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Movember is all about Men’s Health

November 16, 2018

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $677 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent. ~ Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health, and they’re addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

  • They know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact.
  • They continuously challenge the status quo, and invest quickly in what works.
  • In 15 years they’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
  • By 2030, they claime they’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.

Reference: https://ca.movember.com

Prostate cancer statistics

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada.

To provide the most current cancer statistics, researchers use statistical methods to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.

Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

In 2017, an estimated:

  • 21,300 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. This represents 21% of all new cancer cases in men in 2017.
  • 4,100 men died from prostate cancer. This represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2017.
  • On average, 58 Canadian men were diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men died from prostate cancer every day.

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/prostate/statistics/?region=mb

Healthier men, one moustache at a time

Adam Garone has an impressive moustache, and it’s for a good cause. A co-founder of Movember, Garone’s initiative to raise awareness for men’s health — by having men grow out their moustaches every November — began as a dare in a bar in 2003. Now, it’s a worldwide movement that raised $126 million for prostate cancer research last year.

Check out our “Movember” Guide

The Library has a “Movember” Guide designed to assist you in researching topics related to the Men’s Health fields. Here you will find information about finding books, ebooks, journals, databases, videos, websites, blogs and more about the Movember Movement and Men’s Health.

Link: http://rrclibrary.libguides.com/movember

Notre Dame Campus “Movember” Window Display

Notre Dame Campus “Movember” Window Display

Look for a “Movember” display in the showcase window just outside the Notre Dame Campus Library. As well you can check out some related items in our Library Collection. We have placed several of these items in our Notre Dame Campus window display.

Check out the items in our Window Display
http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Posted by Mark Nelson – RRC Library

Thrive at the Red River College Library!

November 2, 2018

“Thrive Week” represents a chance to take time to reflect on the role of self-care and balance on developing positive mental health that supports academic and career success. This year at Red River College, Thrive Week will take place from 5-9 November 2018.

Events and activities provide an opportunity for rest, social connection, physical activity, fun, personal growth, and learning. All students, staff, and faculty members are invited to participate.

Guide to THRIVE Week Events and Activities!

Thrive at the Red River College Library!

Therapy light located in the Notre Dame Campus library.

Therapy light located in the Notre Dame Campus library.

This year at the Notre Dame Campus Library we will be hosting two “Thrive Week” events.

At the front of the Library in the reading area we will be hosting a “Piece-ful Escape” where jigsaw puzzles and colouring books will be available for our patrons to exercise their mind and enjoy some quiet time.

In the Recreational Book Exchange alcove we will be streaming “Wellness Themed” Ted Talks on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Therapy Lights

With the oncoming winter approaching we have all noticed how short the daylight hours are becoming.  The Library has recently placed therapy lights for patron use at both the Notre Dame and Exchange Campus libraries. Check it out!

Window Display

Check out the window display at Notre Dame campus. It features many of titles related to “Thrive Week” and the college’s “Healthy Minds Healthy College” initiative.

Library Guide

Please check out our “Healthy Minds Healthy College” guide. It’s chock full of  helpful resources!

Healthy Minds Healthy College Guide

Posted by Mark Nelson – RRC Library

Orange Shirt Day: September 30th

September 24, 2018

Orange Shirt Day occurs annually on Sept 30th and recognizes the harms done to our Indigenous communities, friends and family by the Residential School System.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Reference: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/ 

 

Residential Schools: GuideResidential Schools Guide

Prepared by Library staff member Joan Boersma the Residential Schools Guide places many “residential schools” resources at your fingertips.

In the guide you will find books about survivors, documentaries and videos, eBooks, survivors stories and links to resources such as the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation where the “Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission” may be viewed.

Residential Schools Guide:
https://rrclibrary.libguides.com/ResidentialSchools

Notre Dame Campus “Orange Shirt Day” Window Display

Red River College Library has recognized Orange Shirt Day with a window display outside the Notre Dame Campus Library. We have also placed a selection of books in the display. Come by and see what is available, or view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, inquire at the Circulation Desk inside the library.

Design in Depth exhibit of Robert R. Reid’s “digital ephemera” at Red River College Library

July 9, 2018

News flash: Design in Depth exhibition of pre-eminent Canadian typographic artist Robert R. Reid is held over at RRC Library until only next Monday, Oct. 29/18

If you haven’t already done so this is your last chance to check out the third of three iterations of the Design in Depth mural of 17 posters at the Notre Dame Campus of Red River College (it comes down next Monday, Oct. 29) and latest version (3.1.1) of the rolling PowerPoint presentation with some 61 new slides (in a grand total of 254) from the last version (3.1) released at the end of August.  FYI, the PDF link in this blog represents this same rolling PowerPoint presentation.

Besides adding beauty and colour to anyone’s life, such art posters would have particular interest to the College’s Graphic Arts students who learn about what goes into choosing the design elements (such as font, colour, background, position, etc.) into what message is communicated.  As the most quoted thinker in the exhibit, Marshall McLuhan, famously observed, “The medium is the message.” Like body language, often much more is communicated by the way things are presented rather than by the content of the individual messages themselves.  This is true even when the art is the “same”, but presented digitally versus its print format.

Design in Depth exhibit by Robert R. Reid – RRC Library, Notre Dame Campus

From late June through September, RED RIVER COLLEGE LIBRARY is hosting an evolving exhibition of thought-provoking ‘digital ephemera’ (recently realized) by pioneering Canadian typographical designer Robert R. Reid.

Presented by CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts) –in association with the MARSHALL McLUHAN INITIATIVE– the exhibition ROBERT R. REID: DESIGN IN DEPTH presents a vast (purposefully selected) cross-cultural and transgenerational assemblage of literary/philosophical texts (including documents in translation from the Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Welsh). The ‘intermittently appearing’ content of this Red River College library program comprises epigrams and revelatory quotations (from 5th century BCE to 2018), selected by CAUSA Research Curators and typographically designed by Robert R. Reid. Read More →

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 →

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.

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/

 

Video Resources to Help You Thrive

November 6, 2017

In honour of THRIVE WEEK, AV Services (NDC) has curated a selection of video resources to help you thrive.

Thrive Week at RRC

Image source: pixabay.com

Laugh Away Your Stress with Richard Condie

One of the best known remedies for stress is laughter. Richard Condie’s award-winning animations are sure to do the trick. These films are available through the Library’s subscription to NFB.ca (RRC network log in required).

Animation by Richard Condie on NFB.ca

THE BIG SNIT (9 min) This poignant and hilarious animated film perfectly captures the intersection of a domestic quarrel and a global nuclear war.

PIGBIRD (3 min) This animated short tells the zany story of a cagey citizen’s success at getting a forbidden “animal” through customs and the disastrous results that follow.

OH SURE (1 min)  Here is a lesson in how to make a fool of oneself easily and effectively. Two gentlemen are involved: one who wishes to read his newspaper and another who insists on performing acrobatic feats.

THE APPRENTICE (9 min) In this animated short, an old fool meets a young fool at a crossroads. The young fool skips blindly down the wrong road, and the old fool must then teach his young apprentice about the consequences.

JOHN LAW and the MISSISSIPPI BUBBLE (9 min) This animated short offers up a history lesson about one of the most sensational get-rich-quick schemes that took place in France over 200 years ago.

GETTING STARTED (12 min) This hilarious short animated film stars a man who procrastinates. Our hero attempts to practice a piece of music on the piano, but distractions get in the way. When he finally sits down to play, pandemonium breaks loose.

LA SALLA (8 min) In this animated short, the classic tale of temptation is revealed in the form of a comic opera. In a room full of wind-up toys, our hero sets a chain of events into motion that ends up disturbing both his own, and the viewer’s, sense of reality.

Videos on Display at NDC Library, AV Services

BEHIND THE MASK Anxiety levels among teens have increased by more than 30 percent in the last decade. The stories told in the video offer a perspective on how to manage the pressure and anxiety in life.

BRAIN GAINS: BETTER GRADES THROUGH FITNESS The National visits an inner city high school in Saskatoon, SK, where one teacher went out on a limb to test the theory that vigorous daily exercise improves academic performance. Also available online.

BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM: YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Good self-esteem gives you the power to deal with changes, pressures and influences in your life. A positive self image also means healthier relationships and better success in school or on the job. Viewers will learn 9 steps to building self-esteem.

EXPRESSION AND HEALING THROUGH ART The Seekers explore what arts and culture mean to them and all Aboriginal people. Regardless of the medium, art has the power to heal us socially, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

GOOD NIGHT: WITH THE SLEEP DOCTOR Dr. Michael Breus explains how genes, environment, job habits, and physiology may hamper sleep and thus dramatically affect waking life. He shows that getting proper quality and quantity of sleep can help rejuvenate the mind and body, improve sex life, increase energy, and help a person lose weight and look younger.

HAPPINESS Go on a journey of joy! Learn how contentment contributes to obesity and yet, is the one sentiment that motivates us to live. Discover the results of a World Happiness Report, which offers insight into the age-old question: are poor people happier than rich ones? Behavioural experts explain how we can be trained to experience happiness. Also available online.

PREVENTING AND MANAGING STRESS Learn from experts about the causes of stress and how to lessen its negative impacts.

SLEEPLESS EPIDEMIC: PRACTICAL STEPS TO HELP ADOLESCENTS GET THE SLEEP THEY NEED This program, hosted by Sleepless in America author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed. D, helps teens identify sleep deprivation and understand its risks while providing strategies for getting more sleep.

STRESS: PORTRAIT OF A KILLER Stanford University neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky, has been advancing our understanding of stress – how it impacts our bodies and how our social standing can make us more or less susceptible. Understanding how stress works can help us figure out ways to combat it and how to live a life free of the tyranny of this contemporary plague. Also available online.

TIME MANAGEMENT Over the course of this three-section program, viewers will learn to side-step common time-management errors and plan out their semesters so they can take control of their time and enjoy a healthy work/life balance.

UNSTRESS FOR SUCCESS  A little bit of stress has positive effect… high levels of continued stress is quite harmful. Discusses the implications of stress on health and disease. Provides hilarious ways to reduce stress in your daily routine. Also available online.

VALUES AND GOALS This three-section program combines commentary from educators and students with in-class exercise segments to explore the meaning of values and goals and illustrate how they steer and shape a person’s life–in college and beyond.

WIRED DIFFERENTLY Current studies show that approximately 20 percent of all students suffer from a mental, emotional or behavioral health issue. The insights in this 15 minute video will help you and your staff adopt these five keys to working with students with mental wellness challenges.

Need Assistance?

For assistance with the Library’s video resources, please contact AV Services at 204-632-2231 or media@rrc.ca.

Norman Beattie, one of the College’s longest serving staff, to retire

October 30, 2017

Norman Beattie

Norman Beattie, one of the College’s longest serving staff is retiring from his position as Coordinator, Reference and Public Services effective October 31, 2017.

Norman Beattie, one of the College’s longest serving staff is retiring from his position as Coordinator, Reference and Public Services effective October 31, 2017.

Norman joined the College in 1981 as Reference Librarian and also served as Acting Director from 2015 to the summer of 2017. During Norman’s years of service the Library’s services have transformed from a paper based catalogue and collection to a predominately electronically accessible world of information. Throughout all the technological changes Norman has maintained the highest level of service to innumerable students and staff over the years. From serving as a reference librarian at the information desk to instructing groups of students in research methods, Norman has shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with tens of thousands of learners.

We wish Norman a well-deserved retirement!