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Library DME Creators Grant Showcase – July 22!

In March 2020, four students and one team of students, submitted their extraordinary project ideas for the Library DME Creators Grant, just prior to the university’s closure due to COVID-19. While the world was trying to grapple with a global pandemic and contain the spread of a swift moving virus, these students continued to charge ahead and take hold of projects they felt passionately about.

Join us on July 22 as they present their now completed projects!

Register now!

ProQuest Resources Unavailable July 25

ProQuest, a Library resources vendor, has scheduled planned maintenance for Sunday, July 25 at 10 a.m. for approximately 10 hours. During this time ProQuest Research Databases will not be available. These databases also host some of the Library’s full text journals and books, which may be unavailable during this period.

We expect regular service to be fully restored by Monday, July 26. If the maintenance ends early, access will be restored sooner. Check on progress at ProQuest Status page.

Researcher-in-Residence Opportunity

The University Library Researcher-in-Residence (LRiR) Pilot Program is a one year program designed to foster, enhance and expand the existing culture of collaborative cross-disciplinary research currently active within the University Library and connect it across the broader University research community.
This pilot program is open to early career tenure-track faculty researchers (early career RFA faculty researchers who are in tenure-track).
For all of the details and application process, visit: https://library.ryerson.ca/services/faculty/lrir/
Application deadline is July 30, 2021, 4 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Fangmin Wang at fwang@ryerson.ca

Summer ORCID Consultations

Do you have questions about ORCID? Need help to set up your account? 

Faculty, instructors and graduate students are invited to book a one on one consultation appointment (30 minutes) to learn about setting up and populating an ORCID account. 

Consultation Appointments over Summer 2021 are 30 minutes over Zoom. Book and View available appointments.

Read more about ORCID in our libguide

Virtual experience commemorates Holocaust victims and their families

The Ryerson Library and an MFA Documentary Media student helped create an experience based on remembrance project

A Stolperstein, or stumbling stone, which is a remembrance project by German artist Gunter Demnig. Each stumbling stone contains the names, date of birth, date of deportation, and date of death or destiny of the victims of the Holocaust. They are located at the entrances of buildings that were the last freely chosen home of the individual named on the stumbling stone.

If you walk down certain cobblestone streets in Europe, you might come across a Stolperstein (stumbling stone) at your feet.

The Stolpersteine are commemorative cobblestones that are placed in front of houses that were the last freely chosen homes of people who were victims of the Holocaust – imprisoned, displaced or murdered. German artist Gunter Demnig started the project in 1996 and has so far installed more than 70,000 brass plaques in 21 European countries.

In May 2020, the German Consulate Toronto approached Ryerson Library with the idea to jointly create   a virtual experience based on the Stolpersteine memorials and a year later this creative partnership produced “Stolpersteine: Stories Through Generations.” The project brings the stories of four Canadian families alive through the narrative of audio interviews and private family images.

Read full story in Ryerson Today

COVID-19 Archives project: collecting primary sources for researchers studying the pandemic

Photo courtesy of Catherine McMaster

Last year, shortly after the province-wide lockdown, the Library put out a call to Ryerson community members asking for contributions to a digital archive.

The COVID-19 Community Archives project was born as a way to help the Ryerson community collectively record lived experiences during a global pandemic that swiftly altered the way we studied, attended class, worked, bought groceries and visited with family and friends.

One year later, we are now living through a third wave that has continued to push us to establish new routines. Students and faculty have nearly completed a full year of online, remote learning. Researchers have sought new ways to access materials and conduct research. Events and workshops have brought people together virtually to share discussions and knowledge online. Libraries have set up study space booking systems and ways of delivering print items without contact, while increasing digital collections and research help services. 

Now, as vaccine rollout increases, there is some light but continued concern as variants spread. 

Throughout the pandemic the Library has continued to collect images, photographs, writing and poetry from our community, documenting the ways we have come to experience the world. “We’ve received essays and audio journal entries reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on student life, as well as our relationship with outdoor space and technology,” says Special Curatorial Specialist, Olivia Wong.

Bangkok sunset. Photo courtesy of Sarick Chapagain

Wong notes that in addition to local experiences, students have also provided their global perspectives. “Some submissions are from international students who documented their journey flying home early in the pandemic and shared their experience attending classes while being in a completely different time zone than Toronto,” says Wong 

The COVID-19 community archives is a growing repository of grassroots primary source documentation which provides access to a collection of first-hand accounts of the pandemic experience for researchers who will investigate and study this time.  “Through this archive, we’re collecting the first-hand experiences of our community, and making these valuable primary sources available to students, researchers, and historians in the future,” says Alison Skyrme, special collections librarian.

Photo courtesy of Sharah Haque.

“With the majority of our learning and working happening in private, our individual experiences have become invisible, particularly for students,” says Skyme. “Our sense of community has changed dramatically. The way we learn, teach, and socialize is completely different, and it’s still unknown how this experience will change us or alter our “normal” moving forward.” 

For more information on the project and how to submit content, visit the Archives and Special Collections Covid-19 Community Archives

Library resources and services for students 

Updated: April 9, 2021

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for all loans signed out in 2020/2021 have now been moved to August 3, 2021.  Some exceptions apply.  Please contact access@ryerson.ca if you have a question.

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation: May 3 to June 30

Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 2 to August 13 
Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
No weekends

CLOSED: July 2, 2021

August 16 to September 3 
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
No weekends

CLOSED: September 6, 2021

If you have a question while this service is closed, send us an email – refdesk@ryerson.ca

Email reference assistance

  • General: refdesk@ryerson.ca
  • Archives and Special Collections: beginning Sept 8. – virtual research help and appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: asc@ryerson.ca
  • Geospatial Map and Data Centre: beginning Sept 8.  – virtual research help and appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: librdata@ryerson.ca
  • The Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr.  Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab: beginning Sept 8. – virtual appointments and digital skill appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Virtual Research Help Appointments

To request a one-on-one with a Librarian, please submit a research appointment request.

Note: requests may be directed to Ask-a-Librarian depending on the complexity of the topic.

Virtual Library DME Appointments

The Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab is open for Virtual Tutorials. Book an online appointment with a student advisor. Advisor are trained to provide easy to understand and supportive help with tools such as, Adobe Premiere, After Effect Audition / Cakewalk, and more!

Laptop and Wifi Lending

The Library has laptops and mobile internet hotspots available (in limited supply) for remote lending for student use within Ontario. This is a service provided by the Ryerson Library to assist students who require access to technology in order to complete courses remotely during COVID-19. Users will need to complete and submit this online request form to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

 

TRSM and Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Laptop Lending

Laptop Lending for TRSM is restricted to undergraduate and graduate students, both full-time and part-time and who are currently enrolled in Ted Rogers School of Management programs only. TRSM users will need to complete and submit this TRSM Laptop Lending Request Form to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

Laptop Lending for the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture is restricted to full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science programs only.  FEAS users will need to complete and submit this  Engineering and Architectural Science Laptop Lending Request Form  to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

Subject Librarians

Connect with your subject librarian to learn more about resources and materials available specifically for your area of study. 

Online Resources

Access to all online resources including ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming video/media  and more, remains available 24/7.

Textbooks

Short term loans of our textbook collection are currently unavailable. Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for electronic textbooks.

Course Readings

The Ryerson Library provides customized online course readings for many courses. These are prepared based on instructor requests and are typically provided for access at the start of term.

If you have challenges or questions regarding access to these resources, please email: reserve@ryerson.ca

Electronic Resources

The Ryerson Library subscribes to a wide array of electronic resources (articles, ebooks, data, video). To access these resources, you must be a Ryerson student (full or part time), staff or faculty member with an active my.ryerson account. These are available remotely 24/7.

Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver Service, along with Print Pickup Service, is available to students, faculty and staff who require access to portions of printed works (chapters, articles, etc.) that fall within copyright permissible amounts can make a request through our Scan and Deliver Service. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is available, by appointment, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Appointments may be booked using Google Calendar Appointment Slots.  For an invitation, please email access@ryerson.ca

Contactless Print Pickup

June 8, 2021 notice:  Contactless Print Pickup will be reinstated beginning June 14.  Request for items can be made beginning June 11.

Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

Study Space Booking

RENOVATION NOTICE: On Monday, July 12, the Library will begin updating the flooring on a large part of the 2nd floor, including the Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons.  Renovation is expected to be complete within two to four weeks. The Library is pleased to provide bookable study space on the 3rd floor for the duration of the renovation.

Limited study space bookings (including computer stations) is available for students seeking special or alternate arrangements, and whose need is essential and critical to successfully meeting the mandatory requirements of their classes and their learning objectives.

Students can book a study space with a computer at the Library, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating capacity is limited. Furniture layout will ensure physical distancing and meet health and safety requirements.

For more information email, access@ryerson.ca

 

 

Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to racer@ryerson.ca.

Online Articles and Databases

Access electronic multiple articles in databases, search journals, newspapers and magazines, or find specific articles  .

Research Guides

Research guides can assist you with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.

Citation Guide

The citation guide provides assistance properly citing all material in various citation styles like APA, plus a list of free citation management programs.

Library Workshops

The Library hosts a number of virtual workshops each month. Learn about everything from finding credible resources, literature and systematic reviews to Adobe Lightroom and virtual board games.

Library resources and services for teaching

 

The Library provides access to resources and services that support teaching and learning at Ryerson including online research skills instruction for classes, online workshops, individual research and reference help and access to a number of electronic material, including: ebooks, online journal article databases, primary source databases, streaming media and more

If you are looking for access to textbooks, please contact your subject librarian. If there is an opportunity to purchase an electronic version of a book we have in our print collection, your subject librarian can assist you. If an electronic version is not available through a publisher, we can attempt to find alternate material for your course.   

 

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for all loans signed out in 2020 have now been moved to August 3, 2021.  Some exceptions apply.  Please contact access@ryerson.ca if you have a question.

Library Instruction 

Subject librarians are providing online specialized research group workshops and research skills instruction to classes. Please contact your subject librarian to discuss and schedule a live virtual session for your students.

 

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians assist faculty with locating online course materials, including, but not limited to: readings, data sets, videos, podcasts and streaming media. 

 

Supplementary Course Materials Guide

The supplementary course materials guide provides information on the Library’s online educational materials (ebooks, videos, OER and more). It also includes a curated list of alternate educational resources available to faculty and students. Access to all online resources is available 24/7.

 

Copyright and eReserves

Ensure students have easy (and copyright compliant) access to digital course readings. For information on copyright please email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook: aludbrook@ryerson.ca. To request eReserve course readings, please email reserve@ryerson.ca.

 

OER and Pressbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that can be used and reused freely for educational purposes. The Library supports the collection and creation of OER by Ryerson faculty through the Ryerson University Pressbooks platform. For more information, email Web Services Librarian, Sally Wilson swilson@ryerson.ca.

 

Electronic Resources 

The Library offers a vast and growing collection of electronic resources including ebooks, journals and newspapers, data sets, streaming media, databases (search by subject), Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as a curated list of resources temporarily offered for free by publishers. Note: there is no access to the Library print collections at this time. 

 

Textbooks

Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for specific electronic textbooks for purchase. While the Library has access to some ebooks, commercial sale is primarily available to students only. Additionally, the Library cannot guarantee every student will have access, at the same time, to an ebook the Library has been able to purchase. This is especially important to note if using an ebook for an open book exam.

Also note, that in some cases, publishers do not provide textbooks in electronic format. Please contact your subject librarian for alternate material, if a textbook is only available in print format. 

Check the Campus Store for access to electronic textbooks for specific courses.

Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver Service is available to students, faculty and staff who require access to portions of printed works (chapters, articles, etc.) that fall within copyright permissible amounts can make a request through our Scan and Deliver Service. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

 

 Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is available, by appointment, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Appointments may be booked using Google Calendar Appointment Slots.  For an invitation, please email access@ryerson.ca

 

Contactless Print Pickup

June 8, 2021 notice:  Contactless Print Pickup will be reinstated beginning June 14.  Request for items can be made beginning June 11.

Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

 

Accessibility Services in the Library

For information on accessible formats, media captioning, and shifting to alternate accessible course delivery modes, please visit Library Accessibility Services, or email eLearning and Accessibility Services Librarian, Kelly Dermody: kdermody@ryerson.ca

 

Research Help

Research help has moved entirely online and is available to all students and Ryerson community members. Visit the Library’s Ask a Librarian live chat  service, or email your question to: refdesk@ryerson.ca

Library resources and services for researchers

The Library provides access to a number of electronic materials to support research, including eBooks, online journal article databases, primary source databases, data management tools, and publishing support. 

If you require access to a print book, please contact your subject librarian. We will attempt to purchase the title as an ebook. If an item is not available electronically, your subject librarian can assist you with finding alternate material. 

 

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for all loans signed out in 2020 have now been moved to August 3, 2021.  Some exceptions apply.  Please contact access@ryerson.ca if you have a question.

Scholarly communications

The Library’s Scholarly Communications Guide contains helpful information related to scholarly communication and publishing. This includes information on where to publish, copyright, how to identify high quality journals and avoid predatory journals, tips on self-archiving your research, and details about open access publishing. For more information, email Head of Collection Services, Brian Cameron bcameron@ryerson.ca.

 

OER and Pressbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that can be used and reused freely for educational purposes. The Library supports the collection and creation of OER by Ryerson faculty through the Ryerson University Pressbooks platform. For more information, email Web Services Librarian, Sally Wilson swilson@ryerson.ca.

 

Research data management

The Library’s Research Data Management (RDM) service assists researchers in managing data throughout the course of a research project. Organizing, storing and securing data from the outset can make it easier to work with and help to meet privacy requirements. For more information, email Research Data Management Specialist, Emily Maemura emaemura@ryerson.ca

 

New acquisitions

The Library has added a wealth of new electronic resources to our collections to help advance SRC, and teaching and learning. Search the full list of resources by subject or name of publisher/package). Publishers have also extended temporary access to some resources.

 

Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver Service is available to students, faculty and staff who require access to portions of printed works (chapters, articles, etc.) that fall within copyright permissible amounts can make a request through our Scan and Deliver Service. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

 

Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is available, by appointment, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Appointments may be booked using Google Calendar Appointment Slots.  For an invitation, please email access@ryerson.ca

 

Contactless Print Pickup

June 8, 2021 notice:  Contactless Print Pickup will be reinstated beginning June 14.  Request for items can be made beginning June 11.

Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

In-Person Research Appointments

In-person Research Appointments are now available for researchers requiring access to materials and equipment in the Archives and Special Collections, and the Library Collaboratory. For more information, and to book an appointment, visit: In-person Research Appointments

 

Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to racer@ryerson.ca.

 

Copyright 

The Library can assist faculty, researchers and students with information on copyright and Ryerson’s Fair Dealing Guideline, as well  as provide support for copyright compliance, author rights  and currently licensed Library materials. For more information, email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook aludbrook@ryerson.ca.

Subject librarians

Subject librarians support faculty and research teams in locating online research materials, including: journals, databases, data sets, streaming video, and more. They can help identify relevant journals for publication, and provide advice and best practices for systematic reviews, including use of citation management tools.

 

Ryerson University Library Digital Repository

Share your work! The Ryerson University Library Digital Repository collects, archives, and provides online access to research materials created by the Ryerson community and includes, theses, articles, and more. A new platform is in development to better help researchers showcase their work online. For more information, email Head of Collection Services, Brian Cameron bcameron@ryerson.ca.

 

ORCID iD

Enhance your online research profile with your ORCID iD–a unique identifier that enables faculty, researchers and graduate students to distinguish their research online, ORCID iDs are also increasingly being required by publishers and granting agencies. For more information, email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook aludbrook@ryerson.ca

 

Library Collaboratory virtual workshops

The Library Collaboratory is offering a number of research drop-ins and workshops throughout the spring and summer.

The 8th floor is getting a new look, and we want to hear from you!

Remember the 8th floor of the Library? Remember the views? 

The 8th floor is getting a new look! The Library is busy renovating to improve the functionality of floor space and update furniture to better serve your research and study needs when we can all return safely to campus.

And, we want to hear from you! Sign up for a Library focus group. Be part of the 8th floor transformation.

*Participants receive a 20$ gift card to Starbucks or Metro.

Register to participate now! Registration closes April 1, 2021

Selected participants will be contacted by April 9. Preference may be given to upper year undergraduate students with experience studying in the Library prior to March 2020.