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!
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!
It’s Canada Day weekend! The Library will be closed on Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2. For more information about library hours, please visit our website. Have a safe and wonderful long weekend!
All Scholars Portal services, which includes the majority of the Library’s journals/ebooks, as well as RACER, the InterLibrary Loan system, will be temporarily unavailable from Saturday, June 30th at 5pm until Sunday, July 1st at 5pm. The full list of affected services is available on the Scholars Portal website. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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 email@example.com.
Students can apply for the Weekend Circulation Assistant position by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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):
If you are not able to attend these sessions and would like to schedule a one-to-one appointment, please contact Brian Cameron at email@example.com or Naomi Eichenlaub at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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:
- HotDocs schedules and guides,
- Promotional materials,
- Administrative records, such as annual reports, and
- a DVD collection of 72 documentary films, with many items available for borrowing from our AV collection located on the 5th floor.
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.