Problems Accessing Resources? You Might Need to Change Your Password

After the Nov. 29 interruption of the campus network, Information Technology Services issued calls for everyone in the campus community to change their MyCarletonOne passwords. The following deadlines were set:

If you did not change your password by the relevant date, you have been locked out of your MyCarletonOne account and you won't be able to access library resources - including your library account - until you reset your password.

To reset your MyCarletonOne password:

  1. Forget CU-Wireless on any devices you use to connect to the campus wireless network
  2. Go to and enter your MyCarletonOne username
  3. Click "Forgot Password?"
  4. Follow the prompts to create a new password
  5. When you get back to campus, reconnect to CU-Wireless using your new password

Note that neither ITS staff nor library staff will be available for assistance during the university holiday closure from Dec.23 at noon until January 3.

Holiday Exhibit

Each year, December brings a month filled with celebrations and a variety of gift giving traditions. Come in and enjoy the library’s newest exhibit displaying holiday history from our collection including books, plays, poetry, music, and video games about celebrations of the Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, Yule, Saturnalia, and Christmas. It is located at the main entrance until December 22.

Extra Exam Time Study Space

We know the library can get packed at this time of year, so we're opening a couple of classrooms/meeting rooms when they're free.

Rooms 235 and 252 on the main floor of the library will be open when they aren't booked by library staff for a meeting or a class, starting at 8am and closing at midnight.

If you're using these rooms, we ask that you:

  • Please vacate the room when asked by a staff member. We'll try to give you 30 minutes advanced warning before a meeting or class is scheduled to begin.
  • Don't move the furniture around too much. Some movement of chairs is fine, but please don't move the tables around.

Room 235 is generally only booked for 60-90 minutes at a time.

Room 252 has some longer bookings and will be unavailable:

  • Dec. 7, 1:30-6pm
  • Dec. 8, 9:30am-3pm
  • Dec. 9, 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Dec. 14-15, all day
  • Dec. 16, 8am - noon

Dec 7 Update: Campus Network Issues Affect Some Library Services

Update: library services are mostly back to normal. The exceptions are:

  • Printing remains a bit hit and miss; the IT Help Desk on the 4th floor can help when things go wrong
  • GIS computers have some reduction in service but things are improving! Use may be limited in busy times until everything is back up.
  • Some Transcription Services remain disrupted

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Library Road Book Return Slot Re-Opens

Now that exterior construction is completed, the book return slot that faces Library Road has re-opened. You can admire the new windows and wall while you drop your items off!

Dec 1 Update: Campus Network Issues Affect Some Library Services

Update: library services are mostly back to normal. The exceptions are:

  • Printing is hit and miss, but generally is not working
  • Some staff computers have been affected, so research consultations may be disrupted or postponed
  • New: Research Help chat is not working. Please call the Research Help Desk at 613-520-2600 x2735 during service hours, or send an email.
  • New: In-house use of ArcGIS is limited to 1 hour until further notice, is it's only working on one GIS computer. AutoCAD, FME & QGIS aren't working on any GIS workstations, but Global Mapper is working.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The current network issues on campus have affected some library services.

  • Online reserves through Ares will likely remain unavailable while these problems continue
  • Off-campus access through our proxy server is working, but service may be disrupted
  • The library catalogue is working, but account access and off-campus access to electronic resources may be disrupted
  • Summon and other library databases remain available, but again, off-campus access to electronic resources may be disrupted
  • RACER should remain available for ILL requests

In the library building, all computers remain shut down.

Also, note that due to campus email disruptions, we are not able to respond to requests submitted directly by email nor requests through our online forms.

We will provide updates as they become available, here and on our Twitter account.

More Grad Study Room Spaces Available

The library's construction project is finished, all graduate student study rooms are open, and it turns out that we have a few more spaces than originally anticipated. So, we are reopening applications and will keep them open until all the spaces have been assigned.

Please register here and note that the only option available right now is "Desk in shared room." All carrels and lockers have been assigned.

Problems with Zotero plug-in?

Have you been having problems using the Zotero plug-in when using Firefox?

Student image computers on campus are now running a 64 bit version of Firefox  but the version of the Zotero plug-in on these computers only works with 32 bit Firefox.  There is now an updated plug-in for Firefox that will work with the 64 bit version of Firefox and we will be requesting that this new version be pushed to the student image computers as soon as possible.

What you can do in the meantime:

If you are using student image computers: you can use the standalone version of Zotero already installed

If you are using your own computer: check to see which version of Firefox you have and if needed, install the latest Zotero plug-in update:

Questions? Contact us at

New Database: Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), digitized content of the material gathered by the RCAP commissioners is now available through a searchable database.

The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples was established on August 26, 1991, and submitted its report in October 1996. The RCAP was mandated to investigate and propose solutions to the challenges affecting the relationship between Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Métis), the Canadian government and Canadian society as a whole.

The new database provides online access to documents such as intervenor project submissions, publications, research reports and hearing transcripts that supported the writing of the report of the RCAP. Previously, much of this material was only available on a CD-ROM titled For Seven Generations.

To help our users find this resource, we’ve added it to our list of databases, our library catalogue, and it can also be found with a Summon search.

Grad Study Room Update: All Rooms Open

Construction has finished on the grad study rooms on the canal side of the building. These rooms are now available for use.

If you've already been assigned a key, you can use it to enter these spaces. If you're still on the waiting list, keep an eye on your email next week. We'll be assigning more spaces mid-week and will be in touch.

Please note that we will not be re-opening applications for space, as there are still many more people on the waiting list than spaces available.

International Games Day @ Your Library

Libraries are known as the place to go to share culture in the form of books, music, movies and even technology. But, more and more, they are becoming a place to gather as a community for the purpose of playing games.

On Saturday, November 19, more than two thousand libraries across the planet will showcase gaming programs and services as part of International Games Day @ Your Library. Many libraries are planning special programming revolving around celebrating the mutually-reinforcing power of play and learning.

Carleton University Library is no longer just a place for books, but also a gathering place for patrons of all ages. Gaming is yet another example of how we are fulfilling the desire to learn, play, and yes, read at your library.

So, on November 19, we invite everyone to visit the Discovery Centre from 11am-3pm (4th floor MacOdrum Library) during International Games Day @ your library to play Minecraft Hunger Games.

Graduate Student Open Access Award 2016-2017

Are you a graduate student who has recently published in an open access journal? Or do you know a grad student who has?

The Graduate Student Open Access Award, sponsored by the Graduate Students' Association (GSA), MacOdrum Library, and the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International), was established in 2011 to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Up to five monetary awards of $1,000 will be distributed.

Any GSA member who has had a paper published or accepted (pending minor revisions) in an open access journal since January 1, 2015, can apply. The deadline is January 31, 2017.

For more information, please see the Graduate Student Open Access page.

Graphic Novel Exhibit: "Drawn Out"

A new exhibit of selected items from our graphic novel collection is on now in the display case at the library entrance. The exhibit was created by librarian Kristof Avramsson, who describes it below:

This display highlights a small sampling of the library’s graphic novel collection, demonstrating what Edward Said (2007) described as power of comics to:                                                                                     

‘Say what couldn’t otherwise be said, perhaps what wasn’t permitted to be said or imagined, defying the ordinary processes of thought, which are policed, shaped and re-shaped by all sorts of pedagogical as well as ideological pressures’.

The inclusion of graphic novels in a university library, a repository which traditionally collected ‘scholarly’ resources to support and inform institutional research practice, can trouble the collections where they are housed.  They offer renderings of life and culture which are neither scholarly nor academic, and are frequently peopled by the under-represented.  Using sequential art as a story telling device, graphic novels provide highly accessible glimpses into the world of their creators, but in unpredictable ways.”

The exhibit runs until November 30, 2016.

Large Format Scanning

The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) is offering a new service to Carleton University students, faculty and professional services staff: Large Format Scanning.

Material to be scanned must be from Carleton Library collection and to be used for educational reasons only.

Scanning will take place every Thursday between 9 and 5.

Want something scanned? Fill out this form.

Any questions, please email

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

Geography Awareness Week

Join the annual worldwide celebration of ‘geography’ as the MacOdrum Library hosts Geography Awareness Week from Nov. 13 – 18th on the main floor, and in the Discovery Centre.  This year’s theme is the ‘Power of Parks’.  Faculty members will be on hand throughout the week to answer questions about geography programs offered here at Carleton. Learn how drones and ice corers are used by geographers and see them on display. Visit the main floor exhibit of children’s drawings of world maps from the Barbara Petchenik Childen’s Map Archive.

On Nov. 16th don’t miss GIS Day held in the Discovery Centre and learn about the world of geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the impact that geospatial thinking has in our daily lives. Or, plan to attend the alumni geography careers event in Room 252, 3-6pm, hosted by DGES highlighting the successes of geography graduates. All activities and displays throughout the week are hosted by library staff in cooperation with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies faculty, staff and students.

Open Access Week at MacOdrum Library

This week is International Open Access Week. Come learn more about Open Access which seeks to make scholarly research freely available to all via the Internet, and advocates for a system of users’ rights that are modern and fair. A display on the Thom Exhibit wall (front entrance of the Library) has more information on what Open Access is, as well as various projects supported by the Library. These initiatives include CURVE, an Open Access repository where Carleton graduate students, faculty, and staff can archive their work, the Open Journal System, for facilitating publishing of Open Access scholarly journals, and a number of other ways in which the Library helps provide financial support for Open Access publishing.

For more information about Open Access, check out the Open Access Support page or contact the Library at


Citation Management Workshops

We’re offering citation management workshops this fall to help you learn how to manage all of the references or citations that you collect while doing research. Register for a workshop by emailing

Managing research citations is an essential part of the research process. Citation management tools can help you to:

  • organize your research all in one place
  • avoid plagiarism by tracking your research path
  • easily create in-text citations
  • easily format - and re-format - bibliographies

We support Endnote, Mendeley and Zotero. Find out more about citation management tools.

Ahoy Matey!

Do you enjoy a hearty read about pirates, smugglers, and privateers? How about planning a trip to dangerous and frightful destinations? Or maybe listening to the ‘Pirates of Penzance’ is your thing? How about discovering the treasure troves of the world, lost mines and ghost towns, sunken treasure, or famous women of English piracy?

It’s all right here in your library! A unique showcase of the pillaging & piracy of the buccaneers and conquistadors in ‘days of yore’. You can’t miss this display to help bring out the scurvy pirate in you!

Graduate Student Workshops in the Library

Graduate students are welcome to attend any of these workshops to build up library skills. The workshops are offered through the Grad Navigate program, and count toward TA Training Hours.

Wednesday, October 19, noon-1pm – Know Your (Copy)Rights!

This workshop will look in more detail at copyright, and in particular your rights as an author/creator and user of copyrighted material.  Register now!

Wednesday, October 26, noon-1pm – Measuring your Research Impact

Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it?  Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it. Register now!

Wednesday, November 2, noon-1pm – Research Data Management

High-quality data management is fundamental to research excellence.  This workshop will give you an overview of RDM and how you will benefit from it. Register now!

Wednesday, November 9, noon-1pm – Grey Literature: How to Keep Up with It?

This workshop will provide students with a greater understanding of how grey literature is defined, the benefits of searching it, and links to a number of useful sites providing access to resources relevant to students in different fields. Register now!

Nobel Prize Exhibit

Don’t miss the Nobel Prize Exhibit currently on display in front of the Research Help desk on the main floor. Get up close and personal with some of the winning papers from 2013 – 2015. Each winning recipient’s paper for 2016 will be added when announced.  View many books on the history of the Nobel prize and its categories including women Nobel laureates, and beautiful facsimiles of the Nobel prize medals. In your Nobel future, which prize will you win? Tell us what destiny awaits you on the comment board.

Database Downtime: Emerald Journals

Maintenance on Emerald's platform is scheduled to take place on Tuesday October 4th 2016, beginning at 4:00 am – and lasting for up to 12 hours. This will affect all Emerald journals, including Emerald Engineering and Emerald Management journals.

During this time, the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode and you will receive a notification that the site functionality is temporarily unavailable.

Applications for Grad Spaces: Update

Update: All available spaces have now been assigned and the form is now closed. We have sent emails to everyone who has been assigned a space. Everyone else has been added to the waiting list. More spaces will become available when construction concludes in November.

Applications for Grad Spaces on the 5th floor of the library are now open on the library website. This year the assignments will be on a first come first serve basis regardless of faculty (although you must be a grad student). You may apply for the following: a carrel, a locker, a desk in a room, or a combination of a desk and a locker, or a carrel and a locker.

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces, but we will try to accommodate as many students as possible.

We will be sending out updates (like this one) through the GSA, through the library website, and on the library's Twitter account.

Exhibit: Ace Academy Flight Experience

Come and discover Ace Academy, a new interactive exhibit that features aircraft from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s First World War Collection. Visitors enter an immersive environment, facing the screen and standing on a rondel to activate the experience. Aircraft imagery takes centre-stage as players fly a realistic rendering of the  museum's Sopwith Ship Camel biplane. Moving their arms up and down, and tilting their bodies, visitors manoeuver an airplane onscreen—dodging enemy aircraft and aligning themselves to fire.

This flight experience is based on Ace Academy, an educational game produced by the Museum in partnership with SEED Interactive. The game features other aircraft from the museum's collection as it guides players through levels that explain how aircraft fly. Ace Academy and its sequel Ace Academy: Black Flight are available for free on the App Store and Google Play. They serve to extend players' engagement and learning beyond the flight experience.

The exhibition is located on the main floor of the library, near the Reserve Services Desk, from September 13 to October 31, 2016.

Fall Library Tours

Get to know the library by dropping in for a tour this fall. You'll learn about the services in the library, have an introduction to our website, and find out where to get help.

There's no need to register - just choose a time from the schedule and meet us across from the Help Desk (also known as the Library Services Desk) for a half-hour walking tour:

  • Wednesday September 7 at 5:45pm
  • Friday September 9 at 12:00pm
  • Monday September 12 at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday September 14 at 10:00am
  • Thursday September 15 at 12:00pm
  • Tuesday September 20 at 5:45pm

Database Downtime: ProQuest

On Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems from 10:00 pm Saturday through 6:00 am Sunday.

During this time ProQuest platforms and products will not be available. This will include ProQuest databases, Chadwyck-Healey databases (C19 The Nineteenth Century Index, Early English Books Online, Patrologia Latina, and PolicyFile), Proquest Digital Microfilm and Books in Print. As well you may notice that the journal cover images in the catalogue do not display.

Users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Currently on Trial: APA Style CENTRAL

APA Style CENTRAL is a complete online environment for teaching, writing, and publishing in APA Style. It combines learning and teaching tools, writing and content processing technology, and full integration of APA's Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Individual user accounts are not needed to access the Learning Center (tutorials, self-quizzes, and samples), the Publishing Center, or certain parts of the Research Center (dictionaries and reference books), but they are required to create and save references and papers.

APA Style CENTRAL has been optimized for FireFox, Chrome, and Safari for MAC OS. Internet Explorer is not recommended.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

Trial ends on September 30, 2016.

Applications for Grad Spaces Open Aug.22

Applications for Grad Spaces on the 5th floor of the library will open up the week of August 22 on the library website. This year the assignments will be on a first come first serve basis regardless of faculty (although you must be a grad student). You may apply for the following: a carrel, a locker, a desk in a room, or a combination of a desk and a locker, or a carrel and a locker.

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces, but we will try to accommodate as many students as possible.

We will be sending out updates (like this one) through the GSA, through the library website, and on the library's Twitter account.

Stay Tuned!

Library Road Book Return Slot Closed

Due to ongoing construction, the library road book return slot has been closed. The book return slots on the tunnel level and in the foyer will continue to be available. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Repairs to Path and Tunnel to the Library Continue

Repair work continues on the pathway from Dunton Tower and in front of MacOdrum Library. Pedestrian access from the Quad to the library is available from the south side only (in front of Paterson Hall) during the construction period. 

Scaffolding has been installed in the tunnel from Tunnel Junction to Dunton Tower, but the tunnel remains open for use.

The work on the path and the tunnel will continue until mid-August.

Since both exterior ramps leading to the library are closed while this work is being completed, the only accessible entrance into the library is via the tunnel. The ramps will reopen in July.

Facilities Management and Planning appreciates your patience and co-operation as we make these improvements to the campus.

Collection Highlight: Evhen Batchinsky fonds

The collection is notable for the large quantity of materials dealing with aspects of Ukrainian émigré life in Switzerland. The collection is comprised documents and notes concerning the various activities of Ukrainians living in Switzerland, as well as books, pamphlets and articles published in Switzerland in Ukrainian or about Ukraine.

Evhen (Eugene) Vasylovych Batchinsky was born on 24 August, 1885 in Katerynoslav (now Dnipropetrovs'k), Ukraine and died on 30 October 1978 in Bulle, Switzerland where he had lived for several years. The collection reflects Batchinsky’s passion for documenting and preserving material pertaining to Ukrainian political history and émigré activity in Western Europe. Batchinsky was involved in a number of important Ukrainian endeavours during the early 20th Century and had numerous friends and acquaintances with whom he maintained ongoing correspondence.

The fonds (collection) consists of 16 series that document the activities and interests of Evhen Batchinsky. The series include: Autobiography of Evhen Batchinsky and Leonid Bachynsky; Biographical Dossiers (arranged alphabetically); Chronological Dossiers, Diary Dossiers (arranged chronologically); Subject Dossiers; Ukrains'ka Avtokefal'na Pravoslavna Tserkva (UAPTs); Swiss Ukrainica; Taras Shevchenko; Soiuz Vyzvolennia Ukrainy (SVU); Lev Yurkevych; Minor Files; Serial Publications, Monographs, Documents guiding the processing of the collection, and Miscellaneous Material.

Our Archives and Research Collection database contains more information on this collection.

Repairs to Path and Tunnel to the Library

Repair work has begun on the pathway from Dunton Tower and in front of MacOdrum Library. Pedestrian access from the Quad to the library will be available from the south side only (in front of Paterson Hall) during the construction period. 

Scaffolding will also be going up in the tunnel from Tunnel Junction to Dunton Tower.

The work on the path and the tunnel will continue until mid-August.

Since both exterior ramps leading to the library will be closed while this work is being completed, the only accessible entrance into the library will be via the tunnel. The ramps will reopen in July.

Facilities Management and Planning appreciates your patience and co-operation as we make these improvements to the campus.

Graduate Student Open Access Award Recipients Announced

Carleton Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Graduate Student Open Access Award. This monetary award of $5000.00 was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Over 30 applications were received this year from across all disciplines. As has been the case every year, the selection committee, composed of both faculty and librarians, found it difficult to choose just 5 papers for the final awards. We are confident that these papers reflect the range of high-quality, interesting, and varying research being conducted at Carleton, and we encourage graduate students to continue making their research more widely available by publishing in open access journals.

Thank you to all the applicants, and congratulations to our winners!

Colin A. Capaldi, PhD student, Psychology, for his paper "The relationship between nature connectedness and happiness: A meta-analysis" from Frontiers in Psychology (2014) 5:976.

Kyle Farmer, PhD candidate, Neuroscience, for his paper "Major alterations of Phosphatidylcholine and Lysophosphotidylcholine lipids in the substantia nigra using an early stage model of Parkinson’s disease" from the International Journal of Molecular Science (2015) 16:8, pp. 18865-18877.

Saira Fitzgerald, PhD candidate, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, for her paper "Perceptions of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Ontario Universities" from the Canadian Journal of Education (2015) 38:3, pp. 1-34.

Koreen Millard, PhD candidate, Geography and Environmental Studies, for her paper "On the Importance of Training Data Sample Selection in Random Forest Image Classification: A Case Study in Peatland Ecosystem Mapping", from Remote Sensing (2015) 7:8489-8515.

Zoe Panchen, PhD candidate, Biology, for her paper "Flowering and fruiting responses to climate change of two Arctic plant species, purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) and mountain avens (Dryas integrifolia)" from Arctic Science (2015) 1:45-58.

These papers have been submitted into Carleton's institutional repository which collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton's digital academic, research, and creative materials.

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

Collection Highlight: Art Latcham Magic Collection

This month’s featured collection: The Art Latcham Magic Collection! Magic beyond your wildest imagining, here in the Library. There’s even a wand.

Did you know that Archives and Research Collections (room 581) has a collection of material pertaining to the history and practice of sleight of hand magic and mentalism?

Previously housed at the Witchurch-Stouffville Public Library, the Art Latcham Memorial Magic Collection was acquired by Archives and Research Collections in 2012. It is comprised of books, magazines, and ephemera related to illusion, sleight of hand, and related subjects.

Arthur “Art” Latcham, to whom the collection is dedicated, was a philanthropist in the York Region of Ontario. As a member of the Hat and Rabbit Club, Latcham was a magic enthusiast who, rumour has it, always carried a deck of cards to perform magic and sleight of hand at any moment. Art Latcham died in 1979, and the first Stouffville Magic Festival was organized in his honour in 1982. The magic collection was created by festival organizer and town librarian, George Schulkbier. The Art Latcham Magic Collection was dedicated at the first Stouffville Magic Festival on May 9th, 1982.

For more information you can check out the archival material, and collection highlights like the Riddle of Chung Ling Soo,  the signed Houdini, and the 19th Century Conjuror’s Magazine!

Art Exhibit commemorating Komagata Maru Incident

An exhibition of paintings commemorating the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914 will be opened by the Canada-India Centre for Excellence at Carleton University and hosted by the library. The official opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4 p.m. on the main floor of the library and the exhibit will be on the main floor wall space. The Komogata Maru was a Japanese ship that arrived in Vancouver in May of 1914, carrying 376 Indian passengers, mostly Punjabi Sikhs who were ex-military men who had served the British empire in wars, but was turned away by Canada. Upon their return to India, they faced violence by the British-Indian government. These paintings show the struggle against injustice of the Komagata Maru passengers. The exhibit runs from May 18 - June 18 2016.

Congratulations Colin McLeod, Student Award Winner

Congratulations to Colin McLeod, this year's recipient of the Melody Mastad Award!

The MacOdrum Library hosted a small event in April to honour its student employees. The library depends on its student workers, not only for their contribution to the library services, completing assigned tasks and functions, but serving as ambassadors to our patrons.

To highlight these contributions, MacOdrum Library established an award in 2013 to recognize excellence among our student staff. The award is named after Melody Mastad, a long-serving Stacks Co-ordinator, who supervised a great number of students, developed a rigorous training and development program, and encouraged students toward Service Excellence.

This year's winner is Colin McLeod. Colin has been a member of the Stacks Services team for 3 years at MacOdrum Library and has made significant contributions as a student employee. Colin was nominated for his strong work ethic, positive attitude and proven ability as a leader - always ready to help co-workers. "He is ready to go that extra mile when offering help, be it with any projects, addressing patron inquiries or helping out its co-workers".

Pictured are the 2016 Melody Mastad Award of Excellence in Student Assistanship nominees (left to right): Colin MacLeod, Erica Trenson, John Gamey, Eric Xu and Megan Hayward.

Library Road Book Drop Closed Until April 30

Due to renovation work, the MacOdrum Library book drop located on Library Road will be closed until April 30.

In the meantime, please use the book drop located inside the library main doors or inside the tunnel.

Thank you for co-operation.

National Poetry Month Exhibit

Archives and Research Collections (ARC) has created an exhibit for National Poetry Month, highlighting items from our Special Collection of Modern Poetry. The exhibit includes broadsides as well as books in various forms from small presses.

The titles were selected to reflect the diversity of Canada and of our collection, as well as prominent names in the modern poetry movement. One poet featured, George Johnston, has a special connection to Carleton, having been a professor here from 1950-1979. 

The exhibit is located on the main level of the library, opposite Room 252 and was curated by Al MacLennan, ARC.

Collection Highlight: Maps & GIS

This month’s feature Library Collection: The Map & GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Collection! Spatial information for you, here in the Library.

Did you know the library has an extensive map & GIS collection? We have paper sheet maps, atlases, online & mapping sites and extensive GIS data. Topics support research and teaching in almost every discipline, our maps cover the globe, and we offer GIS technical assistance as well.

Explore this collection by visiting the MADGIC Information Desk on floor 1 or check out our Find Maps or Find GIS guides on the library website.


The exhibit "POSITIVE SEX: Eroticizing Safer Sex Practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s" is now showing on the Thom Exhibit wall on the main floor of the library until May 8.

The exhibit explores AIDS activists' work to eroticize safer sex practices in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s. To activists, eroticizing was a personal and political intervention. It was a way of refusing to see “sex-crazed, ‘promiscuous,’ bath-going gay men" as a problem and refusing to push for monogamous “politically correct” relationships. It was a way of promoting safer sex practices without compromising sexual freedom and without bothering people living with HIV/AIDS.

In honour of Youth HIV and AIDS Day, “POSITIVE SEX” was curated by members of the AIDS Activist History Project, Carleton University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with support from the MacOdrum Library and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

If you have any inquiries please contact Alexis Shotwell, Sarah Rodimon or Janna Klostermann at

Library Tunnel Door and Dunton-Side Parking Unavailable

Due to our upcoming renovations, the exterior door to the tunnel by the library as well as the parking area between the library and Dunton Tower will be inaccessible from Monday, March 28* to Friday, Sept. 30. This area is being hoarded off and will be the staging area for the construction project. Para Transpo stop 11 will be impacted and we suggest that you use Para Transpo stop 12 located on Library Road in front of the Azrieli building.

During the construction period, Library Road will remain open as well as the sidewalk beside Dunton Tower and the tunnel access at Dunton Tower.  All other access points from that parking lot will be closed to the public.

If you need an accessible parking space in the Dunton Tower area, we would suggest either Parking Lot 1 (located behind the library) or Parking Lot 2 (located in front of the Architecture Building). There is also one accessible-designated parking spot on Library Road in front of Dunton Tower for visitors and permit holders.

The Starbucks in the library will remain open during the construction period although the seating area behind the coffee bar will be closed off and not available.

*Note: this date has been updated. A previous message said the area would be inaccessible as of Wednesday, March 23.

Database Downtime: Emerald Journals

Maintenance is scheduled for Emerald’s research platform (including Emerald Engineering journals and Emerald Management journals) Tuesday, March 22 from 4:00 am - 4:00 pm. During this time the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making some functionalities, including searching, unavailable.

Food for Fines 2016 Wraps Up

Our tenth annual Food for Fines campaign was a great success. From March 7th to March 14th, the Carleton community donated 456 items to the CUSA Food Centre and we waived the equivalent of $642.00 in library fines. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Shown in the picture above are (left to right): Maria Jakeline de Guadalupe, Franz Obermair and Nazneen Khan of the Library’s Access Services Department.

Next Phase of Library Renovations

We have a new phase of renovations starting March 17 and continuing into Fall 2016. This $4 million investment will focus on areas not touched by the last renovation project. Some of the priorities that students identified in past satisfaction surveys will be included in the renovations:

  • more student study space on the 3rd floor
  • updates to some of the washrooms within the library to make them more accessible

Another improvement is the replacement of the exterior wall on the north-east side of the building.

Students and other library users will experience noise and other disruptions during the renovations. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your co-operation. We will try to post timely alerts to our Twitter account about particular areas of disruption.

If you have any questions, please contact Val Critchley at

Food for Fines, March 7-14

Food for Fines is back! From March 7 - 14, bring in non-perishable food items and we will waive $2.00 in Library fines for every item donated (to a maximum of $20.00 or 10 items per person).

Donations will be received at the Library Service Desk during regular hours of service. All food collected will go the CUSA Food Centre to help students in need.

Acceptable food donations include non-perishable canned or packaged food (please no candy).

Please note: If you don't owe any library fines but wish to donate food you may do so, but the waiver cannot be used as a credit for future fines.

For more information please contact: Mizthika Sanjeevan, Patron Accounts Coordinator, Access Services at

Currently on Trial: United Nations iLibrary

The United Nations iLibrary is the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations. This initial scope covers most of the publications, journals and series published under the United Nations Publications banner between 2013 and 2015. Currently 750 titles are available in English, and 250 are availalbe in other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

The trial ends on June 30, 2016.

Grad Navigate Workshop: Data Visualization with Excel

Using a sample dataset in Excel, participants will explore key formulas and techniques to summarize and extract data from large datasets. The summarized data will then be visualized using Excel’s chart and graph tools with an emphasis on creating a non-standardized appearance using data visualization concepts. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop with Microsoft Excel installed.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, March 3, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA

2016 ESRI Student Award - Malek Singer

Malek Singer, no stranger to MADGIC reference desk and our GIS services, is the recipient of Carleton University’s 2016 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Award.

Jeff Hughes, our Esri Canada Account Manager, was on hand representing Esri Canada.

Esri Canada GIS Scholarship

“Esri Canada is committed to promoting geographic literacy and strives to educate our future leaders in using tomorrow’s technology.  Through the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship program, students at more than 50 colleges and universities across Canada receive more than $2 million in scholarships annually along with grants of Esri software, books and training.

The program recognizes Canadian educational institutions that deliver strong, multidisciplinary GIS programs and promote careers in GIS.  Through the program, students gain access to extensive GIS resources to further develop their skills and knowledge and apply the technology to solve real-world problem”

More details at:

Freedom to Read Week 2016

Carleton University Library is celebrating its 3rd Annual Freedom to Read February 21st - 25th, 2016 and we’d like you to join us! Check out the events we have planned.

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.

Grad Navigate Workshop: Social Media & Your Research

This workshop will look at some ways in which you can use social media to advance your research profile or even your research itself. The focus will be on Twitter and blogging, but we’ll look at other social media platforms where a profile could be beneficial. We’ll also talk about some possible downsides to using social media professionally.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, February 18, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA

Making Connections! 4th Annual Community Engagement Event

Carleton's 4th annual Community Engagement Event will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 9am - noon in the Discovery Centre (4th floor, MacOdrum Library). The event is organized into three activities:

  • A panel discussion “Community Culture Shock” on the power, joys and tribulations of Community-Campus Partnerships featuring Marc-André Clément of “Culture Shock Canada” and students from CCDP3003 (Communication Skills for Multimedia Design Students), moderated by Lisa Meyer (School of Linguistics and Language Studies),
  • Speed-presentations by Carleton students involved in community based projects, and
  • A Community-Campus Networking event with both faculty and community partners.

Carleton session hosts include faculty members from Geography and Environmental Studies, Public Affairs, Political Science, Psychology, Music, Engineering as well as representatives from the Let’s Talk Science program, the Global Academy, and Futurefunder, Carleton’s crowd-funding tool.

Community organization hosts include: Causeway Work Centre, Hub Ottawa, Hidden Harvest Ottawa, The Happy City Initiative, Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, Entrymark, the Alliance to End Homelessness, Canada’s Digital Policy Forum, and Ottawa’s Eco-Talent Network.

For a full list of Carleton and Community presenters, or to register for the event, go to:

This event is free and open to all! Refreshments will be available.

CANCELLED Grad Navigate Workshop: Know Your (Copy)Rights!

The Know Your (Copy)Rights workshop has been cancelled. We are looking at rescheduling sometime in March. Apologies for any inconvenience.


This workshop will look in more detail at copyright, and in particular your rights as an author/creator and user of copyrighted material.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA

Grad Navigate Workshop: Making Maps: Intro to GIS

In this 2-hour session, participants will learn some core concepts of GIS (geographic information systems) followed by a hands-on component with ArcMap GIS software which will result in a map of 2011 census data.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, February 4, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA

McLuhan and Frye: A Reading by B. W. Powe

Please join us for a reading by B.W. Powe from his book Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy about two titans of Canadian culture. Associate Professor Travis DeCook of Carleton University’s Department of English will interview the author after the reading. There will be ample time for questions from the audience as well, and copies of the book will be available for sale.

Our library is hosting this event, co-sponsored by the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Where: Main Reading Room of MacOdrum Library

Cost: Free

Registration: Limited so register now

Contact: Amanda Goth, 613-520-2600 extension 2727,

CANCELLED: Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch

The Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch, scheduled for January 22, 2016 in Room 252, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.


The Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch, hosted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, will take place on January 22, 2016 in Room 252, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The book Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic  will be presented, followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Emilie Cameron (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University)
  • Dr. Frances Abele (Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University)
  • Dr. Danielle DiNovelli-Lang (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)

Far Off Metal River is about how stories make worlds. It traces the imaginative, material, and political life of a particular story – the Bloody Falls massacre story, first told in the late 18th century – in order to better understand colonial and capitalist relations in the contemporary Arctic.

Grad Students: Tell Us About Your Research Experiences

The Library wants to know more about students’ experiences while they carry out their research. One of our librarians interviewed undergraduate students in the Fall would like to talk with graduate students this term.

Participants will be scheduled for one 45-minute interview and a follow-up 30-minute interview later this term. Interviews will take place on campus. Those who participate will be compensated for their time with a $10 Starbucks gift card after the first interview and a $20 Starbucks gift card after the second interview.

If you are a graduate student who would like to participate or would like more information please contact Shelley Gullikson.

The ethics protocol for this research has been reviewed and approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board, 613-520-2517 or


Come and discover examples of current Canadian innovation with a new exhibit beginning Friday, January 8th. Technozones was created by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and highlights innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.

Learn more about two Canadian success stories! Harvesting Sunlight, designed in collaboration with SunCentral, provides unique lighting solutions deep within a building’s core, and Underwater Imaging, designed in collaboration with 2G Robotics, captures precise measurements and generates 3D images of subsea environments and structures, such as shipwrecks, pipelines and dams. The exhibit is located on the main floor of the library, adjacent to the Research Help Desk.

Graduate Student Open Access Award 2015-16

Do you know a graduate student who has recently published in an open access journal? The Graduate Student Open Access Award, sponsored by the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), MacOdrum Library and the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International), was established in 2011 to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Up to five monetary awards of $1,000 each will be distributed.

Any GSA member who has had a paper published or accepted (pending minor revisions) in an open access journal since January 1, 2014, can apply. The deadline is January 29, 2016.

For more information, please see the Graduate Student Open Access Award page or go directly to the application form