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Library Announces Winners of OpenCon Travel Scholarships

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Zack Batist, and Lorraine Chuen, each received a $1500 travel scholarship from the University Library to attend an Open Access conference in Washington DC.

Zack Batist, and Lorraine Chuen, each received a $1500 travel scholarship from the University Library to attend an Open Access conference in Washington DC.

The University Library is pleased to report that Zack Batist (a PhD candidate from Anthroplogy) and Lorraine Chuen (a Masters student in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour) have been awarded travel scholarships valued at $1,500 USD to attend OpenCon in Washington DC next month. 

OpenCon  is a 3-day conference intended to inspire the next generation of scholars to change how research outputs are shared through open access, open data and open educational resources.  For details about the conference, please see:

Zach and Lorraine were chosen from among a large pool of talented graduate students vying for the travel awards. The selection panel was struck by the calibre of the candidates, many of who already displayed strong commitment to expanding the dissemination of scholarly output.  The Library looks forward to working with Zach and Lorraine on their return to help formulate effective strategies for supporting Open Access on campus.


New Writer-in-Residence launches "Not Your Mother's Book Club"

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Writer and cultural commentator, Hal Niedzviecki, is the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence, co-sponsored by McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library.

Writer and cultural commentator, Hal Niedzviecki, is the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence, co-sponsored by McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library.

In the summer of 2009, his book The Peep Diaries was named as one of Oprah’s “25 Books You Can’t Put Down.”

Fast forward to 2014, and writer Hal Niedzviecki finds himself on campus as the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence, co-sponsored by McMaster and the Hamilton Public Library.

Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor, whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of 8 books of fiction and non-fiction. He’s also the founder and publisher of Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.

“The Writer-in-Residence is a great community resource, an opportunity for anyone working on and thinking about a creative writing project—no matter how small or big—to get feedback and vital encouragement,” says Niedzviecki.

As Writer-in-Residence until April 2015, Niedzviecki will divide his time equally between McMaster's Department of English and Cultural Studies, and Hamilton Public Library, consulting one-on-one with apprentice writers in the community, and devoting approximately 60% of his time to his own writing, an important goal of the Residency program.

Niedzviecki will hold office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am – 3pm. On Mondays he will be on campus in Chester New Hall 212 and on Wednesdays at the Central Branch of the Hamilton Public Library on the third floor.

McMaster University Library will be hosting Not a Book Club With Hal, a series of events that will take place in Mills Library Community Rom (L304) on Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 11 and 24 from 12:30 -1:30.

Wide-ranging topics covered by Niedzviecki include Getting Started: How To Write Creatively, Zines and the Art of Just Making Stuff, Publishing in the Era of Kindle, and In the Future We’ll Be Robots: Creativity and Possibility in the Digital Era. Everyone is welcome.

See schedule of events

Members of both the McMaster and larger communities are also invited to attend a welcome reception and a reading by Niedzviecki on Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm in the Central Library, 5th Floor Board Room.

To contact Hal, email

How do you like them apples, McMaster?

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Hilary Kee and Sarah Conrad

photo by TONY HOANG

Hilary Kee and Sarah Conrad, creators of the short film Food Fight, took top honours at this year's 24 Hour Film Festival. The event challenged McMaster students and alumni to write, shoot, edit and deliver a five-minute film in just one day.

The Lyons New Media Centre recently rolled out the red carpet for the third annual McMaster 24 Hour Film Festival gala event.

With popcorn in hand, McMaster students, alumni, staff and faculty gathered at the Art Gallery of Hamilton to screen the top ten festival entries and to announce the winning films, selected by a jury of industry specialists.

The festival challenged McMaster students and alumni to write, shoot, edit and deliver a five-minute film over a 24 hour period using three required elements — a prop (something maroon), a line of dialogue ("How do you like them apples?") and a location (in a park).

Fifteen teams registered for the competition, and 12 successfully completed their films on time.

The film Food Fight took top honours, followed by The Bad Apple and The Good Buy. The audience choice award was presented to The Thrall Within.

The Lyons New Media Centre, located in Mills Memorial Library, is a space for the innovative creation and use of new media in teaching, learning and research at McMaster.

View the top 10 films, and check out the winning entries below:

"Food Fight" by Project 439


"The Bad Apple" by Team Orange Monkey

"Good Buy" by Markle

"The Thrall Within" by SOL Productions

- Source:

Open Call – University Library “Faculty-Member-in-Residence” July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

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Are you looking for an opportunity to enhance your 2015/16 research leave experience in a local (on-campus) setting? 

The University Library is seeking a faculty member interested in spending a portion of time during his or her 2015/16 research leave to serve as the University Library’s second Faculty-Member-in-Residence.

In addition to workspace in the library, the Faculty-Member-In-Residence will receive direct access to library expertise and research support services, including collections, technical infrastructure (storage and virtual servers), publishing services, GIS consulting, targeted digitization, and technology consulting. The Library offers these services in a variety of ways including via the Lyons New Media Centre, the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, the Maps/Data/GIS department, and the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections.

In exchange, the chosen individual will be expected to: 

  • Demonstrate clear use of library resources and/or services in their own research. 
  • Encourage and support the research conducted by librarians and library staff.  This support could take many forms, both formal and informal. 
  • Advise the library on issues related to faculty use of collections, services and facilities.  Tell us when we’re on the right track and where changes are required.
  • Become actively involved in at least one library project (could take the form of a small research project or participation on a work team related to the faculty member’s own area of interest).
  • Give at least one lecture or workshop for a library or campus audience on a topic of relevance to their experience as Faculty-Member-in-Residence.
  • Apply for at least one research grant involving library resources and/or services.

The opportunities are endless and the University Library is willing to consider innovative approaches to ensure that the experience furthers the library’s mission AND enhances the faculty member’s own research agenda. 

Faculty members interested in this exciting opportunityshould contact Vivian Lewis, University Librarian, at by November 30, 2014.


Open Access Week Events at McMaster University Library

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Open Access Logo

For local events on campus during Open Access Week, please see the Schedule of Events

October 20-26th, 2014 marks the 8th Annual Open Access Week. Academics and researchers are facing exciting changes as the global momentum toward open sharing of scholarship and research continues to grow.  Open Access (OA) aims to provide access to scholarly literature with the right to copy, distribute, and use that information so long as the author is credited. Work that is published in an OA journal is free, timely, and available online – meaning that it is available to everyone.

A great deal of scholarship is not easily accessed. Although libraries spend millions of dollars providing access to resources that students, faculty, and other library users need to learn, high subscription costs and lengthy review times make research and information difficult to access.  OA works to make scholarly research freely and permanently available. It also frees scholarship from copyright and licensing restrictions, while still granting credit to the original author. OA enables interdisciplinary research, broadens the use and dissemination of research, and guarantees persistent access.

Last year, two major Canadian funding agencies, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) drafted a policy document supporting the open access of publicly-funded research. The Agencies sought feedback on the Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy document and have since published a summary report of the consultation results. Links to both the draft policy document and the summary report can be found on NSERC. The final wording of the Open Access Policy will be made available this fall. Funding bodies in the U.S. and the U.K. have adopted similar policies.

McMaster University Library supports OA through several different venues. In MacSphere, McMaster’s Institutional Repository (IR), you can find over 10,000 theses and dissertations by McMaster graduate students. MacSphere also includes materials as varied as course calendars, meeting notes, and books. MacSphere uses DSpace, an open source software application, to house its contents. Faculty and student journals initially housed in the Digital Commons @ McMaster (McMaster’s former IR) are now available through open source platforms. Faculty journal publications are accessible through Escarpment Press at; undergraduate student journal publications are accessible through Student Journals @ McMaster University at These journals are hosted by Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source software and management system available worldwide for the purpose of open access publishing.

Members of the McMaster community are encouraged to deposit scholarly publications and university-created material into MacSphere. The content will be preserved, given a permanent link, and made searchable and accessible to users everywhere. The content submitted need not be limited to print – video or audio recordings are welcomed alongside traditional print-based materials.

For more information on International Open Access Week events, please visit

By Elysha Ardelean and Laura Trabucco, Library Interns


For further information, please contact Olga Perkovic, Research and Advanced Studies Librarian

Adobe Digital Editions and Privacy Concerns

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We learned earlier this week that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the software used to download many of the Library’s e-books, has been reported to be logging data on books used with this application. Reports indicate that this information is being uploaded in plain-text to Adobe servers without encryption, meaning that the data is potentially open to interception. Note that this privacy breach seems to be limited to Digital Editions 4, the most recent version of the software. Ars Technica has independently confirmed many details of the logging and a number of other sources have reported on it as well. As far as can be detected, Digital Editions v.2 and 3 are unaffected, and testing by Scholars Portal here in Ontario suggests that PDF-formatted downloads are similarly not affected.

McMaster University Library provides access to more than 500,000 e-books on a range of platforms. Most of these can be read online without the need to download to a personal device or use Adobe Digital Editions. In cases where full-book downloading is permitted--at McMaster this is chiefly those titles available through the EBL platform--digital rights management (DRM) requirements drive the use of Adobe Digital Editions. This is a condition of purchase that has been unavoidable for all libraries providing e-book content on this platform.

If you are concerned about this possible violation of privacy, we recommend that you uninstall Adobe Digital Editions 4 and view the book online instead of downloading it. For the few titles where this is not possible, check for a print copy in the Library Catalogue. Additionally, if you prefer, you can at no charge install an earlier, unaffected version of Adobe Digital Editions for use when downloading e-books to your personal device. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated on developments.


A New Home for Journals, Theses, and Research

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On October 1st, 2014, Escarpment Press and Student Journals @ McMaster, the University Library’s new journal publication platforms, went live. This follows the successful June launch of MacSphere, which replaced our former institutional repository. Over the past five months, the University Library has been working hard to migrate our institutional repository and the faculty and student journals we support from their former homes on Digital Commons to new locally hosted systems.

Escarpment Press and Student Journals @ McMaster operate using Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source publication platform developed and supported by the Public Knowledge Project based at Simon Fraser University. OJS has become a fundamental element of the open access journal architecture, used by thousands of journals around the world. By moving the journals from Digital Commons to OJS, we are now able to offer DOI registration to journals and have a far greater ability to adapt to changes in the journal publication environment, among other advantages.

MacSphere employs DSpace, the most commonly used software for institutional repositories. The main source of content for MacSphere are the thousands of theses and dissertations written by McMaster graduate students. The School of Graduate Studies was a key partner in the migration process. We encourage McMaster faculty, students, and researchers to consider depositing their research in MacSphere to open their work to a global audience.

3D Printing Comes to the Library

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"What is that thing"  "Is that a 3D printer"  "Cool!"  "Awesome"  "Can we use it?"

These are various comments that have been heard in the Lyons New Media Centre as the new 3D printer was put in place and tested.

Yes!, the library now has a 3D printer for McMaster students, staff and faculty to use!  Thanks to the MSU Student Life Enhancement Fund (SLEF), the Lyons New Media Centre was able to purchase an Ultimaker 3D printer.  It will be a free service for any McMaster student or employee.

Students can create their own 3D model or can browse different websites such as Thingiverse to get some ideas of what to print.   The Lyons New Media Centre has Blender (3D software), which can be used to create 3D files.  There are many different things that can be printed and the LNMC staff are looking forward to seeing some of the creative work that will be produced.

More information about 3D printing in the library can be found on the 3D printing page of the Lyons New Media Centre website.



McMaster 24 Hour Film Festival Awards Gala - Friday October 3rd

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And the Winner Is ...

The 3rd Annual McMaster 24 hour film festival Awards Gala is this Friday October 3rd.  Come out to the event to see the work that McMaster students have created in just 24 hours.  

The 24 hour film festival was an event held on September 19-20th and included both students and alumni.  Fifteen teams met in the Lyons New Media Centre for the kickoff and to get their instructions.  The teams had 24 hours create a 5 minute film from conception to finish.  Each team had to include the same three elements (a prop, line of dialogue, and a location).  

The top 10 films will be screened and judged at the Awards Gala on Friday evening.  It promises to be an evening of fun and excitement as the teams find out who won 1st, 2nd, 3rd place as well as audience choice.

The Gala will be held at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from 6:30-9:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased ($5.00) from the M24 website ( or you can visit us in the Lyons New Media Centre.

McMaster 24 Hour Film Festival - Friday September 19th!!

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Are you a budding film maker?  Do you like a challenge?  The Lyons New Media Centre in Mills Library is hosting the 3rd Annual 24 hour film festival.   The festival is open to any McMaster student, staff, faculty and alumni and takes place over the 24 hour period from Friday, September 19th at 5 pm to Saturday, September 20th at 5 pm.

You will receive a line of dialogue, a prop and a location that needs to be incorporated into your 5 minute video.  From there, it is up to your imagine and creativity.  There will be a Gala evening held October 3rd to screen the videos that made the cut and the videos will be judged by Industry specialists.

Come out and have some fun showcasing your creative side!  Registration is still open at  Don't miss it!!


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