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Library News for Instructors: Fall 2022

Welcome to Fall Semester!

This guide contains key information and updates about KPU Library's resources and services. 

Welcome to KPU Library: Faculty and Instructors   

Are you a new faculty member or instructor? Want a quick guide to the top services and resources at KPU Library? Check out our Welcome to KPU Library: Faculty and Instructors Guide. Here you will find information about library services and resources for research and instruction. This page is a great starting point for exploring what the library has to offer.

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KPU Faculty Picks for Diving into the Disciplines

Created with recommendations from faculty, this list contains the best books to recommend to someone curious about a discipline.  Have a recommendation? Let us know. 

Click on the 'Teaching Resources' tab above to read more.

photo of new χʷəχʷéy̓əm space at Surrey Campus LibraryVisit χʷəχʷéy̓əm at Surrey Campus Library

χʷəχʷéy̓əm means 'oral storytelling' and is a new Indigenous space and collection at Surrey Library

Click on the 'Library Space' tab above to read more.

KPU Faculty Picks for Diving into the Disciplines

KPU Faculty Picks for Diving into the Disciplines is a book list designed to introduce students to new fields of interest. Books on the list are chosen based on recommendations from ARTS faculty members and instructors. Faculty and instructors have selected these books because they believe them to be engaging, well-written, and accessible to people outside of the discipline. 

This list might help a student decide a major or be a source of inspiration. Materials on this list can also be suggested as further reading for students eager to learn more about a certain discipline.

We are still taking suggestions for Faculty Picks for Diving into the Disciplines. If you have recommendations to add to the list in your discipline, you are encouraged to contact Jennifer Williams at or Celia Brinkerhoff at

Screenshot of KPU Library video tutorials

Embed library video tutorials into your Moodle course site

Did you know we have video tutorials? 

Our librarians have created a series of video tutorials which cover a wide range of topics surrounding the research process and using the library. These topics include: understanding the peer review process, basic overviews on how to search the library catalogue, how to conduct background research searches, and tips on evaluating the quality of information sources.

These video tutorials can provide a foundation for students to improve their research, evaluation, and information literacy skills. These videos might be of particular use in courses involving the research process. To see what videos are available and to learn how to embed one into your Moodle site, visit this guide. You can also find these videos on Kaltura and our YouTube channel.  

Check out our Climate Emergency guide

Screen capture of KPU Library's new Climate Emergency GuideKPU Library has a new guide that addresses the Climate Emergency and issues such as climate anxiety and taking action.

This information guide is a great place to start to educate your students about the Climate Emergency; we've tried to make it interactive with a variety of resources, utilize openly accessible content where possible, and selected resources that are available to all. We've linked to resources about climate policy on the local level, climate science podcasts, and decolonization and climate justice.

This guide is appropriate for all levels of interest: whether or not you are new to the conversation or if you're a seasoned veteran, you'll find resources here to help further your knowledge on this important and timely topic.

We encourage instructors to share this with your students or even incorporate it into your lessons, and for students or individuals interested in the Climate Emergency to use this guide to help support your self-education.

Take a look at the Climate Emergency Guide, by KPU Librarians Celia Brinkerhoff and Allison Richardson. 

Need citation help? Check out our citation Guides

Cover image of Chicago Style Citations featuring an open book Citations can be tricky. KPU Library has a variety of resources to help you with all your citation needs, whether they be MLA, APA, Chicago, or another style. First, for a general guide, visit our Citation Styles guide

Here are our two newest citation resources:

Chicago Style Citations guide, authored by KPU Librarians Ulrike Kestler and Sigrid Kargut, is a tutorial that covers the importance of citations, elements of common source types, and how to create footnotes or endnotes and bibliographic citations based on the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition).

Chicago Style Citations is an open resource published using Pressbooks. This means instructors can easily share and incorporate content from this resource in their lessons. "Why do we cite?" and "What is a footnote or endnote?" are just two examples of topics that can be integrated in your class work or assignments. In addition to information and instruction on how to cite using the Chicago Manual of Style, there are also activities and exercises to help build citation skills. Chicago Style Citations can also be used as a reference resource.

The publication of this tutorial is the latest in this series of open resources on citation from KPU Library. APA Citations and MLA Citations are also available.


 MLA Style 101 is a new video-based course from the MLA. Direct from the Modern Language Association, KPU Library is pleased to announce that our subscription to the MLA Handbook now allows our users access to a new, 12 part, introductory course called MLA Style 101. The course features 9 videos to help you and your students learn about the core elements of citation using MLA style. Check it out! Visit MLA Handbook, 9th edition, and click on 'Courses' on the grey menu ribbon.

Library Instruction: What are your options?

Contact us anytime and ask!  

Check out our page, Library Instruction, for all of the available options. Librarians can help you and your students learn library research skills. We can show your students how to search for material, use the library, specific databases and resources, citation--and more! We have both synchronous and asynchronous options available.

Want to talk it out? Contact your Liaison Librarian and they can help you figure out the best way to meet you and your students' needs.  Liaison librarians can help you request materials and readings for your classes, help you access teaching resources specific to your discipline, and more!

Have your students earn an Academic Integrity Awareness Badge on Moodle

​Academic Integrity is an open resource from the library that can be easily integrated into your instruction and accessed online anytime. You can also have your students enroll in a corresponding Moodle course to earn a badge. Many instructors assign the course as an assignment alongside or prior to students' first paper of the term. The content is designed to help students understand the importance of adhering to academic integrity principles and raise their awareness around plagiarism, citation, quoting and paraphrasing, and KPU assistance in these areas.

Visit our Academic Integrity Moodle Course page to access this open resource and for the link for students to enroll to earn their badge.

Please note: With the recent shift of courses to a new Moodle site (, the Academic Integrity Recognition badge is not visible on student profiles on this new site. As the AI Tutorial will stay on the old Moodle site (, and as AI badges are tied to students’ profiles on the old site, they are not visible in their student profiles from the new Moodle site. This applies to badges earned previously as well as to new badges earned. To learn about the recommendations on how to ask for proof of completion from your students, visit the Academic Integrity Moodle Course page 

Questions? Ask Us or email Ulrike Kestler, EDST, LANC & Academic Integrity Liaison Librarian. 

Help your students learn how to research

Assign all - or parts - of our interactive information literacy tutorial

The Library's Doing Research: A Student's Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources has four modules: 

  1. Get Started on your Research 
  2. Recognize Types of Information
  3. Develop your Research Strategy
  4. Evaluate your Sources

Every module should take approximately 20 minutes to complete and consists of written text, video, interactive H5P, activities and a short quiz (linked through your Moodle site) that will be graded.

These modules roughly follow the research process, so you can assign one or more of them to your students depending on the class/assignment requirements at any particular point in the course. We have instructions for embedding the modules, or component parts, into Moodle.

If you have questions about this tutorial or have trouble integrating it into your courses, please contact Celia at  

This tutorial is a great alternative to our in-person library research sessions, if you need a remote option. Want to know your options? Contact Your Librarian.

Get text message notifications from KPU Library

black iphoneYou can now receive KPU Library notifications by text message. This optional service includes overdue, hold, and bill notifications and will be in addition to your traditional email notifications.

To sign up for text notifications, visit  My Library Account, log in, and enable SMS notification under the 'Personal Information'. Step-by-step instructions can be found on My Library Account.

Please note if a cardholder opts in to receiving SMS (text) messages regarding their Library account, the cardholder is aware that messages and data rates may apply and their phone number and KPU Library SMS message content will be disclosed and stored temporarily outside Canada. For more information on how the Library collects and manages personal information, please see  

In-Person Reference Services are available   

In-person reference services are back.  Visit any of our KPU Library locations to stop by the reference desk and talk to a librarian face-to-face. Librarians will be happy to assist you with research and citations, help you find resources for your classes, and get you in contact with your Liaison Librarian

Click here to see our Library  hours. Alternatively, you can ask us a question virtually. 

Zoom a Librarian returns October 18

Screen capture of KPU Library front page with 'Zoom a Librarian' link highlightedOn October 18, our one-on-one online help returns.

Zoom A Librarian is like our virtual office hours--students (or you!) can drop into our Zoom waiting room and you can speak with a KPU Librarian, one-on-one. 

Visit Zoom a Librarian.

While you wait for Zoom a Librarian to return, you can visit our Ask Us page for help. Alternatively, you can drop by in-person to meet with a librarian face-to-face at any of our campus libraries. 

Did you know? Students can make appointments with their Liaison Librarian

Our Liaison Librarians provide one-on-one help through various contact options for students.

We encourage you to let your students know that they have a Liaison Librarian! Liaison Librarians are experts in their subject areas and can help students learn how to research in their area of study and navigate the resources available to them. Students can locate their Liaison Librarian and contact options at Contact Your Librarian.

Your Liaison Librarian also welcomes being contacted by YOU! You can discuss your library instruction needs or even just drop a line to say hello. We want to hear from you!

Have a general question about the library, research, or citations? You or your students can use our virtual chat reference service, AskAway, and get an answer right away! AskAway reopens for fall semester on September 19.

KPU Card creation starts ONLINE

A rendering of a KPU Card with a photo of Carlos the CatThe process to create your KPU Card begins when you submit your photo to us online. 

Continuing our streamlined process from our pandemic procedures, we no longer take your picture and process your KPU card 'on the spot'.

Here's how to get your KPU Card from the library:

  • Step 1: Apply online with a photo at The KPU Card. The library will email you once your KPU Card is ready. It can sometimes take a few days.​
  • Step 2: Visit the campus library you selected as your pick-up location once you receive email confirmation your KPU Card is ready. Make sure to bring government issued photo ID. You MUST wait for email confirmation that your card is ready!

We also ask that if you require students to have their KPU card for exams, to let your students know ahead of time, to give them time to apply and pick up their card. The process for students to create their KPU card is the same as outlined above. 

Course Reserves vs. Link.Scan.Open: two options for course material 

Designating library material as a Course Reserve means that we limit the loan period of an item in our collection so it is available to a greater amount of students during the semester. This is often done for items that are part of your course readings or needed for class assignments or for reference.  However, Link.Scan.Open provides online, accessible readings to all your students rather than limiting access to one copy of a book. Your students will thank you!

Visit Course Reserves for Faculty to request to place an item on course reserve.

Visit Link.Scan.Open to request a link, PDF (within Fair Dealing), or open resource for class readings. 

We welcome students' research & citation questions

Get help from librarians when you need it! 

Many students prefer chatting with a librarian through AskAway as they can access help at point-of-need: during their researching or while writing/citing assignments online.

If your students need research or citation help, you can refer them to the Library's Ask Us  page (where they can choose to chat, email or text us).

Or you can embed our AskAway chat widget right into your Moodle site.

Be Open to the Possibilities

OPUS can help with your online teaching and your scholarly publishing

The Library's Open Publishing Suite of services can help you:

  • Create and adapt accessible open textbooks
  • Create an eJournal where students can submit papers/assignments while participating in the Peer Review process online
  • Search & discover the best OER for your teaching needs

Learn more at Library Support for Open Education.

 Visit the χʷəχʷéy̓əm Collection

χʷəχʷéy̓əm collection sits on a round library shelfχʷəχʷéy̓əm collection sits on a round library shelfχʷəχʷéy̓əm collection sits on a round library shelfThe χʷəχʷéy̓əm Collection is part of KPU Library’s new Indigenous resource space. To read more about the opening of the space, click here.  

The χʷəχʷéy̓əm Collection contains materials written by Indigenous authors. These materials are classified in a localized version of the Brian Deer Indigenous Classification system. This classification system was developed by Brian Deer, a Kahnawake Mohawk Librarian, and focuses on classification based on Indigenous ways of knowing and relating to the world. The version used in the The χʷəχʷéy̓əm Collection has been updated by Metis Librarian Ashley Edwards.

Visit the The χʷəχʷéy̓əm Collection and space at KPU Surrey Library.

New business resource to help students transition to the workplace

Screenshot of Sage Skills: BusinessSAGE Skills: Business is an interactive resource that helps users develop business skills. Its aim is to help students transition from university to the workplace.

This resource currently covers five modules: Data analytics, entrepreneurship, leadership, organizational communication, and professionalism. There are different types of interactive content, ranging from self-assessments, scenarios, downloadable data, written overviews, and videos. 

This resource is for all students, not just Business students and is a great way to help prepare students for the modern workplace. 

Check out our new books! 

Library display with around 15 books of various sizes and topicsKPU Library's collection is always being updated. Visit any of our Libraries to see our New Books displays, including new books by KPU authors!

Check these books out and enjoy your reading. 

New resource alert! Explore 125+ years of digital historical B.C. newspapers

Pictures of historical newpapers on a blue background below the text Access Available to 125+ Years of B.C. Historical NewspapersExplore 125+ years of digital news archives from 3 of B.C,'s oldest newspapers: The Province, The Times-Colonist, and The Vancouver Sun.

With the B.C. Historical Newspaper Collection, users can now access three historical newspaper archives from the ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection. This collection includes news, editorials, ads and images from the Vancouver Sun (1912-2010), the Times-Colonist (1884-2010) and The Province (1894-2010).  Newspapers provide important content and perspectives for unique insights including Indigenous history, local industry news, and regional stories.  

Access to this collection is in addition to our existing historical newspaper subscriptions , which includes access to the Vancouver Sun historical archives, which covers the years 1912 to 3 months ago, and the Globe and Mail: ProQuest Historical Newspapers, which covers the years 1844 to three years ago.

To access historical newspaper collections at KPU Library, visit A-Z Databases: Newspaper Articles : Historical 

Access to the B.C. Historical Newspaper Collection has been made possible thanks to the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN), the BC Libraries Cooperative, and Focused Education Resources.  

Library Collection Update Highlights

Here are some databases we have added or increased access to in the past couple of semesters:

The library can help you make your course ZTC!

When you assign licensed library material for your class readings, it counts towards making a course ZTC and it saves your students money!

Contact your liaison librarian to identify resources in our collections that can be accessed by your students for course readings.  In addition, some of the licenses can be a bit complicated and we want to ensure you and your students will have access for the semester (see below). 

Check out our libguide for more info, ZTC Ready

A Note on eBooks as Textbooks

Looking for an ebook to use as a textbook? While we try our hardest to provide online access to e-textbooks, there are some barriers that academic libraries face, often from publishers, when trying to provide access to certain texts online. Even if we already have it in our collection, there may be restrictions regarding the number of simultaneous users or the amount of downloads, for example. Please contact Jen Adams, Acquisitions & Collections Assessment Librarian, if you have a question about an ebook you’d like to assign to your course.

Visit χʷəχʷéy̓əm at Surrey Campus Library

χʷəχʷéy̓əm means 'oral storytelling' and is an Indigenous space and collection at Surrey Library 

photo of new χʷəχʷéy̓əm space at Surrey Campus Libraryχʷəχʷéy̓əm is a new Indigenous space and collection that opened at our Surrey campus library this spring. It is on the ground floor of the library, across from our Research Help Desk.

The collection and space is called χʷəχʷéy̓əm – oral storytelling in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language -- and was developed by Rachel Chong, our Indigenous Engagement and Subject Liaison Librarian. The collection features works by Indigenous authors, and χʷəχʷéy̓əm was designed to make Indigenous culture and history accessible. Featured elements include circular shelves, display cabinets for Indigenous art, and seating upholstered in a custom design by Metis artist and Wilson School of Design graduate, Jennifer Lamont.

To read more about this space, please visit the Today@ post, χʷəχʷéy̓əm opens at KPU Surrey.  You can also visit χʷəχʷéy̓əm Indigenous Collection to learn more bout the space and collection. 

Questions? Ask us or contact Rachel Chong, Indigenous Engagement and Subject Liaison Librarian. 

Updated Learning Zone Signs at Surrey Campus Library

Picture of 2nd floor learning zone signageLearning zone floor sign with details on learning zonesFloor 1 Collaborative Learning Zone signAfter four years of temporary signage, KPU Library was pleased to install updated, permanent Learning Zone signage with the help of KPU Marketing and Facilities and funding from the Post-Pandemic Initiatives Fund. The Learning Zones at Surrey Campus Library help users self select the learning environment they wish to study in. 

Surrey campus library is a primary hub for students to study, gather and collaborate. Student space at the library spans three floors, and there are a diverse set of needs and expectations from our students. Some need to collaborate with their peers, some need a quiet place to study. With more students returning to campus, we recognized the need to prioritize our students' needs and use of space. The goal of this project was to improve student experience and use of library space by visually establishing zones and optimizing the space. We've simplified the zones, extending them to encompass each of our three floors. Providing official and clear structure for appropriate levels of noise and interaction allows our users to self-select and self-regulate their behavior. The result is a shared, harmonious space that reflects the diverse needs and expectations of students.

The signs for our Learning Zones features an eagle design by KPU graduate Roxanne Charles of Semiahmoo First Nation.

Stay tuned for information about signage updates in our Langley and Richmond Libraries.