Archive for August, 2012

The Library Has Gone MOBILE!

Friday, August 31, 2012

That’s right! Your Okanagan College Library website and many online resources are now mobile friendly. Use your internet-capable mobile device (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc. ) to access key information from the Library’s website, search the mobile-friendly library catalogue, view the mobile version of the Library’s database listing, search OCtopus and view results optimized for a mobile device, and more! The mobile website will automatically detect mobile users if attempting to access the Library website from a phone. It is also an option to access the full website.

The mobile website includes:

  • Library hours for each campus
  • Library locations with Google maps integration
  • Search library resources:  The Library catalogue has also been made mobile friendly, search for books and media using your phone; OCtopus is also mobile friendly, conduct a search and browse results or read full articles on your phone.
  • Access to databases & electronic resources from a mobile-friendly interface
  • Research & Course guides optimized for mobile screens
  • Access to your library account: Renew items or check the status of holds and requests
  • Help resources: Chat live with a librarian on your phone, find key help resources
  • Contact information: Contact a librarian, find library phone numbers
  • Library News blog that is mobile friendly
  • Access to the Library’s social media applications: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Slideshare


The listing of databases has been optimized for viewing on a small screen. Find databases that meet your research needs any time. Some library databases even have mobile-friendly sites that will automatically detect your device and send you to the mobile search interface.

OCtopus, the Library’s search engine has also gone mobile. Conduct a search using OCtopus on your phone and you will be taken to results that are formatted specifically for mobile users.

Questions? Comments? Send to the Web Services Librarian or our online library suggestion box.

New Faces at the Library

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

You may recognize some new faces at the Vernon and Kelowna campus libraries.

Vernon campus librarian, Jennifer Sigalet, has embarked on a one year study leave, where she will be visiting libraries from across the world collaborating and and looking at integrated information literacy programs, as well as high school transition programs. Margaret Hodgins will be taking her place for the year. You will find her a the Vernon campus library Monday to Thursday. Salmon Arm librarian, Taryn Schmid, will be at the Vernon library Fridays.

Yasmin Jamal is the newest term librarian at the Kelowna campus. Yasmin brings with her a wealth of experience in libraries and you will see her on the Kelowna reference desk.


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