Monday, July 27, 2015

BC Day Long Weekend and August Hours

The BC Day long weekend is quickly approaching and that means library closures. However, in addition to the reduced hours for the BC Day long weekend, our Abbotsford Library hours will be reduced for the rest of August.

Click here to see the hours calendar.

Both the Chilliwack and Abbotsford libraries will be closed for the entire long weekend, August 1-3.

Starting August 4th-24th the Abbotsford Library hours will change to:

Monday: 8:30-7:30
Tuesday: 8:30-4:30
Wednesday: 8:30-4:30
Thursday: 8:30-7:30
Friday: 8:30-4:30
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed

And during the break between classes (August 25-September 7) the library will be open 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday only, and closed on Labour Day.

posted by Brenda

Friday, July 17, 2015

Proquest Maintenance Alert August 8th

On Saturday, August 8, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of their products. The window is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time and will last for eight (8) hours.

Affected Databases include:
Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA)
Canadian Newsstand
Early English Books Online  (EEBO)
ERIC (Proquest version)
Globe & Mail: Canada's Heritage from 1844
Periodicals Archive Online
Proquest Digital Microfilm - Vancouver Sun
Social Services Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts

Thursday, July 9, 2015

RefWorks Users: Service Ends on July 15

UFV Library is ending its subscription to RefWorks as of July 15, 2015. Existing accounts will automatically expire on this date. Please read on for important information about migrating your RefWorks data to a new system.

Why are you doing this?

As of June 2015, the Canadian version of RefWorks will cease to exist, because the Canadian server that hosts RefWorks is no longer available. This comes at a time when the UFV Library’s budget has been reduced significantly, and the UFV Library has made the decision to discontinue its subscription to RefWorks altogether.

What are my options?

There are a number of options available to you – most of them are free services that will, like RefWorks, allow you to access your data from any device with an Internet connection. Please see a list of alternatives to using RefWorks on our web site:

Are any of these on Canadian servers?

The UFV Library has been unable to identify any citation management products that store data exclusively on Canadian servers. Popular competitor products like Mendeley and Zotero all store their data on non-Canadian servers. Your decision to share your personal data with any of these services is completely voluntary.

If you are worried about privacy, you might want to consider using desktop software, like Endnote or Word (but be careful not to use their cloud or web-based features, as these will require storing data on non-Canadian servers).

If you are an instructor at UFV, you must not mandate the use of any non-Canadian hosted bibliographic management system in your courses. BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requires that use of systems located outside of Canada must be with prior written consent if the user has to provide personal information. If using bibliographic citation tools in a course is necessary, please consult the Teaching and Learning Centre about how to be privacy compliant.

How do I transfer my RefWorks data to another service?

You will need to first export your data from RefWorks, then import it into your new system. This guide from University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides instructions for migrating your data to EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero (just click on the tabs):

For other systems, the exporting piece will be the same, but you’ll need to consult the documentation for the system for instructions on importing.

I use RefShare – will I still be able to share my data with others?

If you are using the RefShare options within RefWorks and you have not heard from us already, please contact Colleen Bell (x4396 or immediately to discuss the best options for continuing to make your RefShare database available.

What if I have questions or need help?

Please contact the library at – we will be more than happy to answer your questions or help you find a solution.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Name the UFV IR

The UFV Library is very excited to report that after three years of working towards establishing an institutional repository (IR) at UFV, we will launch our IR in Fall 2015. But we need help naming it! Our Institutional Repository Libguide provides information on what an IR is and offers some guidelines for name suggestions. Please check out the guide and send us your name suggestions ASAP. We need to pick a name soon and move forward with the design! Suggestions should be sent to

UFV will be joining six other BC post-secondary institutions in being early adopters in the creation of the BC IR Network. "The BC IR Network will be built on Islandora, a Canadian-developed open-source platform currently in use at over 100 public and private institutions worldwide. This shared platform will provide post-secondary institutions with open-access repositories for research, theses, and any other digital assets they wish to make available to the wider community."

The BC IR Network is made possible by a partnership between the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN) and Charlottetown, PEI-based software firm discoverygarden, supported by a grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Administrative Services Delivery Transformation (ASDT) Steering Committee.

Posted by Brenda

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Closed Canada Day -- July 1st!

Both the Chilliwack and Abbotsford Libraries will be closed for Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1st. We hope you have a great day and don't forget to wear sunscreen!

Complete library hours are available on our web site.

Posted by Brenda

Friday, June 12, 2015

Persistent Links updating for Academic Search Premier and CINAHL with Full Text

This year two of our consortially negotiated databases licenses have been upgraded to versions with more full text. Academic Search Premier is now Academic Search Complete, and CINAHL with Full Text is now CINAHL Complete.

A side effect of this upgrade is that persistent links to articles in course readings lists should be updated to reflect the change.  The old links will work for at least another 3 months, but the links should be changed to direct students to the correct version.

Basically, the same article in ASP and ASC have slightly different URL’s because of the database code name.  The same goes for the two CINAHL versions.

Example 1:

 Example 2:

Article: Patients', Caregivers', and Providers' Perceived Strategies for Diabetes Care

CINAHL with Full Text Link:


To update links, change the links with db=aph  to db=a9h  and the links with db=c8h to db=ccm.

The library will deal with changing links in our SIRSI Course Reserve system and any Libguides for your courses.  However, we may not be aware of other reading lists you have created on your own.
If you require any assistance or explanation, please contact Carol Konkle (loc. 4218),  Patti Wilson (loc. 4277) or your liaison librarian.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Academic Search Complete Upgrade

Academic Search Complete logo

Our most popular database, Academic Search Premier has been upgraded to Academic Search Complete. This product provides over 9,000 journals in full text, including over 7,800 peer-reviewed sources. Try it out!