November 14, 2017

Did you know the Library offers access to two video streaming services, Criterion-on-Demand and Kanopy, directly on our website?

Criterion-On-Demand provides access to educationally relevant feature films from a wide variety of major producers. The titles include 1920 classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles, and independent features. Films are in English and French, and have subtitled/captioned versions when available.

The titles from 20th Century Fox Films (Fox Collection) are limited to on-campus use only.

Kanopy is a streaming service that provides a platform for educational video products covering a wide range of subjects, from arts, humanities, health, business, education, and more.

How do I access these sites?

They can both be accessed from our list of databases.

From the Library homepage, all you need to do is click on the Databases link under the Search Summon box and then select Criterion On-Demand or Kanopy from the alphabetical list.

November 14, 2017

Join the annual worldwide celebration of geography as MacOdrum Library hosts Geography Awareness Week from Nov. 13 – 17th on the main floor of the library. This year’s theme is Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation. Faculty members will be on hand during the week to answer questions about the geography programs offered here at Carleton. Learn how drones are used by geographers and see them on display with other field research tools. In addition, students are invited to participate in a Human Library with Natural Resources Canada. Three ‘human’ books are available for a 20 minute conversation throughout the week. Visit the Natural Resources Canada website: to meet the three experts in the geospatial field of research and sign up for a conversation about their career choices and opportunities in the field of geography.

November 13, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, noon to 1 p.m.

This workshop will provide students with a greater understanding of how grey literature is defined, the benefits of searching it, and links to a number of useful sites providing access to resources relevant to students in different fields. Register now!

November 8, 2017

The 8th edition of the Latin American Art Exhibition known as ‘Terra Art International’ is now on display on the Gallery wall and the South Wing Hallway (formerly Interlibrary Loans corridor) of the Library. This wonderful display of colourful, original art pieces of the Americas was organized in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It highlights a number of famous and acclaimed artists from the Americas whose works were invited directly from their respective Embassies in Canada namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Enjoy the exhibition until November 30th.

October 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 1, noon to 1 p.m.

Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it? Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it. Register now!

Graduate students are welcome to attend any of these workshops to build up library skills. The workshops are offered through the Grad Navigate program, and count toward TA Training Hours.

October 26, 2017

On Halloween, we'll have scary stories on hand for everyone to read. We also won't have candy corn which is a bonus for most.

So come on out at NOON to 235 Library and listen to a few scary stories. Or stay for the whole thing and get at least a mild case of the scares.

October 24, 2017

It’s the 10th anniversary of Open Access Week. The theme this year is “Open in order to….” to highlight the ways open access publishing, research, and scholarship are enabling new kinds of scholarly work.

As Nick Shockey writes: “Open Access—the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need—is transforming the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. Providing Open Access to research has the power to accelerate scientific advancements and spur job growth in a wide range of fields, from healthcare to energy to agriculture” – Nick Shockey, (

As part of Open Access Week, Shawn Graham and Pat Moore are delighted to announce the first issue of ‘Epoiesen: A Journal for Creative Engagement in History and Archaeology’, a fully open-access journal published in conjunction with MacOdrum Library.

"Library support has been integral to making this experiment a success – from working out our publishing strategy, to the digital infrastructure that underpins Epoiesen, I couldn’t be more grateful for how our partnership has worked” says Graham. 

Not only is the journal open access, but the journal is also open to experiments and prototypes for what scholarly work can be in the humanities. ‘Epoiesen’ comes from the ancient Greek for ‘made’, as in, ‘Nikothenes made this’, a formula scrawled on Black and Red Figure pottery as potters and artists competed to enhance their craft. The journal publishes what might be thought of as the ‘paradata’ – the scholarly work involved in creating creative non-traditional works that advance a scholarly argument.

The first four pieces include photoessays, interactive fictions, and a Twitter essay. Pieces on Epoiesen are peer-reviewed openly, with the Respondents writing reflections that engage with the piece to advance the conversation. Finally, Epoiesen is equipped with the web annotation framework, allowing word-level annotations and discussion on the page itself.

Please visit Epoiesen. For more information, contact Shawn Graham at

October 24, 2017

Complimentary access is available to 33% of the articles in each of these New Launch journals from Springer Nature:

Please send us your feedback on these titles.

The trial runs from now until Dec. 31, 2017.

October 24, 2017

Have you ever played Codenames?

Have your ever played Codenames for $500 in prizes?

From 2 to 5 p.m. on November 1, the MacOdrum Library and the Campus Activity Board are hosting a Codenames tournament in the Siskind Room (503 Library). The winning team will take home $250, second place $150, and third place $100.

They will also be crowned the Carleton Codenames champion and have the opportunity to particpate in an International Games Week Codenames tournament at the University of Ottawa on Friday, November 3.

The tournament is open to students, staff, and faculty. Join as a team or come as an individual. You can sign up for the event here or show up the day of.

Did you read through this and wonder "what is Codenames?" Well, check out this YouTube TableTop playing of the game.

October 24, 2017

Today is Day 2 of #9DaysofHalloween at ARC!

Today’s spooky #CollectionHighlight is Brenda Lee-Whiting’s The Way it Was in the Ottawa Valley (1992). This book is part of the Ottawa Resource Collection that is now located in ARC.

Lee-Whiting’s book displays her collection of photographs from the Ottawa Valley and explores the history and context behind them. The collection of photographs come from Brenda Lee-Whiting herself, newspapers, or were submitted by the public to Lee-Whiting as a supplement to her published writing.

Chapter 23 “Gone But Not Forgotten” in the book highlights gravestones in the Ottawa Valley. The photographs display “funerary art” and memorial artistry of the 19th century.

Craftspeople engraved symbolic images on gravestones such as a pair of clasped hands to reflect the loss of a wife or husband, a lamb to reflect the death of a child, a dove to reflect the death of the young or innocent, and a hand with an index finger pointing to the sky to emphasize the route to heaven. As well, people would often have identifiers on their gravestones to reflect their nationality or home country.

A great source about local Ottawa history and the history of commemoration and memorialization.

Call number: OTTR FC 2775 L434.

October 24, 2017

Today is Day 1 of #9DaysofHalloween at ARC! Over the next nine days, we will highlight some of the rather spooky items we have in our collections!

Today’s spooky #CollectionHighlight is Hans Holbein’s L’alphabet de la Mort (1856). This rare book is part of ARC’s W. McAllister Johnson Collection. It features an illustrated alphabet of woodcut prints and borders showing the dance of death.

The alphabet begins with the “Bones of all Men” representing the letter “A” and continues to depict scenes of death in a hierarchal pattern beginning with the Pope as “B” and ending with a baby in the cradle as “Y”. All of this culminating in the “Z” woodcut which depicts Judgement Day.

The book also contains bible quotes and poetry all written in Latin and Middle French. Accompanying the book is six remaining silver and Britannia metal medals that were originally on the book’s cover.  This book would make a great source for any spooky project!

Call number: N7720.H6 M65 1856A

October 24, 2017

MacOdrum library’s lobby was recently transformed with the permanent installation of a Wigwàs Chiman (birchbark canoe) which was built using traditional methods by twelve Carleton students working under Daniel “Pinock” Smith. The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives and Carleton University Art Gallery hosted weekly gatherings with Smith, a well-known artist and canoe builder from Kitigan Zibi, where customary Anishinaabe tools, materials and methods were used in the canoe-building. The gatherings took place at the gallery from January through May 2017, with one final session at Smith’s workshop in June. Read more information on the construction of the canoe in reflective text written by Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow @

October 2, 2017

The Canadian Jewish Experience is a new exhibit of specially selected photographs and panels that illustrates nine main themes telling the story of how Jews have contributed to Canada’s strength and vibrancy during more than 150 years.

The exhibit covers the topics of Jewish migration, business leaders, armed forces participation, public service, architecture, sports, arts and culture. This exhibition was prepared by volunteers and funded by private donations.

Visit this exhibit on the main floor of the Library from October 3rd - 31st in the hallway beside Stairwell B.

September 28, 2017

Graduate students are welcome to attend any of these workshops to build up library skills. The workshops are offered through the Grad Navigate program, and count toward TA Training Hours.

Wednesday, October 4, noon-1pm – Publishing in Scholarly Journals

This workshop will address various “ins and outs” of writing for publication, including deciding where to submit your work, knowing your rights as an author, and understanding the differences between closed (more traditional) and open access publications. Register now!

Wednesday, October 11, noon-1pm – Understanding and Avoiding Predatory Publishers

This workshop will examine what exactly a “predatory publisher” is in the academic world, why they exist, and why they should be avoided, and will provide some strategies for investigating a publisher or journal to see if it is reliable. Register now!

Wednesday, October 18, noon-1pm – Know Your (Copy)Rights!

This workshop will look in more detail at copyright, and in particular your rights as an author/creator and user of copyrighted material. Register now!

Wednesday, November 1, noon-1pm – Measuring your Research Impact

Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it?  Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it. Register now!

Wednesday, November 8, noon-1pm – Research Data Management

High-quality data management is fundamental to research excellence.  This workshop will give you an overview of RDM and how you will benefit from it. Register now!

Wednesday, November 15, noon-1pm – Grey Literature: How to Keep Up with It?

This workshop will provide students with a greater understanding of how grey literature is defined, the benefits of searching it, and links to a number of useful sites providing access to resources relevant to students in different fields. Register now!

September 26, 2017

Ask a Librarian is a virtual reference service that connects students, faculty and researchers from participating libraries with real-time research assistance through chat.

So, if you have a research question or a question about the Library in general, check out the new online service. You can also look for the Ask a Librarian logo on the Carleton library website to get help with your research questions.

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