• Now hiring: Digital Scholarship/ Special Projects Librarian

    Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time, 12-month limited-term position of Digital Scholarship/ Special Projects Librarian from qualified candidates who have demonstrated interest in and understanding of open publishing, digital scholarship, and/or the research lifecycle.

    The successful candidate will:

    • Contribute to the open publishing infrastructure on campus using Brock’s instance of Open Journal Systems;
    • Contribute to the administration of Brock University’s Institutional Repository;
    • In collaboration with the Scholarly Communications Librarian, promote a culture of open scholarship on campus;
    • Provides services to support digital scholarship including consultations, project support, instruction, workshop development and delivery;
    • Collaborate with campus partners and continuously learn about digital scholarship trends, tools and methods currently available on campus and beyond;
    • Provide recommendations about existing digital scholarship initiatives and services, in consultation with the Head, Research Lifecycle;
    • Develops and promotes educational content (tutorials, guides, etc.) that supports digital scholarship on campus;
    • Collaboratively support departmental goals and activities;
    • Engage in ongoing professional development and apply useful developments into practice.

    Learn more about this opportunity, and apply by Thursday, October 26th (12:01 AM).

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  • Honouring Indigenous Women and Girls

    This month’s featured Omni Collection is intended to honour and remember the lives of Indigenous Women and Girls in recognition of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Sisters In Spirit Day. Browse and borrow from the print collection displayed next to the Ask Us desk and head online to view the Indigenous Women on Film sub-collection of documentaries.

    The collection also acts as a complement to The Canadian Library, a grassroots art installation project that acts as a memorial to all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people. The goal of the CLP is to wrap 8,000 books across Canada in fabric prints that reflect First Nations, Métis and Inuit as a testament to the lives lost. Before each book is placed on the gallery bookshelf in the library, the name of one of the MMIWG2S+ is written in gold along its spine.

    Brock Library is hosting three drop-in wrapping events in Learning Commons Classroom B (ST230). While no RSVP is required, registering on ExperienceBU and checking in at the events, will provide participants with credit toward their co-curricular record.  Sessions will be held on Monday, September 25 (2:30-5pm), Friday, September 29 (1:30-4pm), and Monday, October 2 (1:30-4pm).

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  • Public library memberships available

    We love libraries! All kinds. So we are delighted to announce on-campus visits by staff from the St. Catharines and Thorold Public Libraries.

    Getting a card is easy, and free. Fill in a form, present some ID, and then you’ll be all set to borrow video games, join book clubs, experience adult craft nights, and more. Online resources such as popular magazines, audio books, streaming videos and music are also available, and offer the perfect complement to our more scholarly collections.

    Who: Thorold Public Library
    Matheson Learning Commons (Library main floor)
    Wednesday, September 13, 2-4 pm.

    Who: St. Catharines Public Library
    Where: Matheson Learning Commons (Library main floor)
    When: Thursday, September 14, 1-5 pm.


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  • Treasures from the Shickluna Shipyard Dig.

    Back in 2018, a research team led by Brock University archaeologist and maritime historian Kimberly Monk received federal funding to excavate the Shickluna Shipyard site in downtown St. Catharines.  The team’s discoveries and insights form the basis of a stunning new display hosted in the Library and Learning Commons this fall.

    The exhibit is comprised of two parts which, when combined explore the evolving cultural landscape which we refer to as the Shickluna Shipyard site. The Changing Human Landscape on Twelve Mile Creek (displayed at the south entrance to the Learning Commons), sets the scene of the dig and characterizes the sites’ earliest occupants. Uncovering Historic Landscapes at the Shickluna Shipyard: A Multi-Component Archaeological Site is displayed inside the library, and explores the history of the site after 1891.

    Although the on-going project is focused on Shickluna, and the over 60 years of shipbuilding that took place at the site, the exhibit recognizes the breadth of human history that has shaped this landscape over time. The next phase of fieldwork will explore deeper and adjacent contexts. Follow the project, and new developments on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

    Stop by and view the exhibit which runs until October 16.




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  • Fall wellness book club registration now open

    Registration is now open for the fall 2023 Wellness Book Club.  This term, we will be reading a book all about the promises and the darker side of wellness culture.  Described as “a clear-eyed exploration of what wellness can actually offer us,” The Gospel of Wellness is written by a journalist who has tried nearly every wellness trend: the ‘clean’ eating, the detoxes, the boutique fitness classes, and more.  Rina Raphael argues that, rather than alleviating stress, the wellness industry creates unrealistic and costly burdens on consumers.

    The Book Club is hosted by librarian, Justine Cotton, who is passionate about the positive impact of reading and community.  You can contact her with any questions about the Club at

    Members will receive a copy of the book and a wellness care package.  Meetings will be held virtually during the month of October and participants may choose to participate in a research study on the benefits of reading “for fun” on stress levels in university students.

    Register here:

    *maximum 10 participants

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  • Join in the hunt on International Geocaching Day

    Have you ever wanted to go on a real-life treasure hunt, but never did because you thought it was only real in children’s stories and the movies? Well, get ready for adventure and exploring because geocaching is 21st century treasure hunting! Geocaching is a free outdoor activity that uses GPS technology to find the containers unsurprisingly called a geocache that have small treasures to trade, and a log book to sign.  

    To start, borrow a GPS device from the Map, Data & GIS Library, or download a geocaching app on your smartphone like Geocaching (Android, iPhone, and iPad), Cachly (iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch), or c:geo (Android), and input the coordinates for the geocache you want to find. There are two geocaches on Brock Campus – Welcome to Brock, a micro-cache, and Fin de Siècle, a multi-step cache. 

    Next, find the cache! Stay on the trail if there is one, and once you’re close, use your hands and eyes to finish the hunt. They can be well hidden so be creative while searching and while they are never buried, they are not always on the ground. When you find it, sign the logbook, take a treasure, and always leave another treasure of equal or greater value for the next geocachers. Take your trash out with you and leave the site better than you found it.  

    Join geocachers around the world on August 19, 2023 for the 12th annual celebration of International Geocaching Day! Go to for more information on geocaching and events. 

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  • Architecture

    This month and next, the Library presents you with a collection related to something we all experience everyday and, probably take for granted: our built environment.  

    Among the curated titles, this newest featured collection lets you:

    Explore the Architecture collection online, and in print on the display shelves next to the Ask Us desk.  

    For resources related to Brock’s built environment including scale models of the campus, check out Architecture in the Brock University Digital Repository.

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  • The Barbenheimer craze

    Today (July 21), marks the release of two biopics in movie theatres. Barbie, a comedy, features the doll and her partner Ken on a voyage of self-discovery after their expulsion from “Barbieland”. Oppenheimer, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, is the story of the nuclear physicist who was the head of Los Alamos Laboratory, which was instrumental in the development of the first-ever nuclear bomb.

    Many moviegoers are making a double feature out of the two films, which have become known as “Barbenheimer.”

    The Library has compiled a featured collection of Barbie and Oppenheimer e-books and print titles. You can find the print volumes atop our Badger Books shelves on the main floor.

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  • Employment opportunity

    Join our User Services & Engagement team at the James A. Gibson Library as a Library Assistant, Engagement. In this role you will:

    • promote Library services and build awareness of Library services and resources
    • initiate engagement and outreach activities
    • manage the Library’s social media accounts
    • create physical and virtual promotional / informational materials
    • act as first point of contact for users and assist with research and general inquiries
    • provide back-up support, as needed, to departmental teams supporting other key service areas (e.g. Reserves, Interlibrary loan, Stacks maintenance).

    If you are a highly creative and collaborative person with a strong service ethic, please apply on the Career Services website by August 12 at 12:01am.

    Note: Interested applicants are asked to provide a sample of their promotional work along with resume and cover letter.

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  • Instructors encouraged to submit fall term reading lists soon

    Reserve request processing for the fall term is underway at Brock University Library. Beat the rush and ensure your students have timely access to their fall course materials. We encourage you to submit reading lists as soon as possible. Ideally by early to mid-August.  

    An instructor self-serve option is also available, providing flexibility to instructors who wish to do this work themselves. All self-submissions will get a final check for copyright compliance, and will then be active for students. 


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