Come visit with Uncle Steven, The Library Dog

Stop by the Library every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. to meet and mingle with Uncle Steven, the Library Dog. 

Each day, he will be ready to meet and greet (and accept as many pats and pets as you have for him) near the Maxwell MacOdrum painting on the main floor.

May the 4th be With You

After you’ve watched the trailer for The Last Jedi for the 100th time, why not stop by the Star Wars exhibit located at in the Library’s main entrance? Take a look through Star Wars themed books, action figures, games, and music, along with many collectibles from the family collections of library staff. The exhibit will be on display through May the 4th, a day when Star Wars fans come together to celebrate all things related to Star Wars which began with the release of A New Hope in May of 1977.

Art Latcham Memorial Magic Collection

Are you interested in the art of illusion or magic? Discover that sense of mystery with the Art Latcham Memorial Magic Collection now on display on the main floor of the library across from the Reserves Desk. It includes books, magazines, and other interesting ephemera related to illusion and sleight of hand.

Arthur “Art” Latcham, to whom the collection is dedicated, was a philanthropist in the York Region of Ontario, a member of the Hat and Rabbit Club, and a magic enthusiast who always carried a deck of cards to perform magic and sleight of hand at any moment.

The display was curated by Al MacLennan, ARC staff member and runs until April 30, 2017.

April is Poetry Month

In celebration of poetry month, drop by the Thom Panel on the main floor and check out the giant exclamation mark. It is a ‘broadside’ featuring the poem “Boys Bathing”, by Irving Layton, along with many book covers from the Special Poetry collection of the Archives and Research Collection.

 “Deep Thermal” located on the (opposite) Gallery wall, is from the Modern poetry collection. The viewers create their own connection between the image and word. This is a limited edition ekphrastic portfolio of six numbered pigment prints, signed by  Mary Heebner, with poetic responses to the images by Clayton Eshleman.

The displays run until April 30th and were curated by Lloyd K. Keane, PhD, Monica Ferguson and Al MacLennan.

Downtime: Open Journal Systems

There will be a service outage on our open journal systems (OJS) starting at noon, Thursday April 6. We anticipate that the maintenance will be complete by 5pm.

We apologize for the disruption and will try to restore service as quickly as possible. If you have any  questions, please contact Pat Moore.

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017, please drop by and visit a thought provoking exhibit honouring this pivotal event of the First World War. The battle began on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917 with Canadian regiments launching a major offensive against the enemy. Many were citizen-soldiers who together created a turning point for the Allies and helped shape a stronger sense of Canadian identity. This exhibit includes posters, diary entries, photos, letters home, a soldier’s attestation document, and many WWI books from the library’s collection. It is located on the main floor in front of the Research Help Desk until April 30.

First Nations and Aboriginal Data Event

On Tuesday, April 18, 10 am-12 pm, we will be hosting the event "First Nations & Aboriginal Data: An Introduction to the Aboriginal Peoples Survey and the First Nations Information Governance Centre."

Representatives from Statistics Canada and the First Nations Information Governance Centre will give an introduction to the data available to researchers, how you can access that data, and how you can use them to enrich your research.

The event will be held in room 252 and everyone is welcome. Register for this free event.

Results from the 2017 Food for Fines campaign

The MacOdrum Library held its annual Food for Fines campaign from March 20 to March 27 2017. The Carleton community donated 308 items to the CUSA Food Centre and the library waived the equivalent of $ $496.50 in library fines.

Featured here are (Left to Right) Daniel Tura, Meaghan Easter and Sameer Ahmed of the Library’s Access Services Department

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Database Downtime: Brill Online Books and Journals

There is a planned downtime of the Brill Online Books and Journals platform scheduled for Saturday March 25. The downtime will be from 3:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Brill Reference Works Online and Brill Primary Sources Online will not be affected.

We apologize for any interruption or inconvenience this may cause.

Book Launch: Carleton at 75 Reflections & Photos

Come on out to the launch of Carleton’s 75th Anniversary commemorative photobook, Carleton at 75.

The launch will take place Wednesday, March 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Carleton University Alumni Association Reading Room. Light refreshments will be served and contributors will read a selection of reflections from the book.

Please RSVP for the launch to Kathy McKinley by March 24.

GoPro Hero 5 Camera Added to Emerging Technology Collection

We just added a GoPro Hero 5 camera and 14 piece GoPro Hero harness kit (including selfie stick) to our Emerging Technology Collection.

All items in the Emerging Technology Collection can be borrowed by Carleton students, faculty and staff with a valid Library card for a two week period from the ITS Service Desk in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor of the Library.

Need more information?

The Library has a number of related e-books:

Questions?

Please contact David Sharp, Head of Collections, MacOdrum Library at david.sharp@carleton.ca

Visit the Thunder in Our Voices exhibit from March 18 to 25

Thunder in Our Voices tells the story of the 1970s Berger Inquiry into the Construction of a Pipeline in the Mackenzie Valley. It was 40 years ago that the ground-breaking Berger inquiry sparked a national discussion about Indigenous land rights, and gave a forum to the rising Indigenous movement. The issues that the Inquiry addressed are the same as those that are with us today, as more pipelines through Indigenous lands are in prospect. Drew Ann Wake, a CBC reporter and museum curator, reported on the original inquiry and is now traveling the country educating students. As part of the exhibit, you can watch interviews with the original Dene, Inuvialuit and corporate witnesses before the Inquiry, recorded then and now.

The exhibit, which will be on both the Gallery Wall on the main floor and in the main foyer space, will be open March 18 to 25. Admission is free. 

Free Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass

Government of Canada

 

The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre has been given a limited number of free DISCOVERY passes to distribute to students starting Monday, March 13, 2017.

For further information, please visit our service desk on the 1st level of the MacOdrum Library and speak with Denize Tan.

"To celebrate our country's 150th birthday, the Government of Canada is offering the gift of free admission to all Parks Canada places to Canadians. It is fantastic that so many people are excited about free admission and my hope is that every Canadian family will visit a national park, historic site or marine conservation area in 2017".  Catherine McKenna, Minister of Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

 

The Harper Factor, Panel Discussion + Book Signing

On Wednesday, April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. ,join Co-Editors Jennifer Ditchburn and Graham Fox as they read from The Harper Factor.

Following the reading there will be a panel discussion hosted by Professor Susan Harada, Associate Director, School of Journalism + Communication, Carleton University. There will be an opportunity to purchase the signed book and meet both co-editors.

Panelists
Jennifer Ditchburn, Editor-in-Chief, Policy Options magazine
Graham Fox, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Research on Public Policy
Derek Antoine, PhD Candidate and Instructor, School of Journalism and Communication
Paul Wilson, Associate Professor, Political Management, Carleton University

Political legacy is a concept that is often tossed around casually, hastily defined by commentators long before a prime minister leaves office. In the case of the polarizing Stephen Harper, clear-eyed analysis of his tenure is hard to come by. The Harper Factor offers a refreshingly balanced look at the Conservative decade under his leadership.

What impact did Harper have on the nation’s finances, on law and order, and on immigration? Did he accomplish what he promised to do in areas such as energy and intergovernmental affairs? How did he change the conduct of politics, the workings of the media, and Parliament? A diverse group of contributors, including veteran economists David Dodge and Richard Dion, immigration advocate Senator Ratna Omidvar, Stephen Harper’s former policy director Paul Wilson, award-winning journalists such as Susan Delacourt, and vice-provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, make reasoned cases for how Harper succeeded and how he fell short in different policy domains between 2006 and 2015.

Stephen Harper’s record is decidedly more nuanced than both his admirers and detractors will concede. The Harper Factor provides an authoritative reference for Canadians on the twenty-second prime minister’s imprint on public policy while in office, and his political legacy for generations to come.

You can register for this event here.

Currently on Trial: History of Feminism

History of Feminism covers the study of feminism from 1776-1928. It contains an extensive range of primary and secondary resources, including full books, selected chapters, and journal articles, as well as thematic essays, and subject introductions on its structural themes:

  • Politics and Law
  • Religion and Belief
  • Education
  • Literature and Writings
  • Women at Home
  • Society and Culture
  • Empire
  • Movements and Ideologies

Please send us your feedback on this product.

The trial ends on April 6, 2017.

Food for Fines in the Library March 20 to March 27

From March 20 to 27, 2017, bring in a nonperishable food item and we will waive $2 in library fines, owing either at the Library or on your student account, for every item donated (to a maximum of $20 or 10 items per person).

Donations will be received at the Library Service Desk during regular hours of service and all food collected will go to the CUSA Food Centre.

Please note, if you do not owe any library fines, but wish to donate food you may do so—but the waiver applies to existing fines only and cannot be used as a credit. Acceptable food donations include nonperishable canned or packaged food (please no candy).

Food for Fines is brought to you by the Carleton University Library. For more information, please contact Mizthika Sanjeevan, Patron Accounts Coordinator, Access Services at mizthika.sanjeevan@carleton.ca.

Show Us How You Do Your Research Online

The Library wants to know more about students’ experiences doing research for papers and assignments. Two librarians would like to talk with students about online searching for resources. We’ll be conducting short interviews with undergraduate and graduate students this term.

Participants will be scheduled for one 30-minute interview and the meeting will take place on campus. Those who participate will be compensated for their time with a $10 Starbucks gift card.

If you are a student who would like to participate or if you want more information please contact Shelley Gullikson or Emma Cross.

This study has been approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board (Project #106330). If you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact Dr. Andy Adler, Chair, Carleton University Research Ethics Board-A (by phone at 613-520-2600 ext. 2517 or via email at ethics@carleton.ca).

New Display: History of the Faculty of Public Affairs

The Faculty of Public Affairs is celebrating its 75th year at Carleton! A new display on the main floor will showcase some of the key milestones and projects of the faculty’s numerous academic units.  Following the Second World War when Carleton U. was founded, its first graduates were in Journalism and Public Administration, considered at that time to be entirely new subjects for post-secondary study in Canada. Other groundbreaking programs were soon to follow. The profile of Carleton’s leading programs in the study of civic institutions and public policies, as well as the advantages of the university’s location in the nation’s capital, further promoted the creation of the Faculty of Public Affairs in the late 1990s. The exhibit will be on display until March 31st.

MacOdrum Library Renovations: Update

On Wednesday, March 1, the main stairwell (Stairwell A) in MacOdrum Library will be completely closed from the first floor to the fifth until the end May 2017. Stairwell A is being closed for renovation and upgrading but the other stairwells will be available. During this work, there will be noise associated with this construction.

During the exam period, noise will be kept to a minimum.

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

Freedom to Read Week Book Readings

As part of our Freedom to Read Week events, we will be hosting readings in the Library where members from the Carleton community will choose a book that has been banned from libraries or schools at some point and read an excerpt.

We will be hosting two of these---one from 12 to 1 p.m. on February 28 and the other from 12 to 1 p.m. on March 2.

Come by and listen to the readings or pick out a book to read from yourself. We don’t expect anyone to make more than a three minute reading commitment for these events.

If you would like to read on February 28 or March 2, please contact Alicia Ott at alicia.ott@carleton.ca.

Update on available graduate student study spaces on the fifth floor

We wanted to provide an update on available graduate student study spaces on the fifth floor.

Due to the lack of use, rooms 570 to 574 have been converted to individual silent study areas which means keys will no longer work for these spaces. Rooms 504 to 511 remain graduate student study spaces.

In the near future rooms 570 to 574 will be converted to bookable group study rooms. We will provde updates when this work has been completed.

New Items for Emerging Technology Collection

We have some interesting new additions to our Emerging Technology Collection, including:

The collection page has been updated to more clearly describe the equipment which is available for loan.

More information?

The Library has a number of related e-books

Questions?

Please contact David Sharp, Head of Collections, MacOdrum Library at david.sharp@carleton.ca

Renovation Work in MacOdrum Library

The next phase of renovations in MacOrdrum Library is expected to begin on Monday, February 6 and will continue until the end of June. The areas that will be included in this $1.5-million phase will be the third floor in the extension, washrooms, upgrades to the main staircase, and renovations on the first floor.

  • February 6: The third-floor extension will be closed for the day on February 6 as construction begins to add more student study space. This closure is to minimize disruption and for student safety. When the work is completed, there will be four new student study rooms and an additional 45 seats on the third floor in the extension.
  • February 6: Demolition begins on the first floor to begin construction on a new BIT IRM lab.
  • February 13: All washrooms located on floors one to three in the extension section of the library will be closed for renovations.

In the coming weeks, the main staircase (staircase A) in the library will be closed from floors one to five. Patrons will be directed to use other staircases within the building.

Students and other library users will experience noise during the renovations. Facilities Management and Planning appreciates your patience and co-operation as we complete these improvements to the library.

Graduate Student Workshops in the Library

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

Thursday, February 9, noon-1:30pm — Data Visualization with Microsoft 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. Please note: data visualization concepts will be broad and not discipline-specific. Register now!

Thursday, February 16, noon-1pm — Putting the Government to Work for You

This workshop will help attendees to optimize their information foraging in government resources. Participants will be provided with strategies to assist them in gathering high value government information (research, policy and statistics) while expending the least energy/time possible. The workshop will be tailored to the interests of the participants. Register now!

Seeing, Selling and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956

A new exhibition located on the main floor and in the Discovery Centre explores representations of radio to show how manufacturers and advertisers sold the idea of listening to the wireless. Aspects of radio’s visual and material culture from the early 1920s to the mid 50’s shows how radio affected conceptions of space. Seeing, selling and situating radio in Canada, 1922-1956 is curated by Michael Windover and Anne MacLennan and will be on exhibit from January 23 – April 30, 2017.

Great Map Giveaway Feb. 2

The Great Map Giveaway returns on Feb. 2! It starts at 10am in the University Galleria, and lasts until 3pm or untill all the maps are gone.

We're giving away a surplus of discarded, superseded and duplicate maps from various countries and on a variety of topics. There are single sheet maps and maps that are parts of sets. Maps aren't sorted in any logical way, but that's part of the fun. You can use the maps for study, decoration, crafting, and more. 

The Great Map Giveaway is always extremely popular so make sure you arrive early for the best selection.

CUAG / DOME Pop-up performance series with Jesse Stewart

To celebrate Carleton University Art Gallery’s 25th anniversary and Carleton University’s 75th anniversary, the Art Gallery has commissioned Jesse Stewart, an award-winning musician, sound artist, community builder and Carleton music professor, to create a series of live performances and sound installations. These performances will happen inside Stewart’s portable geodesic dome, set up at different sites on the Carleton campus throughout 2017.

Hooked on Bibliophonics, Stewart’s first performance, takes place on Monday, 23 January, from 12 to 1 p.m., on the main floor of the MacOdrum library. Everyone is welcome to pick up some mallets and join Stewart in jamming on a “bibliophone,” a xylophone-like instrument made out of amplified books. Stewart is renowned for his inventive and inclusive performances on a wide variety of percussion instruments, including many of his own design and built out of such materials as ice, cardboard, stone and glass.

Follow CUAG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

New Library hours beginning January 15

So you wanted to be able to study on the weekends. Well…

Beginning Sunday, January 15, we are moving to an 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week schedule (with exceptions on holidays and Reading Week so make sure you continue to check our website).

The feedback we received from students asked specifically for more weekend hours. We are hopeful that these consistent hours will make it easier for students to plan study and research time in the Library.

Continue to check library.carleton.ca for more Library news or if you have questions for official hours throughout the school year.

Metadata Hackathon January 27

MacOdrum Library is hosting a day-long RDA hackathon on Friday, January 27, 2017. Co-sponsored by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the hackathon for RDA metadata will use resources from a variety of Canadian authors. Authors highlighted are: Lee Maracle, Thomson Highway, Lawrence Hill, Dionne Brand, Felix LeClerc, Gabrielle Roy, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Stephen Leacock.

This is an introductory session aimed at library cataloguers and others interested in metadata and resource discovery. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to register.

The training tool RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats), designed and created by Deborah and Richard Fritz of The MARC of Quality, will be used. It is intended to help cataloguers think in RDA terms and see how RDA might look in the future.

Pre-registration is required by emailing LAC at bac.normesdecatalogage-cataloguingstandards.lac@canada.ca. If you have any questions about the event, you may direct them to this email as well.

Winter Library Tours

Winter Library Tours

Are you new to Carleton, or new to using the library this semester? Drop in for a tour and get to know MacOdrum. 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 below and meet us across from the Help Desk (also known as the Library Services Desk) for a half-hour walking tour:

Friday January 13 at 12:00 pm

Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 am

Envisioning Technologies

Envisioning Technologies” is a new exhibit created by Carleton University’s Disability Research Group that documents the history of assistive or adaptive technologies for people who are blind or partially-sighted in Canada. It presents five case studies spanning the late nineteenth century to the present day and tells a range of stories that highlight the role of different innovators, organizations, and activists in bringing about a more inclusive Canada, beginning with the introduction of braille and its attendant technologies. The exhibit is located on the main floor beside the Reserve Services Desk from January 3 to April 7, 2017.