Tuesday, March 17, 2020

COVID-19: Updates on Library Services and Operations

April 3, 2020 Update

Due to the COVID-19 situation, UFV Libraries (Chilliwack and Abbotsford) are closed until further notice. Library staff have all transitioned to working remotely. Services and assistance are available online and by email.

Off Campus Access to Library Resources
Library Closures
  • As of March 18, 2020 the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campus library facilities are closed
Computer Access and Study Spaces
  • For the most recent information on computer lab and building opening hours, see the UFV  Urgent News blog.
Borrowing and Returning Items
  • As the libraries are closed, our physical collections are not accessible.
  • You do not have to return library materials at this time. We are automatically extending all loan periods. No overdue or recall fines will be charged.  Currently you are still able to return materials to our book drops.
  • We are unable to fill hold requests.
  • We are not taking payments for fines at this time. Banner blocks will be temporarily removed to enable registration.
Interlibrary Loans
  • Interlibrary loans of print materials are not available. ILL for journal articles may also be affected depending on services across the country.
Course Reserves
  • If you require the course textbook, please contact the UFV bookstore
  • Online reading lists for articles and book chapters continue to be available.
  • For next semester, faculty may contact their  liaison librarian for assistance locating resources and creating virtual reading lists for online courses.
Reference Services

  • If you are off campus, you can ask questions and get help using the services listed below.
AskAway online chat reference service.  Get help with your library research by chatting with a librarian in real time.

Email reference services:  Email your library research questions to a UFV librarian. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

Faculty Support
  • UFV Library employees are working to support faculty and students through this time period. 
  • Contact your liaison librarian for assistance locating resources and creating virtual reading lists for your online courses.
  • Consult our Open Educational Resources LibGuide for help locating OER resources.
  • The UFV Bookstore is operating to support faculty and students with course textbooks. Please see their website for details on accessing print and electronic textbooks.
Publisher Responses to COVID-19
  • Many academic publishers are opening up electronic resources for a limited period of time. There is a spreadsheet available tracking the different initiatives.  The library will be following up with offers that are applicable to us, and documenting this on a new LibGuide.
UFV Copyright Compliance
  • It is important to operate within copyright compliance. Consult our Copyright LibGuide for more information.

Information sources about COVID-19:

Updated: April 3, 2020/MAM

Monday, March 16, 2020

Enjoy the library at home with our digital collections

As UFV moves towards online delivery of all courses, we'd like to remind students of the digital resources you can access from off campus.

How to connect to our resources from home:

  1. Click on the link to the resource you want.
  2. If you are off campus, you will be taken to a login page. Enter your UFV credentials and click submit
  • Students: student number and myUFV password
  • Employees: employee login and network password.

We now have hundreds of thousands of ebooks available from a wide variety of academic publishers. All the titles are listed in our Books & DVD's catalogue.
Look for the Read Online or PDF link.

Online Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Locate online articles using our Articles & Databases resources.  You can do a broad, multidisclipinary search using our Find Articles box, or choose a subject specific research database.

 If you don't initially see a link to the full text, be sure to check the "Full Text Finder" link as well.

Streaming Video
Our streaming video titles are listed in the Books & DVD's catalogue. You may also wish to browse the major collections we have from:
Films on Demand
National Film Board Campus
Curio (CBC)

Reference Books
To find authoritative overviews and background information on topics, consult our major reference collections, including:
Sage Knowledge
Oxford Reference Online

Remote Reference Services
You can ask for help using our email or chat reference services.  Even if the library closes we will continue to staff those channels.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Family Day Closure

Both libraries will be closed on Monday, February 17th for Family Day. AskAway, our virtual reference service, will also be closed. However, all our online library resources will be available for your use on Monday.

See our full schedule here.

Posted by Brenda

Friday, January 10, 2020

Find Open Access Articles for free

If you are looking for open access journal articles, try out these simple and effective tools.

Download the free browser extension for Firefox or Chrome.  When you search for articles in databases or in Google Scholar, click on the article title. When an Open Access version of an article is available from a publisher, repository or other legitimate source, a green padlock icon appears on the right side.

The Open Access Button is a free tool that allows you to find free, legal articles with just a click. You can search by article title, URL, DOI or citation to locate an open access version of a known article you are trying to locate.

Open Access App in the Find It Discovery Service

We are adding an Open Access (Unpaywall) app to our Find it Discovery Service. Look for it soon!

Posted by Patti Wilson, Jan. 10, 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Changes to Kanopy

Kanopy is a streaming video collection with a mix of movie, documentary and educational titles. Once a title has been viewed 4 times, it triggers a one year lease for $150. Starting in January 2020, we have curated our collection to a narrower group of titles. Kanopy streaming videos will be available to view from Media Education Foundation, Criterion Collection, Psychotherapy.net and the Documentaries subject package. All title requests outside these collections will be mediated by UFV Library staff. Mediated requests will only be accepted from UFV faculty for course purposes.

For questions, please contact Patti Wilson at loc. 4277.

Example of mediated request form: