Thursday, June 26, 2014

Canada Day hours

Both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack libraries will be closed on Canada Day.

June 29 (Sun)
June 30 (Mon)
July 1 (Tues)

Complete library hours are available on our web site.

Enjoy some Canada Day related quizzes and trivia:
Posted by Mary-Anne

Discover the LGBTQ collection in the Abbostofrd campus library.

In honour of the WorldPride 2014 Festival being held in Toronto from June 20-29th, UFV Library is displaying the range of LGBTQ books and DVDs from the collection.  All titles can be borrowed by our UFV users so please come in and discover the diverse topics and authors in our collection.  Topics include: gay rights. same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian studies, lesbian mothers family relationships, gay fathers family relationships, bisexuality, transsexualism and more.

Click here for the WorldPride 2014 website.  Click here for the CBC Books WorldPride Reads site where you can suggest titles for the book list the CBC is compiling.  Click here for the WorldPride Human Rights Conference.

UFV Library has some excellent research databases for LGBTQ topics:  Sage Journals Online. Sociological Abstracts, Project Muse, JSTOR, Taylor & Francis Online Journals, America: History and Life, Canadian Business and Current Affairs, and Academic Search Premier.

For information and support at UFV, please click here to go to the Pride UFV Facebook page.

Posted June 26, 2014
by Mary-Anne

Friday, June 6, 2014

UFV's Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies publishes its first book!

A Soldier Remembers chronicles the life of Pritam Singh Jauhal, a veteran of the Indian Army who challenged the Royal Canadian Legion for his right to wear his turban in legion halls.  
Pritam Singh Jauhal is a decorated
World War II veteran.
Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, coordinator of the CICS at UFV, co-authored the book with Jauhal and says this book is also about the challenges and dreams of an immigrant man and his life as a Sikh Canadian.  UFV Library has one copy and has an additional copy on order.  UFV Library would like to congratulate the Centre on this fine accomplishment. 

Posted by Mary-Anne
June 6, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou: 1928-2014
UFV library has put together a small display of books by and about Maya Angelou who passed away today at the age of 86.  Angelou, an acclaimed writer and activist, is regarded as a national treasure for her ability to inspire others through her poetry, memoirs and other literary and performing arts work.  Click here for a biography of this truly remarkable woman.

Posted by Mary-Anne
May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

One desk -- all questions!

One desk -- all questions!
During the summer, the UFV Library is experimenting with combining our Reference Desk and Circulation Desk into one, co-located desk.

So, for all your questions, you can come to one desk.

One desk -- two ends!

Although we will be using one desk during our pilot project, there will be two service points. The staff working on the left-hand side can handle your circulation questions and the staff on the right-hand side can answer your reference questions. So, you can still talk to the experts in circulation and references services!

During our pilot project, we anticipate that service will remain the same or even improve. We encourage students and employees to provide us with feedback:

  • Survey: Complete a yellow survey (located at the desk) and tell us about your experience.
  • Focus group: Provide us with your name and email address if you would like to participate in a focus group.
Posted by Brenda

Thursday, May 8, 2014

UFV Library remembers Farley Mowat.

Farley Mowat, 1921 - 2014.
Farley Mowat, the award winning Canadian author and environmentalist has died at the age of 92.  The Abbotsford library has put together a display of his books from the collection.  Click here to read an article about his life and legacy written by Sandra Martin of the Globe and Mail.  If you are interested in researching more about Mowat's life and work, click here to connect to the Literature Resource Center, which provides extensive biographical and critical articles on international literary authors.

May 8, 2014 - posted by Mary-Anne

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Journal Weeding Project, April 2014

The Periodical shelves in the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campus libraries are very full and have a limited capacity to store additional periodical holdings. At the same time, there are demands for shelving from other collection group areas, such as the Teacher Education Program collection. A further rationale for withdrawing print periodicals is to create the potential for future repurposing of shelving space for student learning and study spaces.

Many libraries have undergone a reduction of print periodical holdings, based on an overlap with archival holdings in JSTOR. JSTOR is a stable, online journal platform that holds the full text content (PDF) of thousands of academic journals. The annual cost to participate is reasonable, and there is every expectation that UFV Library would continue a subscription indefinitely.

Print journal titles for possible discard were identified using the following methodology:
  • The UFV Journals List and JSTOR Titles List were merged and sorted by ISSN. Overlaps were identified.
  • All overlap titles were checked in the JSTOR What to Withdraw Decision-Support Tool.
  • Journals were selected which met the following criteria:
    • Image-to-page ratio of below 5%
    • Held in at least two dark archives in a verified complete run
    • Held by the COPPUL SPAN (Shared Print Archive Network) project. These titles are being held for preservation in our regional university library consortium.
    • Very low or no print circulation in 2011, 2012, 2013
  • For all actionable titles, possible volumes to withdraw were identified, based on coverage in JSTOR. To be conservative, an additional year was added to the moveable wall end date. For example, if JSTOR has 1995–2008, we identified keeping 2007-current.
Download list of titles identified for weeding

For comments or questions, contact Patti Wilson (Collections Librarian) or Kim Isaac (University Librarian.)