Alberta Digital Library Serves Red Crow College

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Tribal College News


LAUNCHING DIGITAL LIBRARY. Andy Black Water, RCCC Board of Governors Chairperson, and RCCC President Marie Smallface-Marule. Photo by Ron Good Striker.

Red Crow Community College, a First Nations college on the Blood Reserve in Canada, is one of several postsecondary institutions to benefit from a new cutting-edge digital resource. The Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library (LHCADL) will change the landscape of information accessibility for Alberta’s learners, researchers, and faculty, according to Mary Weasel Fat, Red Crow library coordinator.

Red Crow (RCCC) was one of five sites to participate in the live broadcast launch last September. “The electronic databases will enhance our First Nations student and staff learning immensely. They will have access to a multitude of databases to assist them,” says Weasel Fat, who is also the First Nations tribal college representative on the core digital library committee.

In Edmonton, Premier Ed Stelmach, Advanced Education and Technology Minister Doug Horner, Jim Hole, and University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera joined via video conference with MLAs and other guests at SAIT (Calgary), Red Crow Community College, Portage College (Lac La Biche), and Medicine Hat College to showcase the potential of Alberta’s leading digital library.

“We had a colorful ribbon cutting ceremony, Blackfoot style. Our newly elected student body president, Sheena Tailfeathers, and I held the ribbon as our Board of Governors Chairperson and Elder’s Advisory Committee Representative Andy Black Water and our president, Marie Smallface-Marule, cut the ribbon,” says Weasel Fat.

As the ribbon was being cut, powwow singer Charles Eagle Speaker sang a victory song signifying the college’s successful participation in the LHCADL project. Eagle Speaker also beaded the scissors to cut the ribbon.

Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library components include the following: developing a collection of digital resources to support research and learning across the province; licensing digital journals, books, reference materials, and other specialized information to support the program needs of 35 Alberta post-secondary institutions; retrospective digitization of materials – from monographs to journals, newspapers, manuscripts, audio and video files, art, maps, artifacts, and specimens; and building the technical infrastructure, staff resources, and information literacy programming to optimize the integration of digital content into the learning environments for Albertans.

The digital library currently contains over 4.5 million licensed items, including academic journals, encyclopedias, magazine and newspaper articles, literary criticisms, and video clips.

Lois Hole’s unwavering support of libraries and her commitment to inclusiveness and literacy made her the natural choice for the library’s name,” says Premier Stelmach. “Lois worked tirelessly to make higher education available to everyone. The Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library is the perfect symbol of her immense contribution to libraries and learning.”

The Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library is at: For information, contact: Rob First Charger, communication; Neil Shade, information technology; or Mary Weasel Fat at Red Crow Community College, telephone number (403) 737-2400.

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