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

September 19, 2019

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Background

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

Why Closed Captions are Essential

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

Added Benefits for All

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

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

Support Required to Keep it Going

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

Note of Appreciation to Supporters and Staff

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

Suggest a Video for Captioning

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

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

Library Services: Hub for Success

August 26, 2019

A Warm Welcome

RRC Library Services is evolving. In the past year we have seen some exciting improvements in our department. Read on to explore the variety of spaces and services available at the Library. As we embark on a new school year, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the students and staff we serve at Red River College.

Library Services

Library Services has expanded!  Academic Success Centre (ASC) and Library Services are now operating out of our Notre Dame Campus and Exchange District Campus Library spaces. We are the hub for supports and resources for both staff and students at the College.

Academic Success Centre

Visit the ASC website for more information about the free services they offer and how to access them.

Library

Library staff are information professionals, trained to help you find and assess information. While the general public is familiar with using Wikipedia and Google, our Library staff are experienced with an array of sources and skills that you may be unaware of. While we offer assistance in navigating information sources, we also want you to know you can ask us anything! We are here to support you!

The following is a list of common Library services:
  • Reference consultations: one-on-one assistance locating information
  • Audio visual services: AV equipment loans and video
  • Library orientations: class orientations (instructors may contact us to arrange this)
  • Collection development: resources to support learning and instruction at the College (instructors may recommend a purchase)
  • Guides: online guides on multiple subjects to assist research and academic success
  • Technical support: troubleshooting and technical assistance (in person at the Help Desk and online)
  • Chat Service: online chat service (visit the Library website to try it out!)
  • Borrowing Services: free access to books, e-books, journals, e-journals, databases, DVDs, streaming video, and audiovisual equipment. Keep in mind that what you see on the shelf is just the tip of the iceberg. Many of our digital resources may be accessed on any computer or mobile device. We encourage you to explore the Library collection with our NEW OneSearch.

Library Spaces: Notre Dame Campus

Improvements are happening to the Library spaces. See below for a brief tour of the variety of spaces available to you at NDC Library.

Quiet and Group Study Areas

The Quiet Study Area is for focused, silent individual work. The Group Study Area is for open conversation and group work.

Tutor Rooms and Portable White Boards (NEW additions to the Group Study Area)

The tutor rooms – with glass fronts on them – are set aside for tutors to work with students. One room only is for available for students to book using the posted sign-up sheet (max 2 hrs/day). The new sliding white boards are located in the Group Study Area.

Reading areas with comfy chairs, side tables and more

There are multiple reading areas where students can sit comfortably and relax (or work on a puzzle). Also look out for our New Books display, which features all of our new arrivals.

Book Stacks (located in the Quiet Study Area)

Our books and back issues of journals are located on the Quiet side of the Library.

Computer Lab

The Computer Lab (and adjoining Classroom) have computers, printers, a copier and a scanning station. Technical assistance is also available at our Help Desk. Orientations and sessions such as our upcoming Lunch and Learn are held in the Classroom.

RRC Library: A Safe Place to Be

Library Services offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where all questions are good ones! We invite you to make use of the Library spaces and services, and explore our website to see what interests you. Best wishes in your studies, teaching and service at the College.

— posted by Linda Fox, RRC Library

We’re moving to Alma!

February 19, 2019

It’s a big day for the Red River College Library! Today marks the first day of the Library’s project to migrate its Voyager system to a much newer, cloud-based software platform called Alma.

Both software platforms, old and new, belong to Ex Libris, a company which has been the Library’s software vendor for the past fifteen years. Alma is the culmination of an initiative to develop a new kind of library system that streamlines procedures by incorporating the management of all resources: electronic, digital, and print, into one system.

Not only is Alma a more modern platform for resource management, it will give Library patrons improved searching and library account management via their RRC college credentials.

We project our new Alma system will be in place in July 2019, ready for the 2019-2020 academic year.

If you have any questions regarding the Alma Project please contact Mark Nelson, Alma Project Manager.

RRCLibrary is on Instagram!

October 10, 2017

We are proud to say the Red River College Library has recently begun posting on Instagram! Tune in to our Instagram channel at rrclibrary and follow along as we continue our library related feed.

In case you’re wondering, here is a sample of what we’ve posted so far:

 

Last two. Don’t worry we have more. One word: ebooks! #redrivercollege #exchangedistrict #librarycollection

A post shared by Red River College Library (@rrclibrary) on Oct 5, 2017 at 6:50am PDT

 

When an an over-sized book exhibits a personality all its own. #libraryfun #redrivercollege #librarycollection

A post shared by Red River College Library (@rrclibrary) on Sep 29, 2017 at 11:39am PDT

New in the Notre Dame Campus Library… 📖 Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect youth Now, as never before, young people are surrounded by media–thanks to the sophistication and portability of the technology that puts it literally in the palms of their hands. Examine the role of media in the lives of children from birth through adolescence, addressing the complex issues of how media affect the young and what adults can do to encourage responsible use in an age of selfies, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. ___ #library #book #books #instagram #instabook #bookworm #booklover #bookcover #reading #read #bookme #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #bookaddict #booknerd #bookish #college #highereducation #librarybooks #bookoftheday #bookfinds #RRC #RedRiverCollegeLibrary

A post shared by Red River College Library (@rrclibrary) on Sep 20, 2017 at 9:39am PDT

2nd Annual Mini-Golf Event: Photo Highlights

June 8, 2017

Here are some photo highlights of our 2nd annual mini-golf tournament at Red River College Library, Notre Dame Campus. A big thank-you goes to Bettina Allen for planning the event and to all of the Library staff who volunteered to make it happen. It was great to see RRC staff and students having so much fun in the Library!

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Cultivating An Idea: The Green Wall at The John And Bonnie Buhler Library

April 20, 2016

 

A project management assignment planted a seed that bloomed at the Roblin Centre’s John and Bonnie Buhler Library. Library Technician Rosemary Woodby with the support of a Program Innovation Fund (PIF)  was able to procure two six foot tall, self-watering planters. A partnership with the Greenspace Horticultural students and their instructor, Ruth Rob, supplied the plants. Using the knowledge they have acquired as part of the Horticulture Practice course, the students planned the design and layout; chose and grew the plants and on a bright sunny Apr 13th installed them in the planters. The Reading Room’s trademark sunlight takes care of the rest.

Living Walls, sometimes called Green Walls, have sprung up in a variety of settings, both Florafelt-Vertical-Garden-How-It-Worksinside and out. Some of the larger interior walls are physically connected to the HVAC system to actively pull air in for better circulation. Our wall isn’t quite so complicated however, using a ‘passive system’ as illustrated by the Florafelt system (Pictured right). While the project is not without risks ranging from plant to pump failure, but the gains far outweigh them and we can expect:

  • Noise reduction
  • Optimizing humidity
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • And the Horticulture students gaining an opportunity to work in a vertical format that is gaining popularity with both interior and exterior landscaping.

Last but not least, the greenery provides some welcome relief for staff and students from the stressful periods during the academic year. Woodby and Rob hope to apply what they have learned from installing this wall and add a second next year.

Before

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Image: Rosemary Woodby

After

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Image: Rosemary Woodby

 

Image: Fatima DeMelo

Image: Fatima DeMelo

With contributions by Rosemary Woodby

2014 Library Art Contest – Win a $50 Gift Card

September 30, 2014

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October is Canadian Library Month. The Library invites you to show off your artistic talent by illustrating a 3 X 5 library index card.  This is the second year that we are running this contest.  You may review last year’s winners here.

RULES:

Capture

  • 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 or concept.
  • Use any physical media.
  • Write your name and contact information clearly on the back.
  • Entries must be submitted to either Library location by 4:30PM Friday 31 October 2014.

Entries will be judged on:

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

Submission

  • Entries must be submitted to either Library location by 4:30 pm on Friday 31 October 2014.
  • Winning cards will be displayed in the Library.

Examples

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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.

Earth Day at NDC

April 16, 2014

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Red River College will once again be celebrating Earth Day.  You would be smart to watch for events throughout all campuses.

At the Notre Dame Campus, the Library will be participating in the “Sustainable Living EcoFair” which will be held in the Library Hallway on Thursday, April 24, between 11:00am – 2:00pm.  You may visit more than ten sustainability booths and enjoy some delicious local foods. Come on down and compete in some rousing sustainability games!

Library “Book Exchange” and “Plastic bag round up”!

If you bring a book, you may take a book!  We will accept ANY gently used book, not just fiction.  It’s that simple, and it’s a great way to reuse pre-loved and pre-enjoyed books.

Do you have plastic bags to recycle? The first 50 people to bring in a bunch of plastic shopping bags will receive a free reusable bag courtesy of the RRC Library.

When: Thursday, April 24, between 11:00am – 2:00pm
Two Locations: Library Hallway (NDC)  /  In the Atrium near Print Services (EDC)

NDC Library Window Display

Check out the colourful “Earth Day” display at the Notre Dame Library.  We are featuring many fantastic items from our collection.

The entire list of items in our Window Display is located here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

The Earth’s blanket : traditional teachings for sustainable living
earthsblanketEarly in the twentieth century, ethnographer James Teit wrote of the belief among the Nlaka’pmx people that plants and grasses are the blanket of the earth, and that if too much vegetation is destroyed, the earth weeps. In The Earth’s Blanket, ethnobotanist Nancy J. Turner explores the wealth of ecological knowledge and the spiritual connection to the natural world that is fundamental to indigenous cultures. Turner has worked with Aboriginal peoples in North America for more than twenty-five years, and her indigenous teachers have allowed her to share their perspectives about the natural world. Their teachings describe a rich variety of methods of harvesting – while maintaining and enhancing – our natural resources. More than just stories, these narratives underlie a belief system that informs everyday attitudes toward the earth.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=100631

environmental problem solvingEnvironmental problem solving : a how-to guide
This book teaches those on both sides of the table to address their own preconceptions and approach hard issues critically, methodically, and fairly. Hughes combines aspects of the decision-making process from the fields of business, management, and communication science based on extensive research and ample practical experience in the field and classroom. He creates a logical framework to help guide thinking from identifying a problem to finding its solution. Using examples drawn from real-life situations, Environmental Problem Solving will become an invaluable guide for environmentalists, agency professionals, consultants, students, naturalists, and concerned citizens.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=99343

Everything under the sun : toward a brighter future on a small blue planet
EverythingSunCoverFinal.inddIn this latest offering from David Suzuki, the well-known scientist, author, and broadcaster explores the interconnectedness of the world’s myriad environmental challenges. The solutions are there, he argues; we just need the will to act together to bring about change. Suzuki delves into such provocative topics as the difference between human hunters and other predators, our dependence on the sun, and what we must learn from Japan’s recent reactor meltdown. He also doesn’t avoid controversial opinion, especially when it comes to taking on those who stand in the way of resolving serious issues like climate change.  Everything Under the Sun includes telling facts and stats, the latest scientific findings, and examples of the positive actions people are taking today toward protecting what we have. Underpinning it all is the recognition that Earth gives us everything we require to live, under a sun that provides the energy to produce food, transport, and all of our modern conveniences.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=117378

get outGet out! : 150 easy ways for kids and grown-ups to get into nature and build a greener future
Chockful of ideas to get families, classrooms, and groups outside learning about nature, experiencing the world in new ways, and taking a hands-on approach to the three r’s (reduce, reuse, recycle). Chapters on being a green consumer and green eater, as well as on choosing an issue and taking a stand, make for a well-rounded yet easy-to-use handbook for making a difference indoors and out. Open to any page to find something to do today. The payoff is huge: Not only is nature just plain awesome to be in, research shows that spending time outdoors can actually improve our physical and emotional health.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=113572

Seven rules for sustainable communities : design strategies for the post-carbon world
pc_sevenrulesbook_coverNo other book so clearly connects the form of our cities to their ecological, economic, and social consequences. No other book takes on this breadth of complex and contentious issues and distills them down to such convincing and practical solutions. And no other book so vividly compares and contrasts the differing experiences of U.S. and Canadian cities. Of particular new importance is how city form affects the production of planet-warming greenhouse gases. The author explains this relationship in an accessible way, and goes on to show how conforming to seven simple rules for community design could literally do a world of good.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=114995

Red River College Library’s Sustainability Initiatives

April 16, 2014

we recycleRed River College (RRC) has a growing reputation as one of Canada’s greenest employers, thanks especially to its Sustainability Initiatives: http://blogs.rrc.ca/redgreen/

As an integral part of the College, the Library is no exception and practices sustainability in its everyday operations, such as purchasing environmentally friendly products whenever possible for its own supplies. These include paper products with recycled content, refillable pens, Enviro-Stik pencils, and recycled paper clips.

And, the Library also goes beyond what is required.  How does RRC Library uniquely practice sustainability? By:

  • “Ever-greening” its collection; i.e. weeding to make room for new materials.  The old materials are not just thrown out to the landfill.  Far from it!  Once removed, they are made freely available for anyone to pick up from our freebie display.  Leftover items are picked up by the College’s Recycling team. 
  • Practicing responsible printing – by staff and students with a bias to “keep it green and leave it on the screen”.
  • Saving non-confidential photocopier/printer waste sheets that are blank on at least one side, for use as scrap paper by students and staff.
  • Responsible recycling or disposal of video tapes, batteries, electronic equipment, etc.
  • Inviting users to bring their own (ear)buds.   
  • Launching its recreational reading book exchange program.
  • Scrolling information on strategically placed screens for all to see instead of printing handouts.
  • Featuring green themes in its window display, such as the recent “Prepare for Spring!”
  • Creating curriculum-based, sustainability-related research guides, such as
  • Refreshing the air and milieu with plants – all provided by Library staff.
  • Undertaking a composting pilot project at its Exchange District Campus location that collected 157.5 lbs. by weight and 205 liters by volume, over one calendar year, Jan. 26/12 to Jan. 25/13.

For further information about greening libraries:

It Gets Better

May 15, 2013

Check out some of these items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display

Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display

Please join the Red River College Library in a respectful observation of May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia.

May 17 is symbolic due to its significance in the improvement of the status of gays and lesbians. In removing homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses on a May 17, the World Health Organisation put an end to over a century of homophobia in the medical field.

Homophobia is all the negative attitudes that can lead to rejection and to direct or indirect discrimination towards gay men, lesbians, and bisexual, transsexual or transgender people or toward anyone whose physical appearance or behaviour does not fit masculine or feminine stereotypes.

The theme of the International Day Against Homophobia 2013 campaign is “Fight the Homophobia Web Virus”.  For more information visit http://www.homophobiaday.org

Also, keep in mind that the The Pride Winnipeg Festival is coming up soon.  “Pride Week” is a multi-day celebration with many events for all segments of the LGBTT* community, all leading up to the main PRIDE DAY celebrations which will occur on Sunday June 2, 2013.

Do you want to learn more?  The RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.