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Library offers access to Learn Alberta’s Online Reference Centre

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By: Anne Beaty

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:28 am

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Airdrie Public Library (APL) offers numerous e-resources, and one in particular is exceptionally good for both teachers and students, thanks to an ongoing partnership between the Government of Alberta and The Alberta Library.

Based on the Province’s K-12 curriculum, Learn Alberta’s Online Reference Centre (ORC) is a collection of digital resources that is available at school, the library and anywhere else there is an Internet connection.

“It’s basically a database of databases,” said Amanda Rodrigue, a SAIT practicum student currently working at APL.

The reference centre provides not only reliable digital resources; it also includes the recommended grades for which the resources are intended.

For teachers, a big benefit of using ORC is that they know their students are getting the information they need from dependable sources, and not relying on unknown or unreliable websites.

“You know that your students are learning from a reliable source,” Rodrigue said. “They’re learning facts.”

For the students, the databases provide a wide range of opportunities for learning.

“It provides students information they need for homework, projects,” she said. “There are a lot of options.”

While the reference centre can be accessed directly from the library and local schools, a username and password are required to access it remotely. This information is available at both APL and schools, and Rodrigue is hoping that as people become more familiar with ORC, they will use it to its fullest advantage.

“It‘s definitely a great resource and it needs to be used,” she said.

For more information on ORC or any other e-resources available through the library, visit APL online at, call 403-948-0600 or drop by the library.

Coming up at APL – AHS Spring Wellness: Relaxation and Meditation for Stress, May 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Online registration is required.


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