Parts of 10th Floor Inaccessible

Due to some leakage over the weekend on the 10th floor, sections of the print collection have been temporarily relocated to an alternate floor. If you are looking for a book on the 10th floor and you are not able to locate it, please ask for help from one of our staff.  Due to fans running on the 10th floor and caution tape in certain areas, users may want to access study space on alternate floors until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience!

Library Town Hall on September 18

 

We want to hear from you about your experience with the library. It’s your your space, your library, and we want to make it as useful, accessible and welcoming as we can. But we can’t do that without hearing from those who use it the most – YOU!

Please plan to drop in and have your say. We’ll have pizza and refreshments to make sure your belly is full, and your mind open.

Join us on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 between 12pm-2pm in SLC 508, on the 5th floor of the Student Learning Centre. 

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Return Overdue Items and Clear Your Fines

Now that the summer semester is complete, 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 Fall 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″.  Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Shifting Print Collections

If you are looking for print books or journals over the summer, please note that we are currently shifting our entire print collection to create more space for students, make the collection more accessible by integrating print serials into call number runs, and ensure we have sufficient room for the collection to grow.  It is a huge project and a massive team effort, which includes physical shifting, changing digital records, and creating new signage.  We have hired a number of summer students to assist staff with this project, who have been working very hard to finish this project in time for the Fall semester.  If you need assistance locating print materials over the summer, please ask for assistance from our staff, and we will be more than happy to help!

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 hritscher@ryerson.ca.

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

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 bcameron@ryerson.ca or Naomi Eichenlaub at neichenl@ryerson.ca.

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!