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.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Poetry Slam, Feb. 11: "Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know"

Join us for "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know," our 3rd annual Poetry Slam on Friday, February 11, in the UFV Chilliwack campus theatre lobby.

As in our previous "Love Hurts" events, poets register immediately prior to the performance and have three minutes to present an original poem.

Judges are randomly selected from the audience. In round one, poets compete for applause. In round two, finalists present a second poem and compete for cash and prizes.

There are no props, musical instruments or fireworks. Love or angst poetry is suggested but not mandatory. Poems can be about any topic.

Doors open and poets register in the theatre lobby at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11. The slamming starts at 7:30 p.m. Bar and concession available. For more information, call 604- 792-0025, local 2471.

Sponsored by UFV Theatre, English department, and Library.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Food for Fines Success - Thanks!

During December, the UFV Library ran its traditional Food for Fines campaign. Library overdue fines were forgiven in exchange for donations of non-perishable food. Each donated food item was worth the equivalent of $2.00 towards overdue fines, to a maximum of $20.00 per person. As usual, the UFV community showed its generosity, and our local food bank users benefited. Between the campuses, 481 items were donated in exchange for the forgiving of $962 in fines. An additional $20 cash and 148 items were also collected. Thanks to all who contributed and made the holiday season brighter for our local food bank users.

Friday, January 7, 2011

We heard you! Changes to the Research Databases gateway

Last semester, we heard from many of you that you found the new Research Databases gateway ( challenging to use. Some of you wanted us to go back to the "old" way. For many good reasons, we aren't going back, but we did listen and have introduced some changes that we hope will make the gateway a little (or maybe a lot!) easier to use:

  • Subject list of research databases is more visible
  • More visible access to the A-Z list
  • Now when you type your topic into a search box, you really are searching the databases themselves
Let us know what you think of these changes. Did they address your concerns? Have they made it easier to find your way around? If not, what suggestions do you have?

Nature journal now available online

Nature is now available as an online journal. This international weekly journal of science is the most highly cited interdisciplinary science journal, and publishes peer-reviewed research articles as well as cutting edge news stories.  The online site provides such features as e-alerts, RSS feeds, video and podcats, and expanded supplemental material.  UFV's subscription allows for access to a 5 year backfile.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Database: Counseling & Therapy in Video

Counseling and Therapy in Video is a collection of hundreds of online videos used for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling.
Videos include actual and re-enacted counseling sessions, lectures, interviews and presentations by well-known therapists, and teaching and discussion guides.

Access the collection from our Research Databases gateway: