2014 Student Employee of the Year Award Winners

On April 15th, Ryerson Library hosted the annual Student Staff Appreciation Party. This celebration  honours the Student Employee of the Year Award recipients. The Student Employee of the Year Award  recognises students who have achieved excellence in their work environment, and the winners receive an award as well as a cash gift. The selection committee had a difficult time selecting just one recipient this year, and  ultimately recognized two Ryerson students: Romana Naz and Sarah Hubbard pictured below with RULA’s chief librarian, Madeleine Lefebvre. This event also recognized graduating student employees including Hanny Sierra, who is the first recipient of the Emerging Professional Award offered by the Career Centre, and the first Experiential Learning Work Study Program Award. Congratulations to the award recipients, and we wish you the best of luck in the future!

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Romana Naz & Sarah Hubbard pictured with chief librarian, Madeleine Lefebvre.


One-Stop Course Readings Team Wins Blue & Gold!


Congratulations to the One-Stop Course Readings Service Team for winning the President’s Blue and Gold Award of Excellence! The One-Stop Course Readings Service  makes high-demand course readings available to students over the duration of their courses. This award recognizes the efforts of ten librarians and technicians in addition to several library assistants and four work study students at Ryerson Library who collaborate to provide faculty and students with convenient and copyright compliant access to scholarly articles for their course readings. This service team works alongside the Bookstore, with support from Digital Media Projects, Computing and Communications Services, and the Chang School to provide a service unique to Ryerson Library: one that exemplifies Ryerson’s values of collaboration, innovation, and integrity. Congratulations to all the members of the One-Stop Course Readings Service Team  for winning Blue & Gold


The 5th Annual Aboriginal Student Showcase

Aboriginal Showcase 2014

The 5th Annual Aboriginal Student Showcase is scheduled for Monday March 31st, and all are welcome to attend. This year’s agenda includes presentations by students across four faculties, Ryerson library and faculty speakers, and representatives from the Aboriginal Education Council. Light refreshments will be served.


12:00 pm- 12:30 pm  – Opening remarks by Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian; Dr. Cyndy Baskin, Chair – Aboriginal Education Council; Dr. Denise O’Neil Green – Assistant Vice President/Vice Provost – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; and Joanne Dallaire, Elder – Aboriginal Education Council.

12:30 pm-1:00 pm – 1st presentation by Jeff Swartzentruber, Mechanical Engineering – presenting on  his research and mentorship with Dr. Peter Lui of the OMAX Corp. in Seattle, Washington.

1:00 pm-1:30 pm – 2nd presentation by Nicole Wemigwans & Kathleen Longboat- presenting on their experiences attending the Child & Youth Care World Conference in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

1:30 pm-2:00 pm – 3rd presentation by Brittany Ryan -RULA’s very own student assistant, presenting on her mentorship with acclaimed actor, director, and choreographer, Michael Greyeyes.

2:00 pm – 2:30pm – 4th presentation by Caitlin Davey, Doctoral student of Clinical Psychology – presenting her project work entitled: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Knowledge Translation Strategy to Enhance Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Aboriginal Students.


The Jack Layton Book Club Series


The second annual Jack Layton Book Club Series is coming to the Ryerson University Library and Archives this March and April. Join distinguished guest speakers and faculty as they discuss the books that influenced the late Jack Layton. Former professor of politics at Ryerson University, Jack Layton’s collection of books was donated to the Library and Archives in 2011, and his collection informs this book club series. All book club meetings will be held on a Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the archives on the 3rd floor of the library building.

March 18th join visiting practitioner, nurse, and social activist, Cathy Crowe as she discusses Layton’s work Homelessness : How to End the National Crisis 

March 25th join associate professor Dr. Doreen Fumia as she addresses the AIDS epidemic and Randy Shilts’ film, And the Band Played On

April 1st join associate professor Dr. Henry Parada as he discusses social injustices and victim blaming in William Ryan’s book, Blaming the Victim

Whether or not you have read the book, you are most welcome to attend!

2014 The Year of Reading Women

International Women's Day

Each year the organization, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, publishes the Vida Count to tally the number of women published in and reviewed by major literary publications. In 2012 the tally revealed that just 16% of the reviewers in the New York Review of Books were women, and only 22% of the books reviewed were written by women (VIDA). In response to the gender disparity in the publishing industry the collective campaigning efforts of individual writers, artists, bloggers, libraries, and book stores are calling for readers to make 2014 The Year of Reading Women. Some of the initial efforts include those of Lily Rothman, journalist and contributor at Time, who published a list of works by women authors; writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh who posted bookmarks promoting 2014 as the Year of Reading Women on her blog and started the hashtag #readwomen2014; and Daniel E. Pritchard, co-founder of The Critical Flame, who announced that his publication will dedicate one year of its review coverage wholly to women writers and writers of colour. As Ryerson prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day with events planned for this Friday March 7th, consider who you read, and celebrate women’s authorship by reading works by women!



Freedom to Read Week


Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Get involved by considering some of the titles that have been challenged or banned in Canada, and the reasons why.

The Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council has created a list of 100 books, magazine, and other written works that have been challenged in Canada in the past decades. Ryerson Library holds several of these titles in our collection including: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Alice Munro’s The Lives of Girls and Women, Timothy Findley’s The Wars, David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars, and J.K. Rowling’s The Harry Potter Series. Check out a banned book today, and celebrate our freedom to read!

Aboriginal Awareness Day

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On Tuesday February 25th, Ryerson will be celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Day! Visit the Snack Stop (Upper HUB Cafeteria) between 11am-3pm where you can learn more about what it means to be Aboriginal at Ryerson.  There will be a traditional opening with Dr. Joanne Dallaire, a gallery walk with images and quotes, guest speakers, a selection of titles by Aboriginal authors available at Ryerson Library on display, and there will be some great food catered by Ryerson Eats!

Ryerson Library holds titles by many Aboriginal authors in our collection, such as works by award-winning novelists Thomas King, Joseph Boyden, and Eden Robinson. Check out some of their titles at the library today, and join this event hosted by the Cultural Awareness Committee from 11am-3pm on Tuesday February 25th!