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Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week

February 25, 2020

Students like most Canadians interact with copyright on a daily basis. From using multimedia in projects, such as sound and video, when excerpts of information are taken from books and articles for research and to complete essays, and when viewing content on overhead projectors in class, students are often interacting with and using copyright materials. Uses like these are made possible in large part by the Fair Dealing provision of the Copyright Act of Canada. Fair dealing acts like a copyright “safety valve” allowing for certain socially beneficially uses of copyright material that you might otherwise get in trouble for. Can you think of ways that you use copyright material that you might need a “safety valve” for?

If you need some ideas on why Fair Dealing matters, and how we all use copyright materials as students and educators, check out this helpful video by our friends at the University of Winnipeg on Fair Dealing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nise_fxavCU

What is Fair Dealing?

Fair Dealing is a provision in the Copyright Act that permits use of a copyright-protected work without permission from the copyright owner or the payment of copyright royalties in limited circumstances. Fair dealing has been a part of Canada’s Copyright Act since 1921. To use copyright content under fair dealing the “dealing” must be for a purpose stated in the Copyright Act: research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire or parody, and the dealing must be fair. “Fairness” is determined by weighing certain considerations in regard to a proposed Use of a Copyright-protected material. Fair dealing exists as a user right within the Copyright Act for the public good to foster education, creativity, and innovation.

Confused about how to use copyright materials under Fair Dealing? Did you know Red River College has a copyright policy for staff, students and faculty that provides guidelines on how to use materials under Fair Dealing? Find it here: https://www.rrc.ca/legal/policies/fair-dealing-copyright/

Many people think Copyright Law exists to protect content creators like authors and musicians, however the Supreme Court of Canada has made it clear that users’ and creators’ rights are equally important components of copyright. The copyright act exists to balance the rights of creators and users of content. Fair Dealing is a component of the Copyright act that helps create this balance between users and creators, but many misunderstandings of the Fair Dealing exist. One myth is that Fair Dealing allows educators the right to freely copy any amount of a work, but educational uses are still subject to a fair dealing analysis, of which the amount copied is just one of the factors to be considered. Often educational use is outlined in policies that instruct both students and educators on guidelines for use of copyright material such as the policy and guidelines we have here at Red River College. If you want more information on some common Fair Dealing myths you can find a helpful info graphic here which will provide you with the facts to counter the myths: http://www.carl-abrc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/CARL_FD_myths_facts_EN.pdf

Fair Dealing Week

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2020 takes place from Monday, February 24, through Friday, February 28. It celebrates the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions.

Fair Dealing Week is a time to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by Fair Dealing, celebrate successful stories, and explain this provision of the Copyright Act (https://www.fairuseweek.org/)

Want to see some of the buzz going on during Fair Dealing week? Check the hashtags #fairdealingweek and #fairdealingmatters on social media for conversation and events. Still have questions about copyright or Fair Dealing? Get in touch with the Red River College Copyright Officer for assistance and discussion.

Red River College Copyright Officer

Ebony Novakowski
Red River College Copyright Officer
Notre Dame Campus CM43 (Library)
204-632-2913
enovakowski@rrc.ca

Freedom to Read Week: Feb 23-29, 2020

February 25, 2020

Freadom to read week

Have you ever thought that your favourite book could be banned due to racism, sexism, or any other offense that you might not even be aware of? Take part in Freedom to Read week, taking place from February 23rd to 29th, 2020. Freedom to Read week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm what they are reading to intellectual freedom. The Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council organizes it.

Why is it Banned?

You may be wondering, what is it that determines if a book should be banned or not? Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Offensive language
  • Violence
  • Being anti-family
  • Promoting a certain religious viewpoint
  • Promoting the occult or Satanism
  • Nudity
  • Sexual education
  • Being unsuited for a certain age group

Children’s Books That Have Been Banned

Here is a list of some childhood books that you may love and cherish that you probably do not even know have been banned:

Learn more >>

If you would like to learn more about Freedom to Read week, visit www.freedomtoread.ca.

Window display at NDC Library

Banned books, discussions of banned books, human rights and more. Check out the window display at NDC Library and borrow a book to read freely.

Freedom to Read Week Window Display at NDC Library

Freedom to Read Week Window Display at NDC Library

Questions or Comments?

Please feel free to drop by one of our service desks or contact us.

 

RefWorks: For Anyone Who Needs to Write and Cite

February 19, 2020

RefWorks Could Be Your New Best Friend

RefWorks logoWe all know that writing a paper has its headaches, especially the task of tracking and citing sources. RefWorks, now offered by RRC Library, is a reference management service that streamlines the research and citation process for you. It will store your sources and generate authoritative citations and bibliographies in whatever format you need so you can focus writing your paper. RefWorks also coordinates with Word and Google Docs, allowing you to quickly insert and edit citations and add them to your bibliography as you go.

If you are in the process of conducting research, compiling sources and creating citations, RefWorks will be a lifesaver.

RefWorks: For anyone who needs to write and cite

 

LEARN MORE…

  • Visit the RefWorks guide for more information.
  • Attend the RefWorks Lunch and Learn session at NDC Library on Thursday, February 27, 12:15-12:45.
  • Contact us or visit one of our service desks for one-on-one assistance.

Long Night Against Procrastination Highlights

February 7, 2020

The Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP), an evening where students were invited to study and get help with their assignments, was held in the Library on February 6. To all who attended, the evening was deemed a success!

Eighty-five students registered for the event and over one hundred attended. There were many areas students participated in, such as help desks, academic coaching, and art therapy. Free pizza was offered to satisfy hungry appetites.

The Library looks forward to hosting this event again.

Missed LNAP, and still need learning support?

The services and supports such as those offered at LNAP are offered by the Library and Academic Success Centre on a daily basis. To learn more about these supports, click on the links below or contact us.

Learn more >>

Academic Success Centre

Library

Contact Us >>

Contact the Library for research and technical assistance

Contact the Academic Success Centre staff for help desks, tutoring, study groups, review workshops, and EAL supports

Photo Highlights

LNAP Window Display

LNAP Window Display

Adrian Johnson at the LNAP Technical Assistance Help Desk

LNAP Technical Assistance Help Desk

Biological Science Help Desk

 

Library Research Help Desk

Art Therapy

Study Area

Group Study Area

Free Pizza

Free Pizza at the LNAP

 

Written Assignments: Supports To Get You Through

January 28, 2020

Online Guide: Writing College Papers

Assignments can be demanding, especially ones that involve writing. It takes time to settle on a topic, and then hunt for suitable sources. A few hours in and you’ve only just begun. You still need to decide on your main points, develop an essay structure, format your text and citations, and make sure everything is grammatically correct. Your Library staff and tutors know how tough this can be, and they are here to support you!

If you are working on a written assignment, Writing College Papers is for you! No matter what stage you are at, there is something in this guide to help you get your feet off the ground and finish that paper.

In Person: One-on-One Supports for Students

Academic Success Centre offers a Communications Skills Help Desk at NDC and EDC. They offer drop-in assistance with oral and written assignments.

RRC Library offers one-on-one guidance in locating suitable sources. Whether you are new or experienced with research and writing, there are likely great sources you have overlooked. Library staff are experienced at finding information, and want to support your coursework. To take advantage of research help, stop by in person, call, email, or go to library.rrc.ca and use our chat service.

Related Guides

 

Long Night Against Procrastination – Thursday, February 6, 2020

January 27, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020
3pm – 8pm
Notre Dame Campus Library
FREE!

Come to the NDC Library to work on that big paper, study for your test, get help with your math challenges, or learn strategies to balance College and personal life.

Library staff and tutors will be available to support your research and coursework.

Food, self-care activities, and much more!

Schedule

3pm-8pm
Library Research Help Desk

3pm-8pm
IT Help Desk

3pm-8pm
Art Therapy

3pm-7pm
Writing Skills/Communication Help Desk

3pm-7pm
Math Help Desk

3pm-6pm
Biological Science Help Desk

4pm-6pm
Job Search Help Desk
Student Employment Services staff will help with resume and cover letter writing, job search and application strategies, preparing for interviews and other questions you may have related to employment.

4pm-7pm
Trades Math and Science Desk

3:30pm-4pm
Coaching Corner – Verbal Communication Skills

4:00pm
Coaching Corner – Managing your Time

5pm-5:30pm
Coaching Corner – Writing an Academic Paper

6:00pm
Coaching Corner – Active Learning Strategies

Register

Please pre-register at www.rrc.ca/LNAP

Contact the Library for more information.

Guides for Computer and Information Systems Students

January 27, 2020

From information security to building websites to running network cable – the Guides have you covered. The systems we use to stay interconnected are constantly evolving – stay connected with Library resources to get the most out of your time with RRC.

Find the COMPUTER & INFORMATION SYSTEMS guides here:

RRCLibrary.libguides.com/COMPUTER

or

  1. Go to library.rrc.ca
  2. Click on “Your GUIDE is ready
  3. Select the subject box – COMPUTER & INFORMATION SYSTEMS – to see all the guides on this subject
  4. Click the desired guide and you have a great starting point.

Guides in this collection include:

  • Application Development (https://rrclibrary.libguides.com/appdevelopment
  • Information Security(https://rrclibrary.libguides.com/infosecurity
  • Networking(https://rrclibrary.libguides.com/networking)
  • Web Site Development(https://rrclibrary.libguides.com/websitedevelopment)

What is a Guide?

Guides are curated web pages created by our library staff. Many people who are starting to explore a topic aren’t sure where to start – there are so many options and it can be overwhelming.

Guides are a starting spot for students looking for more information on a particular topic in the collection. A guide will typically include featured books and journals (both print and electronic), databases, Videos (DVDs and streaming) and websites. They may also include specialized information specific to the topic (i.e. WHIMIS or resources specific to an assignment).

Do not hesitate to contact guide owners (information is on the guide) if you have any suggestions to improve this guide (content or special interest areas) or stop by the library – we would love to hear from you. If you would like to see a specific guide for a particular topic please let us know.

We encourage you to share this resource with your students, include it on your Learn site and help us promote this Library tool.

Indigenous Culinary Arts Guide

January 20, 2020

Come explore the Indigenous Culinary Arts guide for resources on this latest trend in the culinary field.  Whether you are exploring your Indigenous heritage or want to cook healthier, more traditional meals, this guide has something for everyone.  Want to become more land based in your lifestyle, consider planting a Three Sister Garden next summer or harvesting wild rice in this great province.  This guide has something for everyone.

Find the INDIGENOUS CULINARY ARTS guide here:

RRCLibrary.libguides.com/Indigenous_Culinary

or

  1. Go to library.rrc.ca
  2. Click on “Your GUIDE is ready
  3. Select the subject box – INDIGENOUS CUINARY ARTS is in the INDIGENOUS EDUCATION section – to see all the guides on this subject
  4. Click the desired guide and you have a great starting point.

Other guides you may find interesting:

  • Food and Kitchen Safety(rrclibrary.libguides.com/FoodKitchenSafety)
  • Restaurant Management(libguides.com/restaurant)
  • Culinary Arts (rrclibrary.libguides.com/Culinary)

What is a Guide?

Guides are curated web pages created by our library staff. Many people who are starting to explore a topic aren’t sure where to start – there are so many options and it can be overwhelming.

Guides are a starting spot for students looking for more information on a particular topic in the collection. A guide will typically include featured books and journals (both print and electronic), databases, Videos (DVDs and streaming) and websites. They may also include specialized information specific to the topic (i.e. WHIMIS or resources specific to an assignment).

Do not hesitate to contact guide owners (information is on the guide) if you have any suggestions to improve this guide (content or special interest areas) or stop by the library – we would love to hear from you. If you would like to see a specific guide for a particular topic please let us know.

We encourage you to share this resource with your students, include it on your Learn site and help us promote this Library tool.

Guides for Engineering and Construction Technology Students

January 13, 2020

From Construction Management to Civil engineering to Electronic and Electrical Engineering to CAD and Mechanical Engineering – the Guides have you covered. The systems we use to stay interconnected are constantly evolving – stay connected with Library resources to get the most out of your time with RRC.

Find the ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY guides here:

RRCLibrary.libguides.com/Engineering

or

  1. Go to library.rrc.ca
  2. Click on “Your GUIDE is ready
  3. Select the subject box – ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY – to see all the guides on this subject
  4. Click the desired guide and you have a great starting point.

Guides in this collection include:

Related guides of interest

What is a Guide?

Guides are curated web pages created by our library staff. Many people who are starting to explore a topic aren’t sure where to start – there are so many options and it can be overwhelming.

Guides are a starting spot for students looking for more information on a particular topic in the collection. A guide will typically include featured books and journals (both print and electronic), databases, Videos (DVDs and streaming) and websites. They may also include specialized information specific to the topic (i.e. WHIMIS or resources specific to an assignment).

Do not hesitate to contact guide owners (information is on the guide) if you have any suggestions to improve this guide (content or special interest areas) or stop by the library – we would love to hear from you. If you would like to see a specific guide for a particular topic please let us know.

We encourage you to share this resource with your students, include it on your Learn site and help us promote this Library tool.

Long Night Against Procrastination – Thursday, February 6, 2020

January 6, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020
3pm – 8pm
Notre Dame Campus Library
FREE!

Come to the NDC Library to work on that big paper, study for your test, get help with your math challenges, or learn strategies to balance College and personal life.

Library staff and tutors will be available to support your research and coursework.

Food, self-care activities, and much more!

Schedule

3pm-8pm
Library Research Help Desk

3pm-8pm
IT Help Desk

3pm-8pm
Art Therapy

3pm-7pm
Writing Skills/Communication Help Desk

3pm-7pm
Math Help Desk

3pm-6pm
Biological Science Help Desk

4pm-6pm
Job Search Help Desk
Student Employment Services staff will help with resume and cover letter writing, job search and application strategies, preparing for interviews and other questions you may have related to employment.

4pm-7pm
Trades Math and Science Desk

3:30pm-4pm
Coaching Corner – Verbal Communication Skills

4:00pm
Coaching Corner – Managing your Time

5pm-5:30pm
Coaching Corner – Writing an Academic Paper

6:00pm
Coaching Corner – Active Learning Strategies

Register

Please pre-register at www.rrc.ca/LNAP

Contact the Library for more information.