September 19, 2017

Carleton University's MacOdrum Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Graduate Student Open Access Award. 

These awards were established to recognize Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals. Up to five papers are selected each year. Each award winner receives $1000.

This year we awarded all five prizes; the selection committee was impressed that so many graduate students are making their research more widely available by publishing in open access journals.

The committee members, and the sponsors, wish to thank all the applicants, as well as encourage them to continue meeting such a high standard in research.

You can access each article by clicking on the title below or check out the awards page listings here.

The 2016-17 winners are:

Anna Crawford, PhD student Geography and Environmental Studies

Journey of an Arctic ice island in Oceanography 29(2):254–263

Kendra Jennie McLaughlin, PhD student Psychology

Jurors’ perceptions of scientific testimony: The role of gender and testimony complexity in trials involving DNA evidence in Cogent Psychology, 3:1, 1-14.

Jean-Daniel Medjo Me Biomo, PhD student Systems and Computer Engineering

Unmanned Aerial ad Hoc Networks: Simulation-Based Evaluation of Entity Mobility Models’ Impact on Routing Performance in Aerospace 2015, 2(3), 392-422

Zoe Panchen, PhD Biology

‘Prediction of Arctic plant phenological sensitivity to climate change from historical records’ from Ecology and Evolution (2017) 7: 1325–1338

Ian Wereley, PhD student History

Extracting the Past from the Present: Exotic Prizes, Empty Wilderness, and Commercial Conquest in Two Oil Company Advertisements, 1925–2012 in Humanities (2016), 5:2

September 11, 2017

If you’re new to Carleton or looking for a refresher on the services offered in the MacOdrum Library, join us for one of the tours we will be giving throughout the month of September.

Come learn about our graphic novel collection, where to get research help, the Discovery Centre, group study rooms, Uncle Steven the Library Therapy Dog and lots more.

There is no need to register beforehand, just show up to the help desk on the main floor at any of the times listed below:

  • September 11 @ 3 p.m.
  • September 13 @ 10 a.m.
  • September 14 @ 12 p.m.
  • September 19 @ 5:45 p.m.

Tours for Grad Students:

  • September 12 @ 12 p.m.
  • September 14 @ 12 p.m.

September 11, 2017

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.

September 8, 2017

“She Wants an Output” is one of the library’s newest exhibits that you won’t want to miss this fall. It highlights the 1980s punk rock music scene in Ottawa through the work of two women who were involved.

The centerpiece of the exhibit, located on the gallery wall, is a composition of appliqued blankets representing stages in Mary Anne Barkhouse’s life as an artist while recording with punk bands like Restless Virgins. On display in the main exhibit case is an eclectic selection from Julia Pine’s collection of zines, flyers, records and other ephemera from her involvement as a musician, producer, writer and community organizer during that time.

The exhibit was curated by Michael Davidge and will be on display until the end of October.

August 31, 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.

We will be launching this September 11 to give you another option for getting answers to your Library-related questions. Look for the Ask a Librarian logo on the Carleton library website to get help with your research questions.

August 24, 2017

Did you know that using PressReader, you can access 7,000+ newspapers/magazines from 120+ countries in 60+ languages?

With PressReader you will have more convenient access to your favorite newspapers & magazines, can create your own lists of favorites, and search for the content you want. You can also download the Android or iOS app for offline reading although content must be downloaded while connected to CU wifi.

See PressReader under the Library’s list of databases for more information.

August 15, 2017

Applications for graduate student study spaces for the 2017/18 academic year are now open.

Successful applicants have been notified by email. Anyone who did not receive an email has been put on a waiting list.

There are three types of graduate study space:

  • Large carrels
  • Desks in shared study rooms
  • Lockers

More information about graduate student study spaces.

June 8, 2017

Did you know that the Carleton Library has a Recreational Reading collection? Well, we do! It is a donated collection located on the main floor of the library and contains editions of popular fiction and fun non-fiction from a variety of genres.

Come visit our collection and choose from over 600 titles for your summer reading!


If you have read a great book that you think others may enjoy, please consider donating it to the recreational reading collection. Items can be dropped off at the Library Reserves Desk in the library, attention Cindy or Katie. We are always on the lookout for hot new releases!


Have you read a good book lately? Let us know! Submit your book review to the Carleton Recreational Reading Blog and follow us.

June 2, 2017

Maintenance on Emerald's platform is scheduled to take place on Tuesday June 6, 2017. It will begin at 4:00 am and last for up to 12 hours. During this time the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode and the following will be unavailable:

  • Adding publications as favourites
  • Receiving alerts
  • Any changes to ‘My Account’
  • Searching

The downtime will affect all Emerald Engineering and Emerald Management journals.

May 31, 2017

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.

May 18, 2017

In 2017, as Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday, Carleton University is also commemorating an important anniversary: its 75th.

Visualizing 75 Years at Carleton is an interactive map which includes photographs, air photos and maps. Using the information provided by the Archives and Research collection, we will continue to populate the interactive map throughout the anniversary year with stories, images, and maps relevant to the 75thcelebration.

The person behind the stories is Sherri Sunstrum.

“Seeing the transformation of Carleton from its humble beginnings at the YMCA to what the campus looks like today was eye-opening,” says Sherri. “A lot of the early information, I didn’t know at all and discovering the unique stories was definitely a highlight.”

You’ll find maps on the various Carleton locations around Ottawa throughout the years, stories about the beginnings, endings, and revival of the Panda Game, stories about student life through the ages, and the successes our alumni have gone on to experience.

Check back regularly as the interactive map gets updated with more stories and pictures from Carleton’s past.

May 15, 2017

We have Anne of Green Gables, Winnie the Pooh, Snoopy and a number of other childhood favourites on hand for you to visit as part of our Favourite Childhood Stories exhibit on the main floor of the Library.

Whether your favourites growing up were The Hobbit, Harry Potter, or a book more obscure than anyone else might remember, stop by to take a look at some of the favourites of the Library staff.

May 3, 2017

On May 8, 9, 10, the Library will be hosting a fundraiser where students, staff, faculty, and other members of the Carleton University community are invited stop by the main floor in the Library where we will be accepting donations for the 400 books given to us by DK Books. Any books that do not get picked up as part of the fundraiser will be donated to Twice Upon a Time. We will be accepting donation by cash or cheque. Be sure to swing by and check it out.

April 20, 2017

Stop by the Library every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 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.

April 10, 2017

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.

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