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A guide to KPU Library resources, services, and spaces for instructors

Summer 2023

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Summer 2023 Newsletter

New Guide to Artificial Intelligence

This new guide outlines how to responsibly and ethically navigate new AI technologies as they relate to academic integrity.

Click on the 'Teaching resources' tab above to learn more.

New Mural at KPU SurreyA large mural covers a wall at the library. On the mural is a portrait of Kat Norris and other images, including a drum, a feather, and a red hand.


A new mural at KPU Surrey recognizes activist Kat Norris. 

To read more, click the "Library Spaces" tab

KPU Library is now on Instagram

You can follow us @kpulibrary 

Click on the 'Library Services' tab above to learn more.

      Did you know you can borrow equipment

from the Library?    

We have everything from audio equipment, teaching equipment, presentation aids, and more!

For more information and a detailed list of what is available, click here.
Click on the 'Equipment' tab at the top of the page for more information. 

generic iphoneGet text message notifications from KPU Library

Want to get library reminders on your phone? Sign-up for text message notifications.

Click on the 'Library Services' tab above to learn how.

Follow us on Instagram @kpulibrary

KPU Library is officially on Instagram! You can visit our page here. Follow us to stay up to date with service announcements, upcoming events, library service highlights, and more. Stay tuned as we plan on posting quick guides to library services, citation questions, and highlight some frequently asked questions. 

KORA : Kwantlen Open Resource Access

KPU's institutional repository

KORA (Kwantlen Open Resource Access) is KPU’s institutional repository for collecting, preserving, and providing free online access to scholarly and creative materials created by the Kwantlen community.

Let the Library help you provide long-lasting access to your work!

For more information or to get the process started, please email

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  

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.

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. 

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.

New Mural at KPU Surrey

KPU Library Surrey is home to a new mural that stands around 25 feet tall and 10 feet. This mural was designed andA large mural covers a wall at the library. On the mural is a portrait of Kat Norris and other images, including a drum, a feather, and a red hand. created by KPU Arts Indigenous Artist-in-Residence Brandon Gabriel, Chicago-born aerosol artist Desi Mundo, and Chilean studio artist Pancho Pescador. The colourful mural celebrates activist Kat Norris and features landscapes and symbols such as a drum, a feather, and the peaks of the Ch'ich'iyúy Elxwíkn, also known as the two sisters in the Squamish language Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim), or the Lions. Themes of the mural include activism, environmentalism, and social justice for Indigenous peoples.

KPU Library Space refresh

KPU Library has updated some of our spaces. Come and check them out! At Surrey, the 1st floor common area and 3rd floor silent study area received brand new furniture and new pieces of artwork. On the 3rd floor, new study dividers are available so students can work in privacy. On the 1st floor, new lounge seating is comfortable and welcoming.

At Cloverdale and Langley, computer labs and study rooms received a paint refresh. A new decal wall at Langley adds brightness and colour to the Library Service Counter. Cloverdale’s χʷəχʷéy̓əm space is now complete and Cloverdale now has additional lounge seating in the library

A red divider surrounds a desk with a chair.Two desks with blue dividers. A round table sits in front of a yellow divider.  Surrey 3rd floor furniture. 

Updated Learning Zone Signs coming soon to all campuses

Picture of 2nd floor learning zone signageLearning zone floor sign with details on learning zonesImplemented in Surrey last year, our Learning Zone signage is now at all of our locations. The Learning Zones help users self select the learning environment they wish to study in.  

 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. This means students can choose to work in "Quiet", "Silent", or "Collaborative" spaces.

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

χʷəχʷéy̓əm Indigenous Collection space is now open at Surrey, Richmond, and Langley Campuses

Last year we opened our first χʷəχʷéy̓əm Indigenous Collection space at KPU Surrey. Now, in Spring 2023, we have opened χʷəχʷéy̓əm Indigenous Collection spaces at our Richmond and Langley campuses!

The collection, curated by Indigenous Engagement and Subject Liaison Librarian, Rachel Chong, aims to make Indigenous authors, history and culture more accessible, and the space itself features details that honour Indigenous knowledge, ways of thinking, and art. The collection features books, artwork, jewelry, clothing, and furniture. In the future, the collection will also feature QR code links to oral storytelling recordings by KPU Elder in Residence Lekeyten. The space includes 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 the opening of χʷəχʷéy̓əm at KPU Richmond, click here. 

New Guide to artificial intelligence

KPU Library’s new Artificial Intelligence Guide aims to help students navigate and use AI technology responsibly and ethically. In the guide, students can learn about artificial intelligence, including ChatGPT, and learn how AI can be used in a way that enhances learning and encourages critical thinking without compromising academic integrity. This guide, created by Librarian Ulrike Kestler, also overviews methods of critically evaluating content created by generative AI, outlines appropriate and inappropriate uses of AI, and demonstrates methods of citing and acknowledging the use of AI generated content.

Looking to book an Instruction session with a KPU Librarian?

We have a new Library Instruction Request form to fill out.

You can now request library instruction through our new Library Instruction Request form.

To use the form, we require at least 2 weeks notice for bookings. When your session is confirmed, you will be informed who your library instructor will be and any further correspondence can proceed directly between you and the librarian.

For more information on library instruction, please visit our KPU Instructional Services and Information Literacy guide.

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.

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.

Board and Card Game collection at Richmond Library

A library shelf filled with board games.Board and Card Game collection at Richmond Library Richmond Library now has a board and card game collection available. The aim of this collection is to provide students and other library users with the opportunity to check out games to use throughout the semester for stress relief and socialization. The games can be searched for in the library catalogue and include popular favourites like Catan, Battleship, chess, and more.

 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, now available at all of our locations.

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.

To learn more about the collection, visit here

Mergent Online

Level up your business research with the Library’s new subscription to Mergent Online, a key business information source! Mergent Online is best known for its extensive public company information, which includes:• overviews,

• history,

• executive profiles,

• ownership,

• competitors,

• stock pricing,

• financials,

and more.

But Mergent Online also has:

• business environment and risk reports on many countries worldwide,

• reports on many industries in the Americas and some other world regions.

• and extensive American economic indicators.

Try it out here!

Introducing JoVE

Videos for Science, Psychology, Health, and Statistics Students! 

Reinforce class learning and supplement print textbooks with a new collection of online videos. JoVE Videos are short, accessible videos that are closed captioned and have accompanying text and references. They are available for Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Clinical Skills, Psychology, Engineering, and Statistics!

  • JoVE Core Textbooks includes “video textbooks” for areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Statistics. See how they correlate to commercial and OA textbooks here.
  • JoVE Lab Manuals for Biology and Chemistry with video experiments
  • JoVE Clinical Skills includes procedures and protocols used in nursing and health care
  • JoVE Science Education has video experimental protocols used in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, and Engineering

To find out how to embed videos into Moodle and to find out how to match content to your outlines, see the Faculty Resource Center. Search for JoVE on the library’s research databases page for the complete list of subjects. Individual videos and their accompanying text are also searchable through Summon and the library catalogue.

Looking for rare, international primary sources? Check out the CRL!

KPU Library is now a member of the Center for Research Libraries! This consortium specializes in collecting rare, international primary-source materials and has built a substantial collection since its founding in 1949.

KPU Library now has online access to CRL’s digitized materials as well as the ability to borrow physical materials. Although all disciplines are represented, the CRL collection’s strengths are eclectic, representing the research being supported at the time the materials were purchased.

There are several ways to search CRL’s collection. Records for digital items have been loaded into KPU Library’s Summon search and the catalogue. Or, to search the full CRL collection, including physical materials, please use the link to the CRL Catalog in the Library’s Research Databases list. CRL’s Topic Guides provide descriptions of key source materials by discipline.

If time and funding permit, CRL staff may also be able to provide consultations to help KPU faculty to find and use CRL materials for their research and may even be able to locate and purchase additional materials that align with CRL’s collection mandate to support KPU research. For more information, please see the Library’s webpage about CRL Resources and Services. If you have questions or would like to contact CRL, please contact your KPU Liaison Librarian. .

Stay UpToDate on evidence-based medicine at the Library!

Stay UpToDate on evidence-based medicine at the Library! UpToDate is now available through the Library website! UpToDate is an industry-standard information source used extensively in the healthcare sector. It provides evidence-based information and recommendations to support clinical decision making at the point of care. It contains information on drugs, drug interactions, diseases and conditions, and patient education materials, and medical calculators. Individual user profiles are required to use UpToDate. Log in through the library website, and then create a user name and password to use this resource.

Did you know you can rent equipment from the Library?

We have everything from audio equipment, teaching equipment, presentation aids, and more!

For more information and a detailed list of what is available, click here. See below for some equipment highlights. 

Data Projector

The library has a variety of data projectors.  Contact the Equipment Desk to find out which type is best suited to your needs.

  • Event
  • Portable
  • Short throw


Portable Projection Screen

The Library has a variety of sizes and models:

  • Tripod
  • Pneumatic
  • Rear projection
  • Compact to Event size

Contact us to find one that meets your needs.

Document Cameras 

  • Use document cameras to project images or three dimensional still or moving objects. Some cameras can capture and save images with software installation. 

  • Training may be required: Contact the Equipment Desk.
  • Student and Employee use models, click here to book only these models:
    • Elmo MO-1
  • Employee use only models, available on first come, first served basis (not bookable):
    • Elmo MX-P
    • IPEVO V4K



White Noise Machine

  • Use this when you need help reducing background noise or need assistance with relaxation, sleeping or focus.
  • The Library has two different models available; inquire at any campus Library Equipment Desk.


And more! Visit our equipment guide for a full list of available equipment!