April 28, 2016

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.


April 26, 2016

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.


April 14, 2016

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.


April 13, 2016

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.


April 8, 2016

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.


March 22, 2016

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.


March 21, 2016

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.


March 16, 2016

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.


March 15, 2016

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.


March 7, 2016

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


March 3, 2016

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.


March 3, 2016

This workshop will help attendees to optimize their information foraging in government resources.

  • Who: for graduate students
  • When: Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: MacOdrum Library, Room 252
  • Cost: free

Register through FGPA


February 25, 2016

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


February 24, 2016

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


February 17, 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.


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