Library News

November 19, 2019

Once the Library launches Omni on December 10, anyone who uses a barcode and PIN to access their library account will need to reset their PIN.

An email message will be sent to all barcode/PIN users on December 10 with instructions on how to reset their PIN.

Note: People using their MyCarletonOne username and password to access their library account are not affected by this change.

If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau.


November 15, 2019

MacOdrum Library’s 2019 United Way Online Auction runs from Nov. 13-20. Don't miss out on 80+ fantastic items, including a variety of gift cards, homemade items, baked goods, jackets, ice time, an office chair and AirPods! The themed department baskets are also on the website and they are overflowing with great items. You may want to bid on larger baskets as a group to divvy up later for gifts, etc. Check it out at:

Your participation through donating and bidding is greatly appreciated and makes our auction one of Carleton’s top special events. This in turn, supports many people in the Ottawa community who desperately need a helping hand.

Note: Please read the rules on the homepage before bidding. Thank you.

October 30, 2019

On December 10, the Library will be launching a new search tool. This work is happening as part of OCUL's Collaborative Futures, an initiative to implement a library services platform (LSP) that will be shared by 14 university libraries across Ontario.

Today it was announced that the new system will be called Omni.

Initially, you will be able to use Omni to search across all the print and electronic resources provided by the Library here at Carleton. Later next year we will be enhancing Omni even further so that you will be able to search and borrow print materials from the other libraries that are part of Collaborative Futures.

Below is the full press release from OCUL on the unveiling of the Omni name.

For more information on what will change with Omni, see: Overview of changes coming to library search tools in December.

If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau.



Introducing Omni : A New Academic Search Tool from 14 Ontario University Libraries

October 30, 2019
[For immediate release]

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is excited to announce the upcoming launch of Omni, an academic search tool that connects the libraries of 14 of Ontario’s universities. Omni goes live on December 10th, 2019.

An outcome of OCUL’s Collaborative Futures initiative, Omni is powered by the skills and expertise of team members from 14 Ontario university libraries.  Omni users will experience fast and easy access to a vast collection of diverse, high-quality academic research resources, enabling them to confidently develop new insights in their areas of study and succeed in their research goals.

Omni brings OCUL’s mission to life: advancing research, teaching, and learning by collaborating at scale. By sharing expertise at university libraries across Ontario, Omni partners will provide users with efficient access to information in every field of study, and ensure the ongoing sustainability of a comprehensive collection of shared resources. Regardless of location, field of study, institution size, language, or device, users will have seamless, consistent, and intuitive access to quality resources.

“I am thrilled that we are working together to enable research and learning across the province with extensive and consistent access to library materials,” says Joy Kirchner, OCUL Chair and Dean of Libraries at York University. “Omni will both support a robust scholarly community in Ontario, and help our library staff develop meaningful connections with colleagues.”

“OCUL has a long history of collaborating and sharing our resources,” says Pascal Calarco, Chair of the Collaborative Futures Steering Committee and University Librarian at the University of Windsor. “Omni brings that tradition forward into 2020, providing the students of today and tomorrow with the vast array of resources and intuitive online experience they’ve come to expect in their research.”

The Omni brand reflects the expansive scope of resources available to its users, as well as the continuous collaboration that drives its success. Omni will go live on December 10, 2019; additional services will follow in 2020. Omni employs Ex Libris’s Alma library software system and Primo VE discovery system. 

Look for the launch of Omni at one of the participating university libraries:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

For more information about Omni, visit: 

For questions or feedback about Omni, please contact


About OCUL

OCUL is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries that was established more than 50 years ago. The consortium, an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), enhances information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing, a shared infrastructure for digital information, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications, and professional development. Omni is the latest example of how OCUL works together to the benefit of Ontario’s university community. For more information about OCUL, see 

Contact: John Barnett, OCUL Executive Director, (416) 946-0578,

October 29, 2019

From November 15, 2019 to December 15, 2019 you will not be able to place a hold on items that are out on loan to other patrons.

However, any holds placed before November 15 will remain in effect and will be delivered in the regular time frame.

If a book or item you need is out on loan, we recommend requesting a copy through interlibrary loans.

This temporary service outage is required as part of the work being done this semester to implement Omni, our new library system.

If you need help finding what you are looking for, ask us!

October 29, 2019

As was previously announced, we will be launching Omni, our new library search, on December 10, 2019.

This post provides more details on the changes you can expect.

What is changing

Summon and the Library Catalogue

Both Summon and the Library Catalogue will be replaced by our new library search interface, Omni.

With Omni you will be able to search all of Carleton's print and electronic resources, using facets or the advanced search features to find exactly what you are looking for. Omni also makes it easy to find peer-reviewed articles and uses enhanced tools like virtual shelf browsing and citation tracing to help you discover books and articles related to your search topic.

The interface and features available in Omni are very similar to those currently available in Summon.

Saved searches, saved records, and reading history (Library Catalogue)

Any searches, records, lists, or reading history that you have saved in the Library Catalogue will not be migrated to the new system.

We recommend that you export any data that you would like to save before December 10, 2019.

To export your saved records or lists, use the Export feature in the Library Catalogue.

Saved searches and reading history cannot be exported, so you will have to manually copy the information from the Catalogue to a Word document or text file.

Once Omni launches, links to Summon will no longer work.

These links will need to be manually updated once Omni launches to use the equivalent permalink in Omni.

Links to Summon have URLs that begin with

Here is an example of what a link to a book in Summon currently looks like: Creating Carleton: the shaping of a university on Summon

Once Omni launches, link to materials in the Library Catalogue will be automatically redirected to the equivalent record in Omni.

Links to materials in Library Catalogue have URLs that begin

Here is an example of what a link to the same book in the Library Catalogue currently looks like: Creating Carleton: the shaping of a university in the Library Catalogue.

Note that other links to the Library Catalogue (to saves searches, specific search scopes, etc) will not necessarily be redirected and should be updated manually once Omni launches.


The current eJournals search and browse tool will be replaced with a similar search tool in Omni.

However, the new tool will be more comprehensive, including both ejournals and print journals.

What is not changing

Direct links to e-resources

Direct links to e-resources are not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.

This means that if you are linking directly to an ebook, ejournal, article, or database and the link does not go to Summon or the Library Catalogue, that link will continue to work. No action is required.

Here is an example of the a link to the same book from above on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform looks like: Creating Carleton: the shaping of a university.


The current Databases search and browse tool is not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.

Course reserves and Ares

You will still be able to use Omni to search for materials that have been placed on reserve.

Ares is not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.

Interlibrary loan and Racer

Racer (interlibrary loans) is not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.

Off-campus Login

The proxy service ( that provides off-campus access to e-resources is not affected by this upgrade and will continue to work normally.

How do I find the new search tools?

When the new search tools launch, we'll update the Library's web site so that links will go to the new search tools.

In other words, you can just use the Library web site as you normally would, and the new tools will be there for you when you need them!

How do I use the new search tools?

Most of the new search tools work more or less the same way as the tools you already use, so we don't expect they will be too hard to figure out.

However, there will also be information that we'll be adding to the Library web site to help you get the most out of the new tools.


If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau.

This post was updated to include the name of the new library search tool, Omni, that was announced on October 30.

October 22, 2019

SciFinderⁿ provides access to a comprehensive and reliable collection of scientific research information. The scientific patent and journal content is updated daily.

Current SciFinder users may use their existing passwords to access the trial. New users need to register for an individual account using their Carleton University email address.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

The trial ends on Nov. 12, 2019.

October 15, 2019

The library is in the process of implementing Omni, a new library services platform that will provide you with new library search tools.

While we are making every effort to not disrupt any of the services offered by the library, there are a few areas where temporary changes to our services are necessary.

These changes will begin to take place in November.

Holds/Requests (Nov 15-Dec 15) updated!

From November 15, 2019 to December 15, 2019 you will not be able to place a hold or recall books that are on loan to other patrons.

However, any holds placed before that time will remain in effect and will be delivered in the regular time frame.

If the book you need is out on loan, we recommend requesting a copy through interlibrary loan.

Requesting items from storage (Dec 1-15)

From December 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019 you will not be able to request items from storage.

Ordering of books and other materials (Nov 1-Jan 2020)

Regular ordering of books and other materials will stop on November 1, 2019 and will resume in January 2020.

Order of materials for course reserves will continue without interruption.

If there is a book you are interested in that is not in our collection, we recommend using interlibrary loan to get a copy.

Fine payments (Dec 1-15)

From December 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019 we will not be able to accept payment of library fines.

Electronic resources in the Library Catalogue (ongoing)

As part of the preparation to migrate to the new library services platform, we are gradually removing ebooks, ejournals, and other electronic resources from the Library Catalogue and instead making them available through Summon (i.e. the search on the library's web site).

If you want your searches to reliably include all the e-resources that we have, we recommend using Summon and not the Library Catalogue.


If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau (Head, Library Technology Services).

October 9, 2019

The library will be holding an information session for faculty and instructors on the new library search tools that will be launching on December 10, 2019.

The presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Tour of the new Primo discovery interface
  • Review of changes to other library search tools
  • Impact on library services during implementation

The presentation will be given twice during the week of the fall break:

Session 1 - Tuesday, October 22
1:30 - 2:30
MacOdrum Library, Room 252B

Session 2 - Thursday, October 24
1:30 - 2:30
MacOdrum Library, Room 252B

Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing Edward Bilodeau. Be sure to specify which session you will be attending.

October 8, 2019

Couldn’t make our NVivo workshops earlier this term? There’s another chance to attend two of our most popular ones:

Design Your Research with NVivo

Mon, Nov 1: 9 to 11 am

Approaches to Coding

Mon, Nov 18: 9 to 11 am

September 30, 2019

Want to know more about R? Want to try out the R program? Come to our workshop to get started with R.

Date: Thursday October 3, 2019

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Location: ML153 (in the Library)

Seats are limited so first come, first served!

September 30, 2019

Later this semester the library will be launching Omni, a new set of search tools for finding and accessing books, articles, and other materials in our collection.

Omni will be available from the library web site on December 10, 2019.

Omni will replace the existing search interface, the catalogue, as well as our listing of journals and databases.

Ares (course reserves) and RACER (interlibrary loan) will not be changing as part of this upgrade.

While we are working to minimize the disruption caused by this upgrade, we are expecting that we will need to make a few temporary changes to library services in the weeks leading up to the launch. We'll provide more information on those changes, as well as a more comprehensive overview of all the changes the new system will bring, in our next update.

We are also planning a series of information sessions for faculty during the fall break (October 21-25). Details on those sessions will be made available shortly as well.

This project is part of Collaborative Futures, a new consortium of 14 universities in Ontario that are working together to implement a shared library services platform. The goal of this consortium is to improve services and to facilitate access to collections held in university libraries across the province. To learn more, see Collaborative Futures (Ontario Council of University Libraries).

If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau.

Note: This post was updated to include the name of the new library search tool, Omni, that was announced on October 30.

September 26, 2019

Professor Mariana Esponda has challenged her architectural conservation students to create a contemporary and compatible addition to Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier. In the midst of the Chateau’s current design controversy, come see the exciting vision of 8 talented Carleton students and how they provide vibrant and differing solutions for a meaningful design applied to one of the city’s most important landmarks. This exhibit runs for the 2019 Fall term on MacOdrum Library’s Gallery Wall, located on the Main Floor across from the Services Desk.

September 26, 2019

A series of beautifully hand cut screen-prints by Carleton’s Brian Burns are the featured exhibit in MacOdrum Library’s Alumni Reading Room. Created to advertise dances at City, University of London in the 1960’s, these dynamic and colourful posters embody a nostalgic view of the London music scene which included bands like The Who and The Beatles.  Additional images of pop culture icons cleverly capture the spirit of the people and the time. The exhibit runs for the 2019 Fall term. Read the latest on this exhibit at and to learn more visit or

September 24, 2019

Do you vote?

Please have a look at the new display outside of Research Support Services, main floor past the elevators and to the left.

Student employee Kayla Dodd, who put the display together, has this to say:

"This display highlights library resources on American and Canadian politics, provides some definitions, and showcases the party leaders in Canada whose parties have seats in the House of Commons. Its goal is to get people thinking about politics as the federal election approaches. There are a variety of resources related to political action, apathy, corruption and function, so there should be something for everyone!"

September 12, 2019

This display includes books selected from the Carleton Library collection on the topic of elections, voting, mobilization, and democracy.

Also included is material from the Barry Wilson Collection located in the Archives & Special Collections department. The Barry Wilson Collection contains ephemera of Canadian political memorabilia collected by Barry Wilson during his 30 years working as a journalist for the Western Producer.

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