Join the Student Library Advisory Committee!

Your library needs you! We are currently recruiting students to join our Student Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of students who are interested in creating a better student experience at the library — enhancing library resources, services, and physical and digital spaces, and providing constructive feedback on library initiatives. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students to join.

The Committee will meet four times during the Fall and Winter terms.  Our meetings will alternate on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.  Membership is from September 2017 to April 2018.

Deadline for applications is Friday, September 15th. Learn more and submit your application.

Show Us How You Do Your Research Online

The Library wants to know more about students’ experiences doing research for papers and assignments. Two librarians would like to talk with students about online searching for resources. We’ll be conducting short interviews with undergraduate and graduate students this term.

Participants will be scheduled for one 30-minute interview and the meeting will take place on campus. Those who participate will be compensated for their time with a $10 Starbucks gift card.

If you are a student who would like to participate or if you want more information please contact Shelley Gullikson or Emma Cross.

This study has been approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board (Project #106330). If you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact Dr. Andy Adler, Chair, Carleton University Research Ethics Board-A (by phone at 613-520-2600 ext. 2517 or via email at ethics@carleton.ca).

Grad Students: Tell Us About Your Research Experiences

The Library wants to know more about students’ experiences while they carry out their research. One of our librarians interviewed undergraduate students in the Fall would like to talk with graduate students this term.

Participants will be scheduled for one 45-minute interview and a follow-up 30-minute interview later this term. Interviews will take place on campus. Those who participate will be compensated for their time with a $10 Starbucks gift card after the first interview and a $20 Starbucks gift card after the second interview.

If you are a graduate student who would like to participate or would like more information please contact Shelley Gullikson.

The ethics protocol for this research has been reviewed and approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board, 613-520-2517 or ethics@carleton.ca.

FutureFunder Project: Library Work Pod!

We've added a new FutureFunder project to help us buy one (or more!) of these awesome S-shaped pods. We want to put these on the main floor of the library to provide an opportunity for solo, focused work in the midst of a busy and beautiful area of MacOdrum Library.

The library will put a name plaque on the pod for anyone who donates at least $1,000. Care to come together as a group and buy two pods? We will name a study room in the library after you, and host you at an official naming ceremony in your honour!

Get full details at https://futurefunder.carleton.ca/project/the-library-work-pod/

Tell us about your research experiences

The Library wants to know more about students’ experiences doing research. One of our librarians would like to talk with students who have done a research project or are working on one now. She’ll be conducting interviews with undergraduate students this Fall and with graduate students in the Winter term.

Participants will be scheduled for one 45-minute interview in the middle of term and a follow-up 30-minute interview closer to the end of term. Interviews will take place on campus. Those who participate will be compensated for their time with a $10 Starbucks gift card after the first interview and a $20 Starbucks gift card after the second interview.

If you are an undergraduate student who would like to participate or if you want more information please contact Shelley Gullikson. You can also submit your contact information below and we'll get in touch to set up the first interview.

The ethics protocol for this research has been reviewed and approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board, 613-520-2517 or ethics@carleton.ca.

Library Space Survey Today!

If you are visiting the library today (Wednesday, November 4th), you may see questionnaire cards where you sit. The library is finding out how students are using study spaces in the library. Please consider filling out the very short questionnaire and depositing the card in boxes found near the exit and outside of the 3rd and 4th floor elevators.

For more information, please visit www.library.carleton.ca/research/library-space/survey.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation! Your participation will help us to determine if the library’s study spaces are meeting your needs.

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Shelley Gullikson (Web & Communications Librarian) at shelley.gullikson@carleton.ca or Laura Newton Miller (Assessment Librarian) at laura.newtonmiller@carleton.ca.

Join the Student Library Advisory Committee

Your library needs you! We are currently recruiting students to join our Student Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of students who are interested in enhancing library resources, services, and physical and digital spaces, providing constructive feedback, and developing ideas for creating a better student experience at the library. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students to join.

The Committee will meet at scheduled times during the Fall and Winter terms. Membership is from September 2015 to April 2016. Deadline for applications is September 18th. To learn more and to submit an application, visit https://library.carleton.ca/about/student-library-advisory-committee.

Grad students - The library needs your help!

We are holding focus groups in May in order to ensure the library is meeting your research needs. How can the library help with your work?

Come participate in a 1-hour focus group session at the library and get a free meal!  To show our appreciation you will also receive $10.00 on your campus card.

Email laura.newtonmiller@carleton.ca to sign up for one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, May 12th noon - 1:00 pm, Room 583 Library
  • Wednesday, May 13th 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Room 583 Library

Please RSVP today (before the session you want fills up) so that we can plan for your participation.

What’s Your Favourite Place in the Library?

It’s been over a year since the newly renovated library officially opened. Have you found a favourite place to work? We want to see what library space inspires you most!

Take a picture of your favourite place in the library. Post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #faveculibraryspot. If you don’t want to post online, you can send your photo by email to favespot@library.carleton.ca.

If you post a picture, we may contact you to ask if we can find out more about how you use your favourite space. Those who agree to help out with this follow-up will be compensated with a $10 gift certificate for Rooster’s Coffeehouse.

More information about this project can be found here: http://www.library.carleton.ca/research/library-space/photos. Questions? Contact Shelley Gullikson.

FutureFunder

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

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

Carleton Library Space Survey Today!

If you are visiting the library today (Wednesday, February 25th), you may see questionnaire cards where you sit. The library is finding out how students are using newly renovated spaces in the library. Please consider filling out the very short questionnaire and depositing the card in boxes that will be set up near the exit and outside of the 4th floor elevators.

For more information, please visit www.library.carleton.ca/research/library-space/survey.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation! Your participation will help us to determine if the library’s study spaces are meeting your needs.

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Shelley Gullikson (Web & Communications Librarian) at shelley.gullikson@carleton.ca or Laura Newton Miller (Assessment Librarian) at laura.newtonmiller@carleton.ca.

What’s Your Favourite Place in the Library?

It’s been over a year since the newly renovated library officially opened. Have you found a favourite place to work? We want to see what library space inspires you most!

Take a picture of your favourite place in the library. Post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #faveculibraryspot. If you don’t want to post online, you can send your photo by email to favespot@library.carleton.ca.

If you post a picture, we may contact you to ask if we can find out more about how you use your favourite space. Those who agree to help out with this follow-up will be compensated with a $10 gift certificate for Rooster’s Coffeehouse.

More information about this project can be found here: http://www.library.carleton.ca/research/library-space/photos. Questions? Contact Shelley Gullikson.

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

NOW FULL Thank You! - Looking for student volunteers to discuss Library games collection

We are looking for student volunteers for a brief video interview to discuss the Library games collection and how games are used to complete course work at Carleton.

The interview process which will take about 30 minutes, will take place before December 21 and be featured in an online publication produced by the Ontario College and University Library Association.

If you are interested, please contact Robert Smith robert_smith@carleton.ca (Library Subject Specialist, Computer Science, Electronics, Systems Engineering) or Emma Cross emma_cross@carleton.ca (Cataloguing Librarian)  

Thank you!

Image courtesy of: http://inkscapetutorials.wordpress.com/tag/video-games/

Rideau Canal Project receives $273,000

Carleton's Archives and Research Collections (ARC) has received an investment of $273,000 from the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Investment Programs of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) to merge archival holdings with digital interfaces. Under the direction of Stephen Fai (Architecture), Patti Harper (ARC), Brian Greenspan (English) and their partner the Bytown Museum, "Heritage Passages: Bytown and the Rideau Canal" will bring together extensive archival holdings and diverse expertise for the creation of a dynamic web-based exhibition that presents an architectural history of the construction of the Rideau Canal.

Drawing on material from ARC, Ottawa’s Bytown Museum and various archives within Canada and the UK, the project will reveal a series of intertwined narratives that tell the story of the Rideau Canal's building campaign between 1826 and 1855. The exhibition will be available remotely through a website featuring digital models of the area bordered by the East Block and the Chateau Laurier to the west and east respectively, to the north by the Ottawa River, and to the south by Rideau Street. The locks and associated buildings constructed and demolished over the period will be modelled in detail based on archival documentation. Additionally, visitors to the canal will be able to download a GPS-enabled, “augmented reality” smart phone application providing on-site access to interpretive paths directly from significant locations along the canal.

For more information on this project, please contact Carleton's Archives and Research Collections (ARC).

DataCite Canada

We are pleased to announce that we’ve been named as one of the participants in the National Research Council’s DataCite Canada pilot project.

Research data are an important part of Canada’s scientific record. Currently, huge amounts of data are inaccessible or at risk of being lost altogether. As a result, researchers are missing out on the opportunity to re-use and build upon this existing research.

To address these issues and make it easier for researchers to access, share and manage their data, NRC’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) is establishing DataCite Canada, a central registration centre for Canadian research data sets.

Wendy Watkins, data librarian and manager of Carleton University's Library Data Centre, is pleased to participate in the pilot because, besides many other social science datasets, the centre holds the only copies of the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation research data collection and is now starting to process it and its metadata to ensure future use.

To view the NRC press release about the pilot project, please go to: http://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/services/cisti/datacite-canada/news/2011-06-09-pilot-participants.html.