Open Textbooks @ Ryerson

Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) is part of a cross-functional team at Ryerson University that will manage the development of the open source technology platform to provide the Open Textbook Library, an open publishing infrastructure system for the province of Ontario designed to enhance and expand eCampusOntario’s Open Textbook Library.

This eCampusOntario Open Textbook Library, developed and shared by BCcampus provides access to over 180 high-quality, academically reviewed textbooks and open education resources (OER) for Ontario post-secondary students.

RULA is involved with managing the project goals of creating a repository and authoring system for open textbooks, and other open content. More information can be found on the Infrastructure For Open Publishing of Curriculum Resources Project website.

Professors interested in adopting or adapting open textbooks can visit the following pages to learn more:

10 Films For Canada 150

Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) presents the following list of notable Canada 150 films from the library’s collection to celebrate Canada 150.  Visit the library’s Audio-Visual (Media) Resources & Services page to learn more about AV services and collections available through RULA, including offering suggestions for new AV titles to enhance the collection.

Clive Powell honoured with Chang Award

From left: Chief Librarian Madeleine Lefebvre, Librarian Val Lem, Clive Powell, Lynda Powell

Clive Powell, who was instrumental in bringing The McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press Collection to the Ryerson Library and Archives, was recently awarded an inaugural G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award in recognition of his role.

As a retired McGraw-Hill senior executive, Clive has dedicated himself since 2011 to documenting the Ryerson Press Collection, acquired by McGraw-Hill through its purchase of Ryerson Press in 1971. The collection, which includes almost 3000 book titles and more than 2000 related archival documents, has been donated to the Special Collections unit of Ryerson Library and Archives. Clive has conducted extensive research into various aspects of the collection, has produced a video and writes a blog.

Clive presented a paper about his work on the collection at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences on May 30 at Ryerson University. He was one of four presenters in a joint session of the Bibliographical Society of Canada and the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture. His talk, The Ryerson Press: An Enduring Legacy, was part of a panel on Writing, Printing and Publishing for Markets at Home and Abroad.

The first annual G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Awards program was launched to recognize the many ways that volunteers contribute to life and learning at Ryerson University. The awards are named in honour of the late G. Raymond Chang, former chancellor of Ryerson University, for his deep belief in the importance of volunteering.

Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) provides support for open access journal publishing

Learn how the Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) can support open access journal publishing, in the same way RULA supported the FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity and Social Change launching of Fashion Studies, the first open access fashion journal, in an effort to make fashion research and creative work more accessible to educators, students, policymakers, industry, media and the general public.

See the media release about the first open access fashion journal to learn more about the process and individuals involved in launching Fashion Studies, and contact RULA librarian, Brian Cameron at email: bcameron@ryerson.ca with any questions around hosting and providing technical support for similar SRC related initiatives.

Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) welcomes Congress attendees!

Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) would like to WELCOME Congress attendees and invite attendees to visit The RULA Showcase.

Event: The RULA Showcase
Dates: Monday, May 29th – Friday June 2nd
Time: 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LIB278

The RULA Showcase will highlight current special projects and research by library staff and faculty, with one project highlighted daily. Topics include open textbooks, computational textiles, digital exhibitions, and librarian liaison roles. Drop by during lunch and see what’s new at the Ryerson Library.

The Schedule is as follows:

  • Mon May 29, 11-1: Jane Schmidt, Little Free Libraries®: interrogating the impact of the branded book exchange
    • A critical examination of a non-profit organization’s claims to enhance literacy, create community and water “book deserts”.  – Postponed to Tuesday, May 30th 
  • Tues May 30th , 11-1: Ann Ludbrook, Sally Wilson, Fangmin Wang, Kelly Dermody, & ECampusOntario, OER: Ryerson Infrastructure project & open textbook projects
    • Learn more about Ryerson’s online publishing infrastructure project with eCampusOntario designed to enhance and expand eCampusOntario’s planned Open Textbook Library of 180 open textbooks.
  • Wed May 31, 11-1: Trina Grover and Doris Lovadina-Lee, E-textile projects in the DME
    • Knit Happens! is an informal program designed to build on the makerspace activities in the DME lab and introduce different forms of making. It provides a venue for students and staff to engage in creative projects that draw expertise from across disciplines while fostering diversity in both gender and interests.
  • Thurs June 1st, 11-1: Cecile Farnum, RULA’s Review of Its Liaison Model
    • The Library is reviewing its liaison model, which refers to the assignment of a subject librarian to a specific program or department. Learn why this project was initiated, its goals and objectives, and a project status update.
  • Fri June 2nd, 11-1: Sally Wilson, The Real Winnie Project
    • Remembering the Real Winnie: The World’s Most Famous Bear Turns 100 is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project that focuses on a unique chapter of Canadian history from WWI. It is based on the Colebourn Family Archives, a collection of photographs, diaries, images, books, and objects, which has been lent to Ryerson University for the purposes of this project. The Exhibit (November 5 – December 7, 2014), held in the Ryerson Image Centre focused on the role of photography within the archive while the collection websites presents the complete contents of the collection along with browsable diaries, dynamic maps, and manipulatable 3D objects. This poster presents the Library’s contributions to this project.

Congratulations to our graduating student employees!

Photo Credit: Curtis Sassur

Congratulations to our graduating student employees!  The Library annually recognizes their contributions by giving them the opportunity to suggest items to add to the collection.  The items selected by the students have been purchased and are now available at the Library, with a mention of the contributors in the catalogue records, as well as in each of the chosen items themselves.

In the photo, recent graduates Charles Ko (upper left), Maham Hijazi (upper right), Zobia Qureshi (lower left) and Monique Aaron (lower right) display their requested titles, now part of the Library collection.

Requested titles include Tools of Titans (2016), X-Men: Magneto Testament (2015), Planet Earth II (2017), The Giving Tree (1992).

Another way to access full text

While accessing library materials through the library’s website remains the easiest way to access full text, there are other tools that can help you gain access to electronic resources. Browser extensions are tools that can help you access PDFs while browsing the web. Using these tools identifies you as a Ryerson Library user and gives you access to our resources.

This quick guide to EZProxy browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome explains how to install and use these tools.

Noise on 5th floor of Library (June 15-19th)

Starting on Monday, June 15th, Ryerson Facilities Management will be coordinating the removal and disposal of ballast from a small roof on the Podium Building.  The ballast that is removed will be transported from the Podium to the Library’s freight elevator, via the north side of the Library’s 5th floor.  The removal of this material will take up to days.  Work will be concentrated during the afternoon and evenings.

Reminder: Clear Fines & Return Overdue Titles

Congratulations on completing the Winter term! This is a reminder to clear all outstanding fines and return overdue items as soon as possible to ensure access to grades. Click here or on the Renew button on the library’s homepage to see if you have overdue items or fines greater than $10.

All fines can be paid to the Library at the Circulation Desk, see library hours, either by cash, debit, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or with your Ryerson OneCard. The Library also accepts payment from the above credit cards by phone – please call 416-979-5055 and select option 2.