Friday, February 10, 2017

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

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This year, the province of Alberta officially recognized February as Black History Month for the first time. In honour and celebration of Black History Month, University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) is holding an event to showcase and amplify black voices, experiences, and lives.

From Monday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 24 “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” displays will be available at Rutherford, Cameron, and Coutts libraries on North Campus, as well as at Bibliothèque Saint-Jean and Augustana. All books included (over 250!) are either by black writers or about significant people, historical events, or movements. Works by and about black Canadians are also featured. They cover a wide variety of genres, styles, and topics, and include modern works and established classics. Some brand new titles specifically ordered for the event are available!

Unlike our typical library displays, you’ll notice that these books are wrapped in brown paper. This is to acknowledge the historic invisibility of black voices and experiences, expose our university community to new stories and perspectives, and encourage readers to explore the diversity of our library collections.

Keywords on the wrapping will help you select your book of choice. Once you pick a book, take it to the library’s Service Desk to check it out. Unwrap your selection when you’re ready to read and return it to the library once you’re finished.

For those who cannot engage with print material, a list of ebooks and other online sources is available HERE. A list of all books featured in this event will be published after the event has ended.

Participate in “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” and you can enter to win three brand new books from the event’s master list! Details on how to enter are available at the displays or you can enter HERE.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tired of Trying to Figure Out What’s Fake News? Try PressReader

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It’s no secret that fake news is filling up our social media feeds. Many respected news sources aim to provide citizens with the factual information we need to participate in democracy and generate informed opinions on government decisions.

PressReader, a subscription service brought to you by the UAlberta Libraries, gives the university community access to over 5,000 news sources from 100+ countries in 60+ languages. Titles include The Edmonton Journal,  The National Post, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and The Guardian.

Visit the site to catch-up on daily news stories. Create an account to customize the newspapers and topics you wish to see regularly. Some tips for using PressReader:

  • University campus is a HotSpot, which means that university computers and wifi connections allow for access without signing in.
  • If you are offsite, you can login to PressReader through and sign in with your CCID.
  • PressReader’s mobile app (now available for Android as well as Apple, Blackberry, and Microsoft) allows for reading offline from anywhere. You will need to reactivate access every 7 days by going to PressReader via the Libraries website on your reading device. 

For further instructions and options, check out a handy guide from PressReader.

Click here to start using PressReader today!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Images of Research Competition Deadline Extended to Feb.13, 2017

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Exciting news, graduate students!

The Images of Research competition deadline has been extended until Monday at 5:00 PM, February 13, 2017.

Capitalize on the weekend and create an image that reflects your research. You could win CASH PRIZES!

For more information on entry details, visit our webpage.

Monday, February 6, 2017

School of Dentistry Centennial Exhibit at Scott Health Sciences Library

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The School of Dentistry is 100 years old! We are celebrating this major milestone with an exhibit at the J.W. Scott Health Sciences Library. Come and explore the school's history through the evolution of dental tools, publications by faculty members, and students’ achievements that tell the School of Dentistry's story.

In 1917, just nine years after the founding of the University of Alberta, the first class of aspiring dental professionals was admitted to the newly established dentistry program. Since then, the school has developed into a world class teaching and research institute, responding to the needs of the community, adapting to the times and tackling each decade’s unique challenges. It also has the distinction of being the first and only university providing dental education in Western Canada for 41 years until 1958. 

This illuminating exhibit will be on display at the J.W. Scott Health Sciences Library until March 31, 2017. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Instructors: Course Readings at Your Students' Fingertips!

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Instructors, have we got a service for you!

Send the library your course reading list and we will provide you with durable links to online articles and ebooks. You can use these links in eClass and on course websites so your students will have easy access to class readings. Usually, some ebooks may only be accessed by a limited number of people at a time but when you use this service, we raise user limits on e-books for course readings.

Also, at your request, we will add print items to the library reserve room of your choice that students may borrow for short term loans.

The library already has many required textbooks available in our reserve rooms through a partnership with the Bookstore.  If your course text needs to be added please include it in your request.

And, as always, Ask Us if you have questions!