Monday, October 29, 2018

Learning from First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples

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As Canadians work towards Truth and Reconciliation, it is important that we listen to the voices of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. University of Alberta Libraries provides useful tools to foster understanding and build knowledge about Indigenous life with learning resources like the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Playlist.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Videos in the playlist focus on the history and effects of colonization of Canada by the Europeans, including how land treaties impacted the relationships between Indigenous peoples and settlers, the legacy of the residential schools established by settlers to educate Indigenous children, and violence against women leading to many missing and murdered Indigenous women.

New additions to the playlist include the eight part Canadian docu-drama series 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, based on Charles C. Mann's best-selling book.

You may have heard about the new reality show, First Contact which shares stories of Canadians learning about contemporary life of Indigenous peoples. The show takes six people on a 28-day journey intended to challenge their racist, unsympathetic, and prejudicial attitudes and teach them about the modern day Indigenous experience. If you want to check it out, it’s available in this collection.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover Returns!

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UAlberta Libraries' 3rd Annual Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover starts October 29! 

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover is an annual event that aims to shed light on underrepresented groups. As a twist on regular book displays, books are wrapped in brown paper and teaser keywords are written on the front. This wrapping both symbolizes the marginalization of the featured group and adds a mystery element when selecting a book to read. 

You may remember last winter's event celebrating LGBTQ2S+. This year we have chosen Indigenous Authors as our theme and we will be featuring 400 books on display at 8 libraries!

Stop in at one of our participating libraries: Rutherford, Coutts, Winspear, Cameron, Scott, Weir, Bibliothèque Saint-Jean and Augustana; October 29 - November 9 and pick up something new to read.

We value your feedback! Fill in our Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover survey and be entered to win 1 of 3 books featured in this year’s displays. Official rules below.



1.       CONTEST: The “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” Contest (the “Contest”) is conducted by The Governors of the University of Alberta (“UAlberta”) and administered on behalf of UAlberta by the University of Alberta Libraries (“UAL”).  The Contest is for participants to complete a survey about their experience in the “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” event (“Event”).  In Fall 2018, the Event will be featuring Indigenous authors and stories.  Participants will be invited via email to complete the survey.  At the end of the survey, they have the opportunity to enter the Contest, in accordance with the eligibility criteria as set out in these Official Rules.

2.       ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the Contest (an “Eligible Entrant”) you must be:

a.        Eighteen (18) years of age or older;
b.       A participant of the Event and who has completed the survey.

You are not eligible for the Contest if you are a resident of Quebec or if you are an employee of UAL, including a member of the immediate family (defined as mother, father, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and husband or wife, regardless of where they reside) or household of any of the above persons, their respective affiliates, agents, licensors, associates or representatives.  You are also not eligible for the Contest if you have not participated in the Event.  All decisions regarding eligibility to enter this Contest and the Entry Forms will be determined by UAlberta its sole discretion.  This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

3.       NUMBER, APPROXIMATE VALUE OF PRIZE AND CHANCES OF WINNING: There are three (3) prizes available to be won in this Contest (a “Prize”; collectively “Prizes”).  The Prizes are described in paragraph 9 below.  The chances of winning a Prize will depend on the number of Eligible Entrants received in accordance with these Official Rules during the Entry Period as defined herein.

4.       CONTEST SCHEDULE: This Contest commences on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (Edmonton Time) and closes on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (Edmonton Time) (the “Entry Period”). Entry Forms must be received by UAL before the contest closing time, which is Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (Edmonton Time) (the “Contest Closing Time”) to be eligible to win the Prize.

5.       HOW TO ENTER: No purchase is necessary to enter this Contest. To enter, the following rules apply:

a.        Participants will be asked to complete the “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” Survey, upon completion of the Survey, and will be directed to the following online google Entry Form: (the “Entry Form”).  Each Eligible Entrant may only enter the Contest once.

Once submitted, all Entry Forms become the property of UAlberta and will not be returned. All Entry Forms will be reviewed, and any Entry Forms which are deemed to be late, illegible, incomplete, inaccurate, inappropriate, offensive, plagiarized, subject to copyright or other intellectual property considerations, do not meet the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIPP”) or privacy considerations, as set out in paragraph 18 herein, and otherwise, or which are deemed to not enhance the reputation of UAlberta, will be disqualified.  The determination of whether an Entry Form is illegible, incomplete, offensive, late, or deemed not to enhance the reputation of UAlberta will be in the sole discretion of UAL.

6.       PRIZE DRAW DETAILS: The draw will take place on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (Edmonton Time).  The Eligible Entrants who’s Entry Form is drawn at random and has complied with these Official Rules, including without limitation the provisions of paragraph 8 will be declared a Winner.  If necessary, should a Prize be unclaimed, or should a Winner be unwilling, unable or ineligible to win the Prize as set out in these Official Rules, the Prize will be forfeited and UAlberta shall have the right, but not the obligation, to draw, as replacements only, an additional prize winner(s).  All participants (including without limitation Eligible Entrants and Winners) must comply with these Official Rules.  The determination of the Winners by UAlberta is final and binding.  No communication with Eligible Entrants will be entered into except with the Winners which will be selected in accordance with these Official Rules.  All matters related to the Contest and the verification of the eligibility of the Eligible Entrants and Winners will be conducted by UAlberta, or by persons designated by UAlberta in its sole and absolute discretion.  All decisions made by UAlberta in this regard are final and binding and cannot be challenged.

7.       NOTIFICATION: UAlberta will notify the Winners via email on Monday, December 3, 2018 by 10:00 a.m. (Edmonton time).  UAL will contact the Winners using the information provided by an Eligible Entrant with the Entry Form.  If a Winner does not contact UAL by Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. (Edmonton Time), UAL shall have the right, but not the obligation, to select an alternative Winner.

8.       DECLARATION OF WINNER: An Eligible Entrant(s) will not be declared a winner in accordance with these Official Rules unless and until:

a.        UAL has verified that the winner is an Eligible Entrant pursuant to these Official Rules; and
b.       The Eligible Entrant correctly answers a skill-testing question as set out in these Official Rules.

Once these requirements have taken place, the Eligible Entrants will be declared the winners (the “Winners”). 

9.       PRIZE: There will be three (3) Prizes, all of which are books titled “Birdie” by Tracey Lindberg, each valued in the amount of $20.50 (CDN).  The total value of all Prizes is $61.50 (CDN).  The Prizes are not transferable and must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions, except at the UAlberta’s sole discretion.  UAlberta reserves the right to substitute the Prize of equivalent monetary value if UAlberta is unable to award the Prize as described. UAlberta will not be responsible, however, if factors beyond the UAlberta’s reasonable control prevents the Prize from being fulfilled.  In any such event, the Winners will not be provided with a substitute prize or cash equivalent.  The Prizes will only be granted to the verified Winners.  The Winners of the Prizes will be required to pick up the Prizes in person at UAL, located in Rutherford Library.

10.    SKILL TESTING QUESTION: To win a Prize, the Eligible Entrant must correctly answer unaided, the mathematical, time-limited, skill-testing question as follows: 70 multiplied by 3 divided by 2 =______ prior to being declared a Winner.

11.    CONTEST MODIFICATION OR CANCELLATION: UAlberta reserves the right, without prior notice and at any time, to delay, or terminate the Contest, in whole or in part, or modify, suspend, amend or extend the Contest in any way, in its sole discretion including without limitation if UAlberta determines that the Contest is not practicable or is impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures or malfunctions (including without limitation, computer viruses, glitches or printing or production errors) have destroyed or severely undermined the proper conduct, integrity, and/or feasibility of the Contest. In the event UAL is prevented from continuing with the Contest as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic or health or other means, earthquake, explosion, labour dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war or any federal, provincial or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, the order of any court or jurisdiction, or by any other cause not reasonably within UAlberta’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event), then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, UAlberta shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the Contest.

12.    PARTICIPATION: Participation in this Contest constitutes an agreement by each Eligible Entrant to comply with these Official Rules.

13.    DISQUALIFICATION: It is the Eligible Entrant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has complied in full with all of the conditions and requirements contained in these Official Rules. If any Eligible Entrant or Entry Form is found to be ineligible, or if an Eligible Entrant has not complied with these Official Rules or declines the Prize for any reason prior to award, such Eligible Entrant or Entry Form will be disqualified and, in UAlberta’s sole discretion, an alternate Winner may be selected. No mechanically reproduced, illegible, incomplete, forged, software generated or other automated multiple entries will be accepted.  UAlberta reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

14.    RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION: By entering the Contest, each participant: (a) releases and agrees to hold UAlberta and its respective directors, officers, employees, and agents harmless from and against any and all costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including, without limitation, bodily injury and property damage, or any other damage or loss, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in this Contest, any Contest related activity, or from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any Prize, or participation in any Prize related activity; and (b) agrees to fully indemnify UAlberta and its respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all claims on the part of any third party or parties related in any way and for any reason to the Contest or the Prize including, without limitation, death, and personal or property damage or injury.

15.    LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: UAlberta assumes no responsibility or liability for incorrect, damaged, illegible, incomplete, mutilated, spoiled, destroyed, stolen, misplaced, lost, late, misdirected or incomplete Entry Forms, which may be judged void, any notifications, responses, replies, or for any computer, telephone, hardware, software or technical malfunctions that may occur. UAlberta assumes no responsibility for any theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entry Forms. UAlberta is not responsible for any injury or damage to participants in this Contest.

16.    OFFICIAL RULES AND LAWS: These are the official Contest rules (the “Official Rules”). This Contest is governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Province of Alberta and federal laws of Canada applicable therein and the parties hereby attorn to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Alberta. In the event a court determines that this Choice of Law clause is invalid or unenforceable as against an Entry Form, such Entry Form will be void. These Contest rules are subject to change without notice in order to comply with any applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws or the policy of any other entity having jurisdiction over the UAlberta. These Official Rules, as amended from time to time, will be posted on the website at <to be provided by Amy Southgate>.

17.    CONSTRUCTION: Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained in these Official Rules. Headings and captions are used in these Official Rules solely for ease of reference, and shall not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of these Official Rules or any provision hereof. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in writing by a duly authorized representative of the UAlberta. Employees of UAlberta are not authorized to modify, amend or waive these Official Rules.

PRIVACY: The personal information requested pursuant to these Official Rules is collected, used and disclosed under the authority of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIPP”) and will be protected in accordance with Part 2 of that Act. It will be collected, used and disclosed for the purpose of administration of the Contest.   All personal information collected for the purposes of administration of the Contest will be retained for two (2) years from the closing of the Contest.  Direct any questions about this collection, use or disclosure to: Amy Southgate at

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wellness Initiatives at the U of A Libraries

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Wellness Initiatives at the U of A Libraries

Did you know that the library is more than just books and research help?  We care about your wellness too!  Here are some wellness initiatives the University of Alberta Libraries support to help you take care of YOU:

1. Sun lamps – or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps

Borrow one at many of our library service desks for up to an hour to brighten your day and curb those winter blues.

2. Dogs in the Library

Dog visits are scheduled for the fall and winter terms.  Check the schedule to view all upcoming dog visits. You can even limit to your favourite library. 

3. Energy lamps and blue blocking glasses – NEW!  

The Scott library is rolling out a new initiative to help you get a better night’s sleep and increase wakefulness during the day.  Be one of the first to try them!  More info coming soon.

4. Sit/stand desks


Stand while you work, using one of our automated sit/stand desks. Now at all libraries!

5. Treadmill desks

Coutts, Scott and Cameron Library have desks where you can get some walking in, without losing time for studying.  This is especially handy for the upcoming snowy months.  Perfect for the multitasker! 

6. Activity kits

Each activity kit contains a skipping rope, resistance bands, pedometer, gliding disks and exercise cards.  Visit a library to check one out and take it home today!

The University of Alberta Libraries and staff care about your wellness.  Visit us today!  :)

Friday, October 19, 2018

LEAB Award for Tinctor's Foul Treatise Online Exhibit

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Medieval Banner of a women with a goat with a castle in the background

University of Alberta’s Bruce Peel Special Collections Library has won a LEAB award from the American Library Association for “Tinctor’s Foul Treatise,” an online exhibition curated by Andrew Colin Gow, professor of history and director of religious studies; Robert B. Desjardins, independent scholar and graduate writing advisor; and François V. Pageau, doctoral candidate in medieval history, at the University of Alberta.

The web developer for the project was Natasha Nunn and project manager was librarian, Linda Quirk.

Natasha Nunn and Linda Quirk
“This entry presented an effective use of the online exhibit to present a single object from multiple viewpoints, in such a way as would be impossible in a physical exhibit,” noted Alexander C Johnston, chair of the RBMS Exhibition Awards Committee. “Its focus on this particular witchcraft treatise contributes to scholarship on the subject and history of late-medieval witchcraft and witch-hunts. Its creative use of Omeka templates makes for an easy-to-navigate and visually appealing digital exhibition.”

We think its pretty grand too! 

For further information on the LEAB awards, take a look at the press release from the American Library Association.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Are You Stressed about Writing Research Papers?

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The University of Alberta Libraries has resources to support your writing. A few examples are:
  • Doing your research
  • Preparing an outline
  • Writing a draft
  • Revising and polishing your writing

Sage Research Methods: Project Planner - Writing Up

  • Tips on academic writing 
  • Writing research papers, proposals, theses, and dissertations
  • Writing up qualitative and quantitative research data
  • Covers the sections of a research paper including introduction, literature review, methodology, theory, chapters, conclusion and bibliography.

A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists by Robert Berger

  • Writing sentences, phrases, paragraphs, and arguments
  • Choosing words
  • Using puctuation
  • Organizing and presenting research papers

We offer a guide to research and writing, including addtional resources on finding, evaluating, and citing sources. It also points you to other campus resources to help you with your writing.

These resources are a sample of the writing support resources offered by the University of Alberta Libraries. Please ask us if you need help finding further resources. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Open Access Week 2018

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Every year, universities, colleges, research institutes, and libraries around the world host events celebrating Open Access Week, an opportunity to explore and promote open access in its many different forms. This year's Open Access Week runs from October 23 - 29. The theme, "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge" is an opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of open access.

Here are a few local events you can attend! Find many more on the global 2018 OA Week Calendar, or follow #openaccessweek2018 on Twitter.

Monday, October 22

11:00 AM -12:00 PM, Senate Chamber (326 Arts and Convocation Hall)

Has the Open Access Movement Ossified? What Gains Remain to be Had and What Work Needs to be Done

As the 10th annual Open Access (OA) week begins, it is important to not just celebrate the gains made but also interrogate what the future holds for the OA movement.

Michael B. McNally from the School of Library and Information Studies will argue that with many substantive gains already made, from the adoption of OA in various funding models to the emergence (and capture) of OA as business model for scholarly publishing, that the OA movement has evolved into an increasingly ossified movement. The dream of OA as the mode for scholarly communication is dead. 

Dale Askey, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, will respond to the presentation and provide his insights on what the future of scholarly publishing holds and what this means for advocates OA advocates. After the presentation and response there will be time for questions and discussion with the audience.

Registration now open!

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM 

Documentary Screening: Paywall the Business of Scholarship

Join us at MacEwan University