Articles tagged with: Students

  • 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:
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    For your desktop:

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    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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  • Book a spot!

    With the University now in stage 3 of its reopening process, we are pleased to offer increased study options in the James A. Gibson Library. Fifty individual study spots are available for pre-booking.

    Two or three-hour time slots are available during weekday mornings and afternoons. The Library closes between 12 and 1pm for cleaning.

    Make your booking now!

    Questions? Please email libhelp@brocku.ca

     

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  • Instructors encouraged to submit fall term reading lists soon

    Reserve request processing for the fall term is underway at Brock University Library.

    To ensure your students have access to their fall course materials, we encourage you to submit reading lists as soon as possible. Ideally by August 3, 2021.  

    An instructor self-serve option is also available, providing flexibility to instructors who wish to do this work themselves. All self-submissions will get a final check for copyright compliance, and will then be active for students. 

    A note about print reserve readings:

    While we encourage instructors to continue using online alternatives, print reserves will resume for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    It is important for instructors to consider the element of risk in choosing to use print reserves for your course: If strict public health measures were to resume, these materials might be inaccessible for your students. Electronic readings have the benefit of being available to students no matter the changing public health measures.

    Several alternatives to print resources are available including the creation of course-specific online packs. The Reserves team is ready to work with you to develop these for your students. More information about non-print options is available. Liaison Librarians are also available to help you identify alternate resources. 

    The E-Textbook Challenge.

    Providing digital access to some textbooks may be hindered by the textbook publishers because most textbooks are not available to libraries in any format other than print.  Most of the major textbook publishers — Pearson, Cengage, Houghton, McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press Canada Textbooks, Elsevier Imprints, Thieme — do not sell e-textbooks to libraries. This means that for courses that have adopted textbooks from these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook have no alternative access to the textbook contents. 

    Questions? reserve@brocku.ca

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  • Cheering on the Class of 2021

    Congratulations to the 2021 Brock University Graduating Class.

    We’ve shared late nights and early mornings with you. We’ve been at the ready when you’ve dashed in to print assignments and loaned countless course reserve readings and whiteboard markers. We’ve explained the research process, and taught dozens of workshops from 3D printing and ArcGIS to programming, research 101, and yoga.

    All of those interactions big and small, in-person and online have led to this great day – your graduation from Brock University.  We are proud of your accomplishments and offer our whole-hearted best wishes.

    Surgité!

     

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