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Environmental Scan Completed for RULA’s Strategic Plan

RULA is pleased to announce the release of an environmental scan report produced by the Library in support of its strategic planning process. The library used a highly collaborative process involving dozens of librarians and library staff to explore the external factors that could impact RULA over the next five years, including changing demographics, cultural shifts, the legislative landscape, and technological evolution. The scan also considers RULA’s place amongst its peer libraries in Ontario, changes within the university, and the evolving needs of our community. Click below to read the report.

Link to PDF copy of the RULA Environmental Scan Report

You can learn more about our Strategic Planning process here.

Announcement: Funding for Graduate Student Stack Access Cards

Please make note of the following announcement regarding access to materials at the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library.


We are pleased to announce that a fund has been established to provide interested graduate students with a Robarts Library stack access card for the 2014/15 academic year. This pilot fund is supported by the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic, the Office of the Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies, and the Ryerson University Library and Archives.

With this card, you can access the Robarts closed stacks on floors 9-13 for browsing purposes and building your bibliographies but you cannot borrow materials.

If there is an item that you require, we recommend that you check Ryerson’s holdings first. If the item is not available, we encourage you to contact your subject librarian to suggest the item’s inclusion in Ryerson’s collection. This is the best way to invest in building a collection that reflects the research needs of our university. You can also request the item through the free RACER InterLibrary Loan Service.

To register for the card, visit the Reader Registration Desk on the first floor of the Robarts Library. You will be required to show your Ryerson University ID. You will not be charged for this pass which typically costs $50 per year.

If you have any questions, please contact your subject librarian for further clarification.

Sincerely,

Mohamed Lachemi
Provost & VP, Academic
Jennifer Mactavish
Dean, YSGS
Madeleine Lefebvre
Chief Librarian, RULA

#voteTO: How and Where to Vote in Monday’s Municipal Election

Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall

Here at the Library we’re not just interested in helping you be a better student – we also want you to become a better citizen. Municipal politics have a huge impact on the university and your life as a Ryerson student!

Here’s a short guide to help you get out and vote on Monday, October 27.

1. Are You Eligible to Vote?

In order to vote, you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, and

  • 18 years of age or older on October 27, and

  • A resident of the city of Toronto*, or

  • A non-resident of the City of Toronto, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the City, and

  • Not prohibited from voting under any law.

* Note that this includes students who live in Toronto for part of the year to go to school (both in residence and off-campus). Students who also live elsewhere (i.e. their hometown) are also eligible to vote there – so if you’re a Ryerson student who lives near campus during the school year but at home during the summer, you can vote in two municipalities.

2. Where to Vote

Enter your street number and name (i.e. 1 Dundas) on the City of Toronto’s My Vote website – this will tell you where to find your polling station.

3. What to Bring

You will need identification that includes your name and your Toronto address.

  • If you received a voter’s card in the mail, take that and an acceptable piece of ID to your polling station.

  • If you didn’t receive a voter’s card in the mail, don’t worry – you can be added to the voter’s list when you go to vote by presenting identification to prove your name and address. Consult the list of acceptable identification here.

    • If your driver’s license, health card, or photo ID card shows your name and Toronto address, you’re good to go.

    • Otherwise, bring along your rental agreement, proof that you live in residence, or one of the many other pieces of acceptable ID on the list.

4. Learn More About the Candidates

You probably already know quite a bit about the mayoral candidates, but you will also vote for your local councillor and school board trustee. You can find out who’s running in your ward by entering your address into My Vote. Here are a few tips for finding out more about the candidates:

  • Mayoral candidates:

    • FInd their platforms on their official websites.

    • Check out your preferred Toronto news site – a quick search should turn up a ton of information. Consider looking at some news sources that you normally wouldn’t consult to see how the candidates are represented across a variety of sources.

  • Council candidates:

    • Enter your postal code into the Position Primer to see where your council candidates stand on a wide range of issues (only includes councillors who responded to the call for participation).

    • Find out if they have a website by licking on their name in My Vote.
  • School board trustee candidates

    • Check to see if the candidate has a website by clicking on their name in My Vote.

5. Go and Vote!

On Monday, October 27, from 10am-8pm, head to your local polling station to cast your ballot!

 

Photo of Toronto City Hall by dakaye used under CC BY 2.0.

It’s Open Access Week at Ryerson Library!

Open Access Ryerson Banner

Open Access Week kicks off today at Ryerson Library!

Open Access Week is a global event held annually in October to raise awareness of the benefits of open access in the academic and research community.  We encourage faculty and graduate students to attend open access events and learn more about how open access can benefit your teaching and research.


Monday: Free Film Screening: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

October 20th, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in LIB489B, 4th floor of the Library

The Internet’s Own Boy is the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal battle with the American Federal government. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties. To celebrate Open Access Week the Creative Commons version of the film will be screened in LIB489B from 2-4pm. This event is open to the Ryerson community.


Tuesday: LTO Workshop: Liberate Your Course Materials: Open Access and Copyright Free Resources For Your Teaching

October 21, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in POD-372

This workshop, facilitated by Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Librarian, and Dan Jakubek, GIS and Map Librarian, will highlight freely available course materials, textbooks, data sets, and multimedia. The new fair dealing exceptions to the Copyright Act (sec. 29), in combination with Creative Commons material, public domain historical material, and open access books and journals, means that there is more content open for educational use than ever before. Learn where you can find free images for your PowerPoints and free textbooks for your classes! We will be providing participants with tips, resources, and information on library services available to reduce the work required to put together course readings.

Lunch will be provided. Please register online through the LTO website before Oct 21.


Wednesday: Webinar: BC Open Textbook Project

Oct 22nd, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in LIB489B, 4th floor of the Library

To celebrate International Open Access Week, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and BCcampus are presenting an informative and interactive webinar on digital open textbooks. Join Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager, Open Education, and Leva Lee, Manager, Professional Learning, of BCcampus to learn more about the innovative BC Open Textbook Project.


Thursday: Open Access update: Ryerson’s new Digital Repository, the Draft Tri-Council Policy and Green Open Access

October 23, 2014 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. in YDI-1134

The draft Tri-Council policy requires the deposit of publicly-funded research into an open access repository. In this session, Gillian Byrne, Brian Cameron, and Greg Singer will review the requirements of this policy and to ensure that researchers funded under the policy can satisfy the open access requirements by self-archiving author post-prints into Ryerson’s new digital repository. We will showcase the new repository, discuss the draft policy and provide guidance with green open access strategies.

Lunch will be provided. Please register online to attend.


Friday: Graduate Students Open Access Coffee House

Oct 24th 2:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m. Margaret Lawrence Room, SCC 201, Ryerson Student Union
Want to learn more about Open Access? To celebrate International Open Access Week Brian Cameron and Ann Ludbrook from the Library will discuss the basics of Open Access (what it is, why we should care), how to achieve open access, and what the library is doing to promote open access at Ryerson. They will also talk about open educational resources for research and teaching and provide some information on the benefits and problematics of going the Open Access route for your scholarly publishing.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.