Library News: 2021

May 10, 2021

The Melody Mastad Award was established in 2012 in honour of Melody Mastad, Stacks Coordinator, for their years of service and dedication to the Library and student staff employees. It recognizes the outstanding contributions our student staff make to the Library every year.

This year’s nominees were:

  • Hamza Muhammad (Access Services)
  • Stephan Struve (RSS)
  • Neyha Tahir (RSS)
  • Julie Trudeau (Access Services)

This year’s recipients of the Melody Mastad Award of Excellence in Student Assistantship are Stephan Struve (RSS) and Julie Trudeau (Access Services)

Here is an excerpt from Stephan’s nomination:

“Stephan’s contribution to the statistical consulting services offered by the Library demonstrates his dedication and commitment to his job. His initiative is shown by the various workshops he has designed, and continues to update. This job requires an attention to detail and his conscientiousness show through in everything he does. He is pleasant and respectful of all who come to him for consultation and is quite dependable. Stephan enjoys his job, and this shows in his dedication to it. Support that the Library has given for NVivo has never been as extensive before and we are very thankful to Stephan for the stellar way he fulfills his tasks. His colleagues know that when they refer someone to him for help, that they will walk away very happy and pleased with the Library.”

And an excerpt from Julie’s nomination:

“Julie has shown herself to be fully capable of having a positive attitude and being dependable and respectful in her work serving clients on the Reserves and Library Services desks as a point of service assistant. She has demonstrated this ability by being friendly and positive to students, staff, and faculty using the points of service in the MacOdrum Library. Julie has also diversified her work on site (currently two days a week) with a barcode project and handling appointments in the New Sun Joy McLaren Centre. Julie has demonstrated the ability to work at both points of service on her own without requiring assistance from supervisors, showing initiative in the process. In doing so, she has demonstrated abilities in leadership as a student employee. She has exceeded workplace expectations by delivering high quality service.”

The selection committee consisted of Courtney Maika, David Sharp, last years’ recipient, Chris Pepin and Gilles Monast. As always, choosing recipients from the list of nominees was a difficult task.

A special thanks to all of our student employees for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Library; some of the services we provide would not possible without you.

May 5, 2021


And a nice reminder that you can get support through our online service OR by texting us at 613-505-4245.

Chat hours from May 3 to June 30 will be:

Monday to Thursday: 10am - 7pm

Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 12 - 5pm

April 30, 2021

This virtual orientation session is for anyone teaching a course including all faculty and graduate students. It helps illustrates how the Library can help you throughout the upcoming Spring and Summer semesters and walks you through our Services.

We originally ran this as a live session on April 15.

Some of what you will learn about in this video...

Research Support Services

The Research Support Services team in the library has all your subject needs covered. They can teach your students how to maximize their search strategies to locate academic, peer-reviewed articles, evaluate their sources, and help them stay organized. 

They offer individual research consultations, and in-class or online library instruction sessions tailored specifically to your course content. As well, they create instructional videos, library assignments and course guides that can be easily embedded into your course on Brightspace.

For more information, contact your subject specialist listed here: Research Help | MacOdrum Library (

Course Reserves Services

Our Course Reserves Service will help you ensure your readings, resources, and films are accessible to students during the semester. They will introduce you to the system we use which is called Ares and how you can integrate the Ares reading list into your Brightspace page. 

They ensure that everything is copyright compliant as well as accessible, and all you have to do is send them your syllabus!

You'll also learn all you need to know about accessing our physical space at any given time. What's open, what's not, and how you can access it all safely.

For more information in the meantime please visit their website or send them an email.

Want to get in contact with us?

Subject Specialist:

Reserves webpage:

Course reserves:

April 26, 2021

The 2021 Achievement Award Recipients were recently announced on the Provost’s website and the Library was well represented in the Professional Achievement Awards category. These awards recognize outstanding professional achievements at Carleton University for professional librarians and instructors.

Congratulations go out to Jenn Browning and Patti Harper who were recognized this year!

While we in the Library already know exactly why these two would be recognized by everyone, take a look at what the rest of the University is getting to read about them for the work they have accomplished this year…

Jennifer Browning

Jennifer governs the staff library services platform and end-user discovery through Omni. She is Carleton’s Implementation Lead in the OCUL Collaborative Futures consortium and has played a key role in the library’s migration to Omni. Her research pursuits include continuous learning for staff and the influence of library technologies on policy and workplace culture. Jennifer returned to Carleton in 2018 after working at the University of Toronto Libraries as a Metadata Librarian for Electronic Resources.

Patti Harper

I began my career at Carleton, 22 years ago, as an archivist in the Corporate Archives with a brief foray as the FIPPA Assistant. I joined the library in 2008 as the Head of Archives and Research Collections, before becoming Head of Research Support Services in 2017. Collaboration has been the key to many of my professional milestones. I have had the opportunity to work on several rewarding projects and events at Carleton; the 75th Anniversary book, beginning the Asian Ugandan Archives, historical walking tours, Heritage Passages a Virtual Museum of Canada project and recently the completion of the Book Arts Lab in the Library. This lab will position the library in academic experiential opportunities in all areas of book arts. This project allowed me to work with several faculty, students, library staff and community organizations to ensure the lab is equipped for unique book arts opportunities on campus.

You can visit the awards webpage for the full list of recipients.

April 20, 2021

Curbside pickup has been relocated to the exterior Library book return doors. This will be the pickup location for curbside requests for the foreseeable future.

Once this changes, we'll let you know.

March 1, 2021

We're ready to restart print Interlibrary Loans services for students, staff and faculty. Alumni, community borrowers, and other external borrowers should continue to contact their local public library for interlibrary loan services.

It is important to note that owing to the different institutional requirements, currently 9 (including Carleton) out of 21 Ontario university libraries are currently offering ILL services.  

As this important service is still operating in a limited capacity, users should expect longer than normal turnaround times before receiving their materials. If the material is available online through HTAS Emergency Temporary Access Service, the lending institution will not be able to lend the print item.

In the event that the service has to be closed again, as the situation with the pandemic continues to change, we will post updates to our website and through social media.

To use our ILL services, please visit the Interlibrary Loans services page.

February 11, 2021

In the last issue of this magazine we introduced you to the newly opened Book Arts Lab. Since then we have seen quite a few changes here in the way we offer our services.

The Book Arts Lab, offering some of our most unique services, has truly had to find different ways to offer their services to the Library community in the midst of a pandemic. Before the pandemic arrived, they were offering a number of in-person workshops that saw their beautiful space being used regularly.

Since then, Larry Thompson, Master Printer for the Book Arts Lab, has had to find new ways to engage the community.

Pre-pandemic workshops

  • Binding a Medieval Book “A Coptic Binding”
  • Intro to Hand Typesetting “Famous Last Words”
  • Intro to Hand Printing on Presses “Printing Dangerous Words”
  • Block Carving & Printing in Linocut “Kissing the Chains That Bind You”
  • Intro to Wood Engraving “Making Graven Images”

Pandemic videos

  • Binding single signature & multi signature book
  • Cutting and Writing with a Quill Pen
  • How to set type… without type!
  • Block carving - erasure cuts, linocuts and demonstration of wood engraving
  • Paper Making in your kitchen
  • Pandemic demos (usually live)

The basis of experiential learning, particularly in the book arts lab, is hands-on work. The pandemic has made in-Lab sessions very difficult to hold safely, so a rethink was required in order to continue to provide these sessions.

“There was always a plan to document with video and create instructional videos, but it was quite far down on the list of priorities and would be recordings of live events in the Lab--that changed with COVID,” says Larry. “The trick seems to be combining live demos, with movies and videos of simplified book arts production that can be reproduced in the student’s home.”

Pre-pandemic workshops were quite ambitious, and included typesetting and printing along interesting themes, such as “Famous Last Words” and “Printing Dangerous Words.” Students could cut linoleum using the carving tools available in the Lab, where materials could be supplied. Pandemic videos incorporate some very basic and general historical context, with step-by-step “how-to” instruction that can be followed using more accessible materials for students.

“The real challenge is to make the video workshops doable using stuff any student could find around the house or dorm. Instead of cutting lino and wood using specialized tools, they could cut rubber erasers with a sharp knife, and print them using a stamp pad,” says Larry. “The exercise is simple, but the experience is the same – in essence – that the ancient Chinese used to create page plates on a single plank of wood.”

From here, students can synthesize their area of study with the practice, and are able to reflect on the experience, still giving them that very unique experience that has been part of what the Book Arts Lab has hoped to offer from the beginning.

The process of making videos has also been a new one for Larry and has actually provided him with his own learning opportunity in his effort to learn to teach.

“I used the university’s AV Commons which loans out video cameras, mics, lights and stands for installation shots,” says Larry. “I spent most of my summer doing these videos, prior to the Library opening to the public again. More than anything, I learned to be kind to myself. This is the first time I’ve done any work in video and I wanted to keep it light and to remember to be friendly and smile. There are plenty of awkward bits and stilted speech, and that’s okay. It’s a rather special thing to have the opportunity to learn these skills, which will be so integral to future teaching.”

February 9, 2021

The Founders Award, Carleton’s highest non-academic honour, was inaugurated in June 1996 to recognize and pay tribute to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Carleton through their dedication, generosity and commitment to the values of the university. It is awarded annually, when merited, at Spring Convocation.

Margaret Haines, MacOdrum’s past University Librarian, was recently awarded the Founders Award for her many contributions to the Carleton community during her time here and after her retirement. She has continued to make the Library a priority in her retirement and is still a voice for our community and its advancement.

She received word of the award from Carleton University president Benoit-Antoine Bacon, who called to tell her personally. Fitting, given the large collection of work she had contributed to Carleton over the years.

“Carleton has been a big part of my life, first as a student and then back as staff and now as a retiree," says Margaret. "It has been really important to me and I feel a huge sense of loyalty and love to the community for all it’s done for me. This is the reason I really enjoy giving back in the ways that I do and part of the responsibility I feel towards Carleton.”

Margaret looks at her contributions as a reminder of how important the people of this community have been to her own development as well.

“During my time here, I learned a lot about how much people at Carleton help one another and how things work. I didn’t come with an exstenive academic background but several senior women administrators here gave me great advice and support and this helped me a lot.

I was here for some really big projects like FIPPA work and the very large renovations that took place in the Library, and the introduction of copyright, scholarly communications and research data management support services. These were really challenging projects that contributed to an overall excellent experience at Carleton.”

Even with her many contributions, Margaret was hesitant to move forward with her nomination when Amanda Goth approached her with the idea of submitting it given that her contributions weren’t financial. But, as was pointed out, the award recognizes overall contributions to the university, and as her nomination package pointed out, those contributions were plenty.

“One thing I really loved during my entire career was that I had young staff whom I could mentor and in whom I could take pride while watching them grow and move on to do really wonderful things. This doesn’t happen everywhere and I’m so glad to have been a part of this staff development culture at Carleton. It is all part of what Carleton's legacy means and another thing I am so grateful for from my time here. This place has done a lot for me and I owe them some reciprocation.”

While the pandemic has delayed the formal presentation of the award, it will likely take place at the next in person convocation along with the next recipient, and we’re lucky to have had Margaret as part of our team for so long.

February 4, 2021

FRDR is designed to address a longstanding gap in Canada's research infrastructure by providing researchers with a robust repository option into which large research datasets can be ingested, curated, processed for preservation, discovered, cited, and shared. 

The FRDR Discovery Portal enables discovery of and access to Canadian research data, while FRDR’s repository services will help researchers store and manage their data, preserve their research for future use, and comply with institutional and funding agency data management requirements.

Portage’s Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) has officially launched into full production! Full production offers many new features and benefits:

  • Publish research data in a Canadian-owned, bilingual national repository option
  • 1 TB of repository storage available to all faculty members at Canadian post-secondary institutions - more storage may be available upon request
  • Secure repository storage, distributed geographically across multiple Compute Canada Federation hosting sites
  • Data curation support provided by Portage
  • Ability to work with multiple collaborators on a single submission 
  • Your data will be discoverable alongside other Canadian collections in the FRDR Discovery Portal

FRDR is made possible through a collaboration between Portage, the Compute Canada Federation and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, with development and infrastructure support from the University of SaskatchewanSimon Fraser University, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Toronto.

More information about FRDR and its partners can be found at

Portage is offering webinars on FRDR to help researchers, faculty, librarians, and others learn how to use the platform for data sharing, deposit, and discovery. See the announcement for more details.

For help with Research Data Management, please contact