New and returning students are invited to stop by and view a new exhibit in the Library and Learning Commons display cases. The exhibit features unique items from Brock’s Archives and Special Collections, the Makerspace, and Map, Data & GIS Library. A guide to study spots, research basics, and the various ways to get help from the library are also featured. Welcome to Brock University Library runs to Friday, September 16.
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A new term and a fresh start on one of the prettiest campuses around! Welcome to the spring term at Brock and the Library.
Whether you are a new or returning student or instructor, learn something new on the Discover Your Library page. Complete our popular Scholar Style quiz and receive customized services based on your answers.
For those studying at a distance, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books and journal articles, and help is just a few clicks away with email and chat services as well as online research consultations with our librarians.
We look forward to working with you and wish you all the best for a successful term.
Brock Library re-opens January 6 at 9am. Here’s what to expect.
Hours of Operation:
James A. Gibson Library
- Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
- Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Access to collections:
The upper floors of the library are currently closed. The following services are in place to provide you with access to our print materials:
- Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service. ETAS provides electronic read-only access to approximately 30% of our print collections.
- For items not available in Hathi Trust, use the request for pickup service
- A scanning service is also available for print journal articles and book chapters.
- Interlibrary Loan and borrowing via Omni partner libraries remain available.
Access to study space:
- Students looking for a quiet space to work can book one of 50 individual study spots on the main floor of the library. Book up to 8 hours per day and up to 2 weeks in advance.
- Printing and copying is available.
- Group study is not available.
- Classrooms A and B are not available.
- Ask a Librarian chat service resumes January 10
- Email us at email@example.com
- Book an online research consultation with your Liaison Librarian.
Your Library Account:
- When returning books, please use the drop slot in the Rankin Family Pavilion/Schmon Tower Lobby.
- Here’s how to renew your items.
Delivery and intercampus transfer:
- Intercampus transfer between the main campus and Marilyn I. Walker remains operational. Items can be picked up at the MIW Security desk.
- Departmental delivery for faculty and staff is unavailable at this time.
Alumni and community member access:
- Visitors are asked to complete the self-screen survey for COVID-19 risk before arriving on campus. It can be completed via web form or through the Brock Safety mobile app.
- Check in at the Visitor/Guest COVID-19 Screening desk in the Rankin Family Pavilion (base of Schmon Tower) or in the east entrance of the Cairns Complex.
- Provide your proof of vaccination and confirmation from the screening survey to the screener on duty.
Brock University Library welcomes you to the spring term. If you are new to Brock, take a look at the Discover Your Library page for a quick introduction to library people, services, & resources. Supporting you in your academic life is core to our mission.
We have developed a number of online and in-person services and supports in response to COVID-19. Our focus is on access to electronic resources and virtual help. You can learn more about these services on our COVID-19 page.
For new students, the shift to academic research can be a challenge, but getting assistance is easy. We offer email and chat services as well as online research consultations with our Liaison Librarians.
We look forward to working with you and wish you all the best for a successful term.
The US National Archives hosts a monthly “hashtag party” that encourages archives worldwide to post an item from their collections to Twitter and Instagram. Over the past three years, diverse monthly themes have included: weather, ancestors, baking, and movies. This February, the Brock University Archives participated for the first time with the timely subject being #ArchivesBlackEducation. We reached into our popular Rick Bell Family Fonds:
This certificate was awarded to Richard Nelson Bell of St. Catharines, Ontario in 1925 giving him admission to attend the local high school. Descended from former slaves who came to Canada after the Civil War, Richard was among the first of this generation of Bell family members to attend high school.
More rich history can be discovered through the Rick Bell Family fonds in the Brock University Digital Repository.
Keep an eye out for next month’s archives hashtag party!
In 2003 Terry O’Malley, advertising ace and St. Catharines local, donated a substantial archive of correspondence, notes, scripts, sketches, campaign materials, awards, video, audio, and scrapbooks to Brock University Archives and Special Collections. The trove offers a glimpse into the creative mind of one of Canada’s marketing legends.
Now, the Library’s Archives and Special Collections and Digital Scholarship Lab bring the O’Malley Archive directly to your fingertips in a new digital exhibit. The content features some of the major ad campaigns developed over the course of Terry O’Malley’s remarkable career including memorable commercials from the late 1960s to the 1990s.
Tonight marks the 20th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising. The event was created by O’Malley as a way to expose Brock students to the world of marketing. This evening’s virtual lecture “Looking back, to see the future” will be presented by Chris Powell and David Brown, co-founders and editors of The Message.
What’s new? We’re so glad you asked. Our team has been hard at work refining Library online services and supports to serve you. We encourage you to keep up with changes to our usual services and resources by reading our Library Services and Resources Amid COVID-19 webpage.
If you are new to Brock – in any capacity, we invite you to peruse our Discover Your Library orientation site.
Over the summer, Access Services staff developed and rolled out a print materials pickup service to instructors, graduate students and post doctoral researchers. Keep an eye on our website for details about the expansion of this service to additional user groups this term.
While not brand new, we are pleased to announce the library scanning service has resumed. Open to all in the Brock community, making a request for a pdf scan of a chapter from a print book or journal article is easier than ever. Learn more about requesting a scan via Omni.
Instructors at Brock are now able to self-upload their course reserve readings to Ares. Step-by-step instructions as well as video demonstrations are available for faculty interested in trying this out.
When the Brock University Smart Start Team moved their programming online, we followed suit and offered our Top 10 Tips for new students. As orientation continues, all Library extra-curricular learning opportunities are posted on ExperienceBU. Among the myriad listings, we invite you to embark on your own Library Quest, take a mid-week Library Yoga break, develop your citation management competencies with Zotero, and get introduced to Vector Design for CNC.
Brock University Library is now a member partner of HathiTrust and has signed onto its Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). ETAS provides electronic read-only access to approximately 30% of our in-copyright print collections. In addition, over 4 million worldwide public domain items already accessible in HT. The service is available to all current Brock University faculty, students, and staff. Learn more.
For the immediate future, the Archives & Special Collections is closed to the public. However, the staff of the Archives is still working. Direct any questions or needs to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will do their best to assist you. You can also find many of their digitized materials in the Brock University Digital Repository.
During the pandemic, Archives staff have been creating digital exhibits featuring some of the collections and records that we have in the Archives. See some of the rich history that we have in our collections.
In March, the Archives and Digital Scholarship Lab Teams started to collect stories, questions/answers, photos, videos, and other materials that chronicle the pandemic in the Niagara area. To contribute to this project and have your experiences and thoughts preserved into the future, go to our COVID-19 in Niagara website and add your stories.
The Digital Scholarship Lab in conjunction with the Map, Data & GIS Library invite you to learn from their expertise with their Fall Workshop Series. In addition, both the DSL and MDGL invite you to get ‘hands-on’ by plotting your hometown and entering the Data Visualization Contest.
The Library Team wish you all the best for a successful start to the fall term.
The Matheson Learning Commons digital art wall is displaying the cover art of various publications from Brock University since 1964.
From these works, you can see the changing graphic art styles, how Brock promoted itself to prospective students, and special milestones in our over 50 year history.
The originals books can be found in the Brock University Archives & Special Collections located on the 10th floor of the Library.
On your travels across campus, take a moment or two to view Getting Graphic, the latest exhibit by University Archivist, David Sharron.
Located at the Thistle entrance to the Learning Commons, the display cases feature past logos for Brock Athletics, the University Coat of Arms, a classic ad from Time Magazine and even a nod to Star Wars!
Intrigued? Stop by the exhibit and learn the strategy behind some of the University’s most successful promotional campaigns. Getting Graphic runs to Friday, September 13.
When enjoying a glass of wine from the Niagara region, have you ever thought, how did this wine come to be? The Origins of Niagara’s Winescape exhibit features artifacts from the Brock University Archives the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. The exhibit explores the lasting legacy of Niagara’s wineries – from the first grape growers in the 1850s to the present. The exhibit runs until the end of July in the James A. Gibson Library, and will then move to the Brock University Archives.