• Exhibit: The Mother of all Game Jams

    At the end of February, the Department of Digital Humanities hosted “The Mother of All Game Jams,” a two-day game design workshop open to both community members as well as Brock students, staff, and faculty where participants were asked to design games on the theme of motherhood, mothering, and maternal identity. Organized by Dr. Sarah Stang, and facilitated by the Library’s Makerspace, this event was designed to push back against the idea that moms don’t play or make games and to explore what it means to be a mother through game design.

    On May 11 – Mother’s Day weekend – the games will be showcased at the St. Catharines Public Library in a drop-in, family friendly event held in the Mills Room from 10am-4pm. Come check them out!

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  • Exam encouragement exhibit

    This month, the Learning Commons display cases feature a little bit of encouragement to all those writing exams and completing final assignments.

    The Library offers group, quiet and silent spaces for student work. We host de-stress events during the exam period, and have curated an array of relaxation links in a newly updated library guide. Visit the display today to learn more or, 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: 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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  • Cosmic Reads

    April 8, 2024 will mark an exciting celestial event as a total solar eclipse covers the sky over the Niagara region. As we celebrate this observation, Brock University has scheduled an afternoon of researchers, educators, and experts to deepen our understanding of the cosmos!

    Looking to do some learning of your own? Check out April’s Featured Collection of print books and virtual e-books to explore the universe beyond our planet. Cosmic Reads also features special subcollections dedicated to eclipse books, e-books, and films.

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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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  • Women, Water, and Words: An Exploration of Visual Culture in Niagara

    A new exhibit in the Library and at the Thistle entrance to the Matheson Learning Commons features a selection of items from Brock’s Archives & Special Collections chosen by Visual Arts students in VISA 2P90 (19th Century Visual Culture).

    Each student selected an item from the collection to research and present. There is a broad range of material in this exhibit–from whimsical sketches to advertisements and tourist material to photographs of architectural monuments–but they are all connected by a focus on the history of visual culture in Niagara. 

    We invite you to visit this intriguing exhibition until April 7.






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