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What’s happening at the Library this fall

The start of the fall term once again looks different than previous years as we begin to gradually and safely open some onsite access to resources and activities. The University Library, will be phasing in onsite services, transitioning from offering primarily remote services and programs throughout the past year, to delivering Library services and programming in new, expanded, or revised ways to best meet multimodal delivery. We will continue to offer virtual services, as well as begin to open access to the Library building, onsite resources, study spaces, print collections and experiential learning and research labs. 

 

Quick links to resources and services for  Students | Instructors | Researchers

 

Entering the Library

Health and safety continues to be a priority as we phase in onsite access. Students, faculty and staff can enter the Library from the lower ground entrance of the Library building, located at 350 Victoria St. on the northwest corner of Gould Street and Nelson Mandela Walk. To gain access, patrons are required to wear a mask at all times, have their OneCard and their Health Screening Pass through the RyersonSafe App.

Students, faculty and staff are now required by the university to provide proof of vaccination prior to coming to campus. Please visit the university website for details. 

At this time, access to the Library remains limited to faculty, students and staff. 

 

Renovations

During the last year, the Library has been working hard to improve academic learning spaces for our community, including: renovating some new group study rooms, adding new furniture to meet unique needs and study styles, and other improvements. These new areas and improvements will open in a phased in approach as they are completed.

The Library will continue to offer students multiple desktop computers, labs, study spaces, loan laptops, as well as provide strong wifi onsite.

 

Print collection 

Students, faculty and staff can continue to request print items for pick up. 

In addition to being able to request print items students will once again, where possible, have access to print textbooks available on short-term loan for the majority of undergraduate courses. Digital course readings will also be available to students 24/7, on campus and off, in their D2L courses.

 

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loan requests will start being processed as of September 7, 2021

 

Research help

Research help will be available virtually through the Library’s Ask A Librarian chat service and via one-on-one online appointments

 

First-year experience

Subject librarians participate in the Library First-Year Experience program and reach out to new students through their programs and departments.

 

Virtual research and digital skills workshops

The Library will continue offering a number of virtual research and digital skills workshops. Students can learn how to navigate the Library’s electronic resources, conduct literature and systematic reviews, search for patents, or use Photoshop, Illustrator and other Adobe Creative Suite products. For more information including dates and times, visit Library workshops.

 

Library’s Issac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME)

Students will be able to book appointments at the Library’s DME, which offers experiential learning opportunities and workshops to all students from the time they enter Ryerson to when they finish their studies, including: access to and instruction on using 3D printers, media creation tools, Adobe Creative Suite and more.

 

Library Collaboratory

The Library Collaboratory will be open to faculty and graduate student members to book research reappointments. The Collaboratory is an interdisciplinary research space equipped with laser printers, 3D printers, prototyping tools and more. Learn more about Library Collaboratory membership.

 

Geospatial, Map and Data Centre

The Geospatial, Map and Data Centre (GMDC) will be open providing students, faculty and researchers access to GIS software, statistics and data resources, and paper map collections. Research consultations, workshops and instruction sessions related to GIS and data resources will continue to be delivered virtually and can be requested via the GMDC.

 

Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections will be open by appointment providing students, faculty and staff access to the Library’s special collections including photography, film and cultural history object collections, and University archival collections.

 

Visit the Library online to learn more about what’s happening this fall

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 wide range of electronic resources, including: ebooks, ejournal 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.   

 

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.

 

 eReserves and Digital Course Readings 

Ensure students have convenient  (and copyright compliant) access to customized  digital course readings embedded in D2L course Shells. To request eReserve course readings, please email reserve@ryerson.ca.

 

Copyright Guidance 

For information on copyright in instruction or SRC and scholarly publishing 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.  

 

Textbooks

This fall, the Library’s Print Reserve service is providing access to some print textbooks. Students can borrow print textbooks on short term loan.

For specific electronic textbooks please check the Ryerson Campus Store for available purchasing. 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. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

 

 Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is now available, without appointment.  For more information email access@ryerson.ca

 

Contactless Print Pickup

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 is available online 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 students 

Updated: August 30, 2021

 

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for non reserve print materials has been extended to Sept. 30, 2021.  Please contact access@ryerson.ca if you have a question.

 

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian Chat Service (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation: 

Aug. 16 to Sept. 3 

Mon. to Fri: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

No weekends

 

Sept. 7 to Dec. 23 

Mon. to Thurs.:  10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Fri.:   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat. and Sun.:  12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

CLOSED: Sept. 6 for Labour Day, and Oct. 11 for Thanksgiving

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: asc@ryerson.ca
  • Geospatial Map and Data Centre: librdata@ryerson.ca
  • Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab: dme@ryerson.ca

 

Virtual Research Help Appointments

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

Online appointments can be booked: 

Mon. to Fri.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat. and Sun.: closed

 

Onsite Appointments: Library Digital Media Experience Lab 

Tues. to Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students can book appointments to use 3D printers, media creation tools, MAC computers and more. 

Note: appointment check in is via main Library check in point

 

Virtual Library DME Appointments

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

 

Study Space Booking

Study space bookings (including computer stations) are available in the Library

Mon. to Fri.: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sat. and Sun.: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m..

Students can book single use group rooms, study seats or computer workstations. 

Access is limited to current students and appropriate health screening is required prior to entry. Please use the RyersonSafe app, bring your OneCard and a mask. Note: the University now requires proof of vaccination.

Please note capacity is also currently limited due to renovations—we apologize for the inconvenience—and seating is managed to adhere to public health and safety guidelines. Masks are required

For more information about study space bookings and health and safety protocols please email, access@ryerson.ca

 

Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is now available, without appointment.  For more information email, access@ryerson.ca

 

Contactless Print Pickup

The 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.

Note: To ensure you have continued access to your textbooks, please  check the Ryerson Campus Store for electronic textbooks.

 

Contactless 3D Printing Pickup

The Library DME is pleased to offer Contactless 3D Printing Pickup. You can request 3D printing through the DME and pick up items at the Circulation Desk located on the 2nd floor by the main entrance.

 

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 University 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.

Contactless pick up is available at the Circulation Desk located on the 2nd floor by the main entrance.

 

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.

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. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

 

Research and Digital Skills Workshops

The Library hosts a number of virtual workshops each month. Learn about everything from finding credible resources including electronic articles and books, how to do literature and systematic reviews, or learn Adobe Creative suite applications for projects and for fun!

 

Subject Librarians

Connect with your subject liaison 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.

 

Digital Course Readings

The 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

 

Textbook Collection

Print textbooks available on short-term loan for the majority of Ryerson’s undergraduate courses. Textbooks are available from the reserve collection at the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the Library and can be requested by call number.

 

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.

 

Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loan requests will start being processed as of September 7, 2021. 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.

 

Subject Research Guides

Subject guides assist with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.

 

Research Help Guide

Research guides get you started on how to plan and carry out your research. Online research tutorials are available to help walk you through each step of the research process. 

 

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 resources and services for researchers

The Library provides access to subject expertise, a wide range of scholarly resources, and other SRC services and programs to support and collaborate with researchers and faculty on scholarly, research and creative activities (SRC).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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, Nora Mulvaney, nmulvaney@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.

 

Library Collaboratory

The Library Collaboratory is an interdisciplinary research space equipped with laser printers, 3D printers, prototyping tools and more. This year, the Collaboratory will be open to faculty and graduate student members to book research appointments. In-person appointments can be booked Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Virtual workshops are offered regularly. Learn more about Library Collaboratory membership.

Geospatial, Map and Data Centre

The Geospatial, Map and Data Centre (GMDC) labs provide faculty, researchers and students access to GIS software, statistics and data resources, and our paper map collection. Research consultations, workshops and instruction sessions related to GIS and Data resources will continue to be delivered virtually this fall and can be requested via the GMDC website.

 

 

Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections  provides faculty, researchers and students with access to the Library’s special collections including photography, film and cultural history object collections, and University archival collections. In-person research appointments can be booked Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loan requests will start being processed as of September 7, 2021. Please email any questions to racer@ryerson.ca.

 

University Library Digital Repository

Share your work! The University Library Digital Repository collects, archives, and provides online access to research materials created by the University 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. 

 

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.

 

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. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

 

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). 

 

Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is now available, without appointment.  For more information, please email access@ryerson.ca

 

Contactless Print Pickup

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.

Changes are underway at the Library!

The Library is updating and renewing many of its learning and study spaces! Keep up to date with these exciting new developments!

Note: While the Library will continue to be open during the renovations, it may take longer to complete contactless pick up, scan and deliver, as well as any eReserve requests and retrievals.

 

Library elevators

Status: in progress/approximate completion date for two elevators is mid-August

All four of the Library elevators are being refurbished and will be running without interruption  once complete! Stay tuned for the grand elevator opening!

 

Library 8th floor
Status: in progress/ currently no access – approximate completion date is mid November

Twelve new group study rooms are being built on the Library’s 8th floor. These new study areas will feature glass front walls and doors to improve sightlines and safety. Double glazed glass and sound insulation will be added to ensure limited noise transmission between rooms. All rooms will have accessible doors and interiors and be equipped with monitors, white glass boards, and improved lighting. Thermal insulation is also being added along the perimeter walls to reduce heat loss during colder months.

In addition to these new state-of-the art study rooms, we are adding new furniture in the individual open study areas, as well as new flooring on the 8th floor.

 

Library 6th and 7th floors

Status: awaiting arrival

New furniture alert! Individual study “pods” are coming to the Library! These semi-private study seats will replace many of the dated study carrels. Pods will be complete with charging modules and soft seating. 

 

Library 4th floor

Status: TBD/access open to Archives and Special Collections

The Library is expanding and revamping the 4th floor quiet study space. This natural light filled area will add additional academic study space seating which can be transformed and repurposed for Library programming and workshops. A fabulous new showcase Special Collections area and reading room will also be included in the renovation. 

 

Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons
Status: in progress/opening soon!

The Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons is getting a new floor! Installation is underway across the entire main floor of the Library and will be completed before the start of the Fall term.

Learning commons computer stations and other seating have been temporarily moved to the 3rd floor and are bookable online.

 

Refresh Project: Floors 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 

New flooring and paint will also refresh floors 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10!

 

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!

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