Media Resources for Indigenization

Over the past year the Langara Library has been working to acquire more resources in the media collection to help support instructors who are working to Indigenize their course content across all subjects. We have tried in particular to emphasize works that are not only about First Nations people and issues but created and distributed by First Nations people. Feel free to explore the following streaming collections and series, and get in touch with the media collection team ( if you have any questions or suggestions!

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Library Server Domain Name Changes – Brightspace Pages May Need Editing

The Library recently moved its Catalog server and Ezproxy server from the domain to the domain. Ezproxy is the part of our system that allows students and employees to continue to access full-text, subscription databases even when they are away from campus.

One consequence of this move is that we have changed the URLs that refer to these servers. Many thousands of URLs that are under the Library’s control have already been updated, but there may be other links that are embedded in Brightspace or other web pages that are out of our control. We need your help to ensure that all links are corrected. While old format URLs are still working today, they will no longer work after the end of August 2020 (note: extended from end of 2019).

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Changes to Safari e-books access method

The access method of the Safari Books Online e-book series has been changed to Langara federated login. One result of this change is the URL links of individual e-book titles have been updated to point to the new login method. Please find out the new links by searching the e-book titles in the online catalogue. For instructors, if you have any links to Safari e-books in your Brightspace courses, you will need to update the URLs. Please contact your subject librarian if you have any questions.

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Streamlining access to Open Access content with Unpaywall

At the end of May, Langara Library started using Unpaywall to make it easier for our users to find Open Access content. This is material that is freely available for all to use, but finding it can sometimes be difficult. Unpaywall harvests Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, making it easy to find and use. We’ve enabled to Unpaywall API in our link resolver (the Get Full Article link you sometimes see in your search results Langara L image with the text Get Full Article) and if Unpaywall finds an Open Access version of the article you’re looking for, it will provide a link.

Image of the Unpaywall button on the link resolver screen

This should make it easier for our users to find open access copies of articles. Contact the library if you have any questions or want to know more about Open Access!

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Research and Writing Coach-In

The Writing Centre, and the Library and Learning Commons are pleased to offer three research and writing clinics for students during this summer semester.  Help us promote and spread the word to your students.  Please feel welcome to share the followingdetails with your students:


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 coffee 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. Group projects are welcome.

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


  • May 21 Tues. 3:30 -5:30 pm
  • June 18 Tues. 3:30 -5:30 pm
  • July 23 Tues. 3:30 -5:30 pm
  • 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

For more info, contact Joyce Wong local: 5047

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Changes to Kanopy streaming access

Effective May 1 2019, Langara Library will transition to a limited access model, or mediated mode, for the Kanopy streaming film platform.

We recognize that streaming videos have become an increasingly important resource for courses over the past several years, and that Kanopy in particular is an awesome resource, unparalleled in content and user experience. However, due to the increasing costs of the service, which have doubled in the past year and are no longer sustainable, the library can no longer provide unlimited access.

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New Library Resource: IBISWorld

Langara has added a new business information resource to its collection: IBISWorld.

IBISWorld is Canada’s most comprehensive collection of industry market research and industry risk ratings. It contains business reports in five categories: industry market research, industry risk ratings, company research, global industry research, and economic and demographic data for Canadian and US industries.

For more information on IBISWorld or other library resources, contact your subject librarian.

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Book Library Workshops Now! – Summer 2019

Summer term is fast approaching! Book library instruction now to ensure that we are able to help your students do their best on research projects.

A few announcements for Summer 2019 in regards to library instruction:

  • L108 Teaching Lab Unavailable – Due to the closure of the T Building, the library is hosting RES staff in our L108 teaching lab. We are working to secure another teaching space, but please book early so that we can prepare.
  • Student Mark Lookup – We have recently made it possible for students to check their own marks by logging into their MyLibrary Account. This login page is available from the navigation menu on the library homepage or by accessing this link:
  • Online Assignment Guides – The library is excited to announce that we will soon move to a new service to host our online assignment guides. You will shortly have the ability to embed your guide directly into your Brightspace course!

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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 Tyron Tsui, instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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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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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