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.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

UAL Service Excellence Awards 2017

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Last week, UAL celebrated the accomplishments of its staff members at the 2nd annual UAL Service Excellence Awards. The awards are designed to recognize an individual and a team who have demonstrated excellent customer service for UAlberta library users throughout the year.

Recipients of this award demonstrate:

  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Service

 This year’s individual winner is Debbie Feisst, Librarian, H.T Coutt’s Library.

Deb was nominated for her exceptional skills as an instructor, as evidenced this year in her work with indigenous students in ATEP (Aboriginal Teacher Education Program), and her shared leadership role in online tutorial development.  Deb also demonstrated leadership in her roles on the WILU Steering Committee and active participation on three system wide committees.  She’s described by her co-workers as a model liaison librarian and a joy to work with!

And the 2017 Team winners are the SciTech Public Service Assistant team in Cameron Library.

The SciTech team takes initiative, shares knowledge, and consistently showed creativity and commitment over the past year through their support for UAL’s 3D printing service.  Their service has had an impact on the UA community by furthering research and providing hands-on learning.  As you can see in the photo, they are a fun-loving bunch.

  • Bonnie Gallinger
  • Christopher Bateman 
  • Eva Romanick
  • Fairfax Culpepper
  • Grace Romanow 
  • Jane Banks 
  • Marc Lemieux
  • Sonya Leung

  • We also want to celebrate all of our UAL award nominees for their hard work and dedication this year.

  • Sharon Farnel, Metadata Coordinator, Bibliographic Services

  • Student Engagement Team, Rutherford Library
  • Amy Southgate 
  • Carmen Loconte 
  • Jamie Spivak 
  • Hanne Pearce

  • Financial Systems and Analysis Team
  • Ruma Daulay 
  • Lisa Maraj 
  • Lili Qin
  • Olaf Lukaszewski
  • Sharon Wright

  • Bibliothéque Saint-Jean Team
  • Elisabet Ingibergsson 
  • Franck Lahmeri
  • Malaika Axelle Ogandaga
  • Matthias Duc 
  • Sarah Shaughnessy 
  • Sarah-Jeanne Belec

  • Congratulations to the winners and the nominees of 2017!

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    WILU 2017 Receives UAlberta Green Spaces Gold Certification

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    The University of Alberta’s Green Spaces Certification Program is designed to help UA community members integrate sustainable practices in their campus offices, labs, events and living spaces in residence.  The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use, commonly known as WILU, is a certified Gold event and will take place May 23-25, 2017 at Lister Hall.

    Key actions taken by the WILU Conference Team to make this event sustainable include:

    • development of a conference app and use of recycled name tag holders to reduce paper waste
    • running the event on Bullfrog Power to reduce emissions and support renewable energy 
    • reduction of waste through in-house composting and recycling
    • communication of sustainability, accessibility and inclusive features of the event to participants leading up to the conference
    • donation to the Alberta Reads, a provincial children's literacy network, in lieu of speaker gifts

    Visit the WILU 2017 Conference web site for more information about this event.

    Learn more about the UAlberta Green Spaces Certification Program.

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Extensive Primary Sources at Your Fingertips with the Alberta Research Portal

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    Exciting news from our partners at The Alberta Library (TAL) who have arranged with Gale Cengage for province-wide access to the vast majority of Gale's Primary Sources databases.

    This acquisition provides all Albertans with perpetual access to 69 primary source collections! These include extensive resources related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Sabin Americana, and 25 titles from the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

    Gale Primary Sources uses geo-authentication, meaning anyone in Alberta with an Internet-connected device can access these resources with no need to log in or authenticate. You can also access the resources through TAL's web portal

    The province-wide access agreement was reached due to contributions made by institutions such as the University of Alberta, as well as: University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, University of Lethbridge, Edmonton Public Library, Calgary Public Library, Ambrose University, Burman University, St. Mary’s University, Medicine Hat College, Concordia University of Edmonton, Keyano College, Red Deer College, NorQuest College, Wood Buffalo Regional Library.

    The University of Alberta Libraries thanks The Alberta Library for being key provincial partners who facilitate the the coordination of services that benefit all Albertans.

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Tomorrow's Data Today! Research Data Management Week is May 1-5

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    It's time for the 4th annual Research Data Management Week!

    On May 1st at 9 AM keynote speaker Chuck Humphrey (Director, Portage Network, Canadian Association of Research Libraries) will start the week with his presentation of “A Federated Research Data Management Model: A Canadian Approach”

    We are also pleased to welcome exciting guest speakers from the City of Edmonton, the Government of Alberta, Women & Children’s Health Research Institute, the Edmonton Police Service, PolicyWise, Compute Canada, and more!

    Come learn about:
    • data management planning 
    • data storage and access options 
    • finding reusable research data 
    • data sharing 
    • data citations 
    ... and many more data-related topics!

    View the full Research Data Management Week schedule and register now for sessions!


    This year, Compute Canada is offering post-RDM Week workshops focusing on data & software carpentry, as well as on West Grid scheduling.

    Research Data Management (RDM) practices are evolving, and the 2016 Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management demonstrates both the importance of RDM and the challenges faced by researchers and institutions regarding the management of research data. Data Management Plans, metadata standards, data archiving, and data sharing and re-purposing are all becoming norms within the research landscape.

    From the creation and collection of data to their long-term preservation, over twenty RDM-related talks and workshops have been organized to help you better understand and apply research data management best practices! 

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Teaching Kids About Fake News: Post-Truth and a New Era of Media Literacy

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    Date: Thursday, May 11 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Location: H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education Library, Computer Lab L-110

    Please join us in the H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education Library on Thursday, May 11th at 2:00 PM for a presentation by Toronto-based journalist and author Joyce Grant on teaching K-12 students how to spot “fake news.” Grant’s talk will contain invaluable information on media literacy for anyone who works with children, including educators, pre-service teachers, and parents. Grant will discuss the various ways in which children access news today, and how difficult it is for them to discern which information is true and which is false.

    Joyce Grant is the author of several children’s books, including the Gabby series of picture books and last year’s baseball novel Tagged Out. She is also a freelance journalist and the co-founder of, which contains news articles written specifically for children in elementary and middle school, as well as media literacy resources for teachers and parents.

    Ms. Grant will be visiting us as part of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week touring author series coordinated by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

    Some links to learn more about Joyce and the Teach Kids News program:
    Joyce Grant’s website:
    Joyce Grant on Twitter:
    Teaching Kids News on Twitter:
    Teaching Kids News on Facebook:
    Joyce Grant (and Teaching Kids News) on Pinterest:

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    PIE Exhibit on now at the Scott Library

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    The John W. Scott Health Sciences Library is proud to partner with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, by exhibiting art projects created by second year students in the University of Alberta’s MD program.

    The Patient Immersion Experience (PIE) program is an initiative introduced in 2013.

    Incoming medical students are partnered with a patient mentor in an innovative program designed to instill a deeper understanding of the human side of medicine by learning directly from patients’ experience of disease and illness.
    A tale of health
    by Chris Christensen, Mark Drew, Emma Hjartarson and Katie Yurkiw

    The culmination of this program is the creation of a unique piece of art inspired by the experiences and connections forged between student and patient.

    Wrapped in my restrictions
    by Nicole Labine, Ahmed Mourad and Rebecca Entz

    This wonderful exhibit, which includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and more will be at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library until April 28, 2017. The Health Sciences library is located on the 2nd floor of the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre.

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    Great Reads for National Poetry Month

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    The League of Canadian Poets just announced the finalists for their 2017 Poetry Awards.  Celebrate National Poetry Month and read a poem from one of the shortlisted poets!

    Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
    Recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian

    The Pat Lowther Memorial Award
    Given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman

    The Raymond Souster Award
    Given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member [all levels]

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Congratulations to Images of Research Winners

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    University of Alberta Libraries and the Faculty of Graduate and Studies and Research are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Images of Research Competition and Exhibition. This innovative program challenges graduate students to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in one image.

    The response from students was enthusiastic. Over 100 visually dynamic images were submitted, representing research across a wide range of disciplines. From those entries, our 6 judges chose 24 images for inclusion in the exhibition, as well as our top prize winners. In addition, UAlberta community members cast over 750 votes for our People’s Choice Award.

    And the winners are....

    Dylan Brenneis
    Mechanical Engineering
    First Prize (Tie) - $700
    Self Portrait 2045

    The second tie winner for first is:

    Camelia Vokey
    Occupational Therapy
    First Prize (Tie)  - $700
    I Am Not Alone

    Third prize and honourable mentions:

    Noemi de Bruijn
    Master’s Art & Design
    Third Prize - $500
    Wonder-trail in Blue and Yellow

    Camille Burger
    Honorable Mention - $250
    Body as a Home

    Ashley Sims
    History & Classics
    Honorable Mention - $250
    ‘Divers cullort ribbans’: material evidence from the archives

    The winner of the People’s Choice Award, receiving 87 of the 795 votes, is:

    Trevor Poitras
    People's Choice - $250

    Congratulations and sincere thanks to all of our winners and entrants for sharing their brilliant images and engaging research summaries!

    Winning and semi-finalist images will soon be available online through UAL’s digital repository, ERA.

    The public exhibition will be on display in Cameron Library from April 6 to 30, 2017.

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    InSciTE 3D Printing @ Cameron Library

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    Stop by Cameron Library to see the inventive 3D models display, InSciTE 3D Printing, featuring SCI 151 students' 3D printed works.

    Co-taught by Michelle Spila and Mike Kowalski, SCI 151: Scientific Inquiry & Data Analysis is part of the Faculty of Science's Interdisciplinary Science Threshold Experience (InSciTE), offering a new way for Science students to complete their first year of University.

    Students were tasked with finding and printing a 3D model that represents a scientific theory or notion, employing 3D printing services in the Shack and Cameron Library.

    Students not only exhibited great creativity, printing  everything from a miniature Tombstone of Archimedes to Leonardo da Vinci's Self-Supporting Bridge, to  Phylogenetic Tree pendants and a large customizable DNA Model, they learned a great deal about the science behind their objects, and how to formally communicate scientific theory.

    Students' 3D models, along with information about the InSciTE program, will be on display in the Cameron Library display cubes March 29th-April 20th, 2017.

    Thanks to Michelle Spila and her staff for their work in putting together the display.

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Sneak Peek Inside the Research and Collections Resource Facility

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    Construction of the new Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF) is moving right along and it is looking great! The RCRF team has started planning to move about 3.1 million items from BARD to the RCRF. This stage will begin in Fall 2017.

    Here is a sneak peek of the construction progress.

    Storage area

    Panoramic photo of the storage area

    Reading Room

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Attend Upcoming Predatory Publishing Workshop

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    What is predatory publishing?
    To understand predatory publishing, one must understand the nature of open access publishing. The open access movement is a form of scholarly publishing that moves away from traditional subscription-based models where end users must pay before they have access to full-text articles. Open access (OA) journals disseminate research output free of all restrictions on access and on use (copyright). In some OA models, fees are collected from authors to support the publishing process (e.g. copy editing) and to maintain their website.

    Predatory publishers take advantage of the OA business model by charging publication fees to authors without any editorial and publishing services that are standard practices with legitimate journals (open access or subscription-based).

    Why is this a problem?
    Recent reports and media coverage (see below) emphasize the challenges surrounding the growth and long standing issues with predatory publishing.

    Since their primary goal is to generate revenue, predatory publishers lack discernable scholarship. They also use aggressive practices that deceive both authors and readers such as emailing researchers and encouraging them to submit manuscripts with quick turnaround times and high acceptance rates. Because of the lack of transparency, it puts researchers’ work at risk. Once a study has been published in a predatory journal, it cannot be published elsewhere.

    What are some strategies to avoid publishing in a predatory journal?
    In light of the rise of predatory publishers in the scholarly market, this does not mean that all open access publishing should be avoided. There are many reputable open access journals that can be found through the Directory of Open Access Journals. Librarians are an excellent resource if you have questions about the credibility of a specific journal.

    Want to learn more? 
    There are many other strategies to help authors avoid the pitfalls of publishing in predatory journals. Register for our upcoming predatory publishing workshop on Wednesday, April 5, which will help you identify predatory publishers, differentiate them from reputable ones, and locate quality journals for your academic work.

    For more information:

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Be it Resolved that all Knowledge be Open

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    You're Invited! University of Alberta’s Open Education Week Event 2017

    Thursday March 30, 12:30-1:30pm, Cameron Library Rm 4-02

    In support of the global Open Education Week 2017 (March 27-31) a one hour panel discussion will be hosted at the University of Alberta. The discussion is themed on the statement “Be it resolved that all knowledge be open” and will feature several perspectives from across campus critically discussing and reflecting on openness in education at the University of Alberta.

    Openness in education is focused on eliminating barriers that inhibit the use of knowledge, and includes a variety of open alternatives – open source software, open access scholarly publishing, open research data and open educational resources. Collectively these open alternatives come together under the ideas of open scholarship and open education. All of these opens have their roots in the academy’s values and tradition of the free exchange of knowledge.

    The University of Alberta as a public institution has a clear role and commitment to making the work of its faculty available to the public. This sentiment is reflected in the University’s promise made by the University’s first president, Henry Marshall Tory, in 1908:

    "The modern state university has sprung from a demand on the part of the people themselves….The people demand that knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal. This should never be forgotten."

    The new institutional strategic plan, For the Public Good, reaffirms this commitment stating: “When we excel, our work sparks and feeds widespread social, cultural, and economic benefits for others—indeed for the uplifting of the whole people,” and Objective 12 (iii) states, “Encourage and facilitate knowledge and technology transfer to ensure that society can realize the benefits of intellectual capital arising from research and creative endeavours.” Finally, the University’s collective agreement with Faculty defines service, in part, as “dissemination of knowledge to the general public by making available the staff members expertise and knowledge of the discipline.”

    Given the apparent alignment between open education and the University’s own promise, plan and collective agreement, to what degree and how should faculty be open scholars?


    Amanda Wakaruk, MLIS, MES, is the Copyright Librarian at the University of Alberta. Prior to this, she worked as a Government Information Librarian and has held secondment positions in data and digital repository services at two major Canadian universities.

    Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell is currently the Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and also teaches in the MA in Humanities Computing. He has published on textual visualization and analysis, and computing in the humanities including a book from the MIT Press, Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities (2016) and is a co-developer of Voyant Tools, a suite of text analysis tools, and leads the TAPoR project documenting text tools.

    Dr. Samer Adeeb is currently an associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He started at the assistant professor level in 2007. Prior to that, Samer finished his Ph.D. at the University of Calgary, worked in the pipeline industry, which was followed by a short post-doc period at the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary. Samer's research expertise is in numerical modelling applied to Biomechanics and pipelines. Samer has always been a proponent of open education. In particular, he is excited about using online web tools for creating interactive web content for engineering education. The contents of the courses he teaches: CivE 398, CivE 295, CivE 664, and CivE 665 are available online at: He also worked with the Centre for Teaching and Learning to create online lectures that are available on the web to augment his classes:

    Dr. Sean Gouglas is a Professor in Humanities Computing and Senior Director of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Arts. He is also the co-director of UAlberta’s new computer game development certificate program, which brings together students in computing science, art, music and design to build and study computer games. Dr. Gouglas' research focuses on the relationship between universities and the computer game industry in Canada, especially as it relates to curriculum development. He also studies how gender shapes the production and consumption of video games.

    Gerald Beasley was appointed Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian on July 1, 2013. His previous library experience includes leadership positions at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York; and Concordia University, Montreal. He has also worked at the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, England. Gerald is a graduate of Oxford University (M.A., English Lang. & Lit.) and University College, London (M.A., Library Studies). He is currently the chair of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Policy Committee.

    We welcome you to join us for a lively discussion and, if interested to join our list serv on Open Educational Resources

    More information on Open Educational Resources is linked here.

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    Images of Research People’s Choice Voting Now Open!

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    All members of the UofA campus community are invited to cast a vote to determine the 2017 Images of Research (IOR) People’s Choice award!

    Online voting is open from March 20 - 27, so head over to the IOR website NOW to vote for your favourite image.

    Or vote HERE. One vote per person, CCID login required.

    The winner of this category will receive $250 and be included in the IOR exhibition happening from April 6 - 30 on the main floor of Cameron Library. Make sure to visit the exhibit to view all the winning and semifinalist images in person.

    Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current UofA graduate students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single image. The competition, which closed February 13, is organized by University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR), and with the support of Campus Design & Print Solutions.

    If you have questions or comments, please contact

    Mounties on the Cover Exhibit Opens March 20, 2017

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    Mounties on the Cover is an exhibition containing highlights of a large and extraordinary collection of books that depict the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

    The Mountie appeared in hundreds of Hollywood movies but was more often seen in the works of hundreds of artists and illustrators, on the covers of thousands of dust jackets, magazines, and comic books.

    Robert Leighton.Sergeant Silk, the Prairie Scout. 1929.
    Robert Leighton (1859-1933) was born in Scotland. He wrote seven books about Mounties. This dust jacket appeared on many other children’s books not authored by Leighton and with no Mountie content, suggesting that it was used as a marketing tool.

    The collection represents 50 years of book collecting by distinguished Staff Sergeant (retired) Al Lund of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who generously donated his entire collection to the University of Alberta Libraries in recent years.

    The exhibition opens to the public on Monday, March 20th in Bruce Peel Special Collections (Rutherford South, lower level). For more details:

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Colour our Collections at Scott Library

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    The J.W. Scott Health Sciences Library has created adult colouring sheets of images from historic books in the Rawlinson Rare Book Collection. Ranging from early botanical drawings, a public human dissection, to a humorous skeleton, there are different options to suit your various moods. The J.W. Scott Library has set up a colouring station on the main floor of the library. The colouring station has free paper copies of each of the colouring sheets. We are also supplying colouring pencils, felt pens, and crayons for in-library use.

    Come, relax and colour!

    We invite you to display your colouring virtuosity on our display board for all to admire.

    The colouring pages can also be downloaded and printed off from Colour our Collections.

    Want to see the original books these images are taken from? For more information on the Rawlinson Rare Book Collection and the visitation procedures, please see the libguide or stop by the service desk.

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    University of Alberta Libraries Increases Support for University of Alberta Press

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / March 13, 2017

    Edmonton, AB – The University of Alberta Press (UAP), currently an academic unit of Learning Services, will report to the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) as of April 1, 2017.

    “University librarians and publishers are natural collaborators, although we participate in the academic mission in different ways” said UAP Director Linda Cameron. “I welcome this initiative, which will allow the Press to be more involved in innovative projects with our library colleagues. At the same time, UAP remains an independent entity: the Press’s imprint, mandate, academic independence, structure, and staffing will be unchanged.”

    The University of Alberta Press is an award-winning contemporary university press, working at the academic core of the U of A’s mission.  As Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian Gerald Beasley explained, “University libraries throughout North America are increasingly offering their support to researchers at every stage of the research life cycle.  An outstanding press like UAP is an essential part of this support. Under the new arrangement library and press staff will also be able to share and benefit from each other’s resources and expertise more easily.”

    “The change is all about seeing the research mission from different angles, and being involved in strategic planning at an institutional level,” added Dr. Michael Lipsett, UAP Press Committee Chair.

    About the Press
    The University of Alberta Press publishes in the areas of biography, history, language, literature, natural history, regional interest, travel narratives and reference books. With hundreds of scholarly and trade books, UAP contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of Alberta and Canada.

    About the University of Alberta Libraries
    University of Alberta Libraries is committed to supporting the university’s academic mission by continuing to develop and maintain a world class library system that is open, sustainable and responsive to the many communities it serves.  It has a recognized expertise in large scale digital initiatives and many outstanding collections of print, archival and electronic resources. 


    Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta

    Linda Cameron, Director, University of Alberta Press, 780-318-0717

    Food for Fines at U of A Libraries Extended to April 30, 2017

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    University of Alberta Libraries are accepting Food for Fines at all library locations from Monday, March 20 until April 30, 2017.

    In partnership with the Campus Food Bank, all donated food items will be distributed to members of the University of Alberta community.

    How does it work?
    • Visit a service desk in any U of A library location.

    • Donate non-perishable food item[s]. Preferred items include canned veggies & fruit, rolled oats, rice, and canned beans. However all non-perishable contributions are welcome.

    • For every item donated, you will be waived $5 in overdue fines, to a maximum of $100 [20 items].

    • Only current fines on books from most NEOS Libraries will be waived. Some libraries choose not to participate. Charges for lost or damaged books are not eligible.

    No fines? Bring a food item in and contribute to the food drive!

    Follow @uofalibraries or @campusfoodbank with #foodforfines for campaign updates.

    Join Us in Celebrating Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities!

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    Organized by the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI), the Festival of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (FURCA) is a week long event dedicated to showcasing the research and creative achievements of UAlberta undergraduate students.

    University of Alberta Libraries is proud and excited to host FURCA oral presentations and visual exhibits in Cameron and Rutherford libraries!

    Oral presentations take place Monday, March 13 to Wednesday March 15 in Cameron Library’s Fireside Lounge (first floor) from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Topics range from East coast music to cancer-killing viruses. There is even a chemistry interpretative dance. See the full schedule and presentation abstracts for more details.

    Attending the presentations is completely free and open to all, so come and show your support, even if you cannot stay for the full two hours. Lunch is provided, but please register in advance to make sure there is enough food for everyone.

    Visual exhibits will be on display in both Cameron Library and Rutherford Galleria throughout the week, with the Galleria exhibit being available until March 31. On Monday, March 13 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, come meet the artists and talk to them about their work!

    Also, check out the creative performances happening Tuesday, March 14 at noon on the SUB Stage, as well as the poster session on the main floor of CCIS on Thursday, March 16 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM). 

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    EDI Week: Human Library at Rutherford

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    The University of Alberta is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion; EDI Week provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to explore diverse experiences. This year, Rutherford Library is hosting the Human Library from March 16 to 18, 2017.

    What is a Human Library?

    It is a space where you sit down, one on one or in small groups, and have a conversation with someone whose experience is different from your own. Participants can expect to hear personal stories and new perspectives that may challenge stereotypes they’ve heard. These conversations reaffirm human dignity through respectful discussion. Human “books” are individuals from various demographics who have experienced stereotyping or prejudice or who have undergone a life experience that is often mischaracterized or misunderstood.

    Some of the fascinating experiences you can hear about include:

    • Broken Candy: One woman’s story of disability
    • How Can You Be Gay and Muslim?
    • Depression Greets Me Like An Old Friend
    • Transitioning Triggers: Surviving When You are Soft-Hearted, Sharp-Tongued and Trans
    • Adventures in the Forest: A Story of a War Child

    Check out the online list with all the human books and which days they are available and then sign up for free through eventbrite.

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Explore the History of Feminism for International Women’s Day

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    March 8 is International Women’s Day and for Canada 150 the nation is amplifying their message that equality matters!

    The University of Alberta Libraries have a rich collection of resources to research gender discourse including our subject guide on Women’s and Gender Studies that help support the faculty and scholars of the university.

    We suggest taking five or ten minutes today to explore Routledge Historical Resources: History of Feminism and then discussing what equality means to you with someone you know.

    This is an in depth research tool for studying Feminism during the 19th Century (1776–1928). It contains an extensive range of primary and secondary resources, including full books, selected chapters, journal articles, thematic essays, and subject introductions on structural themes:

    • Politics and Law 
    • Religion and Belief 
    • Education
    • Literature and Writings 
    • Women at Home 
    • Society and Culture 
    • Empire
    • Movements and Ideologies

    History of Feminism also offers an image gallery featuring photos, postcards, posters, and political cartoons.

    Cover of program for the National American Women's Suffrage Association procession, 3 September, 1913, accessed via Routledge Historical Resources: History of Feminism.

    "Feminist politics aims to end domination to free us to be who are — to live lives where we love justice, where we can live in peace. Feminism is for everybody." - Feminist activist, bell hooks.

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    UAL's Indigenous Interns Keynote DERAIL Forum

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    Our Indigenous Interns are off to Boston as keynote speakers for the DERAIL Forum at Simmons College on March 4, 2017!

    The DERAIL, Diversity, Equity, Race, Accessibility, and Identity in LIS, forum upholds the role of combating white supremacy and oppressive power structures in LIS institutions and pedagogy.

    Tanya Ball, Kayla Lar-Son, and Lorisia MacLeod are presenting Raising Indigenous Librarians: Diversity and Professional Development in Academic Libraries on Saturday, March 4, 3:45-4:30 PM Eastern time (that will be 1:45-2:30 PM in Alberta).

    The forum will be livestreamed so we can cheer them on as virtual attendees.

    Tanya Ball will soon graduate from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta with a Master of Library and Information Studies. She also received a Master of Arts with a specialization in Spanish and Latin American Studies through the University of Alberta. Currently she is working as a library assistant with the Edmonton Public Library, a research assistant at the University of Alberta, and an indigenous intern at the University of Alberta Press.

    Kayla Lar-Son is a first-year student at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. She is also a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. Currently, Kayla is an Indigenous intern with University of Alberta, Rutherford Library, and is an acting member of the Universities Decolonizing Description working group.

    Lorisia MacLeod is a first-year student at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. She is also an Association of Research Libraries Diversity Scholar and a proud member of the James Smith Cree Nation. Currently, Lorisia works as an Indigenous intern with Rutherford Library at the University of Alberta.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    New Group Study Rooms at Rutherford Library

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    Students returning back from reading week will find that the University of Alberta Libraries has some new spaces available for group study!

    As of February 21st, several newly bookable spaces are available for students to use. The rooms can be found on the 4th and 5th floors of the Rutherford North building.

    There are:
    • 10 group rooms for 2-3 people on the 4th floor 
    • 2 group rooms for 5-6 people, one on the 4th and 5th floors 

    Rooms are equipped with plugins, table and chairs. Library staff hope these new rooms will allow more students to work in the library on group projects and to study together.

    Students can book a room for up to 2.5 hours per day with their CCID and password. A 10 minute grace period will be given for all room bookings and occupancy, after which time groups may forfeit their booking to other groups who may be waiting for a space to open. During peak study times, rules may be modified to ensure equitable access.
    To book a room and find out more, visit the Book Study Space page of our website.