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PubMed Workshop

PubMed

Are you curious about PubMed but never had a chance to try it out?  Or are you an avid user but haven’t found the time to explore the redesigned search interface?

Come to the online library workshop for some tips on using PubMed’s most popular features to retrieve the best search results!  The workshop will be held Monday, December 14th from 12:00-1:00pm

Click here to register.

This workshop will be held ONLINE using Wimba Classroom. To participate, you will need speakers or a headset. A microphone is optional.  After registering, we’ll contact you with additional information for joining the session. More information about online classes.

Launch of PubMed Central Canada

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NRC-CISTI in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched PubMed Central Canada, a free archive of life science journals. The launch of the search interface coincided with Open Access Week (October 19-23). This interface will allow users to browse, search and download articles from the repository, as well as learn more about PMC Canada, how the repository works, and CIHR’s Policy on Access to Research Outputs.

Science Zine Workshop

As part of the Year of Science Zine-a-Thon contest, Woodward Library is holding a zine making workshop on Monday October 26 at 2 pm in the McKechnie room.

Kelly McElroy, MLIS Candidate at SLAIS, GAA at Woodward Library and Zine writer will be leading a workshop on how to create a science zine.

For more information, see Invitation to Science Zine Making Workshop

Register here

picture from Flickr Colorado College Zine Collection

Science Zine Workshop

As part of the Year of Science Zine-a-Thon contest, Woodward Library is holding a zine making workshop on Monday October 26 at 2 pm in the McKechnie room.

Kelly McElroy, MLIS Candidate at SLAIS, GAA at Woodward Library and Zine writer will be leading a workshop on how to create a science zine.

For more information, see Invitation to Science Zine Making Workshop

Register here

picture from Flickr Colorado College Zine Collection

Upcoming workshops

Fine tune your research skills with the following workshops:

For details and registration, click on the complete list of workshops in the Life Sciences.

Tech Evangelist at BMB Library

In the latest UBC Library Friends newsletter, you can read about our colleague Dean Giustini, Librarian at the Biomedical Branch Library at VGH who was identifed as a 2009 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal.

Dean is well known for his Search Principle blog and UBC Health Library wiki.

Congratulations Dean!

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Canadian copyright consultation

On Monday, July 20, Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages launched nationwide consultations to solicit Canadians’ opinions on the issue of copyright.

The current copyright legislation was enacted in 2001, and new legislation which will stand the test of time, and also reflect the current technological realities is definitely in order.

The Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians to participate in the discussions and express their views over the coming weeks. The consultation period extends from July 20 to September 13, 2009. The consultation website http://copyright.econsultation.ca/ provides opportunities for submissions to the discussions.

Five questions have been posed to generate discussion:
1) Based upon Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time?
2) How do Canada’s copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
3) What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
4) What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
5) What kind of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?

Copyright is an issue of considerable importance to those of us who work in academic/research settings, so please voice your thoughts!

(posting adapted from message by Marlene Dorgan, President of the Canadian Health Libraries Association)

Canadian copyright consultation

On Monday, July 20, Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages launched nationwide consultations to solicit Canadians’ opinions on the issue of copyright.

The current copyright legislation was enacted in 2001, and new legislation which will stand the test of time, and also reflect the current technological realities is definitely in order.

The Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians to participate in the discussions and express their views over the coming weeks. The consultation period extends from July 20 to September 13, 2009. The consultation website http://copyright.econsultation.ca/ provides opportunities for submissions to the discussions.

Five questions have been posed to generate discussion:
1) Based upon Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time?
2) How do Canada’s copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
3) What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
4) What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
5) What kind of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?

Copyright is an issue of considerable importance to those of us who work in academic/research settings, so please voice your thoughts!

(posting adapted from message by Marlene Dorgan, President of the Canadian Health Libraries Association)

A new look for CAB Direct

CAB Direct

CAB Direct, a key database for agriculture, animal science, conservation, forestry, global health and nutrition has a snazzy new look. The new interface, which is available now and will replace the existing version on September 1, offers a more intuitive search experience. Features include:

  • Simple and advanced search screens.
  • Suggestions for spelling variations.
  • The ability to refine search results by subject, year, journal, author, geographic location and language.
  • Abstract snippet views at the results level.
  • Links to full text articles using the View Full Text and UBC eLink icons.
  • MyCABDirect, a personal account where you can set-up email alerts and RSS feeds based on saved searches.

A heads-up about RefWorks: The Direct Export feature is not available in the new interface. Instead you can download the results and save them as an .RIS file, and then Import the file into RefWorks using the .RIS filter.

For help with the new interface, please contact Sally Taylor or Katherine Miller at Woodward Library.

We’re here to help!

During the summer, reference librarians are available Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm at Woodward Library, and 9am-5pm in the UBC hospital libraries. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

You can also contact your Subject Librarian directly for help via email or telephone, or to make an appointment.

A new librarian at Woodward? Photo by Joseph Procyk

A new librarian at Woodward? Photo by Joseph Procyk