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SFU Library Feedback

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Is the goddess a feminist?

January 7th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase

Title: Is the goddess a feminist?
Author: Hiltebeitel, Alf & Erndl, Kathleen M.
Publisher & where & when published: New York University Press
Where you saw this item mentioned: Bibliography on Goddess Kali
Your affiliation: SFU Staff

A: Thanks very much for the suggested title. I have put it on the list of items for purchase for next fiscal year. In the mean while it is available both at the UBC Library and through our inter-library loan service.

Best wishes

Moninder Bubber
Information and Instruction
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Empathy, Form, and Space

January 7th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Empathy, Form, and Space: Problems in German Aesthetics, 1873–1893
Author: Conrad Fiedler, Adolf Göller, Adolf Hildebrand, August Schmarsow, Robert Vischer, and Heinrich Wölfflin
Publisher & where & when published: University fo Chicago Press
Where you saw this item mentioned: article
Your affiliation: SFU Graduate Student

A: Thanks very much for recommending this book for purchase. Unfortunately, the subject is a bit outside of our collection scope and funds for buying new books are pretty tight at the moment as we approach the end of the fiscal year. So unfortunately we won’t be able to purchase a copy at this time but if you need this one for your research I would recommend ordering it from another library through our free Interlibrary Loan service: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/find/document-delivery/request-form Books that are available to be borrowed from other Canadian libraries are generally delivered to SFU for pick up in about 4 – 8 days.

Hope this helps and please let me know if you have any questions.
Best wishes, Hope


Hope Power
Assistant Head, Information & Instruction
Liaison Librarian for Education
W.A.C. Bennett Library (Burnaby)
Simon Fraser University

Early Canadian Women Writers database

January 7th, 2015

Q: Regarding the SFU data base for Early Canadian Women Writers, you have incorrectly ascribed the publication date of Martha Banning Thomas’ book of verse, “Poems for People,” as 1928. The actual publication date, stated on the title-page, is 1925. You may verify this by checking the AMICUS data base for the copy which I sold LAC some 5 years ago.
-David Ewens
-David Ewens Rare Books.

A: Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The scholars who work on this database have now made the change to the record.

All the best,

Moninder Bubber
Liaison Librarian

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Endangered Languages

January 7th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Endangered Languages: Beliefs and Ideologies in Language.
Author: Austin, Peter K., Sallabank, Julia
Documentation and Revitalization.
Publisher & where & when published: cambridge University Press. 2014
Where you saw this item mentioned: Advertisement in Renaud Bray Books in section of Language Revitalization.

A: Thank you for your suggestion. The book “Endangered Languages: Beliefs and Ideologies in Language Documentation and Revitalization” is now on order for you, and the library will notify you via email once it becomes available for pickup.

Cheers,

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: Youth Violence An International Crisis

January 7th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Youth Violence An International Crisis
Author: James W Miller
Publisher & where & when published: Createspace United States Dec 2009
Where you saw this item mentioned: Surrey Public Library
Your affiliation: SFU Alumna/Alumnus

A: Thank you for taking the time to make a book request. Unfortunately, as we are now approaching the end of this fiscal year, I am unable to fulfill most new book purchase requests. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

Best wishes,

Yolanda

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Yolanda Koscielski, MLIS
Liaison Librarian for Criminology & Psychology
Simon Fraser University Library

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Minds without Meanings

January 7th, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase:
Title: Minds without Meanings: An Essay on the Content of Concepts
Author: Jerry A. Fodor and Zenon W. Pylyshyn
Publisher & where & when published: MIT Press, 2014
Where you saw this item mentioned: http://mymindonbooks.com/?p=8508
Your affiliation: SFU Graduate Student

A: Thank you for the request. I’ve ordered the book and placed it “On demand” for you, so you will receive an e-mail when it is ready for pickup here at Surrey.

Kind regards,
Holly

Holly Hendrigan
Fraser Library, SFU Surrey

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: On reflection

January 2nd, 2015

Q:Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: On reflection : an essay on technology, education, and the status of thought in the twenty-first century
Author: Ellen Rose.
Publisher & where & when published: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2013
Where you saw this item mentioned: EDUC 710
Your affiliation: SFU Graduate Student

A: Thanks very much for recommending this book for purchase. A copy of “On reflection: an essay on technology, education, and the status of thought in the twenty-first century” is now on order for the SFU Bennett Library. You should receive an email once this book’s arrived and is available to be checked out.
If you have any questions just let me know.

Best wishes, Hope

Hope Power
Assistant Head, Information & Instruction
Liaison Librarian for Education
W.A.C. Bennett Library (Burnaby)
Simon Fraser University

Suggestion for New Title Purchase: Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education

January 2nd, 2015

Q: Suggestion for New Title Purchase
Title: Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education
Author: Matthias Barth
Publisher & where & when published: Routledge 711 3rd ave, NYC 10017; 2015
Where you saw this item mentioned: Routledge Publishing ISBN 978-0-415-83374-5 $ 978-0-203-48835-5
Your affiliation: SFU Staff

A: Thanks very much for recommending this book for purchase. I checked in to this and it turned out to be slightly less expensive to purchase an e-book copy (rather than a print copy) of this one. So an online version of “Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education” has now been ordered and you should receive an email once it’s available to be accessed online via SFU Library.

If you have any questions please let me know.
Best wishes, Hope

Hope Power
Assistant Head, Information & Instruction
Liaison Librarian for Education
W.A.C. Bennett Library (Burnaby)
Simon Fraser University

SFU Alumni Library Access

January 2nd, 2015

Q: Will I be able to access the library, both printed books and online journals?
I am an alumnus, student number****, and am researching the response of world war 1 military to new technology. I live in Kelowna BC and am a member of Okanagan Regional Library.

A: Unfortunately I cannot find a patron record for you in our system. I will contact the SFU alumni association to confirm your status and then get back to you.
Once you have an alumni patron record you do have the ability to borrow books at the SFU library. You also have some limited remote access to electronic material, unfortunately this would not include e-books (you could access all electronic material including e-books from a workstation in one of our libraries, though considering the fact that you live in Kelowna that might not be of much use to you )
Below is a link to what resources are available to SFU alumni

http://www.lib.sfu.ca/my-library/services-for-you/alumni

take care

Scott
Library Loans
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University

Issue with New interface for Summons Search Engine

December 23rd, 2014

Q: The new interface for Summons is painfully slow and consumes massive amounts of CPU cycles. Is there a way to set a preference or something that uses the old and efficient interface? Even on my quad-core 16GB MacBook I constantly get the spinning beach ball of death now, when before it was smooth and easy.
Did anyone test the new interface for something beyond appearance?
Additionally, the new interface downloads returned references on demand and a few at a time, instead of a full page at a time, which makes scrolling a jerky, unresponsive experience while I wait for the next references to display.
Is there any way to use the earlier interface with Summons?

A: I’m sorry to hear you’re having issues with Summons.
Unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do as it is a third-party search product that has been integrated into the library website.
Having said that, we ran some tests and we were unable to duplicate the issue you are experiencing, performance seemed to be acceptable.
One thing you may want to try would be to clear your browser cache and cookies and try a different browser to see if that improves the speed.

If you are still experiencing the same problems we will open up a case with summon support, just email us at libhelp@sfu.ca.
It would be helpful if you could include few examples that exhibit this behaviour.

Regarding your 2nd question: “is there any way to use the earlier interface with summons?” Unfortunately not, it was a one-way upgrade.

Neal Baldwin
Systems, Manager
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University