Calling All Gamers to Retro Gaming Night

The Carleton University Library seeks to preserve and protect the work of videogame developers, publishers, and artists, for use by a diverse array of players and researchers.

The Library, in collaboration with the Discovery Centre, will host our inaugural vintage retrogaming night Monday October 29  from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Discovery Centre, Library 4th floor.

Come experience a variety of vintage videogames and systems including Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Atari 400, Pac Man, Tetris 2, and Legend of Zelda. For something more modern, try our virtual/augmented reality headsets. Play, learn, and connect with each other.

Systematic Reviews: What, Why, When, and How

At this workshop, learn what Systematic Reviews are, why and when an SR should be done, and how to do one.

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between a literature review and a systematic review
  • Recognize a well conducted systematic review
  • Identify the steps for performing an SR
  • Read a forest plot

This workshop takes place October 17 from 12 to 2 p.m.

All graduate students are welcome. Register here.

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Canadian Geographic


Now on display on the 1st Floor of the MacOdrum Library: Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Produced by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire, this 4-volume atlas shares the stories, perspectives, voices and history of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

The atlas includes historic and contemporary maps and explores themes of language, demographics, economy and culture. Important topics such as treaties and residential schools are covered in-depth, as well as the contributions of Indigenous Peoples, their oral traditions and land-based knowledge.

Components of this atlas are also available online.


Unseasonably warm temperatures in the Library

Due to the unseasonably warm temps outside today, we are experiencing equally warm temperatures inside. Because the University has already made the seasonal switch over from A/C to heating, we will not be able to cool down the Library until the warmer outside temeratures end on Thursday, October 11.

On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly Exhibit

Produced by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico, this travelling exhibition on display on the main floor in the Library, exemplifies true teamwork, both in its creation and in its story.

Through microphotographic images and spectacular aerial photographs, Mexican filmmaker and pilot Francisco “Vico” Gutiérrez follow the monarch’s amazing journey from Montreal, Canada, to the mountains of central Mexico. In his ultralight, decorated with the motif of the monarch butterfly and aptly named Papalotzin (the Aztec word for “small butterfly”), he covered over 6,000 kilometres in 90 hours of flight over 72 days.

Vico’s adventure to raise awareness about butterfly habitat conservation became a true voyage of discovery as he followed the extreme challenges faced by monarch butterflies during their annual migration. With a lifespan of only about two months, no one monarch can complete the entire trip on its own — it takes up to four generations of these beautiful creatures to cover the entire distance of the migration.

Butterflies and Books

We will also be featuring books from the Library’s collection featuring butterflies or inspired by butterflies. Poetry and prose that use the butterfly as a symbol are included. Vladimir Nabokov’s lifelong interest in butterfly collecting is also highlighted.

The Library has removed late fees on overdue books

As of September 4, the MacOdrum Library has removed late fees on overdue books.

So what can you expect to see this year? Well, we’ll still be sending out notifications for any past due material, and certainly, we’d love for you to return things on time, but we won’t be charging for those few days where you’ve forgotten to bring them in.

Fines will still be charged on overdue reserve materials and recalled items as well as for replacement charges for lost or damaged material. We would also like to encourage people to continue to renew any materials they do have booked out past the due date and to encourage returns to come in one time.

For anyone who still has fines related to outstanding material prior to September 4, we encourage you to come see us to produce a plan to finalize the pre-existing fines.

Library Research Space for Faculty

The MacOdrum Library is now offering up a dedicated office space where faculty and instructors can conduct research using library material from our shelves.

This space is located in 238 MacOdrum, within the Research Support services group, giving users access to the unique research opportunities offered at the Library and is ideal for when they need to do in-depth research, but have trouble finding a semi-private space.

Booking of the room can be done through contacting the Research Support Services (RSS) student desk at or by calling extension 8204. The space will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and bookable for up to four hours.

Although drop-ins will be accommodated when possible, booking in advance is preferred.

The World Remembers exhibit

Come see The World Remembers, the most recent exhibit launched by the Library Exhibits Committee. Situated on the main floor, this exhibit pays tribute to those who were killed or died in the First World War, including solders, nurses and military personnel from 16 countries.

In addition to the educational panels, the televisions screen that accompanies the exhibit will broadcast the names of the 1,003,167 people who were killed in 1918 – the deadliest year of the war.

The World Remembers exhibit will run until November 11.

Collection Highlight: Films in the Library

Did you know that we have a wide-ranging film collection? Check out these resources:


Provides access to educationally relevant feature films from a wide variety of major producers. Titles include 1920 classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles, and independent features.


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

Watch films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Includes historical films dating back to 1928 to current contemporary releases, including award-winning documentaries, animation, and fiction.

Library DVD Collection

Our video collection is housed in our Reserves room. Since the shelves are not browsable, it's best to do a catalogue search for the title of the movie you are looking for. Bring the title and call number to Reserves on the main floor of the library

Carleton to Host Welcome Event for Scholars at Risk

Carleton University will host a welcome event to honor two scholars, Mustafa Bahran and Rahim Surkhi. The professors are part of the Scholars at Risk (SAR) program and their appointments were arranged in partnership with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF).

The scholars will participate in a panel, Dangerous Scholars, and will discuss their perilous journeys to Carleton and their academic backgrounds, as well as their perspectives on academic freedom. The panel will be moderated by James R. King, assistant director of IIE-SRF.

The event will take place Wednesday, September 19 at 6 p.m. on the main floor of MacOdrum Library.

The SAR program supports academics who are at risk in their home countries and offers them a unique opportunity to teach and interact with colleagues and students in safe environments. The Carleton SAR Committee works with the SAR network, the Scholar Rescue Fund and other organizations dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide.

Join us tonight for Carleton Feasts!

"When every guest had been welcomed and was finally inside the gate, there were songs, dances, music, games, and, of course, food and drink. There were three official meals: lunch, tea, and dinner (or supper). But lunch and tea were marked chiefly by the fact that at those times all the guests were sitting down and eating together. At other times there were merely lots of people eating and drinking — continuously from elevenses until six-thirty, when the fireworks started."

- 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' By J. R. R. TOLKIEN

MacOdrum Library will bring songs, dance, music, and, of course, food and drink to our Homecoming event.

Join us on September 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. for an event to remember. Register here.

See the poster competition winners from Data Day 2018

Hosted by the Institute for Data Science, Data Day is an annual conference that celebrates the latest developments in data science and analytics research within Carleton University, the local community and Canada. The event includes presentations by Carleton researchers, government and industry experts, keynote addresses, and panel discussions. In addition, there was a speed networking session where Carleton students were able to meet and network with industry. Running concurrently was a poster competition to showcase graduate student research in data science and analytics across all disciplines.

The posters displayed on the main floor in the Library are the winners from the poster competition and showcase the many ways data science and analytics impacts our lives.

For more information:

Join the Student Library Advisory Committee!

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 five times during the Fall and Winter terms.  Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 26 from 1:30 – 3:00pm. Membership is from September 2018 to April 2019.

Deadline for applications is Friday, September 14th. Learn more and submit your application.

The Library’s Research Help has moved

Looking for help with your research? The Library’s Research Help has moved to the main Library Services desk on the main floor in the Library. The move will allow users to access our research services in a more central location in the Library.

If you want to arrange a consultation with a research specialist, you can also still go to the Research Help page to find the subject specialist for your research area.

Library Tours September 6 & 7

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 either of the times listed below:

  • Thursday, September 6 @ 2 p.m.
  • Friday, September 7 @ 1 p.m.

Library Tour for International students

On September 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. the Library will be hosting a tour for International students. In this tour, participants will learn how to navigate the Library and its main service points.

Any students interested in attending should register here and meet in Room 252 on the 2nd floor of the Library before the tour starts.

Uncle Steven on vacation until September 20

Uncle Steven will be on holidays for the rest of August and the first two weeks of September.

He will be back on September 20 for his first visit of the Fall term. He will be happy to see you all.

Database Downtime: ProQuest

Due to platform maintenance ProQuest databases will be temporarily unavailable for approximately 8 hours beginning Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 10 p.m. ProQuest Ebook Central will be unavailable for 5 hours beginning at 12 p.m.

Collaborative Futures project update: Ex Libris Alma and Primo selected as next library services platform

We recently announced that the MacOdrum Library will be participating in the implementation of OCUL’s (Ontario Council of University Libraries’) Collaborative Futures project.

The vendor for the shared library services platform (LSP) was recently announced. The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is pleased to announce the selection of the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, as the core platforms for its Collaborative Futures initiative.

The Ex Libris library services and discovery solution will enable participating libraries to work together in new ways, to share expertise and network level workflows, and to offer broader access to resources for students, faculty and staff.

For the full announcement, visit

We will continue to send out updates to the Carleton community throughout the project implementation. You can also check out our Collaborative Futures website for continued updates throughout the project. If you have any questions about Collaborative Futures, please send them along to

Carleton to Participate in OCUL’s Collaborative Futures Project

We want to take this opportunity to inform the Carleton community that the MacOdrum Library will be participating in the implementation of OCUL’s (Ontario Council of University Libraries’) Collaborative Futures project.

Work on this project will begin this summer and will take place over the coming year. We are committed to keeping you updated throughout the implementation process, to show you the kinds of changes you can expect to see and how they will enhance your own use of library resources.

Project Background

The Collaborative Futures project foresees the selection, procurement, and implementation of a shared library services platform (LSP) among OCUL members, allowing for improved management and preservation and of library collections, streamlined internal operations, improved discovery of and access to these collections, and increased support for the educational and research needs of students and faculty at Ontario’s university libraries.

Benefits of this shared LSP for users, including students, faculty and researchers include improved user experience, integration with university financial systems, and a shared user interface providing opportunities to collaborate in the areas of mobility, accessibility, and usability in order to improve the user experience across all OCUL libraries.

This collaboration envisions the implementation of a single system with a shared infrastructure, but that would also allow for tailoring to meet the needs of local user communities. This initiative will allow OCUL members to reap the benefits of collaboration in those areas where it makes most sense to collaborate, while facilitating local differences where necessary.

The primary outcomes for Collaborative Futures include:

  • Common Discovery interface
  • Shared patron services and policies
  • Interlibrary loan and fulfillment
  • Shared management of records for print and electronic resources
  • Shared analytics

We will be sending out updates to the Carleton community throughout the project implementation. You can also check out our Collaborative Futures website for continued updates throughout the project.

If you have any questions about Collaborative Futures, please send them along to

Games @ Your Library

Discover the library’s games collection! It includes contemporary video and board games that support a wide variety of programs at Carleton such as computer animation, video effects, game design, 3D visualization, and so much more.

Board games can be borrowed from the Reserves desk for 14 days (with 3 renewals). Simply browse the Games Binder to make your selection and staff will retrieve it for you. Or, you can browse our game titles online.

Planning a games night is the perfect excuse for a causal laid-back night with your friends and it all starts @ your library!

Carleton community free access to

The Carleton community now has access to an ongoing and free license to, an online learning resource with high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized experts. There are over 1,400 video tutorials available on a broad range of topics.

You can access these videos using your Carleton credentials.

New Database: The Journal Blacklist

The Journal Blacklist was created to inform the academic community of the growing number of predatory publishers. The searchable database flags journals that are probable threats, and provides a complete record of when and why a journal has been put on the blacklist.

Seeking Faculty Input and Feedback: Collection Maintenance Project

Research Support Services has responsibilities in collection management and maintenance in the Library. As stated in the Library’s Weeding Policy “weeding is an essential component of Carleton University’s collection development and management activity, helping to ensure that the overall collection is relevant and useful to users.”

The main goals are to reduce duplication in the collection, transition our serial holdings from print to online where feasible, and remove material that may no longer meet our collection criteria or support University programs. Weeding identifies gaps in the collection, so new materials can be purchased aligning the collection with the university’s goals and mission.  We have room for new collections by ensuring that low-use resources are discarded or transferred to the storage facility. Currently 19% of our collections on floors 3 through 5 have not circulated in 20 years or more.

This year, the Library’s subject specialists will focus primarily on weeding floors 3, 4, and 5 of MacOdrum in order to prepare for further renovation and building upgrades to meet ongoing user needs. The target of collections management this year is to evaluate those materials that have not circulated in the last 20 to 25 years.

Some disciplines may be concerned about this process, the type of books this may effect, or have questions. We welcome your input and feedback on this process while we focus on finishing this project by the middle of August. Some disciplines may have questions about this process; please contact your subject specialists and librarians by June 22, 2018 for assistance.

If you would like to know more about the weeding process, please see the Library’s Weeding Policy.

If you have any questions, please contact your subject specialist or librarian responsible for your department.

Database Downtime: Emerald Journals

Maintenance on Emerald's platform is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. 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 functions will not be available:

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

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

The emerging technology collection has moved to Library Reserves desk

Carleton Library maintains a growing collection of emerging technology to support student and faculty research, teaching and learning.

The collection is made up of development boards, cameras, video game development tools, virtual and augmented reality devices, and much more. You can look through the complete collection by visiting the Emerging Technology Collection webpage.

To borrow an item, visit the Library Reserves Desk on the main floor of the Library. Items can be borrowed by Carleton students, faculty and staff with a valid Library card for a two week period.

Questions? Contact the Library Reserves Desk at or 613-520-2600 x2533.

Another Successful Food For Fines Campaign!

We held our annual Food for Fines campaign from April 16 - 23, 2018. The Carleton community donated 493 items to the CUSA Food Centre and we waived the equivalent of $681.50 in library fines.

Featured here are (left to right), Malika Abdurahimova, Vince Bugler, and Apoorva Peri of the Library’s Access Services Department.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Database Downtime: ProQuest Ebook Central

Due to scheduled maintenance ProQuest Ebook Central will be unavailable for approximately five hours beginning Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10 p.m.

Currently on Trial: Critical and Radical Social Work

Critical and Radical Social Work promotes debate and scholarship around a range of engaged social work themes and welcomes contributions that consider the definition of social work and social work professionalism, ways in which organic and 'indigenous' practice can expand concepts of the social work project and alternative and radical histories of social work activity.

The trial expires on June 15, 2018.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

Food for Fines is back!

From April 16-23, bring in non-perishable food items and we will waive $2 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

Children's Maps of the World

Don’t miss a selection of children’s map drawings from the Barbara Petchenik biennial map competition, located in the South Wing Hallway of the Library until May.  This competition was created by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) in 1993 and aims to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children. Each year, winners from around the world are selected and announced at the ICA conference and are later archived by the library. For more information:

Technology workshops @ Library Discovery Centre

3D printing 101

Instructor: Dare Balogun, Discovery Centre Technical Support Analyst

Date: Tuesday March 20, 2018

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Discovery Centre gaming lab, 4th floor, Carleton University Library

Free workshop open to Carleton students, faculty and staff

Space is limited. RSVP to

This session will cover:

  • Overview of different types of 3D printer and how they work
  • 3D print materials: properties and applications
  • 3D modelling basics
  • Common 3D printing issues and solutions
  • Quick demo of 3D print process
  • Questions

Raspberry pi 101

Instructor: Dare Balogun, Discovery Centre Technical Support Analyst

Date: Monday March 26th, 2018

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Discovery Centre learning lab, 4th floor, Carleton University Library

Free workshop open to Carleton students, faculty and staff

Space is limited. RSVP to

Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment to use at the session or borrow from the Library emerging technology collection

This session will cover:

  • Getting started: hardware and software installation
  • Operating system: Raspbian basics
  • Tips and tricks
  • Sample projects
  • Questions

Arduino 101

Instructor: Dare Balogun, Discovery Centre Technical Support Analyst

Date: Tuesday March 27, 2018

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Discovery Centre learning lab, 4th floor, Carleton University Library

Free workshop open to Carleton students, faculty and staff

Space is limited. RSVP to

Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment to use at the session or borrow from the Library emerging technology collection

This session will cover:

  • Arduino web editor and Arduino software
  • Arduino programming basics
  • Arduino libraries
  • Tips and tricks
  • Sample projects
  • Questions

‘To What Degree?’ Photo Display

MacOdrum Library is pleased to welcome the travelling photo Display: “To What Degree? Canada in a Changing Climate.” Created in partnership with the Government of Canada and Canadian Geographic, this display tells of the unique ways that people and ecosystems within Canada are adapting to our changing climate. By using compelling photography and minimal text, these stories explore individual and community resilience in the face of extreme events. Even in the face of heat, storms, wildfires, and changes in livelihood due to habitat shifts, possibilities still exist for improved quality of life. Enjoy the display in the Alumni Reading Room, located on the main floor of the library until mid-April.

Exhibit: Metropolitan Nomads

Using photography and an ethnographic approach, the library’s newest exhibit Metropolitan Nomads: A Journey through Joburg’s Little Mogadishu takes an intimate look at the everyday life of Somali migrants in Johannesburg, where collective stories of migration and survival interweave with the individual desires and hopes of seeking a better life outside a country shattered by decades of internal conflict.

Metropolitan Nomads is a collaborative project between researcher Nereida Ripero-Muriiz and documentary photographer Salym Fayad. It is located on the gallery wall on the main floor of the library until mid-April.

Freedom to Read Week Banned Book Readings

Come by Room 252 in the Library at noon on Tuesday February 27 to take part in some of Freedom to Read Week activities. We’ll be hosting a banned book reading where members of the Carleton University community can pick a passage from their favorite banned book to read to the crowd. There may even be Harry Potter readings. You can register to read by emailing

We’ll have food on hand for everyone and Freedom to Read Week swag for our readers.

Are you interested in learning more about Virtual and Augmented Reality?

The Gaming Lab in the Discovery Centre (4th floor, MacOdrum Library) offers drop-in sessions Wednesday and Friday, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

VR / AR headsets available to use are:

  • Oculus rift
  • PlayStation VR PS4
  • HTC Vive
  • Hololens

Specific applications can also be demonstrated upon request including Google tilt brush.

The Gaming Lab can also be booked via Portal. Please indicate in your booking if you require VR headsets.


Borrowing VR headsets

A variety of VR headsets are also available for two-week loan from the Emerging Technology Collection, ITS helpdesk in the Discovery Centre. Try out the Google Daydream, Samsung Gear and BOBOVR Z4.

New Business Resource: Wharton Research Data Services

A new business platform has been added to the Library’s holdings. Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is a research platform and business intelligence tool that allows researchers to easily retrieve information from a wide variety of financial, economic, and marketing data sources.

Registration is required and instructions for use are outlined at, along with a list of resources included in WRDS.

Data provided through the various sources available will be of interest to faculty and researchers in a number of FPA departments - Economics, NPSIA, Political Science, Journalism and Communication.