October 2, 2017

The Canadian Jewish Experience is a new exhibit of specially selected photographs and panels that illustrates nine main themes telling the story of how Jews have contributed to Canada’s strength and vibrancy during more than 150 years.

The exhibit covers the topics of Jewish migration, business leaders, armed forces participation, public service, architecture, sports, arts and culture. This exhibition was prepared by volunteers and funded by private donations.

Visit this exhibit on the main floor of the Library from October 3rd - 31st in the hallway beside Stairwell B.

September 28, 2017

Graduate students are welcome to attend any of these workshops to build up library skills. The workshops are offered through the Grad Navigate program, and count toward TA Training Hours.

Wednesday, October 4, noon-1pm – Publishing in Scholarly Journals

This workshop will address various “ins and outs” of writing for publication, including deciding where to submit your work, knowing your rights as an author, and understanding the differences between closed (more traditional) and open access publications. Register now!

Wednesday, October 11, noon-1pm – Understanding and Avoiding Predatory Publishers

This workshop will examine what exactly a “predatory publisher” is in the academic world, why they exist, and why they should be avoided, and will provide some strategies for investigating a publisher or journal to see if it is reliable. Register now!

Wednesday, October 18, noon-1pm – Know Your (Copy)Rights!

This workshop will look in more detail at copyright, and in particular your rights as an author/creator and user of copyrighted material. Register now!

Wednesday, November 1, noon-1pm – Measuring your Research Impact

Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it?  Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it. Register now!

Wednesday, November 8, noon-1pm – Research Data Management

High-quality data management is fundamental to research excellence.  This workshop will give you an overview of RDM and how you will benefit from it. Register now!

Wednesday, November 15, noon-1pm – Grey Literature: How to Keep Up with It?

This workshop will provide students with a greater understanding of how grey literature is defined, the benefits of searching it, and links to a number of useful sites providing access to resources relevant to students in different fields. Register now!

September 26, 2017

Ask a Librarian is a virtual reference service that connects students, faculty and researchers from participating libraries with real-time research assistance through chat.

So, if you have a research question or a question about the Library in general, check out the new online service. You can also look for the Ask a Librarian logo on the Carleton library website to get help with your research questions.

September 19, 2017

Carleton University's MacOdrum Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Graduate Student Open Access Award. 

These awards were established to recognize Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals. Up to five papers are selected each year. Each award winner receives $1000.

This year we awarded all five prizes; the selection committee was impressed that so many graduate students are making their research more widely available by publishing in open access journals.

The committee members, and the sponsors, wish to thank all the applicants, as well as encourage them to continue meeting such a high standard in research.

You can access each article by clicking on the title below or check out the awards page listings here.

The 2016-17 winners are:

Anna Crawford, PhD student Geography and Environmental Studies

Journey of an Arctic ice island in Oceanography 29(2):254–263

Kendra Jennie McLaughlin, PhD student Psychology

Jurors’ perceptions of scientific testimony: The role of gender and testimony complexity in trials involving DNA evidence in Cogent Psychology, 3:1, 1-14.

Jean-Daniel Medjo Me Biomo, PhD student Systems and Computer Engineering

Unmanned Aerial ad Hoc Networks: Simulation-Based Evaluation of Entity Mobility Models’ Impact on Routing Performance in Aerospace 2015, 2(3), 392-422

Zoe Panchen, PhD Biology

‘Prediction of Arctic plant phenological sensitivity to climate change from historical records’ from Ecology and Evolution (2017) 7: 1325–1338

Ian Wereley, PhD student History

Extracting the Past from the Present: Exotic Prizes, Empty Wilderness, and Commercial Conquest in Two Oil Company Advertisements, 1925–2012 in Humanities (2016), 5:2

September 11, 2017

If you’re new to Carleton or looking for a refresher on the services offered in the MacOdrum Library, join us for one of the tours we will be giving throughout the month of September.

Come learn about our graphic novel collection, where to get research help, the Discovery Centre, group study rooms, Uncle Steven the Library Therapy Dog and lots more.

There is no need to register beforehand, just show up to the help desk on the main floor at any of the times listed below:

  • September 11 @ 3 p.m.
  • September 13 @ 10 a.m.
  • September 14 @ 12 p.m.
  • September 19 @ 5:45 p.m.

Tours for Grad Students:

  • September 12 @ 12 p.m.
  • September 14 @ 12 p.m.

September 11, 2017

Your library needs you! We are currently recruiting students to join our Student Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of students who are interested in creating a better student experience at the library — enhancing library resources, services, and physical and digital spaces, and providing constructive feedback on library initiatives. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students to join.

The Committee will meet four times during the Fall and Winter terms.  Our meetings will alternate on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.  Membership is from September 2017 to April 2018.

Deadline for applications is Friday, September 15th. Learn more and submit your application.

September 8, 2017

Don’t miss a fabulous new display at the main entrance of the Library entitled The Faculty of Public Affairs’ 75 for the 75th. It features 75 inspiring alumni from across the academic units of the Faculty of Public Affairs. The alumni were selected as part of an 18 month project which FPA created in honour of Carleton University’s 75th.

September 8, 2017

“She Wants an Output” is one of the library’s newest exhibits that you won’t want to miss this fall. It highlights the 1980s punk rock music scene in Ottawa through the work of two women who were involved.

The centerpiece of the exhibit, located on the gallery wall, is a composition of appliqued blankets representing stages in Mary Anne Barkhouse’s life as an artist while recording with punk bands like Restless Virgins. On display in the main exhibit case is an eclectic selection from Julia Pine’s collection of zines, flyers, records and other ephemera from her involvement as a musician, producer, writer and community organizer during that time.

The exhibit was curated by Michael Davidge and will be on display until the end of October.

August 31, 2017

Ask a Librarian is a virtual reference service that connects students, faculty and researchers from participating libraries with real-time research assistance through chat.

We will be launching this September 11 to give you another option for getting answers to your Library-related questions. Look for the Ask a Librarian logo on the Carleton library website to get help with your research questions.

August 24, 2017

Did you know that using PressReader, you can access 7,000+ newspapers/magazines from 120+ countries in 60+ languages?

With PressReader you will have more convenient access to your favorite newspapers & magazines, can create your own lists of favorites, and search for the content you want. You can also download the Android or iOS app for offline reading although content must be downloaded while connected to CU wifi.

See PressReader under the Library’s list of databases for more information.

August 15, 2017

Applications for graduate student study spaces for the 2017/18 academic year are now open.

Successful applicants have been notified by email. Anyone who did not receive an email has been put on a waiting list.

There are three types of graduate study space:

  • Large carrels
  • Desks in shared study rooms
  • Lockers

More information about graduate student study spaces.

June 8, 2017

Did you know that the Carleton Library has a Recreational Reading collection? Well, we do! It is a donated collection located on the main floor of the library and contains editions of popular fiction and fun non-fiction from a variety of genres.

Come visit our collection and choose from over 600 titles for your summer reading!


If you have read a great book that you think others may enjoy, please consider donating it to the recreational reading collection. Items can be dropped off at the Library Reserves Desk in the library, attention Cindy or Katie. We are always on the lookout for hot new releases!


Have you read a good book lately? Let us know! Submit your book review to the Carleton Recreational Reading Blog and follow us.

June 2, 2017

Maintenance on Emerald's platform is scheduled to take place on Tuesday June 6, 2017. It will begin at 4:00 am and last for up to 12 hours. During this time the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode and the following will be unavailable:

  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Receiving alerts
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’
  • Searching

The downtime will affect all Emerald Engineering and Emerald Management journals.

May 31, 2017

An exhibit of maps celebrating “150 Years of Cartography: Past, Present and Future” is currently on display in the Alumni Reading Room on the main floor of the library.

Curated by library staff, Sherri Sunstrum and Joel Rivard, the display is in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Cartographic Association, held here at Carleton from May 31 – June 2. Anyone interested in maps or cartography is welcome to attend the conference – a gathering of practitioners, educators, researchers from public and private sectors and the community at large. Topics range from traditional topographic and thematic mapping to online viewers and applications such as Google Earth, as well as mobile apps on hand-held devices.

May 18, 2017

In 2017, as Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday, Carleton University is also commemorating an important anniversary: its 75th.

Visualizing 75 Years at Carleton is an interactive map which includes photographs, air photos and maps. Using the information provided by the Archives and Research collection, we will continue to populate the interactive map throughout the anniversary year with stories, images, and maps relevant to the 75thcelebration.

The person behind the stories is Sherri Sunstrum.

“Seeing the transformation of Carleton from its humble beginnings at the YMCA to what the campus looks like today was eye-opening,” says Sherri. “A lot of the early information, I didn’t know at all and discovering the unique stories was definitely a highlight.”

You’ll find maps on the various Carleton locations around Ottawa throughout the years, stories about the beginnings, endings, and revival of the Panda Game, stories about student life through the ages, and the successes our alumni have gone on to experience.

Check back regularly as the interactive map gets updated with more stories and pictures from Carleton’s past.

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