Wednesday, June 30, 2021

UFV Library welcomes a new University Librarian

We are pleased and honoured to welcome our new University Librarian, Camille Callison. Camille will be returning to British Columbia after several years at the University of Manitoba, as the Indigenous Services and later Indigenous Strategies Librarian. A full announcement is available on the UFV Today blog, at



Posted by Patti Wilson, June 30, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Retirement of Kim Isaac, University Librarian

We are sadly approaching our last few weeks with Kim Isaac as our University Librarian. Kim’s connections to UFV are longstanding, starting here as a student in the 1970’s. In 1989 she became an instructor and Program Head for the Library and Information Technology Program. She has been our UL since 2000, and has led the library with grace and integrity.

During this time, Kim oversaw the building of the new library at the Canada Education Park, the renovation of the Abbotsford Campus library in 2017, and the CEP Library renovation in 2020.  She guided the library in its transition from university college to full university status, overseeing our growth in budget, staffing and services. She has always worked with the librarians and library technicians with compassion and caring. She fully understands how essential it is to balance one`s personal and working lives to reach our potential.  Kim is a strong supporter of the library’s indigenization activities. She uses her fundamental concern for the best interests of students and faculty to guide her policies and decision-making.

Kim has been an advocate for the library and represented the library on a number of UFV committees, including Senate, Academic Planning and Priorities Committee, Academic Continuity and the Senior Academic Leadership Team. In addition, Kim has provided professional expertise and leadership to the wider academic library community, in a variety of roles.  The UFV Library has benefitted tremendously from our memberships in regional and national consortia, providing us with collection and service opportunities that we would never have afforded otherwise. These organizations depend on the service of committed members to operate, develop and grow, and Kim has contributed greatly to this through her knowledge, professionalism and commitment to the vision of these consortia.

In recognition of her many contributions and 33 years of dedicated service to UFV, Kim has been honoured with the designation of Librarian Emeritus.

We’d like to thank Kim for being our outstanding leader and wish her the very best in her upcoming retirement!

Posted by Patti Wilson, June 15, 2021


Monday, May 31, 2021

Library Individual Bookable Study Tables

Starting on June 1, the UFV libraries (Abbotsford and Chilliwack) are excited to provide access to a limited number of bookable, individual study tables!

  • Monday - Thursday, excluding holidays
  • Morning session (9-12) or afternoon session (1-4)

 For more details, check out our Individual Study Tables Booking libguide:

 Posted by Brenda

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Publish Open Access Articles in Sage

The University of the Fraser Valley Library is participating in CRKN’s first transformative “read and publish” agreement with Sage.  Sage publishes highly respected journals in a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, science, technology and medicine. 

Through the agreement, authors affiliated with UFV may now publish their articles as open access with no Article Processing Charge (APC) in over 900 Sage Choice Journals.   In addition, the agreement includes a 40% discount on APCs in SAGE’s Gold Open Access Journals.

As Clare Appavoo, Executive Director of CRKN states, “The real success of this agreement is how we continue to work together as a Canadian community to meet our shared goals of transforming scholarly communications. The open access components of the SAGE agreement will make a significant contribution to the discoverability of Canadian research output.”  (Full public announcement)

Here is more information from the Sage website:

"The details of the agreement are as follows:

Subscription journals: Corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals (the 2021 SAGE Premier package) which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can be published open access, free of charge. Authors do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer. SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the agreement and invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department.  List of Sage Choice Journals with no APC's.

Gold open access journals: Corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal are also entitled to a 40% discount on the prevailing article processing charge (APC) for that journal. For participating journals view the Gold journal title list. This discount will be applied automatically in the SAGE Open Access Portal. Where an author is eligible for more than one discount, discounts cannot be combined but the highest discount available to the author will be applied to the APC due."

To facilitate open access publishing, processing of the APC waiver for SAGE Choice journals and the discount for gold open access journals is done automatically via the SAGE Open Access Portal (SOAP) when corresponding authors identify themselves as affiliated with UFV. 

SOAP is a dashboard for authors to select a copyright license, assign a bill payer (if applicable), and view article status. A Creative Commons license CC BY will be applied to open access publications unless a different license is requested by the author.

For more information on using SOAP, see:

The SAGE Open Access Portal User Guide for Authors Publishing Open Access in a Subscription Journal  (Sage Choice Journals, No APC Fee)

The SAGE Open Access Portal Guide for Authors Publishing in a Pure Gold Open Access Journal  (40% Discount on APC)

Bill Payer Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on publishing in a Sage Journals, see:  Journal Author Gateway

For more information on other APC discounts, seeOpen Access Publishing LibGuide.

For questions, contact your liaison librarian.

Updated by Patti Wilson, March 24, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Work with Us to Return Library Items


The UFV Library would like to remind our users that our book drops at both Chilliwack and Abbotsford are open 24x7, are accessible without entering a building, and that parking is currently free on campus.

  • Abbotsford book drop: north entrance of G building
  • Chilliwack book drop: south entrance of A building

We strongly encourage our borrowers to return items that they no longer need or to renew items that they are still using. If you need assistance, please contact either library. If you are currently residing outside of the lower mainland, there may be alternative options available to you for returning your library items.

For several months we have been offering Select and Collect, a curbside-like service that allows users to borrow items from our library despite the closure. We want to extend this service to include providing recalls on items that are checked out. To do this, we need your assistance in returning items that you are no longer using.

The library has not charged overdue fines during the pandemic. However, as some items will soon have been out of the library for one year, we need to account for them. Soon we will be processing replacement cost invoices for items that have not been returned or renewed. Students may experience loss of library privileges and inability to register for classes, obtain a transcript, or graduate. Please contact the library to see how we can work together to get items back into our collection.

Take care and stay safe!

posted by Brenda

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

CAN-CORE Academic Video (McIntyre Media)



Do you know that we have a new license for the CAN-CORE Academic Video Collection, which is a curriculum content streaming platform designed for Canadian high schools, colleges and universities? All videos on this platform are 100% Canadian produced.

This collection provides access to thousands of segments and full programs on various subject areas, including Criminal Justice & Law, Agriculture, Education, First Nations Studies, Canadian Social Studies, and more.

Here are some popular titles. 

“This documentary examines serious issues related to the globalization of superfoods, including unintended effects on food security, health, sustainable farming, and fair trade food practices.”