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Maximizing UVic Libraries eBooks for Students

eTextbooks for Students (2022-2023)

We are continuing with UVic Libraries pilot project, started in fall 2021, to track the use of library licensed electronic books assigned in courses for the spring 2022-23 academic term. The eTextbooks project supports access and affordability efforts that are important to student success. The website lists the ebooks by title, Course number, term, and Instructors’ last name.

This project complements the Libraries’ advocacy efforts around open education resources (OER) and aligns with its Strategic Directions. Our OER initiative includes an annual offering of OER grants, cross-campus collaborations with Learning Teaching Support & Innovation, the Bookstore, and the Undergraduate Student Union (UVSS). The project gave us the opportunity to scan the university landscape to determine the extent to which the Libraries’ licensed resources were being used at all levels of course work. The Libraries’ expanded ebook collection allows instructors to assign quality course materials, while providing affordable solutions for students.

With the assistance of our Young Canada Works intern, Liam McParland, we identified 280 total titles used in 394 courses during the fall and spring terms. We searched the University Bookstore’s textbook catalog to identify titles adopted by instructors. In adopting the Libraries licensed resources for their courses, we believe instructors saved UVic students a total of $794,469 and in doing so created high impact for students’ access and affordability to a quality education. These savings improve students’ access to affordable, quality education and is closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals #4.



FACULTY: Lets us know if you are using an open textbook or a UVic Libraries licensed resources for you course this academic year.

STUDENTS: Let us know if you are accessing an open textbook or library licensed resources for your course!

Digital Scholarship Commons – December 2022 workshops

We are happy to release our online workshop schedule for this coming month. Many, but not all of our workshops, are available in-person and via Zoom so that you choose how to participate:

  • Intro to Data Analysis with Excel
    December 7, 9:30am – Register Now
  • Smartphone Photography
    December 8, 2:30pm – Register Now
  • Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo
    December 9, 11:00am – Register Now
  • Intro to Data Analysis with RStudio
    December 13, 2:00pm – Register Now
  • Data Management Plans (DMPs)
    December 15, 10:00am – Register Now
  • Intro to Podcasting
    December 15, 10:30am – Register Now
  • Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis and Coding with NVivo
    December 16, 2:30pm – Register Now
  • Intermediate Research Statistics with RStudio
    December 20, 2:00pm – Register Now

To see all of our upcoming workshops, please check out our website.

If you are a UVic professor and would like us to run a workshop just for your class, please contact Rich McCue, and we’ll do our best to work with your class’s schedule, and customize the instruction to best meet the learning objectives of your class and needs of your learners:

UVic Open Education Resource Grant – CFP

The University of Victoria provides grants for the purpose of the adoption, adaptation or development of Open Educational Resources (OERs), with the aim of replacing existing textbooks or other types of educational resources that can be prohibitively expensive. Ideally, the completed OERs will be useable not just at UVic, but other post-secondary institutions.

Open Educational Resource (OER) Grants are offered as a partnership between UVic Libraries (Libraries) and the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI), with invaluable support from the 2020 BCcampus OE Sustainability Grant, as well as the Division of Student Affairs, the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) and University Systems.

About the Grant

Grant Deadline: January 31, 2023

UVic Libraries – Lowens-Libraries Fellowship Program

October 31, 2022

UVic Libraries is running the Lowens-Libraries Fellowship Program again in 2023, with applications due on November 15.  With the deadline approaching, I would be grateful for your support promoting the program in your networks.  To that end, please find attached the digital slide and below an email blurb for circulation. Next week Christine and I will be hosting two information sessions for prospective applicants (links for registration are included below).

The program is open to all UVic undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline. Student fellows undertake an independent research or creative project using materials from Special Collections and University Archives.  In support of this work, student fellows attend workshops, are mentored by library and faculty members, and receive a $1, 000 award.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this program, and thanks, in advance, for your support.

Apply to be a Student Fellow

UVic Libraries welcomes applications to the Peter and Ana Lowens University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections Student Fellowship Program.  The Fellowships are open to UVic undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline.

Student fellows undertake an independent research or creative project using rare and unique materials from Special Collections and University Archives. Projects can include ongoing research or new areas of scholarship.  Student fellows receive a $1, 000 award, attend workshops, and are mentored by library staff and faculty. For more information see: Applications are due November 15th.

Two information sessions will be offered in early November to provide more information about the program and application process. For more information about the sessions, and to register, please see: and

Heather Dean
Associate Director, Special Collections
Special Collections & University Archives
University of Victoria Libraries

Twitter for scholars: How to share your research

Description: Do you want to tweet about your scholarly work but don’t know how? This 30-minute virtual workshop will provide a basic introduction to Twitter for scholarly communication. We will cover:

  • Why you should tweet about your work
  • Who your audience is
  • What you could tweet about as a scholar
  • When to tweet about your work, and
  • How to design a good tweet (or tweet thread)

Session objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify elements of a tweet that enhance visibility and garner Twitter engagement
  2. Critique and revise a tweet

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Time: 11:00am – 11:30amTime Zone:Pacific Time – US & Canada (change)


SciVal 101 workshop

SciVal 101SciVal is a web-based analytics solution with unparalleled power and flexibility that provides comprehensive access to the research performance of over 20,900 research institutions and their associated researchers from 235 nations worldwide. In this introductory session, we will cover the analytical potential of SciVal and review its major use cases at Canadian institutions.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time: 10:00am – 11:30pm

Location: Digital Scholarship Commons A308, Library


Student Journal Forum 2022

Call for Proposals: Student Journal Forum 2023

The Student Journal Forum 2023 invites proposals for virtual sessions to be held on February 23-24, 2023. Now in its 8th year, this online event is open to everyone but is targeted at post-secondary students in Canada who are involved with or considering starting a student journal.

Proposals for 10-minute presentations are enthusiastically welcomed by everyone with an interest in sharing information about student journals. We especially encourage students to share their experiences, obstacles, and observations. Suggested topics for presentations could be:

  • Starting up a new journal
  • Attracting submissions
  • Recruiting and training peer reviewers
  • Managing technical processes (e.g. producing galley files, publishing platforms, copyediting)
  • Promoting your journal
  • Equity and inclusion in journal publishing
  • Following ethical publishing practices
  • Enhancing discoverability for your journal, including applying for inclusion in the DOAJ and other indexes

For a list of sessions at previous Student Journal Forums see the links on each of the forum events pages.

Ready to submit your proposal? Complete the online submission form or download a template of the submission form to review the proposal criteria or work on your proposal offline. The Forum organizing committee will review each proposal and feedback will be provided.

Important dates

  • CFP submission deadline: October 31, 2022
  • Acceptance Notifications: Mid-November, 2022
  • Program Published: December 2022
  • Student Journal Forum: February 23 & 24, 2023


Contact Sarah Severson, Co-Chair of the SJF forum at for more information.

Sign up for Forum updates

Join the listserv for student journal editors in Canada to receive news and updates about the Student Journal Forum 2023 and other events for editors. You can also initiate a discussion and make connections with fellow editors via the listserv.

Subscribe to the listserv or contact Sarah Forbes to be added.

Join the conversation on Twitter

Follow @CanadaSJF

OTESSA Conference – Call for Proposals

The Open/Technology in Education, Society, & Scholarship Association (OTESSA) has announced our Call for Proposals/Papers:

Where:            Both online and in-person (hosted by York University in Toronto). You get to pick your preference for how you wish to participate!

When:             Between May 27-June 2, 2023 (modes of dates to be announced)

SUBMIT:         OTESSA Conference Website

DEADLINE:    Proposals are due November 15, 2022

We welcome you to read our latest blog post announcing our Call for Proposals/Papers and our co-chairs and local coordinator.

#OTESSA23 Call for Proposals Flyer [PDF] – Please post and distribute

We look forward to seeing you there, online or in person!


The OTESSA Conference Organizing Team