Monday, January 25, 2016

UAlberta Libraries Becomes Full Hydra Partner

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As one of many institutional partners committed to the ongoing development of better digital repository solutions for organizations across North America and internationally, University of Alberta Libraries [UAL] was recently elevated from a provisional to a full partner in the Hydra Project.  Hydra is open source software developed through the collaborative efforts of a number of partner institutions, including the University of Alberta.

This decision was based on UAL’s significant contributions to the project, which include:

  • successfully deploying a production instance of Hydra in the fall 2015 redesign of ERA, the University of Alberta’s well-established open access digital repository

  • actively contributing to technical development

  • actively participating in the Hydra community through contributions to documentation, membership on interest and working groups and community forums, participation at Hydra Connect meetings, and consultation with potential Hydra adopters

  • visibly advocating for the project through presentations on UAL’s Hydra implementation at a range of open repository conferences/meetings

Check out UAL’s code for HydraNorth and other projects on Github!

Donate Food, Pay a Fine

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University of Alberta Libraries will be running a Food for Fines campaign at all library locations from Monday, February 1 - Sunday, February 14, 2016.  A partnership with the Campus Food Bank, all donated food items will be distributed to members of the University of Alberta community through the Food Bank on North Campus and the Reciprocity Shelf in the Forum at Augustana. 

How does it work?

1. Visit one of the following service desks

  • Augustana Campus Library
  • Bibliotheque Saint Jean
  • Cameron Science & Technology
  • H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education
  • J.A. Weir Memorial Law
  • J.W. Scott Health Sciences
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Winspear Business Reference Library
  • or, visit St. Joseph's College Library

2. Donate non-perishable food items.  Preferred items include rolled oats, rice, canned vegetables and canned beans.  However all non-perishable contributions are welcome.

3. For every item donated, you will be waived $5 in overdue fines, to a maximum of $100 [20 items]. Only current fines on UofA books and books from most NEOS libraries will be waived. Charges for lost or damaged books are not eligible.  No fines?  No problem. Donate a food item anyway.

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Visit a Furry Friend in the Library

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UofA Libraries, in collaboration with Unwind Your Mind, will once again be welcoming therapy dogs from the Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness and Learning Society (CAAWLS) to four of our north campus libraries (Rutherford, Cameron, John W. Scott Library and the Education Library) this term.

Pet therapy is a fun, enjoyable way to decrease feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Therapy dogs are wonderful listeners, love meeting new people, and are happy to indulge in a cuddle.

Take a break from your work and studies and spend some time with these canine therapists.

  • Cameron, January 13, 11:30am
  • Coutts Education, January 20, 12:00pm
  • Rutherford (HSS), February 3, 2:00pm
  • Coutts Education, February 9, 11:30am
  • Cameron, February 10, 11:30am
  • Scott Health Sciences, February 24, 12:30pm
  • Rutherford (HSS), March 8, 2:00pm
  • Cameron, March 9, 11:30am
  • Cameron, March 30, 11:30am
  • Coutts Education, March 31, 12:30pm
  • Rutherford (HSS), April 5, 2:00pm
  • Cameron, April 6, 11:30am
  • Scott Health Sciences, April 12, 12:30pm

Monday, January 18, 2016

Showcase of Librarian Research and Practice at Rutherford Library

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Librarians at the University of Alberta Libraries are active practitioners who through the course of their work often develop new and interesting methods and start new initiatives that are widely recognized. To share some of this great work, the Libraries is hosting an exhibit of librarian conference posters from the past two years at the Rutherford Library from January 15-29th. These posters showcase the variety of knowledge University of Alberta librarians have to share, from original research-generated contributions to lessons learned through practice and project-based innovation.

The exhibit includes posters that were displayed at conferences such as: The International Academy of Nursing Editors Annual Conference, 8th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference, Open Repositories 2015 and the Art Libraries Society of North America Annual Conference, to name just a few. You can see the full list of posters and authors at the bottom of this post.

Please do take the time to wander through Rutherford Galleria sometime in the next two weeks to view this work. These posters show our librarians' commitment to sharing their knowledge with the greater community.

The Posters Include:

Does the Personal Librarian Program help make the University of Alberta Libraries more relevant and supportive for students in specific populations? Nancy Goebel, Head Librarian Augustana Campus Library

Disabilities and library accessibility: Partnering for success
Denis Lacroix, Public Services Librarian
Maria Tan Medical Librarian, Knowledge Resource Service, Alberta Health Services - Cross Cancer Institute

Perilous possibilities: Exploring the implementation of publication best practices in a competitive nursing academic environment
Thane Chambers Public Services Librarian,
Lori Walter, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Hydra North: University of Alberta’s Hydra DAMS implementation
Peter Binkley, Digital Initiatives Technology Librarian
Piyapong Charoenwattana, Programmer Analyst
Sharon Farnel, Metadata Coordinator
Leah Vanderjagt, Digital Repository Services Librarian

Systematic reviews in LIS: Identifying evidence and gaps for practice
Dr. Denise Koufogiannakis, Collections and Acquisitions Coordinator
Dr. Alison Brettle, Reader in Evidence Based Practice, University of Salford, UK

The influence of aesthetics on young people’s trust of information
Allison Sivak, Public Services Librarian

Hydra North: Moving forward with 10 years of repository history -- baby steps to a solid centralized Digital Asset Management System
Weiwei Shi, Digital Initiatives Applications Librarian
Sharon Farnel, Metadata Coordinator

Design students unlock Open Access

Sarah Polkinghorne, Public Services Librarian