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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

 

The following are suggested resources, literature (electronic format) and films in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day

 

Indigenous Literature (available to the Ryerson community online)

For additional information, visit Indigenous Literatures and Authors

 

Drama:

God and the Indian: A Play / Taylor, Drew Hayden 

Many of Taylor’s plays are available in digital format from the series: North American Indian Drama
Other First Nation writers from Canada represented in this collection include Tomson Highway, Daniel David Moses, Yvette Nolan, Marie Clements, and Shirley Cheechoo.

 

 

 

Anthologies:

My Home As I Remember / Eds. Lee Maracle and Sandra Laronde.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry:

Kiyâm: Poems / McIlwraith, Naomi 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thunderbird Poems / Ruffo, Armand Garnet 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous:

Indigenous Perspectives

One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet / Wagamese, Richard 

An Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America / King, Thomas 

The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative / King, Thomas 

Why Indigenous Literatures Matters / Justice, Daniel Heath 

Seasons of Hope: Memoirs of Ontario’s First Aboriginal Lieutenant-Governor / Bartleman, James 

Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous healing / Suzzane Methot. 

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada / Vowel, Chelsea.

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake Up Call / Manuel, Arthur, and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson.

 

Documentary films (available to the public online):

Colonization Road: The path of reconciliation is long and winding / CBC Docs POV

The Pass System: Life Under Segregation in Canada / Williams, Alex

We were children / Wolochatiuk, Tim (available for rent through the National Film Board)

Trick or Treaty? / Obomsawin, Alanis 

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance / Obomsawin, Alanis 

Celebrating Indigenous Storytellers Portal available from CBC Gem

 

Library subject guides (available to the Ryerson community):

Aboriginal approaches to health 

Aboriginal approaches to social work 

Aboriginal research porta

Indigenous politics and governance 

 

Additional resource (available to the public online):

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Yellowhead Institute

 

Suggested resources on anti-black racism

 

The following are some suggested resources on anti-black racism. For additional resources, please refer to the Black Experience in Canada libguide. For more information about these resources, please contact: Jane Schmidt| jschmidt@ryerson.ca

 

Books (available to the Ryerson community online)

Black like who?: writing Black Canada / by Rinaldo Walcott

 

 

 

 

Teaching community : a pedagogy of hope / bell hooks

 

 

 

 

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation / Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

 

 

 

 

How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi (ebook on order)

 

 

 

 

 

The End of Policing / Alex S. Vitale (available as free download from publisher)

African Canadian leadership : continuity, transition, and transformation / edited by Tamari Kitossa, Erica S. Lawson, and Philip S.S. Howard.

Films (available to the Ryerson community online)

I am not your negro / written by James Baldwin ; directed by Raoul Peck.

The hate u give

13th (Note: Netflix documentary)

 

Selected articles and reports (publicly available online) 

What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For? / Lauren Michele Jackson

The case for reparations / Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black / Desmond Cole

Black Women in Canada / Wallace, Jen Katshunga; Notisha Massaquoi; Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto; Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI); and Justine Wallace

Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to Canada. / UN Human Rights Council

 

Resource guides (publicly available online)

#BlackLivesCDNSyllabus 

Abolition in Canada Syllabus

Black Lives Matter Allyship and Action Guide

Introduction to Critical Race Theory / Adrienne Keene

Ryerson Library Zoom Backgrounds

Decorative Graphic Ryerson Library Zoom Backgrounds

Want to ‘meet’ at the Library? Now you can be there virtually with Zoom backgrounds! Select your preferred background from the collection below. Come here without leaving home.


What is Zoom?

Zoom is an online meeting tool recommended for teaching-related web conferencing, especially if your classes comprise more than 100 people. All staff, faculty and teaching assistants have licensed Zoom accounts at this time. 

  • Features: screensharing, breakout rooms, annotations, chat, record meetings, and more.
  • Room capacity: 300 people per room.
  • Delivery method: Zoom desktop app (preferred) or Chrome web client (limited features).
  • Meeting length: Up to 4 hour meetings.

(reference: https://www.ryerson.ca/digital-media-projects/tools/zoom/)

The virtual background feature in Zoom allows users to display an image as the background during Zoom meetings.

How to Download the Ryerson Library images below:

  • Click on chosen image, the image will open up in a new tab
  • Right-click on your chosen image
  • Click “Download Linked File As” and save it to your chosen location (documents, downloads, desktop, etc.)

How to Set Downloaded Image as Backdrop in Zoom once you’ve launched a Zoom meeting:

  • Click on ^ next to “Stop Video” on the bottom left of your Zoom window and select “Choose Virtual Background”
  • Click on the + on the right-hand side below the current image in your settings
  • Click “Add Image”
  • Find your saved image and select it

Library resources and services for researchers

The Library provides access to a number of electronic materials to support research, including eBooks, online journal article databases, primary source databases, data management tools, and publishing support. 

If you require access to a print book, please contact your subject librarian. We will attempt to purchase the title as an ebook. If an item is not available electronically, your subject librarian can assist you with finding alternate material. 

 

Scholarly communications

The Library’s Scholarly Communications Guide contains helpful information related to scholarly communication and publishing. This includes information on where to publish, copyright, how to identify high quality journals and avoid predatory journals, tips on self-archiving your research, and details about open access publishing.For more information, email Head of Collection Services, Brian Cameron bcameron@ryerson.ca.

 

OER and Pressbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that can be used and reused freely for educational purposes. The Library supports the collection and creation of OER by Ryerson faculty through the Ryerson University Pressbooks platform. For more information, email Web Services Librarian, Sally Wilson swilson@ryerson.ca.

 

Research data management

The Library’s Research Data Management (RDM) service assists researchers in managing data throughout the course of a research project. Organizing, storing and securing data from the outset can make it easier to work with and help to meet privacy requirements. For more information, email Research Data Management Specialist, Emily Maemura emaemura@ryerson.ca

 

New acquisitions

The Library has added a wealth of new electronic resources to our collections to help advance SRC, and teaching and learning. Search the full list of resources by subject or name of publisher/package). Publishers have also extended temporary access to some resources.

 

NEW: Contactless Print Pickup

Starting July 14, 2020, Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to racer@ryerson.ca.

 

Copyright 

The Library can assist faculty, researchers and students with information on copyright and Ryerson’s Fair Dealing Guideline, as well  as provide support for copyright compliance, author rights  and currently licensed Library materials. For more information, email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook aludbrook@ryerson.ca.

Subject librarians

Subject librarians support faculty and research teams in locating online research materials, including: journals, databases, data sets, streaming video, and more. They can help identify relevant journals for publication, and provide advice and best practices for systematic reviews, including use of citation management tools.

 

Ryerson University Library Digital Repository

Share your work! The Ryerson University Library Digital Repository collects, archives, and provides online access to research materials created by the Ryerson community, includertations, articles, and more. A new platform is in development to better help researchers showcase their work online. For more information, email Head of Collection Services, Brian Cameron bcameron@ryerson.ca.

 

ORCID iD

Enhance your online research profile with your ORCID iD–a unique identifier that enables faculty, researchers and graduate students to distinguish their research online, ORCID iDs are also increasingly being required by publishers and granting agencies. For more information, email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook aludbrook@ryerson.ca

 

Library Collaboratory vitrual workshops

The Library Collaboratory is offering a number of research drop-ins and workshops throughout the spring and summer.

Library resources and services for teaching

 

The Library provides access to resources and services that support teaching and learning at Ryerson including online research skills instruction for classes, online workshops, individual research and reference help and access to a number of electronic material, including: ebooks, online journal article databases, primary source databases, streaming media and more

If you are looking for access to textbooks, please contact your subject librarian. If there is an opportunity to purchase an electronic version of a book we have in our print collection, your subject librarian can assist you. If an electronic version is not available through a publisher, we can attempt to find alternate material for your course.   

 

Library Instruction 

Subject librarians are providing online specialized research group workshops and research skills instruction to classes. Please contact your subject librarian to discuss and schedule a live virtual session for your students.

 

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians assist faculty with locating online course materials, including, but not limited to: readings, data sets, videos, podcasts and streaming media. 

 

Supplementary Course Materials Guide

The supplementary course materials guide provides information on the Library’s online educational materials (ebooks, videos, OER and more). It also includes a curated list of alternate educational resources available to faculty and students. Access to all online resources is available 24/7.

 

Copyright and eReserves

Ensure students have easy (and copyright compliant) access to digital course readings. For information on copyright please email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook: aludbrook@ryerson.ca. To request eReserve course readings, please email reserve@ryerson.ca.

 

OER and Pressbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that can be used and reused freely for educational purposes. The Library supports the collection and creation of OER by Ryerson faculty through the Ryerson University Pressbooks platform. For more information, email Web Services Librarian, Sally Wilson swilson@ryerson.ca.

 

Electronic Resources 

The Library offers a vast and growing collection of electronic resources including ebooks, journals and newspapers, data sets, streaming media, databases (search by subject), Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as a curated list of resources temporarily offered for free by publishers. Note: there is no access to the Library print collections at this time. 

 

Textbooks

Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for specific electronic textbooks for purchase. While the Library has access to some ebooks, commercial sale is primarily available to students only. Additionally, the Library cannot guarantee every student will have access, at the same time, to an ebook the Library has been able to purchase. This is especially important to note if using an ebook for an open book exam.

Also note, that in some cases, publishers do not provide textbooks in electronic format. Please contact your subject librarian for alternate material, if a textbook is only available in print format. 

Check the Campus Store for access to electronic textbooks for specific courses.

 

NEW: Contactless Print Pickup

Starting July 14, 2020, Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

 

Accessibility Services in the Library

For information on accessible formats, media captioning, and shifting to alternate accessible course delivery modes, please visit Library Accessibility Services, or email eLearning and Accessibility Services Librarian, Kelly Dermody: kdermody@ryerson.ca

 

Research Help

Research help has moved entirely online and is available to all students and Ryerson community members. Visit the Library’s Ask a Librarian live chat  service, or email your question to: refdesk@ryerson.ca

Library resources and services for students 

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation:

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Email reference assistance


Research Help Appointments

To request a one-on-one with a Librarian, please submit a research appointment request.

Note: requests may be directed to Ask-a-Librarian depending on the complexity of the topic.

 

Subject librarians

Connect with your subject librarian to learn more about resources and materials available specifically for your area of study. 

Online Resources

Access to all online resources including ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming video/media  and more, remains available 24/7.

Textbooks

There is currently no access to print material at the Library. Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for electronic textbooks.

Course Readings

The Ryerson Library provides customized online course readings for many courses. These are prepared based on instructor requests and are typically provided for access at the start of term.

If you have challenges or questions regarding access to these resources, please email: reserve@ryerson.ca

Electronic Resources

The Ryerson Library subscribes to a wide array of electronic resources (articles, ebooks, data, video). To access these resources, you must be a Ryerson student (full or part time), staff or faculty member with an active my.ryerson account. These are available remotely 24/7.

NEW: Contactless Print Pickup

Starting July 14, 2020, Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to racer@ryerson.ca.

Online Articles and Databases

Access electronic multiple articles in databases, search journals, newspapers and magazines, or find specific articles  .

Research Guides

Research guides can assist you with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.

Citation Guide

The citation guide provides assistance properly citing all material in various citation styles like APA, plus a list of free citation management programs.

Library Workshops

The Library hosts a number of virtual workshops each month. Learn about everything from finding credible resources, literature and systematic reviews to Adobe Lightroom and virtual board games.

Ryerson Library calls for community content for COVID-19 digital archive

The archive will serve as a repository for future research and experiential learning

The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” has proven true as the COVID-19 global pandemic has unfolded. People have searched for images that show what the virus has done to cities across the globe, and have found comfort in videos of neighbours singing together from their balconies in isolation. Ryerson Library Archives and Special Collections have created a digital home for content just like this, and are inviting the Ryerson community to contribute through an online portal. The material they receive will be used for future research and experiential learning.

Read full Ryerson Today article by Michelle Grady

Contribute to the COVID-19 digital archive

Celebrating the Year to the Nurse and the Midwife

The Archives and Special Collections have posted an excellent blog dedicated to celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Author’s  blog note: The planning for this blog started in November 2019, to tie into exhibits and other events to celebrate the World Health Organization’s declaration that 2020 would be The International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. At that time COVID-19 was not a known entity and now 5 months later we are in the midst of an international health crisis. We would like to take this moment to recognize Nurses and Midwives for all of their hard work and dedication. The Nurses who care for us and our loved ones on a day to day basis, and those who are working on the front line of this pandemic – Thank you. The Midwives who support and care for their patients and are doing so now during these unprecedented times – Thank you.

Read the full blog post Celebrating the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Ryerson Library Resources and Services Update


The Ryerson Library has moved academic services and supports online.

Many services and most resources remain available to students, faculty, instructors and staff, as well, core academic and SRC support services are available virtually.

Reference and research help is available through virtual reference, email, and through online appointments. See specific hours of operation under Student Academic Resources and Services.

Access to all online resources including ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming video/media  and more, remains available 24/7.

To connect with a Librarian or other key staff regarding a research or reference query, please email: refdesk@ryerson.ca

For specific subject related queries, connect with a Subject Librarian.

For Ryerson campus information, visit: Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates

 

Borrowing and Lending Services

Rogers and Fido data offer closed: The temporary unlimited data plan, offered by Rogers to Ryerson students with Rogers or Fido phone plans, closed March 26, 2020.

The Library acknowledges with gratitude the generous support of Rogers, which assisted many Ryerson students during this particularly stressful end of term

Laptops and Mobile Internet Hotspots

Mobile Internet hotspots 

Emergency 2020 winter term wifi hotspot lending:
Mobile internet hotspots borrowed to complete the 2020 winter term will have data plans disconnected as of April 30, 2020, in alignment with the end of winter term. 

Students must return mobile internet hotspots by courier to the Ryerson Library ℅ Ryerson University. A prepaid return shipping label may be requested from the Library at access@ryerson.ca. If sending via courier is not possible, please contact Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 to arrange a contact-free in-person return.

Spring/summer 2020 term mobile internet hotspot requests

Students enrolled in online courses are expected to have their own internet or wifi access. Students experiencing special need or hardship in this regard may submit a request form for a Library mobile internet hotspot term loan. Items for loan subject to availability. Deadline to make a request is: April 30, 12 p.m.

 

Laptops

Emergency 2020 winter term laptop lending:

Students who borrowed a laptop to complete the 2020 winter term must return it by courier to the Ryerson Library ℅ Ryerson University. A prepaid return shipping label may be requested from the Library at access@ryerson.ca. If sending via courier is not possible, please contact Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 to arrange a contact-free in-person return.

Spring/summer 2020 term laptop requests: 

Students enrolled in online spring and summer courses are expected to have their own computer or laptop. Students experiencing special need or hardship may submit a request form for a Library laptop term loan. Items for loan subject to availability. Deadline to make a request is: April 30, 12 p.m.

 

Items currently on loan, including Interlibrary Loan (RACER) materials:
We are advising that students with items currently on loan keep them until further notice. Fines will be waived.

Returning items on loan:
For students who are leaving the country and need to return items to the Library, please contact Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 to arrange a contact-free in-person return.

Print materials:
Access to print materials will not be available until further notice. Please contact your Subject Librarian, or refdesk@ryerson.ca for assistance with alternate electronic resources.

For all other borrowing and lending questions, please email the Library at access@ryerson.ca

Student Academic Resources and Services

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Email reference assistance 
Research Help Appointments

To request a one-on-one with a Librarian, please submit a research appointment request.
Note: requests may be directed to Ask-a-Librarian depending on the complexity of the topic.


Online Resources:

Textbooks
Students can now access a number of textbooks for a limited time through VitalSource Helps, at no charge. To access, create an account using your Ryerson email address. With a student account, users can search book titles and “borrow” up to seven items until April 30.

See: Borrowing Books Instructions for Students

Course Readings
The Ryerson Library provides customized online course readings for many courses. These are prepared based on instructor requests and are typically provided for access at the start of term.

If you have challenges or questions regarding access to these resources, please email: reserve@ryerson.ca

Electronic Resources
The Ryerson Library subscribes to a wide array of electronic resources (articles, e-books, data, video). To access these resources, you must be a Ryerson student (full or part time), staff or faculty member with an active my.ryerson account. These are available remotely 24/7.

Interlibrary Loans (RACER)
Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. Requests submitted in RACER
are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to racer@ryerson.ca.

Online Articles and Databases
Access electronic articles and journals.

Research Guides
Research guides can assist you with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.

Citation Guide
The citation guide provides assistance properly citing all material in various citation styles like APA, plus a list of free citation management programs .

Faculty Resources and Services

Supplementary Course Material Guide
A supplementary course material guide has been developed to provide information on the Library’s online educational materials (ebooks, videos, OER and more). It also includes a curated list of alternate educational resources available to faculty. Access to all online resources is available 24/7.

Subject Librarians
Contact your Subject Librarian for assistance with information / digital literacy instruction orlocating online course materials, including but not limited too: readings, data sets, videos, podcasts and streaming services.

Course readings and E-reserve services
Online course readings are prepared prior to every semester. Faculty and instructors should submit requests for upcoming terms.

If you require additional readings for completion of the winter term, please contact Kraigen Brown: reserve@ryerson.ca

Copyright
For information on copyright regarding course materials, research and teaching, please email Ann Ludbrook: aludbrook@ryerson.ca

Please see: Quick Copyright Tips for Rapidly Shifting Your Course From In-person to Online

Accessibility Services in the Library
Information on accessible formats, media captioning, and shifting to alternate accessible course delivery modes, please visit Library Accessibility Services, or email Kelly Dermody: kdermody@ryerson.ca

 

Library Spaces and Research Hubs

All Library spaces and research hubs are closed until further notice. Services and resources will remain available, but may be limited, at this time.

Archives and Special Collections, please email: asc@ryerson.ca

Library Collaboratory, please email: collab@ryerson.ca

Geospatial Map & Data Centre, please email: librdata@ryerson.ca

Library Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, please email: dme@ryerson.ca
Note: the Library DME is offering all of their tutorials online.

 

Ryerson University Updates and Campus Information

Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates

President Mohamed Lachemi’s announcement on university’s plans to deal with COVID-19

Continuity of Teaching Guide for Faculty

Continuity of Learning for Students

Responding to a new environment

As the University moved courses, exams and services online, the Library quickly responded. Expanding its laptop loan program to include wifi lending, moving 3D printers to assist FCAD’s efforts to prototype PPE, ensuring improved access to electronic resources, and participating in a global call to archive lived experiences during the pandemic, the Library swiftly adjusted to this new environment. 

 

Library online services and resources

In response to COVID-19, the Library quickly mobilized and expanded its digital infrastructure to ensure students and faculty continued to have access to critical Library services and resources. This included highlighting and adding digital collections (ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming media), expanding virtual reference hours (a 63% jump  in use), shifting workshops, instruction and programming online, and ensuring graduate students and faculty have advanced SRC support. The Library also joined the Keep Teaching Taskforce and continues to play an important role in shifting courses to virtual delivery advising on learning resources including open education resources, assisting with learning and teaching technology support, providing online information literacy instruction, and ensuring copyright compliance through the transition.

 

Laptops and mobile wifi hotspot loans 

Quickly stepping up to adjust and expand the laptop loan program (doubling size, and extended loan periods), the Library added mobile wifi hotspot lending to ensure students had the technology and connectivity needed to complete their courses during the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, the Library worked closely with the President’s Office to liaise with Rogers to provide temporary unlimited data to students with a Rogers or Fido phone plan. This included receiving, verification and processing of student requests for Roger’s activation of this generous offer. The program has now closed for the winter term, and the Library is reviewing and revising the program to support the unique needs of students taking spring and summer courses.

 

 

Expanding digital collections 

The purchase of a number of critical academic and SRC resources continued, adding to an already robust research collection. To date, the existing scholarly collections has expanded and has received more than 36 new packages in support of all disciplines, faculties, and schools, including: substantial expansion of essential ebook content, electronic academic journals, data sets and business reports, and streaming media content along with other specialized and unique collections and research tools. These new resources will have a positive impact on the Library’s ability to continue supporting high quality academic programs and SRC initiatives, especially in times of increased digital delivery.

 

COVID-19 Digital Archive

Through the leadership of the Archives and Special Collections unit, the Library is inviting community members to contribute to our own local COVID-19 Digital Archive. The goal of this project is to develop a portal to serve as a repository for those of us – students, faculty, staff and alumni of Ryerson University – who may be documenting their current experiences during these troubling times. This grassroots primary source documentation will be of significant value to future researchers studying this period. The Ryerson COVID-19 Digital Archive seeks to preserve and make accessible content that was captured and created by community members about their lived experiences. 

Community members are encouraged to contribute original digital content from a wide variety of possible formats including photographs, videos, diaries, journals and other written content related to COVID-19. Contributed content will eventually be made publicly available.

 

Library building closure

While sad to see the building closed, and a normally bustling academic library empty of students, faculty, librarians and staff, the Library was able to easily shift essential academic services to online delivery. Like all academic libraries, the Ryerson Library has been operating at the nexus of digital, experiential and in-person for years. Its digital expertise, focus on personalized services, and a pre-existing robust online infrastructure were already in place and could be easily leveraged and expanded. Though print resources, academic study and learning spaces (including experiential, SRC technology, and R&D spaces) are currently inaccessible, Librarians and staff continue to explore new and creative ways to advance their work in supporting SRC, teaching and learning at Ryerson.