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

Research 101 Workshops

Are you struggling to find the appropriate academic resources for your papers?  Help is here!  Every term, the Library holds Research Skills Workshops available to every student at Ryerson, regardless of your program of study.

In these workshops, you’ll learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays.

View the schedule below, register online and up your research game!

WINTER 2018 Schedule

January 24 Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
February 6 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
February 26 Monday 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
March 8 Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register                       
March 20 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register


The Future of Research Data Management

A key partnership between the Library and the the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is helping shape the future of research data management (RDM) services in Canada, with two key events taking place on the Ryerson campus this week.  Research data management  refers to the organization, storage, preservation, and sharing of data collected and used in a research project. RDM helps to increase research impact, and facilitates the sharing of research data – when shared, data can lead to valuable discoveries by others outside of the original research team.

The OVPRI recently hosted a Tri-Agency pre-consultation about RDM policies. This meeting included representation from CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC, and included members from research offices, libraries and ethics boards from a number of universities across Ontario. Attendees provided feedback that will help inform the upcoming Tri-Agency policy on RDM.

The Library has been deeply involved with planning and hosting  Portage and RDM in Canada on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018.  This is a full-day event on the subject of research data management (RDM) best-practices, and the need for coordinated institutional, domain, and national data management services in Canada.

Chief Librarian Carol Shepstone is providing welcoming remarks, with Dr. Steven Liss, Ryerson’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation moderating a panel including researchers and university administrators.  Attendees from across the country will  be participating in workshops on tools important to RDM planning and data deposit. The event will be streamed on Ryecast:

For more information on RDM planning at Ryerson, please contact Matt Gertler, Data Librarian at


ORCID Author Identifier: Distinguish Yourself in Three Easy Steps

Faculty members and graduate students are invited to attend a drop-in session where they will receive hands-on assistance in setting up and populating an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) 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.

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.

Drop-in dates and location:

Tuesday, February 20th,  2:00 to 3:00 PM – LIB393A

Thursday, February 22nd, 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

Please see this video for more information about ORCID.

Re-lamping Project on floors 1-4

The ceiling lights on some of the Library floors will be re-lamped over the next month, which  involves replacing plastic lens covers and upgrading the light fixtures with LED bulbs.  Work will be taking place during off-peak hours of library usage and when the Library is closed. The lights on floors 6-10 and a portion of those on the 5th floor were retrofitted during the fall of last year.  This second phase of the project will address the remaining lights on the 5th floor, as well as those that require replacement on floors 1 – 4.  The project’s anticipated date of completion is February 20th.  The contractor will attempt to ensure that disruption is minimized, particularly on the 2nd floor, during the period between 11:00pm and 1:00am, when the Library is still open. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab Extends Hours

Welcome back to the Winter 2018 term! To help meet student demand for access to the technology and expertise available in the Library’s Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab, the space is now open until 8 p.m., Monday to Friday, located on the 4th floor of the SLC. Learn how to use emerging tech and Digital Media, including Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Photoshop / Illustrator and much more.

Shift in Library Hours

The Fall term is almost complete!  Please note that library hours will begin to shift once the academic term:

  • The Library will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, and closed on Sunday, December 17.
  • From Monday, December 18 to Friday, December 22, the Library will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The Library will be closed from December 23 – January 7.
  • From Monday, January 8 to Friday, January 12, the Library will be open from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • On Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14, the Library will be open from 10a.m. – 10 p.m. The Library will re-open for the Winter term at 7 a.m. on Monday, January 15

Have a safe and wonderful holiday break!

Clear Library Fines & Return Overdue Titles

We hope everyone is having a successful exam period – the Fall term is almost complete! This is a reminder to clear all outstanding fines and return overdue items by as soon as possible to ensure access to grades over the holiday break. Head to the renewals page to see if you have overdue items or fines greater than $10. Students with fines greater than $10 will not be able to view their grades until their accounts are cleared.

All fines can be paid to the Library at the Circulation Desk, either by cash, debit, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or with your Ryerson OneCard. The Library also accepts payment by VISA, MasterCard, and American Express by phone – please call 416-979-5055 and select option 2.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Library Circulation Desk by email at or by phone at 416-979-5055.

Please note that the Library will operate on reduced hours starting Saturday, December 16th. Check the Library website for all of our hours over the next two weeks.  The university and the Library will be closed from Saturday, December 23 – Sunday, January 7.

From all of us here at RULA, thank you and we wish you a safe and happy winter break!