Giller Prize)
  • Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers (Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, Illustration)
  • This is not my Hat by Jon Klassen. (Caldecott Award for Illustration)
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.( Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature)

Also, check out our many titles by Alice Munro winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Click here to see a list of all the award winning books that are currently in the Notre Dame Campus Library window display.

Luck, Opportunity, and the New Graduate: Videos to Help the Job Search

June 11, 2013

No more classes.  No more assignments.  As caps and gowns swish across the stage during convocation, a new phase begins for Red River graduates:

 Finding a job

The 2011/2012 Graduate Satisfaction and Employment report states 68% of Red River graduates found employment in their field.  How do they do it?  Most programs have classes in career writing. From students needing extra pointers to staff needing more resources to teach job hunting skills, Cambridge Educational offers a series of videos entitled The Complete Job Search System. While Media Services does have hard copies on DVD of the titles, last year the library website featured links to the web streaming editions of these same titles.  It connected with RRC job seekers as they were accessed over 40 times compared to other links on the website.  All it takes is a little time perhaps with a username and password.

Below are the titles in The Complete Job Search System series, each linked to their record in the library catalogue:

Career Evaluation VideoEvaluating different careers
HF 5382.7 .E93 2007
Location: A/V stacks and On Demand

Finding a job
HF 5382.7 .F56 2007
Location:  A/V stacks and On Demand

Interviewing for a Job
HF 5382.7 .I58 2007
Location:  A/V stacks and On Demand

Right Job for your personality
HF 5382.7 .R54 2007
Location:  A/V stacks and On Demand

Succeeding on the job
HF 5386 .S828 2007
Location:  A/V stacks and On Demand

While videos and instructors teach the skills to seek and land a job, each graduate comes equipped with traits like patience, persistence, and perseverance.    In the wise words of Oprah Winfrey,” ‘if you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been ‘lucky’.”

It’s now or Naxos!

June 5, 2013

notesWith the Winnipeg Jazz Festival right around the corner (and down the street) from June 13 -23rd why not get in some early jazz listening.

Check out the Naxos Music Library – Jazz available on the Library’s website.

Thousands of tracks of jazz from over 2,300 albums.  Search by artist, genre and composer. Simply log in to the Naxos Jazz website and search for your favourite jazz artist or jazz track. Create your own playlists.

How to get there:

  1. Go to the Library’s website.
  2. Go to Article and Databases – Alphabetical – Naxos Music Library – Jazz.
  3. Log in with your College username and password.

More music can be found in the Naxos Music Library – the world´s largest online classical music library with over 85,000 discs and 1.2 million tracks.

In the meantime, check out Jazz Festival Headliner, George Benson’s “Breezin’” track: http://redriver.naxosmusiclibrary.com.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/jazz/stream.asp?s=152963%2Fredrivernmlj3%2Fsz7323%5F001

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