University receives landmark donation, Courtney Milne's complete collection added to its archives
Please click here to view a media release regarding the recent addition of Courtney Milne's complete collection to the University Library.
Please click here to view a media release regarding the recent addition of Courtney Milne's complete collection to the University Library.
Starting June 3 we will begin moving library materials from the current Health Sciences Library into our new location, the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library (on the corner of College and Wiggins). We anticipate the move will take about 2 weeks.
We will be closing the current Health Sciences Library from Friday, June 14 at 5 pm thru Tuesday, June 18. There will be no library services during this time but library materials can be returned to other branch libraries. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
We will be reopening Wednesday, June 19 at 8 am in our new location, the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library!
If you have any questions or would like more information about the move, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If during our move you are unable to locate library material, please ask for assistance at the circulation desk or phone 306-966-5991.
Thank you to all University of Saskatchewan students and faculty members who participated in LibQUAL+® 2013, a survey conducted in February/March 2013 to assess library service quality.
To show our gratitude to those who took part, participants were entered into a Grand Prize draw.
Congratulations go to our Grand Prize winners Andrea Iron (left) and Rebekah Dahlin (right), lucky winners of a $250 gift card to the University Bookstore.
We would also like to congratulate our secondary prize winners who each received a $10 Starbucks gift card:
Grace Sauv, Allison Jones, Sarah Patterson, Alicia Kaytor, Max Poelzer, Rebecca Jean, David Messmer, Kristyna Musil, Pedram Rafiei and Eric Story.
The feedback from the LibQUAL+ 2013 survey will provide Library employees with the opportunity to review our service across several key areas and ultimately identify and implement any necessary improvements.
We are in the process of analyzing the results and will report findings in the coming months. Thank you again to all students and faculty for your valuable input!
Are you new to the University? We like to welcome new students and introduce you to the best places to study and do your research on campus! We have 7 branch libraries to help with your studies and research.
Drop by the reference desk of any branch library and visit us for a quick demo of the library's website and/or a quick tour of the library.
Humanities and Social Sciences students can drop by the Reference Desk on the 1st Floor of the Murray Library, across from the elevators. Find out more about library tours.
Do you want to integrate video segments into presentations and distance learning courseware?
The University Library has acquired Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection, a streaming video collection of thousands of high-quality digital programs and video clips, covering topics in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, business and economics, and health.
Subjects covered include: Anthropology, Area Studies, Art & Architecture, Biology, Business & Economics, Communication, Computers & Technology, Criminal Justice, Earth Science, Education, English & Language Arts, Environmental Science, Geography, Health & Medicine, History, Mathematics, Music & Dance, Philosophy & Religion, Physical Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and World Languages.
Iffat Ahmad has worked at the University Library since 1993 and has loved every moment of it. Working in a variety of positions in various branches has allowed her to learn a great deal about the library system and develop her skills. Iffat states that she applied for the Marjorie Clelland scholarship “because the ideas and knowledge I will bring back from the sessions I attend will ensure that as an employee, I will be adaptable to new ways of thinking and working. This, in turn, will benefit our clients, both external and internal, in that we can provide them with the tools required for them to excel academically and professionally.” Iffat will be using her scholarship award to attend the 7th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (http://eblip7.library.usask.ca).
Beth Matheson is a library assistant at the Sciences Library. When asked about her application for the Marjorie Clelland Scholarship Beth said: “As a person in my prime during a major revolution in human history I feel a bit like I am always playing catch up with ‘current trends’. They are no sooner reported than they are out of date. Yet there is nothing to do but keep informed and try to see where things are going. I see much at the Alberta Library Conference 2013 to help me in my personal life as an author/illustrator/publisher toward understanding where information and storytelling are headed. And as a library assistant it can do nothing but good for me to work toward getting ahead of the curve. Even if I never quite make it.” Beth will be using her scholarship to attend the Alberta Library Conference (http://albertalibraryconference.com).
*Information about the Marjorie Clelland Scholarship is available at http://library.usask.ca/info/initiatives/2009ClellandScholarship.php
Interested in knowing more about the process behind TransformUS? Dickeson's book describes a model for program prioritization that has been adapted to meet our university’s specific needs
Print copies available at branch libraries:
Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services (2010) by Robert C. Dickeson
Ebook version just added to library collection (available for up to 3 simultaneous users):
Access the ebook via the link in library catalogue record
Are you a night owl? Do you need a great place to study for exams?
Safe Study will be closed on March 29th for Good Friday.
Good luck with your finals!
Maha Kumaran is the collections librarian for Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Partnership (SHIRP) in the Health Sciences Library at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to coming to the University, she worked at the Saskatoon Public Library, where she witnessed firsthand the challenges Saskatchewan libraries faced in serving their new diverse immigrant population. In an academic setting and in her current position within the Health Sciences Library, her interests have evolved into a scholarly focus on minority populations, services for minority populations, and minority leaders in libraries.
In her latest research project she was particularly interested in exploring leadership positions among minority librarians in English speaking countries such as Canada, the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. This interest has resulted in a book, Leadership in Libraries: A focus on ethnic minority librarians, which was recently published by Chandos Publishing, Oxford (2012).
Leadership in libraries: A focus on ethnic minority librarian asks why there are not enough minority librarians in the field to reflect the growing diversity of populations in developed countries and why there are still significant cultural differences affecting minority leadership styles in workplaces. The book then offers insights into the assimilation of minority leaders, presents information on learning and developing leadership skills and cross-cultural leadership, and touches on the possibilities of library schools consciously recruiting more minority students.
The book has been received favorably. Australian Library Journal, for example, in its review of the book, called it a “timely, thought provoking and informative work” and recommended it “for its contribution to our understanding of an important aspect of the information profession.”
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the opening of Saskatchewan: A Sense of Place.
When: February 21st, 3:00 pm
Where: Link Gallery, First Floor, Murray Building
Curators: David Bindle, Dee Gibson, Craig Harkema and Joel Salt
A short program will commence at 3:30 pm with guest speaker Dr. Merle Massie, followed by musical guests Carolyn Doi (piano) and Sonia Reid (voice) performing a few songs from the Saskatchewan Music Collection.
Merle Massie is "a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in local, rural, and environmental history."
Refreshments will be served.
The Data & GIS staff have moved to Room 122 Client Services. Drop by to meet with them or contact them by email or phone:
Find resources online at Numeric, Geospatial, and Government Information Portal.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of managing all of your citations? Well, the University Library is offering this free, one hour workshop regularly throughout the semester for those who want to learn more about RefWorks and other citation management systems. Attend one of these sesions to learn how you can save time and stay organized.
• January 16th Murray Library, Room 161 from 2:30 - 3:30
• January 28th Education Building, Room 1037 from 1:00 - 2:00
• February 14th Health Sciences Building, Room A203 from 11:30 - 12:30
• February 26th Engineering Building, Room 2A23 (Epsilon Lab) from 12:00 - 1:00
• March 15th Murray Library, Room 161 from 11:30 - 12:30
• March 26th Murray Library, Room 161 from 2:30 - 3:30
All sessions are free
No registration necessary. All are welcome!
For more information please see http://libguides.usask.ca/RefWorksSeries.
Please note that the Law Library will be CLOSED on Saturday, February 9 as the building's water system will be shutdown for maintenance.
The Law Library will reopen on Sunday, February 10 from 12:00-8:00pm.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause!
Attend the 10th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Event
Sharon Shorty is from the Tlingit, Northern Tutchone and Norwegian Peoples. Rodolfo Pino-Robles is an Indigenous Aymara who came to Canada as a political refugee and has lived in Saskatoon for more than 25 years.
When: Wednesday Feb 6 at 2:45 p.m.
Where: Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts Building 241)
Everyone is welcome.
The event is hosted by University Library and the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Inc.
Special thanks to the event sponsors: Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatchewan Arts Board and The Provincial Library and Literary office.
The University Library is offering a series of free workshops for scientists and engineers – but all are welcome!
All workshops will take place from 12:00 – 1:00pm in the Delta Lab, 2B04 Engineering, except for on February 26th..
No registration is necessary. For more information please call 966-5978 or 966-1913; or see http://libguides.usask.ca/SciEngWorkshops.
Jan 15, Copyright and Teaching. How does the new copyright legislation affect your teaching? We will be joined by Jennifer Mainland, University Copyright Officer for this overview session.
Jan 29, Library Services for Grad Students and Faculty. Learn how the library can support your research and teaching; and pick up some general library tips.
Feb 12, Literature Searching Tips & Tricks. Learn some effective search strategies for finding articles in literature databases.
Feb 26, Managing References with RefWorks. Set up an account, import some references, and create a bibliography. This session will take place in the Epsilon Lab, Room 2A23.
Mar 12, Keeping Current with Literature. Strategies for keeping up-to-date with the scholarly literature in your field: from email alerting services to rss feeds.
Mar 26, Open Access. Learn about author’s rights and discover how to make your publications more accessible to readers: open access journals and repositories.
The University Library recently purchased four pieces of artwork by Aboriginal artist Kevin Pee-Ace and Métis artist David Garneau. They are now on display in the Murray Library as "part of a year-long effort to make the space more welcoming for the visitors of Aboriginal ancestry and to inspire reflection on the past and the future."
To help you with your studying, the University Library will be handing out treats at all library branches!
Good Luck with your Exams!
On behalf of Dr. Vicki Williamson, Dean - University Library, everyone is invited to attend the Welcoming Spaces for Indigenous Peoples event being held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 2:00pm in Room 102, Murray Library.
As part of making our spaces more welcoming to Indigenous researchers, scholars, practitioners, scholars, learners, teachers and practitioners, the University Library has recently acquired four new pieces of art that have been hung in the Murray Library.
Two works are by Métis artist and academic David Garneau , who will be at the event to talk about his art and to help us celebrate this important initiative.
Please click here to view the official event invitation.
Hope to see you there!
Technology Week is a showcase for Innovation and a celebration of cyber culture.
Attend Heather Piwowar's webcast Uncovering the Impact Story of Open Research on Wednesday, Oct 31, 12-1 pm, in the Collaborative Learning Lab at the Murray Library.
Michael Geist, the internationally syndicated columnist, blogger, and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, gives the keynote address "When Internet Met Copyright: The Story of the Canadian Copyfight" on Friday, Nov 2nd, at 10:30 am in Room 46, Edward's School of Business.
A detailed schedule of events is available by selecting the individual days of the week on the top navigation bar on the Technology Week page.
Open access is defined as the dissemination of scientific and scholarly research literature online, free of charge, and free of unnecessary licensing restrictions.
Open access increases the visibility and accessibility of scholarly works - increasing their citations and impact!
Open access allows the public to read the results of research that they have funded!
Open access increases the speed and efficiency of scientific research!
Come by the Natural Sciences Library this week to see our display and enter the draw for a free t-shirt. Or visit the Open Access Guide to learn more about this important issue!
Congratulations to Duane Turner, who was recently award the 2012 Dean's Award for Excellence for his work as a library assistant in the Murray Library. Established in 2007, the award "recognizes library employees for their exceptional demonstration of the core values of both the university and the library, and their exemplary service/work toward fulfilling the library mission" - Dean's Award for Excellence web page.
Quotes from the award nomination:
“Duane Turner epitomizes excellence at the Murray Library. In undertaking his duties as a Library Assistant 4, Duane’s work reflects the vision, mission, and values of the University Library.
“Duane is calm, competent, and knowledgeable. Because he works on both reference and circulation desks, he is well-placed to answer all types of patron questions in both locations. But aside from his knowledge, Duane is personable, approachable, friendly, and open. These qualities allow Duane to provide that extra something that endears him to patrons, faculty, and staff. Internally at the Murray Library, Duane is the ‘go to guy’ for many things, and he will go out of his way to help anyone who needs it....
“Duane is an excellent example of a ‘leader without a title’. He leads by example and builds relationships with patrons at the service desks and via email and telephone with the off-campus students who seek his assistance. Duane is very supportive of his colleagues and is always willing to trade or cover shifts when approached....
“One gets the impression that for Duane, it is all about the library patron. Duane goes above and beyond to help the patrons get what they need....
“....Quiet, soft-spoken, and diligent, Duane is a stellar University Library employee who accepts challenges, takes initiative, is a team player, and who upholds the values of the University Library and the University of Saskatchewan. Duane is an excellent co-worker and we are proud to nominate him for this prestigious award.”
Neglecting to cite your sources is one of the most common forms of academic dishonesty. However, there are many forms of academic dishonesty spelled out in the University of Saskatchewan's guidelines.
Be cite smart. Attend one of these workshops and learn how to cite right.
How to Use RefWorks with DeDe Dawson and Tasha Maddison
RefWorks is an online citation tool that you can use to store references.
Date: Monday, Oct 15, 2012 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Location: MURRAY, Room 161
Citations in the Social Sciences with Angie Gerrard
Date: Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Citations in the Humanities with Chris Adams
Date: Friday, Oct 19, 2012 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Location: MURRAY, Room 145
Can't make a workshop? Get a quick overview at Academic Honesty - A Guide to Writing it Right.
View more workshops happenning during Academic Integrity Awareness Week October 15th-19th, 2012
Friday October 12th 12:30 to 1:20 p.m
Monday October 15th 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Rm 102 Murray Library
Let us guide you through planning those potentially overwhelming term papers, no matter what stage you're at!
You will be introduced to the online Research Paper Planner tool.
Bring along what you're working on (whether it's due at the end of September or the beginning of December!).
NOTE: If you have a laptop, bring that, too. If not, we will supply some extra laptops.
The ground floor of the Murray Library is open after the library closes for student study space. This program is called Safe Study.
Safe Study begins September 17 and runs 7 days a week. Student ID is required. All U of S students are welcome.
Do you have questions about copyright and putting together course materials? The Copyright Office specialists will provide answers and resources at information sessions in the Murray Building.
Wednesday September 19th
10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Murray Library Room 102
Wednesday September 26th
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Murray Library Room 102
Image of copyright symbol used with permission.
Credit: Vishal Gaikar at Tricks Machine
1. Find the great study spots in Murray.
2. Discover where the computers, scanners, printers, photocopiers, wifi zones and laptop plugins are.
3. Jump start your online research to save time later in the term.
4. Meet some of the people who can help you when you're stuck with:
5. Explore the building: Writing Help, Math and Stats Help, Safe Study, IT4U, Starbucks, Assisted Technology Room, ....
When can I take a tour?
Check the tour times for the "Where Is?" walking tour, the "What is?" website introduction or the "How do I? hands on webiste session. Bring your laptop or use ours!
No time to take a tour?
Check out our virtual tour (just 2 minutes) and get to know us.
What's book spine poetry?
You create a poem by stacking books so each title becomes one line in the poem.
Some are quite short, just three or four spines/lines. Others are epics.
Here are two book spine poems by Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books project.
A Day at the Beach
This whimsical poem also captured our attention:
Visual Storytelling by botgirlq
Creative Commons License: some rights reserved.
Think you can create a wonderful book spine poem? Enter the contest at LibraryThing.
The Copyright Office specialists will provide answers and
resources at the Information Sessions in the Murray Building.
Wednesday August 1
10:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Murray Library Room 102
Wednesday August 8
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Murray Library Room 102
Wednesday August 15
10:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Murray Library Room 102
Wednesday August 22
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Murray Library Room 102
Wednesday August 29
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Murray 50.12 (GMCTE)
Image of copyright symbol used with permission.
Credit: Vishal Gaikar at Tricks Machine
Gideon Foley (25) recently won 3rd place and a $250 prize in the 3rd annual National Book Collecting Contest for Young Canadians under 30. Sponsored by AbeBooks and administered by the Alcuin Society, the Bibliographical Society of Canada and the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation, the contest invites young collectors to showcase their books by writing a 2,000 word essay. Foley, who received his BA from the U of S in 2010, was recognized for his essay Tasteful Books, describing his collection of books (many signed) by the world’s greatest chefs. Click here for more information and to read the essay.
The Truth and Reconciliation Saskatchewan National Event is at the Prairieland Park from June 21 - 24.
Special Film Screening
Honourary Witness Ceremony
Commissioners Sharing Panel
Sharing Circles with Survivor Committee
Expressions of Reconciliation
Photo Credit: Hans S. Dommasch, Our Legacy digital collection, http://scaa.sk.ca/ourlegacy/permalink/27500
From Left to Right: Ken Whiteway, Iris Owchar, Pat McFaull, Mary Peacock, Gail Rothery, Edna Jen Warrington, Rita Jo Hoffman, John Clarke
The University Library is proud to recognize and celebrate all library employees who are retiring from the library. We thank them for their commitment, their passion, and for all that they have done at and for the University Library and the library’s clients. We wish our retirees the very best in this next chapter of their lives – knowing it will be another great addition to their life stories.
On May 11 many library employees who celebrated their retirement within the last year attended the university’s annual retirement banquet where this photograph was taken.
The library's server has scheduled downtime Monday, June 11 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.
The latest release of the library's software will be installed the morning of Monday, June 11th. The Catalogue and your library account information will be unavailable for approximately two hours.
Recent theses can be found at this link Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection in the E-Commons. The E-Commons is a service that collects, preserves, and promotes the discovery of research, scholarly and artistic work in digital format produced by librarians and archivists at the University of Saskatchewan.
For older theses published at the University of Saskatchewan or around the world, check our Finding Theses & Dissertations page.
Marjorie Clelland Scholarship 2012
Brenda Butler (on the left in the above photo) is currently working as a library assistant at the Veterinary Medicine Library. About receiving the Marjorie Clelland Scholarship, Brenda writes:
“I am thrilled to be awarded the 2012 Marjorie Clelland Scholarship, and to be able to attend the Canadian Library Association’s annual conference in Ottawa at the end of May. This conference will be an asset to me professionally and, I believe, to the library as I implement and share what I have learned from this conference. I believe I will gain from sessions on information services which will help me to remain current in our ever-changing world of technology. Attendance at the conference will also be of benefit to me personally as I will have the chance to meet other library professionals; in sharing our varied experiences we could learn from each other.”
Brenda will share the knowledge she gleans from the conference and through networking with interested staff by posting a blog complete with entries before, during and post conference with a synopsis of the plenary sessions and breakout sessions she attends.
Information about the Marjorie Clelland Scholarship is available at http://library.usask.ca/info/initiatives/2009ClellandScholarship.php. Information about the Canadian Library Association conference is available at http://www.cla.ca/conference/2012/
WILU 2012 Conference Attendance Fund
Tasha Maddison (on the right in the above photo) has been the branch supervisor for the Engineering and Veterinary Medicine Libraries for almost 2 years. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Drama. In May, she will complete a Masters in Library and Information Science through an online program offered by Wayne State University.
Tasha had the good fortune to attend the WILU conference in Regina last spring; so when the opportunity to receive funding for the conference held in Edmonton this year arose, she eagerly submitted her application. This conference will provide her with an opportunity to network with librarians from across the country and submerge herself in the latest technology and classroom techniques that enable successful and effective information literacy instruction. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with library staff through her blog at http://whatilearnedinlibraryschooltoday.blogspot.ca/search/label/WILU.
“The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) is an annual conference that highlights the latest the research, education, and innovations in the areas of information literacy, library instruction, and research skills” (http://sites.macewan.ca/wilu2012/about-2/).
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and Access Copyright have negotiated a model licence that will allow universities to reproduce copyright-protected materials in both print and digital formats. See more.
Your brain needs calories to stay alert. Pack some healthy snacks and
watch for library staff who will be coming around with treats.
Good luck with your exams.
Date: April 5th
Show time: 5:00 pm
Place: Collaborative Learning Lab
Feature Film: Wiebo's War
Soon after natural gas wells were drilled near the Alberta home of Reverend Wiebo Ludwig and his clan, the Christian community started experiencing health problems. After five years of being ignored by the oil and gas industry, Ludwig decided to fight. The story of a man’s relentless struggle against powerful industry interests. (93 min)
Animated short: A Prairie Story
Director Anne Koizumi laments the changing face of her home town, Calgary, in this critique of the spread of suburbia and exurbia. Beautifully animated with Plasticine sculpted on glass and paper cut-outs. (1 min 34 s)
The University of Saskatchewan Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity and the Exploring Culture Working Group invites proposals from artists, activists, student and community groups, and community-based scholars to engage with the resources of the Neil Richards Collections and associated archives which are held by the University Library, University Archives and Sask Archives. These collections preserve many items representing the popular culture of LGBTQ communities of Saskatchewan, Canada and beyond, including fiction, non-fiction and art books, lifestyle and physique magazines, comic and cartoon books, posters, postcards, button collections, sound recordings and archival materials. For more information about the program click here.
For more information about the Sexual and Gender Diversity Collections on Campus see: http://library.usask.ca/spcoll/diversity/campusresources.php
Film: "Jim Settee: The Way Home"
Date: Tuesday, March 20th
Time & Place: 12:00 to 1:00 in the CLL
Bring your lunch!
Jim Settee was a Metis elder and at the age of 86, the oldest person to be ordained in the Anglican Church. As a spiritual mentor he helped many of his own people to better their lives and improve their communities. This documentary traces the remarkable life of a man dedicated to preserving the heritage of the people of Northern Saskatchewan. It's also a story of transformation for the filmmaker and many others who found their own road home through Settee's kindness.
Join the University of Saskatchewan's Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC) in celebrating Aboriginal Achievement Week.
The University Library Strategic Plan sets out an ambitious vision to transform library collections, facilities, services and our organisational culture.
In January 2009, as part of the broader transformation strategy, the University Library launched the Library Leadership Development Program (LLDP) and since then four cohorts of program participants (over 70 library employees, representing over half of library’s workforce) have successfully completed LLDP.
On February 6, 2012 the participants from the fourth LLDP cohort celebrated their program completion at a reception at the Faculty Club. Congratulations to the LLDP4 graduates!
For more information about the University Library Leadership Development Program, read Dean Williamson’s article “Developing Leadership to Transform our Library: The Library Leadership Development Program (LLDP) at the University of Saskatchewan.”
Check out our new guide that walks you through all the steps for using Endnote X5 - a great citation management program that lets you manage all your references for assignments and papers, and creates instant bibliographies in the citation style (APA, Vancouver, MLA, etc) of your choice. See here for the Endnote handout.
Wednesday, March 7th at the Broadway Theatre
Doors Open @ 6:30
Screening @ 7:00
Panel Discussion at 9:00
Free Admission - Everyone Welcome
See Official Website: http://www.tambienlalluvia.com/en/
Film screening followed by Panel Discussion with:
Dr. Priscilla Settee (Native Studies/U of S)
Dr. Lalita Bharadwaj (School of Public Health & Global Institute for Water Security/U of S)
Prof. Rodolfo Pino-Robles (Native Studies/U of S)
Jeh Custerra (Environmental Campaigner)
Event Generously Sponsored by:
College of Arts & Science Div. of Humanities & Fine Arts, Dept. of Languages & Linguistics, Women’s & Gender Studies Program and the University Library.
We will be showing these NFB films: Oma's Quilt, Dimanche/Sunday, The Dingles, Painted Tales: In Winter Still.
Thursday, Feb 23 1:00 pm
Saturday, Feb 25 1:00 pm
Location: Collaborative Learning Lab, Murray Library
See the posters and read about the movies.
Dr. Abram Hoffer, a well-known and somewhat controversial psychiatrist, was born and raised in Saskatchewan. Over the course of his long career Dr. Hoffer collected a large library of materials relating to his interest in mental health, nutrition, and orthomolecular medicine. The donation of his personal collection consists of 1,520 books, of which he authored or co-authored 65 (including translated works and various editions). Find out more about the collection.
Visit the exhibit. Browse the collection in the catalog.
Let Melanie, Tim, and Amanda guide you through planning your research papers, no matter what stage you're at. The Library and ULC Peer Mentors will introduce you to the online Research Paper Planner, which helps you to set mini-goals by certain dates. Bring along what you're working on (whether it's due mid-February or the end of March!). NOTE: If you have a laptop, bring that, too. If not, we will supply some extra laptops.
Date: February 10 from 11:30-12:20
Location: Murray 145 (Collaborative Learning Lab) in the Murray Library
Register online. www.usask.ca/ulc/writing/workshops
CANSIM and other products are free for everyone to access from their web site.
On February 1, 2012, self-serve standard products available on the Statistics Canada website—including CANSIM and census data products—will become free of charge.
Statistics Canada will maintain current pricing practices for products such as print publications, maps, CD-ROMs, and custom products and services.
Licensing restrictions for the use of Statistics Canada data products will be removed.
For more information, contact Media Relations at 613-951-4636.
The above change does not affect the dissemination of survey data files (microdata files) under the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) license. These files can only be accessed through either ODESI or EQUINOX. Please contact Data & GIS Services at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Learn about the amazing discovery tool USearch from Library Peer Mentors Tim and Melanie.
Sessions are held in Room G3 on the Ground Floor of the Murray Library.
Monday, Jan 30 - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, Feb 1 - 11:30 am
Thursday, Feb. 2 - 1:00 pm
In Chinese astrology, dragons symbolize power, success, happiness and good luck for everyone.
Feature Film: Mighty Jerome
A film about the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, track and field star and one of Canada’s greatest athletes. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used to tell the compelling story of what has been called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.” [83 min.]
Animated Short Film: A Cloud’s Dream
One cloud’s imagination soars in a captivating journey from dusk till dawn in this stereoscopic particle simulation that explores various cloud formations. [1:25 min.]
January 26 5 pm Collaborative Learning Lab, 1st Floor, Murray Library
Have you tried USearch?
USearch allows you to search for articles, books, images, etc., all in one place.
Try it for yourself at library.usask.ca!
The Murray Library is offering some introductory and advanced tours.
Drop by at the service desk of any of our seven branch libraries to arrange for a tour and instruction session!
The University Library participates in a province-wide program, which purchases access to a number of electronic information resources (e.g. Canada Info Desk). Please provide your feedback on the resources purchased by this initiative by taking a 5-10 minute online survey. Closes December 16th.
Showings: 11:00 am and 7:00 pm
Introduction by Greg Wurzer, Law Librarian.
Prosecutor is a documentary that follows the Chief Prosecutor through the first trials of the newly formed International Criminal Court (ICC). Luis Moreno-Ocampo investigates and prosecutes some of the world's worst criminals for some of the world's worst crimes. He's a hero to genocide survivors, but has bitter enemies on both the Right and the Left. Is the ICC a groundbreaking new weapon for global justice or just an idealistic dream? (95 min.)
The feature film is preceded by "Uncommon Hero" (4.08 min.), a short film that pays tribute to Paul Thompson, a man who has created a uniquely Canadian theatrical tradition through his passion, vision and tireless innovation.
This the 2nd annual celebration of this week at U of S. The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) and the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (GMCTE) have helped organize the events.
"The purpose of International Education Week is to raise an awareness and understanding of international education, its significant benefits to Canada, to Canadian educational institutions and to all Canadians." Find out more on the International Education Week web site.
Come out and see how GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is being used around campus,
and how you can use GIS in your own work!
The Spatial Initiative will be hosting an open house on November 16, 12-2 p.m. in The Collaborative Learning Lab, 145 Murray. This is a drop in event, coffee and snacks will be provided.
Presenter: Deborah Lee, Aboriginal Engagement & Indigenous Studies Liaison Librarian
Location: Education 1037 (Computer Classroom)
Organized by:The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness
Learn to locate Indigenous materials relevant to your courses using the Indigenous Studies Portal.
This unique research tool (the only one in North America) links to more than 28,000 full-text resources, including articles, theses, book reviews, e-books, digital videos, websites and archival documents. This research tool is being developed by the University Library to help instructors and students find Indigenous studies resources quickly and easily.
An integral part of this hands-on session will include the opportunity to search for relevant Indigenous-related resources using other library tools. Instructors from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.
When the Library is closed, you can log on from home to the Learning Commons computers and access your documents. To see what computers are available from the LC, check http://uremote.usask.ca.
These computers have a wide variety of programs including:
USearch is currently experiencing intermittent outages. Please use the other library search tools.
Open Access Week is October 24-30, 2011.
Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.Peter Suber, Berkman Fellow, Harvard University, A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access
Interested in discovering what journals are open access (OA)? Check out the DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals. As of September 15, 2011 they listed 7000 open access journals that make more than 600,000 articles available for everyone to use.
There are many benefits of open access. Not only can people outside of the academy or scholars in developing country with limited funds for subscribing to journals benefit, but all researchers benefit from OA as no single library can subscribe to every scientific journal title.
To find out more about "open access" as an author, publisher or researcher, visit:
The NFB Film Series @ The Murray Learning Commons will be shown at the Collaborative Learning Lab on Thursday, October 20th at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.
Waterlife follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, telling the story of the last huge supply of fresh water on Earth. Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, Waterlife is a cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted.
Narrated by Gord Downie, lead vocalist of The Tragically Hip and Waterkeeper's Trustee of Lake Ontario. Featuring music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno. Directed by Kevin McMahon. Produced by Gerry Flahive, Kristina McLaughlin and Michael McMahon Introduction by Li Zhang, Head of Natural Sciences Library.
Introduction by Li Zhang, Head of Natural Sciences Library.
The theme for the 2011 Saskatchewan Library Week is Read Local. Check the Saskatchewan Library Association website to see the exciting activities planned to celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week. Win books and prizes by participating in:
The Festival runs October 19 - 22 in Saskatoon. With more than a dozen programs to choose from, there's something for everyone. Take a bite out of a "Bannockdotes" is an evening of wit and humor with some of the festival's writers and comics: Barry Ahenakew, Louise Halfe, Dawn Dumont and Marcel Petit. Or listen to Thomson Highway or Maria Campbell.
Where the word Ânskohk originated
The word Ânskohk was given to us by cree Elder, Mr. Joseph Naytowhow. It is pronounced “ans-cook” and means “passing on the teaching tying one generation to the next or in other translations, passing the story on” in the context of the Festival. (Ânskohk web site)
Do you have too many papers to do all at once? Developing an action plan for each paper can help.
Try the Research Paper Planner. It will guide you through the research and writing process. Each step offers tips and advice.
Hope that your Thanksgiving weekend is a safe and happy one.
All library branches on campus are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Monday October 10. The libraries have regular hours on the weekend.
From October 3rd-7th, 2011 there are workshops and events happening around campus about academic integrity.
Have you ever wondered:
Is it 'common knowledge' or plagiarism?Learn to Cite Workshops
Is it collaboration or cheating?
What is a "fair dealing" copy?
I've been accused of academic dishonesty. What will happen?
University Library and Writing Centre staff will guide workshop participants through citation styles and methods Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences:
When: Wednesday October 5
Where: Room G3 Murray Library Ground Floor
The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word.
This Sunday, September 25th, Saskatoon hosts the first full The Word On The Street festival on 23rd Street East between 3 and 4 Avenue and in the Frances Morrison Library from 11 am to 5 pm.
There will be 32 author readings and performances including headliners Yann Martel and Sandra Birdsell, 27 regional authors, Don't Mind Us improv comedy duo, and a poetry slam where the judges are members of the audience. The on-site market place has over 40 exhibitors including booksellers, retailers, publishers, authors and associations. There will also be some children's activities and food concessions on site to create the festival atmosphere. The event is FREE for all and is an all-ages event.
A copy of the Environment Impact Statement, a copy of the Technical Review Comments on the EIS prepared by the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment and a copy of the notice advertising the review period have been deposited in the Murray Library Government Publications stacks, 2nd floor, Murray Library South at CA2SAEV 20:2011G53 v. 1 and 2 and CA2SAEV 20:2011T25.
The review period extends from Sept 19, 2011 through Oct. 19, 2011.
Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students are reminded to renew or return all long-term loan items before September 30, 2011 after which time overdue fines will begin to apply. You can renew these items yourself by linking to your library record through PAWS (http://paws.usask.ca), or directly through the University Library web site (http://sundog.usask.ca/patroninfo/). Be sure to verify the renewal(s) and view the new due date. Items exceeding the maximum number of allowed renewals must be handled at the Circulation Desk of the branch owning the item(s).
The Natural Sciences Library is pleased to welcome Cindy Ho, a new term librarian for the 2011-2012 session.
Cindy Ho is the Liaison Librarian for Physics, Civil and Geological Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering , and Mechanical Engineering. Contact Cindy via email, phone Cindy at 966-5978 or visit her in IB08.2 in the Engineering building.
The Murray Library is pleased to welcome Tony Murphy, a new term librarian for the 2011-2012 session and Deborah Lee and Susan McConkey, librarians with new Liaison assignments.
Deborah Lee is the new Aboriginal Engagement and Indigenous Studies Liaison Librarian. Deborah's assignment includes Native Studies and Aboriginal Engagement within the library and beyond. Contact Deborah via email, phone Deborah at 966-6019 or visit her in her office in 122.3 Murray.
Susan McConkey is the the Art & Art History Liaison Librarian for the 2011-12 term. Susan is also the Liaison Librarian for Business and Economics . Contact Susan via email, phone her at 966-7260 or visit her in her office in 122.17 Murray
See complete list of Murray Liaison Librarian Subject Areas.
Whether you like your news daily, weekly or monthly, there's a newspaper for you at the Murray Library.
Each day new issues of the StarPhoenix and The Globe and Mail are received. Other daily newspapers from across Canada are available as well but arrive at the speed of snail mail.
Interested in news from another perspective or in another language? Check out newspapers in Spanish, French or Ukrainian or from France, India or Spain.
Where are the newspapers?
The newspapers are located adjacent to the IT4U office on the first floor of the Murray Library.
1. Save time. Learn how to use the Library web site and resources like a pro.
2. Get unstuck. Have an essay topic but not sure where to start? Ask Us!
3. Find the useful articles and books. The Library's reference staff is here to help you. We can show you resources you have never heard of or help you learn how to search databases quickly and effectively.
4. Make sure that you're using the right sources - scholarly, peer reviewed, primary etc. We can show you which scholarly databases would work best for your essay or research topic. Give you tips on using internet search engines to find trustworthy information about your topic.
5. Looking for a hard to find book or article? Ask us and we can get it from another library for you.
Try ourAsk Us! Live chat service .
Prefer face to face or phone? Check out the reference desk service hours at your favourite branch library.
The desktop/client version of SciFinder will no longer exist on July 1, 2011. All of our 7 simultaneous user seats will switch to the Web version on that day. Please remove the software from your computers then.
If you haven't yet signed up for a user account for SciFinder Web - do so now... it's easy! Watch this quick tutorial to guide you through the process.
Or you can go directly to the registration form here.
Data and GIS Library Services will be available 1:00 to 4:30 pm for the week of June 27th to June 30th.
Regular hours resume on Monday, July 4th.
June 21st is a Canada wide celebration of Aboriginal people. The Library's iPortal team posted this history of National Aboriginal Day.
Photo Credit: Hans S. Dommasch, Our Legacy digital collection, http://scaa.sk.ca/ourlegacy/permalink/27500
Branch library locations have book drops that are open when the library is closed. You can return any books from University Library branches except Reserve items at any of the branch book drops.
Reserve books must be returned to the library where they were taken out.
One of the book drops located in the Arts tunnel is shown below.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has served notice of its intent to strike on Thursday, June 2,2011, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. In the event of a strike, regular services for library clients on campus and in Saskatoon will not be affected. There may be some disruption to the University Library’s Interlibrary Loan and Off Campus services.
Convocation marks a special event in your life and is a wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations from everyone at the Library on achieving your goal of a university education.
Spring convocation is on May 31st, June 1st & 2nd, 2011 at TCU Place. If you can not attend person, watch the live streaming video.
Almost everybody knows there's a Starbucks on the ground floor of the Murray Library, but did you know that there are 8 rooms where you can study as a small group?
The rooms have white boards and flat screen monitors to share your laptop's screen. Each room has individual temperature controls.
The rooms are great. Sorry, you have to buy your own coffee.
See what rooms are available and reserve a room.
In addition to the 8 rooms across from Starbucks on the ground floor, there are 3 larger rooms on the third floor for groups of 8 to 12 people in the north wing. The Natural Sciences Library also has two bookable study rooms.
Location of Study Rooms on Ground Floor of Murray Library
Creating a bibliography can be time consuming if you do it manually. There are some great software packages that make it much faster. One of these tools is called RefWorks.
RefWorks saves time by letting you:
RefWorks has hiccups.
This handout explains how to get an account (PDF) and gives examples of copying references from:
- Academic Search Complete, SPORTDiscus with Full Text, etc.
- Library catalogue
- Google Scholar
- and other databases
Check out these short video tutorials on using RefWorks: Logging In, Getting Your References into RefWorks. Organizing Your References, Building Your Bibliography etc.
Have questions? Need help using RefWorks?
For basic assistance using RefWorks drop by the Reference Desk at your favourite branch library. Staff will answer your questions or refer you if you require detailed instruction. The Reference Desk at the Murray Library is located on the first floor across from the elevator.
Other Web Based Tools for Creating Bibliographies
Two other citation tools are:
Murray Library is open during spring session and has a large Learning Commons with computers and group study rooms, and many study areas throughout the building. We offer many online article databases, helpful staff and librarians so if you have a question, just ask.
Find out more, by taking a drop-in library tour or by watching the Murray Library virtual tour below.
Drop In Library Tours
Murray Library Virtual Tour
The interlibrary loan/document delivery system will be unavailable from Sunday, May 8 11:00 pm to Tuesday, May 10 8:00 am for system maintenance.
Vote for Saskatchewan's own Sheepdogs!
Local rock band, The Sheepdogs, are currently in a competition hosted by Rolling Stone magazine. At stake is an appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone , a recording contract with Atlantic records and a performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee in June before 90,000 people.
To support the Sheepdogs in their quest to become the first indie rock band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, vote by clicking on the five stars below the band’s name. Vote often and before May 13th. Help The Sheepdogs make it to the final two bands to perform at Bonnaroo!
The Sheepdogs, the only Canadian band in the competition, has advanced through various rounds of public voting and are now one of 4 remaining bands in the competition.
Sheepdogs have a Huskie connection
The band has strong connections to the University of Saskatchewan. Three of the band members are former students and the band’s first taste of competition was at the Battle of the Bands at Louis’ Pub five years ago. Ewan Currie, lead singer/guitarist/songwriter, is a former Huskie Football defensive lineman and has connections to the University Library having worked as a Student Assistant in the Murray Library for 3 years.
Ewan Currie's mother, Lyn, is a member of the Library staff.
Interested in Saskatchewan Music?
The Library’s Saskatchewan Music Collection features recordings and sheet music of Saskatchewan artists from all musical genres including all the recordings from the fast-rising Sheepdogs. You can listen to them in the Education & Music Library on campus.
By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
Books are both object and idea. Tangible in form, intangible in content, they express the mind of an author and find meaning in the imagination of readers. Reading is this private conversation, but books are all about sharing –- sharing experience, knowledge and understanding.
This is the wealth we celebrate on World Book and Copyright Day. Books are the most powerful forms of dialogue between individuals, within communities, between generations and with other societies. This unique means of dialogue must be protected. The technology of books is old, but it remains cutting-edge, functional and in some conditions irreplaceable. This does not mean that change is not happening or that we should resist it outright.
UNESCO’s responsibility is to explore all of the repercussions of change and make the most of it -- while preserving those values and forms of expression that we share and cherish. Our role is to provide a platform for debate and to act as a knowledge-broker to explore old and new ideas.
The global book market is deeply affected by the rise of e-books and downloadable content. This is transforming the industry. It is impacting on publishers. It is touching on authors and readers. The implications of this transformation will be deep and long-term.
Change is giving rise also to sharp new debates -- about the strengths and weaknesses of different kinds of products, about the nature of copyright today, about the role of libraries relative to on-line knowledge, about the meaning of ‘authorship’ in a world of blogs and wikis.
We must explore these complex debates. UNESCO is taking the lead. The Second UNESCO World Forum on Culture and the Cultural Industries will be held in June in Monza, Italy. The theme could not be more timely: “The Book Tomorrow; the Future of the Written Word”.
Books embody the human capacity to conjure up worlds of reality and imagination and to express them. They are the best voices of tolerance. They provide the strongest signs of hope. Books are pillars for free and open societies.
We must protect them. We must make their wealth available to the 800 million adults that still do not have reading skills. We must explore all aspects of the changes they are undergoing today. These are pledges around which we gather on this World Book and Copyright Day.
Director-General of UNESCO
While good study methods work best to prepare for exams, almost of all of us have a had situation where we needed to cram for a test. You`re unlikely to get an A when you leave studying to the last night, but cramming effectively may prevent an F.
What works? Is staying up all night a good idea? What about drinking 10 cups of coffee?
Looking for a Place to Study
The Library branches can be a great place study and hours are often extended during exams.
Getting Beyond Cramming - What to Do Next Time
Have more time that just one evening? Check out this short video `How to Study for College Exams`
Click here to read more information regarding this exciting announcement.
Copies of the Environmental Impact Statements are available in the Government Publications area on the second floor of the Murray Library..
The period for comments for the Esterhazy project runs from March 25, 2011 through April 25, 2011.
The period for comments for the Jansen project runs from April 6, 2011 through May 6, 2011.
The Jansen project documents are shelved at:
The Esterhazy project documents are shelved at
From March 25th to April 28th, Safe Study will be available until 1:00 a.m. daily to support students studying for final exams.
Safe Study will be closed on March 29th for Good Friday.
Good luck with your final exams!!
Wednesday, March 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Murray Library First Floor Learning Commons
3 New e-Image Data ScanPro 2000 microform scanners have been added to the Murray Library First Floor Learning Commons.
The new machines will read:
Once scanned, the results can be sent to a printer in the Learning Commons, saved to a USB key, or emailed.
If you are unable to make the open house, please contact your Subject Liaison Librarian for a demonstration session.
What: Take part in a focus group that will explore reference services at the Murray Library
Who: Faculty, Graduate students, and Undergraduate students who use the Murray Library
April 11, 2011, 2:00-3:30pm (undergrads)
April 12, 2011, 10:00-11:30am (grad students)
April 13, 2011, 2:00-3:30pm (faculty)
Where: Murray Building Rm. 154
Why: We want to know how you currently use Murray Library reference services and what you need and want in terms of reference service.
How: To participate, contact Virginia Wilson, Murray Library
via phone 966-1621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When searching the catalogue users can now click on a location link found in either the brief or full record displays. The link will open a box to give the user a more detailed description of where the item can be found within each library and also includes additional links to library branch pages and maps.
Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Want to learn more about Open Access? Check the UofS Library's new LibGuide:
Where is the Leisure Collection?
The Leisure Reading Collection is located next to the elevators on the ground floor of the Murray Library.
The Murray Library is presenting two National Film Board documentaries on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in Room G3.
Tagged: How Privacy Became a Commodity is a documentary about a hipster who implanted himself with an RFD chip. Tagged is playful, smart and engaging, stealthily tapping into the sense of deep unease that lurks beneath its subject's surface. Is it "hip to be chipped," as a proposed Verichip marketing slogan claimed, or could a wave of the hand unlock not just the door to your home?
Children of Soldiers - At an age when they should be curious and carefree, the children of Canadian Forces Base Petawawa are often faced with grim reality. Day in-day out, they must deal with absence, an uncertain future and the looming perspective of death. But in a tight-knit military community, spontaneous expressions of anxiety, sadness or resentment are taboo. Shot over the course of an entire troop deployment to Afghanistan, this moving film lifts the veil on a reality shared by thousands of young Canadians.
"Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read." Freedom to Read website
Here is a selective list of books and magazines that have been challenged in Canada in the past decades. How many you have read?
The 2011 Dean's Research Lecture will take place on Monday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. in ESB 18.
Dr. Ingrid Parent, incoming President of the International Federation of Library Associations and University Librarian at the University of British Columbia will give a lecture entitled:
"Creating Global Connections: How to Make Libraries Indispensible in the Digital Age"
For more information, please visit: http://library.usask.ca/info/initiatives/DeansLectureSeries.php
The award, established in 2007, recognizes library employees for their exceptional demonstration of the core values of both the university and library, and their exemplary service/work toward fulfilling the library mission. The award may be made to an individual library employee and/or team. Nominations for the 2011 award(s) are being accepted until March 31. More information is available at: http://library.usask.ca/info/initiatives/DeansAward.php
The Murray Library will be hosting 4 animated films on February 24th and Feb 26th at 1:00 pm in Room G3.
Leon in Wintertime - Animation (27 min)
Wintertime is harsh in the land of King Balthasar, especially if you’re Léon, an eight-year-old adopted bear suffering from an identity crisis. A honey of a story where courage trumps winter.
An animation of Roch Carrier's classic short story, set in the rural Quebec of his boyhood, when Rocket Richard was king.
One cold snowy afternoon, a grandmother mesmerizes her young grandchild with a moving tale of a lonely girl and an unforgettable magical cat.
A little boy finds an injured goose and nurses it back to health. They become inseparable friends. In the fall, the goose flies south, leaving the boy to dream of magic places where they could fly together. When spring arrives, they are briefly reunited and come to understand how attached they are to each other. Without words.
For Reading Week, Feb 21 to 25, why not check out the Leisure Reading Collection on the ground floor of the Murray Library, next to the elevators.
The Leisure Reading Collection includes sci-fi, mysteries, biographies, romances, and more. Check out new titles on its own webpage. While you are there, checkout popular links and blogs.
Let us know what you want to read by sending us suggestions and comments at Leisure.Reading@library.usask.ca.
Drop in and Find Out! Everyone is Welcome.
Where: Murray Library Room 161
When: Thurs. Feb. 17th and Thurs. Mar. 10th
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
What is PAL?
The PAL Program, Peer Assisted Learning, is a University Learning Centre initiative created to provide a welcoming and safe collaborative learning environment where PAL Peer Mentors take a lead role in helping their fellow students learn.
Come discover Saskatchewan's fascinating past – both playful and profound – with readings by Eric Cline, Marla Cole, Alice Kuipers, Les MacPherson, and Guy Vanderhaeghe, along with the musical stylings of Fiji Robinson. A reception will follow.
Tuesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.,
Frances Morrison Library, 311 23rd St. E. (Theatre)
Presented in partnership with the Saskatoon Public Library
What is Archives Week?
Archives Week is an annual event showcasing the role that archives and archivists play in preserving and making available Saskatchewan's documentary heritage. Activities in communities across the province include celebrity reading events, film nights, open houses, exhibits and more.
This event will highlight the U of S MOU initially signed in 2003 and renewed in 2008 with the Universidad Nacional Toribio Rodríguez de Mendoza de Amazonas (UNAT-A), including its history, the interaction with three U of S colleges, research projects, site visits, funding sources, current research and plans for further collaborative projects.
Faculty speakers include: Bruce Coulman, Dept. of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture & Bioresources; Peggy MacLeod and Lalita Bharadwaj, College of Nursing; Zoila Guevara Muñoz and Carlos Millones Chanamé, UNAT-A; Donna Canevari de Paredes, University Library.
Date: Monday, February 7, 2011.
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Murray Library, Room 102.
Refreshments will be provided - sponsored by the University Library.
Check out other events Celebrating International Research & Development @ the University of Saskatchewan
The Murray Library will be hosting a pre-screening of "The Socalled Movie" a National Film Board Documentary on Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm in Room G3 of the Murray Library. The feature film, preceded by"Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission", an animated short, will be introduced by Richard Belford, the Music Librarian.
The trailer for the film can be found at this link: http://blog.nfb.ca/2010/06/08/the-socalled-movie-hits-the-big-screen/
"Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission" (6 min) - Documentary and animation combine to capture a conductor’s energy and passion.
"The Socalled Movie", a documentary by Garry Beitel (87 min).
Meet Socalled, aka Josh Dolgin. He’s a multi-disciplinary musician and artist whose unique blend of klezmer, hip hop and funk is blasting through the boundaries that separate music of different cultures, eras and generations.
We are continuing the transformation of the Murray Library.
By the end of April 2011, "the Link" exhibit space on the first floor of the Murray Library will have a new look, with improved lighting, display cases, soft seating and a projection system.
Renovations will begin on Monday, January 31, 2011 and will be completed by mid-April 2011. Facilities Management will do their best to minimize disruption, and we will post advance notice of any noisy work.
Thank you for your patience.
The Library at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has made extensive progress in its Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal), which now holds 25,000 full-text records. The iPortal provides learning and research opportunities by connecting people with specialized indigenous studies resources.
Drop in to Room 147 on the first floor of the Murray Library to meet with a Library PAL. Eden, Luke and Tim are students who are available each week to help you use the library.
Luke: Thursday 3:30-4:30 Friday 10:30-12:30
Tim: Tuesday 11:00-1:00 Thursday 10:00-12:00
Eden: Wednesday 1:30-3:30 Friday 1:30-3:30
Library PALs Welcome Tours of the Murray Library & Learning Commons begin on Friday, January 7th
Friday Jan 7 10:30 am & 2:00 pm
Tuesday Jan 11 10:00 am & 11:00 am
Wednesday Jan 12 11:30 am
Thursday Jan 13 10:00 am
Each 20 minute walking tour will be followed by an
OPTIONAL 20 MINUTE HANDS-ON SESSION
in the Library's instruction lab (Room 161) on using
our webpage to find library resources
There is no need to pre-register - just show up!
Meet at the entrance to the Murray library.
Announcing an Exciting Study Room Enhancement for 2011!!
Students, we have added a new dimension to group study and collaboration. The Belkin SOHO KVM switch in Study Room G12 will connect multiple laptops to the monitor in Room G12.
Safe Study hours will be extended to 1:00 am daily from Friday, December 3rd to Tuesday, December 21st.
Good luck with your exams!!
Note that Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher or the latest versions of Firefox or Safari are required for optimum use of SciFinder. Chemical Abstracts Service does not support the Internet Explorer 6 platform for the web version of SciFinder due to its inability to support newer web standards.
The Murray Library will be hosting a pre-screening of "REEL INJUN: on the trail of the Hollywood Indian" a National Film Board Documentary on Thursday, November 25th at 7:00 pm in Room G3 of the Murray Library. The feature film, preceded by Sleeping Betty, an animated short, will be introduced by David Smith, the Native Studies Librarian.
The trailer for the film can be found at this link http://www.nfb.ca/film/reel_injun_trailer.
Library Orientation Session and Tour:
Tuesday November 9 and 23 at
10:00am – 11:00am
All are welcome!
Meet in the foyer (ground floor) of the
Now that the library catalogue has been restored, it is possible for you to renew your library items. Please visit your closest branch library to report any fines accrued as a result of our downtime.
Access to the Library Catalogue has been restored, as have other Library services which depend upon the Catalogue. We very much appreciate the patience and understanding our patrons have shown over the last several days while we have worked to resolve the hardware problems in our data center.
Check out the new webpage for the Leisure Reading Collection at the Murray Library. You can browse the Leisure Collection titles, see the new titles added monthly, cruise other links to book blogs and websites, or make suggestions and comments for the Murray Library Leisure Collection. Come visit us here.
Edna Warrington, the University Library’s Development Officer, is the Fall 2010 recipient of the prestigious President’s Service Award.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Ponteix, Saskatchewan, Edna Warrington is one of the most recognizable faces on campus. Her warm, welcoming smile and cheerful spirit is not easily forgotten.
Edna arrived at the University of Saskatchewan 38 years ago to study history and chose to stay on campus. The connections she has made as a student, student employee and a library resource has become invaluable, as she carries out her duties as the Development Officer for the University Library.
The President's Service Award was established to recognize exceptional contributions by non-academic staff at the University of Saskatchewan. The award honors individuals who have enhanced the work environment by providing extraordinary service to the university community, who have inspired, supported and respected the endeavours of others, and have achieved this distinction through dedication and commitment.
At the University Library, we value and celebrate contributions and achievements of individuals and teams by recognizing and appreciating one another. Congratulations Edna on the award and for your contributions and achievements at the University Library!
“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.
This is the 4th annual international Open Access Week!
Things to do:
*Come by the Natural Sciences Library to see our display on Open Access.
*Read the Open Access @ UofS Library blog
*Watch this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Jh_GffRPU
The Murray Library will be hosting a pre-screening of "The Coca Cola Case", a National Film Board Documentary on Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 pm. The feature film, preceded by Git Gob, an animated short, will be introduced by Susan McConkey, the Business and Economics Librarian.
The trailer for the film can be found at this link http://www.nfb.ca/film/coca_cola_case_trailer/.
Chancellor Vera Pezer is hosting a coffee conversation time on the second Friday of each month from 2:30 – 3:30 pm at the Starbucks in the Murray Library.
The client/server application to access Beilstein & Gmelin will be decommissioned December 31, 2010. After this date you will no longer be able to access these databases using CrossFire. The Library has subscribed to the new online application, Reaxys, which replaces CrossFire and also provides access to the Patent Chemistry Database (in addition to Beilstein & Gmelin).
Try out Reaxys today!
It has just been announced that Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will decommission the client/server version of SciFinder June 30, 2011. All of our 6 seats will be allotted to the SciFinder Web after that date.
Register with SciFinder Web today and try it out! Currently we have 2 seats allotted for the Web version.
Any concerns or training requests for Reaxys or SciFinder can be directed to Natural Sciences Liaison Librarian DeDe Dawson.
On Wednesday, October 6, as part of Academic Integrity Awareness Week, there will be four sessions on citation and style guides:
Smart Enough to Cite Sessions
Using RefWorks -- Mê-Linh Lê, Health Sciences Liaison Librarian -- 9:30-10:30 a.m., Murray Library Room 161
MLA Basics: An Introduction to MLA Style -- Dr. Ella Ophir, Assistant Professor of English -- 11:00 a.m-noon, Murray Library Room 102
Chicago Manual of Style Online: An Introduction to Chicago Style, Turabian and Rampolla -- Donna Canevari de Paredes, Humanities Liaison Librarian, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Murray Library Room 102
APA Basics: An introduction to APA Style -- Dr. Jane Preston, Position Analyst - College of Education and MaryLynn Gagne, Education Liaison Librarian, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Murray 102,
Further information on Academic Integrity Awareness Week Activities
Want to learn some useful tips for searching in the Library catalogue? Want to learn how to find scholarly articles in Library databases? Sign up for one (or both!) of these hands-on sessions:
Effective Searching in the Library Catalogue
Tuesday October 5, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Rm 161 Murray Library
Introduction to Web of Science and Scopus
Tuesday October 5, 2pm-3pm
Rm 161 Murray Library
There are 20 spaces available for both sessions. Please register by emailing DeDe Dawson, Natural Sciences Liaison Librarian: email@example.com
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and the Research Center for Minority Data are pleased to announce the 2011 Research Paper Competitions. Details
Angelina, an Unauthorized Biography and I am Legend are just two of the titles found in the new Leisure Reading Collection on the ground floor of the Murray Learning Commons. This exciting new circulating book collection is dedicated to 'popular' fiction and non-fiction.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment is requesting public feedback on the environmental impact statement for Potash One: The Legacy Project. The impact statement and the Ministry's Technical Review Comments are available in the Government Publications section, 2nd floor of the Murray Library, at CA2SAEV 20:2010L25.
The review period is from September 16, 2010 to October 15, 2010.
Safe Study hours are now posted for the 2010 fall semester.
Fall Orientation Tours of the Murray Library and Learning Commons at Murray begin on Friday, September 3rd. The Murray Library (map) is the home library for Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Business.
Friday Sept. 3 - 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30
Wednesday, Sept 8 - 12:00 noon
Friday Sept 10 - 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30
Monday Sept 13 - 11:30, 1:30 & 2:30
Thursday Sept 16 - 1:30 & 3:00
Orientation tours include a 25 minute walking tour and a 20 minute hands-on session in the library's instruction lab (Room 161) on using our webpage to find library resources. Meet at the entrance to the Murray Library. Everyone welcome!
Contact Eva Wong at 966-5988.
You may renew your "long-term loan" items starting SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 until SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 after which time overdue fines will begin to apply.
GRADUATE STUDENTS must be registered for the 2010-2011 academic year AND your Library record must reflect this before the new long-term due date will take effect. In order for us to update your file, we require WRITTEN PROOF of registration.
A detailed description of items borrowed can be viewed by linking through to your library record via PAWS, or directly through the University of Saskatchewan Library Web Site. Click the list of items currently checked out and renew desired items. Scroll down the page to verify the renewal(s) and to view the new due date.
NOTE: There is a maximum of 2 renewals on each item. Once the maximum has been reached, the item must be returned.
Please direct any problems to staff at your closest Branch Library.
RefWorks has released a new version: "RefWorks 2.0". When you sign into your RefWorks account you will see a link in the top right corner to RefWorks 2.0. Not all the bugs have been worked out of the new version yet, so we will continue to provide the classic interface in parallel. See more info on the e-Resources News blog.
Introducing the new library website launched July 27, 2010!
The new dynamic design will prove to be more client focused including quicker and easier access to popular links, books, e-journals, data bases and library assistance.
Through important and valuable feedback with our patrons, the website has been re-designed to serve you better. We look forward to hearing from you when the website goes live.
At the library, we’re transforming our services, collections and facilities to contribute to the success of our learners, teachers, researchers, scholars and practitioners.
Effective May 1st, Interlibrary Loans will be charging $2.00 per day for overdue books. For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan website.