Long Night Against Procrastination – Pizza, Prizes & More!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Back by popular demand the annual Long Night Against Procrastination is back virtually. Join OC librarians, Success Centre Coordinations, Faculty & Instructors, from 8pm to midnight on Thursday, November 26 . Get motivated to complete those final assignments coming due and squeeze in some stress relief activities such as yoga and meditation.

Prizes will be drawn every hour starting at 8 pm! Free pizza vouchers will be handed out to the first 50 students who participate. Breakout rooms will be hosted by Professors, Success Centre Coordinators, and Librarians to help students with writing, math, science, research, citations, and overall stress relief.

The event will be hosted online through Blackboard Collaborate, accessible through the Library Services for Students Moodle page. Registration is free and online.

Requesting Items from Catalogue Reactivated

Monday, November 9, 2020

The ability to place a hold or request print books and physical media (VHS, CD-ROMS, and DVDs) has now been re-enabled in the Library Catalogue. If you would like to request books and items from within the catalogue you can login using the my account tab in the Library Catalogue and place the request.

Students and employees can also now request the digitization and delivery print journal articles, or chapters from print books in the Library collection, in accordance with Canadian copyright law. Place these requests through the catalogue, or use the Library’s Delivery on Demand service.

Not sure how to use this services? See this guide.

OC Library Services update for Fall 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020

With the start of the fall semester, OC Library will continue to offer access to a wide range of online services and resources. We will also be providing limited in-person services at our four campus libraries, by appointment only.

What’s continuing?

  • Digital learning and research resources are available through the OCtopus library search engine, library research databases, and other tools on the library website
  • Items from the physical collection may be obtained via Delivery on Demand
  • Research assistance is available on-demand via Zoom and live chat, asynchrously via email, and by appointment via LibCal
  • Faculty/instructors can book online information literacy instruction sessions for their classes by contacting their liaison librarian
  • Through Talis Aspire, the Library is offering an online resource list service (a.k.a. online reserves) to faculty and instructors that facilitates the creation of digital reading/resource lists in Moodle. Faculty and instructors can create lists themselves or request that the Library create lists for them via this form

What’s new?

Starting on September 8th (September 14th in Kelowna), campus libraries will be offering limited in-person services to students and employees, for the primary purposes of:

  • access to individual study space and computer workstations, with strict occupancy limits controlled by the LibCal appointment booking system
  • access to books and other items in physical collections by scheduled pickup or delivery (i.e. no browsing in the stacks), also to be controlled using LibCal
  • limited availability of individual and small group consultation sessions with librarians and Kelowna Learning Centre coordinators, although online meetings will be preferred

Library opening hours (by appointment only) are as follows, and will be posted and updated on the Library website soon:

  • Kelowna: Monday-Friday, 8-6; Saturday, 11-3
  • Penticton: Monday-Friday, 8-7; Saturday, 9:30-5:30
  • Salmon Arm: Monday-Thursday, 10-6; Friday, 9-4; Saturday, 10-2
  • Vernon: Monday-Thursday, 9-6; Friday, 9-4; Saturday, 10-3

Of note, services that will not be available include access to student meeting rooms, short-term laptop loans for students, and short-term reserve loans.

For more information about library services, please contact your liaison librarian, or Ross Tyner, Director of Library Services.

Library Support During COVID-19 Outbreak

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The situation related to COVID-19 in the Province is changing rapidly. Campus libraries will be closed to in-person services as of March 20, 2020, at 5 pm. Online services remain available.

Faculty should get in touch with their liaison librarian for one-on-one support. Librarians can assist faculty and instructors to integrate library and research resources into Moodle courses. Copyright questions can be directed to the Copyright Officer. The Library is keen to support faculty and staff as they move to online teaching and learning.

Access resources from home:

Borrowing Information & In-Person Services

  • Reference services will be provided online 10 – 4 pm through AskAway. Students and faculty can also contact their liaison librarian by e-mail.
  • Librarians are offering research workshops and assistance online.
  • Fine accruals will be waived going forward
  • Items currently out on loan will have due dates extended. Materials on loan will be extended for 30 days. Items can be returned to book drops on each campus if you need to return items.
  • Interlibrary loan requests for articles will be accepted but some libraries may be unable to provide lending services.
  • Scan and deliver is a new pilot service that is available to faculty and instructors.
  • The new Talis Aspire online course reading list management system is now available. Contact the Library to Learn more.
  • All campus Learning and Success Centres are closed for in-person appointments, but students can book appointments to meet with Kelowna Learning Centre Coordinators online.
  • Software typically provided on campus computer workstations is now available via Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Students can watch this how-to video for more information about how to log in to access software while learning remotely. The service allows students to access software listed in the general pool here. Contact the IT Helpdesk at 250-762-5445 ext. 4444 (toll-free: 1-866-839-4032) or email support@okanagan.bc.ca if you have any questions.

General information from Okanagan College

Information from the BC Centre for Disease Control

Exam & Holiday Hours

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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Kelowna and Vernon Campus Libraries have extended hours during the exam period. Kelowna Library is open until 10 pm on Fridays until December 13. Saturdays and Sundays the Library is open until 9 pm. The Vernon Campus Library will open at 8:30 am on Saturdays until December 14.

All Campus Libraries will be operating on holiday season hours as of December 18th. All campus libraries will be closed weekends beginning December 21st and all libraries will close at 3 pm on December 24.

Visit the hours page on the Library website for more information.

Summer Reading

Thursday, July 11, 2019
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With summer in full swing, it’s time to indulge in one of the season’s most relaxing activities: reading! What could be better than a sunny day, a beach blanket, and a book? To help you decide which book to read, we’ve gathered the best summer reading lists from across the web. You might not finish them all this summer… but hey, reading is also the perfect pastime for fall!

Top 10 Library Hacks

Friday, March 29, 2019

library hacks.jpgYou use the Library to study, you’ve checked out a book or two, and you’ve even surfed through a database to find articles. It’s time to level-up your library skills. Here are our top 10 easy library hacks:

#1: Get specific. Our librarians have curated subject-specific research guides with links to databases, websites, and more – plus great research advice for your assignments.

#2: Who needs Netflix? The library has access to thousands of streaming videos. From Canadian classics at the NFB to the latest in documentaries from Kanopy. You are sure to find a film applicable to your research.

#3: Anatomy colouring books are old school: you need Anatomy.tv. It includes 19 body system modules, complete with clear 3D images, comprehensive text, clinical and case studies, learning objectives and quizzes.

#4: Citation shortcut in Word on a PC: Highlight your citation, then use Ctrl+t to automatically apply the hanging indent.

#5: Book a Kelowna study room online through myOkanagan. This video will show you how.

#6: Study longer: Your Campus Library has extended hours during exam seasons.

#7: Not on-campus? Use AskAway, the online chat reference service. Library professionals will answer your questions about citations, research, using databases, and more.

#8: Beat the bank with textbooks from the library. We’ve bought e-book versions of more than 100 course textbooks. To get the list, and all the details, read our blog post.

#9: Renew your library books from the comfort of your couch. Here’s how.

#10: The best library hack of all? Talking to your campus library staff – we really care about your success! Got a question? Ask us!

How to save big $$ on textbooks

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

green piggy bankStudent finances are tight, and buying textbooks can take a big chunk of change out of your wallet. Your OC Library can help you put money back into your piggybank! Here’s how.

Libraries have always been big believers in equal access to information, and textbooks are no exception.  That’s why we’re very proud to offer more than 100 e-books for OC courses free to you, our students.

These e-books allow for unlimited users, most are downloadable*, and ALL are free to you, the student. The caveat: you must be an OC student to use these textbooks (log-in required off-campus).

How do you find out whether the textbook you need is available as an e-book? Click HERE for the list. You’ll find the e-books listed by course name. You can also find these titles by searching OCtopus.

This initiative was funded by an OC Innovation Grant. We would love to hear how access to free textbooks has impacted you! To learn more about open access resources, and how to advocate for affordable textbooks, check out these resources:

*You may need additional free accounts to download e-books through the Library. If you want to read e-book offline you may require a myEBSCOhost account, a free AdobeID, Adobe Digital Editions software or App, or the BlueFire e-reader app. All are free to download through the App Store, Google Play, or online. Access your myEBSCOhost account using the link at the top of your OCtopus search result pages.

Crunch Time? Crush it in the Library!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

It’s crunch time! Research papers due, essays to write, exams on the horizon… this can be the most stressful time of thefloating clocks academic year. Don’t panic! The library can help. Here’s how:

1. Study longer. Extended study hours begin on Friday, November 23rd.  Penticton Campus is hosting the Long Night Against Procrastination on November 22, so you can study until 2 a.m.! More library time = more study = success.

2. Find the perfect resource for your paper. Visit in person at the Research Desk, or online here.

3. Beat the citation blues. MLA, APA, Chicago – we can answer your questions & show you resources to make citation a breeze.

4. Borrow a laptop for an hour, a day, even a week.

5. Print, copy, or scan & e-mail your assignments using library copy machines. Don’t know how? Ask a lab monitor to give you a demo.

6. Study in peace in our Quiet Study Area on the third floor.

7. Study with friends by reserving a Group Study Room.

8. Work on a computer in the peace & quiet of the Kelowna Library Lab (L203). Check the schedule outside the door to see when it’s available for student use.

9. Read a book. Whether it’s for an assignment or relaxation, reading has a ton of life-long benefits. (And here’s the research to prove it!)

10. Ask us a question! All of us here in the library want to help you succeed.

Speak Out: Banned Books Week 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

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From September 23-September 29, it is Banned Books Week. What does this mean—is the library banning books? This week celebrates quite the opposite. Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association (ALA), celebrates “free and open access to information.”1 Even when books contain controversial or unpopular opinions and themes, individuals have the right to access and read these books. However, many individuals and institutions have challenged these books and their right to remain on shelves in schools and libraries. This contradicts the right to intellectual freedom.

Intellectual freedom is the right to access and read information from any point of view, without restrictions.2 This means that anyone should be allowed to read any book, on any topic, without worrying that they will not be allowed to do so. Censorship, or suppressing ideas that certain groups find objectionable, directly contradicts this idea. Because banning books is a form of censorship, it goes against the idea of intellectual freedom. Without this freedom, individuals cannot make their own decisions about gathering ideas to inform themselves about the world.

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Science Literacy Week 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018


Celebrate your inner scientist during Science Literacy Week!

From September 17-23, Science Literacy Week (SLW) takes science out of the classroom and into the community, highlighting the wonder, magic, and excitement of science.

SLW began in 2014 as the brainchild of Jesse Hildebrand. A recent university grad, he wanted to share his love of science and get science books off library shelves and into the hands of readers. Clearly, his energy and passion for science is infectious: from a single city with 5 events in 2014, the week has mushroomed into a festival of science in more than 40 cities across Canada, with hundreds of scheduled events.

This year’s week will focus on space, with the Canadian Space Agency signed on as a special partner (watch astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ special invitation to participate here).  With everything from Lego building to genetic workshops, stargazing to makerspace explorations, there’s an activity for everyone. Plus, there are online webinars, and a host of local events right here in Kelowna. For a complete list of events, check out the SLW website at scienceliteracy.ca.

Of course, OC Library loves literacy of all stripes! Come visit our campus libraries and check out our Science Literacy Week displays, which pull together a sampling of the thousands of science-related resources that live in the library’s collection. For more info, check out our Science Literacy guide. Plus, watch our Facebook feed, and follow us on Twitter @OC_Lib for science shout-outs all week long.


Friday, August 31, 2018


What’s a #LibraryWin? It’s everything that the library does to help our students succeed. Borrowing a free laptop is a #LibraryWin. Finding a quiet corner to study, reading a current magazine, getting help with citations: all library wins! But there are so many more, and we want to hear them from you.

What’s your #LibraryWin? Share it with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag (you might have guessed it by now) #LibraryWin, and you’ll be entered to win one of six weekly prizes, or the grand prize – a $50 gift card to Campus Stores!

The contest runs from September 4 to October 12, 2018. Prizes will be drawn on Friday afternoons during the contest. Your #LibraryWin can make you a winner!



The Books of Summer

Monday, June 25, 2018


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Ahhh, summer.  Time to put away the textbooks, and break out the beach books, muster up the mysteries, and round up the romances. We’ve gathered a bucketful of summer book lists for you to dig through. With so many great books just waiting to be discovered, you’re guaranteed to find a wonderful read to travel with you through summer days at the beach or evenings on the deck.

Finally, don’t forget that your campus libraries have plenty of great reads – fiction and non-fiction – to keep you reading well into the fall.


Local History in the Library

Monday, May 28, 2018

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OC Library’s Local Interest Collection

If you’ve visited the Research Help Desk, the printers, or the reference collection at the Kelowna campus library, perhaps you have noticed a mysterious glass-walled room. This is the Local Interest Collection, which now has its very own online guide. This room is open to everyone: students, staff, faculty, and community members.

This is a unique collection that cannot be checked out of the library—if you want to consult the materials in this room, you will have to make an appointment and visit the room. This is because the books and periodicals (magazines, newspapers, journals, etc.) are being “preserved,” or protected. Some are old, some are written by Okanagan College faculty, and most are about or from the Okanagan/Similkameen/Shuswap region. This is what makes this collection special—it provides information from and about where the college is located.

Because of this, there are extra rules to follow when using this space. No food, drinks, or pens can be used in the room, and your large bags or coats will be stored securely. You can still use laptops, phones, and pencils, however. You may take photos of items with your phone without flash, but if you need something scanned, you will have to ask library staff. Finally, don’t put items back on the shelves—to avoid losing track of items, just stack them neatly in the empty shelf space by the door.

Research in the Local Interest Collection goes smoother when you have a plan and know what materials in the room you need to consult. You can do this by using the Advanced Search of the library catalogue and choosing “Local Interest Collection” in the Locations: dropdown menu. This will limit your results to only items that are in the Local Interest Collection. Keep in mind that unlike most searching in OCtopus, this search will not search full-text, but only titles, authors, and subject headings (librarian-supplied keywords). This search even does not search article titles of the magazines or newspapers. Therefore, even after online searching, you still may need to browse through the items in the room.

If this collection sounds like something that will be useful for an assignment or project that you’re working on, or if you would like to learn more, check out the guide. Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have questions about this collection!

Privacy & Social Media

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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You may have heard about the recent Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal involving the personal data of about fifty million Facebook users. This data was being used by a third party to target political advertisements based on information from the users’ profiles.

One way to look at it is that there are two types of visibility on with social media websites:

  1. There is what other people can see on your feed; this might be different for each post depending on your settings (for instance, maybe only friends can see your photos).
  2. The other type of visibility involves what the social media platform itself, as well as third-party apps, can access. This can include everything you make public to your friends, along with private messages, everything you’ve liked and commented on, your location every time you open the app, and more. Basically, if it’s on Facebook’s site, Facebook has access to it.

While it can be relatively simple to monitor what your friends and followers can see, keeping track of and limiting what the companies have access to is trickier.

While the only sure way to make sure your data is not being collected is to delete your accounts and stop using these websites, there are other ways to limit what is gathered so you can keep your online presence.

  • Create strong passwords that are unique (a different password for each site) to protect your different accounts.password post it
  • Read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of sites you’re signing onto: what are they requiring access to? Is it worth it for what they provide?
  • If you can use a website without being signed in (for instance, you can search Google without signing into your account), do so; this will prevent your location and search information from being saved.
  • Finally, clear your cookies regularly to stop websites from remembering you.

You can also dive into the privacy settings of your different social media accounts. Each is in a different place for each website or app, but they generally fall under “settings” or “account.” In Facebook’s settings, for example, you can change what advertisers can use and which apps can see your data. Depending on how you use your Google account, it could be storing your location every time you unlock your phone; turning this off would reduce services like Google Maps but would prevent Google from accessing your location.

Even if you have updated your privacy settings in all the ways you can, it may still feel like there isn’t much you can do besides deleting your accounts. While this is an option, you can also be a critical user of the Internet by being aware of what information you are giving each time you interact with a website. You can also think critically about the news you see online and try to find news in places other than social media feeds to make sure you are not only seeing targeted advertisements.

Check out the links below to learn more, and remember you can ask us in the library about evaluating online sources!social media logos

CBC article about scandal + tips

BBC article about scandal + tips

Download your Facebook Data
Download your Google Data

OC Library: Fight Fake News

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