Thursday, April 23, 2015

RefWorks Users: Read This!

UFV Library is ending its subscription to RefWorks as of July 15, 2015. Existing accounts will automatically expire on this date. Please read on for important information about migrating your RefWorks data to a new system.

Why are you doing this?

As of June 2015, the Canadian version of RefWorks will cease to exist, because the Canadian server that hosts RefWorks is no longer available. This comes at a time when the UFV Library’s budget has been reduced significantly, and the UFV Library has made the decision to discontinue its subscription to RefWorks altogether.

What are my options?

There are a number of options available to you – most of them are free services that will, like RefWorks, allow you to access your data from any device with an Internet connection. Please see a list of alternatives to using RefWorks on our web site:

Are any of these on Canadian servers?

The UFV Library has been unable to identify any citation management products that store data exclusively on Canadian servers. Popular competitor products like Mendeley and Zotero all store their data on non-Canadian servers. Your decision to share your personal data with any of these services is completely voluntary.

If you are worried about privacy, you might want to consider using desktop software, like Endnote or Word (but be careful not to use their cloud or web-based features, as these will require storing data on non-Canadian servers).

If you are an instructor at UFV, you must not mandate the use of any non-Canadian hosted bibliographic management system in your courses. BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) requires that use of systems located outside of Canada must be with prior written consent if the user has to provide personal information. If using bibliographic citation tools in a course is necessary, please consult the Teaching and Learning Centre about how to be privacy compliant.

How do I transfer my RefWorks data to another service?

You will need to first export your data from RefWorks, then import it into your new system. This guide from University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides instructions for migrating your data to EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero (just click on the tabs):

For other systems, the exporting piece will be the same, but you’ll need to consult the documentation for the system for instructions on importing.

I use RefShare – will I still be able to share my data with others?

If you are using the RefShare options within RefWorks and you have not heard from us already, please contact Colleen Bell (x4396 or immediately to discuss the best options for continuing to make your RefShare database available.

What if I have questions or need help?

Please contact the library at – we will be more than happy to answer your questions or help you find a solution.

CINAHL upgraded to CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete logo
Nursing and Health Sciences students and faculty will now have over 1400 full text nursing and allied health journals available in our upgraded CINAHL Complete subscription.  In addition, the database provides:

  • Indexing for over 5400 journals
  • Nearly 170 Diseases and Conditions Quick Lessons
  • Over 130 Evidence-Based Care Sheets
  • More than 150 Continuing Education Modules
  • Over 300 Research Instruments
Coverage and subject title lists are available here.

Patti Wilson, April 23, 2015

Visual Arts Students Work on Display in the Abby Library

Visual Arts' professor Brenda Fredrick is excited to show the work of her VA115 students.  Visitors to the Abby library will see a display of the Altered Book Project, whereby Brenda's students have integrated concepts, drawings, notes, articles, resource information, influences & research related to their inquiry assignments and projects. Sources such as  books, videos, lyrics, films, websites, ISBN #’s, poetry, cut-out images, quotes, to-do lists, receipts, calendars have been used to create a book that stands on its own as a work of art.

Also on display near the library entrance are two sculptural works by students Gen Aruga and Alisa Peleshytyk.

Posted by Mary-Anne

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

No Printing Monday Morning April 27

Printing or adding value to cards will not be available before 10:00 am on Monday, April 27 in Abbotsford or Chilliwack libraries, bookstores or the campus card office.

The printing/adding value system is scheduled for maintenance service on April 27, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience.

posted by Lisa

Chilliwack Campus Library Closure April 28

The Chilliwack library will be closed Tuesday, April 28 for a staff retreat. The Abbotsford library remains open on April 28 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

posted by Lisa

Library Hours Change April 26

Beginning Sunday, April 26, UFV library hours will change in preparation for the summer semester. 
Both Abbotsford and Chilliwack campus libraries will be closed Sunday, April 26 and open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday, April 27 to Friday, May 1, with the exception of Tuesday, April 28, when the Chilliwack library will be closed. Both libraries will be closed Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.
Beginning Monday, May 4, the Abbotsford library will be open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday 1 to 5 pm and closed Sundays and statutory holidays. The Chilliwack library will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and will be closed weekends and statutory holidays. In addition, beginning in August, the Abbotsford library will only be open until 7:30 pm Mondays and Thursdays, and will be closed Saturdays in August and Saturday, September 5.

Summer statutory holiday closures:

  • Victoria Day, Mon, May 18
  • Canada Day, Wed, July 1
  • BC Day, Mon, August 3
  • Labour Day, Mon, September 7

Classes and regular fall semester hours resume Tuesday, Sept 8. For updated library hours, please click here:
posted by Lisa

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EBSCO databases connecting. 7:45 am, April 16, 2015

Connections have been restored to our EBSCO databases.  The problem was caused yesterday by issues with a large Internet Service provider in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

EBSCO DATABASES not working. 3:42 pm April 15, 2015

We are currently having a problem connecting to all our EBSCO database products, including the EBSCO Discovery Service ("Articles and More".)  The problem has been reported to EBSCO Technical Support and they are looking into the issue.
In the meantime, you can use of Research Databases menu to connect to databases from other vendors, such as Proquest, Gale and OVID.  Please call us if you require any assistance.
Abbotsford Reference Desk:  (604) 504-7441 x4221
Chilliwack Reference Desk: (604) 792-2824

3:42 pm, April 15, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Askaway now closed until May 19th

Askaway, UFV Library's virtual reference service, is now closed for the Winter semester and will re-open on Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00am.

AskAway is a chat service provided by post-secondary libraries across British Columbia and Yukon in collaboration with British Columbia Electronic Library Network and BCcampus. It provides reference and other library assistance to learners, educators, and researchers in BC and Yukon.

Posted by Mary-Anne

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mac made a big impression!

The Abbotsford library held its first "C is for calm, cookies and cuddles" day on March 26th for students and staff to take a few moments to relax and enjoy some games, treats and time spent with UFV's therapy dog, Mac.  It was an outstanding event and we want to say thank you to all who participated and spent time with us in the library (and the star of the show)! 

If you are in need of support during difficult times, please contact UFV's Counselling Services for information and assistance.

Posted by Mary-Anne
April 2, 2015