It’s time for summer projects at the Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) and we’re fortunate to have wonderful student staff here to help. Read on to learn about some of our projects and the roles of student staff.
Anish is our Weekend Circulation Assistant. He’s available to help you access Library materials and answer borrower questions on Sundays. On weekdays this summer, Anish is meeting people from all over the world and helping them learn about Toronto as staff at a hotel.
Anish can help you find books and other Library materials.
Claire, Business Management
Claire assists visitors in two popular Ryerson buildings–the Library and the Student Learning Centre–as a Library/SLC Specialist. As part of the front-line services team, Claire provides information about programs and facilities in the Library, SLC, and the University. You’ll also spot her assisting with special events and conducting head counts. Claire’s excited to help people learn more about the campus and the Ryerson community all summer.
Claire supports students, staff, and faculty who book seminar rooms.
Hafsa, Biomedical Engineering
Hafsa works behind the scenes as a Library Digitization Projects Assistant. Hafsa is helping to serve patrons in a variety of ways by supporting eReserve, Interlibrary Loan, and Accessibility Services. The range of projects and the opportunity to work alongside RULA staff are some of the reasons Hafsa is enjoying her summer at RULA.
Hafsa helps provide digital access to print materials.
Mathura, Business Technology Management
Mathura works with staff in Development and Library Client Services as a Special Project Assistant. By bringing the student perspective to projects like reviewing Library policies and the Library student employment program, Mathura is contributing to the continuous enhancement of front-line services at RULA. Outside of work, Mathura looks forward to exploring Toronto this summer.
Mathura helps identify ways to best serve Library patrons.
Are you a Ryerson student interested in joining the team? Keep an eye on our Student Jobs page and social channels.
The Ryerson School of Interior Design recently had the opportunity to work with FELT studio on a felt wall installation in the library’s Quiet Study room on the 4th floor of the library. The seminar was conducted as a competition between students to determine who would design the final installation. We are pleased to announce that the winning design, by Valeria Gulia and Adriana Lychacz, has now been installed in our quiet study room. We encourage you to drop by the library and check out this beautiful felt installation on the West wall of the room above the study carrels.
Looking for a summer job on campus? We need some full-time Ryerson students to work as Shifting Assistants, and as a Weekend Circulation Assistant over the summer! Applicants must be current, full-time Ryerson students with a valid SIN Card. Only applicants granted interviews will be contacted.
Students can apply for the Shifting Assistant positions by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references no later than Monday, June 18, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can apply for the Weekend Circulation Assistant position by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references to email@example.com.
For Career Boost (formerly known as Work Study) job opportunities, please go to the Career Boost website.
As part of Pride month on campus, Ryerson Positive Space will be hosting Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime on Friday, June 8th at 10am in POD 250. This family-friendly event will feature Fay and Fluffy reading their favourite inclusive story books – and RULA will have be providing a selection of our diverse story books to peruse at this event as well!
These books are available for loan at the library. We pride ourselves on our diverse collections that appeal to all because libraries are for everyone.
Also, make sure to check out our Busy Boxes, activity kits for kids age 3-10. Ask our friendly staff about them at the circulation desk.
Thursday, May 31st is Toronto’s first Digital Literacy Day! The Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) is one of many partners providing free events and programming across the city to explore the ways technology has changed the way that we work, play, educate and teach. RULA is showcasing how we support digital literacy learning in our spaces through sponsorship of student projects, workshops, and hands-on demonstrations by Library staff. The complete list of events available across this city is accessible on the City of Toronto website.
At the Toronto Reference Library from 9:30am-11:30am, RULA is showcasing innovative uses of digital technology by Ryerson students and Library staff, including:
Micropayment for SmartSensors is a student project that enables payment features to any electronic sensor via an online dashboard, with use cases ranging from housing to retail to industry. Examples of potential use would include a fully-automated modular home with payment-enabled sensors that would be ideal for a new immigrant or a tourist looking for short-term rentals.
Facial Recognition Enabled Smart Door involves student design of a facial recognition device that will provide access to staff members into an equipment room as a pilot project for door security. This device will be capable of identifying visitors before they enter the room from a digital image using computer vision techniques.
ioTree: Community Gardens is a garden monitoring system developed by students that allows users to track growing conditions, and prompts users when action should be taken to maintain the garden. The gardener will be prompted with a dry soil alert when watering is needed, and past trends in garden conditions can be used to predict the timing of future maintenance.
At the Agincourt branch of the Toronto Public Library, RULA is sponsoring Tetra Ryerson’s Exoskeleton Workshop from 6p.m.-8p.m., a hands-on STEM education workshop where attendees will learn how to build their own robotic exoskeleton. Participants will learn the history and importance of robotic exoskeletons, current technology, how they are built, as well as their various applications. They will be able to simultaneously apply this knowledge while building an actual robotic exoskeleton consisting of 3D printed parts, motors, sensors and other equipment. Please register online to participate in this workshop.
On-site at Ryerson University, the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab and Collaboratory, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre,will have an open house from 10a.m. – 5 p.m. Participants will view demonstrations and engage with VR and AR technologies including the Oculus Rift and HoloLens, 3D printing, and laser cutting of RULA keychains for participants.
Participants can also register for afternoon workshops on thematic aspects of digital literacy:
Trust and Bias in Digital Literacy (2:30pm-3:30pm in the Collaboratory, Library’s 3rd floor)
Ryerson Librarians will present on helping users and creators master the important skill of digital literacy. They will discuss why users need a higher-level critical lens when navigating the digital realm, and why the skill of evaluating information in a digital space is necessary.
What is Machine Learning? (3:30pm – 4:30pm in the Collaboratory, Library’s 3rd floor)
This talk will feature an introduction to artificial intelligence with a focus on machine learning (ML) applications, including the overall workflow of an machine learning program and common use cases in the industry. This talk will briefly touch upon the emergence of machine learning and neural networks in computer vision applications.
Looking for a great film and not sure where to start? Below you’ll find lists of the top streamed films in the RULA collection.
Top 10 Streamed Films via Kanopy
10. Tough Guise 2
9. The Battle of Algiers
8. I Am Not Your Negro
7. Fall and Winter: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century
6. Flow: Psychology, Creativity, & Optimal Experience
5. Not Just a Game
4. Killing Us Softly
3. Class Dismissed
2. The Codes of Gender
1. Stuart Hall: Race – the Floating Signifier
Kanopy Film Titles via RULA
Top 10 Streamed Films via the NFB
10. We Were Children 9. Toronto Boom Town
8. Flemingdon Park: The Global Village
7. Invisible City
6. Hi-Ho Mistahey! (Short Version)
4. First Stories – Two Spirited
3. Last Chance
2. Journey to Justice
1. We Regret to Inform You…
In support of Global Accessibility Day on May 17, Access Ryerson and RULA will be hosting a week of workshops on digital accessibility and inclusion. These workshops will focus on creating accessible documents, presentations and websites. The workshops will take place in the Collaboratory on the 3rd floor of the library and are open to students faculty and staff. Registration is now open.
On Thursday, May 17, there will be sessions available exclusively for faculty and instructors participating in the 2018 Learning & Teaching Conference. Please refer to their website for session times and more information.
RULA is committed to accessibility for our students and community. Students registered with Academic Accommodation Support can get their course content and research materials in accessible format with our accessible formats service. We also provide captioning services, research assistance for students with academic accommodation needs, and book retrieval and extended loans. Instructors who wish to make their documents accessible can access our free online OCR tool which performs optical character recognition (OCR) on documents in an effort to improve their accessibility.
We hope to see you in the Collaboratory for Global Accessibility Day events.
Summer is a great time for relaxing outside with a book. At RULA, we have a popular reading collection specifically designed to help you do that! Our popular reading collection is available year round on the first floor of the library, in between the check out desk and the elevators.
Picks include popular and bestselling fiction, biographies, comedy, graphic novels, and lifestyle guides. Books are available to check out for two weeks at a time.
We add books to the collection every semester, so come by and see what’s new!
Faculty members, graduate students and staff are invited to register for a workshop where they will receive an overview of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), as well as hands-on assistance in setting up and populating an account.
ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and link research activities and outputs to these identifiers. Many publishers and funding agencies now require or encourage authors to create an ORCID account.
In order for scholarly work to be found in a global network of researchers, it is essential to differentiate authors. ORCID makes this easy by attaching an unambiguous identity to publications, funding and other research activities. As researchers collaborate across disciplines, institutions, and geographic borders, having a unique author or researcher ID ensures credit for your scholarly output. Please see this video for more information about ORCID.
Workshop dates and location (Please RSVP for the workshop you plan on attending):
Exams are almost done, so please note that the Library/SLC hours will also begin to change as we transition to the Spring/Summer term. On Saturday, April 28th, the Library/SLC will be open from 8am – 10 pm, and we will be closed on Sunday, April 29. Spring/Summer hours will begin on Monday, April 30.
Students should also take this opportunity to clear all outstanding fines, and return overdue items to ensure access to grades and transcripts. Please check your library account on the Library website to see if you have overdue items, or fines greater than $10. If you are graduating this year, all fines must be paid prior to convocation. Fines can be paid at the Library’s Circulation Desk, either by cash, Interac (debit), VISA, MasterCard, American Express or the Ryerson OneCard. The Library also accepts payment from the above credit cards by phone, please call 416-979-5055, “Option 2″.