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University of Calgary
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Standard 5: Library and Information Resources (October
5.1. The adequacy of information retrieval and learning resources
The collections serving UCVM are housed in the Health Sciences Library at the Foothills
Campus. In addition, they have access to extensive biological sciences, biochemistry and
environmental sciences collections of the MacKimmie Library on the main campus. Network
access to all online journals, databases and e-books noted below is available to UCVM faculty
(including DVLC clinical faculty), students and staff via the University Library website on
campus and off-campus via an authentication ID and proxy server. The Library and its resources
are supported by the U of C.
The University Library subscribes to 97% of the titles on the combined Veterinary
Medicine standard lists (current1 and previous2) and lists of titles recommended by UCVM
faculty. Approximately 2000 print books have been ordered to date with the majority of these
now available in the Health Sciences Library. Additional orders are in progress. The Wiley
Veterinary Medicine e-book suite of 115 titles has been purchased in February 2009, and will be
made available via the Library website. The University Library already subscribes to over 220 e-
book titles in areas directly relevant to veterinary medicine including: animal behavior, animal
genetics, animal welfare, animal nutrition, comparative medicine, environmental health, food
safety, laboratory animals, production animals, wildlife, veterinary research methodology and
zoonoses. Books and journal articles not available in the University Library system may be
requested via a web form, with average desktop delivery of journal articles in 2 to 5 working
The University Library subscribes to the following veterinary medicine and life sciences
databases: Agricola, Animal Behavior Abstracts, Animal Health &Production Compendium,
Biological &Agricultural Index, BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts, Global Health, OVID
Medline, PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Wildlife &Ecology Studies Worldwide, WildPro
Encyclopedia and Zoological Record. The Health Sciences Library web pages provide a rich,
quality-filtered gateway to both licensed online resources and open access information.
5.2. The academic credentials of the librarian in charge of the library
The Director of the Health Sciences Library has an MLS (Masters of Library Science),
twenty-five years of experience in academic and special libraries, and is a senior member of the
Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals. The veterinary
medicine librarian has a MLIS (Masters of Library Science), fourteen years of experience in
academic health sciences libraries in liaison, instruction, and collection development for
veterinary medicine, human medicine and nursing. Three other librarians qualified at the Masters
level also work in the Health Sciences Library, and a biological sciences librarian and an
environmental sciences librarian work in the MacKimmie Library on the main university
5.3. The availability of learning resources support for faculty and students, including
The Health Sciences Library provides an excellent learning and study environment with
computer classroom instruction space, 52 public computers, network printing, photocopiers, a
scanner, individual study carrels, bookable study rooms and access to the University wireless
network in all areas of the library. The library is open 80.75 hours per week including weekends.
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