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 access@ryerson.ca 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
Email: michael.ridley@ryerson.ca
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.



Library Think Tank Discussion: Cross-Sections of Fabrication: Processes and Design of Large Scale 3D Printing in Architecture and Aerospace Engineering


Dr. Jonathon Anderson and Dr. Kazem Fayazbakhsh present talks on design and implementation solutions offered by large-scale 3D printing in the fields of architecture and aerospace engineering.

Dr. Kazem Fayazbakhsh,
Assistant Professor, FEAS

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is one of the most popular processes of 3D printing and offers flexibility in manufacturing with a wide range of materials. Commercial desktop FFF 3D printers are cost effective and do not require specific power or installation requirements. Nonetheless, most parts in industry are larger than the build volume of most desktop 3D printers. To help Canadian industry adopt 3D printing, investigation of full-scale components out of high-performance materials is required. In the Facility for Research on Aerospace Materials and Engineered Structures (FRAMES), robotic 3D printing with a 20 in × 20 in build plate is developed. A laser line scanner is also mounted on the robot to inspect parts for defects during printing. Research outcomes in this field will extend the use of 3D printed parts in industrial applications.


Jonathon Anderson,
Assistant Professor, FCAD

On a global scale, cross-disciplinary research to leverage the full potential of digital fabrications and applications of robotics are at the forefront of architectural design.

This presentation will introduce the hardware and software control of a KUKA KR AGILUS industrial robot and the printing process through algorithmic designs. Several projects will be presented to show how the use of a robotic arm with custom engineered end effectors (spool fed and pellet fed extruders) have the ability to export and realize the architectural potentials of robotic extrusion beyond traditional addictive fabrication processes. These digital fabrication systems are applied with traditional design methods to investigate computational craft approaches to designed objects, systems, surfaces, and interiors. Building on the principles of computational craft, robotic fabrication seeks to build on recent advancements by examining the ways in which robotic arms have come to be seen as transcending their traditional role as performers of the monotonous tasks of mass manufacturing pipelines (Gramazio & Kohler, 2008) and instead be viewed as part of the toolset available for the production of crafted and unique work.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Collaboratory, Library 3rd Floor (LIB387)
Refreshments provided

Please RSVP by April 2, 12PM

LibQUAL+ 2019 Survey

Ryerson University Library is currently participating in the LibQUAL+ survey, along with several other Canadian university libraries. The Library participated in LibQUAL+ in 200720102013, and 2016. Please visit the Library results from previous survey.

Starting the week of March 20th, a random sample of students and faculty will receive an e-mail invitation to complete the web-based survey.  Participation is completely voluntary and the process is entirely confidential.  Students may choose, if they wish, to submit their email for a chance to win one of three $50 Starbucks gift cards.  Neither the email address nor any other personal identification will be transmitted with the survey responses.

We sincerely hope that you will complete the survey if you receive an email invitation to participate in LibQUAL+ 2019.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please email: libqual@ryerson.ca

Revitalizing the Ryerson campus: How construction improvements will make our campus greener, more accessible and pedestrian-friendly

If you notice some construction on Gould and Victoria Streets in the coming weeks, you may wonder what’s going on and why.

The work will be part of the Campus Core Revitalization project, designed to enhance the quality of safe, accessible spaces and implement infrastructure upgrades, resulting in a campus that’s greener, more easily accessible, pedestrian-friendly and connected to the community.

“As a key component of our Campus Public Realm Plan, this project really aims to create common outdoor spaces on campus where our community can come together and thrive,” said Deborah Brown, vice-president, administration and operations. “While addressing these needs, we are taking the opportunity to build accessibility into the design and to modernize our infrastructure. We want to create a defined campus core that encourages community connections and enhances the experience of being at Ryerson.”

Read the full article in Ryerson Today

Learn more about the Campus Public Realm Plan