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 …

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…