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For the joy of reading: National Reading Summit May 2-4 at SFU Vancouver

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

SFU Library is pleased to be a sponsor of the third TD National Reading Summit which will be held at SFU Vancouver, May 2-4, 2012.  Aimed at encouraging, supporting and promoting the joy of reading across Canada, participants in the conference will help shape a national reading strategy.  You are invited to join educators, authors, publishers, librarians, students and other interested citizens in creating a plan to make reading a priority in Canada.

Check the National Reading Campaign website for registration and further information.

Celebrating SFU Authors – Invitation to Submit Publications

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

For the past three years, the SFU Library has hosted an annual event celebrating SFU faculty, students and staff who have authored a book or book chapter published in the preceding year.  Planning is underway for the next event honouring books published during the 2010 calendar year.    A reception to mark the accomplishments of SFU authors will be held on March 22, 2011 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the Library’s Special Collections and Rare Books Division.

The Library is currently accepting nominations for publications to be recognized as part of this celebration.  The eligibility criteria are straightforward:

• Author/co-author of a book or book chapter published during the 2010 calendar year
• Author is a current SFU student, current staff person or current/retired faculty member
• New works only (no reprints or revised editions)
• No articles in journals or magazines

SFU authors who meet the eligibility criteria listed above are invited to submit their publications via the survey at: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/68122257

The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2011 (extended from Feb 1, 2011).  For more information, please contact Angela Raasch at araasch@sfu.ca or 778-782-4084.

Food For Fines Campaign April 11 – 24

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Dig through those cupboards and save yourself some cash while helping those in need!

SFU Library’s “Food for Fines” campaign is happening at all three libraries. Bring in non-perishable food items and watch your fines disappear. Donated food goes to SFU Food Bank.

How it works:

  • A $2 fine waiver will be applied for each item donated to a maximum of $20 (10 items) per campaign.
  • Donated food must be non-perishable – suggested items include:
    • canned fruit
    • cereal
    • canned beans
    • juice/juice boxes
    • pasta
    • canned vegetables
    • children’s lunch snacks
  • 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.

For more information email loans-mgmt@sfu.ca

Presentation by John Willinsky – October 8, 2009 at 10am

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

On the occasion of this university awarding an honorary Doctor of Laws to John Willinsky at Fall Convocation, the Simon Fraser University Library is pleased to host a special presentation by this innovator in scholarly communication.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time: 10am – 11am
Place: Thesis Defence Room, Room 2020, 2nd Floor, WAC Bennett Library, Burnaby, BC
Cost: Free – drop-in


The Public Revolution in Scholarly Communication: A Presentation on the Public Knowledge Project

What does the open access movement’s transformation of scholarly publishing mean for the daily lives of faculty members, librarians, and students? How can the academic community support and provide wider public and scholarly access to scholarly research and publications via open access and other alternate publishing models? Are there ways for researchers, journal editors, and academic librarians to alter the democratic quality and contribution of scholarship in this changing environment for scholarly communications?

John Willinsky is currently on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Education and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education. He is also the founder and director of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a research and development initiative directed toward improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research. Through its partnership with the SFU Library, among others, PKP is responsible for the development and ongoing support of Open Journal Systems (OJS) that is used by some 3,000 online journals around the globe. He is one of the most eloquent champions of open access to research and the more general topic of scholarly communications. He has written numerous articles and monographs, and is much in demand as a speaker on these topics (most freely available at http://pkp.sfu.ca/publications).

Please join us in celebrating the university’s recognition of his contribution and for what is bound to be a thought-provoking presentation.


For further information contact:

Brian Owen, Associate University Library & PKP Associate
Tel: 778.782.7095
Email: brian_owen@sfu.ca