Michael Geist Keynote During Open Access Week

Dr. Michael Geist

To celebrate Open Access Week, the Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) and the University of Toronto Libraries welcomes faculty and librarians from both institutions to join us on Tuesday, October 24 for a full day of events, including a keynote lecture from internationally-recognized copyright and open access advocate, Dr. Michael Geist.  View the poster for more details, and please register online.

 

Improve Your Research Skills!

 

If you are struggling to find high-quality resources for your assignments, help is here!  The Library offers its introductory research skills workshop, Navigating the Library’s Electronic Resources, at various points throughout the Fall term – register and view the schedule online.

At this session, you’ll learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant information available, and how to find and retrieve full-text journal articles. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated, as well as the differences between Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information.

This workshop may be used as part of the requirements for the Academic Integrity and Get Clear programs.

Convocating this Fall? Please Clear Your Library Account

 

Congratulations to all our new graduates!  Please remember to clear your fines and return any outstanding library materials prior to convocation.

All fines can be paid to the Library at the 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”.

Alumni can continue to borrow from the Library’s print collections by paying an annual $50 fee.  For more information on library services for Alumni, please visit the Library website.

What’s New @ the Library for the Fall Term

We hope everyone is having a smooth transition to the Fall term.  Here are some new changes that have recently taken place in the Library, to keep you in the loop:

  • Addition of Library Student Guides – in response to student feedback, the library has secured funding to hire Library Student Guides, who will roam throughout the Library and the SLC to help ensure a consistent and excellent experience for students studying in both spaces.  In addition to maintaining our book stacks and assisting with wayfinding and light troubleshooting in the library, they will be roaming in pairs throughout both the library and the SLC to help maintain a clean and quiet environment for our students.  They can be identified by bright red Ask Me buttons – feel free to ask for their assistance next time you are studying the Library/SLC.
  • Faster login time on desktop computers – you should experience a much quicker login time when using desktops in the Library.  This has been a frustration for students over the past few years, and we hope this improvement provides a better user experience for our students
  • The opening of the Ryerson Library Collaboratory this is a new library space that supports faculty-led digital learning and interdisciplinary research projects.  Located on the 3rd floor of the Library in a newly renovated space, the Collaboratory is in close proximity to the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab in the SLC, which provides access to high end computers, 3D printers, VR/AR technologies and camera/audio equipment rentals.
  • Introducing Carol Shepstone, our new Chief Librarian – Carol is the former university librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, where she helped transition the Library through periods of significant institutional change, and provided key leadership in planning the recently opened Riddell Library and Learning Centre facility.  Her career has also included leadership roles with the University of Saskatchewan Libraries and positions with both the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library system and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. You can learn more about Carol’s appointment on Ryerson Today – welcome Carol!

Transitions at the Library: Chief Librarian Madeleine Lefebvre

After leading the Ryerson Library and Archives (RULA) through a decade of transformation, Madeleine Lefebvre is stepping down as Chief Librarian. When Madeleine arrived at Ryerson University for the first of two five-year terms, the library was on the cusp of evolutionary change. During Madeleine’s tenure, innovative services and technologies put RULA at the forefront of support for digital literacy, e-learning and entrepreneurial skill development at academic university libraries.

Madeleine’s vision took the library beyond existing boundaries – physically, intellectually and creatively. Her role in the conceptualization, design and development of the award-winning Student Learning Centre enhanced technology-enabled learning at Ryerson. Madeleine encouraged digital innovation at RULA and Ryerson by supporting opportunities to move beyond traditional information management to participate in the creation, mobilization and sharing of knowledge. RULA embarked on numerous academic collaborations that have included the augmented-reality app created in conjunction with the Discover St. Clair website (http://apps.library.ryerson.ca/stclair/) and a partnership with the Ryerson Image Centre in unveiling the real-life inspiration of Winnie the Pooh (http://therealwinnie.ryerson.ca/). Other partnerships under Madeleine’s guidance have resulted in initiatives with significant impact for student and faculty academic success, including the highly popular One Stop Course Readings and open access publishing.

With the opening in 2015 of the library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, and the brand new Ryerson Library Collaboratory, RULA has come to play an important role in promoting digital literacy and supporting technology in learning and teaching. Madeleine’s vision is now RULA’s continuing legacy.

Madeleine will be on post admin leave until January 10, 2019, when she will return to the Library in another capacity.

Films & Videos: Top Ten Films

Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) presents the following list of Top Ten Films from the library’s AV collection titled School on Film. 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.

Reminder: Clear Library Fines & Return Overdue Titles

This is a reminder to clear all outstanding fines and return overdue items as soon as possible to ensure access to your grades. Click on the Renew button on the 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, 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.

For those planning to visit the library, please see updated library hours.

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: