• Supporting Brock students at exam time

    One of our Library Strategic priorities is student success.  At this time of year, we are busy supporting students who are completing final assignments, and preparing for exams. In recent years, supporting student wellness has become a mission close to our hearts as well. This month, we are happy to host de-stressing activities for students throughout the exam period including Mindful Moments (3 short meditation sessions), Library Yoga, and an Unstudy Spot. Located in the Learning Commons, students can find a drop-in zone that is filled with crosswords, puzzles, origami, and colouring sheets. We are also happy to share a newly revamped online Exam De-stress Guide.

    To all writing and marking exams this month, we wish you success.

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  • Career opportunity in Access Services

    Brock University Library is recruiting for 2 Circulation Clerks in an on-going casual capacity.

    Circulation Clerks in Access Services are responsible for assisting users with locating, using and borrowing material and providing basic copying and printing services to all users at the Ask Us desk. Depending on departmental needs, Circulation Clerks may work a variety of days/shifts including day, evening, weekend and/or holiday on an “on-call” temporary basis.

    Learn more about these positions and apply by December 5, 2023 at 12:01 am

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  • Career opportunity in Library Acquisitions

    Brock University Library is recruiting a Library Assistant for the Acquisitions department.

    Reporting to the Head, Collections Services, the Library Assistant, Acquisitions completes the acquisitions process for all digital media, as well as print and electronic monograph resources, completes financial processes, coordinates and processes all donations, and provides operational support for the department.

    Learn more about this full time position, qualifications, salary, etc. and apply by November 22, 2023 at 12:01 am

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  • Wellness Week at the Library

    BUSU Wellness Week (November 6-10, 2023) invites students to de-stress, unwind, and have fun in the midst of the semester. As part of the week’s events, the Library is happy to offer three beginner-friendly workshops.

    Library Yoga: Monday, November 6, 6-7 pm. and Wednesday, November 8, 9-10 am.
    Librarian and yoga instructor Justine Cotton will guide you through a series of gentle poses and mindful breathing exercises, helping you let go of stress and calm your mind. Everyone is welcome (no yoga experience required!) and mats will be provided – simply wear something comfortable and bring your water.  Limited spots are available, so participants are encouraged to reserve their place in advance.

    Mindful Folding, Wellness Week Origami:  Tuesday, November 7, 12-1 pm.
    Join Amanda and Evelyn for some ‘mindful folding’ over the lunch hour. This session by beginners for beginners is open to all skill levels. All materials supplied.

    Library wellness sessions will take place in Learning Commons Classroom B (ST 230).

    For more Wellness Week resources, events, and activities, visit the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) website.

    A variety of resources aimed at supporting students’ well-being are available at Brock Library all year long. Board games, light therapy lamps, and the Badger Books (recreational) collection are available to borrow as well as colouring pencils and jigsaw puzzles. Visit Wellness at the Library to see the different ways we can help you unwind and de-stress.


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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;
    • Analyzing and implementing robust data management procedures by integrating third-party software solutions, and more.

    Learn more about the role from the Brock Career Services site.

    Apply online by November 22, 2023 at 12:01am EST.

    Questions? Email, Head, Library Systems & Technologies.

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  • GIS Day Buzz

    Wednesday, November 15th marks a special day in the geography world as we gear up to celebrate GIS! Geographic Information Systems (GIS) combines software, hardware, data and people to create, analyze and disseminate geospatial data and ideas about where and why things happen as they do. Join us this year to learn more about GIS and specifically ArcGIS, the industry standard for mapping technology. The Map, Data & GIS Library is hosting a variety of events including:

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023

    10-11:30 a.m. GIS for Faculty and Staff: A 90 minute workshop introducing attendees to the Esri site license and ArcGIS software options for research, teaching and administrative tasks. Registration recommended.

    12-1:15 p.m. Pizza & Cake in the MDGL: Join the Tourism and Geography Society (TAGS) for lunch in the MDGL where anyone can buy a slice of pizza ($$) and partake of the infamous GIS Day cake (free)!

    1:30-3:30 p.m. GIS for Brock Community: This 120 minute session will introduce students, faculty and staff to GIS with a hands-on component. Attendees should bring their own device to engage fully with the session. Registration recommended.

    Further to the Brock GIS Day festivities, interested parties can take advantage of the FREE online GIS Days Conference hosted by Western University Libraries. The conference runs from Nov. 13-16, 2023. Check out the schedule and register today!

    Brock representations at the GIS Days conference includes:

    Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Introduction to ArcGIS Online by Sharon Janzen

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. HGIS Lightning talk by Rebecca Nickerson

    Questions? Contact (Map, Data & GIS Library, MC-C306)

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  • GIS Day is coming …

    It’s that time of year again when we start planning for GIS Day! November 15th will mark this eventful day for all users of GIS technologies. We will have presentations, contests and displays as well as tutorials, pizza ($$) and CAKE (FREE!). Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 15, 2023 and stay tuned for details.

    GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems and broadly represents the technology behind analyzing and creating map products. There are many departments using geospatial technologies for research and teaching at Brock University: Geography & Tourism Studies, Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Political Sciences, History, Modern Literature & Languages, etc. If you haven’t tried giving a spatial context to your work, perhaps it’s time to explore the options available.

    Follow us on Instagram for up-to-date information.


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  • Learn about systematic reviews, scoping reviews and more

    Join the Library’s evidence synthesis team members Elizabeth Yates, Denise Smith and Ian Gordon for an online workshop entitled Introduction to evidence synthesis research – including systematic reviews and scoping reviews – as part of the Building Better Research series on Nov. 2, 12-1 pm.  

    Evidence synthesis projects such as systematic or scoping reviews use rigorous and comprehensive methods to gather, synthesize and analyze data from large sets of primary studies. These reviews are increasingly popular in a variety of academic disciplines. However, these time- and resource-intensive projects are challenging, involve a team of researchers, and are not appropriate for all research objectives. This session will cover the key steps and tools in conducting a systematic or scoping review, present alternative review types, and discuss how to identify the review type most suited to your research question. 

    Register for this workshop via Experience BU 

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  • Library supports for open access publishing

    Library supports for open access publishing 

    Global celebrations of International Open Access Week from Oct. 23-29 are a good opportunity to highlight how the Library supports Brock researchers in achieving broad reach and deep impact for their publications. 

    Open Access refers to free, immediate online access to research and brings many benefits, including increased visibility for Brock research, higher citation rates and public access to publicly-funded research. Supporting open access has always been a key priority for the Library, which: 

    • Provides free hosting support for 12 open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals operated by Brock researchers 
    • Disseminates Brock research globally via the open access Brock Digital Repository 
    • Invests in a wide range of open access platforms which benefit researchers and readers around the globe 
    • Participates in a growing number of read-and-publish agreements which allow Brock authors to publish for free, or at a discount, in journals which charge fees for full or hybrid open access publication 
    • Supports researchers in meeting the expectations of Brock University’s Open Access Policy  

    To learn more, please consider participating in Brock’s Open Access Week activities or email Elizabeth Yates, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian ~

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  • Open Access Week 2023: Celebrating community over commercialization

    Community over Commercialization is this year’s theme for International Open Access Week, Oct. 23-29. This is more than a slogan. It is a timely statement for a movement that has seen much growth in open access infrastructure and alternative providers in research years. These alternative publishing options for researchers emphasize and facilitate the building of an open access community of researchers and scholars, a deliberate alternative to commercial publishers, which are for-profit companies that extract profits from the work of scholars.

    The Brock Library continues to invest in several such open access platforms. The overall goal of these platforms is to make research freely available to readers around the world. These open infrastructure initiatives are examples of part of this growing movement that takes the products of publicly funded scholarly research out of the commercial sphere- a space largely controlled by a small number of actors, and moves this into a community-operated system of research sharing. The impact of such developments for open access research is far reaching. In this system, both the writers and readers of scholarship have access to the most current findings without having to navigate a paywall.

    To learn more, join Elizabeth Yates, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian, and Laurie Morrison, Collections Librarian, on Oct. 24, 12-1 pm, for a discussion of the perils of prioritizing profit over the public good and the promise offered by community-controlled publishing platforms. Registration via ExperienceBU.

    This workshop is part of the Library’s Open Access Week activities, which also include an Oct. 26 workshop focusing on planning for open access publishing at little or no cost, a virtual collection of books and ebooks focused on open access and information sharing activities.

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