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 …

Faculty info sessions on new search tools: Oct. 22 & 24

The library will be holding an information session for faculty and instructors on the new library search tools that will be launching on December 10, 2019. The presentation will cover the following topics: Tour of the new Primo discovery interfaceReview of changes to other library search toolsImpact on library services during implementation The presentation will be given twice during the week of the fall break: Session 1 - Tuesday, October 22
1:30 - 2:30
MacOdrum Library, Room 252B Session 2 - Thursday, October 24
1:30 - 2:30
MacOdrum Library, Room 252B Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing Edward Bilodeau ( Be sure to specify which session you will be attending.

Open Shelf: Carleton student takes action on the climate crisis

Changing water levels, temperatures, weather patterns ... climate change is a mainstream issue and last month folks in Canada and around the world staged a series of strikes or protests to ensure that it does not slip off the radar.

Carleton students, faculty and staff are engaged, as witnessed by attendance at the rally on Parliament Hill last night (as well as the research and teaching happening on campus). I edit Open Shelf, the online magazine for the Ontario Library Association and our latest issue features an article in which Cass Callow, a third-year BIT student (with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies) and Colin Harkness (a long-time library employee) talk about their experiences on the Hill on September 27.

Check it out, along with other interesting pieces on information warfare, two new First Nation library websites and Wayne Jones's (University Librarian) secret life as a biography writer.

New library search tools: Attend faculty info session

Later this semester the library will be launching a new set of search tools for finding and accessing books, articles, and other materials in our collection. The new search tools will be available from the library web site on December 10, 2019. These tools will replace the existing search interface, the catalogue, as well as our listing of journals and databases. Ares (course reserves) and RACER (interlibrary loan) will not be changing as part of this upgrade. While we are working to minimize the disruption caused by this upgrade, we are expecting that we will need to make a few temporary changes to library services in the weeks leading up to the launch. We'll provide more information on those changes, as well as a more comprehensive overview of all the changes the new system will bring, in our next update. We are also planning a series of information sessions for faculty during the fall break (October 21-25). Details on those sessions will be made available shortly as well. I encourage…

Win $1000 in our Book Arts Lab imprint design contest!

The new Carleton University Book Arts Lab needs an imprint and we are looking to our community to help us come up with one. We also have $1000 to give to the winning designer. From September 6 to October 4 we’ll be opening this contest to anyone who would like to design a visual representation of what The Book Arts Lab imprint could be. The winning design will be awarded a cash prize, in the amount of $1000 (CDN). Read through contest details here before submitting! If you have any questions, please email them to What is an imprint? The name of a press or a publisher, often accompanied by a logo. The name can reflect the purpose of the press, its character, an individual, a place, etc. How are presses named? Carefully. Like branding, it is unthinkable to change an imprint once established. The two largest imprints in the world today, namely Hachette and Penguin-Random House are named after, respectively, a hatchet; an ungainly, comical, flightless bird; and a missio…

Text us your library questions

Have Library questions you’d like answered? In addition to our online chat service being opened for online questions, you can now text us your questions as well. We are starting Text Us!, a pilot project for text help from the Library community. Text 613-505-4245 with your Library-related question and someone will get back to you during the Text Chat service hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday. You can check out more help information on the Library help page

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