Fall Library Tours

Get to know the library by dropping in for a tour this fall. You'll learn about the services in the library, have an introduction to our website, and find out where to get help.

There's no need to register - just choose a time from the schedule and meet us inside the library front entrance for a half-hour walking tour:

  • Wednesday September 7 at 5:45pm
  • Friday September 9 at 12:00pm
  • Monday September 12 at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday September 14 at 10:00am
  • Thursday September 15 at 12:00pm
  • Tuesday September 20 at 5:45pm

Applications for Grad Spaces Have Closed

Applications for Grad Spaces on the 5th floor of the library have now closed as we have many more requests than we have spaces. We are now in the process of assigning spaces and hope to be in contact with applicants regarding assignments by the first week of classes.

Database Downtime: ProQuest

On Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems from 10:00 pm Saturday through 6:00 am Sunday.

During this time ProQuest platforms and products will not be available. This will include ProQuest databases, Chadwyck-Healey databases (C19 The Nineteenth Century Index, Early English Books Online, Patrologia Latina, and PolicyFile), Proquest Digital Microfilm and Books in Print. As well you may notice that the journal cover images in the catalogue do not display.

Users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Currently on Trial: APA Style CENTRAL

APA Style CENTRAL is a complete online environment for teaching, writing, and publishing in APA Style. It combines learning and teaching tools, writing and content processing technology, and full integration of APA's Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Individual user accounts are not needed to access the Learning Center (tutorials, self-quizzes, and samples), the Publishing Center, or certain parts of the Research Center (dictionaries and reference books), but they are required to create and save references and papers.

APA Style CENTRAL has been optimized for FireFox, Chrome, and Safari for MAC OS. Internet Explorer is not recommended.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

Trial ends on September 30, 2016.

Applications for Grad Spaces Open Aug.22

Applications for Grad Spaces on the 5th floor of the library will open up the week of August 22 on the library website. This year the assignments will be on a first come first serve basis regardless of faculty (although you must be a grad student). You may apply for the following: a carrel, a locker, a desk in a room, or a combination of a desk and a locker, or a carrel and a locker.

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces, but we will try to accommodate as many students as possible.

We will be sending out updates (like this one) through the GSA, through the library website, and on the library's Twitter account.

Stay Tuned!

Library Road Book Return Slot Closed

Due to ongoing construction, the library road book return slot has been closed. The book return slots on the tunnel level and in the foyer will continue to be available. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Repairs to Path and Tunnel to the Library Continue

Repair work continues on the pathway from Dunton Tower and in front of MacOdrum Library. Pedestrian access from the Quad to the library is available from the south side only (in front of Paterson Hall) during the construction period. 

Scaffolding has been installed in the tunnel from Tunnel Junction to Dunton Tower, but the tunnel remains open for use.

The work on the path and the tunnel will continue until mid-August.

Since both exterior ramps leading to the library are closed while this work is being completed, the only accessible entrance into the library is via the tunnel. The ramps will reopen in July.

Facilities Management and Planning appreciates your patience and co-operation as we make these improvements to the campus.

Collection Highlight: Evhen Batchinsky fonds

The collection is notable for the large quantity of materials dealing with aspects of Ukrainian émigré life in Switzerland. The collection is comprised documents and notes concerning the various activities of Ukrainians living in Switzerland, as well as books, pamphlets and articles published in Switzerland in Ukrainian or about Ukraine.

Evhen (Eugene) Vasylovych Batchinsky was born on 24 August, 1885 in Katerynoslav (now Dnipropetrovs'k), Ukraine and died on 30 October 1978 in Bulle, Switzerland where he had lived for several years. The collection reflects Batchinsky’s passion for documenting and preserving material pertaining to Ukrainian political history and émigré activity in Western Europe. Batchinsky was involved in a number of important Ukrainian endeavours during the early 20th Century and had numerous friends and acquaintances with whom he maintained ongoing correspondence.

The fonds (collection) consists of 16 series that document the activities and interests of Evhen Batchinsky. The series include: Autobiography of Evhen Batchinsky and Leonid Bachynsky; Biographical Dossiers (arranged alphabetically); Chronological Dossiers, Diary Dossiers (arranged chronologically); Subject Dossiers; Ukrains'ka Avtokefal'na Pravoslavna Tserkva (UAPTs); Swiss Ukrainica; Taras Shevchenko; Soiuz Vyzvolennia Ukrainy (SVU); Lev Yurkevych; Minor Files; Serial Publications, Monographs, Documents guiding the processing of the collection, and Miscellaneous Material.

Our Archives and Research Collection database contains more information on this collection.

Repairs to Path and Tunnel to the Library

Repair work has begun on the pathway from Dunton Tower and in front of MacOdrum Library. Pedestrian access from the Quad to the library will be available from the south side only (in front of Paterson Hall) during the construction period. 

Scaffolding will also be going up in the tunnel from Tunnel Junction to Dunton Tower.

The work on the path and the tunnel will continue until mid-August.

Since both exterior ramps leading to the library will be closed while this work is being completed, the only accessible entrance into the library will be via the tunnel. The ramps will reopen in July.

Facilities Management and Planning appreciates your patience and co-operation as we make these improvements to the campus.

Graduate Student Open Access Award Recipients Announced

Carleton Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Graduate Student Open Access Award. This monetary award of $5000.00 was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Over 30 applications were received this year from across all disciplines. As has been the case every year, the selection committee, composed of both faculty and librarians, found it difficult to choose just 5 papers for the final awards. We are confident that these papers reflect the range of high-quality, interesting, and varying research being conducted at Carleton, and we encourage graduate students to continue making their research more widely available by publishing in open access journals.

Thank you to all the applicants, and congratulations to our winners!

Colin A. Capaldi, PhD student, Psychology, for his paper "The relationship between nature connectedness and happiness: A meta-analysis" from Frontiers in Psychology (2014) 5:976.

Kyle Farmer, PhD candidate, Neuroscience, for his paper "Major alterations of Phosphatidylcholine and Lysophosphotidylcholine lipids in the substantia nigra using an early stage model of Parkinson’s disease" from the International Journal of Molecular Science (2015) 16:8, pp. 18865-18877.

Saira Fitzgerald, PhD candidate, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, for her paper "Perceptions of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Ontario Universities" from the Canadian Journal of Education (2015) 38:3, pp. 1-34.

Koreen Millard, PhD candidate, Geography and Environmental Studies, for her paper "On the Importance of Training Data Sample Selection in Random Forest Image Classification: A Case Study in Peatland Ecosystem Mapping", from Remote Sensing (2015) 7:8489-8515.

Zoe Panchen, PhD candidate, Biology, for her paper "Flowering and fruiting responses to climate change of two Arctic plant species, purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) and mountain avens (Dryas integrifolia)" from Arctic Science (2015) 1:45-58.

These papers have been submitted into Carleton's institutional repository which collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton's digital academic, research, and creative materials.

For more information, including bios and links to the winning papers, please visit the Scholarly Communications website.

Collection Highlight: Art Latcham Magic Collection

This month’s featured collection: The Art Latcham Magic Collection! Magic beyond your wildest imagining, here in the Library. There’s even a wand.

Did you know that Archives and Research Collections (room 581) has a collection of material pertaining to the history and practice of sleight of hand magic and mentalism?

Previously housed at the Witchurch-Stouffville Public Library, the Art Latcham Memorial Magic Collection was acquired by Archives and Research Collections in 2012. It is comprised of books, magazines, and ephemera related to illusion, sleight of hand, and related subjects.

Arthur “Art” Latcham, to whom the collection is dedicated, was a philanthropist in the York Region of Ontario. As a member of the Hat and Rabbit Club, Latcham was a magic enthusiast who, rumour has it, always carried a deck of cards to perform magic and sleight of hand at any moment. Art Latcham died in 1979, and the first Stouffville Magic Festival was organized in his honour in 1982. The magic collection was created by festival organizer and town librarian, George Schulkbier. The Art Latcham Magic Collection was dedicated at the first Stouffville Magic Festival on May 9th, 1982.

For more information you can check out the archival material, and collection highlights like the Riddle of Chung Ling Soo,  the signed Houdini, and the 19th Century Conjuror’s Magazine!

Art Exhibit commemorating Komagata Maru Incident

An exhibition of paintings commemorating the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914 will be opened by the Canada-India Centre for Excellence at Carleton University and hosted by the library. The official opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4 p.m. on the main floor of the library and the exhibit will be on the main floor wall space. The Komogata Maru was a Japanese ship that arrived in Vancouver in May of 1914, carrying 376 Indian passengers, mostly Punjabi Sikhs who were ex-military men who had served the British empire in wars, but was turned away by Canada. Upon their return to India, they faced violence by the British-Indian government. These paintings show the struggle against injustice of the Komagata Maru passengers. The exhibit runs from May 18 - June 18 2016.

Congratulations Colin McLeod, Student Award Winner

Congratulations to Colin McLeod, this year's recipient of the Melody Mastad Award!

The MacOdrum Library hosted a small event in April to honour its student employees. The library depends on its student workers, not only for their contribution to the library services, completing assigned tasks and functions, but serving as ambassadors to our patrons.

To highlight these contributions, MacOdrum Library established an award in 2013 to recognize excellence among our student staff. The award is named after Melody Mastad, a long-serving Stacks Co-ordinator, who supervised a great number of students, developed a rigorous training and development program, and encouraged students toward Service Excellence.

This year's winner is Colin McLeod. Colin has been a member of the Stacks Services team for 3 years at MacOdrum Library and has made significant contributions as a student employee. Colin was nominated for his strong work ethic, positive attitude and proven ability as a leader - always ready to help co-workers. "He is ready to go that extra mile when offering help, be it with any projects, addressing patron inquiries or helping out its co-workers".

Pictured are the 2016 Melody Mastad Award of Excellence in Student Assistanship nominees (left to right): Colin MacLeod, Erica Trenson, John Gamey, Eric Xu and Megan Hayward.

Library Road Book Drop Closed Until April 30

Due to renovation work, the MacOdrum Library book drop located on Library Road will be closed until April 30.

In the meantime, please use the book drop located inside the library main doors or inside the tunnel.

Thank you for co-operation.

National Poetry Month Exhibit

Archives and Research Collections (ARC) has created an exhibit for National Poetry Month, highlighting items from our Special Collection of Modern Poetry. The exhibit includes broadsides as well as books in various forms from small presses.

The titles were selected to reflect the diversity of Canada and of our collection, as well as prominent names in the modern poetry movement. One poet featured, George Johnston, has a special connection to Carleton, having been a professor here from 1950-1979. 

The exhibit is located on the main level of the library, opposite Room 252 and was curated by Al MacLennan, ARC.

Collection Highlight: Maps & GIS

This month’s feature Library Collection: The Map & GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Collection! Spatial information for you, here in the Library.

Did you know the library has an extensive map & GIS collection? We have paper sheet maps, atlases, online & mapping sites and extensive GIS data. Topics support research and teaching in almost every discipline, our maps cover the globe, and we offer GIS technical assistance as well.

Explore this collection by visiting the MADGIC Information Desk on floor 1 or check out our Find Maps or Find GIS guides on the library website.


The exhibit "POSITIVE SEX: Eroticizing Safer Sex Practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s" is now showing on the Thom Exhibit wall on the main floor of the library until May 8.

The exhibit explores AIDS activists' work to eroticize safer sex practices in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s. To activists, eroticizing was a personal and political intervention. It was a way of refusing to see “sex-crazed, ‘promiscuous,’ bath-going gay men" as a problem and refusing to push for monogamous “politically correct” relationships. It was a way of promoting safer sex practices without compromising sexual freedom and without bothering people living with HIV/AIDS.

In honour of Youth HIV and AIDS Day, “POSITIVE SEX” was curated by members of the AIDS Activist History Project, Carleton University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with support from the MacOdrum Library and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

If you have any inquiries please contact Alexis Shotwell, Sarah Rodimon or Janna Klostermann at aidsactivisthistory@gmail.com.

Library Tunnel Door and Dunton-Side Parking Unavailable

Due to our upcoming renovations, the exterior door to the tunnel by the library as well as the parking area between the library and Dunton Tower will be inaccessible from Monday, March 28* to Friday, Sept. 30. This area is being hoarded off and will be the staging area for the construction project. Para Transpo stop 11 will be impacted and we suggest that you use Para Transpo stop 12 located on Library Road in front of the Azrieli building.

During the construction period, Library Road will remain open as well as the sidewalk beside Dunton Tower and the tunnel access at Dunton Tower.  All other access points from that parking lot will be closed to the public.

If you need an accessible parking space in the Dunton Tower area, we would suggest either Parking Lot 1 (located behind the library) or Parking Lot 2 (located in front of the Architecture Building). There is also one accessible-designated parking spot on Library Road in front of Dunton Tower for visitors and permit holders.

The Starbucks in the library will remain open during the construction period although the seating area behind the coffee bar will be closed off and not available.

*Note: this date has been updated. A previous message said the area would be inaccessible as of Wednesday, March 23.

Database Downtime: Emerald Journals

Maintenance is scheduled for Emerald’s research platform (including Emerald Engineering journals and Emerald Management journals) Tuesday, March 22 from 4:00 am - 4:00 pm. During this time the site will be placed into ‘read-only’ mode, making some functionalities, including searching, unavailable.

Food for Fines 2016 Wraps Up

Our tenth annual Food for Fines campaign was a great success. From March 7th to March 14th, the Carleton community donated 456 items to the CUSA Food Centre and we waived the equivalent of $642.00 in library fines. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Shown in the picture above are (left to right): Maria Jakeline de Guadalupe, Franz Obermair and Nazneen Khan of the Library’s Access Services Department.

Next Phase of Library Renovations

We have a new phase of renovations starting March 17 and continuing into Fall 2016. This $4 million investment will focus on areas not touched by the last renovation project. Some of the priorities that students identified in past satisfaction surveys will be included in the renovations:

  • more student study space on the 3rd floor
  • updates to some of the washrooms within the library to make them more accessible

Another improvement is the replacement of the exterior wall on the north-east side of the building.

Students and other library users will experience noise and other disruptions during the renovations. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your co-operation. We will try to post timely alerts to our Twitter account about particular areas of disruption.

If you have any questions, please contact Val Critchley at val.critchley@carleton.ca.

Food for Fines, March 7-14

Food for Fines is back! From March 7 - 14, bring in non-perishable food items and we will waive $2.00 in Library fines for every item donated (to a maximum of $20.00 or 10 items per person).

Donations will be received at the Library Service Desk during regular hours of service. All food collected will go the CUSA Food Centre to help students in need.

Acceptable food donations include non-perishable canned or packaged food (please no candy).

Please note: If you don't owe any library fines but wish to donate food you may do so, but the waiver cannot be used as a credit for future fines.

For more information please contact: Mizthika Sanjeevan, Patron Accounts Coordinator, Access Services at mizthika.sanjeevan@carleton.ca

Currently on Trial: United Nations iLibrary

The United Nations iLibrary is the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations. This initial scope covers most of the publications, journals and series published under the United Nations Publications banner between 2013 and 2015. Currently 750 titles are available in English, and 250 are availalbe in other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.

Please send us your feedback on this product.

The trial ends on June 30, 2016.

Grad Navigate Workshop: Data Visualization with Excel

Using a sample dataset in Excel, participants will explore key formulas and techniques to summarize and extract data from large datasets. The summarized data will then be visualized using Excel’s chart and graph tools with an emphasis on creating a non-standardized appearance using data visualization concepts. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop with Microsoft Excel installed.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, March 3, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA

2016 ESRI Student Award - Malek Singer

Malek Singer, no stranger to MADGIC reference desk and our GIS services, is the recipient of Carleton University’s 2016 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Award.

Jeff Hughes, our Esri Canada Account Manager, was on hand representing Esri Canada.

Esri Canada GIS Scholarship

“Esri Canada is committed to promoting geographic literacy and strives to educate our future leaders in using tomorrow’s technology.  Through the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship program, students at more than 50 colleges and universities across Canada receive more than $2 million in scholarships annually along with grants of Esri software, books and training.

The program recognizes Canadian educational institutions that deliver strong, multidisciplinary GIS programs and promote careers in GIS.  Through the program, students gain access to extensive GIS resources to further develop their skills and knowledge and apply the technology to solve real-world problem”

More details at: http://www.esri.ca/en/content/scholarship-program-0#.dpuf

Freedom to Read Week 2016

Carleton University Library is celebrating its 3rd Annual Freedom to Read February 21st - 25th, 2016 and we’d like you to join us! Check out the events we have planned.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression and intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Grad Navigate Workshop: Social Media & Your Research

This workshop will look at some ways in which you can use social media to advance your research profile or even your research itself. The focus will be on Twitter and blogging, but we’ll look at other social media platforms where a profile could be beneficial. We’ll also talk about some possible downsides to using social media professionally.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, February 18, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA

Making Connections! 4th Annual Community Engagement Event

Carleton's 4th annual Community Engagement Event will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 9am - noon in the Discovery Centre (4th floor, MacOdrum Library). The event is organized into three activities:

  • A panel discussion “Community Culture Shock” on the power, joys and tribulations of Community-Campus Partnerships featuring Marc-André Clément of “Culture Shock Canada” and students from CCDP3003 (Communication Skills for Multimedia Design Students), moderated by Lisa Meyer (School of Linguistics and Language Studies),
  • Speed-presentations by Carleton students involved in community based projects, and
  • A Community-Campus Networking event with both faculty and community partners.

Carleton session hosts include faculty members from Geography and Environmental Studies, Public Affairs, Political Science, Psychology, Music, Engineering as well as representatives from the Let’s Talk Science program, the Global Academy, and Futurefunder, Carleton’s crowd-funding tool.

Community organization hosts include: Causeway Work Centre, Hub Ottawa, Hidden Harvest Ottawa, The Happy City Initiative, Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, Entrymark, the Alliance to End Homelessness, Canada’s Digital Policy Forum, and Ottawa’s Eco-Talent Network.

For a full list of Carleton and Community presenters, or to register for the event, go to: http://carleton.ca/discoverycentre/cu-events/community-first-community-engaged-pedagogy/

This event is free and open to all! Refreshments will be available.

CANCELLED Grad Navigate Workshop: Know Your (Copy)Rights!

The Know Your (Copy)Rights workshop has been cancelled. We are looking at rescheduling sometime in March. Apologies for any inconvenience.


This workshop will look in more detail at copyright, and in particular your rights as an author/creator and user of copyrighted material.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA

Grad Navigate Workshop: Making Maps: Intro to GIS

In this 2-hour session, participants will learn some core concepts of GIS (geographic information systems) followed by a hands-on component with ArcMap GIS software which will result in a map of 2011 census data.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, February 4, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA

McLuhan and Frye: A Reading by B. W. Powe

Please join us for a reading by B.W. Powe from his book Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy about two titans of Canadian culture. Associate Professor Travis DeCook of Carleton University’s Department of English will interview the author after the reading. There will be ample time for questions from the audience as well, and copies of the book will be available for sale.

Our library is hosting this event, co-sponsored by the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Where: Main Reading Room of MacOdrum Library

Cost: Free

Registration: Limited so register now

Contact: Amanda Goth, 613-520-2600 extension 2727, amanda.goth@carleton.ca

CANCELLED: Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch

The Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch, scheduled for January 22, 2016 in Room 252, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.


The Founder’s Seminar and Book Launch, hosted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, will take place on January 22, 2016 in Room 252, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The book Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories and the Making of the Contemporary Arctic  will be presented, followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Emilie Cameron (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University)
  • Dr. Frances Abele (Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University)
  • Dr. Danielle DiNovelli-Lang (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University)

Far Off Metal River is about how stories make worlds. It traces the imaginative, material, and political life of a particular story – the Bloody Falls massacre story, first told in the late 18th century – in order to better understand colonial and capitalist relations in the contemporary Arctic.

Grad Students: Tell Us About Your Research Experiences

The Library wants to know more about students’ experiences while they carry out their research. One of our librarians interviewed undergraduate students in the Fall would like to talk with graduate students this term.

Participants will be scheduled for one 45-minute interview and a follow-up 30-minute interview later this term. Interviews will take place on campus. Those who participate will be compensated for their time with a $10 Starbucks gift card after the first interview and a $20 Starbucks gift card after the second interview.

If you are a graduate student who would like to participate or would like more information please contact Shelley Gullikson.

The ethics protocol for this research has been reviewed and approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board, 613-520-2517 or ethics@carleton.ca.


Come and discover examples of current Canadian innovation with a new exhibit beginning Friday, January 8th. Technozones was created by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and highlights innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.

Learn more about two Canadian success stories! Harvesting Sunlight, designed in collaboration with SunCentral, provides unique lighting solutions deep within a building’s core, and Underwater Imaging, designed in collaboration with 2G Robotics, captures precise measurements and generates 3D images of subsea environments and structures, such as shipwrecks, pipelines and dams. The exhibit is located on the main floor of the library, adjacent to the Research Help Desk.

Graduate Student Open Access Award 2015-16

Do you know a graduate student who has recently published in an open access journal? The Graduate Student Open Access Award, sponsored by the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), MacOdrum Library and the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International), was established in 2011 to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Up to five monetary awards of $1,000 each will be distributed.

Any GSA member who has had a paper published or accepted (pending minor revisions) in an open access journal since January 1, 2014, can apply. The deadline is January 29, 2016.

For more information, please see the Graduate Student Open Access Award page or go directly to the application form