Category Archives: News & Articles

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“That’ll be $0, please”: Art History forgoes textbooks, embraces open education

At the start of the summer semester, Langara Art History students discovered that their learning materials this term will cost them nothing. This surely came as a relief to many struggling with financial instability, limited library access, and delayed textbook … Continue reading

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New Database Trial: Ebsco’s Faculty Select (Open Educational Resources)

With the quick pivot to fully online instruction, open educational resources (OER) are more important than ever before. Unlike commercial learning materials, which are protected by traditional copyright, OER are openly licensed. Open licenses allow educators to retain, reuse, revise, … Continue reading

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Announcing the Open Student Scholar Prize Winners!

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the first ever Open Student Scholar Prize! In February and March of this year Open Langara and the Library jointly ran the Open Student Scholar Prize with great success! The Judges were … Continue reading

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Reminder – Redirection for old Ezproxy links stops after end of August

In 2019 the Library moved the domain of the Ezproxy server from langara.bc.ca to langara.ca.  Since then a redirection has been put in place to automatically redirect Ezproxy links from the old domain to the new domain. The redirection will … Continue reading

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Library Instruction for Summer 2020

If you are including a research component to your online courses for Summer 2020, the library is still here to help! We have many different options for online library instruction and we encourage you to reach out to your liaison … Continue reading

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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?

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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 … Continue reading

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