MacOdrum Library Holiday Closure

The MacOdrum Library will close at noon on December 24, opening again at 8am on January 2.

We wish you all a very happy holiday season.

Database Downtime: Scholars Portal

All Scholars Portal services will be unavailable from Sunday December 29, 4am until Monday December 30, 4am due to upcoming planned building maintenance at the University of Toronto. Services affected will include: Scholars Portal Books, GeoPortal, Scholars Portal Journals, ODESI and RefWorks.

Official Opening of MacOdrum Library

The newly-renovated and expanded MacOdrum Library had its official opening on December 5, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was here to celebrate with us.

“The building is extremely functional, and it really is a beautiful space,” said Wynne. “We have to move beyond the traditional ways of learning and support creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurship. That’s what this building does.’’

Wynne, along with Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, were on hand for a tour and remarks.

The project, which began two years ago, includes 34,700 square feet of renovations. The west expansion is a two-storey addition, and the east addition is five storeys. The amount of student seating has doubled.

The renovation includes new reading rooms, the Discovery Centre, and an expanded New Sun Joy Maclaren Centre for students with disabilities. The Jacob Siskind Music Resource Centre will open in 2014.

“To say we are grateful is an understatement,” said University Librarian Margaret Haines. “We are delighted with the new library. This has been a dream for a very long time.”

Official Opening of MacOdrum Library - Dec. 5

Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte invites you to the official opening of the newly-expanded and renovated MacOdrum Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Join us for our open house with tours and refreshments. All are welcome!

RSVP at events_office@carleton.ca  or 613-520-2600, ext. 2948.

Varnishing in the Library

Construction Notice: Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1

There will be varnishing work on the spiral staircase this weekend.  Ventilation will be increased in the area, but it is likely that there will be odours in the front reading rooms on all levels.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

GIS Day 2013

Mark your calendars for GIS Day 2013.

Date: Wednesday, November 20 2013

Time: 9:30-3:00

Location: MacOdrum Library

The MacOdrum Library's Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) in conjunction with the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies invite you to this annual celebration.

GIS Day is held worlwide during Geography Awareness Week, November 17-23, 2013. Come and discover the world of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the impact that geospatial thinking has in our daily lives.

There will be exhibitions from local companies and organizations participating in a GIS trade show right here at Carleton including representation from Carleton alumni. This event is open to people of all ages with an interest in geography and the ever expanding use of GIS technology. Come discover the world through GIS.

Contact: gisday@carleton.ca

Website: http://www.library.carleton.ca/gis-day 

The MacOdrum Library Silent Auction for the United Way!

It’s finally here! The MacOdrum Library Silent Auction for the United Way! The site is up with over 100 items, including an iPad, baked goods, knitted items, a fantastic office chair, collectables, and gift cards. This is a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping.

The last day for the auction is Wednesday, Nov. 6. Please read the rules (found in the slideshow on the auction Home page) carefully before bidding. Questions? Contact: silent_auction@carleton.ca.

Currently on Trial: Africa Knowledge Project

Africa Knowledge Project, known as AKP, disseminates Africa-centered, evidence-based knowledge on Africa and African Diaspora. It includes six journals – JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, West Africa Review, Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World, African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies, ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness, and Journal of African Philosophy. It also includes three databases – the Biafran War Database, the Kiswahili Story Database, and the African Music Database.

We welcome your feedback.

The trial ends on December 31, 2013.

Quiet, Please! service is back at the Library

Now that construction in the Library is easing off, we have brought back our “Quiet, Please!” service. If you are on a silent floor (floors 3 and 5) and you are being disturbed by noise, just send a message to quiet@library.carleton.ca (or use the handy form on our website). The more details you can provide, the better we will be able to respond. So tell us exactly where you are (e.g. 3rd floor by the spiral staircase) or who exactly is being noisy (e.g. the woman with glasses, red shirt and black pants).

You can find the Quiet, Please! contact information on our website by hovering over “Contact” on the black menu bar at the top of the screen.

Database Downtime: IMF eLibrary

Some updates are going to be made to the IMF eLibrary on Monday, October 28th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm EST. Access to the site will be unavailable during this time, but users will still be able to access IMF eLibrary data.

Currently on Trial: Medieval Family Life

Medieval Family Life contains full colour images of the original medieval manuscripts that comprise the Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor and Armburgh family papers along with full text searchable transcripts from the printed editions, where they are available. The original images and the transcriptions can be viewed side by side. These letter collections and associated manuscripts take the user into the world of medieval family, business, relationships, trade, politics and community.

We welcome your feedback.

The trial ends on November 18, 2013.

PsycBooks ebook collection @ Carleton University Library

Carleton University Library has been acquiring titles in the PsycBooks ebook collection, a product of the American Psychological Association (APA), since its inception in 2004. We now have over 3600 items which are accessible from our online catalogue. Use the title search “PsycBooks (via ProQuest)” to see a list of all titles. New ebooks are added monthly to this collection.

Subject areas covered include applied psychology, developmental psychology, sports psychology, psychological and physical disorders, psychometrics and statistics, personality, and many others.

The scholarly publications included in this collection range from the most current clinical theories to historical material dating from the early 17th century. Also included are hard-to-find classic books and digitized content from the Archives of the History of American Psychology, as well as the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

For more information on using the Library’s ebook collection please visit Find ebooks.

Geomatics Café, October 24

On Thursday, October 24th from 3-4pm in MacOdrum Library room 252, the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) invites you to the inaugural Geomatics Café to hear about geomatics research being done by Carleton University researchers. There will be three brief presentations by Carleton researchers from diverse backgrounds followed by questions from the audience. This event is open to the Carleton community and coffee and tea will be available.

 

Currently on Trial: Web of Knowledge – Complete Platform

Web of Knowledge provides a single destination to access multidisciplinary research. You can search across data, books, journals, patents, and more. Find, analyze, and share the most relevant information in science, social science, arts and humanities.

Carleton's current subscription includes: Web of Science (Citation indexes in Science, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities), Zoological Record, Journal Citation Reports, and Derwent Innovations Index (patents).

We have TRIAL access to these additional resources from October 9, 2013 to November 8, 2013: Biosis Citation Index, Current Contents Connect, Data Citation Index, and MEDLINE.

We welcome your feedback.

Database Downtime: AGRICOLA and ERIC

A few databases at Carleton have been affected by the shutdown of the US Federal Government. AGRICOLA and the free version of the ERIC website are not available. You can search ERIC in ProQuest, but links to full text documents on the ERIC website will not work.

The Federal Digital System (FDsys) won’t be doing any updates because of the shutdown, and PubMed is being minimally maintained.

 

Database Downtime: ProQuest Databases

ProQuest search interface will not be available on Saturday, September 28, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, September 29, at 2:00 ET. ProQuest is installing new enhancements

450th video game at the Library

The 450th video game has recently been added to the Library collection. “Rayman legends” for PS3 from Ubisoft was selected for innovative design of over 120 levels of game play including several musical maps and rich HD graphics. This new release is the follow up to Rayman origins and sets a new standard in action packed platform gaming. Join Rayman, Globox and the Teensies in a colourful and beautifully designed fantasy adventure.

The Library’s collection of video games has been steadily growing since 2009 to support courses in the Schools of Information Technology and Computer Science as well as Masters degree in Digital Humanities and other courses across the University. New additions to the Library’s collection include a variety of games for Xbox 360 Kinect and PS vita as well as Wii balance boards. We also look forward to 2014 with the unveiling of a new Library gaming lab located in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor.   

Questions?

Contact Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics and Systems Engineering robert.smith@carleton.ca

Database Downtime: Wiley Online Library

On Saturday, September 28th the Wiley Online Library will be unavailable between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm due to system upgrades. As well, there will be some delays to online publishing of Wiley materials from September 25th - 28th.

Now Available for Reading your Daily Newspaper: PressDisplay

Access to nearly 2,300 international newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in over 50 languages.  Publications are often available before they make it to print.  Issues can be browsed on your computer or downloaded to a mobile device for off-line reading. 

Articles can also be translated into 12 languages, and text-to-voice features are available.  Archives of up to 60 days are kept (depending on the title).

See our News Find Guide for more details.

Homecoming has returned to Carleton!

Throwback 2013, Carleton’s unique brand of homecoming this year, will feature many events to enjoy. All Carleton alumni are invited to join us as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversaries of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Design, attend class reunions, and hear from celebrity guest speakers. MacOdrum Library will also be hosting an open house and tours will be offered during Throwback.  

We hope you’ll save the date and mark your calendars for Throwback on September 19-22, 2013.

Library Renovations

Renovations to the MacOdrum Library are in their final stages. While most of the work has been completed, some construction will be continuing as the school year begins and some services will be in temporary locations until it is completed.

There will no access to the new extensions on the fourth and fifth floors until early October. Anyone needing the services of the Archives and Research Collections (ARC), located in the new extension on the fifth floor, can do so by appointment only (ext.  2739).

Other services:

  • Learning Support Services (LSS) and the Writing Tutorial Service is located on the fourth floor of the old wing.
  • CCS and IT Help Desk: Located on the fourth floor until further notice.
  • Page Break: The Page Break will be reopening but a date has not been confirmed.
  • Tunnel access to the library:  There will be no tunnel access available until late September. All faculty, staff, students and visitors with disabilities are advised to use the library’s front door ramp to enter the library.
  • Reserves: Reserves will be located in Room 235 until further notice.
  • Photocopy shop: Located on the first floor of the old wing.
  • The newly renovated Joy Maclaren Centre is located on the main floor in the new extension.

It is expected that Library Road will reopen in early September.

Your patience and co-operation are appreciated. Updates will be provided as details become available.

If you have questions, please contact the Library Services Desk at ext. 2733.

Last of the Summer Reading!

Summer is drawing to a close and new books have been added to the Recreational Reading Collection for people to enjoy before getting back into the fall routine!

We have added some new young adult fiction such as: Remember Me by Christopher Pike; Crank by Ellen Hopkins; Evernight by Claudia Gray; and The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong.

We have also added a couple of books from Oprah's Book Club including: I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb; and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.These join other books currently in the collection from Oprah's Book Club including: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett;  The Reader by Bernhard Schlink; Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende; and The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus.

Check out the complete list and consider donating any titles you’ve finished reading; the Recreational Reading Collection would love to have them.

Happy summer reading!

Citation Management Workshops are Back!

Our Citation Management workshops are back. Come and find out how online tools like RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, Wizfolio... can help keep your research work organized and save you time when you need to prepare properly formatted bibliographies and in-text citations. See Full schedule for details.

Database downtime: ProQuest

All ProQuest databases will be unavailable for 8 hours starting on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm, due to database infrastructure maintenance.

Library Parking Garage closed for cleaning Aug. 22 and 23

Please be advised that the library parking garage will be closed for cleaning (annual wash-down) on Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

During this closure, Library parking garage permit holders can park in any visitor parking area on campus (your closest parking area is Lot 1 Pay & Display) with your parking permit displayed to ensure that you are not ticketed.

Parking Services appreciates your patience and co-operation during this time.

Library Reserves Information for Faculty - Winter 2014 Term

Library Reserve requests are now being accepted for the upcoming fall term. Ares, our reserve management system makes it easy for you to put your course readings, whether print or electronic, on reserve at the library. Ares helps to ensure copyright compliance by only allowing you to post material with the proper clearance.

For your students, Ares integrates seamlessly with cuLearn for convenient access to your course readings.

If you are new to Ares or would like to submit your reading list please email library_reserves@carleton.ca for assistance.

For more information, see:

Library Reserves - Faculty and Instructors
 

The Return of Homecoming: September 19-22

All Carleton University alumni, patrons, faculty and staff are invited to attend Throwback 2013 – Carleton’s unique brand of homecoming this year.

You may have heard that football is returning to Carleton, but that’s not all. The campus will be alive with many events for you to enjoy. Join us as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversaries of the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering and Design, attend class reunions and hear from celebrity guest speakers. Also, take a tour of the newly renovated MacOdrum Library! Tours will be offered during Throwback weekend.

We hope you’ll save the date and mark your calendars for Throwback on September 19-22, 2013.

For a complete list of Throwback events, visit carleton.ca/throwback

New! Use MyCarletonOne for your library login

Starting August 6, Carleton students, faculty and staff will use their MyCarletonOne username and password to access their Library Account and to access databases from off-campus through the library proxy server.

Other library users who do not have a MyCarletonOne account (such as alumni, retired or adjunct faculty) will continue to use their current library barcode and PIN.

If you have difficulties accessing your account, please use our Account Assistance Form or contact the Circulation Desk at  613-520-2734.

 


 

No New Content in Scholars Portal Journals until August 18

No new journal content will be loaded on to the Scholars Portal Journals platform between July 19 and August 18, due to a software upgrade. This will affect people trying to access new content through the Library’s “Get it” service. If possible, please select fulltext from publishers’ websites instead of Scholars Portal.

If you’re having difficulties, please contact the Research Help Desk (613-520-2735, askthelibrary@carleton.ca or chat) for assistance.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Database Downtime: Scholars Portal

The following Scholars Portal services will be unavailable from Sunday July 28, 8:00 am to Monday July 29, 8:00 am due to a system upgrade: Journals, Books, ODESI, GeoPortal, Dataverse, SCOT and SPUD analysis tools, and Refworks.

We apologize for the short notice.

 

Front Doors to MacOdrum Library Open Monday

Please be advised that the front doors of the MacOdrum Library will be re-opening on Monday, July 22. All access to the library will be through an outside ramp next to Dunton Tower. There will be no tunnel access to the library until further notice. The temporary doors giving tunnel access for people with disabilities and access through the doors on the Southam Hall side of the building will be closed. Updates about the construction will be provided as information becomes available.

Your co-operation and patience are appreciated during this time.

Temporary Lack of Elevator Access to 4th and 5th Floors

Please be advised that there is currently no elevator access to the 4th or 5th floor of the Library.  We can offer alternatives for those who can only reach the floors by elevator. 

  • To get books and other library materials from levels 4 and 5 – contact the Welcome Desk at 613-520-2733
  • For Archives and Research Collections – contact Lloyd.Keane@carleton.ca, or 613-520-2600 x2739
  • For Learning Support Services (LSS) and the Writing Centre (WTS) – contact 613-520-2600 x 1125

We are waiting for repairs to the existing elevator that reaches the 4th and 5th floors, and are looking forward to using the two new elevators that will be part of the expanded library when it opens in late August.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Library Staff Celebrated at Long Service and Retirees Event

Carleton University honoured long-service and retiring employees during a special celebration on June 27, and 14 library staff members were among the nearly 100 honourees. We thank them for their dedicated service. Congratulations!

Pictured above: (back row, left to right) Marsha Poole (25 years) , Robert Smith (30 years), Susan Samel (25 years), Judith John (35 years), Ingrid Draayer (30 years)

(front row) Margaret Haines (University Librarian), Frances Montgomery (40 years), Heather Britt (25 years), Maria Palko (30 years and Retiree), Roseann O’Reilly Runte (University President and Vice-Chancellor)

Not in picture: Ruth Mohammed (40 years and Retiree), Don Hoskinson (35 years), Janet Hempstead (30 years), Catherine McGerray (30 years),  Kathleen Fagan (25 years), Gilles Monast (25 years).

Database downtime: CCH Online

CCH Online will not be available due to scheduled data center maintenance on Saturday June 22, 2013 11:00 PM ET to Sunday June 23, 2013 4:00 AM ET.

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003

Thanks to many generous donors to Carleton’s Campus Community Campaign, the Library is now pleased to offer access to The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003.

"When it first appeared in the hoisted hands of street corner newsboys in 1842, The Illustrated London News revolutionized journalism. The world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, it allowed readers to not only read about British and world events but to actually see them. From war and disasters to politics and the arts, it provided a vivid view of the people, places and events that, until then, most of its readers could only imagine.

Today, the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003 from Gale allows researchers to access the entire run of this groundbreaking publication in a fully searchable digital format. High-quality color facsimile images bring to life more than 150 years of social, political and cultural history for scholarly and enthusiast researchers. Subjects covered include politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising and graphic design, as well as genealogy." (From Gale Digital Collections)

You can access the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003 from the library's list of databases.

 

Database downtime: ProQuest

ProQuest databases will not be available for 4 hours from Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 pm to Sunday, June 16 at 2:00 am, due to scheduled maintenance.

New Suspense Books in Recreational Reading Collection

The library’s recreational reading blog has details about new titles added to the recreational reading collection. This collection of paperbacks for leisure reading is behind the reference desk on the second floor, beside the video game collection.

If you are a James Patterson fan, come and check out two of our new additions:

The Postcard Killers 
“Paris is stunning in the summer. NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe’s most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren’t what draw him—he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each café through the eyes of his daughter’s killer.” – from Jamespatterson.com

Don’t Blink 
“The good. New York’s Lombardo’s Steak House is famous for three reasons—the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police’s fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.” – from Jamespatterson.com

Also added is Michael Crichton’s latest posthumous novel:

Micro
“An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.” – from Michaelcrichton.net

Come check out these new titles as well as others! 

Downtime: Scholars Portal

From May 24 at 8:00 pm to May 25 at 4:00 am access to the following Scholars Portal services will be unavailable because of hardware maintenance -  Journals, Books, ODESI, GeoPortal, Dataverse, and RefWorks.

The Guardian (1821-2003) and the Observer (1791-2003): a new digital resource

Carleton University Library is pleased to offer a new collection of historical newspapers:  The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003).

Together, these important British newspapers provide facts, firsthand accounts, and opinions of the day about political, business, sports, literary, and entertainment events from the past 200 years.

The resource features full text content and article images that are easily downloadable in pdf format.

The Guardian, published in Manchester, was founded in 1821 to promote liberal interests following the Peterloo Massacre. The newspaper was originally published weekly on Saturday, but became a daily in 1855 with the abolition of Stamp Duty on newspapers.

The Observer is published in London, and is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper. Noted for providing serious coverage of politics and literature, contributors to The Observer have included George Orwell, Vita Sackville-West, Clive James, and Philip Toynbee.

The two newspapers share a common search platform, and can also be searched simultaneously with other ProQuest Historical resources.  

Cash2Card : Add cash to your Campus Card in the Library

Cash2Card machines allow you to deposit cash onto your Campus Card, even when the Library Copy Shop is closed.

Simply swipe your Campus Card, deposit your Canadian funds into the machine ($1 and $2 coins are accepted, as are $5, $10 and $20 bills) and the funds are added to the card.

These machines also sell guest cards (cost $1), in case you forget your Campus Card at home.

Currently there are two Cash2Card machines:

  • 2nd floor MacOdrum Library, near the photocopiers and Laser Printers

  • 4th floor MacOdrum Library, near the photocopiers and Laser Printers

The Cash2Card machines accept Canadian coins and bills only, so if you want to add funds from your debit or credit card, please use our online deposit system.

For any problems with the machines, contact the Campus Card Office directly.

New Online Resource: Heritage Passages

The Carleton University Library is pleased to announce the launch of Heritage Passages: Bytown and the Rideau Canal, an interactive online exhibition featuring digitized items from our own Archives and Research Collections and collections elsewhere in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Heritage Passages was created under the direction of Project Leader Patti Harper (Head, Archives and Research Collections, Carleton Library), Stephen Fai (Architecture & Carleton Immersive Media Studio), Brian Greenspan (English & Carleton Hypertext and Hypermedia Lab ) and their partner the Bytown Museum. It tells the intertwining stories of the urbanization of Canada’s capital city and the construction of the Rideau Canal, and was made possible by the Virtual Museum of Canada.

Available as an online, interactive exhibition and as an on-site augmented reality experience, Heritage Passages brings together extensive archival research, thoughtful and innovative digital representation, and novel smart-phone technology to create a dynamic history of Bytown from the arrival of Colonel John By in 1826, to the incorporation of the City of Ottawa in 1855.  The exhibition allows visitors to explore the complex interactions among political, industrial, and civic forces that gave form to the future capital of Canada.  Researchers and educators will benefit from the extensive digital archive and bibliography, featuring hundreds of documents and images from Canada and the United Kingdom not previously available in a digital format.

Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice: a new online collection

Carleton University Library has just added a new collection of online primary source material to the Library catalogue. Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice from the publisher Adam Matthew Digital is a collection of over 2,300 rare books, correspondence, maps, manuscripts, pamphlets and paintings which covers the international history of slavery from 1490-2007.

Key subjects include: slavery in the early Americas, African coast, the Middle Passage, slavery and agriculture, urban and domestic slavery, resistance and revolts, underground railroad, the abolition movement and the slavery debate, legislation enactment and enforcement, freed slaves and the free black settlements, slavery and the Islamic world, the legacy of slavery and slavery today.

To browse over 2,300 titles in this collection, title search “Slavery, abolition & social justice” in the Library catalogue.

Other highlights available on the Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice website include:

  • Specially commissioned essays from leading scholars on related subjects
  • Historical maps digitized in colour
  • Secondary resources including an interactive chronology and extensive bibliography
  • Links to over 100 scholarly resources on the web

For more information on using the Library’s ebook collection please visit Find ebooks.

(Image from Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice collection)

Currently on Trial: Columbia Gazetteer Online

Currently on trial: The Columbia Gazetteer of the World (Online)

The Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online contains over 170,000 articles or entries on all types of places throughout the world; both physical places and political entities. Most articles have details on where the place is located, its dimensions and borders, and information on economic activities, demographics, history, and former or alternate names and different spellings and pronunciations.

Feedback appreciated.

Trial ends on April 9, 2013.
 

Database downtime: Alexander Street Press e-products

Black Women Writers, Music Online: Classical Music Library, Music Online: Classical Scores Library, and Theatre in Video will be unavailable on Sunday, March 31, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 am and 12:00 pm EST / UTC-5 due to scheduled maintenance at Alexander Street Press data center.

New Laptops Have Arrived in the Library!

The Library and Computing Services have recently added 24 new Dell 2120 netbooks and 60 new Toshiba Tecra R840 full size laptops that are now available for loan at the Circulation Desk.  Both the laptops and the netbooks have the full software image that is standard on the campus lab workstations.

World Water Day

March 22nd is World Water Day and the focus this year is on ‘shared cooperation’. This is an international day instituted by the UN to celebrate the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the development of sustainable freshwater resources.

Check out some of the library’s outstanding electronic resources that highlight the importance of all aspects of water research.

Much more information and events about this day can be found on the UN Water website or follow their Twitter feed.

Read more about the International Decade for Action ‘WATER FOR LIFE’ 2005-2015.

Black Women Writers: a new ebook collection

Carleton University Library has just added a new collection of ebooks to the Library catalogue. Black Women Writers from Alexander Street Press in collaboration with the University of Chicago is a collection of approximately 100,000 pages of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Black Women Writers includes the work of black women from Africa, North America, Europe, and the Caribbean including authors such as Nikki Giovanni, Maryse Condé, Barbara Ransby, Angela Davis, Rhoda Reddock, Margaret Walker, Ama Ata Aidoo, Rosa Guy, Sonia Sanchez, Olive Senior, and Barbara Ransby.

The ebooks in the Black Women Writers collection can be browsed and accessed in the Library catalogue. Title search “Black women writers” and select “ebooks” to view the over 550 titles available in this collection.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports, 1941-1996

Thanks to many generous donors to Carleton’s Campus Community Campaign, the Library is now pleased to offer access to the entire digitized version of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports from 1941 to 1996 inclusive.  This is a unique resource, providing translations into English of foreign broadcasts and news reports on such topics as military affairs, politics and government, the environment, social issues, economics, and science and technology.

 Click to access the FBIS Daily Reports

Graduate Student Open Access Award Recipients Announced

Carleton Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Office of the Vice President (Research & International) (OVPRI) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012-2013 Graduate Student Open Access Award. This monetary award of $1000.00 was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

For recipient names, bios, and links to the winning papers, please visit our Scholarly Communications website for more information.

Call for Nominations – Faculty/Librarian Position on the Board of Governors

The process has begun to identify one faculty/librarian nominee to the Board of Governors, the university’s most senior governing body. Subject to confirmation at the Board meeting in June, the successful nominee will serve a three-year term (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016).

Eligibility criteria, nomination forms and other important information are available at the Board elections website accessible here: http://www6.carleton.ca/boardofgovernors/electionsnominations/academic-and-library-representatives/.

Please give this opportunity serious consideration. Nominations are open as of Monday, March 4. Completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Deputy University Secretary, 606 Robertson Hall, no later than noon on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

An online election will be conducted on April 2, 3 and 4 to identify the successful nominee. Please contact Anne Bauer, deputy University Secretary, at anne_bauer@carleton.ca if additional information is required.

Currently on Trial: Drama Online

Drama Online offers a new way to experience plays, from curriculum classics to contemporary writing. It provides contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. Drama Online will launch with initial content and be continually added to throughout 2013.

We welcome your feedback.

The trial ends on March 17, 2013.

Currently on Trial: Academic Charts Online

Academic Charts Online is a new and unparalleled database of popular music chart data from around the world. From the US, UK, Europe, South America and Asia, ACO delivers access to an authoritative database under exclusive academic license from Billboard, the Official Charts Company and many more.

We welcome your feedback.

Trial ends on February 28, 2013.

400th video game added to Library collection

The 400th video game has recently been added to the Library collection. Xcom: enemy unknown was selected to reflect the growing debate around women in gaming.

Game theory: making room for the women written by prominent journalist, editor and gamer Helen Lewis appeared in the New York Times, December 25, 2012. Lewis characterized 2012 as the year gaming culture started to grapple with the role of women in video games "making them, playing them, being featured in them".

Lewis quotes a statistic from the Entertainment Software Association which estimates that in 2012, 47% of video game players were female. It is projected that in 2013 female gamers may outnumber men due to the increasing popularity of tablet and smartphone games - so called casual gaming. The video game market is becoming more mainstream and commercial and it will be interesting to see how the industry responds to these demands. Perhaps more women will be hired as game writers and developers and in turn result in more realistic portrayals of female characters.

In conclusion, Lewis selected Xcom: enemy unknown as her game of 2012 for its value as an inclusive game where participants of differing skill levels can play together.

Questions?

Contact Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics and Systems Engineering robert_smith@carleton.ca

Photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XCOM:_Enemy_Unknown

New Atlas of Canada & Toporama

On January 25, 2013, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) launched the new version of the Atlas of Canada website. This version was developed to meet the new web standards for the Government of Canada regarding web accessibility and usability. It contains all of the content from previous versions; however, some of the dynamic map viewing functionality is no longer available. The site will continue to evolve.

The Toporama web map service has been improved and includes more up-to-date data.

Today: Indigenous Human Library

The Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education is hosting an Indigenous Human Library in Baker's Grill on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5 pm. Pre-registration for book loans will start at 4:30 pm in Bakers Grill.

What is a Human Library?

The first held Human Library was in Denmark in 2000 during a youth festival. The human library is a concept of borrowing peoples, instead of books to learn about ideas, cultures, lifestyles, and other life experiences through conversation. It is the coming together of individuals from all walks of life in an open and safe environment.

How does it work?

Instead of taking a book off a shelf to learn something new, you, the 'Reader', will have an opportunity to spend 20-30 minutes with a 'Human Book' who will share their stories, experiences, and knowledge with you.

The End of Interlibrary Loan services at Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) ended its Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service in December 2012.

Please note: Interlibrary Loan borrowing from other institutions is not affected.

Any material that you require for your research that is not available from Carleton’s collection can be requested through Carleton’s Interlibrary Loan services via your RACER account (http://www.library.carleton.ca/services/interlibrary-loans). Carleton ILL staff will find a location for the material that you require and attempt to obtain it for you. If a location that is willing to lend cannot be found and the material is held at LAC, patrons able to travel to LAC can use the material onsite at LAC.

Options for material held exclusively at LAC include:

  • Visiting LAC and using the material onsite at their reading rooms at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. For information on LAC’s services please see: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/the-public/index-e.html.
  • LAC’s existing digitization-on-demand services: Reproduction requests can be sent directly to LAC using their online order form (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/reproduction-requests/pages/reproduction-requests.aspx). Please note that there will be costs to the user associated with this option so it is best to place a request with ILL at Carleton University for any material required.
  • LAC’s proposed “lender of last resort” policy: This process will be in place September 2013. The details of the service, such as how requests will be placed, what material will be eligible, and how the user will demonstrate that LAC is the only lending copy, are still being worked out.
  • Digitization of high-demand material: This is an ongoing project that involves digitizing the majority of the archival material that is currently on microfilm, including the collections most in demand. 40,000 reels have been identified for digitization with a completion date of approximately 24 months. 7,000 reels have already been completed and are available through the LAC website www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. LAC is creating a digitization schedule that will be available early 2013 so that users will know what is being digitized and when.

For any questions about access to LAC’s collection, please contact: reference@bac-lac.gc.ca.

Currently on Trial: Media Technology Monitor

Media Technology Monitor (MTM©) is Canada's premier research product in the area of technology ownership and use. MTM provides valuable insight into consumer trends on existing and emerging technologies, and its large sample sizes and high response rates allow clients to uncover more about the niche markets and demographic groups that are relevant to them.

We welcome your feedback.

Trial ends on February 14, 2013.

Citation Management Workshops are Back!

Our Citation Management workshops are back. Come and find out how online tools like RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, Wizfolio... can help keep your research work organized and save you time when you need to prepare properly formatted bibliographies and in-text citations. See Full schedule for details.

Library Renovation Update: Jan. 10, 2013

The installation of a new fire suppression system on the fourth floor of the library means that the centre section on that level (the area between the two stairwells) will be blocked off until January 25.  Ask at the Welcome Desk (directly in front of the library entrance) to have books from the affected area brought to you.  Books are retrieved on request and there is rarely more than a 15-minute delay.

To get to Learning Support Services (LSS) you must use Stairwell A.  There are signs to direct you within the library, or ask at the Welcome Desk.

Once the fourth-floor centre section is re-opened, the final section of level 4 will be closed.  This is expected to take place between January 28 and February 15, but may begin earlier.

Your patience and co-operation are appreciated.

Hidden gems in the Library’s music collection

Library staff in the Cataloguing and Acquisitions Department are currently working on a project to improve access to the Library’s collection of print music scores. Work includes re-cataloguing, re-labeling and binding scores. In the process of doing this work, staff are finding “hidden gems” in the collection which were previously difficult to access. For example, music cataloguer Geoffrey Wale has just finished re-cataloguing a set of scores published by Möseler Verlag encompassing madrigals, masses, motets, polyphonic chansons, settings of psalms in Latin, German, Dutch, French, with and without accompaniment, featuring composers including Josquin Des Prés, Giovanni Gabrieli and Orlando di Lasso.

Catalogue Maintenance Assistant, Anne Kang, has also corrected a number of invalid (ETC) call numbers to make scores easier to find.

The Möseler Verlag scores are available at Library call number: M2.C6325 or title search “Chorwerk” (series title)

To search music scores in the Library catalogue, visit the keyword search page in the Library catalogue and limit to “music scores”

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Database downtime: EBSCOhost

On Saturday, January 5, 2013 for about eight hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time some EBSCOhost functionality will be unavailable - personal user authentication, the checkout and download of eBooks, alerts, RSS, access to My EBSCOhost folder items and the ability to save items from a session to personalized folders.

Please note that access to the EBSCOhost databases will continue to be available during this period.