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Peace and War project on Talk 820, Friday at 7pm

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Tune in to Talk 820 this Friday, September 26th at 7pm.

Peace and War in the 20th Century Website Launched

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The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University Library is launching the latest in a series of digital initiatives aimed at bringing its unique collections to a wider, online audience.

McMaster Libraries now among top 100 research libraries in North America

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The 2008-9 Almanac for Higher Education, published annually by the Chronicle of Higher Education, recently released its Library Investment Index.  This year McMaster University Libraries are listed in 94th place, up 8 spots from last year.

New Database: Past Masters

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The Library now has online access to scholarly editions of the writings of selected literary authors, major philosophers, theologians, and political theorists -- in their original language and English translation -- via the Past Masters database. Works can be searched by author or collection (e.g. Greek Philosophy, Continental Thought, Women Writers), and range from Abelard: Opera to Yeats: Collected Letters.

New Library Website Launched!

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Welcome to the new Library website! The redesign, which has been in the works for about a year, was undertaken for a few reasons:

Digitized Books Now Available to McMaster Users

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The first books to be scanned as part of the Library's mass digitization program are now available to McMaster students, faculty, and staff.

These titles, which date from the 16th- to 18th-centuries and include works in English, French, Spanish, and Latin, were drawn from the holdings of the Library's William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections. Many more titles, representing the broad scope of the Library's holdings, are planned for digitization.

McMaster Libraries to help build world’s largest newspaper archive

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McMaster University Libraries are the first Canadian institution to agree to participate in the creation of the world's largest, fully searchable digital archive of international newspapers, called The World Newspaper Archive.

"We're thrilled to participate in this important initiative and ensure that these resources will be preserved and easily accessible to future generations," explains University Librarian Jeff Trzeciak. "Libraries have always been stewards of our local institutional resources. In the digital environment it is important for us to work collaboratively to expand access to our unique collections."

McMaster's collaboration with other North American research libraries will expand the library's access to a rich array of primary source materials, providing electronic access to an internationally significant collection of historical resources.

The first newspapers to be added to the collection will include 35 Latin American newspapers, a total of one million pages of newspaper text published between 1805 and 1922 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and other countries. The focus of the project will then turn to adding newspapers published in Africa, South Asia and other regions around the world.

The World Newspaper Archive project is a collaborative effort between Readex, well known for its focus on historical materials and government documents, and the Center for Research Libraries, an international partnership of over 240 universities, colleges and independent research libraries of which McMaster is a member.

Readex press release
Center for Research Libraries press release

This story also appeared in the Daily News.

New Humanities and Social Sciences Electronic Products will be Available through Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)

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As a result of recent CRKN negotiations, the library is pleased to announce that many new resources will become available to McMaster users over the next few months, including online access to the following complete journal suites:

  • ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (696 journal titles by 52 publishers, members of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers)

  • CAIRN - primary subject areas include history, psychology, economics, political science and sociology (143 French-language titles from 40 publishers, including institutions and learned societies)

  • erudit - mainly French-language journals in the humanities and social sciences, and natural science disciplines (57 journals)

  • JSTOR - eight multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections archiving more than 1,000 leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences

  • Periodicals Archives Online - six separate collections that offer a total of 500 full-run titles spanning 200 years, from 1802 to 1995, in 37 key subject areas

In addition, we will have access to the following primary resource materials:

  • Adam Matthew Digital - eight collections that offer rare printed sources, including

    • China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980
    • Defining Gender, 1450-1910 Online
    • Eighteenth Century Journals I
    • Eighteenth Century Journals II
    • Empire Online
    • Mass Observation Online
    • Medieval Travel Writing
    • Slavery Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
  • InteLex Past Masters - offers 117 full-text humanities databases with content licensed by Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, Indiana University Press, Pickering & Chatto and many other major scholarly publishers.

  • Canadian Publishers Collection - collection of approximately 8,100 English and French e-book titles from 44 Canadian publishers

  • Ingram Digital Group - collection of e-books from three major publishers

Finally, access to multi-media collections:

  • Classical Scores Library - contains 400,000 pages of the most important classical scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished materials; contains full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, as well as piano reductions

  • Theatre in Video - contains more than 250 of the world's most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries and online streaming video

Over the next few months records will be added to MORRIS for these collections and at the individual title level where records are vendor supplied.

See the Daily News story.

Centre for Leadership in Learning (CLL) and Learning Technologies Resource Centre (LTRC) to relocate in newly renovated space in

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The entire campus will be the beneficiary of a new plan to provide more coordinated support for teaching and learning at McMaster. The Centre for Leadership in Learning (CLL) will join forces with the Learning Technologies Resource Centre (LTRC) in newly renovated and custom-designed space on the second floor of the H.G. Thode Library.

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CRKN and CFI expand access to digital content in Social Sciences and Humanities

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Vancouver, June 3, 2008

Thanks to a joint $47 million investment by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), eight provinces and 67 universities, nearly 900,000 researchers, scholars and students in Canadian universities will gain desktop access to an extensive body of national and international material.

With the click of a button, researchers and students in Canada will be able to access, search, sort and consult a rich digital collection of scholarly content, ranging from books, letters and historical documents to music scores, maps, artworks and visual materials. Many of these were not previously accessible to Canadians, or were only offered with limited access in print version.

This investment is the work of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a consortium of universities dedicated to expanding digital content in support of the academic research enterprise in Canada.

"Providing access to this wealth of scholarly material is a critical step in enabling researchers and students across the nation to further understand our society and how Canadians are shaping the world we live in" said Dr. David Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria and Chair of the CRKN Board of Directors. "The newly-gained access to this material will have a profound impact on the way Canadians conduct research, collaborate and turn ideas into a better, more innovative society."

Increased access to social sciences and humanities knowledge is essential to enhancing the capacity of nations to tackle complex, global issues that are, by their very nature, interdisciplinary. By creating a national infrastructure to access digital knowledge in many areas of social and human activity, the investment will greatly improve the ability of Canadians to undertake interdisciplinary research and contribute to the search for solutions to these pressing issues.

"The Canada Foundation for Innovation recognizes the critical contribution that researchers in the social sciences and humanities make to Canada and the world," said Dr. Elliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. "These world-class knowledge management tools provide a partnership that is essential to Canada's ongoing success in the knowledge-based economy, enabling institutions and researchers to conduct the leading-edge research that will benefit all Canadians."

The funding allowed CRKN to negotiate with international and Canadian scholarly publishers of 14 major collections, bringing global knowledge to Canada and making accessible in digital form some of the finest in Canadian published scholarly material. Acquired both as one-time only purchases as well as through multi-year license agreements, this rich knowledge base will be delivered to the desktop of every Canadian researcher, wherever in this nation they may be found.

"This is a major advancement for Canada's academic community in the digital age," said Deb deBruijn, CRKN Executive Director. "The partnership of the CFI, the provinces and the universities has helped reshape the very marketplace for digital scholarly materials. As a result, Canadian researchers and students will now be able to access materials that would otherwise not have become widely available in digital form."

Social sciences and humanities researchers and students at 67 Canadian universities will have access to the new content by Fall 2008.

About CRKN: The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in Canada's universities. For more information on CRKN visit our website at


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