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Advanced RefWorks for Faculty and Grad Students

The Library is holding a series of Advanced RefWorks workshops for graduate students and faculty.

In this session, you will learn how to make the most out of RefWorks to organize your research, cite your sources and create bibliographies. Topics to be covered include customizing your account, sharing your RefWorks references, editing output styles to meet publication requirements, advanced RefWorks searching, and creating and storing RSS feeds.

As this session is targeted to users with RefWorks experience, please attend if you have been to a previous RefWorks workshop OR if you currently have a RefWorks account, can export references from library resources and can create a bibliography with RefWorks.

No registration is required. The workshops will be held in L393A on the 3rd floor of the Library on the following dates:

Wednesday November 26th – 5:30-6:30
Thursday, December 4th – 5:30-6:30
Tuesday, December 9th – 5:30-6:30

iPod Winners and Survey Results

The winners of our recent cell phone survey draw were Theresa, a 3rd year nursing student, and Vanessa, a 4th year computer science student seen above receiving their iPods from Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian. Thanks to everyone who participated. Selected results of the survey are available on the Library’s website.

Mobile Device Survey


(Nov. 15 Update) This survey is now over. Thank you for your participation. Winners of the iPods and results will be announced shortly.

Complete the Library’s Cell Phone/Mobile Device Survey to be entered into a draw for one of two iPod nanos. The Library would like to know how mobile devices are being used so that we can plan for future services. The survey, which runs until November 14, is available online and in print. Paper copies can be picked up and returned at the Reference and Circulation Desks on the main floor. Thank you for your participation.

More Laptops

The Library has recently added 40 more laptops to the popular Laptop Loan programme, bringing the total number of available laptops to 93. Laptops may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for 4 hours. First time borrowers are required to complete an Agreement Form before checking out a laptop. To check how many laptops are currently available, see the Laptop Availability page.

Exchange Student wins Library iPod


Patrick Cook, a 2nd year Urban Planning student who is participating in the Fall, 2008 Toronto Metropolitan University Student Exchange program, is the lucky winner of the Library prize draw of an iPod. With a visit the Library, the exchange students were given a chance to win the iPod, which had been donated by Elsevier, one of the Library’s major suppliers of electronic content. The Library welcomed the students with a Tour and Opening Reception at the end of their orientation program. Congratulations and success to Patrick, and all Exchange Students.

Come Try our iMacs

20 new iMacs have been installed on the west side of the Learning Commons on the main floor of the Library. Along with the usual Mac offerings, including the Safari browser, these machines also provide access to the Microsoft Office and Adobe CS3 suites of software.

4th Floor Now Open

Study space is one of the most important on-campus resources for students, and the Library has recently renovated the 4th floor to increase the amount of study space available.

The 4th floor, which was previously occupied by the School of Urban Planning, now consists of two large open areas to accommodate group and individual study. There are numerous electrical connections in these areas to facilitate the use of laptops and several LCD panels equipped with retractable VGA cables that can be connected to laptops to enable group work. Most of the furniture is mobile, which will provide students with the flexibility to arrange the seating in a variety of configurations depending on their study needs. Wireless connectivity is available throughout the floor.

The open study area on the north side of the floor can be reconfigured to accommodate special events seating an audience of up to eighty. The area is equipped with a sound system and 2 large LCD panels that can be used to display presentations.

In addition to the two open study areas, there are two bookable group study rooms equipped with computers and LCD panels, one of which has a Smartboard overlay. The Library’s Special Collections, which were previously housed on the 1st floor, have also been relocated to the 4th floor with a generous open space that includes a reading/study area and staff offices. Two large illuminated display cases have been installed to provide opportunities to better showcase the collection.

Graduate Studies have been allocated space on the floor for a graduate reading room, as well as lounge space for students in the Immigration & Settlement and Environmental Management programs. The reading room and the lounges will be accessible to graduate students only.

A barrier free unisex washroom is also available on the floor in addition to a men’s and a women’s washroom.

Popular Reading Collection


Looking for a good book to read? This fall, the Library has selected nearly 75 novels and paperbacks for a new leisure reading collection. In addition to current novels, we’ve also purchased mysteries, sci-fi, romance, and some historical fiction. You’ll find all these titles on a bookcase behind the flat panel display on the main floor of the library. There are comfy chairs beside the collection. We encourage you to take a break, browse the shelves and relax with a good read. All titles are available for the standard loan period of two weeks. Keep checking as new titles are added. We will also be implementing a virtual suggestion box … stay tuned for more developments!

New Student Room Booking System

A new student room booking system has been developed for booking study rooms in the Library. The new system makes it easier to see what rooms are available and provides the ability to email booking information to the members of your group. Access Centre students may also use this system to book the Adaptive Technology rooms on the 3rd floor of the Library. Book a Room Now!