From the Archives: Computers Take Over Reading Week

Thursday, Feb 10, 2022

Computers take over reading week

Source: Box 1796, February 16, 1983

For other stories from our past, visit the University Archives.

Making Your Ideas a Reality with Remote 3D Printing 

Monday, Feb 7, 2022

By Reyne Harrington 

Are you looking for the perfect personalized item but trying to stick to your student budget? Check out the MacEwan Makerspace! 

With campus shut down due to Covid restrictions, going in person to the Makerspace is not currently an option. However, it IS an option to print something remotely, and it's also free! I found an adorable design for a sturdy bookmark on Thingiverse, a free and easy-to-search database of user submitted 3D models, but more tech-savvy students can make their own designs using programs such as Tinkercad

The next step is to slice it using 3DPrinterOS. ‘Slicing’ creates the instructions that direct the 3D printer on exactly how to go about manifesting the design into physical reality. This allows you to adjust things like speed, density, temperature, the size of the object, and whether or not to use supports for pieces that stick out at a sharper angle. You can then send the file to one of MacEwan’s Ultimaker 3D printers, and even watch it in action through the streaming video feed! 

During my experience with remote 3D printing, all of my questions, including the overwhelmingly broad “So…what do I do now?” was answered promptly and courteously by the Makerspace Tech Tutors via email. I was notified upon the completion of my print and was able to pick it up at the library the next day. Something called a ‘brim’ needed to be removed, which is just a thin bit of extra material around the edges that helps with stability during the print, and it snapped off easily without any issues. I think it turned out great! 

For more information on 3D printing, you can check out the Makerspace Website, or email with direct inquiries and requests. Stay safe and happy printing! 

Reyne Harrington (she/her) is in her first year of the Library and Information Technology program at MacEwan University, and works in the Makerspace as a Tech Tutor. She is a mature student with a young family, and an avid gamer. 

Digital Display: Black History Month

Monday, Jan 31, 2022

MacEwan is celebrating Black History Month with several events that anyone in the MacEwan community can participate in. We put together this display as part of celebrating Black History Month.


Education, Equality and Justice in The New Normal: Global Responses to The Pandemic by Inny Accioly and Donaldo P. Macedo

Nelson Mandela: Peace Through Reconciliation by Neera Chandhoke

Black and Sexy: A Framework of Racialized Sexuality by Tracie Q. Gilbert

Racial Trauma in The School System: Naming the Pain by Connesia Handford and Ariel Marrero

No Real Choice: How Culture and Politics Matter for Reproductive Autonomy by Katrina Kimport

Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis by Zakiya Luna and Whitney Pirtle

The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in The African Diaspora by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece by Salamishah Tillet

Print Books:

Power Hungry: Women of the Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer and Their Fight to Feed a Movement by Suzanne Cope

A History of The Harlem Renaissance by Rachel Farebrother and Miriam Thaggert

Depictions of Home in African American Literature by Trudier Harris

African Americans in The Human Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities by Vanessa P. Jackson, Jacqueline M. Holland, and Julia R. Miller Arline

Black Lives and Digi-Culturalism: An Afrocentric Perspective by Kehbuma Langmia

African Europeans: An Untold History by Olivette Otele

Beyond Civil Disobedience: Social Nullification and Black Citizenship by Charles Peterson

Meet MacEwan Library's Newest PAWSS Pup

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022

Meet Bella, the newest addition to PAWSS! If you are in need of some puppy cuddles or a much-needed study break, you can find Bella in the Library on Sundays with her handler Jamie.


Digital Display: Mental Health Week

Friday, Jan 21, 2022

This year, January 24—January 28 is Mental Health Week at MacEwan. Mental Health Week is about building community, raising awareness about mental health issues, and supporting students, faculty and staff who are seeking help or want to be helpful. As part of Mental Health Week, we put together this collection of digital resources about mental health.

If you are concerned about your mental health and are seeking help, please visit the MacEwan Mental Health Resources page.

To Read:

5 Thieves of Happiness – author John Izzo Ph.D is.a Canadian researcher who shares in this ebook how to develop, and defend the happiness that is our true nature.

10 Steps to Mastering Stress: A Lifestyle Approach, Updated Edition – this ebook from Oxford University Press goes through practical strategies for living a more balanced life.

Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference – a ebook collection of essays including Sarah van Gelder, Wendell Berry and other contributors to YES! Magazine, an independent and nonpartisan publication whose goal it is to inspire a more equitable and Earth-friendly world.

To Watch:

Happiness – streaming video part of the series 6 Billion Others that looks at 5000 interviews with people around the world.

Joy of Winter – A CBC documentary from 1962 reminding us why Canada and winter are great. 

Stash Short Film Festival: Comedy 

Stash Short Film Festival: Comedy 2 

Truth About Improving Your Mental Health – a BBC documentary featuring England footballer Alex Scott looking at wellbeing during the pandemic.

Borrowing Textbooks from the Library

Thursday, Jan 13, 2022

To provide textbook access to as many students as possible, loan lengths are restricted to 24hrs. This means library textbooks cannot replace the level of access you would have when purchasing/renting your own copy. 

To borrow a textbook from the library: 

  • Get your textbook information:
    • Enter your student ID# in bookstore textbook list generator 
    • Log into Blackboard and get your textbook title from your course syllabus 
    • OR search for your textbook in the Library catalogue.
  • Return your textbook
    • Be sure to return your textbook before the Library closes the following day.

Additional textbook access options: 

See our Textbook and Course Materials for Students page for more ways to get access to your textbooks including renting, requesting scanned portions of your textbook, and more. 

Digital Display: Christmas

Monday, Dec 13, 2021

Did you know we create themed book displays in the library? This is our purely digital version, so you can get in the holiday spirit without even leaving your home! 

To Read:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Christmas: A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes

Christmas is Germany: a Cultural History by Joe Perry

Inventing the Christmas Tree by Bernd Brunner

The Twelve Cakes of Christmas: An Evolutionary History, with Recipes by H.M. Leach, Mary Browne, and Raelene Inglis

Carolina Christmas: Archibald Rutledge's Enduring Holiday Stories by Jim Casada

To Watch:

Christmas Craker

Four Christmases

A Christmas Carol

The Christmas Clause

To Listen:

The Celebration

Classical Music for The Christmas Holiday, Vol. 1

A Christmas Celebration

Christmas: a Classical Celebration

The Ultimate Jazz Christmas

Opportunity to Publish

Monday, Dec 13, 2021

Call for Submissions: MacEwan University Student eJournal (MUSe) 

Have you produced something worthy of publication this term? The MacEwan University Student eJournal (MUSe) is always looking for new submissions from upper-level students with the endorsement of a faculty member. 

Submissions may include scholarly or creative works in any digital format. Works undergo a rigorous peer-review process by fellow students under the mentorship of a faculty section editor. 

To submit works and learn more, visit:

Questions? Email

Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Friday, Nov 26, 2021

December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, also known as "White Ribbon Day." This day is in commemoration of the École Polytechnique shootings that took place in 1989. It is a day reserved for mourning, reflection, and action. We have compiled some library materials below to guide your learning.

If you or someone you know needs resources or assistance, please visit this page created and maintained by the Canadian Association of Social Workers. 

To Read:

A Blueprint for Canada's National Action Plan on Violence against Women and Girls by Canadian Network of Women's Shelters & Transition Houses

Beyond The Logic of Emblemization: Remembering and Learning From the Montreal Massacre by Sharon Rosenburg and Roger I. Simon

Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Donna Decker

December 6-National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women by Karen Kading

Promising Practices to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls: Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women by Hélène LeBlanc

Rage and Resistance: a Theological Reflection on the Montreal Massacre by Theresa M. O'Donovan

Taking Action to End Violence Against Young Women and Girls in Canada by Marilyn Gladu

The Montreal Massacre: A Story of Membership Categorization Analysis by Peter Eglin and Stephen Hester

The Ribbon and the Rose by Amanda Goldrick-Jones

Violence Against Women in Canada: Effective Approaches and Resources by Marika Morris

To Watch:

After the Montreal Massacre

Beyond December 6

From the Archives: Official Opening of the URDC

Monday, Nov 22, 2021

Celebrations to mark the official opening of the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC) took place in the Galleria at the Jasper Place Campus at Grant MacEwan Community College (GMCC), Wednesday, October 14, 1987. Dr. Roman Petryshyn, director of the new centre, welcomed Grant MacEwan President, Dr. Gerald Kelly and Mr. Peter Kossowan, Chairman of the Board of Governors, both of whom expressed their best wishes for the success of URDC. Congratulations were also offered by: Mr. Yarko Skrypnyk, Vice-President of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee (UCC) - National Council; Mrs. Lydia Shulakewych, UCC Provincial Council; Dr. Peter Savaryn, past Chancellor of the University of Alberta and Mr. Andrij Semotiuk, Endowment Chairman of the URDC Implementation Group. Mr. Semotiuk presented the new centre with a cheque for $100,000 for the operation of its Implementation Phase during 1987-88 and announced a commitment to raise an additional $350,000 endowment within the Ukrainian community in the next year. The initial donation by the Ukrainian Canadian Committee originated as a grant from the Secretary of State.

The official segment of the URDC opening ceremonies was followed by a wine and cheese reception attended by over two hundred people. Among the guests were federal, provincial and municipal government representatives, GMCC administrative personnel and staff from various college divisions and Ukrainian community leaders. Entertainment included musical offerings on two Ukrainian folk instruments, the bandura and lira. A CBC film crew was present at the event and taped footage to be included in a documentary about multiculturalism airing in mid-November on the nationwide program, The Journal. (Source: URDC Newsletter, Fall 1987, 2020-09-24/97 Box 15 Folder 1).

For other stories from our past, visit the University Archives.

Copy of URDC Cheque 1987