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International experts to speak on open access and textbook affordability

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Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement, SPARC (left) and Brady Yano, Assistant Director of Open Education, SPARC, will be at McMaster on October 23 to discuss textbook affordability and the benefits of open access in research and education.The presentation is one of a number activities taking place in celebration of International Open Access Week.

Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement, SPARC (left) and Brady Yano, Assistant Director of Open Education, SPARC, will be at McMaster on October 23 to discuss textbook affordability and the benefits of open access in research and education.The presentation is one of a number activities taking place in celebration of International Open Access Week.

On Monday October 23, join the McMaster Students Union and McMaster University Library for Why Open? Open Access and Open Education at McMaster, a presentation on textbook affordability and the benefits of open access in research and education.

This session – one of a number of activities taking place in celebration of International Open Access Week (October 23 – 29) – will feature international open access experts, Nick Shockey and Brady Yano from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) who will speak to these issues and provide insights on ways to get started at McMaster.

When: Monday October 23, 2017, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: MUSC, CIBC Hall, Rm. 319

*Drinks and cookies will be provided

Open Access is a worldwide movement to make scholarly publications, data, and educational resources available free of legal, financial or technical barriers for the benefit of researchers, institutions and society as a whole.

 See full schedule of Open Access Week events at McMaster.


Jamaica’s first lady tours McMaster Library’s Miss Lou Archives

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Jamaica’s first lady, the Most Honourable Juliet Holness (left), was recently at McMaster to view the archives of Louise Bennett Coverley, or “Miss Lou,” one of Jamaica’s most iconic and beloved performers.

Jamaica’s first lady, the Most Honourable Juliet Holness (left), was recently at McMaster to view the archives of Louise Bennett Coverley, or “Miss Lou,” one of Jamaica’s most iconic and beloved performers.

Jamaica’s first lady, the Most Honourable Juliet Holness, was recently at McMaster to view the archives of Louise Bennett Coverley, or “Miss Lou,” one of Jamaica’s most iconic and beloved performers.

Mrs. Holness, the member for St. Andrew East Rural in Jamaica’s House of Representatives and the wife of Jamaican Prime Minster, Andrew Holness, was in Canada to attend events marking the 55th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.

The first lady toured the Miss Lou Archives, accompanied by a delegation that included Her Excellency Janice Miller, the High Commissioner of Jamaica to Canada, Judge Pamela Appelt, Citizenship Judge (retired), Court of Canadian Citizenship, and Howard Shearer, Chief Executive Canada at Hitachi Canada and former member of McMaster’s Board of Governors.

While on campus, Holness attended a luncheon at the University Club at which McMaster President, Patrick Deane, greeted the delegation and delivered remarks. Vivian Lewis, McMaster University Librarian, Peter Mascher, McMaster’s Associate Vice-President, International, Kayonne Christy, McMaster student, Wade Wyckoff, Associate University Librarian, Myron Groover, Archives and Rare Books Librarian, and Paul Grossman, Director of Development, McMaster University were also in attendance.

Lewis says she was honoured to welcome the first lady to McMaster, “I wish to extend my sincere thanks to Mrs. Holness for her visit, and for her interest in touring the Miss Lou Archives as Jamaica celebrates 55 years of independence,” she says.

Lewis also acknowledged Judge Appelt, who along with Fabian Coverley, donated the Miss Lou Archives to McMaster in 2010 and has played a key role in fostering an ongoing partnership between McMaster University Library and the National Library of Jamaica to promote and support Miss Lou scholarship.

“We deeply value the relationships Judge Appelt ­has helped us to build– both within the Jamaican-Canadian community and within Jamaica,” says Lewis. “These partnerships have allowed us to work across oceans to support the needs of scholars interested in the life and work of Miss Lou.”

The Miss Lou archives – part of the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections – contains nine metres of textual, graphical and audiovisual materials that reflect the life and career of Miss Lou, a writer, performer and promoter of Jamaican culture.

The collection, which is heavily used by scholars around the world, contains correspondence, legal and financial documents, writing, published and printed materials, personal and professional documents, awards, and photographs from Miss Lou’s life in Canada. Materials from her early career in Jamaica are held by the National Library of Jamaica in Kingston.

The Miss Lou Archives opened in 2011, followed by a second accrual of material donated by Neil Armstrong in in 2015.

The archives complement McMaster’s strong collections of West Indies literature and history, which include the archives of award-winning author Austin Clark.

Some portions of the Miss Lou Archives are available online in McMaster Library’s Digital Archive.

 

 


Build “toys-with-a-purpose” at Thode Makerspace workshops

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Join visiting artist Maria Michails on October 19th and 20th in the new Thode Makerspace for two workshops aimed at introducing participants to the basics of electronics and while demonstrating how these devices can help broaden public awareness and engagement with environmental justice issues.

Part I – Workshop: Build an Air Quality Monitoring Rover
Thursday October 19 / 9:00-1:00 / Registration
Location: Thode Makerspace

This hands-on workshop introduces participants to low-cost air quality monitoring and data mapping. As low-cost hardware becomes readily available and continues to improve, these devices have the potential for broadened awareness and engagement, particularly for activists seeking to empower environmental justice communities. We will build an air quality monitoring rover using an Arduino, particulate (dust) sensor, a temperature and humidity sensors and an LCD display. Participants will learn the basics about Arduino, assembling code, powering the mobile device and all of its components, and mounting the hardware on a creatively re-purposed remote controlled toy truck. Instructor: Maria Michails

Part II – Citizen Science Air Quality Sensing Rover Walk & Data Mapping 
Friday October 20 / 1:30-3:00 
Location: Meet at the Sherman Centre at 1:00

After we complete the rovers we will take them for a ‘walk’ to collect data at predetermined locations. We will record our observations and then map the data for comparison readings depending on the location. These ‘augmented toys-with-a-purpose’ tend to attract attention on the street, therefore, the opportunity for public dialogue and engagement becomes a likely and welcomed occurrence. Lead: Maria Michails

The workshops are hosted by McMaster University Library's Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.


Construction underway on new home for renowned Bertrand Russell Archive

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88 Forsythe Ave. N, across from McMaster’s Sterling Avenue entrance, will be the new home of McMaster University Library’s renowned Bertrand Russell Archives. The new space is scheduled to open this spring.

88 Forsythe Ave. N, across from McMaster’s Sterling Avenue entrance, will be the new home of McMaster University Library’s renowned Bertrand Russell Archives. The space is scheduled to open this spring.

McMaster’s renowned Bertrand Russell Archives – the university’s largest research collection –  will soon have a new home.

This spring, both the  Bertrand Russell Archives, and McMaster’s Bertrand Russell Research Centre will move from Mills Memorial Library to a new space at 88 Forsythe Ave. N – across from the university’s Sterling Avenue entrance.

Construction is now underway to convert the two-storey, 4300 sq. ft. space into a fully accessible, customized facility, that will ensure the proper storage and preservation of the archives, and also support a range of research activities related to Russell scholarship.

The archives will be located on the first floor, along with a reading room and display areas that will feature items from the collection including Russell’s personal writing desk and armchair. The second storey will house the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, complete with offices and a conference room.

“This unique space will allow us to support Russell scholarship and showcase this remarkable archive in a new, more engaging way,” says Vivian Lewis, McMaster University Librarian. “Not only will it provide a fitting new home for one of the university’s most significant cultural assets, it will serve as a centre of intellectual activity for current and future generations of scholars who continue to be inspired by Russell’s work.”

Considered one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, Nobel laureate, Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), was a British philosopher, logician, social critic, and renowned peace advocate, whose work continues to be the subject of significant international scholarship. The archive is the largest available on Russell anywhere and is regularly used by scholars from around the world.

The archives first came to McMaster University Library in 1968 and has remained among the most significant collections in the Library’s William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections. The archive contains Russell’s personal library, along with his correspondence, manuscripts, tapes, films, photographs, his Nobel Medal in Literature and his writing desk.

The new space at 88 Forsythe Ave. N will open in the spring of 2018. The opening will be part of a year of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Library’s acquisition of the Bertrand Russell Archives.

 


Science Literacy Week 2017

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Join McMaster University Library during the week of September 18-24, 2017 for a great lineup of events and activities in celebration of Science Literacy Week.

Join McMaster University Library during the week of September 18-24, 2017 for a great lineup of events and activities in celebration of Science Literacy Week.

Science Literacy Week is an opportunity to celebrate the science that is happening all around us on campus and across Canada. Join McMaster University Library and our partners during the week of September 18-24, 2017 for a great lineup of events and activities.

Follow @ThodeLibrary on Twitter to participate in our week-long trivia contest, and test your science knowledge on our arcade cabinet.

TEDxMcMasterUSalon Lunchtime series

TEDx Salons are smaller gatherings that allow attendees to interact with the speakers and discuss with like-minded audience members. Drs. Gibala and McNeill will be sharing their journeys as science communicators, and encouraging the audience to think about how we can better communicate science to the public.

Sept. 19 – Dr. Martin Gibala, The Science of Fitness: Translating the Message
12:00-1:00pm, outside the Thode Library Makerspace (Lower Level)

Over the last decade, high-intensity interval training has evolved from a niche training method for serious athletes to the top fitness trend worldwide. Martin Gibala’s research team at McMaster has been at the forefront of this exploding field of science, conducting groundbreaking studies on time-efficient workouts to boost health and fitness. Gibala has conducted hundreds of television, radio and print interviews with outlets ranging from The New York Times and TIME to Conan and Reddit. Together with Chris Shulgan, a journalist and the co-author of his bestselling book, The One-Minute Workout, Gibala will discuss his experience translating the fitness message, including the opportunities, challenges and potential pitfalls of science communication.

Sept. 21 – Dr. Fiona McNeill, Fighting Fake News: the Need for Scientists to Speak Up!
12:00-1:00pm, outside the Thode Library Makerspace (Lower Level)

Recently, we have seen our world filled with stories of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ and this is extending into science. For example, the New York Times recently published a climate change denying op-ed, and news radio hosts have been calling hurricane forecasts ‘hoaxes’. More than ever, the world is going to need scientists who are prepared to enter the public eye, and talk about their work. Fiona McNeill is going to talk about her experiences with ‘fake news’ and engage in a discussion of the steps scientists can and must take and the consequences for our world if they don't.

Science Invasion of Mills Library
Sept. 18-22, 11:30am-1:30pm, Mills Library Lobby

Breaking free of the confines of Thode Library, Science Literacy Week is invading Mills Library with the help of McMaster’s Let’s Talk Science crew. Monday through Friday, take a few minutes out of your day to check out cool science demos from Let’s Talk Science volunteers, and learn a little, too.

Thode Makerspace Workshop Series

*All events take place in the Thode Library Makerspace, on the lower level

The Poetry of Science with Hamilton Youth Poets
Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30p
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Science and poetry give us the unique ability to understand the world around us. There is a way to take abstract concepts and turn them into art to make them more accessible. The McMaster Space Initiative and Hamilton Youth Poets invite you to join them in this first writing workshop of two to learn the art of weaving science into poetry. Mentors from HYP will give a tutorial on basic poetry creating techniques.

Digital Literacy: Skills and Strategies for Navigating an Era of Fake News, Conspiracism, and Systemic Distrust – a workshop with Dr. Mark Busser
Sept. 20, 12:00-1:00pm

At a time when many of us read our news through the medium of social media, how do we know which stories to trust? This workshop on digital literacy will examine the problem of fake news, explore the roots of conspiracism and the general distrust in scientific communities and authorities. We will learn how to recognize types of fake news and identify the telltale signs of fake news sites. In order to turn our cynicism about the news industry towards a healthy skepticism, we will explore some interdisciplinary remedies to curb the systemic distrust in science.

IT Security Hygiene – Protecting Your Information
Sept. 20, 6:00-7:00pm

Presenter: Wayde Nie, Manager, Servers, Storage and Architecture, UTS
How valuable is your MacID?  What are some safeguards and best practices that can be used to improve security and privacy at work? This presentation is geared toward reviewing basic principles of IT Security hygiene, with a focus on our responsibilities as individuals to protect our MacIDs, safeguard our systems and network, and to be a good digital citizen on the McMaster Domain.

Energy and Sustainability Workshop
Sept. 21, 6:00-8:15pm

McMaster Undergraduate Energy Society (6-7pm)

Presenters: Zainab Husain (VP Events & Campus Outreach) & Nelson Mok (VP Academic)
Through this workshop, we want to debunk some important myths about the energy industry and give students a snapshot of what powers their daily lives. Broken down into simple concepts a multidisciplinary audience can understand, we aim to give students a better understanding of clean energy of today and what innovations are being made to make it more sustainable.

Engineers Without Borders, McMaster Chapter (7:15-8:15pm)

Sustainable development is defined as the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Through this interactive case study, we will explore the framework for creating local and global sustainable development and the challenges that come along with it!

It Takes Two: How Iron Gall Ink Accelerates Paper Degradation
Sept. 22, 12:30-1:20pm

Presenters: Audrie Schell and Itxel Castro-Soto, Conservators
In this session, McMaster University Library’s conservators will talk about the science of book and paper preservation.  It all starts with chemical structure of cellulose which is the major component of paper, and how hydrolysis and oxidation affect those structures. Making matters more complicated is Iron Gall ink, the primary ink in use for many centuries, which accelerates paper decay.

Electronics for the Rest of us!
Sept. 22, 5:00-9:00pm & Sept. 23, 10:30am-4:30pm
Limited Enrollment: 
Full details and registration details

To most of us, the workings of the electronic devices that accompany (and enable!) our everyday lives often seem mysterious and opaque -- an area of concern for only the most qualified ‘techies’.  This doesn’t need to be the case. This two-day workshop will give students an opportunity to develop their skills by designing and building a functional electronic device.

Planetarium Show: Matters of Size
Sept. 20, 7:00pm & 8:15pm, W.J. McCallion Planetarium, Burke Science Building

Registration preferred but tickets may also be available at the door. Tickets: $7 per person

It is an astounding fact that the laws of Nature at different scales can be understood separately---e.g., you don't need to know about atoms to know how a baseball soars into the stands. Still more remarkable is that astronomy affords us opportunities to study science at almost all scales. In this show, we'll see examples of how astronomy can be used to study the very small, the very large, and the very in-between

Events happening throughout Hamilton: 

Terryberry Public Library (100 Mohawk Rd. W., Hamilton. 905-546-3921) 

*Pre-Registration required for many events

TED Talks for Science Literacy Week – Sept. 18, 2:30pm

Intro to Code with Ozobots – Sept. 18, 4:00pm Ages 8-12

Appy Hour – Sept. 19, 2:30pm

Polar Bears: Life in the Arctic – Sept. 20, 7:00pm

Science4Fun: Here Comes the Light, Light and More Light – Sept. 21, 4:00pm. Ages 8 - 12

2 minutes and 18 seconds in the Shadow of the Moon – Sept. 21, 7:00pm

Saltfleet Public Library (131 Gray Rd., Stoney Creek. 905-662-8611)

The Past, Present and Future of Planet 9 – Sept. 18, 6:00pm
Pre-Registration required

Kenilworth Public Library (103 Kenilworth Ave. N., Hamilton. 905-546-3960)

Protecting Pollinators in Hamilton – Sept. 20, 11:00am
Pre-Registration required


Human Library inspires conversations on university and community

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The event, hosted by McMaster University Library as part of McMaster’s Common Reading Program, featured a number of ‘living books,” including McMaster President Patrick Deane, who spoke to students about their own diverse experiences and who invited open conversations with students on a range of topics.

The event, hosted by McMaster University Library, featured a number of ‘living books,” including McMaster President Patrick Deane, who spoke to students about their own diverse experiences and invited open conversations with students on a range of topics. PHOTO BY SHERRI MURRAY

McMaster students took part in lively conversations about university and community at the Human Library event held recently in the Learning Commons of Mills Library.

The event, hosted by McMaster University Library as part of McMaster’s Common Reading Program, featured a number of ‘living books” who spoke to students about their own diverse experiences and who invited open conversations with students on a range of topics.

The event featured a talk and book signing from this year’s Common Reading Program author, Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People and was also an opportunity for students to learn more about the services and resources available through McMaster’s libraries.

This year’s living books included:

Dr. Patrick Deane
The seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, a position he has held since 2010. As President, Dr. Deane’s priorities include promotion of and increased support for research, strengthening connections between the University and the local and global communities we serve, and ensuring a distinctive, personalized, and engaging experience for McMaster’s students.

Chukky Ibe
A poet, playwright, politico, and literature nerd. He was born in Lagos-Nigeria and has built his home in Hamilton. He has authored three collections of poetry and four plays. Chukky spends most of his time teaching poetry in schools and community centres in Hamilton. He is also McMaster’s MSU president.

Cole Gately

A trans person living in Hamilton Ontario who teaches part-time at McMaster University in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program. Cole is a liminal being who occupies that space between genders, races, classes and sexuality.

Dr. Gary and Joy Warner

An interracial couple committed to peace, human rights, social, and environmental justice, and spirituality. Joy was national Chair of Voice of Women for Peace, is a part-time Raging Granny, and the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for the Spiritan Congregation in Canada. Gary has worked in international and local community development, including as CUSO Country Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Director of McMaster International, and Board Chair, HCF.

Liam and Lily at Mac

Liam and Lily are Library Dogs! Liam heads the team of canines that regularly visit the McMaster University Libraries. Liam is a fully certified therapy dog. He is on-campus every other week to give students a healthy break from studying, and to provide students a connection to the pets they have left behind at home. Lily is a fully trained therapy dog who works with her human, who just happens to be one of the Social Sciences Academic Advisors.

To learn more about The Common Reading Program and for a full list of “living books,” visit the Student Success Centre’s website.

Common Reading Program partners include: Office of Alumni Advancement, Arts & Science Program, School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University Library, Office of the President, Faculty of Humanities, Equity and Inclusion Office and Residence Life Office (Housing and Conference Services) and the Student Success Centre.


New Library Catalogue is here

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The University Library and Health Sciences Library have now launched the new Library Catalogue.

On the University Library and Health Sciences Library websites, you will find Quick Search, which integrates journal articles with books and other library collections, as well as options to search only the catalogue and a refreshed 'classic' catalogue. We’ve created an FAQ document with tips and information about the new search interfaces that may be helpful in getting started.

User accounts, including the ability to place holds and recalls, are once again available. All of your currently checked-out items should appear in your account. Library accounts now have PIN codes in order to make them more secure. You will be prompted to create a PIN the first time you log in. Here’s how:

  1. Click on Account/Renewals from the Library homepage or select My Library Account from the top right corner of the catalogue page.
  2. On the login screen, enter the 14-digit barcode number on your McMaster ID card. Leave the PIN field blank. Click Submit.
  3. When you are prompted to enter a new PIN, choose a numeric code at least 4 digits long.

The system will log you into your account and save your PIN. The next time you need to access your account, enter both pieces of information on the login screen. Always remember to log out of your account, especially when using a public or shared computer.

If you have questions about the new search interfaces or the features available from your user account, please feel free to contact us. We appreciate your patience during the transition over the last few days.

 

 


New Library catalogue Aug. 16: What’s new, how to get ready

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Screen shot of new Library catalogue system

The University Library and Health Sciences Library's new catalogue system includes a number of new features including an inproved search interface that integrates journal articles with books and other library collections.

The University Library and Health Sciences Library will be launching a new library catalogue in the coming weeks.

The system, which will launch on Wednesday August 16, brings with it new library accounts as well as a host of new features. The most visible change will be an improved search interface that integrates journal articles with books and other library collections. A refreshed 'classic' catalogue will also be available on the University Library and Health Sciences Library websites.

All existing checkouts and hold requests will move automatically to the new system and will appear in users' new accounts. Those with lists of items saved in their existing account will need to take steps to export their lists to the new system. The steps are outlined below.

New Features: 

  • Create a PIN code to keep your library account secure.
  • Keep a list of library materials that you’ve checked out and returned to the library by turning on Reading History in your user account.
  • Receive text messages alerting you to new information about your checkouts or hold requests by turning on SMS Messages in your user account.
  • Request books from Mills, Thode, or Innis Libraries and have them waiting for you at the service desk. (And, of course, browsing and self-serve from the shelves is always available!) 

How to prepare: 

Before October 31, you will need to export any lists of items that you have saved in your existing user account.

Option 1: Export your lists from your account and import to your preferred citation management tool. The main Library Catalogue interface on our website makes it easy to export your lists to EndNote, EndNote Web, and RefWorks, and in more general citation file formats BibTeX and RIS. After the new catalogue is launched, use this link to access your previous library account and retrieve your lists.

Note that if you've created lists using the Classic Catalogue they are separate from those in the main catalogue. You can print or e-mail those lists after logging into your account from the Classic Catalogue, or follow the steps below.

Option 2: After August 16, you can recreate your lists in your new user account by following the steps below:

  1. Do a search in the new catalogue for an item on your list.
  2. Click the folder icon under "Additional actions" for your item in either the search results or the record detail page.
  3. Repeat steps 1-2 for each item on your list.
  4. Click the My Folder link at the top right corner of the page.
  5. Select (check) the items you want to save to a list.
  6. Choose Save to List from the action toolbar.
  7. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to log into your account.
  8. Once you are logged in, the system displays the Save to My List form. From here, you can either:
    1. Choose an existing list from the drop-down menu and click the Add button to add the items to an existing list.
    2. Or, click Save to new list to start a new list of items. If you create a new list, enter a name and description, and then click Create.

The Libraries are excited to bring you these new features and to provide an updated search interface that better integrates our physical and electronic collections.

If you have questions about these changes, please feel free to contact us. We appreciate your patience and support as we've worked through the changes and roll out of this new library services platform.


2017/18 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship: Apply now

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The Ruth and Lewis Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship invites applications for the 2017-2018 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship.

The residency program is designed to assist outstanding graduate students who are interested in developing digital scholarship as a component of their research and to involve them in a scholarly community engaged in digital scholarship at McMaster University and beyond.

Current or accepted graduate students from all Faculties at McMaster University may apply.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Learn more about the 2017-2018 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship 


Mapping a nation: McMaster's Canadian rare maps

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McMaster Univeristy Library has an extensive and varied collection of maps that help chart the evolution of Canada. The following video explores some of the rare and historic Canadian maps contained in the Library's Lloyd Reeds Map Collection, dating back as far as the 16th century.

Discover more rare Canadian maps from McMaster's collection in a special online collection curated by McMaster's map experts.


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