Articles tagged with: Students

  • ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship Contest, 2022

    The Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Award program provides software, books, training, funding and other benefits to undergraduate and graduate students at universities across Canada who can demonstrate competent use of Esri’s geospatial technologies.

    Brock University has been privileged to take part in the Scholarship Award program for the last 9 years. This year, the 2022 Esri Scholarship Competition will be held virtually with a deadline for applicants set for April 1st. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus additional books, software, and learning opportunities.

    The successful applicant will be required to complete a poster and an ArcGIS StoryMap by June 1, 2022 outlining how they used ESRI’s suite of products to enhance or conduct their research. Projects may include personal research, academic projects or even course assignments.

    Brock’s 2021 recipient was Jessica Linzel who “Reimagines Historical Topics with GIS”.

    Read the stories of previous recipients and information for student applicants.

    Questions? sjanzen@brocku.ca

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  • What’s new 2022?

    Welcome to the Winter 2022 term. Your library has the people and resources you can count on for academic success.

    With classes running online this month, library hours and services have been adjusted. Read about the changes and keep up-to-date by monitoring the Library Resources and Services Amid COVID-19 page.

    Have you made resolutions to try something new or, perhaps leave a habit behind? Get inspired by the Fresh Start book collection. A mix of print and online titles, topics include mindfulness, healthy eating, positive aging, friendship, and living sustainably.

    If academic improvement is on your list, explore new content for Research Help On-Demand. Learn the mechanics of research with short videos and lessons on peer-review and compiling annotated bibliographies among other must know topics for success in your studies.

    The Wellness Book Club returns this term with Liaison Librarian and Fitness Instructor Justine Cotton leading participants through a reading of Dr. John Ratey’s 2008 book Spark: The Revolutionary new Science of Exercise and the Brain. Sign up at: bit.ly/wellnessbookclubwinter2022 

    And, on the topic of wellness, Library Yoga with Liaison Librarian and Yoga Instructor Chelsea Humphries, returns this month with online sessions via ExperienceBU  and an in-person event coming later this spring.

    Best of luck on the term ahead!

     

     

     

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  • Winter wellness reading group forming soon

    Registration for the Library’s Winter Wellness Book Club, beginning in February 2022, is now open.  Reading for ‘fun’ has so many positive effects on our physical and emotional health, from better sleep to increased empathy for others.  This term, we will be reading Dr. John Ratey’s 2008 book Spark: The Revolutionary new Science of Exercise and the Brain (watch his TEDx talk). 

    Ratey’s book teaches us all about the benefits of exercise for all aspects of brain health, using stories and science to promote physical activity.  In this Book Club we will be getting the positive effects of reading PLUS learning all about how exercise can reduce your stress and boost your brain fitness! 

    The Book Club will be hosted by Liaison Librarian (and Fitness Instructor!), Justine Cotton, who is passionate about sharing the life-changing benefits of exercise and reading.  You can contact her with any questions at jcotton@brocku.ca 

    SIgn up at: bit.ly/wellnessbookclubwinter2022 

     

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  • Student exhibit explores the love and care of plants

    James A. Gibson Library Student Assistants are beautifying our display cases with striking new exhibits on a variety of themes.

    This month, the interior library cases are exhibiting the work of Chyna-Rose Bennett whose display “is all about plants, and plant care, as I have a love for plants and wanted to share it with the Brock community.” She notes that “plants have been a huge part of my life this past year, and they have really helped me cope with the isolation of the pandemic.”

    The exhibit features tips on plant maintenance and care and features a selection of Brock books which will be available to borrow when the display ends at the end of the month.

    Stop in and view the exhibit which runs until the holiday break. Many thanks to Chyna-Rose.

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  • Featured Collection: Student Picks

    During Welcome Week 2021, we put out a large white board and asked you “What was the last good book you read?” We were impressed by the variety of titles. What a well rounded bunch of readers you Badgers are!

    The list of titles included classics works such as Lust for Life by Irving Stone, Canadian literary fiction such as Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor, Murder on the Orient Express, by renowned mystery fiction writer Agatha Christie, to popular non-fiction works such as Atomic Habits (James Clear), and The Mastery of Love: a practical guide to the art of relationship (Don Miguel Ruiz) and of course being the life long learners that you university students are, even titles such as How to Watch Television (E.Thompson & J.Mittell) and A History of Economic thought (W.Barber).

    We loved the book suggestions so much, that we went out and bought them all! (or at least the titles we didn’t already have).  You can browse the full list of Student Picks in Omni and of course place a hold on any of them (Holiday reading anyone?).

    We plan to put them all on display in the Learning Commons soon.  Keep your eye out!

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  • End of term resources to support students

    As we approach the end of term, the Library along with colleagues in A-Z Learning Services and Student Wellness and Accessibility Services are keen to support Brock students completing final assignments and preparing for exams.

    A-Z Learning Services has excellent guides available to help you with:

    Learning Skills Specialists are also running several online drop-in study sessions that you can visit to study with others, or get help on a specific assignment or question.

    Student Wellness and Accessibility Services offer unique sessions related to exam readiness and combatting test stress.

    Student mental health and wellness go hand-in-hand with academic success and are the focus of a new Library wellness webpage ready for you to explore.

    Finally, if you could use a little motivation download one of our new phone and desktop wallpaper designs. ⬇️

    For your phone:
    don't quit phone wallpaperYou've Got This phone wallpaper

    For your desktop:

    keep going! desktop wallpaper

    You've got this desktop wallpaper

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  • The Wellness Book Club

    If you love to read, you may already know the many benefits of reading for fun.  For instance, one 2009 study from the University of Sussex found that reading for just 6 minutes can significantly reduce stress!  Reading also has the power to improve sleep, increase emotional intelligence, and enhance overall wellbeing.   

    Brock students are invited to sign up for a Wellness Book Club that will run virtually during the month of November.  Hosted by Humanities Liaison Librarian, Justine Cotton, the details are as follows:  

    • Up to 15 students may participate 
    • Participants will need to visit campus* to pick up the book (the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt) 
    • The group will have 1-2 online meetings over MS Teams during November to chat about the book 

    As part of the Club, students will also have the option of participating in a research study exploring the impact of reading on stress levels in university students.  

    Sign-up now or email jcotton@brocku.ca for more details about the Club and/or the research study (REB# 21-058-COTTON).

    *please note Brock University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for On-Campus 

     

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  • Welcome Back to Campus

    Wednesday, September 8 update for the James A. Gibson Library:

    For your safety:

    • Masks required at all times.
    • Seat booking is not required.
    • Attending online lectures? We recommend the individual study carrels on floors 5, 6 & 7. Please use headphones.
    • No food permitted. Lidded drinks okay.
    • Classrooms A & B are not available for drop-in use.
    • Seating has been reduced to encourage physical distancing.

    Questions?
    Visit the Ask Us desk or libhelp@brocku.ca

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  • Omni partnership pays dividends

    Brock University students, staff, and faculty can now use Omni to request shared physical resources quickly and easily from across all 16 Omni partner institutions, a collection of nearly 23.5 million resources.

    Read more about this innovative collaboration in the Brock News and learn how to make your request in just a few clicks.

    Questions? libhelp@brocku.ca

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  • Public library collaboration makes a virtual return

    Take advantage of the great online resources from your public library by signing up for free accounts.

    The St. Catharines and Thorold Public Libraries extend free memberships to Brock students in the two communities.

    Popular magazines, audio books, streaming videos and music are available for you borrow with your public library card, and offer the perfect complement to our more scholarly collections.

    Join today!

    St. Catharines Public Library

    Thorold Public Library

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