Library News for the Faculty of Communication and Culture

Monday, April 17, 2006

Time to Register for Faculty Technology Days!

Faculty Technology Days: Teaching and Learning with Technology
May 8-10, 2006
Presented by Information Resources, Information Technologies
and the Teaching and Learning Centre

Faculty Technology Days is an annual opportunity for faculty and graduate students to attend a series of informational and instructional sessions which focus on primary resources, research tools, instructional tips and new developments in teaching, research resources and technology.

All Faculty and Graduate Students are invited to register for the free sessions. All sessions are being held at the MacKimmie Library.

New and Noteworthy:

* Elluminate training session is offered as an online session
* Campus Calgary Digital Library overview
* Instructional sessions on MSOffice: PowerPoint, Collaborative tools
* The Nickle Arts Museum hands-on session.
* RefWorks - web-based bibliographic software tool.

To view the program and register for any of the 36 sessions go to Registration deadline is May 1, 2006

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Campus Calgary Digital Library (CCDL)

"Supporting the quest for knowledge, understanding, creativity and innovation."

The Campus Calgary Digital Library held its groundbreaking ceremony on March 31st, 2006. The CCDL vision;
  • Create spaces where people can get together to exchange ideas, a place for both intellectual and social interactions;
  • Create new and varied methods for supporting learning whether collaborative or individual research;
  • Improve information and learning resources for all students and researchers regardless of location in post-secondary learning;
  • Invest in the future of our citizens, our province and our economy through the provision of a facility for the production and dissemination of information;
  • Create a digital gathering place for learners and researchers to obtain the wealth of knowledge that is available to share;
  • Create new seminar, exhibition and student space;
  • Build opportunities to connect people with life-long learning;
  • Be a focal point for the digitization of information required in blended learning and inquiry-based learning;
  • Unite learners with information and expert help; and
  • Bring togther the services of Information Resources (University Library, Special Collections, Archives, Nickle Arts Museum), Information Technologies, Teaching and Learning Centre (formerly Learning Commons) and Student and Academic Services into one location.
Check out the CCDL website for more about timelines, progress and related information.

Monday, April 10, 2006

More ebooks - Oxford Scholarship Online

I have posted the core of Dr. Tania Smith's email describing her discovery of Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO), an e-book resource available at the U of C. You can also access OSO from the U of C Library web page through Research Databases, under O, as well as from the Communication Studies Subject Pages. OSO titles will be added to the library catalogue soon. Check out our post on another ebook collection, Academic Complete from Ebrary.

"FYI researchers--- this may save you time and money.

Over 1,100 books from Oxford UP (mainly in the areas of Economics & Finance, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion) are available for FREE online from a U of C computer, or from your home computer via your library card password. Simply go to our library's online catalog and search for the title "Oxford Scholarship Online" and you will get the link.

I am sure I am not the only person in our faculty who didn't know about this treasure and would not have found out about it for years if I had not been lucky. I only found out about it yesterday when a colleague sent me a direct link to a specific book in this database. Our helpful librarians may have informed us on their blog, but I seldom go there unless I see an email about it and have some time, and even then I skim it very fast (sorry, Chris and Shauna, but it's true).

At present, **our U of C Library Catalogue will not tell you if we have online access to a book in this database.** Many of its books don't show up there.

I have discovered many Oxford UP books in this database that may have chapters useful to my research."