De-stressing at Ryerson

This is a very busy time of year for our community, and with exams being right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of our options for de-stressing around campus.

The Ryerson Students’ Union has a new Wellness Centre where you can focus on your mental wellbeing and overall wellness on campus. There are various programs and resources which provide the ability to relax, decompress, and talk. Programs include peer-to-peer counselling, creative workshops, Netflix marathons, and puzzles and board games. A full list of programs can be found here.

Did you know that you can cuddle with RU Therapy Dogs every Wednesday on campus? It’s amazing what a cuddle from a sweet pup can do for your wellbeing. Stay up to date on when and where the therapy dogs can be found by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Ryerson Recreation offers yoga and meditation classes for beginners and experts alike at the RAC. There are 5 free group fitness classes a week (highlighted in yellow on the schedule) as well as the the option to pay a flat fee for the full range of classes.

You may just want to curl up in your favourite spot in the library or SLC with a good book. We have many books in the library on managing stress. Or you may want to pick up one of the books from our popular reading collection, located on the first floor of the library near the elevators. We curate these books with the intention of allowing you to escape the real world with a good read.

However you choose to take care of yourself at this time of year, RULA wishes you all the best with your final projects and exams!



Ryerson Library & Archives Celebrates Open Education Week March 5-9th

This week March 5-9th, 2018 is Open Education Week!

What is Open Education? It is an educational movement that is committed to producing teaching resources that can be used and then reused by other educators without formally seeking permission. In this model creators of educational content freely release their materials to the public. Other educators can then deliver the material freely to their students, as long as they attribute the original creator. These resources are most commonly made available under Creative Commons licences which also the material to be freely used for education.

Open textbooks, like open courses, are created by experts and then made freely available to the public. Projects like the eCampusOntario Open Textbook Library give instructors a way to find free-to-share material, and great resources like the Creative Commons search can help anyone find free to use images and music. Watch this blog to learn more about exciting projects happening at Ryerson University throughout the week.

Ryerson University Library & Archives is listing and/or hosting the following events for Open Education Week 2018.

1) Ontario Council of University Libraries Webinar: Voices of OER

Time: Monday, March 5, 2018 11:00am-12:30pm

ILC Lab, LIB272 Ron D.Besse Information Commons, 2nd floor of the Library (Updated to LIB192)

This webinar will offer a number of perspectives on the emerging movement of OER, capturing the voices of teaching faculty, students and instructional developers. Offered as a collaborative session with support from the Ontario Council of University Libraries and the eCampusOntario funded project Open Textbook Start-up Project (a collaboration between Brock University, University of Windsor and University of Toronto) this 1.5-hour webinar will explore a number of practical issues around OER in Ontario.


Jessica O’Reilly, Instructional Developer (Faculty), Cambrian College
Helen DeWaard, Sessional Instructor, Lakehead University
Landon Tulk, Student, University of Windsor
Listen on your own here:

2) Open Your Textbook: Adopting, Adapting or Creating Your Own Open Textbook

Time: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 12:00- 2:00pm

Location: POD 372

Join Michelle Schwartz, Instructional Design & Research Strategist, Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Librarian, and Sally Wilson, Web Librarian, for an introduction to open textbooks. Learn how to adopt, adapt, and create your own open textbook using Ryerson’s new Pressbooks platform. Open textbooks provide instructors with the opportunity to create texts uniquely tailored to their own courses. They also save students money. OER Fellow Maureen Glynn and Wendy Freeman, Director of e-Learning will lead a discussion with Ryerson faculty members about their experiences creating open textbooks.

3) SPARC Webcast: Collaborating Across Institutions to Advance Open Education

The Open Education movement has grown dramatically in recent years. Much of this growth is the result of innovative OER programs and initiatives that span multiple institutions. Although challenging, these types of initiatives have the potential to impact the largest number of students and go far in making open the default in education. This webcast will highlight system and state/provincial-wide OER initiatives at SPARC member institutions.

March 7th,  2018 2:00-3:00pm

Location: SLC508


Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries: Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist, SUNY System Administration;  Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager, Open Education, BCcampus; Grace Atkins, Outreach and Open Education Librarian, University of Missouri Libraries

4) Open Education Week Textbook Table

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 12:00-4:00pm

Location: Ron D.Besse Information Commons, Main Floor Library

Drop by and learn more about open textbooks and open educational resources. Flips through real open textbooks from eCampusOntario!

5) OEW-a-palooza.

Friday, March 9th, 2018 9:00-9:30am

Location: Updated to LIB386C

Listen to 6 five-minute stories about open education projects in Ontario, one speaker is Sally Wilson from Ryerson University Library & Archives. This will be 30-minute time slot as part of a global pop-up conference where people tell stories about their projects and what they have accomplished during Open Education Week.

This is part of a 24-hour event running around the clock March 8-9th: OEWeek 2- Hour Web-a-thon where you can hear from OER advocates around the world.

Fair Dealing Week: Copyright Review 2018

Happy Fair Dealing Week!
Why are we celebrating this week – especially in Canada?
Fair dealing defines important users rights allowed by Canadian laws. These user rights give Canadian citizens the ability to use fair dealing as an exception to the exclusive rights of copyright holders to control the copying and distributing of their content. Without fair dealing, this exclusive right could mean that, other than an insubstantial amount of a work, the work could never be copied without the permission of the copyright holder. User’s rights in the form of fair dealing mean that some copying is allowed without permission – for certain socially valuable purposes and for short amounts of a work.
Have a look at Student Life without Fair Dealing to get an idea about how important fair dealing can be in an educational environment. Without fair dealing you would not be able to do many of the things you do everyday as a student – use an image in an assignment that you are handing in, share an article with your group project team, photocopy a chapter you need from a library book so you can read it at home.
Luckily for students and educators some of the copying of works that we do in our learning and teaching are covered by fair dealing. For example fair dealing purposes include private study, research, criticism, review and education and parody and satire. Much of what students and educators do on a daily basis would be really really hard without this user’s right. Student and faculty ability to do effective research, use content in criticism and papers, teach and share information would be seriously inhibited. Fair dealing is really important because it allows a freer flow of information to happen in an educational setting – it promotes learning and scholarship. So celebrate Fair Dealing – it is a user’s right that Canadians should use, not lose.
This year celebrating fair dealing  is especially important, because it is 5 years since the scope of fair dealing in Canada was expanded to include education.  After 5 years the government calls for a review of the new Copyright Act, which will happen this year. The website Fair Dealing Canada gives you an opportunity to tell your story of how fair dealing helps you educate others or be educated. Add your story there and help convince the government that this user’s right is very important to your education.

Library Student Staff Share Advice with You

Seven days a week, the Library is open to 1:00 a.m. We couldn’t do this without the help of our trusty Student Library Assistants.

student library assistants

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.


Lia, Psychology

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.


Matthew, Psychology

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!

Fair Dealing Week 2018 Event on February 26th

The week of February 26th is Fair Use/ Fair Dealing Week – an annual event to highlight, celebrate and educate about fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions.  As part of our celebration of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, the Library is hosting a panel discussion, Copyright and Education: 2018 Update

At this panel presentation, the speakers will review significant legal developments in the areas of fair dealing and copyright, which impact on the educational ​use of copyright materials.  This includes the recent ruling in the Access Copyright v. York University case, as well as the federal government’s current ​ review of the Copyright Act.  These developments will be of interest to instructors, faculty, and librarians​​, and others l​ooking ​to ensure legal compliance with copyrighted materials in the classroom.  Participants will also learn about the available supports at the Library to ensure copyright compliance, including the Library’s One Stop Course Reading Service, Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensing.

Date: Monday Feb. 26th, 2018

Location: SLC508

Time: 2:30-4:00pm


Julia Shin Doi, General Counsel General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors

Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian

Ann Ludbrook, Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian


RULA Closed on Family Day – Enjoy the Long Weekend!

The Library, along with the rest of Ryerson University, will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Family Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday and continue for the rest of Reading Week.

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? RULA has you covered!

books and DVDs

  1. We have children’s book and books for creating family fun available to borrow. Below is a short selection:
  2. From old classics like The Wizard of Oz to new hits like Get Out, feature film DVDs are available as 3-day loans.
  3. Ryerson students have access to the MAP program, which allows them to pick up a pair of passes to Toronto’s top cultural venues like the Royal Ontario Museum and the Aga Khan Museum.
  4. No time to visit RULA in person? Stream films from Kanopy! Newly added titles include the documentary For the Love of Spock and the comedy Hunt For the Wilderpeople.
Have questions about any Library resources? Feel free to ask Library staff! We’re here to help, just not on holidays like Family Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from RULA!

Valentine’s Day happens during the coldest time of year so why not curl up somewhere warm with a classic love story?

Some classic romantic books we have in our collection include:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Grey by E.L. James

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (coming soon)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

We also have a vast number of movies available in our collection including:



Brokeback Mountain

The Notebook

Lady and the Tramp

It Happened One Night

You can also check out the list of romance movies that the Ryerson community has access to through Kanopy streaming, including indie films, documentaries, and classics:


Happy Valentine’s Day from RULA!



Behind the Scenes of Accessible Content

We are pleased to share a video that Scholars Portal has produced about the Accessible Content ePortal (ACE), a service that students registered with Ryerson’s Student Learning Support services can use:

 This video shows how Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) service support staff convert library print materials into accessible formats, following the progression of a digitization request from the initial meeting with an accessibility coordinator to the moment the library user is able to read the book using their preferred technology.

The Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) supports users with print disabilities at participating Ontario universities and colleges by making library collections accessible through an online platform. ACE contains a variety of library books which have been digitized and made available in accessible formats. Eligible users can also request books to be digitized and added to the collection on demand through our on-demand digitization service.  A centralized and standardized production centre is provided by our digitization partner Internet Archive Canada, allowing participating schools to access high-quality digitized materials in five accessible formats.


For more information about ACE, please visit:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact

Research 101 Workshops

Are you struggling to find the appropriate academic resources for your papers?  Help is here!  Every term, the Library holds Research Skills Workshops available to every student at Ryerson, regardless of your program of study.

In these workshops, you’ll learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant information available. This is the type of information your professors want you to use in your assignments and essays.

View the schedule below, register online and up your research game!

WINTER 2018 Schedule

January 24 Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
February 6 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
February 26 Monday 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register
March 8 Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register                       
March 20 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. LIB 667A Register


The Future of Research Data Management

A key partnership between the Library and the the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is helping shape the future of research data management (RDM) services in Canada, with two key events taking place on the Ryerson campus this week.  Research data management  refers to the organization, storage, preservation, and sharing of data collected and used in a research project. RDM helps to increase research impact, and facilitates the sharing of research data – when shared, data can lead to valuable discoveries by others outside of the original research team.

The OVPRI recently hosted a Tri-Agency pre-consultation about RDM policies. This meeting included representation from CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC, and included members from research offices, libraries and ethics boards from a number of universities across Ontario. Attendees provided feedback that will help inform the upcoming Tri-Agency policy on RDM.

The Library has been deeply involved with planning and hosting  Portage and RDM in Canada on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018.  This is a full-day event on the subject of research data management (RDM) best-practices, and the need for coordinated institutional, domain, and national data management services in Canada.

Chief Librarian Carol Shepstone is providing welcoming remarks, with Dr. Steven Liss, Ryerson’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation moderating a panel including researchers and university administrators.  Attendees from across the country will  be participating in workshops on tools important to RDM planning and data deposit. The event will be streamed on Ryecast:

For more information on RDM planning at Ryerson, please contact Matt Gertler, Data Librarian at