Skip to main menu Skip to content
We are online to support you! Get information on Library resources and services for: Students | Instructors | Researchers. For Ryerson campus information, visit: Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates

Category: News

This category must be assigned to posts that are to appear on the news feed on the Library’s home page.

Open Education Week at Ryerson


Open Education Week is a global event designed to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to faculty, instructors and students.

The Library, in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching and The Chang School, are hosting a series of discussions, workshops and events in support of Open Education work underway at Ryerson.

Open Education Week events:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Using Open Education Resources (OER) for Teaching and Learning Workshop

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Library Collaboratory-3rd floor, Library (Enter from the SLC)

This Chang School workshop will give an overview of how instructors can use open educational resources in their teaching, and introduction to open licensing. Through guided support by a team of instructional designers and librarians from Ryerson University Library, participants will locate relevant resources for their respective courses and draft an action plan for OER use for the future.

Register for this event


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Open Education Week Keynote: Highlight on Open Textbooks

Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Library Collaboratory-3rd floor, Ryerson University Library (Enter from SLC)

Come and join us for an afternoon of lunch and learning about Open Education and how it can support both your teaching and your students. Our keynote David Porter, is the new Dean of Innovative Learning and Senior Special Advisor for Flexible Learning at Humber College and was the former CEO of eCampusOntario. Dr. Porter will speak about charting a course towards innovation using open education, open practices and open pedagogy. Next, learn about how Ryerson faculty have worked with students to create Open Textbooks with Jennifer Lapum and her team who will present on “Creating and Adapting OER with Students for Students.” The third session of the afternoon will be a panel of Ryerson students and faculty who have recently worked on open textbooks or have worked on the first round of the Ryerson University Library OER Grants. 

Keynote: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
“Charting a Course Towards Open Innovation:  Open resources, open practices, communities of innovation”  with David Porter, Dean of Innovative Learning and Senior Special Advisor for Flexible Learning, Humber College

Dr. David Porter is the current Dean of Innovative Learning and Senior Special Advisor for Flexible Learning, Humber College, and  the former CEO of eCampusOntario, the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario.

David is a long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities, and has been involved in open and distance learning since the 1990s, at both the K-12 and higher education levels.

Discussion: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 “Creating and Adapting OER with Students for Students” with Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Nada Savicevic

Panel: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Faculty and Student Panel on creating OER with Library Grants 

Register for this event


Curating in the Open: A Webinar with James Skidmore

Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar

Informative for both faculty and administrators, this webinar will focus on a content curation approach to open and online education. James will also cover the role of policy in supporting OER initiatives at your institution. 

James Skidmore is a faculty member at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies. He has been a University of Waterloo Teaching Fellow, and is just finishing up a one-year appointment as one of six eCampusOntario Open Education Fellows. 

Register for this event


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Open Education Resources (OER) and Cookies

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Library Learning Commons-2nd floor, Ryerson University Library

Students! Drop by our OE Week Table, grab a free cookie and find out more about Open Textbooks.

Open Pedagogy Workshop

Time:  1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences (DCC-713)

Led by: Michelle Schwartz and Nada Savicevic, Educational Developers, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Open pedagogy is about “rethinking the relationship between teachers, students, and knowledge” (DeRosa & Robinson). This experiential learning technique defines the role of the students as that of a creator of knowledge, rather than a consumer. Teachers learn alongside their students, and course content is dynamic, rather than set in stone. Assessments are designed so that student work can be shared outside the classroom, contributing to public knowledge, and, if openly licensed, to be built on by others. Join us to learn more about this learner-driven, experiential, and inclusive pedagogy. Bring your course outlines or assessments so we can discuss how they could be transformed through open teaching principles. 

Register for this event


OER Week: Drop in 

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: DCC – 7th floor, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Drop by the Centre to talk with experts on open access and open pedagogy. Have some coffee and work with a librarian to find open resources or textbooks, or talk with one of our educational developers about how your course can be more open.


Chang School Open Educational Resources Showcase

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: 7th floor, Chang School

This is an excellent opportunity for Chang School Continuing Education Contract Lecturers and Academic Coordinators to network with colleagues and check out open educational resources created by the Digital Education Strategies unit at The Chang School.

Resources to be showcased include:

  • Web Accessibility Open Textbooks
  • Educational games for nursing, accessibility and academic integrity
  • Content design strategy resources (course design mapping tool, content design strategy cards)
  • Guide to The Art of Serious Game Design for multidisciplinary teams in higher education 

The event features a special address by The Chang School Dean, Dr. Gary Hepburn who will share his experience on open education. 

Chang School staff will be available to guide you on exploring some of the key repositories for Open Educational Resources and OpenTextbooks relevant to your discipline.

Please drop in to introduce yourself and explore! Refreshments will be provided.

Register for this event

Ryerson Library: building a positive OER environment

OER textbooks available through Ryerson Library Pressbook platform

For nearly a decade, the Ryerson Library has worked with external and internal partners (
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and Digital Educational Strategies at the Chang School) to provide leadership in, and support for, Open Education Resources (OER) in higher education. OERs are openly licensed and freely available learning materials for students that can be used, adapted, reproduced, copied, and shared. These include: courses, modules, textbooks, multimedia, assessments, and supplementary materials.  

At Ryerson, the Library’s role in building a positive university-wide OER environment has focused on supporting the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER. Most recently, the Library introduced OER grants to help fund the development of open education resources that support specific course needs. From the outset, grant objectives have been “to provide support for the review, revision and adoption of open textbooks and other OER materials,” and to, “increase the use of OER at Ryerson University resulting in pedagogical innovation, enhanced access for students, and reduced textbook and class material costs.” 

Simply put, the grants allow Ryerson faculty to adapt current OER, or create new OER content in support of student learning at the university—positively impacting equity and ensuring all students have access to required course materials.  

An added benefit of the grants has been the Library’s ability to employ students to work on OER projects with faculty and librarians. Students learn about open publishing, expand their digital skill sets and subject matter knowledge, all while making a positive impact on student success. 

“Open Education Resources can be transformative for student learning and teaching innovation,” say Ryerson Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone. “The Library is thrilled to provide these experiential opportunities for students, while also providing leadership in advancing OER at the university, as well as nationally and provincially.”

In addition to granting opportunities, Ryerson librarians and OER experts Sally Wilson, Ann Ludbrook and Kelly Dermody work to build partnerships with Ryerson faculty who are also committed to creating OER materials. Increasingly, the Library, faculties and departments, have witnessed greater interest from faculty members in developing and employing open resources in courses. And, for the past several years, the Library has provided publishing support through Ryerson Pressbooks, which now hosts fourteen open course resources, not including the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 OER grant recipient projects.

This past summer, working with the Library, Faculty of Community Services Professor Ian Young, created and published Mathematics for Public and Occupational Health Professionals for his fall course that had an enrollment of 150 students. The response from the students, and Library, was overwhelmingly positive. “Working with Dr. Young and a Library Career Boost student to create a customized textbook was very rewarding,” says Web Services Librarian, Sally Wilson. “The result was a text tailored to a particular course, freely available to all students.”

Once open resource material is published on the Pressbook platform, the Library is then able to provide additional support by gathering metrics, usage statistics for authors, and information about the community impact beyond Ryerson. Along with important copyright advice and education, the Library also helps to ensure discoverability by applying enhanced metadata and ISBNs. 

Creating freely available, pedagogically innovative, and current learning resources are certainly primary motivations for supporting the development of OER, but equity is also about accessibility and adhering to the principles of Universal Design for Learning. Accessibility Services Librarian, Kelly Dermody notes that, “OER’s are a more ideal solution for ensuring accessibility since they are already online and have no digital locks—meaning they can be quickly converted to multiple accessible formats.” 

Supporting and strengthening OER resources at Ryerson, as well as provincially and nationally, is about student success and relieving some of the barriers to higher education. In addition to campus initiatives, the Ryerson Library works in collaboration with academic libraries across Ontario and Canada through the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), eCampusOntario (2018 to 2019), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), and internationally with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), to advance OER. “Students’ needs are foremost when it comes to supporting OER,” says Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook. “It is one more way the Library can help make attending university more affordable, equitable and accessible for all students.” 

Fair Dealing Week Event: Copyright Update 2020

The week of February 24th 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: 2020 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 ruling in the Access Copyright v. York University case, as well as an update on the federal government’s review of the Copyright Act, and recent decisions by the Copyright Board impacting higher education. These developments will be of interest to instructors, faculty, and librarians, and others looking 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 E-Reserves service.

Date: Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020

Location: SLC508

Time: 2:00-3:00pm


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


2019-2020 Library OER grant recipients announced


Congratulations to Professor Michael Carter, Professor Jennifer Lapum and Professor Jacqui Gingras on receiving 2019-2020 Open Education Resource (OER) Library Grants.

The OER Library grant supports the development of open education resources by Ryerson faculty and staff. OERs are openly licensed learning materials that are freely available to be adapted, copied, and shared. These can include: courses, modules, textbooks, multimedia, assessments, and supplementary materials.

The grants advance the University’s priorities to foster an innovation ecosystem and ensure excellence in student learning experiences, while supporting access to essential learning materials. 

Funding and support provided through the granting process is upheld by the Library’s commitment to and expertise in open access and open education resource publishing and dissemination. 

Each year recipients are selected through the review and adjudication process carried out by the Library in collaboration with the Office of eLearning, the Learning and Teaching Office, and Digital Education Strategies at the Chang School.


2019-2020 Grant recipients:

Michael Carter, Director of Industry, Master of Digital Media Program at FCAD, and Co-Investigator, Vincent Hui, School of Architecture

Project: Knowledge-making and 3D (Re)Visualization of Eastern Woodlands Indigenous History An Integrated and Interactive approach to Indigenizing Curriculum
Carter’s proposal supports the development of text-based curriculum to complement an existing virtual, interactive, 3D (re)visualization of an Eastern Woodlands longhouse. Working with a Ryerson Indigenous advisor and Ryerson Indigenous community members in partnership with the Nation Huronne Wendat, Prof. Michael Carter and his team will develop teaching resources to support an existing virtual and interactive learning environment, including an executable digital game asset. Through the creation of an open educational resource (OER), additional material will also provide instruction on how to use the digital assets, and further explore the historical and archaeological knowledge already available in multimedia format. The proposed OER will also offer an open source environment to allow for the material to be reinterpreted, repositioned and reengaged by those who wish to expand on its offerings.



Jennifer Lapum, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Project: The Nurse’s Physical Examination of the Patient
The proposal addresses the need for the creation of an open educational resource (OER) covering the four assessment techniques that comprise the nurse’s physical examination of the patient, which include: inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation (IPPA). These IPPAs are techniques foundational to physical assessment skills, and are applicable to each body system. Because such skills require tactile knowledge, the topic is well-suited for multimodal learning. In comparison with existing copyrighted resources, the proposed OER will offer experiential learning opportunities that leverage multimedia elements and interactivity to enhance students’ competency in conducting physical assessments and in preparation for clinical practice.



Jacqui Gingras, Department of Sociology

Project: Sociology of Education in Canada, Critical and Indigenous Perspectives
The proposal addresses the need for an updated textbook for the course SOC 503: Sociology of Education. This course focuses on the “the functions of schooling and training in Canadian society.” This will include critical perspectives, including Indigenous perspectives on education that are informed by Indigenous ways of knowing with Indigenous consultation. The reason for the creation of an OER for this course is two-fold: 1) to update current scholarship related to the sociology of education; 2) provide opportunities to learn about Indigenous education in Canada, a topic not currently covered in many Sociology textbooks. As an OER, the book will be publically available,  reusable and may serve to inform education decision-making.

AI: The new cognitive imperialism – event postponed

POSTPONED: Please note, due to illness this event has been POSTPONED. The talk will be rescheduled at a later date, and notice provided as soon as possible.

A talk by professor Jennifer Wemigwans, University of Toronto, on Indigenous knowledge and new technologies.

Jennifer Wemigwans is a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, and an assistant professor at the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE, University of Toronto. A new media producer, writer and scholar, Wemigwans specializes in the convergence between education, Indigenous knowledge and new media technologies. Her talk will focus on Indigenous knowledge and new technologies.

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or accessible accommodation requests, please email

Date: January 22, 2020

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Location: LIB 405, Ryerson Library

Contact: Michael Ridley,

John Papadopoulos appointed head law librarian of Ryerson Library

Ryerson University Library is pleased to announce the appointment of John Papadopoulos as the Library’s inaugural Head Law Librarian. John holds a Master of Information Studies and J.D. from the University of Toronto (U of T), and is an accomplished scholar and instructor in the areas of legal research and writing. He has held the position of adjunct instructor at the Faculty of Information and Faculty of Law, U of T, where he also spent six years as Chief Law Librarian at the Bora Laskin Law Library. John has over 20 years experience working in academic and firm law libraries including his most recent position as the Director of the John W. Graham Library & Trinity College Archives at U of T.

As Head Law Librarian, John will be responsible for building a robust and innovative law library branch including a rich collection of quality legal resources, an outstanding legal research instructional program, and student focused services customized to meet Ryerson’s unique law curriculum. John will be joining the Library’s leadership team, reporting to the Chief Librarian, while also working closely with the new Dean of Law and law faculty members as they welcome the first cohort of students in 2020. “I am looking forward to taking on this challenge and to being part of the strong team at Ryerson University Library. Ryerson’s new Faculty of Law presents the Library with an exciting opportunity to develop a unique kind of law library essential for the success of the School’s innovative programming,” says John.

John will also be joining the librarian collegium and will be a key member of the TRSM/LAW liaison team where he will offer important contributions to the Library’s growing support of SRC. 

“I am thrilled that John is joining the Ryerson Library team in this important new role. It is a fabulous opportunity to create a new specialized branch library, and I know John has the leadership experience and expertise needed for success,” says Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone. 

John will join the Library team on February 10, 2020.

Reminder to return Overdue Items and Clear Your Fines

We hope everyone is having a successful exam period – the fall term is almost complete!

  • Please clear any outstanding fines and return overdue items as soon as possible. Head to the renewals page to see if you have overdue items or fines greater than $10. Students with fines greater than $10 will not be able to view their grades until their accounts are cleared.
  • 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 credit card payment by phone – please call 416-979-2149. We do not accept personal cheques.
  • If you have questions or concerns about fines or overdue items, please contact the Library Circulation Desk by email at or by phone at 416-979-5055.

From all of us at the Library, thank you and we wish you all the best with your exams!

Launching Imprinting Canada: The McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press Collection


This fall, the Library celebrated the launch of
Imprinting Canada: The McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press Collectionan online exhibit highlighting the Library’s largest single gift-in-kind donation to date.

The Ryerson Press Collection arrived at the University Library towards the end of 2016. It includes nearly 3000 books published between 1862 and 1970, and 2000 documents including letters and author contracts, all from what was once the largest publisher in Canada.

The publishing company, originally founded in 1829, evolved into the Methodist Book and Publishing House, and eventually became Ryerson Press in 1919. In 1920, Lorne Pierce joined the firm as literary advisor, and was soon promoted to general editor–a role he remained in for another 38 years. During his tenure, Pierce embarked on an ambitious cultural publishing program to promote Canadian literature, history and art. 

In 1970, the press was sold to McGraw-Hill Canada, and became known as McGraw-Hill Ryerson. While the company had roots in publishing religious materials and trade books, it also launched the careers of a number of notable Canadian authors, poets and illustrators. Among the collection are first editions of Alice Munro’s first book, Dance of the Happy Shades, and works by Canadian poets such as A.M. Klein, Earle Birney, Miriam Waddington and Al Purdy, as well as book illustrations by several members of the Group of Seven.

Shortly after the collection arrived at the Ryerson Library, three book historians took note of the opportunities presented by the donation. Eager to promote its research capacity, Ryerson Librarian Val Lem, Professor Ruth Panofsky, Department of English at Ryerson, and Dr. Janet Friskney, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, set out to secure a SSHRC Connections Grant to create an online exhibit of the collection. Expressing interest in the project, Ryerson Librarian, Sally Wilson,  Professor Art Seto, School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson, and former Executive Vice President of McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Clive Powell, also joined the team.

Their efforts paid off and in November 2017 they were awarded the SSHRC grant. Ryerson Library also provided in-kind support for the project, and some additional funds were granted by the Faculty of Arts and an external donor. 

“The funding allowed us to hire a graphic communications intern to help create the website images. As well, graduate English students wrote case studies, and external scholars were recruited to contribute chapters, essays or case studies in their areas of expertise,” said Lem. 

The project also provided opportunities for undergraduate students to work with and study the collection. “Undergraduate students registered in the graphics communication course The Art of the Book were encouraged to write essays on aspects of the collection,” notes Lem, adding that “four of the papers were modified for inclusion in the website.” 

Two years later, after all contributions and graphic work was complete, the exhibit launched in October 2019. The website, designed to replicate the format of a book, can be explored through chapters, essays, and case studies each highlighting different sections of the collection. The project shines a spotlight on the significance of the collection, which Lem notes “will continue to inspire new research in the years ahead.”

Echoing Lem, regarding the scholarly importance of the collection, Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone adds, “the McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press Collection provides our students and faculty with a rich source of academic research materials, and its long history offers insights into many aspects of Canadian studies in the making. There is endless potential for fascinating projects by a broad range of scholars.”

Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) Creators Grant Showcase


In February 2019, the Library launched a new grant offering students an opportunity to receive funding, mentorship, and access to Library resources allowing them to develop a personal project that addressed a systemic social issue.

Aptly titled the Creators Grant, this new program hit the ground running after careful consideration and development through the Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME). 

Four students were ultimately selected, whose ideas and applications surpassed expectations.

On Thursday, November 14, those four student recipients of the 2019 Library Creators Grant showcased the fruits of their labours during an engaging evening presentation that highlighted their innovation, creativity and learned skills.

Agents of Change: the Disability Edge by Paul Benson

Paul Benson, is a second-year student in Ryerson’s Disabilities Studies program, Faculty of Community Services. He applied for the grant determined to create a documentary that drew attention to “the positive changes that people with disabilities make in the world based on their experiences,” said Benson.

After receiving the grant, he immediately set out to accomplish his film. He set up interviews, used Library resources and worked with mentors selected through the Library DME “who guided [him] through the process of making a short documentary,” said Benson.

Agents of Change: the Disability Edge was screened at the showcase event. His impressive film, which he plans to submit to the Reel Ability Film Festival, is an informative and enlightening look at the work people with disabilities are doing to create change in their communities and the world. 



Untamed Roots by Hansel Igbavboa

When Hansel Igbavboa, a third-year student in the Entrepreneurship & Strategy program at the Ted Rogers School of Management, received the Creators Grant, his intent was to create a multimedia art installation, incorporating 360 video, which would celebrate the beauty and culture of black peoples’ hair. From the start, the project was an ambitious undertaking that would lead Igbavboa Guyana to document his own heritage, African culture and headress traditions. 

Throughout the process, he realized he needed to reduce scope in order to complete the project within the given timeframe of the grant. In doing so, he refocused efforts and completed a vibrant photo exhibition titled Untamed Roots. “Hair is a big part of my life and part of my identity. It helps me express myself,” said Igbavboa. Using Library resources, including print and digital collections, photo equipment and editing software, Igbavboa “hopes black folks can identify with the project and learn more about the history of black hair.” 




Kaleidoscope Light Prism by Kelly Bang

Kelly Bang, a third-year architecture student, applied for the Creators Grant with the idea, and a plan, to create kaleidoscopic light prisms that address public safety on campus. As alternatives to the planters on Gould Street, Bang’s prisms “encourage social interactions and make spaces feel safer,” said Bang. 

While working on the project, Bang relied on the mentorship provided through the grant, as well as tools and resources available through the Library DME and Collaboratory. The result of her hard work and perseverance was an original and remarkable prototype of a prism. Bang displayed the prototype while discussing her process with the project. Without lights, it presented as a fun, and whimsical art installation, which would playfully reflect sunlight during the day. When the lights turned off, and the prism lights turned on, the room erupted in awe. The prism lit up beautifully, achieving the reaction Bang had hoped for. While addressing public safety by increasing lighting within public spaces, Bang’s hope for the project is that “it also becomes an opportunity for people to be able to take a moment out of their day and immerse themselves with the art.”


Harm Reduction TO by Alannah Fricker

Alannah Fricker was the final presenter of the evening. A fourth-year social work student in the Faculty of Community Services, Fricker presented her website Harm Reduction TO. As part of the Ryerson Harm Reduction team, she applied for the grant with the intent to further complete a website that addresses drug use and sexual health stigma.

Fricker, who has also worked in Ryerson’s Office of Social Innovation, worked with Library DME mentors, Librarians and used Library resources to enhance her project management, content creation, and ‘front end’ design skills as well as UX assessment techniques. Through extensive research, and managing team members and their contributions, the result of the project is a comprehensive resource, which provides “evidence-based harm reduction information, community supports, materials for skill development, and resources to promote community safety and well-being,” said Fricker.


The showcase was an exciting event. All students presented inspiring and thoughtful projects, which they intend to continue to work on, update and improve. 

“The evening highlighted the creativity, passion and innovation of Ryerson students. It was such a pleasure to see the amazing work of these four grant recipients and to see the many ways the process advanced their learning and digital literacy skills,” said Shepstone. “We are so pleased to see how these students embraced these grants and this unique experiential learning opportunity.”


Event details:

On Thursday, Nov. 14 student recipients of the 2019 Library Creators Grant showcased their grant projects.

These dynamic projects, which ranged from documentary film to kaleidoscopic light prisms, each addressed specific social issues that impact our lives, our city, and our culture.


Date: Thursday, Nov. 14

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Ryerson University Library, 4th Fl, LIB 405