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Three undergraduates receive the 2022 Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award for excellence in scholarly work

 

2022 Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award recipients.

“Research is about building on previous knowledge and expanding on new ideas,” says psychology student Omega L. who received one of three 2022 Virginia Edinger University Library Research Awards.

The award recognized student achievement in original research with a special focus on the critical use of library resources and research skills. Established by Petros Dratsidis and TMU Libraries for the 2021/2022 academic year, the prize celebrated Dratsidis’s late wife Professor Virginia Edinger Walker– an art historian who taught at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) for more than 20 years.

Recent TMU graduates Omega L.,Tara R. and Carmina T., were selected for their outstanding 2022 essay submissions, receiving an award of $2000 each. While honouring the legacy of Professor Walker, the award also shone a bright spotlight on the academic excellence of these three students.


Omega L.

Described by her supervisor, Professor David Day, as having a passion for learning and the motivation to work hard, Omega L received the prize for her thesis that examined domestic assault by a female perpetrator and the perception of the severity of the incident, attribution of blame and the similarity of effects on the study participants. Omega’s work was “a unique study in a literature that has previously only examined such defined characteristics as gender, age, and ethnicity/racialized groups as the independent variables,” says Day

Making extensive use of library resources, Omega conducted a comprehensive literature and critical review of the established research. In doing so, she learned the effectiveness of a literature review in providing a coherent account of current research and data. “It helped to further develop critical thinking skills when analyzing the methods used in articles and assessing the articles’ strengths and weaknesses,” she says. The review ultimately helped her develop a new area of investigation.  

Tara R.

Recent TSRM graduate, Tara R. submitted her fourth-year paper, in which she argues that the Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA) should be amended to address representation gaps. The paper not only thoroughly impressed her professor, but also the award adjudicators. In her letter of support for Tara’s submission, TRSM Professor Pnina Alon-Shenker reflects that her “paper demonstrated outstanding research skills and allowed (Tara) to advance an argument, which was well supported by rich and compelling literature on the subject matter.” 

Tara feels the experience of writing the paper helped her refine research skills, which she’ll continue to use in future academic work. “This paper informed my scholarly development, inquiry, critical thinking, and research skills by challenging my ability to conduct comprehensive research,” she says.

Carmina T.

Carmina T. was selected for the undergraduate honours psychology thesis stream and worked on a research project and paper with Professor Sarah Dermody. Her paper titled Examining the Relationship between Drinking Motives and Minority Stress in Transgender Adults who Drink, received top marks for its demonstration of outstanding research and quality of paper. Dermody describes Carmina as “highly skilled in identifying relevant research literature from TMU Library resources and incorporating them into a cohesive and convincing narrative,” noting that her literature review was one of the “best [she’d] reviewed” by an undergraduate student. Carmina also notes that “writing the thesis proposal was a great learning experience in terms of research adequacy and preparation for graduate school.”

For all three undergraduate scholars, the Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award rewards their pursuits in undertaking rigorous, new research. The skills acquired in searching, finding, reviewing and analyzing studies in order to understand and build new areas for inquiry, are celebrated with this award. 

“Papers and studies are often recognized, but the research skills, resources and work undertaken for those papers and studies is often overlooked, particularly with regard to awards,” says Dana Thomas, interim chief librarian. “The Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award celebrates that work in pursuit of academic excellence. We are so pleased to be able to acknowledge these young scholars in honour of Professor Walker.”

 

TMU Libraries offers monthly research skills workshops. Open to all TMU students, workshops are designed to instruct students on topics that range from understanding literature and systematic reviews to managing data to search skills for specific databases and online resources. To learn more and register for upcoming workshops, visit: TMU Libraries – Workshops

 

 

TMU email updates for e-resources

With the update of all TMU email addresses from @ryerson.ca to @torontomu.ca, logins to some Library resources have changed. If you have created accounts for some of the specialized databases, or if you log in with your full email address, you may want to update your email address. In some cases, we have been able to make the update for you! Please see below for details on specific electronic resources. 

 

Email addresses already updated for the following databases
(Login with your new email address)

 

  • Capital IQ 
  • Scifinder-n
  • Conference Board of Canada (updated mid-January)
  • Fashion & Race
  • SimplyAnalytics
  • Toronto Star (updated mid-end of January)
  • WRDS

 

Databases that require users to manually update email
(Login with your old email address and add the new email address)

 

  • Uptodate: Log into your account and update the email on file by clicking on your name at the top right. Click on MyAccount and go to Contact information.

 

  • Overleaf: You can add your torontomu.ca email address to your Overleaf account on the Overleaf Account Settings page. See Managing your Overleaf emails.Note: Once single sign on (SSO) is enabled (in early February), you will see a notification in your Overleaf dashboard to log in with SSO and confirm your torontomu.ca email address. For now, while you can add your new address, please keep your old ryerson.ca email address associated with your Overleaf account in order to maintain access to the Toronto Metropolitan Overleaf subscription. Later, when your torontomu.ca address is linked with SSO, you can remove your old ryerson.ca email and maintain the Overleaf subscription with just your torontomu.ca email address.

 

  • New York Times: Log in. Go to nytimes.com and click on the account button near the upper right hand corner. Click on the account setting button. Click “update” next to your email address.

 

  • SciVal & Scopus: Log in and click your initials at the top right. From there, you can use the “Elsevier account” option to change your primary email address or add a secondary one.

 

  • Web of Science & InCites: Sign into Web of Science and click on your username that appears on the top right corner. Select “settings” and then “account settings.”  You will be redirected to a new page. On that page, add your new email ID under the “Email” tab.

 

  • WGSN: Log in and click on your initial in the top right corner. Click on “My Account”. You may need to check a box to acknowledge the user agreement. Click on the link that says “change email” and then enter your new email address and click “save.”

 

For questions or additional assistance, please email refdesk@torontomu.ca

 

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Institutional Research Data Management Strategy: Invitation for Feedback – Extended

As required by the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, each post-secondary institution and research hospital eligible to administer CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC funds is required to create an institutional RDM strategy by March 1, 2023.

In response to this requirement, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)’s Institutional Research Data Management Strategy Working Group has completed a draft of the TMU Institutional Research Data Management Strategy for consultation. More information about this work is available here.

The Toronto Metropolitan University community is invited to read the draft and contribute feedback by emailing rdmstrategy@ryerson.ca or completing the following feedback form. Your feedback will help us ensure that the strategy is aligned with the RDM needs of our diverse research community.

Feedback can be sent to rdmstrategy@ryerson.ca, or you can complete the feedback form.

Feedback will be accepted until Tuesday, January 12, 2023.

Library withhold – fall term 2022

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 the Library at the Circulation Desk either by debit, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or with your OneCard. The Library also accepts credit card payment by phone – please call 416-979-2149. We do not accept personal cheques.
  • We understand that this is a trying time, if you have questions or concerns about fines or overdue items, please contact Library Circulation at access@ryerson.ca

Institutional Research Data Management Strategy: Invitation for Feedback

As required by the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, each post-secondary institution and research hospital eligible to administer CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC funds is required to create an institutional RDM strategy by March 1, 2023. 

In response to this requirement, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)’s Institutional Research Data Management Strategy Working Group has completed a draft of the TMU Institutional Research Data Management Strategy for consultation. More information about this work is available here

The Toronto Metropolitan University community is invited to read the draft and contribute feedback by emailing rdmstrategy@ryerson.ca or completing the following feedback form. Your feedback will help us ensure that the strategy is aligned with the RDM needs of our diverse research community.

Complete the feedback form

Feedback will be accepted until Tuesday, November 30th, 2022.

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) Institutional Research Data Management Strategy: Invitation for Feedback

As required by the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, each post-secondary institution and research hospital eligible to administer CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC funds is required to create an institutional RDM strategy by March 1, 2023. 

In response to this requirement, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)’s Institutional Research Data Management Strategy Working Group has completed a draft of the TMU Institutional Research Data Management Strategy for consultation. More information about this work is available here

The Toronto Metropolitan University community is invited to read the draft and contribute feedback via a series of virtual Town Halls in November 2022. The Town Halls will be organized by research themes, but everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions:

  • Medicine and Health: Tuesday, November 8, 1 – 2 p.m. Register
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering: Thursday November 10, 1 – 2 p.m. Register 
  • Social Sciences, Humanities and Creative: Wednesday, November 9, 1 – 2 p.m. Register
  • Indigenous Data Sovereignty: (Date and registration forthcoming)

At the Town Halls, the draft strategy will be introduced, background information will be provided and its key recommendations will be highlighted. Your feedback will help us ensure that the strategy is aligned with the RDM needs of our diverse research community. 
If you are unable to attend any of the Town Halls, you can send in your feedback to rdmstrategy@ryerson.ca

The Open Access Week 2022 Theme is Climate Justice

Open access materials are academic materials that are legally accessible and distributed online, free of cost. This year’s theme for Open Access week is Climate Justice. This year the focus of the week is to: 

“encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right, and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries.”

It is vital that Climate Justice research and climate change research be open access so that the public has access to peer-reviewed information that is based on the latest science and research. Open access publishing is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2016.  

We encourage faculty and graduate students to attend open access events and learn more about how open access can improve the knowledge mobilization of TMU research. This week, TMU Libraries in collaboration with Faculty Affairs is hosting an event that shows you how you can post your research outputs to Rshare, TMU’s institutional repository. 

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

Date: Wed., October 26, 2022

Time: 1  p.m.- 2  p.m. EST

Format: Online on Zoom

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.

Presented by Nora Mulvaney and Brian Cameron, TMU University Libraries

 

You can find a full list of Open Access Week events on SPARC’s OA week events page. Highlights include: 

Climate Justice and Open Research Panel (UBC), (November 4th, 2pm – 3pm, EST)

TMU Libraries installs physical Material ConneXion research collection

Variety of materials displayed from TMU Libraries' physical Material ConneXion collection. Photo credit: Karla Ledesma.
Variety of materials displayed from TMU Libraries’ physical Material ConneXion collection. Photo credit: Karla Ledesma.

Researching materials for design development and implementation can be challenging without the benefit of working with, holding, and comparing physical items. Online resources provide in-depth information on properties that make up materials, while having a tactile understanding of the actual material can be essential to innovation.

That heightened physical awareness is now possible with the installation of TMU Libraries’ new Material ConneXion (MCX) research collection—the second only physical materials collection at a Canadian academic institution.

Interest in this collection has grown quickly as librarians work with students to unlock new potential for their work. Students from academic fields ranging from interior design and fashion, to engineering and entrepreneurship, have been exploring materials that address real product and design problems they face in courses, research and in practice.

This new physical  resource hosts 1000 material samples to discover in person, with 10,000 additional materials online, ensuring a collection that supports academic quality and innovation across multiple disciplines and programs, while enabling new avenues for discovery of unique and practical samples. 

Student browse materials during an instructional workshop of TMU Libraries' Material ConneXion onsite collection. Photo credit: Karla Ledesma
Student browse materials during an instructional workshop of TMU Libraries’ Material ConneXion onsite collection. Photo credit: Karla Ledesma

TMU librarians are using the collection to enhance instruction of this onsite resource and engage in new types of research collaborations with students and faculty. 

Business librarian, Reece Steinberg, has conducted specialized course instruction and workshops to help students and researchers discover optimal material options for product design. 

He’s worked with entrepreneurship students exploring potential lightweight, waterproof and flexible food packaging options that include sustainability features. He’s also consulted with  Zone Learning students examining moldable materials for a commissioned outdoor furniture piece. 

“Students have commented on how challenging this type of research is without the ability to physically access the materials, along with in-depth information about their specifications. This collection bridges that gap,” says Steinberg.

Acting Head of Borrowing and Lending Service, Sonny Banerjee was instrumental in acquiring and installing the physical collection. He and a team of librarians, including Naomi Eichenlaub Reece Steinberg, Nora Mulvaney, Alison Skyrme and Lei Jin selected physical samples that would meet the current needs of the university community. 

Materials are held and displayed on rolling shelves in TMU Libraries' Material ConneXion collection. Photo courtesy of TMU Libraries.
Materials are held and displayed on rolling shelves in TMU Libraries’ Material ConneXion collection. Photo courtesy of TMU Libraries.

“The collection will change over time as we bring in different materials and swap out others. It is a very flexible collection that can be adapted with collaboration from the community,” says Banerjee.

With this physical collection, TMU Libraries has expanded a resource that truly reflects the innovative and creative research pursuits of the community.

“Bringing this collection onsite gives our community direct access to a collection that is so essential to so many TMU programs,” says Dana Thomas, interim chief librarian. “It is very exciting to see bold and innovative research, designs and ideas come to life in the Library.”

Material sample included in TMU Libraries' physical Material ConneXion collection. Photo courtesy of TMU Libraries.
Material sample included in TMU Libraries’ physical Material ConneXion collection. Photo courtesy of TMU Libraries.
Material sample included in TMU Libraries' physical Material ConneXion collection. Photo courtesy of TMU Libraries.
Material sample included in TMU Libraries’ physical Material ConneXion collection. Photo courtesy of TMU Libraries.
Material sample included in TMU Libraries' physical Material ConneXion collection. Photo courtesy of TMU Libraries.
Material sample included in TMU Libraries’ physical Material ConneXion collection. Photo courtesy of TMU Libraries.
Librarian Reece Steinberg providing course instruction on TMU Libraries' Material ConneXion collection.
Librarian Reece Steinberg providing course instruction on TMU Libraries’ Material ConneXion collection.

Crafting Community: A Symposium on Arts Practice & Research, October 19 – 21, 2022

Date:

Oct. 19 – 21, 2022

Location:

TMU Libraries and online

Register now!

The Jack Layton Chair, Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Community Services and Toronto Metropolitan University present Crafting Community: A Symposium on Arts Practice & Research.

The symposium brings together artists and scholars to explore intersections of arts practice and academia – how they clash and/or converge. The symposium features hands-on workshops on Oct. 19, hybrid panel discussions on Oct. 20, ending with a roundtable session on Oct. 21 to discuss emerging themes and reflect on the symposium.

Crafting Community reimagines how to engage community arts in/with the humanities and social sciences  to bridge between   community and the university 

The symposium takes a community arts based approach that works to connect the creative and scholarly work of artists, community workers,  students and educators. Through a community arts framework, participants engage with community, research and pedagogy during hands-on interactive workshops and panel discussions. 

Crafting Community: A Symposium on Arts Practice & Research is supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

See all events and register now!