Library Display: 150 Years of Cartography

An exhibit of maps celebrating “150 Years of Cartography: Past, Present and Future” is currently on display in the Alumni Reading Room on the main floor of the library.

Curated by library staff, Sherri Sunstrum and Joel Rivard, the display is in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Cartographic Association, held here at Carleton from May 31 – June 2. Anyone interested in maps or cartography is welcome to attend the conference – a gathering of practitioners, educators, researchers from public and private sectors and the community at large. Topics range from traditional topographic and thematic mapping to online viewers and applications such as Google Earth, as well as mobile apps on hand-held devices.

Art Latcham Memorial Magic Collection

Are you interested in the art of illusion or magic? Discover that sense of mystery with the Art Latcham Memorial Magic Collection now on display on the main floor of the library across from the Reserves Desk. It includes books, magazines, and other interesting ephemera related to illusion and sleight of hand.

Arthur “Art” Latcham, to whom the collection is dedicated, was a philanthropist in the York Region of Ontario, a member of the Hat and Rabbit Club, and a magic enthusiast who always carried a deck of cards to perform magic and sleight of hand at any moment.

The display was curated by Al MacLennan, ARC staff member and runs until April 30, 2017.

April is Poetry Month

In celebration of poetry month, drop by the Thom Panel on the main floor and check out the giant exclamation mark. It is a ‘broadside’ featuring the poem “Boys Bathing”, by Irving Layton, along with many book covers from the Special Poetry collection of the Archives and Research Collection.

 “Deep Thermal” located on the (opposite) Gallery wall, is from the Modern poetry collection. The viewers create their own connection between the image and word. This is a limited edition ekphrastic portfolio of six numbered pigment prints, signed by  Mary Heebner, with poetic responses to the images by Clayton Eshleman.

The displays run until April 30th and were curated by Lloyd K. Keane, PhD, Monica Ferguson and Al MacLennan.

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017, please drop by and visit a thought provoking exhibit honouring this pivotal event of the First World War. The battle began on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917 with Canadian regiments launching a major offensive against the enemy. Many were citizen-soldiers who together created a turning point for the Allies and helped shape a stronger sense of Canadian identity. This exhibit includes posters, diary entries, photos, letters home, a soldier’s attestation document, and many WWI books from the library’s collection. It is located on the main floor in front of the Research Help Desk until April 30.

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. 

New Display: History of the Faculty of Public Affairs

The Faculty of Public Affairs is celebrating its 75th year at Carleton! A new display on the main floor will showcase some of the key milestones and projects of the faculty’s numerous academic units.  Following the Second World War when Carleton U. was founded, its first graduates were in Journalism and Public Administration, considered at that time to be entirely new subjects for post-secondary study in Canada. Other groundbreaking programs were soon to follow. The profile of Carleton’s leading programs in the study of civic institutions and public policies, as well as the advantages of the university’s location in the nation’s capital, further promoted the creation of the Faculty of Public Affairs in the late 1990s. The exhibit will be on display until March 31st.

Seeing, Selling and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956

A new exhibition located on the main floor and in the Discovery Centre explores representations of radio to show how manufacturers and advertisers sold the idea of listening to the wireless. Aspects of radio’s visual and material culture from the early 1920s to the mid 50’s shows how radio affected conceptions of space. Seeing, selling and situating radio in Canada, 1922-1956 is curated by Michael Windover and Anne MacLennan and will be on exhibit from January 23 – April 30, 2017.

Envisioning Technologies

Envisioning Technologies” is a new exhibit created by Carleton University’s Disability Research Group that documents the history of assistive or adaptive technologies for people who are blind or partially-sighted in Canada. It presents five case studies spanning the late nineteenth century to the present day and tells a range of stories that highlight the role of different innovators, organizations, and activists in bringing about a more inclusive Canada, beginning with the introduction of braille and its attendant technologies. The exhibit is located on the main floor beside the Reserve Services Desk from January 3 to April 7, 2017.

Holiday Exhibit

Each year, December brings a month filled with celebrations and a variety of gift giving traditions. Come in and enjoy the library’s newest exhibit displaying holiday history from our collection including books, plays, poetry, music, and video games about celebrations of the Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, Yule, Saturnalia, and Christmas. It is located at the main entrance until December 22.

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.

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.

Ahoy Matey!

Do you enjoy a hearty read about pirates, smugglers, and privateers? How about planning a trip to dangerous and frightful destinations? Or maybe listening to the ‘Pirates of Penzance’ is your thing? How about discovering the treasure troves of the world, lost mines and ghost towns, sunken treasure, or famous women of English piracy?

It’s all right here in your library! A unique showcase of the pillaging & piracy of the buccaneers and conquistadors in ‘days of yore’. You can’t miss this display to help bring out the scurvy pirate in you!

Nobel Prize Exhibit

Don’t miss the Nobel Prize Exhibit currently on display in front of the Research Help desk on the main floor. Get up close and personal with some of the winning papers from 2013 – 2015. Each winning recipient’s paper for 2016 will be added when announced.  View many books on the history of the Nobel prize and its categories including women Nobel laureates, and beautiful facsimiles of the Nobel prize medals. In your Nobel future, which prize will you win? Tell us what destiny awaits you on the comment board.

Exhibit: Ace Academy Flight Experience

Come and discover Ace Academy, a new interactive exhibit that features aircraft from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s First World War Collection. Visitors enter an immersive environment, facing the screen and standing on a rondel to activate the experience. Aircraft imagery takes centre-stage as players fly a realistic rendering of the  museum's Sopwith Ship Camel biplane. Moving their arms up and down, and tilting their bodies, visitors manoeuver an airplane onscreen—dodging enemy aircraft and aligning themselves to fire.

This flight experience is based on Ace Academy, an educational game produced by the Museum in partnership with SEED Interactive. The game features other aircraft from the museum's collection as it guides players through levels that explain how aircraft fly. Ace Academy and its sequel Ace Academy: Black Flight are available for free on the App Store and Google Play. They serve to extend players' engagement and learning beyond the flight experience.

The exhibition is located on the main floor of the library, near the Reserve Services Desk, from September 13 to October 31, 2016.

Art Exhibit commemorating Komagata Maru Incident

An exhibition of paintings commemorating the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914 will be opened by the Canada-India Centre for Excellence at Carleton University and hosted by the library. The official opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4 p.m. on the main floor of the library and the exhibit will be on the main floor wall space. The Komogata Maru was a Japanese ship that arrived in Vancouver in May of 1914, carrying 376 Indian passengers, mostly Punjabi Sikhs who were ex-military men who had served the British empire in wars, but was turned away by Canada. Upon their return to India, they faced violence by the British-Indian government. These paintings show the struggle against injustice of the Komagata Maru passengers. The exhibit runs from May 18 - June 18 2016.

National Poetry Month Exhibit

Archives and Research Collections (ARC) has created an exhibit for National Poetry Month, highlighting items from our Special Collection of Modern Poetry. The exhibit includes broadsides as well as books in various forms from small presses.

The titles were selected to reflect the diversity of Canada and of our collection, as well as prominent names in the modern poetry movement. One poet featured, George Johnston, has a special connection to Carleton, having been a professor here from 1950-1979. 

The exhibit is located on the main level of the library, opposite Room 252 and was curated by Al MacLennan, ARC.

Exhibit: POSITIVE SEX

The exhibit "POSITIVE SEX: Eroticizing Safer Sex Practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s" is now showing on the Thom Exhibit wall on the main floor of the library until May 8.

The exhibit explores AIDS activists' work to eroticize safer sex practices in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s. To activists, eroticizing was a personal and political intervention. It was a way of refusing to see “sex-crazed, ‘promiscuous,’ bath-going gay men" as a problem and refusing to push for monogamous “politically correct” relationships. It was a way of promoting safer sex practices without compromising sexual freedom and without bothering people living with HIV/AIDS.

In honour of Youth HIV and AIDS Day, “POSITIVE SEX” was curated by members of the AIDS Activist History Project, Carleton University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with support from the MacOdrum Library and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

If you have any inquiries please contact Alexis Shotwell, Sarah Rodimon or Janna Klostermann at aidsactivisthistory@gmail.com.

Technozones

Come and discover examples of current Canadian innovation with a new exhibit beginning Friday, January 8th. Technozones was created by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and highlights innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.

Learn more about two Canadian success stories! Harvesting Sunlight, designed in collaboration with SunCentral, provides unique lighting solutions deep within a building’s core, and Underwater Imaging, designed in collaboration with 2G Robotics, captures precise measurements and generates 3D images of subsea environments and structures, such as shipwrecks, pipelines and dams. The exhibit is located on the main floor of the library, adjacent to the Research Help Desk.

Discover Conchology

Discover Conchology, the study and collecting of sea shells, with the library’s newest exhibition located next to the Library Services desk on the main floor. Professor Don Beecher of the English Department demonstrates his love of shells with this beautiful eye-catching display of the most exotic works of nature. As a collector, he has travelled far and wide on ‘shelling expeditions’ from Turkey to California and muses how making proper identifications can, at times, rival Sherlock Holmes for reading data. This exhibit is only a small sampling of his 6,000 specimens of bivalve shells from the world’s seas.

Shells consist of calcium carbonate, each shell unwinding to its maturity from the tiny point or ‘protoconch’ at the apex in which these sea snails begin their lives. Many shells are deep water specimens, some recovered at over 2000 m and never seen on shore. They are usually among the rarest to find. Shells are studied for the sake of preserving habitats and biodiversity. Many species also serve as important forms of local food and become overexploited. In some species, the cones are under study for the potential pharmaceutical value of their toxins to replace morphine.

New Exhibit: Lines & Signs

“Lines & Signs: A Photographic Essay on Transitional Spaces” is a new exhibit of photographs by Janet H. Tulloch, running from Oct. 23 – Dec. 16, 2015 on the main floor of MacOdrum Library.

From the artist’s description of her work:

From 2012-14, the MacOdrum library looked like an archaeological site. ... Translucent laneways altered regularly creating new labyrinths that staff and students were compelled to negotiate in order to avoid the construction minotaur. While the beast was the result of a desperately needed renovations, its presence created the opportunity to peer into the novel spaces and fleeting visual juxtapositions highlighted in this exhibition.

To create this show, I chose from more than 2000 photographs and yet the images offered here present only a small fraction of the process of our library’s massive restoration … During this period, hard hats mixed with toques, steel-toed boots with moccasins, hammers with handbags and blow-torches with backpacks ...  It allowed us a different way of seeing a university institution and its diverse inhabitants at work, providing a brief awareness of transitional spaces and how we interact with them.

Janet Tulloch is an interdisciplinary scholar working in the areas of religion, women and material culture. She is a contract instructor in Carleton’s College of the Humanities.

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.

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/