Tuesday, August 23, 2016

University of Alberta Libraries Announces Availability of Subscription Expenditures Data

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The University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) is pleased to announce the availability of its subscription expenditures data 2014-2016 via UAL’s Dataverse Network.  The release of this data furthers UAL’s commitment to its core principles of accountability, openness and transparency and aligns with key objectives in the University of Alberta’s Institutional Strategic Plan related to transparency, the timely communication of information, and access to shared, reliable institutional data. 

Kathleen De Long, Acting Vice-Provost, Learning Services and Chief Librarian, commented, “The Libraries supports the freedom of inquiry of our patrons and is dedicated to providing our community with access to information. We are keen to contribute to our community, and the broader open data movement, by allowing all citizens to access, share and reuse data that we produce.”
“While we can’t anticipate how people will make use of this open data set, we are excited to provide access to it in support of continued creativity and innovation within our community,” commented Denise Koufogiannakis, Associate University Librarian for Collection Strategies, Bibliographic Services, and Access Services.

This data set is just one of many currently accessible via the UAL open data web site, which includes APIs for a wide range of scholarly resources and UAL bibliographic data, open source code for various UAL development projects, metadata records for select collections, and UAL library statistics and survey data.

Please contact the Collection Strategies Unit at csu@ualberta.ca for questions or feedback about this data. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Five Things to Know about University of Alberta Libraries

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We have a library for that!

We have ten libraries covering all fields of study:

* Augustana Campus Library (Camrose)
* Bibliothèque Saint-Jean (Campus Saint-Jean)
* Bruce Peel Special Collections & Archives
* Cameron (Science and Technology)
* H.T. Coutts (Education and Physical Education)
* John W. Scott (Health Sciences)
* John A. Weir Law Library (Law)
* Rutherford (Humanities and Social Sciences)
* Winspear (Business)
* Book and Record Depository (BARD)

Feel free to visit and use any of these libraries, no matter your field of study.

Your OneCard is your library card 

How long can you borrow books? What are your borrowing privileges? Find out here.

To avoid fines:
* Read your email notification of due dates
* Renew books online with My Account
* Return recalled books by their due date

Your OneCard can also be used to borrow materials from Edmonton Public Library by registering for the free L-PASS program. You can also use your OneCard to get a TAL Card to borrow from libraries across the province, including Camrose!

Search our collections online 

The University of Alberta Libraries is Canada's second largest research library, with a print and electronic collection exceeding 4.7 million titles and over 8.7 million volumes. In addition to using your OneCard to borrow books, as a member of the U of A community you can use your CCID and Password to access more than 110,000 scholarly ejournals, over 1.3 million ebooks, and over 1,700 online databases to help you succeed with academic research projects. And if we don’t have what you need, request it via interlibrary loan.

Browse our guides for information by subject, or start your search at www.library.ualberta.ca.

We have space for you 

We have great spaces and technology for you to get your work done, including:

designated common, quiet and silent areas, which have everything from individual carrels and comfortable soft seating to silent, technology free zones and large quiet reading rooms
* late night study hours in Cameron, Rutherford, and Augustana Libraries
* over 50 study and practice presentation rooms, varied in size and setup, that are bookable online
* over 700 Windows and over 100 Mac workstations, equipped with a wide range of browsers and office productivity software

Our spaces are open to everyone!

Ask us for help !

Feel free to come to any of our libraries to get research assistance at our service desks. Our staff can help you find what you need and teach you to use our resources. Can’t make it in person?  Chat, text, email, or call us.

We have librarian experts for every field of study. If you need in-depth assistance for a major project make an appointment with a librarian.

Questions? Ask us!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Over 336,000 People Have Accessed UAlberta's Hosted Open Access Journals! Have You?

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Open Access journals hosted by the University of Alberta Libraries have been viewed for free by almost every country in the last year. More than 336,000 users have visited our journals nearly half a million times.

Have you accessed any lately?

We host nearly 40 online journals using a popular open source software, Open Journal Systems. Each of our journals are edited and managed independently by diverse groups, such as scholarly societies, research groups, and student associations. They publish articles across a wide range of disciplines, from English to Pharmacy, but all share a common element: their articles are available entirely free of charge, to anyone who wants to read them.

Our journals have attracted readers from countries around the world. Not surprisingly, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia are our most frequent visitors. However, India, Germany, China, South Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia also make the top ten list. Visitors from the Turks and Caicos Islands spend the most time per visit on our site, while visitors from Iran have some of the highest rates of return visits. The only countries not represented are North Korea, and the Central African Republic.

Open access journals can be critical sources of high quality research information for scholars, students, practitioners, and the public, especially those who may lack access to well-resourced libraries or research centres. and we’re pleased to provide our hosting service free of charge to any Canadian journals who commit to making their content open access.

For more information about the UAlberta Libraries free journal hosting service, please contact ojshelp@ualberta.ca.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Research and Collections Resource Facility Update

We are keeping apace with our planning for the new Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF).  In fact, one of our key updates is that we’re considering a new name for the facility which better captures its function and sense of place…Bookmark.  What do you think?  Please comment with your feedback below.

At the building site on South Campus, you’ll see that the RCRF is literally taking shape!  The images below capture highlights from construction in June.

In addition to the advances made on the physical site, over the past eight weeks our RCRF Planning Team has been engaged in a range of activities:

  • We hosted a stakeholder focus group to solicit input regarding the RCRF’s public spaces - the reading room and multi-purpose room.  Feedback from this group crystallized recent decisions regarding carpets, paint colours and furniture.
  • CJ de Jong, our Access Services Coordinator and a key member of our planning team, recently visited the University of British Columbia’s Library Preservation and Archives (PARC), a similar storage facility, to learn more about their workflows, shelving and software.  Gleanings from this trip, and others to date, will continue to inform our planning process going forward.
  • Larry Laliberte, our Geographic Information Systems Librarian, has been reviewing our map collection at BARD to identify potential candidates for digitization and ready the collection for its relocation to the RCRF.  
  • We are working with Spacesaver to finalize our shelving needs.  We’ve also been talking quite a bit about how and when best to manage the process of cleaning collections as they are moved from BARD to the RCRF.  This is much more complex than you think.  Stay tuned! 

Visit the RCRF web page for more information and updates.

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

Share the Air

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The University of Alberta Libraries are committed to being a welcoming space for all our users. As part of our ongoing courtesy campaign, we want to draw your attention to the potential effects of scented products on others in our community.  Scents are added to many personal hygiene products and detergents and those with a sensitivity to scents can often suffer a range of impacts due to even short-term exposure.  Please be considerate of those who are sensitive to scents and reduce your use of scented products while in library spaces.

Our efforts to heighten awareness of this issue dovetail with those of our broader University of Alberta community, which is striving to create a scent-reduced environment by promoting the use of environmentally-friendly cleaning products and building materials.  Your cooperation in limiting the negative impact of scents on students, staff and visitors is greatly appreciated.
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