Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Library PSA Contest Deadline Extended...

Are you a budding videographer? Did you get a new Flip camera for Christmas? Want to see just how great a video you can shoot with your iPhone?

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:

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,

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Survival Guide for Those New to the U

Got questions? Need some direction? Where do I . . .

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
Get my 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:
For answers to more frequently asked questions take a look here at the Library's New to the U webpage.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wishing you happy holidays...

Like all of UFV, the Abbotsford and Chilliwack libraries will close for the winter break at noon on Friday, December 24, and re-open on Tuesday, January 4 at 8:30am. The library on our Mission campus will close at 7pm on Monday, December 20, to re-open at 1pm on Monday, January 10. Library hours for all campus libraries are available on our web site:

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

Who's Hungry?

Who do your donations to our Food for Fines campaign help? The number of Canadians relying on food banks in Canada continues to grow. They are among the most vulnerable members of our society, and they are in every community, including yours.

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 March 2010, 867,948 separate individuals were assisted by a food bank in Canada… Canadian food bank use has now reached its highest level on record, passing the previous benchmark of 803,335 in 2004. Hunger continues to grow in our country, despite the economic recovery.”

“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

Food for Fines: December 1-24

You donate the food - we'll pay your fines!

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.

How much?
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

Congratulations to our Giller Contest winners

UFV library congratulates our five Guess the Giller contest winners: Cassandra Boyer, Bree Gauthier, Danae Hansen, Grace Yoon and Roy Jung. They will each receive a copy of one of the Giller shortlisted titles, donated by the Chilliwack branch of ScotiaBank.

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:
The Scotiabank Giller is Canada’s top literary prize. For more information see:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Have you tried Google's Wonder Wheel?

Google's Wonder Wheel is a great tool for selecting or focusing a topic. Just start with a general topic (we started with "body image"), then in your results list, look for the Wonder Wheel link in the left column, under the Google logo.

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

Remembrance Day: Canada's World War II war artists

Check out the newest exhibit in the Chilliwack Library and on the library's web site:

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

Only 4 days left to Guess the Giller...

Vote for your favourite Giller book - win a Giller book!

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 for complete contest information.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Make a 30-second video ... win a free course!

Create a public service announcement promoting the library, and you could win a free UFV course, as part of the 2010 Library Poster PSA Contest.

Theme: "This is my library."
Deadline: December 15, 2010

Contest Details:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Media must be in the public domain or otherwise royalty-free (including new compositions or Creative Commons licensed music - see
  4. Any people featured in the videos must provide written consent (ask for a consent form from the library).
  5. 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.
  6. Technical specifications:
    • Length: 30-45 seconds
    • Format: standard video format (e.g., MPEG, AVI, or MOV)
    • Minimum resolution: 640x480 (higher preferred)
  7. 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
Questions? Contact Colleen Bell,

Introducing our newest librarian: Brenda Philip

We're pleased to announce that Brenda Philip is our new Circulation and Data Services Librarian. She started her new position on Monday, November 1st.

Brenda has been working for the UFV Library for the past year as a part-time librarian, and so is well known to many members of the UFV community. Prior to joining us, Brenda held a one-year term position as liaison librarian at SFU. From 2001-2008, Brenda was the Collection Development Librarian at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, and from 1999-2001 she was a Reference Librarian for the University of Washington, Tacoma. She has also held librarian positions at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta.

Brenda has an MLIS from the University of Alberta, an MA in Art History from York University, and an honours BA in History in Art from the University of Victoria. She has early connections with UFV/Fraser Valley College, where she began her academic studies in the 1980s.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New online journals from Taylor & Francis

The UFV Library has a new database of online, full-text journals from Taylor & Francis that includes more than 1,300 titles in all disciplines, including a number of important journals in social work, education, criminology, media/cultural/communication studies, business, political science, sociology, geography, sports, anthropology, behavioral science, arts and humanities. It also has titles in chemistry, engineering, environment and agriculture, math and stats, and physics. In many cases, coverage starts in 1997.

Access the journal database via our Research Databases gateway:

New database: Social Work Abstracts

Social Work Abstracts is the definitive source for journals and other sources in all aspects of social work literature, including therapy, education, human services, addictions, child and family welfare, mental health, civil and legal rights. The database offers extensive coverage of more than 900 social work and human services journals dating back to 1965 and provides a complement to Social Services Abstracts.

Access the database through our Research Databases gateway:

Discontinued research databases

Since 2008, the UFV library has benefited from government funding for a database collection, known as the Undergraduate Foundation Collection (UFC). The UFC databases were shared by K-12, public and postsecondary libraries. This funding has now ended and the UFC has moved to a library-sustained model.

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:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Guess the Giller" Contest 2010

Vote for your favourite Giller book - win a Giller book!

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.

Short-listed Titles

The Matter With Morris
David Pergen
Light Lifting
Alexander MacLeod
This Cake is for the Party
Sarah Selecky
The Sentimentalists
Johanna Skibsrud
Kathleen Winter

Friday, September 17, 2010

UFV Library's Lisa Morry featured in Chilliwack Progress

The launch of the Residential Schools exhibit was well-attended by members of the UFV community and beyond, with a formal welcome ceremony, complete with drumming and singing, offered by members of the Sto:lo community. UFV Library's Lisa Morry, who worked with UFV's Aboriginal Access Services to design the poster and exhibit, was recognized in this story in the Chilliwack Progress. Way to go, Lisa!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Research database news

CPI-Q, or Canadian Periodical Index
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.

Interface Changes
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.

New research databases gateway

A new Electronic Resources Management (ERM) system has been launched as a gateway to UFV’s Research Databases. This new system provides many new features, such as enhanced subject tagging for databases, an integration of licensed and open access databases, the ranking of databases as “Best Bets”, and the ability to choose databases based on content type (journal articles, book reviews, etc.) and resource type (streaming video, full text database, etc.)

Find the perfect research databases for your topic...
  1. Use the pull-down list to retrieve a list of relevant databases for the subject area, including a ranked list of "Best Bets"
  2. Browse an alphabetical list by clicking on the first letter of a database name ... or click on "All" to see the whole list
  3. Type in part of the database title, or a keyword describing the database

Library systems unavailable Sept. 19

A scheduled power outage on Sunday, September 19, 6am to noon, may result in the library's web site being unavailable. During the power outage, however, you may still be able to access some library resources through our Guides to Research and our Research Databases (although access to any databases requiring authentication may be limited). But all of the free databases will be available.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New to the U?

Welcome! Find out where to get your student ID card and U-PASS, and about all the things you need to know to get started as a student at UFV: health & dental coverage, books, computer labs, financial aid, parking, and where to kick back and just relax. Visit

Friday, September 3, 2010

Exhibit launch September 15: Legacy of Residential Schools

Join us at the Chilliwack Library, September 15 @ 2pm, to unveil a poster about the legacy of residential schools. Sponsored by the Library and Aboriginal Access Services, the celebration will include drumming, singing, and refreshments.

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

From Guides to Libguides: New & improved

Check out our new & improved guides to research - we've added loads of new features, including RSS feeds for continuously updated content, search boxes into our library catalogue and databases, an opportunity to provide comments and feedback, and more!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Changes to the research databases line-up

Since 2008, the UFV library has benefited from government funding for a database collection, known as the Undergraduate Foundation Collection (UFC). The UFC databases were shared by K-12, public and postsecondary libraries. This funding has now ended and the UFC has moved to a library-sustained model.

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:

  1. 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
  2. Kids Search - For Grades K-5
  3. Novelist and Novelist K-8 - Reader's Advisory tools; try the Readers Advisory Link Farm for help finding good reads in your favourite genre
  4. 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
  5. 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

Hey... what happened to Database StartSearch?

If you're accustomed to using Database StartSearch to search multiple databases at once, you're probably wondering what happened to it.

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

Problems with the AskAway chat widget?

There’s a new and improved chat widget for connecting with an AskAway librarian from the UFV Library’s web pages. If you’re not seeing the green bar at the top, you may need to clear your browser’s cache. Look for instructions at WikiHow:'s-Cache

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!