Archive for October, 2015

Haunted Libraries

October 29, 2015

Ever since that iconic scene in Ghostbusters, libraries and ghosts just seem to go together.  So, in honour of Halloween tomorrow, some haunted libraries:

In 2007 the Encyclopedia Britannica blog published a compilation of haunted libraries throughout the US.  The University Library at the University of of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, apparently home to their own supernatural visitors, created a guide to haunted libraries throughout the world.  Even a paper company got into the spirit a couple of years ago, posting their list of the 7 Spookiest Haunted Libraries around the world.

Looking for something a little closer to home? Apparently UBC has it’s own ghost stories connected to the library (check out #6).

Happy Halloween!

Open Access Week: Oct. 19-25, 2015

October 21, 2015

Open Access Week is here! Open Access 2015

This international event celebrates publishing initiatives that make scholarly research accessible online to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world.

This is accomplished through Open Access (OA) journals, institutional repositories, self-archiving and a lot of hard work by academics, librarians and a variety of others who believe in free, universal access to research.

The theme of this year’s Open Access Week is “Open for Collaboration.”  In the spirit of the theme of collaboration events such as the “Wikipedia Open Access Week Edit-a-thon” will be taking place.

Learn more!

Interested in learning more about Open Access? Check out the below videos.  You can also vist the RDC Library Open guide to learn more about Open Access (OA), Open Education Resources (OER), and Open Culture.

by the Right to Research Coalition

by Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen

And … more feedback on the citation guides

October 20, 2015

You Said…

Bring back the old website for how to make citations. It was much more clear for each type of citation, and even better than Purdue Owl!

The new changes are confusing, and not as easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

We Said…

We’re sorry that you’re finding the new guides confusing and more difficult to navigate. Changes to the software required changes to the layout. Since the old software is out-of-date, the old guides will not be coming back. If you have specific suggestions for improving the new citation guides, please email

More feedback on citation guides

October 15, 2015

You Said…

“The lack of examples for citations on the library website is very frustrating. Also I have lost marks for my grade because I followed what was on the website. My teacher said there were supposed to be hanging indents but as your example didn’t show them, I didn’t use them. I don’t think this is very good for us first year students who are unfamiliar with the proper ways to cite things.”

We Said…

Based on student and faculty feedback, we have continued to make improvements to our citation guides. We have solved the technical difficulties, and you will be pleased to know that the examples now show the proper formatting (i.e. hanging indent and double spacing).

We must stress, however, that our tools are to be used only as a first step; you should always check the citation manual (we have copies of the manuals for APA, MLA, and Chicago styles at our library desk) and/or with your instructor. The manual is the authority, but some instructors use modified formats of their preferred citation styles; since they are the ones marking your paper, they have the final say.

If you have any questions about research or citation, please contact the library by phone, email, chat, SMS text, or in person.

Student feedback: new citation guides

October 5, 2015

You Said

“I really liked last year how the APA part of the library site was set up. I found it very helpful when doing citations. It had great examples that I could use to help write my own citations. However, the way they changed the site this year is not as helpful, and not as easy to navigate and I would really appreciate if they changed it back to the way it was before”

We Said

Thank you for your feedback about the APA Citation Guide. Our citation guides are intended to supplement the style manual, rather than recreate every example from it. We agree that the new guides are not as easy to navigate as they could be. We plan on making changes to all of our citation guides over the next few weeks: we will be adding a few more examples, updating navigation, and improving clarity. Watch for these changes and let us know what you think.

Is RDC scent-free?

October 2, 2015

You Said…

“Can you please put up a notice about wearing strong scents because of people’s allergies? Someone used horrifyingly strong perfume in the Ladies Wash”

We Said…

Thank you for your comment. RDC is not a scent-free space, but there is a “Scent Awareness” procedure which falls under the authority of RDC’s Health and Safety Committee. Read the procedure online or talk to Shelley Peyton-Holt in room 901.