National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 25th, 2024

Join the Dr. John Archer Library & Archives on June 25th, 2024 as we celebrate National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Elder Betty McKenna (Sapotawayak Reserve, Treaty 4 Territory in Manitoba) and Dr. Fidji Gendron (Associate Dean [Academic] and Professor of Biology at First Nations University of Canada) will present on the importance of flora and land-based knowledge from an Indigenous worldview. This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more about some medicinal properties of plants by visiting our guide and entering a student contest at https://library.uregina.ca/librarycontest/indigenousplants

Our Rooted Relatives: June 25 Presentation

Join the Dr. John Archer Library & Archives on June 25, 2024 as it helps celebrate National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Elder Betty McKenna, from Sapotawayak Reserve, Treaty 4 Territory in Manitoba and Dr. Fidji Gendron, Associate Dean (Academic) and Professor of Biology at First Nations University of Canada, will present on the importance of flora and land-based knowledge from an Indigenous worldview. This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more about some medicinal properties of plants by visiting our guide and entering a student contest at https://library.uregina.ca/librarycontest/indigenousplants.

Medicinal Plant Game

June is Indigenous History Month and as part of our celebrations we’ve created an interactive online game about indigenous medicinal plants. Navigate a helpful bunny in and around the virtual Archer Library to collect plants to help a sick friend, either on your smartphone or using a desktop keyboard. Full instructions, as well as a link to the game, can be found here:

https://library.uregina.ca/librarycontest/indigenousplants

Also at that link is a related online contest about indigenous medicinal plants, which is open to currently registered U of R students (and those registered with the federated colleges.) The first ten entries will win library prize bags!

2024 Dr. John Archer Library Award Winner

Congratulations to the latest winner of our annual Dr. John Archer Library Award, Lindsay Demchuk, who’s winning essay was about her final project for ARTH 324: Canadian Identity and Cultural Identity. “I am very interested in Regina-based art history,” Demchuk writes, “especially the “Regina Clay” ceramic folk art movement. My electronic exhibition included a return to the “Canada Trajectoires ‘73” exhibition, which was held in Paris in 1973 and involved a number of ceramists connected to Regina Clay. I obtained the French-language exhibition catalogue through the Archer Library. The catalogue significantly informed my report, entitled ‘Regina 1973: Trajectories in Clay’.”

You can read Lindsay’s work at this link:

https://hdl.handle.net/10294/5336

as well as entries from previous award winners going back to 2012.

Dr. John Archer Library & Archives has new interlibrary loan system

The Dr. John Archer Library & Archives is excited to announce the launch of our new interlibrary loan (ILL) system called Rapido, designed to enhance your access to resources from libraries worldwide!

To take advantage of this new service, simply follow these steps:

1.           Log in to your My Library Account.

2.           Use Quick Find to search for the item you need.

3.           When offers appear, click the “Get It” button to request either a physical or digital copy.

NOTE: ensure Search Beyond University of Regina is selected. 

This new system will make it easier than ever to get the materials you need, no matter where they are housed.

Regional Park Pass Lending Program 2024

The Archer Library is pleased to participate in the Regional Park Pass Lending Program for another year. Explore nearly 100 unique Regional Parks throughout Saskatchewan with a free Regional Park Pass, available for up to seven days to Saskatchewan Library card holders from May 17 to September 15, 2024. This program is a great opportunity to discover hidden gems in your backyard and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

As with previous years, passes borrowed from the Archer Library are only available to University of Regina students, staff, and faculty. Patrons from outside of the University community are free to borrow passes from other participating libraries (such as the Regina Public.)

More info on the Regional Park Pass Lending Program can be found here:

http://www.saskregionalparks.ca/

Or by speaking to a staff member at the Archer Library Help Desk.

Archer Book Club for May

The next meeting of the Archer Book Club will be on May 29th at 12 pm, with this month’s selection The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. The Archer Library’s Jennifer Hall will be hosting the meeting.

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 2005 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys. This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real.

The Archer Book Club meets over Zoom, and info on joining can be found here:

https://library.uregina.ca/archerbookclub

Main floor construction zone

Hoarding for a construction project at the Dr. John Archer Library & Archives main floor entrance is now in place. The area, previously occupied by the Pasqua Room and IT Support, is a designated construction zone so please avoid going near the barricading. The IT Help Desk has moved and now shares space with the Library Help Desk (with signage to demarcate the separate service areas.) Noise levels will unavoidably increase around this area of the main floor during the coming months, as there will be general construction, demolition, and some core drilling.

Library, Archives and IT Help Desk hours are not affected by the construction.

National Nursing Week

During National Nursing Week 2024, let’s come together to honor and appreciate our devoted nurses for their tireless dedication, compassion, and unwavering commitment to excellence in healthcare. Whether at the bedside or in leadership positions, our nurses exemplify professionalism, empathy, and expertise every day.