Library News: Exhibits

February 28, 2020

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

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

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

February 19, 2020

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

January 24, 2020

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

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

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

January 14, 2020

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

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

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

December 2, 2019

Martha Attridge Bufton and RSS student employee Kayla Dold have assembled a new display on Indigenous Languages.  This, from Martha:

Language is vital to cultural and ethnic diversity. While many languages are thriving—peoples are actively speaking, writing, reading, teaching and learning their languages—many others are endangered. The endangered include numerous Indigenous languages, including many spoken by First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

UNESCO has declared 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages to honour and celebrate the languages of peoples around the globe. But not just to celebrate. More importantly, this has been a year to raise awareness of the threats to Indigenous languages and the need to promote, revitalize and preserve these important forms of expression and communication.

In the spirit of this call to action, the Carleton University Library is committed to collecting materials that promote, revitalize and preserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit languages. These materials include print materials such as dictionaries and theses as well as maps, films, audio recordings and video games.

Come and visit the display of some of these materials, located on the bulletin board located on the second/main floor of the library, past the elevators and to the left. Materials include:

  • Further developments in the theory and practice of cybercartography. D. R. Fraser Taylor, Erik Anonby and Kumiko Murasugi (Eds.)
  • Never alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), an Inupiat video game
  • Isumaksaqsiurutigijakka: Conversations with Aupilaarjuk towards a theory of Inuktitut knowledge renewal. A dissertation by Janet Tamalik McGrath.
  • Great Cree storytellers/Les Cri racontent (compact disc series)
  • Seliš nyo̳?nuntn: Medicine for the Salish language: English to Salish translation dictionary. P. Tachini.

For further information, please contact Martha Attridge Bufton, Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian, at the Carleton University Library (


September 26, 2019

Professor Mariana Esponda has challenged her architectural conservation students to create a contemporary and compatible addition to Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier. In the midst of the Chateau’s current design controversy, come see the exciting vision of 8 talented Carleton students and how they provide vibrant and differing solutions for a meaningful design applied to one of the city’s most important landmarks. This exhibit runs for the 2019 Fall term on MacOdrum Library’s Gallery Wall, located on the Main Floor across from the Services Desk.

September 26, 2019

A series of beautifully hand cut screen-prints by Carleton’s Brian Burns are the featured exhibit in MacOdrum Library’s Alumni Reading Room. Created to advertise dances at City, University of London in the 1960’s, these dynamic and colourful posters embody a nostalgic view of the London music scene which included bands like The Who and The Beatles.  Additional images of pop culture icons cleverly capture the spirit of the people and the time. The exhibit runs for the 2019 Fall term. Read the latest on this exhibit at and to learn more visit or

September 24, 2019

Do you vote?

Please have a look at the new display outside of Research Support Services, main floor past the elevators and to the left.

Student employee Kayla Dodd, who put the display together, has this to say:

"This display highlights library resources on American and Canadian politics, provides some definitions, and showcases the party leaders in Canada whose parties have seats in the House of Commons. Its goal is to get people thinking about politics as the federal election approaches. There are a variety of resources related to political action, apathy, corruption and function, so there should be something for everyone!"

September 12, 2019

This display includes books selected from the Carleton Library collection on the topic of elections, voting, mobilization, and democracy.

Also included is material from the Barry Wilson Collection located in the Archives & Special Collections department. The Barry Wilson Collection contains ephemera of Canadian political memorabilia collected by Barry Wilson during his 30 years working as a journalist for the Western Producer.

September 11, 2019

Check out the exhibit on the main floor that documents the history of capital Pride from its inception to today.

July 8, 2019

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

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

Have a look!


June 26, 2019

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

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

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

June 6, 2019

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

June 5, 2019

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

May 6, 2019

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

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

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

March 14, 2019

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

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

Crossings Interdisciplinary Workshop Diluvio student teams:  

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

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

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

February 11, 2019

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

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

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

February 6, 2019

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

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

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

January 28, 2019

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

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

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


January 25, 2019

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

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

January 11, 2019

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

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

Refreshments will be provided.

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

January 9, 2019

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

September 17, 2018

Come see The World Remembers, the most recent exhibit launched by the Library Exhibits Committee. Situated on the main floor, this exhibit pays tribute to those who were killed or died in the First World War, including solders, nurses and military personnel from 16 countries.

In addition to the educational panels, the televisions screen that accompanies the exhibit will broadcast the names of the 1,003,167 people who were killed in 1918 – the deadliest year of the war.

The World Remembers exhibit will run until November 11.

September 10, 2018

Hosted by the Institute for Data Science, Data Day is an annual conference that celebrates the latest developments in data science and analytics research within Carleton University, the local community and Canada. The event includes presentations by Carleton researchers, government and industry experts, keynote addresses, and panel discussions. In addition, there was a speed networking session where Carleton students were able to meet and network with industry. Running concurrently was a poster competition to showcase graduate student research in data science and analytics across all disciplines.

The posters displayed on the main floor in the Library are the winners from the poster competition and showcase the many ways data science and analytics impacts our lives.

For more information:

April 5, 2018

Don’t miss a selection of children’s map drawings from the Barbara Petchenik biennial map competition, located in the South Wing Hallway of the Library until May.  This competition was created by the International Cartographic Association (ICA) in 1993 and aims to promote the creative representation of the world in graphic form by children. Each year, winners from around the world are selected and announced at the ICA conference and are later archived by the library. For more information:

March 1, 2018

MacOdrum Library is pleased to welcome the travelling photo Display: “To What Degree? Canada in a Changing Climate.” Created in partnership with the Government of Canada and Canadian Geographic, this display tells of the unique ways that people and ecosystems within Canada are adapting to our changing climate. By using compelling photography and minimal text, these stories explore individual and community resilience in the face of extreme events. Even in the face of heat, storms, wildfires, and changes in livelihood due to habitat shifts, possibilities still exist for improved quality of life. Enjoy the display in the Alumni Reading Room, located on the main floor of the library until mid-April.

February 28, 2018

Using photography and an ethnographic approach, the library’s newest exhibit Metropolitan Nomads: A Journey through Joburg’s Little Mogadishu takes an intimate look at the everyday life of Somali migrants in Johannesburg, where collective stories of migration and survival interweave with the individual desires and hopes of seeking a better life outside a country shattered by decades of internal conflict.

Metropolitan Nomads is a collaborative project between researcher Nereida Ripero-Muriiz and documentary photographer Salym Fayad. It is located on the gallery wall on the main floor of the library until mid-April.