Wednesday, December 22, 2010
You don't have to be a library nerd to enter, you just have to put together a video by January 31 (yes, we've extended the deadline), and you could win a free course. The requirements are simple: a video, 30-45 seconds in length, that uses the phrase, "This is my library."
Get the technical details here: http://ufvlibrary.blogspot.com/2010/11/make-30-second-video-win-free-course
Don't have a video camera but have something great to say? Borrow one from IMS - it's free! They also have video editing stations, and staff who can help you use them.
If you've already submitted a video, don't worry - you're still in the running.
Questions? Email Colleen Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Get my Campus Card?
Click here to get information on how to get your student card.
- You need your student card, which is also your library card, to check out books, videos, course reserves and other library materials
- It’s good for ID and student discounts
- You need it to get a U-Pass
- In Abbotsford, get your U-Pass from the Student Union Society in the Envision Athletic Centre. Bring student ID and proof of registration
- You need a U-Pass for free, unlimited public transit and one emergency taxi ride
- For more information see the SUS website: www.ufvsus.ca/upass.php
Friday, December 17, 2010
The library's web site, however, will remain open 24/7 over the holidays, just in case you get a dose of research fever. (But we hope that's the only fever you get over the holidays...)
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Of food bank users,
- 38% are children;
- 7% are seniors;
- 12% are Aboriginal;
- 15% receive disability benefits;
- 17% are or were recently employed; and
- 51% receive social assistance.
“In 2007-2008, 1.92 million people in Canada aged 12 or older, including 228,500 children aged 12 to 17, lived in food-insecure households. Almost one third of these people, including 546,100 adults and 60,000 children aged 12 to 17, lived in households with severe food insecurity.”
“British Columbia’s child poverty rate fell for the second consecutive year to 14.5 per cent in 2008, using Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Offs before-tax as a measure of poverty… The number of poor children in BC was 121,000 – more than the total populations of Campbell River, Mission, Squamish and Vernon combined.”
“One in 10 children still lives in poverty in Canada. It’s worse for children living in First Nations communities: one in four grow up in poverty."
"Employment is not always an assured pathway out of poverty: 1 in 3 low-income children lives in families where at least one parent works full-time year round and almost 400,000 adult full-time workers earn less than $10 per hour."
"Child poverty is persistent across Canada: rates of child and family poverty (LICO before-tax) are in the double digits in all provinces."
"The gap between rich and poor has widened: On average, for every dollar the families in the poorest 10 per cent had, families in the richest 10 per cent had almost 13 times as much ($12.66) in 2008.”
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The UFV Library collects food items for donation to local food banks, which provide food and assistance to people in need in our communities. As a thank you, we forgive a portion of your library fines. This year, the need is even greater.
Any UFV library patron (student, staff, faculty, alumni, community borrower) can “pay” library fines by bringing in donations for the Food Bank.
December 1 – December 24, 2010
Bring non-perishable food items into the Abbotsford, Chilliwack or Mission libraries. Please, no non-food items, such as candy.
Each donated food item is the equivalent of $2.00 toward your overdue fines, to a maximum of $20.00 per person.
Questions? Contact the UFV Library:
(604) 854-4545 Abbotsford
(604) 795-2824 Chilliwack
(604) 557-7609 Mission
P.S. All donations are welcome, even if you don’t have a fine.
Friday, November 12, 2010
First-time novelist Ms. Skibsrud took home the $50,000 top prize for her novel, The Sentimentalists, while the remaining four shortlisted finalists won $5,000 each. The other Scotiabank Giller finalists were:
- David Bergen for his novel The Matter with Morris
- Alexander MacLeod for his short story collection Light Lifting
- Sarah Selecky for her short story collection This Cake is for the Party
- Kathleen Winter for her novel Annabel
Monday, November 8, 2010
Use the wonder wheel to explore different aspects of your topic. Each time you follow a link, you'll get a new wheel.
Friday, November 5, 2010
This exhibit is the result of work by UFV History Instructor Molly Ungar, who researched and created these posters with the help of Gordon Jang from Instructional Media Services. The posters originally hung outside the Abbotsford library in Building G. During November 2010, they will be hanging outside the Chilliwack library in Building A.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Get your ballot in at any of the UFV libraries, or use our online survey. The contest closes November 8, and we'll announce the UFV results and award prizes on November 12th, 3 days after the Giller prize is announced.
See http://ufvlibrary.blogspot.com/2010/10/guess-giller-contest-2010.html for complete contest information.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Theme: "This is my library."
Deadline: December 15, 2010
- Contest is open to all currently registered UFV students; one grand prize (a free UFV course) will be awarded. Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel.
- Videos must reflect the stated theme and explicitly contain the statement: “This is my library.” Videos will be judged on quality and creativity of the content, as well as how well they promote a positive image of the library.
- Media must be in the public domain or otherwise royalty-free (including new compositions or Creative Commons licensed music - see http://creativecommons.ca/).
- Any people featured in the videos must provide written consent (ask for a consent form from the library).
- All entrants grant the UFV Library usage and archival rights to their video, which may include making the video available via the UFV web site and online video sharing sites (such as YouTube), as well as UFV-TV.
- Technical specifications:
- Length: 30-45 seconds
- Format: standard video format (e.g., MPEG, AVI, or MOV)
- Minimum resolution: 640x480 (higher preferred)
- Drop off your entries at any UFV Library; include in your package:
- A CD or DVD of your video
- Your name, email address, and phone number
- A transcript of your video
- Copies of consent forms from video participants
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Access the journal database via our Research Databases gateway: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB/BCLF/resource/10824
Access the database through our Research Databases gateway: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB/BCLF/resource/10823
We alerted you earlier to several databases that we were no longer able to continue with the end of this funding; the final two databases from this collection have now been discontinued:
- World Book Encyclopedia: view the hardcopy edition in the UFV Library, or use Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia online. You can also try Oxford Reference Online or Gale Virtual Reference Library for more subject-oriented encyclopedias and dictionaries
- Professional Development Collection: just one of several databases related to literature in Teacher Education.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
In celebration of the upcoming awarding of Canada's premier literary prize, UFV Library and the Chilliwack Scotiabank branch are giving away copies of the Scotiabank Giller short-listed books.
Students, faculty and staff can enter their guess for the 2010 Giller prize winner in the ballot boxes at the circulation desks at all three UFV libraries and the online survey.
Entrants are encouraged to guess the Giller but everyone who enters can win. We'll announce the UFV results and award prizes on November 12th, 3 days after the Giller prize is announced.
Complete details on the Giller Prize and other Giller events are available on the ScotiaBank Giller Prize website.
|The Matter With Morris |
|Light Lifting |
|This Cake is for the Party |
|The Sentimentalists |
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The electronic version of Canadian Periodical Index, CPI-Q indexes 1,200 Canadian periodicals (English and French) and provides full text of over 550 titles. It provides full text of regional newspapers, including the Chilliwack Progress and Abbotsford News.
The e-CPS is Canada’s most authoritative source for prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug information, providing information on drug pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, indications, warnings, precautions, interactions, and more.
JSTOR Plant Science
JSTOR Plant Science provides the world’s largest database of plant specimens, with over 600,000 available today. Foundational reference works in plant science are also included, as well as over 20,000 paintings, photographs, drawings and other images.
Database vendors have been busy this summer launching new interfaces and branding. Wiley Interscience is now Wiley Online Library. ScienceDirect (from Elsevier) has been integrated into a larger product known as SciVerse. Ebscohost, JSTOR and SpringerLink have also updated their platforms.
Find the perfect research databases for your topic...
- Use the pull-down list to retrieve a list of relevant databases for the subject area, including a ranked list of "Best Bets"
- Browse an alphabetical list by clicking on the first letter of a database name ... or click on "All" to see the whole list
- Type in part of the database title, or a keyword describing the database
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Eddie Gardner, the facilitator of the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Support Program for Stó:lõ Health Services, who has been serving Aboriginal people in various capacities across Canada for 35 years, will sing an honour song to recognize the good work that was done in creating this poster. He will also speak about the resilience of First Nations people, the healing that needs to be done, and the reconciliation we all need to work towards.
Mr. Gardner, who is also the Head Elder for Skemcis Medicine Lodge Society, said he is pleased with the good work UFV is doing and feels "the poster is a positive step towards bringing out the truth about a dark era of our history."
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Two databases from this collection will be continued: Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier. A number of other databases will be discontinued. As of July 26, the following links will be removed from our web site:
- Masterfile - Covers all subject areas, with a public library focus. As an alternative, use MAS Ultra, Academic Search Premier, or Canadian Business and Current Affairs
- Kids Search - For Grades K-5
- Novelist and Novelist K-8 - Reader's Advisory tools; try the Readers Advisory Link Farm for help finding good reads in your favourite genre
- Canadian Reference Centre - Canadian information from magazines, newspapers, reference books, with a public Library focus. Use Canadian Business and Current Affairs or Canadian Newsstand as an alternative
- Consumer Health Complete - As an alternative, use Health Source: Consumer Edition
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we welcome your feedback and comments. If you need assistance with using our research databases, please Ask a Librarian.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The software we were using, dbWiz, was developed by the library at Simon Fraser University. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, they have decided not to continue developing this software, and it will not longer be available for use in the very near future.
But the news is not all bad...
We are in the process of upgrading our current Guides to Research, as well as developing a number of new ones, using software (called Libguides) that allows us to integrate database search boxes directly into the guides. We can configure these search boxes to search several databases at once, and the benefit of this is that the databases you're searching are the ones that are most relevant to the topic or discipline covered by the guide. Some of these new guides are available now, and all of our current Guides to Research will be converted to this new format and software by September.
As always, we are here to help you with your research ... just Ask a Librarian.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Why the new widget? This widget works better with mobile devices, such as your smart phone. It also allows you to open the chat in a new, resizable window. Give it a try!