December 22, 2011

On Wednesday December 28, 2011, all Library network services will be unavailable starting at 9:00am and ending at 2:00pm. The outage is required to perform semi-annual software upgrades.

December 20, 2011

The Library staff would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday!

As a reminder, the library building will be closed from Saturday December 24 until Sunday January 1.  Operating hours will resume on Monday January 2 – please see our Library Hours page for the complete Winter term 2012 hours.

December 13, 2011

These braille and tactile board games are perfect for both visually impaired and sighted players to enjoy a game together.

  • Monopoly Braille
  • Scrabble Braille Deluxe
  • Chess Set, Wooden
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Classic Checkers

Board games are located in a cabinet on the left-hand side of the Circulation Desk. Students, faculty and staff can borrow these games from the library for a 14-day loan period, with 3 renewals.  Please see the Circulation Desk staff for access.

December 2, 2011

Due to the library expansion project, we will be unable to hold exhibits until after the renovation work, expected to be in late 2013.

See our Exhibits Policy for details.

November 7, 2011

Several units in the compact shelving on the first floor need to be repaired.  The work will take place from Tuesday, November 8 to Thursday, November 10.  At times, some books may be inaccessible for an hour or two.  Library staff will be on hand to help you get material as quickly as possible. 

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

For further information, please contact the Welcome Desk.

November 7, 2011

Sustainability Watch topics focus on the concept of “People – Planet – Profits” and provide... summaries with key developments across the sustainability spectrum. By monitoring thousands of leading journals and periodicals, Sustainability Watch presents best practices in a variety of sustainability areas including environmental impacts and pollution prevention initiatives, corporate citizenship, and long-term sustainable business practices.

The trial has been extended until December 31, 2011.

We welcome your feedback on this database.

November 4, 2011

Ares will be down on Sunday, November 6th from 8:00 am - 10:00 am to install a new server.
Please email with any questions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

October 31, 2011

The new trial to the Book Citation Index is provided through the Web of Science database. The Book Citation Index connects a library’s book collection to powerful new discovery tools, giving researchers the ability to quickly and easily identify and access the most relevant books. As a part of Web of Science, the Book Citation Index allows users to search seamlessly across books, journals and conference proceedings to find the information most relevant to their work within one platform.

Dates covered: Book Citation Index - Science - (2005) to present and Book Citation Index – Social Sciences & Humanities - (2005) to present.

This trial expires on November 30, 2011.

We welcome your feedback on this database.

October 31, 2011

We've just added the 300th video game to our immersive media collection: Rage.

Rage is a mix of first person shooter with driving and RPG elements. Produced by Bethesda Softworks, and recently released, Rage uses the company's new OpenGL based id Tech 5 engine. The game is similar to Fallout 3 and Doom 3, and has won many awards:

  • "Best Game" and "Best First Person Shooter"  (Electronic Entertainment Expo) by IGN Media
  • "Game of the Show" (E3) by Game Trailers

The Library purchases games in three main platforms: Xbox and Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and 3 and Wii. Search by title in the library catalogue using the platform name to see which games are available for your console. For example: <title search> Xbox 360.

The Library collects video and board games to support the game development stream in the faculties of science and engineering.

Please follow this link to suggest new purchases.

October 31, 2011

CURVE (Carleton University Research Virtual Environment) is an open access repository that collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton’s academic research output and creative work.  Carleton faculty, staff and graduate students will be able to voluntarily deposit their work, ensuring long term preservation of their digital resources.

Why should you deposit your work in CURVE?

- Increased citation impact
- Long term preservation
- Quick, effective archiving of your scholarly work
- Meets some grant requirements for dissemination

Click here to learn more about CURVE.

October 31, 2011

The Graduate Student Open Access Award, sponsored by the Graduate Student Association, the Library and the Office of the Vice President (Research & International), was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals. 

Up to five monetary awards of $1000.00 will be distributed. 

Any GSA member who has a paper published or accepted (pending minor revisions) in an open access journal can apply.  Go to the Graduate Student Open Access Award page to learn more about deadlines and eligibility requirements. 

October 30, 2011

The library website will be made unavailable on October 30 from 3:30-4pm in order to perform some routine maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. Note that the library catalogue will remain available at

October 27, 2011

Back by popular demand, the MacOdrum Library Silent Auction for the United Way.  The auction site is up and ready for your bids. This is a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping. The last day for the auction is November 2.

Please read the rules carefully before bidding. Bids are only posted twice a day, not immediately.  You will not receive email notification of your bidding, so please keep track.

If you have any questions, please contact Thank you for supporting the United Way and good luck!

October 24, 2011

Contact reference staff at the Research Help Desk in person or online.  For specialized help with maps, data, GIS, or government information, go to the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre. You can also set up a consultation with the research specialist in your subject area. 

Take advantage of this offer today!

October 17, 2011

Faculty and instructors: To put material on library reserve for the Winter 2012 term, please submit your request in Ares anytime after October 31.

If you are new to Ares please email for assistance.  For more information, see Library Reserves - Faculty and Instructors.

October 12, 2011

What is Open Access?

Open Access provides readers with barrier-free access to journal articles and digital information published on the Web. There is no fee for accessing, printing or downloading material, and is free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

The Library is celebrating Open Access week by sponsoring three presentations:

For more information, please contact Laura Newton Miller.

October 5, 2011

Academic Complete is a multidisciplinary eBook database that covers all academic subject areas. The collection currently includes more than 30,000 titles from more than 220 leading academic and professional publishers. Each individual eBook in Academic Complete integrates with information in your library and on the web through the ebrary Reader software.

The trial ends October 26, 2011.  Feedback should be directed to the departmental liaison.

September 26, 2011

Join moderator Mary Jane Maffini as she talks with book panellists Paulette Bourgois, Dave Cannon, Mark Frutkin and Kate Heartfield about what makes for good books and good reading.

The plenary will begin with each panellist championing his or her favourite book before having a conversation with Mary Jane about books and reading in general.

The book panel takes place on Sunday, October 23 in 303 Paterson Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information and to register, visit the Carleton Reads website.

Register early and you might win a free pass to the Ottawa International Writers Festival!

September 23, 2011

We now have access to two new eBook collections: National Academies Press ebooks and Sage Reference Online: 2011 Encyclopedia collection.

National Academies Press eBooks

The National Academies Press eBooks website offers access to books published since 1980 in numerous subject areas and reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. NAP produces more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health.

Sage Reference Online: 2011 Encyclopedia Collection

Sage Reference Online: 2011 Collection: Encyclopedia Collection allows access to 27 encyclopedias in the social sciences.

September 20, 2011

Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion. The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, with no embargo period.

The trial has been extended until Nov. 25, 2011.

We welcome your feedback on this database.

September 15, 2011

Filmakers Library Online provides documentaries on race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.

The trial ends October 12, 2011.

We welcome your feedback on this database

September 13, 2011

Come and discover a variety of tools that can help you organize and manage your citations and documents, as well as create bibliographies and papers formatted in a variety of styles (APA, MLA, Chicago...). Tools covered include RefWorks, WizFolio, and Mendeley.

Workshops begin on Sept 22, see full schedule for details

September 8, 2011

Learn all about the library by taking a library tour.  Check out the Fall 2011 Tour Schedule.  No registration required - just show up on the main floor of the library near the Research Help Desk.

On the tour, you’ll learn where to go for help with:

  • Doing library research for assignments and essays (Research Help Desk)
  • Computer problems and printing (IT Help Desk)
  • Signing out books and getting reserve items (Circulation Desk)

It’s also a great opportunity to explore the building, find “your” study spot and buy some fantastic coffee!

August 24, 2011

We're getting ready for the coming expansion and renovations.  During construction the library will remain open, and its collections will be made available, during normal hours of operation.

In order to accommodate the changes in the floorplan that the expansion and renovations make necessary, we have to relocate some collections to the Storage Facility.

So far, from the first floor (in compact shelving) our full collection of theses, some law materials, and some government documents have already been moved. The first floor folios have been moved to the third floor.  On the second floor much of the reference collection in print has also been moved.  Many of these materials are available online and we can still retrieve them from Storage for you. Please check the catalogue for details on how to access them.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks about the impact on library space and services.

August 23, 2011

We've just added our 3000th CD to our music collection - “Cecilia Bartoli live in Italy”.

Music cataloguer Geoffrey Wale, with assistance from Library Technician intern Jessica Reeve, have been busy adding music CDs to the library catalogue including new purchases, CDs transferred to the Library from Audio Visual Resource Centre and CDs donated to the library. Other notable new titles added to the catalogue include new releases from New World Records. Selections include “Milou” by Lei Liang, “String quartets nos. 1, 5, & 10” by Ben Johnston, “Sacred works” by James Newton and “Speak” by Ann La Berge.

See Searching for Music.

August 22, 2011

Carleton's Archives and Research Collections (ARC) has received an investment of $273,000 from the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Investment Programs of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) to merge archival holdings with digital interfaces. Under the direction of Stephen Fai (Architecture), Patti Harper (ARC), Brian Greenspan (English) and their partner the Bytown Museum, "Heritage Passages: Bytown and the Rideau Canal" will bring together extensive archival holdings and diverse expertise for the creation of a dynamic web-based exhibition that presents an architectural history of the construction of the Rideau Canal.

Drawing on material from ARC, Ottawa’s Bytown Museum and various archives within Canada and the UK, the project will reveal a series of intertwined narratives that tell the story of the Rideau Canal's building campaign between 1826 and 1855. The exhibition will be available remotely through a website featuring digital models of the area bordered by the East Block and the Chateau Laurier to the west and east respectively, to the north by the Ottawa River, and to the south by Rideau Street. The locks and associated buildings constructed and demolished over the period will be modelled in detail based on archival documentation. Additionally, visitors to the canal will be able to download a GPS-enabled, “augmented reality” smart phone application providing on-site access to interpretive paths directly from significant locations along the canal.

For more information on this project, please contact Carleton's Archives and Research Collections (ARC).

August 5, 2011

The Library has just added the 250th video game to the immersive media collection: Mortal Kombat for Xbox 360.

The Library purchases games for the Xbox and Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and 3, and Wii platforms.  To see which games the Library has acquired for a specific platform, search the title of the platform in the Library Catalogue.  For example, a title search using the term "Xbox 360" will display the 83 games we have for the X-Box 360 platform.

Other recently acquired titles include Shadows of the Damned, Portal 2, and Duke Nukem forever for Xbox 360; and God of War II and III, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, and Burnout 3 for PS2 and PS3.

August 3, 2011

For faculty and instructors: In light of the recent copyright changes, we've implemented a new online system for library reserves - Ares.

Ares logoAres makes it easy for you to put your course readings, whether print or electronic, on reserve at the library.  For your students, Ares integrates seamlessly with WebCT for convenient access to your course readings. 

Best of all, Ares helps ensure copyright compliance by only allowing you to post material with the proper clearance.

If you are new to Ares please email for assistance.

For more information, see:

July 15, 2011

Starting this week you’ll notice that we are starting to relocate to the Library Storage Facility the large collection of Carleton theses that are currently located in the compact shelving on the first floor of the Library. There are about 11,500 of them, dating from 1955 to present, and they have to be moved in order to accommodate some other shifts of collections that are going to be happening on the first floor during the summer (and beyond) – specifically, the books on the first floor in the classification ranges from Q through Z are going to be shifted into the compact shelving, and so the theses, government documents, and some law and other materials have to be relocated to storage in order to make room.

You can still access Carleton theses though. The best way is online, as nearly all of the printed theses are also available in electronic format. Just search them in the catalogue, or in the Dissertations and Theses @ Carleton University database, and follow the links. You can also request the retrieval of the preservation copy of a thesis, but it may only be used in the building: you won’t be able to borrow and take it home with you.

The shift likely won’t be completed until the end of August, and until then the printed theses will in effect be inaccessible, as they’ll be in boxes or in transit to the Storage Facility on campus. Once everything is finished, you’ll be able to make a request, and Library staff will retrieve the printed version and have it delivered, generally within 24 hours.

We regret the inconvenience this might cause, but encourage you to use the online versions of the theses in the meantime. If you have any questions, please let us know.

July 11, 2011

Please note that the Circulation Desk will now be open on Sundays for the remainder of the 2011 summer term from 12:00pm - 5:45pm with the exception of July 31. 

View the updated calendar under Service Hours.

July 5, 2011

This summer the Scholars Portal Search interface, used by many of our databases, will be discontinued. Most of these databases will be moving to the new ProQuest interface, which promises to help you “discover more”.

As well, all of our existing ProQuest databases on the old ProQuest interface will be updated to this new interface. 

The remainder of the databases on the Scholars Portal Search interface that are not part of the ProQuest family will be redirected to the appropriate vendor site.

Which databases will be affected?

  • EconLIT
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • PAIS
  • Philosopher’s Index
  • PsycINFO
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Canadian Newsstand
  • CBCA
  • Dissertations & Theses Full-Text

... and many more

What this means for you:

  • Same content: no loss in coverage
  • Updated interface with easier navigation using lightboxes
  • Improved ability to refine searches
  • All the same advanced features: special thesauri, ability to print, export to RefWorks, search alerts

For help with the transition:

When will this happen?

We will be starting to change our links over in early July and hope to have everything migrated by the end of the month.

July 5, 2011

We are delighted to announce that Valerie Critchley has accepted the post of Associate University Librarian, Building Management and Operational Planning.  Her first day at Carleton will be on August 1st, 2011.

Valerie arrives from the University of Ottawa where she was Head, Teaching and Collections.  She has worked at U of O for 6 years in several different assignments, including Acting Director of the Morriset Library and interim AUL for Access.  She has also previously worked for CISTI as Manager of the Information Resource Management Systems team.   Valerie has been active in many professional associations, including CAPITAL SmartLibrary’s Steering Group, OCUL’s Scholars Portal and is a member of ARL, ACRL, ASIS&T and OLA.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Valerie to the library.

June 27, 2011

Official press release from the Carleton Newsroom: Carleton Students to Benefit from Multimillion MacOdrum Library Project.

According to the plans, two floors will be added to the library extension and the entire façade will be replaced (see picture).  All told this will double the study space available to students, as well as create new facilities such as a digital media centre.

Stay tuned for information in the coming weeks about the impact on library space and services. 

June 20, 2011

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online is an incredible source of current and historical government information from Great Britain.  If you’re looking for authoritative perspectives on current issues in the U.K., such as found in the recently released Home Office report on counter terrorism policies, don’t forget to research the HCCP Online database.

For more information on HCCP online, or any other government document databases, direct your question to MADGIC (Maps, Data and Government Information Centre) by email or phone at 613.520.2600 ext. 2749.

June 13, 2011

We are pleased to announce that we’ve been named as one of the participants in the National Research Council’s DataCite Canada pilot project.

Research data are an important part of Canada’s scientific record. Currently, huge amounts of data are inaccessible or at risk of being lost altogether. As a result, researchers are missing out on the opportunity to re-use and build upon this existing research.

To address these issues and make it easier for researchers to access, share and manage their data, NRC’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) is establishing DataCite Canada, a central registration centre for Canadian research data sets.

Wendy Watkins, data librarian and manager of Carleton University's Library Data Centre, is pleased to participate in the pilot because, besides many other social science datasets, the centre holds the only copies of the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation research data collection and is now starting to process it and its metadata to ensure future use.

To view the NRC press release about the pilot project, please go to:

June 3, 2011

The International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration (IJAV) is the refereed journal of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV). The IIAV is a non-profit international scientific society founded in 1995. The primary objective of the Institute is to advance the science of acoustics and vibration by creating an international organization that is responsive to the needs of scientists and engineers concerned with acoustics and vibration problems all around the world.

Our free trial ends May 1, 2012.

We welcome your feedback on this e-journal.

June 1, 2011

Would you like your library account to keep track of items you borrow?  If you answered ‘yes’, you’ll need to opt-in to the My Reading History feature. 

To do so, simply login to your Library Account and click on My Reading History, then Opt In.  From that point onward, whenever you borrow a book or other material from the library, it will appear on your My Reading History list. 

For detailed information and instructions, see Enabling My Reading History.

May 10, 2011

Check out the latest edition of Carleton Now; where you can read a full profile on our University Librarian, Margaret Haines, whose position has been renewed this Spring for a second five-year term. 

May 4, 2011

Did you watch the federal election?  Now visit our Elections subject guide to find statistics, maps, books, websites and more on provincial, national, and international elections.  Visit the MADGICAL Web blog to learn more about online election resources and material available in the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC).

May 2, 2011

Welcome to the new Carleton University Library website!

At the beginning of this redesign, you told us that we should focus on two things: organization and usability.  We've been working ever since to deliver a website with a friendlier, more intuitive interface that still provides all the content you need for your research.

We encourage you to take a moment to explore the site.  Here's a quick overview of the main sections:

Find - library materials by type: books, databases, government information, theses, etc.
Research - our guides to library research broken down by course and by subject.
Services - all the services located in the library, from borrowing, to map displays, to learning support.
Help - ask us for support or read one of our online help pages.
Contact - how to get in touch with us online or in person.

Please let us know what you think via our Feedback form.  We're committed to providing quality service and we can only get there with feedback from our users.

Need the old website?  It's still available at

May 1, 2011

Effective August 31, 2011, Carleton University will no longer operate under the interim Access Copyright tariff.  As a result, common University copying practices will need to be changed.  In some cases this will require modifying the way we make copies for teaching, research and administrative purposes.

What does this mean for Carleton faculty, instructors and staff?  Check out the new Copyright at Carleton website for all the relevant information, including guidelines, resources, FAQ and support.

April 29, 2011

Need a break from reading your class material and watching your courses online?  Why not check out the library’s Recreational Reading and Video Games collections.  Both located on the main floor of the library, these collections are a great way to do what you most want to do in the summer – RELAX...

We have over 300 books on its current recreational reading shelves which are changed periodically as new books are donated to the collection.  Our video game collection consists of more than 200 games for Wii, Playstation and Xbox.

Recreation and Leisure – brought to you by your university library!

April 21, 2011

We are delighted to announce that Wayne Jones has accepted the post of Associate University Librarian, Collections and Technical Services.  His first day at Carleton will be June 6, 2011.

Wayne arrives from Queen’s University, where he was the Head of Collection Development and E-Resource Management.  Wayne has worked at Queen’s for 7 years, and has previously worked for M.I.T. and Library and Archives Canada.  He is the author of many books and articles in his field, and is an active member of numerous professional library organizations.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Wayne to the library.

April 21, 2011

Archives and Research Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Douglas Cardinal Collection, an especially rich and versatile collection of over 30,000 architectural plans, 200 boxes of archival material, electronic records, publications, and three dimensional scale models, ranging in date from 1984 to present.

This collection is the life work of internationally recognized architect Douglas Cardinal, who has created such iconic buildings as the Museum of Civilization, the First Nations University of Canada, and the Museum of the American Indian.

The collection is currently being readied for access.  For more information, contact Archives and Research Collections

April 20, 2011

As part of a contest promoting Disabilities Awareness Week (March 21st – 25th), forty-nine Carleton students shared their thoughts on the role of the Library in helping them achieve their academic success. 

The winner received an iPad, which was generously donated by Ristech, suppliers of the Library’s Kirtas 2400 high speed scanner, which enables print resources to be converted to alternate formats.

The top three submissions were:

First prize

The high academic standard and competitive nature that thrives at Carleton University can be very challenging for even the top students. The additional obstacles resulting from a disability can be overwhelming. However, because of the amazing support from Carleton University’s library, these obstacles have become easier to overcome. Library staff has been a big part of my academic success at Carleton, especially Pamela Williamson who I cannot speak highly enough about! She has made sure that my course material is in a format that allows me to accomplish my goals. The addition of the Kirtas 2400 scanner has ensured that all material is available in a timely manner, which has helped me stay on top of my studies. The University library plays a cornerstone role in academic success. Additionally, for those students with disabilities and other challenges, the support staff and services are critical and greatly appreciated.

Second prize

The Carleton library has been instrumental in helping me achieve my academic goals as the technological advancements, amazing support staff and the large resource database continues to evolve. The “Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre” is the best support centre that I have seen as there are numerous adaptive technologies that I can use to fit my needs and abilities, such as larger keyboards, Dragon Naturally Speaking software and Kurzweil just to name a few. Not only that, but they will also transform my textbook into a pdf or word document so I can easily access my book on the computer and not have to worry about turning pages. Outside of the Centre, the library staff is amazingly helpful if I need to find a book anywhere within the library or from external sources. For the above reasons, I am extremely happy to say that I am a Carleton University student!                                           

Third prize

As a PMC student the MacOdrum Library has helped me achieve academic success by offering convenient student support and services. The knowledgeable resource desk staff have helped me master searching for reference materials, they’ve also provided information about other Library services such as on-line access to books, journals, and articles, and information about RefWorks, and Transcription Services. The people from Writing Tutorial Services have helped me complete several essays, definitely adding to my academic success.  The numerous computer stations, and study areas throughout the Library create an inviting environment making it easy to work when I’m by myself or with others. The copy shop comes in handy, and of course I won’t complain about how easy it is to grab a Starbucks coffee when I need a break. MacOdrum Library offers great student services and support putting the necessary tools for academic success in one convenient location.

March 28, 2011

We have a new service to help you get a little quiet.  Now you can let us know about issues that may prevent you from studying effectively from anywhere in the library.

Alert us by text or email to, and we will send someone to respond right away.  Read more about the Quiet, Please! service.

March 25, 2011

Once again, the Library observed Earth Hour this year on Saturday March 26 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.  Thanks to everyone involved, it was another success story, with a 12% energy reduction being recorded at the library building.

We turned off lights on all floors, as well as all computers and photocopiers not in use. Emergency lighting was on at all times, and staff were on duty to assist anyone that needed help.  Normal lighting and computer operation resumed at 9:30pm.

Tell your friends about Earth Hour!

January 18, 2011

Carleton's Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education is hosting its 5th annual Aboriginal Awareness Week from January 18 to January 22, 2011.  Check out the new library materails we've acquired in support of Aboriginal Awareness Week:

Storytellers in Motion
A non-fiction series about aboriginal film, television and storytelling that features the storytellers themselves. The series documents the evolution of indigenous images in cinema and television through the life experiences and works of directors, producers, writers and actors and examines the works of selected Aboriginal films and filmmakers. Their voices come from the indigenous cultures of Canada and New Zealand.

Native Peoples Magazine
Includes articles and images portraying the arts and lifeways of Native Americans.

First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada by Annis May Timpson.