Articles by author: Evelyn Smith

  • Interlibrary loan system maintenance

    This coming weekend, Scholars Portal RACER, one of the systems underpinning our interlibrary loan processing, will be temporarily unavailable.

    Planned maintenance is scheduled for Saturday September 25th at 9pm until Sunday September 26th at 9pm.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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  • Welcome Back to Campus

    Wednesday, September 8 update for the James A. Gibson Library:

    For your safety:

    • Masks required at all times.
    • Seat booking is not required.
    • Attending online lectures? We recommend the individual study carrels on floors 5, 6 & 7. Please use headphones.
    • No food permitted. Lidded drinks okay.
    • Classrooms A & B are not available for drop-in use.
    • Seating has been reduced to encourage physical distancing.

    Visit the Ask Us desk or

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  • Omni partnership pays dividends

    Brock University students, staff, and faculty can now use Omni to request shared physical resources quickly and easily from across all 16 Omni partner institutions, a collection of nearly 23.5 million resources.

    Read more about this innovative collaboration in the Brock News and learn how to make your request in just a few clicks.


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  • University Life

    Whether you are a new or returning student, a first-time instructor or seasoned faculty, this selection of books will have useful insights for you.

    Browse this collection of e-books and explore such topics as:

    • diversity in higher education
    • educational administration
    • the mechanics of teaching
    • supporting student well-being
    • writing guides
    • learning mindfully
    • career development, and more.

    All titles are available online.

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  • Public library collaboration makes a virtual return

    Take advantage of the great online resources from your public library by signing up for free accounts.

    The St. Catharines and Thorold Public Libraries extend free memberships to Brock students in the two communities.

    Popular magazines, audio books, streaming videos and music are available for you borrow with your public library card, and offer the perfect complement to our more scholarly collections.

    Join today!

    St. Catharines Public Library

    Thorold Public Library

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  • Career Opportunity in Library Systems & Technologies

    Brock University Library invites applications for a full-time Library Systems Analyst.

    Working in our Library Systems & Technologies department, the systems analyst will be responsible for:

    • Day-to-day operation of the technical aspects of the Library Services Platform (LSP):  configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting, training, working with outside parties to resolve problems, etc.;
    • Providing development specifications for library system integrations, working as part of a team to enhance and streamline integrations with existing University systems (in collaboration and consultation with ITS partners);
    • Implementing library application solutions that are reliable and secure;
    • Providing all library system and project management documentation, as required;
    • Providing advice and technical expertise in generating complex reports;

    Please see the position posting for more details.

    Apply online by Aug. 30, 2021 at 12:01am EST.

    Questions? Email, Head, Library Systems & Technologies.

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  • Career Opportunity in Library Access Services

    Brock University Library invites applications for a full-time contract position of Circulation Assistant.

    Working in our Access Services department, a Circulation Assistant supports our busy Ask Us desk, and:

    • Assists students, faculty, staff, community members and other visitors in locating, using and borrowing material, and communicating relevant loan rules and library policies
    • Guides users in the functions of the Integrated Library System (Omni) and, upon request, direct to online databases and other Library and Learning Commons resources and services
    • Processes circulation tasks including loans, returns, requests for holds, digitization, transit to other campus locations or consortia partner libraries
    • Provides first point of contact service and basic technical support, including logging on to workstation, how to print, scan, and photocopy
    • Provides directional/ reception service, responding to questions, in-person, by telephone, and over email regarding internal library and university departments/ locations

    Please see the position posting for more details.

    Apply online by Aug. 12, 2021 at 12:01am EST.

    Questions? Email, Head, Access Services.

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  • Career Opportunity in the Digital Scholarship Lab

    Brock University Library invites applications for a full-time contract position of Digital Scholarship Lab Coordinator.

    The Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) Operations Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating and administering the daily operations of the Digital Scholarship Lab. The incumbent also works in collaboration with library and University colleagues to develop and implement integrated internal and external marketing communications and outreach initiatives to promote the DSL.

    Apply online by August 10, 2021, 2021 at 12:01am EST.

    Questions? Email, Acting Head, Digital Scholarship Lab.

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  • Book a spot!

    With the University now in stage 3 of its reopening process, we are pleased to offer increased study options in the James A. Gibson Library. Fifty individual study spots are available for pre-booking.

    Two or three-hour time slots are available during weekday mornings and afternoons. The Library closes between 12 and 1pm for cleaning.

    Make your booking now!

    Questions? Please email


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  • Instructors encouraged to submit fall term reading lists soon

    Reserve request processing for the fall term is underway at Brock University Library.

    To ensure your students have access to their fall course materials, we encourage you to submit reading lists as soon as possible. Ideally by August 3, 2021.  

    An instructor self-serve option is also available, providing flexibility to instructors who wish to do this work themselves. All self-submissions will get a final check for copyright compliance, and will then be active for students. 

    A note about print reserve readings:

    While we encourage instructors to continue using online alternatives, print reserves will resume for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    It is important for instructors to consider the element of risk in choosing to use print reserves for your course: If strict public health measures were to resume, these materials might be inaccessible for your students. Electronic readings have the benefit of being available to students no matter the changing public health measures.

    Several alternatives to print resources are available including the creation of course-specific online packs. The Reserves team is ready to work with you to develop these for your students. More information about non-print options is available. Liaison Librarians are also available to help you identify alternate resources. 

    The E-Textbook Challenge.

    Providing digital access to some textbooks may be hindered by the textbook publishers because most textbooks are not available to libraries in any format other than print.  Most of the major textbook publishers — Pearson, Cengage, Houghton, McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press Canada Textbooks, Elsevier Imprints, Thieme — do not sell e-textbooks to libraries. This means that for courses that have adopted textbooks from these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook have no alternative access to the textbook contents. 


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