Colonialism and Everyday Life in Quebec: Images as Stories

March 28, 2023

Come listen to Dalie Giroux, Professor in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa discuss Colonialism and Everyday Life in Quebec.

The event takes place March 29 at 7 p.m. at Carleton’s Dominion-Chalmers Centre Sanctuary and will look at how we can acknowledge and tackle the effectivity of colonialism in daily life. Colonialism is the situation we are immersed in—its culture is the realm of the repeated, the un-noticed, the ingrained, the fleeting, the actual. Assembling images from family archives, rumors, vernacular art, media reels and literature, Dalie Giroux will explore the predicament of culture as colonial culture in Quebec. The bottom line: a notion of mastery, a fantasy of power, a whole aesthetics of hierarchy.

Click here for an interview with Dalie Giroux and Jennifer Henderson on the translation of The Eye of the Master. Martha Attridge Bufton (Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian) conducted and produced this interview for the Carleton Library Series. You can find a transcript of the recording here.

A political philosopher and public intellectual whose work focuses on questions of decolonial solidarity through innovative forms of research-creation, Giroux is a member of the independent interdisciplinary collective, l’Atelier de géopoétique.

Register for the the event here.


What are your thoughts on the library's group study rooms?

March 27, 2023

The library may be making some changes to our group study rooms and we’d like to know more about how you use them, what your needs are, and what’s working and not working right now. Have you tried to book a room but not been able to? We want to hear from you too.

You can submit your answers to our 6-question form anonymously or you can include your email in case we have follow-up questions. The form will be available until April 3.

Let us know what you think about group study rooms. We really appreciate your feedback.


Unissued Diplomas exhibit commemorates the memory of Ukrainian students

March 23, 2023

The Carleton Ukrainian Students’ Club are honoured to present the “Unissued Diplomas” exhibit at MacOdrum Library.

"Unissued Diplomas" commemorates the memory of Ukrainian students who will never graduate because their lives were taken by the Russian invasion. This exhibition reminds the world about the ongoing war in Ukraine and the price Ukrainians pay daily in their fight for freedom. It was organized by students for students and has been held in 45+ universities worldwide since February 24, 2023.

We are grateful for the support of the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) with this exhibit, as well as the staff at the MacOdrum Library.

To learn more about the exhibit, please visit

For information about resources available to Ukrainians students, please visit our Instagram page @cukrainians.

images from the unissued diplomas exhibit in the library
images from the unissued diplomas exhibit in the library
images from the unissued diplomas exhibit in the library


New Resource: Aviation Week Intelligence Network

March 22, 2023

Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) provides access to current and archived issues of several journals, including Aviation Week & Space Technology, and to sector-specific newsletters including Aviation Daily, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, and The Weekly of Business Aviation. It also contains information on organizations, personnel, programs, and fleet. Please see the database page for important access notes.


Come visit The Art of Books exhibit in the Library!

March 22, 2023

The Art of Books was curated by Michelle Walker as an exhibition focusing on the bookwork of members of the Arts & Letters Club. Michelle especially wanted to show the development of page and cover design ideas. To this end she chose process and preliminary work to show the thinking that goes into a hand printed book.

Master Printer Larry Thompson of the Book Lab in MacOdrum Library at Carleton University invited us to exhibit the framed works and books after the show was over at the Arts & Letters Club. Included are book related works by current members Noa Billick, Warren Clements, Mark Huebner, Julian Mulock, Alan Stein and George A. Walker.

This exhibition is brought to you by the The MacOdrum Library Book Arts Lab which is a dedicated experiential learning space located in the heart of Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library.


New Resource: Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings

March 20, 2023

Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings is a primary source database that contains thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, educational recordings, film footage, field notebooks, slides, correspondence, and ephemera from sites around the world. It provides insight into the musical traditions of communities in West Africa, North America, South East Asia, and others. Highlighted collections include Javanese, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Cherokee, Caribbean, African, and Jamaican music.

Key themes include education and teaching of ethnomusicology; religion and ritual; cultural identity and social norms; music and gender; and music and conflict.

Date coverage: 1950-1980


What you told us in the 2022 Library User (Insync) Survey

March 9, 2023

In November 2022, we sent an email to 5,000 randomly selected students, and one-half of faculty, staff and contract instructors. The main purpose of the survey was to give you the opportunity to state how well you believe the Library performs in relation to what you think is important. The survey focused on performance and importance specifically related to communication, service delivery, facilities & equipment, information resources, and overall satisfaction.

Thank you to all of you who completed the 2022 Library User Survey. Below is a look at some of the trends we noticed---both in terms of what we’re doing well and where we need to improve.

Biggest priorities for improvement (largest gaps between what was identified as important and our performance)

  • Finding a place in the Library to work in a group
  • Finding a quiet place in the Library to study

Other areas we can improve

  • Informing you about Library services
  • Library workshops, classes and tutorials helping with learning and research needs
  • Finding mobile devices (e.g. tablets and phones) easy to use to access online resources
  • Library signage is clear

Where we are doing well

  • Wireless access
  • Off-campus access to library resources and services
  • Accurate answers to questions
  • Help is available from Library staff when needed
  • Access to Library information resources helping you to be successful at university.
  • Course Reserves (Ares) meeting your needs.

What are we going to do in response to the survey results?

The results of this survey show that we still have areas we can improve on to give our community a better overall experience. Since receiving these results, we have opened more of our study spaces and the Future Learning Lab has opened as well. We will use these results as part of our annual planning and will share with the community when projects come up that address the identified needs.

For any questions or comments please contact Laura Newton Miller, Head, Collections & Assessment (


Spotlight on Collections: Women & Social Movements, International, 1840-Present

March 8, 2023

To celebrate International Women's Day, Carleton Library would like to highlight Women & Social Movements, International, 1840-Present, a collection of primary materials drawn from more than 300 repositories. The database contains writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made.


Joël Rivard named one of the 2023 Professional Achievement Awards winners

March 1, 2023

The MacOdrum Library’s Joël Rivard was recently recognized as a recipient of the Professional Achievement Award. This award is part of the annual Carleton Achievement Awards, which are presented in recognition of the research and teaching distinction of Carleton’s academic staff.

As part of the selection process for this award, recommendations are made by the Peer Evaluation Committee to the University Librarian. The Peer Evaluation Committee looks for exceptional achievement in a number of areas that go above and and beyond regular job duties.

Some of these include:

  • Improving Library services and operations
  • Facilitating access to technology and scholarly resources
  • Leadership in communications, management, or public outreach and relations
  • Contributions to instruction, teaching and learning
  • Engagement in research and scholarly pursuits within or external to Carleton University
  • Participation in university committees and initiatives beyond the library

Congratulations to Joël on this well deserved recognition. A sample of Joël’s submission includes:

Joël is responsible for coordinating and leading a subject area within the Research Support Services department at the Library. During his time at Carleton, he is most proud in bringing people to work together to achieve common goals. This has included building a community of learning that provides ongoing support to staff in adopting new technology tools as well as being a key player in providing user centered outreach and communication activities for both students and faculty.

For a list of full recipients of this year’s Achievement Awards, visit the Provost announcement.


Carleton Library signs open access publishing agreements with Wiley and Canadian Science Publishing

March 1, 2023

Through our membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the Carleton Library has recently signed transformative agreements with Wiley and Canadian Science Publishing (CSP).

Wiley Agreement

The two-year agreement with Wiley enables Carleton corresponding authors to publish eligible articles in Wiley’s hybrid (subscription) journals under an open license without incurring Article Processing Charges (APCs). Articles accepted for publication in Wiley’s Gold OA journals are not covered under this agreement. Authors must use their Carleton email address for their affiliation to be recognized. The agreement also includes full reading rights to all Wiley journals. For more information, please see Wiley’s website.

Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) Agreement

The three-year agreement with CSP offers Carleton corresponding authors unlimited open access publishing in five CSP journals, at no charge: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Canadian Journal of Physics, Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Genome, and Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Carleton authors also receive a 25% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) in CSP hybrid journals. The APC discount is applied upon submission of the manuscript. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation to qualify for the discount. For more information, please visit the CSP website.

Transformative agreements make it easier for Carleton researchers to publish in open access journals by incorporating the cost of APCs into the subscription fees traditionally paid by libraries to provide access to paywalled content. Publishing in open access enhances the visibility and impact of research and contributes to a more equitable and sustainable scholarly publishing ecosystem.

Read more about Article Processing Charge (APC) discounts and no-charge open access publishing options for Carleton authors.


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