Archive for September, 2015

Okanagan Votes website

Monday, September 28, 2015

ready_to_voteThe Library has prepared an online resource guide with information about how to vote, a list of candidates, issues for consideration, and campaign trends. Leading up to the election, campus Libraries will also have election information displays with books, articles, and other resources available. Find out where you stand and how you fit into Canada’s political landscape using some of the highlighted tools, such as Vote Compass.

dialog-cancel-7The guide also answers the question, “how do I vote?” As a first time voter or as a student, you may need to learn how to register, where to find a polling station, or the ID that is required. The website will give you all the information you need, as well as a FAQ section for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

OC Events

calendar (1)On October 19 Canadians voted in the General Federal Election to give voice to the future of Okanagan Votesour country’s leadership. In the last election 23,971,740 Canadians were eligible to vote. Of this number, only 14,720,580 (61.4%) voted, making it the 4th lowest turnout since confederation. To encourage voter turnout and share information, the OC Students’ Union in collaboration with several Okanagan College departments, prepared resources and organized events, encouraging people to vote and learn more about the electoral process.

Science Literacy Week – September 21 – 27

Monday, September 21, 2015

Science Literacy WeekScience Literacy Week Poster was an event taking place across Canada to promote the public understanding of science. Throughout the week people from across the country discussed the wonder of scientists and their work through book displays, links to great content, lectures and speaker talks, and hands on activities. Learn more about events that occurred in your area by visiting the Science Literacy Week website.

Specifically created for Science Literacy Week at OC, our Library guide highlights the AccessScience database, as well as online versions of Scientific American, Science News, New Scientist, Popular Science, and more.

Science Literacy Week Events

The Vernon Campus Library featured displays of interesting and attractive science publications held on campus, a Seed Library display, a functioning weather station, hands on science experiments, Canadian scientists displayed on the TV monitor, and highlights from student’s ecology poster project.

Okanagan Regional Library, Vernon – Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Jim Single gave a talk on, “From Idea to Scientific Consensus: How Does Science Know What it Knows?”Science Literacy Week

Jim has taught science content for many years and has found that it works best by starting with an imaginary hypothesis, and then going through the stages that idea would have to go through to become generally accepted. He does something imaginary, because many people have one or two issues where they fight the scientific consensus, and then instead of looking at the structure of the problem, the whole thing gets bogged down in unproductive non-scientific argument. By focusing on a hypothetical case, Jim says more people are able to stay with the process and understand the basic structure.

Media titles that may be of interest

  • The Nature of Things: Decoding Desire, Myth or Science, or maybe classics?
  • 1000 Days for the Planet
  • 1905: year of Light: Einstein’s Important Discovery
  • Out from the Shadows
  • Body Corporate: Who Owns Your Genes?

Films on Demand: Health & Medicine

  • Chemerical
  • Moyers & Company: The Toxic Politics of Science
  • A Dangerous Future: Years of Living Dangerously
  • Expanding Universe: Wonders of Life (BBC)

National Film Board of Canada

  • From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning
  • Origin of Life on Earth
  • Paradise Lost
  • Pocket Desert: Confessions of a Snaker Killer (South Okanagan and Similkameen focus)
  • Death of a Legend


  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyseey (Salmon Arm Library)
  • Life (BBC) (Kelowna Library)

New look for ProQuest databases (CBCA, ABI/Inform, Canadian Newsstand & Hoover’s)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

If you haven’t used any of our ProQuest databases for a few months you may notice a new look. ProQuest has updated the interfaces and functionality of their databases, particularly CBCA, ABI/Inform Complete, Canadian Newsstand, and Hoover’s Company Records. Students and staff should find the new interface easier to navigate and more user-friendly.

Watch the short video below to learn more about the new user interface.

Questions? Ask the Web Services Librarian!

Get writing help with WriteAway

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Have you gone to the research help desk looking for help writeaway_bannerwriting an essay or working on a thesis statement? Librarians assist with research and citation, but tutors at the Writing Centre are the experts on writing. We know visiting a Writing Centre tutor is not always feasible, so what can you do? WriteAway is an exciting new service that provides students from across the Province with the opportunity to receive online writing assistance from qualified tutors.

How does the service work?

Institutions from across BC participate and provide qualified tutors. Students submit draft writing assignments and the Service’s staff provide feedback and assistance. Submitting a draft is free and tutors try to respond to submissions within  48 hours. When fewer tutors are available or during peak times, responses can take more than 48 hours.

More information on this service can be found here.

Click HERE to create an account and login!

Welcome new and returning students!

Friday, September 11, 2015

computerWelcome  to your library! The library collection includes approximately 200,000 books, videos, government documents, journals, electronic full text resources and other materials to support the programs and courses at Okanagan College. Through the Library website, users can also find articles, statistics, and government documents.

Library Hours

Hours vary depending on the campus and the time of year. During peak times all libraries are open seven days a week. Hours are posted to the Library website and updates are posted to our blog.

Accessing Resources

Students and staff can access library resources from on and off-campus. When accessing from off-campus, your OC ID number (300 number/barcode) is your username, and your last name is your password. Students with two last names may require a hyphen (-).

Chat IconThe Library Catalogue will help you find books, e-books, and media such as streaming videos and DVDs. OCtopus is the Library’s search engine and will allow you to search and access articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as books and e-books, streaming media, reports, and more. Request, renew, and place holds on items from within the Library Catalogue. With the exception of materials on reserve, items may be returned to any OC Library. Reserve materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk of the Library from which you borrowed. Students and staff can also utilize resources from UBCO library. Visit your library circulation desk to learn more.

You can also browse the electronic resources available through the Library. The Library’s e-resources listing can be narrowed down by subject or content types. The listing provides access to all the Library’s databases, reputable open access websites and databases, electronic reference titles, and streaming video collections.

Computers in the Library provide access to the Internet and Library resources, as well as an area to save your work on the OC network. Never save your work to the computer desktop. Students may bring their own USB stick to work from. To login to the computers the username is your OC ID number, and your initial password is your birthdate (mmddyy). You will be prompted to change your password after the first login.

If a resource is unavailable from OC Library but it is available from another library, an inter-library loan request can be placed. This service is free of charge for OC students and staff. More information on ILL is available here.

Getting Help

AgreementLibrarians and library staff are here to help! Never feel afraid to approach a library staff member with your questions. Librarians are available on all campuses. Stop in at your campus library reference desk to meet your campus librarian, or contact the liaison librarian for your subject area to book a one-on-one research help session. You can also email your questions to the Library.

Research guides (also known as LibGuides or course guides) are available for almost all subject areas, as well as a considerable number of courses. Research guides provide guidance for the research process, including links to key resources and databases, citation help, and hints to help you efficiently find the best information.

When a librarian cannot be reached, AskAway is a live chat reference service that is available to students seven days a week, Sunday – Thursday 10 am – 9 pm, and Friday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm. This is a great tool for getting assistance with citations or for getting started with your research.


Mobile PhoneThe Library has a mobile friendly website. This allows you to access key library web pages, as well as search OCtopus and library databases from your mobile device or tablet. Mobile friendly research guides are also accessible. Your device should automatically redirect you to the mobile site, or you can view it here.

If you are trying to access the wireless Internet from your mobile device you may want to use the Eduroam network. Your username is your OC ID number (for example,, and your password is the same used to access computers on campus.

Printing & Scanning

gnome_edit_select_allAs part of the Colleges focus on sustainability, both environmentally and financially, all students and staff must pay for printing. Instructions on setting up your print account can be found here. Black and white printing is 10¢ single / 18¢ double, and colour is 40¢ single / 78¢ double.  Students can purchase credit online via PayPal (debit or credit), or purchase a cash voucher at any Campus Store or campus library. Click here to login to your Pay Per Print account.

Scanners are available for students. Save to a USB drive or e-mail documents to yourself.


LaptopLaptops are available for students to borrow. Check out and return laptops at the circulation desk. It is free to borrow a laptop on the same day, and then $5 per day afterwards, or $25 for 5 – 7 days. There is a maximum loan period of seven days. Students must sign a library agreement on a yearly basis to borrow computers.

Booking Study Rooms

Group study rooms are available in the Library at all OC campuses except Salmon Arm. To book a Kelowna study room, visit myOkanagan, then choose the Student Tab. Rooms on other campuses can be booked at the Library circulation desk. Rooms can be booked up for up to two hours and no more than one week in advance. For more information on study room bookings and the amenities available in each room click here.

Distance Education

eReaderFor distance education students registered in an Okanagan College credit course, library service is available by email or phone. Material is mailed free of charge. Online resources are available both on and off-campus.


Contact the Web Services Librarian

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