Archive for March, 2011

UPDATE– Lit Resource Center: IE Access

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Users have reported problems accessing the Literature Resource Center database when using Internet Explorer. THE LIBRARY HAS IDENTIFIED A FIX FOR THIS PROBLEM.

Users may have to update their Internet Explorer browser to version 8 in order to avoid an error message. Switching to an alternative internet browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, will also help you avoid problems with this database.

Here are the details of the reported problem:

After a user has conducted a search an error message pops up when results appear. To view this error message see the image below.

If you continue to have trouble accessing this or any other OC database, please contact the Web Services Librarian.

Error message:

March/April Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Lit

Monday, March 28, 2011

The March & April Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Literature is now available. Visit the Deakin page on the Library’s website to view the full newsletter, or read on to get an overview of this issue.

A new selection of fiction, young adult fiction, graphic novels, and non-fiction can be found in the latest Newsletter. Four new fiction titles have been reviewed, including The Legends of Lake on the Mountain, The Coming of the Dragon, The Crowfield Curse, and Torn from Troy: Odyssey of a Slave.

The first book in a trilogy, Torn from Troy: Odyssey of a Slave retells the classic story of the Odyssey, one of the most epic tails of classical Greece. In this edition, the story is seen through the eyes of a young Trojan slave, Alexi. Through gripping and vivid adventures, Alexi confronts numerous adversaries, including  mythical creatures and fighting in the streets.

The March & April Deakin Newsletter celebrates a number of graphic novels  by award winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan. Tan’s stories, The Red Tree and The Lost Thing, as well as John Marsden’s The Rabbits are featured in the new graphic novel collection Lost and Found. These stores are all illustrated by Tan using his unique collage-style artwork.

The  artwork in one of the Collection’s stories, The Lost Thing, is eye catching and fits perfectly with one of the morals of the story, “what does it all mean to see things differently?” This thought-provoking tale is about finding your place in the world, searching for those who see as we see, and finding the place where we belong. The Lost Thing was also made into a short film and won this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Short Film!

Lizards in the Sky is the featured non-fiction title in this issue. This book serves as a great introduction to some of the world’s most obscure and unusual creatures. Some of the creatures introduced include the star-nosed mole, the yellow-bellied sea snake, the eel catfish, the kalapo, and the flat yellow-green snake. To find out more about these creatures come take a look at the book yourself!

One of the titles featured in the January/February newsletter has recently been recognized for two awards! Fishing with Gubby, a story about fishing off of the west coast of British Columbia, was awarded the Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award, as well as the Canadian Library Association’s Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s award. Congratulations to the the author Gary Kent and illustrator Kim le Fave!

The March/April newsletter contains many more book reviews, links to websites, author obituaries, and more. Take a peak on the Deakin Page of the Library website to find more information.

Get live help from your smart phone!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Did you know you can now chat live with a librarian directly from your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Palm? That’s right! You no longer have to panic if you’re stuck with that citation or research question and you are on a bus, at home without a computer, at a friend’s house, or in any other situation that may prevent you from getting an immediate answer to your pressing question.

Using an iPhone, Android, Blackberry* or Palm, go to the Okanagan College Library home page, or any library page that contains the blue AskAway chat box, and click the box that reads “click here to access our mobile chat widget“. A new window will open and you can ask away!

*Blackberry users must use an internet browser that is not the built in browser. Users can download an alternative, such as Opera, to take advantage of this service.

iPhone users can download a direct link to the chat Qwidget on their phone’s home screen, which will appear similar to an app icon. This will allow you to access the AskAway service without having to first navigate to the Library’s website. Add a direct link to the Qwidget itself by clicking on the bookmark icon and choosing the “Add to homepage” button.

Service hours still remain the same. AskAway is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Having trouble using the chat widget from your phone? Don’t hesitate to ask!

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