Digital Book Display: Mental Health Week

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021

January 25-29, 20201 is Mental Health Week at MacEwan. All across campus we’re coming together to raise awareness for mental health and wellness. Help us break the silence and stigma attached to mental health by attending events across campus this week or by learning more about mental health. 

 

While we have a multitude of materials on the topic of mental health, we’ve gathered a few that we wanted to highlight. A link to the full list is below. 

 

Delve into the science and research of mental health: 

Prefer watching over reading?: 

 

For more mental health related print and online items, check out our digital reading list.  A green checkmark next to an item in our reading list means it’s available to borrow. A blue checkmark means you can read/watch online. 

 

Happy reading and you are not alone. 

Cancellation Notice: MarketLine Advantage

Thursday, Jan 21, 2021

Access ends: March 29, 2021 

Estimated savings: $20,000 

Reasons for cancellation: 

  • Many alternate resources for company and industry information are available through the library 

  • Between Mergent Online and MarketLine Advantage (which are similar in coverage), comparator universities have a strong preference for Mergent Online 

Alternative resources include: 

 

This cancellation decision has been made based on usage data, cost, uniqueness of content, overlap of content with other databases and impact on disciplines. 

Please contact Sandy Stift, Associate Dean, Library, stifts@macewan.ca if you have questions or concerns about this resource. 

Library Takeout Relaunch - January 6th, 2021

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020

Beginning January 6, 2021, we’re relaunching our Library Takeout service. MacEwan students, faculty, and staff will be able to borrow items from MacEwan Library, including textbooks! This service will be available until we are able to re-open the library. 

Here’s how the service works:  

  1. Find your item(s) in our catalogue, confirm the item is listed as “On Shelf,” and place a hold; placing a hold on an item that is “Checked Out” will result in long waits as recalls are not being processed at this time.  

  1. Select MacEwan University Library as your pickup location.  

  1. When your items are ready, you will get an email with pickup instructions. Pickup location will be at the Technology Support Desk (Building 6, second floor)

Want a contactless way to pick up your holds? Download our Library Checkout App, come pick up your book, then use your phone to scan the barcode and add it to your account! 

Following health and safety guidelines from the university and the government, all returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they can be borrowed again. All staff have been trained in proper processing of items including using masks, gloves, and frequent handwashing.  

FAQs  

What is available to borrow?  

  • Textbooks 

  • Books  

  • Print journals  

  • CDs  

  • DVDs  

What is not available to borrow?   

  • Items from partner libraries such as the University of Alberta. Holds cannot be placed on partner library items at this time. Any previous holds on partner library items will be fulfilled once partner libraries are able to reopen. If you wish to cancel your current holds, log in to MyAccount.

  • Items in our Reserve Collection  

  • Specialized technology like cameras, microphones, and raspberry pi kits (laptops can be borrowed by emailing library@macewan.ca)  

Who can borrow? 

This service is only available to MacEwan students, faculty, and staff. External borrowers are encouraged to contact their home library to determine what services are available to them. 

What if I’m a distance student?  

Our Distance Delivery service is available to students currently registered in a distance program. If you are not registered in a distance program but live outside of Edmonton please contact library@macewan.ca.   

Our COVID Response: By the Numbers

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020

Throughout the pandemic, it has been very clear that access to our Library is essential to the MacEwan community.  

Since the first time we closed our doors on March 20th, 2020, we’ve been working hard continuing our online services and even creating new ones to increase access. Let’s look at some of the ways you’ve been using our services during the pandemic. 

Research Help 

Library Chat is the main way you’ve been getting in contact with us. You’ve been asking us questions about accessing our collections, finding sources for assignments, and much, much more! In September alone, we answered 967 questions. 

3,717 - Total chat questions answered from March 20 - October 31, 2020. That's a 46% increase compared to last year! We answered 967 chats in September (our busiest month).

 

Accessing our Collections 

Our online collections like databases and eBooks have been very important during this time. Between March and October, you viewed our eBooks over 46,000 times! 

46,194 - Number of eBook views from March 1 - October 31, 2020

 

Online Tutorials 

We’ve been creating online tutorials and videos for years, but they’ve come in handy in courses this Fall. Over 8,000 students have taken the Library’s SearchPath tutorial and the Writing Centre’s tutorials for Academic Integrity and APA Citation. That’s a lot of learning! 

8,829 - Number of students who completed one of our top 3 tutorials (SearchPath, APA, Academic Integrity)

 

New Services 

We also created some new services and switched some old ones online to make the library more accessible. Scan on Demand was created 24hrs after we closed in March, 2020. Library Takeout was a quick interim solution to provide access to our books while we were closed for renovations over the summer. We also created an online system for requesting MacEwan ID Cards: 84% of requests we received from August - October, 2020 were through our new online system. 

2,505 - Total cards printed between August 1 - October 31, 2020. 84% of requests were made through our new online form

 

For more of our COVID response stats, visit Our Library by the Numbers

 

To make sure we continue to provide the best access we can to our library’s resources and services, consider giving us some feedback

Library Instruction to Suit Your Courses

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020

Whether your Winter 2021 courses are online, hybrid, or face-to-face, your Subject Librarian can create or modify resources and lessons to support your assignments' research learning outcomes and your students' research needs. See what your Librarian can provide in the infographic below. Want to see some examples? Check out our Library Instruction Program page.

Contact your Subject Librarian to get started. 

Infographic sharing different ways librarians can provide support in classes. 1. Short Lessons 2. How-To Resources 3. Online Guides 4. Embedded Support

Cancellation Notice: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Friday, Dec 11, 2020

Access ends: December 31, 2020 

Estimated savings: $7000 

Reason for cancellation: 

  • High cost per use (over $35/article accessed) 

  • The library has other resources that cover the same topics 

Alternative resources include: 

 

This cancellation decision has been made based on usage data, cost, uniqueness of content, overlap of content with other databases and impact on disciplines. 

Please contact Sandy Stift, Associate Dean, Library, stifts@macewan.ca if you have questions or concerns about this resource. 

Cancellation Notice: Nature Climate Change and Nature Neuroscience Journals

Friday, Dec 11, 2020

Access ends: December 31, 2020 

Estimated savings: $8,000 

Reason for cancellation: 

  • High cost per use (over $40.00 per article access this past year)  

  • Low or declining use of the journals 

Alternative resources: 

  • Indexing to both journals will remain available and Inter-library loan is available and encouraged  

  • Full-text access prior to 2016 is available (Nature Neuroscience in Academic Search Complete; Nature Climate Change in Environmental Complete) 

 

This cancellation decision has been made based on usage data, cost, uniqueness of content, overlap of content with other databases and impact on disciplines. 

Please contact Sandy Stift, Associate Dean, Library, stifts@macewan.ca if you have questions or concerns about this resource. 

Cancellation Notice: New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

Friday, Dec 11, 2020

Access ends: December 31, 2020 

Estimated savings: $500 

Reason for cancellation: 

  • Low use, resulting in high cost per use 

  • Many alternative resources available 

Alternative resources: 

 

This cancellation decision has been made based on usage data, cost, uniqueness of content, overlap of content with other databases and impact on disciplines. 

Please contact Sandy Stift, Associate Dean, Library, stifts@macewan.ca if you have questions or concerns about this resource. 

Scan on Demand: Online Access to Print Collections

Friday, Dec 11, 2020

Need a print book that’s on campus? We might have a solution...Scan on Demand! 

 

What’s Scan on Demand? 

Scan on Demand is a newer Library service that came about within 24hrs of our first closure in March. It’s a way for students, faculty, and staff to access our print collections (including textbooks!) while the Library is closed. Staff are on site Monday – Friday to scan items and email the PDF directly to you. 

 

How Scan on Demand Works 

1. Confirm the item you’d like scanned is on the shelf at MacEwan University Library. TIP: Look for a green checkmark next to the item as pictured below: 

Screenshot of the library catalogue showing a book that is available at MacEwan University Library.

2. Fill out our Scan on Demand Request Form. We’ll process your request as soon as possible. 

3. When your scan is ready, it will be sent to your MacEwan email address! 

 

Limitations of Scan on Demand 

Due to copyright legislation, we are not able to scan entire books. Each request will be reviewed for copyright compliance. 

 

Questions? 

library@macewan.ca  

Cancellation Notice: Taylor & Francis Science & Technology Journal Package

Friday, Dec 11, 2020

Access ends: December 31, 2020 

Estimated savings: $22,000  

Reasons for cancellation: 

  • The Science & Technology Journal Package accounts for less than 5.5% of overall Taylor & Francis journal usage but accounts for 26% of our overall Taylor & Francis costs.  

  • The strength of the Taylor & Francis journal collection is the Social Sciences and Humanities Package, which includes key health titles, all of which are being retained 

Alternative resources: 

Moderate-use titles with 90+ uses over three years combined (average 30+ uses/year) in order of most used to least:

  • Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition  

  • Society & Natural Resources  

  • Traffic Injury Prevention  

  • Ergonomics  

  • International Journal of Production Research  

  • Chronobiology International  

  • Behaviour & Information Technology   

Indexing to these journals will remain, and articles may be accessed via Interlibrary Loan. 

This cancellation decision has been made based on usage data, cost, uniqueness of content, overlap of content with other databases and impact on disciplines. 

Please contact Sandy Stift, Associate Dean, Library, stifts@macewan.ca if you have questions or concerns about this resource.