Access open textbooks
Are you interested in finding, using, or contributing to open education resources? The library has a section on our website dedicated to facilitating the use of open textbooks and other open education resources. Learn how to find and adopt open textbooks for your classes, assess the quality, and browse available titles.
You can also learn how to Write, Revise or Adapt an Open Textbook with Pressbooks, a book production software available to all faculty at BC post-secondary institutions through BCcampus.
Make your publications open and freely-available by submitting your work to KORA (Kwantlen Open Resource Access), a digital collection of scholarly and creative works produced by members of the KPU community. KORA is managed by the library and is a partner in Arca, BC's collaborative post-secondary digital repository. Visit kora.kpu.ca for more information or email KORA if you have any questions.
Library instruction = student success
In a 2017 study in the United States, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) found that, when comparing university students who received library information literacy instruction and those who did not, students who received library instruction achieved:
Help set up your students for success! You can contact the library to arrange for an instruction session to take place during your class time. We offer many different types of information literacy instruction including research methods for scholarly/peer reviewed journal articles, evaluating the difference between popular and scholarly online sources, and information on plagiarism and citation methods.
We also offer tours of the library and an introduction to the library’s website and its resources.
If you have questions regarding an instruction session at the library for your class, please contact your departmental liaison librarian.
You can also view more information and request a library instruction session through this form.
Greater Western Library Alliance. (2017). The Impact of Information Literacy Instruction on Student Success: A Multi-Institutional Investigation and Analysis. Retrieved from http://www.gwla.org/Home/Announcements/greaterwesternlibraryallianceissuestheimpactofinformationliteracyinstructiononstudentsuccessamulti-institutionalinvestigationandanalysis
Helpful library links for the start of a new term
Need library resources for your class this term? These links should help you navigate your needs.
Aren't those just for books?
DVDs, articles, and book chapters can all be put on course reserve. We can also place any items that are copyright cleared on e-reserve, like sample exams.
Need to book equipment for your classes or reserve a film? Our website will guide you through the request process and includes contact information if you need assistance.
What type of equipment does the library have?
Find a list, with photos and descriptions, of all the items available through our Equipment Services.
Tired of the hassle of tracking which student borrowed your department equipment? Let the library do it for you! We’re experts at loaning equipment and helping students manage their loans.
Last semester, the library helped physics instructors circulate their set of IOLab devices--handheld, data-gathering instruments used to conduct experiments. Instructors arranged the terms with us beforehand, told their students to come to the library to borrow, and we kept track of the devices!
Our friends at the Learning Centre have plenty planned for spring semester! The Learning Centre’s mission is to provide students with the skills and strategies they need to achieve learning excellence. Services are available on all four campuses, and students can sign up for a workshop, book a peer tutor, and more. Workshops include academic skills such as note taking, exam preparation strategies, and first steps for writing university essays. Please continue to refer students to the Learning Centre!
Information for Faculty: Schedule a workshop, find a resource, book a strategist, and more!
Learning Aids: Resources to encourage effective learning habits and study skills.
Workshops: Current listings of workshop offerings.
New resources at the library
Want to know what’s new at the library? We have a link in our catalogue to show you new acquisitions at the library. Just visit our catalogue and click on ‘New Books by KPU Dept’ or ‘New Books (All Departments)’ under the Library Info box.
We have several new electronic resources of note from the fall, including access to the database Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters. This resource features primary source documents illuminating the experience of European settlers and Indigenous Peoples in North America, Africa, and Australasia.
ArtStor also announced the addition of 170,000 new images on global cultures, including relevant resources for First Nations and Indigenous Studies.
New in 2018, we're subscribing to Statista, a major statistic portal integrating over 80 000 topics from 21 market sectors and 18000 sources which includes scientific publications and government sources. Statista provides access to current quantitative data on topics such as business, media/advertising, and emerging technologies and offers industry, country, and market reports.
Librarians and library employees are happy to assist you with your library and information needs. Don't know where to start? Want to know what resources are available for your subject area? Visit Ask a Librarian to contact us or view librarian reference hours.
Tell us what you think! We are always open to feedback on ways we can improve your experience at the library as well as your student's.
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