Friday, December 23, 2011

Download Ebrary Books

Ebrary now allows the downloading of book chapters, page ranges and entire books. The documents may be viewed on your computer, or transferred to a portable device.

To get started, view this training powerpoint or the Knowledge Base.

For questions, call Patti at loc. 4277

Library Connections -November/December 2011 Issue

Check out our latest newsletter! This issue includes photos of the progress of new Chilliwack Library at Canada Education Park, our new Heritage Collection space as well as an interesting article on Ebooks!

Read the current issue of the newsletter:

Happy Holidays from UFV Library!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Come celebrate UFV Library's Heritage Collections!

Tuesday November 15
1:00pm-3:00 pm
UFV Library
Abbotsford Campus
Light refreshments will be served

You are invited to a special celebration to welcome the UFV Library Heritage Collection to the Abbotsford Campus.

In its new controlled environment on the second floor of the Library, the Heritage Collection will continue to provide researchers with special access to the history, geography, and culture of the Fraser Valley and its communities.

Join President and Vice-Chancellor, Mark Evered, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Eric Davis, Deans, Faculty, Staff and students for an introduction to the Collection and its new home.

Click here and enjoy an online display created for the event.  Explore our new Guide to Research for the Heritage Collection for details about the collection including its depth and breadth as well as links to other Fraser Valley archival collections.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Open Access Week

October 24-30, 2011 is Open Access Week. What is open access? To give you an idea, here is a short video (and other material), created by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

Simply put, “Open access (OA) is the free availability of scholarly journal publications over the Internet.” The prices libraries pay for both print and online access to scholarly journals have increased dramatically. Most university libraries have been forced to continually review their list of serials and make cuts. The open access movement takes advantage of the internet for publishing and, although there are various models, the commonality is no or minimal cost. The publishers of scholarly journals can make considerable profits and, in charging so much for “their” product, they manage to undemocratically restrict access to research. A wide-spread open access movement has the potential to democratize access to current research.

One of the traditional measures for deciding tenure is the degree to which a candidate has published in academic journals. Because this remains an important part of the tenure process, publishers of scholarly journals continue to hold considerable power. However, there is a growing move towards accepting open access publishing, which can also be peer-reviewed.

Here are just a few of the arguments in favour of open access publishing:
·         Open access articles are read by more people than articles that are behind fee barriers
·         Increased access to articles can increase an author’s impact
·         Articles based on publicly-funded research should be freely available to the public
·         All countries, but especially the poorest countries, will benefit from this increased access

Institutional Repositories (IR) are another means by which research can be shared, and the UFV Library is in the early stages of exploring the possible establishment of one. Institutional repositories are online locations for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of the digital output of an institution. Submissions to an IR could include student work (thesis, dissertations, etc.) and faculty and staff work (previously published articles, course notes, learning objects, administrative documents, etc.). An IR can increase an institution’s profile to the outside world and can also increase communication and collaboration within an institution. Over 80% of CARL institutions have institutional repositories. Look for the UFV Library to begin soliciting campus input on such a project for our institution.

During Open Access Week, Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) is sponsoring two live webcasts:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011.
12:00-1:20pm PT/1:00-2:20pm MT/ 2:00-3:20pm CT

What Problems Are We Trying To Fix? - Dr. David Rosenthal, Chief Scientist, LOCKSS Program, Stanford University
Event is live webcasted to COPPUL Libraries from UBC at:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
11:00-11:55am PT/12:00-12:55 MT/ 1:00-1:55pm CT

OpenMedia and its Push for Internet Openness - What Canadian Citizens Should know. -
Reilly Yeo Managing Director, Open Media.
Event is live webcasted to COPPUL Libraries from UBC at: <>

Posted by Brenda

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Libguide for UFV's Heritage Collection

We've created an informative libguide to UFV Library's Heritage Collection.  This collection was recently relocated to the Abbotsford campus library and includes information about the people and places of the Fraser Valley, from Abbotsford to Hope, Sumas to Stave Lake.  The collection is catalogued and users wishing to access materials can do so in the Abbotsford library.

Friday, October 14, 2011

New Tomson Highway Libguide

In conjunction with Tomson Highway's upcoming visit to UFV on Oct. 23-24, we have created a Tomson Highway Libguide. This guide includes information on books, videos, websites and scholarly articles related to Tomson Highway.

Posted by Patti Wilson, Oct. 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend Library Hours

Due to Thanksgiving, the UFV Library hours are a bit different this weekend (October 8th-10th).

The Abbotsford library will be open Saturday as usual (10-6), but will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

The Chilliwack library will be open Saturday as usual (10-4), closed Sunday as usual, and closed Monday for Thanksgiving.

The Mission library will be closed Friday through Sunday as usual and closed Monday for Thanksgiving.

However, the library catalog and the research databases remain available remotely the entire weekend. AskAway, the library's online chat reference service, will be available on Saturday and Sunday (closed on Monday).

Everything will be back to normal on Tuesday! See here for the complete library hours information.

Posted by Brenda

Monday, October 3, 2011

Computers Available at 7AM

Do you need access to a computer or printer when you arrive on campus early? Did you know that G210, the computer lab on the second floor of the library building, opens at 7AM, Monday-Friday? Here is the complete:
Lab Schedule!

Posted by Brenda

New Database - Oxford Journals

Collection banner 2011

The UFV Library now has access to the Oxford Journals Collection online. This collection includes over 225 titles in the fields of medicine, life sciences, mathematics & physical sciences, law, humanities, and the social sciences. It contains some of the world’s most prestigious highly-cited titles, two-thirds of which are published in collaboration with learned societies and other international organizations.

UFV has subscribed to the current collection, with full text access starting in 1996 for most titles.

For more information on the journals that you have access to, please visit the Oxford Journals collections website, or check the UFV Journals List.

Our license allows for the inclusion of Oxford journal articles in printed coursepacks and electronic reserves collections.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Loan Policy Changes

Starting in fall semester, students, staff, and faculty will see an increase in the length of loan periods for the books they borrow from the UFV Library.

Undergraduate students can now check out books for three weeks. The initial three-week loan period is guaranteed; however, renewed items are subject to recall if someone else requests them. Students may renew books online twice. (Graduate student loan periods for books remain 4 weeks.)

Faculty and staff, too, will see changes as their borrowing privileges are extended to four months. The first three weeks are guaranteed. After that, these books are also subject to recall. Faculty and staff can renew items online twice. Books then have to be returned to the library before they can be checked out again.

That means students, staff, or other faculty can recall books that are currently checked out by other borrowers, including faculty.  If an item is recalled, UFV library users will receive an email via their UFV email account notifying them of the new due date. Please be sure to check your UFV email regularly! (You can also check your library account online.) Recalled items with a loan period of 7 or fewer days will be due back within 3 days. Recalled items with a loan period of more than 7 days will be due back within 5 days.

As previously, overdue items are subject to overdue fines for students and recalled items are subject to a $1/day fine for all users. Loan periods for videos and journals have not changed. See the Borrowing Materials webpage for complete details.

We encourage Library users to self- renew all items online through their Library Account which is available on the Library homepage.  Each item can be renewed online twice, provided no other library user has requested the item by placing a hold on it.  We will not be renewing items at the circulation desk, with the exception of those items that have reached the maximum  online renewals. With the new policies, library users will have more opportunity to access the library items they need.  Just place a hold on an item that is checked out and we will recall it for you.

Posted by Brenda

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Got Printing Problems? Ask Our New IT Tech

We're very excited to welcome Ahmed Iqbal as our new IT support technician. Ahmed is a Business Adminstration student with a background in information technology support. You'll find Ahmed at the Information Desk in the Abbotsford library on the following days:

Monday: 11:30am to 2:30pm
Wednesday: 11:00am to 2:30pm
Thursday: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Friday: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Just look for the "IT Services Lab Monitor" sign - Ahmed can help you with a variety of IT questions, such as:
  • Printing issues (cards not working in the reader, print jobs not showing up at the print release station)
  • Computer accounts
  • myUFV
  • Network file access
  • UFV wireless
Over the next few months we'll be tracking and evaluating the service, and we're confident this will be an improvement to the IT assistance we've been providing to now.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Problems reported with Internet Explorer 9

We are receiving some reports from students experiencing problems using the newest version of the Internet Explorer browser (version 9). These problems include inability to view full text articles, access the library's research databases and problems with RefWorks. If you are having similar problems, try using the latest version of Firefox.

Posted by Diane

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Chronicle of Higher Education site license

We now have a campus wide site license for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The proxied link to the journal is located on the UFV Journals List.

Among the web site highlights are:
  • the web site which is updated throughout the day with the latest news in academe
  • text from the current print edition, posted every Monday morning;
  • access to all premium, subscriber-only content;
  • a searchable archive of previously published content;
  • commentary and essays from the weekly magazine, The Chronicle Review;
  • all the data from the annual Almanac and other special, single-topic reports are in easy-to-search databases; and
  • expanded news coverage of higher-education events and people from around the world.

Posted by Patti

Problems reported with Google Chrome

We are receiving some phone calls from students experiencing problems using the Google Chrome browser. These problems include inability to view full text articles and problems with RefWorks. If you are having similar problems, try using the latest versions of Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Posted by Patti

Social Sciences journal backfile added to ScienceDirect

Backfiles has been added for over 150 social sciences journals in ScienceDirect. This provides a greater depth of coverage for important scholarly journals in many subject areas, including geography, social work, education, criminology, psychology and communications.
List of Titles.

Posted by Patti

Monday, July 4, 2011

Philosopher's Index now on Ebscohost platform

Philosopher's Index is now available on the Ebscohost platform.

The Philosopher's Index is a bibliographic database with informative, author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy. The literature covered goes back to 1940 and includes journal articles, books, book chapters such as contributions to an anthology, and book reviews.
The Philosopher's Index monitors over 680 journals from more than 540 countries and is updated quarterly.

Posted by Patti

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

We have just upgraded to the new full text version of Criminal Justice Abstracts.
From the publisher's website:
"This resource includes bibliographic records and full text covering essential areas related to criminal justice and criminology. The increasing globalization of criminology is reflected in Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text’s coverage of hundreds of journals from around the world.

Covering All Areas of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text contains more than 300,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline.

Full-Text Resources Offered
This resource includes full text for more than 200 magazines and journals as well full text books & monographs."

If you have created a search box for Criminal Justice Abstracts, please replace with the coding below.

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Posted by Patti

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New issue of Library Connections published!

Check out the June issue of Library Connections, the library's newsletter.

Inside this issue:
  • Staff profile: UFV's iron librarian: Brenda Philip
  • Abbotsford campus library's "face-lift" news.
  • Library, Libiry, Librsey … It’s All Good
  • Spotlight on the Curriculum Lab
  • Summer Reading: staff picks
  • 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders
We welcome your feedback and ideas for future articles.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Canada Post Strike and the Library

As you may have heard, the Canada Post strike has eveolved from a rolling strike to a full-fledged lockout. Several library services have been affected by the strike, chief among them interlibrary loans and services to students at a distance.

The library has a backup plan in place to get materials from other libraries and to deliver materials to students at a distance.

So, please, continue to place your requests, and we'll continue to do our best to get the materials for you and to you.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Construction continues on new library in Chilliwack

Check out these recent photos of the library on the new UFV campus in Chilliwack. In these photos you can see the classrooms taking shape on the second floor above the library. Behind the scenes, we've been busy choosing paint colours and furniture, and planning to move the 92,000 items in our collection.

Library Connections newsletter debuts

Check out the inaugural issue of Library Connections, the library's new newsletter. Find out what's new in the library, learn about library resources and services, and meet interesting people. The newsletter will be published monthly during fall and winter semesters.

Inside this issue:
  • Staff profile: Mission Library Tech Shawnna Pierce
  • Faculty profile: Molly Ungar
  • UFV Librarians win "Burning Needs" contest
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • A Good Read: "The Little Stranger"
We welcome your feedback and ideas for future articles.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Print to Electronic Journal Migration 2011

The library is proposing to migrate a number of print journal subscriptions to online versions. Full Details.

Patti Wilson, Collections Librarian

Friday, April 15, 2011

Take the Undergraduate Loan Period Survey

If you are an undergraduate student at UFV, please take our survey regarding loan periods for books. From the library page or the link below, you can access the survey and let us know what you think regarding a proposed change to the loan period for undergraduate students only.

Posted by Brenda

Library Hours Survey Prizes

Thanks to everyone who took part in the recent Library Hours Survey! The prizes have been drawn and the winners have been notified. Thanks to the UFV Bookstore, ARTstor, and Springer for providing some of our prizes.

Posted by Brenda

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Elections Canada display in your library

Check out the cool Elections Canada displays in the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campus libraries! Take a pin and push yourself in. Check out the display webpage and review facts about the parties, their platforms as well as see what resources the UFV Library has on the topic.

Display website:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Early English Books Online (EEBO) now at UFV

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the English Civil War.

EEBO contains works by such authors as Malory, Shakespeare, Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, and Galileo. In addition to the great literature of the time, the collection includes historical materials such as royal statutes and proclamations; military, religious, and other public documents; almanacs; musical exercises; calendars; broadsides; prayer books; pamphlets, proclamations; and many other primary resources.

This collection will be of tremendous value for researchers in English literature, history, religious studies, philosophy, political science, art history, history of printing and the book, and more.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Try SAGE Reference Online for your social sciences research

Looking for authoritative background information in the social sciences, such as criminology, sociology, psychology, geography, business and economics, political science, education, and social work?

Try the new Sage Reference Online database - a collection of hundreds of highly respected encyclopedias and handbooks.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Reference Universe

Are you struggling with where to begin your research or looking for that spark of inspiration to focus your essay topic? UFV Library has subscribed to Reference Universe (RU), a discovery tool that will unlock the wealth of information in our print and electronic reference collection. Using RU, you will be able to search our specialized subject encyclopedias and handbooks simultaneously. You will not have to go out on to the Web looking for information and find sources that may be unreliable and therefore unusable. You can use RU and find authoritative, current and scholarly reference information quickly and effectively. Click right through to online articles in our major reference databases, while also peering into our vast print encyclopedia and handbook collection at the back-of-the-book index level!

Check out our Electronic Reference Collection web page to access Reference Universe. You can also access RU from our various LibGuides under the "background" tab.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Take the Abbotsford Library Hours Survey!

The UFV Library has received requests from users that we extend the hours at our Abbotsford library. Please visit our survey, using the link below, and give us your opinion!

Monday, March 7, 2011

RefWorks access via UFV Wireless now available

Access to RefWorks via the UFV Wireless network is now available.

Warning: your browser may present you with a security exception the first time you try to access RefWorks via the wireless network. We're working on updating our security certificate, but in the meantime, rest assured that adding a security exception is safe.

For help with using RefWorks, visit the library's RefWorks pages or ask a librarian.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Did You Know? March 1 is International Hug a Librarian Day

We don't know where this comes from, but we like it! We don't advocate actual hugging (it's cold and flu season, after all), but we do enjoy your appreciation. So stop by and say hi, even if you don't have a question.

Monday, February 28, 2011

SPORTDiscus now with Full Text

Our premier database for kinesiology, physiology, sport psychology, sport medicine and more has just been upgraded to the Full Text version.  It now includes 1125 full text titles, including scholarly journals, magazines, book chapters, conference proceedings, reports, and more.
Check out SPORTDiscus with Full Text.

Posted by Patti Wilson, Collections Librarian

New Springer E-Book Collection

In addition to the SpringerLink collection of over 1,900 online scholarly journals, we have added over 22,000 full text eBooks and eReference Works. Book chapters will be retrieved in any search in SpringerLink, and may be printed or downloaded to any device capable of reading PDF files.

12 Subject Collections Available:
Behavioral Sciences
Biomedical & Life Sciences
Business & Economics
Chemistry & Material Science
Computer Science
Earth & Environmental Science
Humanities, Social Sciences & Law
Mathematics & Statistics
Physics & Astronomy
Professional & Applied Computing

Posted by Patti Wilson, Collections Librarian

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wireless in Mission

Wireless Internet service is now available on the Mission campus. For information on how to connect, pick up a brochure from the library (where you can also hang out with your laptop and friends), or visit for a downloadable guide.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Help celebrate International Women’s Day in the Chilliwack Library

The Chilliwack library will serve coffee, tea, and cookies for all students, faculty and staff throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Dr. Jean Scott will be in the student lounge on the Chilliwack campus at 3 p.m. The 98-year-old Scott is a local author, women’s rights activist, labour negotiator, co-founder of Chilliwack’s transition house, UFV honorary doctorate recipient, and Governor General’s Persons Case award winner. For Jean Scott, International Women's Day is personal. It's a reminder that the struggle is not over yet and that all women are sisters no matter their ages or backgrounds.

The United Nations International Women's Day theme this year is "Equal access to education, training, science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women." This theme fits in well with UFV's mandate as a post-secondary institution.

This year UFV library is looking at the history of International Women's Day with a display at the Chilliwack library. Watch for the upcoming display on the bulletin board at the entrance to the Chilliwack library.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Under Construction ... New Chilliwack Library

Construction has begun on the new campus at the Chilliwack Education Park, and here are photos of the new library...

(Photos courtesy Lisa Morry)

For more information on the construction project, visit the CEP Campus Development web site.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Quiet Study Space in Chilliwack

Looking for a quiet place to study in our Chilliwack Library? Check out the new, inviting, light-filled space we've created for you at the back of the library.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reading Week Hours

Just a heads up to let you know that the library hours remain unchanged during Reading Week. We hope to see you here!

See the full library hours page here.

New Student Study Space Available

The following rooms are available to students for studying this semester on the Abby campus. No prior booking is required.

Mondays — D203
7–10 pm
Tuesdays — A402
5:30–10 pm
Wednesdays — C1422
8:30–11:20 am
Thursdays — A362
4–10 pm
Fridays — A352
8:30 am–10 pm

Click here for a campus map.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tour Galleries with Google Art Project

Google Street View technology has been used to create amazing tours of 17 major art galleries and museums in the United States and Europe.  Users can virtually move through 395 gallery rooms in the Palace of Versailles, the Frick, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Tate, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and more.
In addition,  over  1061 works of art are available in high resolution, with the ability to zoom in to view fine details and brushstrokes.  Details are provided for each image, including artist, medium, size,  commentary on the work and its themes, history of the artwork, and information on the artist.
Users can also create their own personal collection of favorite images.
Posted by Patti Wilson

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Reality of Residential Schools - on display in the Abbotsford library.

The residential schools poster is now up in the Abbotsford campus library. Visit the library in G building to see this 8' by 4' poster up close.

A selection of books from the bibliography on this page is in the bookcase just to the right of the entrance doors as you walk into the library. Feel free to browse through this collection and check these books out.

More details about the display are available on the library's website under Exhibits and Events, or by clicking here.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Do you know your Library PIN?

Your Library PIN is a really handy number to know. You need it to access the My Library Account feature on the library's web site, which allows you to:
  • see which items are signed out to you and when they are due; and
  • renew items so that you can keep them beyond the original due date without paying fines.
You also use your Library PIN to place a hold on an item in the UFV Library Catalogue:
  • reserve an item currently checked out to someone else;
  • have an item transferred from another of UFV's campus libraries; or
  • get your hands on an item that we've just received but haven't yet placed on the shelves.
But starting in late February, you'll also need to know your Library PIN to make an interlibrary loan request, or, in other words, get your hands on materials - books, journal articles, and other research sources - that the UFV Library doesn't currently make available. This change will make it easier to make a request - you won't have to type in your contact information - and it will also give you the ability to keep tabs on your requests - what you've requested (including past requests), and where they are in the process. (And keep your eyes peeled for more exciting announcements about interlibrary loans - we think you'll like them!)

How do I find out my Library PIN if I don't already know it?
In early February, we'll be sending you an email message with your Library PIN. You'll want to keep it in a safe place, just in case you forget (but don't worry, you can always contact us if you forget your Library PIN).

But if you don't want to wait until then (and you probably won't), you can come in to any of the UFV libraries and ask for your Library PIN - you'll need to provide us with your UFV ID card or some other form of photo ID.

If you can't come into the library, you can call us at (604) 504-7441 x4344, or use our online form. We may ask you questions to verify that you are who you say you are (for your own protection and privacy, of course).

A special note for UFV employees who are or have been UFV students: Please check to make sure that the preferred email address listed in your Banner record is one that you check most often, as this is where library email notices are being sent. To check your record:
  1. Log on to myUFV
  2. Click on the Personal Information link
  3. Click on the View E-mail Addresses link
If you need to make changes, you may need to contact Employee Services.

Can I change my Library PIN?
Yes. Simply go to My Library Account and select the "Change my library PIN" option. Log in with your UFV ID number and current Library PIN, then follow the prompts to select a new one. Don't forget to log off or close your browser if you're using a public computer.

Who should I contact for more information?
For more information on Library PINs and other issues related to borrowing library materials, contact Brenda Phillip, or (604) 504-7441 x4191. For more on changes to interlibrary loan request procedures, contact Colleen Bell, or (604) 504-7441 x4396.