Summer Student Employment

Looking for a summer job on campus? We need some full-time Ryerson students to work as Shifting Assistants, and as a Weekend Circulation Assistant over the summer! Applicants must be current, full-time Ryerson students with a valid SIN Card. Only applicants granted interviews will be contacted.

Students can apply for the Shifting Assistant positions by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references no later than Monday, June 18, 2018 to

Students can apply for the Weekend Circulation Assistant position by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references to

For Career Boost (formerly known as Work Study) job opportunities, please go to the Career Boost website.

Digital Literacy Day @ RULA

Thursday, May 31st is Toronto’s first Digital Literacy Day! The Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) is one of many partners providing free events and programming across the city to explore the ways technology has changed the way that we work, play, educate and teach. RULA is showcasing how we support digital literacy learning in our spaces through sponsorship of student projects, workshops, and hands-on demonstrations by Library staff.  The complete list of events available across this city is accessible on the City of Toronto website.

At the Toronto Reference Library from 9:30am-11:30am, RULA is showcasing innovative uses of digital technology by Ryerson students and Library staff, including:

Micropayment for Smart Sensors is a student project that enables payment features to any electronic sensor via an online dashboard, with use cases ranging from housing to retail to industry. Examples of potential use would include a fully-automated modular home with payment-enabled sensors that would be ideal for a new immigrant or a tourist looking for short-term rentals.

Facial Recognition Enabled Smart Door involves student design of a facial recognition device that will provide access to staff members into an equipment room as a pilot project for door security. This device will be capable of identifying visitors before they enter the room from a digital image using computer vision techniques.

ioTree: Community Gardens  is a garden monitoring system developed by students that allows users to track growing conditions, and prompts users when action should be taken to maintain the garden. The gardener will be prompted with a dry soil alert when watering is needed, and past trends in garden conditions can be used to predict the timing of future maintenance.

Remembering the Real Winnie Digital Project is a demonstration/showcase of how digital technology is bringing history to life, presented by Ryerson Librarian, Sally Wilson.

At the Agincourt branch of the Toronto Public Library, RULA is sponsoring Tetra Ryerson’s Exoskeleton Workshop from 6p.m.-8p.m., a hands-on STEM education workshop where attendees will learn how to build their own robotic exoskeleton. Participants will learn the history and importance of robotic exoskeletons, current technology, how they are built, as well as their various applications. They will be able to simultaneously apply this knowledge while building an actual robotic exoskeleton consisting of 3D printed parts, motors, sensors and other equipment. Please register online to participate in this workshop.

On-site at Ryerson University, the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab and Collaboratory, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre,will have an open house from 10a.m. – 5 p.m.  Participants will view demonstrations and engage with VR and AR technologies including the Oculus Rift and HoloLens, 3D printing, and laser cutting of RULA keychains for participants.

Participants can also register for afternoon workshops on thematic aspects of digital literacy:

Trust and Bias in Digital Literacy (2:30pm-3:30pm in the Collaboratory, Library’s 3rd floor)
Ryerson Librarians will present on helping users and creators master the important skill of digital literacy. They will discuss why users need a higher-level critical lens when navigating the digital realm, and why the skill of evaluating information in a digital space is necessary.

What is Machine Learning? (3:30pm – 4:30pm in the Collaboratory, Library’s 3rd floor)
This talk will feature an introduction to artificial intelligence with a focus on machine learning (ML) applications, including the overall workflow of an machine learning program and common use cases in the industry. This talk will briefly touch upon the emergence of machine learning and neural networks in computer vision applications.

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):

Thursday, May 3rd,  2:00 to 3:00 PM – LIB393A

Thursday, June 7th, 2:00 to 3:00 PM – LIB393A

Thursday, June 21st,  2:00 to 3:00 PM – LIB393A

Thursday, July 26th, 2:00 to 3:00 PM – LIB393A

Thursday, August 30th, 2:00 to 3:00 PM – LIB393A

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

Shift to Spring/Summer Hours

Exams are almost done, so please note that the Library/SLC hours will also begin to change as we transition to the Spring/Summer term. On Saturday, April 28th, the Library/SLC will be open from 8am – 10 pm, and we will be closed on Sunday, April 29. Spring/Summer hours will begin on Monday, April 30.

Students should also take this opportunity to clear all outstanding fines, and return overdue items to ensure access to grades and transcripts.  Please check your library account  on the Library website to see if you have overdue items, or fines greater than $10.  If you are graduating this year, all fines must be paid prior to convocation.  Fines can be paid at the Library’s Circulation Desk, either by cash, Interac (debit), VISA, MasterCard, American Express or the Ryerson OneCard.  The Library also accepts payment from the above credit cards by phone, please call 416-979-5055, “Option 2″.

Best wishes for a wonderful spring and summer!

HotDocs Donation Highlights

HotDocs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will be making its annual arrival in Toronto from April 26 to May 6.  As recently reported, the Library’s Archives and Special Collections received a donation of assets from past Hot Docs Festivals and year-round activities.  This collection is now accessible on the Library’s 4th floor, and includes:

The Library’s audio-visual collection includes many other documentary films available for borrowing, as well as films that are viewable through online streaming sites such as Kanopy, Curio and the National Film Board of Canada.

Cutting Mats Available for Loan

Need to do some mat cutting? You can now borrow a cutting mat to protect tabletops and flooring when exacto knives are required for cutting. Help protect the tabletops in the Library and the SLC by using these for your next project. Mats can be borrowed from the Library’s Circulation Desk for 4 hour periods.

Course Reading Requests for Spring/Summer 2018

Teaching a course during the 2018 Spring semester?  The Library’s E-Reserve service provides digital course reading support via D2L Brightspace. To order readings, instructors can use the e-reserve request form inside their Brightspace by D2L course OR send a reading list with course code, term, full citations and the needed by dates to More information is available on the Library website.

Please submit your course reading requests by April 6th, 2018. After that, requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We understand that some instructors may not have their courses assigned by this date. Any requests received after April 6th will be processed on a first come, first-serve basis, once they are received. We thank everyone who has already sent in their E-Reserve requests.

If you prefer print, order print course packs sold at the Ryerson Campus Store OR place course books in the print reserve collection at the Library. If you order print course packs from copy shops other than the Campus Store, only use these approved vendors.

Important Reminder: Permissions are always required for material that exceeds 10% of a work or one chapter, and for business case studies. Permissions need to be re-requested each term that the material will be used through Please see the Ryerson Fair Dealing Guideline for more information. If you have had permissions in your course in the past, and you are using the same readings, we strongly encourage you to send your request as soon as possible, as the re-permissioning process can take time.

Learn to Crochet!

Looking to learn a new skill, and meet new people? Maybe relieve some stress as we get closer to the end of term? The Library is hosting a series of free Crochet Workshops where you will learn basic crochet skills, and create an amigurumi crochet hot cocoa mug that unrolls to become a cozy scarf.

This design can be found in  Make: fabric and fiber inventions, a print title from the Library’s collection. Crochet workshops will take place on Tuesday, April 3rd and 10th, 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.  Please register by sending an email to Librarian Trina Grover at

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