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International Love Data Week 2024: February 12 -16


International Love Data Week is a global event held annually in February to raise awareness of the importance of research data management, sharing and reuse. 

This year’s theme is “My Kind of Data” – a prompt to think about data equity and inclusion, disciplinary communities, and creating a kinder world through data. 

Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries is hosting the following workshops during Love Data Week 2024:


Intro to Research Data Management
Date: Mon., Feb. 12
Time: 12-1 p.m.:



Wikidata 101
Date: Tues., Feb. 13
Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



Introduction to Scholars GeoPortal and SimplyAnalytics
Date: Wed., Feb. 14
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.



Anti-racism Data Resources
Date: Thurs., Feb. 15
2 – 3 p.m.



Open Data and Analysis with Python
Date: Fri., Feb. 16
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.



Please join us if you love data!


Changes to New York Times access

Beginning January 1, 2024, students, faculty and staff will no longer be able to access the New York Times content through TMU email accounts created through the New York Times website. Access to New York Times content will continue to be available through the following TMU Libraries’ subscriptions:

  • Global Newsstream (NYT Coverage: June 1, 1980 to Present) 
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times (NYT Coverage: September 18, 1851 to December 31, 2019) 

  • Factiva (NYT Coverage: June 1, 1980 to Present) 

    How to search for NYT content on Factiva

    • On the search page, expand the category called “Source”
    • Select the yellow tab titled “Group: All Publications” and click on the “remove” option
    • In the open field within the “Source” filter option, type “New York Times” and select the title when it appears in the results list
    • You are now able to enter your search terms and see results only from the New York Times

  • Nexis Uni (NYT Coverage: June 1, 1980 to Present)  

How to search for NYT content on Nexis Uni

  • Under the search field at the top of the home page, select “Advanced Search”
  • Once you are on the Advanced Search page, change the selection from “All” to “News” at the top of the page
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter “New York Times” into the “Source” filter field and select the publication when it appears in the results list
  • You are now able to enter your search terms and see results only from the New York Times


If you are having difficulty gaining access to New York Times content through the recommended alternative resources, you can request assistance by emailing or


Please note TMU Libraries is closed December 23, 2023 – January 7, 2024


Highlights from the Canadian Community Cookbook Collection

Holiday Menus from Robin Hood (1955)

The Canadian Community Cookbook Collection contains over 250 community cookbooks, culinary textbooks, and company publications related to food products dating from 1888 to the early 2000s. It was donated to Special Collections in 2021 by Dr. Ian Mosby, a faculty member from TMU’s Department of History.

TMU Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections are featuring an assortment of cookbooks on their blog, as well as in the display case on the 4th floor of the Libraries. The display and blog highlight the wide range of genres within culinary publications.

We hope that these windows into Canadian culinary history, and especially the festive recipes, will inspire you to try making a new dish, or watch the Great Canadian Baking Show during the winter break!

Read more about the collection

Fall 2023 Libraries Withhold

We hope everyone is having a successful exam period. The Fall term is almost complete!

  • Please clear any outstanding fines and return overdue items as soon as possible. Head to the renewals page to see if you have overdue items or fines greater than $25. Students with fines greater than $25 will not be able to view their grades until their accounts are cleared.
  • All fines can be paid to TMU Libraries at the Circulation Desk either by VISA, MasterCard, American Express or with your OneCard. TMU Libraries also accepts credit card payment by phone. Please call: 416-979-2149. We do not accept personal cheques.

If you have questions or concerns about fines or overdue items, please contact Libraries Circulation

TMU Libraries Immersion Studio: An Overview of a Shared Immersive Technology Initiative to Enhance Educational Experiences

Presentation by TMU Libraries Immersive Technology Specialist Michael Carter-Arlt and Librarian Fangmin Wang for the Coalition for Networked Information, Pre-Recorded Project Briefing Series.

Extended Reality (XR) technology has been used in higher education and research for many years. However, there have been barriers for educational institutions to implement or adopt XR technology to support teaching, learning, and research. In this presentation, we will discuss how the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Libraries try to solve some of those challenges by implementing a shared immersive environment. Specific examples related to architectural science, documentary media, and interior design programs will showcase how the Immersion Studio is currently being used by faculty and students. In addition, the impact on educational experiences, the existing limitations, and future considerations will be discussed. The presentation will conclude with a summary of why a shared immersive environment can become an important resource and facility within academic libraries to enhance educational experiences.


TMU Libraries Provide Guidance Regarding the Responsible Use of Bibliometrics

Bibliometrics is the quantitative analysis of journal articles, books and other publications, which can be used to understand elements of research performance and impact. With the acquisition of two bibliometric databases, SciVal and InCites, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Libraries has published a Responsible Use of Bibliometrics Statement to provide guidance for the TMU research community and raise awareness of the strengths and limitations of bibliometric indicators. This statement joins a growing list of responsible metrics statements from institutions and libraries across Europe and North America.

Responsible use of bibliometrics is especially important in the current Canadian research funding landscape now that the Tri-Agency funders have affirmed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). NSERC has also released guidelines on research assessment that advises against using “surrogate measures”, such as bibliometrics:

The quality and impact of contributions to research should be assessed directly, where possible. Surrogate measures of quality and impact, such as the prestige of a publication venue or citation-based metrics (e.g., journal impact factor or h-index) must not be used as they introduce bias in the merit review process.[1]

Reliance on bibliometric measures in research assessment have been shown to be potential obstacles in the area of equity and inclusion, and can contribute to “structural inequalities in academia.”[2] For example, Diana Kwon cites political philosopher Perry Zurn on issues of citational justice: “We have really strong evidence that women are undercited and that people of colour are undercited.”[3] Responsible use of bibliometrics statements advocate for the direct and holistic evaluation of research, which can work towards addressing these inequities.

Direct evaluation of research also includes expanding which outputs are valued as part of scholarly knowledge creation and should therefore be considered in research assessment. NSERC, in their comprehensive “Forms of contributions to research”, points out that while scholarly journal articles are a valued research output when it comes to assessment, other forms of output and their impact should also be assessed.[4] A more expansive view of research contributions may include: equity and inclusion work in the research ecosystem, community service, policy impact, knowledge translation and mobilization activities, creation and curation of datasets, creation of intellectual property, and support for traditional knowledge and Indigenous Ways of Knowing.[5]

Educating the research community regarding the responsible use of bibliometric indicators is foundational to TMU Libraries’ emerging bibliometrics and research impact services. TMU Libraries’ Responsible Use of Bibliometrics Statement provides guidance for the responsible use of bibliometric tools, but also advocates for a holistic view of research performance evaluation, which includes both qualitative evaluation and quantitative indicators.

Read TMU Libraries’ Responsible Use of Bibliometrics Statement here:

[1] Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. (2022, December 1). Guidelines on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring. Government of Canada.
[2] Hatch, A., Barbour, G., & Curry, S. (2020, August 18). The intersections between DORA, open scholarship, and equity. DORA News and Announcements.
[3] Kwon, D (2022): The rise of citational justice: how scholars are making references fairer. Nature 603, 568-571.
[4] Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. (2022, December 1). Guidelines on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring. Government of Canada.
[5] Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. (2022, December 1). Guidelines on the assessment of contributions to research, training and mentoring. Government of Canada.

Improvements are coming to Interlibrary Loan Services

RACER, the software that has supported interlibrary loan activity for over 20 years across Ontario University Libraries, has reached end-of-life and is being discontinued by the vendor. Over the next few months, Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries will begin transitioning interlibrary loan to a new platform. 

Effective December 8, 2023, TMU RACER accounts will no longer be functional and new requests will not be accepted within the old system. Any requests already in progress will be fulfilled as planned. However, there’s no need to be concerned, as we are implementing a new system and improved process to ensure uninterrupted access to interlibrary loan services.  

We are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible. 

During the post-December 8 implementation period, users will discover a new Blank Request Form available on the Libraries’ website for submitting their requests. If you have included information in your teaching materials directing students to RACER, kindly redirect them to our Blank Request Form.

Great news! The new system is fully prepared to meet all of your interlibrary loan needs!

  • No services will be lost. Your access to materials at other libraries will remain unchanged.
  • No more separate login and password! Your TMU credentials will provide access to Library materials and all related services.   
  • Users simply select Request Resource From Another Library to request an item that TMU does not own.

Please feel free to send any questions to

TMU Libraries’ RShare platform brings university research under one institutional banner

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Libraries institutional repository preserves and disseminates all TMU faculty and student research outputs, making it easy to discover, share and cite work.  

Updated from a previous repository platform to RShare (a powerful open access repository system) and launched in 2021, the institutional repository holds the work of TMU faculty, researchers, and students in a single location. The platform supports any file type including: text, images, video, audio, datasets and 3D models. TMU community members can submit and also discover research and the work of their peers – from articles to conference and working papers. “I have been working on a wide variety of modalities and research formats, which can all be captured through RShare,” says Jack Layton Chair and Professor Ken Moffatt, adding that “by referring people to RShare they can see the work I have done including: video, podcasts, SSHRC research site, articles both refereed and non refereed and scholarly books.” 

Greater access to TMU research also improves discoverability by other institutions, peers and researchers, globally.  “RShare brings faculty work together under one institutional banner,” says Digital Repository Coordinator, Toby Malone. “This encourages trust in work that’s been carefully curated and stringently checked for copyright requirements.”

Having a central holding of research outputs for any academic institution enables it to showcase and highlight innovative areas of research being studied at that institution; as well as work that is breaking new ground. It also promotes equitable access and makes research and data public – a requirement of the tri-agency funding programs. For faculty, it gives their peers (national and international) open access to their scholarly outputs, which in turn helps to establish more collaborations and higher citation numbers, increasing the impact of their work. 

These open research platforms benefit the research community in many ways, including the possibility of continuing to further develop work through community awareness and collaboration. They also result in less of a need to rely on sites like ResearchGate and for content sharing.

Sociology Professor and Director of the Centre for Studies in Food Security, Mustafa Koc has worked with Malone to add his work on food systems to RShare. “I tried using different programs to load my publications online,” says Koc, adding “my experiences often ended with frustration.” In using RShare, Malone guided him through how the platform works and provided support in uploading articles. Koc has now posted some of his older, harder to find, papers and is digging up files which could have archival significance about food systems activism in Canada. “Posting these on RShare will not only improve accessibility to my files, but also accessibility to many of my other colleagues and to the research community at TMU,” says Koc.

This past year the TMU repository collection has grown substantially. Malone has played a major role in its growth by directly reaching out to faculty and encouraging participation and submissions to RShare. “Over the last year, close to one thousand TMU faculty members across every department in the institution have been contacted,” says Malone. His efforts have paid off. The number of faculty subscribers to the platform is now 787 and growing, up from 240 members in 2022. Along with the number of subscribers, the number of items submitted to the repository has increased. In September 2022 RShare held 7,343 items. Since then, 2,349 items have been added, including: links to 50 books, 63 book chapters, 38 conference papers, 6 datasets, 3 figures, 1,205 journal articles, 19 media items, 67 online resources, 4 posters, 203 preprints, 14 presentations, 124 reports, and 553 theses/dissertations/MRPs.

The response to the new repository continues to be more than enthusiastic and faculty like Mustafa Koc and Ken Moffatt are helping to spread the word. “I contacted my department and asked my chair to add an RShare link to our personal accounts when updating the website,” says Koc, noting that he also wants to learn how to upload data and documents. “I refer my colleagues and students to RShare. It is very helpful to have a location on campus that collects all modes of my academic work and community outreach,” says Moffatt.

RShare is open to the TMU community. If you are TMU faculty, researcher, instructor or student and would like to learn more, please contact TMU Libraries Digital Repository Coordinator, Toby Malone:

To activate a free account, visit:

Open Access Week 2023 Events

Open access materials are academic materials that are legally accessible and distributed online, free of cost. The theme for this year’s International Open Access Week (October 23-29) is “Community over Commercialization,” encouraging a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community, and the importance of wider access to published research. 

Public access to scholarly research is crucial for several reasons:

  • Knowledge Dissemination: Open research ensures that knowledge from scientists is accessible worldwide.
  • Informed Decision-Making: Policymakers can make data-driven decisions by accessing the latest scientific findings.
  • Inclusivity: Open research breaks down location and affiliation barriers, democratizing information access.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Open research allows researchers from different domains to build on each other’s work.
  • Economic Efficiency: Open access reduces subscription costs for institutions, ensuring sustainable research practices.
  • Global Problem-Solving: Publicly available research enhances collaboration on global challenges.
  • Educational Value: Students and educators can access current research, aiding learning and teaching.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Open research fuels innovation by providing data for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses.
  • Ethical Transparency: It aligns with principles of transparency, accountability, and fairness, ensuring publicly funded research benefits the public.

In recognition of International Open Access Week, the TMU Libraries are hosting the following three events. We encourage faculty and graduate students to attend one of our three open access week events and learn more about how open access can help academics find a wider audience for their research.

Show and Tell: Open Access Publishing Tools

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Time: 11  a.m.-12  p.m. EST
Format: In-person LIB 387 – Library Collaboratory

Register: Show and Tell: Open Access Publishing Tools

Join us in the TMU Library Collaboratory for a look at the specialized open access tools available to support your research and teaching. During our roundtable event, library experts will be on hand to answer all your questions about RShare, our digital repository, Open Journal Software for scholarly publishing, Pressbooks and H5P for creating interactive books and textbooks, and LaTex for writing, editing and publishing scientific documents. Participants will also have an opportunity to tour the Collaboratory and explore the features available to members, including AR/VR equipment, digital fabrication tools, and drones. 


TMU Academic Leaders Discuss Open Access to Research

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Time: 3  p.m. – 4  p.m. EST
Format: Online on Zoom

Register: TMU Academic Leaders Discuss Open Access to Research

Join us online for an Open Access Week panel event hosted by the TMU Libraries. Chief Librarian Mark Robertson will moderate a discussion with academic leaders Sean Kheraj, Dr. Teresa Chan and Michael Kolios, on the value of open access research. 


Let’s Talk Series: Learn how to use RShare

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
Format: Online on Zoom

Register: Let’s Talk Series: Learn how to use RShare

Learn more about the RShare digital repository including  how to set up your profile, tie it to your ORCID account, and deposit your academic work and data. This workshop will show you how to use the RShare knowledge mobilization platform hosted by the Library. This session is open to faculty members and instructors.

This school year, tap the TMU Libraries for research support and more

Walk through the research process with someone, or access your favourite publications online

By: Michelle Grady
Originally published Sept 15 by Toronto Metropolitan University

Two students studying at a table in the library.


Now that the new academic year is underway and assignments are right around the corner, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Libraries wants the community to know their doors are open to support you throughout the school year.

“The Library has such deep expertise. Sometimes you don’t know what there is to know until you ask,” says Mark Robertson, chief librarian. “My number one pro tip for students at all levels is to get in touch with your subject liaison librarian who can connect you to all the tools, information resources and services available to you, as well as walk you through the research process.”

Robertson says taking this step to connect with the Library can pay off in terms of academic success. “So often we hear upper year students say, ‘I wish I had known that in first year’ – whether it’s about how to get started on a research topic, search techniques, the nature and use of scholarly sources, or how to find and use statistical data. I highly recommend getting in touch and learning more about all the ways the Library can support you.”

Getting familiar with the resources at the Library

Before you settle into your assignments, take a look below at some of the ways the Library can support you.

Study space and on-site resources

Whether you’re commuting to campus and need some quiet space to study between classes, or you live on campus and just want to get out of your dorm room on the weekend, the Library has a variety of spaces available to meet your needs.

Floors 2 through 10 of the main library have study space available, with new individual partitioned desks with outlets and lighting, and more casual seating areas with great views. If you’re not alone, the Library also has open group study areas, and accessible group study rooms (for groups of 4 to 12 people) with monitors and white boards for project work and collaboration.

Want a study space with a view? Check out the fourth and eighth floors!

If you forgot your computer or prefer to travel lightly, the Library has loads of computer stations and labs available on three floors, and there are also laptops you can borrow from the Circulation Desk. Missing a textbook? Again, check the Circulation Desk, because the Library carries a whole host of these for loan to students.

Research help

A student at the circulation desk in the library.

Feel lost about where to start? Don’t go at it alone – there’s tons of support available to you at the Library, including librarians and staff who can support you in your research journey.

Whether you’re new to research or just like to up your research game this year, TMU Libraries is where you’ll find the help you need. Librarians and staff can help you develop your research skills, learn about the research process and access appropriate information.

Resources include:

  • Research guides, which show you how to evaluate resources and find information critical to your topic. Basically, how to research.
  • Research help: Librarians and staff can help you find what you need. If you’re on campus you can drop in and meet with someone on-site. If you’re at home, you can book an online appointment, or use the real-time chat services to chat with someone right away.
  • Research skills workshops: Offered every month, these workshops cover a variety of topics including navigating resources, conducting literature reviews and more.
  • Citation management tools: These online resources help you properly cite and reference material.
  • Collections and resources

    Access all the amazing resources and collections (over half a million online resources, and an extensive physical materials collection as well) you need for essays, projects and assignments – plus Library staff who can help find what you’re looking for.

    There’s also extensive access to magazines, newspapers, journals and more.

    Browse the collection online, or come into the Library for a look around.

    Fun resources and collection to discover

    Think the Library is just a space full of dusty books? Wrong! There’s lots to discover on-site and online that can save you money and subscription services.

    • Criterion on Demand video collection features a wide gamut of content, including 1920s classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles and independent features.
    • Similarly, Kanopy is a streaming service available through the Library that gives you access to a wide range of content including documentaries and foreign films.
    • Explore Material ConneXion, a collection of innovative textile, concrete and other materials samples providing fashion, entrepreneurship, engineering and other students the opportunity to explore current trends and examine materials to apply to their own creations and prototypes.
    • The Fashion and Race database, put together by Kimberly Jenkins, professor of fashion history and theory, is an online platform filled with tools that expand the narrative of fashion history and challenge mis-representation within the fashion system. It was even featured in Vogue (external link) !
    • Speaking of Vogue, TMU Library has access to full collections of magazines (external link) , including the latest issues of the New Yorker, the Economist, and, yes, Vogue!

    “I hope students drop by the research help desk to talk to me or other librarians and learn about how we can help connect them to anything from highly specialized mapping databases to the newest issues of popular publications like the Economist.”

     Reece Steinberg, head of Library Learning Services

    Equipment, tech and digital resources

    On top of the collections, online resources, workshops and research support the Library can provide, there is also access to various software and hardware that may interest students.

    The Digital Media Experiences Lab (DME) is a Library space on the third floor of the SLC where students have access to video and photo editing software, a green screen, podcasting equipment, 3D printers, soldering tools and even sewing machines. Want to learn how to use some of the equipment available? There are also experts on-site to support you.

    The Circulation Desk has cameras – including GoPros – and tripods available for loan. All equipment, tools and tech are available to all students, and no experience is required.

    For more information or general inquiries, reach out to the Library or stop in on campus – enter through the main entrance of the Library Building located at the corner of Gould St. and Nelson Mandela Walkway. Then head to the second floor. There’s also an entrance to the Library on the second floor of the SLC.