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  • Adding custom Brock backgrounds to Microsoft Teams

    With all of us working and learning from off-campus, you might be missing familiar library and campus spaces. We are. But fear not, we’ve found a way to get a little bit of Brock onto your screens during Microsoft Teams meetings and lectures.

    We’ve pulled together some favourite images of the Library as well as the Brock campus for you to experiment with.

    While Microsoft plans to roll out a customization option for Teams later this month, if you’re like us and just can’t wait, here are the step-by-step instructions:

    Install Custom Backgrounds in Microsoft Teams – Windows Users

    1. Find an image you want to use. Some of our favourites are below.
    2. Right click on your Start button and open the ‘Run’ command window. Copy and paste the following folder address:
      %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads
    3. Shrink the Upload folder to one side of your screen then open your downloads folder (with the images) on the other side. Drag the downloads over to the Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads file.
    4. Launch Teams, go the calendar option and click “meet now”. You will be in a meeting with yourself.
    5. From the meeting bar, click on the ‘more actions’ three dots -> Show background effects and then scroll through the images until you find your chosen background. Check it off, then hit “Apply”.

    Install Custom Backgrounds in Microsoft Teams – Mac Users

    1. Find an image you want to use. Some of our favourites are below.
    2. Close or minimize all programs and go to your desktop.
    3. Visit your system library by following these steps:
      1. Finder bar on your Mac
      2. Go To
      3. Library -> Application Support -> Microsoft -> Teams -> Backgrounds -> Uploads
    4. Shrink the Upload folder to one side of your screen then open your downloads folder (with the images) on the other side. Drag the downloads over to your Upload folder.
    5. Launch Teams, go the calendar option and click “meet now”. You will be in a meeting with yourself.
    6. From the meeting bar, click on the three dots -> Show background effects and then scroll through the images until you find your chosen background. Check it off, then hit “Apply”.

    Images for download:

    Library Book Stacks

    Isaac Brock statue & Schmon Tower

    Retro Brock Bus

    Brock blossoms

    In the Archives

    Archives reading room

    Brock aerial shot

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  • Please continue reading

    Today you may have received a notification that your book is due back – don’t worry, that was just a placeholder date. It’s not due back now, and it won’t be due back until it’s safe to come on campus again. So please continue to read your library books or, store them until we re-open.

    Questions? libhelp@brocku.ca

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  • New tutorial helps researchers identify & claim their work

    Did you know that ORCID® is the most widely used method for researchers to assert their online identity? 

    new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) notes that ORCID “has become a de facto standard” in higher education and government sectors, with more than 60 per cent of researchers in those fields reporting using an ORCID iD to digitally identify their research. 

    ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID – is what’s called a researcher identifier: a unique numeric identifier that persists over time.  Your ORCID id distinguishes you from other researchers and compiles a record in one spot that supports all of your professional activities – including career development, promotion and tenure processes and research funding applications. 

    The Brock University Library supports the use of ORCID and now offers a step-by-step tutorial which will help you sign up for this important research tool. 

    For more information, contact Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian Elizabeth Yates ~ eyates@brocku.ca 

     

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  • Access to e-resources temporarily enhanced

    As university libraries close their physical spaces amid COVID-19, publishers and information providers have been stepping up to meet the unprecedented demand for electronic resources.

    The Brock University Library has created a guide to point you to these e-books, e-journals, and other resources.

    Additionally, our Frequently Asked Question page is available to answer your questions about your library account, course reserve readings, instruction sessions, consultations with librarians, and more.

    If you have questions, please continue to email us at libhelp@brocku.ca, or chat live with one of our operators on Ask Chat. 

     

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  • Celebrating trans authors on Trans Day of Visibility 

    Brock Library is celebrating Trans Day of Visibility – marked on March 31 annually — by highlighting books by trans authors in our collection. 

    Because Trans Day of Visibility highlights the accomplishments of trans people in all spheres, we want to specifically recognize the contributions of transgender authors to literature and scholarship. These titles represent a diversity of genres and topics, ranging from poetry to memoir, history to romance. Many of the authors spotlighted are Canadian, including Gwen Benaway, Vivek Shraya and Ivan Coyote. 

    Several of these titles are available as e-books for you to read from wherever you are. While the Library’s print books are currently unavailable due to public health measures during the pandemic, please tuck this list aside to check out in future. 

    This year’s theme for Trans Day of Visibility is “surviving, thriving” (#TransThriving). We hope that reading the words of trans authors enriches your own knowledge and encourages you to help the trans community survive and thrive. 

    For more information about this occasion, please check out Trans Student Educational Resources. 

     

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  • Library Hours & Services Adjusted

    [Updated March 30, 2020]

    On March 13, 2020, Brock University suspended all face-to-face classes and exams for the remainder of the term. Brock University has restricted campus access to essential personnel only. There is no access to Brock University Library’s physical spaces and print collection at this time, and until further notice. The Library, however, continues to remain operational, with a shift to online services and support.


    No doubt, you have questions about how to access library materials and services – we have made a Frequently Asked Questions page to address these.


    For general inquiries, email us at libhelp@brocku.ca, or chat live with one of our operators on Ask Chat. 

    You can also directly contact one of our service points: 

    Users can continue to directly contact their Liaison Librarian for research support, which can be accommodated online or via telephone. 

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  • Open Library of Humanities Open Access Award 2020

    The Open Library of Humanities (OLH), an academic-led, gold open access publisher with no author-facing charges, invites applications for the OLH Open Access Award 2020.

    Applications for OLH funding of up to £500 are welcomed from individuals or organizations in any location, and may be used to help fund events, projects or activities on open access or with an open access component, or other related costs that will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with need and feasibility.

    The award is for projects that will promote open access within the humanities disciplines as widely as possible, and so will not be awarded to pay for individual Article Processing Charges (APCs) or article fees.

    Deadline is May 22. For more information, consult the OLH news release.

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  • Awards for innovative, open access graduate research

    Are you a graduate student using innovative technology to create a multimedia thesis or dissertation? Or perhaps you’ve improved graduate education by advancing open access theses and dissertations? 

    Brock community members are eligible to apply for an award from the Networked Library of Theses and Dissertations: 

    • The Innovative ETD Award recognizes student efforts to transform the genre of the dissertation through the use of innovative research data management techniques and software to create multimedia ETDs. Each winner will receive $1,000 and will be eligible to receive an additional $500 in travel scholarship funding to attend the ETD Symposium. 
    • The ETD Leadership Award recognizes members of the university community whose leadership and vision has helped raise awareness of the benefits of open access ETDs and whose efforts have improved graduate education and research through the use of technology. Winners will receive international honorary recognition, complimentary registration and 3 days accommodations to attend the ETD Symposium 

    Brock University Library, which hosts and disseminates graduate research via the Brock Digital Repository, is a member of the Networked Library of Theses and Dissertations. 

    Nominations must be emailed to ETD Awards Committee Chair James MacDonald at james.macdonald@unbc.ca
    Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2020. For more information about the ETD Awards program, contact Charles Greenberg, ETD Awards Committee Chair, at cjgberg@ndltd.org
     

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  • On Display: Freedom to Read Week Poster Retrospective

    Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

    Eye-catching, thought-provoking posters herald the annual event. A display featuring 36 of these designs is now exhibited at the Thistle entrance to the Matheson Learning Commons. View the exhibit until Friday, February 28.

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  • On Display: 13ème Édition de Festiv’Ébène

    Festive’Ébène is an annual celebration of the cultural and artistic contributions of Black Francophones in Niagara during Black History Month / African Heritage Month. The festival is hosted by Solidarité des femmes et familles interconnectées francophones du Niagara (SOFIFRAN).

    SOFIFRAN is a non-profit community organization created in 2006 by Francophone immigrant women – living in the Niagara region and from various parts of the world. The organization aims to meet the needs of women by providing services in the social, educational, cultural and economic fields.

    “Empreintes et mémoires / Imprints and Memories: Festiv’Ébène, 13 years of francophone festival in Niagara” is on display this month in the Matheson Learning Commons.

    Learn more about Black History Month / African Heritage Month events at Brock University.

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