Showing posts from September, 2019

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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Library open 24/5

Starting Sunday, September 8, the Library is open 24 hours a day, five days a week.
The library will be open weekly at 9 a.m. on Sunday and remain open until Friday at midnight throughout the academic year. The additional hours are meant to provide additional study spaces on the main floor. Library services will not be offered between midnight and 8 a.m. but this study space will be available.
During these hours, the second floor will be used as a quiet space. Students are permitted to talk at a very low level as long as it is kept to a minimum. 

Find more hours at:

Grad student meet and greet: Library

On Friday September 13, Research Support Services (RSS, my department) is hosting a Meet and Greet for Carleton graduate students.
On hand to chat with students will be members of RSS as well as the librarians responsible for scholarly communications (Pat Moore) and copyright (Val Critchley), staff from other library departments (e.g., Archives and Research Collections) and library partners such as the Discovery Centre, and CSAS.
Please encourage your grad students to attend--there will be food, swag and lots of good information about library services to support their academic success. Students who attend are eligible to win $25 on their campus card.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me either at extension 2985 or by email at

Collections: Send in your requests

If you have monographs (books), films or games that you'd like to have added to the library collection, let me know.  Faculty and student recommendations are critical to ensuring that our collection is relevant and current.

Recent requests that are in or coming to the collection include:

Contemporary children's literature (for example, When you look out the window)The Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and SecurityFictions of Land and Flesh: Blackness, Indigeneity, SpeculationThe fifth region (film)If you have suggestions, send them to me at