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, OpenAccessWeek.org (http://www.openaccessweek.org/profiles/blogs/10th-annual-international-open-access-week-shines-spotlight-on-in)

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 Hypothes.is web annotation framework, allowing word-level annotations and discussion on the page itself.

Please visit Epoiesen. For more information, contact Shawn Graham at shawn.graham@carleton.ca


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 @ https://carleton.ca/our-stories/story/crafting-birchbark-canoe/.


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.


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.


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