Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Collection Spotlight: Alberta Survey

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Looking for survey data on public opinion here in Alberta? Check out the Alberta Survey.

Thirty-five years of Alberta Survey data is available in Dataverse, the University of Alberta Libraries’ data repository. The Alberta Survey, previously known as the Edmonton Area Survey and the All Alberta Survey, measures the public opinion of Albertans on a diverse range of public policy concerns.  Survey data, collected between 1977 and 2014, was compiled by UAlberta’s Population Research Lab in the Department of Sociology.

Each dataset in Dataverse includes a downloadable SPSS data file, a codebook, and a methodology report. Survey data can be searched and manipulated within Dataverse, including the ability to search for unique variables across datasets, and perform advanced statistical analyses.

Check out the Alberta Survey data in Dataverse.
Need help?  Contact data library staff.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Celebrate Science Literacy Week

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I have no special talents.  I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein, 11 March 1952

Science Literacy Week is a national week-long celebration of science in Canada.  From September 19 to 23, 2016, University of Alberta Libraries will host a number of presentations, demos, and displays showcasing the diverse scientific research conducted by staff and students all across the University of Alberta.  From paleontology and particle physics, to citizen scientists and satellites, the breadth of knowledge and research is amazing!  Science Literacy Week gives students and staff the opportunity to get up close and personal with scientific research and learn what goes on behind lab room doors from those who are passionately curiously about their research and work.

So put on your lab coat, find your best beaker, and check out the schedule for a complete list of events!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Research and Collections Resource Facility Update

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There has been a lot of progress at the RCRF building site on South Campus since our last update in July.  Slab has been poured and the framing of the building has begun.

In addition, RCRF Planning Team members and other library staff have been engaged in a range of other activities to ensure that the right collections are moved to the RCRF, that they are findable throughout the move process, and that archival materials in particular are adequately preserved in their new location.

Microform collections, currently in various locations, are being evaluated for consolidation at the RCRF in a cold room, specifically designed for holding microfilm, microfiche, and photographs.

With the first module of our new inventory software complete, staff at the Book and Records Depository [BARD] will be undertaking a project to barcode all shelves so that items can be easily located throughout the move process. This project will require the hiring of a few additional staff and the leasing of an additional cherry picker.  Staff use the cherry picker to reach our highest shelves at the BARD.

A Preservation Development Advisor from the Canadian Conservation Institute, Department of Canadian Heritage visited the library this summer to conduct a facility assessment of the RCRF and make recommendations regarding what is needed for it to meet requirements for Category A designation with the Movable Cultural Property (MCP) Program.  This designation, which University of Alberta Archives has had since 1978, gives access to tax incentives and grants for the donation or purchase of cultural property considered to have outstanding significance and national importance. To maintain this designation, the Archives - which will be moving into the RCRF - is expected to demonstrate an ability to ensure the long-term preservation of cultural property and to make it available to the public.  A working group, which will be chaired by Robert Desmarais, Head, Special Collections & Archives, is being formed to ensure that all operational requirements are met to maintain this designation.

Visit the RCRF web page for more information and updates.

Post any questions or feedback below and and we’ll get back to you!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Borrow Course Textbooks from the Library

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The aim of the Libraries' Course Textbook Initiative is to increase student access to textbooks and offset student costs. The U of A Libraries allocates $100,000 annually to purchase selected course textbooks. $100,000 doesn’t cover all course textbooks, so, we follow these priorities:

  • Textbook is REQUIRED for the course (not recommended or optional)
  • Cost is $50 or more
  • 20 or more students are enrolled in the course

A small portion of the budget has been set aside to respond to student requests for textbooks that fall outside of these priorities. Suggest a purchase.

In order for as many students as possible to use these textbooks, they are made available in Library Reserve Collections, and may be borrowed for 2 hours during library hours.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dogs in the Library

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Take advantage of some four-legged TLC this fall! Throughout the term, UofA Libraries, in association with Unwind Your Mind, will be welcoming therapy dogs from the Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness and Learning Society (CAAWLS) to four of our north campus libraries (Rutherford, Cameron, John W. Scott Library and the Education Library).

Pet therapy has been shown to be a fun, enjoyable way to decrease feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Therapy dogs are wonderful listeners, love meeting new people, and are happy to indulge in a cuddle. We invite everyone to take break from their work and studies to spend some time with these canine therapists.

Upcoming dates, times, and locations are noted below.

* September 14th: John W. Scott Library, 12:30pm
* September 28th: Coutts Library, 12:00pm
* October 19th: Rutherford Library, 12:00pm
* October 19th: Cameron Library, 2:00pm
* October 26th: Scott Library 12:30pm
* October 27th: Coutts Library, 12:30pm
* November 2nd: Cameron Library, 12:00pm
* November 16th: Cameron Library, 12:00pm
* November 16th: Rutherford Library, 2:00pm
* November 30th: Cameron Library, 12:00pm
* December 1st: Coutts Library, 12:00pm
* December 7th: Rutherford Library, 2:00pm
* December 13th: Rutherford Library, 2:00pm
* December 14th: Scott Library, 12:30pm
* December 15th: Cameron Library, 12:00pm

Augustana students, did you know that the Augustana library is home to Hutch the Library Dog? Next time you’re in the library, be sure to stop by and see Hutch.

And remember, nothing brightens everyone’s day like dog photos. Share selfies of you and your favourite therapy dog on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: #CAAWLS, #dogsinthelibrary, and #uofalibraries. We’d also love to see them in our Twitter feed, @uofalibraries.