Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

The Library is hosting a screening of the new documentary, Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, during Open Access Week (October 22-28, 2018).

“Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.”
When: 2:30-4pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Where: LY 107.32 (Regina Room)
Light refreshments will be served.

Further information about the documentary can be found at

For questions about our local screening, contact Cara Bradley, Research & Scholarship Librarian, at

Meet the Staff: Angela Asherbranner

Every month yoURArcher blog will be profiling a staff member so you can get to know the people behind all the library magic.

This month we’d like to introduce you to Angela Asherbranner, one of our valued User Services employees.  Angela has a Master’s of Fine Arts and performs wizardry with maps, videos, and illustrations.  Her hobbies include MMOs and serving her feline masters.

Loki, one of the above mentioned feline masters.

What’s the one book you suggest everyone read?  Why?

Non-fiction:  Il Libro dell’Arte, Cennino Cennini.  Fascinating insight into the culture, materials and techniques of 14th Century Italian artists.  Many of the methods are still valid today.

Fiction:  Strangers, Dean Koontz.  Fun story of suspense and drama with an unexpected ending.

Who are your favourite writers?

Dean Koontz
Edward Johnston
Nicholas Hilliard

What’s one skill that everyone should develop?

Technology skills beyond the basics.

Which person – living or dead – do you most admire?

Nicholas Hilliard

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I don’t know, I’m not done achieving yet.  So far, any achievements related to my professional development as a Digital Artist.

Where would you most like to live?

Anywhere they never heard of snow.

What is your most treasured possession?

My two adorable, demanding cats, my 18.5′ Alienware laptop with dual Nvidia graphic cards.

What’s one powerful piece of advice for living a fulfilling life?

Never believe anyone who tells you that you can’t do something.

Library Open House–Join the Fun!

The Library is hosting a Town Hall and Open House! Join us on Thursday, October 11, 2018 for a celebration of Archer Library programs and services. Come learn more about how the Library can support your research and study!

Highlights will include a Town Hall (10-10:30am), an Open House (10:30-2:30–Come & Go), and a variety of Tours.

Everyone Welcome! Refreshments served throughout the day.
*Participating students will be entered to win a full day booking in an Archer study room (with snacks!)*

Library LOL – #1

“Watching patrons trying to find things in the collection after shifting”


GIF – – 30 May 2015

As you may have experienced we are working on a shifting project in the Archer Library.

When this project is completed the library users and visitors will be able to enjoy more  window views from each library floor. We have already compressed the journals on the 5th floor and have moved part of the collection on the 4th floor to the 5th floor. Currently the library staff is moving the collection on the 4th floor. And when that is completed part of the 3rd floor will be moved to the 4th floor. And last but not least the 3rd floor will be shifted to create the “Library with a View” areas on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floor of the Archer Library building.

We recommend a visit to the website Library Problems, created by William Ottens (MLS); if you want to have a laugh at common librarian frustrations.

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

  • 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

Student Research Assistants for PACA

This September, the President’s Art Collection welcomed two Student Research Assistants to join Curator Alex King. Stephanie Ross and Sarah Timewell have been tasked with contributing research and extended texts about selected artwork in the President’s Collection. The results of their findings will be published on a campus art tour website that will be launched to coincide with Congress 2018, providing curious visitors, students and staff with a greater understanding of the University’s art holdings. By way of introduction to themselves and the work they’ve been undertaking, Stephanie and Sarah were asked to write a short blog post about their experiences.

Stephanie Ross

I am a fourth year student working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and a minor in Cultures of Display. What an unbelievable experience I am having working with the collection, I am learning so much! It is an honor to be working so closely with such influential art works. Right now I am working on researching the Regina Five and focussing on the Regina Five Wall in the Riddell Center. This wall is truly a marvellous and lasting legacy of the past faculty of this University.  These men were instrumental in breaking the artistic isolation of Regina in the 1950’s. Through their determination to broaden the horizons and artistic standards they organized the Emma Lake Workshops; where prestigious artists came to a retreat in Saskatchewan to build, bond and share in artistic practice. Their work also gained national attention with the May Show, an exhibition that started here, at the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery. The exhibition then went to the National Gallery of Canada and was entitled, Five Painters from Regina, and toured Canada.

Sarah Timewell

I am of Métis and Hungarian ancestry and originally from Vancouver, BC. I am currently in my final term of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Indigenous Art) program at the First Nations University of Canada. Although I enjoy working in many mediums, my focus is on Indigenous fine arts, including mainly beadwork and drawing. It is my goal to continue on to obtain a Master of Fine Arts and work as a professor teaching Indigenous fine arts to the next generation.

Through my work with the President’s Art Collection, I have researched many of the Indigenous artists in the collection including Henry Hunt, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Roy Thomas, to name a few. One of my favourite commissions by the university includes three hooked rugs made by artists Bernice Runns, Marjorie Yuzicappi, and Martha Tawyaka of the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation. In the late 1960, a number of women came together to form the Sioux Handcraft Co-operative. Adapting historical designs usually painted on ceremonial robes, the women converted the age-old tradition into a rug-making venture that operated until 1972. To reference their roots, the rugs are referred to as tah-hah-sheena which is the original name of the decorated animal hides.



Untitled Rug by Martha Tawyaka, 1971, wool and linen backing, measurements ~15ft x ~5ft