Friday, December 21, 2018

Three new publications join Libraries' publishing program!

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The University of Alberta Libraries is pleased to welcome three new Open Access publications to our journal publishing program:

International Kimberlite Conference Extended Abstracts

The International Kimberlite Conference is dedicated to research on diamonds, diamond deposits, diamond-bearing rocks, and the Earth’s upper mantle. These conferences have been held all over the world since 1973, bridging the gap between academic research in the field of geological science and the diamond industry. The research presented at IKC contributes significantly to our understanding of the Earth and its composition; however, many of the older abstracts have become very difficult to locate over time. Dr. Graham Pearson and his team in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences have been working with the UofA Libraries to digitize and publish the extended abstracts from 1973 to 1998, providing convenient and open access to valuable, oft-cited research in the field. This project will continue into the 2019 to include all of the extended abstracts available, including those for the most recent conference.

The Political Science Undergraduate Review is published by the University of Alberta’s Political Science Undergraduate Association, providing a venue for undergraduates involved in the field of political science to get involved in the peer-review process and the opportunity to have their work published. The journal covers a wide range of topics, looking at political concerns both worldwide and local through a multiplicity of perspectives. The PSUR welcomes those of all experience levels and encourages first-timers to submit their best work for the chance to develop their CVs and prepare themselves for grad school or other research opportunities!

Intonations is the graduate student journal of the University of Alberta’s Department of Music, slated to launch in 2019. The journal aims to take an interdisciplinary approach to music study, encompassing diverse areas of research including: ethnomusicology, musicology, music theory, composition, performance, philosophy of music, music technology, music pedagogy, music cognition, and interdisciplinary studies, and more. Authors, performers, and composers are encouraged to be experimental and to embrace the multi-media capabilities of Intonations in their submissions to foster creativity in music research.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Keep that New Year's resolution with Fitness on the Go!

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Is one of your goals for the New Year to be more active? It's a valiant resolution, but it can be difficult to find the time, gym space (the gym is packed post-holidays!) and motivation. Your friendly university library has the solution.

University of Alberta Libraries lends out physical activity kits, containing a jump rope, resistance band, a pedometer, sliders and info cards with some sample exercises you can try. To encourage more people to try the physical activity kits, we are partnering with Campus Recreation and the Healthy Campus unit to offer Fitness on the Go: free one-hour sessions, where Campus Rec instructors will show you how to use the equipment included in the kit to get an amazing workout. It's a great opportunity to jump start a year of better health.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Movies, music and more! - Streaming resources

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As we prepare for some well needed vacation time and a break from a hectic session, it might be a good time to have a look at our online resources for music, movies, documentaries and much much more! We have a plethora of options for all genres and in many different languages.

Criterion-on-Demand: A video streaming service, providing access to a large number of videos for educational purposes. Content in multiple languages. Access to streaming video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada. Includes documentaries from television and radio, news reports, archival material, stock shots, and other content.

NFB campus: National Film Board of Canada streaming video service. It includes all the videos available to the general public at as well as additional films, resources, and functionalities specifically developed for educators. Access to NFB CAMPUS is available for educational use only, and is subject to the notices on their site.

Classical Music in video: Performances of all forms of classical music, including orchestral performances, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers.

Music Online: This Alexander Street database includes reference materials, as well as audio collections covering many musical genres: African American, American, classical, contemporary, jazz, opera and popular.

Naxos Music Library: The main Genres include: Classical, Jazz, Pop & Rock, Folk, Blues, Nostalgia, Gospel, Chinese, Instrumental, and Spoken Word. Using your CCID you can download the Mobile App to your personal device to create personal play lists.

Smithsonian Global Sound: It includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels.

Time to put on the headphones, put up your feet and enjoy some wonderful films and music from across Canada and around the world!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Light Therapy at the Library!

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Light therapy at the library
Did you know you can borrow a light therapy lamp at the library?  University of Alberta Libraries is proud to have portable lamps available for students, faculty and staff. The loan period is for one hour, but you only need 20 minutes to feel the benefits!  

Light therapy is an effective way to combat S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder, helping you get through the dark winter months. Even if you are lucky enough not to suffer from S.A.D., using a  light therapy lamp can boost your mood and help you sleep better. Unlike tanning beds, whose ultraviolet rays have cancer-causing agents, therapy lamps are a safe technology with minimal risks. To reap the greatest benefits, it is recommended to use these lamps in the morning.

Where can you borrow one?  Rutherford, Cameron, Coutts, Winspear and Weir Libraries all have lamps, as do Bibliothèque Saint-Jean and Augustana Library.  All you need to do is go to the service desk, ask to borrow a light therapy lamp, and check it out with your OneCard! Then, plug it in.  That's it!

Come and sign out one today.  The more often you use it, the more it can help relieve stress and up your happiness quotient.  Who wouldn’t enjoy that?!

Mayo Clinic. (2018, December 3). Light Therapy. Retrieved from: