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 The libraries already provide access to the NY Times in print and to historical content online.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.