GoPro Hero 5 Camera Added to Emerging Technology Collection

We just added a GoPro Hero 5 camera and 14 piece GoPro Hero harness kit (including selfie stick) to our Emerging Technology Collection.

All items in the Emerging Technology Collection can be borrowed by Carleton students, faculty and staff with a valid Library card for a two week period from the ITS Service Desk in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor of the Library.

Need more information?

The Library has a number of related e-books:

Questions?

Please contact David Sharp, Head of Collections, MacOdrum Library at david.sharp@carleton.ca

New Items for Emerging Technology Collection

We have some interesting new additions to our Emerging Technology Collection, including:

The collection page has been updated to more clearly describe the equipment which is available for loan.

More information?

The Library has a number of related e-books

Questions?

Please contact David Sharp, Head of Collections, MacOdrum Library at david.sharp@carleton.ca

Graphic Novel Exhibit: "Drawn Out"

A new exhibit of selected items from our graphic novel collection is on now in the display case at the library entrance. The exhibit was created by librarian Kristof Avramsson, who describes it below:

This display highlights a small sampling of the library’s graphic novel collection, demonstrating what Edward Said (2007) described as power of comics to:                                                                                     

‘Say what couldn’t otherwise be said, perhaps what wasn’t permitted to be said or imagined, defying the ordinary processes of thought, which are policed, shaped and re-shaped by all sorts of pedagogical as well as ideological pressures’.

The inclusion of graphic novels in a university library, a repository which traditionally collected ‘scholarly’ resources to support and inform institutional research practice, can trouble the collections where they are housed.  They offer renderings of life and culture which are neither scholarly nor academic, and are frequently peopled by the under-represented.  Using sequential art as a story telling device, graphic novels provide highly accessible glimpses into the world of their creators, but in unpredictable ways.”

The exhibit runs until November 30, 2016.

Collection Highlight: Evhen Batchinsky fonds

The collection is notable for the large quantity of materials dealing with aspects of Ukrainian émigré life in Switzerland. The collection is comprised documents and notes concerning the various activities of Ukrainians living in Switzerland, as well as books, pamphlets and articles published in Switzerland in Ukrainian or about Ukraine.

Evhen (Eugene) Vasylovych Batchinsky was born on 24 August, 1885 in Katerynoslav (now Dnipropetrovs'k), Ukraine and died on 30 October 1978 in Bulle, Switzerland where he had lived for several years. The collection reflects Batchinsky’s passion for documenting and preserving material pertaining to Ukrainian political history and émigré activity in Western Europe. Batchinsky was involved in a number of important Ukrainian endeavours during the early 20th Century and had numerous friends and acquaintances with whom he maintained ongoing correspondence.

The fonds (collection) consists of 16 series that document the activities and interests of Evhen Batchinsky. The series include: Autobiography of Evhen Batchinsky and Leonid Bachynsky; Biographical Dossiers (arranged alphabetically); Chronological Dossiers, Diary Dossiers (arranged chronologically); Subject Dossiers; Ukrains'ka Avtokefal'na Pravoslavna Tserkva (UAPTs); Swiss Ukrainica; Taras Shevchenko; Soiuz Vyzvolennia Ukrainy (SVU); Lev Yurkevych; Minor Files; Serial Publications, Monographs, Documents guiding the processing of the collection, and Miscellaneous Material.

Our Archives and Research Collection database contains more information on this collection.

Collection Highlight: Art Latcham Magic Collection

This month’s featured collection: The Art Latcham Magic Collection! Magic beyond your wildest imagining, here in the Library. There’s even a wand.

Did you know that Archives and Research Collections (room 581) has a collection of material pertaining to the history and practice of sleight of hand magic and mentalism?

Previously housed at the Witchurch-Stouffville Public Library, the Art Latcham Memorial Magic Collection was acquired by Archives and Research Collections in 2012. It is comprised of books, magazines, and ephemera related to illusion, sleight of hand, and related subjects.

Arthur “Art” Latcham, to whom the collection is dedicated, was a philanthropist in the York Region of Ontario. As a member of the Hat and Rabbit Club, Latcham was a magic enthusiast who, rumour has it, always carried a deck of cards to perform magic and sleight of hand at any moment. Art Latcham died in 1979, and the first Stouffville Magic Festival was organized in his honour in 1982. The magic collection was created by festival organizer and town librarian, George Schulkbier. The Art Latcham Magic Collection was dedicated at the first Stouffville Magic Festival on May 9th, 1982.

For more information you can check out the archival material, and collection highlights like the Riddle of Chung Ling Soo,  the signed Houdini, and the 19th Century Conjuror’s Magazine!

Collection Highlight: Maps & GIS

This month’s feature Library Collection: The Map & GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Collection! Spatial information for you, here in the Library.

Did you know the library has an extensive map & GIS collection? We have paper sheet maps, atlases, online & mapping sites and extensive GIS data. Topics support research and teaching in almost every discipline, our maps cover the globe, and we offer GIS technical assistance as well.

Explore this collection by visiting the MADGIC Information Desk on floor 1 or check out our Find Maps or Find GIS guides on the library website.

Nobel Laureates Exhibit

Don’t miss the Nobel Laureates Exhibit currently on display in front of the Research Help desk on the main floor. It includes many books on the history of the Nobel prize and its categories, women Nobel laureates, biographies on Canadian Nobel winners, beautiful facsimiles of the Nobel prize medals, and an interactive display of the winning papers from 2013-2015 for easy access.

600ᵗʰ Console Video Game Added to the Library Collection

The 600th console video game has recently been added to the Library collection. Game of Thrones for Xbox 360 is an RPG developed by Cyanide Studies and written in collaboration with George R.R. Martin, author of the popular “A song of fire and ice” fantasy series. The game was released in 2012 and represents the use of games in cultural and narrative studies.

The Library’s collection of video games has been steadily growing since 2008 to support courses in the School of Information Technology and School of Computer Science as well as Masters degree in Digital Humanities and other courses across the University.

New additions to the Library’s collection also include a variety of games for PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. You are welcome to use console games in the Library gaming lab located in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor which includes PS4, Xbox One and Wii U consoles.

The Library gaming lab contains two gaming stations which can be booked for 1 ½ hour time slots with a maximum of 4 people per group. Please contact discovery.centre@carleton.ca or 613.520.2600 x1503 if you have questions about using or booking the gaming lab.

Sessions in the Library gaming lab can be booked online at https://booking.carleton.ca/portal/

Questions?

Contact Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics, Systems Engineering and Information Technology robert.smith@carleton.ca

Smartphone VR Viewers @ the Library

Carleton University Library has five SmartPhone VR viewers by Dodocase which can borrowed from the Emerging Technology Lending Library located at CCS Service Desk in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor of the Library. Units can be borrowed by Carleton students, faculty and staff with a valid Library card for a two week period. Each viewer comes with a booklet Virtual reality: beginner’s guide by Frederic Lardinois and Patrick Buckley which includes more information about the devices, apps and websites you can use to experiment with virtual reality.

Get VR apps for Android and IOS at dodocase.com/vrapp

More information?

The Library has a variety of related e-books including:

Virtual, augmented reality and serious games for healthcare 1 edited by Minhua Ma, Lakhmi C. Jain, Paul Anderson. (Heidelberg: Springer, 2014).

Developing AR games for iOS and Android: develop and deploy augmented reality apps using Vuforia SDK and Unity 3D by Dominic Cushnan, Hassan El Habbak. (Birmingham, UK : Packt Pub., 2013).

Handbook of digital games edited by Marios C. Angelides, Harry Agius. (London : Springer, 2013).

Understanding learning in virtual worlds edited by Mark Childs, Anna Peachey. (London: Springer, 2013)

Questions?

Please contact Robert Smith, Library subject specialist for computer science, electronics, systems and computer engineering. 

FutureFunder

As part of Carleton’s Community Campaign, the Library is asking for help to bring the digital archives of the journal Géotechnique to Carleton University. The library has had a subscription to this journal since 2003, and the archive (1948-2002) would be a significant addition for research across the fields of soil and rock mechanics, engineering geology and environmental geotechnics. This one-time purchase is one of the many projects in the campaign listed on the FutureFunder website.

FutureFunder is a new way for donors to invest in higher learning at Carleton. Friends and supporters can engage directly with projects to help make a difference. Through FutureFunder, a pledge can be directed to any number of projects or specific department on campus. The  categories for giving are wide ranging and include: entrepreneurship, health, digital media, global identities, leadership or sustainability & the environment.

Leap Motion Controllers @ the Library

Image from leapmotion.com

 

Carleton University Library has two Leap Motion controllers which can be borrowed from the CCS Service Desk in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor of the Library. Units can be borrowed by Carleton students, faculty and staff with a valid Library card for a two week period.

Leap Motion controllers are computer sensor devices which support motion-sensing technology. Learn more about Leap Motion at leapmotion.com

More information?

The Library has a variety of related e-books including:

Questions?

Please contact Robert Smith, Library subject specialist for computer science, electronics, systems and computer engineering. 

Try Oculus Rift and Leap Motion at the Library

MacOdrum’s Gaming Lab is giving you the opportunity to try out our Oculus Rift headsets and new Leap Motion Controller.

Not sure what those are? Oculus Rift is a headset with a wide field of view and stereoscopic 3D that also tracks your head's movements to give you an immersive virtual reality experience. You can get more information on the Oculus Rift website.

The Leap Motion Controller is a motion tracker, sensing the movement of your hands in mid-air and letting you control your computer with a variety of gestures. You can get more information on the Leap Motion website.

Sound interesting? Come see CCS Staff in the Gaming Lab on the following dates to give it a try. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, Jan. 21 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 30 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 13 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Raspberry Pi and Arduino @ the Library

Image from the Raspberry Pi Foundation under a Creative Commons Licence

 

Carleton University Library has five Raspberry Pi and five Arduino development boards available to anyone with a valid Library card. Units can be borrowed for a two week period from the CCS Service Desk in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor of the Library.

Raspberry Pi model B+ 512MB and 8GB NOOBS edition

See the Notes in the library catalogue for a list of features.

Visit the Raspberry Pi Foundation or the Raspberry Pi community on element14 for more information and downloads.

Arduino Mega 2560

The people at www.arduino.cc describe Arduino as “open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.” Their site has more information and tutorials.

More information

The Library has a variety of related e-books through Safari books online including:

Questions?

Please contact Robert Smith, Library subject specialist for computer science, electronics, systems and computer engineering.

Tech Ebooks @ the Library

Titles from Safari Books Online

 

Carleton University Library subscribes to Safari Books Online which provides access to over 28,000 e-books in the fields of technology, computer programming, digital media and business. Keep up to date with key trends and emerging fields with Safari Books Online!

To find these books in the Library catalogue, do an author search for Safari books online. To get the most recent titles, go to the drop-down box that says "System Sorted" and change it to "Reverse Year."

Questions? Please contact Robert Smith, Library subject specialist for computer science, electronics, systems and computer engineering. 

Find out more about Safari Books Online.

New titles available in the Library catalogue include:

 

Graphic Novels @ the Library

From Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Seconds: A Graphic Novel"

 

Carleton University Library has a growing collection of graphic novels which support research and teaching across disciplines. Due to the popularity of graphic novels, the Library has recently established a standing order with Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal, Canada’s foremost publisher and distributor of graphic novels. The most current and interesting graphic novels will now be available at the Library even more quickly!

To search graphic novels in the Library catalogue, do a subject search for "graphic novels."  To get the most recent titles, go to the drop-down box that says "System Sorted" and change it to "Reverse Year."

Questions? Please contact Janice Scammell, Library subject specialist for English literature and Head, Reference Services.

New titles available at the Library include:

 

Steam Games in the Library Gaming Lab

Students and faculty are welcome to use the Library Gaming Lab which now provides access to over 135 video games available through the Steam online game distribution service. Steam gives access to indie games which add considerable diversity to the Library’s existing collection of games. Please see below for a full list of available titles including seven games which work with Oculus Rift headsets.

The Gaming Lab is located in the Discovery Centre on the 4th floor of MacOdrum Library and can be booked online https://booking.carleton.ca/portal.

The lab contains two gaming stations which can be booked for 1 ½ hour time slots with a maximum of 4 people per group. Please contact discovery.centre@carleton.ca or 613.520.2600 x1503 if you have questions about using or booking the gaming lab.

Steam games in Library Gaming Lab (station 1)

  1. 7 grand steps : what ancients begat.
  2. 140
  3. AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! : for the awesome.
  4. Achron
  5. Amnesia : the dark descent.
  6. Analogue : a hate story.
  7. B.U.T.T.O.N. : brutally unfair tactics totally OK now.
  8. Bad hotel
  9. Banished
  10. Bastion
  11. Between
  12. Bientôt l'été
  13. BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
  14. The book of unwritten tales 2
  15. Braid
  16. The bridge
  17. The cat and the coup
  18. Cave
  19. Closure
  20. Cogs
  21. Coil
  22. Colourbind
  23. Crawl
  24. Cube & Star : an arbitrary love.
  25. Deep under the sky
  26. Desktop dungeons
  27. Dinner date
  28. Dream (works with Oculus Rift)
  29. The dream machine : chapter 1 & 2
  30. The dream machine : chapter 3
  31. The dream machine : chapter 4
  32. Dust : an elysian tail
  33. Euro truck simulator 2 (works with Oculus Rift)
  34. Flotilla
  35. Fly'N
  36. The forest (works with Oculus Rift)
  37. FTL : faster than light.
  38. Gang beasts
  39. Gateways
  40. Gone home
  41. Guacamelee! : gold edition.
  42. Habitat
  43. Hotline Miami
  44. Incredipede
  45. Infinity runner
  46. Interstellar marines (works with Oculus Rift)
  47. Intrusion 2
  48. Jamestown
  49. Joe Danger
  50. Kentucky route
  51. LA cops
  52. Limbo
  53. Little inferno
  54. Mightier
  55. Mini metro
  56. Mirrormoon : EP.
  57. Monaco : what's yours is mine.
  58. Nidhogg
  59. Nightsky
  60. Overgrowth
  61. Papo & Yo
  62. Prison architect
  63. Realm of the mad god
  64. Recettear : an item shop's tale.
  65. Retro City rampage
  66. Reus
  67. Rogue legacy
  68. rymdkapsel
  69. Samurai Gunn
  70. Sentris
  71. Shank
  72. Shatter
  73. Skulls of the shogun
  74. Sokobond
  75. Son of Nor (works with Oculus Rift)
  76. Soundodger
  77. The Stanley parable
  78. StarForge
  79. Starseed pilgrim
  80. Super crate box
  81. Super hexagon
  82. Super meat boy
  83. Super time force ultra
  84. Terraria
  85. Thirty flights of loving
  86. Thomas was alone
  87. Trauma
  88. Trine
  89. Trine 2 : complete story.
  90. Vessel
  91. Victory: the age of racing (works with Oculus Rift)
  92. World of diving (works with Oculus Rift)
  93. Year walk

Steam games in Library Gaming Lab (station 2)

  1. Atom zombie smasher
  2. The banner saga
  3. Beatbuddy : tale of the guardians.
  4. Between
  5. Bioshock : infinite.
  6. Blueberry garden
  7. Botanicula
  8. The cat and the coup
  9. Civilization V
  10. Coil
  11. Cortex command
  12. Dear Esther
  13. Dominique Pamplemousse : its all over once the fat lady sings!
  14. Don't starve
  15. The elder scrolls V : skyrim
  16. English country tune
  17. The graveyard
  18. Gunpoint
  19. Jazzpunk
  20. Kerbal space program
  21. Lume : an illuminating puzzle adventure.
  22. Luxuria superbia
  23. Machinarium
  24. The maw
  25. Mightier
  26. Monster loves you!
  27. Musaic box
  28. Osmos
  29. Papers, please
  30. PixelJunk Eden
  31. The powerpuff girls : defenders of Townsville.
  32. Proteus
  33. Realm of the mad god
  34. Redshirt
  35. Retro/grade
  36. Risk of rain
  37. Samorost2
  38. Shelter
  39. Snapshot
  40. Spacechem
  41. Super crate box
  42. The swapper
  43. To the moon
  44. Towerfall
  45. Waking Mars
  46. The yawhg
  47. Zeno clash

Steam titles are added to the Library collection on an ongoing basis. As a reminder:

The Sunday Times of London Digital Archive (1822-2006)

Carleton’s MacOdrum Library now has access to The Sunday Times of London Digital Archive (1822-2006).

Known for its investigative journalism, foreign coverage, and insightful analysis of weekly events, The Sunday Times is an extremely rich resource for anyone interested in historical events since the early 19th Century. 

Access through Gale NewsVault will allow our patrons to simultaneously search The Sunday Times (1822-2006), The Illustrated London News (1842-2003), The Times of London (1785-1985), and The Times Literary Supplement (1902-2009).

The Sunday Times Digital Archive fundraising project was first launched on Carleton University’s crowdfunding website futurefunder.ca. Futurefunder allows those interested in investing in post-secondary education to be linked directly with ventures and ideas that are of interest to them. The Carlisles wanted to ensure that the Sunday Times project was successful. So, with their lead gift donation of $20,000, along with the generosity of another 32 donors, Carleton was able to purchase the database outright as well as provide access to all alumni.

MacOdrum Library invites current students, faculty, staff—as well as Carleton Alumni—to access this resource.

Carleton Thanks the Fakirani Family for Its Donation to the Ugandan Asian Archives

In 1972, Hassanali and Sakinabai Fakirani along with 60,000 other Ugandan Asians were forced from their homes by Uganda’s dictator Idi Amin. Hassanali, Sakinabai and 6,000 others entered Canada as refugees.

Almost 42 years later, on June 20, the Fakirani family gathered at Carleton University with friends and other members of the Ugandan Asian community in order to commemorate World Refugee Day and announce the Fakiranis’ support for Carleton’s Ugandan Asian Archives Collection. The archive includes more than 1,000 newspaper clippings about the 1972 expulsion. A gift from the Fakirani family has supported the cataloguing and digitizing of the archive, the creation of a website as well as the ongoing collection of oral histories.

 “It’s very important because it allows the family to share some of the experiences that we’d been through during the time that we had to leave the country and also the experience of settling into Canada,” said Nizar Fakirani, Hassanali and Sakinabai’s son. “We want to preserve this experience for the future generations. I hope that they will learn about it and extrapolate from it. That it will assist Canada, and our policy makers, to be able to respond to any future incidents of similar kind, where people have to be uprooted in large numbers.”

Carleton University has named a study room in the library in the memory of Hassanali and Sakinabai Fakirani.

Idi Amin ordered the 1972 expulsion of Ugandan Asians in what was recognized as an indophobic policy to cleanse the country of non-Ugandans. Many Ugandan Asian families had been living in Uganda for generations and played important roles in the country’s economy and daily life. The expulsion order led to one of the largest refugee events in Canada’s history.

The Ugandan Asian Archives Collection was brought to Carleton in conjunction with the Canadian Immigration Historical Society. It provides unique personal perspectives on the expulsion as well as how Western countries, particularly Britain and Canada, handled the event.

“We now have a presence in Canada that we never had before this project,” said Senator Mobina Jaffer at the June 20 event. Jaffer is a Ugandan native whose family was also forced to flee under Amin’s dictatorship. “This is the next stage in our evolution, and it’s a very emotional stage, because now we have a place in history.”

“We are so thankful to the Fakirani family for sharing their very personal story with us and supporting the archive’s development,” said Patti Harper, head of Carleton Library’s Archives and Research Collections department. “The Ugandan Asian Archives will contribute to migration and diaspora studies research, a field of growing importance especially when you consider the UN’s recent news that the world now has the highest number of displaced people since World War II.”

Over the course of the coming years, Carleton Library will work with communities, families and individuals in Canada to capture the oral histories of South Asian and Indochinese refugees who came to Canada in the 1970s and 1980s.

Emond Jazz Collection

Carleton University Library is home to one of Canada’s largest jazz collections, including over 30,000 CDs from all eras ranging in both style and performance.  Thanks in large part to the generous donation of former CKCU host Jacques Emond, this collection encompasses the most influential people, instrumentations, and performances spanning from the early days of jazz to today’s modern era.

To date, nearly 2,300 music CDs from the Emond Collection have been fully catalogued to provide access to this valuable material in the Library catalogue. The collection covers jazz from its earliest recordings in 1917 (Original Dixieland Jazz Band) to reissues and compilations which include many examples of the big band era, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and many others. In addition to a primary focus on U.S based jazz, the Emond collection also features Canadian Jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban jazz and European jazz, mainly from France and Scandinavia. There are many recordings from respected jazz record labels such as Verve, Columbia, Blue Note, Concord Jazz, Arbors Jazz and Evidence.  As well as Canadian record labels: Sackville, Justin Time, Jazz Focus, Radioland and Ambiences Magnétiques. In addition to sound recordings, the Emond Jazz Collection also features a fascinating assortment of books and video recordings on jazz.

Carleton University Library provides both jazz enthusiasts and scholars with great access to some of the most important and rarefied materials within the genre.

Carleton Library finding aid for the Emond Collection https://www.library.carleton.ca/research/subject-guides/music

To browse the complete Emond Jazz Collection in the Library catalogue:

Visit Carleton University Library catalogue http://catalogue.library.carleton.ca/

Search under TITLE: “Emond Jazz Collection”.

Questions?

Please contact Alana Skwarok, Library subject specialist for music

https://www.library.carleton.ca/contact/staff-directory/alana-skwarok

500th video game added to Library collection: test your skills in the new gaming lab!

The 500th video game has recently been added to the Library collection. "Forza motorsport 5” for Xbox one was selected to showcase video gaming on the next generation of consoles.

Forza motorsport 5 was developed by Turn 10 Studios for Xbox one. Launched in November 2013, the game has become the fastest selling racing game in Xbox history. Test your racing skills with just over 200 cars on 15 circuits. High quality graphics, original orchestral soundtrack and new “Drivator” AI system make this game a special immersive experience.

Xbox one consoles are available in the new gaming lab located in the Discovery Centre on the 4th floor of MacOdrum Library. The gaming lab can be booked online https://booking.carleton.ca/portal.

Please contact discovery.centre@carleton.ca or 613.520.2600 x1503 if you have questions about using or booking the gaming lab.

For more information about this game, visit the Forza Motorsport site.

The Wire Report is now available at the Library

The Wire Report is a Canadian news service covering  stories affecting the telecom and media sectors.   It provides exclusive coverage of business, technology, regulatory and policy developments for decision makers across Canada. The business news service also watches regulatory developments at the CRTC, the Copyright Board, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, Industry Canada’s spectrum management branch, Canadian Heritage and the House of Commons and Senate. Coverage includes daily news, and also original, independent reporting on regulatory documents, data, interviews, etc.

Over 100 Years of Newsreel Available Online

British Pathé, a newsreel archive company in the UK, has recently made its collection of 85,000 historic films available through YouTube. The collection covers 3500 hours of historical footage from 1896 to 1976. It includes major events, notable figures, inventions, music and culture, with extensive film from World Wars I and II. Some of the films available:

Wright Brothers First Flight (1903)
Titanic Footage & Survivors Interviews
World’s First Mobile Phone (1922)
Weird! Hypnotised Rabbits! (from 1949)

You can access this and other video collections through the library’s Find Videos page.

Winter Reading

With this long cold winter pressing on, it is time to add some fresh books to the Recreational Reading Collection and stay inside and read! The collection is still currently located outside of the Library Reserves room on the 2nd floor but will hopefully have a new home soon – we will provide an update as soon as it happens!  There are several new additions to the collection including:

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen which is part of Oprah’s Book Club Collection.

The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Series: Uglies and Pretties.

Ogre! 75th board game added to the Library collection

The 75th board game was recently added to the Library collection and it’s a big one. Ogre is a tactical ground combat game set in the late 21st century. Tanks and infantry battle with nuclear missiles but the most feared weapon of all is the giant cybernetic tank called the Ogre.

This landmark board game was designed by Steve Jackson in 1977. It has gone through various incarnations including a miniature pocket version, deluxe large board edition and a video game from Origin systems. The new “Designers edition” brings the game to a new generation of gamers who are learning what it means to face the Ogre!

[Summarized from the Ogre website ]

Board games are purchased to support game development courses in the School of Computer Science.

Comments and questions? Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics and Systems Engineering, Carleton University Library: robert.smith@carleton.ca or @rosmith11

450th video game at the Library

The 450th video game has recently been added to the Library collection. “Rayman legends” for PS3 from Ubisoft was selected for innovative design of over 120 levels of game play including several musical maps and rich HD graphics. This new release is the follow up to Rayman origins and sets a new standard in action packed platform gaming. Join Rayman, Globox and the Teensies in a colourful and beautifully designed fantasy adventure.

The Library’s collection of video games has been steadily growing since 2009 to support courses in the Schools of Information Technology and Computer Science as well as Masters degree in Digital Humanities and other courses across the University. New additions to the Library’s collection include a variety of games for Xbox 360 Kinect and PS vita as well as Wii balance boards. We also look forward to 2014 with the unveiling of a new Library gaming lab located in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor.   

Questions?

Contact Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics and Systems Engineering robert.smith@carleton.ca

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003

Thanks to many generous donors to Carleton’s Campus Community Campaign, the Library is now pleased to offer access to The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003.

"When it first appeared in the hoisted hands of street corner newsboys in 1842, The Illustrated London News revolutionized journalism. The world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, it allowed readers to not only read about British and world events but to actually see them. From war and disasters to politics and the arts, it provided a vivid view of the people, places and events that, until then, most of its readers could only imagine.

Today, the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003 from Gale allows researchers to access the entire run of this groundbreaking publication in a fully searchable digital format. High-quality color facsimile images bring to life more than 150 years of social, political and cultural history for scholarly and enthusiast researchers. Subjects covered include politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising and graphic design, as well as genealogy." (From Gale Digital Collections)

You can access the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003 from the library's list of databases.

 

Holiday Reading!

As we head into the holiday season, we thought we should highlight just a few of the items the library holds which pertain to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice.  They range from books, maps, music scores, sound recordings, videos, and even a video game.  Some of these items are available to sign out, some are electronic and can be viewed from anywhere if you have a Carleton University Campus Card and finally, some of these are for library use only.  Happy Holidays!

State Papers Online: the Government of Britain, 1509-1714

The Library now has online access to State Papers Online, 1509-1714 - a collection of English government documents originating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The papers feature the office archives and correspondence of the secretaries of state serving the Monarch as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar entries (abstracts or transcriptions). This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain's international relations and foreign policy.

Check it out: http://www.library.carleton.ca/find/databases/state-papers-online-government-britain-1509-1714

Looking for a good novel to read this summer?

New titles have recently been added to the Recreational Reading Collection that is located on the main floor of the Library. There are now over 400 titles in the collection including;

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Forest Laird : a Tale of William Wallace by Jack Whyte

Have you read a good book lately? Let us know! Submit your book review to the Carleton Recreational Reading Blog!
http://curecreading.wordpress.com/

New RefWorks Write-n-Cite for Mac user

New RefWorks Write-n-Cite for Mac users

RefWorks has just released the new version of Write-n-Cite which now supports the latest Mac operating system. The new version is quite a bit different from the old version, much more integrated into Word itself and allows your paper to be formatted as you go (not waiting until the end to process your Word document).

Please make sure to download the new WnC from within your own RefWorks account, by looking under the “Tools” menu. Detailed instructions on installation and use can be found at http://guides.scholarsportal.info/content.php?pid=221735&sid=2360016

Mortal Kombat: 250th Game @ the Library

The Library has just added the 250th video game to the immersive media collection: Mortal Kombat for Xbox 360.

The Library purchases games for the Xbox and Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and 3, and Wii platforms.  To see which games the Library has acquired for a specific platform, search the title of the platform in the Library Catalogue.  For example, a title search using the term "Xbox 360" will display the 83 games we have for the X-Box 360 platform.

Other recently acquired titles include Shadows of the Damned, Portal 2, and Duke Nukem forever for Xbox 360; and God of War II and III, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, and Burnout 3 for PS2 and PS3.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online is an incredible source of current and historical government information from Great Britain.  If you’re looking for authoritative perspectives on current issues in the U.K., such as found in the recently released Home Office report on counter terrorism policies, don’t forget to research the HCCP Online database.

For more information on HCCP online, or any other government document databases, direct your question to MADGIC (Maps, Data and Government Information Centre) by email or phone at 613.520.2600 ext. 2749.

Summer distractions @ your library

Need a break from reading your class material and watching your courses online?  Why not check out the library’s Recreational Reading and Video Games collections.  Both located on the main floor of the library, these collections are a great way to do what you most want to do in the summer – RELAX...

We have over 300 books on its current recreational reading shelves which are changed periodically as new books are donated to the collection.  Our video game collection consists of more than 200 games for Wii, Playstation and Xbox.

Recreation and Leisure – brought to you by your university library!

New Associate University Librarian: Wayne Jones

We are delighted to announce that Wayne Jones has accepted the post of Associate University Librarian, Collections and Technical Services.  His first day at Carleton will be June 6, 2011.

Wayne arrives from Queen’s University, where he was the Head of Collection Development and E-Resource Management.  Wayne has worked at Queen’s for 7 years, and has previously worked for M.I.T. and Library and Archives Canada.  He is the author of many books and articles in his field, and is an active member of numerous professional library organizations.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Wayne to the library.

Douglas Cardinal Collection

Archives and Research Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Douglas Cardinal Collection, an especially rich and versatile collection of over 30,000 architectural plans, 200 boxes of archival material, electronic records, publications, and three dimensional scale models, ranging in date from 1984 to present.

This collection is the life work of internationally recognized architect Douglas Cardinal, who has created such iconic buildings as the Museum of Civilization, the First Nations University of Canada, and the Museum of the American Indian.

The collection is currently being readied for access.  For more information, contact Archives and Research Collections

NFB films now available to classes

As a result of a public performance rights consortial deal, Carleton's license to National Film Board of Canada (NFB) films now includes classroom use and public performance rights on campus (provided no entry fee is charged).

Over 1,200 records of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) films are available online through the library catalogue.  To see what is available, do an Author search for "National Film Board of Canada" and limit by "All Eresources" or do a Title search by the NFB title of your choice.

NFB produces and distributes social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content from a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB has made a wealth of material available at www.nfb.ca as part of their mission to make their vast collection accessible to Canadians.

NFB films are open access for personal viewing.