Library News: 2019

August 19, 2019

We are now accepting library reserve requests for the upcoming academic year. Send us your course outline or reading list to and the readings will be added to 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

August 16, 2019

This new display chronicles rights milestones of 2SLBGTQ+ from 1967 through 2019, including historic events, bills, articles, photos, and book covers from our collection.

Please visit the new exhibit on display outside of the second floor offices of Research Support Services, room 238.

It was put together by Kayla Dold, student employee of Research Support Servcies.

July 26, 2019

Applications for Graduate Spaces are now open for the 2019-2020 academic year. Assignments are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Apply here

There are two types of graduate study space. Students may request a locker, a desk, or a locker and desk. 

  • Desks in locked shared study rooms
    • Students are given a key that will open graduate study rooms 504-511, 537 and may use any vacant desk in any room. Since all rooms are open to anyone with a key, items should not be left unattended.
  • Lockers
    • Graduate lockers are located near the entrance to graduate study spaces. The lockers are intended for research material and notes. Food, drink, and footwear may not be stored in the lockers. Any library materials stored in the lockers must be signed out to the account of the locker owner. 

For more information:

July 8, 2019

Check out a new display (located outside of room 238) called “Where did we come from? and Where are we going?” It puts the human condition on display and is all about evolution, migration, pluralism, equality and difference.

Kayla Dold of Research Support Services curated the display and hopes people will think more about forced and voluntary migration and common ancestry. Inspired in part by the New Yorker article, “A 24,000 Mile Walk Across Human History”, this intriguing display highlights some library staff family migration stories on a giant world map, along with many books, historical news articles and quotations by famous thinkers.

Have a look!


June 26, 2019

The world’s deadliest influenza pandemic — known as the Spanish Flu — swept across Canada between 1918 and 1919. With no effective vaccine or treatment available, the virus infected Canadians living in cities, towns, and farms. Approximately 55,000 Canadians died; most of the casualties were young adults.

This new display examines the lasting impact of the influenza pandemic in Canada — and asks whether we’re prepared for the next one. The display was developed by Canadian Geographic Enterprises, in collaboration with the Museum of Health Care at Kingston.

Check it out in the Alumni Reading Room on the main floor of the Library throughout the summer.

June 24, 2019

We’re updating the look of our off-campus (proxy) login page to reflect the new look of the library website. You’ll log in the same way you always have, so there’s no change for you other than the look.

Changes will take effect on Wednesday, June 26. We wanted to give you a bit of a heads-up so you know you’re in the right place when you see a different page than what you’re used to.

Any questions or concerns? Use our feedback form.

June 18, 2019

Ares will be unavailable on Wednesday June 19, 2019 from approximately 8am to 12pm due to software upgrades. Our apologies for the inconvenience.


Please email any questions to

June 12, 2019

The library catalogue is currently unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances. We are working hard to get it back up as soon as possible but it could take some time. In the meantime:

  • You can look up materials in Summon, including the call number. To limit searches to items in the catalogue, you can use the "Library Catalogue" facet in the top left of the Summon screen.
  • You can still borrow items from the Library Services Desk
  • All databases, e-journals, and articles are still available and Reserves items in Ares are also available.

We apologize for this inconvenience. We will post a message to the library website and to the library Twitter account once the catalogue is back up and running.

June 6, 2019

The front glass display case now showcases a few of the thousands of CDs in our collection! The display highlights the breadth of musical content that the collection has to offer. From Pink Floyd to Puff Daddy, Bach to Bieber, there is something for everyone! CDs can be borrowed by request at the Library Services Desk or by placing a hold in the library catalogue.

June 5, 2019

A new display entitled THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX showcases the value and variety of ‘interdisciplinary studies’ at Carleton. Curated by Kayla Dold, student assistant, it highlights examples of crossing boundaries and thinking across traditional schools of thought that are available right here at Carleton, but also at other educational institutions in Ontario as well. It also includes many great books and videos in the library’s collection that are a testament to how art, humanities and science are closely related. It is located outside of Research Support Services on the 2nd floor, and runs until the end of June.

May 30, 2019

The library catalogue and all other library services have been restored. After an upgrade to our server environment on Tuesday, May 28, many of our services unexpectedly went down. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we worked to resolve the issues.

If you have any questions or concerns, please use our Feedback form.

May 29, 2019

The library catalogue continues to be down after an upgrade to our server environment on Tuesday, May 28. Other previously affected services are now available. We continue to work to restore the catalogue as soon as possible. You can use Summon to search our collections in the meantime.

If you have any questions or concerns, please use our Feedback form.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

May 29, 2019

The library catalogue and some of our other services continue to be down after an upgrade to our server environment on Tuesday, May 28. We are working to restore service as soon as possible.

Affected services include:

  • Library catalogue and Library account
  • Quick search computers in the library
  • Archives and Research Collections (ARC) website
  • Sign
  • Children's Maps
  • Global Mapper license server
  • FME
  • CUDO

If you have any questions or concerns, please use our Feedback form.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

May 24, 2019

The library catalogue and some of our other services will be down on Tuesday, May 28 from 8:30am - 11:00am as Library Technology Services department will be carrying out an upgrade to our server environment.

Affected services include:

  • Library catalogue and Library account
  • Quick search computers in the library
  • Sign
  • Children's Maps
  • Open Journal Systems
  • Owncloud
  • Global Mapper license server
  • FME

If you have any questions or concerns, please use our Feedback form.

Thank you for your patience as we make these improvements to our systems.

May 16, 2019

Martha Attridge Bufton along with Professor Pamela Walker were recently awarded the inaugural Brilliancy Prize for Reacting for their innovative approach to teaching about Maud Malone.

"The Brilliancy Prize for Reacting recognizes a particularly ingenious or creative idea or pedagogical practice that advances Reacting games. Pamela and Martha will receive their prize at the Annual Summer Institute at Barnard College in June 2019."

You can find more about Maud Malone: Embedding information literacy in a Reacting classroom, here.

May 6, 2019

Archives Awareness Week took place at the beginning of April and our own Archives and Research Collections put together an exhibit at the entrance of the library with highlights of some of their collections.

The exhibit includes an array of items from the Siskind fonds, the McAllister Johnson Collection, the Uganda Collection, and more!

Interested in browsing our collections? Check out our online exhibits or search our database:

May 3, 2019

Do you know a graduate student who has recently published in an open access journal?

The Graduate Student Open Access Award, sponsored by the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), MacOdrum Library and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA), was established in 2011 to recognize Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

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

Any GSA member who has had a paper published or accepted (pending minor revisions) in an open access journal since January 1, 2017, can apply. The deadline is May 31st, 2019.

For a list of criteria, and more information, please see the Graduate Student Open Access Award page.

April 17, 2019

The elevator that goes from the tunnel level to the main entrance of the library is out of service. Those who need assistance entering the library from the tunnel should call 613-520-2733 and a staff member will bring them through an alternate entrance. It's also possible to exit the tunnel at the Tory junction and use the exterior ramp to access the library entrance.

Unfortunately, the elevator will be out of service for some time while we await replacement parts. We are sorry for this inconvenience.

April 15, 2019

This exam season the MacOdrum Library and the Discovery Centre will once again be hosting video game nights every night in the Discovery Centre.

This exam period we will also be holding theme nights, where you’re invited to stop by and check out our collection in a number of areas.

So if you’re looking for a break, stop by and play for a while.

April 15 Superhero from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 16 LEGO from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 17 Horror from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 18 RPG from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 20 GTA series from 5 to 8 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 21 Banned from 5 to 8 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 22 Nintendo from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection

Check out our collection

April 23 Anime Based from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 24 Fighting from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 25 Mario Kart from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection

April 26 VR/AR from 5 to 9 p.m.

We have 2 VR headsets and a couple games.

April 27 Classic from 5 to 8 p.m.

Mario, Zelda and more

April 11, 2019

Looking to hang out with one of the CU Therapy Dogs? Check out the schedule for when the Therapy Dogs will be in the Library this exam period.

April 11, 2019

Gender: Identity and Social Change provides primary source material which documents the changing representations and lived experiences of gender roles and relations from the nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Australia. The collection includes sources for the study of women's suffrage, the feminist movement, the men’s movement, employment, education, the body, the family, and government and politics.

April 9, 2019

In November, we sent an email to 5,000 randomly selected students, and one-half of faculty, staff and contract instructors. The main purpose of the survey was to give you the opportunity to state how well you believe the Library performs in relation to what you think is important. The survey focused on performance and importance specifically related to communication, service delivery, facilities & equipment, information resources, and overall satisfaction.

Thank you to all of you who completed the 2018 Library User Survey. Below is a look at some of the trends we noticed---specifically what we’re doing well as well as where we need to improve.

How you rated us

This was the first year we ran this survey. In the years ahead we will be able to benchmark our performance as we implement changes based on your feedback.

  • Overall performance: 78.2 out of 100
  • Overall satisfaction: 5.57 out of 7

Ways we can improve (largest gaps between what was identified as important and our performance)

  • Finding a place in the Library to work in a group.
  • Finding a quiet place in the Library to study.
  • Having laptop facilities (ie desks, power) in the Library that meet your needs.

Where we’re doing well

  • Wireless access
  • Off-campus access to library resources and services
  • Accurate answers to questions
  • Access to library resources helping you to be successful at university
  • Course Reserves (Ares) meeting your needs

What are we going to do in response to the survey results?

We acknowledge that the results of this survey shows that we still have areas we can improve on to give our community a better overall experience. So as we move forward with our yearly planning we will be taking into consideration the need for more study space---both for group and individual study.

We will do this as we plan any future renovations in the Library and as we consider ways to reconfigure our current setup.

Looking for more information?

We are attaching a link to the Library client survey. It is important to note that as the first university library in Canada to undertake this survey, our results are being benchmarked against Australian libraries.

For any questions or comments please contact Laura Newton Miller, Assessment & Collection Strategy Librarian (

April 8, 2019

This exam season the MacOdrum Library and the Discovery Centre will once again be hosting video game nights every night in the Discovery Centre. We will be holding theme nights, where you’re invited to stop by and check out our collection in a number of areas.

So if you’re looking for a break, stop by and play for a while.

April 13 FIFA from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 14 Indie from 5 to 9 p.m.

Come by and see our colelction.

April 15 Superhero from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 16 LEGO from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 17 Horror from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 18 RPG from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 20 GTA series from 5 to 8 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 21 Banned from 5 to 8 p.m.

April 22 Nintendo from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

Check out our collection.

April 23 Anime Based from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 24 Fighting from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 25 Mario Kart from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 26 VR/AR from 5 to 9 p.m.

We have two virtual reality headsets and some games for you to come try.

April 27 Classic from 5 to 8 p.m.

Come play Mario, Zelda and more!

March 28, 2019

Indigenous Peoples: North America enables researchers to study the impact of invasion and colonization on Indigenous Peoples in North America, and the intersection of Indigenous and European histories and systems of knowledge through the use of manuscripts, monographs, newspapers, photographs, motion pictures, images of artwork, and more.

March 19, 2019

It is being reported that an unsecured Elsevier server has resulted in a number of user email addresses and passwords being exposed, potentially leaving them vulnerable to unauthorized use.

Elsevier has responded that this security breach was due to a server being improperly configured, and that the problem has since been corrected. Elsevier is continuing their investigation into the matter and will communicate directly with their users on what steps to take.

The Library currently subscribes to a number of Elsevier services, including:

If you have created an account with any of these Elsevier services, we strongly recommend that you change the password for your Elsevier account immediately.

Note that all of these services use the same account for authentication, so changing your password once should update it with all services. However, if you have created multiple accounts with Elsevier using different email addresses, you will need to update each account’s password separately.

Carleton MyCarletonOne accounts are not affected by this issue.

To contact Elsevier, please visit their Privacy Support Centre.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library Services Desk.

March 18, 2019

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce a new collaborative agreement with Carleton University. The official signing ceremony took place in Ottawa today during the second edition of the LAC Forum with University Partners.

The two institutions have already established an excellent relationship by jointly organizing an international lecture series on architecture and by working together on the Parliament buildings rehabilitation project in Ottawa.

This collaborative agreement strengthens LAC and Carleton University's current engagements and will encourage new projects between the two institutions. Both institutions seek to facilitate the sharing of expertise and knowledge, and to support the development of specialized library science skills. In particular, the development of skills related to rare books, special collections, indigenous matters, research data management, copyright and fair dealing.

LAC now has several bilateral agreements in place with a wide range of Canadian universities. In addition to this agreement with Carleton University, LAC has signed memoranda of understanding with the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University, Queen's University, the University of Toronto, Western University, Université Laval, the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information at the Université de Montréal, and the University of Victoria.

These collaborations are in keeping with LAC's priorities, as it strives to be on the cutting edge of archival science, library science and new technologies. They help LAC play a leading role in national and international networks.

March 14, 2019

Diluvio” is part of Carleton University’s Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci, a year-long celebration honouring the renaissance genius on the 500th anniversary of his death in France on May 2, 1519.

The installation is inspired by Leonardo’s reflections on the inter-connections within all of Nature as revealed by his studies of the flow of water, air, light, shadows, energy, and his evocative “deluge drawings.” The installation is the recent work by students in the Crossings Interdisciplinary Workshop, offered by Professor Manuel Báez in the Fall term of 2018 at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. By working with aluminum mesh that’s been folded into a very fluidly malleable pattern, students were encouraged to experientially explore and improvise through these dynamic shape-shifting properties and their projected shadows while drawing inspiration from Leonardo’s speculations and studies.  

Crossings Interdisciplinary Workshop Diluvio student teams:  

  • Hamid Aghashahi  & Guillermo Bourget Morales
  • Abigail Maguire & Edyta Suska 
  • Connor Tamborro & Jasmine Sykes 
  • Nikolina Braovac & Asmi Sharma                                                        
  • Petros Kapetanakis & Hadi Siddiqui 
  • Daniel Baldassarri & Liam Yeaman
  • Shaylyn Kelly & Walter Fu
  • Kaleigh Jeffrey & Stephen Scanlan
  • Sepideh Rajabzadeh & Runjia Li
  • Dylan Rutledge & Tianlang Feng

Special thanks to Sami Karimi for his contribution to the Diluvio installation.

Leonardo saw nature as weaving an infinite variety of elusive patterns on the basic warp and woof of mathematical perfection.  Nowhere could nature’s endless variations on geometrical themes be seen more marvellously than in the dynamics of water, above all in the configurations of vortices.”          
Martin Kemp, Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man, 2006       

February 20, 2019

Each year, the Library hosts an activity in support of Freedom to Read Week. This is a fun event, but one with an important message: freedom to read, freedom to express yourself, and anti-censorship.

We always have an exhibit and we always have public readings from books which have been banned or challenged. This year, not only will people be reading from banned books, but they will be reading passages which are in themselves potentially controversial. We want to demonstrate that all these ideas and ways of expressing them, either in factual prose or in imaginary literature, have as much of a place in the public sphere as any other text that is more acceptable to a larger mass of people.

We’ve developed a list of books, but you may know your own. And of course if you can’t or don’t want to read, feel free to attend.

Please forward this invitation to students in your areas.

The event takes place February 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. on the main floor of the Library. Stop by.

February 11, 2019

This display demonstrates how researchers in the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) are applying new technology to study critical issues facing our society and the world.

FPA brings together academic units at Carleton that deal directly with government and civil society.

FPA is dedicated to fostering informed citizenship, building better democracy and better societies, and educating graduates who will go on to address regional and global challenges.

February 6, 2019

MacOdrum Library is pleased to host: “Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch: Encouraging Action.” This exhibition brings together banners that were  created by Carleton University students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the civic community, during a free, public art build hosted by Carleton University Art Gallery and held in Fenn Lounge on January 22nd. These are a few examples of the many banners Belcourt and Murdoch have created with various communities across North America.

Belcourt and Murdoch are driven by a sense of urgency, and by the need to encourage action to protect what sustains us. These banners will be distributed to actions and demonstrations in Canada and the United States. They will move through sites of resistance and act as agents of change. As they occupy space here at Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library, they encourage us to consider their poignant messages, which are pressing and beg repeating.  

This exhibition is presented by Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) in conjunction with UPRISING: THE POWER OF MOTHER EARTH – Christi Belcourt – A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch, a National Touring Exhibition co-produced by Thunder Bay Art Gallery and CUAG.  You can visit UPRISING at CUAG until April 28th. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

February 1, 2019

Some of the library’s online services will be unavailable starting the evening of Friday, Feb. 8 and lasting into Saturday evening, as the provider performs maintenance.

What is the impact?

  • The GetIt button will not work in our databases (including “Get It” links in Google Scholar)
  • Summon will still be available to search but links in Summon that go through 360Link won’t work. Direct links to fulltext in Summon will be working, which is great but also makes it difficult to explain to users why some links will work and some will not. Most users don’t know what 360Link or a link resolver is.
  • The eJournal A-Z list won’t be available

What are the workarounds?

  • Direct links to publisher sites will work, so you can access fulltext articles in Google Scholar (or even regular Google) on campus where there are direct links (and not the “Get It @ Carleton U” link).
  • Off-campus, Google Scholar can be buggy so using the campus VPN is the best route (learn how to set up campus VPN)
  • Scholar’s Portal Journals is a good source of fulltext journals
  • Search the library catalogue for the journal titles you’re looking for. If we subscribe to them online, you can access them from there
  • Fulltext content within databases (e.g. JSTOR, Business Source Complete) will still be available
  • Use our chat help service (available 12 – 6pm on Saturday) to figure out which of these workarounds is best for you

When exactly is the downtime?

  • 24 hours starting Friday, Feb. 8 at 8pm (so Friday night and all day Saturday).

January 28, 2019

Check out the display board just outside room 238 (on the main floor - in the back area) to see the library's exhibit on stereotyping.  You will experience the United States World Map (2010), the Comic Map of Europe, the World According to Donald Trump among other interesting books, maps, and atlases that the library owns.

Looking at topics that may offend and how the academic environment encourages discussion, investigation and freedom of speech, this display is sure to have you asking questions - Why isn't this banned? Why would the library have material like this? What is the intention of this map? What is the source?

Feel Free to check out the library's policy on Challenged Materials:


January 25, 2019

MacOdrum Library is honoured to bring the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) exhibit, Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools, to campus this winter. Curated by Jeff Thomas, the exhibit “spans over 125 years and contains photographs and documents from the 1880s to the present day. Photographs, text panels and artifacts move the witness through a process of leaving home and arriving at school to school activities and being part of a classroom.” First launched in 2002, the exhibit’s haunting images and searing text continue to deliver profound messages about the histories and legacies of residential schools. The exhibit is on display until February 15, 2019. 

The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives is offering facilitated visits and discussions of the exhibit on Thursday and Friday afternoons (between 1:30-3:30) beginning on January 17. At these sessions, an Elder or community knowledge keeper and a facilitator will help guide the students in a consideration of the exhibit and of the histories and legacies it represents. If you are interested in incorporating one of these sessions into your class, or would like any other information about the exhibit, please contact the CCPH.

January 18, 2019

The ASME Digital Collection provides access to current and archival literature in mechanical engineering and related engineering fields, such as medical device research, energy resources, and nuclear engineering. It features:

  • Transaction Journals from 1960 to the present
  • Conference Proceedings from 2002 to the present
  • ASME Press eBooks selected from 1984 to the present
  • ASME Standards

January 14, 2019

ProQuest will be performing maintenance on many ProQuest products beginning on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Downtime is scheduled to start at 10:00 pm and last for up to 8 hours. This will affect all these ProQuest databases including Ebook central.

January 11, 2019

You are cordially invited to join us on January 17 at 4:00 pm in Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library for the opening ceremony of the installed exhibition, Where Are the Children?  This is an exhibition on loan from the Legacy of Hope Foundation, curated by photo-based artist and curator Jeff Thomas, that provides an overview of the histories of residential schools in Canada.  It features more than 100 unforgettable historical images and puts those images into their historical context.  More on the exhibition can be found at the exhibit's website.

The MacOdrum Library is co-hosting the exhibition with the Carleton Centre for Public History, and with the financial support of the Department of History, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Carleton Centre for Indigenous Initiatives is also supporting this exhibition by featuring tours for Carleton students and faculty that includes break-out sessions with Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Refreshments will be provided.

To assist with our planning, please RSVP by January 15 by sending a message indicating how many guests will be attending. But please still attend even if you are unable to RSVP!

Further inquiries about the exhibition and its associated activities can be addressed to Michel Hogue ( and John C. Walsh (, or via the Carleton Centre for Public History.

We look forward to seeing you there!

January 9, 2019

Check out the front glass case in the Library for a Chinese New Year exhibit featuring artifacts from National Capital Confucius Institute for Culture, Language and Business at Carleton University. The exhibit includes items that highlight traditional Chinese literature, poetry, and art.

January 3, 2019

Starting in January 2019, we will no longer be updating the holding information for eJournals in the catalogue. This change is a result of the work being done to prepare for our migration to Collaborative Futures in December 2019.

You can find up-to-date holdings information for any eJournal title using the eJournals link on the Library home page under the Summon box or via the menu: Find > Journals > Search or browse online journals.

Existing information for eJournals will remain in place in the catalogue. Because most current eJournal holdings are listed with a start date and no end date, the information in the catalogue will be accurate unless our subscription to the journal ends.

This change only impacts eJournals: holdings for print journals will continue to be updated in the catalogue.

January 2, 2019

Learn how to navigate the Carleton Library in this tour on January 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. that will cover the main service points for students, including:

  • Navigating the Library catalogue
  • An overview of Interlibrary loads, Transcription Services, Hold, Video/board games, Fines etc.
  • A floor by floor tour including: the Info Hub,  Self-check machines, Library Services desk, Reserves desk, Printers, Cash2cards machine, the Discovery Centre, the IT Help desk, the Centre for Student Academic support, the Ottawa Resource Room, Grad space, Maps, Data and government information, and Compact shelving

There will be time for you to ask questions about any specific areas of interest.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how the Library supports your learning at Carleton – there will be prizes and treats for all!

Register here.