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.

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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

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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.

More Group Study Rooms

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Floor plan showing 8th floor SLC group study rooms

With the opening of the Student Learning Centre there will be an additional 61 group study rooms available for booking.  Starting today most of these rooms can be booked using the Library Room Booking system.    In the SLC group study rooms are available on the 5th, 7th and 8th floors. Group study rooms for graduate students are on the 7th floor.  The policies that govern the Library group study rooms also apply to the bookable group study rooms in the Student Learning Centre.

The few study rooms that still require cabling and electrical work will be added to the booking system as they become available.

Book a Study Room.

New Information Kiosks

kioskToday we will be updating the Information Kiosk on the main floor of the Library with a new design and new content to prepare for the opening of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) on Monday.  The new kiosk will provide way-finding for both buildings and will feature a directory, floor plans, FAQs, and find a book and find a computer functionality.  Once hardware has been installed in the lobby of the SLC, additional kiosks will be available on the main floor of that building.

 

Sochi Olympic Medal Watch

olympicWant to keep up to date with the Olympics in Sochi? The Library has created an innovative mash-up that integrates automatic updates of medal standings with Google maps, statistical data and historical images of the Olympics from Library collections. Olympic Watch uses RSS feeds to provide instant updates of medal counts as they are reported on the official Olympic website. You will also be able to view the geographic location of the country, as well as statistical data and selected images.

Olympic Watch has been designed for viewing on a wide screen, so please drop by either the Geospatial Map and Data Centre (2nd floor) or the 4th floor of the Library to view it on an LCD panel throughout the Games.

To learn more about Olympic Watch please contact Dan Jakubek, Map and GIS Librarian.

Introducing Sciencescape for PubMed Users

Sciencescape is a new tool that has been developed to help you discover and organize research in the bio-medical sciences. It provides an easy-to-use interface to over 22 million papers indexed by PubMed since the 1880s. Sciencescape lets you organize your research and create news feeds of new articles from fields, journals and authors of interest to you.  As a Ryerson community member you will get access to all articles for which Ryerson has a subscription.  Set up a free account today and start looking at bio-medical research in a new light.

 

Sciencescape – A Two Minute Introduction from Sciencescape on Vimeo.

If you have comments for the developers of Sciencescape, please contact them via their feedback email

 

Laptop Loan Survey

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Have you checked out a laptop from the library? Do you use an iPad or tablet in researching and writing your assignments? We would love to have your feedback on how we can continue to improve and grow the Laptop Loan program by providing you with the most efficient, effective, and innovative technologies and services.

The laptop loan service is a part of a larger Mobile Learning Initiatives program at Ryerson Library that seeks to provide students with the technologies they need to achieve their academic goals.

laptop_buttonWe would like to expand the program, and we need your help!

Tell us what you think! Complete this survey for your chance to win a tablet or chromebook of your own!

Check our website to learn more about our current laptop loan program.