Online library resources for faculty and staff

Did you know that the Langara Library’s vast collection of online resources is available to Langara employees? Keep up to date on the news, engage in professional development, or just relax with an e-book or feature film, all from the comfort of home. All online resources are available off-campus once you log in with your Langara ID and password.

Journals and newspapers:

Create an account using your email address and you will be able to access Chronicle content from anywhere when you log in. More details on Chronicle access can be found on the Library Central blog.

Keep up with the news using Canadian Major Dailies, a database containing many Canadian newspapers including the Globe and Mail and the Vancouver Sun.

E-book collections:

While you can still request print books for pickup from the library, you can also search e-books on the library homepage or browse one of our main e-book collections:

Streaming videos:

Want to watch something not on Netflix? You can search for streaming media on the library homepage or browse within our major streaming collections.

Audio Cine Films and Criterion on Demand in particular have great feature film content, while the NFB has lots of fantastic Canadian documentaries and other films.

Online learning:

Langara also has access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly, which offers training on topics such as software, technology, business, and creative skills. When you click to “sign in”, you will have the option to sign in with your organization’s account. Select this and log in with your Federated ID and password.

Many of our vendor partners have also provided free access to their resources during the COVID-19 pandemic; take a look at the Library website for more information.

If you need assistance accessing library resources or have any questions, please contact the library!

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Videos expiring from Criterion on Demand

A number of videos will expire from Criterion on Demand in the coming months (up through 2025). If you use videos from Criterion on Demand in your teaching, please look through the following list of titles to ensure your curriculum won’t be affected by these future title deletions. If you are using a title from this list, please contact so the library can find a replacement.

Title Expriry Date
Sea Inside 2020-03-31
Fatherland 2020-03-31
Proposition 2020-07-14
Dead Man 2020-09-19
Adjuster 2020-09-22
Live and Become 2020-09-27
Salt Water Moose 2020-09-30
Starting Out in the Evening 2020-12-31
Hard Candy 2021-01-29
Last Godfather 2021-03-13
Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2021-05-06
Gordy 2021-06-30
Sling Blade 2021-09-08
Messenger 2021-11-14
Cove 2021-12-07
Ground Truth 2021-12-25
Spellbound 2022-03-14
Nowhere Boy 2022-05-01
Tempest 2022-06-16
Lake of Fire 2022-06-21
Sweet Hereafter 2022-07-16
My Winnipeg 2022-09-03
Hairspray 2022-09-30
Global Metal 2022-09-30
Biutiful 2022-10-30
Event 2022-11-29
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 2022-12-06
Intacto 2022-12-12
Unzipped 2022-12-30
Rendition 2022-12-31
Tree of Life 2023-03-15
Meet the Browns 2023-03-20
eXistenZ 2023-03-31
Visitor 2023-04-10
Run, Fatboy, Run 2023-05-31
Clerks II 2023-07-20
Burn After Reading 2023-12-11
Milk 2024-02-25
I Am David 2024-06-14
Delta Farce 2024-06-23
Felicia’s Journey 2024-06-30
Sin Nombre 2024-07-02
Surviving Progress 2024-07-14
Paper Heart 2024-08-06
Away We Go 2024-09-11
Pandorum 2024-09-24
Capitalism: A Love Story 2024-10-01
I’m Not There 2024-11-20
Taking Woodstock 2024-11-27
Good Hair 2024-12-07
Woodsman 2024-12-25
Time Traveller’s Wife 2024-12-31
Pirate Radio 2025-02-12
Brighton Rock 2025-04-25
Winter’s Bone 2025-05-07
Greenberg 2025-06-25
Skyline 2025-07-20
Negotiator 2025-08-24
Our Idiot Brother 2025-08-25
Jack Goes Boating 2025-09-23
Kids are Alright 2025-10-08
Descent 2025-10-19
Left-Hand Side of the Fridge 2025-11-17
Faster 2025-11-23


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Expanded collections in response to COVID-19 and the transition to remote teaching

Many of our library vendors have temporarily expanded access to their collections as many institutions are moving to online learning in response to COVID-19.

ProQuest Ebook Central:
Single-user and three-user licenses from 50 participating publishers will automatically convert to unlimited access until mid-June.

JoVE is providing free access to all of their Science Education video content until June 15. You must go through the library link above in order to access this content. Subject areas include biology, physics, chemistry, clinical skills, environmental sciences, and psychology.

Kanopy is providing a small collection of films for free until April 12: title list.

Starting March 16, all selections from The Great Courses collection will be freely available for the next four weeks.

Annual Reviews:
Temporarily opening up all of their journals.

Cambridge University Press textbooks:
All 700 textbooks published and currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core are freely available until the end of May 2020.
Update: “Due to performance issues caused by unprecedented demand and reported misuse, we have had to temporarily remove the free access to textbooks. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and are working to address these concerns to reinstate free access as soon as possible.”

Cambridge Core:
Langara has access to the full Cambridge Companions Online, Cambridge Histories Online, and Cambridge Elements until May 31st.

Gale In Context:
Gale is providing access to their database of “interdisciplinary content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.”

University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection
Starting March 20, University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read until the end of April 2020. This includes 1,150+ scholarly titles.

Project MUSE books and journals
Several publishers are making their content free on Project MUSE. This content will be marked with a “Free” icon. When searching in Project MUSE, limit your search to “Only content I have access to.” This will include the Free content as well as Open Access content.

JSTOR is providing expanded access to subscribers and activating all unlicensed Archive and Primary Source collections until June 30, 2020.

University of California Press journals
Free access to their scholarly journals until June 2020.

Bloomsbury Collections
DRM free, unlimited concurrent user access eBook platform with over 9,000 titles. Available until May 31.

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts
Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts combines visual inspiration with practical advice on everything from idea generation and research techniques to portfolio development – making this the ultimate guide to a visual arts education. Available until May 31.

Bloomsbury Architecture Library
Bloomsbury Architecture Library is a leading digital resource for the study of architecture, urbanism, and interior design. Available until May 31.

Bloomsbury Design Library
Bloomsbury Design Library provides cutting-edge scholarly coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day. It offers an expanding range of authoritative reference and book content, alongside a rich selection of museum object images, which are fully searchable and underpinned by an intuitive taxonomy for seamless navigation. Available until May 31.

Bloomsbury Cultural History
Bloomsbury Cultural History is an extraordinary, fully cross-searchable digital resource that engages with culture throughout the ages from antiquity to modernity. Thanks to its interdisciplinary nature and ever-expanding collections, this unique digital reference tool promises to be an essential resource on many courses from cultural studies and sociology to history and anthropology. Available until May 31.

Bloomsbury Food Library
Bloomsbury Food Library is a growing and vibrant digital resource. Home to the widest-ranging existing collection of food studies content it reflects the interdisciplinary nature of this growing subject, making it an essential resource for students, researchers, and scholars studying food, on courses as wide-ranging as history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, human geography, sustainability, agriculture, culinary arts, literary studies, political science, and development studies. Available until May 31.

Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
A digital platform offering systematic and comprehensive coverage of education and childhood studies around the world. Using highly structured and original content, users can easily study and compare countries through six key education levels: early childhood education, childhood, youth, primary education, secondary education, and higher education. Combined with existing eBooks, articles, and helpful research tools, students can study and build an understanding of education systems, policies, and the nature of childhood and youth experience in different countries throughout the world. Available until May 31.

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers
This encyclopedia features thousands of critical biographical entries on individuals who have contributed to the history of thought and philosophy. Available until May 31.

MIT Press Direct ebook collection
MIT Press Direct is a scholarly ebook collection. Key subject areas covered include art and architecture, biomedical sciences, business and finance, computer science, cognitive science, design, education, environment, game studies, humanities, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, new media, philosophy, and social sciences. Available until May 31.

Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It is being made temporarily available to everyone in the world.

SAGE Video
SAGE Video showcases highly relevant educational video across key social science disciplines. Each collection includes a breadth of video types to support diverse research and learning needs. All videos are fully citable with searchable transcripts, custom clip creation and embedding. Available until June 23.

SAGE Knowledge
SAGE Knowledge is home to an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content including reference works, academic books, professional development titles and more. This cross-media platform allows users to search and browse over 10,000 items, video, book and reference titles within the Social Sciences. Available until June 23.

EBSCO database upgrades: Academic Search Ultimate, Business Source Ultimate, MEDLINE Complete, and Ebook Academic Collection
EBSCO is providing complimentary upgrades to Academic Search Ultimate, Business Source Ultimate and ebook Academic Subscription Collection until June 30, 2020. These resources offer users access to 12,000+ full text journals and magazines, and 200,000+ ebook titles.

Berghahn academic journals
All Berghahn Journals – new issues and all back issues – will be made freely available through June 30.

Ovid health resources
Ovid has provided complimentary access to several of their health resources until June 2, 2020.

The Canadian Electronic Library, aka desLibris, is a collection of electronic books and documents from and about Canada. We have complimentary access to this collection until June 30.

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Trends in Information Literacy Instruction – March 2020

Welcome to the renewed and reinvigorated Trends in ILI – a seasonal roundup of recent publications from the Information Literacy Instruction literature. This month, we ask what do we call the community we serve? Are community colleges having a good time with the ACRL Framework? How do we get past grit and growth mind-set when teaching research? And should we be teaching students how to organize the information along with how to find it?

First, a debate about library patron semantics. Do we have students? Patrons? Customers?

Bell, S. (2019). Academic librarians’ c-word problem – From the bell tower. Library Journal. Retrieved from

In this editorial column from Library Journal, Stephen Bell argues that academic librarians should not shy away from the use of the word “customer” to describe the population we serve. Bell claims that public libraries have embraced the term and so should the academic library. “Higher education buys scholarship and sells learning, and most institutions word hard to gain customers we refer to as students, who give us their money in exchange for credentials.” Embracing the term, argues Bell, allows academic libraries to develop services and offer resources that are part of a “customer-driven” environment.

Holley, R. P. (2020). Academic library users are not ‘customers’: A response to Stephen Bell. Journal of Library Administration 60(1), 88-96.

This rebuttal points out several potential issues with the term “customer” as it relates to academic library patrons. First, terminology around the word “customer” and the idea of “customer service” are linked, but one does not necessarily need to call a patron a “customer” in order to provide “customer service.” Holley also points out that the service models and collections of academic libraries does not necessarily respond to customer demands in the same way that public libraries or businesses do, making the term “customer” incompatible with academic library activities.

The ACRL Framework and Community Colleges

In 2016, the Association of College and Research Libraries adopted the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (often shortened to the Framework) as a foundational document. Since then, many instructional librarians have been using it as a foundational document to guide information literacy instruction programs at Colleges and Universities.

Wengler, S. & Wolff-Eisenberg, C. (2020). Community college librarians and the ACRL Framework: Findings from a national study. College & Research Libraries 81(1), 66-95.

Adoption of the Framework has not been universal or without controversy. As a document, the Framework emphasizes critical thinking and threshold concepts over skills-based learning outcomes. It has faced criticism of being high-minded, impractical, and requires significant work to fully implement. In their national study, Wengler and Wolff-Eisenberg surveyed 1,201 community college librarians about their knowledge and implementation of the Framework into their information literacy instruction programs. Findings indicate that there is willingness to adopt the Framework, but librarians perceive that the challenges of the community college environment require particular attention whether in the form of increased professional development opportunities or in a revision of the document that pays closer attention to the needs of community colleges (rather than research universities).

Grit, growth mind-set, and library instruction

Tewell, E. (2020). The problem with grit: Dismantling deficit thinking in library instruction. Portal: Libraries and the Academy 20(1), 137-159. Retrieved from

In this article, Eamon Tewell examines the popular concepts of grit and growth mind-set that have become popular in recent pop culture and educational theory. These concepts rely heavily on the idea that success or failure depend largely on the students’ personal convictions and downplays (or ignores) the possibility of structural or systemic challenges that may impact student outcomes. In information literacy instruction, these ideals of grit and growth mindset lead to instruction that upholds (rather than examines) traditional publishing methods, focuses on skills rather than critical thinking, and ignores existing student experience. Critical information literacy instruction and culturally sustaining pedagogy offer salves that help to provide students with a more personal, meaningful, and inter-sectional approach to information creation and discovery.

Digital Stewardship as a Part of Library Instruction

Blackwood, E. (2019). Integrating digital stewardship into library instruction: An argument for student (and librarian) success. Journal of Academic Librarianship 46(1).

Who among us has not fallen into the trap of naming a document final.draft.2.0.FINAL.docx? In this brief article, Blackwood argues that digital stewardship (the care and management of digital objects) is a skill and practice that may be lacking, especially with students who are not accustomed to using file organization systems on desktop computers. Digital organization could find a home in information literacy instruction classes, but libraries also need to walk the talk and implement workflows that establish good digital stewardship hygiene.

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Collaborative Library Workshop: Improving Research and Critical Thinking Skills

During the Fall semester of 2019, Anne Kristiansen, Art History instructor and I collaborated on “something completely different” for a library session.  Previously, I had been working with Anne to create assignment guides that link to resources relevant to her essay topics.  As a guest speaker, I would also present for about 30 minutes to her students, showcasing the guides and speaking about research strategies. One-way delivery was the practice.  While occasional surveys indicated that students found the presentations and the guides helpful, the gap connecting the resources with critical analysis has become more prominent, especially with the diverse academic experience emerging among our students.   To bridge this gap, Anne and I decided to co-teach a two-hour workshop during class time. During the session, we provided a brief introduction to the assignment, including search strategies and resources.  The majority of the time, however, involved circulating through the lab and working with students individually while they began working on or researching for the assignment.  The main focus of the one-on-one was to help students develop their topic ideas and conduct relevant hands-on research.   The session was offered to three sections of Art History with class size ranging from 28 to 34. Pre and post questionnaire results suggest that students gained more confidence in a wide range of skills from the session:






From my perspective, the benefits of collaboration were multifaceted:

  • Initiate opportunities for individual engagement between faculty, librarian and students
  • Provides instant feedback to students about their research ideas and connecting them to scholarly publications
  • Demonstrates a learning process in which critical thinking and research is a dialogue

Overall, the assignment submissions improved in academic quality and selection of appropriate sources.  However, in-text referencing remained a noticeable issue.  In the upcoming Spring 2020 semester, students in Anne’s classes will create a “tableau vivant” instead of writing a research essay. Scholarly research and writing, though, will remain an integral part of the assignment.  Learning from our experience, we will be collaborating once again with a hands-on research session while adding a bibliography and citing exercise to the process.

Interested in a collaborative research session? Contact your subject librarian:

For more information, contact Joyce Wong Creative Arts Librarian

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Introducing the Langara Open Student Scholar Prize

In partnership with Open Langara and the Langara Institutional Repository (The LaIR), this term the Library is pleased to announce the first Open Student Scholar Prize. This prize celebrates the exemplary work being done by our students and offers them an opportunity to share their work in an Open format.

The February 10 to March 6 submission period includes Open Education Week, a global event that raises awareness of practices that encourage open sharing and improved access to scholarship. Langara students engage in many forms of scholarship across all disciplines each term as they complete assignments and course work. We hope to help give their projects life beyond the classroom by making them available to the Langara community and beyond in the LaIR. The LaIR captures unique output from Langara faculty and students in a digital format, and provides a space to share and store scholarly production, from essays to art.

While students can submit their own work to the prize contest, we are asking faculty members who are interested to nominate exemplary projects from their own classes. Nomination by a faculty member will be a bonus category in eligibility criteria for submissions. Nominated projects can be from group or individual assignments, but the students must be currently enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester, and projects cannot be more than two years old (Spring 2018 term cut off).

If you are an instructor interested in nominating student work from one of your classes, simply contact the student and let them know you endorse their submission, should they choose to enter the contest, and provide this link to more info and the entry form:


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$1,240,856 in open textbook savings! Where’d you get that number?

Open textbooks have saved Langara students an estimated $1,240,856 since 2013. This makes Langara the heaviest user of open textbooks amongst all B.C. colleges and universities.

$1,240,856 is a significant figure. You might be wondering: Where does it come from? The College’s Open Education Advisory Committee, Open Langara, began recording open textbook adoption data in collaboration with BCcampus in earnest in 2017. To calculate cost savings, BCcampus employs a formula commonly used within the open education community: The price of the commercial textbook previously used in the class multiplied by the total number of students currently enrolled in the class. So, if BUSM 4850 previously used a textbook that cost $100 and there are 100 students enrolled in four sections of the course, the total cost savings is $10,000.

A number of multi-section Langara courses now use an open textbook universally (i.e. across all sections)–BUSM 4850, CHEM 1114, CHEM 1118, CHEM 1120, MATH 1152, NUTR 1100, and PHYS 1118, among them. These form the foundation of the data we compile each semester.

The Langara Bookstore has become an indispensable partner in identifying new open textbook adoptions, thanks to its established communication channels with instructors. The ‘open’ nature of open educational resources (OER) makes use difficult to track. Every semester, Bookstore staff reach out to Langara instructors to see which textbook they are using. When they learn that an instructor has given up a commercial textbook in favour of an open textbook, they share this information with Open Langara and note the adoption in the Book List Tool for students.

Langara’s open textbook data is not without its weaknesses. It assumes that every student enrolled in a class would have purchased a new copy of the required textbook. (Let’s be honest – this is highly unlikely!) It also fails to account for the fact that some students use a single textbook for multiple classes. For example, students enrolled in CHEM 1118, 1120, 1220, and 1154 previously used the same commercial textbook.

In spite of these shortcomings, open textbook adoption data illustrates an important trend in education –namely, that instructors are embracing open educational resources in greater numbers than ever before. In the spring 2020 semester alone, forty-nine Langara classes listed an open textbook as the required course text.

Beyond impressive cost savings for students, OER have pedagogical benefits. Unlike commercial textbooks, which are protected by traditional copyright, open textbooks are openly licensed. Open licenses allow educators to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute content (popularly referred to as the 5 Rs of Open) without payment or permission from the copyright owner. This allowed Langara NUTR 1100 instructors to incorporate Canadian data into an open Nutrition textbook authored in the U.S.

Recording open textbook adoption data also allows BCcampus and other open education partners to form communities of practice. For instance, Digital Marketing is a fast-changing field. BCcampus can leverage the collective expertise of instructors using an open textbook like eMarketing: The Essential Guide to Online Marketing to ensure currency and facilitate development of ancillary resources (powerpoint slide decks, question banks, etc). As the saying goes, many hands make light work.

For more information, including a visualization of Langara’s open textbook data, visit Langara’s open education website or contact Open Langara at

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Problem playing Kanopy videos on Citrix machines

There is a known issue with playing Kanopy videos on campus Citrix machines. Until a solution is found by IT, instructors should make alternative plans for showing Kanopy videos on Citrix machines (such as playing the videos on a connected laptop). Kanopy appears to be the only collection with temporary Citrix compatibility issues, so videos from other Library collections (e.g. Curio, NFB) should play fine.

Kanopy videos should work on non-Citrix machines, on and off campus. We recommend playing all videos via the Chrome browser.

If you have questions or problems playing Kanopy videos on Citrix machines, please contact

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New video collection: Arctic: Land of Change

Arctic collection logoA new collection from the Canadian Museum of Nature invites you to discover how knowledge of Arctic biodiversity can provide clues to better understand climate change and its impacts.

Highlights from this collection include:

Algae in the ice and climate change

Algae diagram

Biologist Michel Poulin describes the importance of the “lungs of the ocean” – tiny algae and phytoplankton that drive the food chain in the Arctic.

Clues to climate change in Arctic lakes and rivers

Clues image
Biologist and diatom expert Paul Hamilton finds clues about climate change by studying tiny life forms in the Arctic’s lakes and rivers. Hamilton talks about his work examining microscopic life in the Arctic.

You can explore the full collection by visiting

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Bringing the Library into Brightspace

woman sitting in a library using an iphone

The Library website is home to a wide variety of material designed to assist students with their research, writing, and other assignments. Last year we adopted a new platform with features that allow us to create engaging online learning resources that can be integrated into Brightspace.  Instructors can now embed assignment guides, citation guides, and writing centre handouts directly into their Brightspace course modules. Choose between an entire assignment or citation guide or bring in just a single page of relevant content.

Embedded content opens inside the Brightspace environment. Students are able to navigate through an entire citation guide, assignment guide, or writing centre handout and then go right back to the course module. For single web pages, such as a tutoring schedule or citation example, embedding significantly reduces the number of clicks necessary to reach the information. The connection is dynamic so any updates made by the library are reflected immediately in the embedded content.

Instructors can embed as much content as they like into one or more modules of any course. If your class doesn’t have a library instruction session there are still many pages that might be helpful to students, especially for mixed mode or web-based courses, and instructors don’t need to ask permission from the library to embed content.

Library web pages that you can embed include:

  • Assignment guides for a specific course
  • Subject guides
  • Subject specific list of databases
  • Subject tutoring schedules
  • Citation guides (APA, MLA, Chicago)
  • Writing Centre schedule
  • Writing Centre handouts

Our subject librarians are happy to help anyone who would like more information or some in-person assistance with embedding library material into their courses. We also have a step-by-step guide on our website as well as in a downloadable Word Document.


List of all content available for embedding

How to embed content into Brightspace online guide

Find Your Subject Librarian

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