Articles by author: Evelyn Smith

  • We are hiring!

    The Brock University Library seeks candidates for two vacancies:

    The Library Assistant, Acquisitions position is a full-time, ongoing role. Applications will be accepted until 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24.

    The Circulation Clerk position is ongoing, casual. Applications will be accepted until 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31.

    Consider joining our team and apply soon @

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  • On Display: Origins of Niagara’s Winescapes

    When enjoying a glass of wine from the Niagara region, have you ever thought, how did this wine come to be? The Origins of Niagara’s Winescape exhibit features artifacts from the Brock University Archives the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. The exhibit explores the lasting legacy of Niagara’s wineries – from the first grape growers in the 1850s to the present. The exhibit runs until the end of July in the James A. Gibson Library, and will then move to the Brock University Archives.

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  • Calling all researchers: apply now for open access publishing support from the Library

    The 2019-2020 Library Open Access Publishing Fund is now accepting applications. The fund supports Brock researchers by offering grants of up to $1,500 to help authors maximize the reach of their research by publishing in an open access journal. The grants can be used to help pay article processing fees charged by some open access journals.

    Grant applicants must meet specific eligibility criteria. New this year, the fund requires that applicants’ articles must already have been accepted for publication. This will ensure that Library funds are used effectively.

    In addition to the open access fund, the Library provides many other supports for open access including:

    • open access memberships which allow Brock researchers to publish in open access journals for a reduced fee – or for free
    • Brock Digital Repository – an open online collection of Brock scholarly outputs. Researchers can submit their articles directly to the repository or receive assistance from the Library.
    • Scholarly Journals at Brock – the Library provides infrastructure support for several open-access, peer-reviewed journals; interested journal editors can work with us to move their journals onto the free Brock platform

    Questions about open access or scholarly publishing? Please contact Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian Elizabeth Yates ~ or X4469.

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  • We’ve expanded our games collection

    In an effort to encourage student mental health and wellness, the Library has expanded its games and stressbusters collection.  Items are available for three day loan from both the Map, Data & GIS Library and the James A. Gibson Library (at the Ask Us Desk).

    In time for the fall semester, a Wellness book collection, and additional resources will be ready for use by all Brock students, staff and faculty.

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  • Keeping computer users safe

    We all have a role to play in keeping our computer networks secure. To better protect the Brock community from computer viruses, malware and spyware, the library has ended the short term loan of memory sticks and memory cards. For your convenience, the following are available for purchase at the Ask Us desk:

    Memory sticks (16 GB)        $8.00
    Micro SDHC cards (16 GB)        $12.00

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  • New Library Service – Support for Sharing Your Work

    Sharing research openly is the best way to enhance your impact as a scholar: openly accessible articles are easier to find – and get cited more often.

    The Library is expanding its suite of services supporting open access for Brock researchers with a new service called Support for Sharing your Work. The service assists researchers in sharing their articles via the Brock Digital Repository, which provides free, immediate access to readers while also allowing Brock scholars to track downloads and views of their articles.

    To use the service, authors can complete a short form and attach a copy of the article they would like to share. Library staff will review the documents for compliance with publisher copyright policies and then make them accessible to the public by depositing them in the Brock Digital Repository. Articles in the repository are highly visible: they are disseminated around the globe via Google Scholar and several repository directories and are also indexed in SuperSearch, the Library Search engine.

    Each article is assigned a unique persistent identifier, making it easier for researchers to share their work with others and to track how often their articles are being viewed and downloaded.

    Questions? Contact Tim Ribaric, Acting Head, Digital Scholarship Lab, at

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  • Join our team as Associate University Librarian

    The Brock University Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL).  The portfolio of this position includes Academic Services and Student Success.

    We are at an exiting time in our organization, examining the structures, processes, and service models that best align with the Library’s and the University’s strategic plans.

    If you are comfortable working in an evolutionary environment with a broad understanding of the strategic directions of academic libraries, this could be the leadership opportunity you are looking for.

    Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 15 at 12:01 am.

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  • Kaleidoscope of French, German, Hispanic & Latin American and Italian Cultures

    The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures has mounted a display in the Learning Commons and Thistle hallway showcasing various aspects of French, German, Hispanic & Latin American and Italian Cultures.

    Come to view the intriguing assortment of items on display and win a prize by successfully answering a skill-testing question each week.

    Each weekly question can be found on the MLLC website. Please send your responses to:

    Event: Kaleidoscope of French, German, Hispanic & Latin American and Italian Cultures
    Place: Display cases in the Library Commons and Thistle corridor
    Date:  Monday, March 25 to Friday, April 5

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  • On Display: Masques, Mythes et Mascarades – Masks, Myths and Masquerades

    As part of African Heritage Month activities @ Brock University and Festive’Ébène, the Library is hosting an exhibit of hand-crafted ceremonial masks curated by Nafée Faigou of Solidarité des femmes et familles interconnectées francophones du Niagara (SOFIFRAN).

    Nafée notes that “masks are vital to many aspects of life in Africa. They are powerful tools that Africans employ to ensure the health of their community.  Various themes run through the masking traditions of African societies; they are both social and religious, with all the ramifications of both establishments. A distinction between them is hard since they overlap and intertwine. Masks are living presences that represent and mediate between the empirical and the supernatural worlds at those moments when power, protection, and the crisis of life and death are in dubious balance. Today, they still accompany everyday life in and outside of Africa.”

    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.

    Masques, Mythes et Mascarades – Masks, Myths and Masquerades is on display until March 1.

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  • New resource: Embase for biomedical research

    The Library now offers access to EMBASE, a key biomedical database and essential tool for conducting systematic review/evidence synthesis research. EMBASE includes more than 31 million records from more than 8,500 peer-reviewed journals. A crucial complement to the MEDLINE database, Embase provides notable coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research, pharmacology and toxicology as well as robust content from international scholarly publications.

    Contact your liaison librarian for more information.

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