Sunday, December 9, 2018

Light Therapy at the Library!

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Light therapy at the library
Did you know you can borrow a light therapy lamp at the library?  University of Alberta Libraries is proud to have portable lamps available for students, faculty and staff. The loan period is for one hour, but you only need 20 minutes to feel the benefits!  

Light therapy is an effective way to combat S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder, helping you get through the dark winter months. Even if you are lucky enough not to suffer from S.A.D., using a  light therapy lamp can boost your mood and help you sleep better. Unlike tanning beds, whose ultraviolet rays have cancer-causing agents, therapy lamps are a safe technology with minimal risks. To reap the greatest benefits, it is recommended to use these lamps in the morning.

Where can you borrow one?  Rutherford, Cameron, Coutts, Winspear and Weir Libraries all have lamps, as do Bibliothèque Saint-Jean and Augustana Library.  All you need to do is go to the service desk, ask to borrow a light therapy lamp, and check it out with your OneCard! Then, plug it in.  That's it!

Come and sign out one today.  The more often you use it, the more it can help relieve stress and up your happiness quotient.  Who wouldn’t enjoy that?!

Mayo Clinic. (2018, December 3). Light Therapy. Retrieved from:

Monday, November 26, 2018

Stuff a Stocking for YESS

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It’s the giving season, and University of Alberta Libraries is encouraging everyone to support young people in need. Between December 3 and 18, you have the opportunity to fill the socks adorning the holiday trees at the H.T. Coutts Library and Bibliothèque Saint-Jean with items for Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS).

What can you trim the trees with? Here is a list of some of the most sought after items:
  • New wool socks 
  • New underwear, men’s &; women’s, all sizes 
  • Winter jackets 
  • Waterproof, quality winter gloves/mitts 
  • Toques 
  • Hand/foot warmers 
  • Winter boots and warm shoes, all sizes (but especially larger sizes, women’s 7-10, men’s 9-12) 
  • Belts 
  • Men’s & women’s deodorant 
  • Shampoo and conditioner for black youth (Cantu or Revlon recommended) 
  • Hand/body lotion 

Visit YESS’ website for a complete list of items in need and for more information on how you can support them this holiday season.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Art Installations at Coutts Library

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art show graphic
We are pleased to present an art installation prepared by the secondary education art students (EDSE 312/313) under the guidance of their instructor: Ron Wigglesworth. The students' ingenuity and creativity were challenged in these projects and the mixed media results are thought provoking.

Project 1 - Transformed or Reimagined Books

They were tasked to take a physical object making it represent an abstract idea infused with personal meaning. The students re-imagine, re-purpose and transform books to create multi-media art which addresses the students’ own experiences and represent social, political or ecological comment or shifts of ideas. Some students resisted changing or damaging the book and left it readable. This creative telling of the artists’ personal stories resulted in highly varied interpretations and iterations of work.

Project 2 - Big Data Visuality - Making sense of the numbers

We collect data on everything. Data is the new oil – a valuable resource of information used everywhere, from improving our quality of life to selling us things we don’t need. Can we bring those vast numbers to a human level?

"The first tree"Artist: Craig Emsley 
"Headdress" Artist: Tarryn Cardinal
1,000 paper feathers cut from a year book and a beaded feather.  

"The hat" Artist: Reanna Savard

 Intrigued? Visit Coutts Library over the next month to see more examples of amazing and thought provoking art by students in Education and Native Studies.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Sleep aid tools - Now available at the Scott Library

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A good night’s sleep is an important contributor to academic success, as well as our overall well-being. Yet, we’re often the architects of our own destruction: staying up an extra hour or four to get work done, texting or using other devices before bed or not maintaining a consistent sleep schedule. Breaking those habits is easier said than done, but thanks to a generous donation from the folks behind the Dream Big, Sleep Tight initiative, the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library has some new equipment available to help you get a good night’s sleep and give yourself a boost during energy lulls.

The Scott Library is lending out Blue Light Blocking Glasses and BLU Light Energy Lamps. Blue light, which is emitted by the sun and our digital devices, suppresses the sleep-promoting neurons in the brain and the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that initiates drowsiness. When we use our digital devices within a couple hours of going to bed, these physiological processes are hindered and it becomes more difficult to fall asleep. By wearing blue light blocking glasses, you can use your devices within two to three hours of bed without sabotaging your sleep.

The energy lights work the opposite way. If you have difficulty staying conscious in the morning or get groggy at midday, just 20-30 minutes with one of these lamps can help shake off the cobwebs and put you in an alert mindset. These lamps can also be used as a quick pick-me up if you’re feeling some of the effects of seasonal affective disorder (if this aspect appeals to you, we also lend out Light Therapy Lamps from a number of our campus libraries).

Visit the service desk at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library to borrow one of these phenomenal sleep tools. Both the lights and glasses can be borrowed for up-to three weeks at a time.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Learning from First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples

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As Canadians work towards Truth and Reconciliation, it is important that we listen to the voices of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. University of Alberta Libraries provides useful tools to foster understanding and build knowledge about Indigenous life with learning resources like the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Playlist.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Videos in the playlist focus on the history and effects of colonization of Canada by the Europeans, including how land treaties impacted the relationships between Indigenous peoples and settlers, the legacy of the residential schools established by settlers to educate Indigenous children, and violence against women leading to many missing and murdered Indigenous women.

New additions to the playlist include the eight part Canadian docu-drama series 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, based on Charles C. Mann's best-selling book.

You may have heard about the new reality show, First Contact which shares stories of Canadians learning about contemporary life of Indigenous peoples. The show takes six people on a 28-day journey intended to challenge their racist, unsympathetic, and prejudicial attitudes and teach them about the modern day Indigenous experience. If you want to check it out, it’s available in this collection.