Come visit with Uncle Steven, The Library Dog

Stop by the Library every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. to meet and mingle with Uncle Steven, the Library Dog. 

Each day, he will be ready to meet and greet (and accept as many pats and pets as you have for him) near the Maxwell MacOdrum painting on the main floor.

First Nations and Aboriginal Data Event

On Tuesday, April 18, 10 am-12 pm, we will be hosting the event "First Nations & Aboriginal Data: An Introduction to the Aboriginal Peoples Survey and the First Nations Information Governance Centre."

Representatives from Statistics Canada and the First Nations Information Governance Centre will give an introduction to the data available to researchers, how you can access that data, and how you can use them to enrich your research.

The event will be held in room 252 and everyone is welcome. Register for this free event.

Book Launch: Carleton at 75 Reflections & Photos

Come on out to the launch of Carleton’s 75th Anniversary commemorative photobook, Carleton at 75.

The launch will take place Wednesday, March 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Carleton University Alumni Association Reading Room. Light refreshments will be served and contributors will read a selection of reflections from the book.

Please RSVP for the launch to Kathy McKinley by March 24.

Visit the Thunder in Our Voices exhibit from March 18 to 25

Thunder in Our Voices tells the story of the 1970s Berger Inquiry into the Construction of a Pipeline in the Mackenzie Valley. It was 40 years ago that the ground-breaking Berger inquiry sparked a national discussion about Indigenous land rights, and gave a forum to the rising Indigenous movement. The issues that the Inquiry addressed are the same as those that are with us today, as more pipelines through Indigenous lands are in prospect. Drew Ann Wake, a CBC reporter and museum curator, reported on the original inquiry and is now traveling the country educating students. As part of the exhibit, you can watch interviews with the original Dene, Inuvialuit and corporate witnesses before the Inquiry, recorded then and now.

The exhibit, which will be on both the Gallery Wall on the main floor and in the main foyer space, will be open March 18 to 25. Admission is free. 

The Harper Factor, Panel Discussion + Book Signing

On Wednesday, April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. ,join Co-Editors Jennifer Ditchburn and Graham Fox as they read from The Harper Factor.

Following the reading there will be a panel discussion hosted by Professor Susan Harada, Associate Director, School of Journalism + Communication, Carleton University. There will be an opportunity to purchase the signed book and meet both co-editors.

Panelists
Jennifer Ditchburn, Editor-in-Chief, Policy Options magazine
Graham Fox, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Research on Public Policy
Derek Antoine, PhD Candidate and Instructor, School of Journalism and Communication
Paul Wilson, Associate Professor, Political Management, Carleton University

Political legacy is a concept that is often tossed around casually, hastily defined by commentators long before a prime minister leaves office. In the case of the polarizing Stephen Harper, clear-eyed analysis of his tenure is hard to come by. The Harper Factor offers a refreshingly balanced look at the Conservative decade under his leadership.

What impact did Harper have on the nation’s finances, on law and order, and on immigration? Did he accomplish what he promised to do in areas such as energy and intergovernmental affairs? How did he change the conduct of politics, the workings of the media, and Parliament? A diverse group of contributors, including veteran economists David Dodge and Richard Dion, immigration advocate Senator Ratna Omidvar, Stephen Harper’s former policy director Paul Wilson, award-winning journalists such as Susan Delacourt, and vice-provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, make reasoned cases for how Harper succeeded and how he fell short in different policy domains between 2006 and 2015.

Stephen Harper’s record is decidedly more nuanced than both his admirers and detractors will concede. The Harper Factor provides an authoritative reference for Canadians on the twenty-second prime minister’s imprint on public policy while in office, and his political legacy for generations to come.

You can register for this event here.

Freedom to Read Week Book Readings

As part of our Freedom to Read Week events, we will be hosting readings in the Library where members from the Carleton community will choose a book that has been banned from libraries or schools at some point and read an excerpt.

We will be hosting two of these---one from 12 to 1 p.m. on February 28 and the other from 12 to 1 p.m. on March 2.

Come by and listen to the readings or pick out a book to read from yourself. We don’t expect anyone to make more than a three minute reading commitment for these events.

If you would like to read on February 28 or March 2, please contact Alicia Ott at alicia.ott@carleton.ca.

Great Map Giveaway Feb. 2

The Great Map Giveaway returns on Feb. 2! It starts at 10am in the University Galleria, and lasts until 3pm or untill all the maps are gone.

We're giving away a surplus of discarded, superseded and duplicate maps from various countries and on a variety of topics. There are single sheet maps and maps that are parts of sets. Maps aren't sorted in any logical way, but that's part of the fun. You can use the maps for study, decoration, crafting, and more. 

The Great Map Giveaway is always extremely popular so make sure you arrive early for the best selection.

CUAG / DOME Pop-up performance series with Jesse Stewart

To celebrate Carleton University Art Gallery’s 25th anniversary and Carleton University’s 75th anniversary, the Art Gallery has commissioned Jesse Stewart, an award-winning musician, sound artist, community builder and Carleton music professor, to create a series of live performances and sound installations. These performances will happen inside Stewart’s portable geodesic dome, set up at different sites on the Carleton campus throughout 2017.

Hooked on Bibliophonics, Stewart’s first performance, takes place on Monday, 23 January, from 12 to 1 p.m., on the main floor of the MacOdrum library. Everyone is welcome to pick up some mallets and join Stewart in jamming on a “bibliophone,” a xylophone-like instrument made out of amplified books. Stewart is renowned for his inventive and inclusive performances on a wide variety of percussion instruments, including many of his own design and built out of such materials as ice, cardboard, stone and glass.

Follow CUAG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

International Games Day @ Your Library

Libraries are known as the place to go to share culture in the form of books, music, movies and even technology. But, more and more, they are becoming a place to gather as a community for the purpose of playing games.

On Saturday, November 19, more than two thousand libraries across the planet will showcase gaming programs and services as part of International Games Day @ Your Library. Many libraries are planning special programming revolving around celebrating the mutually-reinforcing power of play and learning.

Carleton University Library is no longer just a place for books, but also a gathering place for patrons of all ages. Gaming is yet another example of how we are fulfilling the desire to learn, play, and yes, read at your library.

So, on November 19, we invite everyone to visit the Discovery Centre from 11am-3pm (4th floor MacOdrum Library) during International Games Day @ your library to play Minecraft Hunger Games.

Geography Awareness Week

Join the annual worldwide celebration of ‘geography’ as the MacOdrum Library hosts Geography Awareness Week from Nov. 13 – 18th on the main floor, and in the Discovery Centre.  This year’s theme is the ‘Power of Parks’.  Faculty members will be on hand throughout the week to answer questions about geography programs offered here at Carleton. Learn how drones and ice corers are used by geographers and see them on display. Visit the main floor exhibit of children’s drawings of world maps from the Barbara Petchenik Childen’s Map Archive.

On Nov. 16th don’t miss GIS Day held in the Discovery Centre and learn about the world of geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the impact that geospatial thinking has in our daily lives. Or, plan to attend the alumni geography careers event in Room 252, 3-6pm, hosted by DGES highlighting the successes of geography graduates. All activities and displays throughout the week are hosted by library staff in cooperation with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies faculty, staff and students.

Fall Library Tours

Get to know the library by dropping in for a tour this fall. You'll learn about the services in the library, have an introduction to our website, and find out where to get help.

There's no need to register - just choose a time from the schedule and meet us across from the Help Desk (also known as the Library Services Desk) for a half-hour walking tour:

  • Wednesday September 7 at 5:45pm
  • Friday September 9 at 12:00pm
  • Monday September 12 at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday September 14 at 10:00am
  • Thursday September 15 at 12:00pm
  • Tuesday September 20 at 5:45pm

Food for Fines 2016 Wraps Up

Our tenth annual Food for Fines campaign was a great success. From March 7th to March 14th, the Carleton community donated 456 items to the CUSA Food Centre and we waived the equivalent of $642.00 in library fines. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Shown in the picture above are (left to right): Maria Jakeline de Guadalupe, Franz Obermair and Nazneen Khan of the Library’s Access Services Department.

Food for Fines, March 7-14

Food for Fines is back! From March 7 - 14, bring in non-perishable food items and we will waive $2.00 in Library fines for every item donated (to a maximum of $20.00 or 10 items per person).

Donations will be received at the Library Service Desk during regular hours of service. All food collected will go the CUSA Food Centre to help students in need.

Acceptable food donations include non-perishable canned or packaged food (please no candy).

Please note: If you don't owe any library fines but wish to donate food you may do so, but the waiver cannot be used as a credit for future fines.

For more information please contact: Mizthika Sanjeevan, Patron Accounts Coordinator, Access Services at mizthika.sanjeevan@carleton.ca

Freedom to Read Week 2016

Carleton University Library is celebrating its 3rd Annual Freedom to Read February 21st - 25th, 2016 and we’d like you to join us! Check out the events we have planned.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Making Connections! 4th Annual Community Engagement Event

Carleton's 4th annual Community Engagement Event will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 9am - noon in the Discovery Centre (4th floor, MacOdrum Library). The event is organized into three activities:

  • A panel discussion “Community Culture Shock” on the power, joys and tribulations of Community-Campus Partnerships featuring Marc-André Clément of “Culture Shock Canada” and students from CCDP3003 (Communication Skills for Multimedia Design Students), moderated by Lisa Meyer (School of Linguistics and Language Studies),
  • Speed-presentations by Carleton students involved in community based projects, and
  • A Community-Campus Networking event with both faculty and community partners.

Carleton session hosts include faculty members from Geography and Environmental Studies, Public Affairs, Political Science, Psychology, Music, Engineering as well as representatives from the Let’s Talk Science program, the Global Academy, and Futurefunder, Carleton’s crowd-funding tool.

Community organization hosts include: Causeway Work Centre, Hub Ottawa, Hidden Harvest Ottawa, The Happy City Initiative, Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, Entrymark, the Alliance to End Homelessness, Canada’s Digital Policy Forum, and Ottawa’s Eco-Talent Network.

For a full list of Carleton and Community presenters, or to register for the event, go to: http://carleton.ca/discoverycentre/cu-events/community-first-community-engaged-pedagogy/

This event is free and open to all! Refreshments will be available.

McLuhan and Frye: A Reading by B. W. Powe

Please join us for a reading by B.W. Powe from his book Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy about two titans of Canadian culture. Associate Professor Travis DeCook of Carleton University’s Department of English will interview the author after the reading. There will be ample time for questions from the audience as well, and copies of the book will be available for sale.

Our library is hosting this event, co-sponsored by the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Where: Main Reading Room of MacOdrum Library

Cost: Free

Registration: Limited so register now

Contact: Amanda Goth, 613-520-2600 extension 2727, amanda.goth@carleton.ca

CANCELLED: Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch

The Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch, scheduled for January 22, 2016 in Room 252, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

 


The Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch, hosted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, will take place on January 22, 2016 in Room 252, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The book Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic  will be presented, followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Emilie Cameron (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University)
  • Dr. Frances Abele (Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University)
  • Dr. Danielle DiNovelli-Lang (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)

Far Off Metal River is about how stories make worlds. It traces the imaginative, material, and political life of a particular story – the Bloody Falls massacre story, first told in the late 18th century – in order to better understand colonial and capitalist relations in the contemporary Arctic.

Freedom to Read Week: Call for Readers

Carleton University Library is celebrating its 3rd Annual Freedom to Read Week February 21-25, 2016 and we’d like you to join us! As part of Freedom to Read Week, we will be hosting two sets of readings from banned and challenged materials. The readings will take place February 24 and 25, from noon-1pm and we'd like you to be one of our readers.

Register to be a reader now. All we need is your name, email address, your preferred reading time and the book you'd like to read from. You'll find a selection of banned and challenged books to choose from on our registration form, or you can pick your own. 

Need more information? Contact Amanda Goth at the Library (amanda.goth@carleton.ca or 613-520-2600 ext 2727).

We will be providing more details about all of our Freedom to Read Week events in the new year.

Visit our De-stress Colouring Tables

MacOdrum Library and the Discovery Centre invite the Carleton community to unwind at our colouring tables on the 2nd floor (near the spiral staircase) and 4th floor (Discovery Centre, in front of the gaming lab) in the library.

Adult colouring books are gaining in popularity as an activity for social interaction, mental health, and creative benefits! The De-stress Colouring Tables will be set up during the exam period, from December 10th to 21st.  Share your creations or works in progress on Twitter using the hashtag #CUcolouring

Our Ugandan Asian Archives Road Show

Document from our Uganda Collection

 

Archival material from our Uganda collection will be featured in Toronto on Saturday, January 23. This event will showcase archival material as well as oral histories that we have collected. By sharing the work being done at Archives and Research Collections with the Ugandan Asian community in the Toronto area, we hope to encourage others to participate in our oral history project and contribute to new acquisition activities.

This event promises to be informative and interactive. Event details:

When: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Saturday, January 23, 2016
Where: S. Walter Stewart Branch of the Toronto Public Library in the John S. Ridout Auditorium, 170 Memorial Park Avenue, Toronto, ON
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Contact: Kylie Patrick, 613-520-2600 extension 1230, kylie.patrick@carleton.ca

Event Schedule

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Tour exhibit
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Remarks featuring Carleton University Librarian Waynes Jones, Mike Molloy, a reading by Tasneem Jamal, and others
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Reception and tour exhibit

Celebrate International Games Day

We will be celebrating International Games Day on Wednesday, November 25 from 11:00am - 2:00pm in the Discovery Centre on the 4th floor of the Library. All are welcome! We'll have the following activities:

Drop-in board games: A selection of the Library’s board games will be on display with opportunities to play a number of our most popular games.

Try out the gaming lab: Stop by to see what we’ve got including demos of Oculus rift and over 170 Steam games.

Special feature: From 1:00 to 2:00pm try out the magical-realist adventure game Kentucky Route Zero.  Aubrey Anable, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, will be on hand to demonstrate the game and discuss her related research.

While you're in the library, check out our board game exhibit on the main floor!

Questions? Please contact discovery.centre@carleton.ca or emma.cross@carleton.ca.

Celebrate Geography

Join the annual worldwide celebration of geography as we host Geography Awareness Week from Nov. 16 – 20 on the main floor and in the Discovery Centre. Faculty members, staff and students will be on hand throughout the week to answer questions about the geography programs offered here at Carleton. Learn how drones and ice corers are used by geographers and see them on display.

Since spatial thinking through maps is an important skill, you also won’t want to miss the exhibition in the Discovery Centre during GIS day on Nov. 18th. This year’s theme is The Power of Maps.

All activities throughout the week are hosted by our library staff in cooperation with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

GIS Day 2015

Mark your calendars for GIS Day 2015 on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 9:30am-3:00pm, located in the Discovery Centre, 4th floor of MacOdrum Library.

The MacOdrum Library's Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) in conjunction witht the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies invite you to this annual celebration.

GIS Day is held worldwide during Geography Awareness Week, November 15th-21st, 2015. Come and discover the world of Geomatics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the impact geospatial thinking has in our daily lives.

Carleton University's GIS Day consists of exhibitions from local companies and organizations participating in a GIS trade show right here at Carleton including representation from Carleton alumni. This event is open to the public and for anyone with an interest in geography and the ever expanding use of GIS technology. Come discover the world through GIS.

Exhibitions and presenters include 3Source Inc., Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Carleton Immersive Media Studio, EntertainMaps.com, Natural Resources and many more.

Carlisle Room Dedication

The library had a formal dedication of room ML234A on September 28, 2015 as a gesture of appreciation to two donors, Jim and Lynne Carlisle. The Carlisles led a donation that, in conjunction with over thirty other donors, enabled the library to purchase The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006. The room now has a plaque of commemoration and a framed article with more details about their Carleton connection will be installed in the room in the coming weeks. 

Jim Carlisle and Lynne Allen Carlisle Study Room, 234A

Dedication of the Carlisle Room

50 Years of the Data Centre

We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Data Centre at MacOdrum Library on Thursday, October 8 from 2 - 4 pm in Room 252. Please join us for presentations and reminiscences by guest speakers who have played a role in the Centre's history and development.

Refreshments will be served. Visitors can find paid parking available in P1.

Please RSVP by October 1, 2015 to Amanda Goth at Lib-Admin@carleton.ca or 613-520-2600, ext. 2727.

Food for Fines This Week!

Bring in non-perishable food items and we will waive $2 in Library fines, owing at the Library or on your student account, for every item donated (to a maximum of $20 or 10 items per person). All food collected will be given to the CUSA Food Centre to aid students in need. Bring your donations to the MacOdrum Library Services Desk during regular hours of service between March 23rd and March 29th.

Suitable food donations include non-perishable canned or packaged food (please, no candy).

Note: If you do not owe any library fines, but wish to donate food you may do so, but the waiver dollar amount only applies to existing fines and cannot be used as future credit or monetary value.

Food for Fines is a Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library initiative. For more information please contact: Isaac Fierro, Stacks Services Coordinator via isaac.fierromarquez@carleton.ca.

Library Celebrates Freedom to Read Week

Carleton University Library is celebrating Freedom to Read Week with readings from challenged and banned books. Join us on Monday February 23 at noon on the main floor of the Library.

Readings include:

  • President Roseann O’Reilly Runte - three short excerpts from Voltaire.
  • John Osborne, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - The satanic verses (1988) by Salman Rushdie.
  • Lisa Hughes, Research / Academic Labour Relations Officer, Human Resources – The bell jar (1963) by Sylvia Plath
  • Laura Newton-Miller, Assessment librarian - Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret (1970) by Judy Blume
  • André Plourde, Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs - The apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) by Mordecai Richler
  • Folarin Odunayo, President, Carleton University Students’ Association – Of mice and men (1937) by John Steinbeck.
  • Wayne Jones, University Librarian (Interim) – When everything feels like the movies (2014) by Raziel Reid.
  • Pauline Rankin, Associate Vice-President, Research and International - Heather has two mommies (1989) by Leslea Newman
  • Scott Turner, Library Subject Specialist for Communication and Journalism – The jungle (1906) by Upton Sinclair.
  • Sandra Dyck, Director, Carleton University Art Gallery – The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian (2007) by Sherman Alexie.

Event MC is Maria McClintock, Dept. of University Communications

From February 9 to 28, the Library will also feature an exhibit of banned and challenged books, focusing mainly on the Canadian experience. The books displayed represent a wide range of adult, young adult and children's literature.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to reflect upon and celebrate intellectual freedom guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For more information about this event, please contact Emma Cross emma.cross@carleton.ca 613.520.2600 ext. 8151

ARC Exhibit on French Artistic Literature

Archives and Research Collections (ARC) is proud to support the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) exhibit Making and Marketing Art History in 18th-Century France curated by W. McAllister Johnson. ARC has created a supplementary exhibit entitled Artistic Literature: Making and Marketing Art History in 18th-Century France located outside room 582 of the MacOdrum Library. The exhibit highlights relevant rare books from the W. McAllister Johnson rare book collection and will be on display until April. For more information on the art exhibit please visit the CUAG webpage: http://cuag.carleton.ca/index.php/exhibitions/258/

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.

Exhibit: Cold Recall

Photo: Fram Museum

 

The exhibit "Cold Recall - Roald Amundsen's reflections from the Northwest Passage," currently on display throughout the main floor of the library, is presented in cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa and the Fram Museum in Oslo.

Roald Amundsen's achievements are celebrated with original photos from his expedition to the Canadian North and Arctic. Many of the photos and lantern slides have not been shown in Canada before. They offer a unique view on Amundsen's connection with the Inuit. The Embassy and the Fram Museum want to show that the knowledge Amundsen gained from living with the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic helped him win the race to the South Pole.

The exhibit has been displayed at museums and universities across Canada and was launched to highlight Norway and Canada's strong connection in the Arctic and the shared history of the two countries. It will be on display until February 14th 2015.

GIS Day at MacOdrum

The MacOdrum Library’s Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) in conjunction with the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies invite you to this annual celebration, held during Geography Awareness Week.

There will be exhibitions and presentations from local companies and organizations, including representation from Carleton alumni. The event is open to people of all ages with an interest in geography and the ever expanding use of GIS technology. Come discover the world through GIS! See the full schedule.

Wednesday, November 19th, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Discovery Centre
4th Floor MacOdrum Library

Online Auction for the United Way

It’s finally here! The Library’s Online Auction for the United Way has begun. There are 82 great items, thanks to our many donors. Make sure you look through them all.

  • Login to the auction site using your MyCarletonOne name/password.
  • The bid field defaults to $2 above the last bid – but by all means, feel free to increase it!
  • You will receive a confirmation email, so it’s easy to keep track of your bids this year.
  • If you have one or two things you want to keep an eye on, it’s easy. There is now a search box!
  • All rules are under the Home tab. The items are under the Silent Auction tab.

If you have any questions, please email silent_auction@carleton.ca. Visit auction.library.carleton.ca and bid before midnight, November 6!

Carleton Reads Mystery Novels at Throwback 2014

This Friday, October 17 from 4 – 6 pm,  join us on the main floor of MacOdrum for a lively battle of the books discussion featuring Carleton alumni and faculty. Acclaimed Ottawa mystery writer Mary-Jane Maffini will moderate.

The panel

  • Linda Wiken (BJ/80), author, owner of Prime Crime Bookstore Ottawa.
  • The Honorable Gerald Lebovits (BA/76 Law), Judge, New York City Civil Court.
  • Joanna Pozzulo, Professor, Chair, Department of Psychology, Carleton University.
  • Sheila Maloney, retired Staff Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service.

Featured Books

  • The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (Linda Wiken)
  • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (Judge Gerry Lebovits)
  • That Might by Chevy Stephens (Joanna Pozzulo)
  • The Best of Sherlocke Holmes by Conan Doyle (Sheila Maloney)

Carleton Reads Mystery Novels at Throwback 2014 is hosted by the MacOdrum Library and retired University Librarian and Carleton grad, Margaret Haines.

This is a free event and complimentary light refreshments will be available. Register now!

Pay and display parking will be available in P1.

Scotiabank Giller Prize Exhibit

The Scotiabank Giller Prize: Celebrating over 20 years of Fictional Prose in Canada

An Exhibit at MacOdrum Library October 15 – December 15, 2014

Carleton University’s Department of English Language and Literature and the Library present an exhibit to celebrate 20 years of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. On display in the main floor showcase are all 20 winning books from 1994 to 2013 and the short-listed books for 2014. After November 10th, the winning book and its author will be featured. 

The Department of English Language and Literature is offering for the first time in Canada a course focusing on this prestigious book prize and its impact on Canadian writers and culture. See more information on the course (pdf document).

More information on the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Past winners

The 2014 Short-list

 

 

Telling Tales: New Creative Writing Camps

Some storytellers begin with “once upon a time,” but Ottawa South resident Tara Ogaick hopes to teach young writers at Carleton University’s new creative writing camps to tell their stories in different ways—by mixing things up rather than sticking to the “tried and true.”

“I think the creative process gets interesting when we play with stories and break them into chunks,” she explains. “Storytelling is like making a puzzle and campers will have the chance to create original tales by rearranging their pieces or ideas and by using a variety of tools like comics and videos.”

 Tara Ogaick (pictured here) is a graphic artist and illustrator and has two master’s degrees from Carleton—one in literature and the other in design. She combines these two loves by creating short comics (both digitally and in print) such as her new one featuring Charlotte the pug (see cartoon above) and based on a short poem by local poet Chris Johnson, another instructor at the Carleton creative writing camps this summer. But she also reads comics, graphic novels and plays video games (Minecraft™ and Child of Light™ are two of her favourites).

She is “super excited” to be one of the instructors at this summer in Carleton’s first creative writing camp program. The four week-long camps will give participants a chance to work with Ottawa area writers such as Ogaick and graphic novelist Jay Odjick. Campers will compose a poem, tell stories, pen a comic, and work on a video game narrative plus have a chance to share their work with other participants. The camps will be held this July and August in Carleton’s new Discovery Centre, located in the MacOdrum Library, with two weeks for campers aged 8 to 12 and two weeks for those aged 13 to 16. Registration is $250 and includes a daily lunch.

The Carleton Creative Writing Camps are sponsored by various groups at Carleton (including the MacOdrum Library, the English Department, the Discovery Centre and the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education) as well as the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Neil Wilson, the festival’s development director, is happy to be involved—partly because he thinks that the camps contribute to Ottawa’s growing reputation as an innovative national capital but also because the festival is devoted to inspiring kids.

“The heart of the Ottawa International Writers Festival has always been our commitment to young readers and writers,” says Wilson. “We appreciate that there is so much competition for the imaginations of our young people [but] if we can hook these imaginations on the power of the story, and the written word as soon as possible, then this love of reading and creativity will last a lifetime.”

For more information about the camps, visit the website at creativecamps.library.carleton.ca or email coordinator Andrew Connelly for details at creativecamp@library.carleton.ca

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.

Watch the World Cup in the Discovery Centre

Starting June 12, the Discovery Centre will be showing the 2014 FIFA World Cup live. Come up anytime, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please keep in mind that exams are taking place and some students are using the area to study, so we’d appreciate keeping your cheering at a respectful level.

"How We Can Improve Memory" in the Discovery Centre

The final talk in this series - "How We Can Improve Memory" - will take place this Friday, April 4.

The Informed2Learn initiative @ Carleton is sponsoring a series of talks for anyone interested in learning about learning.

All talks take place from 12:00–12:45 pm in the Discovery Centre, room 482 (4th floor of MacOdrum Library).

How the Brain Learns and Remembers - Learning, Memory & the Brain Series

Friday, March 7
Different Memories, Different brain Regions

Friday, March 14
Brain Cells and the Basics of Memory Function

Friday, March 21
What Does a Memory Look Like in the Brain?

Friday, April 4
How We Can Improve Memory

The Informed2Learn initiative @ Carleton is a collaboration between the Library and the Discovery Centre. It aims to tap into the knowledge and research on campus and elsewhere to look at ways we can learn about learning.

The initiative is about:

  • developing skills for professional and lifelong learning
  • networking and learning collaboratively at a multidisciplinary level
  • understanding the processes that allow us to create and innovate at school, work and in everyday life.

Creativity and Design Thinking Series

The Creativity and Design Thinking Series (an Informed2Learn initiative) presents "A Journey in Design: Designing Student Housing for Mumbai" this Thursday at noon in the Discovery Centre.

The Informed2Learn Initiative at Carleton is a collaboration between the Library and the Discovery Centre.

"A Journey in Design: Designing Student Housing for Mumbai"
Thursday, April 3
12:00 -12:45 p.m.
Multimedia Room – Discovery Centre
MacOdrum Library

Comprised of eight first-year Master of Design students and led by Dr. Thomas Garvey, the team-based studio draws on interdisciplinary design development methods in achieving a common design objective. Projects are supervised by academic and industry advisors from a wide range of disciplines and conducted in collaboration with professionals and external organizations. This year, the studio incorporated an iterative design process to develop student shelter concepts for WeSchool in Mumbai.

Humanising a Metropolis represents the culmination of 12 weeks of work, realised through the international collaboration of graduate students from various design and non-design backgrounds at Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design, Weschool and iFeel.

 

 

Freedom to Read at Carleton Library

Carleton University Library is celebrating Freedom to Read and we’d like you to join us! 

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year is the 30th anniversary of the initiative. At Carleton, there will be readings (by a broad range of members of the Carleton community) from banned and challenged materials, ranging from the Bible to Harry Potter -- and lots in between.

Come join us on Thursday, February 27, starting at 2 p.m. in the main reading room on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Need more information? Contact Wayne Jones at the Library (wayne.jones@carleton.ca or 613-884-8953).

Participate in Freedom to Read Week at the Library

The Library is celebrating Freedom to Read Week and we’d like to you to join us!

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. At Carleton, our week will feature readings from banned or challenged materials and we would like to invite students to participate in one of two ways:

  • read from a banned or challenged book live in the main reading room on the second floor of the Library, Feb. 25, 26, or 27
  • make a video of yourself reading from a banned or challenged book, post it somewhere on the web, and let us know where it is

All readings should be about 5 minutes from a book of your choice (if you need help choosing, see the lists compiled by the Canadian Library Association [scroll down]).

Interested? Contact Wayne Jones at the Library (wayne.jones@carleton.ca or 613-884-8953)

Official Opening of MacOdrum Library - Dec. 5

Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte invites you to the official opening of the newly-expanded and renovated MacOdrum Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Join us for our open house with tours and refreshments. All are welcome!

RSVP at events_office@carleton.ca  or 613-520-2600, ext. 2948.

The MacOdrum Library Silent Auction for the United Way!

It’s finally here! The MacOdrum Library Silent Auction for the United Way! The site is up with over 100 items, including an iPad, baked goods, knitted items, a fantastic office chair, collectables, and gift cards. This is a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping.

The last day for the auction is Wednesday, Nov. 6. Please read the rules (found in the slideshow on the auction Home page) carefully before bidding. Questions? Contact: silent_auction@carleton.ca.

Geomatics Café, October 24

On Thursday, October 24th from 3-4pm in MacOdrum Library room 252, the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC) invites you to the inaugural Geomatics Café to hear about geomatics research being done by Carleton University researchers. There will be three brief presentations by Carleton researchers from diverse backgrounds followed by questions from the audience. This event is open to the Carleton community and coffee and tea will be available.

 

Homecoming has returned to Carleton!

Throwback 2013, Carleton’s unique brand of homecoming this year, will feature many events to enjoy. All Carleton alumni are invited to join us as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversaries of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Design, attend class reunions, and hear from celebrity guest speakers. MacOdrum Library will also be hosting an open house and tours will be offered during Throwback.  

We hope you’ll save the date and mark your calendars for Throwback on September 19-22, 2013.

The Return of Homecoming: September 19-22

All Carleton University alumni, patrons, faculty and staff are invited to attend Throwback 2013 – Carleton’s unique brand of homecoming this year.

You may have heard that football is returning to Carleton, but that’s not all. The campus will be alive with many events for you to enjoy. Join us as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversaries of the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering and Design, attend class reunions and hear from celebrity guest speakers. Also, take a tour of the newly renovated MacOdrum Library! Tours will be offered during Throwback weekend.

We hope you’ll save the date and mark your calendars for Throwback on September 19-22, 2013.

For a complete list of Throwback events, visit carleton.ca/throwback

World Water Day

March 22nd is World Water Day and the focus this year is on ‘shared cooperation’. This is an international day instituted by the UN to celebrate the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the development of sustainable freshwater resources.

Check out some of the library’s outstanding electronic resources that highlight the importance of all aspects of water research.

Much more information and events about this day can be found on the UN Water website or follow their Twitter feed.

Read more about the International Decade for Action ‘WATER FOR LIFE’ 2005-2015.

Today: Indigenous Human Library

The Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education is hosting an Indigenous Human Library in Baker's Grill on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5 pm. Pre-registration for book loans will start at 4:30 pm in Bakers Grill.

What is a Human Library?

The first held Human Library was in Denmark in 2000 during a youth festival. The human library is a concept of borrowing peoples, instead of books to learn about ideas, cultures, lifestyles, and other life experiences through conversation. It is the coming together of individuals from all walks of life in an open and safe environment.

How does it work?

Instead of taking a book off a shelf to learn something new, you, the 'Reader', will have an opportunity to spend 20-30 minutes with a 'Human Book' who will share their stories, experiences, and knowledge with you.

Landon Pearson Donates Geoffrey Pearson's Papers to ARC

Former Senator Landon Pearson donated her late husband Geoffrey Pearson's papers to ARC. This documentary collection pertaining to Pearson's career will provide resources for students interested in diplomacy, international relations, and history. View the full story from the Ottawa Citizen here.

Creating a Research Portfolio Workshop

Wednesday, November 28, 2012                                 Register here: Creating a Research Portfolio
3:30-6:30 pm
2017 Dunton Tower

Details:
Artists create portfolios because a “picture is worth a thousand words”—a thoughtful collection of their work allows them to demonstrate effectively the uniqueness of their art as well as the breadth and depth of their talent and skills.

Take a leaf out of their book and create a research portfolio to showcase your professional knowledge and competence. This workshop will help you to:

  • Be reflective about your research activities and competencies
  • Create an e-portfolio based on this reflection using free online software
  • Use the portfolio to think strategically about applications for your research and skills 

By utilizing a conference presentation framework as a research route to portfolio development, this workshop will also illustrate the creative spectrum, from practical to theoretical to artistic.

iPad, baked goods, ice time, Oh my!

Back by popular demand! The MacOdrum Library Silent Auction for the United Way! The site is up with 91 items and ready for your bids. This is a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping. The last day of the auction is Tuesday, Oct. 30. Please read the rules carefully before bidding.

Note:

  • Click on the large (not small) image to bid.
  • If you are having difficulty viewing the site in Internet Explorer, try compatibility view. (It is located beside the refresh button)
  • Bids are only posted twice a day, not immediately.
  • You do not receive e-mail notifcation of your bidding, so please keep track.

If you have any questions, please contact silent_auction@carleton.ca. Thank you for supporting the United Way and Good Luck!

The Carleton Library Series

In celebration of its 50th year of publishing, the Carleton Library Series invites you to a panel on: "Robert McDougall, The Carleton Library Series and the Founding of Canadian Studies" with Stuart Adam, Michael Gnarowski, Jill Vickers and Brian McKillop.

Wednesday October 10
4:30-6:00 pm
2017 Dunton Tower

The Carleton Library Series is the most enduring and significant initiative taken in the history of Canadian publishing where the editing, reprinting, and dissemination of documents important to the history of Canada is concerned. Initiated in the 1950s  by Carleton University professor of English, R.L. McDougall, and a number of colleagues in disciplines cognate to English Language and Literature, the Series was intended to be a non-fiction counterpart to the New Canadian Library, a series dedicated to re-publication of classic works of Canadian literature in poetry and prose, begun by literary scholar Malcolm Ross. Like the NCL, the Carleton Library Series was first published by McClelland and Stewart, with the first title appearing in 1963. Over the next forty-seven years, well over 200 titles have appeared on a wide variety of subjects related to Canada’s past.

Library represented at the annual student Orientation Expo

Congratulations to the student winners of library’s Orientation Expo draws

Once again this year, the library was represented at the annual student Orientation Expo, which is an event highlighting more than 150 services on campus that are offered to students.

In addition to the information pamphlets and other items the library offered at its table, there was also a draw for three special prizes.

Congratulations to students Ben Adair who won a USB hub, Caitlin Kelly who won a USB flash drive, and to Andrea Zakaib who won a MacOdrum Library leather-bound notebook.

As well, a special thanks to Joel Rivard, Scott Turner and Robert Smith, who volunteered to staff the event.

By all accounts, the evening was a success and hundreds new students stopped by the library’s table.

FPA Reads

The Faculty of Public Affairs is launching its first annual FPA Reads event by encouraging people to read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. In addition to several copies on the shelves, the Library is also providing two additional print copies on reserve. There’s also an electronic version available on Project Gutenberg. For more information, please visit the FPA website.

Notice to Library Garage Permit Holders

On Good Friday, April 6, Van’s Mobile Wash has been scheduled to conduct the high-pressure spray and washdown of the walls and driving surfaces in the Library Garage as part of our annual maintenance program.

As a result, the Library Garage will be closed from Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. until Saturday morning at 7 a.m. to allow Van’s to perform this work. During this closure, Library Garage permit holders may park in any visitor parking area on campus - parking on university-recognized statutory holidays is free. Good Friday is a university-recognized statutory holiday.

Please keep in mind that Easter Monday, April 9, is considered a normal business day for the university and parking operations and payment for parking is required.

Silent Auction for the United Way

Back by popular demand, the MacOdrum Library Silent Auction for the United Way.  The auction site is up and ready for your bids. This is a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping. The last day for the auction is November 2.

Please read the rules carefully before bidding. Bids are only posted twice a day, not immediately.  You will not receive email notification of your bidding, so please keep track.

If you have any questions, please contact silent_auction@carleton.ca. Thank you for supporting the United Way and good luck!

Carleton Reads 2011

Join moderator Mary Jane Maffini as she talks with book panellists Paulette Bourgois, Dave Cannon, Mark Frutkin and Kate Heartfield about what makes for good books and good reading.

The plenary will begin with each panellist championing his or her favourite book before having a conversation with Mary Jane about books and reading in general.

The book panel takes place on Sunday, October 23 in 303 Paterson Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information and to register, visit the Carleton Reads website.

Register early and you might win a free pass to the Ottawa International Writers Festival!

Winners of the iPad Contest

As part of a contest promoting Disabilities Awareness Week (March 21st – 25th), forty-nine Carleton students shared their thoughts on the role of the Library in helping them achieve their academic success. 

The winner received an iPad, which was generously donated by Ristech, suppliers of the Library’s Kirtas 2400 high speed scanner, which enables print resources to be converted to alternate formats.

The top three submissions were:

First prize

The high academic standard and competitive nature that thrives at Carleton University can be very challenging for even the top students. The additional obstacles resulting from a disability can be overwhelming. However, because of the amazing support from Carleton University’s library, these obstacles have become easier to overcome. Library staff has been a big part of my academic success at Carleton, especially Pamela Williamson who I cannot speak highly enough about! She has made sure that my course material is in a format that allows me to accomplish my goals. The addition of the Kirtas 2400 scanner has ensured that all material is available in a timely manner, which has helped me stay on top of my studies. The University library plays a cornerstone role in academic success. Additionally, for those students with disabilities and other challenges, the support staff and services are critical and greatly appreciated.

Second prize

The Carleton library has been instrumental in helping me achieve my academic goals as the technological advancements, amazing support staff and the large resource database continues to evolve. The “Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre” is the best support centre that I have seen as there are numerous adaptive technologies that I can use to fit my needs and abilities, such as larger keyboards, Dragon Naturally Speaking software and Kurzweil just to name a few. Not only that, but they will also transform my textbook into a pdf or word document so I can easily access my book on the computer and not have to worry about turning pages. Outside of the Centre, the library staff is amazingly helpful if I need to find a book anywhere within the library or from external sources. For the above reasons, I am extremely happy to say that I am a Carleton University student!                                           

Third prize

As a PMC student the MacOdrum Library has helped me achieve academic success by offering convenient student support and services. The knowledgeable resource desk staff have helped me master searching for reference materials, they’ve also provided information about other Library services such as on-line access to books, journals, and articles, and information about RefWorks, and Transcription Services. The people from Writing Tutorial Services have helped me complete several essays, definitely adding to my academic success.  The numerous computer stations, and study areas throughout the Library create an inviting environment making it easy to work when I’m by myself or with others. The copy shop comes in handy, and of course I won’t complain about how easy it is to grab a Starbucks coffee when I need a break. MacOdrum Library offers great student services and support putting the necessary tools for academic success in one convenient location.
 

Celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week

Carleton's Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education is hosting its 5th annual Aboriginal Awareness Week from January 18 to January 22, 2011.  Check out the new library materails we've acquired in support of Aboriginal Awareness Week:

Storytellers in Motion
A non-fiction series about aboriginal film, television and storytelling that features the storytellers themselves. The series documents the evolution of indigenous images in cinema and television through the life experiences and works of directors, producers, writers and actors and examines the works of selected Aboriginal films and filmmakers. Their voices come from the indigenous cultures of Canada and New Zealand.

Native Peoples Magazine
Includes articles and images portraying the arts and lifeways of Native Americans.

First Nations, First Thoughts: The Impact of Indigenous Thought in Canada by Annis May Timpson.