Attend our joint GSA/Library event on October 6 to see how we support you

September 23, 2021

The Library and the Graduate Students' Association are hosting an information session to help you understand the many ways we will support you this year. Plan to attend on Wednesday, October 6 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Searching and Finding resources at the library

This presentation will help participants find academic resources such as articles, books, book chapters and theses to name a few. We’ll cover developing a search statement and strategy for conducting your search in the library’s academic databases. This also includes walking you through the basics of using Omni, the library’s discovery tool as well as introduce you to searching within a subject specific database. The presentation will also include some information on managing your citations.

Borrowing from the library

This presentation will help you borrow materials found through searching the library’s Omni search tool or through the many academic databases. Whether in print or digital, we’ll cover all of the basics of getting you access to the resources that you’d like for your research.

Conducting a Literature Review

This presentation will give participants an overview of conducting a literature review. We’ll explore the various types of literature reviews, introduce a process for developing and tracking a strategic search, and highlight some library resources related to doing a literature review.

Zoom Meeting Details

Meeting ID: 827 5444 8583

Passcode: 818867


Dr. Shezan Muhammedi announced as a Researcher In-Residence at Carleton Library 

September 16, 2021

We are excited to announce Dr. Shezan Muhammedi as a Researcher In-Residence at Carleton Library.

Dr. Muhammedi has been appointed as a Researcher In-Residence for his background and expertise in the resettlement of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada. Carleton Library is home to the Uganda Collection, a unique archive that provides insight into the expulsion and subsequent resettlement of over 7,000 Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada.

To commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the resettlement of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada, a joint academic and community-based conference will be held in November 2022 at Carleton University. Beyond Resettlement: Exploring the History of the Ugandan Asian Community in Exile aims to yield insights on the Ugandan Asian experience in Africa, Canada and elsewhere in the diaspora and to consider the nature of being a racialized refugee community in 1970s Canada and beyond. With this framework, the conference intends to broaden understandings of the refugee resettlement experience in Canada and will therefore be of interest to scholars, policymakers and various refugee and migrant communities.

The Researcher In-Residence appointment will allow Dr. Muhammedi to take a leadership role in coordinating the creation, planning, and budgeting the conference as Co-Chair of the Conference Sub-committee. As part of this work, Dr. Muhammedi will liaise with internal and external members and conduct research to aid in discussions, and decision-making around garnering more archival donations to grow the Uganda Collection and supporting the development of the 2022 conference.

Panels will focus on the historical context of the expulsion, Canada’s response and reception of refugees, and the lived experiences of the community in Canada. The event will also showcase archival materials including oral histories, digital exhibits, primary source materials, and other artifacts.

Dr. Muhammedi also holds an Adjunct Research Professor appointment in the Department of History at Carleton University and works for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada as a Policy Analyst.


Submit your course outline and reading lists for Fall 2021

September 2, 2021

Our Course Reserve Service supports teaching and learning by providing students access to course reading materials through Ares and Brightspace. We are now accepting your requests for the fall 2021 semester.

Please submit your course outline/reading list to or reach out if you have any questions.


Access to full print collection to be restored in September

August 23, 2021

We are pleased to announce that regular access to our entire print collection will be restored on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

However, as a result online access to in-copyright materials available through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service will be discontinued as of that date.

You will still be able to use HathiTrust to access the full-text of 4.3 million volumes works that are in the public domain.

In addition, our curbside pick-up, mail delivery, and scan-on-demand services will remain in place as alternative ways of accessing our print materials.

Please note that due to pandemic restrictions, only Carleton students, faculty, staff, and alumni are permitted to visit the building.

If you have any questions about how to access materials in our collection, please let us know!


Jane Fry and Heather MacDonald recognized for their outstanding work

August 20, 2021

Two of our Librarians were recently recognized for their contributions in their respective areas of expertise. Congratulations to both Jane Fry and Heather MacDonald for their outstanding work that lead to these awards and selections.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), an organization that provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community has honored Jane Fry, Data Services Librarian, with the 2021 William H. Flanigan Award.

Flanigan Award winner Jane Fry, active in the data community at Canada’s Carleton University for over 20 years, received an MLIS from San José State University (San José, CA) in 2014, an MA in Sociology from Carleton University in 1995, and a BA (Hons) from Carleton University in 1990. In 2018 she received the Professional Achievement Award at Carleton University for her many contributions. On a national level, Fry currently serves on the DLI External Advisory Committee (Statistics Canada), representing her data colleagues in the Ontario region, as well as nationally. She also continues to be actively involved with the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) and Portage, the research data management service of NDRIO.

In addition to substantial experience and knowledge in Data Services within an academic library, Fry also has very strong skills in research data management, data literacy, and teaching. For that reason, she is regularly invited to lead workshops on data-related topics in local, national, and international arenas. Fry is also a co-instructor for a summer course on providing data services at ICPSR.

Fry has a strong public service orientation, which leads her to be actively involved in a number of Library committees, as well as committees in the Carleton University community, and committees on the provincial, national, and international levels. This includes being co-chair of the DDI Training Working Group. From 2016 to 2020, Fry served as the Canadian member of ICPSR’s Governing Council, and she is always willing to pitch in to help train ICPSR Representatives on how to maximize their institutions’ use of ICPSR data and resources. She loves data and is always eager to discuss it with her colleagues at the Library and anywhere else.

Heather MacDonald, Health and Biosciences Librarian, has been selected as the Associate Editor (Evidence Summaries) with Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. EBLIP is a peer reviewed, open access journal published quarterly.

Evidence Summaries are an important part of EBLIP where the author(s) review a research article using a very structured format in order to provide concise evidence to assist with knowledge transfer and with the aim that readers of the summaries will use them to inform decision making. Summaries are peer reviewed before publication. If you are a reader of EBLIP you will know that Heather has written a number of Evidence Summaries during her career.


Attend a Library orientation session to support instruction

August 19, 2021

Later this summer the Library will be holding a series of short orientation sessions on how our services can support instruction. Take a look below at what we are offering and attend a session that works for you.

Library Instruction Orientation Sessions

Do you have questions on what the library can provide in terms of services and resources for this upcoming fall 2021 semester? If so, please check out these videos on library instruction and access to resources. Still have questions? Consider attending an upcoming live drop-in sessions via zoom where library staff will be on hand to answer your questions!

August 30 from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Passcode: cu-library

September 1 from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Passcode: cu-library

September 7 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Passcode: cu-library

Copyright/Reserves Orientation Sessions

Join us for informal discussions about providing course materials to your students as you teach online. We’ll answer questions about the one-stop Reserves service, readings lists, permissions for videos, using material from the internet, synchronous and asynchronous classes, using maps, photos, plans, sketches, songs, newspapers, and anything else that comes up. The hosts will be Joanne Rumig Head of Access Services, Jordan Snel, Carleton Legal counsel and Valerie Critchley Copyright Librarian.

August 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Meeting ID: 949 8573 0648

Passcode: 224420

September 2 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Meeting ID: 949 8573 0648

Passcode: 224420

September 9 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 949 8573 0648

Passcode: 224420

Can’t make the chat? Contact or see how the Reserves service can help at


We are currently hiring for two student positions

August 12, 2021

The Library is currently hiring for two student assistant jobs. A Library Accessibility Student Assistant and a Library Student Assistant for the fall semester. We'd love the opportunity to work with you in the Library and hope you'd love the opportunity to work with us too!

Head to CuHire to fill out your application!


The Library launches its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

July 23, 2021

The Library is excited to present our own 2021-2025 Strategic Plan that will serve as the Library's guide in the years to come. In developing this plan, we've broadly considered how best to meet the goals and priorities of the University’s own strategic plan.

As part of our planning we've investigated best practices in academic libraries both provincially and nationally and engaged in conversations with members of the Carleton community. This includes meeting with student groups, with staff, and with faculty along our road to finalizing our strategy. Our intention is to be inclusive, accessible, and focused on the needs of our users in all that we do.

We want to thank everyone who participated in discussions and provided their feedback. This could not have been done without our Library Strategic Plan task force, the guidance and support of the Office of Quality and Initiatives, and our staff.


Information sessions now available for Covidence

July 19, 2021

Carleton University now has an institutional subscription to Covidence, a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of knowledge syntheses. While Covidence specifically mentions systematic reviews, it can also be used for scoping reviews, comprehensive literature reviews, meta-syntheses, meta-narratives, and other types of literature reviews. It supports citation screening, full-text review, risk of bias assessment, extraction of study characteristics and outcomes, and the export of data and references.

Anyone with a Carleton University email account can have an institutional account to Covidence. For more information, check out the Covidence guide.

Information and demonstration sessions:

Thursday, August 12, 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 18, 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Please send an email to to request the zoom link for a specific session.


Library building closed for the morning of Monday, July 19

July 14, 2021

The Carleton Library study space and curbside pickup will be closed the morning of Monday, July 19th due to a water shutdown in the building. We anticipate that we will be able to reopen the study space at noon and that curbside pickup service will resume at 1pm.

If the situation changes we will post an update here and on our Twitter account. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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