Ryerson Library OER Grants 2019/2020

The Ryerson University Library is pleased to announce its 2019/2020 Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants to encourage the creation and adoption of open educational resources. OER are learning materials that are openly licensed such that they are freely available to be adapted, copied, and shared. OER can be: courses, modules, textbooks, multimedia, assessments, and supplementary materials.

These grants advance the University’s priorities to foster an innovation ecosystem and ensure excellence in student learning experiences, and build on Ryerson Library’s digital initiatives, expertise in Open Access and Open Education Resource publishing and dissemination, and academic priorities of access and openness. The Library is very pleased to collaborate with the Office of eLearning and the Learning and Teaching Office in the review and adjudication of the grants, and in the support of successful projects. A total of $32,000 is available in two categories of grants.

For more information, please see the 2019/2020 OER Grants page.

eCampusOntario Open Library Launches

eCampusOntario Open LibraryRyerson Library congratulates eCampusOntario on its launch today of the Open Library of Open Educational Resources for post-secondary institutions in Ontario.  This Library consists of a wide range of Open Educational Resources (resources that are licensed in such a way that they are free for students to download and for faculty members to adapt for use in their courses).

Ryerson University (Computing and Communication Services, Office of eLearning, Learning and Teaching Office, Digital Education Strategies at the Chang School and the Ryerson Library ) has been involved in all stages of this project – from building the prototype to operationalizing the resulting library.

Several Ryerson faculty members have or will be contributing textbooks to this library.  This nursing textbook, Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan,  created by Dr. Jennifer Lapum and her team is available at no charge to all students in NSE 13.  Other Ryerson-authored books will be added in the near future.

eCampusOntario will officially launch the Open Library during a webinar today.  If you would like to attend the webinar, drop by LIB386C at noon.


Free Museum Passes for Students

Ryerson University Library is pleased to announce the participation in the re-launching of the 2019 MAP (Museum and Arts Pass) Student Program in collaboration with Toronto Public Library that will enable Ryerson students to explore some of Toronto’s top cultural venues for FREE. The program will run until July 2019.

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 library. Students will need to present a valid student One Card to receive a MAP booklet.

Upon obtaining a MAP booklet, students must then visit one of the five participating TPL branches (City HallLillian H. SmithParliament StreetScarborough Civic Centre and Toronto Reference Library) to “check out” a MAP pass.  In order to check out the pass, students need to have a valid Toronto Public Library card and present a valid Student ID along with the MAP booklet voucher. TPL 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 the participating MAP venues: the Aga Khan Museum,  Art Gallery of Ontario,  Bata Shoe Museum,  Black Creek Pioneer Village, Gardiner MuseumMuseum of Contemporary ArtRoyal Ontario MuseumTextile Museum of Canada, and Toronto History Museums.

RU Debt Free? Free Financial Literacy Workshop Series

Ryerson Library is offering RU Debt Free?, a free Financial Literacy Workshop series over the course of the Winter 2019 semester, open to all Ryerson students.

Drop by and learn about budgeting, banking, saving, credit basics, and financial life during and after school.

Registration is now open for all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. Sessions which will be offered afternoons (12pm) and evenings (6pm) in SLC 508 starting on Feb 26, 2019.

You can view the full schedule now.

E-textile Workshop

Fabric postcard with LED light

Learn new skills and meet crafty people.  The Library is hosting a FREE e-textiles workshop where you will create a cloth postcard with a stitched-in LED light,  The workshop will introduce basic sewing and circuit design techniques and explore some fundamental ideas in electronics.

Workshops will take place on Tuesday, February 12th and 26th and March 5th, from 10:30 am – 12 p.m. in the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab (DME), located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre.  Materials will be supplied by the DME.

Register online

To keep up with our crafty adventures, please follow us on Instagram: @rulaknithappens

Red Scarf Project

red_scarf_woolJoin us to knit red scarves for AIDS Awareness Week.

Tara Jewal from the Ontario AIDS Network will visit the Ryerson Knit Happens group during their regular 11 am – noon meet up on Tuesday October 18 in the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab. She will tell us about the AIDS Awareness Red Scarf project and supply red wool to anyone wishing to knit a scarf for the project.

Please bring your own knitting needles if possible (suggested size 4.5 – 5 mm). We will have a few pairs available for borrowing.

When: Tuesday October 18, 11am – noon
Where: Digital Media Experience, SLC 308

Library Elevator Update

With the renovations of the 4th floor of the Library starting next week, the four elevators in the Library will bypass the 4th floor starting Friday July 22 until the renovations are completed.

Students who currently use the open study space and the Graduate Reading Room and lounges on the 4th floor are encouraged to use the 8 floors of study space now available in the Student Learning Centre at Yonge and Gould Street, easily accessible through the connection on the Library’s main floor.  Collaborative work rooms can be booked for group study, and a card-accessible quiet study space for grad students is available on the 7th floor of the SLC.

Fair Dealing and Copyright Workshop

As a Ryerson instructor, you need to learn about the fair dealing provision in the Copyright Act, and how it can be used in your courses to make short excerpts of text freely available to your students. Understanding the limits of fair dealing is essential to your copyright compliance as an instructor, and is particularly important now that Ryerson’s Access Copyright licence has expired. This session will also discuss how you can use the Library’s One Stop Course Reading service when your use of a copyright-protected work will exceed the fair dealing guidelines.

When: Feb 24th, 11:00am – noon

Where: SLC514, 5th floor of Student Learning Centre

February 22-26th is Fair Dealing Week. To help raise awareness about fair dealing on campus, this session is open to anyone teaching at Ryerson.



New Laptops

new_dell_laptopsSixty new Dell Latitude 3340 laptops have been added to the Library’s mobile learning programme.  They are now available for borrowing from the Circulation Desk.  All the new laptops are equipped with Windows 7 and include the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.  Check our website for a complete list of software available on these machines.

Laptops may be borrowed for a four hour period during the hours that the Library is open. The first time you borrow a laptop, you will need to complete and submit an online Laptop Loan Agreement Form.

Pan Am & Para Pan Am Watch


The Library’s Pan Am & Para Pan Am Watch is a dynamic display highlighting the Pan and Para Pan Am venues and medal standings. Open data from the City of Toronto which includes descriptions and images of the venues has been geolocated on Bing street and satellite maps and combined with a feed of real-time medal standings data to create the Watch. Check out the Pan Am & Para Pan Am Watch in the Research Help Area on the main floor of the Library.