December 23, 2014

Happy holidays! The library closes at 4:30pm on December 24 and reopens at 8am on Monday, January 5.

We wish you a restful and rejuvenating holiday. Best wishes for a wonderful 2015.

December 11, 2014

On Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 all OCLC services, including WorldCat and CAMIO, will be unavailable from 12:01 am to 3:00 pm (approximately 15 hours) for a system upgrade. We apologize in advance for any disruption.

December 11, 2014

Journals from Nature, and Palgrave Macmillan will be unavailable on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm due to essential site maintenance. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

November 20, 2014

New to Carleton University Library is the electronic collection from the European Union. This collection includes books, brochures and other publications of the European Union institutions from 1976 to the present. There are almost 19,000 records and more will be loaded each month to keep the collection current.

Carleton University is home to the Centre for European Studies (CES) which is a European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the Library has been a European Documentation Centre since 1966 (collecting and disseminating all EU publication). We have a substantial historical collection of EU documents, though as with most publishers, their paper distribution has dwindled over recent years and they are almost exclusively electronically published now.

To browse the complete European Union collection in the Library catalogue:

November 19, 2014

Photo: Fram Museum


The exhibit "Cold Recall - Roald Amundsen's reflections from the Northwest Passage," currently on display throughout the main floor of the library, is presented in cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa and the Fram Museum in Oslo.

Roald Amundsen's achievements are celebrated with original photos from his expedition to the Canadian North and Arctic. Many of the photos and lantern slides have not been shown in Canada before. They offer a unique view on Amundsen's connection with the Inuit. The Embassy and the Fram Museum want to show that the knowledge Amundsen gained from living with the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic helped him win the race to the South Pole.

The exhibit has been displayed at museums and universities across Canada and was launched to highlight Norway and Canada's strong connection in the Arctic and the shared history of the two countries. It will be on display until February 14th 2015.

November 17, 2014

Titles from Safari Books Online


Carleton University Library subscribes to Safari Books Online which provides access to over 28,000 e-books in the fields of technology, computer programming, digital media and business. Keep up to date with key trends and emerging fields with Safari Books Online!

To find these books in the Library catalogue, do an author search for Safari books online. To get the most recent titles, go to the drop-down box that says "System Sorted" and change it to "Reverse Year."

Questions? Please contact Robert Smith, Library subject specialist for computer science, electronics, systems and computer engineering. 

Find out more about Safari Books Online.

New titles available in the Library catalogue include:


November 14, 2014

Black Abolitionist Papers is a unique set of primary sources from African Americans who were actively involved in the movement to end slavery in the United States between 1830 and 1865.

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The trial ends on December 11, 2014.

November 12, 2014

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, held during Geography Awareness Week.

There will be exhibitions and presentations from local companies and organizations, including representation from Carleton alumni. The 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! See the full schedule.

Wednesday, November 19th, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Discovery Centre
4th Floor MacOdrum Library

November 11, 2014

From Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Seconds: A Graphic Novel"


Carleton University Library has a growing collection of graphic novels which support research and teaching across disciplines. Due to the popularity of graphic novels, the Library has recently established a standing order with Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal, Canada’s foremost publisher and distributor of graphic novels. The most current and interesting graphic novels will now be available at the Library even more quickly!

To search graphic novels in the Library catalogue, do a subject search for "graphic novels."  To get the most recent titles, go to the drop-down box that says "System Sorted" and change it to "Reverse Year."

Questions? Please contact Janice Scammell, Library subject specialist for English literature and Head, Reference Services.

New titles available at the Library include:


November 7, 2014

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries shows researchers the various shapes and formats of the diary as it evolved from 1500 to 1950. The database lets researchers view history in the context of women’s thoughts—their struggles, achievements, passions, pursuits, and desires.

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The trial ends on December 5, 2014.

November 4, 2014

Do you have a suggestion for an item  that the Library doesn’t currently own? If yes, please submit it via the Suggest a Purchase link which can now be found on the Catalogue home page, or via the Contact link on our home page.

All purchase suggestions are reviewed with careful consideration to cost, availability, and relevance to collection development policies.

Students, staff and faculty are welcome to suggest a purchase using the form. Faculty may also choose to contact their liaison librarian or subject specialist directly, to discuss curricular needs.

October 31, 2014

New OC Transpo Transit Route data available now for direct download in both GIS format and Google Earth format.

Individual OC Transpo transit routes cover 1996-2013 and are available online in shapefile and KML formats.

The following information was collected for each transit route:

  • Route number
  • Route type (Regular, Peak, Express, Rural, etc.)
  • Mode of transportation (bus, train)
  • Year

For more assistance, please visit the MADGIC Reference Desk, located on the 1st floor of the MacOdrum Library.

October 29, 2014

It’s finally here! The Library’s Online Auction for the United Way has begun. There are 82 great items, thanks to our many donors. Make sure you look through them all.

  • Login to the auction site using your MyCarletonOne name/password.
  • The bid field defaults to $2 above the last bid – but by all means, feel free to increase it!
  • You will receive a confirmation email, so it’s easy to keep track of your bids this year.
  • If you have one or two things you want to keep an eye on, it’s easy. There is now a search box!
  • All rules are under the Home tab. The items are under the Silent Auction tab.

If you have any questions, please email Visit and bid before midnight, November 6!

October 22, 2014

Applications are now open for the 4th Annual Graduate Student Open Access Award.  As well, applications are ongoing for CURIE funding, which provides funds to offset article processing fees for open access journals.

For more information, please see:

October 21, 2014

Cambridge Histories Online allows access to the texts of the Cambridge Histories series covering different historical themes from 1957 to the present.

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The trial ends on November 20, 2014.

October 16, 2014

American History, 1493-1945 traces the progress of American history and covers the major themes of the period from colonization and settlement through the revolution, expansion, politics, slavery, the Civil War and reconstruction, to World War II. We have trial access to Module 1, Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform, 1493-1859.

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The trial ends on November 13, 2014.

October 16, 2014

This Friday, October 17 from 4 – 6 pm,  join us on the main floor of MacOdrum for a lively battle of the books discussion featuring Carleton alumni and faculty. Acclaimed Ottawa mystery writer Mary-Jane Maffini will moderate.

The panel

  • Linda Wiken (BJ/80), author, owner of Prime Crime Bookstore Ottawa.
  • The Honorable Gerald Lebovits (BA/76 Law), Judge, New York City Civil Court.
  • Joanna Pozzulo, Professor, Chair, Department of Psychology, Carleton University.
  • Sheila Maloney, retired Staff Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service.

Featured Books

  • The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (Linda Wiken)
  • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (Judge Gerry Lebovits)
  • That Might by Chevy Stephens (Joanna Pozzulo)
  • The Best of Sherlocke Holmes by Conan Doyle (Sheila Maloney)

Carleton Reads Mystery Novels at Throwback 2014 is hosted by the MacOdrum Library and retired University Librarian and Carleton grad, Margaret Haines.

This is a free event and complimentary light refreshments will be available. Register now!

Pay and display parking will be available in P1.

October 15, 2014

The Scotiabank Giller Prize: Celebrating over 20 years of Fictional Prose in Canada

An Exhibit at MacOdrum Library October 15 – December 15, 2014

Carleton University’s Department of English Language and Literature and the Library present an exhibit to celebrate 20 years of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. On display in the main floor showcase are all 20 winning books from 1994 to 2013 and the short-listed books for 2014. After November 10th, the winning book and its author will be featured. 

The Department of English Language and Literature is offering for the first time in Canada a course focusing on this prestigious book prize and its impact on Canadian writers and culture. See more information on the course (pdf document).

More information on the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Past winners

The 2014 Short-list



October 9, 2014

Effective October 14th the laptop loan service is moving to CCS Service Desk located on the 4th floor of the library. The new hours of operation will be:

Monday – Friday              8:30am-9:30pm

Saturday & Sunday          12:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty, staff and students can continue accessing the service as they have done in the past; please bring your current campus card to the IT Help Desk to borrow a laptop for 4 hours.

October 8, 2014

Students and faculty are welcome to use the Library Gaming Lab which now provides access to over 135 video games available through the Steam online game distribution service. Steam gives access to indie games which add considerable diversity to the Library’s existing collection of games. Please see below for a full list of available titles including seven games which work with Oculus Rift headsets.

The Gaming Lab is located in the Discovery Centre on the 4th floor of MacOdrum Library and can be booked online

The lab contains two gaming stations which can be booked for 1 ½ hour time slots with a maximum of 4 people per group. Please contact or 613.520.2600 x1503 if you have questions about using or booking the gaming lab.

Steam games in Library Gaming Lab (station 1)

  1. 7 grand steps : what ancients begat.
  2. 140
  3. AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! : for the awesome.
  4. Achron
  5. Amnesia : the dark descent.
  6. Analogue : a hate story.
  7. B.U.T.T.O.N. : brutally unfair tactics totally OK now.
  8. Bad hotel
  9. Banished
  10. Bastion
  11. Between
  12. Bientôt l'été
  14. The book of unwritten tales 2
  15. Braid
  16. The bridge
  17. The cat and the coup
  18. Cave
  19. Closure
  20. Cogs
  21. Coil
  22. Colourbind
  23. Crawl
  24. Cube & Star : an arbitrary love.
  25. Deep under the sky
  26. Desktop dungeons
  27. Dinner date
  28. Dream (works with Oculus Rift)
  29. The dream machine : chapter 1 & 2
  30. The dream machine : chapter 3
  31. The dream machine : chapter 4
  32. Dust : an elysian tail
  33. Euro truck simulator 2 (works with Oculus Rift)
  34. Flotilla
  35. Fly'N
  36. The forest (works with Oculus Rift)
  37. FTL : faster than light.
  38. Gang beasts
  39. Gateways
  40. Gone home
  41. Guacamelee! : gold edition.
  42. Habitat
  43. Hotline Miami
  44. Incredipede
  45. Infinity runner
  46. Interstellar marines (works with Oculus Rift)
  47. Intrusion 2
  48. Jamestown
  49. Joe Danger
  50. Kentucky route
  51. LA cops
  52. Limbo
  53. Little inferno
  54. Mightier
  55. Mini metro
  56. Mirrormoon : EP.
  57. Monaco : what's yours is mine.
  58. Nidhogg
  59. Nightsky
  60. Overgrowth
  61. Papo & Yo
  62. Prison architect
  63. Realm of the mad god
  64. Recettear : an item shop's tale.
  65. Retro City rampage
  66. Reus
  67. Rogue legacy
  68. rymdkapsel
  69. Samurai Gunn
  70. Sentris
  71. Shank
  72. Shatter
  73. Skulls of the shogun
  74. Sokobond
  75. Son of Nor (works with Oculus Rift)
  76. Soundodger
  77. The Stanley parable
  78. StarForge
  79. Starseed pilgrim
  80. Super crate box
  81. Super hexagon
  82. Super meat boy
  83. Super time force ultra
  84. Terraria
  85. Thirty flights of loving
  86. Thomas was alone
  87. Trauma
  88. Trine
  89. Trine 2 : complete story.
  90. Vessel
  91. Victory: the age of racing (works with Oculus Rift)
  92. World of diving (works with Oculus Rift)
  93. Year walk

Steam games in Library Gaming Lab (station 2)

  1. Atom zombie smasher
  2. The banner saga
  3. Beatbuddy : tale of the guardians.
  4. Between
  5. Bioshock : infinite.
  6. Blueberry garden
  7. Botanicula
  8. The cat and the coup
  9. Civilization V
  10. Coil
  11. Cortex command
  12. Dear Esther
  13. Dominique Pamplemousse : its all over once the fat lady sings!
  14. Don't starve
  15. The elder scrolls V : skyrim
  16. English country tune
  17. The graveyard
  18. Gunpoint
  19. Jazzpunk
  20. Kerbal space program
  21. Lume : an illuminating puzzle adventure.
  22. Luxuria superbia
  23. Machinarium
  24. The maw
  25. Mightier
  26. Monster loves you!
  27. Musaic box
  28. Osmos
  29. Papers, please
  30. PixelJunk Eden
  31. The powerpuff girls : defenders of Townsville.
  32. Proteus
  33. Realm of the mad god
  34. Redshirt
  35. Retro/grade
  36. Risk of rain
  37. Samorost2
  38. Shelter
  39. Snapshot
  40. Spacechem
  41. Super crate box
  42. The swapper
  43. To the moon
  44. Towerfall
  45. Waking Mars
  46. The yawhg
  47. Zeno clash

Steam titles are added to the Library collection on an ongoing basis. As a reminder:

October 8, 2014

This is a curated collection of current monograph publications from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and medical research. The organizations included in this collection are very active publishers of primary research in the field. The publications included are both general policy documents as well as those of a specialized technical nature.

To access the trial, you will need to login. Login information is provided in the access section of the Canadian Health Research Collection record.

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The trial ends on December 31, 2014.

October 8, 2014

Enhanced Electronic Grammars (EEG) features comprehensive descriptions of languages from around the world. This pre-launch version features a representative spread of 5 full language grammars (Hup, Jamsay, Lao, Madurese, Mapuche), both with respect to language family and geographic location. This resource makes full grammars available together in an interlinked and semantically-annotated format, allowing granular access to the grammatical data and enabling cross-language research of several grammars at the same time.

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The trial ends on November 14, 2014.

September 13, 2014

MacOdrum Library is hosting an exhibit from the Canadian Language Museum, created in collaboration with Le Français à la mesure d’un continent. Titled “French in Canada / Le français au Canada,” this exhibit presents the history and contemporary status of Francophone communities across the country. The exhibit can be found across from the Library Services Desk on the main floor of the library.

More information is available on the Canadian Language Museum’s website.

September 12, 2014

Students asked, we listened!

Most library reserve material will now be allowed out of the library building! In addition, 2-hour loans checked out less than 2 hours before closing will be due the following morning at 9am, as will 4-hour loans checked out less than 4 hours before closing. Prof’s copies, government documents and DVDs on reserve will remain library use only.

For more details please drop by the reserves room in the library.

September 5, 2014

Carleton’s MacOdrum Library now has access to The Sunday Times of London Digital Archive (1822-2006).

Known for its investigative journalism, foreign coverage, and insightful analysis of weekly events, The Sunday Times is an extremely rich resource for anyone interested in historical events since the early 19th Century. 

Access through Gale NewsVault will allow our patrons to simultaneously search The Sunday Times (1822-2006), The Illustrated London News (1842-2003), The Times of London (1785-1985), and The Times Literary Supplement (1902-2009).

The Sunday Times Digital Archive fundraising project was first launched on Carleton University’s crowdfunding website Futurefunder allows those interested in investing in post-secondary education to be linked directly with ventures and ideas that are of interest to them. The Carlisles wanted to ensure that the Sunday Times project was successful. So, with their lead gift donation of $20,000, along with the generosity of another 32 donors, Carleton was able to purchase the database outright as well as provide access to all alumni.

MacOdrum Library invites current students, faculty, staff—as well as Carleton Alumni—to access this resource.

September 4, 2014

The new multi-function printers have arrived in the library!

Best things about the new printers:

  • Swipe your card, or login, directly on the new printer. No need to use a separate print workstation.
  • Scanning, printing and photocopying all from the same machine.
  • Print from your mobile device.

The library is the first building to have new printers. Soon they will appear across the University and in new locations like lobbies of major buildings and residences. Read all about this new printing service: CU on the GO.

Stacks staff have been testing the new printers and the results are positive.

For more information contact Graphic Services (613) 520-3625.

September 4, 2014

Graduate students may now apply for study space in the library for the 2014-15 year, using the Graduate Study Space Application Form. The deadline for applications has been extended to Tuesday, September 30 at 5pm.

MacOdrum Library offers three types of space to graduate students: large carrels, desks in shared study rooms, and lockers. Spaces are available until August 31, 2015.

Priority for space is given to graduate students who meet these criteria:

  • in the faculty of FASS or FPA;
  • without office space on campus; and
  • require a quiet work space close to library resources

If space permits, other graduate students will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

See the Graduate Study Spaces page for more information or go directly to the Graduate Study Space Application Form.

September 4, 2014

America's Historical Newspapers chronicles thousands of titles of American history, culture and daily life. Carleton has a trial to the newspapers from some selected eras in American history from 1690-1860.

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The trial ends on October 10, 2014.

August 27, 2014

The Phaidon Atlas is an extensive global atlas of leading contemporary architecture. Search thousands of categories for buildings, architects, drawings and images.

The trial ends on November 15, 2014.

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August 1, 2014

Some storytellers begin with “once upon a time,” but Ottawa South resident Tara Ogaick hopes to teach young writers at Carleton University’s new creative writing camps to tell their stories in different ways—by mixing things up rather than sticking to the “tried and true.”

“I think the creative process gets interesting when we play with stories and break them into chunks,” she explains. “Storytelling is like making a puzzle and campers will have the chance to create original tales by rearranging their pieces or ideas and by using a variety of tools like comics and videos.”

 Tara Ogaick (pictured here) is a graphic artist and illustrator and has two master’s degrees from Carleton—one in literature and the other in design. She combines these two loves by creating short comics (both digitally and in print) such as her new one featuring Charlotte the pug (see cartoon above) and based on a short poem by local poet Chris Johnson, another instructor at the Carleton creative writing camps this summer. But she also reads comics, graphic novels and plays video games (Minecraft™ and Child of Light™ are two of her favourites).

She is “super excited” to be one of the instructors at this summer in Carleton’s first creative writing camp program. The four week-long camps will give participants a chance to work with Ottawa area writers such as Ogaick and graphic novelist Jay Odjick. Campers will compose a poem, tell stories, pen a comic, and work on a video game narrative plus have a chance to share their work with other participants. The camps will be held this July and August in Carleton’s new Discovery Centre, located in the MacOdrum Library, with two weeks for campers aged 8 to 12 and two weeks for those aged 13 to 16. Registration is $250 and includes a daily lunch.

The Carleton Creative Writing Camps are sponsored by various groups at Carleton (including the MacOdrum Library, the English Department, the Discovery Centre and the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education) as well as the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Neil Wilson, the festival’s development director, is happy to be involved—partly because he thinks that the camps contribute to Ottawa’s growing reputation as an innovative national capital but also because the festival is devoted to inspiring kids.

“The heart of the Ottawa International Writers Festival has always been our commitment to young readers and writers,” says Wilson. “We appreciate that there is so much competition for the imaginations of our young people [but] if we can hook these imaginations on the power of the story, and the written word as soon as possible, then this love of reading and creativity will last a lifetime.”

For more information about the camps, visit the website at or email coordinator Andrew Connelly for details at

June 26, 2014

In 1972, Hassanali and Sakinabai Fakirani along with 60,000 other Ugandan Asians were forced from their homes by Uganda’s dictator Idi Amin. Hassanali, Sakinabai and 6,000 others entered Canada as refugees.

Almost 42 years later, on June 20, the Fakirani family gathered at Carleton University with friends and other members of the Ugandan Asian community in order to commemorate World Refugee Day and announce the Fakiranis’ support for Carleton’s Ugandan Asian Archives Collection. The archive includes more than 1,000 newspaper clippings about the 1972 expulsion. A gift from the Fakirani family has supported the cataloguing and digitizing of the archive, the creation of a website as well as the ongoing collection of oral histories.

 “It’s very important because it allows the family to share some of the experiences that we’d been through during the time that we had to leave the country and also the experience of settling into Canada,” said Nizar Fakirani, Hassanali and Sakinabai’s son. “We want to preserve this experience for the future generations. I hope that they will learn about it and extrapolate from it. That it will assist Canada, and our policy makers, to be able to respond to any future incidents of similar kind, where people have to be uprooted in large numbers.”

Carleton University has named a study room in the library in the memory of Hassanali and Sakinabai Fakirani.

Idi Amin ordered the 1972 expulsion of Ugandan Asians in what was recognized as an indophobic policy to cleanse the country of non-Ugandans. Many Ugandan Asian families had been living in Uganda for generations and played important roles in the country’s economy and daily life. The expulsion order led to one of the largest refugee events in Canada’s history.

The Ugandan Asian Archives Collection was brought to Carleton in conjunction with the Canadian Immigration Historical Society. It provides unique personal perspectives on the expulsion as well as how Western countries, particularly Britain and Canada, handled the event.

“We now have a presence in Canada that we never had before this project,” said Senator Mobina Jaffer at the June 20 event. Jaffer is a Ugandan native whose family was also forced to flee under Amin’s dictatorship. “This is the next stage in our evolution, and it’s a very emotional stage, because now we have a place in history.”

“We are so thankful to the Fakirani family for sharing their very personal story with us and supporting the archive’s development,” said Patti Harper, head of Carleton Library’s Archives and Research Collections department. “The Ugandan Asian Archives will contribute to migration and diaspora studies research, a field of growing importance especially when you consider the UN’s recent news that the world now has the highest number of displaced people since World War II.”

Over the course of the coming years, Carleton Library will work with communities, families and individuals in Canada to capture the oral histories of South Asian and Indochinese refugees who came to Canada in the 1970s and 1980s.

June 18, 2014

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 2013-2014 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.

Robyn McQuaid and Opal McInnis, PhD candidates, Neuroscience:

“A paradoxical association of an oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism: early-life adversity and vulnerability to depression” from Frontiers in Neuroendocrine Science (2013) 7:128.

Bryce Dorin, MASc candidate, Electronics:

“Two-mode division multiplexing in a silicon-on-insulator ring resonator” from Optics Express (2014) 22(4).

Christen Rachul, PhD candidate, School of Linguistics and Language Studies:

“Newspaper portrayals of spinal manipulation therapy: Canada, United States, and the United Kingdom” from Journal of Science Communication (2013) 12(1).

Yegui Cai, PhD candidate, Systems and Computer Engineering:

“Decoupling congestion control from TCP (semi-TCP) for multi-hop wireless networks” from EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (2013) 2013:149.

Nicole Tishler, PhD candidate, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs:

“C, B, R, or N: The Influence of Related Industry on Terrorists’ Choice in Unconventional Weapons” from Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology (2013) 2(2).

These papers will be submitted into Carleton’s institutional repository (CURVE) which collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton’s digital research materials.

With over 45 applications, the Scholarly Communications selection committee was impressed that so many graduate students are working to make their research more widely available by publishing in open access journals. It was difficult for the selection committee to choose just 5 papers, and the members wish to thank all the applicants, as well as encourage them to continue meeting such a high standard in research.

For more information, including bios and links to the winning papers, please visit the Scholarly Communications website.

June 16, 2014

Carleton University Library is home to one of Canada’s largest jazz collections, including over 30,000 CDs from all eras ranging in both style and performance.  Thanks in large part to the generous donation of former CKCU host Jacques Emond, this collection encompasses the most influential people, instrumentations, and performances spanning from the early days of jazz to today’s modern era.

To date, nearly 2,300 music CDs from the Emond Collection have been fully catalogued to provide access to this valuable material in the Library catalogue. The collection covers jazz from its earliest recordings in 1917 (Original Dixieland Jazz Band) to reissues and compilations which include many examples of the big band era, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and many others. In addition to a primary focus on U.S based jazz, the Emond collection also features Canadian Jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban jazz and European jazz, mainly from France and Scandinavia. There are many recordings from respected jazz record labels such as Verve, Columbia, Blue Note, Concord Jazz, Arbors Jazz and Evidence.  As well as Canadian record labels: Sackville, Justin Time, Jazz Focus, Radioland and Ambiences Magnétiques. In addition to sound recordings, the Emond Jazz Collection also features a fascinating assortment of books and video recordings on jazz.

Carleton University Library provides both jazz enthusiasts and scholars with great access to some of the most important and rarefied materials within the genre.

Carleton Library finding aid for the Emond Collection

To browse the complete Emond Jazz Collection in the Library catalogue:

Visit Carleton University Library catalogue

Search under TITLE: “Emond Jazz Collection”.


Please contact Alana Skwarok, Library subject specialist for music

June 13, 2014

Photo by Joel Rivard


Several City of Ottawa documents have arrived and are available for consultation at the MADGIC reference desk.

The library has an agreement with the City of Ottawa to provide access to their documents in a public area for a 30 day period. We are one of seven locations in the city where citizens can view these publications.

The publications include: Ottawa cycling plan, Ottawa pedestrian plan, Transportation master plan and Cambrian road widening environmental assessment study.

MADGIC is located on the 1st floor of the MacOdrum Library.

June 11, 2014

Starting June 12, the Discovery Centre will be showing the 2014 FIFA World Cup live. Come up anytime, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please keep in mind that exams are taking place and some students are using the area to study, so we’d appreciate keeping your cheering at a respectful level.

June 5, 2014

Platforms and products from ProQuest (including titles, databases and RefWorks) will not be available from approximately 10:00 pm EDT, Saturday,  June 14, 2014 through 11:00 am EDT, Sunday,  June 15, 2014, due to system upgrades.

May 25, 2014

The Photocopy Centre has moved to Room 120, located on the 1st Floor of the MacOdrum Library.

It is open from 8:30 - 4:30, Monday to Friday.

Services include faxing, colour printing and adding money to your campus card, as well as general assistance with photocopiers.

You can also add money to your card by using the Cash2Card machines, located on the 2nd and 4th floors of the library, and online.

May 8, 2014

Carleton University is sponsoring a trial to BrowZine - the new app for Libraries that lets you browse, read and monitor scholarly journals right on your tablet device.

To get started, just search for “BrowZine” in your tablet app store to download the app for free. When you open BrowZine for the first time, select Carleton University and enter your MyCarletonOne login information.

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The trial ends on June 30, 2014.

May 7, 2014

The 500th video game has recently been added to the Library collection. "Forza motorsport 5” for Xbox one was selected to showcase video gaming on the next generation of consoles.

Forza motorsport 5 was developed by Turn 10 Studios for Xbox one. Launched in November 2013, the game has become the fastest selling racing game in Xbox history. Test your racing skills with just over 200 cars on 15 circuits. High quality graphics, original orchestral soundtrack and new “Drivator” AI system make this game a special immersive experience.

Xbox one consoles are available in the new gaming lab located in the Discovery Centre on the 4th floor of MacOdrum Library. The gaming lab can be booked online

Please contact or 613.520.2600 x1503 if you have questions about using or booking the gaming lab.

For more information about this game, visit the Forza Motorsport site.

April 28, 2014

The Wire Report is a Canadian news service covering  stories affecting the telecom and media sectors.   It provides exclusive coverage of business, technology, regulatory and policy developments for decision makers across Canada. The business news service also watches regulatory developments at the CRTC, the Copyright Board, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, Industry Canada’s spectrum management branch, Canadian Heritage and the House of Commons and Senate. Coverage includes daily news, and also original, independent reporting on regulatory documents, data, interviews, etc.

April 23, 2014

On Tuesday April 22nd, CBC Radio aired interviews of  several users of the treadmill desks, located on the 4th floor of the library. Take a listen to find out if using these innovative desks might be helpful during exam time.  Keys to the treadmills can be borrowed from the staff desk at the front of the Discovery Centre.  Listen now.

April 22, 2014

British Pathé, a newsreel archive company in the UK, has recently made its collection of 85,000 historic films available through YouTube. The collection covers 3500 hours of historical footage from 1896 to 1976. It includes major events, notable figures, inventions, music and culture, with extensive film from World Wars I and II. Some of the films available:

Wright Brothers First Flight (1903)
Titanic Footage & Survivors Interviews
World’s First Mobile Phone (1922)
Weird! Hypnotised Rabbits! (from 1949)

You can access this and other video collections through the library’s Find Videos page.

April 8, 2014

Image used with permission from the person who took it


The Library held its eighth annual Food for Fines campaign from March 24th to March 31st. The Carleton community donated 470 items to the CUSA Food Centre and the library waived the equivalent of $847.50 in library fines.

April 1, 2014

The final talk in this series - "How We Can Improve Memory" - will take place this Friday, April 4.

The Informed2Learn initiative @ Carleton is sponsoring a series of talks for anyone interested in learning about learning.

All talks take place from 12:00–12:45 pm in the Discovery Centre, room 482 (4th floor of MacOdrum Library).

How the Brain Learns and Remembers - Learning, Memory & the Brain Series

Friday, March 7
Different Memories, Different brain Regions

Friday, March 14
Brain Cells and the Basics of Memory Function

Friday, March 21
What Does a Memory Look Like in the Brain?

Friday, April 4
How We Can Improve Memory

The Informed2Learn initiative @ Carleton is a collaboration between the Library and the Discovery Centre. It aims to tap into the knowledge and research on campus and elsewhere to look at ways we can learn about learning.

The initiative is about:

  • developing skills for professional and lifelong learning
  • networking and learning collaboratively at a multidisciplinary level
  • understanding the processes that allow us to create and innovate at school, work and in everyday life.

March 31, 2014

The Creativity and Design Thinking Series (an Informed2Learn initiative) presents "A Journey in Design: Designing Student Housing for Mumbai" this Thursday at noon in the Discovery Centre.

The Informed2Learn Initiative at Carleton is a collaboration between the Library and the Discovery Centre.

"A Journey in Design: Designing Student Housing for Mumbai"
Thursday, April 3
12:00 -12:45 p.m.
Multimedia Room – Discovery Centre
MacOdrum Library

Comprised of eight first-year Master of Design students and led by Dr. Thomas Garvey, the team-based studio draws on interdisciplinary design development methods in achieving a common design objective. Projects are supervised by academic and industry advisors from a wide range of disciplines and conducted in collaboration with professionals and external organizations. This year, the studio incorporated an iterative design process to develop student shelter concepts for WeSchool in Mumbai.

Humanising a Metropolis represents the culmination of 12 weeks of work, realised through the international collaboration of graduate students from various design and non-design backgrounds at Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design, Weschool and iFeel.



March 26, 2014

Get informed on the latest news concerning GIS related activities and geospatial data from the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC). See the PDF version of our Winter 2014 issue of Geospatial Data Update.

March 25, 2014

Come to the Fresh Thinking Series on Tuesday, March 25 from noon – 1pm in room 252 of the MacOdrum Library. Various Library staff members will be highlighting the services we offer to faculty and staff.  Did you know we have audiobooks, a games collection and a recreational reading collection? Find out how we can help you with research or with accessing and using maps, data, government information and GIS. Plus, learn about how the Library showcases Carleton History through our exhibits.

To register or for more information please visit the Fresh Thinking Series website.

March 21, 2014

Carleton is participating in the SCOAP³ (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) Open Access Project. This is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries and key funding agencies and research centers in two dozen countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP³ is converting key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. To access the repository please see here.

March 20, 2014

Bring in non-perishable food  items (canned or packaged) to the Library Services Desk between March 24th to March 31st  and we will waive up to $20 of library fines.  Each item is worth $2 in current fines (maximum 10 items per person). All food donations will go to the CUSA Food Centre to help students in need.


For more information please contact Mizthika Sanjeevan, Co-ordinator for Patron Accounts.

March 11, 2014

Good news for qualitative researchers who use Macs! NVivo has just released their NVivo for Mac software. Download the free Beta release now. Once the free trial is over in June 2014, Carleton student, faculty and staff can obtain an NVivo license for their Mac version by contacting More information on NVivo at Carleton can be found at

March 5, 2014

The Library's Web Committee is looking at ways to improve the Help section of the library website, and we want to hear from you. We're asking library staff for the most common questions they receive, but we know that students, faculty and staff don't always come in person to ask for help. In fact, that's why we have help pages on the website!

So, please tell us your ideas or opinions about the kind of help you want or need on the library's website. If there are things about our current Help pages that don't work for you, tell us that too.

We can't promise to fix everything, but your input will help us start making improvements.

The form will be up until March 21 but you can send us feedback about the website whenever you like, using the general feedback form.

March 3, 2014

With this long cold winter pressing on, it is time to add some fresh books to the Recreational Reading Collection and stay inside and read! The collection is still currently located outside of the Library Reserves room on the 2nd floor but will hopefully have a new home soon – we will provide an update as soon as it happens!  There are several new additions to the collection including:

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen which is part of Oprah’s Book Club Collection.

The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Series: Uglies and Pretties.

March 3, 2014

Indigenous Peoples North America provides users with access to digital collections that will enhance research into the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Indigenous Peoples in the United States and Canada. The archive includes extensive monograph, manuscript, newspaper, periodical and photograph collections.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

The trial ends on March 26, 2014.

March 3, 2014

Artemis Primary Sources enables researchers, teachers and students to cross-search Gale's primary source collections. It currently includes Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).

Please send us your feedback on this product.

The trial ends on March 26, 2014.

February 27, 2014

BioOne website will be undergoing maintenance starting Saturday March 1, 2014. Scheduled downtime will begin at 11:00 AM (EST) and may last up to 16 hours. During this time content and services offered through BioOne 1, BioOne 2, and BioOne Abstracts and Indexes will be unavailable.

February 26, 2014

Carleton University Library is celebrating Freedom to Read and we’d like you to join us! 

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year is the 30th anniversary of the initiative. At Carleton, there will be readings (by a broad range of members of the Carleton community) from banned and challenged materials, ranging from the Bible to Harry Potter -- and lots in between.

Come join us on Thursday, February 27, starting at 2 p.m. in the main reading room on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Need more information? Contact Wayne Jones at the Library ( or 613-884-8953).

February 24, 2014

The website will be unavailable on Saturday March 1, 2014 beginning at 11:00 AM (EST). The planned routine maintenance to data storage and the website may take up to 16 hours.

February 18, 2014

Ares will be unavailable on February 19th, 2014  due to software maintenance. Full service should be restored by 11:00am.
Our apologies for the inconvenience.  Please email any questions to

February 15, 2014

The Environmental Study Report, Hope Side Road and the Old Richmond Road Corridor is now available for consultation in MADGIC. The library has an agreement with the City of Ottawa to provide access to the documents in a public area for a 30 day period. We are one of seven locations in the city where citizens can view these publications.

There has been and will continue to be significant growth in the Kanata and Stittsville areas within the City of Ottawa. The study looked at transportation and opportunities within the 7.6 km. corridor, developing and analyzing alternatives, assessing technical and environmental issues and proposing ways to address those issues, and developing a preferred design for the project.

The goal of the project is to provide adequate transportation capacity of existing and planned growth and to address safety issues in that location.

Please visit the MADGIC Reference Desk on the 1st floor of the MacOdrum Library.


February 13, 2014

All ebooks, journals, etc. from Taylor & Francis will be unavailable for 16 hours - from Saturday, March 1st  at 11:00 am - Sunday, March 2nd at 3:00 am due to a major platform upgrade. This includes these databases: Taylor & Francis eBooks, Taylor & Francis Journals Online, and the Taylor & Francis Strategic, Defence & Security Studies Archive.

February 10, 2014

The Library is celebrating Freedom to Read Week and we’d like to you to join us!

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. At Carleton, our week will feature readings from banned or challenged materials and we would like to invite students to participate in one of two ways:

  • read from a banned or challenged book live in the main reading room on the second floor of the Library, Feb. 25, 26, or 27
  • make a video of yourself reading from a banned or challenged book, post it somewhere on the web, and let us know where it is

All readings should be about 5 minutes from a book of your choice (if you need help choosing, see the lists compiled by the Canadian Library Association [scroll down]).

Interested? Contact Wayne Jones at the Library ( or 613-884-8953)

February 7, 2014

The tunnel bookdrop
located near the glass wall
now accepts your books

February 4, 2014

Geomatics Cafe

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time: 3-4 pm

Location: MacOdrum Library's Discovery Centre room 482

The Maps, Data and Government Informaton Centre (MADGIC) invites you to the second Geomatics Cafe to hear about geomatics research perfomed by Carleton University researchers.

There will be 3 brief presentations by Carleton researchers from diverse backgrounds followed by questions from the audience.

The event is open to the Carleton community and coffee and tea will be available.

Learn more about the event.

February 3, 2014

All ProQuest products will be unavailable for 8 hours starting on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm due to system enhancements. ProQuest products affected by this downtime include all ProQuest databases and RefWorks.

January 30, 2014

MacOdrum Library has audiobooks! Listen to one today on your computer or mobile device.

OneClickDigital has classic and popular audiobook titles. You will need to create an account before you can download titles. More information about OneClickDigital and tutorials.

LibriVox has audiobooks of works in the public domain. No account is required. More information about using LibriVox.

You can also access our Audiobook Collections from the library website by going to Find > Books and selecting the “audiobook collections” link at the bottom.

Happy listening!

January 23, 2014

The Sabinet platform will not be available on Saturday, January 25, between 6am - 10am due to a system upgrade.

January 23, 2014

The Page Break Starbucks in the MacOdrum Library opened on Monday, January 27. Located just inside the entrance to the Library, the Page Break Starbucks offers comfortable seating, and a beautiful view of the Rideau Canal. Take a study break without leaving the library!

Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Thursday 8am – 10:30pm
  • Friday 8am – 9pm
  • Saturday 10am – 9pm
  • Sunday 10am – 10:30pm

January 14, 2014

Missed the deadline for library reserve material? Library Reserve requests are still being accepted for this term.

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

Submit your reading list to or drop by the Reserves Room (main floor, room 224) for assistance and a short demo of Ares!

January 9, 2014

The library has obtained additional content to the Web of Knowledge platform. New databases available to students and faculty:

  • Data Citation Index
  • Books Citation Index
  • Biosis Citation Index
  • Current Contents Connect

These databases will support, in particular new academic programs in both Data Science and Health Sciences.

January 8, 2014

IBISWorld has the world’s largest collection of U.S. industry reports and major Canadian industry reports. Coverage includes performance, outlook, products and statistics.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

The trial ends on February 4, 2014.

January 7, 2014

The Library of Parliament, in collaboration with, has provided free access to the Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada, a searchable database of digitized debates for the Senate and the House of Commons.

The Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada portal provides a centralized, streamlined means of accessing historical debates of the Senate and House of Commons, in both official languages.

The Senate and House of Commons Debates, commonly known as the Debates, or Hansard, contain the transcribed, edited and corrected record of full deliberations of both Houses of Parliament.

Since the adoption of official reporting (in 1871 for the Senate and 1880 for the House of Commons), the daily editions of the Hansard were issued in bound, well-indexed volumes. This site has been produced from digitized editions of these volumes, all available under their corresponding Parliament and Session, in the Browse function of this portal.

This portal includes reconstituted debates, which represent debates for the years prior to the adoption of official reporting. These reconstituted debates are an unofficial version of the debates, drawn from newspaper reports of the day. Finally, the portal also includes translated debates for the Senate of Canada, which began its official report in English only. All of the reconstituted and translated content can be identified in the records.

In 1994, the House began to distribute its publications electronically by making its publications accessible worldwide through the Parliament of Canada Web site. The Senate followed suit in 1996. To access debates from these dates and later, please visit, under Parliamentary Business.

January 2, 2014

The 75th board game was recently added to the Library collection and it’s a big one. Ogre is a tactical ground combat game set in the late 21st century. Tanks and infantry battle with nuclear missiles but the most feared weapon of all is the giant cybernetic tank called the Ogre.

This landmark board game was designed by Steve Jackson in 1977. It has gone through various incarnations including a miniature pocket version, deluxe large board edition and a video game from Origin systems. The new “Designers edition” brings the game to a new generation of gamers who are learning what it means to face the Ogre!

[Summarized from the Ogre website ]

Board games are purchased to support game development courses in the School of Computer Science.

Comments and questions? Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics and Systems Engineering, Carleton University Library: or @rosmith11