Showing posts from November, 2018

Research tool: Sage Research Methods

Teaching a research methods course? Taking a class? Looking for new or alternatives methodologies?

Sage Research Methods might be worth investigating. As per the official description on the library website, Sage Research Methods " supports beginning and advanced researchers throughout a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings."

What I like (especially for teaching and learning) is the instructional video collection, which introduces users to "research methods in action" across a wide range of topics such as key concepts, brainstorming and empiricism.

Plus there are videos that promote experiential learning (i.e., practice) ...  Videos can be embedded in an online course or content management system (i.e., cuLearn) and you can create clips that fit with your syllabus.

Where to find this tool? Go to the library homepage ( and click on Databases u…

Collection highlight: Archivision

Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC) purchases Archivision Digital Research Library.  This resource is a collection of many thousands of high quality images with extensive metadata.  

SSAC has secured access to this rich resource for all current faculty, staff and students and it is hosted on the Carleton University Library website. You can find Archivision in the library A-Z database list.

Collection highlight: History of Feminism database

The Carleton Library now has access to the History of Feminism

This database covers the subject of feminism between 1776 –1928 and contains a range of primary and secondary resources including full books, selected chapters, and journal articles. Search by period, region, notable figures and by categories such as thematic essays and "most read documents."
Content is arranged into eight key subject areas: Politics and lawReligion and beliefEducationLiterature and writingsWomen at homeSociety and cultureEmpire, and movements and ideologies
The Library was able to purchase History of Feminism thanks to generous donations made through  the Campus Community Campaign.

Collection highlight: Film streaming via Kanopy & Criterion

                                                        Photo credit: Myke Simon on Unsplash

Old news to some. But perhaps not to others. You can access many, many films via two streaming platforms available through the Carleton University Library: Kanopy and Criterion on demand.

Both host films from major producers (dramas, comedies, documentaries, etc.) and access is available both on and off campus.

An example? Defiant Lives! A history of the disability rights movement in the United States.

Reacting to the past: Maud Malone takes over Greenwich Village 1913

I've had fun this fall channeling Maud Malone: Suffragette, labour organizer and library worker. I first met Maud (1872-1951) while doing my research on women, unions and work. She not only took on President Woodrow Wilson over the suffrage issue in 1912 but led the charge in unionizing library workers at the New York City Public Library in the 1920s and 30s. Getting arrested? Not a problem for Maud. Getting fired? That was easy too.

I have become reacquainted with Maud as part of Prof. Pamela Walker's first-year seminar, The long civil rights movement. Pamela has adopted the "reacting to the past pedagogy," which engages students in historical problems through immersive game play. Based on games such as Assassin (of which I have only heard about), students take on the roles of historical (or composite) characters to argue for and against "big ideas" such as democracy, Burke's social contract and the right to vote.

Maud is a new character who fits hist…

Carleton participates in Collaborative Futures

The MacOdrum Library is participating in the implementation of OCUL’s (Ontario Council of University Libraries’) Collaborative Futures project. Work on this project began this summer and will take place over the coming year with a "go live" date of December 2019.
Project background The Collaborative Futures project foresees the selection, procurement, and implementation of a shared library services platform (LSP) among OCUL members, allowing for:
improved management and preservation and of library collectionsstreamlined internal operationsimproved discovery of and access to these collectionsand increased support for the educational and research needs of students and faculty at Ontario’s university libraries. Benefits of this shared LSP for users, including students, faculty and researchers include:
improved user experienceintegration with university financial systemsand a shared user interface providing opportunities to collaborate in the areas of mobility, accessibility, and usa…

No more late fees

In case you missed the news, as of September 4 (2018), the MacOdrum Library has removed late fees from overdue books. Read more ...

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