Fair Dealing Week at Ryerson: February 25 to March 1, 2019

What is Fair Dealing and Why is it Important?

Fair dealing defines important user rights allowed by Canadian laws. These user rights give Canadians the ability to use short excerpts from copyright protected works for private study, research, criticism, review, education, parody and satire, without having to seek permission from the copyright owner.

Much of what students and educators do on a daily basis would be very challenging without this user right. Without fair dealing you would not be able use an image in an assignment, share an article with your group project team, or photocopy a chapter from a library book to read at home.

Fair dealing allows for a freer flow of information to happen in educational settings. It promotes learning and scholarship.

Celebrate Fair Dealing – it is a user’s right that Canadians should use, not lose!

Have a look at Student Life without Fair Dealing to learn how important fair dealing is in an educational environment.


Happening this week:

Using Images in School Projects and Beyond

Do you use images you find online for assignments and projects? Do you worry about copyright issues and want to learn more?

This one-hour workshop looks at ways you can use images using copyright exceptions like fair dealing. We will also introduce how to search for open access (creative commons) images that you can use for assignments and beyond your student work.


Day: Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Time: 2-3pm

Place: SLC 508

Facilitated by Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Coordinator/Librarian


Fair Dealing Week: Online Assignments, Copyright and Academic Integrity

How do students know what they can and cannot pull from the Internet to use in their online assignments? You show them!

With a focus on using images, where to get Creative Commons material, the tensions around fair dealing, and how to avoid cultural appropriation, this workshop teaches you how to model best copyright practices and how to teach copyright to your students both online and in the classroom.

Understand how to model acknowledgement for others’ work by doing your own online work and building assignments that consider good copyright behaviour as it overlaps with academic integrity.


Day: Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Time: 1-3 pm

Place: POD 372

Facilitated by Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Coordinator/Librarian, and Andrea Ridgley, Academic Integrity Specialist



Free Museum Passes for Students

Ryerson University Library is pleased to announce the participation in the re-launching of the 2019 MAP (Museum and Arts Pass) Student Program in collaboration with Toronto Public Library that will enable Ryerson students to explore some of Toronto’s top cultural venues for FREE. The program will run until July 2019.

To participate in this program, Ryerson students 18 years of age and over must obtain a MAP booklet from the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the library. Students will need to present a valid student One Card to receive a MAP booklet.

Upon obtaining a MAP booklet, students must then visit one of the five participating TPL branches (City HallLillian H. SmithParliament StreetScarborough Civic Centre and Toronto Reference Library) to “check out” a MAP pass.  In order to check out the pass, students need to have a valid Toronto Public Library card and present a valid Student ID along with the MAP booklet voucher. TPL Library cards are free to anyone living, studying or working in the City of Toronto.

The pass is good for free admission for two to any one of the participating MAP venues: the Aga Khan Museum,  Art Gallery of Ontario,  Bata Shoe Museum,  Black Creek Pioneer Village, Gardiner MuseumMuseum of Contemporary ArtRoyal Ontario MuseumTextile Museum of Canada, and Toronto History Museums.

RU Debt Free? Free Financial Literacy Workshop Series

Ryerson Library is offering RU Debt Free?, a free Financial Literacy Workshop series over the course of the Winter 2019 semester, open to all Ryerson students.

Drop by and learn about budgeting, banking, saving, credit basics, and financial life during and after school.

Registration is now open for all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. Sessions which will be offered afternoons (12pm) and evenings (6pm) in SLC 508 starting on Feb 26, 2019.

You can view the full schedule now.

E-textile Workshop

Fabric postcard with LED light

Learn new skills and meet crafty people.  The Library is hosting a FREE e-textiles workshop where you will create a cloth postcard with a stitched-in LED light,  The workshop will introduce basic sewing and circuit design techniques and explore some fundamental ideas in electronics.

Workshops will take place on Tuesday, February 12th and 26th, from 10:30 am – 12 p.m. in the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab (DME), located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre.  Materials will be supplied by the DME.

Register online

To keep up with our crafty adventures, please follow us on Instagram: @rulaknithappens

Apply to the DME Creators Grant to receive money & mentorship

Are you passionate about social equity issues and interested in learning more about digital technology? The Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab is offering the DME Creators Grant to undergraduate students who want to create innovative, sustainable, and interactive digital experiences that address social equity issues.

The five successful applicants will receive grants of up to $3000, which will be distributed upon project approval and the successful completion of performance milestones. Each grant recipient will be paired with a mentor to help them articulate their project purpose/thesis, advise on project management, ensure that recipients are meeting their milestones, and work with the DME to document and evaluate project progress.

To learn more and submit an application, visit the DME website. Applications are due on February 22, 2019. If you have any questions, please email us at dme@ryerson.ca or drop by the DME Lab on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.

Ryerson Think Tank Series Event: Virtual Reality and the Ancient World

You’re invited to a Ryerson Library Think Tank Series event – Virtual Reality: a Powerful Technology that Enables us to Step into Lost Environments of the Ancient World

In this lecture, Dr. Simon J. Young will discuss the potential of Virtual Reality (VR) as an educational and research tool for education. VR provides us with a powerful tool to present and visualize the results of these investigations in a 360 stereoscopic immersive digital environment. This talk will explore some particular implications of these possibilities, and will feature spectacular digital reconstructions of the ancient world. There will be a chance to experience the VR at the end of the talk.

When: Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4-6PM
Where: Collaboratory, Library 3rd Floor

Refreshments provided. Please RSVP by January 10, 2019.  For more information, view the digital poster for this event.


Reminder to return Overdue Items and Clear Your Fines

We hope everyone is having a successful exam period – the Fall term is almost complete!

  • Please clear outstanding fines and return overdue items as soon as possible to ensure access to grades over the holiday break. Head to the renewals page to see if you have overdue items or fines greater than $10. Students with fines greater than $10 will not be able to view their grades until their accounts are cleared.
  • All fines can be paid to the Library at the Circulation Desk, either by cash, debit, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or with your Ryerson OneCard. The Library also accepts credit card payment by phone – please call 416-979-2149. We do not accept personal cheques.
  • If you have questions or concerns about fines or overdue items, please contact the Library Circulation Desk by email at access@ryerson.ca or by phone at 416-979-5055.
  • Please note that the Library will operate on reduced hours starting Saturday, December 15th. Check the Library website for all of our hours over the next two weeks.The university and the Library will be closed from Sat Dec 22, 2018 – Sun January 6, 2019.

From all of us here at RULA, thank you and we wish you a safe and happy winter break!

Participate in the Library’s External Review


Ryerson University Library is embarking on an external review, and the external review team will be conducting a series of meetings with faculty, students, staff, administrators, and partners from across campus with the goal to inform the Library’s future focus and strategic priorities.  The review team will be seeking input into how the Library can continue to evolve and provide leadership to advance student engagement and success, SRC innovation and impact, and help build an vibrant digital academic ecosystem focused on exceptional learning and teaching and city building.

Your insight, perspective, advice, and feedback is greatly appreciated and is be invaluable to our work. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your ideas and thoughts.

The faculty / instructor meeting will be held on Thursday December 13 2018 – 10:15 am – 11:15 am in LIB-386C (Library, 3rd floor)

The undergraduate student meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018 – 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm room LIB386C.  

The graduate and Chang School student meeting will be held on Friday December 14th – 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm in room LIB386C 

We know it is a busy time of year, but your thoughts and ideas are critical in shaping the Library’s future direction and priorities. We look forward to your participation in the review process.

ORCID Workshops: Distinguish Your Research in Three Easy Steps


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):

If you are not able to attend these sessions and would like to schedule a one-to-one appointment, please contact Brian Cameron at bcameron@ryerson.ca or Naomi Eichenlaub at neichenl@ryerson.ca.

Criterion Streaming Now Available at Ryerson Library!

The Audio Visual (AV) department is happy to announce the arrival of Criterion on Demand, a new, unlimited streaming platform! Looking for films about Black history? How about documentary, comedy or science fiction films? You can find them here and many more. From older to current releases, from genre to genre, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether for class instruction or assignment research, just login with your Ryerson username and password, then watch and enjoy!