Through April 11, McMaster has trial access to the SPIE Digital Library, an extensive resource for research on optics, photonics, and optical engineering.
The trial provides fulltext access to journals, conference proceedings, and e-books published by SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.
400,000+ proceedings and journal articles from 1962 to present
18,000+ new technical articles added annually
8,000+ volumes of Conference Proceedings (starting with Vol. 1)
Approximately 200 SPIE Press monographs, tutorial texts, and field guides (optional add-on)
Peer-Reviewed SPIE Journals:
1. Optical Engineering
2. Journal of Biomedical Optics
3. Journal of Electronic Imaging
4. Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
5. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
6. Journal of Nanophotonics
7. Journal of Photonics for Energy
8. Journal of Medical Imaging (new in 2014)
9. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (new in 2014)
Please send feedback on the value of this addition to Janice Adlington, Collections & Information Resources Librarian - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Cohen, The Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, Emeritus, at Princeton University will deliver the 3rd Meyer-Schreiber Lecture on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM in CIBC Hall (MUSC, 3rd floor). The lecture is free and open to the public.
Cohen, an internationally renowned historian of the Jews in the Muslim world in the Middle Ages, is the author of several books, including Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages, which has been translated into Arabic, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Romanian, Russian, and Turkish. He is a contributing editor of the recently published History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from the Origins to the Present Day (Princeton University Press), which has also appeared in French, and he appears in the new documentary film, “Jews and Muslims: Intimate Strangers.” Professor Cohen has taught or lectured in Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Sweden. In 2010 he was the first winner of the Goldziher Prize for scholarship promoting better understanding between Jews and Muslims, awarded by Merrimack College’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations.
The Meyer-Schreiber lecture series, funded through a generous gift from the Herb & CeCe Schreiber Foundation, focuses on modern Jewish Studies, especially relations between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and commemorates the friendship between the late Ben Meyer, a professor from the Department of Religious Studies, and philanthropist and businessman Herb Schreiber.
Sometimes the best way to learn it is to see it. The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) provides over 1200 peer-reviewed videos demonstrating laboratory techniques in the life sciences and medicine.
JoVE is designed to help researchers overcome two of the biggest challenges facing the scientific research community today: poor reproducibility and the time and labor intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.
Using a network of videographers, JoVE films and edits videos of researchers demonstrating techniques at international universities, allowing students and scientists to learn them much more quickly.
Our subscription gives us access to the JoVE General collection. Check out some of the videos filmed at McMaster:
- Iterative Optimization of DNA Duplexes for Crystallization of SeqA-DNA Complexes
- Primary Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells Grown from Explants
- Culture of myeloid dendritic cells from bone marrow precursors
A selection of works from the Winter 2012 2nd year painting course Studio Practice and Criticism are now hanging in the main staircase of Mills Memorial Library. The self-portraits were painted under the supervision of John Ford.
More information can be found on the Daily News
"Love in the library, quiet and cool
Love in the library, there are no rules
Surrounded by stories surreal and sublime
I fell in love in the library once upon a time"
-- from “Love in the Library”, written by M. Mccanally & Jimmy Buffett
In honour of Valentine’s Day, we asked McMaster alumni to submit their stories of falling in love in the library once upon a time. Here are some of the great stories we received. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did! Happy Valentine’s Day—hope you fall in love in the library once upon a time.
“I fell in love in the library once upon a time. It was during second year of the undergraduate biochemistry program and it happened gradually over the course of a few months. It was Dr. Werstiuk’s organic chemistry class that sent us to McMaster’s Health Sciences Library so frequently, well, the disciplined students at least! If I hadn’t been so intrigued by my love interest, I never would have gone. Despite my efforts to play it cool, the aromatic hydrocarbons just couldn’t hold my interest; I was interested in a different kind of chemistry! He seemed to genuinely enjoy explaining those electron shifts to me. He was patient, kind, a great tutor and handsome too! Over those cold winter months he was always a gentleman escorting me home late at night after our study sessions. Sometimes he would come in for some warm apple cider. Our love that had its beginning in the library has endured 20 years and produced two wonderful children. Clearly the chemistry was there!”
--Submitted by Megan Coombes
“I was in my last term of an Electrical Engineering and Management degree in winter 1979, and had conveniently gotten most of the difficult courses out of the way early, and had only a light load of ‘bird’ courses for this last term. I also had the security of a job offer upon graduation, so it was a time of relatively few worries, and the freedom to turn my mind to finding a serious girlfriend that might become a life partner. Being an engineer, with a logical mind, of course I figured it would be easier to find such a girl in the university environment, than it might be in the work environment, living on my own in a new city. Appropriately analyzing the problem, and considering all the young women I was at the time aware of, I realized that Mary (Crowley) had that right combination of looks, brains and personality that I really felt I was looking for. She’d been part of the group I’d hung around with for a couple of years, but she’d been dating another member of the gang for much of that time, so I really hadn’t considered her in that way before. But they’d broken up now. I set my sights on her.
Mary was in her final year of BioChemistry, with a more difficult last term than I had. She and a group of her girlfriends from BioChem regularly studied between classes in the Medical Centre Library. So I took to hanging around the library too. Although I didn’t have a lot of studying to do that term, I got to reading a series of historical novels (by John Jakes, I believe) that were circulating amongst our group, that gave me a reasonable thing to be doing in a library, as well as a conversation starter. Mary may have been puzzled for a while why she kept running into me in the library, but she didn’t seem to mind.
We started dating in early April, but we tried to be secret about it until exams were over - Mary’s roommate was a past girlfriend of mine, and we thought her reaction might possibly create stress unhelpful to studying! Sneaking around in my bright yellow van was a challenge, but we imagined we had big sun glasses on it! Well I wouldn’t be writing this if love hadn’t blossomed. We’ve now been married over 32 years!”
--Submitted by Paul (and Mary) Amirault
“The time was 1971 and the snow drifts were deep. I was an Arts student and the library was a warm and quiet place to do my course reading. It was also where my boyfriend liked to do his work to prepare for classes. He especially liked to sit in what was then called the Documents section in the university library. While working there, he met one of the librarians and enjoyed chatting with the librarian during quiet moments.
One day, I went into the Documents section to meet my boyfriend. As you may have guessed by now, I was introduced to the friendly librarian. That librarian and I have now been married for over 40 years!”
--Submitted by Merri (Meade) Curtin
Significant electrical work required by the construction of the Wilson building has made it necessary for Mills Library to shut down for two days during the Reading Week period, Tuesday February 18th and Wednesday February 19th.
Mills Library will re-open at 9am on Thursday February 20th. Hours of opening for Thursday and Friday will be 9am to 5pm.
Innis and Thode libraries will remain open, Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All libraries will resume regular hours on Sunday February 23rd.
The library website, catalogue and access to all electronic resources (e-journals, databases, etc) will remain available during this time.
More information on library hours, including those for the Health Sciences Library, during the Reading Week period can be found at http://library.mcmaster.ca/hours-info
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Anne Pottier (email@example.com), extension 22410.
In celebration of the awarding of 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature to Alice Munro—the first Canadian so honoured—the Division of Archives and Research Collections is pleased to present an exhibition highlighting Munro and 17 other Nobel Laureates represented in our collections. The documents featured include letters and cards written by the authors, manuscripts of their work, signed first editions, broadsides and more.
One exhibit case is devoted entirely to Alice Munro (Nobel Prize in Literature, 2013) and draws primarily from the archive of her long time editor and publisher, Douglas Gibson. It includes letters from Munro to Gibson, as well as a transcribed dust jacket proof of Too Much Happiness, manuscripts of some of her work, and other documents.
Also prominently featured is the archive of Bertrand Russell (1950). Russell is one of three philosophers to have been awarded the prize. Selections from his vast archive include manuscripts and books and, perhaps of greatest interest, his Nobel Prize medal and diploma, just as he would have received them at the Stockholm Concert Hall on December 10, 1950.
Russell’s archive also includes several letters from individuals who received, or would go on to receive, the Nobel Prize in Literature. Letters—and related publications—on display include those from Rabindranath Tagore (1913), John Galsworthy (1932), T.S. Eliot (1948), François Mauriac (1962), Jean-Paul Sartre (1964), Pablo Neruda (1971), and Harold Pinter (2004). Eliot wrote a poem about his impression of Russell as a professor at Harvard in 1914—‘Mr. Apollinax’ was published in Prufrock and other observations in 1917, a copy of which is included in the display.
From our Samuel Beckett (1969) collection, we are exhibiting manuscripts and letters in his famously challenging handwriting, as well as editions of his work and news clippings from the time of the awarding of his Nobel Prize.
Other Nobel laureates from the second half of the 20th century included in the exhibit are John Steinbeck (1962)—a letter from the James Brasch archive and a postcard from the Claire Mowat archive; William Golding (1983)—a letter from the H.R. Percy archive; Seamus Heaney (1995)—colourful cards addressed to Christopher Levenson, from his archive; and Doris Lessing (2007)—a letter from the Vera Brittain archive.
From earlier in the century, we are featuring Rudyard Kipling (1907)—documents from our Copp Clark archive, his Canadian publisher; W.B. Yeats (1923)—letters from the C. F. McLoughlin archive ; George Bernard Shaw (1925)—cards from the W.H.R. Rivers collection; and Thomas Mann (1929)—letters from the Eric Bick collection. These documents are complemented by first and early edition books, broadsides and other documents.
We hope that you will come to see this remarkable collection of 18 of the greatest names in world literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibit will run until early summer 2014.
Items selected by Renu Barrett and Rick Stapleton
Installation by Renu Barrett and Audrie Schell
Text by Rick Stapleton; photo by Renu Barrett
by Ed Sernie & Maitreyi Ramachandran
The McMaster University Library’s Respect Campaign is holding a Twitter/Facebook contest for students during Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week, Feb 10-16, 2014. We would like to encourage everyone to spread kindness every day, and this is your official invitation to go all out! (See below for more about the contest.)
Last fall, students and staff in The Library launched a Respect Campaign (see also http://library.mcmaster.ca/respect). Acts of respect/kindness can be as simple as holding a door open for someone; listening openly to each others’ views; seeing people for who they are; sharing space; following the rules – things we learned in kindergarten.
The Campaign looked at negative aspects of disrespect – you may recall the Messy Jessie character? This term, the Campaign is trying to focus on the positive aspects of respect, including the introduction of a new character, Respectful Riley. Riley is that character we should all strive to be – but sometimes forget in the rush and busy-ness of day-to-day life. By treating others as we would wish to be treated, small acts can make a big difference in how everyone feels and interacts.
Starting Monday, February 10, if you spot Respectful Riley in action, you may report his/her sighting on The Library’s Facebook and Twitter pages (and if you carry out an act of being “Like a Riley”, report your own good deed). Share your acts of kindness, using the hashtag #MacLibRAK, and help spread the word about how respect and kindness looks on campus and in the libraries.
Please Note: By sharing your #MacLibRAK “sightings” on The Library’s social media sites, you agree that your post may be pulled at random for prizes, and your name and story can be published on the Library News website. Although everyone is encouraged to post Riley sightings, the contest is open only to students.
Further links: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
McMaster University Library and the Dept. of English & Cultural Studies are pleased to present Winter Words on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 7-9 pm in the Great Hall, Alumni Memorial Hall (University Club). This free event, open to everyone, will feature readings by Anne Simpson, Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence for 2013-14, and some of the local writers she has worked with during her residency.
Each year the Dept. of English & Cultural Studies hosts one or two writers in residence as the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence and/or the International Writer in Residence. The residency program brings an established writer into the Hamilton area and allows new and aspiring writers to consult one-on-one with him or her. Resident writers give public readings from their work and help the Dept. of English & Cultural Studies maintain a lively contact with the Hamilton writing community. The program is also intended to give the writers in residence time to work on their own writing during the residency, so it protects 60% of the writers’ time for their own work.
This year, for the first time, the residency has been co-sponsored by the Hamilton Public Library, which has provided opportunities for Simpson to be more active in the greater Hamilton writing community, as well as in the typically academic environment at McMaster.
"This residency has been all about community engagement”, says Simpson. “In my groups and individual sessions at McMaster University and at the Hamilton Public Library, I've come across many wonderful writers. Whether the writer is just at the beginning or farther along, whether he or she is a student or someone who is retired-- all have been keen to learn. The great joy of being a Writer-in-Residence is to see the eagerness and energy of those I try to help as they make their way along the writing path."
Anne Simpson is a writer of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. She is the winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Quick (2007), the Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop (2003) and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize and the Atlantic Poetry Prize for Light Falls ThroughYou (2000). She has also written two novels, Falling (2008), long listed for the International IMPAC Dublin
Literary Award and winner of the Dartmouth Award for Fiction, and Canterbury Beach (2001). Her book of essays, The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness (2009), delves into issues of poetry, art, and empathy. Anne has been a writer-in-residence at libraries and universities across Canada. Her Writer-in-Residency at McMaster ends on Jan. 31.
For more information, please contact Anne Plessl (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 905.525.9140 ext. 24865.
The Grad Study Room on the 4th floor of Mills Library is a small area designed for writing and research – complete with large tables and office chairs, a standing work area, comfortable seating, and, of course, internet access. To get to this room (L405), turn left off the elevator on the fourth floor. Walk down the ramp. The Grad Study room is to the right.
Who can use the Study Room? What can it be used for?
Any current graduate student or postdoctoral fellow can use the space for reading and other quiet research activities. If you need a quiet space to write, this is for you!
How do I gain access to the Study Room?
The room has secured entry (swipe card). Users must request authorization to have their security cards activated. Access can be added to:
- Working @ Mac card
- an existing white security card
If you don't have either of these cards currently, a white security card will be issued to you.
Note: McMaster Student Cards will not provide access to this room.
If you are a grad student or postdoc, and would like to use this Study Room, here's how it works:
- Fill out the first section of the Grad Study Room Access Form.
- Email completed form to Anne Pottier (Library Services).
- You will receive an email to let you know when your card is active.
- Start using the room!
When can I use the space? What are the hours?
As soon as your access card is activated, you can begin to use the space. The Study Room follows the same operating hours as Mills Library.
I'd like to host a workshop or a meeting, can I use the Study Room for this?
We'd like to see how the room is used for quiet study first, before beginning to book meetings that could interrupt others' workflow. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies to enquire email@example.com