Book a Library Tour

Did you know that you can book a library tour at RULA? Tours are offered daily, Monday-Friday, at 12pm. They can be booked by new and prospective students, staff, and faculty, and visitors to campus.

Our tours can include visits to the The Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons, The Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab and Collaboratory, The Geospatial, Map and Data Centre, and Archives and Special Collections, depending on the interests of the group. We can also do a tour in conjunction with the Ryerson Student Learning Centre if you interested in learning more about both buildings.

Please book a tour online, and we will be in touch!

 

Women in Red Wikipedia event at RULA

RULA will be hosting Women in Red, an event and meetup focusing on creating and improving Wikipedia articles on Indigenous women. This event is part of a project to create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of Indigenous women in Canada.

The Women in Red event will be taking place on Wednesday, August 22nd, 12-5pm, in the ILC lab on the main floor of the library. This is a free event open to all. If possible, please sign up for a Wikipedia account before the event so you can participate in the creation and improvement of these articles! You can read more about the Women in Red event here.

Return Overdue Items and Clear Your Fines

Now that the summer semester is complete, students should also take this opportunity to clear all outstanding fines, and return overdue items to ensure access to grades and transcripts.  Please check your library account  on the Library website to see if you have overdue items, or fines greater than $10.  If you are graduating this year, all fines must be paid prior to Fall convocation.  Fines can be paid at the Library’s Circulation Desk, either by cash, Interac (debit), VISA, MasterCard, American Express or the Ryerson OneCard.  The Library also accepts payment from the above credit cards by phone, please call 416-979-5055, “Option 2″.  Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Two-Factor Authentication for Library eResources

 

All Ryerson instructors and staff are required to use two-factor authentication in order to access Library eResources, eHR, RAMSS, and D2L Brightspace as of August 1, 2018.

One-time verification code prompt

Setting up two-factor in two steps

Step 1: Set up a code generator using your mobile device
e.g. Download Google Authenticator for iOS or Google Authenticator for Android.

Step 2: Add two-factor to your Ryerson account
(i) Log in to my.ryerson with your username and password.
(ii) Look for the Self Service module and click Personal Account.
(iii) Under the Security section, click Two-Factor Authentication.

What to do if you don’t have a mobile phone

If you don’t have a mobile phone or prefer not to use your phone, you can use a universal second factor (U2F) security key or a one-time verification (OTV) code generator. Check with your department for approval purchasing a U2F or OTV.

two-factor key

How two-factor helps secure your account

Two-factor is the best way to protect your Ryerson account and the information in it. With two-factor enabled, even if someone guesses or steals your password, they won’t be able to access your account without something only you would have, such as your phone. It will also protect your account from attackers in cases such as payroll diversions, identity theft, theft of intellectual property, and exam data.

protect your account

Please visit the CCS website for more about two-factor authentication at Ryerson. You can also contact CCS Help Desk at help@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000, ext. 6806.

New equipment available in the Collaboratory

The Collaboratory (located on the 3rd floor of the library) has some new bookable equipment available for faculty, staff, and Collaboratory members:

High Performance Desktop Computer 
Intel i7 Core 3.60 GHz
32GB Ram
GForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card
256 SSD & 1 TB Harddrive
Includes Adobe CC 2018
8K 360 Video Camera (available to loan)
8K photo and 4K video rendering
Built in depth maps for 3D extrusion
Auto and Manual aperture and iso
Live recording mode available
New Digital Embroidery Machine 
Up to 8 colour stitching
Largest hoop: 9.46” x 7.88”
New Dye Sublimation Printer
1200 x 1200 dpi
Transfer any photo onto another material
Can transfer ink to: ​Aluminum, Hardboard, Wood, Tile, Mugs, Acrylic, Glass, Slate, Polyester Fabric, & Reinforced Fiberglass Plastic
For more information on the Ryerson Library Collaboratory, including a full list of available equipment and technology, please visit the Collaboratory website.

 

Shifting Print Collections

If you are looking for print books or journals over the summer, please note that we are currently shifting our entire print collection to create more space for students, make the collection more accessible by integrating print serials into call number runs, and ensure we have sufficient room for the collection to grow.  It is a huge project and a massive team effort, which includes physical shifting, changing digital records, and creating new signage.  We have hired a number of summer students to assist staff with this project, who have been working very hard to finish this project in time for the Fall semester.  If you need assistance locating print materials over the summer, please ask for assistance from our staff, and we will be more than happy to help!

2018/19 Ryerson University Library and Archives OER Grants

The Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) is pleased to announce its 2018/19 RULA Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants to encourage the creation and adoption of open educational resources. OER are learning materials that are openly licensed such that they are freely available to be adapted, copied, and shared. OER can be: courses, modules, textbooks, multimedia, assessments, and supplementary materials.

These grants advance the University’s priorities to foster an innovation ecosystem and ensure excellence in student learning experiences, and build on RULA’s digital initiatives, expertise in Open Access and Open Education Resource publishing and dissemination, and academic priorities of access and openness. The Library and Archives is very pleased to collaborate with the Office of eLearning and the Learning and Teaching Office in the review and adjudication of the grants, and in the support of successful projects. A total of $35,000 is available in two categories of grants:

Category 1 – Creation or Adaptation

  • 3 grants for creation or adaptation of an OER textbook or ancillary materials and its subsequent use in class- $10,000 each.

Category 2 – Review and Adoption

  • 5 grants for peer review and adoption of OER, or creation of small-scale supplementary/ ancillary material for an existing OER – $1,000 each.

Objectives of the Grant Program

  • To support faculty members in the review, revision and adoption of open textbooks and other OER materials
  • To increase the use of open educational content, textbooks and OER at Ryerson University resulting in pedagogical innovation, enhanced access for students, and reduced textbook and class material costs.

Eligibility

All RFA and CUPE Faculty members, Librarians and Post-Doctoral fellows, may apply for these grants.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Curation and customization of OER that will be freely and openly shared within Ryerson University and beyond
  • Impact on student experience, including high-quality materials, maximum access, open and innovative pedagogy, and cost savings to students
  • Active engagement of students with Faculty in the adaptation/adoption of OER
  • Improve discipline/subject OER coverage
  • Complete and viable budget and project outcomes, consistent with project objectives and appropriate administrative approval from your Chair or supervisor as necessary
  • Foster commitment to building equity, community and inclusion, advance the TRC Calls to Action, and alignment with Ryerson’s Academic Plan and priorities

 Guidelines for Applicants

  • Complete the Application Form by 4:00 pm on September 28, 2018. Proposals must be submitted via this link prior to the deadline.
  • Selection Process: Proposals will be evaluated according to an established assessment rubric based on the criteria noted above. A RULA OER Grant Review Committee comprising representation from the Library and Archives (chair), the eLearning Office, and the Learning and Teaching Office will consider all applications. The results of this process will be communicated to each applicant by October 22nd, 2018, and announced during Open Access Week 2018.
  • Funds will be available once a detailed budget is approved by the RULA OER Grant Review Committee.
    • Funds may be used to be used to pay students; editors; graphic designers; videographers, with preference given to projects that employ Ryerson students. Funds cannot be used to purchase equipment or used for travel costs.
    • This is not an equipment fund, however, if the substance of the project requires equipment, that component may be considered if it is demonstrated that such equipment is unavailable on campus and is instrumental to the project on a case-by-case approved basis.
    • Faculty teaching release is not funded by this grant.
    • Funds will be made available no later than November 30th, 2018 after recipients attend an introductory 2-hour on-boarding session. Category 1 funds must be expended no later than August 31st, 2019, and Category 2 funds must be expended no later than April 15th, 2019.
    • Brief final reports at project completion and/or close of the granting period are required, including an outline of fund expenditures. Any unspent funds will be returned to the Library and Archives.

Reporting and Deliverables

 For Category 1 – Creation and Adaptation grants:
A mid-term report is due April 15, 2019, and final reports and links to materials created must be submitted to the Library OER Grant Committee by August 31, 2019. Upon completion of the project, a presentation must be made during Open Access Week (October 2019).

For Category 2 – Review and Adoption grants:

Final two-page report and links to materials created must be submitted to the Library OER Grant Committee by April 15, 2019. Upon completion of the project, a short presentation must be made during Open Access Week (October 2019).

Acknowledgment and Licensing

Grant recipients are required to credit the RULA Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants in any publications, conference proceedings, or media appearances resulting from the funded project.

All materials created via these funds must be licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY license, or a CC-BY-NC license and indicate that they were funded by a RULA Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants.

Assessment

Groups will be interviewed at end of project for feedback and a follow-up interview will be done after in-classroom pilots.

Application Process

To apply for a grant, please submit a completed application form to RULA by 4 pm September 28, 2018. Grant recipients will be announced October 22nd, 2018.   If you have questions, please feel free to contact either Ann Ludbrook aludbrook@ryerson.ca ext. 6910, or Sally Wilson swilson@ryerson.ca ext. 556898, or email librarygrants@ryerson.ca.

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.

Update: Positions Filled.