Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Illustration of people with various visible and non-visible disabilities.

In support of Global Accessibility Day on May 17, Access Ryerson and RULA will be hosting a week of workshops on digital accessibility and inclusion. These workshops will focus on creating accessible documents, presentations and websites. The workshops will take place in the Collaboratory on the 3rd floor of the library and are open to students faculty and staff. Registration is now open.

On Thursday, May 17, there will be sessions available exclusively for faculty and instructors participating in the 2018 Learning & Teaching Conference. Please refer to their website for session times and more information.

RULA is committed to accessibility for our students and community. Students registered with Academic Accommodation Support can get their course content and research materials in accessible format with our accessible formats service. We also provide captioning services, research assistance for students with academic accommodation needs, and book retrieval and extended loans. Instructors who wish to make their documents accessible can access our free online OCR tool which performs optical character recognition (OCR) on documents in an effort to improve their accessibility.

We hope to see you in the Collaboratory for Global Accessibility Day events.

Summer Reading at RULA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is a great time for relaxing outside with a book. At RULA, we have a popular reading collection specifically designed to help you do that! Our popular reading collection is available year round on the first floor of the library, in between the check out desk and the elevators.

Picks include popular and bestselling fiction, biographies, comedy, graphic novels, and lifestyle guides.  Books are available to check out for two weeks at a time.

We add books to the collection every semester, so come by and see what’s new!

 

Decolonising Description in the Library and Archival Community

Ryerson University and York University will be co-hosting In Our Own Words – a workshop and summit on taking active steps toward decolonizing the description of cultural heritage materials in the library and archival community. There will be presentations, workshops and discussions bringing together community members, scholars, and cultural heritage workers. The event will take place on June 14th and 15th, 2018 at the Scott Library at York University.

Registration is now open. Attendees are encouraged to submit discussion ideas closer to the date of the event. Full information on this event can be found here.

Money Smart Week @ Ryerson Library & Archives

 

This week from April 21 – 28, Libraries and other organizations across North America are celebrating Money Smart Week!

Money Smart Week is a public awareness initiative between the American Libraries Association and the Federal Bank of Chicago to provide financial literacy programming in order to help individuals better manage their personal finances.  Money Smart Week is for all demographics, income levels, and covers all facets of personal finance.

So in the spirit of the initiative, Ryerson University Library is promoting our Personal Finance collection and Financial Literacy guide designed to help students learn to better manage their personal finances, including highlighting financial literacy workshops available to the Ryerson community.  Check out our display of RULA Books this week focusing on personal finance in the main lobby of the Library and our Financial Literacy guide.

We hope you participate and we welcome your feedback!

RULA Stressbusters

We’re about to begin the most stressful time of year for many students – exam time!

In addition to being your space for studying, RULA wants to help you take your mind off of exam stress with some fun new stuff. We now have board games, puzzles, cards and pencil crayons/marker packs available for four hour loan periods. Come by the circulation desk in the library and ask us what’s available – games include Scrabble, Jenga, UNO, and Settlers of Catan. You can also search for games by title in our library catalogue if you’re looking for a specific game. These items will be available all year round, and you can take them anywhere on campus for a break between classes or exams.

Starting next week and for the entire exam period, we’re also going to have candy, snacks, stress balls, and colouring pages available at all of our help desks in the library. Come by anytime for a little fuel to keep you going. Happy studying!

Pop-Up Research Help in the SLC

It’s a busy time of year, and RULA wants to make sure that you have access to the help you need. We will have a pop-up research help desk available on the 4th floor of the SLC starting tomorrow, April 5th, from 1-3 pm. You can also find us at the pop-up desk Tuesday-Thursday from 1-3 pm until Thursday, April 19th.

Come by to ask us all of your research questions, get help with navigating the library’s resources, or ask any other library questions you may have. You can also always visit us at the research help desk in the library, which is open regular hours for the rest of the semester.

See you in the SLC, and happy studying!

Introducing the RULA Busy Box!

RULA staff believe that libraries – of all kinds – are for everyone. In that spirit, we are pleased to announce a new initiative to offer parents who bring their kids with them to the library a helping hand to keep them occupied: the Busy Box!

The Busy Box comes customized for three different age groups:

Each box contains three age appropriate books, various activities and small toys to keep little hands busy so that parents can attend to their own work while in the library, if only just for a short while.

Loan periods are limited to four hours. Crafts and art that your children create with the supplies are theirs to take home, but otherwise we ask parents or caregivers to do their best to ensure the contents of the boxes are kept intact. We ask that Busy Boxes remain onsite and are returned once you are finished with them.

Like this initiative or have suggestions to help us improve inclusive services? Let us know in the comments!

De-stressing at Ryerson

This is a very busy time of year for our community, and with exams being right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of our options for de-stressing around campus.

The Ryerson Students’ Union has a new Wellness Centre where you can focus on your mental wellbeing and overall wellness on campus. There are various programs and resources which provide the ability to relax, decompress, and talk. Programs include peer-to-peer counselling, creative workshops, Netflix marathons, and puzzles and board games. A full list of programs can be found here.

Did you know that you can cuddle with RU Therapy Dogs every Wednesday on campus? It’s amazing what a cuddle from a sweet pup can do for your wellbeing. Stay up to date on when and where the therapy dogs can be found by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Ryerson Recreation offers yoga and meditation classes for beginners and experts alike at the RAC. There are 5 free group fitness classes a week (highlighted in yellow on the schedule) as well as the the option to pay a flat fee for the full range of classes.

You may just want to curl up in your favourite spot in the library or SLC with a good book. We have many books in the library on managing stress. Or you may want to pick up one of the books from our popular reading collection, located on the first floor of the library near the elevators. We curate these books with the intention of allowing you to escape the real world with a good read.

However you choose to take care of yourself at this time of year, RULA wishes you all the best with your final projects and exams!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from RULA!

Valentine’s Day happens during the coldest time of year so why not curl up somewhere warm with a classic love story?

Some classic romantic books we have in our collection include:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Grey by E.L. James

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (coming soon)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

We also have a vast number of movies available in our collection including:

Casablanca

Moonlight

Brokeback Mountain

The Notebook

Lady and the Tramp

It Happened One Night

You can also check out the list of romance movies that the Ryerson community has access to through Kanopy streaming, including indie films, documentaries, and classics:

Kanopy 

Happy Valentine’s Day from RULA!

 

 

Behind the Scenes of Accessible Content

We are pleased to share a video that Scholars Portal has produced about the Accessible Content ePortal (ACE), a service that students registered with Ryerson’s Student Learning Support services can use: https://youtu.be/QsURuUpnqTc

 This video shows how Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) service support staff convert library print materials into accessible formats, following the progression of a digitization request from the initial meeting with an accessibility coordinator to the moment the library user is able to read the book using their preferred technology.

The Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) supports users with print disabilities at participating Ontario universities and colleges by making library collections accessible through an online platform. ACE contains a variety of library books which have been digitized and made available in accessible formats. Eligible users can also request books to be digitized and added to the collection on demand through our on-demand digitization service.  A centralized and standardized production centre is provided by our digitization partner Internet Archive Canada, allowing participating schools to access high-quality digitized materials in five accessible formats.

 

For more information about ACE, please visit: http://guides.scholarsportal.info/ace/portal

If you have any questions or comments, please contact ace@scholarsportal.info

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsURuUpnqTc&feature=youtu.be