Articles by author: jdingle

  • New Resource: Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

    March for LGBTQ civil rightsArchives of Sexuality and Gender is a tremendous new resource for understanding the histories and experiences of LGBTQ people in the 20th Century. Search more than 3 million pages of content from over 35 countries, including documents from the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives. Highlights include:

    If your research touches on gender and sexuality, you’ll find rare and unique sources not available anywhere else. Start browsing now or ask your liaison librarian to learn more!

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  • More Access: Canadiana Online

    Screenshot of browse interface from Canadiana Online

    How was the weather in Quebec City in 1793? Wonder no more!

    Learn something new about Canada with Canadiana Online, our richest collection of digitized historical documents, ranging from the arrival of European settlers to the late 20th Century. With books, newspapers, and government documents, all digitized and fully searchable, Canadiana Online is the first and best source for Canada’s documentary heritage.

    In 2018, our access to Canadiana Online is greatly increasing, from around 5 million pages of digitized content to than 30 million pages. Check out these newly digitized sources for yourself here or ask your liaison librarian to lean more!

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  • New Resource: AAAS Historical Periodicals Collection

    Screenshot from AAAS Historical Periodicals CollectionCheck out the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection – your new primary source for American History. With coverage running from 1684 to 1912, this is the most extensive collection of historical American periodicals available. Search across over 10 million pages of rich content relevant to all aspects of American History during this period.

    Contact your liaison librarian to learn more!

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  • Welcome to our new website!

    You’ve probably noticed that the Library website looks a little different. That’s because we have switched our webpages over to Brock’s WordPress content management system, part of a gradual rollout for the entire university website.

    This change only affects the Library’s own information pages – tools like SuperSearch, the library catalogue, and other library databases remain the same. The addresses for some library web pages have changed, but any outdated links will automatically redirect to the updated address.


    • Responsive Design
      • The new website is responsive, meaning it will automatically adjust to fit whatever device you’re using – desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet
    • Streamlined Navigation
      • Our navigation and site layout have been streamlined to make it easier to find what you’re looking for
    • Accessibility
      • We’ve ensured the website meets with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) standards so it is useable for everyone.


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    If you have questions about this change, please contact:

    John Dingle
    Digital Services & Liaison Librarian

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  • Library Speaker Series … Bright Ideas You can Use

    The Brock Library is set to launch the Library Speaker Series next week with the aim of exploring new directions, roles and initiatives for the academic library.

    Our first talk – a panel discussion on Makerspaces in Higher Education, will be held Wednesday, May 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Makerspace movement offers libraries new ways to engage with students, forge new campus collaborations, and participate in discussions surrounding new understandings of both teaching and learning. All are invited to learn how these unique spaces in libraries can unleash creativity and innovation to solve real-world problems. Dr. Camille Rutherford, Department of Teacher Education and Dr. Karen Smith, Department of Popular Culture, Communication and Film will share their knowledge and experience in a panel discussion along with Tabitha Lewis from the Library Makerspace team.

    Makerspaces in Higher Education: a Panel Discussion
    Wednesday May 3, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Thistle 253 (Library E-Classroom)

    All are Welcome!

    Categories: Main, Makerspace

  • Kudos to University Archivist

    The Library is happy to recognize the significant accomplishment of our Archivist, David Sharron who recently certified as a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS). Training for the certification is administered by the Society of American Archivists and is a particularly rigorous two year program of course work on digital archives. Passing the certification exam with flying colours, David is one of only three archivists in all of Canada to receive this desgination.


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  • Game Design in the Makerspace

    It’s not too late! Check out our game challenge on Experience BU and enter.

    We are looking for the best:

    • Characters
    • Asset and background design
    • Game music (score)

    Submit entries to with subject title –  Game Design.

    Categories: Makerspace

  • Extended Hours during the Examination Period

    Calling all night owls! #LateNightLibrary is back for the winter term. The main floor of the James A. Gibson Library and Matheson Learning Commons will be open until 2:30 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday each week. Friday April 21 we will also be open until 2:30am.

    Saturdays April 15 and April 22 we will be open from 9:00am-11:00pm.

    Extended hours will be available until April 25th.

    The late night study space includes individual study space, computers, group study rooms, photocopiers and printers. Please note that access is via the Thistle entrance only — the Schmon Tower entrance doors will be unavailable. Library services such as borrowing and research help will not be available during late night study.

    Those who rely on public transit should be aware of transit schedules. Please note the last St. Catharines Transit Bus leaving campus is at 11:30pm. During late night hours patrons desiring accompaniment walking to their residence or car can contact Campus Security (download the Brock Mobile app to easily reach the dispatcher). During the exam period, BUSU will continue to offer the ‘Drive Home’ shuttle service.
    This initiative would not be possible without the cooperation and support of BUSU, Campus Security and Facilities Management.

    Questions? Contact


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  • On Display : Astérix and Obélix

    “The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely! One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaires who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium …”

    Translated into 107 languages and adored around the world, the comic series Astérix et Obélix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo debuted in 1959. In all, 36 albumns have been published since then. In addition to print, the anti-heroes have been featured in numerous films and games. In 1989, their influence extended further with the opening of Parc Astérix, a theme park north of Paris.

    The Library and Learning Commons display cases – in a light-hearted end to the winter term, are exhibiting several albums and figurines of the characters. Enjoy the display and be on the look-out for Dogmatix (Astérix’s loyal companion and tiny fearless terrier). He has his own method for dealing with the invading Romans!

    Special thanks to Sébastien Marchal (University Marketing and Communications) and Catherine Parayre (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures – French Studies) for this entertaining exhibit.

    Categories: Featured Collections, Main

  • Music Books, Scores & Journals Relocated

    In preparation for upcoming renovations to the 5th floor of the Schmon Tower, music books, scores and periodicals have been permanently relocated. The book collection (both circulating and reference) and music scores are now located on the 8th floor of the Library. Music periodicals are shelved on the 7th floor.

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