Archive for February, 2011

Missed the Copyright Workshop?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Copyright Photo courtesy of Joshua Gajownik of opensource.comAre you disappointed that you missed the copyright workshop offered February 22nd and 23rd? The Library realizes not everyone was able to attend one of these sessions, so the workshops offered by Rob Tiessen of the University of Calgary are available as a recording! Thanks to our educational technology department, the presentation can be viewed from .

If you would like more information on copyright please visit the Copyright FAQ created by the Library. The FAQ is accessible from the faculty library services page on the Library website. It explains what copyright is, how copyright applies in a classroom setting, how copyright affects the Library, the restrictions copyright puts on showing films in classes, and more.

If you have questions related to copyright do not hesitate to contact the Library or OC’s copyright officer.

New Database: GMID

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Okanagan College Library is pleased to announce a new database subscription. Euromonitor’s Global Market Information Database (GMID) is now available.

GMID is a market research database with a focus on consumer products. Use GMID to identify and compare statistics, for demographic, market, consumer, industry, and company research, and to identify information such as market size, brand share, consumer profiles, and more!

Along with the introduction of this new database, it should be noted that the Library has not continued its subscription to First Research. First Research industry reports can be found in the database ABI/Inform.

The library has also decided to discontinue its subscription to RDS Tablebase. Current resources to find business and demographic related statistics include GMID, Business Source Complete, CANSIM, E-Stat and international organizations such as the United Nations Statistics Division’s UNData.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the library.

Copyright FAQ

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Do you have questions about copyright? Are you unsure if you are allowed to upload something to Blackboard, download a picture from the internet for use in a presentation, or make photocopies to hand out in a class? Thanks to the Okanagan College Library you can say goodbye to these worries and find out more about the use of copyright materials in education.

Large copyright sign made of jigsaw puzzle piecesThe Library has prepared a helpful Copyright FAQ that is accessible online, and can help bring clarity to this often misunderstood topic.

Some topics outlined in this library guide include:

This guide will be useful for students, instructors, and staff members, as copyright affects everyone. If you are wondering why copyright has become such a hot topic in the recent months, you may want to learn about Access Copyright and its proposed tariff for educational institutions. Access Copyright is proposing a new fee structure for post secondary institutions that could result in a substantial cost increase. There is no time like the present to learn about the impact copyright has on you as an individual, and  Okanagan College as a whole.

Question mark made of puzzle piecesDo you have more questions on copyright? If you’re an instructor or faculty member, consider attending one of the copyright workshops being offered at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on February 22nd and 23rd. You can also contact the OC Copyright Officer.

Jan/Feb 2011 Deakin Newsletter Available!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dr. Andrea Deakin has been busy reading and reviewing a number of picture books, fiction and non-fiction titles, and graphic novels since the last newsletter was released. The current issue has special significance to Okanagan College as the book Black Dog, Dream Dog, is written by an OC Communications instructor!

The picture books discussed in this issue include, the newest title by the widely popular author couple John Burningham & Helen Oxenbury, a retelling of Snow White that includes pop-ups and attractive illustrations, a new book by Australian Nick Bland that features his popular Bear character, and more!

Black Dog Dream Dog Book ImageVisit the fiction section of the newsletter to view Michelle Superle’s newest book, Black Dog, Dream Dog. As Michelle is an Okanagan College instructor, and recent recipient of a PhD in Children’s Literature, this book is not to be missed!

The young adult fiction section also features two new books suitable for mature YA readers, due to the graphic content and nature of topics covered in these two novels. Out of the Shadows by Jason Wallace is a recent Costa Award winner that is set in the 1980’s in Zimbabwe following Robert Mugabe’s rise to power.  The Way it Is, is a more lighthearted novel that takes place in the local town of Salmon Arm. The novel follows Ellen, a teenage girl, as she struggles with societal limitations in the 1960’s.

This month’s newsletter features the graphic novel Fishing with Gubby, a book that many young people will enjoy. Set along the BC coast, it realistically describes salmon fishing in BC and a fisherman’s way of life. For any young person interested in the local fishing industry or salmon fishing in general, this novel will not disappoint.

Author Dick King-SmithAs always, the newsletter incorporates a non-fiction book review and featured websites. This issue also includes a heart-felt memorial for Dick King-Smith, author of the well-known book The Sheep Pig, which was later made into the classic film, Babe. Dick passed away on January 4th, 2011 at the age of 88. During his career, Mr. King-Smith went on to publish numerous popular books and was recognized by many literary awards, including Children’s Author of the Year.

For more information on the Deakin Memorial Collection of Children’s Literature Newsletter, visit the web page. The newsletter can also be accessed by visiting the Salmon Arm Library information page.

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