Live From the Archive: A Public Digitizing Event

A public digitization event on Saturday, November 17th from 1-4 p.m. on the Library’s 4th floor to preserve Toronto hip hop cultural artifacts and discuss data justice & digital culture. We will be working towards capturing Toronto’s analogue hip hop history and preserving many items such as copies of the Fantastic Voyage Show, street magazines like Word, and flyers from events. Come thru and get your VHS transferred, cassettes digitized and flyers/photos preserved. 

We’ll have digitizing stations available, with the assistance from Ryerson University librarians and library staff, including two stations dedicated to audio cassettes, two stations with scanners and two stations with VHS players. Librarians will also be educating the community on the need to digitize and preserve content because all tape-based formats created in the 20th century are becoming obsolete.

LCD panels we will be broadcasting the documentary 1-4, which chronicles the 1-4pm Radio time slot on CKLN where 4 critical Hip-Hop shows were broadcast. Guest speakers will include former VJ Michael Williams and a representative from the Digital Justice Lab. Register to let us know you’re coming!  All are welcome.

Using Genocide Testimony and Technology to Counter Identity Based Hatred

You’re invited to the Ryerson Library’s Think Tank Series event: Using Genocide Testimony and Technology to Counter Identity Based Hatred.

Dr. Kori Street is the Senior Director of Programs and Operations at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.  Dr. Street will be discussing technological innovation, including natural language recognition and virtual reality, to provide multiple pathways and resources for students, educators, scholars, and communities around the world to counter identity-based hatred.

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5PM-6:15PM
Collaboratory, Library 3rd Floor – please RSVP

Library Speaker Series: What is Stronger Than Hate?

You’re invited to the Ryerson Library’s Speaker Series event:  What is Stronger Than Hate? Building Empathy in an Increasingly Violent World.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 11-12PM in Library 405, on the Library’s 4th floor. No RSVP required.

For close to 25 years, the USC Shoah Foundation has been collecting, preserving and making accessible human stories from survivors and witnesses of genocide and mass violence. That collection is being used in education in more than 80 countries worldwide. The institute’s research shows that localized testimony based education programs can build empathy and inspire action among youth, particularly those who may be marginalized.

Dr. Kori Street is the Senior Director of Programs and Operations at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.  She oversees education and research programs around the world that help to understand the causes and consequences of identity-based hate and genocide and the power of the human story to counter hatred.

If you have any questions or any particular accommodation please contact Anna Tassone (


In celebration of GIS Day, the Library’s Geospatial Map and Data Centre (GMDC), in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and ESRI Canada,  is hosting an event for Ryerson students, faculty, staff, and the local community to explore and celebrate GeographicInformation Systems (GIS) research and applications.

When: Wednesday November 14th, 2018 from  10am-3pm

Where: SLC 508, 5th floor of the Student Learning Centre

Presentations will include a series of academic and technical demonstrations highlighting institutional research and the following ESRI products: ESRI Insights, ArcGIS Pro, and CityEngine. The full agenda is available here.

No RSVP required, please drop-in as your schedule allows.

Room Booking Module Malfunction


Due to a system malfunction, the Library’s room booking module is currently unavailable – we hope to have it online as soon as possible.  As a result of this glitch, any room bookings made today, Friday, October 19, were not recorded in the system.  If you made a room booking in either the Library or SLC today, Oct 19, please rebook once the module is back online.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Open Access Week Events


Open Access Week is a global event held annually in October to raise awareness of the benefits of Open Access in the academic community.  Open access materials are academic materials distributed online legally and free of cost. We encourage faculty and graduate students to attend open access events and learn more about how open access can benefit your teaching and research.

Free Film Screening: Paywall – The Movie

As part of Open Access Week, the Library will be screening Paywall:  The Business of Scholarship.  This documentary, which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers. There will be popcorn!

When: Monday Oct 22nd, 11:00am

Where: Collaboratory LIB387  (Enter from the 3rd floor SLC)

Social Justice Week Event: Open Educational Resources: Textbook Affordability and Open Access

This panel will seek to raise awareness of textbook prices and the available alternatives. The panel features Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian, Hong Yu, Interim Associate Dean Research & Graduate Programs and Associate Professor TRSM, Wendy Freeman, E-Learning and LTO Director, and Salman Faruqi, VP Education, RSU

When: Tuesday October 23rd 10:00-11:30

Where: Thomas Lounge, 55 Gould Street

LTO Workshop – Liberate Your Course Materials: Open Access and Copyright Free Resources For Your Teaching (Faculty/instructor event – REGISTER NOW)

Join Michelle Schwartz, Instructional Design & Research Strategist, Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Librarian, and Sally Wilson, Web Services Librarian, for an introduction to open textbooks. Learn how to adopt, adapt, and create your own open textbook using Ryerson’s new Pressbooks platform and the eCampus Ontario Open Textbook Library. By the end of this workshop, you will have all the tools needed to get started building your own open textbook.

When: Wednesday October 24th 12:00-2:00pm

Where: POD 372

New Tutorials at the DME

It’s time to learn something new!  The Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab on the 3rd floor of the SLC offers one-on-one tutorials to teach you how to use emerging tech and Digital Media.  The following tutorials are new this term:

  • Intro to Data Visualization using Microsoft Tableau (Fridays, 2-4pm)
  • Intro to Object Oriented Programming (Tuesdays, 1-2pm)
  • Online Portfolio Building (Mondays, 4-5pm; Wedesdays, 2-3pm; and Thursdays, 4-5pm)

View the full schedule on the DME website, and all are welcome regardless of your technology skill set.  We hope to see you in the DME soon!

Ryerson Library Research Guides

Did you know that we have research guides available for every major subject at Ryerson?

Research guides contain a lot of helpful information, such as the best academic journals and websites related to your area of study, where to find related books in the library collection, citation help, and valuable search tips.

Research guides are a great place to start your research and familiarize yourself with the most useful resources for your particular field, whether you are on or off campus. We also have a detailed guide on doing research assignments here, which applies to all subjects and programs. With Reading Week coming up, we know that many people can’t make it to campus, so we hope you’ll find these tools useful for starting your research at home!