The Essential Study Break: Library Leisure Guide

Classes are ending, exams are beginning, and it is COLD in Regina (and many places)!

If you need a break from studying or working, or maybe just some general de-stressing time, check out the festive fun on our Library Leisure guide! We’ve updated our Christmas and Kwanzaa tabs with new recipes, videos about celebrations around the world, and much more. If these holidays aren’t your cup of figurative tea, we’ve got a virtual Escape Room! Just looking for study music, a good read, or relaxing with a great film? We’ve got you covered.

Check it all out here:
Escape Room
Reading (also check out our Book Club page with Staycation Reading ideas!)
Library Leisure Main Page (music, games, colouring pages and more!)

Best of luck for this busy season and take care!!!

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Podcast Picks from Kaetlyn Phillips

Many of our librarians and staff listen to numerous podcasts on an amazing variety of topics, and today we have a listening recommendation from librarian Kaetlyn Phillips:

“When podcasts hosts proudly call themselves “Methodology Queens,” I know I’m going to be interested! Maintenance Phase, hosted by Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbes, is a scathing and hilarious look at the diet and wellness industry. The hosts break down bad research, bad data, and common stereotypes about all our favourite and hated fad diets and exercise plans. Great for people who love deep dive research podcasts. However, if diet and wellness talk is triggering, check out You’re Wrong About or Sawbones for similar diet-free content.”

Maintenance Phase Website

Hanukkah with the Library Leisure Guide

This year, Hanukkah takes place from November 28th to December 6th. Try out some new (or new to you) recipes, learn about the celebrations, check out some great reading and more at our updated Hanukkah tab on the Library Leisure page.

The Hanukkah tab (and many other celebrations and holidays) can be found here:

The main Library Leisure page can be found here:

Stay tuned for updates on our Christmas and Kwanzaa tabs soon! We also have tons of ideas for streaming movies through the library, online reading, puzzles and games, and always much more!

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Warming Hearts & Hands Mitten drive

As the days get darker and colder, and the season of giving approaches, our thoughts turn to those needing warmth and comfort. Please help support the Dr. John Archer Library and Archive’s Warming Hearts and Hands mitten donation campaign.

From November 29th to December 21st, the Archer Library will be collecting donations of new mittens on behalf of Carmichael Outreach. Mittens can be dropped off in our donation box by the Library entrance. Donated mittens will be displayed on our Christmas tree until the end of the campaign.

Oh The Weather Outside is Frightful…

Did you know that the library has several display cases where we highlight library services, featured events, library programs, Archive collections and more?

Check out the above current hallway display, found outside of Archer’s main entrance, as well as a few of our favourite displays over recent years (below).


November Book Club

There’s still time to sign up for Archer Book Club’s next meeting on November 24 at 12pm. We will be discussing “Dog’s Best Friend” edited by John Sorenson and Atsuko Matsuoka. Read the whole book or just a chapter from one of these sections: Historical Canid-Human Relations, Dogs in Space, Exploitation or Wild Canids and join our conversation.

To attend please visit the Archer Book Club page and contact us there:

Please note that all book club meetings will continue on Zoom. We will be sending out Zoom information closer to the time for all those who have signed up.

Recent Publications From Our Librarians

Congratulations to four of our librarians on their recent publications!

Way to go Christina, Mary, Cara and Brad.

Check everything out here:

Cara Bradley

Bradley, C. (2021).Academic Librarians, Open Access, and the Ethics of Care. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 9(1). 

Bradley, C. (2021). The Role of Institutional Repositories in the Dissemination and Impact of Community-Based Research. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 16(3), 18–31.

Sattar, S., Haase, K., Kuster, S., Puts, M., Spoelstra, S., Bradley, C., Wildes, T. M., & Alibhai, S. (2021). Falls in Older Adults with Cancer: An Updated Systematic Review of Prevalence, Injurious Falls, and Impact on Cancer Treatment. Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(1), 21–33.

Sattar, S., Haase, K. R., Bradley, C., Papadopoulos, E., Kuster, S., Santa Mina, D., Tippe, M., Kaur, A., Campbell, D., Joshua, A. M., Rediger, C., Souied, O., & Alibhai, S. (2021). Barriers and Facilitators Related to Undertaking Physical Activities among Men with Prostate Cancer: A Scoping Review. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 1–21.

[online ahead of print]

Mary Chipanshi

Brown, J., Goodridge, D., Thorpe, L., Hodson, A., & Chipanshi, M. (2021). Factors Influencing Practitioners’ Who Do Not Participate in Ethically Complex, Legally Available Care: Scoping Review. BMC Medical Ethics, 22(1), 134-143.

Brad Doerksen

Doerksen, B. (2020). Institutional Literacy and Libraries: Addressing Library Anxiety with a Personal Librarian Program. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 15(2), 1–19.

Christina Winter

Winter, C., Swartz, M., Owen, V., Ludbrook, A., Selman, B., & Tiessen, R. (2021). Canadian Collaborations: Library Communications and Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19. Journal of Copyright in Education & Librarianship, 5(1).

November 11th Closure and Remembering Gladys Arnold

The Dr. John Archer Library & Archives will be closed for Remembrance Day on November 11th.

To mark the day, we share a poignant letter from the Gladys Arnold collection in University Archives. Gladys was a Saskatchewan journalist, and the only Canadian correspondent in France at the outbreak of the Second World War. She wrote this letter to her parents less than a year before the formal declaration of war. Learn more about Gladys’ archival collection at

Letter: U of R Archives 98-54 Box 4 File 25, Gladys Arnold to Parents, 1938.
Photo: U of R Archives 2007-42 Box 2 Photo 98, Gladys Arnold in Paris, 1936.

Library Instruction Profile: Meet Mary Chipanshi

My name is Mary Chipanshi, I am the liaison Librarian responsible for Nursing, KHS and Psychology. As an academic librarian, I strive to support the educational mission of the University of Regina by instructing students in information literacy (IL). IL is a life long skill that develops students with the understanding of when and why information is required, and how to look and use the information they find.

In all my IL classes, I am always excited to introduce the many library resources and show students some time saving searching tips, tricks and techniques.  It is rewarding to know that by equipping them with these skills they will not only save time looking for information, but also improve their overall assignment. Some students are unaware of the variety of resources available to them through the library. Resources include subject specific databases like CINAHL for nursing, APA PsychInfo for Psychology and SportDiscus for KHS. In addition there are resources of interest like PressReader where you can read hundreds of newspapers and magazines from all over the world or watch a movie through Audio Cine Films. The full database list is available on the Database A-Z list. 

Also covered in IL is citing correctly to avoid plagiarism and the use of reference managers like Refworks.

I am also available for one-on-one research consultations. Sometimes I get students apologizing for taking up my time when I spend an hour with them helping them find resources for their assignment. It is with great relief when they find out that Librarians and archivists are there to assist them. And frankly that is the best part of my job!

In the last couple of years, the virtual environment opened up possibilities that were otherwise unattainable. I was able to provide library instruction and reference to U of R students and staff not only in Regina but all over Canada and other parts of the world.

I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate with faculty to design and deliver custom information literacy instruction to students. For example, from January 2020 to October 2021 I have conducted 35 IL classes, with students totaling more than 1,000.00. 

To find out more about the liaison program go to