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KPU Library: News & Events

Current news and events for KPU Library

Fall Service Update

Continued Modified Library Service in Response to COVID-19

To protect the health of KPU students and employees:

  • Assistance is offered remotely by phone, text, email or chat.
  • All campus libraries remain open, but with reduced hours and limited capacity.
  • The only in-person service we are offering are pick-up appointments for library material, equipment or KPU Cards.
  • Appointments need to be made to return equipment at our Service Desks. Other library material, like books, can be returned using the Book Return bins. Most library material currently out on loan have extended due dates to December 17, 2020, except student laptops loaned in the summer. If you have borrowed library material, check My Account for your due dates. 

Please check our COVID-19 Response Guide for the most detailed and up-to-date information about library services during the pandemic.

If you need assistance or have a question, you can still chat, email, text or phone us to get in touch.

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time.

October 27, 2020

Check your library account begore registration

Registration begins November 16, 2020. Unpaid fines and/or overdue material can interfere with registering and withdrawing from courses. It may result in the withholding of transcripts, diplomas, certificates or citations and loss of library privileges.

Please check My Library Account often to ensure a trouble free registration. If you have any questions please contact the library via the form on Borrowing and Fine Questions, which is available from kpu.ca/library under Our Services. 

October 23, 2020

New Online Resources this Fall

We’re well into Fall semester, and the library would like to highlight some of the new resources we’ve added to our online collections.

  • Criterion-on-Demand: a feature-film platform specifically designed to provide streamed access to feature films relevant to post-secondary education and higher education. This resource includes over 1500 titles including French and other foreign language films, documentaries and new releases! 
  • Fairchild Interior Design Library: This resource provides access to some important interior design textbooks and related educational materials for our students in design. There are almost 70 textbooks to choose from and ranges from foundational to specialized content. 
  • JoVE Collection: JoVE Core and JoVE Lab Manuals features video format textbook and lab manuals in biology and chemistry. Searching this database for information on topics like photosynthesis or metabolism will garner results comprising of reference videos for knowledge building and research videos for inquiry. It also covers the same topics as Campbell Biology. Win! 
  • OverDrive: The newest addition to our online resources! OverDrive provides online access to certain ebooks and audiobooks. While our current collection is small, the addition of OverDrive allows us to add popular titles to our collection in different formats, including “So you want to talk about race?’ by Ijeoma Oluo, “The Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante, and Carmon and Knizhnik’s “Notorious RBG.”
  • PrepStep: PrepSTEP provides practice tests and other learning support materials for standardized tests such as NCLEX, IELTS, TOEFL, LSAT, MCAT, GRE, and the RCMP Aptitude Test. It also features general skill development in English, math, computer and college success skills. 
  • Vancouver Sun Archives: We already have access to Vancouver Sun articles from 2011 onward, but now we’ve added access to articles written as far back as 1912!

Many of these databases provides our students access to class materials, and we’re proud to help reduce textbook costs to our students. These resources help provide options for our instructors so they can offer students access to textbooks at zero cost. All of these databases are available to current KPU students, instructors and employees. 

The continued access to our online resources relies on usage and your feedback. Please let us know what you think! We’d be happy to hear about your experience with these resources and your online resource needs. Please use the form at https://kpu.libwizard.com/f/collectionsfeedback.

October 14, 2020

KPU Library's Strategic Plan 2021-2023: Call for feedback

Between now and October 27, we are gathering feedback from the KPU community on our upcoming Strategic Plan. We welcome your thoughts and insights, so please visit KPU Library Strategic Plan Feedback to view the document and provide feedback using the form. We look forward to hearing from you!

September 9, 2020

Now available from the library: A new open resource on academic integrity and a new badge

Academic Integrity cover Academic Integrity is an open resource with readings and interactive components that can be accessed online. 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. Instructors can assign this resource to students and integrate it into their own teaching. KPU instructors may also choose to ask students to earn an academic integrity recognition badge.

To encourage understanding and to ensure your students don’t skip reading the resource before doing the quizzes and earning the badge, we recommend integrating Academic Integrity into your own assignments and interactions with your students. It is a flexible resource (you can link to any part you want) and a great opportunity for content for discussion and reflection work!

To get a badge, KPU students are asked to read the first four parts of Academic Integrity and then answer the corresponding quizzes in the Academic Integrity Moodle course and submit an Academic Integrity Declaration. Once earned, the badge will appear on their Moodle profile.

There are also three optional, ungraded modules in Academic Integrity that introduce the main citations styles used at KPU: APA, MLA and Chicago. You can assign the modules individually, depending on what style you use in your course, as a course reading or task. These modules are not connected to the badge.

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

Questions? Contact Ulrike Kestler, LANC, EDST & Academic Integrity Liaison Librarian, KPU Library.

August 6, 2020

Student Laptop waitlist now open for fall semester

While our usual equipment lending services are suspended during COVID, we do have laptops available for KPU students to borrow for the fall semester. The waitlist is now open, and you can apply through the Laptop Request Form that is located on our main page. 

Please note, you have to be a KPU student and registered for fall courses.  Once a laptop is available for you, we will email you to arrange an appointment for pick-up. You must have a KPU Card to pick-up the laptop. Pick up appointments will commence August 24. For more information regarding Student Laptops, please visit Borrowing Equipment on our COVID-19 Response Guide. 

August 4, 2020

The challenge of purchasing e-textbooks for the library's collection 

As the library is busy preparing for the fall semester, we want to let our instructors and users know about the barriers academic libraries face while attempting to provide alternative access to our collections. It becomes especially apparent while trying to find solutions for course reserves, a service unavailable during COVID.  Read more about our E-Textbook Purchasing Challenges

July 10, 2020

KPU Reads is here! 

This year, KPU Reads is going online. The goal is to compile an epic summer reading list and have conversations about what you're currently reading! Check out our event page, KPU Reads, and tweet your reads using #KPUReads and #KPUKeepsConnected. Let's recommend  and talk about books!

July 8, 2020

New Service Announcement: Link.Scan.Open  

Introducing Link.Scan.Open!

We've brought together a number of library services, new and old, to facilitate our faculty and instructors' online teaching. The goal is to provide digitized access to the library's collection for KPU instructors and their students.

Using the form on Link.Scan.Open, instructors can request:

  • A direct LINK to an online article or book from the library's collection
    • a link or an embed code for streaming a video from the library's collection
  • SCAN  of an article or a chapter from a book from the library's collection
  • Help finding OPEN resources in your teaching area for your course site. 

In other words, LSO is a contactless service for KPU instructors to request accessible library material for their online classes.

Used to placing items on Course Reserve for your students? LSO replaces the Course Reserve process, which is currently unavailable due to COVID-19.

In all cases, copyright compliance is checked before any action is taken. What can be scanned? Things such as a chapter from a book (or up to 10% of a book), one article from a journal issue, or a newspaper article or page are all considered copyright compliant. Read more about Fair Dealing and copyright or send copyright questions to copyright@kpu.ca.

Do you have questions about this new service? Ask us!

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