16 Canadian Books to read for Pride Week

Happy Pride! Pride Week is one of the primary arts and cultural festivals in Canada, and is also celebrated worldwide. Although June is often recognized as Pride Month, this year, Halifax Pride is being celebrating between the 12th and 22nd of August.   For many, celebrating Pride means dressing up, going to festivals or parades, waving our pride flags and accepting and expressing ourselves, and other peoples’ identities.    Although Pride is a great time to be vibrant and joyful, it’s important to remember that Pride hasContinue reading “16 Canadian Books to read for Pride Week”

New to SMU? Apply for your ID card today!

Ah, move-in weekend. The excitement! The chaos! The- hey, where’s your ID card? Uh oh- did you forget to apply online, well in advance? Your university ID card is so many things- your library card, your bus pass, your meal card for on-campus dining, and your ticket into the Homburg Centre (the gym), among otherContinue reading “New to SMU? Apply for your ID card today!”

This Canada Day, Take a Deeper Dive into Canada’s History

July 1 is a chance to reflect on our country’s history, present, and future. To do that, we need to educate ourselves- perhaps beyond what we’ve learned in school. Canadians of all demographics can learn more about our own country by exploring Canada’s history- the good and the bad- through numerous online resources. You canContinue reading “This Canada Day, Take a Deeper Dive into Canada’s History”

Patrick Power Library opening for evening and weekend hours

Are you a student in Halifax taking summer courses? Starting Monday, July 5th, the Library will be expanding to evening and weekend hours for individual bookable study spaces! Time slots available will be as follows: Monday – Thursday: 9 am-12 pm 1-4 pm 5-8 pm Friday: 9 am-12 pm 1-4 pm Saturday: Closed Sunday: 1-4Continue reading “Patrick Power Library opening for evening and weekend hours”

Why Lifelong Learning is Critical During National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to reflect upon and learn about the unique histories, cultures, and heritages of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities.  National Indigenous History Month is a call to action for settler-Canadians to improve our understanding of Canada’s colonial past andContinue reading “Why Lifelong Learning is Critical During National Indigenous History Month”

Some Resources for Learning about Residential Schools in Canada

The recent discovery of the unmarked burial ground in Kamloops B.C has prompted many Canadians to think about and reflect on our knowledge (or lack thereof) about residential schools in Canada. Starting in the 1800s and running until 1996, residential schools were established by Christian churches and sponsored by the Canadian government to assimilate IndigenousContinue reading “Some Resources for Learning about Residential Schools in Canada”

5 Ways the Library Can Help Improve Your Academic Achievement

Convocation is this week, and most likely, if you’re a graduating student, you know about the Patrick Power Library and some of the services we provide. However, what you may not know is how these services can significantly impact your overall academic achievement during your time at Saint Mary’s University.  A significant amount of evidenceContinue reading “5 Ways the Library Can Help Improve Your Academic Achievement”

Library’s Successful Research Toolkit starts May 10

Research assistants, teaching assistants, and graduate students, take note: the library’s Research Toolkit workshops are back! Running next week, from May 10-13, the Research Toolkit workshops are a great opportunity for students to connect with information experts and with other students, as well as a chance to ask questions and expand their research skills andContinue reading “Library’s Successful Research Toolkit starts May 10”

Furthering Digital Accessibility: An Ongoing Journey

This is a guest post by Harriette L. Spiegel, Ph.D, a Fulbright Canada 2020-2021 Scholar and Research Chair, who is here at Saint Mary’s from the University of Tennessee at Martin studying digital accessibility. Before laws were passed regarding digital accessibility (in the U.S. we have the Americans With Disabilities Act or ADA, Section 508Continue reading “Furthering Digital Accessibility: An Ongoing Journey”