Library News

Author Andrew O’Hagan to speak at McMaster on Sunday, March 29

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The McMaster community and members of the public are invited to a free event to hear two-time Booker Prize nominated author Andrew O’Hagan read from his new novel, The Illuminations, on March 29, 2015, at 4pm in Convocation Hall (University Hall, room 213).

O’Hagan will be joined by Dr. Mary O’Connor, professor in the Dept. of English & Cultural Studies, who will speak about her co-authored book Seduced by Modernity: the Photography of Margaret Watkins.

O’Hagan’s main character in the book, Anne Quirk, draws on the life of Hamilton-born photographer Margaret Watkins. In his research on Watkins’ life, O’Hagan consulted the Margaret Watkins fonds held in the Library’s Archives and Research Collections.

This event is presented by Bryan Prince Bookseller, McMaster University Library, Penguin Random House and the Hamilton Arts Council.

More information here

194,000 new items and counting

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Using the “New Items” feature on the Library website, users can see the most recent additions to McMaster library collections from the previous day, the last 5 days, or the last 30 days. Results can be narrowed further by format, author, topic, language, region, or time period.

194,000 new items were added to McMaster library collections last year alone.

Each month, McMaster libraries add thousands of new books, e-books, videos, journals, and other e-resources on a range of diverse subjects to the library catalogue.

Now there’s an online tool to help students and researchers keep up-to-date on the many new materials added each day.

Using the “New Items” feature on the Library website, users can see the most recent additions to McMaster library collections from the previous day, the last 5 days, or the last 30 days. Results can be narrowed further by format, author, topic, language, region, or time period. This feature also allows users to request new materials that are still on order and reserve them for pick-up.

“The University Library is committed to supporting students and researchers with a wide variety of resources,” says Wade Wyckoff, Associate University Librarian. “We know that many of our faculty and students are interested in keeping up with new materials available for their research or studies.  We hope that this feature will help them find the right resources for their needs.”

Educating in the Era of Peep Culture: Library Speaker Series

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On Monday March 30, join McMaster University Library for “Educating in the Era of Peep Culture,” featuring McMaster Writer-in-Residence Hal Niedzviecki.*

In the era of peep culture, we are learning to love watching ourselves and our neighbours. We are turning away from pre-scripted entertainments, from movies and books and pop music, and spending more and more time amusing ourselves by watching the real life travails of other people on Facebook, Twitter, webcam, YouTube, Reality TV and more.

Hal Niedzviecki is the 2014-15 Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence.
Hal Niedzviecki is the 2014-15 Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence.

In this talk, Hal Niedzviecki will explore the lessons educators and librarians can take away from participatory voyeurism as entertainment.

He will focus, specifically, on how schools, universities and libraries might adopt new roles in the age of peep culture as facilitators, educators, and collectors.

Niedzviecki will argue that educational and community institutions have an important role to play in the age of peep; a role they must embrace if they are to avoid becoming nothing more than free Internet terminals providing access to an endlessly crisscrossing, contradictory network of authorless opinion.

When:  Monday March 30, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Where:  Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship (Mills Library, 1st floor)

*Hal Niedzviecki is the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence, co-sponsored by McMaster’s Department of English and Cultural Studies and the Hamilton Public Library.

Niedzviecki's book “The Peep Diaries” was named as one of Oprah’s “25 Books You Can’t Put Down.”  He is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and 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. 

Copies of Hal’s book, “The Peep Diaries” will be available for sale at this event.

The Countdown is on! RefWorks to be phased out this August

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RefWorks, McMaster’s citation management tool, is being phasing out and all users are reminded to migrate their references before it’s too late.

As of August 15, 2015, McMaster faculty, students and staff will no longer have access to their RefWorks accounts.*

To help ease this transition, McMaster University Library has created a list of citation management alternatives. Users are encouraged to begin the process of exploring their options and migrating their references from RefWorks into another software tool.

Users also have the option of purchasing an individual subscription to RefWorks.

For more information contact Ines Perkovic, McMaster’s RefWorks coordinator.

*McMaster’s RefWorks license was negotiated as part of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) consortia. Earlier this year, OCUL announced that its members had opted not to renew this product, resulting in the phase-out of RefWorks at a number of universities across the province.

 

JUNOs exhibits showcase Hamilton's musical legacy and digital future

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Artifacts belonging  to local blues great Jackie Washington and renowned conductor Boris Brott are among the items featured in a JUNO week exhibit drawn from materials contained in the McMaster University Library archives.

Artifacts belonging  to local blues great Jackie Washington and renowned conductor Boris Brott are among the items featured in a JUNO week exhibit drawn from materials contained in the McMaster University Library archives.

Ever heard the classically creepy tones of the theremin? Or seen the groovy purple suit worn by award-winning singer/songwriter, Ian Thomas? If not, now’s your chance.

In honour of the JUNOs, McMaster University Library has put together two unique exhibits that pay tribute to Hamilton's musical past and showcase the creative work emerging from the maker-space at the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Exploring Hamilton’s musical legacy:

In celebration of JUNO week, McMaster University Library’s William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections have mined our holdings to create exhibits featuring prominent Hamilton-based or JUNO-winning musicians.

The display includes original artifacts and awards, sheet music, vinyl albums, diary entries, artwork and photographs belonging to Bruce Cockburn, renowned conductor Boris Brott, local blues great Jackie Washington and award-winning singer/song-writer Ian Thomas.

“Hamilton has a very rich musical heritage, reflected by these outstanding musicians. The University Library is proud to be home to their archives and welcomes this opportunity to celebrate the JUNOs by showcasing their careers,” says Wade Wyckoff, Associate University Librarian.

The exhibit is currently on display on the main floor of the Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch. A version of the exhibit can also be found at LiUNA JUNO House (28 James St. N. Ground Floor).

“Making” music at the JUNOs:

Some may know the theremin as the instrument used to create the other-worldly soundtracks in films like The Day the Earth Stood Still and It Came from Outer Space, but very few of us have had the opportunity to play one.

The Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship is bringing this and other fun and creative electronic instruments from our maker-space to the JUNOs.   The public will have the opportunity to build, and experiment with a variety of electronic instruments including a “Fruit Salad Piano,” miniature synthesizers, and the classically creepy sounding Theremin.

“This is a playful way to introduce people to technology that otherwise might seem a little daunting,” says Dale Askey, Associate University Librarian. “We hope the public will drop by and experiment with the instruments and be inspired to use the technology to start making music of their own.”

This exhibit can be found at the Blame it on Hamilton event on Friday March 13th and at the Junior JUNOs taking place on Saturday March 14th.

 

How do you want the library to look in 10 years? Tell us what you think!

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An image depicting spaces in Innis, Thode and Mills libraries at McMaster University.

McMaster University Library is asking faculty, staff and students to complete a survey aimed at finding ways to improve existing library spaces and plan for future needs.

The Library is currently working with design firm, Perkins and Will, to develop a long-term space plan for Mills, Innis and Thode libraries to be implemented over the next decade.

The planning process includes a comprehensive analysis of existing spaces and facilities and will identify areas for future development based on input from library users.

“It’s vitally important that our libraries meet the changing needs of our faculty, staff and future students, while providing improvements to the quality of existing library space,” says McMaster University Librarian Vivian Lewis. “We hope that the McMaster community will take the time to provide us with input so we can create vibrant, welcoming and effective spaces that make sense for all our users.”

Tell us what you think!   The survey is open and will close on Friday March 6.

Complete the Library Space Review Survey now

 

Read the #macpoem, written entirely on Twitter by digital poets

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Niedzviecki is this year's Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence, co-sponsored by McMaster and the Hamilton Public Library.
My name is Hal Niedzviecki and I’m the McMaster Writer-in-Residence. That means I spend most of my time on campus hiding out in a little office either writing stuff or talking to people about writing stuff.
 
I thought it would be a good idea to come out of hiding and try something different: a giant poem that anyone from the McMaster community — students, faculty, staff, alumni or friends — could contribute to.
 
Using the hashtag #macpoem, the idea was to write the poem tweet by tweet, each line building on the last, to create a continuous narrative. There were some great creative contributions. Thank you to everyone who added their lines!
 
I hope you enjoy the McMaster poem!
 
#macpoem is a collaboration between the Writer-in-Residence and the McMaster University Library.
 

Check Your Connection to Google Scholar

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Off-campus?  No longer able to see GetIt @ Mac links from your Google Scholar results?  There's a solution!  

Recent browser updates may lose the link to Mac.  To relink, set up your preferences in Google Scholar:

  1. from the Google Scholar home page, click Settings
  2. select Library links on the Scholar Settings page
  3. in the Library Links box, type mcmaster
  4. on the results list select McMaster University Library - get it @ Mac
  5. click Save

And you once again will see GetIt @ Mac links connecting you to fulltext from McMaster's subscribed or purchased collections.

For more tips and screenshots, check the library's video, Searching Google Scholar.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

 

Hidden gems on display at Mills Library, if you can find them

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Students in Sally McKay’s third year Studio Arts class, New Directions in Painting and Drawing, install their art work in the library stacks.

Students in Sally McKay’s third year Studio Arts class, New Directions in Painting and Drawing, install their art work in the library stacks.

There are 10 new works of art on display at Mills Library, but you’ll have to look hard to find them.

Hidden among the shelves and designed to look like books, the pieces are actually works of conceptual art created by students in Sally McKay’s third year Studio Arts class, New Directions in Painting and Drawing.

“It’s a different way of thinking about the art experience for both the audience and the creators,” says McKay, a professor in the School of the Arts. “It may be that hardly anyone sees this art, but those who do will have a different kind of experience and a surprise because they’re not expecting these little objects that look like books on the outside, but have all kinds of surprises on the inside.”

The artists have used a range of unexpected materials to create a tactile or sensory experience. Intended to be an interactive display, audience members are encouraged to touch and interact with the art.

Student artist and contributor to the exhibition, Abedar Kamgari, say it’s exciting to be a part of this kind of installation.

“I like to see people’s reactions to the art,” says Kamgari “It gives you an opportunity to do something interactive, that you wouldn’t get to do in a traditional gallery setting and also, in a place as busy as Mills, you never know whose going to pick it up, which is also cool, it’s a new venue.”

Associate University Librarian, Wade Wyckoff, says the library has a history of displaying student art and was happy to partner with McKay on such a unique installation.

“Students usually come in to study and use the Wi-Fi, and do all the traditional things students do in libraries, so it’s great to give them the opportunity to find unexpected things,” says Wyckoff. “It’s also a very practical way to support teaching and learning at McMaster in a different way; giving students the hands-on experience of taking their work and putting out there into the world so people can interact with it.”

The installation will be on display at Mills Library throughout February.

The following students artists contributed art to the display:

  • Talysha Bujol-Abu
  • Mary Duncan
  • Vincent Farrauto
  • Abedar Kamgari
  • Bryan Kellman
  • T.J. Poplar
  • Samantha Raymond
  • Lydia Santia
  • Britanny Sostar
  • Whyishnave Suthagar

What's the next line of the McMaster poem? You tell us!

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Hal Niedzviecki is the 2014-15 Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence.

My name is Hal Niedzviecki and I’m the McMaster writer-in-residence. That means I spend most of my time on campus hiding out in a little office either writing stuff or talking to people about writing stuff.

I thought it would be a good idea to come out of hiding and try something different: a giant poem that anyone from the McMaster community can contribute to.

Anyone who considers themselves part of the McMaster community; students, faculty, staff, alumni or friends are welcome to contribute.

Just send a tweet containing your lines and the hashtag #macpoem. Your contribution to the poem will be automatically added. You are welcome to send multiple tweets if you want to keep adding to the poem.

What if I’m not a writer? Everyone at McMaster knows how to write, and so by definition all of us are writers. You don’t have to be a poet to write poetry or anything else. Don’t over-think it, nobody is going to judge you, we’re all here to have fun and experience the poem’s many twists and turns.

What do I write? Whatever you want to happen next in the poem.

Does it have to rhyme? Some poems rhyme, but many others don’t. Your contribution can take the form of rhyming couplets or free verse or any other kind of poetic writing that strikes your fancy.

I hope you’ll take the time to check it out and add a line or two!

Go to the McMaster Poem

Hal Niedzviecki is the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence, co-sponsored by McMaster’s Department of English and Cultural Studies and the Hamilton Public Library.

Niedzviecki's book The Peep Diaries was named as one of Oprah’s “25 Books You Can’t Put Down.”  He is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and 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. 

#macpoem is a collaboration between the Writer-in-Residence and the McMaster University Library.

 

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