December 21, 2017

We will be closed from 7pm on Friday, December 22 until 8am on Tuesday, January 2.

We wish you all a restful and rejuvenating break and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

December 20, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2018, we will no longer accept cash as a form of payment at the Library Services Desk. Debit cards, credit cards, and campus cards will continue to be accepted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact


December 12, 2017

Take a break from studying and check out the library ‘staff picks’ personal book collection, currently on display on the main floor of the library near the Help desk. It showcases many books from personal collections giving you an opportunity to learn about our collecting interests, and gives library staff an opportunity to share collections that would otherwise stay neatly stacked on our bookshelves at home. Enjoy!

December 8, 2017

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Graduate Student Open Access Award.  The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.

The Graduate Student Open Access Award, sponsored by the Graduate Students' Association (GSA), the Library and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA), was established to recognize Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

The Award encourages Carleton graduate students to make their works more widely available on the internet and thereby increase the visibility and impact of their research in advancing knowledge and improving the global community.

December 1, 2017

What does it take to build a holiday book tree you ask? About 2,500 – 3,000 library books, and at least 2 ½ hours of relentless stacking. All sizes of books (officially discarded from the library collection) are used and stacked on an inward slant against a core of 3 or 4 boxes full of books. Bibliophiles love it and staff view it as a unique challenge to get into the festive spirit. We now have not one, but two holiday books trees - all lit up for your enjoyment!

December 1, 2017

Beginning December 5, stop by the Library main floor for our LEGO and colouring tables. We will have a Star Wars set, a Batgirl set, piles and piles of Classic LEGO bricks, and back again this year, the colouring table.

November 30, 2017

We are now accepting library reserve requests for the upcoming academic term. Send us your course outline or reading list to and the readings will be entered into Ares, our course reserve management system.

The reserves staff will retrieve, scan, and process all readings and will also ensure all e-reserve material comply with current copyright guidelines. Students will be able to access their electronic readings through cuLearn.

Questions? Please visit the Library Reserves website for more information, or, contact the library reserves staff at 613.520.2600 x2533 or

November 14, 2017

Did you know the Library offers access to two video streaming services, Criterion-on-Demand and Kanopy, directly on our website?

Criterion-On-Demand provides access to educationally relevant feature films from a wide variety of major producers. The titles include 1920 classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles, and independent features. Films are in English and French, and have subtitled/captioned versions when available.

The titles from 20th Century Fox Films (Fox Collection) are limited to on-campus use only.

Kanopy is a streaming service that provides a platform for educational video products covering a wide range of subjects, from arts, humanities, health, business, education, and more.

How do I access these sites?

They can both be accessed from our list of databases.

From the Library homepage, all you need to do is click on the Databases link under the Search Summon box and then select Criterion On-Demand or Kanopy from the alphabetical list.

November 14, 2017

Join the annual worldwide celebration of geography as MacOdrum Library hosts Geography Awareness Week from Nov. 13 – 17th on the main floor of the library. This year’s theme is Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation. Faculty members will be on hand during the week to answer questions about the geography programs offered here at Carleton. Learn how drones are used by geographers and see them on display with other field research tools. In addition, students are invited to participate in a Human Library with Natural Resources Canada. Three ‘human’ books are available for a 20 minute conversation throughout the week. Visit the Natural Resources Canada website: to meet the three experts in the geospatial field of research and sign up for a conversation about their career choices and opportunities in the field of geography.

November 13, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, noon to 1 p.m.

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!

November 8, 2017

The 8th edition of the Latin American Art Exhibition known as ‘Terra Art International’ is now on display on the Gallery wall and the South Wing Hallway (formerly Interlibrary Loans corridor) of the Library. This wonderful display of colourful, original art pieces of the Americas was organized in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It highlights a number of famous and acclaimed artists from the Americas whose works were invited directly from their respective Embassies in Canada namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Enjoy the exhibition until November 30th.

October 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, noon to 1 p.m.

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!

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.

October 26, 2017

On Halloween, we'll have scary stories on hand for everyone to read. We also won't have candy corn which is a bonus for most.

So come on out at NOON to 235 Library and listen to a few scary stories. Or stay for the whole thing and get at least a mild case of the scares.

October 24, 2017

It’s the 10th anniversary of Open Access Week. The theme this year is “Open in order to….” to highlight the ways open access publishing, research, and scholarship are enabling new kinds of scholarly work.

As Nick Shockey writes: “Open Access—the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need—is transforming the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. Providing Open Access to research has the power to accelerate scientific advancements and spur job growth in a wide range of fields, from healthcare to energy to agriculture” – Nick Shockey, (

As part of Open Access Week, Shawn Graham and Pat Moore are delighted to announce the first issue of ‘Epoiesen: A Journal for Creative Engagement in History and Archaeology’, a fully open-access journal published in conjunction with MacOdrum Library.

"Library support has been integral to making this experiment a success – from working out our publishing strategy, to the digital infrastructure that underpins Epoiesen, I couldn’t be more grateful for how our partnership has worked” says Graham. 

Not only is the journal open access, but the journal is also open to experiments and prototypes for what scholarly work can be in the humanities. ‘Epoiesen’ comes from the ancient Greek for ‘made’, as in, ‘Nikothenes made this’, a formula scrawled on Black and Red Figure pottery as potters and artists competed to enhance their craft. The journal publishes what might be thought of as the ‘paradata’ – the scholarly work involved in creating creative non-traditional works that advance a scholarly argument.

The first four pieces include photoessays, interactive fictions, and a Twitter essay. Pieces on Epoiesen are peer-reviewed openly, with the Respondents writing reflections that engage with the piece to advance the conversation. Finally, Epoiesen is equipped with the web annotation framework, allowing word-level annotations and discussion on the page itself.

Please visit Epoiesen. For more information, contact Shawn Graham at

October 24, 2017

Complimentary access is available to 33% of the articles in each of these New Launch journals from Springer Nature:

Please send us your feedback on these titles.

The trial runs from now until Dec. 31, 2017.

October 24, 2017

Have you ever played Codenames?

Have your ever played Codenames for $500 in prizes?

From 2 to 5 p.m. on November 1, the MacOdrum Library and the Campus Activity Board are hosting a Codenames tournament in the Siskind Room (503 Library). The winning team will take home $250, second place $150, and third place $100.

They will also be crowned the Carleton Codenames champion and have the opportunity to particpate in an International Games Week Codenames tournament at the University of Ottawa on Friday, November 3.

The tournament is open to students, staff, and faculty. Join as a team or come as an individual. You can sign up for the event here or show up the day of.

Did you read through this and wonder "what is Codenames?" Well, check out this YouTube TableTop playing of the game.

October 24, 2017

Today is Day 2 of #9DaysofHalloween at ARC!

Today’s spooky #CollectionHighlight is Brenda Lee-Whiting’s The Way it Was in the Ottawa Valley (1992). This book is part of the Ottawa Resource Collection that is now located in ARC.

Lee-Whiting’s book displays her collection of photographs from the Ottawa Valley and explores the history and context behind them. The collection of photographs come from Brenda Lee-Whiting herself, newspapers, or were submitted by the public to Lee-Whiting as a supplement to her published writing.

Chapter 23 “Gone But Not Forgotten” in the book highlights gravestones in the Ottawa Valley. The photographs display “funerary art” and memorial artistry of the 19th century.

Craftspeople engraved symbolic images on gravestones such as a pair of clasped hands to reflect the loss of a wife or husband, a lamb to reflect the death of a child, a dove to reflect the death of the young or innocent, and a hand with an index finger pointing to the sky to emphasize the route to heaven. As well, people would often have identifiers on their gravestones to reflect their nationality or home country.

A great source about local Ottawa history and the history of commemoration and memorialization.

Call number: OTTR FC 2775 L434.

October 24, 2017

Today is Day 1 of #9DaysofHalloween at ARC! Over the next nine days, we will highlight some of the rather spooky items we have in our collections!

Today’s spooky #CollectionHighlight is Hans Holbein’s L’alphabet de la Mort (1856). This rare book is part of ARC’s W. McAllister Johnson Collection. It features an illustrated alphabet of woodcut prints and borders showing the dance of death.

The alphabet begins with the “Bones of all Men” representing the letter “A” and continues to depict scenes of death in a hierarchal pattern beginning with the Pope as “B” and ending with a baby in the cradle as “Y”. All of this culminating in the “Z” woodcut which depicts Judgement Day.

The book also contains bible quotes and poetry all written in Latin and Middle French. Accompanying the book is six remaining silver and Britannia metal medals that were originally on the book’s cover.  This book would make a great source for any spooky project!

Call number: N7720.H6 M65 1856A

October 24, 2017

MacOdrum library’s lobby was recently transformed with the permanent installation of a Wigwàs Chiman (birchbark canoe) which was built using traditional methods by twelve Carleton students working under Daniel “Pinock” Smith. The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives and Carleton University Art Gallery hosted weekly gatherings with Smith, a well-known artist and canoe builder from Kitigan Zibi, where customary Anishinaabe tools, materials and methods were used in the canoe-building. The gatherings took place at the gallery from January through May 2017, with one final session at Smith’s workshop in June. Read more information on the construction of the canoe in reflective text written by Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow @

October 2, 2017

The Canadian Jewish Experience is a new exhibit of specially selected photographs and panels that illustrates nine main themes telling the story of how Jews have contributed to Canada’s strength and vibrancy during more than 150 years.

The exhibit covers the topics of Jewish migration, business leaders, armed forces participation, public service, architecture, sports, arts and culture. This exhibition was prepared by volunteers and funded by private donations.

Visit this exhibit on the main floor of the Library from October 3rd - 31st in the hallway beside Stairwell B.

September 28, 2017

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 4, noon-1pm – Publishing in Scholarly Journals

This workshop will address various “ins and outs” of writing for publication, including deciding where to submit your work, knowing your rights as an author, and understanding the differences between closed (more traditional) and open access publications. Register now!

Wednesday, October 11, noon-1pm – Understanding and Avoiding Predatory Publishers

This workshop will examine what exactly a “predatory publisher” is in the academic world, why they exist, and why they should be avoided, and will provide some strategies for investigating a publisher or journal to see if it is reliable. Register now!

Wednesday, October 18, 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, November 1, 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 8, 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 15, 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!

September 26, 2017

Ask a Librarian is a virtual reference service that connects students, faculty and researchers from participating libraries with real-time research assistance through chat.

So, if you have a research question or a question about the Library in general, check out the new online service. You can also look for the Ask a Librarian logo on the Carleton library website to get help with your research questions.

September 19, 2017

Carleton University's MacOdrum Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Graduate Student Open Access Award. 

These awards were established to recognize Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals. Up to five papers are selected each year. Each award winner receives $1000.

This year we awarded all five prizes; the selection committee was impressed that so many graduate students are making their research more widely available by publishing in open access journals.

The committee members, and the sponsors, wish to thank all the applicants, as well as encourage them to continue meeting such a high standard in research.

You can access each article by clicking on the title below or check out the awards page listings here.

The 2016-17 winners are:

Anna Crawford, PhD student Geography and Environmental Studies

Journey of an Arctic ice island in Oceanography 29(2):254–263

Kendra Jennie McLaughlin, PhD student Psychology

Jurors’ perceptions of scientific testimony: The role of gender and testimony complexity in trials involving DNA evidence in Cogent Psychology, 3:1, 1-14.

Jean-Daniel Medjo Me Biomo, PhD student Systems and Computer Engineering

Unmanned Aerial ad Hoc Networks: Simulation-Based Evaluation of Entity Mobility Models’ Impact on Routing Performance in Aerospace 2015, 2(3), 392-422

Zoe Panchen, PhD Biology

‘Prediction of Arctic plant phenological sensitivity to climate change from historical records’ from Ecology and Evolution (2017) 7: 1325–1338

Ian Wereley, PhD student History

Extracting the Past from the Present: Exotic Prizes, Empty Wilderness, and Commercial Conquest in Two Oil Company Advertisements, 1925–2012 in Humanities (2016), 5:2

September 11, 2017

If you’re new to Carleton or looking for a refresher on the services offered in the MacOdrum Library, join us for one of the tours we will be giving throughout the month of September.

Come learn about our graphic novel collection, where to get research help, the Discovery Centre, group study rooms, Uncle Steven the Library Therapy Dog and lots more.

There is no need to register beforehand, just show up to the help desk on the main floor at any of the times listed below:

  • September 11 @ 3 p.m.
  • September 13 @ 10 a.m.
  • September 14 @ 12 p.m.
  • September 19 @ 5:45 p.m.

Tours for Grad Students:

  • September 12 @ 12 p.m.
  • September 14 @ 12 p.m.

September 11, 2017

Your library needs you! We are currently recruiting students to join our Student Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of students who are interested in creating a better student experience at the library — enhancing library resources, services, and physical and digital spaces, and providing constructive feedback on library initiatives. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students to join.

The Committee will meet four times during the Fall and Winter terms.  Our meetings will alternate on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.  Membership is from September 2017 to April 2018.

Deadline for applications is Friday, September 15th. Learn more and submit your application.

September 8, 2017

“She Wants an Output” is one of the library’s newest exhibits that you won’t want to miss this fall. It highlights the 1980s punk rock music scene in Ottawa through the work of two women who were involved.

The centerpiece of the exhibit, located on the gallery wall, is a composition of appliqued blankets representing stages in Mary Anne Barkhouse’s life as an artist while recording with punk bands like Restless Virgins. On display in the main exhibit case is an eclectic selection from Julia Pine’s collection of zines, flyers, records and other ephemera from her involvement as a musician, producer, writer and community organizer during that time.

The exhibit was curated by Michael Davidge and will be on display until the end of October.

August 31, 2017

Ask a Librarian is a virtual reference service that connects students, faculty and researchers from participating libraries with real-time research assistance through chat.

We will be launching this September 11 to give you another option for getting answers to your Library-related questions. Look for the Ask a Librarian logo on the Carleton library website to get help with your research questions.

August 24, 2017

Did you know that using PressReader, you can access 7,000+ newspapers/magazines from 120+ countries in 60+ languages?

With PressReader you will have more convenient access to your favorite newspapers & magazines, can create your own lists of favorites, and search for the content you want. You can also download the Android or iOS app for offline reading although content must be downloaded while connected to CU wifi.

See PressReader under the Library’s list of databases for more information.

August 15, 2017

Applications for graduate student study spaces for the 2017/18 academic year are now open.

Successful applicants have been notified by email. Anyone who did not receive an email has been put on a waiting list.

There are three types of graduate study space:

  • Large carrels
  • Desks in shared study rooms
  • Lockers

More information about graduate student study spaces.

June 8, 2017

Did you know that the Carleton Library has a Recreational Reading collection? Well, we do! It is a donated collection located on the main floor of the library and contains editions of popular fiction and fun non-fiction from a variety of genres.

Come visit our collection and choose from over 600 titles for your summer reading!


If you have read a great book that you think others may enjoy, please consider donating it to the recreational reading collection. Items can be dropped off at the Library Reserves Desk in the library, attention Cindy or Katie. We are always on the lookout for hot new releases!


Have you read a good book lately? Let us know! Submit your book review to the Carleton Recreational Reading Blog and follow us.

June 2, 2017

Maintenance on Emerald's platform is scheduled to take place on Tuesday June 6, 2017. It will begin at 4:00 am and last for up to 12 hours. During this time the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode and the following will be unavailable:

  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Receiving alerts
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’
  • Searching

The downtime will affect all Emerald Engineering and Emerald Management journals.

May 31, 2017

An exhibit of maps celebrating “150 Years of Cartography: Past, Present and Future” is currently on display in the Alumni Reading Room on the main floor of the library.

Curated by library staff, Sherri Sunstrum and Joel Rivard, the display is in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Cartographic Association, held here at Carleton from May 31 – June 2. Anyone interested in maps or cartography is welcome to attend the conference – a gathering of practitioners, educators, researchers from public and private sectors and the community at large. Topics range from traditional topographic and thematic mapping to online viewers and applications such as Google Earth, as well as mobile apps on hand-held devices.

May 18, 2017

In 2017, as Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday, Carleton University is also commemorating an important anniversary: its 75th.

Visualizing 75 Years at Carleton is an interactive map which includes photographs, air photos and maps. Using the information provided by the Archives and Research collection, we will continue to populate the interactive map throughout the anniversary year with stories, images, and maps relevant to the 75thcelebration.

The person behind the stories is Sherri Sunstrum.

“Seeing the transformation of Carleton from its humble beginnings at the YMCA to what the campus looks like today was eye-opening,” says Sherri. “A lot of the early information, I didn’t know at all and discovering the unique stories was definitely a highlight.”

You’ll find maps on the various Carleton locations around Ottawa throughout the years, stories about the beginnings, endings, and revival of the Panda Game, stories about student life through the ages, and the successes our alumni have gone on to experience.

Check back regularly as the interactive map gets updated with more stories and pictures from Carleton’s past.

May 15, 2017

We have Anne of Green Gables, Winnie the Pooh, Snoopy and a number of other childhood favourites on hand for you to visit as part of our Favourite Childhood Stories exhibit on the main floor of the Library.

Whether your favourites growing up were The Hobbit, Harry Potter, or a book more obscure than anyone else might remember, stop by to take a look at some of the favourites of the Library staff.

May 3, 2017

On May 8, 9, 10, the Library will be hosting a fundraiser where students, staff, faculty, and other members of the Carleton University community are invited stop by the main floor in the Library where we will be accepting donations for the 400 books given to us by DK Books. Any books that do not get picked up as part of the fundraiser will be donated to Twice Upon a Time. We will be accepting donation by cash or cheque. Be sure to swing by and check it out.

April 20, 2017

Stop by the Library every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 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.

April 10, 2017

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 7, 2017

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.

April 6, 2017

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.

April 5, 2017

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.

April 3, 2017

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.

March 30, 2017

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.

March 23, 2017

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.

March 15, 2017

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.

March 13, 2017

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:


Please contact David Sharp, Head of Collections, MacOdrum Library at

March 10, 2017

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. 

March 10, 2017

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.


March 9, 2017

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.

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.

March 7, 2017

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

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The trial ends on April 6, 2017.

March 3, 2017

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

March 1, 2017

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

February 28, 2017

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.

February 28, 2017

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.

February 22, 2017

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

February 21, 2017

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.

February 15, 2017

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


Please contact David Sharp, Head of Collections, MacOdrum Library at

February 3, 2017

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.

January 31, 2017

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!

January 25, 2017

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.

January 18, 2017

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.

January 12, 2017

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.

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January 12, 2017

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 for more Library news or if you have questions for official hours throughout the school year.

January 12, 2017

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 If you have any questions about the event, you may direct them to this email as well.

January 5, 2017

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

January 4, 2017

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.