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  • Career Opportunity in Library Collections Services

    Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time probationary position of Head, Collections Services (Library).

    Candidates will have experience in the acquisition of materials in all formats. The position includes providing leadership and direction for the operations of Collections Services, a department of 10 people.

    Apply online by June 28, 2021 at 12:01am EST.

    Questions? Email jdingle@brocku.ca, Acting Head, Collections.

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  • The Library is here to support fall course planning

    Instructors, as you prepare for the Fall 2021 term, the Library is ready to work with you for whatever mode of teaching you are considering – on campus, online, blended or hybrid.

    Here’s some of the ways we can help.

    Course Reserves and Readings

    For maximum flexibility, we are encouraging all instructors to continue using digital/online course readings for the fall term. This way, your students will be able to access any course readings no matter where they are physically located, or how often they may be on campus.

    Several alternatives to print resources are available including the creation of course-specific online packs, leveraging articles, book chapter scans, and other digital material. The Reserves team is ready to work with you to develop these for your students.

    An instructor self-serve option is also available, providing flexibility to instructors who wish to do this work themselves. All self-submissions will get a final check for copyright compliance, and will then be active for students.

    With regard to e-textbooks, it is important to remember that most of the major publishers will not sell these to libraries. This limitation means that students who do not purchase the textbook have no alternative access to the textbook contents. You can read more about this limitation, and what non-print options are available. Liaison Librarians are also available to help you identify alternate resources.

    For those instructors teaching primarily on-campus, the library is considering models for safely offering print reserves in September. We are interested in hearing from instructors that anticipate needing printed course reserves, so we can understand the level of demand and specific needs. Please reach out to Andrew Colgoni, Associate University Librarian, Student Success to start that conversation.

    Open Educational Resources

    Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials (including textbooks, courses, learning objects, tests, media, etc.) that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. Brock University Library, with our partners in CPI, can support faculty and instructors interested in using, adapting, or creating OERs in their courses or programs. Support for OER use is part of our broader commitment to helping faculty make course materials more affordable for students, in conjunction with course reserves.

    If you’re considering incorporating an OER into your course, the Library and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation are here to support you in finding the right resource for your course and how best to use it in your curriculum. Learn more about our OER Services.

    Teaching Support

    Our librarians are available to work with you on building research skills, information literacy, and related literacies into your course curriculum. Contact the liaison librarian for your program.

    You may also wish to include the library’s various online learning resources into Sakai or your syllabus. We have a comprehensive list of research guides for Brock’s programs, as well as tutorials, videos and guides for common research tasks, like searching Omni, the library’s academic search tool.

    Streaming Video and Film Digitization

    Instructors looking to include film or video in their curriculum are encouraged to search Omni, or look through our Streaming Video Resource guide, which includes all of our subscription platforms and a number of free resources. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we can work with you on possible alternatives. Contact us directly at libhelp@brocku.ca to learn more.

    Access to Collections

    The pandemic has highlighted how important access to electronic resources has been, and the library will continue to prioritize purchasing electronic resources where possible. The pandemic has also highlighted just how valued the print collection is. Through programs such as the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), we have been able to provide digitized access to about a third of our print collection while the physical library space is closed. Instructors should note that should we be able to open the library fully, including the floors housing our print collection, we would need to discontinue ETAS. We commit to continue working with our users and responding as best we can to facilitate access to print content.

    We plan on continuing Interlibrary Loan services, though it continues to be subject to availability and access at our partner libraries.

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  • New Resource: CAB Abstracts with Fulltext

    CAB Abstracts (previously produced by the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux, now produced by an international non-profit agency CABI) covers agriculture very broadly, from agronomy, economics, all applied and biological sciences, plant sciences, tourism, hospitality, and leisure, environmental, food, international, and rural development, global health, veterinary and animal sciences, and much more. Includes journals, monographs, conferences, books, annual reports, and other sources. The scope of content in current international and least-developed scholarly research not cited in most mainstream scholarly databases.

    • Instant access to over 12.5 million bibliographic records, includes news and blogs
    • Over 475,000 hard-to-find linked full text sources, so nice!
    • Comprehensive subject indexing coverage in all interdisciplinary research areas
    • Includes access to relevant world-wide sources back to 1910
    • English language summaries, indexing, abstracts, and organism descriptors
    • Check out the CAB Thesaurus to better define search, organism, and preferred keyword search terms
    • Works well with linking to Brock Library full-text articles, open sources, and citation management systems e.g. Zotero
    • Create a My CABI account to save searches, set up email alerts, and share findings with colleagues
    • Best kept Brock Library database secret – try it today!

    Ian Gordon
    Science Liaison Librarian

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  • New Resource: Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Historical Archive

    The Brock Library is pleased to announce new online access to the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Historical Archive (1902-2014).  The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) is one of the most esteemed and essential publications for those who love to discover new literary works and explore lively discussions on diverse topics.  Beginning in 1902 as a supplement to the Times (London) newspaper, the TLS publishes reviews, poetry and prose, as well as timely essays.  In addition to introducing readers to literary works and ideas, the TLS provides a window into contemporary issues and discussions.

    Researchers can find reviews of major literary works such as Andrew Lang’s 1902 review of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles).  Individual poems and book extracts are also included, as in this Ted Hughes poem, published in 1960.

    Explore the TLS Historical Archive

    Discover current TLS issues here.

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  • Library expertise at one click

    Ask a Librarian is a collaborative virtual reference service that connects students, faculty members, and researchers from participating university libraries across Ontario with real-time library and research assistance through chat.

    Since the pandemic began, Brock and partner libraries have seen a sharp increase in questions from our respective communities. In our post-chat exit survey, we recently heard from a Brock student who noted “I love the library chat. I use it all the time and it is always so helpful. It has been a lifesaver during the pandemic!

    With online support at the forefront right now, we’ve added a new Ask a Librarian tab across our website. Assistance is now just one click away.

    Learn more about Ask a Librarian, or chat with us now.

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  • Personal and professional development: taking time for you

    Amid the hustle and bustle of the fall and winter academic terms, finding time to devote to your personal and professional development can be challenging. Spring and summer can be a great time to shift your focus from the rigours of the fall and winter study terms to taking some time for you.

    What do you want to learn more about? What do you want to work on? In what areas do you want to grow or improve? What skills do you want to pick up or fine tune?

    The titles in this collection are meant to inspire you to work towards achieving your own personal and professional development goals.

    This collection is a mix of print and e-books but it’s quick and easy to place a hold on print items for pickup.

    Find additional #VirtualBookDisplay topics in Omni.

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  • Omni feedback form remains available

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our Omni Feedback Survey! Participants had the option to enter a draw for a $50 Amazon gift card.  The contest closed Friday April 30th at noon and one lucky winner was randomly selected.  Congratulations to Cedric Junor, a 2nd year film studies student!

    Feedback from the survey will help us learn how Omni has been helpful in your research journey as well as identify areas that could be improved.  As Omni is a consortia search tool with 15 other universities in Ontario, the anonymous feedback we received will contribute to the overall experience for all schools. Although the contest has closed, the survey still remains available to anyone else in the Brock community who would like to share their feedback.  We always appreciate learning from our users.

    Share your feedback now.

     

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  • Discover your library this spring

    Brock University Library welcomes you to the spring term. If you are new to Brock, take a look at the Discover Your Library page for a quick introduction to library people, services, & resources.  Supporting you in your academic life is core to our mission.

    We have developed a number of online and in-person services and supports in response to COVID-19. Our focus is on access to electronic resources and virtual help. You can learn more about these services on our COVID-19 page.

    For new students, the shift to academic research can be a challenge, but getting assistance is easy. We offer email and chat services as well as online research consultations with our Liaison Librarians.

    We look forward to working with you and wish you all the best for a successful term.

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  • Submit your Omni feedback today!

    Since December 2019, students, faculty and staff have been using Omni, Brock University’s new Academic Search Tool, to support their research needs.  How has your experience been?

    The Library is seeking feedback from all members of the Brock community.  We want to hear from YOU: the good, the bad, the ugly.  You can tell all in this short survey.  We’ll be sharing your anonymous feedback with Omni partners to inform future modifications that seek to improve the user experience for all our Omni schools.

    BONUS: All survey respondents have the option to enter a draw for a $50 Amazon gift card. Enter by noon on April 30th.

    Share your Omni feedback now.

     

     

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  • Expanded Access: Oxford Handbooks Online

    Enjoy full, unrestricted access to all content in Oxford Handbooks Online. That’s over 1,100 books! Researchers can browse by their field of interest or search by keyword on a specific topic.

    Each Handbook offers thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in the area. Articles in each handbook review the key issues and debates on the topic as well as provide arguments for how those debates might evolve. These scholarly review articles provide students with an in-depth overview of the field as well as authoritative guidance, directing them to related content. Here are just a handful of titles newly available:

    With Oxford Handbooks Online, researchers always have access to the most recent literature as articles are published online in advance of print publications.

    Watch the Guided Tour or start exploring Oxford Handbooks Online right away.

     

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