Library News

3D Printing Comes to the Library

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Filed under Library News:  Lyons New Media Centre Mills

"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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Filed under Library News:  Events Lyons New Media Centre Mills

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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Filed under Library News:  Events Lyons New Media Centre

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!!

The Art of the Book: Rabbi Bernard Baskin, Book Collector

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Filed under Library News:  Archives & Research Collections Events Mills
Rabbi Bernard Baskin

Photo credit: The Hamilton Spectator

Rabbi Bernard Baskin is a household name in Hamilton. He is known both for his many years of service to the congregation of Temple Anshe Sholom, the oldest Reform Congregation in Canada, which he joined in 1949, and in the broader Hamilton community as an avid reader, speaker, and columnist.

Perhaps less well known is his longstanding support for the McMaster community. For nearly 30 years, the Rabbi and his late wife, Marjorie, have been generous donors to the University, giving some 1,000 books and manuscripts and 200 pieces of art to the University Library and the McMaster Museum of Art.

The University Library and the Museum of Art are, therefore, especially pleased to announce a new joint exhibit that honours the Rabbi’s patronage of literature and the arts at McMaster. The Art of the Book: Rabbi Bernard Baskin, Book Collector, curated by archivist Renu Barrett, displays some of the finest and most interesting books and art donated by the Rabbi. Highlights include Egerton Ryerson Young’s By Canoe and Dog-Train Among the Cree and Salteaux Indians; first editions by Dylan Thomas, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain; volumes on typography and printing; and manuscripts and early printed books, including a 1640 edition of The Workes of Benjamin Jonson. Augmenting the book collection are many works by the artist Leonard Baskin, brother of the Rabbi, who was also the founder of Gehenna Press, for over fifty years one of the most successful private presses in North America.

Curator of the exhibit Renu Barrett writes, “Rabbi Baskin is an inspiration to us all. His donation reflects the breadth of his reading and scholarship. I am most fortunate to have selected the manuscripts and books for this exhibit. They reflect the span of his reading and collecting interests, as well as his pursuit of the aesthetic forms of the book.” 

The exhibit, located in the Museum of Art’s Levy Gallery, runs until December 20. On Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6-8 pm, the Rabbi will present a Collector’s Talk at the Museum. All are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Library Supports Graduate Student Involvement in Open Access

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Filed under Library News:  Innis Mills Thode

McMaster University Library is proud to offer a travel scholarship for one McMaster graduate student to attend OpenCon 2014, the student and early career conference on open access, open data and open educational resources.  This three-day event is being held in Washington DC from November 15-17, 2014.  The event is geared toward training the next generation of graduate students and early career researchers to understand and ultimately champion open access on their campuses.

The award is valued at $1,500 USD and covers travel (flight from Pearson), lodging (shared accommodation), registration and some meals. 

The conference is being run by the Right to Research Coalition, a student arm of SPARC, one of the world’s most prominent organizations devoted to Open Access. 

In exchange, the successful individual will be asked to file a brief (3-5 page) report on her/his experience with recommendations for how we could further the OA cause at McMaster.  We’d also ask him/her to deposit the item in our Institutional Repository.  We might also want a testimonial on the Library website and/or to involve them in an OA event on campus. 

To apply for the McMaster travel award, please go to:  Applications are due by September 26, 2015.  The successful candidate will be contacted by October 3, 2015.

For further details about the event itself, please see:

For further information, please contact Olga Perkovic ( or Gabriela Mircea (

Echoes from the past: First World War song revived by McMaster student

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, McMaster music student Jason Scozzari revived a moving piece of Canadian wartime music.

The composition, "Days of Peace," was written by Herbert Kohler in 1915.

The original sheet music is housed in McMaster's extensive "War Songs from the First Half of 20th Century" collection, located in the Archives & Research Collection at Mills Memorial Library. Scozzari, who is entering his fourth year at McMaster this fall, performed the piece in Convocation Hall.

Learn more about the 121 wartime songs in this rare and historic collection, and watch Scozzari's performance below:

- Source:

Welcome to the Class of 2018!

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We know a University Library can be a bit overwhelming, and want to make you feel comfortable here!  We also realize that you might not be using some of our resources until later in the term, so we’ll give you more info about those later. For now, a few tips to make things a little easier for you:

Our URL is Go there to find out about our  hours, different kinds of study spaces, information about borrowing, our computers and technology , printing and lots of other cool stuff. Better yet, go to our using the libraries page to get all this info in one place. If you have any questions, just ask any of the staff at a service desk in any of our libraries—they’ll be happy to help you. You can also drop in to one of our Library 101 sessions - these are quick information sessions to help you get comfortable in the Library. Look for the schedules online or in the library!

We’re excited to have you at Mac! Have a great year!

PrintSmart just got smarter!

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Filed under Library News:  Alerts Innis Mills Thode

PrintSmart, the campus networked printing system, migrated to a new software platform on August 11, 2014.

Features of the new and improved PrintSmart system:

  • See your PrintSmart account balance as soon as you sign in - this value will display on the desktop as long as you are signed in!
  • Ability to add value to your PrintSmart account from any computing device, using major debit or credit cards, in $5, $10, $20 or $50 increments.
  • Check your transaction history, including recent and pending print jobs, from any computing device
  • Ability to transfer unused account balances to another PrintSmart account
  • Keep an eye on the environmental impact your personal printing activity is having - check out the new environmental dashboard! How many trees have you saved this term? How many grams of CO2 have you saved? What are your savings in terms of energy consumption?
  • Ability to print from any personal computing device, without downloading print drivers - this feature is called "web printing"
  • Ability to scan to email from any public copier/printer
  • Ability to sign into public photocopiers/printers using your MAC ID and password, or try logging in by swiping your student card!

Stay tuned for more updates as we roll out the new PrintSmart service!
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Innis Library Turns 40: A Tribute to Harold Innis

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Harold Innis, Source: University of Toronto Archives

July 2, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the official opening of the Innis Room which would eventually become known as Innis Library. This autumn, the University Library will mark this milestone with a public celebration. To mark this day, however, we thought it appropriate to celebrate our namesake.

Harold Adams Innis was an influential thinker, writer and teacher in early twentieth century Canada. Innis was raised on a family farm in Southern Ontario and decided early on to pursue life as a teacher. He would eventually begin his undergraduate education at McMaster University, but his schooling was interrupted by his sense of duty. In 1916, Innis enlisted in the Canadian army, which was then embroiled in the First World War. His tour of duty included his participation in the now legendary battle of Vimy Ridge.

After being wounded and sent home, Innis continued his education and earned his Master of Arts degree from McMaster in 1918. He continued his postgraduate work at the University of Chicago. Upon completing his PhD, Innis , left the windy city to take up a teaching position at the University of Toronto where he spent his career writing and teaching.

Innis worked in the fields of political economy, media and communication theory and Canadian economic history. Innis and fellow University of Toronto professor Marshall McLuhan, did pioneering work in communication theory developing important original concepts on how modern communication technologies influence social and historical change.

Innis was also a major player in the field of economic history, authoring several books as well as being one of the founders of the Economic History Association and the Journal of Economic History. He was also instrumental in helping create two important funding sources for academic research in Canada; the Canadian Social Science Research Council and the Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Innis has been recognized as a leading figure in the fields he studied and has been awarded no less than five honourary degrees. In 1964 the University of Toronto paid tribute to their former faculty member by naming a college after him. Ten years later, McMaster University followed suit, by giving their future business library his name.

by Alessandro Erasmi & Rodney Howland
Photo: University of Toronto Archives


New Database: Indigenous Peoples, North America

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The New Nation - September 1973




This new database documents the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of First Nations in Canada and the United States.

It includes manuscripts, monographs, newspapers, photographs, motion pictures, images of artwork, allowing the exploration of the impact of invasion and colonization on Indigenous Peoples in North America, and the intersection of Indigenous and European histories and systems of knowledge.

Canadian content ranges from rare monographs from the Javitch Collection (University of Alberta) to issues of 20th century newspapers such as New Nation, from Winnipeg. 

Documents will continue to be added through 2014, with major collections sourced from:

  • The Alaska Indian Language Collection (Gonzaga University)
  • The Association on American Indian Archives (AAIA and Princeton University)
  • Citizenship Case Files of the U.S. Court in Indian Territory, 1896‐1897 (U.S. National Archives)
  • Great Nemaha Agency Collection, 1866‐1873 (Wichita State University)
  • The Indian School Journal (Chilocco Indian School)
  • The Javitch Collection (University of Alberta)
  • Letters Sent by the Indian Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, 1849‐1903 (U.S. National Archives)
  • Moravian Mission among the Indians of North America (Moravian Archives)
  • The Pacific Northwest Tribes Missions Collection of the Oregon Province Archives of the Society of Jesus, 1853‐1960 (Gonzaga University)
  • Papers of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (Library of Congress)
  • The Papers of the Society of American Indians, 1906‐1946 (Private Collection of John Larner)
  • Records of the Creek Factory of the Office of Indian Trade of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1795‐1821 (U.S. National Archives)
  • W. S. Prettyman Photograph Collection (Wichita State University)



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