Library News

April 9, 2019

In November, we sent an email to 5,000 randomly selected students, and one-half of faculty, staff and contract instructors. The main purpose of the survey was to give you the opportunity to state how well you believe the Library performs in relation to what you think is important. The survey focused on performance and importance specifically related to communication, service delivery, facilities & equipment, information resources, and overall satisfaction.

Thank you to all of you who completed the 2018 Library User Survey. Below is a look at some of the trends we noticed---specifically what we’re doing well as well as where we need to improve.

How you rated us

This was the first year we ran this survey. In the years ahead we will be able to benchmark our performance as we implement changes based on your feedback.

  • Overall performance: 78.2 out of 100
  • Overall satisfaction: 5.57 out of 7

Ways we can improve (largest gaps between what was identified as important and our performance)

  • Finding a place in the Library to work in a group.
  • Finding a quiet place in the Library to study.
  • Having laptop facilities (ie desks, power) in the Library that meet your needs.

Where we’re doing well

  • Wireless access
  • Off-campus access to library resources and services
  • Accurate answers to questions
  • Access to library resources helping you to be successful at university
  • Course Reserves (Ares) meeting your needs

What are we going to do in response to the survey results?

We acknowledge that the results of this survey shows that we still have areas we can improve on to give our community a better overall experience. So as we move forward with our yearly planning we will be taking into consideration the need for more study space---both for group and individual study.

We will do this as we plan any future renovations in the Library and as we consider ways to reconfigure our current setup.

Looking for more information?

We are attaching a link to the Library client survey. It is important to note that as the first university library in Canada to undertake this survey, our results are being benchmarked against Australian libraries.

For any questions or comments please contact Laura Newton Miller, Assessment & Collection Strategy Librarian (

April 8, 2019

This exam season the MacOdrum Library and the Discovery Centre will once again be hosting video game nights every night in the Discovery Centre. We will be holding theme nights, where you’re invited to stop by and check out our collection in a number of areas.

So if you’re looking for a break, stop by and play for a while.

April 13 FIFA from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 14 Indie from 5 to 9 p.m.

Come by and see our colelction.

April 15 Superhero from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 16 LEGO from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 17 Horror from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 18 RPG from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 20 GTA series from 5 to 8 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 21 Banned from 5 to 8 p.m.

April 22 Nintendo from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

Check out our collection.

April 23 Anime Based from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 24 Fighting from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 25 Mario Kart from 5 to 9 p.m.

Check out our collection.

April 26 VR/AR from 5 to 9 p.m.

We have two virtual reality headsets and some games for you to come try.

April 27 Classic from 5 to 8 p.m.

Come play Mario, Zelda and more!

March 28, 2019

Indigenous Peoples: North America enables researchers to study the impact of invasion and colonization on Indigenous Peoples in North America, and the intersection of Indigenous and European histories and systems of knowledge through the use of manuscripts, monographs, newspapers, photographs, motion pictures, images of artwork, and more.

March 19, 2019

It is being reported that an unsecured Elsevier server has resulted in a number of user email addresses and passwords being exposed, potentially leaving them vulnerable to unauthorized use.

Elsevier has responded that this security breach was due to a server being improperly configured, and that the problem has since been corrected. Elsevier is continuing their investigation into the matter and will communicate directly with their users on what steps to take.

The Library currently subscribes to a number of Elsevier services, including:

If you have created an account with any of these Elsevier services, we strongly recommend that you change the password for your Elsevier account immediately.

Note that all of these services use the same account for authentication, so changing your password once should update it with all services. However, if you have created multiple accounts with Elsevier using different email addresses, you will need to update each account’s password separately.

Carleton MyCarletonOne accounts are not affected by this issue.

To contact Elsevier, please visit their Privacy Support Centre.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library Services Desk.

March 18, 2019

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce a new collaborative agreement with Carleton University. The official signing ceremony took place in Ottawa today during the second edition of the LAC Forum with University Partners.

The two institutions have already established an excellent relationship by jointly organizing an international lecture series on architecture and by working together on the Parliament buildings rehabilitation project in Ottawa.

This collaborative agreement strengthens LAC and Carleton University's current engagements and will encourage new projects between the two institutions. Both institutions seek to facilitate the sharing of expertise and knowledge, and to support the development of specialized library science skills. In particular, the development of skills related to rare books, special collections, indigenous matters, research data management, copyright and fair dealing.

LAC now has several bilateral agreements in place with a wide range of Canadian universities. In addition to this agreement with Carleton University, LAC has signed memoranda of understanding with the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University, Queen's University, the University of Toronto, Western University, Université Laval, the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information at the Université de Montréal, and the University of Victoria.

These collaborations are in keeping with LAC's priorities, as it strives to be on the cutting edge of archival science, library science and new technologies. They help LAC play a leading role in national and international networks.

March 14, 2019

Diluvio” is part of Carleton University’s Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci, a year-long celebration honouring the renaissance genius on the 500th anniversary of his death in France on May 2, 1519.

The installation is inspired by Leonardo’s reflections on the inter-connections within all of Nature as revealed by his studies of the flow of water, air, light, shadows, energy, and his evocative “deluge drawings.” The installation is the recent work by students in the Crossings Interdisciplinary Workshop, offered by Professor Manuel Báez in the Fall term of 2018 at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. By working with aluminum mesh that’s been folded into a very fluidly malleable pattern, students were encouraged to experientially explore and improvise through these dynamic shape-shifting properties and their projected shadows while drawing inspiration from Leonardo’s speculations and studies.  

Crossings Interdisciplinary Workshop Diluvio student teams:  

  • Hamid Aghashahi  & Guillermo Bourget Morales
  • Abigail Maguire & Edyta Suska 
  • Connor Tamborro & Jasmine Sykes 
  • Nikolina Braovac & Asmi Sharma                                                        
  • Petros Kapetanakis & Hadi Siddiqui 
  • Daniel Baldassarri & Liam Yeaman
  • Shaylyn Kelly & Walter Fu
  • Kaleigh Jeffrey & Stephen Scanlan
  • Sepideh Rajabzadeh & Runjia Li
  • Dylan Rutledge & Tianlang Feng

Special thanks to Sami Karimi for his contribution to the Diluvio installation.

Leonardo saw nature as weaving an infinite variety of elusive patterns on the basic warp and woof of mathematical perfection.  Nowhere could nature’s endless variations on geometrical themes be seen more marvellously than in the dynamics of water, above all in the configurations of vortices.”          
Martin Kemp, Leonardo da Vinci: The Marvellous Works of Nature and Man, 2006       

February 20, 2019

Each year, the Library hosts an activity in support of Freedom to Read Week. This is a fun event, but one with an important message: freedom to read, freedom to express yourself, and anti-censorship.

We always have an exhibit and we always have public readings from books which have been banned or challenged. This year, not only will people be reading from banned books, but they will be reading passages which are in themselves potentially controversial. We want to demonstrate that all these ideas and ways of expressing them, either in factual prose or in imaginary literature, have as much of a place in the public sphere as any other text that is more acceptable to a larger mass of people.

We’ve developed a list of books, but you may know your own. And of course if you can’t or don’t want to read, feel free to attend.

Please forward this invitation to students in your areas.

The event takes place February 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. on the main floor of the Library. Stop by.

February 11, 2019

This display demonstrates how researchers in the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) are applying new technology to study critical issues facing our society and the world.

FPA brings together academic units at Carleton that deal directly with government and civil society.

FPA is dedicated to fostering informed citizenship, building better democracy and better societies, and educating graduates who will go on to address regional and global challenges.

February 6, 2019

MacOdrum Library is pleased to host: “Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch: Encouraging Action.” This exhibition brings together banners that were  created by Carleton University students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the civic community, during a free, public art build hosted by Carleton University Art Gallery and held in Fenn Lounge on January 22nd. These are a few examples of the many banners Belcourt and Murdoch have created with various communities across North America.

Belcourt and Murdoch are driven by a sense of urgency, and by the need to encourage action to protect what sustains us. These banners will be distributed to actions and demonstrations in Canada and the United States. They will move through sites of resistance and act as agents of change. As they occupy space here at Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library, they encourage us to consider their poignant messages, which are pressing and beg repeating.  

This exhibition is presented by Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) in conjunction with UPRISING: THE POWER OF MOTHER EARTH – Christi Belcourt – A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch, a National Touring Exhibition co-produced by Thunder Bay Art Gallery and CUAG.  You can visit UPRISING at CUAG until April 28th. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

February 1, 2019

Some of the library’s online services will be unavailable starting the evening of Friday, Feb. 8 and lasting into Saturday evening, as the provider performs maintenance.

What is the impact?

  • The GetIt button will not work in our databases (including “Get It” links in Google Scholar)
  • Summon will still be available to search but links in Summon that go through 360Link won’t work. Direct links to fulltext in Summon will be working, which is great but also makes it difficult to explain to users why some links will work and some will not. Most users don’t know what 360Link or a link resolver is.
  • The eJournal A-Z list won’t be available

What are the workarounds?

  • Direct links to publisher sites will work, so you can access fulltext articles in Google Scholar (or even regular Google) on campus where there are direct links (and not the “Get It @ Carleton U” link).
  • Off-campus, Google Scholar can be buggy so using the campus VPN is the best route (learn how to set up campus VPN)
  • Scholar’s Portal Journals is a good source of fulltext journals
  • Search the library catalogue for the journal titles you’re looking for. If we subscribe to them online, you can access them from there
  • Fulltext content within databases (e.g. JSTOR, Business Source Complete) will still be available
  • Use our chat help service (available 12 – 6pm on Saturday) to figure out which of these workarounds is best for you

When exactly is the downtime?

  • 24 hours starting Friday, Feb. 8 at 8pm (so Friday night and all day Saturday).

January 28, 2019

Check out the display board just outside room 238 (on the main floor - in the back area) to see the library's exhibit on stereotyping.  You will experience the United States World Map (2010), the Comic Map of Europe, the World According to Donald Trump among other interesting books, maps, and atlases that the library owns.

Looking at topics that may offend and how the academic environment encourages discussion, investigation and freedom of speech, this display is sure to have you asking questions - Why isn't this banned? Why would the library have material like this? What is the intention of this map? What is the source?

Feel Free to check out the library's policy on Challenged Materials:


January 25, 2019

MacOdrum Library is honoured to bring the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) exhibit, Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools, to campus this winter. Curated by Jeff Thomas, the exhibit “spans over 125 years and contains photographs and documents from the 1880s to the present day. Photographs, text panels and artifacts move the witness through a process of leaving home and arriving at school to school activities and being part of a classroom.” First launched in 2002, the exhibit’s haunting images and searing text continue to deliver profound messages about the histories and legacies of residential schools. The exhibit is on display until February 15, 2019. 

The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives is offering facilitated visits and discussions of the exhibit on Thursday and Friday afternoons (between 1:30-3:30) beginning on January 17. At these sessions, an Elder or community knowledge keeper and a facilitator will help guide the students in a consideration of the exhibit and of the histories and legacies it represents. If you are interested in incorporating one of these sessions into your class, or would like any other information about the exhibit, please contact the CCPH.

January 18, 2019

The ASME Digital Collection provides access to current and archival literature in mechanical engineering and related engineering fields, such as medical device research, energy resources, and nuclear engineering. It features:

  • Transaction Journals from 1960 to the present
  • Conference Proceedings from 2002 to the present
  • ASME Press eBooks selected from 1984 to the present
  • ASME Standards

January 14, 2019

ProQuest will be performing maintenance on many ProQuest products beginning on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Downtime is scheduled to start at 10:00 pm and last for up to 8 hours. This will affect all these ProQuest databases including Ebook central.

January 11, 2019

You are cordially invited to join us on January 17 at 4:00 pm in Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library for the opening ceremony of the installed exhibition, Where Are the Children?  This is an exhibition on loan from the Legacy of Hope Foundation, curated by photo-based artist and curator Jeff Thomas, that provides an overview of the histories of residential schools in Canada.  It features more than 100 unforgettable historical images and puts those images into their historical context.  More on the exhibition can be found at the exhibit's website.

The MacOdrum Library is co-hosting the exhibition with the Carleton Centre for Public History, and with the financial support of the Department of History, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Carleton Centre for Indigenous Initiatives is also supporting this exhibition by featuring tours for Carleton students and faculty that includes break-out sessions with Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Refreshments will be provided.

To assist with our planning, please RSVP by January 15 by sending a message indicating how many guests will be attending. But please still attend even if you are unable to RSVP!

Further inquiries about the exhibition and its associated activities can be addressed to Michel Hogue ( and John C. Walsh (, or via the Carleton Centre for Public History.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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