Articles tagged with: Services

  • 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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  • Who’s who: Teaching & Learning

    We are a group of librarians who are dedicated to teaching students the skills to succeed in modern academic research, as well as building the confidence to navigate an increasingly complex information landscape. Led by Jennifer Thiessen, this department includes Kymberly Ash, Justine Cotton, Ian Gordon, and Vanja Stojanovic.

    As a team, we:

    • work with faculty members to develop library research workshops
    • offer consultations to students with in-depth research questions
    • develop online learning tools to build research skills and confidence

    Learn more about our Team and what we offer by visiting the Library Instruction page.

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  • Thank you for your feedback

    The Library wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the Brock community for taking the time to respond to our 2023 Library Survey.

    We were thrilled to receive approximately 3,900 survey responses, including over 3,270 students, 160 faculty, and 450 staff. Your feedback included over 890 comments. Over the coming months, we will be reviewing and analyzing the survey data. This summer, we will share a summary of the results including our intended next steps to respond to what we heard from you.

    Congratulations to the lucky winners of twelve incentive prizes:

    • Grand prize winner of Bose Headphones: Mohamad E.
    • $100 Visa gift cards: Natalia J., Zahra A., Hillary G., Juhwan O., Simone L.
    • Someday Books Gift Certificate valued at $50: Nathan D.
    • Locker prizes: Deana T., Skylar B., Bhavleen D., Lian Y., Chidinma O.
    Some winners of the Library survey incentive prize draw.

    Pictured above are seven of twelve incentive prize winners. From the left, Simone L., Mohamad E., Hillary G., Chidinma O., Juhwan O., Skylar B., and Nathan D.

    If you have a specific, time-sensitive concern (or compliment!), the Library is always open to hearing from you via our online feedback form.


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  • Career opportunity in Access Services

    Brock University Library is recruiting for 2 Circulation Clerks in an on-going casual capacity.

    Circulation Clerks in Access Services are responsible for assisting users with locating, using and borrowing material and providing basic copying and printing services to all users at the Ask Us desk. Depending on departmental needs, Circulation Clerks may work a variety of days/shifts including day, evening, weekend and/or holiday on an “on-call” temporary basis.

    Learn more about these positions and apply by December 5, 2023 at 12:01 am

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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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  • 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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  • Improvements coming to interlibrary loan services

    The RACER software that has supported interlibrary loan activity for over 20 years, has reached end-of-life and is being discontinued. Over the past several months, Brock University Library and our Ontario partner universities have been transitioning interlibrary loan activity to the Omni platform which has become the predominant tool for interlibrary loan activity here at Brock. This summer we will be completing the transition to using the Omni interface exclusively. All Ontario universities are required to make this shift.  

    Effective July 1st, Brock RACER accounts will no longer be functional, and the system will not accept requests.   

    • Any in-progress requests will still be completed. 
    • If you have information in your teaching materials directing students to RACER, please remove/replace with information directing them to Omni instead. 

    The good news is that Omni, our academic search tool, is equipped to support all of your interlibrary loan needs!  

    Rest assured that no services are being lost with this change. Access to materials at other libraries remains the same. 

    More improvements! 

    • there will no longer be a need to create and maintain a separate RACER password: Your Brock account credentials provide access to Omni and all related services.   
    • When searching in Omni, you can select ‘Get it from another library’ to request an item that Brock does not own (see screen shot below).  
    • Or skip the searching and use the Omni blank request form available on the library website to submit a request! We’ll do the searching for you!     

    An Omni catalogue record for a book showing with an arrow pointing to "Get it from another library."

    We are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible and have notified active RACER users and faculties directly of the change.  

    Please feel free to send any questions to:

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  • Faculty course reading lists required for the spring term

    Course readings for the spring term are being processed at Brock University Library.

    To ensure your students have access to their spring course materials, we encourage you to submit reading lists as soon as possible. Ideally by mid-April.

    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.

    Note: Effective Spring Term 2023, the Library’s Course Readings & Reserves system (Ares) will only connect with Brightspace courses. Connection between Ares and Sakai courses will no longer be available.


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  • Library Yoga and other activities planned for Wellness Week

    Brock University Wellness Week (March 6-10, 2023) invites students to de-stress, unwind, and have fun in the midst of the semester.

    Brock Library is pleased to be a part of the Wellness Week roster, offerings two Library Yoga practices with Sara Nixon, Library Engagement Assistant and certified yoga instructor. All are welcome to this in-person beginner-friendly yoga practice, with yoga mats generously provided by Brock Recreation and library books used as yoga blocks. Dim lights and ambient music will help create a relaxing atmosphere, and Sara will guide you through feel-good yoga postures with gentle cues and demonstration. Two 45-minute practices will be offered: Tuesday, March 7 at 9 a.m. and Thursday, March 9 at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Sign-up on ExperienceBU.

    A wide variety of resources aimed at supporting students’ well-being are available at Brock Library all year long. Students, and any member of the community, can borrow board games, light therapy lamps, and recreational reading titles from the Badger Books collection, to name a few wellness options. Visit Wellness at the Library to see the different ways we can help you unwind and de-stress.

    For more Wellness Week resources, events, and activities, visit the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) website.

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  • Learning Commons open late

    Late night study hours have resumed in the Matheson Learning Commons.


    • Open to 2:30 AM Sunday through Thursday.
    • Approximately 400 study spots are available.
    • The Ask Us desk and floors 5-10 will close at regular times (9 PM on Sunday, 11 PM Monday – Thursday).
    • Library services, such as borrowing and research help will not be available during Late Night Study hours.
    • Friday & Saturday closing times remain the same (some exceptions during the exam period).
    • BUSU are kindly providing students with a late night ride service via Zoom Zoom.

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