• Scholars Portal E-Journals Milestone

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    This week, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) announced that the Scholars Portal Journals platform topped 50 million articles – coinciding with the Council’s 50th anniversary. Learn more about the platform and the coveted Trusted Digital Repository status it holds.

    To access Scholars Portal Journals please visit:



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  • E-Reserves: an improvement for students & faculty alike

    Ares, our e-reserve system is making life a whole lot easier for Brock students and faculty alike. Learn more.

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  • On Display: Inuit Carvings from the Pelino Collection

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    The sculpture of Tommy Takpanie. Pelino Collection

    Through December 15th, the Library is hosting an exhibit of exquisite Inuit soap stone sculptures on loan from the private collection of Brock alumnus Joe Pelino (BSc ’91). Learn more about Pelino, his collection and his connection to Iqlauit in the Brock News.


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  • We are all International

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    Who is international? Turns out, we all are. As each of us possess an accent, so too are we international. This is one theme which emerges from Karen Bordonaro’s new book, International Librarianship at Home and Abroad (Chandos).  Bordonaro is a Liaison Librarian in the Gibson Library, and has been an ESL instructor at Brock University. The book was informed by personal experience – Karen is an American who commutes daily to campus –  and a survey of 300 librarians from around the globe. In an era of intensifying internationalization in higher education, the book reinforces that libraries are an integral piece of these efforts. Working abroad is one way of being an international librarian, but there are other ways to achieve a global mission right here at home. Among the responses received from survey participants, supporting study-abroad students and working with international students, as well as hosting and mentoring librarians from abroad, are international activities. Contributing library material and expertise – the work of Librarians Without Borders, is also cited. Karen notes, “libraries connect people and resources across boundaries.” International librarians are “one profession, many communities, connecting to each other to promote learning globally and locally.”

    International Librarians at home and abroad by Karen Bordonaro will be available soon in the Gibson Library.



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  • Federal Court Ruling on Copyright


    Yesterday, the Federal Court of Canada released its long-awaited decision in the case of Access Copyright v. York University, finding against York University. The full decision can be found here. The decision may have profound effects on copyright law in educational institutions across Canada, and the right of users to fair dealing for the purposes of education, research, and private study.  The decision is lengthy and complex, and is currently being reviewed and discussed amongst universities. Brock will keep the community informed of the apparent impact of the decision, and of any new developments. If you have any immediate questions about the decision, please contact Brock’s copyright legal counsel, Jordan Snel.


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  • Library hours for the summer term

    Library Summer Hours 8-5, M-F

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  • Brock Librarians strengthen support for Open Access

    Brock Librarians are leading by example as champions of open scholarship with a new commitment to freely share the results of their scholarly activities.

    Under Library Council’s new Open Access Policy, librarians will strive to practice Open Access by:

    • Depositing their scholarly outputs in the Brock Digital Repository or other appropriate subject/institutional repository
    • Publishing in open access journals whenever feasible
    • Openly disseminating any scholarly non-textual outputs
    • Advocating for open publishing in their work as editors, reviewers and authors
    • Assisting all Brock researchers, including their library colleagues, to make their research openly available

    “This policy statement reflects Library Council’s support for the importance of openness,” said Ian Gibson, chair of Library Council, “while respecting the academic freedom of Librarians to publish in the manner they feel is most appropriate for their work.”

    Open Access has many benefits, including broadening the reach of Brock research, enhancing opportunities for collaboration and promoting new models of freely sharing scholarship. It also ensures publicly funded research is freely available to the public.

    Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Yates, Liaison/Scholarly Communication Librarian ~


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  • Library Open Access Publishing Fund opens for 2017-18

    The Library Open Access Publishing Fund is now accepting applications for 2017-18.

    The fund, established in 2011, raises awareness of the benefits of open access to scholarly research and helps Brock authors broaden the reach of their research. The fund allows Brock researchers to apply for grants to cover the costs of article-processing charges levied by some open access journals. The fund – increased to $15,000 for 2017-18 – provides maximum grants of $2,500 CDN per author.

    While article-processing charges (APCs) are not a sustainable business model to transform scholarly publishing, in some cases Brock researchers may feel that publishing in open access journals with APCs is the best way to make their publications publicly accessible. The Library, as a partner in disseminating Brock scholarship, demonstrates its commitment to open access by financially supporting the publishing fund and several other initiatives.

    Many other venues allow researchers to achieve open access, including the Brock Digital Repository, a publicly accessible online archive where Brock scholars can make their work accessible to everyone around the globe — for free.

    The Library also invests in open access memberships with several publishers which provide discounted APCs for members of the Brock community. And we financially support the development of innovative open access platforms for scholarship, including Erudit, the Directory of Open Access Journals and the Public Knowledge Project.

    The Library also provides local support for several peer-reviewed open access journals via Scholarly Journals at Brock; we welcome more publications to join the platform.

    Questions? Contact Elizabeth Yates, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at or 905-688-5550 x4469.

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  • Congratulations Class of 2017!

    From all of us at the Gibson and Map, Data & GIS Libraries, our compliments and very best wishes for success to the graduating class of 2017. We welcome you to use our services, borrow at no charge, and enjoy other privileges such as access to online resources. Read more and stop by soon!

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  • Alternate Access to the Library and Learning Commons

    During the temporary closure of the Schmon Tower lobby (part of Brock LINC construction), please access the Library and Learning Commons through the south Thistle doors.

    To meet with your Liaison Librarian on the 11th floor, use the elevators from the first floor near Guernsey Market.

    To return books after hours, please use the drop-box at Campus Security Services in the Kenmore Centre. Faculty and staff also have the option of returning books via inter-office mail.

    In addition:

    • CareerZone has moved from its location near the south entrance to ST211 near the elevators.
    • A-Z Learning Services workshops will be held in TH123 instead of LC Classroom B.
    • The Common Grounds Café remains open and be available during construction.

    Thank you for your understanding!

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