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

Open Access Week: oURspace Mediated Deposit Service

October 25-31, 2021 is the 14th annual Open Access Week, a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The University of Regina Library is taking this opportunity to share some of our work to expand your access to our University’s research.

Today’s highlighted service is: oURspace Mediated Deposit Service

oURspace is the University of Regina’s Institutional Repository, an open access repository for the documentation of the scholarly, creative, and cultural contexts of the University of Regina.
The Library has launched a new service to assist you in determining your copyrights and depositing your born digital or digitized publications into oURspace. Depositing your scholarly work in oURspace makes it accessible to a wider audience, and is one way that grant holders can comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.

Use this form to start the process of depositing your publications: or contact for more information.

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Open Access Week: Open Journal System (OJS)

October 25-31, 2021 is the 14th annual Open Access Week, a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The University of Regina Library is taking this opportunity to share some of our work to expand your access to our University’s research.

Today’s highlighted service is: Open Journal System (OJS)

The Dr. John Archer Library supports open access publishing by supporting an OJS journal hosting service. This service is open U of R faculty members or students interested in starting an open access journal or migrating an existing journal to an open access platform.   

You can view OJS in action by checking out the Faculty of Education’s journal in education. Contact Christina Winter, Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian, at, for more information.

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Open Access Week: Open Educational Resources/Open Textbooks

October 25-31, 2021 is the 14th annual Open Access Week, a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The University of Regina Library is taking this opportunity to share some of our work to expand your access to our University’s research.

Today’s highlighted service is:

Open Educational Resources/Open Textbooks

The University of Regina OER by Subject Directory is an ongoing collaboration between the University of Regina OER program and Archer Library, which began in fall of 2020. Initially created as a book cloning project by OER coordinator Isaac Mulolani and working with library staff member Arlysse Quiring, the project began as a venture to create a single one-stop-shop for any individual looking for open educational resources to further research in their discipline, to see what open textbooks were available for their current classes, to learn about the possibilities in creating online texts and cloning, and learn of the benefits of a program like PressBooks. The open book is a living document, with continual resource updates as they are discovered, created and contributed. Isaac and Arlysse continue to offer regular introductory sessions for the resource every semester.

You can view the directory at

For more information please contact Isaac Mulolani ( or Arlysse Quiring (

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2021: Tanya Tagaq

October is Women’s History Month in Canada. Throughout the month we are highlighting remarkable women through history to the present day, and featuring some of their works in our library collection.

This week we are showcasing Tanya Tagaq. From the Government of Canada on Women of Impact in arts: “Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer-songwriter and avant-garde performer. Born in Cambridge Bay (Iqaluktuutiaq), Nunavut, on the south coast of Victoria Island, she left home at 15 to attend high school in Yellowknife. It was there that she first experimented with throat singing, a traditional art normally practiced by two women. Later, as a student of visual arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, she developed her own solo form of throat singing and soon gained popularity as a performer, both nationally and internationally, through collaborations with Bjork, the Kronos Quartet, Buffy Sainte-Marie and others. Tagaq has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Polaris Music Prize and the 2015 Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. In 2016, she was named a Member of the Order of Canada. She is an outspoken advocate for environmental reform and protection of Inuit communities.” (Read more here)

Tanya Tagaq’s book Split Tooth can be found in the First Nations University Library collection here.
A general search of items by and about her can be found here.
Tanya Tagaq’s website (including videos of her works) can be found here.

More historical trivia!!! (Women in Canadian History: A Timeline):

1914-1918: “First female officers served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.”
1993: “Jean Augustine, first Black Canadian woman elected to the House of Commons.”
2019: “Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was released.”

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Open Access Week: Open Data

October 25-31, 2021 is the 14th annual Open Access Week, a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The University of Regina Library is taking this opportunity to share some of our work to expand your access to our University’s research.

Today’s highlighted service is:

Open Data

The University of Regina Library can help you find open data collected by others, including governments, to support your research. Open data collected, analyzed, and shared by federal, provincial, and municipal governments can supplement your research in various ways. Besides being free and saving time, open government data can allow for longitudinal analysis, includes data at various geographic levels, and can be used with primary research data. On the federal level alone, researchers can access 26,000 datasets from multiple agencies.

The Library can also help you deposit your research data in a repository. Depositing your research data in a repository has many benefits. You’re not just preserving your data, you’re increasing your research impact. Open data repositories allow you to track downloads and connect with other researchers, meaning you have another metric to measure your research impact. Open data deposit benefits the research community by encouraging collaboration, creating interdisciplinary research, and moving your field of research forward. Most repositories now allow for various levels of access and put more control in researchers’ hands, so consider open data deposit.

For further information or assistance, contact Kaetlyn Phillips, Data Librarian, at

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