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Some Valentine’s Day Reading: Love letters of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning now viewable online

February 14th, 2012

Thinking of putting your feelings for that special someone down in writing this Valentine’s Day?    Why not take inspiration from the experts?

Starting today, lovers around the world can read digitized versions of 573 love letters between 19th-century poet Elizabeth Barrett and fellow poet (and eventual husband) Robert Browning .

The digitization project is a collaboration between Wellesley and Baylor University in Waco, Texas, which houses the world’s largest collection of books, letters and other items related to the Brownings.

For more about this collection: http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2012/02/14/barrett-browning-love-letters.html

To view the Browning Letters:  http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/ab-letters

British Library Royal Manuscripts exhibition – now available as an app!

November 25th, 2011

The British Library has recently launched a new app in conjunction with the ongoing Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination exhibition.

The exhibition displays part of the the British Library’s unique collection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts. Collected by the kings and queens of England over 800 years these treasures are outstanding examples of the decorative and figurative painting of the era.

The app, available for iPad, iPhone or android, displays 58 manuscripts from the exhibition, each with interpretive text.

Gillers, and GGs and Bookers … oh my!

November 18th, 2011

Looking for a good read?  Why not pick up one of the many newly crowned literary award winners.   Here is a quick round up of a selection of 2011 winners:

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction - The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes

Governer General’s Award for Fiction – The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Governer General’s Award for Poetry – Killdeer by Phil Hall

Governer General’s Award for Drama - If we were birds by Erin Shields

Scotiabank Giller Prize -  Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Griffin Poetry Prize – Canadian Winner – Ossuaries by Dionne Brand

BC Book Prize – Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize - Everything Was Good-Bye by Gurjinder Basran

BC Book Prize – Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize – On the Material by Stephen Collis

Food for Fines Drive: November 14 to December 4, 2011

November 15th, 2011

Dig through your cupboards to save yourself some cash while helping those in need! “Food for Fines” is happening at all three libraries from November 14 to December 4, 2011. Donated food goes to SFU Food Bank.

The general rules are:

  • A $2 fine waiver will be applied for each item donated to a maximum of $20 (10 items) per drive.
  • Donated food must be non-perishable (ie. canned goods, pasta, cereal).
  • The waiver applies only to current fines. It does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items and cannot be used as a credit to be applied to future fines.

Contact loans-mgmt@sfu.ca for more information.

Celebrate Open Access Week with SFU Library (October 24-30)

October 20th, 2011

The Simon Fraser University Library is pleased to present the following events as part of Open Access Week 2011, October 24 – 30.  This week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research. All events are FREE, but registration is required.

Not sure what Open Access is? Watch the one minute video on Open Access from McGill Library.

Keynote Presentation – David EavesOpen Data, Open Government and the University

Governments around the world are increasingly making their data freely available to anyone with an internet connection. What are the implications – for citizens, policy makers, governments and scholars? In this talk, open innovation expert David Eaves will discuss the expansion and significance of the rise of the open data and open government movement, outline what has taken place in Canada and explore the coming challenges and opportunities.

David Eaves is a public policy entrepreneur, open government activist and open innovation expert who advises many governments (including the City of Vancouver) on open data and open government strategies, as well as helping them draft and execute implementation plans. He is regularly invited to speak internationally on these and other issues to executives, policymakers, and students.

Co-sponsored by SFU Library and SFU School of Public Policy

Thursday October 27, 4:00pm to 5:00pm (followed by a reception at the Teck Gallery, SFU Vancouver)
SFU Vancouver, Labatt Hall Room 1700 | 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Please register using SFU’s websurvey tool

Recycle, reuse, research: Using open data in scholarly research

A growing number of scholars are choosing to leverage open data for research. This session addresses the why and how behind this trend.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Alex Clapp (SFU, Department of Geography) will describe his work on the significance of open data in environmental science, with reference to the global temperature record and the BP oil spill.
  • Dr. Meghan Winters (SFU, Faculty of Health Sciences) will detail the development of the Cycling Route Planner, an openly-available web tool to support public health.
  • Dr. Heather Piwowar, a postdoctoral research associate with the NSF DataONE project, will provide an overview of the costs and – more importantly – benefits of open data use, and highlight current research on the subject.

Date / Time: Wednesday October 26, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: WAC Bennett Library, Room 2020, Burnaby Campus
Please register using the SFU Student Learning Commons Workshop tool

What’s scholarly publishing got to do with you? A discussion for grad students

Deciding where and how to publish your work can be a significant decision for new scholars, one with practical, ethical, and sometimes financial implications. Join us for a roundtable discussion among graduate students exploring these questions, including consideration of open access publishing options. Complimentary lunch for those who register in advance.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Society

Date / Time: Tuesday October 25, 11:30am-1pm
Location: Graduate Lounge, Maggie Benston 2212, Burnaby Campus
Please register using the SFU Student Learning Commons Workshop tool


Author rights

Your article has been accepted for publication and as a final step you must sign and submit the publisher’s copyright transfer agreement. By signing this agreement, publishers can obtain exclusive rights to the article preventing you from legally repurposing it, using it in teaching, archiving the article on a personal website or in SFU’s institutional repository.

Join us to explore ways to retain your copyright, including methods you can use to amend license agreements to retain key rights to your work.

Speakers: Nicole Gjertsen and Shane Plante, Liaison Librarians (SFU Library)

Two identical sessions offered:

Date / Time: Monday October 24, 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Location: WAC Bennett Library, Room 3101, Burnaby Campus
Please register using the SFU Student Learning Commons Workshop tool

Date / Time:  Tuesday October 25, 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Location: Fraser Library, Room 3695, Surrey Campus
Please register using the SFU Student Learning Commons Workshop tool


Summit: The SFU Institutional Repository

Learn about Summit, the SFU institutional repository, a place that brings together selected scholarship and research of SFU and promotes this work to the wider world while also providing a long term, stable home for this scholarship.

Learn about how you can contribute your own works to Summit and make them available in a stable environment for the long term. Summit – it’s more than just a place for your thesis.

Speaker: Don Taylor, Assistant Head, IR Coordinator (SFU Library)
Date / Time: Wednesday October 26, 11:30am to 12:20pm
Location: WAC Bennett Library, Lab 2105, Burnaby Campus
Please register using the SFU Student Learning Commons Workshop tool

Publishing services at SFU

Learn how SFU Library’s publishing services can assist you with launching a journal, hosting a conference, or publishing a book.

This session will provide an overview of the Public Knowledge Project’s suite of:

  • Open Journal Systems (OJS), a free journal management and publishing system;
  • Open Conference Systems (OCS); a free web publishing tool that will create a complete web presence for your scholarly conference and
  • Open Monograph Press (OMP); a free online workspace for publishing monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions, while keeping an archival record of the process.

Speaker: Nicole Gjertsen, Liaison Librarian (SFU Library)

Two identical sessions offered:

Date / Time: Thursday October 27, 11:30am – 12:20pm
Location: WAC Bennett Library, Lab 4009, Burnaby Campus
Please register using the SFU Student Learning Commons Workshop tool

Date / Time: Wednesday November 9, 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Location: Fraser Library, Room 3695, Surrey Campus
Please register using the SFU Student Learning Commons Workshop tool

For more information, please contact: Todd Mundle, Associate University Librarian tmundle@sfu.ca 778.782.3263

Join us for a tribute to type maker Jim Rimmer on Oct. 21

October 17th, 2011

Richard Kegler, of the Buffalo based digital type firm P22, will introduce the DVD Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century. Featured in the DVD is the work process of Jim Rimmer on the almost lost art of pantographic type making.

This will be followed by the presentation of the Robert R. Reid Award for Lifetime Achievement in Canadian Book Arts to Jim Rimmer (1934- 2010). The award will be accepted by members of his family.

Join us for this tribute and presentation to Jim Rimmer on:

Friday October 21, 2011 at 7:00pm
Labatt Hall, Room 1700
Harbour Centre
Simon Fraser University Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating. Please email library@sfu.ca to reserve a seat.

Refreshments wil follow the presentation.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Alcuin Society.

For more information contact:

Eric Swanick
Head, Special Collections
SFU Library
Simon Fraser University
778.782.4626 | eswanick@sfu.ca

Join us to hear Madeleine Thien read this week (Oct. 19th) in Special Collections

October 17th, 2011

Madeleine Thien will be reading in Special Collections on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Vancouver-born fiction writer Madeleine Thien, presently based in Montreal, was educated at SFU and UBC.

In 2001 she was awarded the Canadian Authors Association Air Canada Award for most promising Canadian writer under age 30.

In the past decade she has published three highly acclaimed, prize-winning books of fiction.  A first collection of short stories, Simple Recipes (2001), was chosen for the City of Vancouver Book Award, the VanCity Book Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, while her novel Certainty (2007) won the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and was translated into sixteen languages.  Her second novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, the story of a contemporary Montreal woman haunted by her childhood in 1970s Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge reign of terror, was published earlier this year to critical praise.

A question period and refreshments will follow the reading. Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby.  Admission is free.

For more information contact:

Tony Power
778.782.6676 | power@sfu.ca
Special Collections and Rare Books at SFU Library

Track citations & instantly format a bibliography! Learn how at RefWorks Workshops in October

September 21st, 2011

Please join us for a free RefWorks workshop at SFU Library, Burnaby Campus. Workshops will be running the first week of October on the 4th, 5th and 6th in library lab 2015. No need to register.

Graduate workshops are offered on October 19th and 26th, and require registration. Please register for workshops here.  The a.m. session is for students in the Arts and Social Sciences, while the p.m. session is for students in the Sciences and Applied Sciences.

RefWorks is a web-based citation management program that SFU students, faculty, and staff can use to store, manage and export citations from.  Use RefWorks to keep track of your references/citations from the library’s catalogue and online article indexes and databases.

You can also use RefWorks to help you format your citations and bibliographies instantly with MS Word in a variety of styles (APA, MLA, Chicago…plus many more).

Reading by Author Anosh Irani in Special Collections – September 21, 2011

September 15th, 2011

Anosh Irani will be reading in Special Collections on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, with a question period and refreshments to follow. Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby. Free!

Prize-winning playwright and novelist Anosh Irani was born in Bombay and moved to Vancouver in 1998 to study creative writing at U.B.C. Since 2003 he has published three acclaimed novels and three of his plays have been produced. His second play, Bombay Black (2004), won four Dora Awards, including Outstanding New Play; while his second novel, The Song of Kahunsha (2006), was published in thirteen countries and a bestseller in Canada and Italy. It was a finalist for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and was shortlisted for the BC Book prize. His latest novel, Dahanu Road, was longlisted for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. His play, My Granny the Goldfish, premiered at the Arts Club last year and will be produced at Toronto’s Factory Theatre in 2012.

For more information contact:

Tony Power
778.782.6676 | power@sfu.ca
www.lib.sfu.ca/special/

Special Collections Display: Alcuin Society Book Design Award Winners – 2010

September 11th, 2011

Each year (this is the 29th) the Vancouver-based Alcuin Society grants Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. For the 2010 Awards, the three judges, Alan Brownoff, Shelly Gruendler and CS Richardson selected from 217 entries which represented nine provinces and ninety-eight publishers.

It is the typography of the book which is celebrated in this Award. “Typography”, as John Carter wrote, “is the whole art and craft of transferring the copy into printed form, but used by the illiterate as a synonym for layout.”

The latest exhibit from Special Collections at the W.A.C. Bennett Library features the first prize winners in the following categories:

  • children,
  • limited editions
  • pictorial,
  • poetry,
  • prose fiction,
  • prose non-fiction,
  • prose non-fiction illustrated, and
  • reference.

Included in the display is prospectus of the first prize award winner in limited editions: The Play of Pericles… (Mission, BC : Barbarian Press, 2010).  The complete text is available for view in Special Collections upon request.

For further information on the display, contact Eric Swanick, Special Collections/Gifts Librarian at 778.782.4626 | eswanick@sfu.ca.