Summon 2.0 is here!
Summon lets you search for books, articles and more all at once. It searches multiple library resources, including the library catalogue, our digital collections like the Digital Archive Initiative (DAI) and many of our library databases and indexes for your research terms.
Summon 2.0 offers a new and improved look -let us know what you think of it! Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE from Physical Plant: “Please be advised that with unforeseen circumstances we are rescheduling the HIL power outage to a future date.”
A planned power outage at the Harriet Irving Library will occur this coming Sunday, July 13, from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please be aware that the outage will make unavailable the library website, electronic resources, reserves, and any services requiring authentication (eg. the library’s proxy server). The library catalogue, UNB WorldCat (visit http://unb.worldcat.org/), will remain available but electronic books or journals requiring login will remain inaccessible for the duration of the outage.
Power is expected to resume at 3:00 PM.
Congratulations on your new position at the Mount Library, Terri!
Thank you to Librarian Terry Paris for 42 years of dedicated service to the Mount. Congratulations on your retirement!
Read more about Terry's contributions to the Mount . . .
Memorial Universityâs Queen Elizabeth II Library (QEII) is hosting a commemorative exhibit of travelling artistsâ books from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition. This international arts coalition continues to sponsor a number of different projects in response to the horrific car bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed 30 people and wounded more than 100 on March 5, 2007. The street, named after 10th century Arab poet Al-Mutanabbi, is famous for its booksellers and book market.
The exhibit includes 45 limited-edition books from 10 countries. The works encompass a variety of styles including accordion-folded books, flag books, pop-up books, books in boxes and scrolls, and employ a wide variety of media such as wax, metal, mirror, roof shingles, gold leaf, ribbons, ash, thread, sand paper, and velvet.
“There are two aspects to the exhibit which stand out to me over and above the qualities of the individual books,” said Patrick Warner, exhibit curator and special collections librarian in the QEII Library. “One is that it draws attention to a tragedy, the bombing of a street market in Baghdad and the killing and maiming of people who just happened to be there on that day. Focusing on a particular incident â one of the many bombings that happened and continue to happen in Iraq â gives the tragedy a human face, one that can easily be lost in the flow of news reports, statistics and political rhetoric about the conflict. The second is that this particular bombing was not just an attack on people, it was an attack on culture. The response organized by the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition is the response of a literate culture which has at its heart creativity, not destruction.”
The exhibit is on display on the 3rd floor of the QEII Library from June 20-Aug. 31.
June 30th marks the end of an era as John Teskey steps down as Director of Libraries (UNBF) after 23 years at the helm. John has led the system through major change, taking advantage at every opportunity of technological advances that have transformed both library collections and library services.
Evidence of John’s impact on UNB Libraries can be seen all around. From digital collections to online reference services, food in the library (the opening of the HIL coffee shop in the late 1990s caused quite a stir!), the launch of the Electronic Text Centre, the development of the Learning Commons, the introduction of group study rooms, and the implementation of two automated library systems (QUEST in 1995 and WMS in 2013), John has pulled us, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century!
A celebration of John’s many achievements and contributions to UNB is being planned for the fall. Notices and invitations will be sent closer to the date.
In the meantime, we wish him well!
The Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management invites you to a reception in honour of UNB alumnus Donald Angus Macdonald (B.Sc.F., 1914), Canada’s third and last Dominion Forester.
When: 23 June 2014
Where: Forestry & Geology Building, Room 202
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Staff from Archives & Special Collections will give a brief talk accompanied by images and illustrations. In addition, items from the recently acquired collection of D.A. Macdonald will be on display.
Further information can found at: http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/forestry/news/mcdonaldreception.html
Those familiar, much-enjoyed purple armchairs have been aligned along the glass walls on the main floor, silently providing comfort to appreciative students (and faculty and staff) for a few decades now. But years of use and abuse have taken their toll, as is to be expected.
So they're going to be "retired" too. Over the coming weeks we'll be buying about 40 new armchairs, which we hope will be enjoyed as much as the old ones.
Of course, chairs come in many shapes and sizes. What ones are best for reading? For resting? For using a laptop? To help us make a decision we've brought in some samples. Look for them under the "We Want Your Input!" sign near the entrance. Because we would also like your help. Pick one, have a seat, see how it feels, try the others and then vote for your favourite! Who knows, maybe everyone will like the same one.
In any case, come September, whichever one we go with, they're going to look great. And feel great.
Memorial University Librariesâ Archives and Special Collections Division recently got a shout out from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, a centre for research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics, located in Waterloo, Ontario. The video “A Story in Science” shows Dr. S. James Gates Jr., a Perimeter Institute Distinguished Visiting Research Chair and Professor at the University of Maryland, describing his love of science that began right here in St. Johnâs at the U.S. Air Force Base at Fort Pepperrell. The photo of Fort Pepperrell is credited to the Archives and Special Collections Division. This is just a small example of the many virtual miles our resources travel and the impact they have on history, storytelling and advancing research around the world.
“Oh! You Nasty Nazi Man” is a “Novelty March Song from Newfoundland” donated to Archives and Special Collections by Joseph R. Smallwood. Find out more about this catchy bit of musical history on the Spotlight on the Performing Arts Collection blog.
Or check out some of the great images from our archival collections, including First World War nurses, Bowring’s department store on Water Street, and 100 year old Christmas cards, at the New Collections in the Archives blog.
The Dog’s Tooth is the wiki of the Special Collections unit of Memorial University Libraries. Visit The Dog’s Tooth to see recent acquisitions such as our collection of miniature books (1-2 inches!).
Explore the Holdings of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies to see what’s new and interesting in our Newfoundland and Labrador collections, such as George Gladwin’s sketches of icebergs drawn in 1876.
The Trustees of the Margaret Williams Trust Fund have presented the 2014 award to David Purdy in the amount of $500. The award was established to promote the development of librarianship in Newfoundland and Labrador, and to honour the memory of Margaret Williams, long-serving head of Memorial University Libraries.
Mr. Purdy holds an MA (English), 2012, from Acadia University, and a BA (Hons), 2010, from Memorial University. He is currently attending Western University in London, ON, where he is pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. “I feel passionately about providing the world with access to more of humanity’s knowledge, and I believe that this career path is a good way to further that goal,” said Mr. Purdy in his award application. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants seeking funding for library-related projects or assistance in pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, archival studies, or teacher librarianship.
First Space Gallery in the Queen Elizabeth II Library is celebrating its tenth anniversary. To mark the occasion, several unique exhibitions are planned, the first of which is the annual show of art by current and retired faculty and staff of Memorial. Melange is a multimedia exhibition and is the largest faculty and staff show to date. It will be on view until August 15, 2014.
First Space Gallery is located on the main floor of the Queen Elizabeth II Library, and is open whenever the library building is open. It is a dynamic and evolving exhibit space designed to bring art to the everyday lives of students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. The purpose of the gallery is two-fold: to support emerging artists and enhance the experience of people using our public space known as The Commons. Ten years on, the gallery has created an iconic space that is unique on campus.
To find out more about First Space, view the current exhibit online.
Best wishes to Stephen Rosenfeld, Director of Library Systems, on the occasion of his retirement!
Steve has been a fixture at UNB for 40 years and it is almost impossible to think of Library Systems without Steve in the lead. He has recruited and retained an amazingly talented group within Library Systems, and they have created a systems architecture to support the library well into the future.
Most recently, Steve led us through the implementation of OCLC’s WorldShare, which puts the library LMS back on the leading edge, positioning UNB Libraries in a very favourable and stable position from which to move forward.
Steve’s last day in the Library will be Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, but there will be a party in June to celebrate his contributions to UNB. Notices and invitations will be sent closer to the date, but mark your calendar now and plan to join Steve’s retirement celebration on Thursday, June 12th in the Milham Room (HIL).