Geospatial Data Update

Get informed on the latest news concerning GIS related activities and geospatial data from the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC). See the PDF version of our Winter 2014 issue of Geospatial Data Update.

The SCOAP³ repository is now available

Carleton is participating in the SCOAP³ (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) Open Access Project. This is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries and key funding agencies and research centers in two dozen countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP³ is converting key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. To access the repository please see here.

NVivo for Mac now available

Good news for qualitative researchers who use Macs! NVivo has just released their NVivo for Mac software. Download the free Beta release now. Once the free trial is over in June 2014, Carleton student, faculty and staff can obtain an NVivo license for their Mac version by contacting More information on NVivo at Carleton can be found at

Help us make the Library website better!

The Library's Web Committee is looking at ways to improve the Help section of the library website, and we want to hear from you. We're asking library staff for the most common questions they receive, but we know that students, faculty and staff don't always come in person to ask for help. In fact, that's why we have help pages on the website!

So, please tell us your ideas or opinions about the kind of help you want or need on the library's website. If there are things about our current Help pages that don't work for you, tell us that too.

We can't promise to fix everything, but your input will help us start making improvements.

The form will be up until March 21 but you can send us feedback about the website whenever you like, using the general feedback form.

Winter Reading

With this long cold winter pressing on, it is time to add some fresh books to the Recreational Reading Collection and stay inside and read! The collection is still currently located outside of the Library Reserves room on the 2nd floor but will hopefully have a new home soon – we will provide an update as soon as it happens!  There are several new additions to the collection including:

Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen which is part of Oprah’s Book Club Collection.

The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Series: Uglies and Pretties.

Tunnel Bookdrop Now Open

The tunnel bookdrop
located near the glass wall
now accepts your books

Have you Heard?

MacOdrum Library has audiobooks! Listen to one today on your computer or mobile device.

OneClickDigital has classic and popular audiobook titles. You will need to create an account before you can download titles. More information about OneClickDigital and tutorials.

LibriVox has audiobooks of works in the public domain. No account is required. More information about using LibriVox.

You can also access our Audiobook Collections from the library website by going to Find > Books and selecting the “audiobook collections” link at the bottom.

Happy listening!

Page Break Starbucks Open!

The Page Break Starbucks in the MacOdrum Library opened on Monday, January 27. Located just inside the entrance to the Library, the Page Break Starbucks offers comfortable seating, and a beautiful view of the Rideau Canal. Take a study break without leaving the library!

Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Thursday 8am – 10:30pm
  • Friday 8am – 9pm
  • Saturday 10am – 9pm
  • Sunday 10am – 10:30pm

Library Reserve Requests for Winter 2014 term

Missed the deadline for library reserve material? Library Reserve requests are still being accepted for this term.

Our reserve management system makes it easy for you to put your course readings, whether print or electronic, on reserve at the library. Ares helps to ensure copyright compliance by only allowing you to post material with the proper clearance. Ares integrates seamlessly with cuLearn for convenient access to your course readings.

Submit your reading list to or drop by the Reserves Room (main floor, room 224) for assistance and a short demo of Ares!

Web of Knowledge Enhancements

The library has obtained additional content to the Web of Knowledge platform. New databases available to students and faculty:

  • Data Citation Index
  • Books Citation Index
  • Biosis Citation Index
  • Current Contents Connect

These databases will support, in particular new academic programs in both Data Science and Health Sciences.

Ogre! 75th board game added to the Library collection

The 75th board game was recently added to the Library collection and it’s a big one. Ogre is a tactical ground combat game set in the late 21st century. Tanks and infantry battle with nuclear missiles but the most feared weapon of all is the giant cybernetic tank called the Ogre.

This landmark board game was designed by Steve Jackson in 1977. It has gone through various incarnations including a miniature pocket version, deluxe large board edition and a video game from Origin systems. The new “Designers edition” brings the game to a new generation of gamers who are learning what it means to face the Ogre!

[Summarized from the Ogre website ]

Board games are purchased to support game development courses in the School of Computer Science.

Comments and questions? Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics and Systems Engineering, Carleton University Library: or @rosmith11

Official Opening of MacOdrum Library

The newly-renovated and expanded MacOdrum Library had its official opening on December 5, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was here to celebrate with us.

“The building is extremely functional, and it really is a beautiful space,” said Wynne. “We have to move beyond the traditional ways of learning and support creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurship. That’s what this building does.’’

Wynne, along with Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, were on hand for a tour and remarks.

The project, which began two years ago, includes 34,700 square feet of renovations. The west expansion is a two-storey addition, and the east addition is five storeys. The amount of student seating has doubled.

The renovation includes new reading rooms, the Discovery Centre, and an expanded New Sun Joy Maclaren Centre for students with disabilities. The Jacob Siskind Music Resource Centre will open in 2014.

“To say we are grateful is an understatement,” said University Librarian Margaret Haines. “We are delighted with the new library. This has been a dream for a very long time.”

Quiet, Please! service is back at the Library

Now that construction in the Library is easing off, we have brought back our “Quiet, Please!” service. If you are on a silent floor (floors 3 and 5) and you are being disturbed by noise, just send a message to (or use the handy form on our website). The more details you can provide, the better we will be able to respond. So tell us exactly where you are (e.g. 3rd floor by the spiral staircase) or who exactly is being noisy (e.g. the woman with glasses, red shirt and black pants).

You can find the Quiet, Please! contact information on our website by hovering over “Contact” on the black menu bar at the top of the screen.

PsycBooks ebook collection @ Carleton University Library

Carleton University Library has been acquiring titles in the PsycBooks ebook collection, a product of the American Psychological Association (APA), since its inception in 2004. We now have over 3600 items which are accessible from our online catalogue. Use the title search “PsycBooks (via ProQuest)” to see a list of all titles. New ebooks are added monthly to this collection.

Subject areas covered include applied psychology, developmental psychology, sports psychology, psychological and physical disorders, psychometrics and statistics, personality, and many others.

The scholarly publications included in this collection range from the most current clinical theories to historical material dating from the early 17th century. Also included are hard-to-find classic books and digitized content from the Archives of the History of American Psychology, as well as the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

For more information on using the Library’s ebook collection please visit Find ebooks.

450th video game at the Library

The 450th video game has recently been added to the Library collection. “Rayman legends” for PS3 from Ubisoft was selected for innovative design of over 120 levels of game play including several musical maps and rich HD graphics. This new release is the follow up to Rayman origins and sets a new standard in action packed platform gaming. Join Rayman, Globox and the Teensies in a colourful and beautifully designed fantasy adventure.

The Library’s collection of video games has been steadily growing since 2009 to support courses in the Schools of Information Technology and Computer Science as well as Masters degree in Digital Humanities and other courses across the University. New additions to the Library’s collection include a variety of games for Xbox 360 Kinect and PS vita as well as Wii balance boards. We also look forward to 2014 with the unveiling of a new Library gaming lab located in the Discovery Centre on the fourth floor.   


Contact Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics and Systems Engineering

Now Available for Reading your Daily Newspaper: PressDisplay

Access to nearly 2,300 international newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in over 50 languages.  Publications are often available before they make it to print.  Issues can be browsed on your computer or downloaded to a mobile device for off-line reading. 

Articles can also be translated into 12 languages, and text-to-voice features are available.  Archives of up to 60 days are kept (depending on the title).

See our News Find Guide for more details.

Library Welcome Week and Tours for New and Returning Students

New to Carleton?  New to the Library?

Join us in September for our Welcome Week and library tours. 

See the Tours and Workshops page for all the details.

Library Renovations

Renovations to the MacOdrum Library are in their final stages. While most of the work has been completed, some construction will be continuing as the school year begins and some services will be in temporary locations until it is completed.

There will no access to the new extensions on the fourth and fifth floors until early October. Anyone needing the services of the Archives and Research Collections (ARC), located in the new extension on the fifth floor, can do so by appointment only (ext.  2739).

Other services:

  • Learning Support Services (LSS) and the Writing Tutorial Service is located on the fourth floor of the old wing.
  • CCS and IT Help Desk: Located on the fourth floor until further notice.
  • Page Break: The Page Break will be reopening but a date has not been confirmed.
  • Tunnel access to the library:  There will be no tunnel access available until late September. All faculty, staff, students and visitors with disabilities are advised to use the library’s front door ramp to enter the library.
  • Reserves: Reserves will be located in Room 235 until further notice.
  • Photocopy shop: Located on the first floor of the old wing.
  • The newly renovated Joy Maclaren Centre is located on the main floor in the new extension.

It is expected that Library Road will reopen in early September.

Your patience and co-operation are appreciated. Updates will be provided as details become available.

If you have questions, please contact the Library Services Desk at ext. 2733.

Last of the Summer Reading!

Summer is drawing to a close and new books have been added to the Recreational Reading Collection for people to enjoy before getting back into the fall routine!

We have added some new young adult fiction such as: Remember Me by Christopher Pike; Crank by Ellen Hopkins; Evernight by Claudia Gray; and The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong.

We have also added a couple of books from Oprah's Book Club including: I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb; and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.These join other books currently in the collection from Oprah's Book Club including: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett;  The Reader by Bernhard Schlink; Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende; and The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus.

Check out the complete list and consider donating any titles you’ve finished reading; the Recreational Reading Collection would love to have them.

Happy summer reading!

Ares Upgrade Notification : August 26, 2013

Ares will be unavailable on Monday, August 26th due to software maintenance. Full service should be restored by 2:00 pm.
Our apologies for the inconvenience.  Please email any questions to

NVivo Workshops this semester

Does your research involve qualitative data like interview transcripts, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, videos…? Then come and get an introduction to a tool that can help in organizing and analyzing your data. We offer workshops for Carleton students, faculty, and staff. See schedule and details at:

Register by sending an e-mail to

Library Parking Garage closed for cleaning Aug. 22 and 23

Please be advised that the library parking garage will be closed for cleaning (annual wash-down) on Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

During this closure, Library parking garage permit holders can park in any visitor parking area on campus (your closest parking area is Lot 1 Pay & Display) with your parking permit displayed to ensure that you are not ticketed.

Parking Services appreciates your patience and co-operation during this time.

New! Use MyCarletonOne for your library login

Starting August 6, Carleton students, faculty and staff will use their MyCarletonOne username and password to access their Library Account and to access databases from off-campus through the library proxy server.

Other library users who do not have a MyCarletonOne account (such as alumni, retired or adjunct faculty) will continue to use their current library barcode and PIN.

If you have difficulties accessing your account, please use our Account Assistance Form or contact the Circulation Desk at  613-520-2734.



Front Doors to MacOdrum Library Open Monday

Please be advised that the front doors of the MacOdrum Library will be re-opening on Monday, July 22. All access to the library will be through an outside ramp next to Dunton Tower. There will be no tunnel access to the library until further notice. The temporary doors giving tunnel access for people with disabilities and access through the doors on the Southam Hall side of the building will be closed. Updates about the construction will be provided as information becomes available.

Your co-operation and patience are appreciated during this time.

Temporary Lack of Elevator Access to 4th and 5th Floors

Please be advised that there is currently no elevator access to the 4th or 5th floor of the Library.  We can offer alternatives for those who can only reach the floors by elevator. 

  • To get books and other library materials from levels 4 and 5 – contact the Welcome Desk at 613-520-2733
  • For Archives and Research Collections – contact, or 613-520-2600 x2739
  • For Learning Support Services (LSS) and the Writing Centre (WTS) – contact 613-520-2600 x 1125

We are waiting for repairs to the existing elevator that reaches the 4th and 5th floors, and are looking forward to using the two new elevators that will be part of the expanded library when it opens in late August.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Library Staff Celebrated at Long Service and Retirees Event

Carleton University honoured long-service and retiring employees during a special celebration on June 27, and 14 library staff members were among the nearly 100 honourees. We thank them for their dedicated service. Congratulations!

Pictured above: (back row, left to right) Marsha Poole (25 years) , Robert Smith (30 years), Susan Samel (25 years), Judith John (35 years), Ingrid Draayer (30 years)

(front row) Margaret Haines (University Librarian), Frances Montgomery (40 years), Heather Britt (25 years), Maria Palko (30 years and Retiree), Roseann O’Reilly Runte (University President and Vice-Chancellor)

Not in picture: Ruth Mohammed (40 years and Retiree), Don Hoskinson (35 years), Janet Hempstead (30 years), Catherine McGerray (30 years),  Kathleen Fagan (25 years), Gilles Monast (25 years).

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003

Thanks to many generous donors to Carleton’s Campus Community Campaign, the Library is now pleased to offer access to The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003.

"When it first appeared in the hoisted hands of street corner newsboys in 1842, The Illustrated London News revolutionized journalism. The world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, it allowed readers to not only read about British and world events but to actually see them. From war and disasters to politics and the arts, it provided a vivid view of the people, places and events that, until then, most of its readers could only imagine.

Today, the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003 from Gale allows researchers to access the entire run of this groundbreaking publication in a fully searchable digital format. High-quality color facsimile images bring to life more than 150 years of social, political and cultural history for scholarly and enthusiast researchers. Subjects covered include politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising and graphic design, as well as genealogy." (From Gale Digital Collections)

You can access the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003 from the library's list of databases.


New Suspense Books in Recreational Reading Collection

The library’s recreational reading blog has details about new titles added to the recreational reading collection. This collection of paperbacks for leisure reading is behind the reference desk on the second floor, beside the video game collection.

If you are a James Patterson fan, come and check out two of our new additions:

The Postcard Killers 
“Paris is stunning in the summer. NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe’s most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren’t what draw him—he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each café through the eyes of his daughter’s killer.” – from

Don’t Blink 
“The good. New York’s Lombardo’s Steak House is famous for three reasons—the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police’s fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.” – from

Also added is Michael Crichton’s latest posthumous novel:

“An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.” – from

Come check out these new titles as well as others! 

The Guardian (1821-2003) and the Observer (1791-2003): a new digital resource

Carleton University Library is pleased to offer a new collection of historical newspapers:  The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003).

Together, these important British newspapers provide facts, firsthand accounts, and opinions of the day about political, business, sports, literary, and entertainment events from the past 200 years.

The resource features full text content and article images that are easily downloadable in pdf format.

The Guardian, published in Manchester, was founded in 1821 to promote liberal interests following the Peterloo Massacre. The newspaper was originally published weekly on Saturday, but became a daily in 1855 with the abolition of Stamp Duty on newspapers.

The Observer is published in London, and is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper. Noted for providing serious coverage of politics and literature, contributors to The Observer have included George Orwell, Vita Sackville-West, Clive James, and Philip Toynbee.

The two newspapers share a common search platform, and can also be searched simultaneously with other ProQuest Historical resources.  

Cash2Card : Add cash to your Campus Card in the Library

Cash2Card machines allow you to deposit cash onto your Campus Card, even when the Library Copy Shop is closed.

Simply swipe your Campus Card, deposit your Canadian funds into the machine ($1 and $2 coins are accepted, as are $5, $10 and $20 bills) and the funds are added to the card.

These machines also sell guest cards (cost $1), in case you forget your Campus Card at home.

Currently there are two Cash2Card machines:

  • Room 150 in the Library Copy Shop
  • 3rd floor near the doorway to the student seating area near the back of the library

You can also add funds to your Campus Card from your debit or credit card, using the Online Deposit System.

For any problems with the machines, contact the Campus Card Office directly.

New Online Resource: Heritage Passages

The Carleton University Library is pleased to announce the launch of Heritage Passages: Bytown and the Rideau Canal, an interactive online exhibition featuring digitized items from our own Archives and Research Collections and collections elsewhere in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Heritage Passages was created under the direction of Project Leader Patti Harper (Head, Archives and Research Collections, Carleton Library), Stephen Fai (Architecture & Carleton Immersive Media Studio), Brian Greenspan (English & Carleton Hypertext and Hypermedia Lab ) and their partner the Bytown Museum. It tells the intertwining stories of the urbanization of Canada’s capital city and the construction of the Rideau Canal, and was made possible by the Virtual Museum of Canada.

Available as an online, interactive exhibition and as an on-site augmented reality experience, Heritage Passages brings together extensive archival research, thoughtful and innovative digital representation, and novel smart-phone technology to create a dynamic history of Bytown from the arrival of Colonel John By in 1826, to the incorporation of the City of Ottawa in 1855.  The exhibition allows visitors to explore the complex interactions among political, industrial, and civic forces that gave form to the future capital of Canada.  Researchers and educators will benefit from the extensive digital archive and bibliography, featuring hundreds of documents and images from Canada and the United Kingdom not previously available in a digital format.

Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice: a new online collection

Carleton University Library has just added a new collection of online primary source material to the Library catalogue. Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice from the publisher Adam Matthew Digital is a collection of over 2,300 rare books, correspondence, maps, manuscripts, pamphlets and paintings which covers the international history of slavery from 1490-2007.

Key subjects include: slavery in the early Americas, African coast, the Middle Passage, slavery and agriculture, urban and domestic slavery, resistance and revolts, underground railroad, the abolition movement and the slavery debate, legislation enactment and enforcement, freed slaves and the free black settlements, slavery and the Islamic world, the legacy of slavery and slavery today.

To browse over 2,300 titles in this collection, title search “Slavery, abolition & social justice” in the Library catalogue.

Other highlights available on the Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice website include:

  • Specially commissioned essays from leading scholars on related subjects
  • Historical maps digitized in colour
  • Secondary resources including an interactive chronology and extensive bibliography
  • Links to over 100 scholarly resources on the web

For more information on using the Library’s ebook collection please visit Find ebooks.

(Image from Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice collection)

New Laptops Have Arrived in the Library!

The Library and Computing Services have recently added 24 new Dell 2120 netbooks and 60 new Toshiba Tecra R840 full size laptops that are now available for loan at the Circulation Desk.  Both the laptops and the netbooks have the full software image that is standard on the campus lab workstations.

Black Women Writers: a new ebook collection

Carleton University Library has just added a new collection of ebooks to the Library catalogue. Black Women Writers from Alexander Street Press in collaboration with the University of Chicago is a collection of approximately 100,000 pages of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Black Women Writers includes the work of black women from Africa, North America, Europe, and the Caribbean including authors such as Nikki Giovanni, Maryse Condé, Barbara Ransby, Angela Davis, Rhoda Reddock, Margaret Walker, Ama Ata Aidoo, Rosa Guy, Sonia Sanchez, Olive Senior, and Barbara Ransby.

The ebooks in the Black Women Writers collection can be browsed and accessed in the Library catalogue. Title search “Black women writers” and select “ebooks” to view the over 550 titles available in this collection.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports, 1941-1996

Thanks to many generous donors to Carleton’s Campus Community Campaign, the Library is now pleased to offer access to the entire digitized version of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports from 1941 to 1996 inclusive.  This is a unique resource, providing translations into English of foreign broadcasts and news reports on such topics as military affairs, politics and government, the environment, social issues, economics, and science and technology.

 Click to access the FBIS Daily Reports

Graduate Student Open Access Award Recipients Announced

Carleton Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Office of the Vice President (Research & International) (OVPRI) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012-2013 Graduate Student Open Access Award. This monetary award of $1000.00 was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

For recipient names, bios, and links to the winning papers, please visit our Scholarly Communications website for more information.

Call for Nominations – Faculty/Librarian Position on the Board of Governors

The process has begun to identify one faculty/librarian nominee to the Board of Governors, the university’s most senior governing body. Subject to confirmation at the Board meeting in June, the successful nominee will serve a three-year term (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016).

Eligibility criteria, nomination forms and other important information are available at the Board elections website accessible here:

Please give this opportunity serious consideration. Nominations are open as of Monday, March 4. Completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Deputy University Secretary, 606 Robertson Hall, no later than noon on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

An online election will be conducted on April 2, 3 and 4 to identify the successful nominee. Please contact Anne Bauer, deputy University Secretary, at if additional information is required.

NVivo Workshops this semester

Does your research involve qualitative data like interview transcripts, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, videos…? Then come and get an introduction to a tool that can help in organizing and analyzing your data. We offer workshops for Carleton students, faculty, and staff. See schedule and details at:

Register by sending an e-mail to

400th video game added to Library collection

The 400th video game has recently been added to the Library collection. Xcom: enemy unknown was selected to reflect the growing debate around women in gaming.

Game theory: making room for the women written by prominent journalist, editor and gamer Helen Lewis appeared in the New York Times, December 25, 2012. Lewis characterized 2012 as the year gaming culture started to grapple with the role of women in video games "making them, playing them, being featured in them".

Lewis quotes a statistic from the Entertainment Software Association which estimates that in 2012, 47% of video game players were female. It is projected that in 2013 female gamers may outnumber men due to the increasing popularity of tablet and smartphone games - so called casual gaming. The video game market is becoming more mainstream and commercial and it will be interesting to see how the industry responds to these demands. Perhaps more women will be hired as game writers and developers and in turn result in more realistic portrayals of female characters.

In conclusion, Lewis selected Xcom: enemy unknown as her game of 2012 for its value as an inclusive game where participants of differing skill levels can play together.


Contact Robert Smith, Subject Specialist Computer Science, Electronics and Systems Engineering

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The End of Interlibrary Loan services at Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) ended its Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service in December 2012.

Please note: Interlibrary Loan borrowing from other institutions is not affected.

Any material that you require for your research that is not available from Carleton’s collection can be requested through Carleton’s Interlibrary Loan services via your RACER account ( Carleton ILL staff will find a location for the material that you require and attempt to obtain it for you. If a location that is willing to lend cannot be found and the material is held at LAC, patrons able to travel to LAC can use the material onsite at LAC.

Options for material held exclusively at LAC include:

  • Visiting LAC and using the material onsite at their reading rooms at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. For information on LAC’s services please see:
  • LAC’s existing digitization-on-demand services: Reproduction requests can be sent directly to LAC using their online order form ( Please note that there will be costs to the user associated with this option so it is best to place a request with ILL at Carleton University for any material required.
  • LAC’s proposed “lender of last resort” policy: This process will be in place September 2013. The details of the service, such as how requests will be placed, what material will be eligible, and how the user will demonstrate that LAC is the only lending copy, are still being worked out.
  • Digitization of high-demand material: This is an ongoing project that involves digitizing the majority of the archival material that is currently on microfilm, including the collections most in demand. 40,000 reels have been identified for digitization with a completion date of approximately 24 months. 7,000 reels have already been completed and are available through the LAC website LAC is creating a digitization schedule that will be available early 2013 so that users will know what is being digitized and when.

For any questions about access to LAC’s collection, please contact:

Citation Management Workshops are Back!

Our Citation Management workshops are back. Come and find out how online tools like RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, Wizfolio... can help keep your research work organized and save you time when you need to prepare properly formatted bibliographies and in-text citations. See Full schedule for details.

Library Renovation Update: Jan. 10, 2013

The installation of a new fire suppression system on the fourth floor of the library means that the centre section on that level (the area between the two stairwells) will be blocked off until January 25.  Ask at the Welcome Desk (directly in front of the library entrance) to have books from the affected area brought to you.  Books are retrieved on request and there is rarely more than a 15-minute delay.

To get to Learning Support Services (LSS) you must use Stairwell A.  There are signs to direct you within the library, or ask at the Welcome Desk.

Once the fourth-floor centre section is re-opened, the final section of level 4 will be closed.  This is expected to take place between January 28 and February 15, but may begin earlier.

Your patience and co-operation are appreciated.

Hidden gems in the Library’s music collection

Library staff in the Cataloguing and Acquisitions Department are currently working on a project to improve access to the Library’s collection of print music scores. Work includes re-cataloguing, re-labeling and binding scores. In the process of doing this work, staff are finding “hidden gems” in the collection which were previously difficult to access. For example, music cataloguer Geoffrey Wale has just finished re-cataloguing a set of scores published by Möseler Verlag encompassing madrigals, masses, motets, polyphonic chansons, settings of psalms in Latin, German, Dutch, French, with and without accompaniment, featuring composers including Josquin Des Prés, Giovanni Gabrieli and Orlando di Lasso.

Catalogue Maintenance Assistant, Anne Kang, has also corrected a number of invalid (ETC) call numbers to make scores easier to find.

The Möseler Verlag scores are available at Library call number: M2.C6325 or title search “Chorwerk” (series title)

To search music scores in the Library catalogue, visit the keyword search page in the Library catalogue and limit to “music scores”

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Library Renovation Update: Alternative Silent Study Space

Due to construction in the library, an alternative silent study area has been created in Paterson Hall during the exam period in rooms 111, 112, 114 and 118. These spaces will be open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Your patience and co-operation is appreciated.

Landon Pearson Donates Geoffrey Pearson's Papers to ARC

Former Senator Landon Pearson donated her late husband Geoffrey Pearson's papers to ARC. This documentary collection pertaining to Pearson's career will provide resources for students interested in diplomacy, international relations, and history. View the full story from the Ottawa Citizen here.

Library Renovation: Nov. 26

There will be excessive noise on Level 3 in the Learning Commons area tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 27. The noise will last throughout the day and is part of the ongoing construction project at MacOdrum Library.

Please be advised that during the upcoming exam period that begins on Dec. 6, there will be additional study space made available in Paterson Hall. Information about the location of the study space will be announced once it is confirmed.

Your patience and co-operation is appreciated.

Board games turn 50 @ the Library

The Library has just added the 50th board game to the immersive media collection: Eclipse: new dawn for the galaxy.

The board game Eclipse places participants in control of a vast interstellar civilization where success depends on exploring new star systems, researching technologies, building spaceships and planning strategic defense and expansion.  Eclipse is a new release from the award winning Finnish game company Oy.

The Library collects video and board games to support courses in game development in the Schools of Computer Science and Information Technology. Board games have also been used in a number of courses at Carleton to demonstrate and teach strategic thinking.

To find this game in the Library catalogue:

Title search: eclipse new dawn for the galaxy

To find other board games in the Library catalogue:

Subject search: board games

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Audio Books have made their debut in the Library

The library now has a collection of audio books through OneClickDigital. The collection has approximately 200 Classic titles.

To use:  Create your own New Account, and download the OneClickDigital Media Manager onto your personal computer. Go to Browse (All) to see the entire collection of Classic titles.


RACER Services

An important notice to our RACER patrons:

Library and Archives Canada has asked that we forward the notice below:
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will end in December 2012.  Users of LAC’s current services should note the following dates:

  • November 16, 2012: End of renewals. All items loaned after this date will be non-renewable.
  • December 11, 2012: End of loan requests, location searches, and ILL-related photocopying services.

If you need any material from Library and Archives Canada, you should be sure to place your request in RACER by December 3, 2012.

Open Access Resources

If you would like to learn more about open access, there are many resources that can help you:

It's Open Access Week!

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For more information on open access, please visit our website.

Library Renovation Update: Oct. 16

Please be advised that there will be some construction work being done in the Paterson Hall/Southam Hall tunnel area beginning Tuesday, Oct. 16 and is expected to be completed by the end of the week. This work is part of the library renovation. As a result of this work, the tunnel floor may be wet but every effort will be made to keep the area dry.

While this tunnel area will be a little more congested than usual, there will be no access issues for wheelchairs or golf carts.

Your co-operation and patience is appreciated.

Writing for Scholarly Journals Modules

Are you interested in writing an article for a scholarly journal?  Check out the Library’s online learning videos to find out more.  ( You can watch videos on your computer or mobile device. Modules include:

  • What has been written on my topic?
  • Where should I publish my article?
  • Journal Ranking
  • Tips for Success
  • Collaboration
  • Know your Options- Traditional vs. Open Access Publishing
  • Gold Open Access
  • Green Open Access

Library Renovation Update: Oct. 1

As a result of the library renovation, a large number of bays of books on the 5th floor have to be relocated. This process will take a few weeks. Please note that most books will always be accessible but the affected stacks will be out of the standard order. There will be extra stacks staff available to assist users locate books and/or retrieve the books for them.

Starting Oct. 2, there will be welding occurring on the 5th floor and it is expected that there will be a burning smell, as well as some smoke caused by the welding. There is no cause for alarm and library staff will be on the 5th floor monitoring the situation. In the small sections where welding is in process we will not be able to retrieve books on demand.  There may be a delay of several hours in retrieving books.

If you have questions, please contact the library Welcome Desk at ext. 2733

Library Renovation Update: Sept. 25

The renovations to the MacOdrum Library are continuing and will do so into 2013. Remember that during the construction period, the main entrance of the library is located on the south-side (Southam Hall side) of the library. A ramp has been built at the south side entrance for additional accessibility.

Please note that until further notice, there will be no tunnel access to the library.

On Sept. 26 on Level 2 (main floor):  All computer workstations will be disconnected and unavailable in preparation to moving them to the west end of the library. The computers are expected to be available again after Oct. 8. This will be a permanent move and will put the workstations in a quiet area, next to the windows, where they can benefit from natural light. The CCS Help Desk and Reference Desk will also be relocated to that area.  Printers and photocopiers are already available in that area.
The 100 computer workstations on levels 3-5 will remain available throughout this period.

The first week of October: The public area at the east end of the library will be closed off.  Access to the main areas of the library will be through a narrow corridor just past the circulation desk, or by taking the stairs. There will be directional signage to mark these access points.

If you have further questions, please contact the Library Welcome Desk at 613-520-2600 ext. 2733.

Your patience and co-operation is appreciated.

Professional Skill Workshops for Graduate Students - Introduction to Data Management

Professional Skill Workshops for Graduate Students - Introduction to Data Management

Wednesday October 17, 2012
9:00 am - noon
Room 252 ML

Cost: FREE

Space is limited.  Please register here.

Course description:

Research data are the building blocks of knowledge and understanding of the world around us.  As graduate students, data will likely be an important part of your research endeavour, whether you collect it yourself or reuse existing data.  Increasingly granting institutions such as SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC will require you to have a Data Management Plan in place as part of your grant application.

The workshop will begin by examining what we mean by research data management, why it is important to your work as a graduate student and how research data management is becoming an essential professional skill.  We will then introduce you to tools and exercises that will familiarise you with the process of creating a data management plan and equip you with on-line tutorials that you can use to further your knowledge at your own pace.

This course was offered during the winter term in 2012 and the most frequent comment we heard from participants was: “We wish you had given this early in the fall term.”

Carleton Library Series celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Carleton Library Series is celebrating its 50th anniversary. On Oct. 10, a special panel discussion titled Robert McDougall, The Carleton Library Series and the Founding of Canadian Studies is being held to mark the occasion. The panel discussion is being held in room 2017 Dunton Tower, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Carleton Library Series is the most enduring and significant initiative taken in the history of Canadian publishing where the editing, reprinting, and dissemination of documents important to the history of Canada is concerned. The CLS was initiated in the 1950s by Carleton University professor of English, R. L. McDougall and his colleagues. For more than 50 years, over 225 titles have appeared covering Canadian economics, geography, history, politics, public policy, society and culture, and related topics, in the form of leading new scholarship and reprints of classics in these fields. The series is funded by Carleton University and housed in the MacOdrum Library, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, and is under the guidance of the Carleton Library Series Editorial Board consisting of faculty members of Carleton University.

Games @ your library

We've just added the 40th board game to our immersive media collection: Nine Men's Morris.

Nine Men's Morris is a strategy board game for two players that emerged from the Roman Empire. One player has nine black playing pieces, the other has nine white playing pieces. The first player to reduce their opponent to two pieces wins. Players capture the opponent's pieces by forming "mills." A mill is three or more pieces of the same color in a row, along a board line.
This game was suggested to us by an alumnae, and was selected to complement our other two-person strategy board games:  Chess, Chinese Checkers, Eastfront, and Smart Go.

Board games are located in a cabinet on the main floor of the Library. Students, faculty and staff can borrow these games from the library for a 14-day loan period, with 3 renewals.  Please see the Circulation Desk staff for access.

The Library collects video and board games to support the game development stream in the faculties of science and engineering.
Please follow this link to suggest new purchases.

Bloomberg is now available

The Bloomberg workstation is up and running in its new location at the back of the main floor of the library. 

The Capital IQ workstation is still out of order, though we are trying to get it back in action as quickly as possible.  You can call the Welcome Desk at 613-520-2600 x 2733 to find out its status over the week-end. When Capital IQ is working again, it will also be relocated to the back of the Library.

Library represented at the annual student Orientation Expo

Congratulations to the student winners of library’s Orientation Expo draws

Once again this year, the library was represented at the annual student Orientation Expo, which is an event highlighting more than 150 services on campus that are offered to students.

In addition to the information pamphlets and other items the library offered at its table, there was also a draw for three special prizes.

Congratulations to students Ben Adair who won a USB hub, Caitlin Kelly who won a USB flash drive, and to Andrea Zakaib who won a MacOdrum Library leather-bound notebook.

As well, a special thanks to Joel Rivard, Scott Turner and Robert Smith, who volunteered to staff the event.

By all accounts, the evening was a success and hundreds new students stopped by the library’s table.

NVivo workshops this Fall/Winter

Once again we are offering NVivo workshops as part of our Professional Skills Development for Graduate Students series of workshops. NVivo is a software package that helps with qualitative data analysis. Registration for some sessions is limited, so sign up soon! Details can be found at

Library Renovations: Update - Aug. 31

With the new school year starting, this is a reminder that the renovations to the MacOdrum Library are continuing and will do so into 2013.

During the construction period, the main entrance of the library is located on the south-side (Southam Hall side) of the library. A ramp has been built at the south side entrance for additional accessibility.

Please note that until further notice, there will be no tunnel access to the library.

There will be periods over the next few months where sections of the collections will be unavailable while a fire suppression system is installed. As information becomes available, details will be posted on the library website at During this time, only staff with safety equipment will be able to enter those areas and retrieve books. Books should be retrieved within an hour of being requested.  Each area will be closed for about a week. Please consult the library's website for further information at:

Major construction will be taking place on level 2 and there will be signage to indicate which parts of the second floor are affected. During this period, access to the rest of the library will be through a narrow corridor which will also have signage.  As a result, this will mean that the Information Commons computer lab will be permanently moved to the extension wing of the library. There will be about a week when the lab will be out of service during the move. When that timeline has been confirmed, the dates will be posted on the library's website at:

Study areas will be reduced over the next semester in particular.  Construction noise will impact even the quiet study areas. 

Study areas:
* Level 1 - study area in extension
* Level 2 -  a new classroom is being constructed in the old library building, this will be a study area when not being used for teaching; study area in extension
* Level 3 - study area and computer lab in extension, some carrels in old library building
* Level 4 - study area will be reduced when construction on new elevators and link to new floor added
* Level 5 - study area will be reduced when construction on new elevators and link to new floor added

If you have further questions, please contact the Library Welcome Desk at 613-520-2600 ext. 2733.

Your patience and co-operation is appreciated.

Recreational Reading, Daily Newspapers and Video Game and Games collection Relocated

The Recreational Reading, Daily Newspapers and Video Game and Games collection have all been relocated to the back of Level 2 of the Library. 

This move will allow the construction at the front of the Library to continue.

JMC Closure

We apologize but due to the renovations the Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre (JMC) will be closed from Monday August 13th to Tuesday September 4th.

Arrangements have been made for JMC students to use the Paul Menton Centre Adaptive Technology Lab located in Unicentre Room 512 (turn right off the elevator).

During this time JMC Student Attendants will be on duty in the PMC lab from Monday to Thursday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. No attendants on Saturdays and Sundays.

Library Reserves : Winter 2013 Term

Library Reserve requests are now being accepting for the upcoming winter term. Ares, our reserve management system makes it easy for you to put your course readings, whether print or electronic, on reserve at the library. Ares helps ensure copyright compliance by only allowing you to post material with the proper clearance.

For your students, Ares integrates seamlessly with cuLearn for convenient access to your course readings.

If you are new to Ares or would like to submit your reading list please email for assistance.

For more information, see:

Library Reserves - Faculty and Instructors

OCUL Libraries join Public Knowledge Project

Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) joins Public Knowledge Project as major development partner in open access scholarly publishing

Building on an established record of success in supporting nearly 100 open access journals using Open Journal Systems (OJS), the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) announces a major development partnership with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). The partnership means that OCUL will contribute to software development, testing, support, and hosting of the PKP open source software suite - Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), and Open Harvester System (OHS), with Open Monograph Press (OMP) due for release this year.

Chuck Eckman, Dean of Library Services at Simon Fraser University, stated "The Ontario Council of University Libraries has a long record of accomplishment based on inter-institutional collaborations, and we are looking forward to the successes that will no doubt flow from this new 'mega-partnership' between OCUL and PKP.”

“The open access momentum is building in Ontario’s universities, mirroring the transformation of scholarly communications practices everywhere” noted Margaret Haines, OCUL Chair and University Librarian at Carleton University, “Staff in five of our libraries have a wealth of experience with OJS, having worked with these systems over the past 8 years. In late 2011, OCUL decided to support its members by opening an OJS hosting service provided by Scholars Portal, our shared technology infrastructure; as a result, there are already two new libraries supporting OJS on their campuses.” The OJS and software development expertise held by staff in OCUL member libraries and the Scholars Portal Operations Team will contribute greatly to the partnership with PKP.

OCUL strives to be a leader in the development of partnerships to expand Canada’s digital research infrastructure. Scholars Portal preserves and provides access to information resources collected and shared by Ontario’s university libraries, including more than 13,000 full-text journals. OCUL has committed to support open access journals by including this content in Scholars Portal. Haines stated, “We expect continued strategic open access activity; with the support of all of our members this year, OCUL has welcomed the opportunity for a major development partnership with PKP.”

John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at SFU Library and Professor (Limited Term) in Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University, and founding Director of PKP, stated “The extensive and effective cooperation that OCUL has brought about among research libraries in Ontario is very much in the spirit of PKP’s own efforts to contribute to a broader intellectual commons, and as a former Ontario school teacher, as well as one who found his early inspiration in a few of those very libraries, I am especially delighted to be entering into a partnership with OCUL.“

OCUL is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries. Its strength lies in its commitment to work together to maximize collective expertise and resources. OCUL enhances information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing and shared digital information infrastructure, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications, and professional development. (For further information contact Kathy Scardellato, OCUL Executive Director, at, 416-946-0578.)

PKP is dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research.  With more than 12,800 installations of Open Journal Systems (OJS); Open Conference Systems (OCS); and Open Harvester Systems (OHS) around the world, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has proven that open source software can be a game changer in scholarly publishing.

In September 2011, PKP officially launched a major sustainability campaign to ensure the continued development and enhancement of its open source software suite and to provide better support for the growing PKP user community.  To find out more about this initiative and how your site can become a PKP sponsor visit the PKP Web site at

Construction Update: section of floor 5 closing

Due to construction in the Library, a section of floor 5 will be closed for about 3 weeks.  The books affected will be indicated in the catalogue.  To get books in a closed section listed below, please fill out a form at the Welcome Desk.  There will be several pick-ups a day.  Most books will be retrieved within 4 hours during the day, Monday – Friday,  but cannot be retrieved evenings or week-ends.
Once the book has been retrieved, it will be put on “HOLD”  for you at the Circulation desk.

Level Call # Range Dates Departments most affected
5 A-BX July 10 – July 30 Philosophy, Religion, Psychology
4 H-HF early August Business, Economics, Public Policy and Administratio

The earlier schedule announced at the beginning of June had to be altered. The dates for work on Level 4 will be announced as soon as they are determined.

Installation of Sprinkler System on Level 3


As part of the renovations to the Library a Sprinkler System is being installed in the front section of the Library starting with Level 3.  On Monday July 9th the entire front area of level 3 (the old Library) will be closed.  Ask at the Welcome Desk for books in that area to be retrieved for you.  We expect to be able to deliver them to you within 30 minutes of the request.

The workstations on level 3 (in the extension) will not be affected by this.

Once the first stage of sprinkler installation is finished, sections of level 3 will be re-opened.  After this, Levels 4 and 5 will be affected.

Library Copy Shop Closure

The Library Copy Centre Office will be closed from July 3rd to August 10th inclusive.  The office will reopen with regular Monday – Friday hours on August 13th.

Photocopy cards ($5 or $10 amounts) are available at the Circulation Desk.

Photocopiers are available throughout the Library and are being restocked on a daily basis. Any problems should be reported to the Welcome Desk.


State Papers Online: the Government of Britain, 1509-1714

The Library now has online access to State Papers Online, 1509-1714 - a collection of English government documents originating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The papers feature the office archives and correspondence of the secretaries of state serving the Monarch as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar entries (abstracts or transcriptions). This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain's international relations and foreign policy.

Check it out:

Library Renovation Update: Library entrance to relocate the week of June 11

Due to the ongoing library renovation construction, the main entrance of the library will close the week of June 11 and for the duration of the construction. When the main entrance closes, access into the library will be relocated to the south-side (Southam Hall side) door.

A ramp has been built at the south side entrance for additional accessibility.

Your patience and co-operation is appreciated.


Construction Update: sections of Library stacks closing

Due to construction in the Library, sections of floors 3, 4 and 5 will be closed for about 3  weeks each.  The books affected will be indicated in the catalogue.  To get books in a closed section listed below, please fill out a form at the Welcome Desk.  There will be several pick-ups a day.  Most books will be retrieved within 4 hours during the day, Monday – Friday,  but cannot be retrieved evenings or week-ends.

Once the book has been retrieved, it will be put on “HOLD”  for you at the Circulation desk.


Call #

Approximate Dates

Departments most affected



June 1 - 22

Music, Visual Arts



June 25 - July 13

Business, Economics, Public Policy and Administration



July 16 - Aug 3

Philosophy, Religion, Psychology


Research Help Desk staff offices temporarily relocated to Dunton Tower

Staff from the Research Help Desk/Reference Department are still available to assist with your research.  We are temporarily located in the Dunton Tower. Please make an appointment with your subject specialist for assistance.  Here is the list of available specialists:

Carleton University Research Impact Endeavour (CURIE) for Open Access Journal Articles

The Carleton University Library invites you to apply for the Carleton University Research Impact Endeavour (CURIE) Fund. The CURIE Fund is a pilot project to provide funds for the reimbursement of reasonable article processing fees for articles authored or co-authored by Carleton researchers. It is available to researchers whose work is published in eligible peer-reviewed open access journals, for which no alternative funding is available.

Applicants are encouraged to read more about the CURIE Fund online, which includes eligibility guidelines, information about how the fund is administered, publicity, and application procedures.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact

Photo curtesy of: h_pampel, Flickr. Uploaded on June 7, 2009; accessed April 30, 2012.

Currently On Trial: SAGE Research Methods Online

Currently On Trial: SAGE Research Methods Online

SAGE Research Methods Online is designed to help create research projects and understand the methods behind them.  The taxonomy of over 1,400 methods terms links to authoritative content, including over 604 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, two major works collating a selection of journal articles and newly commissioned videos."

This trial ends May 19, 2012.

We welcome your feedback

Alternative Silent Study

Due to the construction in MacOdrum Library, an alternative Silent study area has been created in Porter Hall (University Centre) during the exam period.

Open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m:

Thursday April 5
Tuesday April 10 – Friday April 13
Monday April 23 – Tuesday April 24

Currently on Trial: Cambridge Books Online

"Cambridge Books Online offers access to eBooks covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences."

This trial ends May 3, 2012.

We welcome your feedback.

2011 Titles added to Brill and Nijhoff e-Book Collections

The Brill Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Brill Social Sciences e-book collections, as well as the Martinus Nijhoff International Law collection, have been updated to include all 2011 publication titles. 

For more information on these titles, or to provide feedback, please contact Reference Services

Currently on Trial: Irwin Law E-Library

Irwin Law E-Library currently offers over 100 titles in Law.  New titles are added regularly as they are published.

The trial ends April 9, 2012.

We welcome your feedback on this database.

Library Renovation Update: Tunnel Level Closures (Effective March 19th)

Due to the construction, there will be no tunnel access into the Library except for persons with disabilities. The access for persons with disabilities will be from the Dunton corridor only. This access will only be available until April 25. After that date, there will be no tunnel access to the Library until further notice.

More information about the Library Renovations is available at:

Graduate Student Open Access Awards

Carleton Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Office of the Vice President (Research & International) (OVPRI) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011-2012 Graduate Student Open Access Award.  This monetary award of $1000.00 was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.  The award recipients are:

Jennifer R. Whitson, PhD candidate, Sociology
“Rule making and rule breaking: Game development and the governance of emergent behaviour” from Fibreculture Journal (2010) Issue 16, Special Issue on Counterplay.

Philip Martin, Masters candidate, International Affairs
“Intervening for Peace? Dilemmas of Liberal Internationalism and Democratic Reconstruction in Afghanistan” from Journal of Military and Strategic Studies (Spring 2011) 13(3)

Lisa Neville, PhD candidate, Earth Science
“Seasonal environmental and chemical impact on the amoebian community composition in an oil sands reclamation wetland in Northern Alberta” from Palaeontologia Electronica (2010) 14(2)

Wayne Knee, PhD candidate, Biology
“Interactive HTML-based dichotomous key to female Rhinonyssidae (Mesotigmata) from birds in Canada” from Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification (2010) Issue 9.

Nikolai Chepelev, PhD candidate, Biology
“The NrF1 CNC-bZIP protein is regulated by the proteasome and activated by hypoxia” from PLoS ONE (2011) 6(12)

These papers will be submitted into Carleton’s new institutional repository (CURVE) which collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton’s digital research materials.  With over 30 applications, the Scholarly Communications selection committee was impressed with so many graduate students making their works more widely available in open access journals, thereby increasing the visibility and impact of their research in advancing knowledge and improving the global community. For more information (including bios and links to the winning papers), please visit our website.

Temporary Walls on levels 3, 4, and 5

Temporary walls are being put in place on levels 3, 4 and 5 on the side of the building facing the quad.  This will permit the creation of a new glass facade that will increase and improve study space, and provide a wonderful view.  During construction, the seating in these areas will be redistributed throughout the Library.

We regret that this will temporarily create a number of dead-end rows of books. Please ask at the Welcome Desk on level 2 if you need assistance in retrieving books from them.

Construction will usually take place Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 3 pm.

Share your RefWorks folders to Facebook, Twitter...

Now share your RefWorks folders to Facebook, Twitter…

Now when you go to share a folder of references in RefWorks you will get more options than just sending a link to someone. You can choose to share to Facebook, Twitter, Linked In… and many more via the usual Add It “Share” toolbar.

New RefWorks Write-n-Cite for Mac user

New RefWorks Write-n-Cite for Mac users

RefWorks has just released the new version of Write-n-Cite which now supports the latest Mac operating system. The new version is quite a bit different from the old version, much more integrated into Word itself and allows your paper to be formatted as you go (not waiting until the end to process your Word document).

Please make sure to download the new WnC from within your own RefWorks account, by looking under the “Tools” menu. Detailed instructions on installation and use can be found at

Reference Collection move

As part of the Library Renovations, the Reference Collection will be moving into the MADGIC area.  This will make space for the construction of a new Instruction Centre, next to PageBreak, replacing room 102 on Floor 1.  This  new room will provide an excellent space for instruction and be made available as a computer lab and study space for students when not required for teaching. Completion is scheduled for August 2012. 

For a map showing the new location of the Reference Collection, please refer to the Floor Maps page.

For more news on the ongoing renovations, please see the Renovations Category of the News Archive.

Citation Management Workshops

Register for a citation management workshop

Come and discover a variety of tools that can help you organize and manage your citations and documents, as well as create bibliographies and papers formatted in a variety of styles (APA, MLA, Chicago...). Tools covered include RefWorks, WizFolio, and Mendeley.

Workshops begin on Feb 7, see full schedule for details

Construction for library expansion begins January 2012

The construction project for the MacOdrum Library begins this month!

The contractors have already installed their site hut in the parking lot between Dunton Tower and the library, near the canal.  We are moving out the last of the skids of shelving and chairs on the first floor to make room for the renovation of that space which is expected to start at the end of January. 

The detailed construction schedule is being finalized, and we expect to give you detailed information shortly.

Room 507 - change of use

Please be advised that the technology-free room (room 507) is no longer available for individual study.  

Instead the room will be used to meet the growing needs of Archives and Research Collections to give access to and host teaching opportunities using their collections. Silent study space is available throughout the floor 3 and floor 5. 

If you have any concerns please contact Valerie Critchley, Associate University Librarian - Building Management and Operational Planning.

Accessible board games now available

These braille and tactile board games are perfect for both visually impaired and sighted players to enjoy a game together.

  • Monopoly Braille
  • Scrabble Braille Deluxe
  • Chess Set, Wooden
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Classic Checkers

Board games are located in a cabinet on the left-hand side of the Circulation Desk. Students, faculty and staff can borrow these games from the library for a 14-day loan period, with 3 renewals.  Please see the Circulation Desk staff for access.

Moratorium on library exhibits during renovations

Due to the library expansion project, we will be unable to hold exhibits until after the renovation work, expected to be in late 2013.

See our Exhibits Policy for details.

Video Games @ your library?!

We've just added the 300th video game to our immersive media collection: Rage.

Rage is a mix of first person shooter with driving and RPG elements. Produced by Bethesda Softworks, and recently released, Rage uses the company's new OpenGL based id Tech 5 engine. The game is similar to Fallout 3 and Doom 3, and has won many awards:

  • "Best Game" and "Best First Person Shooter"  (Electronic Entertainment Expo) by IGN Media
  • "Game of the Show" (E3) by Game Trailers

The Library purchases games in three main platforms: Xbox and Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and 3 and Wii. Search by title in the library catalogue using the platform name to see which games are available for your console. For example: <title search> Xbox 360.

The Library collects video and board games to support the game development stream in the faculties of science and engineering.

Please follow this link to suggest new purchases.

Library Reserve requests for Winter 2012

Faculty and instructors: To put material on library reserve for the Winter 2012 term, please submit your request in Ares anytime after October 31.

If you are new to Ares please email for assistance.  For more information, see Library Reserves - Faculty and Instructors.

Currently on Trial: Academic Complete

Academic Complete is a multidisciplinary eBook database that covers all academic subject areas. The collection currently includes more than 30,000 titles from more than 220 leading academic and professional publishers. Each individual eBook in Academic Complete integrates with information in your library and on the web through the ebrary Reader software.

The trial ends October 26, 2011.  Feedback should be directed to the departmental liaison.

Announcing two new eBook collections

We now have access to two new eBook collections: National Academies Press ebooks and Sage Reference Online: 2011 Encyclopedia collection.

National Academies Press eBooks

The National Academies Press eBooks website offers access to books published since 1980 in numerous subject areas and reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. NAP produces more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health.

Sage Reference Online: 2011 Encyclopedia Collection

Sage Reference Online: 2011 Collection: Encyclopedia Collection allows access to 27 encyclopedias in the social sciences.

Register for a citation management workshop

Come and discover a variety of tools that can help you organize and manage your citations and documents, as well as create bibliographies and papers formatted in a variety of styles (APA, MLA, Chicago...). Tools covered include RefWorks, WizFolio, and Mendeley.

Workshops begin on Sept 22, see full schedule for details

New to Carleton? New to the Library?

Learn all about the library by taking a library tour.  Check out the Fall 2011 Tour Schedule.  No registration required - just show up on the main floor of the library near the Research Help Desk.

On the tour, you’ll learn where to go for help with:

  • Doing library research for assignments and essays (Research Help Desk)
  • Computer problems and printing (IT Help Desk)
  • Signing out books and getting reserve items (Circulation Desk)

It’s also a great opportunity to explore the building, find “your” study spot and buy some fantastic coffee!

Music CD collection now 3,000 strong

We've just added our 3000th CD to our music collection - “Cecilia Bartoli live in Italy”.

Music cataloguer Geoffrey Wale, with assistance from Library Technician intern Jessica Reeve, have been busy adding music CDs to the library catalogue including new purchases, CDs transferred to the Library from Audio Visual Resource Centre and CDs donated to the library. Other notable new titles added to the catalogue include new releases from New World Records. Selections include “Milou” by Lei Liang, “String quartets nos. 1, 5, & 10” by Ben Johnston, “Sacred works” by James Newton and “Speak” by Ann La Berge.

See Searching for Music.

New interface for Scholars Portal Search databases

This summer the Scholars Portal Search interface, used by many of our databases, will be discontinued. Most of these databases will be moving to the new ProQuest interface, which promises to help you “discover more”.

As well, all of our existing ProQuest databases on the old ProQuest interface will be updated to this new interface. 

The remainder of the databases on the Scholars Portal Search interface that are not part of the ProQuest family will be redirected to the appropriate vendor site.

Which databases will be affected?

  • EconLIT
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • PAIS
  • Philosopher’s Index
  • PsycINFO
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Canadian Newsstand
  • CBCA
  • Dissertations & Theses Full-Text

... and many more

What this means for you:

  • Same content: no loss in coverage
  • Updated interface with easier navigation using lightboxes
  • Improved ability to refine searches
  • All the same advanced features: special thesauri, ability to print, export to RefWorks, search alerts

For help with the transition:

When will this happen?

We will be starting to change our links over in early July and hope to have everything migrated by the end of the month.

New Associate University Librarian: Valerie Critchley

We are delighted to announce that Valerie Critchley has accepted the post of Associate University Librarian, Building Management and Operational Planning.  Her first day at Carleton will be on August 1st, 2011.

Valerie arrives from the University of Ottawa where she was Head, Teaching and Collections.  She has worked at U of O for 6 years in several different assignments, including Acting Director of the Morriset Library and interim AUL for Access.  She has also previously worked for CISTI as Manager of the Information Resource Management Systems team.   Valerie has been active in many professional associations, including CAPITAL SmartLibrary’s Steering Group, OCUL’s Scholars Portal and is a member of ARL, ACRL, ASIS&T and OLA.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Valerie to the library.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online is an incredible source of current and historical government information from Great Britain.  If you’re looking for authoritative perspectives on current issues in the U.K., such as found in the recently released Home Office report on counter terrorism policies, don’t forget to research the HCCP Online database.

For more information on HCCP online, or any other government document databases, direct your question to MADGIC (Maps, Data and Government Information Centre) by email or phone at 613.520.2600 ext. 2749.

My Reading History: Opt-in today

Would you like your library account to keep track of items you borrow?  If you answered ‘yes’, you’ll need to opt-in to the My Reading History feature. 

To do so, simply login to your Library Account and click on My Reading History, then Opt In.  From that point onward, whenever you borrow a book or other material from the library, it will appear on your My Reading History list. 

For detailed information and instructions, see Enabling My Reading History.

New Elections subject guide

Did you watch the federal election?  Now visit our Elections subject guide to find statistics, maps, books, websites and more on provincial, national, and international elections.  Visit the MADGICAL Web blog to learn more about online election resources and material available in the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MADGIC).

New Associate University Librarian: Wayne Jones

We are delighted to announce that Wayne Jones has accepted the post of Associate University Librarian, Collections and Technical Services.  His first day at Carleton will be June 6, 2011.

Wayne arrives from Queen’s University, where he was the Head of Collection Development and E-Resource Management.  Wayne has worked at Queen’s for 7 years, and has previously worked for M.I.T. and Library and Archives Canada.  He is the author of many books and articles in his field, and is an active member of numerous professional library organizations.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Wayne to the library.

Text or email for 'Quiet'

We have a new service to help you get a little quiet.  Now you can let us know about issues that may prevent you from studying effectively from anywhere in the library.

Alert us by text or email to, and we will send someone to respond right away.  Read more about the Quiet, Please! service.

Earth Hour 2011

Once again, the Library observed Earth Hour this year on Saturday March 26 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.  Thanks to everyone involved, it was another success story, with a 12% energy reduction being recorded at the library building.

We turned off lights on all floors, as well as all computers and photocopiers not in use. Emergency lighting was on at all times, and staff were on duty to assist anyone that needed help.  Normal lighting and computer operation resumed at 9:30pm.

Tell your friends about Earth Hour!

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