New Library Collection: SAGE Premier

Langara Library takes an evidence-based approach to collection development. One way this works is that we look at data such as interlibrary loan requests and turnaway reports to show us what resources our users are seeking out that we are currently unable to provide. A turnaway is when someone tries to access a full text article but can’t because we don’t have a subscription. An interlibrary loan request is when a user tells us they need a particular book or article, and we then go to another library to get a copy of that item for them.

We’ve seen significant increases to our interlibrary loan requests over the last five years. In 2015, based on these requests, the Library added two large journal collections: the Wiley Online Library and the Taylor and Francis Social Sciences and Humanities Collection. This year we’ve added another collection, SAGE Premier, based on those high interlibrary loan numbers and turnaways — more than 1800 turnaways in the first half of 2018!

SAGE Premier is a collection of over 1000 full text peer-reviewed journals from SAGE Publications across a variety of disciplines, including the sciences, humanities, social sciences, business, and nursing. You can access SAGE Premier on campus and off-campus at the following link:

Some of the highly requested journals from SAGE are:

As with all our collection additions, we would love to hear your feedback! Please send any comments to your subject librarian or Emma Lawson, Coordinator of Collection Development.

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Open Champions

In 2019 we’re continuing to highlight the hard work of Langara’s Open Champions – instructors and staff who work with Open Education Resources (OER) on campus.

Today’s Open Champion is Julian Prior, Educational Technology Advisor.

An Open Champion is someone who advocates for Open sources at Langara. Open sources include Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER). They are publicly accessible, free to use resources that can make course materials more affordable for students without compromising the quality of the resource. Instructors can also modify and adapt OER to meet their specific needs. We’ll be posting about Langara’s Open Champions over the next few months. Continue reading

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Research and Writing Coach-in for Students

The Library and Writing Centre, in collaboration, are offering monthly Research and Writing Clinics for students this semester.  Please help us promote and share this event with your students.  In post-surveys of these workshops, faculty referral has proven traction with students.

Here are a poster and a powerpoint slide for sharing with students:   Poster    |  Powerpoint Slide

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Wong (librarian) or Toby Chernoff (Writing Centre Coordinator)


Research and Writing Coach-in

Don’t work alone with your essay or writing assignment.  Join us for free research and writing clinics once a month in the Library.

Librarians and writing tutors will be available during the clinics to offer individual help with research, writing and citation for all subjects.  There’ll be also plenty of coffee, hot chocolate and snacks to keep you going.

Drop-in anytime during the clinic (no need to register).  Just bring your assignment and any notes or drafts you’ve completed.

Where: Writing and Tutoring Centre (1st floor of the Library)


  • Feb. 26 Tues. 3-5 pm
  • March 19 Tues. 3-5pm
  • Text “coach-in” to 604-670-6866 to get a reminder message with all the dates

Remember, too, that the Writing Centre and the Library’s Ask a Librarian Service offer regular drop-in and online help. See schedule: Writing Centre – Ask a Librarian

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Growing Open at Langara

Mark your calendars for Open Langara’s Wine & Cheese event!

Join us on March 6, 2019 as we celebrate our colleagues who are leading the way with open educational resources (OER) at Langara . Enjoy a glass of wine while you learn about student perspectives on OER and chat with fellow instructors who are using OER in their courses.

Not currently using OER in your classroom? Come by anyway! All faculty are invited to celebrate. Stop by for food, wine, and amazing door prizes.

Event details:

Date: March 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Science & Technology Gallery (T Gallery)
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Open Langara Wine & Cheese  

Questions? Contact Open Langara at

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Time to Book Library Instruction – Spring 2019

We’re all looking forward to a well deserved break, but if you’re already thinking about class planning for the January term, consider adding library instruction to get your students set up for research and citation success!

At the library, we offer a suite of online tutorials and the opportunity for in-person library instruction that is catered to your specific research assignment.

To learn more about the library instruction options, please contact your subject librarian or continue to read below.

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Earn $500: Review an open textbook today!

Open Langara has partnered with BCcampus to offer Langara instructors a $500 honorarium to review a textbook in the BCcampus Open Textbook Collection.

For those unfamiliar with the BCcampus Open Textbook Initiative, the aim is to “make higher education more accessible by reducing student cost through the use of openly licensed textbooks” (BCcampus). Since 2013, Langara instructors have saved students over $500,000 by adopting free, open textbooks and other open educational resources.

Currently, BCcampus offers $250 for a textbook review, but for a limited time Open Langara will match that amount for a total of $500.

Instructors do not have to be using a free, open textbook to be eligible for the honorarium. We encourage all to apply.
Interested? There are a limited number of spots available, so apply today.

More details below.

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Open but not Free: Invisible Labour in Open Scholarship

To celebrate Open Access week (October 22-26), the Open Langara Advisory Committee is co-sponsoring a panel event discussing invisible labour in open scholarship.

The event will take place during the evening of Wednesday, October 24 at SFU Harbour Centre. A reception with light refreshments will precede the panel discussion and questions. Continue reading

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2017/18 Langara Library and Learning Commons Annual Report

The 2017/18 Library & Learning Commons Annual Report (April 2017 -March 2018) is now available to read here.

The Library & Learning Commons continues to be more active and dynamic than ever, shattering records in many areas:

  • number of information literacy classes taught (878), students instructed (21,940), and teaching hours logged (647)
  • number of questions answered by library staff (60,051)
  • number of visitors to the Library (773,262) and bookings of library spaces (18,547 hours)
  • Writing & Subject Tutoring visits (7,979) and WriteAway submissions (613)

The Library also tackled many collaborative initiatives and launched new and exciting projects in 2017/18.

Read the full report to catch up on these highlights and more.

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Decolonizing the Library Catalog

In 2016 the Musqueam First Nation, on whose unceded traditional territory Langara is located, gave Langara a Musqueam name that means house of teachings. As part of Langara’s commitment to strengthen the connections between the Musqueam people and the College, our librarians began thinking about ways the library can better participate in decolonization by acknowledging the history of colonization and resituating the traditions and values of indigenous peoples outside of a colonial ideology. Similarly, across Canada, librarians have begun wrestling with a colonial legacy that exists in our collections and catalogs.

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Copyright start-of-semester reminder

September has officially arrived and with it a new school year. A friendly reminder that members of the Langara community are required to adhere to the Canadian Copyright Act and the College’s copyright policies.

Fair dealing and educational exceptions in the Act afford students and instructors a suite of special allowances for educational purposes. These are outlined on Langara’s copyright website and the Copyright Office’s new Brightspace/D2L tutorial, Copyright for Instructors

Have questions about copyright? Continue reading

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