Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Seeking members for 2016/2017 Student Library Advisory Committee

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Do you want to make a difference on campus? Interested in having a voice in the Libraries at the University of Alberta?  Apply to become a member of the University of Alberta's Student Library Advisory Committee (SLAC).

If selected, you will work collaboratively with your peers and library staff to enhance and improve library services to better meet the evolving needs of undergraduate and graduate students, now and in the future.

Previous committee members have played an active role in helping the Libraries make key decisions related to its technology lending pilot program, Course Textbook Initiative, new furniture purchases, and web site usability.

For more information about SLAC's mandate, membership, and expectations, and to submit your application, go to

Deadline for applications:
September 18, 2016

Questions? Contact one of the Co-Chairs: Angie Mandeville at or Lindsay Johnston at

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 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

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!