Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Products

The following two products were recently added to COPPUL’s inventory of database licenses:

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is the first online journal featuring video demonstrations of experimental measures. This new method of scientific publishing allows researchers and students to learn new experiments much faster than traditional text journals, thereby increasing the reproducibility and the efficiency of research in the biological sciences.

Merck Index Online is the internationally recognized encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. The entries cover a wide range of compounds that have been selected by the editors on the basis of present or historic importance and interest.

For more information on these products, please contact Debbie Braun, COPPUL Licensing Coordinator.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New COPPUL Executive Director

The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gwen Bird, Associate University Librarian, Collections, Simon Fraser University, as the next Executive Director, effective October 17, 2011. Gwen will replace Alexander (Sandy) Slade who will be leaving COPPUL on October 28th.

Effective October 17, the new COPPUL contact information will be:

Bennett Library
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Phone: 778-782-9404
Fax: 778-782-3023

Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Products

COPPUL has recently added the following products to its list of subscriptions:   
 • CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics, now in its 91st edition. It continues to be the most accessed and respected scientific reference in the world.   

 • Global Issues in Context (GIC), from Gale Cengage. This database offers current, international news and perspectives on the most talked about, debated and studied issues and events in world hot spots.

SAGE Reference Online. This is a one-time purchase of more than 300 authoritative, award-winning, interdisciplinary handbooks and encyclopedias across the social sciences.

For more information on these products, please contact Debbie Braun, COPPUL Licensing Coordinator.  

Monday, March 21, 2011

COPPUL Outstanding Contribution Award Winner

COPPUL is pleased to announce that the winner of its 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award is Mary Westell, Director of the Centre for Scholarly Communication in Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary.

Mary Westell is being recognized for her many contributions to COPPUL Systems and Digitization work. Mary chaired the COPPUL Systems Group from 1998-2000 and the COPPUL Digitization Group from 2003-2007 and she is currently Chair of the COPPUL Digital Curation and Preservation Group. In her roles as Chair, Mary has demonstrated leadership in moving projects forward to fulfil the objectives of the respective groups.

COPPUL is pleased to recognize Mary's achievements and long record of contributions to the consortium. Congratulations to Mary!

A press release about the award can be found on the COPPUL website.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Products

COPPUL has added two databases to its list of subscriptions and consolidated the individual subscriptions of several members since these databases are now available exclusively from EBSCO:

AgeLine focuses on issues related to aging in the population aged 50+ and aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy. Designed for researchers, professionals, students, and general consumers, this database addresses aging issues from individual, national, and global perspectives.

Alternative Press Index is a bibliographic database of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 300 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Born of the New Left, the API was launched in 1969 to provide access to the emerging theories and practices of radical social change.

For more information on these products, please contact Debbie Braun, COPPUL Licensing Coordinator.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nominations Sought for the COPPUL Outstanding Contribution Award

Nominations are now open for the COPPUL Outstanding Contribution Award for 2010.

This award may be given to an individual or team, working in a member library, that has made an outstanding contribution to the consortium.

Individuals currently employed by COPPUL member institutions. Note: COPPUL Board members and COPPUL staff are not eligible.

Contributions should enhance service in multiple COPPUL libraries, i.e. have an impact within the region.

Nominations can be made by staff of any COPPUL member library, and should be no more than two pages in length.

Nominations must include:
* Name of individual being nominated, and home institution
* Description and impact of the exemplary contribution
* Contribution to the COPPUL mission
* Other supporting/relevant documentation
* Name of nominator and home institution
* One letter of support (the ‘seconder’)

Deadline for nominations:
January 28, 2011.

Nominations are to be sent to Sandy Slade at the COPPUL Office. A decision will be made by the Directors at the spring 2011 meeting. All nominations will remain confidential to the COPPUL Directors and staff.

The award will consist of a plaque and a cheque for $200.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Products

COPPUL has recently added two products to its list of subscriptions.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources), a new database from Gale Cengage.

IBISWorld Industry Reports which provides over 700 industry research reports that include industry characteristics, conditions, performance, trends, and statistics.

In addition, COPPUL has helped members acquire two non-subscription e-book collections from Morgan and Claypool: Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science, and Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences.

For more information on these products, please contact Debbie Braun, COPPUL Licensing Coordinator.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

COPPUL Private LOCKSS Network recognized by CACUL award

COPPUL is pleased to announce that its Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) is the co-recipient of the 2010 CACUL Innovation Achievement Award. CACUL (Canadian Association of College and University Libraries) is a division of the Canadian Library Association.

The award recognizes institutions that have contributed to the development and advancement of academic librarianship through innovative programs, services, projects, or events. COPPUL is sharing the 2010 award with the Islandora Project at the University of Prince Edward Island.

The COPPUL PLN is a distributed digital preservation system that archives collections of local significance that are not being preserved by other means. LOCKSS (“Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe”) is an open source system that allows libraries to collect, store, preserve, and provide persistent access to their own local copy of authorized content they have purchased.

More information on the award is available at:

Congratulations to the PLN Steering Committee for its success with the project!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Alexander Street Press

COPPUL has added the following two Alexander Street Press products to its inventory of database subscriptions:

Counseling and Therapy in Video is a landmark collection in the Alexander Street Press Critical Video Editions™ series, containing more than 300 hours of training videos, reenactments, and footage of actual therapy sessions conducted by renowned psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. The videos are designed for training and continuing education, for providing an invaluable firsthand look at the realities of working with clients, and the challenges associated with putting theoretical concepts into practice.

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works contains more than 2,000 transcripts of actual therapy sessions—almost 40,000 pages of first-person accounts, together with 25,000 pages of major reference works. There are diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, and personal memoirs along with the full-text of the sessions themselves. All accounts are non-fiction, delivered in the first person and, where possible, contemporaneous.

Both products are available as an outright purchase or as an annual subscription from Gibson Library Connections Inc. Please contact Debbie Braun, COPPUL Licensing Coordinator, for more information.

Monday, March 29, 2010

New COPPUL member

COPPUL is pleased to announce that Mount Royal University will become a full member of the consortium on April 1, 2010. Mount Royal has been an Affiliate Member of COPPUL for many years.

Mount Royal University, located in Calgary, has a FLE enrollment of approximately 8,000. Areas of collection specialization, in addition to Arts and Science, include Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Communication, Design, Nursing, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the Holocaust.

As a COPPUL member, Mount Royal will be participating in the national reciprocal borrowing and resource sharing agreements. They will also be part of COPPUL's interlibrary loan centralized invoicing program.

Welcome to Mount Royal University!