World Water Day… by the numbers

March 22 is World Water Day, an annual international event, officially designated by the United Nations in 1993 to create awareness about the importance of freshwater, freshwater resources and sustainability. See the Statistics Canada report, World Water Day… by the numbers here

Update your outdated library links to ensure uninterrupted access

Access to the library’s online databases and other eContent has been upgraded to meet current security standards. As a result, users are required to authenticate both on and off campus in order to access electronic journal articles through the library’s databases.

If issues occur when connecting to the Library’s online resources through old library links and bookmarks, please refer to the current A-Z Database List to find and update these library links. This will ensure continued access to the library’s electronic resources, including online journals and journal articles.

Please email erm@ryerson.ca with any questions you have about this upgrade.

Madeleine Lefebvre Receives Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership

Congratulations to Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian of Ryerson University, who was the recent recipient of the Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership. The award recognizes individuals who have advanced the mission of Ryerson University through outstanding academic leadership and who have contributed significantly to the enhancement of academic life at Ryerson and beyond.

Madeleine will receive this award at the Ryerson Awards Night, scheduled on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 4 p.m. at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St W.

Madeleine has been the Chief Librarian of Ryerson University since 2007. She has previously held Chief Librarian appointments at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. She is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and an Associate of the Australian Library and Information Association. She was also the 2003/2004 President of the Canadian Library Association. In 2005, Scarecrow Press published her book, The Romance of Libraries. Madeleine has held a sustained interest in planning library space and new buildings that address the need for “congenial space” for students, and has played a major role in the design and development of Ryerson’s award-winning Student Learning Centre.

Learn more about Madeleine receiving the 2017 Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership award here.

Authentication and E-Reserve

Please note that in order to access electronic articles through the library’s databases, users are required to authenticate both on and off campus.

With E-reserve articles, even when logged into D2L Brightspace in one browser, i.e. Chrome or Firefox, users may still be prompted to sign in again when accessing an e-Reserve article. This is because ARES (the system housing e-Reserve articles) often defaults to IE (Internet Explorer) when opening articles, even when the user is already logged in under another browser.

This change was implemented to increase security for library electronic resources.

7th floor of the Library fully operational again.

The water damage on the 7th floor of the Library has been addressed, and the floor is fully operational again.  Thanks to Ryerson’s Campus Facilities & Sustainability (CFS) department, cleanup and repair in the area is now complete and students are welcomed to make use of the Library’s 7th floor again.

We thank you for your patience.

Course Reading Requests for Winter 2017

Any faculty or instructors interested in using the One-Stop Course Reading Service  for the 2017 Winter term should submit their course reading requests by November 18, 2016. After that, requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Online: The Library’s E-Reserve service provides course reading support via D2L Brightspace. To order readings, instructors can use the e-reserve request form inside their D2L course OR send a reading list with full citations and the needed by dates to reserve@ryerson.ca. Please review instructions on Placing items on Reserve.

Print: If you prefer print, order print course packs sold at the Campus Store OR place course readings in the Print Reserve collection at the Library. If you order print course packs from copy shops other than the Bookstore, only use approved vendors.

Reminder: Permissions are required for material that exceeds 10% of a work or one chapter (whichever is larger). Permission needs to be requested each term the material is being used through reserve@ryerson.ca.

Catherine Middleton – 2016 Inductee to the Library’s Open Access Wall of Fame

The Library is pleased to announce the 2016 inductee to our Open Access Wall of Fame, Professor Catherine Middleton from the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management (TRSM). The Wall of Fame honours researchers who have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring their research is open and available to all. Open Access material is scholarly work that is made legally available with no restrictions so the anyone can access the full text.

Professor Middleton is a current Canada Research Chair, and a consistent contributor to the Library’s Digital Repository, a space for collecting, preserving, and providing online access to research and teaching materials created by the Ryerson community. Available in the repository are theses, dissertations, articles, technical reports, working papers, conference papers, etc., which are freely available to anyone.  Upon her induction to the Open Access Wall of Fame, Professor Middleton made the following statement:  “Publishing work in open access venues like the RULA Digital Repository is crucial to make academic research accessible to broad and diverse audiences, including policy makers, students at all levels, and interested citizens.”  There will be a forthcoming event to celebrate Catherine’s contributions to open access.

Interested in demonstrating your personal commitment to open access?  Download these posters for your office or faculty area on Open Access Lingo Demystified, and Know Your Author Rights, or request a print copy from bcameron@ryerson.ca

Sun Life Financial’s MAP (Museum + Arts Pass) Program

Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) is pleased to participate in an exciting new collaboration with Toronto Public Library and the University of Toronto that will enable Ryerson students to explore some of Toronto’s top cultural venues for FREE.

To participate in this program, Ryerson students 18 years of age and over must obtain a MAP booklet from the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the Ryerson Library. Students will need to present a valid student OneCard to receive a MAP booklet.

Upon obtaining a MAP booklet, students must then visit one of the five participating TPL branches (City Hall, Lillian H. Smith, Parliament Street, Scarborough Civic Centre and Toronto Reference Library) to “activate” their MAP booklet.  In order to activate the pass, students need to have a valid Toronto Public Library card. Library cards are free to anyone living, studying or working in the City of Toronto.

The pass is good for free admission for two to any one of four participating MAP venues: the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Bata Shoe Museum, City of Toronto Historic Sites and the Textile Museum of Canada.

Read more about the MAP Program here.