Library News

March 16, 2021

Would you like to read better papers from your students? Are you new to teaching at Carleton and wondering how you can share your readings and course resources with students? The Library is offering 30-minute virtual orientation sessions on April 15 for anyone teaching a course including all faculty and graduate students to help illustrate how the library can help you throughout the upcoming Spring/summer semesters. 

You can register for these sessions by completing the registration form.

What will you learn?

Research Support Services

The Research Support Services team in the library has all your subject needs covered. They can teach your students how to maximize their search strategies to locate academic, peer-reviewed articles, evaluate their sources, and help them stay organized. 

They offer individual research consultations, and in-class or online library instruction sessions tailored specifically to your course content. As well, they create instructional videos, library assignments and course guides that can be easily embedded into your course on Brightspace.

For more information, contact your subject specialist listed here: Research Help | MacOdrum Library (

Course Reserves Services

Our Course Reserves Service will help you ensure your readings, resources, and films are accessible to students during the semester. They will introduce you to the system we use which is called Ares and how you can integrate the Ares reading list into your Brightspace page. 

They ensure that everything is copyright compliant as well as accessible, and all you have to do is send them your syllabus! For more information in the meantime please visit their website or send them an email.

March 1, 2021

We're ready to restart print Interlibrary Loans services for students, staff and faculty. Alumni, community borrowers, and other external borrowers should continue to contact their local public library for interlibrary loan services.

It is important to note that owing to the different institutional requirements, currently 9 (including Carleton) out of 21 Ontario university libraries are currently offering ILL services.  

As this important service is still operating in a limited capacity, users should expect longer than normal turnaround times before receiving their materials. If the material is available online through HTAS Emergency Temporary Access Service, the lending institution will not be able to lend the print item.

In the event that the service has to be closed again, as the situation with the pandemic continues to change, we will post updates to our website and through social media.

To use our ILL services, please visit the Interlibrary Loans services page.

February 11, 2021

In the last issue of this magazine we introduced you to the newly opened Book Arts Lab. Since then we have seen quite a few changes here in the way we offer our services.

The Book Arts Lab, offering some of our most unique services, has truly had to find different ways to offer their services to the Library community in the midst of a pandemic. Before the pandemic arrived, they were offering a number of in-person workshops that saw their beautiful space being used regularly.

Since then, Larry Thompson, Master Printer for the Book Arts Lab, has had to find new ways to engage the community.

Pre-pandemic workshops

  • Binding a Medieval Book “A Coptic Binding”
  • Intro to Hand Typesetting “Famous Last Words”
  • Intro to Hand Printing on Presses “Printing Dangerous Words”
  • Block Carving & Printing in Linocut “Kissing the Chains That Bind You”
  • Intro to Wood Engraving “Making Graven Images”

Pandemic videos

  • Binding single signature & multi signature book
  • Cutting and Writing with a Quill Pen
  • How to set type… without type!
  • Block carving - erasure cuts, linocuts and demonstration of wood engraving
  • Paper Making in your kitchen
  • Pandemic demos (usually live)

The basis of experiential learning, particularly in the book arts lab, is hands-on work. The pandemic has made in-Lab sessions very difficult to hold safely, so a rethink was required in order to continue to provide these sessions.

“There was always a plan to document with video and create instructional videos, but it was quite far down on the list of priorities and would be recordings of live events in the Lab--that changed with COVID,” says Larry. “The trick seems to be combining live demos, with movies and videos of simplified book arts production that can be reproduced in the student’s home.”

Pre-pandemic workshops were quite ambitious, and included typesetting and printing along interesting themes, such as “Famous Last Words” and “Printing Dangerous Words.” Students could cut linoleum using the carving tools available in the Lab, where materials could be supplied. Pandemic videos incorporate some very basic and general historical context, with step-by-step “how-to” instruction that can be followed using more accessible materials for students.

“The real challenge is to make the video workshops doable using stuff any student could find around the house or dorm. Instead of cutting lino and wood using specialized tools, they could cut rubber erasers with a sharp knife, and print them using a stamp pad,” says Larry. “The exercise is simple, but the experience is the same – in essence – that the ancient Chinese used to create page plates on a single plank of wood.”

From here, students can synthesize their area of study with the practice, and are able to reflect on the experience, still giving them that very unique experience that has been part of what the Book Arts Lab has hoped to offer from the beginning.

The process of making videos has also been a new one for Larry and has actually provided him with his own learning opportunity in his effort to learn to teach.

“I used the university’s AV Commons which loans out video cameras, mics, lights and stands for installation shots,” says Larry. “I spent most of my summer doing these videos, prior to the Library opening to the public again. More than anything, I learned to be kind to myself. This is the first time I’ve done any work in video and I wanted to keep it light and to remember to be friendly and smile. There are plenty of awkward bits and stilted speech, and that’s okay. It’s a rather special thing to have the opportunity to learn these skills, which will be so integral to future teaching.”

February 9, 2021

The Founders Award, Carleton’s highest non-academic honour, was inaugurated in June 1996 to recognize and pay tribute to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Carleton through their dedication, generosity and commitment to the values of the university. It is awarded annually, when merited, at Spring Convocation.

Margaret Haines, MacOdrum’s past University Librarian, was recently awarded the Founders Award for her many contributions to the Carleton community during her time here and after her retirement. She has continued to make the Library a priority in her retirement and is still a voice for our community and its advancement.

She received word of the award from Carleton University president Benoit-Antoine Bacon, who called to tell her personally. Fitting, given the large collection of work she had contributed to Carleton over the years.

“Carleton has been a big part of my life, first as a student and then back as staff and now as a retiree," says Margaret. "It has been really important to me and I feel a huge sense of loyalty and love to the community for all it’s done for me. This is the reason I really enjoy giving back in the ways that I do and part of the responsibility I feel towards Carleton.”

Margaret looks at her contributions as a reminder of how important the people of this community have been to her own development as well.

“During my time here, I learned a lot about how much people at Carleton help one another and how things work. I didn’t come with an exstenive academic background but several senior women administrators here gave me great advice and support and this helped me a lot.

I was here for some really big projects like FIPPA work and the very large renovations that took place in the Library, and the introduction of copyright, scholarly communications and research data management support services. These were really challenging projects that contributed to an overall excellent experience at Carleton.”

Even with her many contributions, Margaret was hesitant to move forward with her nomination when Amanda Goth approached her with the idea of submitting it given that her contributions weren’t financial. But, as was pointed out, the award recognizes overall contributions to the university, and as her nomination package pointed out, those contributions were plenty.

“One thing I really loved during my entire career was that I had young staff whom I could mentor and in whom I could take pride while watching them grow and move on to do really wonderful things. This doesn’t happen everywhere and I’m so glad to have been a part of this staff development culture at Carleton. It is all part of what Carleton's legacy means and another thing I am so grateful for from my time here. This place has done a lot for me and I owe them some reciprocation.”

While the pandemic has delayed the formal presentation of the award, it will likely take place at the next in person convocation along with the next recipient, and we’re lucky to have had Margaret as part of our team for so long.

February 4, 2021

FRDR is designed to address a longstanding gap in Canada's research infrastructure by providing researchers with a robust repository option into which large research datasets can be ingested, curated, processed for preservation, discovered, cited, and shared. 

The FRDR Discovery Portal enables discovery of and access to Canadian research data, while FRDR’s repository services will help researchers store and manage their data, preserve their research for future use, and comply with institutional and funding agency data management requirements.

Portage’s Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) has officially launched into full production! Full production offers many new features and benefits:

  • Publish research data in a Canadian-owned, bilingual national repository option
  • 1 TB of repository storage available to all faculty members at Canadian post-secondary institutions - more storage may be available upon request
  • Secure repository storage, distributed geographically across multiple Compute Canada Federation hosting sites
  • Data curation support provided by Portage
  • Ability to work with multiple collaborators on a single submission 
  • Your data will be discoverable alongside other Canadian collections in the FRDR Discovery Portal

FRDR is made possible through a collaboration between Portage, the Compute Canada Federation and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, with development and infrastructure support from the University of SaskatchewanSimon Fraser University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Toronto.

More information about FRDR and its partners can be found at

Portage is offering webinars on FRDR to help researchers, faculty, librarians, and others learn how to use the platform for data sharing, deposit, and discovery. See the announcement for more details.

For help with Research Data Management, please contact

December 22, 2020

Carleton University has enabled the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) available through HathiTrust. Through this service, current students, faculty, and staff at Carleton can read digitized versions of almost 500,000 in-copyright print items from the Library’s collection. This is in addition to the 6.7 million volumes of public domain works regularly available in HathiTrust.

More specifically, the Emergency Temporary Access Service works as follows:

  • Students, faculty, and staff can log in to HathiTrust and view all books that HathiTrust has verified as being held in the Library’s print collection, even if in copyright.
  • Students, faculty, and staff can search and read these books online. Books cannot be downloaded, in whole or in part. (The ability to download individual pages was removed by HathiTrust on May 28, 2020.)
  • When an ETAS book is accessed online, the book is “checked out” to that user and they will retain access to it for as long as they are actively using the book (i.e. loading new pages).
    • Specifically, a user who checks out a book has guaranteed access to it for the first 60 minutes. After that time, as soon as the user loads a new page the book is automatically checked out to them for another 60 minutes. However, if after the 60 minutes the user doesn't load a new page the book is considered inactive and someone else can check out the book. This continues every hour.
  • The physical copies of books available through ETAS cannot be consulted and cannot circulate through curbside pick-up or other means.

You can access this service here.

December 1, 2020

The Library's Course Reserve Service supports teaching and learning by providing access to required and supplementary course materials to students.

We are now accepting requests for winter 2021. Please note that with classes being taught online and students studying remotely, the Library’s Course Reserve Service will be for digital and online materials only. The library will not be providing a short term lending service for print and physical format materials in winter 2021. Curbside lending is not a viable or safe option for high demand course readings when students are working remotely.

As such, we are asking Instructors to avoid relying on the Library’s print collection when planning for winter. Please consider using materials from the Library’s digital collections.  Where copyright allows (or copyright permissions can be obtained), the course reserves team can digitize book chapters and excerpts (not entire books). The course reserves team can also license eBooks when they are available.

Please note that commercial textbook publishers  do not license textbooks to libraries. If you decide to use a textbook from a commercial publisher, there is a very good chance we will not be able to provide access to it, the only option will be for students to purchase the textbook.

Digitization of print and obtaining copyright permissions adds time to the processing of your requests, in consideration of this we urge you to start submitting your requests as soon as possible. Our staff are beginning to work on requests now to ensure that requests are ready for the start of the semester.

If you are planning to use films in your course for the winter term, please reach out to our staff as they can assist with locating titles.

To get started, submit your course outline/reading list to: If you have had material previously on reserve in Ares, please send an email to the same address with the details. Library staff will review the lists and let you know what we can make available electronically. In cases where materials are not available electronically we can provide advice on finding alternatives.

November 16, 2020

Join us November 16 to 19 for our first Ontario-wide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Days.

This free, online event is open to all levels of GIS knowledge. Students, staff, faculty, and the general public are welcome to attend. Visit the GIS Day main page for presentation topics, webinar links, and schedules.

Tune-in to lightning talk presentations, demonstrations, and tutorials throughout the week including:

  • The Geography of Pokémon Go.
  • How a Kiwi surveyor ends up doing GIS in Scotland.
  • GIS Applications in Astronomy.
  • Mapping Canadian Tornadoes.
  • Historical GIS and Virtual Environments for Immersive Gamed Pedagogy.

… and more!

It’s your chance to:

  • Discover how to take advantage of mapping technology in your research, education, or for your next job interview.
  • Check out the latest GIS projects and research.
  • Draw for one of our digital door prizes.
  • Join one of the networking sessions or the virtual trivia evening (November 18).

All are welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

November 9, 2020

We are excited to announce the opening of the Carleton RDC in the MacOdrum Library. This is the 33rd location of Canadian Research Data Centre Network - a partnership between a consortium of Canadian universities and Stats Canada.

These spaces provide university, government, and other approved researchers access to a vast array of social, economic, and health confidential microdata in secure computer facilities across the country.

The Carleton branch of the COOL Research Data Centre is located in MacOdrum Library, Room 121. There are restrictions and protocols in place due to COVID-19, and social distancing will be observed.

The Carleton RDC is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9 am to 4:30 pm. You apply for access through the Microdata Access Portal. For more information, check out the CRDCN webpage. There is also information on requesting access here and a complete list of all available data sets here. If you need more information, contact the RDC analyst at

October 21, 2020

If you are an active user of the Web of Science, we’d like alert you to the opportunity to preview the upcoming new Web of Science interface, expected to be launched sometime in the first or early second quarter of 2021.

To access the preview, select the ‘Click here to access the preview’ link from the upper right in the main Web of Science search page. Accessing the preview will open it in a new browser tab, and not replace your current session. The preview will be available for feedback until November 30.

This preview version includes attempts to better address accessibility concerns, support faster page load times, introduces design improvements to streamline search workflows, and has been re-coded to better respond to ongoing feedback. We encourage you to submit your feedback using the feedback link found within the preview.

October 21, 2020

Alumni are now eligible for curbside pickup and mail delivery as well as scan on demand services at the Library. To use these services, simply follow the link and we'll be happy to help out.

October 20, 2020

Water has been restored to the building and the we are safely reopening both the facility and curbside pickup on Wednesday, October 21. 

Library Road is still partially closed to cars; however, the sidewalk is open and the library receiving door is accessible.

We have to temporarily move the curbside pickup location to the Library Foyer. There will be two spots dedicated in P1, labeled "library curbside pickup." Patrons will still call (343) 996-9167 upon arrival and instead will proceed to the Library Foyer.

For curbside pickup, you do not enter the building, otherwise you will have to complete the required screening. One of our staff will bring the materials out to the Library Foyer for you.

September 28, 2020

Finding journal articles in Omni just got a little easier.

When you search Omni, you will sometimes see multiple ways to access an article. If there is an open access (free) version of an article you are interested in, you will see "Open Access (full text) may be available."

Unpaywall is a non-profit service that maintains a database of links to full-text articles from open-access sources all over the world. Sometimes the open access version is not always identical to the commercially public version. Contact Research Support Services to help you if you have questions about open access versions of articles.

Don’t use Omni Search? You can also use the Unpaywall browser extension on Chrome or Firefox. This tool will indicate if an open access copy is available while you browse.

If Carleton Library does not have the article and Unpaywall can’t find it, please use our Interlibrary Loan service to request it. To learn more about open access, visit Open Access - Overview | MacOdrum Library.

September 25, 2020

We are now offering a Scan on Demand service. With this service, Carleton faculty, staff and students are now able to request portions of eligible library materials to be scanned. Once processed, the link to access your material will be sent to your Carleton email address.

At this time, Alumni and community borrowers are not eligible while we focus on the teaching and research needs of Carleton University faculty and students.

Eligible materials include chapters from books, articles, government documents and other print items in the collection, subject to certain limits defined by copyright. Scan on demand delivery is limited to one chapter per book, one article per journal volume, or an excerpt of 10% of a total work.

A limit of 10 requests may be submitted at one time.

How to Place a Request

  • Login to your Library Account 
  • In OMNI, search for an item in the library collection.
  • Select "Request Curbside Pick-up/Mail Delivery/Scan on Demand".
  • Complete form with any additional citation information, such as chapter or article title, and page numbers.
  • Accept the Copyright statement.
  • Click "Submit".

How Scan on Demand Delivery Works

  • Our staff will scan the document, if print item is available in the collection, within 2-4 business days from the time the request is placed.
  • You will receive an email with instructions to access your document using your MyCarletonOne account.

September 1, 2020

The following is a copy of the information contained in the memo distributed by Amber Lannon, University Librarian, to the Carleton University Graduate Students Association in response to their concerns regarding access to library collections.

Many thanks for the meeting we had on August 26, 2020 to discuss Graduate student concerns regarding access to library collections, as documented in your letter dated August 21, 2020. As agreed upon at that meeting, I am following up our discussion with a written response to be shared with graduate students.

Since the start of the pandemic, the library has been pursuing a number of strategies to provide equitable access to the collection. Access for both local and distance students is impacted by copyright legislation, licensing agreements, and the availability of materials in electronic format; however, we have quickly expanded the online collection and services to meet student needs in these unprecedented times.

In June, we became members of the HathiTrust Digital Library - a collaboration of the major research libraries in North America. Through Hathi’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) we have made 500,000 of our in-copyright print items available online. ETAS books are not available for borrowing through curbside (due to copyright restrictions). As such, the access to these items is the same for students in Ottawa and students studying remotely. ETAS books for the most part are not available in PDF format; however, in most cases HTAS is the only method for accessing these materials online and there are no alternatives. HTAS also allows Carleton students to access six million public domain works. It should be noted that University of Toronto, McGill, UBC and many other research libraries across North America have also activated HathiTrust’s ETAS since the start of the pandemic.

In addition to Hathi, the library has licenced the following ebook packages and resources in an effort to provide continued service during the COVID pandemic:

We have also purchased a number of single title eBooks to meet needs, in total spending over $140,000 on new materials since March. These new acquisitions compliment the 1.5 million ebooks and 200,000 electronic journals we had in our collection before COVID-19. The library’s eBooks and eJournals are available 24x7 through Omni.

For print materials that are not accessible through ETAS or for purchase as a licensed eBook, we are providing both a curbside pickup and mailing service. When we send materials by mail, the library provides a return label so that there is no cost for students who choose this option. Both students in Ottawa and studying remotely can choose delivery by mail.

In addition to these strategies, we are working on a new service to make the print collection more accessible. Scan-on-demand will allow students to request parts of books and journal articles, which will then be scanned at the library and sent by email. The amount of a work we can scan and email will be limited by fair dealing guidelines. This service will start soon (September) and will be announced on our website when it’s available.

While your letter references academic journals, these are mostly available in PDF format and should not present an issue for graduate students during this time, access to these resources is the same as before.

There are a few access issues that weren’t specifically mentioned your letter where we have done considerable work that I would also like to address:

  • One challenge of moving to online teaching for films studies and music pedagogy was access to streaming videos and media. As such the library licensed a number of new resources:
    • Audio Cine
    • Criterion on Demand
    • Naxos Video Library - Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries from performing arts labels such as Arthaus Musik, Dacapo, Dynamic, EuroArts, Hänssler Classic, Medici Arts, Naxos, Opus Arte and TDK.
  • While we were closed by provincial order, we were not able to provide access to Archival and Special Collections which are almost entirely in print. Currently ASC is scanning items where possible. Another service that is in development currently is a contactless ASC consultation service by appointment. For assistance with ASC resources contact:

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the following areas where the library has had a limited ability to provide access as they did before:

  • A category of resources that are mostly not available are commercial textbooks. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are unavailable to libraries in any other format than print because publishers will not license them to libraries. Open Educational Resources are an alternative to commercial textbooks.
  • While most libraries have been closed, we have only been able to Inter Library Loan (ILL) items in electronic format. We expect that as libraries reopen this fall, ILL will resume during the semester; however, the timing of this is not something we can influence other than to be a willing participant. For more information see the Ontario University Council’s statement on resource sharing.

Finally, I would encourage any Graduate student who is having difficulty with accessing a needed resource to contact the Librarian or Subject Specialist for their discipline for advice. Graduate students can also make purchase request suggestions for resources that are not in our collection. Library staff have continued to work from home throughout the pandemic and are available to advise graduate students on how to access needed resources.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention and for giving us an opportunity to respond; we look forward to continuing to work with GSA Executive on these and any other library issues. Our facility is now open for access to study space, wifi, technology, and our adaptive technology centre. We will continue to expand access as public health regulations allow so please check our website for the latest information.

Yours Sincerely,

Amber Lannon

University Librarian

MacOdrum Library

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