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Updated: April 9, 2021

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for all loans signed out in 2020 have now been moved to May 31, 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 (Monday, April 12 to Friday, May 2):

Intersession
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (no weekend hours)

Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.


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.

New: 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 (temporarily suspended)

April 8, 2021 notice:  As per the April 8, 2021 provincial stay at home order, this service has been temporarily restricted.

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

April 8, 2021 notice: As per the April 8, 2021 Provincial stay at home order, this service has been temporarily restricted.  For more information email, access@ryerson.ca

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.

Note: the Province’s stay-at-home order requires individuals living in Toronto to limit trips outside of the home to essential reasons only, and requires limited contact with individuals outside of households.

 

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 May 31, 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 (temporarily suspended)

April 8, 2021 notice:  As per the April 8, 2021 provincial stay at home order, this service has been temporarily restricted.

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 May 31, 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 (temporarily suspended)

April 8, 2021 notice: As per the April 8, 2021 provincial stay at home order, this service has been temporarily suspended. For more information email, access@ryerson.ca

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 (temporarily restricted)

April 8, 2021 notice: As per the April 8, 2021 provincial stay at home order, this service has been temporarily restricted.

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.

Ryerson University Library: update on services and resources

Digital services and resources remain available to students, faculty and staff, including: virtual research help and instruction, e-reserves and digital course readings, online services, programs, workshops, and more.

March 8, 2021 update: The Library’s contactless print, 3D pick up and book return services, as well as study space bookings have been reinstated as the city enters the grey zone of  the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework . 

SRC on-site appointments and study space bookings are also available.

Laptop and wifi hotspot lending requests will be processed as supply remains available.

For additional updates please visit:

Library resources and services for students

Library resources and services for instructors

Library resources and services for researchers

Open Education Week: March 1-5, 2021

 

Open Education at Ryerson highlights the work that’s being done at Ryerson University in support of open education. This includes the use of open educational practices and open pedagogy in the classroom, and the creation and adoption of open educational resources. 

Learn what support is available, from grants and funding to publishing tools, find about upcoming workshops and events, and connect with other Ryerson community members working on open.

 

Open Education Week events:

 

Open Images for the Digital Classroom and Beyond

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This Library-led workshop is an overview of how to find online open images, how to use open images in teaching or projects, and how to advise students on the use of Creative Commons images in social media or web projects.

Register for this workshop

 

 

An Introduction to Open Pedagogy

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us to learn more about this learner-driven, experiential, and inclusive pedagogy, and how it can be applied in both the virtual and face-to-face classroom. Bring your course outlines, activities, or assessments so we can discuss how they could be transformed through open teaching principles.

Register for this workshop

 

 

Open Pedagogy Tools: Pressbooks, H5P and Hypothes.is

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

An overview of Pressbook, an online book publishing platform hosted by the Library, and some of the new interactive features that have been released recently in Pressbooks. We will also look at H5P and how Hypothes.is can be used with Pressbooks and other web content. 

Register for this workshop

 

Last day to request items for scan and deliver, and contactless print pick up

Scan and Deliver Service

Last day to request: Friday, December 18, 2020.  See Library Hours  for more information.

Closed for the Mid-Year Break: Thursday, December 24, 2020 to Wednesday, January 6, 2021 inclusive.

 

Contactless Print Pick Up

Last day to request: Friday, December 18, 2020.  See Library Hours  for more information.

Closed for the Mid-Year Break: Thursday, December 24, 2020 to Wednesday, January 6, 2021 inclusive.

Ryerson University Library partners with the Aga Khan Museum to create digital experiences for pilot project and the Museum’s Remastered exhibit

Image of man on horse reaching up
Courtesy of the Aga Khan Museum

Ryerson University Library has partnered with the Aga Khan Museum in a creative collaboration that harnesses digital technology to create innovative experiences for the Museum’s exciting new Remastered exhibition.

The Aga Khan Museum recently launched it’s vibrant Remastered exhibition—November 7 to March 21, 2021—showcasing 11 classic Islamic manuscript paintings complemented by 40 digital interventions.

The digital interventions are the work of Library Collaboratory team members, Lead Developer Michael Carter-Arlt, Web Developer and Support Technician Jae Duk Seo, with Information Technology Services Head Fangmin Wang and Web Services Librarian Sally Wilson acting as administrative consultants on the project.  

In collaboration with the Museum and exhibition curator Dr. Michael Chagnon, the Library team developed new ways to experience the historic manuscripts, introducing alternative learning opportunities through the exploration of digital technologies.

“The Remastered exhibition has given us the valuable opportunity to reimagine how we interpret classic Islamic artworks using modern technology available at the Ryerson Library,” says Carter-Arlt. “The intention of this project is to tell a story for each artwork, and in doing so provide a greater understanding through interactive digital media.”

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The Library’s partnership with the Aga Khan Museum began in 2019 when the Museum approached the Library about creating unique learning experiences using Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) technologies.  

Following initial meetings, the Library and Museum worked together on an exploratory research project, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, which sought to develop and assess digital and experiential learning resources that would help to increase classroom engagement, and expand access to collections beyond in-person visits to the Museum. 

The Aga Khan Museum supplied the Library with high resolution photographs and descriptions of three objects from their collection, including: an astrolabe (astronomical instrument), an illuminated and illustrated leaf from a manuscript, and a green ceramic bottle. 

The Library team then used digital and emerging technologies to create new experiences that could be tested for their engagement and educational value. 

In total, four experiences for the three objects were developed. They included: an AR animation with translations and audio for the leaf of the manuscript; AR and Looking Glass (holographic) experiences for the green ceramic bottle; and an acrylic replica astrolabe, which could be taken apart and rebuilt. 

Image of original astrolabe (ancient watch). Courtesy of the Aga Khan Museum
Image of original astrolabe (astronomical instrument). Courtesy of the Aga Khan Museum

 

Acrylic replica of the astrolabe. Laser cut at the Library Collaboratory.
Acrylic replica of the astrolabe. Laser cut at the Library Collaboratory.

Library team members, Sally Wilson, E-learning and Accessibility Services Librarian Kelly Dermody, and Operations Specialist Cristina Pietropaolo then conducted focus groups to further understand the engagement impacts and potential of the digital resources for in-class learning, as well as increased access to museum collections.   

“The purpose of this project was to translate select items of the Museum’s collection from their physical confines to digital formats using Augmented Reality (AR) and other technologies,” says Pietropaolo. “The long-term intention of this work is to facilitate accessible and meaningful education around these objects for both educators and their students in the classroom, as well as for members of the public in an effort to transform and enhance access to arts and culture education.”

Image of original green vase. Courtesy of the Aga Khan Museum
Image of original green bottle. Courtesy of the Aga Khan Museum

Augment reality image of vase. Educators and students can use mobile devises to see, interact, learn and experience the object.
Augmented reality image of bottle. Educators and students can use mobile devices to see, interact, learn and experience the object.

The work which began in 2019 is ongoing as Library team members continue to investigate opportunities for digital and experiential learning in the context of gallery, library, archives and museum education.

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In April 2020, the Aga Khan Museum once again approached the Library to collaborate on the Remastered exhibit, curated by Dr. Michael Chagnon. 

The task: to develop digital experiences to accompany ancient Islamic manuscripts for the exhibit. To complete the project, the Library was given exclusive access to high resolution folios in order to rework and reimagine them in digital formats. The result was 40 new experiences including: seven animations, five 3D holograms, five digital restorations, and 23 interactive folios. The Library and Museum also received a generous loan from Looking Glass Factory to assist in the display of the holographic images.

Salih Takes Mah-Pervin on Board . Fol. 29r from a manuscript of Tuhfet ul-Leta’if Turkey, Istanbul, 1593–1594. Opaque watercolour, gold, and ink on paper. AKM280.11 Digital intervention by Michael Carter-Arlt.

 

The digital elements, now part of the Remastered exhibit, enhance the overall learning and storytelling experience for visitors through digital restoration, innovative engagement elements and new digitally enhanced explorations.  

“We are very excited to partner with the Aga Khan Museum. It has been a wonderful opportunity to bring the Library’s role in interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing and digital information tools to this unique learning environment,” says Chief Librarian Carol Shepstone. “This project is an excellent example of how the GLAM sectors (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) can come together to leverage unique expertise and shared goals.”

Meet the 2020 Library DME Creators Grant recipients

These five students submitted their extraordinary project ideas back in March, just prior to the university’s closure due to COVID-19. When 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.

All five projects are now well underway, each one bringing to light new ways of addressing current social issues. 

The grant itself highlights experiential learning and digital literacy opportunities available to students through the Library, and provides funding and mentorship to the students throughout the development of their individual projects.

Here’s a peek at the innovative projects this year’s recipients are working on:

 


Sojourner San Vicente

4th year, Ryerson Midwifery Education Program, Faculty of Community Services

With the Library DME Creators Grant, Sojourner San Vicentealong with fellow Ryerson Midwifery Education Program (MEP) students Tumaini Lyaruu and Hanan Yousufis developing a series of educational videos on midwifery care featuring Black midwifery students, midwives and clients. As a group of Black midwifery students, they have anecdotally identified various false assumptions that have prevented Black community members from accessing midwifery care, and understanding their pregnancy care options. The videos aim to: 

  • increase awareness about midwifery care in Ontario,
  • increase the visibility of Black midwives, midwifery students and clients, and 
  • enable Black communities to see themselves reflected in midwifery care. 

Through the videos, Sojourner, Tumaini and Hanan hope more Black families will become interested in considering midwifery care as an option for their pregnancies.


Takoda Kemp

3rd year, Geographic Analysis, Faculty of Arts

Having grown up on a farm in the Bahamas, Takoda has a deep connection to the natural world. Coupled with interests in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Robotics, his project tackles issues involving food insecurity. Seeing how structural barriers can hinder people without access to arable land, Takoda knows first-hand that quality infrastructure and education can provide opportunities to create a productive and sustainable crop.

With the Library DME Creators Grant, Takoda is investigating the use of drones to provide agricultural analysis and services to farmers in Canada and the Bahamas. With a camera drone, he is creating two and three-dimensional maps that categorize soil and plant types to help facilitate manual aspects of farm labour such as seed sowing, and crop control. Takoda will then retrofit the mapping process to all dwellings and settings, including urban centres, so analysis of surroundings can clarify which crops can be grown where. An additional aspect of the project is to investigate the use of drones to sow crops that can germinate on the soil’s surface, like micro-greens and salad greens.


Niya Abdullahi

4th year, Business Technology Management and Co-op, Ted Rogers School of Management

Business Technology co-op student Niya Abdullahi is a Tech-Enthusiast and aspiring Filmmaker. Earlier this year she founded Habasooda, a media platform dedicated to sharing the richness of the Muslim experience through a variety of storytelling avenues such as videos and infographics.

With the Library DME Creators Grant, Niya is creating a documentary that explores the stigma of mental illness within the Muslim community. The documentary will explore the differences between mental illness and mental health while showcasing the realities of being a Muslim with a mental illness. “Often when one is dealing with a mental illness they are told that their symptoms may be due to a lack of faith and/or supernatural occurrences,” says Niya. The film will shed light on what a community’s denial could do to someone’s own inner battles and how we as a community can combat stigma.


Emerson Kafarowski

4th year, Performance Production, Faculty of Communication and Design

Emerson Kafarowski is an emerging lighting designer currently finishing her BFA in Production & Design at Ryerson’s School of Performance.

With the Library DME Creators Grant, Emerson is building a portable lighting console for small-scale live entertainment events, including theatre, dance, and live music. The lighting console will cater to shows and productions produced by independent and emerging artists or companies with limited budgets, as well as non-traditional performing arts spaces without existing technical infrastructure. It will also promote and incentivize industry-level lighting design and operation in a comprehensive and accessible format.

Emerson’s project will be open-sourced and is inspired by Electronic Theatre Control (ETC) Labs #lighthack, a community-driven project designed by ETC users and employees to share and co-develop open-source apps, programs and hardware. It is Emerson’s intention that, once complete, the details of this project including the equipment list, assembly instructions, and code, will be made available to others interested in creating and/or customizing low-cost, portable programming wings and devices of their own.


Elvina Raharja

2nd year, Creative Industries, Faculty of Communication and Design

Elvina Raharja is a second-year Creative Industries student focusing on the performing art  and film  industries. Growing up in Indonesia, Elvina trained as a dancer and became passionate about learning different dance styles and histories to help cultivate her voice and awareness as an artist. Throughout her training and career in dance, she has also seen first-hand the discrepancy in the representation of women of colour in mainstream media–especially plus-sized women. As an aspiring producer and creative director, Elvina is committed to pushing for safe spaces and inclusivity for everyone, especially within the dance industry.

With the Creators Grant, Elvina is creating a short dance film that highlights curvy and plus-sized women of colour. Her goal for the project is to help dismantle, through dance, pre-existing body standards and to push a body inclusive, positive narrative. 

Remembrance Day: student voices from 2000

Twenty years ago, Jennifer Kwan published “Voices from the Trenches” in the student paper, The Eyeopener.

Kwan interviewed students about their relationship to Remembrance Day and their traditions to commemorate the event. The article published provides insight from students who had recently immigrated to Canada and their connections to war and conflict.

Archives and Special Collections has outlined the importance of the article and student perspectives in their recently published post, Remembrance Day: student voices from 2000

The newspaper article included in post is archived in the Ryerson University Archives Remembrance Day Clipping File. The Archives preserves students’ experiences and serves as the institutional memory of the Ryerson community. For more student perspectives on Remembrance Day, visit Remembrance Day: student voices from 2000.