• Exam supports: studying in the Library

    Brock University Library offers a variety of study options which include areas for group learning and collaboration as well as quiet individual zones and silent areas. Just in time for exam season, here’s a reminder of the options available to you.

    Silent Zones: No talking please

    • Learning Commons Classroom B
    • Floor 5 Silent Study room (ST 500)
    • Floors 9 & 10 (even in the single study rooms)

    Quiet Zones: Low level conversation between individuals

    • Learning Commons Classroom A, one-person study desks, and computer areas.
    • Floors 5, 6, 7 at single study desks
    • Floor 8

    Group Zones: Low level conversation in groups

    • Learning Commons group tables and hallway seating
    • Floor 5
    • Floor 6
    • Floor 7

    Wherever you choose to study, stop by the Ask Us desk first and pick up some free ear plugs.

    Exam time often means high stress and high spirits. If you have concerns about noise, please contact us in-person at the Ask Us desk for immediate assistance.

    Beyond the James A. Gibson Library, additional sweet study spots include:

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  • Exam supports: Unstudy spot, de-stressing events return

    A library crowd favourite from last term is returning in April. As part of wellness and exam de-stressing activities, the Unstudy Spot will be available from April 9 to 23 in the Learning Commons. Colouring sheets, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, a giant Sudoku, and more were a welcome diversion for students in December, and we are happy to bring it back.

    Check out the full slate of relaxation activities and our Exam De-stress Guide.

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

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  • Exam supports: Map, Data & GIS Library

    Looking for some quiet study space? The Map, Data & GIS Library is open 9-4 Monday to Friday and hosts a number of public PCs plus large tables for group study or comfy chairs for individual study. You do not need to reserve a desk or table and all are welcome to use our space!

    Coming soon…. an ‘unstudy’ table with puzzles, colouring pages, and origami to provide necessary distractions leading to reduced stress and healthy minds.

    Here’s how to find us. See you soon, in the MDGL! Mackenzie Chown Complex, C306.

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  • Career opportunity in Library Collections Services

    Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Collections Librarian. This position is part of the Brock Black Cluster Hire initiative and belongs to the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) employee group. As a signatory to the Scarborough Charter on anti-Black racism and Black inclusion, Brock is committed to the development of Black academic and research excellence.

    The successful candidate will collaborate with a team of eleven professionals within the Collections Department and will be responsible for developing collection management strategies related to various resource formats including print, ebooks, streaming media, databases, and journals. Collection analysis and assessment is also part of this role.

    All applicants to this Brock Black Cluster Hire must identify as Black, African, and/or as a person of African-Caribbean descent in their cover letter and through the self-identification application process. This opportunity is specific to applicants who self-identify as Black, African, and/or of African-Caribbean descent, and this self-identification information will be used for the purposes of screening candidates.

    Learn more about this position, qualifications, salary, etc. and apply by May 7, 2024 at 12:01 am

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  • Metadata Specialist career opportunity

    Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time, permanent position of Metadata Specialist in the Library Collections Services department.

    Reporting to the Head, Collections Services, the Metadata Specialist is responsible for the creation, maintenance and integrity of metadata for all Library materials, including Archives & Special Collections, and University departmental collections. The Metadata Specialist will also create policies and procedures in accordance with metadata standards of practice for the library catalogue.

    Learn more about this position, qualifications, salary, etc. and apply by April 17, 2024 at 12:01 am

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  • Celebrate Pride Weeks with the Library

    Brock Library is joining in campus-wide celebrations of 2SLGBTQIA+ Pride this month with exhibits and activities focused on education and enjoyment. 

    From March 18 through 29, the Library will host: 

    • Reading out Proud – a curated selection of books and films which take an intersectional approach to examining queer life and issues such as race, disability, class and politics. Reading out Proud includes a digital collection as well as print titles on our Badger Books end cap.
    • Know your Pride flags – Drop by our display documenting the history and identities which are expressed and celebrated through Pride flags. Adjacent to the Badger Books collection. 

    On March 22, all are welcome to join a Queer Crafternoon from 1-4 p.m. in Library Classroom B. Drop in to de-stress and celebrate your Pride with an afternoon of casual crafting featuring 2S&LGBTQ+-themed colouring sheets, button-making and easy origami. We’ll also have a Cricut machine available: select from previously-created designs or make your own. You can even bring in your own T-shirt — we’ll help you print out a vinyl transfer and stick it on a shirt so you can wear your Pride. 

    No RSVP is required. However if you wish to receive CWC credit, register for these events via ExperienceBU, and scan the QR attendance code at each location.

    Wishing everyone a very happy Pride! 

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  • Who’s who: Teaching & Learning

    We are a group of librarians who are dedicated to teaching students the skills to succeed in modern academic research, as well as building the confidence to navigate an increasingly complex information landscape. Led by Jennifer Thiessen, this department includes Kymberly Ash, Justine Cotton, Ian Gordon, and Vanja Stojanovic.

    As a team, we:

    • work with faculty members to develop library research workshops
    • offer consultations to students with in-depth research questions
    • develop online learning tools to build research skills and confidence

    Learn more about our Team and what we offer by visiting the Library Instruction page.

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  • GIS scholarship opportunity

    Attention all Brock ArcGIS users! It’s time for the Annual Esri Scholarship Competition. Eligible students (current students including undergraduate to graduate with B+ Major average) are invited to submit a ~500 word Esri GIS Project Proposal with their resume to by April 1st 4:30 p.m. A nominee will be announced by April 15th with project deliverables due by June 1st. The deliverables for the successful candidate will include a poster and report in the form of an Esri StoryMap. Prizes include $1,000 cash reward, software access, books, conference passes and more!

    Esri is the industry standard for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) across all sectors. GIS is used at Brock in Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, History, Literature & Language, Political Science, Earth Sciences, Recreation and Leisure Studies and Geography/Tourism.

    More details:
    Student FAQ:

    Submissions and questions should be directed to Sharon Janzen, in the Map, Data & GIS Library, MC-C306

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  • International Love Data Week comes to Brock

    Join the Map, Data & GIS Library for events celebrating International Love Data Week 2024 (February 12-16). A variety of workshops will explore queer data, scraped data, geodata, census data, and more. The Brock University community can learn more about the events and is encouraged to sign-up on ExperienceBU.

    Nicole Stradiotto, Data Services Librarian says, “Love Data week is a chance for the Brock community to highlight the importance of data literacy and to highlight the variety of creative ways that researchers can use data.”

    For more information contact

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  • Black History and African Heritage Month at Brock Library

    This month, as Brock celebrates African Heritage and Black History, the Library is hosting learning opportunities open to all.

    February 7 and 28 at 11am and 2pm: Join David Sharron, Brock University Archivist for a tour that illuminates the Black history of St. Catharines and Niagara through the University’s archival collections.

    February 8, 7pm: Join Archives of Ontario’s Archivist Melissa J. Nelson for a talk on the power and potential of Black archival collections. Melissa positions these collections as tools for empowerment that allow Black record creators to reclaim the historical narrative. This talk celebrates Black record creators who documented and passed on their life’s stories.

    February 12-March 1: Visit the Learning Commons exhibit cases to view Echoes of the African Great Lakes (Rwanda), an exhibit of artifacts curated by SOFIFRAN, a non-profit community organization, created in 2007 by French-speaking immigrant women living in the Niagara region and from various parts of the world.

    We are thankful to our partners, the Black Student Success Centre, SOFIFRAN, and Professor Jean Ntakirutimana, Modern Languages Literatures, and Cultures for their support.

    All month long, we invite you to browse and borrow from a special end-cap of Black authored popular fiction and non-fiction from our Badger Books collection. A virtual book display, Celebrating Black Voices and Sharing Black Stories, is freshly updated with new titles and available online.

    The Brock community is celebrating Black History Month and African Heritage Month with a full calendar of events and programming. See what’s going on and join in the celebrations.

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