Thursday, August 31, 2006

McMordie Symposium Announcement

There is a symposium taking place in October at the University of Calgary in honour of recently retire architecture professor and ex-Dean of General Studies (now Communications and Culture), Michael McMordie. This event is being co-organized by the Canadian Architectural Archives and the Faculty of Environmental Design.

The details of the symposium are as follows:

Friday October 6, Lougheed House
Opening Reception, 7-9
An evening of Jazz at Beat Nik to follow.

Saturday, October 7, Rosza Centre, University of Calgary

Keynote Address, George Baird, Toronto

Panel Discussion on Architectural Heritage and Conservation
Panelists: Alan MacDonald (former Director of Information Services, UofC)
Frits Pannekoek (President of Athabasca University and former Director of Information Resources)
Trudy Cowan (Founding Director of Lougheed House, Calgary)
George Kapelos (Head of the Architecture Program at Ryerson, Toronto).
Chair, Linda Fraser, Archivist and Chief Curator, Canadian Architectural Archives.

Keynote Address, Raymond Moriyama, Toronto

Panel Discussion on Modern architecture
Panelists: Geoffrey Simmins (Fine Arts, Universuty of Calgary)
Fred Valentine (Stantec Architects)
Doug Gillmor (EVDS emeritus)
Trevor Boddy (architecture critic, Vancouver Sun)
Chair, Graham Livesey, Architecture Program, Faculty of Environmental Design.

Sponsors of this symposium include the University of Calgary 40th Anniversary Program and the Faculties of Communications and Culture,
Environmental Design, Fine Arts, Information Resources, as well as, the Alberta Association of Architects, Athabasca University, Calgary Civic Trust, and Lougheed House.

Admission $75, students $35

For additional information, please contact Graham Livesey at
To register please contact Amanda Adams at

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Reminder - book suggestions welcome

Just a quick reminder that if there are any books that you'd like the library to have, please send titles to me:

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Scopus Trial

We are trialling Scopus, a relatively new product from Elsevier, and would like some faculty feedback. If they have any comments or questions, contact me, or Andrew Waller, We last looked at Scopus about a year-and-a-half ago. At that point, it was a smaller search product with much-less-developed citation analysis features. Since that time, the abstracting and indexing coverage has been broadened and the citation features have been further developed. Of the two aspects of Scopus (abstracting & indexing vs. citation features), we're especially interested in what you think about the citation side.
Expires: September 17, 2006
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Scopus Overview: What is it? (From the web site)

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It's designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process. Updated daily, Scopus offers:

Over 15,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers
Over 12,850 academic journals including coverage of 535 Open Access journals
750 conference proceedings
600 trade publications
28 million abstracts
245 million references, added to all abstracts
Results from 200 million scientific web pages
12.7 million patent records from 4 patent offices
Seamless links to full-text articles and other library resources
Innovative tools that give an at-a-glance overview of search results and refine them to the most relevant hits
Alerts to keep you up-to-date on new articles matching your search query, or by favorite author

Scopus is the easiest way to get to relevant content fast. Tools to sort, refine and quickly identify results help you focus on the outcome of your work. You can spend less time mastering databases and more time on research.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

New Product Announcement-->Natural.Re.Source

"Natural Re.Source is a comprehensive, highly searchable, internet database capturing the public policy requirements for the energy, environment, mining and forestry sectors in seven Canadian jurisdictions - Federal, Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Yukon, NWT and Ontario"

It can currently be accessed at:
...and will be accessible via the catalogue and Research Databases list.

Once this product has been added to the catalogue, it will also be added to the Research Databases lists for EVDS and Environmental Science.