Enhanced Citizenship Ceremony

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the Ryerson University Library will celebrate 52 new Canadian citizens during an enhanced citizenship ceremony.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: 8th Floor SLC Building

Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) Creators Grant Showcase

On Thursday, Nov. 14 student recipients of the 2019 Library Creators Grant will be showcasing their grant projects.

These dynamic projects, which range from documentary film to kaleidoscopic light prisms, each address specific social issues that impact our lives, our city, and our culture.

RSVP: bit.ly/2019creatorsgrant

Date: Thursday, Nov. 14

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Ryerson University Library, 4th Fl, LIB 405

Make Financial Lemonade with Guest Speaker Liz Schieck, New School of Finance


Managing your money can be frustrating and confusing. Life is expensive, especially when you’re a student living off of limited income or OSAP. 

On Nov. 11, come learn some tips for getting your money under control with guest speaker Liz Schieck, New School of Finance.

About Liz Schieck:

Liz Schieck is a certified teacher and financial coach from the New School of Finance. 

Date: Monday, Nov. 11

Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: LIB-405 (4th Floor of Library)

Free program. Register at Financial Lemonade

English Paper Piecing

A simple, portable, meditative craft, English Paper Piecing (also known as EPP) is a quilting technique used to hand sew fabric patchwork using paper templates.

Come, learn how to stitch hexagon fabric pieces to create a larger quilted piece.

Join us and enjoy this meditative practice. Resources and instruction provided.


Monday, Oct. 21


12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME), 3rd Floor, SLC

RSVP: English Paper Piecing

Queering Canadian Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Join us on Thursday, August 22 for Queering Canadian Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

Ryerson Library edit-a-thons are for beginners, experts, and everyone in between. Join us on our wiki-editing quest to lift voices, and improve knowledge and representation. All members of the Ryerson community are welcome, as well as community members interested in the topic.

Date: Thursday, August 22 2019

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Theme: Queering Canadian Wikipedia

Location: Ryerson Library Collaboratory, enter through yellow door, SLC 3rd floor

Laptops: Bringing your own laptop is encouraged; a limited number of laptops will be available for those who are unable to bring their own.

Reminder to return Overdue Items and Clear Your Fines

We hope everyone is having a successful exam period – the summer term is almost complete!

  • Please clear any outstanding fines and return overdue items as soon as possible. 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 credit card payment by phone – please call 416-979-2149. We do not accept personal cheques.
  • If you have questions or concerns about fines or overdue items, please contact the Library Circulation Desk by email at access@ryerson.ca or by phone at 416-979-5055.

From all of us at the Library, thank you and we wish you all the best with your exams!

Emerging Technology Summer Workshops

From July 23 – 24, 2019 the Library Collaboratory is piloting two hands-on workshops for library and educational communities, to empower participants with new knowledge to implement emerging technologies in their own library spaces and programming. Get your hands dirty and learn something new!

Workshop 1: Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT)

Workshop 2: Introduction to 3D Printing

Participants may register for one workshop — or they may register for both workshops at a special rate.
Scroll down for more details and for registration.

Space is limited. Register today!



Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada: Launch of online resource provides access to extensive digital content


On April 30, 2019, the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH), and Ryerson University Library, hosted Digital Diversity @ Ryerson, a symposium that highlighted the launch of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada (LGLC) website. The new resource provides online access to a significant collection of information that chronicles the lesbian and gay liberation movement from its inception in 1964, with the formation of the first gay liberation organization, to the 1981 AIDS crisis.

The completion of the digital project has been five years in the making, unless you consider the text on which it’s based. Then, all in, it’s been over two decades of work chronicling a movement and transcribing it into digital format.

In 1996, Don McLeod, a Librarian at the University of Toronto published volume one of a ground-breaking two volume set titled Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada. The book methodically chronicles ‘the people, places, legislation, protests, publications and organizations that defined the LGBT movement in Canada’ from 1964 to 1975.

The second volume of this impeccable historical achievement, covering 1976 to 1981, wouldn’t be published for another 20 years. Together, the volumes represent a remarkable undertaking that provides a detailed account of people, places and events spanning 17 years of a movement that brought an enormous amount of awareness and change to Canadians, and Canadian culture and society.

In 2011, five years before the second volume was to be published in 2016, Michelle Schwartz, a Librarian and Researcher from New York who had recently relocated to Toronto, was working at Ryerson and volunteering at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives [now the ArQuives]. At Ryerson she met Ryerson-York PhD candidate Constance Crompton, and the two decided to join forces to begin encoding McLeod’s work into digital format, with the intent of creating an accessible online resource.

“At the time, I was volunteering at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and had become familiar with McLeod’s book as a key reference work for researchers in LGBTQ history” says Schwartz.  “Constance was working on another digital project, the Yellow Nineties, and we often talked about how McLeod’s chronology was the perfect candidate for digitization. Having the text in a digital format would allow us to ask all sorts of questions about the data contained in the book that wouldn’t be possible with a paper copy.”

In 2014, Schwartz and Crompton secured Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funding for the project. Crompton, who had since graduated and was now a faculty member at UBC’s Okanagan campus, had remained in contact with her Ryerson PhD supervisor Lorraine Janzen Kooistra from the Department of English and the founding Co-Director of CDH. Janzen Kooistra had been a supporter of the LGLC project from the beginning, encouraging and collaborating on its development. CDH had been established in 2012 (it is now housed on the  4th floor of the Library) with a mission to engage “in collaborative  transdisciplinary scholarship, research, and creativity (SRC) at the critical intersection of the material and the digital, contributing to scholarly and societal knowledge about cultural objects, makers, and communities.” The LGLC project checked all the boxes for CDH and as the project grew, so too did support from the CDH community. Janzen Kooistra notes, “all members of the CDH community—students, faculty, staff, librarians, and partners—have benefited enormously from the opportunity to collaborate on this ground-breaking, intersectional and interdisciplinary project in open public scholarship.”

Over the course of the next five years, Schwartz and Crompton–with the help of undergraduate and graduate research assistants from Ryerson, University of British Columbia Okanagan, University of Ottawa, and Simon Fraser University–would create a remarkable database of McLeod’s work. The project, while transcribing the published text into a digital format, also set out to build on the books. Schwartz and Crompton note, “we have both expanded Don McLeod’s pioneering content and provided new ways of searching and organizing it,” adding that “the publicly accessible website (lgcl.ca) provides users with access to interconnected links with location information for the places mentioned, biographical information of the people involved, and citations drawn from periodicals, newsletters, and archival sources.”

As the project came to fruition it required a platform on which it could be supported. Schwartz and Crompton reached out to Ryerson University Library’s Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone and the Head of Library Information Technology Services, Fangmin Wang. As a leader in adopting emerging technology and building innovative programming and services, the Library welcomed the opportunity to partner with CDH, and Schwartz and Crompton, to provide a platform and hosting support. In addition to hosting the website the Library’s expertise in digital publishing and scholarship gave the project additional backing in relation to developing and sustaining an open access publication. The partnership between CDH, the Library, and the LGLC project team, was an ideal fit.

Now complete, the LGLC website is a robust online resource built from and extending McLeod’s original work. It consists of over 34,000 enriched records of people, places, and events; includes additional social aspects of Canadian LGBTQ history, such as poetry readings, protests, legislative change and book launches; and highlights that the gay liberation movement did not exclusively take place in urban centers. In fact, the LGLC site references 350 cities, 900 locations, and 3,430 people.

A key feature of the site is the ability for users to chart their own path through the movement, uncovering stories of a particular person, city, organization, or year.

Reflecting on the value and depth of the project, Chief Librarian Carol Shepstone notes “the Library is thrilled to partner and support this important scholarly and community resource, which contributes to centring LGBTQ history in Canada.”

After two decades of work, the volumes and the collaborative project mark an enormous accomplishment, which details an important period of history and provides an accessible resource pertinent to Canadian culture and society

Celebrate Pride at Ryerson!

Monday, June 3, Positive Space at Ryerson kicks off a month of Pride celebrations around campus. In collaboration with the Library, Positive Space will host some the June events at the Library, beginning in the morning with the installation of the Pride flag above the Library’s Research Help centre–located at the Library’s westside entrance on the second floor of the SLC building.

The official campus Pride Kick-Off event happens in the afternoon on the main level of the SLC at 12 p.m..

Please join us at the Library for the following Positive Space events!

#DisplayYourPride Contest
Date: June 3 – 13
Description: The Library will once again be decorating the iDesk, and participating in Ryerson’s annual decoration contest. Come by and check out the display!

Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime: Reading is FUNdamental

Date and time: June, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: LIB 405
Description: Register to bring kids to join you for this all-ages event. Fun for the young and the young at heart! You don’t need to bring a kid to enjoy this event.

Fay and Fluffy will read books from the Library’s collection. Colouring stations and Busy Boxes will be available for children, and coffee (for adults).

Documentary Screening: Track Two

Date and time: June 11, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Library/SLC 508
Description: Learn about the growth of Toronto’s gay community, including the infamous “Operation Soap” where Toronto Police raided gay bathhouses, and the subsequent protests. Popcorn provided

Pride Crafternoon

Date and time: June 20, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Library Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME), 2nd floor, SLC
Description: Join the Consent Comes First Office and Positive space in the Library’s DME for an afternoon of self/community care with DIY crafts.


Entrepreneurship Book Club

Read a book on entrepreneurship lately? Share your insights and let’s discuss it together!

Ryerson University Library is pleased to be hosting a monthly entrepreneurship book club for Ryerson community members.

The Entrepreneurship Book Club is an opportunity to discuss, share insights, reflect, and hear what other Ryerson community members have to say about the various entrepreneurship books they have read.

The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 30, 6:30 p.m.

Please register online and come prepared to discuss your favourite entrepreneurship book!  If you would like a book to talk about find a selection of entrepreneurship books (print and electronic) or search the Ryerson Library catalogue for more!

All Ryerson community members are welcome!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact jpsilva@ryerson.ca or tngrant@ryerson.ca.