Library News

October 8, 2019

Couldn’t make our NVivo workshops earlier this term? There’s another chance to attend two of our most popular ones:

Design Your Research with NVivo

Mon, Nov 1: 9 to 11 am

Approaches to Coding

Mon, Nov 18: 9 to 11 am 

https://library.carleton.ca/services/tours-and-workshops/nvivo-workshops


September 30, 2019

Want to know more about R? Want to try out the R program? Come to our workshop to get started with R.

Date: Thursday October 3, 2019

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Location: ML153 (in the Library)

Seats are limited so first come, first served!


September 30, 2019

Update : Omni launch delayed

Later this semester the library will be launching Omni, a new set of search tools for finding and accessing books, articles, and other materials in our collection.

Omni will be available from the library web site on December 10, 2019.

Omni will replace the existing search interface, the catalogue, as well as our listing of journals and databases.

Ares (course reserves) and RACER (interlibrary loan) will not be changing as part of this upgrade.

While we are working to minimize the disruption caused by this upgrade, we are expecting that we will need to make a few temporary changes to library services in the weeks leading up to the launch. We'll provide more information on those changes, as well as a more comprehensive overview of all the changes the new system will bring, in our next update.

We are also planning a series of information sessions for faculty during the fall break (October 21-25). Details on those sessions will be made available shortly as well.

This project is part of Collaborative Futures, a new consortium of 14 universities in Ontario that are working together to implement a shared library services platform. The goal of this consortium is to improve services and to facilitate access to collections held in university libraries across the province. To learn more, see Collaborative Futures (Ontario Council of University Libraries).

If you have any questions, please contact Edward Bilodeau.

Note: This post was updated to include the name of the new library search tool, Omni, that was announced on October 30.


September 26, 2019

Professor Mariana Esponda has challenged her architectural conservation students to create a contemporary and compatible addition to Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier. In the midst of the Chateau’s current design controversy, come see the exciting vision of 8 talented Carleton students and how they provide vibrant and differing solutions for a meaningful design applied to one of the city’s most important landmarks. This exhibit runs for the 2019 Fall term on MacOdrum Library’s Gallery Wall, located on the Main Floor across from the Services Desk.


September 26, 2019

A series of beautifully hand cut screen-prints by Carleton’s Brian Burns are the featured exhibit in MacOdrum Library’s Alumni Reading Room. Created to advertise dances at City, University of London in the 1960’s, these dynamic and colourful posters embody a nostalgic view of the London music scene which included bands like The Who and The Beatles.  Additional images of pop culture icons cleverly capture the spirit of the people and the time. The exhibit runs for the 2019 Fall term. Read the latest on this exhibit at https://newsroom.carleton.ca/story/rock-poster-exhibit-brings-back-the-sixties and to learn more visit bb1967.com or brian.burns@carleton.ca.


September 24, 2019

Do you vote?

Please have a look at the new display outside of Research Support Services, main floor past the elevators and to the left.

Student employee Kayla Dodd, who put the display together, has this to say:

"This display highlights library resources on American and Canadian politics, provides some definitions, and showcases the party leaders in Canada whose parties have seats in the House of Commons. Its goal is to get people thinking about politics as the federal election approaches. There are a variety of resources related to political action, apathy, corruption and function, so there should be something for everyone!"


September 12, 2019

This display includes books selected from the Carleton Library collection on the topic of elections, voting, mobilization, and democracy.

Also included is material from the Barry Wilson Collection located in the Archives & Special Collections department. The Barry Wilson Collection contains ephemera of Canadian political memorabilia collected by Barry Wilson during his 30 years working as a journalist for the Western Producer.


September 11, 2019

The new Carleton University Book Arts Lab needs an imprint and we are looking to our community to help us come up with one. We also have $1000 to give to the winning designer. From September 6 to October 4 we’ll be opening this contest to anyone who would like to design a visual representation of what The Book Arts Lab imprint could be.

For each submission we are looking for a name and a draft of a logo (does not need to be print quality) for the Book Arts Lab. Submissions should be emailed to mike.reynolds@carleton.ca and should include your name and your file submission with your sugegsted name and logo.

Read through contest details here before submitting!

If you have any questions, please email them to mike.reynolds@carleton.ca.

What is an imprint?

The name of a press or a publisher, often accompanied by a logo. The name can reflect the purpose of the press, its character, an individual, a place, etc.

Examples

Virago Press - feminist literature (a virago is a woman warrior)

McClelland & Stewart - named after founders

The Kelmscott Press - after William Morris' home

The Oxford University Press - book publisher attached to the university

Golden Cockerel Press - after the animal, they produced fine, well-designed and exquisitely illustrated books through the early-mid 20th century

Union Press - named after the Union Pub, where the three principals failed to agree on any other imprint name


September 11, 2019

Check out the exhibit on the main floor that documents the history of capital Pride from its inception to today.


September 10, 2019

Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides a platform for educational video products covering a wide range of subjects. Because of the unsustainable and unpredictable costs associated with this product, Carleton Library has moved to a fully mediated access model. This means that instead of having the entire catalogue open and films that are viewed becoming automatically purchased, those who want a film through Kanopy will have to make a request. (A form appears when you click on the video). Priority for purchase will be given to faculty and instructors who need the film streamed for teaching purposes.

Carleton Library has a number of other video services, including:

Video streaming is a growing and ever-changing entity and as with all of our subscriptions, we will evaluate to ensure that we are spending collection dollars in a way that is both financially sustainable and that meets the research, teaching, and learning needs of our Carleton community.

For additional questions, contact Laura Newton Miller at laura.newtonmiller@carleton.ca


September 10, 2019

The new Carleton University Book Arts Lab needs an imprint and we are looking to our community to help us come up with one. We also have $1000 to give to the winning designer.

From September 6 to October 4 we’ll be opening this contest to anyone who would like to design a visual representation of what The Book Arts Lab imprint could be.

The winning design will be awarded a cash prize, in the amount of $1000 (CDN).

Read through contest details here before submitting!

If you have any questions, please email them to mike.reynolds@carleton.ca.

What is an imprint?

The name of a press or a publisher, often accompanied by a logo. The name can reflect the purpose of the press, its character, an individual, a place, etc.

How are presses named?

Carefully. Like branding, it is unthinkable to change an imprint once established. The two largest imprints in the world today, namely Hachette and Penguin-Random House are named after, respectively, a hatchet; an ungainly, comical, flightless bird; and a mission to print random titles. Certainly, if created today, none of these imprints would have been chosen. And yet, they survived and still thrive. 

To name a press, one must have an understanding of its purpose, location, associations, specializations or areas of interest, etc. 

What is this Press about?

In the case of this yet-to-be-named press, it will be located in a large glass-walled Book Arts Lab on the main (2nd) floor of MacOdrum Library at Carleton University in Ottawa. (In this description alone, there are half a dozen possible names, including Yet To Be Named Press, along with MacOdrum Press, Fishbowl Press, Second Storey Press, Carleton Press and so on). 

Unlike most other presses, the Book Arts Lab will be equipped with "old school" technology to be used to further academic understanding by providing experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the public. The limited output will be posters, broadsides, books and woodcut illustrations printed on vintage presses, hand bound using traditional techniques, incorporating hand-lettered calligraphy and hand-made paper. 

Why is it such a big deal?

It's like naming a boat; it requires some thought. 

Has the name been used? If so, it's best not to confuse bibliographers and reference searches with unnecessary  duplication. It may be historically interesting to call it the Aldine Press, after the famous press of the great renaissance printer Aldus Manutius but that could be seen as pretentious grandiosity. 

Is the name appropriate? Naming it Whatever! Press might be pop-culture current, but does not reflect well the press described above. And it may not age well. 

Examples

  • Virago Press - feminist literature (a virago is a woman warrior)
  • Bloomsbury Press - private press belonging to Virginia Wolf, named after the estate which also lent its name to the group of writers, artists (and economist) who made up the Bloomsbury Group
  • McClelland & Stewart - named after founders
  • The Kelmscott Press - after William Morris' home
  • The Oxford University Press - book publisher attached to the university
  • Golden Cockerel Press - after the animal, they produced fine, well-designed and exquisitely illustrated books through the early-mid 20th century
  • Union Press - named after the Union Pub, where the three principals failed to agree on any other imprint name

About the Book Arts Lab

In its next 100 years, our Chandler and Price press will become the centerpiece of a living book arts laboratory within MacOdrum Library. Teamed with a nineteenth-century iron press and a twentieth-century flatbed press, we will demonstrate document production throughout the course of Canadian history. In addition, we will exhibit the creation of medieval manuscripts to explain how scribes sewed, ruled, wrote, and illuminated books for over a thousand years. We will also display bookbinding tools, early printed books from Carleton’s rare books collection, and even a tool that many students have never used: the typewriter.

This unique initiative has already begun to build community. Plans for the book arts laboratory have been a collaborative effort on the part of alumni, staff, and faculty, and have captured the imagination of professors from Canadian Studies, Communications and Journalism, History, Industrial Design, and especially English, which houses a unique doctoral program in the Production of Literature. Our team has been reaching out to institutions in Ottawa such as the Canada Science and Technology Museum, to the local book arts community, to individual printers and artists, and to other universities with thriving book arts laboratories across North America. Carleton students will have an opportunity for experiential learning in their classes; students and members of the community at large will look on with curiosity through the laboratory’s glass walls; printers and artists from the Ottawa area will enliven the arts on campus and beyond.


September 9, 2019

Have Library questions you’d like answered? In addition to our online chat service being opened for online questions, you can now text us your questions as well.

We are starting Text Us!, a pilot project for text help from the Library community. Text 613-505-4245 with your Library-related question and someone will get back to you during the Text Chat service hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

You can check out more help information on the Library help page https://library.carleton.ca/help


September 5, 2019

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 five times during the Fall and Winter terms.  Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 25 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Membership is from September 2019 to April 2020.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 13. Learn more and submit your application.


September 3, 2019

Need help in the Library? Stop by our Info Hub to ask your questions and we will direct you where you need to go. Stop by the main entrance on the second floor to say hi!


August 19, 2019

We are now accepting library reserve requests for the upcoming academic year. Send us your course outline or reading list to library_reserves@carleton.ca and the readings will be added to Ares, our course reserve management system.

The reserves staff will retrieve, scan, and process all readings and will also ensure all e-reserve material comply with current copyright guidelines. Students will be able to access their electronic readings through cuLearn.

Questions? Please visit the Library Reserves website for more information, or, contact the library reserves staff at 613.520.2600 x2533 or Library_Reserves@carleton.ca


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