Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New York Times Digital - Now at UAlberta

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The University of Alberta Libraries are pleased to provide digital access to the New York Times! But what does this mean? The libraries already provide access to the NY Times in print and to historical content online.

With digital access, you can keep up with the current news cycle and access other great online features:

  • The New York Times app for mobile devices
  • NYT Cooking app (over 17K recipes that can be saved and accessed across platforms)
  • NYT VR app - experience (with a virtual reality viewer) some NY Times content in 3D
  • The Daily 360 - two dimensional videos that provide 360° views (with mobile device or mouse)
  • Interactive media (graphics, charts, maps, polls, custom content)
  • Video library (spanning all sections)
  • Augmented reality content (requires an iPhone 6S or higher)
  • Newsletters (there are a variety of topics that you may subscribe to)
  • Article history and save options (across platforms)
  • Article comment permissions
  • New York Times in Education (includes 16 discipline-specific areas of study, discussion prompts, learning outcomes, instructional strategies, and co-curricular activities)

What is not included with our NY Times academic license:

  • E-reader editions
  • Times Insider
  • Premium Crosswords
  • New York Times Crossword app (app is free to download, but requires in-app purchase to access Premium Crosswords)

To activate your access:

  • While connected to the UAlberta network, visit AccessNYT.com
  • Create an NYTimes.com account using your UofA email address.
  • Download your free NYT mobile app. Visit nytimes.com/mobile.

After registration you can enjoy access to NYTimes.com from any network or location.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month at the University of Alberta Libraries

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The University of Alberta Libraries are celebrating Black History Month all through February with displays at several libraries!

Stop by one of the libraries to learn some Black history, or pick up a great book.

  • Scott Library is focusing on medical milestones for Black History Month. The display will also feature profiles of pioneers in medicine and the healthcare field.

  • La Bibliothèque Saint-Jean veux mettre en vedette des documents sur des événements historiques qui se sont déroulés dans les Amériques, et sur certaines îles de la mer des Caraïbes. Toutes ces ressources seront en français. // Bibliothèque Saint-Jean will be focusing its lens on historical events that have taken place in the Americas, and in certain nearby Islands of the Carribean Sea. All of the resources in the display will be in French.

  • Rutherford Library is featuring books on Black History in Canada and as well as leisure reading books by Black authors. 

  • Coutts Library is featuring Black History in Canada with highlights on athletes, academics and activists.

  • Cameron Library is showcasing a selection of Black scientists, inventors and engineers from a variety of fields of study, and time periods.  Stop by the display cases near the entrance to Cameron for a look! 



Friday, February 1, 2019

Now Open! Library Publishing for Open Textbooks

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Open Educational Resources Publishing Program
Alongside the University of Alberta’s mission of “For the Public Good” The University of Alberta Libraries is introducing an Open Educational Resources (OER) publishing program to increase access to and use of free and accessible textbooks and other learning resources.

OER are teaching and learning materials that are accessible without cost and allow for free use, reuse and redistribution. OER often have a Creative Commons license that states specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

If you are interested in creating, adapting or using open textbooks or other OER in a course, the Libraries’ can provide you with the tools, expertise, and free hosting to get you started.

For more information, see www.library.ualberta.ca/publishing or contact library.publishing@ualberta.ca to see if our service is the right match for your learning materials. You can also check out the OER Awards, to see if you are eligible to apply for additional support for your project.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Teaching Truth and Reconciliation: New Curriculum Materials Available

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Are you looking for teaching materials to help students learn about truth and reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and Canadians? 4 Seasons of Reconciliation is a multi-media initiative that promotes a renewed relationship through transformative multi-media learning. The materials include a 3-hour in-class unit and a 2-hour online component using teacher guides, presentations, readings, instructional videos, class discussions topics, quizzes, and the film 3rd World Canada. Professional development materials are also available. With a focus on truth, reconciliation, and restitution, 4 Seasons of Reconciliation could complement the University of Alberta’s Massive Open Online Course NS 201 Indigenous Canada course.


The curriculum materials are inspired by the Reconciliation Certificate at First Nations University of Canada. An Indigenous Advisory Circle, composed of partners ranging from Canada’s long-established Indigenous-controlled post-secondary institutions, Indigenous Elders, knowledge-keepers, and specialized educators, participate in key executive decisions for the teaching materials. Collaborators include Indigenous Education, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and the Legacy of Hope Foundation. 

The University of Alberta community may use these educational materials in these ways:
  • Unlimited simultaneous use of the films and media for students and teachers; 
  • Free public showings of the films (no ticket sales allowed); and 
  • Printing, copying, and displaying unit materials including maps, readings, and presentations.



Friday, January 11, 2019

Capture the Essence of Your Research in a Single Image

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The University of Alberta Images of Research Competition & Exhibition is the ultimate test of knowledge transfer for any graduate student. The challenge is to portray your research in a single image. Are you up for the task?

Semifinalists will have their image and description immortalized in the University of Alberta's Education & Research Archive (ERA) Images of Research Collection.

Submissions will be accepted from January 21, 2018 to February 8, 2019. Visit the competition website for more details uab.ca/ior.

We will be holding two submission preparation workshops on January 17 and 23, 2019. The workshops are approved as Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research Professional Development credits. Register for the workshops here.

To spark inspiration here are some entries from the 2018 competition and visit the Rutherford Library Galleria's teaser exhibit happening throughout the month of January.

Augmented Phobia by Anna Chakravorty
First Place Award 2018


A Cold Breath by Nicole Boucher
Semi-finalist Award 2018


Where do I fit? by Kirsti Van Dornick
Semi-finalist Award 2018