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Library Resources for Geography

Reading List Tool Workshop and Drop-in Q&A

Reading List Tool: How It Can Help You

Oct 22, 11am-12pm
Registration Required


Reading List Tool: Q&A for Faculty/Instructors

Oct 29, 9-10:30am

Oct 29, 4-5:30pm

No registration required – Zoom link provided on the workshop page.

New Reading List Tool in D2L

The library has licensed a course reading list tool (the brand name is “Leganto”). It was “soft-launched” over summer 2020 and is now available in D2L to help you create and reuse reading lists and clear your course reserve readings with the Copyright Office. Some benefits of the tool are:

  • Copyright clearance from within the tool
  • Analytics (what are students reading?)
  • Students can comment on the readings individually
  • Ability to add to course readings during term (and see if there is auto copyright clearance)


September 1, 2019: Interim Geography Librarian

Sue McKee, the former Geography Librarian has retired as of August 30. The new interim Geography Librarian is Jennifer Lee. Her contact information can be found in the "Contact" tab to the left or top of this guide.

October 1, 2018: Open Access Authors Fund

As of October 1, 2018 the funds allocated to the Open Access Authors Fund for this fiscal year have been exhausted, and due to budget constraints will not be reinstated. Please see the Scholarly Communication  webpage for more details.

June 2018: New Library Management System

The University of Calgary’s new library management system takes effect May 29, 2018.  The system will change access to library resources in several ways.  The appearance of the new search interface will be slightly different but it will operate with greater efficiencies. 

UToday article May 1, 2018

March 2018: New Encyclopedia

The Library has acquired an important new Geography title, the online version of Wiley's International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology

April 5, 2017: Update on Journal Cancellations and Reinstatements

The Content Development LibGuide has been updated indicating reinstatements of journals from Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Mary Ann Liepert.

  • All of the Taylor & Francis Geography/Planning/Urban/Environment journals have been reinstated for 2017.
  • These subscriptions are only for calendar year 2017; they will be reviewed for renewal based on 2018 budget.
  • Journals were selected based on a number of factors, usually in combination.  These included:
  • High use; this could be any combination of downloads, citations, and publishing.
  • Demand from users, especially from more than one department/faculty.
  • Cost. We needed to stretch the money available as much as possible.
  • Were most subject areas covered to some extent?
  • We were not able to purchase everything requested. There were many more titles put forward than funds available.

For journals that were not selected at this time, there are two options:

  1. Journals can be purchased now but there needs to be equivalent cancellations of close to the same monetary value and in basically the same subject area.
  2. Journals can go on the general desiderata list.  However, these should be few in number and should be true priorities, meeting as many of the criteria for purchase as possible.

Please send purchase requests, desiderata list items, questions, and comments to

October 6, 2016: Budget and cancellations information

Libraries and Cultural Resources provides the University of Calgary community with a rich array of significant scholarly and cultural information resources that include books, periodicals, electronic resources, and audiovisual media. The continued development and management of general collections directly supports the growth of research capacity at the university, enhances the student learning experience, and forges strong ties to the community as the University of Calgary matures into an established and recognized research leader in Canada. 

Information on the Library budget, upcoming cancellations, and Ebook access models.

October 6, 2016: RefWorks cancellation Dec 31, 2016

The University of Calgary is ending its subscription to RefWorks on December 31, 2016. If you wish to retain your records you will need to export your citations to another bibliographic software tool prior to that date.  The recommended date for completion of your export is December 1, 2016.

Please visit the Citation Tools Research Guide for information about suggested alternatives to RefWorks, and for instructions on exporting your citations and moving them to a new citation manager.

October 4, 2016: Grad student study space in the TFDL

Alan MacDonald Graduate Commons (TFDL 5th floor)

The Taylor Family Digital Library opened the new Alan MacDonald Graduate Commons research and writing space this month.  To review the application requirements and to apply for access to this space, please visit  Space is limited and will be randomly assigned.