Articles by author: Colleen MacKinnon

  • Exhibit: Letters & Correspondence from the Archives Historic Documents

    Stop by the Library Learning Commons and check out our most recent exhibit of selected letters & correspondence from the Archives & Special Collections‘ historic documents. Highlights of the exhibit include a note linking St. Catharines to the Underground Railroad, two letters from World War I, and a demanding missive from the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The exhibit was inspired by the One Book, One Niagara selection: Care Of: Letters, Connections, and Cures (Ivan Coyote), exemplifying how the written word can have lasting (even historic) significance.


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  • Student Picks

    We all need a healthy distraction from the stresses of school and work from time to time.  Digging into a good book can be just the ticket to break from the daily grind and dip into something different.  Last December during Exams, we asked students for some book suggestions and we got some awesome recommendations that we think you’ll really like too!  Some highlights include:

    The Boys of Dunbar: a story of love, hope, and basketball (Alejandro Danois).   This biography will appeal to more than just the sports enthusiast. Check out this short video with the author who also produced the inspiring ESPN documentary Baltimore Boys.

    Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Renni Eddo-Lodge). Winner of the Best International Nonfiction of 2017 award.  You can read the original blog post that inspired the author to write the book or watch this short video with the author.

    Five Little Indians (Michelle Good). Canada’s #1 best selling book in 2021, winner of several prestigious awards and currently in the running for the Canada Reads Competition.  Check out this short video with the author for an introduction to the book.

    You can check out the full list of recommendations in our Student Picks Collection.

    Looking for more recommendations?
    Check out the first Student Picks Collection from Welcome Week. Or browse any of our Featured Collections curated by Brock Library Staff.

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  • Featured Collection: Student Picks

    During Welcome Week 2021, we put out a large white board and asked you “What was the last good book you read?” We were impressed by the variety of titles. What a well rounded bunch of readers you Badgers are!

    The list of titles included classics works such as Lust for Life by Irving Stone, Canadian literary fiction such as Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor, Murder on the Orient Express, by renowned mystery fiction writer Agatha Christie, to popular non-fiction works such as Atomic Habits (James Clear), and The Mastery of Love: a practical guide to the art of relationship (Don Miguel Ruiz) and of course being the life long learners that you university students are, even titles such as How to Watch Television (E.Thompson & J.Mittell) and A History of Economic thought (W.Barber).

    We loved the book suggestions so much, that we went out and bought them all! (or at least the titles we didn’t already have).  You can browse the full list of Student Picks in Omni and of course place a hold on any of them (Holiday reading anyone?).

    We plan to put them all on display in the Learning Commons soon.  Keep your eye out!

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  • Multi-factor Authentication in Omni

    As of Monday, August 9, the Library will be implementing multi-factor authentication when logging into Omni. This allows us to comply with campus-wide security initiatives, and keeps your log-in information secure.

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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. 

    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. 

    Happy Reading!

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  • Library and ORS offer “Building Better Research” workshop series

    Calling all researchers! The Brock University Library and the Office of Research Services are pleased to announce a new workshop series: “Building Better Research”

    The series, developed from the results of a survey of researchers last year, is comprised of 10 online workshops over the course of the year. Sessions will be recorded and shared.

    Research Data Management, Heather Whipple, Nov. 3, 12-1 p.m.
    This workshop lays the foundation to understand the value of data management expertise in a wide range of contexts, including academia, business, government, and industry. Register here.

    Introduction to the Canadian Common CV, Josie Reed, Nov. 6, 12-1 p.m.
    The Canadian Common CV Workshop will include an overview of CCV basics with lots of time for questions. Register here.

    Intellectual Property, Randy Peterson, Nov. 18, 12-1 p.m.
    This overview will present an outline of IP, how to both protect novel ideas and speed their transition from academia to the broader community, and how ORS can assist. Register here.

    Statistics Canada Landscape, Heather Whipple, Dec. 1, 12-1 p.m.
    The workshop will explain Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) and Research Data Centres (RDCs), their differences, and how to access data. Register here.

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Leela MadhavaRau, Liette Vasseur and Margot Francis, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    This workshop will cover the EDI activities in which Brock is engaged, how EDI is discussed in grant applications and how EDI can be integrated into research design. Register here.

    Digital Scholarship at Brock: Services You Need to Know About, Tim Ribaric, Jan. 7, 12-1 p.m.
    This session will provide participants an overview of what constitutes digital scholarship and what services Brock’s Digital Scholarship Lab has available. Register here.

    Scholarly Publishing: Finding and Evaluating Journals, Open Access Dissemination, and Predatory Publishers, Evelyn Feldman, Jan. 11, 12-1 p.m.
    If you want to learn more about finding and evaluating journals, what open access publishing is, and how to avoid predatory publishers, then this session is for you. Register here.

    Grant Budgeting 101, Iva Bruhova, Sharlee Cranston-Reimer, Agata D’Innocenzo, Danusha Kalinga, Jasmine Little, and Suramya Mihindukulasuriya, Feb. 10, 12-1 p.m.
    Topics include: budgeting tips and considerations; frequent budget mishaps; budgeting for contracts and overhead. Register here.

    Developing Your Scholarly Profile with ORCID, Tim Ribaric, Mar. 25, 12-1 p.m.
    This session will outline the how and why of ORCID, demonstrating how your ORCID profile automatically updates and how it will simplify the process of identifying yourself. Register here.

    Knowledge Mobilization/Translation (KMb), Jayne Morrish, Apr. 14, 12-1 p.m.
    During this workshop you will learn more about what KMb is, why this field exists, some specific strategies for planning and engaging in KMb, and an overview of KMb supports at Brock. Register here.


    For more information, contact: Nicole Nolan, AUL or Sharlee Cranston-Reimer

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  • Brock University Award for Open Access – Now Open!

    Nominations are now open for the Brock University Award for Open Access, which will recognize a member of the Brock community who is a champion of open access. Relevant qualifications could include a demonstrated record of openly sharing research, participating in projects or platforms advancing open access, or conducting research into open access.

    The award includes a grant of $2,500 which may be used either:

    • to pay an article-processing charge for an open-access journal
    • as a donation to a non-profit open scholarship platform.

    Applications are due Oct. 1, 12 pm.


    Contact Elizabeth Yates, Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian ~ ~ x4469

  • Publish, Don’t Perish: Tips for Evaluating Journals

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    Library Workshop July 3, 2-3 pm, TH253 – EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

    So, you want to make sure you publish your research in a “good” journal? Join Scholarly Communication Librarian Elizabeth Yates and Library employees for a presentation highlighting strategies for evaluating the quality and relevance of academic journals. Participants will hear suggestions for maximizing the reach of their research via open access publishing and will learn tips for avoiding predatory publications.


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  • Update: Library will be Closed Until 4PM Sunday

    Due to continuing poor weather conditions, the Library will remain closed until 4PM Sunday April 15.  The University will open at noon today.

    Alternative study spaces on campus: Marketplace, Cairns, Plaza and Mackenzie Chown seminar rooms.

    Please check Brock News for more details.


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  • Library closed due to weather conditions

    Due to poor weather conditions, the Library has closed early Saturday April 14 and will remain closed until Noon, Sunday April 15.  More details available from Brock News.

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