Archive for June, 2017

Canada 150+

Friday, June 30, 2017

canada 150+ logoThe Canadian confederation is 150 years old this year, and as we celebrate, it’s an opportunity to remind ourselves that the history of this country goes far beyond that, and that from different perspectives Canada’s birthday means different things.

With that in mind the plus sign in Canada 150+ has become a way to indicate inclusion of other perspectives as we mark this anniversary. The City of Vancouver has created a celebration called Canada 150+  as part of the city’s reconciliation program called Strengthening our Relations. The initiative is made possible by the three host nations: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Victoria has joined their own Year of Reconciliation with the collaboration of the Songees and Esquimault First Nations.

The #Resistance150 Project was created by Indigenous people to challenge the idea of Canada 150 and highlight Indigenous peoples’ resistance to colonization and assimilation from the time of the first Europeans arrival through to contemporary times.

It is important for all of us to hear different perspectives about our history and this land that we inhabit in order to fully understand and appreciate each other. However you choose to recognize this year, it’s worth exploring Canada’s history – 150 years and beyond, and our campus libraries can help you get started with a wealth of books and resources. Check out Kelowna’s Canada display to get started.

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Canada’s Big Birthday

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

canada 150 logo

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Canada. There will be multiple celebrations and events all over the country; for a complete coast-to-coast list of what’s happening, check out Passport 2017.

But before you get your party on, you may want to know what you’re celebrating. Your first stop should be the Canada 150 site. If web reading isn’t your thing, try binge-watching Canada: A People’s History, a 17-episode, award-winning documentary that covers the history of this land, starting 15,000 years ago. It’s available for free on Curio.

If you’d rather be outside this summer, here are some famous Canadian books to dive into. Start with one of our most celebrated writers: Margaret Atwood, whose book A Handmaid’s Tale is this year’s buzzed-about Hulu series.  Another great Canadian writer is Montreal’s own Mordecai Richler; Barney’s Version is considered one of his best. There’s Margaret Laurence, Carol Shields, Anne Munro, Andre Alexis – too many to list, but plenty available at your OC campus library. For the kids, there’s bestseller Robert Munsch, who reads all of his books for free on his website.

Need more? Here’s  CBC’s list of 100 Canadian novels,  this one from the Globe & Mail, or check out OC Library’s guide to Canadian literature.

Need music for your Canada Day party?  Spotify, iTunes, Stingray and most music services have Canadian playlists. CBC Music has Canadian playlists for everything from jazz to classical. If you want to listen to some classics, like Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69, Canadian Living has a playlist for you.

The story of Canada goes far beyond 150 years. We’ll cover more in our next blog post… stay tuned!

Library Assessment Discussion

Friday, June 16, 2017

Okanagan College Library is pleased to invite the Okanagan library community to a facilitated discussion about library assessment led by Tania Alekson, Student Experience Librarian at Capilano University.


Tuesday, June 20th, 2017  2:00-3:30 pm
Okanagan College Kelowna Campus room L203

statistic-1564428_640Topics covered will be teaching assessments, library-wide assessment planning, and reporting results using data visualization tools like Tableau.

Library assessment is important work that helps us to understand who is using the library and how effective we are at meeting their needs. How can we more effectively evaluate our libraries and share that information with our stakeholders? Are we measuring the right things at the right time? How can we incorporate assessment into our decision making processes? Bring your thoughts and questions!

to RSVP please contact Lindsay Willson

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