AI: The new cognitive imperialism – event postponed

POSTPONED: Please note, due to illness this event has been POSTPONED. The talk will be rescheduled at a later date, and notice provided as soon as possible.

A talk by professor Jennifer Wemigwans, University of Toronto, on Indigenous knowledge and new technologies.

Jennifer Wemigwans is a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, and an assistant professor at the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE, University of Toronto. A new media producer, writer and scholar, Wemigwans specializes in the convergence between education, Indigenous knowledge and new media technologies. Her talk will focus on Indigenous knowledge and new technologies.

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or accessible accommodation requests, please email

Date: January 22, 2020

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Location: LIB 405, Ryerson Library

Contact: Michael Ridley,

John Papadopoulos appointed head law librarian of Ryerson Library

Ryerson University Library is pleased to announce the appointment of John Papadopoulos as the Library’s inaugural Head Law Librarian. John holds a Master of Information Studies and J.D. from the University of Toronto (U of T), and is an accomplished scholar and instructor in the areas of legal research and writing. He has held the position of adjunct instructor at the Faculty of Information and Faculty of Law, U of T, where he also spent six years as Chief Law Librarian at the Bora Laskin Law Library. John has over 20 years experience working in academic and firm law libraries including his most recent position as the Director of the John W. Graham Library & Trinity College Archives at U of T.

As Head Law Librarian, John will be responsible for building a robust and innovative law library branch including a rich collection of quality legal resources, an outstanding legal research instructional program, and student focused services customized to meet Ryerson’s unique law curriculum. John will be joining the Library’s leadership team, reporting to the Chief Librarian, while also working closely with the new Dean of Law and law faculty members as they welcome the first cohort of students in 2020. “I am looking forward to taking on this challenge and to being part of the strong team at Ryerson University Library. Ryerson’s new Faculty of Law presents the Library with an exciting opportunity to develop a unique kind of law library essential for the success of the School’s innovative programming,” says John.

John will also be joining the librarian collegium and will be a key member of the TRSM/LAW liaison team where he will offer important contributions to the Library’s growing support of SRC. 

“I am thrilled that John is joining the Ryerson Library team in this important new role. It is a fabulous opportunity to create a new specialized branch library, and I know John has the leadership experience and expertise needed for success,” says Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone. 

John will join the Library team on February 10, 2020.

Reminder to return Overdue Items and Clear Your Fines

We hope everyone is having a successful exam period – the fall 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 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!

Launching Imprinting Canada: The McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press Collection


This fall, the Library celebrated the launch of
Imprinting Canada: The McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press Collectionan online exhibit highlighting the Library’s largest single gift-in-kind donation to date.

The Ryerson Press Collection arrived at the University Library towards the end of 2016. It includes nearly 3000 books published between 1862 and 1970, and 2000 documents including letters and author contracts, all from what was once the largest publisher in Canada.

The publishing company, originally founded in 1829, evolved into the Methodist Book and Publishing House, and eventually became Ryerson Press in 1919. In 1920, Lorne Pierce joined the firm as literary advisor, and was soon promoted to general editor–a role he remained in for another 38 years. During his tenure, Pierce embarked on an ambitious cultural publishing program to promote Canadian literature, history and art. 

In 1970, the press was sold to McGraw-Hill Canada, and became known as McGraw-Hill Ryerson. While the company had roots in publishing religious materials and trade books, it also launched the careers of a number of notable Canadian authors, poets and illustrators. Among the collection are first editions of Alice Munro’s first book, Dance of the Happy Shades, and works by Canadian poets such as A.M. Klein, Earle Birney, Miriam Waddington and Al Purdy, as well as book illustrations by several members of the Group of Seven.

Shortly after the collection arrived at the Ryerson Library, three book historians took note of the opportunities presented by the donation. Eager to promote its research capacity, Ryerson Librarian Val Lem, Professor Ruth Panofsky, Department of English at Ryerson, and Dr. Janet Friskney, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, set out to secure a SSHRC Connections Grant to create an online exhibit of the collection. Expressing interest in the project, Ryerson Librarian, Sally Wilson,  Professor Art Seto, School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson, and former Executive Vice President of McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Clive Powell, also joined the team.

Their efforts paid off and in November 2017 they were awarded the SSHRC grant. Ryerson Library also provided in-kind support for the project, and some additional funds were granted by the Faculty of Arts and an external donor. 

“The funding allowed us to hire a graphic communications intern to help create the website images. As well, graduate English students wrote case studies, and external scholars were recruited to contribute chapters, essays or case studies in their areas of expertise,” said Lem. 

The project also provided opportunities for undergraduate students to work with and study the collection. “Undergraduate students registered in the graphics communication course The Art of the Book were encouraged to write essays on aspects of the collection,” notes Lem, adding that “four of the papers were modified for inclusion in the website.” 

Two years later, after all contributions and graphic work was complete, the exhibit launched in October 2019. The website, designed to replicate the format of a book, can be explored through chapters, essays, and case studies each highlighting different sections of the collection. The project shines a spotlight on the significance of the collection, which Lem notes “will continue to inspire new research in the years ahead.”

Echoing Lem, regarding the scholarly importance of the collection, Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone adds, “the McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press Collection provides our students and faculty with a rich source of academic research materials, and its long history offers insights into many aspects of Canadian studies in the making. There is endless potential for fascinating projects by a broad range of scholars.”

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


In February 2019, the Library launched a new grant offering students an opportunity to receive funding, mentorship, and access to Library resources allowing them to develop a personal project that addressed a systemic social issue.

Aptly titled the Creators Grant, this new program hit the ground running after careful consideration and development through the Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME). 

Four students were ultimately selected, whose ideas and applications surpassed expectations.

On Thursday, November 14, those four student recipients of the 2019 Library Creators Grant showcased the fruits of their labours during an engaging evening presentation that highlighted their innovation, creativity and learned skills.

Agents of Change: the Disability Edge by Paul Benson

Paul Benson, is a second-year student in Ryerson’s Disabilities Studies program, Faculty of Community Services. He applied for the grant determined to create a documentary that drew attention to “the positive changes that people with disabilities make in the world based on their experiences,” said Benson.

After receiving the grant, he immediately set out to accomplish his film. He set up interviews, used Library resources and worked with mentors selected through the Library DME “who guided [him] through the process of making a short documentary,” said Benson.

Agents of Change: the Disability Edge was screened at the showcase event. His impressive film, which he plans to submit to the Reel Ability Film Festival, is an informative and enlightening look at the work people with disabilities are doing to create change in their communities and the world. 



Untamed Roots by Hansel Igbavboa

When Hansel Igbavboa, a third-year student in the Entrepreneurship & Strategy program at the Ted Rogers School of Management, received the Creators Grant, his intent was to create a multimedia art installation, incorporating 360 video, which would celebrate the beauty and culture of black peoples’ hair. From the start, the project was an ambitious undertaking that would lead Igbavboa Guyana to document his own heritage, African culture and headress traditions. 

Throughout the process, he realized he needed to reduce scope in order to complete the project within the given timeframe of the grant. In doing so, he refocused efforts and completed a vibrant photo exhibition titled Untamed Roots. “Hair is a big part of my life and part of my identity. It helps me express myself,” said Igbavboa. Using Library resources, including print and digital collections, photo equipment and editing software, Igbavboa “hopes black folks can identify with the project and learn more about the history of black hair.” 




Kaleidoscope Light Prism by Kelly Bang

Kelly Bang, a third-year architecture student, applied for the Creators Grant with the idea, and a plan, to create kaleidoscopic light prisms that address public safety on campus. As alternatives to the planters on Gould Street, Bang’s prisms “encourage social interactions and make spaces feel safer,” said Bang. 

While working on the project, Bang relied on the mentorship provided through the grant, as well as tools and resources available through the Library DME and Collaboratory. The result of her hard work and perseverance was an original and remarkable prototype of a prism. Bang displayed the prototype while discussing her process with the project. Without lights, it presented as a fun, and whimsical art installation, which would playfully reflect sunlight during the day. When the lights turned off, and the prism lights turned on, the room erupted in awe. The prism lit up beautifully, achieving the reaction Bang had hoped for. While addressing public safety by increasing lighting within public spaces, Bang’s hope for the project is that “it also becomes an opportunity for people to be able to take a moment out of their day and immerse themselves with the art.”


Harm Reduction TO by Alannah Fricker

Alannah Fricker was the final presenter of the evening. A fourth-year social work student in the Faculty of Community Services, Fricker presented her website Harm Reduction TO. As part of the Ryerson Harm Reduction team, she applied for the grant with the intent to further complete a website that addresses drug use and sexual health stigma.

Fricker, who has also worked in Ryerson’s Office of Social Innovation, worked with Library DME mentors, Librarians and used Library resources to enhance her project management, content creation, and ‘front end’ design skills as well as UX assessment techniques. Through extensive research, and managing team members and their contributions, the result of the project is a comprehensive resource, which provides “evidence-based harm reduction information, community supports, materials for skill development, and resources to promote community safety and well-being,” said Fricker.


The showcase was an exciting event. All students presented inspiring and thoughtful projects, which they intend to continue to work on, update and improve. 

“The evening highlighted the creativity, passion and innovation of Ryerson students. It was such a pleasure to see the amazing work of these four grant recipients and to see the many ways the process advanced their learning and digital literacy skills,” said Shepstone. “We are so pleased to see how these students embraced these grants and this unique experiential learning opportunity.”


Event details:

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

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


Date: Thursday, Nov. 14

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

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

Enhanced Citizenship Ceremony

Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in partnership with the Library, host Enhanced Citizenship Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 13, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, in partnership with the Library hosted a special citizenship ceremony, themed Innovation and Entrepreneurs. 

New citizens were welcomed during an enhanced ceremony that took place on the 8th floor of the Student Learning Centre. 

Proceedings began with remarks and smudging offered by Elder Wendy Philips, and roundtable discussions facilitated by Librarians and Library staff. The discussions provided opportunities for new citizens, family and friends to come together and share stories about their journeys to citizenship and what it means to them to be Canadian. 

Namir Ahmed speaking with new citizens during roundtable discussions. Photo credit: Lee Chapman

Having an opportunity to listen to these stories, Library facilitators felt honoured to be a part of the days events. “Being a facilitator was an amazing experience, it was a joy to meet such a diverse group of people, and to be there at the start of their lives as Canadian citizens. The stories they told were incredible to hear, both funny and poignant,” said Namir Ahmed, Library DME Coordinator. 

Following roundtable discussions, the official citizenship ceremony began with Judge Hardish Dhaliwal presiding over proceedings and asking the platform party– including Ryerson President, Mohamed Lachemi and DMZ Executive Director, Abdullah Snobar, to assist with the presentation of certificates.

During his remarks as a member of the platform party, President Lachemi welcomed all citizens, their families and friends to the Ryerson campus on behalf of the University and the Library.

President Lachemi, DMZ Executive Director, Abdullah Snobar, and Elder Wendy Phillips during citizenship ceremony. Photo credit: Lee Chapman

“It was a privilege for the Library to have the opportunity to partner with the ICC, and IRCC to host this special ceremony. Listening to the new citizens’ stories was truly inspiring and highlighted the inclusive, diverse, welcoming community we all work in at Ryerson,” Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University Library.

As the ceremony concluded, all participants—as well as Ryerson community members and students—were invited to a reception in celebration of their new citizenship.



Denise O’Malley-Farrell

Photo credit: Lee Chapman

Q: What does today mean to you?

A: I’m really excited to be a Canadian, and become a Canadian today. I’m happy to have been here for 7 years, and I look forward to seeing more of Canada, exploring the country, and meeting all the new people, and exploring the diversity that Canada has.














Arora Family

Kurangi Arora, Parveen Arora, Puja Arora (left to right). Photo credit: Alexandra Cotrufo

Q: In one word, how do you feel about becoming a Canadian citizen?

A: Kurangi Arora: I feel excited today.

Parveen Arora: I feel amazed today.

Puja Arora: And, I feel privileged to be here.

(left to right)















Event details:

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

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: 8th Floor SLC Building

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.