Submit your Winter 2023 course syllabi and reading lists!

December 6, 2022

The winter term is approaching and the Course Reserves team at the library is now accepting course syllabi and reading lists for the Winter 2023 semester. Our service ensures that all materials are copyright and license compliant, as well as accessible. We provide access to reading via Ares, which can be integrated into your Brightspace course. Please email us to find out more or to submit your reading list.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

November 28, 2022

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated yearly on December 3. This day was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992 and the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The MacOdrum Library has a wealth of resources that highlight the work, advocacy and experience of disabled folks, as well as resources that share ways that we can make our workplaces, classrooms and world a more accessible and equitable place.

You can find many of these resources linked in our featured collection, where the books can be accessed online or at our physical book display in the Library lobby area on the second floor.


New Resource: Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism

November 28, 2022

Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. The encyclopedia is updated regularly


Announcing Sarah Simpkin as Associate University Librarian (Academic Services)

November 25, 2022

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Simpkin has accepted the role of Associate University Librarian (Academic Services). Sarah’s appointment will begin on January 1, 2023.

Sarah Simpkin

Sarah comes to Carleton from the University of Ottawa Library, where she has worked since 2013. Beginning as a subject specialist librarian for GIS, geography, computer science and digital humanities, she eventually moved into a management position as the department head for Arts and Special Collections. Most recently, she has been serving as the Library’s Interim Associate University Librarian (Content and Access). Sarah is also the Academic Director of the Ottawa-Outaouais Research Data Centre, where she facilitates data access and training opportunities for researchers across the National Capital Region.

In addition to her work as a librarian, last year Sarah completed a Master of Science in Northern Studies here at Carleton where she focused on knowledge mobilization in support of efforts to understand and address the challenges posed by climate change. This rewarding experience provided Sarah with an opportunity to deepen both her research skills and domain knowledge while also engaging with Indigenous communities and researchers in Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

We are very excited to have Sarah join the Library’s senior management team, both for her ability to lead and support library teams in implementing new services and initiatives as well as her ability to engage with community partners to bring about high-profile advancement initiatives in support of the Library.


Featured Collection: Transgender Awareness Week

November 14, 2022

Transgender Awareness Week is observed every year from November 13-19 and leads up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 -- a day to memorialize victims of transphobic violence. This year we invite you to explore a sample of MacOdrum library’s collection of works that highlight transgender history, research, stories, and voices.


Registration for this year’s virtual GIS Days November 14-18 is open

November 10, 2022

What is GIS Days? Western University Libraries in collaboration with other organizations are running a week of virtual GIS content! Drop in and out of our Zoom rooms depending on what presentations pique your interest, and listen to presenters from around the world!

All event information is posted through our GIS Days event page. Feel free to explore the schedule to see what presentations are on offer, and don’t forget to register to access the Zoom links and reminders for each day.

  • Virtually: November 14 – 18, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Come and go from the Zoom room as you please, you just need to register to get a link for each day.
  • Trivia: November 16th 6:30pm, Join with a team, or let us put you in a team with other conference attendees. Questions will be streamed via the Twitch channel , and team answers will be collected via the Trivia Discord. Lots of prizes up for grabs.

Who can attend? Everyone from anywhere in the world is welcome to attend GIS Days, whether you're a high school student, university staff, faculty, graduate, undergraduate or community member. Not technical? That's okay, presentations will be offered by a variety of speakers ranging from GIS professionals to GIS newbies. Short lightning talks (7-min) offer you a quick taste of a topic, while longer demonstrations (20-min) provide a deeper dive into a GIS project.

We have presenters from Scotland, Australia, California and across Canada! Presentation topics range from mapping natural disasters to social geography of heart transplant care, from visualizing 15th century women to mapping traditional land use


How can we improve the Library?

November 8, 2022

We are providing the Library community the opportunity to tell us how well you think the Library performs in relation to what you think is important.

A survey has been distributed to a sample of students, faculty and staff, so if you are one of the Library community members who was randomly selected, please consider helping us out and completing the survey. Your honest feedback will help us improve.

And, if you complete the survey, you can enter to win! Prizes include an Apple Watch SE (GPS) and several draws for funds added to your Carleton campus card (Library Draw Rules apply). The survey will be conducted from November 8 to November 22, 2022 and we really appreciate your feedback.


Spotlight on Collections- First World War: Personal Experiences

November 4, 2022

The First World War: Personal Experiences is a collection of primary source documents drawn from archives across the globe. The resource includes a significant collection of digitally captured objects which have been sourced from museums and collections in the Ypres region. Supplementing the primary source material is a wealth of secondary resources.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connections Grant being used to support conference

October 24, 2022

Carleton University is excited to announce that they have been named one of the recipients of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connections Grant.

The $25,000 grant funding will be used directly to support the development of the Ugandan Asian Community Resettlement conference being hosted by Carleton University November 14-16, 2022.

"We are grateful that this will help facilitate the hiring of student research assistants, with technology support, and travel assistance," says Chris Trainor, Archives and Special Collections at Carleton University.

Students will participate in documenting the conference on social media, conducting oral histories, and will assist with conference workshops.

The conference is also receiving support through private donations as well as through the annual Giving Tuesday campaign hosted by Carleton University.

The keynote speaker at the conference, Mahmood Mamdani, is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His work explores the intersection between politics and culture, colonialism, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, and the history and theory of human rights. Dr. Mamdani will present remotely.

"We have a full conference planned to bring together the community with academics and students. This funding allows us to put together programming that will benefit all our attendees," says Shezan Muhammedi, Researcher in Residence in the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University and conference project lead.

Conference panels will include:

  • The expulsion order and a warm welcome? (Re) settling and early experiences of life in Canada among East African Asians
  • Home and homeland: Explorations of transnationalism and faith amongst the Ugandan Asian refugee diaspora in Canada and beyond
  • Gender in motion: The cultural, economic, and political impact of migration on East African Asian women
  • Investigating the legacy: Understanding the Ugandan Asian refugee resettlement initiative, impacts, and conceptions of identity

There will also be a number of workshops throughout the conference to generate discussions and learning around the history of the expulsion, intergenerational identities, and migration. The organizers will host an event the day before titled No New Land? with authors Tina Athaide, Tasneem Jamal, and Hafsa Zayyan at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.

The event will be hosted by Dr. Zulfikar Hirji (York University) and will bring the authors together for a conversation about their fictional stories of loss, longing and belonging, each set in the context of the expulsion.

The conference workshops will also include:

Global Café: Intergenerational Discussion

This workshop will consist of an intergenerational discussion amongst Ugandan Asian refugees, their children, and other migrant communities who attend the conference on the impact of migration and sense of belonging.

Documentary Screening and Q&A

This workshop will consist of a screening of documentaries created to commemorate the expulsion, accompanied with a question and answer session with the directors and project teams of the films.

For more information on the conference and to register by November 1, 2022, please visit the conference website.


New Resource: Early Encounters in North America

October 17, 2022

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment documents the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534 to 1850. The collection focuses on personal accounts through a range of published and unpublished accounts, including narratives, diaries, journals, and letters.


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