Library News: 2020

December 22, 2020

Carleton University has enabled the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) available through HathiTrust. Through this service, current students, faculty, and staff at Carleton can read digitized versions of almost 500,000 in-copyright print items from the Library’s collection. This is in addition to the 6.7 million volumes of public domain works regularly available in HathiTrust.

More specifically, the Emergency Temporary Access Service works as follows:

  • Students, faculty, and staff can log in to HathiTrust and view all books that HathiTrust has verified as being held in the Library’s print collection, even if in copyright.
  • Students, faculty, and staff can search and read these books online. Books cannot be downloaded, in whole or in part. (The ability to download individual pages was removed by HathiTrust on May 28, 2020.)
  • When an ETAS book is accessed online, the book is “checked out” to that user and they will retain access to it for as long as they are actively using the book (i.e. loading new pages).
    • Specifically, a user who checks out a book has guaranteed access to it for the first 60 minutes. After that time, as soon as the user loads a new page the book is automatically checked out to them for another 60 minutes. However, if after the 60 minutes the user doesn't load a new page the book is considered inactive and someone else can check out the book. This continues every hour.
  • The physical copies of books available through ETAS cannot be consulted and cannot circulate through curbside pick-up or other means.

You can access this service here.

December 1, 2020

The Library's Course Reserve Service supports teaching and learning by providing access to required and supplementary course materials to students.

We are now accepting requests for winter 2021. Please note that with classes being taught online and students studying remotely, the Library’s Course Reserve Service will be for digital and online materials only. The library will not be providing a short term lending service for print and physical format materials in winter 2021. Curbside lending is not a viable or safe option for high demand course readings when students are working remotely.

As such, we are asking Instructors to avoid relying on the Library’s print collection when planning for winter. Please consider using materials from the Library’s digital collections.  Where copyright allows (or copyright permissions can be obtained), the course reserves team can digitize book chapters and excerpts (not entire books). The course reserves team can also license eBooks when they are available.

Please note that commercial textbook publishers  do not license textbooks to libraries. If you decide to use a textbook from a commercial publisher, there is a very good chance we will not be able to provide access to it, the only option will be for students to purchase the textbook.

Digitization of print and obtaining copyright permissions adds time to the processing of your requests, in consideration of this we urge you to start submitting your requests as soon as possible. Our staff are beginning to work on requests now to ensure that requests are ready for the start of the semester.

If you are planning to use films in your course for the winter term, please reach out to our staff as they can assist with locating titles.

To get started, submit your course outline/reading list to: If you have had material previously on reserve in Ares, please send an email to the same address with the details. Library staff will review the lists and let you know what we can make available electronically. In cases where materials are not available electronically we can provide advice on finding alternatives.

November 16, 2020

Join us November 16 to 19 for our first Ontario-wide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Days.

This free, online event is open to all levels of GIS knowledge. Students, staff, faculty, and the general public are welcome to attend. Visit the GIS Day main page for presentation topics, webinar links, and schedules.

Tune-in to lightning talk presentations, demonstrations, and tutorials throughout the week including:

  • The Geography of Pokémon Go.
  • How a Kiwi surveyor ends up doing GIS in Scotland.
  • GIS Applications in Astronomy.
  • Mapping Canadian Tornadoes.
  • Historical GIS and Virtual Environments for Immersive Gamed Pedagogy.

… and more!

It’s your chance to:

  • Discover how to take advantage of mapping technology in your research, education, or for your next job interview.
  • Check out the latest GIS projects and research.
  • Draw for one of our digital door prizes.
  • Join one of the networking sessions or the virtual trivia evening (November 18).

All are welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

November 9, 2020

We are excited to announce the opening of the Carleton RDC in the MacOdrum Library. This is the 33rd location of Canadian Research Data Centre Network - a partnership between a consortium of Canadian universities and Stats Canada.

These spaces provide university, government, and other approved researchers access to a vast array of social, economic, and health confidential microdata in secure computer facilities across the country.

The Carleton branch of the COOL Research Data Centre is located in MacOdrum Library, Room 121. There are restrictions and protocols in place due to COVID-19, and social distancing will be observed.

The Carleton RDC is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9 am to 4:30 pm. You apply for access through the Microdata Access Portal. For more information, check out the CRDCN webpage. There is also information on requesting access here and a complete list of all available data sets here. If you need more information, contact the RDC analyst at

October 21, 2020

If you are an active user of the Web of Science, we’d like alert you to the opportunity to preview the upcoming new Web of Science interface, expected to be launched sometime in the first or early second quarter of 2021.

To access the preview, select the ‘Click here to access the preview’ link from the upper right in the main Web of Science search page. Accessing the preview will open it in a new browser tab, and not replace your current session. The preview will be available for feedback until November 30.

This preview version includes attempts to better address accessibility concerns, support faster page load times, introduces design improvements to streamline search workflows, and has been re-coded to better respond to ongoing feedback. We encourage you to submit your feedback using the feedback link found within the preview.

October 21, 2020

Alumni are now eligible for curbside pickup and mail delivery as well as scan on demand services at the Library. To use these services, simply follow the link and we'll be happy to help out.

October 20, 2020

Water has been restored to the building and the we are safely reopening both the facility and curbside pickup on Wednesday, October 21. 

Library Road is still partially closed to cars; however, the sidewalk is open and the library receiving door is accessible.

We have to temporarily move the curbside pickup location to the Library Foyer. There will be two spots dedicated in P1, labeled "library curbside pickup." Patrons will still call (343) 996-9167 upon arrival and instead will proceed to the Library Foyer.

For curbside pickup, you do not enter the building, otherwise you will have to complete the required screening. One of our staff will bring the materials out to the Library Foyer for you.

September 28, 2020

Finding journal articles in Omni just got a little easier.

When you search Omni, you will sometimes see multiple ways to access an article. If there is an open access (free) version of an article you are interested in, you will see "Open Access (full text) may be available."

Unpaywall is a non-profit service that maintains a database of links to full-text articles from open-access sources all over the world. Sometimes the open access version is not always identical to the commercially public version. Contact Research Support Services to help you if you have questions about open access versions of articles.

Don’t use Omni Search? You can also use the Unpaywall browser extension on Chrome or Firefox. This tool will indicate if an open access copy is available while you browse.

If Carleton Library does not have the article and Unpaywall can’t find it, please use our Interlibrary Loan service to request it. To learn more about open access, visit Open Access - Overview | MacOdrum Library.

September 25, 2020

We are now offering a Scan on Demand service. With this service, Carleton faculty, staff and students are now able to request portions of eligible library materials to be scanned. Once processed, the link to access your material will be sent to your Carleton email address.

At this time, Alumni and community borrowers are not eligible while we focus on the teaching and research needs of Carleton University faculty and students.

Eligible materials include chapters from books, articles, government documents and other print items in the collection, subject to certain limits defined by copyright. Scan on demand delivery is limited to one chapter per book, one article per journal volume, or an excerpt of 10% of a total work.

A limit of 10 requests may be submitted at one time.

How to Place a Request

  • Login to your Library Account 
  • In OMNI, search for an item in the library collection.
  • Select "Request Curbside Pick-up/Mail Delivery/Scan on Demand".
  • Complete form with any additional citation information, such as chapter or article title, and page numbers.
  • Accept the Copyright statement.
  • Click "Submit".

How Scan on Demand Delivery Works

  • Our staff will scan the document, if print item is available in the collection, within 2-4 business days from the time the request is placed.
  • You will receive an email with instructions to access your document using your MyCarletonOne account.

September 1, 2020

The following is a copy of the information contained in the memo distributed by Amber Lannon, University Librarian, to the Carleton University Graduate Students Association in response to their concerns regarding access to library collections.

Many thanks for the meeting we had on August 26, 2020 to discuss Graduate student concerns regarding access to library collections, as documented in your letter dated August 21, 2020. As agreed upon at that meeting, I am following up our discussion with a written response to be shared with graduate students.

Since the start of the pandemic, the library has been pursuing a number of strategies to provide equitable access to the collection. Access for both local and distance students is impacted by copyright legislation, licensing agreements, and the availability of materials in electronic format; however, we have quickly expanded the online collection and services to meet student needs in these unprecedented times.

In June, we became members of the HathiTrust Digital Library - a collaboration of the major research libraries in North America. Through Hathi’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) we have made 500,000 of our in-copyright print items available online. ETAS books are not available for borrowing through curbside (due to copyright restrictions). As such, the access to these items is the same for students in Ottawa and students studying remotely. ETAS books for the most part are not available in PDF format; however, in most cases HTAS is the only method for accessing these materials online and there are no alternatives. HTAS also allows Carleton students to access six million public domain works. It should be noted that University of Toronto, McGill, UBC and many other research libraries across North America have also activated HathiTrust’s ETAS since the start of the pandemic.

In addition to Hathi, the library has licenced the following ebook packages and resources in an effort to provide continued service during the COVID pandemic:

We have also purchased a number of single title eBooks to meet needs, in total spending over $140,000 on new materials since March. These new acquisitions compliment the 1.5 million ebooks and 200,000 electronic journals we had in our collection before COVID-19. The library’s eBooks and eJournals are available 24x7 through Omni.

For print materials that are not accessible through ETAS or for purchase as a licensed eBook, we are providing both a curbside pickup and mailing service. When we send materials by mail, the library provides a return label so that there is no cost for students who choose this option. Both students in Ottawa and studying remotely can choose delivery by mail.

In addition to these strategies, we are working on a new service to make the print collection more accessible. Scan-on-demand will allow students to request parts of books and journal articles, which will then be scanned at the library and sent by email. The amount of a work we can scan and email will be limited by fair dealing guidelines. This service will start soon (September) and will be announced on our website when it’s available.

While your letter references academic journals, these are mostly available in PDF format and should not present an issue for graduate students during this time, access to these resources is the same as before.

There are a few access issues that weren’t specifically mentioned your letter where we have done considerable work that I would also like to address:

  • One challenge of moving to online teaching for films studies and music pedagogy was access to streaming videos and media. As such the library licensed a number of new resources:
    • Audio Cine
    • Criterion on Demand
    • Naxos Video Library - Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries from performing arts labels such as Arthaus Musik, Dacapo, Dynamic, EuroArts, Hänssler Classic, Medici Arts, Naxos, Opus Arte and TDK.
  • While we were closed by provincial order, we were not able to provide access to Archival and Special Collections which are almost entirely in print. Currently ASC is scanning items where possible. Another service that is in development currently is a contactless ASC consultation service by appointment. For assistance with ASC resources contact:

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the following areas where the library has had a limited ability to provide access as they did before:

  • A category of resources that are mostly not available are commercial textbooks. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are unavailable to libraries in any other format than print because publishers will not license them to libraries. Open Educational Resources are an alternative to commercial textbooks.
  • While most libraries have been closed, we have only been able to Inter Library Loan (ILL) items in electronic format. We expect that as libraries reopen this fall, ILL will resume during the semester; however, the timing of this is not something we can influence other than to be a willing participant. For more information see the Ontario University Council’s statement on resource sharing.

Finally, I would encourage any Graduate student who is having difficulty with accessing a needed resource to contact the Librarian or Subject Specialist for their discipline for advice. Graduate students can also make purchase request suggestions for resources that are not in our collection. Library staff have continued to work from home throughout the pandemic and are available to advise graduate students on how to access needed resources.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention and for giving us an opportunity to respond; we look forward to continuing to work with GSA Executive on these and any other library issues. Our facility is now open for access to study space, wifi, technology, and our adaptive technology centre. We will continue to expand access as public health regulations allow so please check our website for the latest information.

Yours Sincerely,

Amber Lannon

University Librarian

MacOdrum Library

August 4, 2020

Notice to our library community:

The safety of the Carleton community, including our students, faculty and staff, is our top priority. We are following the advice of Environmental, Health and Safety with a carefully planned and phased approach to reopening the library facility, in accordance with Public Health guidelines.

Please note the following updates:

We are constantly evaluating the current situation and adapting to new guidelines. Updates to our plan will be posted to our website.

July 22, 2020

The Library is now accepting returns for items that have been checked out before the pandemic period.

Items can be returned to one of the book slots at the Library. There will be a delay of checking in materials owing to our new book handling procedures, so you may still see items on your account for up to five business days after the items are returned.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact

July 20, 2020

Library staff are working to ensure your teaching related needs for materials will be met for the start of the Fall term. 

With most students studying from a distance, we are prioritizing online materials for all new acquisitions.

Required course reading will be online only; we will not be offering a lending service for print format course materials .

We have enabled the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) available through HathiTrust. (more suited for individual research and not when something is a required course reading).

We offer curbside pick-up and mail delivery for our print collection (not suited for required course readings).

Not everything is online

Not everything is available for purchase in an online format. We work to meet the unique and differing needs of users from across all the faculties. Meeting these needs can sometimes take time. Please contact the Library as soon as possible with your requests

Commercial Textbooks

Most Canadian textbook publishers are not making textbooks available for institutional electronic use. Please contact for more information.

Videos and Films

For videos that you have normally shown in class:

In some cases we can license (purchase) an online version through Kanopy and other streaming services.

If not available through a streaming service, normally we need to seek permission from the producer to digitize the work and make it available online through CuLearn.  This work takes time; please contact the library as soon as possible with your requests.

If your need is for a required course reading or video contact:

For other collection inquiries, please contact

July 13, 2020

Archives and Special Collections and Corporate Records and Archives are taking part in an archival project to gather a massive collection of experiences and testimony about the Carleton community’s response to the pandemic. This project is also your opportunity to share your own experiences about the past few months. This archival project has been in the works and will continue as things develop.

Find out more about this project here.

June 24, 2020

The President recently announced that July 2nd and 3rd will be Appreciation Day Holidays at Carleton University. As such, there will be reduced library services on those days.

From July 1 to 5, there will be no pickup of curbside requests or mailing of items. We are asking that anyone looking to make a curbside request, submit their request by June 26 for pickup on June 29 and 30.

As there are classes in session, you can still contact the Ask-A-Librarian email with your online teaching, learning, and research questions. This account will be monitored July 2nd and 3rd.

June 12, 2020

MacOdrum Library is now offering a limited curbside pickup & mailing service for print materials in our collection. This service is guided by the key principle of protecting the health and safety of our community and by the advice of Environmental Health and Safety and Public Health.

In this first phase only materials not available online will be eligible for a contactless pickup or mailing for students, faculty and staff.

Faculty, staff, and students can start placing requests today and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. We cannot predict a turnaround time for this new service. Many thanks for your patience. For more details and to make a request:

The library building remains closed at this time. Please note that curbside pickup does not mean the resumption of interlibrary loans for print materials. With most libraries still closed and focussed on providing service to their own community, interlibrary loans continue to be available only for online materials.

May 20, 2020

Carleton University is now a member of HathiTrust, a digital repository of millions of books, serials, and other materials from research institutions and libraries from around the world.

Through HathiTrust you can now access digitized copies of over 6 million public-domain works.

In addition, for a limited time you can also access digitized copies of almost 500,000 in-copyright works from Carleton's print collection.

Access to in-copyright materials is temporary. This access is provided through HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service, a service that is only available while the Library’s print collection is not available for circulation or consultation due to the current COVID-19 situation.

To access HathiTrust, see: HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service.

If you need any help with HathiTrust, let us know!

May 4, 2020

Ordering print materials is on currently on hold as we are not able to receive them. Ordering and receiving digital resources has continued. To recommend a new resource please fill out the Purchase Suggestion form and we will work to find a digital version.  Please note that not all materials are available electronically.

If your request is for course reserves please contact our Access Services Team.

While the library building is closed, all digital and electronic holdings are accessible through Omni.

April 30, 2020

Carleton University President Benoit-Antoine Bacon and Provost Jerry Tomberlin are pleased to announce the appointment of Amber Lannon as University Librarian.
Lannon has served as Carleton’s Interim University Librarian since Jan. 1, 2020. She joined Carleton in July 2016 as Associate University Librarian (Academic Services). In this role, she was responsible for a significant portfolio that included the Research Support Services, Access Services, and Archives and Research Collections departments.
“I congratulate Amber on this appointment and look forward to continuing to work together,” said Tomberlin. “She is an excellent choice for this role and has already proven to be a valuable part of our academic leadership team. On a personal note, I have been impressed by what she has accomplished as Interim University Librarian during the last four months, especially given the unprecedented challenges we are all facing due to the public health crisis.”
Lannon has a wide breadth of experience with managing large teams in an academic library setting. Prior to joining Carleton, she held various leadership roles at McGill University’s library. She served as the Head of Operations, and later as the Head Librarian, in the Humanities and Social Sciences branch before taking on the Acting Associate Dean of User Services role where she oversaw nine branches and led program development. 
Lannon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University, a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as the University Librarian and I look forward to serving the Carleton community in the years ahead,” said Lannon. “The library team is exceptional and truly committed to students and faculty, which has never been more evident than during the public health crisis we are navigating together.”
Tomberlin chaired the advisory search committee that was comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, librarians, faculty and staff members.
“The advisory search committee was unanimous in its recommendation and highlighted Amber’s commitment to Carleton students and researchers, her considerable experience and her collaborative and supportive leadership qualities,” said Tomberlin. “On behalf of the committee, I thank everyone from the Carleton community who contributed to the consultation process that helped to inform the work of the committee during this search process.”

April 30, 2020

MacOdrum Library invites you to an open house “Ask Us Anything” on Thursday May 7th from 12-1 PM via ZOOM for all Instructors and Faculty teaching this summer.

Representatives from the library will be available to answer any questions you have for the upcoming semester about reserves, copyright, research, data, and GIS and more.

Please register in advance

If you can’t make it please, visit MacOdrum’s Research Help page to contact your Subject Librarian about ways we can help you.

April 1, 2020

In order to help libraries support the teaching, learning, and research that continues to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic, several publishers and content providers have generously made content available free of charge for a limited time.

These collections will no doubt be helpful in providing access to content that would have normally been accessed in print at the Library or through interlibrary loan. 

However, given that access to these resources will be temporary, we recommend that faculty and instructors contact the Library before integrating any of this free content in course reading lists, assignments, or other ongoing teaching or research activities.

If you need something added to your course reading list, please contact

For other collection inquiries, please contact 

The following provides a select list of temporarily expanded or freely available resources to support online teaching and learning. We will add to this list as things become available:

Name Access Scope Duration of Access
Academic Search Ultimate (Ebsco),uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=asn

Collection of peer-reviewed, full text journal (over 9000 full text) Through to June 15, 2020
AccessEngineering (McGraw Hill)

Username: carletonu

Password: accessengineering

Access to AccessEngineering database Through to May 31, 2020
Bloomsbury Digital Resources Access to ebooks and archives in a variety of subjects including art, education, history, music, philosophy, law, religion etc. Through to May 31, 2020
Business Source Ultimate (Ebsco),uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=bsu Provides peer-reviewed, full text journals & other resources that provide historical info and current trends in business Through to June 15, 2020
Ebsco Academic Subscription Collection (ebooks),uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=e000xna Full text ebooks across many subjects: business & economics, humanities, education, social science, philosophy, technology & engineering Through to June 15, 2020
JOVE Temporary free access of Science Education videos

Through to June 15, 2020

Project Muse- Variety of presses Look for “Free” green icon beside results after search within the database Temporary free content to books and/or journals from John Hopkins U Press, U of Nebraska Press, U of North Carolina Press, Temple U Press, and Vanderbilt U Press plus others as time

Varies by publisher

VitalSource Students sign up for a free account using their Carleton email

Free access to various e-textbooks

Through to May 25, 2020



March 29, 2020

While the library building is closed, all digital and electronic materials are still accessible through Omni.

Currently accessible resources include:

Temporarily unavailable resources include:

  • Some print materials (books, journals, maps and atlases, etc.)
  • CD, DVD, and Emerging Technology collections
  • Board game and video game collections
  • Ottawa Resource Collection, archival collections, and rare books collection
  • Ares Course Reserves in print format


Follow these tips to retrieve materials in OMNI that you can access right away:

  • Searching directly from the library homepage will retrieve results in both physical and digital formats. 

To find online resources only, select the “Available Online” filter in OMNI. This will remove all physical format materials from your search results.

  • Some keyword searches will suggest some recommend databases for you. Alternatively, use the Databases link on the library homepage or directly in OMNI, to search individual electronic databases. 

Found a resource that you aren’t sure is available electronically? If it looks like we don’t have access to an electronic copy or if you require further help, we are here for you!

  • When viewing a print resource in Omni, click on the link under “How to Get It” to submit a request for electronic format. Our Interlibrary Loan team may be able to locate a digital copy for you.

The Library is here for you! We will continue to keep you updated on any changes to library services.

March 23, 2020

During the COVID-19 service disruption, the Library building is closed.

The Library's online resources remain accessible, and research support is still available online.

See below for more information on changes to our services.


Getting help at the Library

To contact or get help at the library, please use e-mail, online chat, or texting services.

The library's voice phone lines are not being monitored.

For circulation and service questions, please contact us at

For research support, see Get help from the Library for your online teaching, learning, and research.

For more contact options for various library services or departments, please see the changes listed see below.


Accessing Library Resources

See: Accessing Library Resources During Library Building Closure

***New Service: Curbside Pick-up and Mail Delivery of Print Collection***

Carleton University Library is now offering curbside pick-up and mail delivery for our print collection while the library facility is closed.  This service is guided by public health recommendations and the province's essential services order.  Eligible items in the first phase are those that are in our collection and not available from HathiTrust Temporary Access Service (HTAS) and online (eBook). 

The Library building remains closed at this time.

For more information please visit: Curbside Pick-up and Mail Delivery of Library Print Collection

Changes to Library Services

Archives and Special Collections

  • There will be no access to the physical material that comprise the Ottawa Resource Collection, archival collections, and rare books collection.
  • All general inquiries and reference questions concerning Archives & Special Collections should be sent via email to:


Borrowing / Circulation

Recently we extended the due dates of library material until August 31st 2020 as the Library Building is still closed. However, we are now accepting returns for items checked out. Items can be returned to one of the book slots at the library. Please note that there will be a delay of checking in materials in accordance with our new book handling procedures so you may still see items on your account for up to 5 business days after the items are returned.If you have returned material recently, the items will still appear on your library account as items are currently not being check in.

If you have interlibrary loan items that you received before we closed, please follow the same guidelines as above.

For graduating students:

If you still have materials checked out on your Library account this will not impact your graduation.

Please return your library materials if you are able to or please contact for more information. 

Course Reserves

  • The reserves desk will be closed. Faculty and staff  who need material for the current and upcoming terms should contact At this time, staff are investigating and adding electronic reserve materials as alternatives wherever possible. Students should continue to check Ares for updates and contact staff with any questions.


Graduate Study Spaces

  • Due to the closure of the Library, return of keys for graduate study rooms will be postponed to a later date. No fines will be incurred.


Interlibrary Loans

  • Interlibrary Loans is open for electronic materials only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to



  • Laptops may still be available; their availability can be verified by contacting​.  Please do not come to the library; you will be contacted.
  • Due dates have been extended for students who have already borrowed a laptop. Please contact the ITS Service Desk for more information.


Library Service Desk

  • For questions regarding renewals, library accounts, holds, returning material, and charges please email We will not be answering service questions in-person at the service desk.
  • There will be a complete suspension of late fees during this period.


New Sun Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre

  • The Centre is closed.


Research Support

We are no longer providing in person research help at the library. If you need research support assistance please contact us one of the following ways:

Email: Monday-Friday: 8:30-4:30

Online chat:
Texting: 613-505-4245

Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 5 pm


Room booking

  • Group study rooms are not available for booking.
  • Classrooms and meeting rooms in the library are not available for booking.


Transcription Services

  • Transcription Services is currently taking requests for digitization during this time based on availability.  Please email for more information. 
  • To access available e-books through the ACE portal, please contact Transcription Services for a token.  Please check ARES for course readings.



March 19, 2020

This news item will be updated constantly as we find more sources to share!

Please Do A Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online (Don’t let the title fool you)

Jesse Stommels online Digital Studies course. Provides a model for an online course rather than tips

Human Restoration Project Podcast: Virtual Learning and COVID-19 w/ Jesse Stommel

Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption

Kate Symons Advice for Students

Online Resources for Science Labs

Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity (links to hundreds of university sites with their guidelines)

Finding the Sweet Spot: 4 Tips for moving classes online quickly

STLHE (Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)

Howard Rhinegold’s Some tips for teaching higher ed online

Morgan Rooney Blog: Teaching Online for Dummies, by a Fellow Dummy

Pandemic Pedagogy

Recording of the March 18, 2020, ACRL Presents: “Pandemic Pedagogy: Resources for Library Instruction at a Distance”, with speaker Jenn Kelley, Associate Professor/Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage.


March 16, 2020

Here are a few ways you can get help from the Library for your online teaching, learning, and research:

  1. Use our online Ask Chat service for reference and research assistance. See: Ask Chat service hours
  2. Strategies for instructors:
  • Help your students research their papers with a tailored course guide, subject guide, or contact a research support specialist.
  • Give your students access to library research consultations online. Librarians teaching in courses may be able to participate in class discussion boards, host online drop-in sessions, or develop additional instruction videos to support learning. Contact a research support specialist.
  • For any help with archival, rare books, or special collections (including the Ottawa Resource Collection) please contact: 
  • If you need course readings, e-books or other digital materials for your students, let us know. We can help with purchasing and negotiating permissions with publishers. Contact: Course Reserves
  • A number of online video resources are available for educational use and as licensed streaming content. Search Omni for videos already in our collection, or we can purchase them for you through platforms like Kanopy, if available. Contact: Course Reserves
  • See our guide to Copyright when Teaching a Virtual Class

  1. If you have a teaching, learning, or research need that is not addressed with one of the options above, please contact us at Ask the Library

February 28, 2020

Research is at the heart of our mission in the Faculty of Public Affairs.

During two weeks of the FPA Research Series our display highlights FPA researchers and areas of study. In the glass cabinet we have highlighted our 2019 FPA Research Excellence Award winner Dale Spencer and the FPA Research Excellence Chairs (William Walters, Graeme Auld and Amanda Clarke). On the Thom Display board there is a graphic representation of some of the major issues and topics addressed by FPA research.

You can learn more about FPA Research Series and all of our research achievements and support at

February 26, 2020

Please note that the Library will be closing early due to weather conditions.

The Library will close at 11:00 PM this evening, and will reopen tomorrow at 8:00 AM assuming that the University is open.

We recommend checking Carleton's Weather Updates page for up-to-date information on closings.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you.

February 24, 2020

Have Library questions you’d like answered? In addition to our online chat service being opened for online questions, you can now text us your questions as well.

Text 613-505-4245 with your Library-related question and someone will get back to you during the Text Chat service hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

You can check out more help information on the Library help page

February 20, 2020

WARNING: Active Phishing Campaign
Target: Student/Faculty/Staff
Risk: Loss of credentials
From: Appears to be from the library

If you receive this phishing email below, please delete it immediately.  If you have already responded to this email, please change your MyCarleton One (MC1) password immediately.  If you require assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 613-520-3700.

Phishing is an attempt of acquiring personal or sensitive information such as credit card information, passwords, etc. by sending an email that appears to be from a legitimate sender.

Here in ITS we will continue to fight the good fight against phishing emails, but your assistance would be extremely valuable in the fight!  Don’t take the bait; if you receive an email that you’re not sure is legitimate, here’s what you can do:

  • hover over the senders email to confirm the address matches the senders name, if they don’t match, delete the email
  • hover over any links to see where they point to before clicking
  • never reply to an email with your password or click on a link to provide your credentials
  • forward the email along to or contact the ITS Service Desk at

Remember, Carleton University and ITS will never ask you for your password!

February 19, 2020

Macodrum Library’s new Book Arts Lab offers hands-on opportunities to experience and learn a variety of book arts.  Students, faculty, and staff can learn bookbinding methods, hand typesetting, woodcutting, calligraphy, block printing, letterpress printing, and paper decorating in a collaborative lab setting.  In print master Larry Thompson’s words, “This is not an arts studio; it’s a lab…We’re trying to create students and scholars who have another dimension in their education. Hopefully, [they] go back to their studies carrying that with them." The display behind the Library Services Desk includes a number of books about book arts, a selection of tools, type, and woodcuts, as well as samples of each discipline to be studied in the lab.

January 28, 2020

We welcome Carleton Faculty and Staff to experience the Book Arts in our new library facility. In this new experiential learning space, we use “old school” book technology combined with “state of the art” pedagogy to help students see books from a new perspective. Faculty and staff are invited to explore how this unique kind of experiential learning could enhance courses and engage students, many of whom revel in “hands on” exercises while exploring the past, present and future of the book.

The sessions are FREE of charge. Materials are included & space is limited to 15 people per session. Register for your session by emailing:

Tuesday, Feb 18 - 1 to 4 pm

“A Coptic Binding”

Create your own hand-bound soft cover notebook using Japanese or decorated papers for covers.

Wednesday, Feb 19 - 9:30 to 11:30 am

“Famous Last Words”

Learn the basics of hand-setting lead type while composing the last utterances of great writers, scientists, philosophers and poets. Quotes will be combined and printed together in a broadside by the instructor and students.

Wednesday, Feb 19 - 12:30 to 4 pm

“Printing Dangerous Words”

Learn to set and print type for a broadside or flyleaf that spells out a seditious, profane or forbidden tract or paragraph, the kind that can get a Renaissance printer into deep trouble… literally!

Friday, Feb 21 - 10 to 11:30 am

“Kissing the Chains That Bind You”

Explore the earliest form of printing by carving a medieval initial using a relatively modern material, learn to think backwards and in reverse, and experience the “thrill of the proof ” while printing the block.

Friday, Feb 21 - 12:30 to 4 pm

“Making Graven Images”

Fall into fine detail by carving a medieval initial in end-grain wood or polymer using cutters originally designed for etching in steel and copper.

January 24, 2020

What was the first video game that truly thrilled you and filled you with wonder?  The first game that thrilled me was the 1989 NES version of Ninja Gaiden that combined fast-paced action platforming and dramatic movie cut scenes - I have been chasing that thrill ever since. 

The Art-full Gaming Exhibit in the library highlights a handful of games that truly exemplify the otherworldly art and graphics experienced through video games.  These games are artful in their imagery, lore, and their ability to evoke emotion from the player.  These games transcend the run and gun by working with themes such as grief, loss, love, and friendship.  In addition to being artful, some of these games are really challenging!

Most of the games featured in our exhibit are available either to play on Steam in the gaming lab or to borrow from reserves (Ni No Kuni II PS4).

January 14, 2020

Please join the Carleton Climate Commons for a Colloquium on Plastics, Art, Activism, and Climate Change on Friday, January 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in MacOdrum Library's Alumni Reading Room.

Speakers will include Cindy Stelmackowich (Exhibition Artist of Planet Plastic), Larissa Holman (Director of Science and Policy, Ottawa Riverkeeper), Catherine Abreu (Climate Action Network), Jesse Vermaire (Environmental Science, Carleton University), and Sara Adams (English, Carleton University) and will be moderated by Peter Hodgins (Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University). 

The Colloquium will be held alongside the "Plastic Planet” exhibition that features the artwork, objects and plastics research of Cindy Stelmackowich. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. 

January 8, 2020

Welcome to Omni!

Omni, the Library's new, easy-to-use search tool, is now live and available for everyone to use!

Omni gives you access to the full range of high-quality academic resources available through the Library:

  • Powerful search tool for discovery and in-depth research
  • Quick and streamlined access to resources
  • Intuitive mobile-friendly user experience

You can access Omni from the search box on the Library web site here:

For tips on how to use Omni, visit our new help guide.

If you have any questions or need help using Omni, ask us!

On this page:

Omni is your library account

Omni is how you will access your library account, allowing you to:

  • See what items you have checked out
  • See what items you have requested or placed a hold on
  • Review any fines you owe to the library

You can access your library account by logging in to Omni.

Once you've logged into Omni, you will also be able to save records, save searches, set up alerts, and view your search history.

To login to Omni, use your MyCarletonOne username or password. If you not currently a student, faculty, or staff member at Carleton, you will log in using your library card barcode and password (although you must choose a new password for Omni! See below).

Choosing a new password for Omni

If you are not currently a student, faculty, or staff member at Carleton you will need to choose a new password to log in to Omni.

To choose a new password, follow these instructions for resetting your password.

People with an active Carleton account can continue use their MyCarletonOne username and password to login to Omni.

Exporting your data from the old library system

The old library system gave you the option of saving information with your library account, specifically:

  • Saved searches
  • Reading history
  • Lists (of books and other library materials)

Unfortunately, any of this information that you have saved in the old library system will not be migrated to Omni.

For more information, see: How to export data from your Library Catalogue account.

Library services being restored

We have begin restoring library services that were impacted by the migration to Omni, as summarized in the following table:

Library Service Date Service Restored Notes
Creating library accounts January 8

Any user who had a temporary account created for them during the migration period will be contacted by the Library and provided with a proper account in Omni.

Circulation information January 8  
Holds/Requests January 8  
Requesting items from storage January 13

Until service is restored, please request copy of the item you are interested in through interlibrary loan.

Renewals January 8  
Fine payment January 13  
Self-check machines January 13  
Ordering of books and other materials Late January Until regular ordering resumes, if there is a book that you are interested in but is not in our collection, please request a copy through interlibrary loan.

If you have any questions, please ask us!

January 3, 2020

Omni, the library's new search tool, will be launching on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM.

You will be able to access Omni from the Library's home page and use it to find books, articles, and other resources at the Library as well as to access your library account.

We will also begin restoring library services that were impacted by the migration to Omni, as summarized in the following table:

Library Service Date Service Restored Notes
Creating library accounts January 8

Any user who had a temporary account created for them during the migration period will be contacted by the Library and provided with a proper account in Omni.

Circulation information January 8  
Holds/Requests January 8  
Requesting items from storage January 13

Until service is restored, please request copy of the item you are interested in through interlibrary loan.

Renewals January 8  
Fine payment January 13  
Self-check machines January 13  
Ordering of books and other materials Late January Until regular ordering resumes, if there is a book that you are interested in but is not in our collection, please request a copy through interlibrary loan.

If you have any questions, please ask us!