Monday, November 26, 2007
While it might seem cruel [note from editor: it is cruel] to remind people in Saskatchewan in
late November of what Rome can be like in the Summer, this promises to be a highly entertaining and inspiring presentation. Everyone welcome.
Friday, November 23, 2007
For one thing, the library continues to roll out new offerings on a permanent or trial basis: you can see what's new for yourself at http://library.usask.ca:9003/eresources/archives/current_trials.html#001394#more
Don't forget to check out the History subject page in the library catalogue, which pulls links to most of the main electronic sources under one roof. When you click on the History link, it opens by default to the options for finding journal articles. https://library.usask.ca/subject/hist/articles
To see the offerings under books, click on the "Books & Theses" tab near the top of that page, and scroll down to check the options for "eBooks". You might get lucky and find just the tome you need, in its full searchable entirety.
One potentially useful option not presented on the library page is the University of California Press, a leading academic publisher that makes a surprising number of its books free to the universe via their "eScholarship Editions" web portal at http://content.cdlib.org/escholarship/
You can click on "View Public Titles" under the search box to filter out books that are not available for free. Note that the default for the simple search box on their site is a title search, so don't be surprised if your author search gathers zilch first time. Click here to see one especially useful book they offer free to everyone.
And don't forget that you can find amazing things at Google Books Search (not to be confused with a regular Google search), and Live Search Books. Both sites offer tens if not hundreds of thousands of out-of-copyright (but often still state-of-the-art) books that can be read and downloaded freely, and both sites also allow you the option of searching their entire holdings by keyword or a key phrase. That's a revolution. Both, and especially Live Search Books, offer access to significant portions of some brand new books, as well: don't assume that you won't find anything new there. Both sites are particularly valuable for finding 19th and early 20th century editions of earlier works, including diaries and editions of letters or public records that were never published in any other edition.
For the duration of the CUPE strike, no loans (that is: check-out, interlibrary loans, laptop lending) are available at University Library branches.
However, through arrangements between the University and the USSU, photocopying in all University Library branches will be free to students while loan services are unavailable.
Photocopiers are also available in the Reserve areas of each branch library for copying Reserve materials. Also, a DVD/video player is now available in the Murray Library Reserve area for viewing DVDs and videos on Reserve in Murray while these items are not available for loan.
Fines have been suspended for the duration of the CUPE strike. However, books can be returned--if you do not need them, return them so others can use them in the Library. This also applies to Interlibrary Loan materials. Books that have been returned are being reshelved.
Although the STM Library Catalogue has been integrated with the U. of S. Library Catalogue, the STM Library is independent. Books can be borrowed from STM Library.
There are other collections on campus that are also independent. See "other Library Catalogues" on the Library's web site.
Note that books borrowed from STM or other campus libraries do need to be returned when due.The Library's Electronic resources continue to be available as normal through the Library’s website.Reference service remains available in Murray Library in most of the other branches when they are open. The AskUS Live (IM) (https://library.usask.ca/uask) services are available as normal.Library hours are continually being revised, please see the website before making a trip to campus.
Allison Fairbairn, events coordinator at Saskatoon’s McNally Robinson bookstore, said, “Bill Waiser has the remarkable ability to choose topics that resonate deeply with prairie readers, and to make history both readable and immensely enjoyable. At McNally Robinson we know that a new book by Bill will be an instant bestseller.” The Saskatchewan Books Awards are now in their fifteenth year. The awards gala will take place at Regina’s Conexus Arts Centre on November 24. Good luck, Bill!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
HUSA/HISTORY MOVIE NIGHT!