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Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award

Deadline extended to May 27, 2022

The Toronto Metropolitan University Library is still accepting submissions for the inaugural Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award. This award recognizes student achievement in original research with a special focus on the critical use of library resources and research skills.  Three awards of $2000 each are available to third and fourth year students across all disciplines and areas of study who were registered full time during Fall 2021/Winter 2022.

Applicants are asked to submit an in-course research paper, a short reflective essay regarding the research process, and a brief statement of support from the course instructor. Additional details are available on the AwardSpring platform. 

This award celebrates the legacy of Professor Virginia Edinger Walker, who taught art history at the University for more than 20 years. It has been established by Petros Dratsidis, the love of her life and husband of 50 years, in recognition of her great respect for history, art history, books and libraries. Professor Walker’s dedication to her students exemplified her unflagging passion and commitment to scholarship and research, which Mr. Dratsidis is commemorating through this award to inspire future generations of scholars.

It is important to Mr. Dratsidis to commemorate his wife’s legacy and passion for teaching and learning – indeed, for life. In creating this award at the University Library for original student scholarly, research and creative (SRC) work, it is his desire that Professor Walker’s contributions to the Toronto Metropolitan University academic community are not forgotten. For more information about Professor Walker’s life and legacy check our previous blog post.

For more information, contact:

Joanna Beyersbergen
Director of Development Library

Ryerson Library OER Grants 2019/2020

The Toronto Metropolitan University Library is pleased to announce its 2019/2020 Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants to encourage the creation and adoption of open educational resources. OER are learning materials that are openly licensed such that they are freely available to be adapted, copied, and shared. OER can be: courses, modules, textbooks, multimedia, assessments, and supplementary materials.

These grants advance the University’s priorities to foster an innovation ecosystem and ensure excellence in student learning experiences, and build on Ryerson Library’s digital initiatives, expertise in Open Access and Open Education Resource publishing and dissemination, and academic priorities of access and openness. The Library is very pleased to collaborate with the Office of eLearning and the Learning and Teaching Office in the review and adjudication of the grants, and in the support of successful projects. A total of $32,000 is available in two categories of grants.

For more information, please see the 2019/2020 OER Grants page.

eCampusOntario Open Library Launches

eCampusOntario Open LibraryRyerson Library congratulates eCampusOntario on its launch today of the Open Library of Open Educational Resources for post-secondary institutions in Ontario.  This Library consists of a wide range of Open Educational Resources (resources that are licensed in such a way that they are free for students to download and for faculty members to adapt for use in their courses).

Toronto Metropolitan University (Computing and Communication Services, Office of eLearning, Learning and Teaching Office, Digital Education Strategies at the Chang School and the Ryerson Library ) has been involved in all stages of this project – from building the prototype to operationalizing the resulting library.

Several Ryerson faculty members have or will be contributing textbooks to this library.  This nursing textbook, Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan,  created by Dr. Jennifer Lapum and her team is available at no charge to all students in NSE 13.  Other Ryerson-authored books will be added in the near future.

eCampusOntario will officially launch the Open Library during a webinar today.  If you would like to attend the webinar, drop by LIB386C at noon.


Free Museum Passes for Students

Toronto Metropolitan University Library is pleased to announce the participation in the re-launching of the 2019 MAP (Museum and Arts Pass) Student Program in collaboration with Toronto Public Library that will enable Ryerson students to explore some of Toronto’s top cultural venues for FREE. The program will run until July 2019.

To participate in this program, Ryerson students 18 years of age and over must obtain a MAP booklet from the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the library. Students will need to present a valid student One Card to receive a MAP booklet.

Upon obtaining a MAP booklet, students must then visit one of the five participating TPL branches (City HallLillian H. SmithParliament StreetScarborough Civic Centre and Toronto Reference Library) to “check out” a MAP pass.  In order to check out the pass, students need to have a valid Toronto Public Library card and present a valid Student ID along with the MAP booklet voucher. TPL Library cards are free to anyone living, studying or working in the City of Toronto.

The pass is good for free admission for two to any one of the participating MAP venues: the Aga Khan Museum,  Art Gallery of Ontario,  Bata Shoe Museum,  Black Creek Pioneer Village, Gardiner MuseumMuseum of Contemporary ArtRoyal Ontario MuseumTextile Museum of Canada, and Toronto History Museums.

RU Debt Free? Free Financial Literacy Workshop Series

Ryerson Library is offering RU Debt Free?, a free Financial Literacy Workshop series over the course of the Winter 2019 semester, open to all Ryerson students.

Drop by and learn about budgeting, banking, saving, credit basics, and financial life during and after school.

Registration is now open for all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. Sessions which will be offered afternoons (12pm) and evenings (6pm) in SLC 508 starting on Feb 26, 2019.

You can view the full schedule now.

E-textile Workshop

Fabric postcard with LED light

Learn new skills and meet crafty people.  The Library is hosting a FREE e-textiles workshop where you will create a cloth postcard with a stitched-in LED light,  The workshop will introduce basic sewing and circuit design techniques and explore some fundamental ideas in electronics.

Workshops will take place on Tuesday, February 12th and 26th and March 5th, from 10:30 am – 12 p.m. in the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab (DME), located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre.  Materials will be supplied by the DME.

Register online

To keep up with our crafty adventures, please follow us on Instagram: @rulaknithappens

Criterion Streaming Now Available at Ryerson Library!

The Audio Visual (AV) department is happy to announce the arrival of Criterion on Demand, a new, unlimited streaming platform! Looking for films about Black history? How about documentary, comedy or science fiction films? You can find them here and many more. From older to current releases, from genre to genre, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether for class instruction or assignment research, just login with your Ryerson username and password, then watch and enjoy!

November is Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2018)!


November is Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2018)!  Financial literacy is about the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to make financial decisions that are right for you.  Throughout the month, Canadians are encouraged to take control of their finances by making a budget, having a savings and debt reduction plan, and understanding their financial rights and responsibilities.

To help strengthen the financial well-being of Ryerson students, Ryerson Library is promoting our resources and activities so students can learn to manage their personal finances successfully!

Visit our online Financial Literacy guide which highlights interactive financial tools and calculators, scholarship information, reading materials, videos, and the RU Debt Free workshop series.

Also, visit us in-person at our Information Desk for a free financial basics handbook and water bottles!

It’s worth investing time and effort to improve your financial literacy, and Financial Literacy Month is the perfect time to do it!

Ryerson Library Research Guides

Did you know that we have research guides available for every major subject at Ryerson?

Research guides contain a lot of helpful information, such as the best academic journals and websites related to your area of study, where to find related books in the library collection, citation help, and valuable search tips.

Research guides are a great place to start your research and familiarize yourself with the most useful resources for your particular field, whether you are on or off campus. We also have a detailed guide on doing research assignments here, which applies to all subjects and programs. With Reading Week coming up, we know that many people can’t make it to campus, so we hope you’ll find these tools useful for starting your research at home!