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SPIE Digital Library Now Available

The SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) Digital Library provides access to more than 200,000 tehcnical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present. It is the most extensive resource available on optics, photonics, optoelectronics and imaging and includes access to the following journals:

Installation of New Shelving on 7th Floor

On Friday, March 9, 2007, new shelving will be installed on the 7th floor of the Library.

Throughout the day, the 7th floor may be noisy and some areas may be closed off. For quiet study, please go to the 8th, 9th or 10th floors.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Borrow a Laptop!

The Library now has 30 wireless-enabled laptops available for borrowing from the Circulation Desk. Laptops may be borrowed for 3 hours while the Library is open. The first time you borrow a laptop, you will need to bring a completed copy of our Laptop Loan Agreement form to the Circulation Desk. More information can be found on our Laptop Loan pages.

New Computer Lab on 3rd Floor

The computer lab in LIB393A is now open for student use Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 11:45 pm whenever it is not being used for classes. This lab contains 36 PCs with access to the Internet and the same software that is available in the Library’s Information Commons.

PCs in Group Study Rooms

PCs have been installed in six of the Library’s group study rooms (LIB562, LIB565, LIB762, LIB859, LIB860 and LIB864). These PCs provide access to the same software as the PCs in the Library’s Information Commons and to the Internet. To book one of these rooms for your group, please use the Study Room Booking page.

Get it! Links in Google Scholar

Google Scholar now includes links to the print and electronic journal resources that are available from the Ryerson Library. A Get it! @ Ryerson link indicates that electronic full text is available for that resources. A Check Ryerson Library/ILL link lets you check to see if we have a print copy of the item and, if not, order it via the Library’s free Interlibrary Loan service.

On-campus users will automatically see Get it! @ Ryerson and Check Ryerson Library/ILL links in Google Scholar.

Off-campus users will need to set Google Preferences to see the links in Google Scholar as follows:

  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on Scholar Preferences
  • Type Ryerson in the Library Links box
  • Select Ryerson from the list of libraries
  • Save Preferences

More Resources for Persons with Disabilities

Five workstations have been added to the open area on the third floor of the Library for use by persons with disabilities. They are reserved for use by Access Centre students. All computers in the Besse Commons and on the third floor of the Library now have the following software: Kurzweil 3000, JAWS for Windows, Inspiration and ZoomText. This software may be used by up to five users at a time.

Two Access Centre staff, Carolyn Stallberg and Ann Thomas, have relocated to offices on the third floor of the Library.

New Carrels and Seating for Laptop Users

New individual study carrels with lighting and power outlets have been installed on the eighth floor. In addition, laptop seating consisting of a power pole and four swivel seats has been installed on floors 5 (beside the newspapers), 7, 8. 9, and 10 (opposite the oversize books).

My Library in Blackboard

Now it is even easier to access the Library website and all its resources from within Blackboard. Click on the My Library tab at the top of any Blackboard page to get links to the most popular Library resources including the catalogue, articles and Library news.

New eresources

The Library has recently purchased subscriptions to the following:

  • Historical Abstracts
    Historical Abstracts indexes historical literature (excluding Canada and the US) covering the period from 1450 to present. It contains citations for books and dissertations and abstracts of articles from over 1,700 journals.
  • JCR Journal Citation Reports
    Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries.
  • AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Electronic Library
    The AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Electronic Library provides access to all of the Association’s journals from 1963 to 2005. The subscription also includes access to approximately 3,500 papers each year from 20 to 30 technical conferences covering all aspects of aeronautics and astronautics.