Archive for November, 2015

Open Education Resources & Open Data

Thursday, November 26, 2015

International Open Access Week took place October 19 – 25th ( The Library partnered with the Educational Technology Department to organize events during the week. Two Lightning Talks were presented. The first discussed how faculty can utilize Open Data in their own research and with their classes. The second talk provided an introduction of Open Education Resources (OERs) and more specifically, Open Textbooks. Ross McKerlich from the EdTech department presented examples of Okanagan College faculty who have implemented Open Textbooks for their courses, as well as OC faculty who have participated in the creation of these texts.

More about open textbooksOER_info

From BCcampus: “An open textbook is licensed openly, so it’s free for you to use, re-use, modify, and adapt to fit your course requirements without the need for further copyright permission.” So what are the benefits of using open textbooks? For educators, open textbooks provide flexibility, for students, these textbooks are free (yes, FREE!). Open textbooks are an affordable, flexible alternative to traditionally-published textbooks. All textbooks through BC Campus are peer-reviewed and available for a wide variety of subject areas. Since 2012, open textbooks have saved BC post-secondary students more than $500,000! To learn more about the growing movement that is changing education, visit

If Open Textbooks or Open Data are of interest to you, contact the Library or the Educational Technology Department to learn more.

Open Research Data Presentation:

For more information about using open data in your research or your classes, contact our Data Librarian, Jessica Gallinger.

Food for Fines – Thank you!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thank you to all who participated in the Library’s annual Food For Fines campaign. Library users had three weeks to lose their library fines by donating non-perishable food items to their campus library.

Food For Fines Nov. 23 - Dec. 13How Food for Fines worked:

  • Each food item paid off $2 in fines, to a maximum of $20.
  • Fines applying to all types of materials were eligible including books, DVDs, videos, and CDs.
  • Food for Fines did not apply to overdue, lost or damaged items.
  • Any OC library user, whether student or community user, could ‘cash-in’ a non-perishable pre-packaged food item.
  • Food items could not be cashed in against future fines.
  • Previously paid fines could not be refunded in exchange for food items.

Looking for Some Examples?

  • Meal in a can (chili, stew, chunky soup)
  • Low-fat canned and dry soup
  • Canned legumes (beans, chick peas)
  • Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, lasagne)
  • Tomato sauce and pasta sauce
  • Rice
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Tuna and other canned meat (e.g. ham)
  • Healthy granola bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Boost/Carnation Breakfast/Ensure
  • Baby food/formula
    ~List provided by Okanagan Valley food banks
    ~Please ensure food has not reached expiration

Please contact OC Library staff with further inquiries.

Hanging indents (without the TAB key)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Librarians provide a lot of citation help to students while on the reference desk. We often see students using the TAB key to create indents for reference and works cited lists. If you are one of these students you will be happy to learn that Microsoft Word has built-in  hanging indent capabilities.

Step 1: Highlight the paragraph/citation/page, etc. you want indented. 

Indent Demo

Step 2: Under the home tab, you should see the area that says “Paragraph”. Click the little box at the bottom right of the paragraph area. 



Step 3: Under ‘Indentation’, choose ‘Special’. Then click on the drop-down menu and choose ‘Hanging’. Click OK. 


 Step 4: Like magic, watch your selections turn beautifully formatted with hanging indents!



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