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Vernal Equinox - Why today?

Submitted by mbelvadi on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:25

Today, March 20, 2014, is the Vernal Equinox.

Here is an explanation from Environment Canada staff regarding what that means, and why the Charlottetown sunrise/sunset data appears to violate that definition.

An equinox in astronomy is the event when the sun can be observed to be directly above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 and September 22 each year. More technically, the equinox happens when the sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator and ecliptic intersect. In a wider sense, the equinoxes are the two days each year when the center of the Sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth.

     This being said, the reason why the sunrise and sunset times show that the day is longer than the night on the date the equinox happens is due to the way sunrise and sunset times are calculated.  Sunrise is the time when the upper edge of the sun becomes visible and sunset is the time when the upper edge of the sun disappears below the horizon.  The time it takes for the sun to disappear completely below the horizon in the evening accounts for the fact that there is more than 12 hours of daylight on the day equinox.

Bernard Duguay
Meteorological Inquiry Specialist
MSC National Inquiry Response Team ISO 9001:2008
Environment Canada

Open Islander Day noon-10pm

Submitted by cmckenna on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:31

Robertson Library will be open 12:00 noon - 10:00 pm on Islander Day, Monday, February 17th.

Happy Islander Day!

Nature/ReadCube online trial

Submitted by mbelvadi on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:16
What is ReadCube?
It is a special document-delivery service between the ReadCube company and the Nature Publishing Group (NPG). 
We don't get Nature online (just in print) or many of the other Nature journal titles in any format because they are too expensive.
This product allows us to provide web-read-only access to Nature articles (as well as the rest of NPG's journals) for just $4 per article read (the Library would pay this).
The idea is that if you want to read a Nature article right now, you can, and if you want a copy of the article to keep, use the Interlibrary Loan service as usual to get a permanent copy (or just photocopy from our Nature print subscription).
We're conducting a 30-day free trial to see what our patrons think of it and whether the experience of reading it on the screen (no print or download) right away, in combination with using ILL to get a copy you can keep is worth the cost.
How it works:
On campus, just go to nature.com
Off campus, use the proxied link to Nature
Find a research article in the current or a recent issue (the actual journal, not just "news" around the site). Click on the PDF link. You'll be able to read the first page for free and then when you scroll to the second page, you'll get a popup inviting you to create/use an account.  Create an account to use this service.
Then you can choose a little square button to "rent" the article for 48 hours.
Again, during the free trial, this is free.
Please send your feedback about this service to mbelvadi@upei.ca
Melissa Belvadi
Collections Librarian

Valentine's Day - Booklet

Submitted by sjones on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 15:26

From now until Feb. 14, the Library will be selling a small booklet of well-known love poems.  The cost is $2.00 and all proceeds will go in support of developing our poetry collection.  The booklet is available at the Circulation Desk. 

We look forward to you checking out this small gift - for those special someones in your life.  This booklet will likely never be created again, so don't miss out.

Valentine's Day notice.pdf1.08 MB

Library Tours: January

Submitted by cmckenna on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 14:30

Take advantage of one of the Library Orientation Tours offered throughout January.  Find out how to find your way around the Library, and what resources and services are offered (be sure to fill out a ballot to win a prize.) 

No pre-registration is required; simply show up in the lobby of the Robertson Library 10 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled tour. 

Tours leave from the lobby and last 30 - 40 minutes.  

Scheduled Library Orientation Tours: January 2014

  • Wednesday, January 8 @ 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 9 @ 3:30 pm
  • Friday, January 10 @ 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 11 @ 10:15 am
  • Sunday, January 12 @ 11:00 am
  • Monday, January 13 @ 11:45 am
  • Monday, January 13 @ 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 14 @ 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, January 15 @ 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 16 @ 3:30 pm
  • Friday, January 17 @ 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 18 @ 10:15 am
  • Sunday, January 19 @ 11:00 am
  • Monday, January 20 @ 11:45 am
  • Monday, January 20 @ 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 21 @ 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, January 22 @ 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 23 @ 11:00 am
  • Thursday, January 23 @ 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 25 @ 10:15 am
  • Sunday, January 26 @ 11:00 am
  • Monday, January 27 @ 11:45 am
  • Monday, January 27 @ 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 30 @ 3:30 pm
  • Friday, January 31 @ 3:00 pm

Extended Library Hours

Submitted by cmckenna on Sat, 11/23/2013 - 12:32

Robertson Library will be open extended hours during the exam period. The Library hours from Monday, November 25 to Friday, December 13 are as follows:

  • Monday - Friday -- 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday -- 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Good luck with your exams!

Food for Fines: Nov.25-Dec.9

Submitted by cmckenna on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:33
Food for Fines@Robertson Library

Do you have library fines? Would you like to help a fellow student or family on campus?

Bring 1- 5 non-perishable food or grocery items (e.g. canned goods, pasta, light bulbs, toilet paper, etc. - please no damaged, expired, or open goods) for the Campus Food Bank to the Circulation Desk at the Library from Monday, November 25 to Monday, December 9, 2013 and we’ll deduct $2.00 per item (up to $10.00) from your library fines.

Food for Fines (Nov 25-Dec 9)

Submitted by sjones on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 15:23

Robertson Library - Food for Fines

Do you have library fines?  Would you like to help a fellow student or family on Campus?

Bring 1- 5 non-perishable food or grocery item (e.g. canned goods, pasta, light bulbs, toilet paper, etc.- please no damaged, expired, or opened goods) for the Campus Food Bank to the Circulation Desk at the Library from Monday, November 25 to Monday, December 9 and we’ll deduct $2.00 per item (up to $10.00) from your library fines.

Very Short Introductions (trial)

Submitted by mbelvadi on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:30

Need a good solid, scholarly overview on a big topic, more than an encyclopedia would give you?

Try "Very Short Introductions". Each one of these hundreds of short ebooks summarizes a major topic in just about 100-150 pages, structured to help you get to just what you need to know quickly, and with extensive references to other sources to help you further.

Sample topics include:

  • The Scientific Revolution
  • The Roman Empire
  • Anarchism
  • Anaesthesia
  • Advertising
  • Feminism
  • Astrobiology
  • Documentary Film

and a LOT more.

These are published by Oxford University Press, an appropriate source for use in many undergraduate papers.

This is just a 30-day free trial, so use it now (thru December 12) and if you find it useful, contact librarian Melissa Belvadi, mbelvadi@upei.ca and let her know.


Open Access@UPEI Oct 22-24

Submitted by dhooper on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 14:05

"Open Access @ UPEI" presentation - Oct 22, 23, 24

To promote Open Access Week 2013, Mark Leggott, University Librarian, will present "Open Access @ UPEI". The presentation will cover UPEI's repository IslandScholar, the UPEI 2012 Policy on Open Access & Dissemination of Research Output, opportunities for open data, and open textbooks.


The presentation will be offered at the following times:


Tuesday, October 22, 3:00-4:00 pm Kelley Rm 234

Wednesday, October 23, 9:30-10:30 am AVC Rm 286C

Thursday, October 24, 10:00-11:00 am Robertson Library Rm 265

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