U of R Distance Students are reading up a storm for the English 100 class!


Distance students living in Clearwater River, La Ronge and Turnor Lake completed the UREAD (Distance Library Services) material request form for the delivery of library books for their Online English 100 course.  Did you know that if you are a registered distance student you can request books from the University of Regina Libraries. It’s free! We will mail the library books to your shipping address and include a return postage label. On Friday 14 September, 2018 I walked from the Archer Library to the First Nations University Library in Regina to retrieve these library items. The day was overcast, but luckily no rain or snow yet. 

After retrieving the items I visited the Teepee Art Installation in front of the First Nations University. So especially for the students from Clearwater River, La Ronge and Turnor Lake and all the other distance students taking classes with the University of Regina. Check out the online article from the Leader Post  “kêhtê-ayak: New teepee art installation brings Indigenous history to life”, written by Jennifer Ackerman. If you live in Regina go to the First Nations University building to experience this art installation before the first snow fall! – Corina van den Berg

Lost & Found

*sad Sarah McLachlan song playing in the background*

water bottles

Lost. Abandoned. Forgotten.

These are the water bottles at the Archer Library’s lost and found.  For the cost of a reshare, you can help reunite them with their owners.  Won’t you please help out these beverage containers?

Here’s some Library Lost & Found info you may not know:

  • We have a lost & found!
  • Once a week, we pack up unclaimed lost & found items and send them to the campus’ main lost & found office in the Classroom Building (room 113). If your lost item isn’t in the library, it might be there.  Don’t give up hope!
  • Lost items of a sensitive or valuable nature (eg. wallets) are turned in to Campus Security.

If you think you may have lost something in the library, please see staff at the Help Desk.  You can also call (306-585-4133), email, or send us a chat message.


The Library and Student Success: Part One

Libraries have always been co-operative ventures, and academic libraries stand at a unique crossroads between several aspects of the academy, including teaching, learning, and student support. Thus, partnering with other units on campus to advance shared aims is a key way the library fulfils its mission. One example of this is a new joint venture between the Archer Library and the Student Success Centre. Emerging from conversation between the Student Success Librarian and the Writing Co-ordinator was a proposal to improve access to writing support, particularly during evening hours.

This new partnership will see writing tutors available on the main floor of the Archer Library in the Poplar Room. These drop in sessions will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning September 18. This extends the availability of this important service beyond regular business hours in a location convenient to students. The success of this initiative will be assessed at the end of the fall semester, but we are hopeful that students will take advantage of this opportunity such that it would be continued in future semesters.

Official welcome to yoURArcher!

Last week I had the opportunity to give a presentation to the University of Regina Board of Governors focused on the Archer Library in the 21st century (aka the Digital Age). There is no question that libraries have evolved over the past 25 years as the digital world has come into its own in both positive and negative ways — but it is sometimes easy to miss how dramatic this evolution has been.

The first thing that we always hear as library and archives employees is that nobody uses us anymore because: EVERYTHING of value is already free on the Internet; whatever isn’t free is readily available from Amazon (even though EVERYTHING IS FREE); and, libraries are really just quiet warehouses that people have forgotten.

As the Board already knew, and as I expect everyone on campus also knows, this is nothing like the Archer Library of today or its research library peers across the country. While use has definitely shifted from physical journals and hardcover books we are busier than ever. One of the biggest changes we have seen is the Library as a learning space. Over the past year, our study rooms were booked 2,400 hours each — the equivalent of 1,200 days of group work. Our study and work space is in such demand that we have decided to permanently support extended hours during the winter and fall semester exam periods — with the result that Spring saw 3,900 students preparing for exams and final projects on the main floor between 11:00 p.m. and 2 a.m. More than 630,000 people passed through our front door and borrowed the equivalent of 32 electronic and physical items for every student, faculty member and staff person on campus.

But, as has been the case at least since the 1970s, collections and space do not a library make. Library faculty and staff are truly the keys to the success of our services and collections. Over 12,000 of you asked a question, got assistance in using our resources, had a one-on-one meeting with a library employee, or attended an information literacy session. While you no longer need to ask us how tall Mount Everest is, Archer employees have expanded their role as true partners in learning, teaching and research

This Archer Library newsletter will be your window into exciting new services, collections, programs and people at the Archer Library, as well as a place to introduce some of the issues and challenges facing us as academics (did someone say copyright?). And if you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me at university.librarian@uregina.ca.

  • Brett Waytuck, University Librarian

Library Blog Reborn!

Welcome everyone to the official University of Regina Library blog, yoURArcher! yoURArcher is brought to you by a team of librarians and staff at the Archer Library. We will be sharing weekly posts showcasing new resources, services, reading recommendations from the UofR community, some laughs, and a variety of other interesting topics!

Our blog will also post to the Archer Library Facebook page so you can catch us there as well!

We hope to catch you on our blog!


-yoURArcher Blog Team