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Submitted by wyckoff on May 13, 2013 - 14:12 Filed under
We're very proud and excited to be the home of Canadian music legend Bruce Cockburn's archive!
But are you wondering what other new archives, books, and research materials might be available in the Division of Archives and Research Collections? Wonder no more! The Division's What's New page has information on more than a dozen new archival collections or additions to archives, as well as the nearly 2,700 books catalogued for the collection over the past year.
You can find detailed information about the contents of any archival collection on the Division's website, and all of the books available for use by researchers are included in the Library's catalogue. We invite you to visit us on the Lower Level of Mills and use our new collections.
Submitted by plessla on May 9, 2013 - 11:36 Filed under
by Wade Hemsworth
Bruce Cockburn, one of Canada’s best loved musicians and composers, has donated his archives to McMaster, including his notebooks, musical arrangements, gold records, letters, scrapbooks, nearly 1,000 recordings, and even three guitars.
“These are my tools, my rough drafts, my mementoes and my trophies. Together, they form the roadmap of my working life,” says Cockburn. “I’m pleased they will have a safe and permanent home in a place where they may be useful to others.”
The collection includes 32 of Cockburn’s notebooks from 1969 to 2002. Through their pages, one can trace the development of individual songs, sometimes from single thoughts to finished lyrics, all set randomly among pages of sketches, observations, budgets, set lists and other notes. The notebooks offer a real window into the artist and activist’s imagination, creative process and his life as a working musician rising to international prominence.
“Bruce Cockburn is an iconic and respected figure in Canadian and international culture,” says McMaster Provost and vice-president (academic) David Wilkinson. “For him to choose McMaster as the recipient of this collection, while he is still contributing to our culture, is a true honour. We are grateful for his gift, which will impact generations of students and other researchers across multiple disciplines, including those involved with McMaster’s highly regarded music program.”
Among the papers Cockburn has donated is correspondence from notable figures such as Adrienne Clarkson, Lloyd Axworthy, David Suzuki, Vanessa Redgrave, Anne Murray and John Crosbie. There are fan letters, photos and more in a collection that requires 64 pages just to list all the items that will be available to researchers at McMaster’s William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections.
“We are delighted to receive such a rich resource that will benefit students, faculty members and other researchers studying not only music and poetry, but social activism, politics and the creative process itself,” says McMaster’s acting University Librarian Vivian Lewis.
Cockburn was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from McMaster in 2009.
The University’s archives also include personal collections from such notable thinkers and artists as philosopher Bertrand Russell, authors Pierre Berton, Margaret Laurence and Farley Mowat.
The Hamilton Spectator
- CBC News Network http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Arts+and+Entertainment/ID/2383477533/
- CBC's national website http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/05/02/hamilton-mcmaster-bruce-coc...
- The Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2013/05/06/bruce_cockburn_don...
The Globe and Mail
Submitted by kemperd on April 24, 2013 - 15:23 Filed under
The library website (library.mcmaster.ca) will undergo a scheduled maintenance on Thursday, April 25, starting at 6:00 am and lasting until—at the latest—8:00 am.
Expect downtime (no access) to the library website during this period.
The library catalogue, however, will be accessible at http://mcmaster.sirsidynix.net
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Submitted by pottier on April 12, 2013 - 16:55 Filed under
UPDATE: Tomorrow, Friday April 26th is the last day for the pet visits to Mills!
Feeling stressed? Need a break from studying? The Student Health Education Centre has teamed up with on and off-campus organizations to bring students stress-reducing events, including animal visits to Mills Library! The Hamilton-Burlington SPCA has generously agreed to bring in animals like dogs and guinea pigs for stressed-out students to cuddle with on April 15th, 18th and 26th, from 1-2 pm, in the Mills Library's Connections Centre (just off the main floor lobby).
SHEC will also be hosting "Mindfulness Meditation" sessions on April 17th and 24th, from 1-2pm, in MUSC 302. All are welcome to attend!
If you want to talk to someone about stress management or any other personal or health related topic, SHEC will have peer-support hours from 11am-3pm daily in MUSC 202.
Remember that taking a break while studying helps you come back more refreshed and productive.
Submitted by moorer on April 10, 2013 - 12:58 Filed under
R.E.S.P.E.C.T (in the Library)
Aretha Franklin sang about it...Rodney Dangerfield complained he never got any. Respect is a simple thing that our parents taught us, but sometimes is forgotten about in day to day life.
Respect: treating others the way you’d want to be treated. Holding a door open for someone; listening to each other viewpoints; seeing people for who they are and not trying to change them; not being selfish with space; following the rules. These are just a few examples of respect in our daily lives. Small things can make a big difference.
During April exams, the library is launching a small Respect campaign with a video and digital signage. This campaign is a small reminder to everyone to “Respect the space and Respect one another”. Make the library an enjoyable space for everyone. The campaign focuses on 4 different characters: Noisy Nelly, Messy Jessie, Greedy Gus, and Entitled Edward. The traits that are shown are based on the common complaints the library receives, particularly during exams. Let’s work together to create a space that everyone can enjoy.
Respect – Give It, Get It
Submitted by pottier on April 8, 2013 - 11:56 Filed under
This year you will once again have lots of options when it comes to late night studying during exams.
Thode Library will be open 24/7 from April 10th to April 29th. The Reactor Café will be open 10am to 10m, from Friday April 12th to Sunday April 29th. Don't forget there is an ATM to Thode so you will have easy access to cash for use at the café and the vending machines.
The lower level of Thode is the Quietest Study Area in the building, with the 2nd floor designated as Quiet but more difficult to enforce due to noise floating upwards from the 1st floor. We are working to resolve this issue and hope to have a solution in place for this set of exams. Additionally, there is a new small Silent Study area on the lower level.
Mills Library moves to extended hours this week – the main library will be open 8am to 10:45pm, 7 days per week.
The Mills Learning Commons (2nd floor) is open 24/7 until April 29th.
The entire 6th floor of Mills is designated as a Silent Study Area and we will do our best to patrol this area. Feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if students in the area are not respecting the Silent Study guidelines (no talking, no socializing, no cell phones, no music). A large area on the 4th floor is designated as a Quiet Study Area. During exams, all seating areas on the upper floors (3rd – 5th) are considered Quiet Study Areas and will be signed as such.
Innis will also move to extended hoursthis week – Monday to Friday 8:30am to 10:45pm / Saturday 10:30am to 5:45 pm / Sunday 1pm to 7:45pm.
You will find more information on the various study spaces available in our libraries here.
All libraries have bookable Group Study Rooms. Please remember that these are to be used by groups of 2 or more, and cannot be booked for more than 2 consecutive hours by one group. The library reserves the right to remove bookings which do not follow these guidelines.
Food and beverage vending machines in all libraries will be stocked daily during exams.
Good luck on your exams!
Submitted by plessla on March 14, 2013 - 17:12 Filed under
On Friday, March 1, more than 100 faculty, staff and visitors attended a symposium hosted by the Provost’s Office. The symposium, Looking Forward: Re-imagining the academic library’s role in teaching, learning and research generated much interest from both within the McMaster community and the wider academic library community.
For more information on the symposium, see the Daily News story here.
Submitted by pottier on March 12, 2013 - 14:25 Filed under
UPDATE #3: As of March 14, 2013, 1:20 pm, the Library's website is functioning normally. Apologies for any inconveniences caused due to yesterday's disruption. The IT Dept continues to investigate. Thank you again for your patience and understanding.
UPDATE #2: As of March 13, 2013, 4:30 pm, the Library's website is experiencing intermittent issues, such as slowness. The IT Dept is investigating. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
UPDATE: As of March 13, 2013, 10:50 am, the catalogue search on the Library's homepage is gradually returning to normal.
We are experiencing difficulties with the main search box on the library home page.
To access the Library Catalogue directly go to http://catalogue.mcmaster.ca/catalogue/
We will update this page once this problem has been resolved.
Submitted by plessla on March 7, 2013 - 17:30 Filed under
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of poet, writer and entertainer E. Pauline Johnson, McMaster University will be hosting a symposium on March 8, 2013. In collaboration with the Indigenous Studies Program, the Department of English and Cultural Studies, the Department of History and the Wilson Institute of Canadian History, Chiefswood National Historic Site will honour her life, work and legacy by presenting poetry readings and a performance in Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. McMaster University Library will exhibit documents, photographs and personal artifacts from the Pauline Johnson archives, housed in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections.
Pauline Johnson was born at Six Nations Reserve on March 10, 1862 and died in Vancouver on March 7, 1913. She was the daughter of George Johnson (Onwanonsyshon), a Mohawk chief of the Six Nations and Emily Susanna Howells, of Bristol, England. During her lifetime Johnson equally represented the dual parts of her heritage and adopted her grandfather's aboriginal name, Tekahionwake, meaning "double wampum”. A poet and platform entertainer, she received many invitations to recite her poetry in Canada, England and Europe. She gave dramatic recitations both in Native dress, highlighting Mohawk ancestry in her work and appearance, and in Victorian apparel. Johnson's first collection of poetry was published during her travels in England in 1895. The White Wampum includes one of her best-known poems, "The Song My Paddle Sings." Johnson’s poems and prose have appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers, such as Saturday Night, Boys’ World, and Mother’s Magazine. She is also the author of Canadian Born (1903), Flint and Feather (1911) and Legends of Vancouver (1912). Her funeral, the largest at that time in Vancouver history, was held on what would have been her 52nd birthday.
Written by Renu Barrett
Submitted by plessla on February 28, 2013 - 11:38 Filed under
On March 4, a random selection of McMaster students and faculty will be invited to participate in the LibQual+ ™ survey, which measures satisfaction with library services, collections and facilities. McMaster is one of many libraries across Canada participating in the 2013 survey sponsored by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).
The goals of LibQual+ ™ are to:
- Foster a culture of excellence in providing library service
- Help libraries better understand user perceptions of library service quality
- Collect and interpret library user feedback systematically over time
- Provide libraries with comparable assessment information from peer institutions
- Identify best practices in library service
McMaster has participated in this survey in 2006, 2007 and 2010. More than 1,000 educational and research institutions in over 17 countries have participated in LibQual+ ™ since 2000, when the survey instrument was first developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
McMaster's Libraries are committed to providing the best possible service to the McMaster community and we want to know how we are doing. If you receive an invitation to participate, please take a few minutes to complete the survey!
To learn more about LibQual+ ™ at McMaster and to see results from previous surveys, please visit /stats/libqual