Participate in Ryerson’s Good Teaching Experiences Video Project and Receive a $50 Cadillac Fairview Gift Card

Have YOU had a great professor who made your student experience more comfortable by taking the initiative to foster a positive and inclusive learning environment? Ryerson’s Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Committee is looking for students to tell their stories through our Good Teaching Experiences Video Project. Students selected to participate in our video project will receive a $50 Cadillac Fairview gift card. To find out more and to participate click here.

Student Employment – Financial Literacy Facilitators

RULA is hiring students to fill the role of Student Facilitators  for a Financial Literacy course to be offered in the upcoming 2018/2019 academic year (both fall and winter semesters)!

Applicants can be part-time or full-time students, undergraduate or graduate (must be at least a 2nd year undergraduate or above) from any discipline.

A full facilitator training program will be provided during the period of August 20 – 22, 2018, and successful applicants must be available during this time.

Students can apply by submitting their resume and cover letter to libfinlit@ryerson.ca no later than July 18th, 2018.

Find more details about the role, how to apply, and the interview process on the job posting.

Meet RULA’s Summer Student Staff

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, Accounting

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.

student staff holding book

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.

Summer Student Specialist

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.

Library digitalization student staff

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.

Summer student staff working at computer

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.

Felt Installation in Quiet Study Room

The Ryerson School of Interior Design recently had the opportunity to work with FELT studio on a felt wall installation in the library’s Quiet Study room on the 4th floor of the library. The seminar was conducted as a competition between students to determine who would design the final installation. We are pleased to announce that the winning design, by Valeria Gulia and Adriana Lychacz, has now been installed in our quiet study room. We encourage you to drop by the library and check out this beautiful felt installation on the West wall of the room above the study carrels.

Summer Student Employment

Looking for a summer job on campus? We need some full-time Ryerson students to work as Shifting Assistants, and as a Weekend Circulation Assistant over the summer! Applicants must be current, full-time Ryerson students with a valid SIN Card. Only applicants granted interviews will be contacted.

Students can apply for the Shifting Assistant positions by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references no later than Monday, June 18, 2018 to hritscher@ryerson.ca.

Students can apply for the Weekend Circulation Assistant position by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references to hritscher@ryerson.ca.

For Career Boost (formerly known as Work Study) job opportunities, please go to the Career Boost website.

Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime: Reading is FUNdamental

As part of Pride month on campus, Ryerson Positive Space will be hosting Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime on Friday, June 8th at 10am in POD 250. This family-friendly event will feature Fay and Fluffy reading their favourite inclusive story books – and RULA will have be providing a selection of our diverse story books to peruse at this event as well!

These books are available for loan at the library. We pride ourselves on our diverse collections that appeal to all because libraries are for everyone.

Also, make sure to check out our Busy Boxes, activity kits for kids age 3-10. Ask our friendly staff about them at the circulation desk.

Happy Pride month!

Digital Literacy Day @ RULA

Thursday, May 31st is Toronto’s first Digital Literacy Day! The Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) is one of many partners providing free events and programming across the city to explore the ways technology has changed the way that we work, play, educate and teach. RULA is showcasing how we support digital literacy learning in our spaces through sponsorship of student projects, workshops, and hands-on demonstrations by Library staff.  The complete list of events available across this city is accessible on the City of Toronto website.

At the Toronto Reference Library from 9:30am-11:30am, RULA is showcasing innovative uses of digital technology by Ryerson students and Library staff, including:

Micropayment for Smart Sensors is a student project that enables payment features to any electronic sensor via an online dashboard, with use cases ranging from housing to retail to industry. Examples of potential use would include a fully-automated modular home with payment-enabled sensors that would be ideal for a new immigrant or a tourist looking for short-term rentals.

Facial Recognition Enabled Smart Door involves student design of a facial recognition device that will provide access to staff members into an equipment room as a pilot project for door security. This device will be capable of identifying visitors before they enter the room from a digital image using computer vision techniques.

ioTree: Community Gardens  is a garden monitoring system developed by students that allows users to track growing conditions, and prompts users when action should be taken to maintain the garden. The gardener will be prompted with a dry soil alert when watering is needed, and past trends in garden conditions can be used to predict the timing of future maintenance.

Remembering the Real Winnie Digital Project is a demonstration/showcase of how digital technology is bringing history to life, presented by Ryerson Librarian, Sally Wilson.

At the Agincourt branch of the Toronto Public Library, RULA is sponsoring Tetra Ryerson’s Exoskeleton Workshop from 6p.m.-8p.m., a hands-on STEM education workshop where attendees will learn how to build their own robotic exoskeleton. Participants will learn the history and importance of robotic exoskeletons, current technology, how they are built, as well as their various applications. They will be able to simultaneously apply this knowledge while building an actual robotic exoskeleton consisting of 3D printed parts, motors, sensors and other equipment. Please register online to participate in this workshop.

On-site at Ryerson University, the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab and Collaboratory, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre,will have an open house from 10a.m. – 5 p.m.  Participants will view demonstrations and engage with VR and AR technologies including the Oculus Rift and HoloLens, 3D printing, and laser cutting of RULA keychains for participants.

Participants can also register for afternoon workshops on thematic aspects of digital literacy:

Trust and Bias in Digital Literacy (2:30pm-3:30pm in the Collaboratory, Library’s 3rd floor)
Ryerson Librarians will present on helping users and creators master the important skill of digital literacy. They will discuss why users need a higher-level critical lens when navigating the digital realm, and why the skill of evaluating information in a digital space is necessary.

What is Machine Learning? (3:30pm – 4:30pm in the Collaboratory, Library’s 3rd floor)
This talk will feature an introduction to artificial intelligence with a focus on machine learning (ML) applications, including the overall workflow of an machine learning program and common use cases in the industry. This talk will briefly touch upon the emergence of machine learning and neural networks in computer vision applications.

Summer Streaming at RULA

With Victoria Day unofficially kicking off the summer this weekend and RULA closed on Monday, we hope you have more time to relax and recharge. If you’re looking to relax by watching a film and can’t make it to the cinema, RULA has you covered. View our guide on online streaming services available to the Ryerson community and list of available documentary films.

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 home page

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)
5. Smudge
4. First Stories – Two Spirited
3. Last Chance
2. Journey to Justice
1. We Regret to Inform You…

NFB Presents screen

NFB Titles via RULA