Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Instructors: Have you tried our Reserves Service yet?

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Instructors, are you taking advantage of the libraries' reserve service? Its a practical and useful service for busy instructors and students alike.

How do you get started?

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. 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!

Friday, August 4, 2017

University of Alberta Libraries Staff Picks - Summer Reads!

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Ok students, staff, faculty.... put down your textbooks, your research or whatever you are working on. Seriously, summer is in full swing and now is the time to enjoy some leisure reading before fall term begins. You know you want to! You've earned it! We even asked library staff to share their favourite summer reads and compiled a list.

There is a little bit for every taste on this list, including thrillers, mysteries, romance, graphic novels, non-fiction and poetry. Most of these books can be found in our collection, and if you decide you want to check it out, just click on the book cover to get a direct link to the book's record in the library catalogue so you can find it in the stacks! We also included the submitting staff members comments, to give you a sense of what they are about.

We highly encourage you to explore many of great reads in our collection. You could also stop by Coutts Library and borrow one of their lawn chairs and enjoy the sun while you read. You will thank yourself when things get busy come fall!

Lab Girl  by Hope Jahren
An entertaining memoir of a prominent woman scientist that reads like a good story and expresses a wonderful passion for plant life.
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake  by  Anna Quindlen
Pulitzer prize journalist and novelist reflects on her career, family life and her view life's later years to come.

Alone Against the North: An Expedition into the Unknown  by  Adam Shoalts
Allows you to experience the thrills and challenges of modern day exploration, and to appreciate the beauty of the Canadian north.

A Wanted Man  by  Lee Child
The Eyre Affair  by  Jasper Fforde
Simultaneously silly and smart!
Wyrd Sisters  by  Pratchett, Terry
Funny and good character development... pick any book in the Discworld series.
The Handmaid's Tale  by  Margaret Atwood
It is very relevant to today, particularly the extreme evangelical republican party, and the new TV Series.
Memory and Dream  by  Charles de Lint
A Canadian author who writes modern mythology fiction very influenced by Native American Coyote myths and European faerie tales.

Big Little Lies  by  Liane Moriarty
There's a mystery at the centre of it that makes you want to keep reading
Where'd You Go, Bernadette?  by  Maria Semple
It's a quirky read, and I love the way it's written through notes, letters, and emails.
Hostage  by  Guy Delisle
Exciting, terrifying, agonizing, incredible art . . . a Delisle masterpiece!
In a Dark, Dark Wood  by  Ruth Ware
Summer is wedding season. Friends, Nora and Clare haven't seen each other in  ten years, until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s staggette "hen" arrives. The past & secrets start coming out. Things start going very wrong...

Eileen  by Ottessa Moshfegh
In Fine Style: the Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious  by  Christopher Bateman
A fascinating read about Limonious & Jamaica’s 80s/90s dancehall culture, with rich visually appealing artwork.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian  by  Sherman Alexie
The honest way it portrays reservation life and the struggle to overcome barriers.
Voyager (Outlander #3)  by  Diana Gabaldon
Catch up with the 3rd book in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series before it premiers on September 10th.
What is Not Yours Is Not Yours  by  Helen Oyeyemi
Beautiful writing with bits of magic and whimsy. It's a book of short stories [though they all connect, in some way], so you get a variety of wonderful stories.

Keeper'n Me  by  Richard Wagamese
The best part about this book is how it is told in two voices: one of the elder and one of the city-raised boy.  The dry sense of humour makes it fun to read too.
The Circle  by  Dave Eggers
Fans of the show "Black Mirror" will love this. A consipiracy/thriller centred around a Google/Apple-esque company. I also saw some parallels with elements of scientology and the culture of denunciation in communist regimes. A real page-turner and a great summer read.

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life  by  Jen Sincero
It's self-help for people too punk rock for self help books.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed  by  Jon Ronson
Looks at an interesting facet of social media. Also, a fascinating peek into another aspect of Zimbardo's prison study.

Saga  by  Brian K Vaughan
The Art! The story!

Paper Girls  by  Vaughan, Brian K.
The art work could tell a story on it's own.
Indigenous Writes  by  Chelsea Vowel
Chelsea Vowel discusses Indigenous issues in a direct voice with excellent examples. A great introduction to Indigenous issues in Canada, should be required reading!

New American Best Friend  by  Olivia Gatwood
A rising star on the American poetry scene. Olivia Gatwood is an amazing talent whose work is raw, enlightening and beautiful. Poetry is also great short reading for summer vacations.

Midnight, Texas  by  Charlaine Harris
If you are missing Charlaine Harris' characters from Bon Temps, this is the next best thing. 
Cutting for Stone  by  Verghese, A. (Abraham), 1955-
Serious but beautifully detailed and written. 
Sense and Sensibility  by  Jane Austen
Jane's wit, humour, and poignant prose help you to remember the importance of self-reflection and give a window into life in regency England. “Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge."

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rutherford Library's New Study "Pods"

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Students! Living up to it's reputation of being a great study hotspot, Rutherford Library has some new furniture that is sure to be a hit this coming fall term. Twenty new "study pods" were recently installed as finishing touches to the Rutherford main floor renovation completed in October of last year.The study pods are  one-person study carrels with:

  • Laptop tables that revolve on swing-arms.
  • A privacy shield to provide a private study environment. 
  • Larger pods also have plugins for charging phones or laptops while you study.

The study pods can be found on the main floor of Rutherford North, four near the entry,  five near the newspapers area by the computers and 11 by the main staircase and elevators. Come and check out the new pods before the fall rush!

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 aug.ualberta.ca/humanlibrary 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!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Getting Closer: RCRF Construction Update in Photos

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On June 20th, various members of the RCRF project team had a progress tour of the site. Since the last tour in April, the RCRF has changed significantly. Here are some photos from the site visit.

 The front of the building as of June 20, 2017

 View of the floor to ceiling windows in the future reading room

 Another view of the floor to ceiling windows in the multi-purpose room

 A peek into the space for the behind the scenes work area of staff

The shelving in the high-density storage areas are being assembled

To view the progress of the construction over the past year, check out our previous blog posts.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Celebrating a Successful WILU 2017 Conference

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From May 23 to 25, the University of Alberta Libraries was honoured to host WILU 2017, a conference for library professionals on teaching and instruction. Librarians are active teachers in both academic and public library settings. Librarians teach research strategies, use of special resources and information literacy skills.

WILU (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use) is a national Canadian conference that is hosted in a different Canadian city every year. This year's keynotes were Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair who presented on Appropriation or Appreciation: How to Engage Indigenous Literatures and Jessie Loyer whose presentation was entitled Librarians, wâhkôhtowin, and information literacy instruction: building kinship in research relationships. Livestream recordings of both keynotes can be found on the keynote page of the WILU 2017 website.

During the conference our social media team logged 39,400 twitter impressions. In addition to attending sessions, attendees shared a lot of thoughtful information and fun photos.

Here is a little story that showcases some highlights from this year's WILU and best of luck to University of Ottawa as they start planning for WILU 2018!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Collections and Resources in Honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day

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From Edward S. Curtis’s 'The North American
Indian' collection at Bruce Peel Special Collections
June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada and it is a great opportunity to learn more about Canada's Aboriginal peoples and the many contributions they make to our society. The University of Alberta Libraries is very active in collecting material on Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit and we welcome this opportunity to highlight some of them.

Gregory S. Javitch Collection at the Bruce Peel Special Collections is a cornerstone of that library's collection and is comprised of  2,500 volumes related to North and South American Aboriginal peoples and cultures. While some of the books in the Javitch collection are colonial in nature Javitch sought to have a balanced collection. Themes in the collection describe customs, dances and musical traditions for many different cultures. Hundreds of books from the collection are now digitized and available in the Indigenous Peoples: North America database.

Our campus library collections include vast number of print and e-books related to history, healtheducation, residential schools, juvenile material, teacher resources and innovation within Aboriginal contexts.

For University of Alberta students and staff there are a number of online databases that can provide access to articles,  primary sources, research and Indigenous Knowledge. These include Bibliography of Native North Americans, Indigenous iPortal and Indigenous Peoples of North America.

Another photo from Edward S. Curtis’s 'The North American
Indian' collection at Bruce Peel Special Collections
For information and records regarding residential schools, the UAlberta Libraries is one of two dozen institutions with digital access to Canada’s largest collection of material on the residential school system compiled over the lifetime of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Collections  can be access via the library's database search.

Finally there are a number of non-library related databases worth exploring that are available freely on the internet.

Blackfoot Digital Library
Indian Peoples of the Great Northern Plains
First Nations Information Connection, image and artifact databases
Gwich'in Place Name Atlas

For any questions or guidance on resources available at the University of Alberta libraries, students and staff can always use the ask us feature to be connected to our knowledgeable staff.