Alcuin Society Book Design Awards exhibit

Permalink 07/30/15 18:14 , Categories: Uncategorized

Canada's award winning books are on tour and the University of Victoria is one of the Canadian university library stops. The 31 winning titles can be viewed in the Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library Special Collections Reading Room. The books were chosen from 201 Canadian entries published in 2014, from 9 provinces and 79 publishers.

For the list of the award winners:

August 2 to August 28, 2015
Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Archives and Special Collections Reading Room
William C. Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

New discovery links manuscript fragment to Pamplona Bibles

Permalink 07/13/15 10:13 , Categories: Uncategorized

The age of a manuscript fragment in UVic Libraries’ Special Collections—depicting Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac—has been re-assessed, making the fragment among the oldest manuscript fragments in the collection. UVic's fragment is now believed to have been produced in conjunction with two pictorial Bibles - one in Amiens, France, and the other in Harburg, Germany. Produced in Pamplona, Spain they are known as the Pamplona Bibles.

Read more:
Looking good, 900 years later: Pamplona Bible manuscript dated back to 12th century The Ring, June 12, 2015
University of Victoria picture likely connected to Pamplona Bibles Richard Watts / Times Colonist, July 12, 2015

UVic Libraries will cease supporting RefWorks July 28,2015

Permalink 07/09/15 09:05 , Categories: Uncategorized

We remind you that UVic Libraries will cease supporting RefWorks (online bibliographic management program) on July 28, 2015, as we will no longer have access to the Canadian server that hosts these accounts. British Columbia privacy legislation restricts us from supporting accounts hosted on servers outside Canada.

Migration: Citations saved in RefWorks folders will NOT be accessible on the RefWorks platform after July 28th, so to retain access, you will need to migrate to different citation management software prior to that date. There is migration information here:

Backing up your account: If you are not sure what you are going to do with your RefWorks account, BACK UP your account so you have access to the data after July 28th. Here is information about backing up your account:

Questions? Email

Library website feedback wanted

Permalink 06/26/15 13:43 , Categories: Uncategorized

We want to know what you think of the library website! We’re running a short survey to learn more about how our website is being used on desktop and mobile devices. We want to know how often you use the library website, and what features you use the most. Your participation helps us improve your access to our collections and services. Take part here.

At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you wish to enter your email address into our draw for one of three $25 gift cards to the BiblioCafé and other food services on campus.

New archive offers unique glimpse into diverse ecosystems in B.C.

Permalink 06/25/15 16:37 , Categories: Uncategorized

Ian McTaggart Cowan is often referred to as the “father of Canadian ecology.” On June 25, the Cowan Collection was officially presented to UVic Special Collections and University Archives and includes McTaggart Cowan’s field journals, photographs, lecture notes, articles, books, correspondence and CBC footage from a 75-year multi-faceted career.

The University of Victoria Libraries now hosts a digital collection of the handwritten Ian McTaggart Cowan field journals, with selected journals also transcribed. On and off campus, students and faculty will be able to study Cowan’s archive and digitized field journals firsthand to research a century of environmental change.

Read more: Ecologist's archive offers glimpse of BC wilderness Jeff Bell / Times Colonist, June 28, 2015

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