It’s time for summer projects at the Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) and we’re fortunate to have wonderful student staff here to help. Read on to learn about some of our projects and the roles of student staff.
Anish is our Weekend Circulation Assistant. He’s available to help you access Library materials and answer borrower questions on Sundays. On weekdays this summer, Anish is meeting people from all over the world and helping them learn about Toronto as staff at a hotel.
Anish can help you find books and other Library materials.
Claire, Business Management
Claire assists visitors in two popular Ryerson buildings–the Library and the Student Learning Centre–as a Library/SLC Specialist. As part of the front-line services team, Claire provides information about programs and facilities in the Library, SLC, and the University. You’ll also spot her assisting with special events and conducting head counts. Claire’s excited to help people learn more about the campus and the Ryerson community all summer.
Claire supports students, staff, and faculty who book seminar rooms.
Hafsa, Biomedical Engineering
Hafsa works behind the scenes as a Library Digitization Projects Assistant. Hafsa is helping to serve patrons in a variety of ways by supporting eReserve, Interlibrary Loan, and Accessibility Services. The range of projects and the opportunity to work alongside RULA staff are some of the reasons Hafsa is enjoying her summer at RULA.
Hafsa helps provide digital access to print materials.
Mathura, Business Technology Management
Mathura works with staff in Development and Library Client Services as a Special Project Assistant. By bringing the student perspective to projects like reviewing Library policies and the Library student employment program, Mathura is contributing to the continuous enhancement of front-line services at RULA. Outside of work, Mathura looks forward to exploring Toronto this summer.
Mathura helps identify ways to best serve Library patrons.
Are you a Ryerson student interested in joining the team? Keep an eye on our Student Jobs page and social channels.
Looking for a great film and not sure where to start? Below you’ll find lists of the top streamed films in the RULA collection.
Top 10 Streamed Films via Kanopy
10. Tough Guise 2
9. The Battle of Algiers
8. I Am Not Your Negro
7. Fall and Winter: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century
6. Flow: Psychology, Creativity, & Optimal Experience
5. Not Just a Game
4. Killing Us Softly
3. Class Dismissed
2. The Codes of Gender
1. Stuart Hall: Race – the Floating Signifier
Kanopy Film Titles via RULA
Top 10 Streamed Films via the NFB
10. We Were Children 9. Toronto Boom Town
8. Flemingdon Park: The Global Village
7. Invisible City
6. Hi-Ho Mistahey! (Short Version)
4. First Stories – Two Spirited
3. Last Chance
2. Journey to Justice
1. We Regret to Inform You…
If you’ve visited the Digital Media Experience Lab this winter, you may have noticed some changes based on community feedback. Here’s a roundup of those improvements:
Longer Hours: The DME is now open later, until 8:00 pm Monday to Friday.
Longer Loan Periods: A new 48-hour loan period replaces one-day equipment loans. Please note that self-service renewals are not possible and you should speak to DME staff if you have any questions. Pro Tip: Borrow an item on Thursday and keep it for the weekend – it’ll be due Monday at 11:00 am.
New Equipment: Snowball microphones, a range of camera lenses, and Leap Motion sensors are just some of the equipment now available for you to borrow. Have suggestions for additional equipment? Post below or reach out to DME staff.
Streamlined Borrowing: Instead of needing to visit the Library Circulation Desk each time you borrow, head straight to the DME. Remember to bring your OneCard. The first time you borrow equipment, you will need to complete and submit an online DME Technology Equipment Lending Agreement Form and go to Library Circulation Desk to complete registration.
Is the DME all new to you? The DME is a makerspace, fabrication lab and digital media production facility open to all Ryerson students and faculty. Drop by anytime the DME is open or sign up for a tutorial to learn more.
They’re here late into the night and on the weekends. Maybe they’ve helped you find a book after class or you’ve seen them take headouts in the Library. Maybe they’ve help you with printing after CCS Tech Help has gone home or you’ve seen them tidy up study spaces after most people have left. Our Student Library Assistants are an integral part of the RULA team and we consider them student experts on using RULA. Today, we feature three of our student staff as they share tips for using the Library and exploring the city.
Favourite Spot in Toronto: My favourite spot would have to be Kensington Market. I love the vibrant colours and the wall art as well as the little restaurants. It’s an inspiring neighbourhood for creatives. Advice for Library Patrons: An advice would be to respect the space, throw away your garbage, and leave your station clean for the next person using it after you.
Hana, Industrial Engineering
Favourite Spot in Toronto: My favourite activity in the city is taking the ferry to Centre Island. Advice for Library Patrons: A tip I have for students is to not give up when a book you need isn’t available at the Ryerson Library. Through RACER you can request a book from other university libraries. So before buying a book outright, try your luck by making a request through the RACER program.
Favourite Spot in Toronto: The Scarborough Bluffs are amazing! Advice for Library Patrons: In the Library, quiet is key. Most of us here in the evening are trying to finish that paper due at 11:59 p.m. on D2L, and a stress-free work environment can be the difference between a pass and a fail, so I’d say quiet helps you and everyone around you.
For details about any of the policies and resources mentioned, check our website or speak to Library staff!