Problems with off-campus access

We are now five days from launching the new library discovery system, Omni.

We are currently experiencing problems with off-campus access to online journals through our proxy server. We are investigating the issue and hope to have it resolved shortly. We will share an update once we have more information. In the meantime, students, faculty, and staff can continue to access e-resources from off-campus using Carleton's VPN. For information on how to connect to Carleton's VPN, see: Remote Access (ITS). We apologize for the inconvenience this problem has caused.

Indigenous languages: New library display

Language is vital to cultural and ethnic diversity. While many languages are thriving—peoples are actively speaking, writing, reading, teaching and learning their languages—many others are endangered. The endangered include numerous Indigenous languages, including many spoken by First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

UNESCO has declared 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages to honour and celebrate the languages of peoples around the globe. But not just celebrating. More importantly, this has been a year to raise awareness of the threats to Indigenous languages and the need to promote, revitalize and preserve these important forms of expression and communication.
In the spirit of this call to action, the Carleton University Library is committed to collecting materials that promote, revitalize and preserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit languages. These materials include print materials such as dictionaries and theses as well as maps, films, audio recordings and v…

Catalogue exports before Dec. 10

On December 10, the Library catalogue will be replaced by Omni, our new library search tool. Any saved searches, lists, or reading history saved in your library account will not be migrated to Omni, so you will need to export and save those manually. This web page walks you through the process of exporting information from your library account before December 10. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with me (
From November 15, 2019 to December 15, 2019 you will not be able to place a hold on items that are out on loan to other patrons. However, any holds placed before November 15 will remain in effect and will be delivered in the regular time frame. If a book or item you need is out on loan, we recommend requesting a copy through interlibrary loans. This temporary service outage is required as part of the work being done this semester to implement a new library system. If you need help finding what you are looking for, please email me at or drop by the Research Help Desk on the main/second floor of the library.

Seeing the Unseen: A film about women on the autism spectrum

As the Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian, I am responsible for supporting faculty and students doing work in the area of disability studies. I am looking forward to attending the following film screening, an event that is open to all. A related workshop is being held on November 14 with autism self-advocate Guðlaug Svala Steinunnar Kristjánsdóttir.


Seeing the Unseen is an Icelandic film about women on the autism spectrum (ASD).

This film follows several women who have faced a lifetime of stigma around their neurological differences but who now find support with others who have similar experiences. A panel including autism self-advocates will follow the screening.
Date:   Friday, November 15
Time:   6 p.m. 
Room: Richcraft Hall Theatre (RH 2200).

The event is free and open to the public. Please register through the eventbright link below:…

Ask a Librarian: Link in cuLearn

Want to encourage your students to use the library? What about linking to our virtual reference desk in cuLearn?

Ask a Librarian is a collaborative virtual reference service, offered in English and French, that connects students, faculty members, and researchers from participating university libraries across Ontario with real-time library and research assistance through chat. 

The service is available seven (7) days a week, at varying times and is an effective way to provide reference support to students. 

You can create a block in cuLearn and hyperlink the Ask logo (which I am happy to provide) and this link to the service on the Carleton University Library website:

To receive the logo and ask questions about the service, just email me

New Library Services: Changes in November

The library is in the process of implementing a new library services platform that will provide new library search tools. While we are making every effort to not disrupt any current library services, there are a few areas where temporary changes to services are necessary.
These changes will begin to take place in November.
Holds/requests (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15)
From November 1 to December 15, 2019, you will not be able to place a hold or recall books that are on loan to other patrons.However, any holds placed before that time will remain in effect and will be delivered in the regular time frame.If the book you need is out on loan, we recommend requesting a copy through interlibrary loan.
Requesting items from storage (Dec. 1 to 15) 
From December 1 to December 15, 2019, you will not be able to request items from storage.
Ordering of books and other materials (Nov. 1 to Jan. 2020)  Regular ordering of books and other materials will stop  November 1, 2019 and will resume in January 2020. Order of …