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Library Art Contest Winners

November 8, 2013

In October, as a celebration of Canadian Library Month, the Library invited Red River College students to show off their artistic talent by illustrating a 3 X 5 library index card from our old card catalogue.

Now that the contest is complete, we’d like to present the entries of our two winners below:

by Jo Shepherd

by Jo Shepherd

by Jo Shepherd

by Jo Shepherd

By David Pelland

By David Pelland

By David Pelland

By David Pelland

Congratulations to Jo Shepherd and David Pelland! Both winners will receive a Red River College Bookstore gift card.

David Pelland (left) receiving his prize from Norman Beattie, Coordinator of Public Services, Notre Dame Campus Library

David Pelland (left) receiving his prize from Norman Beattie, Coordinator of Public Services, Notre Dame Campus Library

Jolene Shepherd (left) receiving her prize from Phyllis Barich,  Coordinator, Exchange District Campus Library

Jolene Shepherd (left) receiving her prize from Phyllis Barich, Coordinator, Exchange District Campus Library

In Remembrance

November 4, 2013

With Remembrance Day fast approaching we’d like to introduce a part of our library collection which addresses the thoughts of many Canadians throughout “Veteran’s Week”:

Equal to the challenge : an anthology of women’s experiences during World War II

Equal to the challenge : an anthology of women's experiences during World War IIPresents stories by 55 Canadian women of their experiences during World War II. Personal wartime accounts are told by women who worked as civilians, as members of social service groups, and as members of the Canadian armed forces. An introduction discusses women’s roles in the armed forces, and how their wartime contributions influenced general attitudes toward women as equal members of society.



Fifteen days : stories of bravery, friendship, life and death from inside the new Canadian ArmyFifteen days : stories of bravery, friendship, life and death from inside the new Canadian Army

Grounded in insights gained over the course of several trips to Afghanistan, and drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews not only with the service-men and -women but with the commanders and family members as well, Christie Blatchford creates a detailed, complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the twenty-first century.




For King and Kanata : Canadian Indians and the First World WarFor King and Kanata : Canadian Indians and the First World War

Reveals how national and international forces directly influenced the more than 4,000 status Indians who voluntarily served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force between 1914 and 1919 and how subsequent administrative policies profoundly affected their experiences at home, on the battlefield, and as returning veterans.



A place of honour : Manitoba's war dead commemorated in its geographyA place of honour : Manitoba’s war dead commemorated in its geography

Prepared by Manitoba Geographical Names Program this publication tells about all geographical features named after war Manitoban war casualties.  If you are doing some family research or trying to do some remembrance on your own, this book is a great place to start.



Invisible women : WWII Aboriginal servicewomen in CanadaInvisible women : WWII Aboriginal servicewomen in Canada

While there is anecdotal reporting on Aboriginal involvement, in recent years due to more Indigenous history being written, there is some new research on Aboriginal peoples in WWII, but mainly the Aboriginal male experience. There is practically nothing written about the Aboriginal female experience. Where are their voices? What are their stories?


A poppy is to rememberA poppy is to remember

Each Remembrance Day we honour those who gave so much to serve their country, and those who risk their lives even today, in many troubled areas of the world. With simple yet resonant words and illustrations, A Poppy Is to Remember reminds us why we wear the poppy so proudly on Remembrance Day.  (Children’s Book)

Library Art Contest

October 15, 2013


October is Canadian Library Month. The Library would like to invite you to show off your artistic talent by illustrating a 3 X 5 library index card.


  • Open to all RRC students
  • Choose up to 3 cards from any Library location.
  • Illustrate the FRONT of the card incorporating the card’s wording and/or concept. Ideally, keeping the words visible.
  • Use any physical media (i.e. crayon, coloured pencils, macaroni, multi-media, etc.) and style of art.
  • Write your name and contact information clearly on the back.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Quality of the artwork.
  • Artistic interpretation.
  • Creativity.
  • Medium.


  • Entries must be submitted to either Library location by 4:30 pm on Friday November 1.
  • Winning cards and honourable mentions will be displayed in the Library. (Cards will not be returned.)


card examples

To view examples go to:

For More Information

Check out our posters throughout the campus.  If you have any further questions you are invited to make inquiries at any of our Library Reference Desks.

October is Canadian Library Month

September 26, 2013


People!  Ideas!  Communities!  Information!  Canada’s libraries foster connections between people, ideas, communities, and information.

In October, these types of connections will be celebrated during Canadian Library Month. This year’s theme is “Libraries Connect”, highlighting how libraries enable people to connect with others, foster the development of ideas, and promote the growth of strong communities.

At this very moment, from coast to coast to coast, Canadian libraries are connecting people with information, providing endless opportunity to people in our diverse communities. For generations, libraries and librarians have worked at the grass roots level, providing services to communities. Today, in Canada, over 23,000 librarians and library clerks serve in over 22,000 libraries in incredibly diverse communities, from major metropolitan areas to towns and rural hamlets, from research‐intensive universities to colleges of art and design.

As well, academic libraries, school libraries and special libraries add to the creativity and personal, professional and academic growth of many Canadians. These libraries serve everyone from students and faculty to those working in the corporate, government, legal and non‐profit sectors.

For additional information please refer to the Canadian Library Month Website:

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:


What’s Happening at the CLA?

May 31, 2013

The Canadian Libraries Association annual conference is being held in Winnipeg this week. Red River College is well represented as several staff members are attending, taking advantage of the proximity of this years conference.

The annual CLA conference draws participants from public, college and university, special and school libraries, as well as commercial participants. It is an important and well attended conference.

So, what was discussed?

A DRM “Brave New World”

Cory Doctorow - Opening keynote speaker CLA 2013 Winnipeg

Cory Doctorow – Opening keynote speaker CLA 2013 Winnipeg

On Thursday 30 May 13, the keynote speaker was the well-known science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist Cory Doctorow.

As well as being the the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing ( he is also a regular contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and Wired. He is an activist in favour of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization. In fact, he publishes much of his work under a creative-commons licence.

In his keynote address Doctorow spoke about DRM and how it is affecting our privacy and freedoms. For example, he described how DRM software can be used to take over our computers with hidden files and even introduce spyware.

One of his messages to the Librarians in the room was to avoid purchasing materials with DRM, and essentially join him in his advocacy against DRM.

At one point he made reference to the monetizing of smart phone tracking data, something government agencies usually regard as a harmless act, downplaying the tracking data as benign information. Doctorow’s opinion, in contrast, “there is a very fine and philosophical line between data and metadata.”

Doctorow spoke of the fact that our society should be moving towards greater transparency and digital freedom. However, as Doctorow pointed out, we actually seem to be moving closer to a darker age where governments and corporations can reduce our privacy at will, even going as far as turning on our digital cameras for the purpose of spying on us.

It was an wonderful presentation. Doctorow proved to be engaging and his topics were thought-provoking and extremely timely, as he astutely pointed out, our copyright legislations are currently under large scale review.

McLuhan, Books & Libraries: An Old Figure in a New Ground

Dr. Robert K. Logan from the University of Toronto presented several recollections of conversations with McLuhan. As a past colleague of McLuhan his knowledge of the man seemed peerless.

As well, doing his best to channel McLuhan, Dr. Logan described how he is endeavouring to answer several burning questions about the future of libraries in an effort to write a new book about the subject.

FrankenLibraries: The Latest Tech Trends

Presented by Stephen Abram, a veteran library watcher, strategic technologist and library futurist, the topic centred on services libraries should be adopting for present and future relevance.

One of the first slides in Abrams presentation was “It’s simple really, shift happens, gedoverit (sic)”. This terse statement summed up the topic very well.

One of the important points of the presentation was how libraries need to measure impact rather than just circulation statistics. In fact, the number of people passing through the library doors should be a powerful indicator of success, while dwindling circulation statistics should be considered to be less indicative.

As well, libraries need to focus on professional services and strategic alignment. Librarians need to be service professionals and not servants, and educators not supplements. He pointed out that Librarians are powerful agents for successful learning and they should be seen as such.

Lastly, Abrams stressed the power of video resources. He pointed out that humans are visual learners and they will learn better through video rather than print.

Stephen Abram’s Blog:

Winnipeg Hosts CLA 2013 National Conference and Trade Show

May 29, 2013

A National Library Event

Library staff from Red River College Library are geared up for the CLA 2013 National Conference and Trade Show taking place May 29 – June 1, 2013. Thousands of library professionals from Canada and the U.S. will gather at the Winnipeg Convention Centre to network and to learn about the latest trends and developments in the world of libraries.

Introducing the CLA 2013 Conference Keynote Speakers…

photo by Jonathan Worth (, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

photo by Jonathan Worth (, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Cory Doctorow 
( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the bestselling Tor Teen/HarperCollins UK novel LITTLE BROTHER. His latest young adult novel is HOMELAND, his latest novel for adults is RAPTURE OF THE NERDS.


photo by Joi [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

photo by Joi [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Rebecca MacKinnon
is a leading voice on issues of privacy, free expression and governance in the digital networks, platforms and services. She is Senior Research Fellow at the (New America Foundation), is involved with Ranking Digital Rights, and co-founder of Global Voices Online, a global citizen media network. Her book, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom was published in 2012 and received the 2013 Goldsmith Book Prize.



Whatcha doin’ Marshall McLuhan?

May 28, 2013

CLA Conference display and session feature this “Winnipeg Boy who made Good”

Marshall McLuhan is one of the topics of the upcoming CLA Conference to be held in Winnipeg.  (Photo published under Creative Commons license through Library and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number PA-165118 and under the MIKAN ID number 4170003)

Marshall McLuhan reflected in a mirror. McLuhan is one of the topics of the upcoming CLA Conference to be held in Winnipeg. (Photo published under Creative Commons license through Library and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number PA-165118 and under the MIKAN ID number 4170003)

Remember Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In (originally broadcast on NBC 1968-1973)? Cast member Goldie Hawn asked “Whatcha doin’ Marshall McLuhan?” during his heyday. So who was McLuhan and what’s he doin’ back in Winnipeg?

Herbert Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) is one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. Born in Edmonton, raised in Winnipeg, he graduated from the University of Manitoba and Cambridge University, became a devout Catholic, a beloved professor of English literature and founding Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. He’s known for his prophetic poetry, satiric observations, and explorations (“probes”) into the effects of communications media on society. His most famous aphorism “The medium is the message” and percept of “the global village” are integral parts of the English language.

The Marshall McLuhan Initiative at St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba is convening a Canadian Library Association (CLA) Conference session called “McLuhan, Books & Libraries: an Old Figure in a New Ground” from 1-2 p.m. on Thurs., May 30/13 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. It will be given by McLuhan friend and collaborator Dr. Robert (“Bob”) K. Logan, Chief Scientist, Ontario College of Art & Design and Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Toronto. As this session description states, “McLuhan … had some interesting, useful and even infuriating things to say about books and libraries [e.g. “The book is obsolete”]. Ironically, these ideas have not yet been published, but exist as a manuscript co-authored by Bob Logan. Join Logan as he provides a tantalizing, humorous and poignant insider’s look into McLuhan and his ideas.”

For the CLA Conference, the McLuhan Initiative is also curating a Winnipeg-focused McLuhan display at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library entitled, “Marshall McLuhan: a Winnipeg boy who made good“. This title is inspired by McLuhan biographer Philip Marchand, author of the first full-length McLuhan biography, Marshall McLuhan: the Medium and the Messenger (1989) who inscribed two copies of his book for the Director of the Initiative with this quote.

mcluhan2Red River College Library holds many works by and about McLuhan, such as:

To probe McLuhan further, try:

“You don’t like those ideas? I got others.” – Marshall McLuhan