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Piping Up

SFU Library Feedback

Why am I not receiving email notification when my requested book arrives?

October 1st, 2014

Q: Why does my requested books arrive, but I don’t receive any email from the library to tell me to pick it up.

A: Hello. I see that we have been investigating this situation. It looks as though we already have your correct email address in your library record. Have you checked to see if the library emails are going to a spam or junk mail folder?

Chuk Goodin (cgoodin@sfu.ca)
Library Loans Supervisor

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Research in Information Studies

October 1st, 2014

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Research in Information Studies: A Cultural and Social Approach
Author: W. Bernard Lukenbill
Publisher & where & when published: Xlibris Corporation (April 11 2012)
Where you saw this item mentioned: CRL, v. 74 no. 4, book review
Your affiliation: SFU Staff

A: Thank-you for your purchase suggestion. I have ordered a copy of Research in Information Studies: A Cultural and Social Approach. You will be notified when the book is ready to be picked up.

Patty
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Patty Gallilee
Associate University Librarian Collections & Scholarly Communication
Simon Fraser University Library

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Routledge Handbook of Sport and Corporate Social Responsibility

September 25th, 2014

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Routledge Handbook of Sport and Corporate Social Responsibility
Author: Juan Luis Paramio Salcines, Kathy Babiak, Geoff Walters
Publisher & where & when published: Routledge Handbooks
Where you saw this item mentioned: google books
Your affiliation: SFU Graduate Student

A: Thanks again for your suggestion.
I have ordered a copy of this book for the library and requested that when it arrives a hold be put on it in your name.

Sincerely,

Patty
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Patty Gallilee
Associate University Librarian Collections & Scholarly Communication
Simon Fraser University Library

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Upsetting Composition Commonplaces

September 25th, 2014

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Upsetting Composition Commonplaces
Author: Ian Barnard
Publisher & where & when published: UP of Colorado (2014)
Where you saw this item mentioned: UP of Colorado advertisement
Your affiliation: SFU Graduate Student

A: Thanks for your recent purchase suggestion! A copy of Upsetting Composition Commonplaces has been ordered for the library, however, please note that the book is not yet published (Oct. 1st is the expected publication date). You will receive an email when the book is available for pick up.

Cheers,
Rebecca

Rebecca Dowson
Liaison Librarian: English and History
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6 Canada

Short-term loan in our Reserve collection

September 24th, 2014

Q: I noticed that for BUS 207 and Bus 312, the only textbooks available are in the Surrey Fraser Library when most students taking the courses are in Burnaby. Anyway way we could have at least one copy of each in the Bennett library too?

A: In general, I try to spend the majority of our limited business book budget on titles that will supplement the required texts being assigned in courses. I can’t buy enough copies of required texts to support the whole class, so I focus on the other material you’ll need for your coursework.

The main exceptions that do result in some textbooks being bought are cases where the instructor of the class has requested that we put copies on short-term loan in our Reserve collection. The shorter Reserve loan periods of 2 or 4 hours ensure that the text will be available for use by most of the class. Have you already spoken to your instructor about arranging for copies to be bought and placed on Reserve here in Burnaby?

Regards,
Mark

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Mark Bodnar
Business Librarian

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Digital-Tutors

September 24th, 2014

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Digital-Tutors
Author: Pluralsite
Where you saw this item mentioned: Siggraph Vancouver 2014
Your affiliation: SFU Undergraduate Student

A: Thanks for your message. We don’t have a subscription to digital-tutors, but we do subscribe to lynda.com, which includes video tutorials on much of the same content, including 3D + animation (Unity, Maya, 3ds max, etc.), Design (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.), Video (Final Cut Pro, Avid, etc.), Programming (Java, Python, PHP, etc.), and CAD (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, etc.).

You can access lynda.com video tutorials from anywhere through the library’s website: http://cufts2.lib.sfu.ca/CRDB4/BVAS/resource/10456.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

All the best,
Shane
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Shane Plante
Liaison Librarian for the School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Science, and Applied Science (Surrey)
Fraser Library, SFU Surrey

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Executive Bulletin

September 22nd, 2014

Q: Suggest a Title for Purchase
Title: Executive Bulletin
Author: Global Institute of Forensic Research
Publisher & where & when published: Global Institute of Forensic Research, US, monthly
Where you saw this item mentioned: https://www.gifrinc.com/services/bulletin
Your affiliation: SFU Undergraduate Student

A: Thanks for the suggestion. Indeed, this might be a good fit for both departments, and costs are often shared for resources that fit the research needs of multiple departments.

To provide you with more detail, all requests for new subscriptions to serials go through the faculty library representative for the department. Because serials (e.g., journals and databases) require a commitment of ongoing collections funds, a new subscription usually requires cancellation of an existing journal subscription to meet the funding requirements. For this title in particular, we were quoted $4200 per year which would invariably require cancelling other journals.

You may suggest this resource to the Psychology library representative, as well to as the Criminology representative, for their consideration. A list of faculty representatives can be found here: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/liaison-librarians. Feel free as well to suggest this resource to any faculty members you work with for their recommendation to their library rep. I will also note it on my wish list for possible future consideration, should funds become available.

Best wishes,

Yolanda

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Yolanda Koscielski, MLIS
Assistant Head, Information & Instruction
Liaison Librarian for Criminology & Psychology
Simon Fraser University Library

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Crossing second narrows

September 18th, 2014

Q: Suggest a Title for Purchase
Title: Crossing second narrows
Author: Schermbrucker, Bill
Publisher & where & when published: iUniverse, 2013 (a roman a clef about SFU’s past)
Where you saw this item mentioned: http://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Second-Narrows-A-Novel/dp/1475964900
Your affiliation: SFU Staff

A: Thanks for your recent purchase suggestion! A copy of Crossing Second Narrows is now on order for the Library. You will be notified by email when the book is ready to be picked up.

Cheers,
Rebecca

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Shopping in Jail

September 18th, 2014

Q: Suggest a Title for Purchase
Title: Shopping in Jail: Ideas, Essays, and Stories for the Increasingly Real Twenty-First Century
Author: Douglas Coupland
Publisher & where & when published: Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2013
Where you saw this item mentioned: Amazon
Your affiliation: SFU Staff

A: Thank you for your recent purchase suggestion! A copy of Shopping in Jail: Ideas, Essays, and Stories for the Increasingly Real Twenty-First Century is now on order for the library. You will be notified by email when the book is available for pick up.

Best,
Rebecca Dowson

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Urban Tumbleweed

September 18th, 2014

Q: Suggest a Title for Purchase
Title: Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary
Author: Harryette Mullen
Publisher & where & when published: Graywolf Press, 2013
Where you saw this item mentioned: Reading event
Your affiliation: SFU Graduate Student

A: Thanks for your recent purchase suggestion! A copy of Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary is now on order for the library. You will be notified by email when the book is available for pick up.

Best,
Rebecca Dowson