Archive for February, 2012

2011 Census Data Now Available

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Our business librarian has been keeping on top of Statistics Canada’s 2011 Census population and dwelling counts that were released on February 9th. The census numbers reveal that Canada’s population grew by 5.9% since 2006, and that Kelowna had one of the highest population growths among census metropolitan areas, with a 10.8% increase.

The population and dwelling counts is the first release of 2011 Census data and products. Statistics Canada will release Census 2011 information throughout the year.

Information on the 2011 Census population and dwelling counts has been added to OC Library’s Census of Canada 2011 and Consumer Research subject guides. The Library will continue to add new 2011 Census content to subject guides and the Library collection as they become available.

There are some interesting tools available with this census release, including a Visual Census, which “facilitates the analysis and comparison of the changing demographic and socio composition of selected geographic areas across Canada” and a mobile census profile, which offers community-level statistics formatted for your mobile device.

Other interesting 2011 Census tools, resources, and analysis include:

Kelowna’s Centre for Learning Now Open Fridays ’til 9pm

Friday, February 17, 2012

We heard you! Students have requested places to study on Fridays once the library is closed. As a result, the first floor of Kelowna’s Centre for Learning will be open Friday evenings from 6-9 pm as a trial until March 31st (click here to send feedback!). Following the end of March, the trial will be reviewed and feedback will be submitted.

The following meeting rooms outside of the Library (located on the 2nd floor of the E building/Centre for Learning) will also be available on Fridays and weekends:

  • E204
  • E206
  • E229

Available booking hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Friday*: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

*For security purposes, check-in is required for room usage 6-9 pm.

Students can book rooms online via MyOkanagan. Once in myOkanagan, go to your student tab, and the student resources box, to access bookings for the Kelowna student meeting rooms. Click here for additional information on booking meeting rooms.

As a trial, a monitor will be stationed in the building to supervise access to the atrium, bridges and the three meeting spaces on the second floor from 6-9 pm. The North doors (beside the International department) will be open to admit access to the building.

Please let us know what you think about having study space available on Friday evenings on campus!

Missed the Cite it Right Workshop this Term?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cite it Right - Click to RegisterCite it Right workshops have helped many students learn about the basics of APA citation style, as well as the overall research and publishing process. If you missed the workshop offered this term it is still OK!

The citation help pages on the Library’s website provide links to websites that have been vetted by librarians and given the stamp of approval as quality sources. You can also find APA, MLA, & Chicago “citation “cheat sheets” on these pages for viewing or download. The Chicago citation page even provides access to the online version of Chicago’s manual of style (on trial until the end of February). You can also check-out the Research, Writing & Citing LibGuide, which offers many tips and tricks around writing your research paper and citing your sources.

You can also drop in at a library and ask for citation assistance at the reference desk, or contact a librarian directly for assistance. Have you seen a blue or grey chat box on some of the Library’s web pages or in library databases? This is the live chat reference service, AskAway. You can ask you citation questions via chat and a librarian will respond within minutes and sometimes seconds!

If you are an instructor who would like a citation session taught for your class, click here to e-mail a librarian.

Passport Reference & Markets Replacing Passport GMID

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On Wednesday, February 15, OC Library will migrate from Passport GMID to Passport Reference & Markets. Passport Reference & Markets provides consumer market performance trends and drivers at the industry level. The interface will remain the same, but users will notice some content changes.

Reference & Market’s level of content  is similar to Passport GMID, however sector level data and information will be embedded in industry market reports and individual sector level reports will no longer be available. For example, if you are researching beer (a sector of alcoholic drinks) in Canada, navigate to the Alcoholic Drinks in Canada industry report.

Reference & Markets will include increased industry coverage from 52 to 80 countries and additional country analysis, such as Business Environment, Country Pulse, and Future Demographics Reports. As before, country and consumer statistics will be available, including demographic and macro-economic statistics for 205 countries.

Reference & Markets remains one of OC Library’s top resources for international markets and fast-moving consumer goods research.

Questions? You may want to talk with our business liaison librarian, or send her an email.

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