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This image, part of a collection of postcards from McMaster’s archives, hearkens back to a time when traveling by dog sled was the most efficient way to move across Canada’s wintery terrain.
There was a time when Canadian winters were so harsh that snowstorms, quite literally, stopped trains in their tracks and when, in many parts of the country, travel through the icy landscape was almost impossible except by dog sled.
These scenes are just some of the images contained in a series of postcards that provide a snapshot of what winter in Canada was like over a century ago.
The images are part of a collection of postcards housed in McMaster University Library’s William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections and depict classic scenes of winter in Canada from harvesting ice out of the bay in Hamilton to a game of shinny being played on a pond in Lachute, Quebec.
The images belong to a collection of roughly 4,000 postcards donated to McMaster University Library in 2008. In addition to these wintery scenes, the collection also contains images from all seasons, depicting attractions, events and portraits of everyday life in small towns and major cities across Canada, as well as a number of images from the United States and around the world.
Help describe these postcards: the McMaster Postcard Project
Because of the volume of images in this collection, McMaster University Library has launched The McMaster Postcard Project, a crowdsourcing campaign that is seeking help from the public to identify and describe these postcards to make it easier for researchers to search for and find the materials online.
“Crowdsourcing has been used to sift through large amounts of scientific image data, but the archival community is still getting their feet wet,” says Bridget Whittle, Library Assistant, Archives and Research Collections, who also is helping to spearhead this initiative, “This is a great way for the community, collectors, and people all over the world to look at them and help provide access to researchers.”
According to Whittle, the McMaster Postcard Project has received over 12,700 submissions since its launch earlier this fall.
View some of the winter-themed postcards contained in the collection
Filed under Library News: Archives & Research Collections
McMaster University Library is inviting faculty and graduate students to participate in a survey related to “hidden collections,” undescribed materials that currently can’t be found by students or researchers.
Library staff are working to describe these items and invite McMaster faculty and graduate students to provide input on which subject areas contained in these materials would be most useful to open for teaching and research.
On the survey site, participants will be presented with pairs of random and unrelated collections and asked to select one. As the polling progresses, the most selected items float to the top of the results, the least selected toward the bottom.
Users can vote multiple times. The presentation of options will continue in an endless cycle, so users can stop whenever they choose; there’s no pre-set endpoint.
Participate in the survey http://www.allourideas.org/researchcollectionswm
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McMaster Library is there for you as we enter exam season. Innis, Mills, and Thode Library all offer options for late-night studying, so you have a place to go whenever you have the urge to study. Remember, we have learning zones for the different kinds of studying you need to do, including quiet and silent areas in each library. Read on to find out what your options are for each library.
Thode Library will be open 24/7 from December 7th to December 21st.
The Reactor Café will be open December 7th-21st from 10am to 11:30pm. Don't forget there is an ATM to Thode so you will have easy access to cash for use at the café and the vending machines.
The lower level of Thode is the Quietest Study Area in the building. In addition there is a small Silent Study room on the lower level.
Mills moves to extended hours next week – the main library will be open 8am to 10:45pm, 7 days per week.
The Mills Learning Commons (2nd floor) will be open 24/7 until December 21st.
The entire 6th floor of Mills is designated as a Silent Study Area and we will do our best to patrol this area. Feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the online form if students in the area are not respecting the Silent Study guidelines (no talking, no socializing, no cell phones, no music). A large area on the 4th floor is designated as a Quiet Study Area. During exams, all seating areas on the upper floors (3rd – 5th) are considered Quiet Study Areas and will be signed as such.
New this term, Innis will remain open until 3am Mondays through Thursdays. All of Innis Library will be designated as a Quiet Late Night Study Area during this time. Innis will move to extended hours for Fridays and Saturdays (10:30am to 5:45 pm) and Sundays from 1pm to 7:45pm.
All of our libraries have bookable Group Study Rooms. Please remember that these are to be used by groups of 2 or more, and cannot be booked for more than 2 consecutive hours by one group. The library reserves the right to remove bookings which do not follow these guidelines.
Food and beverage vending machines in all libraries will be stocked daily during exams.
Good luck on your exams!
The Libraries’ 39th annual Frances McCrone Toy & Food Drive will be held Nov. 23—Dec. 18, in support of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Bureau.
Toys for girls and boys up to the age of 16, non-perishable food items, gift certificates/cards for teens, and items for family pets are needed. Over the years, the McMaster community has supported this cause generously. Your continued support is very much appreciated!
Why not start a toy-drive in your office, residence or department? Donations can be dropped off at a collection box at your nearest campus library (Mills, Innis, Thode or the Health Sciences Library).
Looking for ideas? Infants and toddlers might like:
- craft kits
- colouring books, crayons and/or markers
- building blocks
- dolls, popular Barbie(s), action characters/figures and accessories
- gift certificates for toy stores
Older children might like
- sports items, equipment, accessories
- model kits
- make-up, hair essentials and accessories
- gift certificates/cards (movie passes, video & music stores, shopping malls)
- electronics (MP3 players, etc.).
Inquiries should be directed to Eden McLean (x27099) at Mills Memorial Library.
Gord Beck, Maps Specialist at Mills Library, explains the significance of one of the many rare and unique maps on display at a recent event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lloyd Reeds Maps Collection.
Shortly after arriving at McMaster in 1948, geography professor, Lloyd George Reeds, who would one day be regarded as one of the ‘founding fathers’ of Canadian geography, began looking for space to house his growing collection of maps.
At that time, he settled for an old temporary building on campus, described by one observer as a ‘war-time hut,’ but he dreamed of one day creating a physical space that would contain and preserve his maps for the purposes of teaching and research.
In 1965, Reeds’ dream was finally realized and the Lloyd Reeds Maps Collection, as it would later become known, opened its doors.*
Members of the McMaster community gathered recently in Mills Library, which currently houses the collection, to mark the 50th anniversary of this important milestone and to celebrate the unique and extensive materials that now make up the collection.
“For 50 years, the Lloyd Reeds Maps Collection has been providing students and faculty with hand-on access to these rich research and teaching tools,” says Dale Askey, Associate University Librarian. “As we look ahead, perhaps to the next 50 years, we look forward to acquiring more unique pieces, as well as finding new ways to connect scholars, both at McMaster and around the globe, with these treasures.”
The collection, which originally contained Reeds’ personal maps including maps on the agricultural geography of Southern Ontario, has grown significantly over the years, and now consists of more than 130,000 sheet maps, 18,000 air photos, 3,000 atlases, and many more materials.
“We have something for everyone,” says Gord Beck, Maps Specialist, Mills Library. “We have everything from historical maps that inform cultural studies, to hydrographic and aeronautic charts. Then, of course, we have many maps created for military purposes; the great WWI and WWII collections, as well as maps from the Napoleonic era and earlier.”
Many rarely seen, hidden gems were on the display at the event, including the oldest map in the collection, a 1486 reproduction of a map by Ptolemy of the British Isles.
Over the years, the collection has become a valuable resource for teaching and learning. According to Jay Brodeur, Manager- Maps, Data, GIS, about 2000 undergraduates from a number of disciplines come into the space each year to work hands-on with the materials.
The collection is also being made available to scholars around the world. In the last five years, 7000 maps have been scanned and are available through the Library’s Digital Archive, attracting thousands of users annually.
“The collection and the staff have established themselves as leaders nationally in the area of map digitalization,” says Brodeur. “Through the process of scanning these maps, describing them and making them available online, we are able to change the way users interact with the materials. Instead of people coming to McMaster, we are increasingly able to bring our collection to students and researchers from around the world.”
*It was in 1965 that administration of the Lloyd Reeds Maps Collection was officially handed over to McMaster University Library.
McMaster University is one of several Canadian universities ending its licence agreement with Access Copyright, a copyright collective that provides licences to make copies from print and digital works such as books, magazines, newspapers and journals.
McMaster’s current licence expires on December 31, 2015. The final decision was made by the Provost and Vice-President Academic, in consultation with McMaster’s Copyright Advisory Group, legal counsel, the University Library and other McMaster stakeholders.
The University will continue its commitment to copyright compliance, which is an ongoing legal duty and an integral component of academic integrity. Over the coming weeks, more information will be released around newly developed internal resources which will become available to assist staff and faculty with clearing necessary copyright permissions, to ensure all are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the University’s Fair Dealing Policy and the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11).
It is particularly important that instructors preparing coursepacks for the Winter 2016 term submit their coursepack as soon as possible, since it may take longer to obtain copyright permissions during this transition period.
To ensure your coursepack is available for the first week of class, please aim to submit your material by December 1st to Linda Colarusso at mailto:email@example.com.
Filed under Library News: Archives & Research Collections
McMaster alumnus Major Stuart Ivison served as a chaplain in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry during WWII. His son, Don recently donated his father's war archives to McMaster University Library, saying he hopes the archive, will convey, 'ideas of true patriotism and loyalty.'
“I promised him I’d come back and I have to keep my promise.”
This was the vow of a young Canadian soldier returning to the battlefield to search for his missing friend who had been wounded days earlier during the Allied advance through Italy in October 1944.
Accompanying the soldier was Major Stuart Ivison who recounted the story in one of the many letters he sent home from the front:
“We reached the muddy banks, still heavily mined, and had no way of getting over. The youngster pleaded to be able to be allowed to swim over and make a thorough search…so I let him go and watched as he swam across the rushing, dirty stream, and sloshed around on the mud flats on the other side.
At last he found his friend, dead from his wound…. When he came back, I wrapped my raincoat around him and took him back to his Company. Tomorrow, I take a party down to recover the body and there will be engineers with us to sweep a path through the minefields.
I don’t suppose this is particularly good reading, but I thought the boy’s devotion was worth putting down. At any rate, it certainly impressed me.”
Ivison was a witness to many such tragedies of war, though he never fired a shot in battle.
From 1941 to 1945, Ivison, a Baptist minister and McMaster alumnus, served as a chaplain in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and documented his experiences in detail through letters, maps, photos and other materials, creating a unique archive which Stuart’s son, Don, has now donated to McMaster University Library’s William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, where it will soon be available for research and study.
“My mother kept all his letters in a shoe box for many years,” says Don Ivison. “After she died, we set them aside and only recently opened the box to look at them. They are numerous and they provide a special kind of insight about WWII.”
As a child, Don Ivison recalls waiting for the mailman daily with his brothers David and Duncan for letters from oversees which chronicled his father’s experiences and the experiences of his fellow servicemen as they fought their way through Europe.
“He became a great admirer of the common soldiers and their sacrificial devotion to the war effort,” says Don Ivison. “He, of course, was a non-combatant. But he saw the daily exposure of the troops to the difficult and often brutal events around them. He never failed to express his admiration and respect for them.”
The archive contains a number of materials including letters written by Ivison’s wife, Marjorie that painted a picture of family life on the home front, and a series of pocket maps illustrating his regiment’s journey through Italy, France, Holland and finally Germany.
The archive also reveals Ivison’s deeply personal connection to the men in his regiment. As a chaplain, he saw that they were cared for both in life and death. He comforted the wounded and was entrusted with letters, money and other precious items by soldiers preparing for the worst. It also fell to him to identify the dead, see that they were properly buried, and ensure that their graves were registered.
“This collection is remarkably complete and provides a window on the war from a very unique perspective,” says Vivian Lewis, McMaster University Librarian. “This collection will be a valuable resource for those seeking to gain a deeper understanding of World War II. We are grateful to receive this generous gift and proud to be the custodians of such a meaningful and rich archive.”
Read the full text of Major Ivison’s letter from October 29, 1944
McMaster students Glenesha Grant, Xueqin Lin and Rosa Luo took top honours with their film, “Lessons with Mr. T squared" at the fourth annual McMaster 24 Hour Film Festival.
McMaster students, alumni, staff and faculty gathered at the Art Gallery of Hamilton to screen the top nine festival entries and to announce the winning films as selected by a jury of industry specialists.
The festival challenged McMaster students and alumni, as well as students from Westdale High School, to create a five-minute film over a 24-hour period using three elements; a randomly assigned prop (A twist tie), a line of dialogue (“Hey. What’s your name? What do I call you?” from Mad Max: Fury Road) and a location (beside a vending machine).
Glenesha Grant, Xueqin Lin and Rosa Luo took top honours at the festival with their film, Lessons with Mr. T2, which was also received the Audience Choice Award. “Masked,” a film submitted by a team from Westdale High School, tied for third place.
To help teams prepare for the competition, the Lyons New Media Centre* created online workshops and provided participants with access to mentors, as well as production equipment and resources.
*The Lyons New Media Centre, located in Mills Library, is a media space for the innovative creation and use of new and traditional media in teaching, learning and research at McMaster.
View the winning film, Lessons with Mr. T2, below:
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Imagine you could access any scholarly article or use any existing data set in the world, online and free of cost or access barriers.
From October 19-23, join McMaster University Library for Open Access Week and learn more about how McMaster and other institutions, organizations and agencies across the globe are working to make this vision a reality.
Open access is a worldwide movement to make scholarly research more freely available for the benefit of researchers, institutions and society as a whole.
For researchers, open access can result in greater use and impact of their work, leading to wider dissemination of their findings and potentially more citations.
Institutions and funding agencies around the world are adopting open access policies that encourage researchers to make their work freely available online in an open access journal or repository.
McMaster University Library has developed a week of programming to help the McMaster community learn more about the evolving world of open access and to provide opportunities to participate in this global movement.
Learn more about open access at McMaster
Filed under Library News: Innis
Can’t study in the Mills Learning Commons at night because it’s just too loud? Too much going on there? Hard to focus?
Try the new Quiet Late Night Study service being piloted at the Innis Library for the rest of this term.
Starting Monday October 19th, quiet studying will be available at the Innis Library, located in KTH (Kenneth Taylor Hall)-108, Monday to Thursday from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., until the end of the final exam period.
Students will have access to the main study space area, the Silent Study room and the bookable Group Study Rooms. No Research Help or other library services will be available during these late night hours.
Use of this space will be monitored and those not being respectful of this new designation will be asked to find study space elsewhere on campus, including the Mills Learning Commons (2nd floor).
A couple of housekeeping notes ...
- there are no washrooms in the Innis library; please use the washroom on the 1st floor of the DeGroote School of Business (just off the main lobby), or on the lower level of KTH
- we would also ask for your cooperation in getting garbage into the provided containers to help keep this space clean during the late night hours
Not sure where Innis Library is located? We have created some videos and links to help get you there from several locations on campus.
We hope you find this new late night study space useful! Feel free to send comments, suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org