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SFU Library Feedback

Science Literacy Week

February 10th, 2015

Q: I’m the founder of science literacy week, an event designed to promote the public understanding of science. Held this last September in Toronto, the idea was to communicate the wonder of scientists and the their work through book displays, links to great content, lectures and hands on activities. A link to all the festivities can be found here: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/scienceliteracy
For next year, I’m in the process of trying to turn it into the largest event of its kind in Canada, both through reaching out to institutions nationwide and through broadening the scale and scope of events. Thus far I’m (extremely!) happy to report that over 110 such institutions representing every province and territory have shown early support! The week is scheduled for September 21st-27th of 2015.
One of the main things I’m trying to accomplish is to have a Toronto scaled event in every city in Canada, combining school boards, Universities, public libraries and science organizations to present a comprehensive celebration of science to the public. Be that through similar activities to what we did this past September, or better yet through passion projects and ideas of yours, I would absolutely love to have the SFU library system be a part of this. I hope you see merit in the idea, and I hope to hear from you soon to see if and how we can work to make this the success I know it can be. Until then, thanks for your time and have a lovely rest of the day!
Sincerely.
P.S; I’m happy to say that thus far the Vancouver area has been the most participatory in the country with over 15 institutions in the region involved. I hope you’ll continue in that tradition
and I hope to hear from you soon!

A: Thanks for your email and sorry about the delay in getting back to you. I’m very interested in science literacy week. Do you have any ideas in the works for 2015? Any thoughts on how this will translate to a national program? Count us in for something. There are a number of science librarians here at SFU and I’ve spoken to one of them and will share ideas with the others, including the one at the Fraser branch in Surrey. The downtown campus of SFU has no science classes, but I will share info with Belzberg as well.

Thanks,
Jenna


Jenna Thomson B.Sc., M.L.I.S.
Liaison Librarian for Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics & Actuarial Science.
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University

Mac Computer Upgrades

February 3rd, 2015

Q: Could you upgrade the x code simulators and documentations on the iMacs. (Click on x code, preferences and then downloads. That’ll show you all the available updates)

A: The Mac computers in the library are managed by IT services and the Library is unable to make any changes on them. Your question was forwarded onto the person looking after the Macs, his reply is below:

The Xcode that is currently installed is the most recent version for the operating system (OS X 10.8.5) installed on the Macs. Until we can update them to Managed Mac V3 (which requires an update to OS X 10.9.x) it will remain the most recent version that can be installed. Any upgrades will most likely happen during the semester break.

Neal Baldwin
Simon Fraser University Library
Systems Division

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Semiconductor Nanowires

January 23rd, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Semiconductor Nanowires: From Next-Generation Electronics to Sustainable Energy
Author: Wei Lu (Editor), Jie Xiang (Editor), Hans-Jorg Schneider (Editor), Mohsen Shahinpoor (Editor), Renkun Chen (Contributor),
Publisher & where & when published: Royal Society of Chemistry,November 28th 2014
Where you saw this item mentioned: http://www.rsc.org/shop/books/2014/9781849738156.asp

A: Thanks for your book request. I had ordered a copy of “Semiconductor Nanowires: From Next-Generation Electronics to Sustainable Energy” for your supervisor moments before receiving your recommendation, so it is on its way!

Thanks,
Jenna

Jenna Thomson B.Sc., M.L.I.S.
Liaison Librarian for Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics & Actuarial Science.
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Semiconductor Nanowires

January 20th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Semiconductor Nanowires: From Next-Generation Electronics to Sustainable Energy
Author: Wei Lu (Editor), Jie Xiang (Editor), Hans-Jorg Schneider (Editor), Mohsen Shahinpoor (Editor), Renkun Chen (Contributor),
Publisher & where & when published: Royal Society of Chemistry,November 28th 2014
Where you saw this item mentioned: http://www.rsc.org/shop/books/2014/9781849738156.asp

A: Thanks for your book request. I had ordered a copy of “Semiconductor Nanowires: From Next-Generation Electronics to Sustainable Energy” for your supervisor moments before receiving your recommendation, so it is on its way!
Thanks,
Jenna


Jenna Thomson B.Sc., M.L.I.S.
Liaison Librarian for Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics & Actuarial Science.
W.A.C. Bennett Library

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Ojibway Clans

January 20th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Ojibway Clans: Animal Totems and Spirits
Author: Jacobson, Mark Anthony
Publisher & where & when published: Native Northwest; 1st edition (August 23, 2012)
Where you saw this item mentioned: http://www.amazon.com/Ojibway-Clans-Animal-Totems-Spirits/dp/1554762901

A: Thank you for your book suggestion and sorry for the delayed response. I am pleased to inform you that a copy of Ojibway Clans: Animal Totems and Spirits by Mark Anthony Jacobson has been ordered for the Curriculum Collection at Bennett Library. You will receive an email notification when it is available to borrow.
All the best,
-Jenna

Jenna Walsh, BA, MLIS
Indigenous Initiatives Librarian & Liaison for Archaeology, First Nations Studies and Political Science
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University

Use of copyright images?

January 20th, 2015

Q: Whom to I contact at the library to ask about obtaining copyright permission to include an image in my MA paper?

A: The SFU Copyright Office can answer your questions and offer assistance with any copyright issues, including getting permission to include images in your thesis. You can reply directly to me, or email copy@sfu.ca (which will reach me as well as Don Taylor, the Copyright Officer). You should also take a look at the copyright website (copyright.sfu.ca) and particularly the section on theses: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/copyright/students/thesis#sfu-top; our FAQs may answer some of your questions as well.

Regards,
Jennifer Zerkee

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Jennifer Zerkee
Copyright Specialist
Simon Fraser University Library

Does the library offer translation services

January 16th, 2015

Q: Do you offer English translations of your Latvian paper, specifically, the issue of October 21, 2014, page 12, where Lauris Olups submitted an article which he translated from English to Latvian (my story as a Latvian war orphan). Lauris searched my Latvian family’s roots. I do not know Latvian.
There are people (native English speakers, and some Latvians whose native language is not Latvian) here in the Washing, DC metropolitan area who would like to read the article in English, as would I.

A: I am not sure what ‘Latvian paper’ you are referring to, but in any case our library does not offer translations of any materials. I would suggest you contact the author directly and ask for the English version of his article. Or, you may want to hire someone from the Latvian community in your area who can do the translation.
I wish you all the best of luck,

Ivana
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Ivana Niseteo, MA, MLIS
Liaison Librarian for Linguistics, Humanities, French & French Programs (FASS), Engineering, and Computing Science
Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: On the genealogy of morality

January 16th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: On the genealogy of morality
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche; transl., with notes, by Maudemarie Clark and Alan Swensen. Introd. by Maudemarie Clark
Publisher & where & when published: Hackett Pub. Co, 1998
Your affiliation: SFU Undergraduate Student

A: Unfortunately the Library does not have funds available to purchase this translation of On the genealogy of morality.
Perhaps you’ve already noted that the Library does have other translations of On the genealogy of morality? View them with the link below,

http://tinyurl.com/l9yvtay

Note that you can place holds on books which are currently out or on order so that you get them next,

http://www.lib.sfu.ca/faqs/what-is-a-hold

Alternatively you can request the 1998 translation through Document Delivery Services,

http://www.lib.sfu.ca/find/document-delivery/request-form

Count on 7-10 days for delivery.

Best regards,
Mike McIntosh
SFU Library

Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement.

January 13th, 2015

Q: I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa and will be moving to Vancouver in the next couple of weeks. While there, I will be making final revisions to my dissertation. Could you tell me whether and how it is possible for me to acquire a library card for the winter 2015 semester?

A: We will need confirmation that you are registered at the University of Ottawa in order for you to acquire an external borrowing card from us as per the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement.

The easiest way to do that is to have the University of Ottawa library issue you a IUBP (Inter-University Borrowing Project) card before you leave. If your University of Ottawa library card includes an expiry date then that may not be necessary however, you should check with them.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

take care,
Scott Mackenzie

Head Access Services
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Harold Innis’s History of Communications

January 12th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Harold Innis’s History of Communications: Paper and printing, antiquity to early modernity
Author: Edited by William J. Buxon, Michael R. Cheney and Paul Heyer
Publisher & where & when published: Rowman and Littlefield, December 2014

A: Thank you for your suggestion that we purchase this book for the Belzberg Library collection. This book does appear to support a number of the programs located at SFU Vancouver, so I’ve ordered a copy. Although you didn’t include your contact information with the suggestion, please don’t hesitate to place an online request for this title so you can be notified when it arrives.

Best regards,
Karen Marotz
Head, Belzberg Library

Samuel and Frances Belzberg Library
Simon Fraser University