• Traumatic brain injury awareness is the focus of a new student exhibit

    Over the fall and winter terms, Student Library Assistants in the James A. Gibson Library have curated displays of the library’s collections on topics with which they are passionate.

    This month, Catherine (Katie) Vandongen, a second year co-op student in Psychology, is exhibiting titles related to brain injury awareness.. Katie notes: “As a student in the Psychology program at Brock, it seemed fitting to create a display for a topic that is close to my heart, while educating my fellow peers. Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, are very common among young adults, especially student athletes. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries to prevent irrecoverable damage from occurring. I hope that library users will take a moment to view my display and educate themselves on the warning signs of traumatic brain injury.”

    Please stop by, throughout the month of March to view this exhibit located in the James A. Gibson Library and at the Thistle entrance to the Matheson Learning Commons. Many thanks to Katie.


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  • Library Restructuring Update

    Over the past several years, the Brock Library has been engaged in a process to renew the Library’s organizational structures.  The ultimate goal of the restructuring is to better align the organizational structure with strategic goals of the University and the Library.

    Our “go-live” date for the restructuring is coming soon: May, 2022!  The new structure is informed by extensive consultation internally in the Library and with the wider Brock community.  Over the coming weeks, we will be communicating more about the changes through a variety of channels.

    In the meantime, we want to draw your attention to a document available on the Library’s website that provides details and rationale for the planned changes.  A version of this document was previously shared with stakeholders, Senate committees, and Senate proper in May, 2021.

    If you have questions about this document or the proposed changes, we’d be happy to hear from you.

    Questions or comments can be sent to Mark Robertson, University Librarian.

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  • Open Education Week

    Open Education (OE) Week is from March 7-11 this year. 

    This annual event highlights the impact that Open Education initiatives continue to have across subject fields and communities, and an opportunity for sharing, and learning about the latest innovations and achievements in Open Education worldwide. 

    In recognition of Open Education Week, March 7 to 11, the Brock University community will have access to events and webinars exploring open educational resources (OER) including:

    Educational Technologies for Open Pedagogies 1
    Cal Murgu (Brock University)
    Tim Ribaric (Brock University)

    Tim Ribaric and Cal Murgu, Librarians at Brock University, will discuss ed-tech solutions for open pedagogy. Featuring examples from their own practice, Tim and Cal will first discuss how Github Pages, Hugo, a static site generator, and H5P, can be used to create interactive and modular learning without worrying about institutional infrastructure, financing, and red tape. Secondly, Tim and Cal will discuss how Google Collab, an interactive coding environment that runs in your browser, can be used to create accessible learning experiences for novice students or expert programmers.

    Registration is free for this event which will be presented in collaboration with the University of Alberta’s Open Education Week Symposium on Wednesday, March 9 at 12:30 pm (10:30 MST)

    Celebrated annually across the globe, Open Education Week raises awareness and showcases the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. 


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  • Join our team as Systems Administrator

    Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time probationary position of Systems Administrator, Library.

    The Systems Administrator helps design, implement, and support the Library’s technical solutions in support of the University’s teaching, learning, and research missions.  The incumbent provides technical support, and installs and administers tools to support and enhance the Library’s computing systems.  The Systems Administrator supports web-based, real-time systems relating to library data, student data, communications, research, and other administrative areas, and is responsible for the Library’s digital infrastructure. 

    Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until Monday, March 21 at 12:01 am.

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  • Ukraine in Crisis

    Our latest virtual book collection presents readers with 29 new books (written within the past 5 years), on the history, geo-politics, economy, and people of the country.

    The War in Ukraine’s Donbas Origins, Contexts, and the Future, and Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War : prism of disaster give insight to the 2014 conflict. Internal divisions within the country between east and west, and wedge issues such as European Union membership (Ukraine and Russia : from civilized divorce to civil war and Ukraine : contested nationhood in a European context) provide insight into the complexity of the current crisis.

    Providing access to credible sources of information is never more important than in times of crisis.

    Browse the full Ukraine in Crisis collection.


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  • ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship Contest, 2022

    The Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Award program provides software, books, training, funding and other benefits to undergraduate and graduate students at universities across Canada who can demonstrate competent use of Esri’s geospatial technologies.

    Brock University has been privileged to take part in the Scholarship Award program for the last 9 years. This year, the 2022 Esri Scholarship Competition will be held virtually with a deadline for applicants set for April 1st. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus additional books, software, and learning opportunities.

    The successful applicant will be required to complete a poster and an ArcGIS StoryMap by June 1, 2022 outlining how they used ESRI’s suite of products to enhance or conduct their research. Projects may include personal research, academic projects or even course assignments.

    Brock’s 2021 recipient was Jessica Linzel who “Reimagines Historical Topics with GIS”.

    Read the stories of previous recipients and information for student applicants.


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  • Freedom to Read Week: banned classics and modern challenges

    In celebration of Freedom to Read Week (February 20-26), we present a selective timeline of censorship activities throughout history.

    For more recent challenges to the printed word, check out 7 days | 7 Challenged Books on our Instagram and Twitter feeds from February 20-26.

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    The Roman poet Ovid was banished from Rome for writing Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love). He died in exile in Greece eight years later. All of  Ovid’s works were burned by Savonarola in Florence in 1497, and an English translation of Ars Amatoria was banned by U.S. Customs in 1928.  8th Floor of the Library – PA 6519 A8 H6

    The Roman emperor Caligula opposed the reading of The Odyssey by Homer, written more than 300 years before. He thought the epic poem was dangerous because it expressed Greek ideas of freedom. 8th Floor of the Library – PA 4025 A5 M43 2004

    Six thousand copies of William Tyndale’s English translation of the New Testament were printed in Cologne, Germany, and smuggled into England were then burned by the English church. Church authorities were determined that the Bible would be available only in Latin. 10th Floor of the Library  – BS 140 1989

    The original version of Shakespeare’s Richard III contained a scene in which the king was deposed from his throne. Queen Elizabeth I was so angry that she ordered the scene removed from all copies of the play. 8th Floor of the Library  – PR 2821 A2 W5 1968

    Sir Walter Raleigh’s book The History of the World was banned by King James I of England for “being too saucy in censuring princes.” 10th Floor of the Library  – D 57 R183 1972

    Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible was burnt in Germany by order of the Pope.
    10th Floor of the Library – BS 239 1967

    Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published, outlining the theory of evolution. The book was banned from the library of Trinity College, Cambridge, where Darwin had been a student. In 1925, Tennessee banned the teaching of the theory of evolution in schools; the law remained in until 1967. On the Origin of Species was banned in Yugoslavia in 1935 and in Greece in 1937. 5th Floor of the Library  – QH 365 A1 1987 v.15

    A year after the publication of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, the library of Concord, Massachusetts decided to exclude the book from its collection. The committee making the decision said the book was “rough, coarse and inelegant, dealing with a series of experiences not elevating, the whole book being suited to the slums that to intelligent, respectable people.” By 1907, it was said that Twain’s novel had been thrown out of some library somewhere every year, mostly because its hero was said to present a bad example for impressionable young readers.
    6th Floor of the Library  – PS 1306 A1 1996

    Novels by Ernest Hemingway were banned in various parts of the world such as Italy, Ireland, and Germany (where they were burned by the Nazis). In California in 1960, The Sun Also Rises was banned from schools in San Jose and all of Hemingway’s works were removed from Riverside school libraries.  6th Floor of the Library  – PS 3515 E37 S9 1954 

    In a letter to an American publisher, James Joyce said that “some very kind person” bought the entire first edition  of Dubliners and had it burnt. 6th Floor of the Library  – PR 6019 O9 D8 1969

    During its examination of school learning materials, the London County Council in England banned the use of Beatrix Potter’s children’s classics The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny from all London schools. The reason: the stories portrayed only “middle-class rabbits.” I.R.C. (WH 222-Book Stacks)  – PZ 7 P85 Tap 1979

    Freedom to Read Week “is organized by the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee, a group committed to promoting intellectual freedom in Canada. Since 1978, the committee has worked with educators, librarians, publishers, writers, booksellers, advocacy groups and the community at large to provide information that addresses censorship and book and magazine challenges in Canada.” (Book and Periodical Council, 2022).

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  • World Religions focus of new student exhibit

    James A. Gibson Library Student Assistants are beautifying our display cases with striking new exhibits on a variety of themes. This month, the interior library cases exhibit the work of Dani Shae Barkley.

    Artist’s Statement:

    I was inspired to create this small exhibit on World Religions to promote the flourishing of faith amongst members of the Brock community. I believe spiritual wellness is a key aspect of living a whole life, especially during the difficult times of the pandemic. It is my hope that this display will spur faith-based people on in their religious practices and challenge everyone to dig more deeply into their personal beliefs. I also hope that this display helps to create a culture of curiosity, acceptance, understanding, and love for all people, especially within the Brock community. Please enjoy this exhibit on World Religions, which is meant to inspire, bless, encourage, and honour everyone who has the opportunity to witness it.

    Stop in and view the exhibit which runs until Thursday, March 10. Many thanks to Dani Shae.

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  • Join our team as Teaching & Learning Librarian, Business and Education

    Brock University Library invites applications for the full-time probationary position of Teaching & Learning Librarian, Business and Education. Qualified candidates will have experience in library instruction, and the desire to collaboratively support the development and implementation of a curriculum integration strategy, open educational resources & open pedagogy, assessment, online/blended learning, and learner accessibility.

    We are at an exiting time in our organization, examining the structures, processes, and service models that best align with the Library’s and the University’s strategic plans.

    Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, February 28 at 12:01 am.

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  • New workshop applies critical thinking to social media influencers

    Do you follow health and wellness accounts on Instagram or other social media platforms?  How do you know if the people you follow truly know what they are saying and showing about fitness, nutrition and wellness?

    Join librarians Chelsea and Justine for a workshop on “investigating the influencer” where they will discuss:

    • how to verify health & wellness claims
    • the impact of algorithms on what we see in our feed
    • how to check credentials and discover expert advice on social media
    • uncovering affiliate marketing and questionable promotions

    Join this online event February 14 from 12 to 12:45pm.

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