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Hollywood Librarian – June 4


Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Toronto Metropolitan University
Library Building, Room LIB 72
350 Victoria Street, Toronto


$8.00 – register online or pay at the door

The Hollywood Librarian is the first full-length documentary film to focus on the work and lives of librarians. Using the entertaining and appealing context of feature movies, the film will have some surprises for people who may think they know what librarians do! American film contains hundreds of examples of librarians and libraries on screen — some positive, some negative, some laughable and some dead wrong. Films such as Sophie’s Choice, Philadelphia and It’s a Wonderful Life show librarians as negative stereotypes. The librarians in Lorenzo’s Oil, Desk Set and The Shawshank Redemption, on the other hand, are competent and professional. Dozens of interviews of real librarians will be interwoven with movie clips of cinematic librarians and serve as transitions between the themes of censorship, intellectual freedom, children and librarians, pay equity and funding issues, and the value of reading.You will meet the dedicated children’s librarian, the witty library director, the high-tech corporate librarian, the smart medical librarian, and the dedicated cataloger. You will see a prison literacy program, an elementary school library, a town faced with the most severe library crisis in decades, and much more!

See more descriptions and comments from sites that have screened the film at

Sponsored by the Toronto Metropolitan University Library and the Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA).

Tish Cohen Reading at Library

Come see Toronto Metropolitan University alumna and Commonweath Writers’ Prize – shortlisted author TISH COHEN reading from her acclaimed novel Town House.
Thursday April 10 – 7 pm
Toronto Metropolitan University Library
350 Victoria Street

Please RSVP by April 4 to Anna Tassone at 416-979-5141

Black History in Ontario: An Exhibit

In honour of Black History Month, the Library is hosting an exhibit entitled “Black History in Ontario”, from the McCurdy collection of the Ontario Black History Society. The exhibit is located on the main floor of the Library in the Information and Learning Commons, and will be on site from February 25 to 29.

Changes to OVID

As of February 4, 2008, all OVID databases including: CINAHL, Healthstar, MEDLINE, EBM Reviews, HAPI, and ICONDA have a newly redesigned search interface.

If you are accustomed to the map term to subject heading‘ search option to locate subjects and combine searches, you’ll now find this option under the ‘Advanced Ovid Search‘ tab.

Now, when you run a search, you are automatically taken to view the results list. To view your search history and to combine search topics, scroll up to the top of the page and expand the search history by clicking on the long, rectangular, blue search history bar.

To combine searches, within the search history, click on the boxes beside your search terms and choose to combine with AND or OR.

If you are accustomed to keyword searching (by deselecting the map term to subject heading), please note that the truncation symbol has changed from $ to *.

For more information including search tips, please refer to the Ovid resource center.

Springer e-books

The Ryerson Library now provides access to over 12,000 ebooks from 2005-2008 via Springer e-books. The collection incorporates a wide variety of subject areas including: Architecture & Design, Behavioral Science, Biomedical and Life Science, Business & Economics, Chemistry and Material Science, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Science, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Math & Statistics, Medicine, Physics & Astronomy, and Professional Computing and Web Design.

Improved Off-Campus Access to Library e-resources

Starting in the middle of December, the Library will be changing to a new method of authenticating off-campus users who want to use the Library’s electronic resources (articles, ebooks, journals, etc.)

The new system will allow users to access e-resources by entering their my.ryerson username and password instead of using the existing system of entering name, barcode and PIN number

New authentication screen:

Off-campus users who are already in Blackboard will not be required to re-authenticate when accessing Library resources.

You will still need your barcode and PIN for access to your Library record to renew books, check your holds and track your reading history.

Starting in mid-December, the Library will begin making the necessary changes to its web pages and catalogue to accommodate this new system. This will mean that for a short period of time you may encounter both methods of authentication. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The current authentication system will continue to function until the summer of 2008 to allow faculty members sufficient time to update any links that they may have in Blackboard. Instructions for revising links are available on the Library website.

If you are off-campus, you can preview the new system by connecting to Canadian Newsstand.

If you have comments or concerns, please use the comments link below.

Research Skills Workshops

This fall the Library is offering a series of Research Skills Workshops for students. The following workshops are available: Introduction to Library Resources, Mastering the Library’s Electronic Resources and Working with RefWorks. Check the Workshops page for a description and schedule of the workshops.