Hands-on Writing Workshop with author Catherine Hernandez


In partnership with the Faculty of Community Services (FCS), the Library is delighted to present Catherine Hernandez, author of Scarborough: a novel and Toronto Book Award nominee, as part of the Positioning for Success in Academia series. Catherine will be leading a Hands-On Writing Workshop for library staff, faculty and students. She will focus on ways to “say what you want to say” when you are a front line worker and speak to tools for decolonizing your writing. Catherine is a dynamic speaker and gifted performer – join us for what is sure to be an engaging and inspiring 2 hours with one of Toronto’s most exciting new authors.

November 2, 2017 from 12:30 pm – 2:30 PM
Ryerson Library & Archives, 4th floor
Open to:  Faculty, Contract Lecturers, Staff and Students.

Celebrate Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an annual global event for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. This year’s theme is Open In Order To – a prompt for the academic community to consider the benefits of open access, which include increased access to knowledge, facilitating collaboration, raising research impact, and many others.

To celebrate Open Access Week, the Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) and the University of Toronto Libraries welcomed faculty, librarians and graduate students from both institutions 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.  For those who missed the event, you can view the video online, in 3 parts.  Open access buttons and cookies are available at the Research Help Desk this week – drop by to learn more about how open access can benefit you.

Get a Free Toronto Public Library Card!

On October 24 and  October 25, staff from Toronto Public Library (TPL) will be in the Library to sign students up for a Toronto Public Library card.  The TPL booth will be set up near the Research Help Desk on the main floor from 1pm until 5pm both days.  All Ryerson students are eligible to get a TPL card – all you need is a valid One Card to sign up!  With your TPL card, you can:

  • Borrow books, music, movies and more
  • Place holds through the website to reserve materials and have them sent to your nearest branch
  • Download ebooks, digital magazines, movies and music
  • Use research databases to access magazine and newspaper archives, business directories, etc.
  • Reserve computer time at any branch
  • Borrow a Museum & Arts Pass for free access to Toronto museums and other venue
  • Access cutting-edge technology and training at the Digital Innovation Hubs

Help Us Improve LibGuides

The Library has a number of libguides to help our users identify the best resources to use for their academic work.  They include suggestions for databases, books and other resources specific to a subject area, a course or a general topic.  To help ensure that our LibGuides are as effective as they can be for our users, a short survey will be added to all libguides for a 2-week period.  Please take the time to complete this brief survey, and let us know how well our libguides are working for you!

ORCID Author Identifier: Distinguish Yourself in Three Easy Steps

Faculty members and graduate students are invited to attend a drop-in session where they will receive hands-on assistance in setting up and populating an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) account.

In order for scholarly work to be found in a global network of researchers, it is essential to differentiate authors. ORCID makes this easy by attaching an unambiguous identity to publications, funding and other research activities. As researchers collaborate across disciplines, institutions and geographic borders, having a unique author or researcher ID ensures credit for your scholarly output.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and link research activities and outputs to these identifiers. Many publishers and funding agencies now require or encourage authors to apply for an ORCID.

Drop-in dates and location:

Wednesday Oct 25th, 12:00 to 1:00 – SLC 516

Thursday Oct 26th, 12:00 to 1:00 – SLC 516

Wednesday Nov 1st, 12:00 to 1:00 – SLC 516

If you are not able to attend these sessions and would like to schedule a one-to-one appointment, please contact Brian Cameron at bcameron@ryerson.ca or Naomi Eichenlaub at neichenl@ryerson.ca.

Please see this video for more information about ORCID.


SLC Maintenance Work

Library patrons who enter/exit the building via the Student Learning Centre (SLC) entrance should be aware of the re-caulking of the plaza to address leakage issues in the lower level of the building.  This project is set to begin on Tuesday, October 10th and is expected to be complete by the end of November. For a more detailed explanation of the project, please visit the SLC blog.

The plan has a multi-phased approach which extends the duration of the project, but reduces disruption. Some key points to be aware of:

  • The disruptive work takes place on weekends

  • Plywood will be placed on most flat surfaces such as landings and ramps (but not on the stairs) to allow for traffic during the curing period

  • The Gould entrance will only be closed one weekend for the work required on the landing at the top of the plaza (Nov 25 & 26)

  • At least one of the accessible paths to the entrance will always available

  • A portion of the stairs from Gould Street to the entrance is always available

Publishers Send Take Down Notices to ResearchGate

If you have a ResearchGate profile, you should be aware that 5 publishers, including Elsevier, Wiley, and the American Chemical Society, have sent take-down notices to ResearchGate. The publishers argue that 40% of the papers uploaded to ResearchGate are copyrighted. In 2013, Elsevier made a similar demand to Academia.edu.

In a further move, Elsevier and the American Chemical Society are taking legal action to prevent ResearchGate from uploading copyrighted content from the web. The website will prompt you to add these full-text articles to your profile. In most cases, authors who do so will have breached their copyright transfer agreement.

Researchers who are required to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications must be aware that uploading articles to ResearchGate, Academia.edu, or similar sites does not satisfy the policy requirements. Researchers at Ryerson should be using RULA’s Digital Repository. For assistance with the repository and open access publishing, contact Brian Cameron at bcameron@ryerson.ca.

Please see Times Higher Education for a brief article about this issue.

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.