Thursday, July 20, 2017

Explore Canada's National Parks, The Sustainable Way

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Admission to all 39 Canadian national parks is 100% free in 2017! It’s the perfect time to explore the gorgeous natural landscapes of this great nation. From mountains, to sea-swept cliffs, boreal forests, fjords and everything in between, Canada is home to a wealth of natural areas waiting to be explored. Curious about the diversity of the national parks across this nation or looking for trip ideas? Parks Canada’s website is a great place to start. There are also a number of illuminating resources to be found in the NEOS catalogue:

National Geographic guide to the national parks of Canada, Second edition by National Geographic Society

The national parks of Canada by Kevin Alfred McNamee

Canada’s national parks: a celebration by Parks Canada

A century of Parks Canada: 1911-2011 by Claire Elizabeth Campbell

Interested in keeping it (relatively) local? The catalogue also contains many items devoted to the national parks of Alberta:

Elk Island National Park trail guide and map by Parks Canada

Banff, Jasper & Glacier national parks, 3rd ed. By Brendan Sainsbury

Jasper: the 10 premier hikes by Kathy Copeland

Banff: the 10 premier hikes by Kathy Copeland

Speaking of exploring by foot, how should visitors conduct themselves to minimize their ecological footprint? Adopting sustainable recreation practices is a great way to help ensure that these gems thrive for the enjoyment of generations to come. Once again, the catalogue comes to the rescue with books on low-impact recreation:

Leave No Trace: a guide to the new wilderness etiquette, 2nd ed. By Laura and Guy Waterman

Backwoods ethics: a guide to low-impact camping and hiking, 2nd ed. Rev. by Annette McGivney

Eating hearty in the wilderness with absolutely no cleanup: a backpacker's guide to good food and "leave no trace camping!" by Bern Kreissman

Have saddle, will travel: low-impact trail riding and horse camping by Don West

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Borrow a Lawn Chair From the Library!

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You have your ice cold drink and some reading material--what is missing?  A lawn chair!  Take advantage of #YEG’s beautiful sunny summers by borrowing a lawn chair from the HT Coutts Education Library so you can sit outside to read, study, or have lunch.  Use the cup holder to hold that icy cold drink or to hold your smartphone!

HT Coutts Education Library, located at the East Wing of the Education South building, owns 5 lawn chairs and is the only library on campus that circulates them.  Loan period is 4 hours per chair and they must be borrowed from and returned to HT Coutts Library.  Hours of service for this unit library can be found here:

And remember: The best seat in the library is outside!  So bring your OneCard and borrow a lawn chair to sit in any of our wonderful campus green spaces!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What does Canada Mean to You?: Photo Exhibit

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In celebration of Canada 150, UAlberta Libraries, in collaboration with UAlberta International, asked international students, "What does Canada mean to you?"

We took 75 student portraits with their answers and created a photo exhibit that will be on display in the Rutherford Galleria throughout July and August 2017.

Thank you to the UAlberta students who shared their thoughts with us for the exhibit. Please come by to check it out!

Augustana Library Receives Award for Human Library

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Congratulations to the Augustana Library staff who were awarded the 2017 Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects by the American Library Association (ALA) on June 26, 2017 for their innovation with the augustana human library project.

A human library is an initiative in which people called 'Readers' who want to learn about a specific topic 'check out' people called 'Human Books' for an hour of conversation. The conversations surround the lived experiences of prejudice and/or discrimination of the human books. Sample topics include anything related to sexual, gender, racial or cultural diversity.

The augustana human library is one of three projects selected to receive the 2017 ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008.

The program has garnered local and international attention for its commitment to the ongoing offering of the augustana human library. While a growing number of libraries throughout the world have offered a single human library, the Augustana Library has committed to the offering of the augustana human library each semester since 2009. With integration into Augustana's undergraduate curriculum, the augustana human library further distinguishes itself as an event filled with conversations that have a significant impact on the understanding of diversity and difference and the development of empathy.

Head Librarian of Augustana Library, Nancy Goebel, accepted the award in Chicago on behalf of these library staff:

  • Nancy Goebel
  • Kara Blizzard
  • Tanya Pattullo
  • Kathy Gadacz-Gould
  • Tom Merklinger
  • Melanie Kuntz
  • Mark Fulton

Congratulations to these individuals! The 18th augustana human library will occur at the Augustana Library in Camrose on Monday, October 2 from 6-10pm. All are welcome! Please see for the schedule of reads and listing of human books closer to October 2.

Friday, June 30, 2017

True North Strong and Free: A Virtual Nature Walk of Canada Coast to Coast

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Celebrate Canada Day with a virtual tour of the country! You can find videos about different provinces, territories, regions and areas of Canada in the Can Core Post Secondary database.

Visit the Maritimes and learn about the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick and the Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia. Explore the underwater food chain in Terra Nova National Park in Newfoundland and learn about the Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest crossing ice covered water, joining Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

See amazing aerial views of Niagara Falls and visit a polar bear habitat in Ontario. Tour Lower Canada, including Canada’s capital city of Ottawa and Quebec’s southern border region. Visit Torngat Mountain National Park to learn about land that originally belonged to the Nunatsiavut people from northern Labrador and the Nunavut Inuit of northern Quebec.

Visit the Prairies and see the Saskatchewan River Delta, the largest inland delta in North America, in east-central Saskatchewan and west-central Manitoba. Visit Lake Agassiz in Manitoba, formed 11,500 years ago from the meltwaters of a massive ice sheet or travel to the uranium mines in Saskatchewan. Explore the wonders of the continental divide, from Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park on the British Columbia/Alberta border to the soaring summits of Banff National Park.

On the West coast, visit sea lion colonies at St. Joseph’s Rocks in Haida Gwaii or tour the waterways of British Columbia. In Canada’s North, see the beautiful tundra of Nunavut, travel with an artist painting landscapes in White Pass, Yukon Territory, or learn about the geology of the Brock River Canyon near Paulatuk, Northwest Territories.

Happy Canada Day!