The Annual McMaster Toy and Food Drive, hosted by the Libraries, has long been a tradition here on campus, dating back over a quarter of a century. The drop boxes for donations have become a familiar sight over the years, at first in the Libraries and now at the Downtown Centre, the MSU administration offices, and the Service kiosks at the Mary Keyes and Commons buildings.
The holiday spirit is alive and well at McMaster’s libraries, which are hosting the annual Toy & Food Drive in support of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Bureau.
The Annual McMaster Toy Drive and Food Drive, taking place Monday November 17th to Monday December 15th, is being held in support of the Salvation Army's Christmas Toy Bureau.
McMaster University Library, in association with Hamilton Public Library and Mohawk College Library hosted Access 2008, Canada’s premier library technology conference, held last week in downtown Hamilton.
On June 16th, David Lewis visited McMaster and gave a talk on "Strategies for Academic Libraries in the 21st Century."
If you would like, you can also view just the slides from the presentation.
Our most recent exhibition in Archives and Research Collections (Mills Memorial Library, Lower Level) focuses on the French Enlightenment, in particular a magnificent collection of books acquired from Professor Pierre Conlon, a distinguished scholar at McMaster University.
In 1715, at the end of a very long reign, Louis XIV, the Sun King, died. Rivaled only by England, the French empire was at the height of its glory. Yet there were storm clouds on the horizon, marked by financial disarray, a series of unpopular wars, political censorship, and lack of accountability in government. In 1789, after the storming of the Bastille, the ancien régime began to crumble. Revolution was in the air, and the monarchy and the aristocracy were under grave threat. In spite of the many problems encountered in French society during this uncertain period between 1715 and 1789, France experienced a cultural rebirth, founded on shared principles of rationalism, empiricism, the importance of nature, and social justice. The inspiration for this renaissance derived from the philosophes, a group of prodigious, intellectual writers and thinkers, such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, and Diderot.
Our exhibition on the French Enlightenment, ably organized and mounted by Renu Barrett and documented virtually by Ateeka Khan, can be seen in our foyer and reading room until the end of September 2008. The website also has tributes to Professor Conlon from several colleagues (Kathy Ball, Peggy Findlay, William Hanley, and Carl Spadoni). The University Library will host a reception for Professor Conlon in early September. We invite you to enjoy this wonderful exhibition.
Imagine owning a copy of Galileo’s 1632 book, Dialogo di Galileo Galilei (Galileo’s Dialogue), challenging the traditional thinking that the universe revolves around the earth. At the time, the book and its concepts were so controversial, that Galileo was convicted of heresy in 1633 and the book was placed on the Index of Forbidden Books.
Or perhaps a first-edition, autographed copy of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine is a more suitable choice for your own personal library?