GLAM Wiki Summit 2019

Join us on Thursday, May 23 for the 2019 GLAM Wiki Summit

Learn about the ways Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, and the Wikimedia Commons can increase the impact of collections and provide opportunities for community engagement with Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums.

Keynote by: Effie Kapsalis, Senior Digital Program Officer, American Women’s History Initiative, Smithsonian Institute

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. –  4 p.m.

Location: Room LIB 405, Ryerson University Library

80 Gould Street

Ryerson University


Cost: $25 tickets (includes lunch, coffee, and snacks)

Register at:

Creators Grant recipients kick-off innovative projects


Ryerson University Library’s 2019 DME Creators Grant recipients are charging ahead, kicking-off the development of five unique passion projects that will showcase new ways of addressing current social issues. The grant—highlighting the experiential learning and digital literacy opportunities available to students through the Library—provides funding and mentorship to students for, and throughout the development of the individual student works. Over the next four months, five undergraduates will embark on developing projects aimed at tackling local and systemic societal issues, culminating in public presentation of completed work in early September.

Here’s a peek at the innovative projects to come:



Kelly Bang, second-year, Architectural Science, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science


What will you create over the next four months?

I’ll be creating “Kaleidoscope Light Prisms” as an equitable and vibrant alternative to the planters on Gould Street. The goal is to achieve a series of prisms with built-in kaleidoscopes that reflect sunlight onto the pavement during the day, and that are interactive. At night, they will light up from within to create outdoor lamps that brighten the street.

What social issue are you addressing?

Walking through campus at night, it quickly becomes apparent there is not enough life or sense of safety on the streets. The project will address issues of safety on campus, especially at night, as well as the lack of social engagement and inclusion on campus.

What new skills are you looking forward to learning at the DME that will help you complete your project?

I hope to learn how to utilize digital fabrication tools such as 3D printing and 3D digital modelling.

What skills are you excited to gain through this mentorship opportunity?

I think that I will be able to gain technical skills as well as learn about how projects are brought to fruition.



Paul Benson, first-year, Disability Studies, School of Disability Studies,
Faculty of Community Services


What will you create over the next four months?

I will be working on a documentary (the working title is Agents of Change: The Disability Edge) that showcases persons with disabilities who are agents of social change. The documentary will highlight disability issues in a positive and creative way.


What social issue are you addressing?

The project will address the undervaluing of the contributions of Persons with disabilities (PwDs) within society. PwDs are at times viewed as limited in what they can, and do contribute to society. They are sometimes even seen as a burden. There is overwhelming evidence that PwDs are, and can be exceptional contributors – often in ways that are based on the result of their experiences with disabling conditions.


What new skills are you looking forward to learning to complete your project?

Professional quality video capture, video editing, titling, and capturing.


What do you think you’ll gain through mentorship opportunity?

An understanding of all components of a documentary project from video capture to final product.



Alannah Fricker, third-year, Social Work, Faculty of Community Services


What project will you create over the next four months?

I am going to be working on a harm reduction website that supports student safety and includes a public health approach to substance use at Ryerson.


What social issue will your project address?

The website will provide students with evidence-based harm reduction information, supports, skills, and resources to promote safety; explore viable alternatives to prohibitionist drug policies that disproportionately affect Black and Indigenous people and other marginalized communities; and will educate about intersectional oppression, challenge drug use stigma, and address problematic myths, stereotypes, and language.


What new skills are you looking forward to learning at the DME that will help you complete your project?

I’d like to learn project management skills, user experience (UX) and web layout design, and how to develop an online store set-up.


What skills are you excited to gain through this mentorship opportunity?

I think mentorship will help with design and implementation, managing my research team, and having structured goals and timelines.



Hansel Igbavboa, third-year, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management


What will you create over the next four months?

I’ll be working on a mixed media interactive short film celebrating the beauty of Black people’s hair. It will incorporate photography, videography, 3D modelling, music and spoken word with elements of traditional documentary film techniques, producing a creative audio-visual sequence.


What social issue are you addressing?

Discrimination against Black people and their hair. Black people are not only discriminated against for their skin colour, but we are also discriminated against for the texture of our hair and the nonconformity of our hairstyles. Although the film will touch on the struggles Black people endure, it will focus on celebrating the beauty of our hair, especially centering Black women.


What new skills are you looking forward to learning at the DME that will help you complete your project?

3D modelling, virtual reality storytelling, audio editing and lighting


What skills are you excited to gain through this mentorship opportunity?

I hope to gain some of the skills listed above and get new and interesting insight into the media industry. I’m hoping that will allow me to continue telling stories and sharing perspectives that are buried in stereotypes.




Mazin Kanuga, fourth – year, Marketing Management, Ted Rogers School of Management


What will you create over the next four months?

My goal is to create a three part interactive digital art installation that addresses minority representation in media. Part 1 will show the overrepresentation of Caucasian people in media. Part 2 will accurately represent the demographics of the Greater Toronto Area, and celebrate minorities. Part 3 will invite visitors to become a part of the exhibit by taking their own pictures with Polaroid cameras, and then displaying those photos.


What social issue are you addressing?

This project will shed light on inconsistencies of representation, and also provide minorities a safe platform to celebrate themselves.


What new skills are you looking forward to learning to complete your project?

I have never planned an art exhibit. I need to learn project coordination and event planning skills, as well as basic and advanced digital skills. I may need to learn photo and video editing skills.


What do you think you’ll gain through mentorship opportunity?

A mentor will help me stay on task and guide me through any obstacles I may face. I’m excited to have the opportunity to create something special that I can be proud of and say “wow I did it” and also impact the community in a positive way.


Library Speaker Series: “Either this is madness or it is hell”

Library Speaker Series

Research Libraries and Digital Humanities: “Either this is madness or it is hell”

Universities and research libraries continue to experience significant global changes as a result of a rapid shift to a digital knowledge economy. Within an ever-changing environment, full of ambiguity and required flexibility, successful research is increasingly conducted via valued interdisciplinary collaborators and research partners.

Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria, will discuss emerging trends
at the intersection of research libraries and digital humanities, casting an inspiring vision for
how new paradigms of research can enable innovation and even unanticipated surprises.


Jonathan Bengtson is the University Librarian at the University of Victoria. He is the founder and
managing editor of KULA: knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation studies, and the
current President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Ryerson University Library, 4th Floor, LIB 405


2019 Ryerson University Library Creators Grant Recipients

Ryerson University Library is excited to announce the recipients of the 2019 DME Creators Grant. Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science student Kelly Bang, School of Disability Studies student Paul Benson, Faculty of Community Services student Alannah Fricker, and Ted Rogers School of Management students Hansel Igbavboa and Mazin Kanuga will receive funding to complete individual passion projects that address current social issues.

In September, 2018, the Library launched the DME Creators Grant as an initiative designed to support innovative undergraduate projects aimed at tackling local and systemic societal issues. The grant highlights experiential learning opportunities at the Library and provides both funding and mentorship to recipients.

The successful applicants will design projects that address issues relating to: increased awareness of disabled communities; public safety on campus; minority representation in media; racial discrimination; and harm reduction. Through the creation of websites, documentaries, interactive art and public installations, these talented students will place a spotlight on important topics while providing solutions for positive change. In addition to providing funding, Library grant facilitators will partner students with faculty and industry mentors. Students will have the opportunity to learn and develop the skills required to bring each project to fruition. Mentors will guide students using resources, tools and equipment available through the Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, at the Library.

Students kick off their projects in May, and will present completed projects in early September. Presentations will be open to the public.

Digital Diversity @ Ryerson

Digital Diversity @ Ryerson showcases the interdisciplinary digital projects of students, librarians, staff, and faculty whose research and pedagogy engage issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in a range of innovative ways.

Keynote: Dr. Susan Brown CRC in Collaborative Digital Scholarship, U Guelph


• Queering Bodies of Information

• Diversity & (Virtual) Childhood

• Post Print Pedagogy & the Accessible Classroom

• (Racialized) Bodies of Knowledge & Digital Story-Telling

• Inclusion and Collaboration 


Hosted by the Centre for Digital Humanities, the Department of English, the Faculty of Arts, and the Ryerson University Library

Tuesday, April 30th

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ryerson University Library, LIB405

Register now



Computer engineering student Charles Garcia’s mini keypads

Fourth year student Charles Garcia lights up his own mini keypads at the Library’s DME

Throughout his undergraduate studies, fourth-year computer engineering student Charles Garcia has made the most of the opportunities available to students at the Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME). The DME is a student academic hub that offers digital literacy workshops, and experiential learning programming. In the summer of 2018, after researching and building his own small-scale keypad prototype at the DME, Garcia started developing his own workshops to teach other students how to do the same. He’s now facilitated two pilot mini keypad workshops, and will launch his first official workshop at the DME on April 29, 2019.

Why did you start making mini keypads?

Originally the keypad was created to fulfill a small need of my own: a small, portable gaming keypad for a game I played during my first year at university. As time went on, I spent less time gaming; however, I was still interested in the process of creating mini keypads—3D-modeling/printing, firmware programming and basic circuit design. I continued creating the keypads as a way to keep updating my skills, which led to more keypads and keyboards. It is now a hobby that allows me to keep making small improvements to each small project.


How did you make the first keypad?

The original keypad was built using a USB-capable Arduino (Leonardo, Micro, and Teensy) attached to four keyboard buttons, enclosed in a 3D-printed case. Not much has fundamentally changed since then, other than the refinement of the keypad design including incremental improvements in firmware (Arduino code), the use of circuit boards over wires, differing numbers of buttons, and lighting effects.


This project is really innovative. Where and how did you acquire the skills to develop the keypad?

I can’t say that this was an original idea. Logitech and other hardware manufacturers are further ahead of me in terms of innovation.

Most of the knowledge I‘ve gained has been based on research. I’ve spent hours going through online forums, datasheets and tutorials, in addition to the support at the DME. I’ve also had to learn and update skill sets in order to implement the keypad, such as programming, soldering, and 3D modeling. I learned these skills in order to minimize research costs and create meaningful progress for these projects. Even re-implementing a current design requires plenty of research and self-education. The DME has and continues to be, very supportive. I cannot thank them enough for their support and the resources given to me.


What can participants look forward to at your keypad workshop?

The keypad workshop is a culmination of my experience building keypads designed around teaching basic assembly, soldering and programming skills. Participants will receive a kit containing materials required to build my keypad, instructions from myself, and a GitHub page documenting the build process. The kit has been designed to be simple enough for beginners, but also challenging enough to warrant learning a new set of skills. Experienced builders/programmers can also program the keypad beyond the scope of the workshop to fulfill their own needs.

The kit, when assembled, will be a keypad with eight buttons, lighting circuitry built-in, and can be programmed with effects.


Garcia’s first official mini keypad workshop will be offered on April 29, 2019 at the DME
Students can register at: DIY Macro Keyboard Workshop

Reminder to return Overdue Items and Clear Your Fines

We hope everyone is having a successful exam period – the winter 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!

Library help guide to exams!

Looking for a quiet place to study?
Need a study break?

We can help! Check out Library study spaces and stressbusters.

Study spaces

Quiet Study Zones:
4th to 9th Floors

Group Study Rooms:
5th to 9th Floors

Silent Study Area:
10th Floor – Individual Study


Colour your stress away
Grab a board game
Visit us at the Circulation Desk

Knit out the nerves
Tuesdays, 11 to 12 p.m.,
Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Experience Media Lab (DME)

Relax by the Augmented Sandbox
Anytime at the DME

Enter a new virtual reality
Ask at the DME

Grab a snack!
Visit us at the Circulation Desk

Meditation for stress and concentration
Monday  – Friday, 4 p.m., LIB 408

Free coffee and candy
Monday – Friday, 2 p.m.
2nd Floor, Library entrance while supplies last.
Please bring your own cup with lid.

Need earplugs?
Visit us at the Circulation Desk


Good luck! You’ve got this!


Share your vision for the Ryerson campus

Ryerson and the city have grown and it’s time to update the Campus Master Plan – with your help

Want to see more teaching space, learning space or living space on campus? Now’s your chance to tell us what the campus means to you. Outdoor gathering spaces? Other ideas? Ryerson invites you to share your thoughts and priorities for how campus should evolve over the next 10+ years. We want to hear about everything from classroom design to sustainability.

You are invited to contribute to a vision for the Ryerson campus. On April 10, visit the Student Campus Centre (SCC) lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lobby at 10 Dundas Street East from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Read the full Ryerson article

Introducing Ryerson University Library Visiting Scholar, Michael Ridley


Ryerson University Library welcomes visiting scholar Michael Ridley. A current PhD candidate with the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University, Ridley’s research focuses on the opaqueness of machine learning systems and explainable artificial intelligence, with the intent of demystifying systems in order to build trust in the data and information they generate.  

His research spans not only machine learning and explainable artificial intelligence, but also includes algorithmic and digital literacies–areas of study well situated within the expertise and mandate of libraries. Both academic and public libraries have an important role to play in helping to create transparency, which will enable trust in systems, and the ability to build and use them in productive and creative ways.

As a Visiting Scholar, Ridley is available to collaborate with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from across campus. He will be working with librarians and Library staff to advance internal scholarly, research and creative (SRC) initiatives, and will also be helping the Library continue developing strategic partnerships in the area of machine learning. Building on existing relationships with public libraries across Canada and his new appointment as a Vector Institute Fellow, Ridley brings valuable community and city building connections to this role.

Noting the innovation fostered and supported at Ryerson–and recognizing the Library as unique venue for advanced research in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning–he’s excited to create new opportunities and potential pilot projects with librarians and staff. “Librarians are faced with translating information needs and requests into queries that seek to provide the best resources in a huge information space, which is getting larger and larger by the second,” says Ridley. “One way this type of technology could help is by creating a system that enables librarians to sift through resources in more effective ways.” This type of project would effectively lead to improved understanding and application of a system.

Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone is enthusiastic about Ridley’s term, and the research opportunities he brings to the Library. “Mike comes to the Library with wealth of knowledge and critical insight in a field of study that is of great interest to our work in the Library, but also to many research projects and centres around the University,” says Shepstone. “As a new Visiting Scholar, I know Mike will add to our thinking and understanding of this rapidly evolving field. I am thrilled he has agreed to join us in this capacity.”  


Contact and office hours

Library Collaboratory, Room 387A
Thursdays 9 am – 5 pm
Twitter: @mridley

Michael Ridley is the former Chief Librarian and Chief Information Officer at the University of Guelph (1995 to 2012), and has served as President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, the Ontario Library Association, and as Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries.