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In the Loop: News for UTL Staff

Publications, Conference Presentations, Professional Activities, Special Appointments and Awards

November 30, 2018

Erica Lenton, Gerstein Faculty Liaison and Instruction Librarian, has published an article along with several U of T faculty members.

Carrie Anne Marshall, Emily Nalder, Heather Colquhoun, Erica Lenton, Melissa Hansen, Deirdre R. Dawson, Karl Zabjek & Carolina Bottari (2018). Interventions to address burden among family caregivers of persons aging with TBI: A scoping review, Brain Injury, DOI: 10.1080/02699052.2018.1553308

November 13, 2018

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian, and colleagues just published the following research article:

Hospital physician engagement: a scoping review

Perreira T, Perrier L, Prokopy M

Medical Care. 2018;56(12):969-975

Available at:

November 2, 2018

Annually, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women recognizes scholarly work on women and gender in the early modern period (ca. 1450-1750), published in the previous calendar year. This year, UTL employees were involved in the publication of two titles which won awards:

Josephine Roberts Award (best scholarly edition published in 2017):

Louise Bourgeois, Midwife to the Queen of France: Diverse Observations. Translated by Stephanie O'Hara. Edited by Alison Klairmont Lingo. 

Scholarly Edition in Translation Award (best translation of a woman's work published in 2017):

Isabella d'Este, Selected Letters. Edited and translated by Deanna Shemek. 

The Series "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series"  is co-published, by Iter Press and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Iter Press is the publishing arm of Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance of which UTL is a partner.

Congratulations to those who were involved in the design and publication of these works, including Margaret English-Haskin, Project Manager, Iter, Maureen Morin, Graphic Designer, UTL and Iter team member Anabela Piersol 

November 1, 2018

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resources Librarian, UTM Library recently published an article:

Kandiuk, Mary; Sonne de Torrens, Harriet M. Academic Freedom and Librarians’ Research and Scholarship in Canadian Universities. College & Research Libraries, [S.l.], v. 79, n. 7, p. 931, oct. 2018. ISSN 2150-6701. Available at: <>.  doi:

October 30, 2018

Posted on behalf of Marlene van Ballegooie

A heartfelt congratulations goes out to Jordan Pedersen, second year TALint intern in the Metadata Technologies Unit, Robarts Library. Jordan has been selected by ATG Media and the organizers of the Charleston Conference as a top Up & Comer! Who exactly is an “Up and Comer”, you ask? They are librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession. Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries. They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks. They are future library leaders and change makers. As a recognized 'Up and Comer', Jordan will be profiled in the December/January issue of Against the Grain and she will also be interviewed for an upcoming ATG Media podcast. Well done Jordan! We are proud of you and all of the work that you are doing at UTL.

October 25, 2018

Alexandra K. Carter, Science & Medicine Librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, recently published a blog post exploring Brown's 1833 "Taxidermist Manual" for the Biodiversity Heritage Library entitled "To Contemplate Without Dread: Nineteenth Century Taxidermy and the Study of Natural History".

October 16, 2018

Mariana Jardim, Liaison Librarian, UTSC Library and Aneta Kwak, Accessibility and Public Services Librarian, New College Library recently co-published an article with Mark Weiler of Wilfred Laurier University, in Open Shelf: Driving towards conformance: a WCAG 2.0 field trip. 

"Do you remember the excitement of field trips in school? We want to share our excitement of a field trip we took last May to gain insights on making an accessible web.

We are members of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians’ (CAPAL) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) community of practice. WCAG is an internationally recognized standard for creating web content that people with disabilities can use.

Our community of practice meets monthly to discuss WCAG. We also do enrichment activities like asking people with disabilities (or their support team) about their experiences using the web, meeting with staff from the Centre for Equitable Library Access, and talking with researchers and practitioners at the Access Conference. To give back to the public, we also hosted a public webinar for Global Accessibility Awareness Day where Gregg Vanderheiden, co-editor of WCAG 2.0, spoke about the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure project, and the role of libraries in it.

So buckle up as we tell you about a unique learning activity we did to learn about WCAG: a field trip around Toronto." [read the full article]

October 15, 2018

Robarts library book volunteers receiving awardThe Robarts Library Book Room volunteers recently received an Arbor Award for their volunteer work. The Arbor Awards recognize exceptional volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the experience of U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni. Congratulations!


October 15, 2018

The board of the New York State/Ontario (NYSO) chapter of the Music Library Association has awarded Madeleine Boyer, Senior Access Services Generalist [Music Library], a travel grant in the amount of US $500 (approx. $650 CAD). The grant supports travel to the first-ever joint meeting of NYSO, the New England chapter of the Music Library Association (NEMLA), and the Quebec Chapter of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries (SQACBM) at McGill University in Montreal, November 8-9, 2018. 

Congratulations, Madeleine!

October 10, 2018

Courtney Lundrigan, Graham Library Instructional and Reader Services Librarian, published the chapter:

Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach : Using Theoretical Models to Plan Outreach to Student Peer-Mentoring Programs.” In Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries : Building Community through Collaboration, edited by Peggy Keeran and Carrie L. Forbes. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

October 10, 2018

Thomas Power, Graham Library Theology Librarian and Wycliffe Faculty member, recently edited and published the following collection of essays:

A Flight of Parsons: The Divinity Diaspora of Trinity College Dublin. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2018.

October 3, 2018

Congratulations to all of our colleagues who have recently been promoted or achieved Permanent Status! 

Promotions from Librarian I to Librarian II:

  • Sarah Guay, Liaison Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough Library
  • Rachel Di Cresce, Project Librarian, Information Technology Services
  • Kaitlin Fuller, Liaison and Education Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre
  • Grant Hurley, Digital Preservation Librarian, Scholars Portal
  • Kaitlin Newson, Digital Projects Librarian, Scholars Portal
  • Desmond Wong, Outreach Librarian, OISE Library
  • Jennifer Browning, Metadata Librarian, Electronic Resources, Collection Development
  • Kara Handren, Metadata Librarian, Scholars Portal
  • Benjamin Walsh, User Services Librarian, Reference & Research Services

Promotions from Librarian II to Librarian III & Achieved Permanent Status: 

  • Agatha Barc, Reference and Instruction Librarian, E. J. Pratt Library
  • Lisa Gayhart, User Experience Librarian, Information Technology Services
  • Erica Lenton, Liaison and Instruction Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre
  • Jennifer Robertson, Liaison and Education Librarian, Earth Sciences Library

Achieved Permanent Status: 

  • Jan Guise, Head Librarian, Music Library

October 2, 2018

"Congratulations to MI student Sori Lee and her teammates, who won $10,000 for designing the “most disruptive” technology in RBC's Amplify program. Sori's team, one of 18 taking part in last summer's intensive innovation program, tackled one of the most pressing problems in a financial sector becoming ever more digital: how to effectively monitor e-transfer payments for fraud and money laundering."

Sori Lee is a UX TALint student at UTL.

You can read the entire story in the Thanksgiving 2018 edition of the Informed Newsletter.

October 2, 2018

Mindy Thuna, Head, Engineering and Computer Science Library, recently published an article:

Rawle, F., Thuna, M., Zhao, T., & Kaler, M. (2018). Audio Feedback: Student and Teaching Assistant Perspectives on an Alternative Mode of Feedback for Written Assignments. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9 (2).

September 17, 2018

Nailisa Tanner, Collections and Outreach Librarian, OISE Library, recently published an article:

Tanner, N., & Andersen, G. (2018). Contextualizing the “marketplace of ideas” in libraries. Journal of Radical Librarianship, 4, (pp. 53-73).

September 11, 2018

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian, and colleagues recently published the following study:

Perrier L, Blondal E, MacDonald H. Exploring the experiences of academic libraries with research data management: a meta-ethnographic analysis of qualitative studies. Library & Information Science Research. 2018; 40(3)

Their qualitative review of the literature indicates that,

  • Libraries experienced uncertainty around roles and relationships related to research data management yet were recognized positively as a neutral, centralized space within academic institutions.
  • Although libraries had already been collecting and managing research data, providing a higher level of support to researchers had not been a regular part of their activities - as a result, reactionary responses were the norm, as sufficient time was not typically provided to be proactive.
  • Issues related to infrastructure, such as data storage, were identified as challenging due to lack of resources or funding available.
  • Education, tools, and expert consultation were the foundation for providing guidance and creating awareness at an institutional level.
  • Collaborations and partnerships were fostered and identified as necessary given the scale of delivering services to decentralized groups.
August 28, 2018

Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian and Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian, Gerstein Library, published a meta-analysis:

Law M, Dhillon S, Herrmann N, Friesen F, Dey AK, Li A, Ayala AP, Lenton E, Edwards JD, Swardfager W. Rates of screening for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers in older people with cognitive impairment or dementia: A meta-analysis. Gerontol Geriatric Med (In press, Aug 14, 2018).

August 28, 2018

Congratulations to Victoria Owen, Chief Librarian, UTSC Library, for her extraordinary work both on the original Marrakesh Treaty and on her work to help implement the treaty around the world. Victoria was co-author and editor of the newly released IFLA guide Getting Started with the Marrakesh Treaty - a Guide for Librarians. Katya Pereyaslavska, Accessibility Librarian, Scholars Portal was also a co-author for the guide. 

Coates, Jessica, Felsmann, Christiane, Hackett, Teresa, Keninger, Karen, Martinez Calvo, Francisco, Owen, Victoria, Taylor, Anthea, Pereyaslavska, Katya, van den Berg, Flora. (2018). Getting Started: Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities: A practical guide for librarians. V. Owen (Ed.). IFLA. 

August 14, 2018

Irene Puchalski, Head, Architecture, Landscape and Design (Eberhard Zeidler) Library and Architecture Liaison, is a contributor to the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (CWAHI)

The database is a bio-bibliographic research tool that brings together the growing body of literature about women’s contributions to the cultural and material history of Canada. Her research on early Canadian women architects includes over twenty completed entries at this time, representing their achievements and challenges. Among these are U of T alumnus (Esther) Marjorie Hill, the first woman to graduate with a degree in architecture from a Canadian university (1920) and Blanche Lemco Van Ginkel, a woman of many firsts, including Dean of Architecture at the University of Toronto (1977-1982). 

For additional entries search the Artist Database by media – architecture.

August 7, 2018

Hana Kim, Director, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, co-published the following article:

Hye-Eun Lee, Hana Kim, and Jisu Lee. (2018). Momentous moment: Rediscovering Korean history through digitizing private letters. IFLA Journal.

July 23, 2018

Rita Vine, Head of Faculty and Student Engagement, recently published the following article:

Rita Vine. “Selected Bibliography on Library Liaisons.” Research Library Issues, no. 294 (2018): 76–79.

July 17, 2018

Eva Jurczyk, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Graeme Slaght, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Outreach Librarian, recently published an article in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.

Jurczyk, E. and Slaght, G. (2018) A collaborative process to promote digital primary sources. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 30:2,  DOI: 10.1080/1941126X.2018.1465524

July 16, 2018

Congratulations to TALint student Sarah Gorman who was one of two recipients of the Dr. Janette Baker Scholarship for 2018 from OLA. Recipients receive a monetary award toward their school tuition as well as a one-year OLA membership.

July 13, 2018

Elisa Sze (Collections & Public Services Librarian at the iSchool Inforum) returned on July 1, 2018 from her one-year research leave. During her leave, she conducted historical research on the establishment and early years of settlement house libraries in Toronto. She presented her research at two venues: at the OLA Super Conference Poster Session on Feb. 1, 2018, and at the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting in Regina on May 30, 2018.

July 12, 2018

Grant Hurley, Digital Preservation Librarian at Scholars Portal, recently published the 2017 catalogue for the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. Grant was responsible for managing this project and editing the catalogue, which celebrates the best of Canadian book design for books published in 2017.

July 11, 2018

Harriet Sonne de Torrens has been acclaimed as one of three librarian constituency representatives on UTFA Council for the term ending June 30, 2021.

June 26, 2018

Several Gerstein and UTM librarians presented at last week's Canadian Health Libraries Association Conference/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) Annual Conference in Newfoundland.

Paper presentations:

  • Explaining the Method Behind the Madness: 3-part Series on Comprehensive Searching for Knowledge Syntheses: Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian; Kaitlin Fuller, Liaison & Education Librarian
  • Identifying Challenges and Facilitators Facing Early Career Researchers When Conducting Systematic or Scoping Reviews: Lindsay Sikora; Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian; Shona  Kirtley


  • Collaboration by the numbers: How many librarians does it take to teach a medical student?: Jessica Hanley, Science Liaison Librarian; Kaitlin Fuller, Liaison & Education Librarian; Daphne Horn

Lightning talks:

  • Choosing Your Own Library Service: Adapting Patient Decision Aids for Library Patrons: Vincci Lui, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian; Heather Cunningham, Assistant Director for Research and Innovation Services; Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian
  • A Few of Many: The Experience of Two Librarians Supporting Instruction Within a Large Collaborative Working Group: Jessica Hanley, Science Liaison Librarian; Kaitlin Fuller, Liaison & Education Librarian; Daphne Horn

June 25, 2018

Jack Leong, Director, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, participated in the Cantonese World Workshop (June 21-22, 2018) at the University of British Columbia, where discussions centered around future research, outreach, and public education in various areas of Cantonese studies. He delivered a talk about the Library’s work in art exhibitions and Cantonese opera performances that help to shape the acculturation of Chinese Canadian identity.

June 21, 2018

Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian and Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction LIbrarian, co-published an article with U of T colleagues:

Bjørnnes, A. K., Parry, M., Leegaard, M., Ayala, A. P., Lenton, E., Harvey, P., . . . Watt-Watson, J. (2018). Self-Management of Cardiac Pain in Women: A Meta-Summary of the Qualitative Literature. Qualitative Health Research, doi:10.1177/1049732318780683

June 18, 2018

Kathleen Scheaffer, Librarian, Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator, Faculty of Information Inforum, has been elected by UTFA Council as Vice-President, Salaries, Benefits, Pensions and Workload from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020. She was nominated by faculty, including UTFA’s past President and the recent VP for SBP&W. She will lead negotiations for librarians and faculty in the next round of negotiations at the University of Toronto. A librarian has not held this position since 1988-1989 when Bonnie Horne held the position. Congratulations Kathleen!

June 18, 2018

Mariya Maistrovskaya, Institutional Repositories Librarian, Information Technology Services, contributed to two posts on the Scholarly Kitchen blog: SSP: The Next Generation (May 31, 2018) and Ask The Fellows: What Surprised You Most About Scholarly Communications At The SSP Annual Meeting? (June 15, 2018) as part of her Fellowship with the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

June 15, 2018

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resources & Liaison Librarian, UTMpresented a paper entitled, “The Legal and Liturgical Significance of Christ’s First Bath” at the Gotland Conference on Medieval Studies / Borgsvikseminariet 2018, Regional State Archives, Visby, Gotland, Sweden.

June 15, 2018

Harriet Sonne de Torrens was interviewed on May 25 on Gotland radio about the Gotland Conference on Medieval Studies / Borgsvikseminariet 2018, and her participation with other historians arriving from Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and Finland.

June 14, 2018

The John M. Kelly Library would like to congratulate our Instruction and Outreach Archivist, James Roussain, who was elected to the position of Vice-President/President-Elect at the 2018 Archives Association of Ontario’s 2018 Annual General Meeting in May.

June 14, 2018

James Roussain, Instruction and Outreach Archivist at the John M. Kelly Library, presented at the Association of Canadian Archivists’ annual conference, Truths, Trust and Technology, held June 6 to 9 in Edmonton, Alberta. In his talk, Do Undergrads Hate Research?, James presented a case study on engaging undergraduates in primary source research with the goal of encouraging archivists to self-identify as teachers.

June 12, 2018

Leslie Barnes, Digital Scholarship Librarian,  and Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian, co-published an article:

Perrier L, Barnes L. Developing research data management services and support for researchers: a mixed methods study. Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. 2018; 13(1). 

May 30, 2018

UTARMS GSLA Awarded SSHRC Scholarship

Congratulations to University Archives’ Graduate Student Library Assistant, Moska Rokay! Moska was awarded a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Moska is in her second year of the archives stream at the Faculty of Information. Moska’s research will focus on ensuring representation of Afghan-Canadians in Canada’s documentary and digital heritage. In 2016-2017, only four of these scholarships were awarded to graduate students in archival science across Canada. So, we are especially pleased and delighted for Moska.

May 28, 2018

Mikaela Gray, Liaison & Education Librarian, and Patricia Ayala, Liaison & Education Librarian and Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, recently co-authored an article with their colleagues:

Szumacher, E., Sattar, S., Neve, M., Do, K., Ayala, A.P, Gray, M., . . . Puts, M. (2018). Use of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and Geriatric Screening for Older Adults in the Radiation Oncology Setting: A Systematic Review. Clinical Oncology. doi:10.1016/j.clon.2018.04.008

May 28, 2018

Nicholas Worby, Government Information and Statistics Librarian, and colleagues, recently published the following article:

Emily Maemura, N. Worby, N., Milligan, I., & Becker, C. (20 May 2018). If these crawls could talk: Studying and documenting web archives provenance. Journal for the Association of Information Science and Technology.

May 28, 2018

Bryan Martin, Technical Supervisor in the Music Library, has a publication hot off the press. The book is Richard Rolle’s Melody of love: a study and translation with manuscript and musical contexts, by Andrew Albin (Fordham University), Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2018. Bryan's contribution is a description and edition of the musical portion of one of the sources, Lincoln College (Oxford) MS Latin 89, together with a recording of the musical contents by Sine Nomine, the ensemble-in-residence at PIMS, of which Bryan is a member. He produced both the musical and spoken word recordings. There is a companion website for the book containing excerpts from the translation, a description and transcription of the textual and musical parts of Lincoln College MS 89, and the recordings.

May 24, 2018

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of three librarian secondees for the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • Sarah Fedko, Information Literacy/Liaison Librarian, UTSC Library
  • Navroop Gill, Instruction & Liaison Librarian, OISE Library
  • Angela Henshilwood, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian, Engineering and Computer Science Library

The Partnering for Academic Student Success (PASS) initiative is a collaboration between CTSI and the University of Toronto Libraries. Now entering its ninth year, this partnership brings librarians together with CTSI staff to work on various teaching and learning initiatives, highlight and encourage collaborations with instructors, and support the effective use of library resources in instruction. The overall goal of PASS is to increase capacity for integrative learning and academic excellence within classrooms.  Librarians from all three campuses are eligible to apply. 

Thank you to Tim Neufeldt, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Music Library, and Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian, who will be ending their secondment at the end of May. On June 4, they will present their final report and enable all of us to celebrate their contributions.

We are looking forward to another productive and exciting year of collaboration.

May 15, 2018

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian at the Map and Data Library, recently published the following research article:

Conn LG, Nathens AB, Perrier L, Haas B, Watamaniuk A, Pereira DD, Zwaiman A, da Luz L T. What is the quality of reporting on guideline, protocol or algorithm implementation in adult trauma centers: Protocol for a systematic review.
BMJ Open. 2018; 8(5):e021750.

May 15, 2018

Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, recently had the following article published:

Puts, M. T., Strohschein, F. J., Giudice, M. E., Jin, R., Loucks, A., Ayala, A. P., & Alibhai, S. H. (2018). Role of the geriatrician, primary care practitioner, nurses, and collaboration with oncologists during cancer treatment delivery for older adults: A narrative review of the literature. Journal of Geriatric Oncology. doi:10.1016/j.jgo.2018.04.008

May 1, 2018

Jack Leong, Director, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, has been selected as one of 25 fellows in a highly competitive process for the 2018-2019 ARL Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP). The LCDP is a yearlong program to prepare mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the profession at large.

The ARL LCDP addresses the need for research libraries and archives to develop a more diverse professional workforce that can contribute to library success in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse scholarly and learning communities. This is accomplished, in part, by providing LCDP fellows with meaningful exposure to the major strategic issues that are shaping the future of research libraries.

April 24, 2018

Mariya Maistrovskaya, Institutional Repositories Librarian, Stephanie Orfano, Acting Head, Copyright and Scholarly Communications, and Katya Pereyaslavska, Accessibility Librarian, Scholars Portal, received a letter of acknowledgement from Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, Professor Susan McCahan, for their leadership and participation in the Open Textbook Startup Kit

The work you have undertaken on the Open Textbook Startup Kit project is a significant exploration of the ways we can build capacity in the realm of open content and for educational materials to be designed for (re)use and sharing across Ontario colleges, universities and beyond. With your contribution we were able to assess the needs of the community and create a plain language, browseable, sharable website that guides users in creating an open textbook

April 24, 2018

Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, recently co-published an article:

Wang, J. Y., Ighani, A., Ayala, A. P., Akita, S., Lara-Corrales, I., & Alavi, A. (2018). Medical, Surgical, and Wound Care Management of Ulcerated Infantile Hemangiomas: A Systematic Review. Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, 120347541877057. doi:10.1177/1203475418770570

April 24, 2018

David Eden, Stacks Supervisor in the Access & Information Department at Robarts Library, was recently published in the Steeldrum Newsmagazine:

Eden, David. Vimy Ridge: A Personal Journey. (Spring 2018). Steeldrum Newsmagazine, XVI (1).

April 23, 2018

Harold AverillAssistant University Archivist, Harold Averill, was awarded a 2018 Volunteer Toronto Legacy Award for his remarkable contributions to the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives (CLGA). A description of Harold's tireless volunteer work can be found at:

Harold's colleagues cannot imagine a more deserving recipient and, of course, celebrated him with a pie. 



April 23, 2018

Carey Toane, Entrepreneurship Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, recently had the following article published:

Carey Toane & Rachel Figueiredo. Toward core competencies for entrepreneurship librariansJournal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Volume 23, Issue 1, January-March 2018. Pages: 35-62 | DOI: 10.1080/08963568.2018.1448675

April 23, 2018

Lana Soglasnova, Slavic Cataloguing Supervisor, recently had the following article and book review published:

“Dealing with False Friends to Avoid Errors in Subject Analysis in Slavic Cataloging: An Overview of Resources and Strategies” Cataloging and Classification Quarterly:

Bol’shaia toponimicheskaia entsiklopediia Sankt-Peterburga: 15000 gorodskikh imen [The Great Toponymic Encyclopedia of Saint Petersburg: 15,000 Urban Names], edited by A. G. Vladimirovich, Saint Petersburg, LIK, 2013. 1135 pp. ISBN 978-5-86038-171-1, Slavic & East European Information Resources, 18:3-4, 243-248, DOI: 10.1080/15228886.2017.1393276

April 18, 2018

Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, has co-published a Scoping Review: 

Tang B, Coret A, Qureshi A, Barron H, Ayala AP, Law M. (2018). Online Lectures in Undergraduate Medical Education: Scoping Review. JMIR Med Educ 4(1):e11.

April 18, 2018

Mariya Maistrovskaya, Institutional Repositories Librarian, has been selected from a highly competitive pool as one of 12 international fellows in the Society for Scholarly Publishing Fellowship program. This year-long program supports and nurtures students and early-career professionals who are eager to develop their skills and learning experiences within the scholarly publishing community by attending informational sessions and networking with industry professionals. 

April 18, 2018

Don McLeod, Head, Book and Serials Acquisitions, has been presented with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for the second year in a row. He has been honoured for more than ten years of service to the Champlain Society, the premier society devoted to the examination of Canada’s documentary heritage. Don has been on the Society’s Council since 2005, has served as Secretary to the Board since 2007, and has been the Chair, Publications Committee, since 2011.

April 18, 2018

The 'Struggle and Story: Canada in Print' exhibition catalogue, by Pearce J. Carefoote, Interim Head of Rare Books and Special Collections, has been selected by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) as one of five winners for the 2018 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab 'American Book Prices Current' Exhibition Awards.

The awards recognize outstanding printed exhibition catalogs and guides, and electronic exhibitions, produced by North American and Caribbean institutions. The winning catalogs will be on display at the 2018 RBMS Conference Booksellers’ Showcase in New Orleans, and certificates will be presented to each winner at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference.

From the awards announcement: “This catalog is well-researched and presents thoughtfully framed topics,” noted Johnston. “Its attention to detail is evident in the in-depth catalog entries, as well as in the quality reproductions and nice design features. The committee was impressed that it included folded plates, so as to reproduce maps at a size suitable for reference. This catalog presents a beautiful production and presentation of a well-organized history and that history’s methods of documentation.

April 17, 2018

Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, received an Emerging Leader Award from the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada. This award recognizes the skills, enthusiasm and energy that new health science librarians contribute to the profession.

Erica will also be recognized by the CHLA/ABSC for her work at the awards banquet at the Annual Conference this year in St. John's, Newfoundland.

April 10, 2018

Former UTARMS archivist, Karen Suurtamm, was invited to contribute to The Canadian Journal of Physics special issue in honour of Dr. Ursula Franklin: Preserving Her Voice: The Ursula Franklin Archive

April 3, 2018

Carey Toane, Entrepreneurship Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre co-published an article in the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship's most recent issue: 

Toane, C. & Figueiredo, R. (March 26, 2018). Toward core competencies for entrepreneurship librarians. Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship

March 26, 2018

Hana Kim, Director, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), North America’s premier professional organization for East Asian studies librarians. 

March 19, 2018

Nich Worby, Government Information and Statistics Librarian, will be serving as a member of the inaugural Canadian Web Archiving Coalition (CWAC) Coordinating Committee.

The Coordinating Committee is responsible for overseeing the work of the CWAC, and will providing expert guidance and strategic insight to cultivate and support a Canadian web archiving community of practice centred in memory institutions like libraries, archives, and museums.

Under the auspices of the CARL’s Digital Preservation Working Group and the Advancing Research Committee, the Canadian Web Archiving Coalition (CWAC) is an inclusive community of practice within Canadian libraries, archives, and other memory institutions engaged or otherwise interested in web archiving. The CWAC explores gaps and opportunities that could be addressed by nationally coordinated strategies, actions, and services, including collaborative collection development, training, infrastructure development, and support for practitioners.

March 12, 2018

Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Head, Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre, recently presented on "Documenting and Framing the 1941 NKVD Prisoner Massacres in Western Ukraine" to members and guests of the Shevchenko Scientific Society of Canada on February 9, 2018. Video of the presentation is available on YouTube at: (intro. in Ukrainian, lecture in English)

March 12, 2018

Kathleen Scheaffer, Inforum Librarian, Chair of the UTFA Librarians Committee, and Digital Tattoo Strategic Co-Lead, presented with her colleagues at UBC on their TLEF grant funded project, "Your Professional Digital Identity: Case Studies from the Digital Tattoo Project" at WestCAST2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the end of February. She was invited by CAUT to speak on a panel at the CAUT Forum for Chief Negotiators at the end of March.

March 8, 2018

Information from a poster by Dr. Ruhui Ni and Simone Laughton, Coordinator, Library Instructional Technology Services, UTM, presented at the World Conference on Online Learning in October 2017 - was published in the March 7th, 2018 issue of Contact North Online Learning News: 

Next Generation Online Learning as a Pockets of Innovation feature - Choosing the Most Effective Tools for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Chinese Language Courses at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada. LINK.

March 6, 2018

Hana Kim, Director, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, recently published an article in the Journal of East Asian Libraries:

Kim, H. (2018). "Two different institutional models in Canada: The University of Toronto Libraries and the University of British Columbia Library," Journal of East Asian Libraries: 2018 (166), 28-30.

March 2, 2018

Chief Librarian Larry Alford awarded the 2018 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

University of Toronto Libraries Chief Librarian Larry P. Alford has been named the 2018 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  

Named in honour of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

“The committee selected Larry P. Alford because of his distinguished career as an academic librarian, including his outstanding experience in library automation and library management, as well as his demonstrated risk taking in redesigning library spaces and securing funding for renovations,” said Theresa S. Byrd, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair and dean of the Copley Library at the University of San Diego. “As chair of the OCLC Board, Larry focused on technology, and he is currently involved with linked data, digital preservation, entrepreneurship, and research data management projects.”

"This is really a tribute to the many extraordinary people at Toronto, Temple, and UNC Chapel Hill as well as organizations such as TLRN, NC LIVE, ARL, CARL, OCLC, CRKN, SOLINET, ALA, and others with whom I have been privileged and honoured to work over many years," said Larry.

[Read the complete announcement from the American Library Association].

February 20, 2018

Jennifer Browning recently published an article in the Journal of Electronic Resource Librarianship:

Browning, Jennifer J. (2017). Title Lists, Tracking, and Tasks: Simplifying Electronic Resource Workflows with Microsoft OneNote. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship. 29(4).

February 13, 2018

The John M. Kelly Library would like to congratulate our staff, librarians, and their colleagues on recent conference presentations:

OLA Super Conference 2018, January 31 - February 3, 2018, Toronto, Ontario:

Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method, February 9 - 10, 2018, University of California, Los Angeles:

  • “Developing a toolkit for DIY archiving of independent music: a radically cooperative model,” by Simon Rogers, Archivist, and Curtis Sassur, Archivist, Special Collections & Rare Books, Ryerson University Library and Archives (

February 5, 2018

  Desmond Wong, Outreach Librarian at the OISE Library, co-published the following article: 

Blair, J. and Wong, D. (2017). Moving in the Circle: Indigenous Solidarity for Canadian Libraries" Partnership 12(2) DOI:

February 5, 2018

Jenaya Webb, Public Services & Research Librarian at the OISE Library recently co-authored a paper in the journal Library and Information Research: 

Bedi, S. and Webb, J. (2017). Participant-driven photo-elicitation in library settings: A methodological discussion. Library and Information Research, 41(125), 81-103.

February 5, 2018

Sarah Guay, Liaison Librarian and Sue Reynolds, User Services and Reference Technician, University of Toronto Scarborough Library presented at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto last week. Their presentation was titled: Testing, Testing: Understanding Library Website UX at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

February 5, 2018

Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resources and Liaison Librarian, and Mary Kandiuk, published “Academic Freedom and Librarians’ Research and Scholarship in Canadian Universities”  in College & Research Libraries. 

February 5, 2018

Kaitlin Fuller, Liaison & Education Librarian, at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, and Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian were invited to present at the annual Lung Association’s Better Breathing Conference, with their presentation entitled “Misconceived Science? Aspects to Consider When Talking with Patients about Health Information.”

January 31, 2018

Nich Worby, Government Information and Statistics Librarian, participated in a panel at the Faculty of Anthropology’s Ethnography Lab titled: Online Ethnography of Islamophobia in the East & West of the European Union.

January 31, 2018

Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, co-published Blood-based biomarkers of cancer-related cognitive impairment in non-central nervous system cancer: protocol for a scoping review in BMJ Open.

January 23

Congratulations to Elena Baker, Student Library Assistant at the Music Library, who was recently awarded the Al Mercury Scholarship. "The Al Mercury Scholarship of approximately $500 is awarded to an undergraduate student who demonstrates community involvement, academic excellence, integrity and an appreciation and interest in music." 

See for more information. 

January 22

Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre had the following protocol published over the break:

Commisso E, McGilton KS, Ayala AP, et al. Identifying and understanding the health and social care needs of older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their caregivers: a protocol for a scoping review BMJ Open 2017;7:e018247. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018247 

January 22

Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre recently had the following article published:

Unger, J., Singh, H., Mansfield, A., Hitzig, S. L., Lenton, E., & Musselman, K. E. (2018). The experiences of physical rehabilitation in individuals with spinal cord injuries: a qualitative thematic synthesis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-18.

January 22

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian at the Map and Data Library, and colleagues, recently published the following research article:

Ma Z, Bayley MT, Perrier L, Dhir P, DePatie L, Comper P, Ruttan L, Lay C, Munce SEP. The association between adverse childhood experiences and adult traumatic brain injury/concussion: A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2018 Jan 12:1-7.

January 16, 2018

PJ Carefoote, Interim Head, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Fisher Library, published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Newfoundland and Labrador Studies entitled: “Keep your Enemies Closer: Banned and Controversial Literature in Bishop Mullock’s Library”.

January 15, 2018

Jan Guise, Head Librarian, Music Library, was nominated and has been acclaimed to the open librarian seat on the Academic Board in the 2018 election process. The Academic Board is one of the three Boards of the Governing Council. It is responsible for matters affecting the teaching, learning and research functions of the University, the establishment of University objectives and priorities, the development of long-term and short-term plans and effective use of resources in the course of these pursuits. 

January 15, 2018

Jack Leong, Director, Canada-Hong Kong Library, recently published an article “香港在建設北美洲太平洋鐵路中的橋樑角色” (The Hong Kong Connection for Chinese Railroad Workers in North America) in 北美鐵路華工-歴史,文學與視覺再現 (Chinese Railroad Workers in North America: Recovery and Representation).

January 15, 2018

Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian and Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian, published an article over the break, resulting from the CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant their team won in December of 2016:

Parry, M., Bjørnnes, A. K., Victor, J. C., Ayala, A. P., Lenton, E., Clarke, H., . . . Watt-Watson, J. (2017). Self-Management Interventions for Women with Cardiac Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. doi:10.1016/j.cjca.2017.12.011

January 9, 2018

I am delighted to let you know that our colleague, Klara Maidenberg, has been appointed to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Assessment Committee for a one-year term, through September 2018. The ARL Board decided to add non-director librarians with an expertise in assessment to the committee for the first time, and Klara was one of the Assessment Librarians from across the US and Canada chosen by the ARL Board to serve.

The ARL Assessment Committee develops and oversees ARL's role in describing the contributions of libraries to research, teaching, learning, and community service as captured through outcomes assessment. A primary goal is to empower agile and dynamic decision-making by members through the mining and use of timely and relevant data in new ways that will enable integration with other data used by parent institutions and professional organizations. The committee connects with other statistical and assessment entities that generate university rankings, provide benchmarks, identify resource strengths and weaknesses, monitor organizational performance, and measure changes in library direction and involvement.

One of the key projects of the committee this year will be to guide the implementation of the recommendations of the Assessment Program Visioning Task Force. As part of that implementation, the committee will be reviewing and renewing the ARL statistics and assessment programs.

Again, I am delighted that Klara has been asked to serve on this important committee; it recognizes her deep expertise. I am also very glad that the University of Toronto will be “at the table” as the ARL statistics and assessment programs are reviewed and renewed. Please join me in congratulating Klara on this appointment.

With best regards,


Larry P. Alford 

Chief Librarian 

University of Toronto Libraries 

January 9, 2018

Judith Logan and Kyla Everall recently published an article in the journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice:

Everall, K., & Logan, J. (2017). A Mixed Methods Approach to Iterative Service Design of an In-Person Reference Service Point. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 12(4), 178-185. doi:

January 8, 2018

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian at the Map and Data Library, and colleagues, recently published the following research article:

Perreira T, Perrier L, Prokopy M, Jonker A. Physician engagement in hospitals: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2018; 8(1): e018837. Full-text available at:

January 5, 2018

Posted on behalf of Sheril Hook.

Congratulations to Noelle Gadon and Manda Vrkljan of Kelly Library for their co-authored article that appears in the most recent issue of Devil’s Artisan:

Vrkljan, Manda, and Noelle Gadon. "All Hands-On: The History of St. Michael's College Press." Devil's Artisan, no. 81 (Fall/Winter 2017): 66-80. Accessed Fall 2017.

There's a page about the issue at

January 3, 2018

Jordan Hale, Original Cataloguer & Reference Specialist at the Map & Data Library was recently interviewed for an article in the latest issue of American Libraries - check out the article entitled "The Question of Little Free Libraries" here.

December 7, 2017

Don McLeod, Head, Book and Serials Acquisitions, Collection Development Department, is a member of the advisory board of the Archives of Sexuality and Gender (ASG), a new digital product published by Gale Cengage. Don coordinated the digitization of several collections at the Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives for part two of ASG. This short film gives more information about the project.

December 4, 2017

Sian Meikle, Director, Information Technology Services, has been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in the 2018–2019 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows program.

This executive leadership program facilitates the development of senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. Each of the 30 fellows will construct a learning plan, engage in a customized, immersive experience to shadow a library director, participate in three one-week institutes hosted by sponsoring ARL institutions, participate in online synchronous sessions, and attend semi-annual ARL Meetings.

UTL is a past sponsor of the program and many of our leaders are past participants, including:

Class of 2013-2015

  • Julie Hannaford, Deputy Chief Librarian
  • Neil Romanosky, Associate Chief Librarian for Science Research and Information  
  • Caitlin Tillman, Associate Chief Librarian for Collections and Materials Management

Class of 2007-2008

  • Jonathan Bengtson, former Associate Librarian for Scholarly Resources, University of Toronto
  • Mary Ann Mavrinac, former Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Mississauga

Class of 2004-2006

  • Victoria Owen, Head Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough

November 22, 2017

Nicholas Worby, Government Information and Statistics Librarian, along with co-investigators from the University of Toronto and collaborators from the University of Ferrara, Türk-Alman Üniversitesi, University of Salzburg, McGill University, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, University of York, Academy of Sciences Czech Republic and University of Leeds, was the recipient of a $241,215 SSHRC Insight Grant for research into Islamophobia in the East of the European Union.

November 13, 2017

Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian, and Jesse Carliner, Communications and User Services Librarian, presented a case study, “Behind the scenes at the library: telling our stories visually in digital media” as part of a session on “Using tech to encourage engagement” at the Internet Librarian International Conference in London, UK.

November 13, 2017

Nich Worby, Government Information and Statistics Librarian, recently participated in a panel titled “Web Archiving Democracy” at the Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Buffalo. 

November 6, 2017

Grant Hurley, Digital Preservation Librarian, Scholars Portal, Jessica Whyte, Digital Preservation Intake Coordinator Librarian, ITS and Natalya Rattan, Archivist, Fisher Library were recently interviewed for Mark Sampson’s article: ‘Will Anybody Care? A Small-Press Author Contemplates Archiving in the Digital Age’ in the 100th issue of Canadian Notes & Queries, Fall 2017.

November 3, 2017

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian at the Map and Data Library, and colleagues, recently published the following research article:

Kastner M, Perrier L, Munce S, Adhihetty CC, Lau A, Hamid J, Treister V, Chan J, Lai Y, Straus SE. (2017) "Complex interventions can increase osteoporosis investigations and treatment: A systematic review and meta-analysis." Osteoporosis International.

November 2, 2017

Lisa Gayhart, User Experience Librarian in ITS and Kyla Everall, User Services Librarian in the Robarts Reference and Research Services department presented “Using Service Blueprinting as a Tool for Service Assessment” at the Canadian Library Assessment Workshop in Victoria, BC.

October 31, 2017

Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian at Gerstein Science Information Centre and colleagues recently had the following published:

Nalder, E. J., Putman, M., Salvador-Carulla, L., Spindel, A., Batliwalla, Z., Lenton, E. (2017). "Bridging knowledge, policies and practices across the ageing and disability fields: a protocol for a scoping review to inform the development of a taxonomy." BMJ Open 7(10).

October 31, 2017

Houman Behzadi, Music Collection Development Librarian at the Music Library presented “Cooperative Collection Development: North and South of the 49th Parallel (pace k.d. lang)” with colleague Bonna Boettcher (Cornell University) at the recent annual meeting of the New York State/Ontario chapter of the Music Library Association (Rochester, NY).

October 31, 2017

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian, at the Map and Data Library, and colleagues recently published the following research article :

Ma Z, Bayley MT, Perrier L, Dhir P, Dépatie L, Comper P, Ruttan L, Munce SE. (2017). "The association between adverse childhood experiences and traumatic brain injury/concussion in adulthood: A scoping  review protocol" BMJ Open. 7(10) e018425.

October 23, 2017

Carey Toane, Entrepreneurship Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, presented on two panels at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres in Halifax in October. One was with Christina Kim, Information Specialist, MaRS Market Intelligence at Gerstein Science Information Centre, on the MaRS Market Intelligence-UTL collaboration supporting U of T startups, and one was with Steven Cramer of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries, on how student startups can use local data to make better business decisions.

October 23, 2017

Kaitlin Newson, Digital Projects Librarian for Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries, recently published an article:

"Tools and Workflows for Collaborating on Static Website Projects”. Code4Lib Journal, Issue 38, 2017-10-18.

October 23, 2017

Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian, and Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre recently published an article:

Silverberg, S. L., Zannella, V. E., Countryman, D., Ayala, A. P., Lenton, E., Friesen, F., & Law, M. (2017). A review of antimicrobial stewardship training in medical education. International Journal of Medical Education, 8, 353-374. 

October 23, 2017

The following research article was recently published by Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian, at the Map and Data Library, and colleagues:

Munce S, Shepherd J, Perrier L, Allin S, Tomason J, Nelson M, Guilcher S, Hossain S, Jaglal S. (2017). Online peer support interventions for chronic conditions:  A scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 7(9), e017999.

October 16, 2017

The John M. Kelly Library special collections is pleased to announce its participation in the launch of a new exhibition by the Gallery West Den Haag entitled “Feedback #1: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts” in two locations in The Netherlands, which will run from 22 September to 19 November 2017. The exhibition features a number of loan items and reproductions of archival materials from the Kelly Library’s Marshal McLuhan collection, including rare D.E.W. Line magazines, ephemera and original copies of the journal Explorations, examples of McLuhan’s experimentations in journal publication. Curated by Baruch Gottlieb and Marie-José Sondeijker, the project in The Hague is the first station of the exhibition symposia and workshops touring program, which will include programs in Berlin (2018), Paris (2018) and Toronto (2019). The series promises patrons an exploration of the synthetic practices of the Toronto School through the collaboration of artists, thinkers, designers and scholars probing and contesting the electronic information environments of the contemporary world and McLuhan’s seminal role as a cultural critic in this era of technological transformation. Images from the exhibition can be found here:


October 11, 2017

The Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources Library (CIRHR) was invited to apply for membership to the International Association of Labour History Institution (IALHI). Its membership was accepted unanimously by the General Assembly of IALHI during the 2017 conference hosted by AMSAB (Amsab-Institute of Social History) held in Ghent, Belgium on September 6-9, 2017

"Since 1970, IALHI brings together archives, libraries, documentation centres and museums specializing in the history and theory of the labour and social movements. At the moment, the association gathers 105 institutions from all over the world, as you can see from our membership list. We believe that your membership would be a valuable addition to our network, as well as an opportunity for you to be in touch with the international community of librarian and archivists working in the field of labour history and social movements, to exchange ideas, and to make your collections and publications more visible.” Geert Van Goethem (President of IALHI)

Vicki Skelton, Head Librarian, CIRHR, is planning to attend the next conference that will take place from September 13-15, 2018 in Milano (IT) where all members are given the opportunity to present themselves and their projects to the IALHI network. Any ideas or thoughts or interest concerning featuring the archives and documentation of “the history and theory of the labour and social movements” at the University of Toronto would be welcome. Please contact:

Vicki Skelton, Head Librarian | Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources | | 416 978-2928

October 10, 2017

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian at the Map and Data Library co-published an article September 29, 2017 for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society entitled "Comparative effectiveness and safety of cognitive enhancers for treating Alzheimer’s dementia" with Tricco AC, Ashoor HM, Soobiah C, Rios P, Veroniki AA, Hamid JS, Ivory JD, Khan PA, Yazdi F, Ghassemi M, Blondal E, Ho JM, Ng CH, Hemmlegarn B, Majumdar SR, Perrier L, Straus SE.

Full-text available at:

October 10, 2017

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resources Librarian at U of T Mississauga Library, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, presented September 21, 2017,  “Confronting the Past: Inherited Scholarship, Antiquated Theories and Challenges in the Study of Gotland’s Medieval Baptismal Font Workshops” in the session entitled, Nordic Splendour: Medieval Church Furnishings in Scandinavia organized by Dr Justin E. A. Kroesen, Bergen in the conference, Forum Kunst des Mittelalters, Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany.

October 3, 2017

Stephen Qiao, Chinese Studies Librarian, made a presentation titled “Digital humanities in practice: a case study of Austronesians” at the Integration and Sharing: International Forum on Innovative and Development of Museums under the Internet Environment, as part of the 2017 International Conference on Integrated Development of Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries (Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China; August 18, 2017).

October 3, 2017

User Services Librarian Judith Logan and User Experience Librarian Lisa Gayhart co-published an article this week for ARL’s Research Library Issues: “How Intrapreneurship Enhances Existing Organizational Structures: A Holistic Case Study from a Large Academic Library.” Research Library Issues, no. 291 (2017): 19–3. 

The article was among a select group highlighted in a message from the Association of Research Libraries to senior library administrators at ARL institutions. Congratulations, Judith and Lisa! 

October 2, 2017

Research Data Management Librarian, Laure Perrier, has co-published a new research article: "Strategies to improve the quality of life of persons post-stroke: protocol of a systematic review". Munce SEP, Perrier L, Shin S, Adhihetty C, Pitzul K, Nelson MLA, Bayley MT. Syst Rev. 2017 Sep 7;6(1):184.

September 25, 2017

Congratulations to Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library Director Hana Kim, who was awarded the 2017 Korean Canadian Heritage Award, given to outstanding Korean Canadians in various fields. The awards ceremony will be in Toronto on November 10, 2017. 

September 25, 2017

Kathleen Scheaffer, Outreach and Instructional Services Librarian in the Inforum, delivered a presentation with Professor Jenna Hartel, iSchool PhD Student Anh Thu Nguyen, and MI student Julia Martynuik, at the Diversity by Design Conference on September 13, 2017 titled, "The Diversity of Mindfulness: Inclusion and Information through Wellness-infused Pedagogy, Resources, Spaces, Research, and Student Participation at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto."

September 19, 2017

Jack Leong, Director of the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Libraryparticipated in the 2017 IFLA WLIC conference with a presentation titled “The Multicultural Library Manifesto and Toolkit” in the “Multicultural Library Manifesto & Toolkit – Case Studies and Illustrations from a Global Perspective" session. 

More details about the manifesto and toolkit are available here

September 7, 2017

Manager of Security, Health & Safety, Susan Gropp, a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), recently received the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation from the Global Risk Management Institute.

September 5, 2017

Head of the Engineering & Computer Science Library, Mindy Thuna and Pam King, Coordinator, Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communications at UTM, have co-written a new research article: "Research Impact Metrics: A Faculty Perspective" (M. Thuna & P. King, Partnership Journal, Vol. 12, Number 1), Sept. 2017 

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September 5, 2017

EAL Director, Hana Kim gave a presentation entitled, “Asian Canadian Digital Collections” at the 2017 International Conference on Integrated Development of Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries. The conference was held in Taiyuan, China from August 16 - 21, 2017.

September 5, 2017

UTSC Liaison Librarian, Sarah Guay presented a paper written by herself and Sarah Fedko at the 2017 International Conference on Library and Information Science (LIS2017) in Sapporo, Japan (Aug. 23-25) entitled “Beyond the Classroom: Creating eLearning Objects for the Advancement of Information Literacy Instruction.”


August 22, 2017

User Experience Librarian, Lisa Gayhart and User Services Librarian, Kyla Everall peer reviewed a chapter together and are mentioned in the acknowledgements for the new book Getting Started in Service Design.

August 15, 2017

Heather Buchansky finished up her appointment this summer with the Undergraduate Research Working Group, a tri-campus, cross-disciplinary committee, chaired by the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education. Over the past two years, this group has helped move forward discussions concerning the state and role of undergraduate research at the University of Toronto.

August 1, 2017

Gerstein Research Services Librarian, Patricia Ayala, co-published an article in BMJ Open:

Arruda, A. P., Ayala, A. P., Lopes, L. C., Bergamaschi, C. C., Guimarães, C., Grossi, M. D., Righesso, L. A. R., Agarwal, A., El Dib, R. E. (2017). Herbal medications for surgical patients: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open, 7(7). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014290

July 25, 2017

Posted on behalf of Cynthia Messenger, President, UTFA

Whitney Kemble has been acclaimed to represent your constituency on UTFA Council for the term ending June 30, 2020. Please join me in congratulating Whitney and thanking her for her service to UTFA and to the University of Toronto.

The other representatives of the Librarians Constituency are Harriet Sonne de Torrens and Victoria Skelton.

July 25, 2017

Marcus Barnes, Natkeeran Ledchumykanthan, Kim Pham, and Kirsta Stapelfeldt (The Digital Scholarship Unit) have a new article published in the most recent issue of Code4lib ( The article is titled "Annotation-based enrichment of Digital Objects using open-source frameworks" and is available via this link: 

July 25, 2017

Associate Chief Librarian for Collections and Materials Management, Caitlin Tillman, represented UTL and Canada at the June 23 CRL forum on expanding the shared collections network. As part of CRL’s Collections and Services Policy Committee, Caitlin provided insight on what CRL should look for in new partnerships, on appropriate (and affordable) norms and standards, and a more compelling narrative on shared print management. 

July 21, 2017

Patricia Ayala, Research Services Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre, recently had three peer-reviewed papers published as a result of her expertise as a research team member regarding systematic and scoping reviews. Congratulations to Patricia and her team!

El Dib R, Guimarães Pereira JE, Agarwal A, Gomaa H, Ayala AP, Botan AG, Braz LG, de Oliveira LD, Lopes LC, Mathew PJ. Inhalation versus intravenous anaesthesia for adults undergoing on-pump or off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Clin Anesth. 2017 Aug; 40:127-138. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2017.05.010.

Ghodraty Jabloo V, Alibhai SMH, Fitch M, Tourangeau AE, Ayala AP, Puts MTE.  Antecedents and Outcomes of Uncertainty in Older Adults With Cancer: A Scoping Review of the Literature. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2017 2017 Jul 1;44(4):E152-E167. doi: 10.1188/17.ONF.E152-E167.

Puts MTE, Sattar S, Ghodraty Jabloo V, Hsu T, Fitch M, Szumacher E, Ayala AP, Alibhai SMH.  Patient engagement in research with older adults with cancer. J Geriatr Oncol. 2017 Jun 6. pii: S1879-4068(17)30095-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2017.05.002. [Epub ahead of print]:

July 11, 2017

Copyright Outreach Librarian, Stephanie Orfano wrote an article in collaboration with UCLA and Bobby Glusko that was recently published in Serials Review, called "Reducing the Costs of Course Materials". Find it at:

July 11, 2017

The John M. Kelly Library is pleased to congratulate Silvia Vong, Head of Public Services, on her article, "No more 'frame-shaming': Using critical reflection to facilitate change," which appears in the July/August issue of C&RL News. You can read Silvia’s article online at

July 11, 2017

Jesse Carliner (Communications & Reference Librarian), Heather Buchansky (Student Engagement Librarian) and Eveline Houtman (Reference Librarian/Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction, Robarts Library) recently gave two presentations together at the OCULA Spring Conference and WILU 2017. See below for the citations:

Buchansky, H. & Carliner, J. (2017). A picture is worth a thousand words: Telling your library’s story in visually compelling ways. Lightening talk presented at the OCULA Spring Conference, 2017. Hamilton, Ontario, April 28, 2017.

Houtman, E. & Carliner, J. (2017). Critically engaging the changing scholarly conversation: Digital literacies and graduate students. Presentation given at WILU 2017. University of Alberta, May 24, 2017. 

July 4, 2017

Posted on behalf of Chief Librarian, Larry P Alford

I am delighted to announce that UTSC Chief Librarian, Victoria Owen has been appointed to the Board of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Accessible  Book Consortium.  This appointment recognizes the important work Victoria has done internationally to try to ensure full access to information for all including those who may be visually impaired or print disabled in other ways.  That includes her very important work on the Marrakesh Treaty.   Please join me in congratulating Victoria on this important appointment.

The full text of the announcement can be found at this link:
With best regards,


July 4, 2017

Margaret Wall, Communications & Reference Librarian, published an article in the Spring 2017 issue of TALL Quarterly: Wall, M. (2017). Enhancing the Discoverability of Digitized Canadian Government Information. TALL Quarterly, Spring 2017 issue

July 4, 2017

Jenaya Webb, Public Services & Research Librarian at the OISE Library recently co-authored a paper in the OA journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP).

Bedi, S. and Webb, J. (2017). Through the Students’ Lens: Photographic Methods for Research in Library Spaces. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 12(2), 15-35.

July 4, 2017

Former UTL Librarian and Japanese Studies bibliographer, Lynne Kutsukake is a recipient of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for her book, The Translation of Love. See more here.

June 27, 2017

Kyla Everall, Government Information & User Support Librarian, and Judith Logan, User Services Librarian, presented their paper, “A mixed methods approach to iterative service design of an in person reference service point” at the 9th International Evidence Based Library & Information Practice Conference (EBLIP 9) in Philadelphia on June 21st. They were voted 2nd place for Best Paper by conference attendees.

June 27, 2017

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has named Rita Vine, Head, Faculty and Student Engagement, as a visiting program officer (VPO) for its reimagining the library liaison initiative from July 2017 through June 2018. Vine is the head of faculty and student engagement at the University of Toronto Libraries in Toronto, Canada. [Read more]

June 27, 2017

The Fisher Library's Barry Dov Walfish, Librarian and subject specialist for Judaica and Hebraica and Sara Japhet's latest book, The Way of Lovers: The Oxford Anonymous Commentary on the Song of Songs (Bodleian Library, MS Opp. 625) has just been released. For more details visit here.

June 27, 2017

Government Information and Statistics Librarian, Nich Worby co-presented a paper at the International Internet Preservation Consortium’s Web Archiving Week at the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London last week.

Citation: Emily MaemuraNicholas Worby, Christoph Becker & Ian Milligan: "Origin stories: documentation for web archives provenance"

June 20, 2017

Don McLeod, Head of Book and Serials Acquisitions, contributed two chapters to the book Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, recently published by Coach House Books.

June 13, 2017

UTSC Liaison Librarian, Sarah Guay presented at the 9th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) in Limerick, Ireland, May 23-26, 2017 on “Understanding User Habits for the Improvement of Library Websites: A Usability Case Study at the University of Toronto Scarborough.”

June 13, 2017

UTM Librarian (Visual Resource Library), Harriet Sonne de Torrens presented a paper at the Northern Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference at York University (UK),  Recovering the Past, on June 2, 2017, “The Case of the Freckenhorst Font and the Proposed Origins of the Romanesque in Westphalia.”

June 13, 2017

Miguel TorrensBibliographer/Selector for Italian Studies, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, and Spanish, presented a paper at the Northern Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference: "On the backs of giants: the origins of antiquarianism in Britain, from Gildas Bandonicus to The Gentleman's Magazine".

June 13, 2017

Marlene van BallegooieMetadata Technologies Manager Librarian, recently authored two papers in the journal The Serials Librarian: From the Printed Page to the Digital Age

van Ballegooie, Marlene, Sheri Meares and Kristen Wilson. “Deep Dive Into KBART.” The Serials Librarian, Vol. 72, No. 1-4 (2017): 15-25.

van Ballegooie, Marlene, Juliya Borie and Andrew Senior. “The Canadian Linked Data Initiative: Charting a Path to a Linked Data Future.” The Serials Librarian, Vol. 72, No. 1-4 (2017): 207-213.

June 6, 2017

Research Services Librarian, Ana Patricia Ayala recently co-authored an article titled "Postoperative braces for degenerative lumbar diseases".

Machado AN, Ayala AP, Rubinstein SM, El Dib R, Rodrigues LM, Gotfryd AO, Tamaoki MJ, Belloti JC. Postoperative braces for degenerative lumbar diseases (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD012550. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012550.

June 6, 2017

Research Data Management Librarian, Laure Perrier, and her co-authors  were awarded the 2017 ESRF (European Stroke Research Foundation) Investigator Award for the study "Impact of Quality Improvement Strategies on the Quality of Life and Well-being of Individuals Post-Stroke: A Systematic Review" at the 26th European Stroke Conference in Berlin, Germany.

May 30, 2017

Helen He of the Dentistry Library presented a poster at the recent CHLA conference in Edmonton:

He, H. Y., Pecoskie, C., & Ullah, S. (2017). Letting the Data Speak: Using Data to Guide Our Way to a More Accessible and Impactful Twitter Account. [Poster]. Canadian Health Libraries Association/ Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) Annual Conference, May 16-19, 2017, Edmonton, AB

May 30, 2017

Laure Perrier, Mindy Thuna, Leanne Trimble, Patricia Ayala, Dylanne Dearborn and student Roger Reka recently published a research article called, "Research data management in academic institutions: a scoping review."

Perrier L, Blondal E, Ayala AP, Dearborn D, Kenny T, Lightfoot D, Reka R, Thuna M, Trimble L, MacDonald H. PLoS ONE. 2017. 

Available at: 

May 30, 2017

UTSC Liaison Librarian, Chad Crichton, co-edited a book published by ACRL: "Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning".

May 30, 2017

Head of Reference and Research Services at Robarts Library, Debbie Green, published a blog post on Cities@UofT titled "Online flipbooks: UofT Libraries Preserves Toronto’s Past by Digitizing Municipal Handbooks". [read the full article] 

May 23, 2017

Gerstein Resource Sharing & Instruction and Liaison Librarian, Elena Springall is now President of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA). Congratulations, Elena!

At the recent CHLA conference, Miriam Ticoll, former Executive Director, Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto, was presented with the lifetime achievement award.

Miriam delivered some very compelling remarks about the future of libraries and health, touching on topics such as AI, personalized medicine, and integration of library services and resources via the electronic health record. She has had (and continues to have) quite an impact on this part of the field.

May 25 & 26, 2017 

A radio interview with Jack Leong, Director, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, about his career as a library director and his work at UTL will be broadcast by the Canadian Chinese Radio network (FM 102.7) from 8:00 - 8:30 am on both Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th. The interview was conducted in Chinese. The program will also be available on CCR's website:

May 16, 2017

UTM Librarian (Visual Resource Library), Harriet Sonne de Torrens was invited to contribute a paper on April 28, 2017,  “The Pictorial Language of Spiritual vs. Carnal Marriages in Northern Medieval Art” in a conference entitled Familles, pouvoirs et foi en Bretagne et dans l’Europe de l’Ouest à l’époque médiévale (Ve – XVe siècle) / Families, powers and faith in Brittany and Western Europe in the Middle Ages (5th-15th centuries), Université Bretagne Sud, Lorient, Finistère, France & Landévennec Abbey, Finistère, France.

Robarts Stacks Supervisor, David Eden has been appointed the Chair of the Equity and Diversity Committee with the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians.

At the 2017 Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference in Ottawa, Susan Barker, Digital Services and Reference Librarian at Bora Laskin Law Library, along with co-author Erica Anderson won the Michael Silverstein Prize for her article, "Cinderella at the Ball: Legislative Intent in Canadian Courts" published in the (2015) 38:2 Canadian Parliamentary Review

The Michael Silverstein Prize is "an annual monetary award of $1,500, recognizing an outstanding contribution to enhancing understanding, analysis and appreciation of primary law and legal taxonomy. The contribution may be in the form of an article, book, course, research, activities/advocacy or a body of work.”

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of librarian secondees for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Partnering for Academic Student Success (PASS) initiative is a collaboration between CTSI and the University of Toronto Libraries. Now entering its eighth year, this partnership brings librarians together with CTSI staff to work on various teaching and learning initiatives, highlight and encourage collaborations with instructors, and support the effective use of library resources in instruction. The overall goal of PASS is to increase capacity for integrative learning and academic excellence within classrooms. Librarians from all three campuses are eligible to apply.

Tim Neufeldt, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Music Library, will continue in the PASS program for a second year.  ​​Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian (and a previous PASS participant) will replace Rita Vine, Head, Faculty and Student Engagement, who will be on research leave starting in July 2018. 

Thank you to Eveline Houtman, Robarts Reference Department, and Erica Lenton, Gerstein Science Information Centre, who will be ending their secondment at the end of May. 

We are looking forward to another productive and exciting year of collaboration.

 - Carol Rolheiser, Director (CTSI) and Professor (OISE), Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)

May 9, 2017

The Registry of Canadian Government Information Digitization Projects created by Margaret Wall and Marc Lalonde was noted in the May 2017 issue of the "Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World" newsletter produced by Library and Archives Canada. Read the newsletter here.

Maria Zych of the Dentistry Library presented a poster at the 2017 Canadian Agency of Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) Symposium in Ottawa, April 23-25, 2017, “The quality of systematic review search strategies in dentistry: a quantitative study using a modified version of CADTH’s PRESS tool."

Last week the thirteenth annual TRY+ (Toronto, Ryerson, York, OCAD) Library Staff Conference took place at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. A wide range of fascinating sessions were presented by UTL staff, including the following:



HOW IS YOUR LIBRARY RESPONDING TO THE TRC CALLS TO ACTION? PART ONE - Kalina Grewal, Jamie Lee Morin, Iehnhotonkwas Bonnie Jane Maracle, Melanie Ribau, Desmond Wong, Jennifer Toews






HOW IS YOUR LIBRARY RESPONDING TO THE TRC CALLS TO ACTION? PART TWO - Jackie Esquimaux-Hamlin, Iehnhotonkwas Bonnie Jane Maracle, Jordan Hale, Whitney Kemble, Sara McDowell, Daniel Payne











LOOKING TO CONNECT AT TRY+ 2017! - Richard Hydal, Mariya Maistrovskaya, Kathleen Scheaffer, Elena Springall








April 25, 2017

Harold Averill, Assistant University Archivist, UTARMS, and Don McLeod, Head, Book and Serials Acquisitions, were recently presented with Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for volunteering at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Harold for more than 35 years and Don for more than 30 years.

April 25, 2017

Jordan Hale of the Map & Data Library just published an open access journal article, "Little Free Libraries®: Interrogating the impact of the branded book exchange" in the Journal of Radical Librarianship, co-written by Jane Schmidt. Read the article here.

April 18, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Fisher Library's exhibition catalogue for "So Long Lives This: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016” has won the prestigious Leab Award! The award recognizes outstanding printed exhibition catalogs and guides, and electronic exhibitions, produced by North American and Caribbean institutions.
“The committee praised ‘So Long Lives This’ for its outstanding scholarship on Shakespeare, his legacy, and the England of his day, all of which offer new insights on materials and topics that are frequently exhibited and discussed,” said Alexander C. Johnston, chair of the RBMS Exhibition Awards committee and senior assistant librarian at the University of Delaware.
Congratulations to Scott Schofield, Alan Galey, Peter W.M. Blayney, Marjorie Rubright, Anne Dondertman, Coach House and the countless others who helped during the writing, editing and production of this catalogue. 
Full text of the award announcement here:
Copies of the regular and special hardcover edition are available for purchase at the Fisher reference desk

April 11, 2017

Kirsta Stapelfeldt, Kim Pham, Natkeeran Ledchumykanthan, and Marcus Emmanuel Barnes,  of UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit recently presented a poster at the Code4Lib 2017 Conference: "Supporting the Web Annotation Framework in Islandora".

View the poster and read more about it here.

April 11, 2017


Adriana Balen of the UTL Finance & Admin Department was recently named in the credits on the project that was just announced as winner of the Innovation in Architecture Award 2017 by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

For more information and images, visit here.

April 11, 2017

Earlier this month, Jack Leong was invited to participate in the IFLA President’s Meeting and the Global Vision Workshop in Athens, Greece, as Chair of the IFLA Multicultural Library Services for Multicultural Populations Section. Along with more than 130 IFLA delegates, Jack reviewed and discussed the future in terms of globalization, technological and societal trends. In this intensive workshop, the IFLA's vision, challenges, and action plans were formulated using real-time interactive collaborative tools and conversations. To learn more about the IFLA’s global vision and to provide your input in shaping and creating the future of libraries on a global scale, please visit

April 11, 2017

In March 2017, the University of Toronto Libraries was honoured to host and support the 2017 Association for Asian Studies (AAS)/Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) Annual Conference and the Fourth Sino-American Academic Library Forum for Cooperation and Development (SAALFCD). The East Asian Library played a major role in co-planning and hosting the events. 

Stay tuned for an article about these events by Director of the East Asian Library, Hana Kim, in the next issue of Noteworthy.



April 4, 2017

Robarts' Metadata Librarian for Electronic Resources, Jennifer Browning recently co-authored an article for the Collaborative Librarianship journal.  Focusing on the Canadian Linked Data Initivative Summit held in Montreal last Fall, it outlines some of the successes and challenges of working collaboratively as CLDI members develop linked data strategies for Canadian libraries. Find it here:

Stephen Qiaothe Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library's Chinese Studies Librarian made a presentation in the Council of East Asian Libraries 2017 Annual Conference – Toronto along with UBC Chinese Studies Librarian, Jing Liu, on March 16. The topic of the presentation was: “Building Connections with our community: collecting and research Chinese Canadian resources at University of British Columbia & University of Toronto”.

March 28, 2017

Harriet Sonne de Torrens of UTM's Visual Resource Library, presented a paper entitled, “Librarians and the Federated Academic Digital Imaging System (FADIS)” at the Advancing Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies: Innovations and Challenges conference organized by the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) on Monday, March 13.

Kelly Library's Collaborative Learning Librarian, Silvia Vong presented her paper, “Observe, Reflect, Action! Transformation through Reflective Practice in Librarianship” and a poster, “'Dropping Rose Petals in a Canyon': Using Zines to Teach Undergraduate Students that Information has Value" at the ACRL 2017 conference last week.

March 7, 2017

Laura Anderson, Director for Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Chief Librarian, has been elected to the University of Toronto’s Academic Board for the 2017/2018 term. 

February 28, 2017

Music Collection Development Librarian, Houman Behzadi, recently published an article on a project for UTL. It was a timely publication, as it touches upon issues of diversity and inclusion in music collections.

The article, "Building a Collection of Iranian Music at the University of Toronto Music Library", can be found here:

February 28, 2017

Marcus Emmanuel Barnes, Natkeeran LedchumykanthanKim Pham, and Kirsta Stapelfeldt, of UTSC Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit had an article published in the last issue of Code4lib, entitled "Supporting Oral Histories in Islandora". Read the article here:

February 28, 2017

We are happy to announce to that Chief Librarian, Larry Alford will be part of the CARL Directors Portage Steering Committee from March 2017 to May 2017, and June 2017 to March 2019.

February 28, 2017

Gertstein's Research Data Management Librarian, Laure Perrier recently co-authored the following article:

Protocol for a scoping review of post-trial extensions of randomized controlled trials using individually linked administrative and registry data.

Fitzpatrick T, Perrier L, Tricco A, Straus SE, Juni P, Zwarenstein M, Lix LM, Smith M, Rosella LC, Henry DA. BMJ Open. 2017; 7:e013770. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013770. Available at:

February 28, 2017

Kathleen Scheaffer, Librarian, and Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator at the Faculty of Information, was a co-applicant on a successful grant application:


February 21, 2017

Anne Dondertman, former Associate Librarian for Special Collections and Director of the Fisher Library has been awarded the OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Marie Tremaine Medal. 

The OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual working in libraries in Ontario who has made an outstanding contribution to academic or research library development and honours exceptional achievements in the following areas:

  • Service to library committees, associations or organizations
  • Scholarly activities in areas of academic librarianship (e.g. conference presentations, research, publications, editing a book, blogging, etc.)
  • Planning and implementing a library program which serves as a model to others
  • In addition, this award honours an individual who has served as a role model or mentor in academic libraries.

The Marie Tremaine Medal is offered by the Bibliographical Society of Canada for outstanding service to Canadian bibliography and for distinguished publication. The Tremaine Medal is also accompanied by the Watters-Morley Prize, a $500 scholarly award. The Medal and Prize will be awarded to Anne at the annual meeting of the Bibliographical Society of Canada at Ryerson University in May.

February 21, 2017

Congratulations to Faculty & Student Engagement GSLA Erica Friesen, whose presentation Books for Lazy People? The Place of Audiobooks in Academic Libraries won the OCULA Lightning Strikes Student Award at the 2017 OLA Superconference.  

February 21, 2017

Congratulations to Gerstein Instruction & Faculty Liaison Librarian, Ana Patricia Ayala, who has recently co-written a scoping review, the product of a grant from OXFAM, an international confederation of charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty, disaster relief, advocacy and policy research.

See details below:

Czuba, K., O’Neill, T.J. and Ayala, A.P. (2017). The impact of food assistance on pastoralist livelihoods in humanitarian crises: An evidence synthesis. Humanitarian Evidence Programme.

Oxford: Oxfam GB.

February 7, 2017

Heather Buchansky and Sarah Fedko have been awarded a support stream grant from the Provost’s Instructional Technology Innovation Fund (ITIF). The support from an educational technologist will be used to continue the work on information literacy online modules currently being piloted in two second-year Arts & Science courses. The modules were developed last year by a group of librarians investigating online learning objects: Angela Henshilwood, Eveline Houtman, Courtney Lundrigan, as well as Heather and Sarah.

January 31, 2017

Don McLeod, Head, Book and Serials Acquisitions is a member of the advisory board of Gale Cengage Learning’s digital product Archives of Sexuality and Gender. Part of his duties there include supervising a digitization project at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. More than 200,000 images from the CLGA’s poster, vertical file, and serials collections will be included in the latest part of ASG. See:

January 24, 2017

Scholars Portal Accessibility Librarian, Katya Pereyaslavska, has just won a 2016 CARL Research in Librarianship Grant, for her study “How will the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty change the current accessibility landscape across CARL libraries to facilitate a more effective interaction among members as well as in the international arena?”.

Congratulations Katya!

January 24, 2017

The John M. Kelly Library is very proud to congratulate Manda Vrkljan for winning a scholarship and having her poster accepted for this year’s Association of College Research Libraries’ (ACRL) conference (March 22-25 in Baltimore).

Manda is a vital member of our Public Services department and is pursuing a Master of Information at the University of Toronto. USMC Chief Librarian, Sheril Hook, describes Manda as “an exemplar employee, who is creative in meeting the needs of the users of the library and the greater community. Manda has never shied from volunteering her time for various fundraising initiatives to support the College and meets new learning opportunities with enthusiasm. Simply put, Manda’s reputation at USMC is excellent.”

The scholarship for the Support Staff category was one of 168 awarded out of a pool of 385 competitive applications. It covers the conference registration fee and comes with a travel stipend of $350 USD.

Manda’s poster proposal, “Breaking Down Silos: Using Stakeholder Analysis to Improve Communication among Library Departments,” grew out of her lead role in our engaging and challenging, staff- and department-wide strategic planning exercises. Her poster will describe the development of a stakeholder matrix to visualize each of our departments’ level of interest across all departmental activities, which helped staff develop a greater appreciation for the impact their decisions had on other departments and encourages collaboration. Only 35% of proposed sessions were accepted by ACRL.

We at the Kelly look forward to the innovative ideas Manda will bring back to our library from this international conference!

January 17, 2017

Matthew Edwards of the Gerstein Science Information Centre's Resource Sharing department has had a paper published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal, History of Geo- and Space Sciences. The title of the article is: "Indications from space geodesy, gravimetry and seismology for slow Earth expansion at present – comment on 'The Earth expansion theory and its transition from scientific hypothesis to pseudoscientific belief' by Sudiro (2014)". [read the abstract]

January 17, 2017

Slavic Cataloguing Supervisor and Liaison Librarian for Linguistics, Lana Soglasnova has published a review of The Fantastic Print Samizdat 1966–2006: USSR. CIS. Russia. A Bibliographic Handbook by Evgenii Kharitonov, in Slavic & East European Information Resources 17(4).

January 10, 2017

Nelly Cancilla (UTM Library Communications and Liaison Librarian), Bobby Glushko (Former Head of UTL Copyright and Scholarly Communications), Stephanie Orfano (Acting Head, Copyright and Scholarly Communications), and Graeme Slaght (Copyright Outreach Librarian) recently published an article in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, called "Engaging Faculty and Reducing Costs by Leveraging Collections: A Pilot Project to Reduce Course Pack Use".


January 10, 2017

Ana Patricia Ayala and her fellow researchers have successfully applied for the CIHR SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grant. Patricia also co-authored an article with her TALint student, published in Age and Ageing. See below for more details:

Successful Grant:

McGilton, K (Nominated PI) & Puts, M. (Co-PI).

Co-investigator Applicants:  Bergman, H., Andrew, M., Morgan, D, Vedel, I., Ayala, A.P., Dube, V., Marshall, E., Ploeg, J., Walker, J., Wodchis, W, McElhaney, J, Decision Maker Applicants: Sampali, T, McKay, S., Bell, D., Sinha, S., Fernie, G., McNeil, D., Grimes, S., Beaudet, L., Hale, L Patient/Caregiver Partners: Bruce, L. Keatings, M., Parrot E., Stephens D, Wylie, D Funding Agency: CIHR SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grants

Funding Title: Identifying and Understanding the Health and Social Care Needs of Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions and their Caregivers: A Scoping Review.

Dates if Funded: Jan 2017- Dec 2017

Amount: $50,000


Puts, M. T., Toubasi, S., Andrew, M. K., Ashe, M. C., Ploeg, J., Atkinson, E., Ayala A.P., Roy, A., Rodriguez, M., Bergman H., Mcgilton, K. (2017). Interventions to prevent or reduce the level of frailty in community-dwelling older adults: a scoping review of the literature and international policies. Age and Ageing. doi:10.1093/ageing/afw247.

[Read full article here]

January 3, 2016

Hana Kim, Director at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library recently published an article entitled, “A Library Where Research Meets Community” in Localities (Vol. 6) by the Pusan National University. She also authored two articles (one in English and another in Korean) in Trends in Overseas Korean Studies Libraries (December 2016) by the National Library of Korea.

January 3, 2016

Congratulations are in order for OISE's Jenaya Webb and Monique Flaccavento and the rest of the Student2Scholar team (scroll to bottom of page for a list of all contributors), for being one of two winners for the OCULA Special Achievement Award, which honours exceptional achievement(s) in at least one of the following areas over the past 2 years:

  • Service to OLA/OCULA and any other library organization, or
  • Research and publication in areas of academic librarianship, or
  • Planning and implementing a library program which serves as a model to others

Well done!

December 13, 2016

Ana Patricia Ayala and Heather Cunningham have recently co-authored an article with Jennifer Petkovic, Vivian Welch, Maria Helena Jacob, Manosila Yoganathan, and Peter Tugwell in Implementation Science.

The project is a triumph in successful collaboration and outreach, as it is partly the result of a conversation between Patricia and fellow researcher, Peter Tugwell during a chance meeting at the Research Waste conference in Edinburgh last October after which Tugwell invited Patricia to collaborate with him in current and future projects. This relationship continues to date.

The article in question, “The effectiveness of evidence summaries on health policymakers and health system managers use of evidence from systematic reviews: a systematic review”, can be read in full here:

December 6, 2016

As of January 1, the new Chair for Circulation Services will be Renata Holder. We would like to thank Renata for assuming this role and express our appreciation to the outgoing Chair, Susan Bond, for her great work on this committee; it is much appreciated.

November 29, 2016

Ksenya Kiebuzinski and Lana Soglasnova attended the 48th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Washington, D.C., November 17-20, 2016. Ksenya presented at a roundtable on “Handling Copyright and Other Legal Issues in Libraries, Museums, Archives, and Higher Education,” while Lana took part in a roundtable on “Slavic Cataloging Manual: a Global Affair” which focused on the work of the ACRL’s Slavic and East European Section Task Force for the review of the Slavic Cataloging Manual.

Ksenya Kiebuzinski coedited with Alexander Motyl, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University-Newark, The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941: A Sourcebook. The volume was released on November 21 by Amsterdam University Press, and is available at:

November 22, 2016

Rachel E. Beattie, Assistant Media Archivist at the Media Commons, attended the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from November 8 - 12. Rachel was quite busy at the conference. She helped organize and participated in the long-running pre-conference workshop 'The Community Archives Workshop', chaired the panel 'Framing The Horizon: Building an Infrastructure for Audiovisual Archiving and Preservation Education in the Americas', was a panelist in the session 'AMIA Student Chapter Roundtable' to speak about U of T’s AMIA student chapter, and helped organize the panel 'The Listening Room: A Conversation on Diversity'. Rachel also live-tweeted the conference - you can see her tweets for the Media Commons here.

November 14, 2016

Silvia Vong, Collaborative Learning Librarian at John M. Kelly Library has published an article, "A Constructivist Approach for Introducing Undergraduate Students to Special Collections and Archival Research" in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, 17, 148-171. To read the full article, visit:

November 8, 2016

Lucy Gan, Information Services Librarian at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library recently published an article titled "Introducing Shengjing lu cheng tu 盛京路程圖: A Tentative Study of a Manuscript Chengtu 程圖in the Mu Collection". It can be accessed in the Journal of East Asian Libraries: Vol. 2016: No. 163, Article 5, available at:

November 1, 2016

Marlene van Ballegooie and Fabiano Rocha have published an article in the Journal of East Asian Libraries entitled “Harnessing the Power of the Cooperative: Improving Access to the JapanKnowledge E-Resources Collection.”  Co-authored with Yukari Sugiyama, Japanese Technical Services Librarian at Yale University Library, this paper documents a cooperative cataloguing project that aimed to improve the discoverability of the JapanKnowledge collection – one of the most indispensable e-resource collections for Japanese studies.  As a result of this cross-institutional effort, a set of e-resource records for the JapanKnowledge that met North American standards was created and made available through the WorldShare Collection Manager (the OCLC knowledgebase). 

In September 2016, Fabiano Rocha did a presentation on the cooperative cataloguing project at the European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS) annual conference in Bucharest, Romania. Since the project’s completion, several university libraries in North America and Europe have loaded the records in their OPACs and have seen immediate improvements in the discovery of JapanKnowlege contents.

Please see below a testimonial by Keiko Yokota-Carter, Japanese Studies Librarian at Michigan University.

Keiko Yokota-Carter’s Testimonial:

Dear Great team!

I would like to inform you that Michigan completed the loading for JapanKnowledge 871 titles in April.  Thanks to your wonderful work, I could help two students locate necessary material RIGHT AWAY by title search in our library catalog !!

I actually tried to find the title in JK Toyo bunko, but I could not find it for some reasons. Then, I tried to search by title, and FOUND it RIGHT AWAY !   Strange, but we were so happy.

I saw the immediate result of your hard work!  Thank you so much. I am sorry that it took two months to share this great news and appreciation with you.

Thank you!!


Keiko Yokota-Carter, 横田カーター啓子

Japanese Studies librarian

Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

Article citation:

Sugiyama, Yukari; van Ballegooie, Marlene; and Takashi Rocha, Fabiano (2016) "Harnessing the Power of the Cooperative: Improving Access to the JapanKnowledge E-Resource Collection," Journal of East Asian Libraries: Vol. 2016: No. 163, Article 4.

October 18, 2016

Instruction & Faculty Liaison Librarian, Ana Patricia Ayala has been appointed as a board representative for the Advisory Committee for the UTL system for a one-year term ending in 2017

October 12, 2016

Margaret Wall, Communications and Reference Librarian, had a Research Spotlight on the Registry of Canadian Government Information Digitization Projects published in the October 2016 issue of InsideOCULA. Margaret recently completed a research leave, during which she created the Registry in collaboration with Marc Lalonde in Information Technology Services.

September 6, 2016

Brad Walton (Engineering and Computer Science Library) has published an article in Reformation Worlds, a festschrift in honour of University of Toronto professor Alan Hayes, edited by Tom Power (Librarian, Trinity College). The article deals with the understanding and handling of severe depression by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English pastors. He shows that, under the influence of Galenic medical traditions, the English pastors of the renaissance / reformation understood depression in a manner analogous to modern medicine, in somatic or "bio-chemical" terms. The festschrift will be presented to Professor Hayes on October 5, 2016.

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, UTM Visual Resources Librarian, presented a paper at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference at their Annual Conference in Bruges, Belgium on August 19, 2016, entitled “A Composite 15th to 16th Century Triptych in Brittany: Two Lost Panels by Hans Memling?”

August 30, 2016

Jack Leong presented his paper in the session entitled “Library Services taking action for UN 2030 Agenda” during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 13-19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio. His paper, “Library Services for immigrants and refugees: actions and principles from a global perspective,” discusses the concept of “multicultural library.” He outlined the manifesto, guidelines, toolkits and examples which facilitate library services for culturally diverse societies shaped partly by the increasing numbers of immigrants and refugees.  Jack’s full paper is available at

August 22, 2016

Nadia Zavorotna (Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre) co-authored the bibliography of Harvard University’s Dmytro Chyzhevskyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature entitled “George Grabowicz: A Bibliography.” In “Zhnyva: Essays Presented in Honor of George G. Grabowicz on His Seventieth Birthday,” ed. Roman Koropeckyj, Taras Koznarsky, and Maxim Tarnawsky, special issue, Harvard Ukrainian Studies 32-33, pt.1 (2011–2014): 37–84.
Ksenya Kiebuzinski (PJRC) published in the same volume the article ““L'Ukrainien défendu: Censorship, Diplomacy and Literary Questions in an Era of Franco-Russian Rapprochement,”pp. 425-36. Full TOC here:
Ksenya also reviewed Diana Howansky Reilly’s book Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland’s Ukrainians after World War II (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) for the journal Canadian Slavonic Papers. DOI:

August 15, 2016

From Aug 10-11, 2016, the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA) Satellite Meeting was hosted by IFLA’s Management and Marketing Section at Hart House, University of Toronto. The meeting’s theme was “Managing Human Resources in the library and information context: How do we want to work tomorrow?” and delegates from around the world were in attendance. There were two presentations from U of T Libraries: 

Heather Cunningham and Dana Kuszelewski (Gerstein Science Information Centre) presented a paper entitled "Evolving public services and staffing to meet the needs of academic communities.

Jack Leong (Canada-Hong Kong Library)presented a paper on “Ethnic and cultural diversity of the library profession at the University of Toronto.” His paper contributed to the discussion by showcasing the diverse community UTL serves and multilingual collection that UTL maintains. Using a series of individual interviews, U of T employee's ethnic diversity surveys, and Mary Kandiuk’s 2011 survey, Jack explores the current representation of ethnic and cultural diversity in library profession, and discusses the challenges and opportunities for the profession within the context of increasing diverse and multicultural populations.


August 2, 2016

Jack Leong, as an organizing committee member, participated in the 9th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas that took place in Vancouver July 6 to 8. Jack made a presentation entitled “Evolution and diversity of cultural identity of Chinese in Toronto – 1960s to 2010s” and chaired the panel on “Research on Ethnic Chinese Media.” Jack’s paper discusses the acculturation of identity of both immigrants and Canadian born Chinese in Toronto since the 1960s.  He draws on the data from the Ethnic Diversity Survey of Canada (2002) and the 2011 Census to investigate whether Multiculturalism enables Chinese-Canadians to embrace the identity of Chinese and Canadian at the same time. Using results from a series of individual and group surveys on integration and cultural identities, Jack explores the validity of the general findings and further analyzes the cultural dynamics of East-Meets-West among Chinese in Toronto.

July 26, 2016

Gerstein's Instruction and Faculty Liaison Librarian Patricia Ayala is part of a research team that was successful in their Canadian Frailty Priority Setting Partnership Application, and has been awarded the RFP from the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN), focusing on identifying research priorities for persons who are frail. They are working on developing a contract between UHN, Faculty of Nursing and the CFN. 

July 26, 2016

Stephen Qiao at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library attended the 9th ISSCO International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas in Vancouver, in British Columbia July 6 to 8. He made a presentation entitled “From Shing Wah Daily News to see the influence of China and Taiwan to Canadian Chinese Community” in the panel on Overseas Chinese media studies. Stephen did a case study to explore the political identity changes among Chinese Canadians from the 1970s to 1990s, analyzing a locally published Chinese newspaper found in the East Asian Library as part of the Asian Canadian special collection. 

July 26, 2016

Don McLeod, head of book and serials acquisitions, CDD, co-presented a paper entitled “Tracking LGBTQ Liberation in Canada” with Michelle Schwartz (Ryerson University) and Constance Crompton (UBC, Kelowna) at “Without Borders,” the LGBTQ Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections (ALMS) conference held at the London Metropolitan Archives, London, England, June 24, 2016.

July 26, 2016
Simone Laughton, Coordinator of UTM Library Instructional Technology Services presented two posters at the Canadian International Conference on Education (CICE 2016).
Laughton, S., Scoville, C., Richter, C., Hinic-Frlog, S., Zingaro, D., Fukuzawa, S., & Boyd, C.  (2016). Adventures in Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Classrooms.  Canada International Conference on Education (CICE).  Mississauga, Ontario.  [Best Poster Award]
Trentin, L. & Laughton, S.  (2016).  To tweet or not to tweet?  Student reflections on Twitter in the Classics classroom.  Canada International Conference on Education (CICE).  Mississauga, Ontario.

July 5, 2016

Erica Lenton, Instruction & Faculty Liaison Librarian and former GSLA Carolyn Dineen recently published an article about Gerstein's 3D printing service model:

Lenton, E., & Dineen, C. (2016). Set it and Forget it (Almost): How We Make DIY 3D Printing Work in Our Library. Public Services Quarterly, 12(2), 179-186.

July 5, 2016

Gerstein's Instruction & Faculty Liaison Librarians Patricia Ayala and Erica Lenton recently had their CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant approved. They will be co-investigators on a heart pain study.

July 5, 2016

Deputy Chief Librarian Julie Hannaford recently co-authored the report and conference presentation Report from the Participation in the Current System Workgroup, published in the Open Scholarship Initiatives Proceedings.

June 28, 2016

Marlene van Ballegooie, Metadata Technologies Manager Librarian, recently authored a paper entitled "Re-Envisioning E-Resource Holdings Management" in the journal The Serials Librarian: From the Printed Page to the Digital Age

June 28, 2016

Leanne Trimble, Statistics and Data Librarian, and Jesse Carliner, Reference and Acting Communications Librarian, were invited to present at the Canadian Evaluation Society's Ontario AGM and Learning Event on June 22. Their presentation was entitled Thinking Visually: An Introduction to Data & Information Visualization. 

June 27, 2016

UTM Visual Resources Librarian Harriet Sonne de Torrens co-presented a research paper entitled, “Breaking the Silence: Defining Academic Freedom for Librarians at Canadian Universities” with colleague, Mary Kandiuk (York University) to the librarians, faculty and students at the University of Western Ontario Library and the Faculty of Information & Media Studies in London, Ontario on June 21, 2016.

June 21, 2016

Houman Behzadi, Music Collection Development Librarian, along with Carolyn Doi, Music Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan Library, co-presented a paper at the Canadian Association of Music Libraries’ annual meeting as part of the 2016 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary, entitled, “Impact of funding changes on music collections in Canadian academic libraries."
Vincci Lui (Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian) & Heather Cunningham (Assistant Director for Research & Innovation Services) of the Gerstein Science Information Centre recently co-authored a paper entitled Treatment goal setting for complex patients: protocol for a scoping review in BMJ Open.
The 37th Annual International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) Conference was held June 5-9, 2016, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This marked the second time that this conference has been held in Canada, and the theme was “Library Leadership in a Sea of Change.”  The University of Toronto Libraries was well-represented at the conference:
Names Role Title
Angela Henshilwood (University of Toronto)
& Christina Hwang (University of Alberta)
Plenary Speakers From Coast to Coast: Canadian Collaboration in a Changing RDM Seascape
Caitlin Tillman (University of Toronto), Joseph Hafner (McGill University) & Sharon Farnel, (University of Alberta) Presenters Forming the Canadian Linked Data Initiative
Heather Cunningham, Erica Lenton, Patricia Ayala, & Vincci Lui (University of Toronto) Presenters Collaborating to Navigate the Sea of Change in Science and Health Science Librarianship
Vincci Lui & Heather Cunningham
(University of Toronto)
Presenters Listening and Learning from our UsersExploring Uncharted Waters in Library Space Redesign


June 14, 2016

Collaborative Learning Librarian Silvia Vong recently published an article entitled Reporting or reconstructing? The zine as a medium for reflecting on research experiences in Communications in Information Literacy

June 7, 2016
UTM Visual Resources Librarian Harriet Sonne de Torrens co-presented with Mary Kandiuk an excerpt from their current research project, a paper entitled “Academic Freedom and Professional Autonomy: Librarians’ Research and Scholarship in Canadian Academic Libraries” on May 30, 2016 at the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians’ annual conference, held as a member of the Congress 2016 of Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary.
In a panel session organized by Kristin Hoffman from the University of Western Ontario, Harriet Sonne de Torrens presented a paper on “Collegial Governance in Canadian Academic Libraries” along with Mary Kandiuk from York University and Justine Wheeler from the University of Calgary who spoke on academic librarians’ rights, identity and negotiating experiences. The panel discussed the benefits and challenges of working faculty associations and the critical role this engagement plays for academic librarians in academic communities on May 31, 2016 at the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians’ annual conference, held as a member of the Congress 2016 of Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary.

May 31, 2016

Nadia Moro, Collections & Public Services Technician at the Faculty of Information (iSchool) Inforum, recently celebrated over 35 years of service with the University of Toronto, at the university’s annual Long Service Award Celebration on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  Prior to reaching this career milestone, Nadia was the recipient of the iSchool’s inaugural Susan A. Brown Administrative Staff Achievement Award (2014), which recognized her for her dedication, commitment, and contributions to the successes of the iSchool.

May 30, 2016

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resources Librarian at UTM, presented a paper at the 2-day Ancient Abbeys of Brittany Colloquium held at UTM and on the St. George campus at the Jackman Humanities Institute, entitled, “A Flemish Triptych from the Premonstratensian Abbey of Beauport in Brittany” on May, 2016.

May 30, 2016

Kathleen Scheaffer, Co-managing Librarian, Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator at the iSchool Inforum, has been appointed Chair of the Librarians’ Committee at the University of Toronto Faculty Association and member of the UTFA executive for a two year term commencing July 1, 2016.  Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resources Librarian at UTM, has also been appointed to the position of Member-at-Large on the UTFA Executive for a two year term commencing July 1, 2016.

May 24, 2016

The largest meeting of medical librarians in the world was held May 13-18  at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a dynamic six day conference, a joint event between the Medical Library Association (MLA), Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).  This marked the first time since 2000 that the MLA Conference crossed the border and was hosted in Canada.  
University of Toronto librarians fully participated in the conference:
Patricia Ayala and Erica Lenton
More than Expert Searchers? A Case Study for Librarians Exploring Roles Beyond Databases
Maria Buda* and Carolyn Pecoskie

*Maria was also the co-chair of Hospitality Information Booth and Volunteer Subcommittees, Local Advisory Committee (LAC)

The Library and the Lab: Exploring Partnerships to Manage Research Data
Heather Cunningham, Erica Lenton, Patricia Ayala, Shona Kirtley
Librarians! Let’s Leverage our Role to Raise the Quality of Biomedical Research
Erica Lenton
Chapter Sharing Roundtable: Literature Searches to Support Systematic Reviews
Mindy Thuna
Building & Maintaining Collaborations session
Vincci Lui
Volunteer & Tour Coordinator
Local Assistance Committee
Allison Bell
Host for MLA Cunningham Memorial International Fellowship awardee
Tours of the Gerstein Science Information Centre, Robarts Library, and Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library were held for librarians from all over the globe, including the US and Taiwan.
Tour guides:
Dana Kuszelewski and Vincci Lui
Tour guides
Tour of the Gerstein Information Centre (x2)
Phillip Oldfield and Lauren WIlliams
Tour guides
History of Medicine at the Fisher Library
Jesse Carliner & Christina Santolin
Tour guide
Tour of Robarts Library


May 24, 2016

Research Data Management Librarian Laure Perrier co-authored a paper available in the Journal of Interprofessional Care, entitled, Examining semantics in interprofessional research: A bibliometric study.  

May 24, 2016

Don McLeod of Collection Development has been appointed to Library and Archives Canada’s Acquisitions Advisory Committee.


May 17, 2016

Congratulations to Bobby Glushko, Head, Scholarly Communications and Copyright, who recently received a CHI honourable mention for a paper he co-authored entitled, "'Popcorn Tastes Good:' Participatory Policy Making and Reddit's 'Amageddon.'" In addition, the grant for which he was the program manager at the University of Michigan, prior to coming to UTL, received ALA's L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

May 17, 2016

Linda Corman, retired Director of the John W. Graham Library, received the honorary degree of the Doctor of Sacred Letters from Trinity College in the University of Toronto at the May 10th Faculty of Divinity Convocation. The degree was awarded in recognition of her longtime commitment and contributions to academic librarianship and to College life.

Read more about the event.

May 10, 2016

Congratulations to all those who presented at this year's TRY Conference. The impressive scope of your topics demonstrates UTL's commitment to excellence in all endeavors. 

Laure Perrier


The Responsive Library: Research Data Management

Annie Fan, Helen Tang


Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library

React to the voices from communities

Diane Michaud

UTM Library

Student engagement and real-time adaptability: Using an active learning approach for teaching academic information-seeking 

Kathleen Scheaffer

Paulina Rousseau

Faculty of Information, Inforum Library

UTSC Library

Sabbatical Demystified In A Flash: U of T, Ryerson, and York Librarians Share their Research Leave Insights

Juliya Borie

Jordan Hale


Map & Data Library

Challenging Classification Bias with Linked Data 

Helen Kula

Carey Toane

Christina Kim


UTM Library




How academic libraries support startups 

Agatha Barc

E.J. Pratt Library

The Responsive Librarian: How are Academic Librarians Employment Policies Keeping up with Workplace Change 

Chris Crebolder


Responsive Infrastructure for Digital Services

Bonnie-Jane Maracle

Sheila Laroque

First Nations House


Recontextualizing Reconciliation: TRC Part 1

Jesse Carliner

Nelly Cancilla

Chief Librarian’s Office

Scholarly Communications & Copyright

Put a book on it!: Creating a space for library engagement on Instagram

Paulina Rousseau

UTSC Library

Digital Pedagogy: An interactive literature review 

Susan Bond

Graham Library

Slack to the Future? The Ongoing Challenge of Student-Staff Communication

Lisa Gayhart

Judith Logan



Evidenced-based web content management with Google Analytics 

Jackie Esquimaux-Hamlin

Elaine Goettler

Whitney Kemble

Sam MacLeod

Sara McDowell

Jennifer Toews

First Nations House

UTM Library

UTSC Library

iSchool Student, UTL


Fisher Library

How Can Libraries Respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission?: TRC Part 2

Mariya Maistrovskaya

Heather Buchansky

Graeme Slaght

Agatha Barc


Chief Librarian’s Office

Scholarly Communications & Copyright

E.J. Pratt Library

Library Support for Student Journal Publishing at the University of Toronto

Patricia Ayala

Erica Lenton

Heather Cunningham


Responding to Researchers’ Needs with the Knowledge Synthesis Service: What, Why and How

Mona Elayyan

Jeff Newman

New College Library

A pilot: Building an integrated collaborative Information literacy class for first year students at New College

John Bolan

Alexia Loumankis

Bora Laskin Law Library

How Not to Move: Lessons Learned from Bora Laskin Law Library

Amanda Tomé

Karen Suurtamm

UTSC Library


Discover Archives: Building a collaborative space for archival description

Colin Deinhardt

E.J. Pratt Library

Out and Proud: Digitizing LGBTQ+ Histories at Ryerson

Jesse Carliner

Eveline Houtman

Chief Librarian’s Office/Robarts


Critically engaging the changing scholarly conversation: digital literacies and grad students

Matthew Gertler

Bill Chau

Kim Pham

UTSC Library

#UTSCFinanceHacks: Planning and executing a successful student hackathon in 6 weeks

Marcos Armstrong

Mia Clarkson

Navroop Gill

OISE library

A Team Approach to Instruction: OISE Pilot Project


May 10, 2016

While on leave, Accessibilty Librarian Katya Pereyaslavska ran a webinar on Accessibility and Usability for Web Publications, and also published an article feature for TALL Quarterly's issue on Challenges in Accessibility. The article feature is available via the TALL Quarterly website for members only, but a PDF is available by request from Katya at


April 25, 2016

Research Data Management Librarian Laure Perrier co-authored a study available in Implementation Science, entitled "Sustainability of knowledge translation interventions in healthcare decision-making: a scoping review."

April 18, 2016

OISE Librarian Jenaya Webb and TALint student Bridgette Kelly published an article with Brock University for Open Shelf. The article is entitled "Getting Personal: Personal Librarian Programs at at Two Ontario Campuses" and discusses the success of OISE's Personal Librarian program. 

April 12, 2016

Frontier College, a Canada-wide, volunteer-based, literacy organization is taking this week, National Volunteer Week, to recognize its dedicated volunteers including UTL’s own, Stephen Hong, Computer Systems Specialist in ITS.

During his 18 years volunteering with Frontier College, Stephen has been a fundraiser--organizing trivia and Scrabble events; a photographer--documenting important moments and events; a program site coordinator--shaping learning activities at our Newcomer Homework Club; and a leader inspiring other volunteers to take on new challenges and opportunities. He has been instrumental in supporting learners while raising the profile of the literacy issue.

March 28, 2016

Elena Springall, Coordinator, Resource Sharing & Instruction and Liaison Librarian at Gerstein Science Information Centre, has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA), Canada’s premiere professional organization for health sciences librarians.

March 28, 2016

Monique Flaccavento, Acting Director at the OISE Library, recently presented a paper at the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) in Dublin, Ireland, entitled: Student2Scholar: Rethinking online learning using the ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.

March 14, 2016

Gordon Belray, Information Architect and Imaging System Advisor with ITS, has been selected as iconic artist in the International B#SIDE WAR PROJECT Artistic festival (Trieste, Italy) on the legacies of the Great War on the contemporary time. The exhibition will be open from March 17th to 31st.

March 14, 2016

Brad Walton, Resource Sharing Associate at Robarts Library, is bringing excitement and intrigue to the stage with his play, The Dialogues of Leopold and Loeb. Directed by Nina Kaye, starring Tom Beattie and Alex Clay. Incidental music by Waylen Miki. To be performed in Toronto, April 13 to 17, 2016 at the Alumnae Theatre.

March 11, 2016

Judith Logan, User Services Librarian and Lisa Gayhart, User Experience Librarian co-published an article in Computers in Libraries this month, entitled “DIY FAQs: Bringing Your Web Content Home

March 8, 2016

Ana Patricia Ayala, Instruction and Faculty Liaison Librarian at Gerstein, recently co-authored an article that was published in BMJ Open entitled:

Interventions to prevent or reduce the level of frailty in community-dwelling older adults: a protocol for a scoping review of the literature and international policies

You can access the article here:

March 8, 2016

Rita Vine, Head, Faculty and Student Engagement, recently co-authored an article in College and Research Library News:

Nisa Bakkalbasi, Barbara Rockenbach, Kornelia Tancheva, and Rita Vine. "ARL Library Liaison Institute: What we learned about needs and opportunities for reskilling"

March 4, 2016

Houman Behzadi, Music Collection Development Librarian at the Music and Robarts libraries, recently presented a paper with UC Santa Barbara colleague, Kyra Folk-Farber, at the Music Library Association 2016 conference in Cincinnati. The paper, entitled The future of our CD collections: Evaluation of a new acquisition model, proposes a new acquisition model that provides an alternative to CD collections.

February 23, 2016

Laure Perrier, Research Data Management Librarian based at Gerstein Library, has recently co-authored two articles:

Knowledge synthesis research: a bibliometric analysis. Laure Perrier, David Lightfoot, M. Ryan Kealey, Sharon E. Straus, Andrea C. Tricco. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, February 2016.

A scoping review identifies multiple emerging knowledge synthesis methods, but few studies operationlise the method. Andrea C. Tricco, Charlene Soobiah, Jesmin Antony, Elise Cogo, Heather MacDonald, Erin Lillie, Judy Tran, Jennifer D’Souza, Wing Hui, Laure Perrier, Vivian Welch, Tanya Horsley, Sharon E. Straus, Monika Kastner. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, February 2016. DOI:

February 12, 2016

Ana Patricia Ayala has co-authored an article in the quarterly Journal, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, entitled, "A Research Agenda for Gero-Oncology Nursing" Volume 32, Issue 1, February 2016, Pages 55–64 -- doi:10.1016/j.soncn.2015.11.007

Congratulations to all of our UTL presenters at the OLA Super Conference 2016 – your contributions show the strength of the University of Toronto Libraries as a library leader.

 Marcel Fortin

Map and Data Library

   3D Geospatial Data Visualization

 Jillian Harkness

OISE Library

Hidden Gems in the Academic Library: A Collaborative Approach to Revitalize a Special Collection and Preserve Knowledge

 Jesse Carliner

 Sara McDowell


Chief Librarian's Office / Robarts Library

Breaking Out of the Library Bubble: Collaborative Equity Programming for LGBT Communities at the University of Toronto

 Victoria Owen

UTSC  Library

Licensing: What to Keep, What to Cancel and How to Negotiate the Deal

 Kyla Everall

Robarts Library

A Smorgasbord of Innovative Public Services

 Dylanne Dearborn

 Angela Henshilwood

 Cristina Sewerin

Physics Library (Dylanne)

Engineering & Computer Science Library

Bootcamp for Engineering & Applied Science Librarians

 Mike Serafin

UTM Library

Drupal + XML: Prototyping a Digital Humanities Tool

 Heather Buchansky

 Rita Vine

Chief Librarian's Office

Picking the Best Project in a World Full of Great Ideas

 Nelly Cancilla

 Bobby Glushko

 Stephanie Orfano

 Graeme Slaght

Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office

Harnessing Storytelling and Emerging Technology to Drive Projects and Ideas

 Sara McDowell

Robarts Library

Indigenous Language Revitalization Part 2: The Support that Libraries Can Give

 Kate Johnson

Dentistry Library and Engineering & Computer Science Library

Marketing Your Library through Outreach: Tips and Tricks That Work

 Jesse Carliner

 Nicholas Worby

Chief Librarian's Office (Jesse) / Robarts Library


What’s Wrong with my Pie Chart!? Developing a Data Visualization Program from the Ground Up

 Leslie Barnes

 Graeme Slaght

Information Technology Services

Chief Librarian's Office - Scholarly Communications and Copyright

Building on OUR: Licensing Infrastructure and Strategy for Digital Scholarship

 Nelly Cancilla

Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office

Expanding the Digital Domain of Librarianship: A Practical Guide to Creative Social Media Outreach, Promotion, and Marketing

 Debbie Green

 Lisa Gayhart

Robarts Library

Information Technology Services

Uncovering User Expectations in an Academic Library — A Multi-Source Approach

 Kelli Babcock

 Kim Pham

Information Technology Services

UTSC Library

Using Islandora to Build Digital Collections

 Steve Marks

 Natalya Rattan

Information Technology Services

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Enhance! Digital Forensics in the Library

 Joanna Szurmak

UTM Library

Probing the Incubator: Learning to Discover, Dissect and Describe Individual Librarian Creativity

January 25, 2016

Gerstein TALint student Angelique Roy winner of Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

This highly competitive award is given to one applicant per year. The award constitutes a 150 hour placement at a host institution and a prize of $3000. Angelique will also be going to  the ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016.

January 18, 2016

Don McLeod, Head, Book and Serials Acquisitions at Robarts Library will join a newly-formed advisory board for the Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program from Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, that will bring together primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The advisory board, which consists of leading scholars and librarians in sexuality and gender studies, will help select content for inclusion and inform the development of the archives. The first part of this three-part series – LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 – will be available in March.

Learn more about the project.

January 7, 2016

Sharon Dyas-Correia, Senior Serials Strategist and Collections Librarian for Open Access Initiatives, co-authored an article in Serials Review:

Sharon Dyas-Correia, Heather Lisa Maneiro, John Boyd, Penny Pugh & H. Frank Cervone. 
“The Balance Point: The One-Box Challenge: Providing a Federated Search That Benefits the Research Process" Revisited. Serials Review. Volume 41, Issue 4 (Oct-Dec 2015). Pages: 250-256 | DOI: 10.1080/00987913.2015.1095581
The article began when a doctoral student approached the column editor and suggested that an update on a “The Balance Point” column entitled “The One-Box Challenge: Providing a Federated Search That Benefits the Research Process” (2006) would be of interest and useful to readers, and the editor agreed. Contributors to the original column were asked to reflect upon their experiences with federated searching, including successes and failures over the past 10 years, and to provide insights into future challenges and issues. This edition of “The Balance Point” focuses on the ongoing challenges, lessons learned, possible future directions, and issues involved in providing one-box searching to library patrons.
Ana Patricia Ayala, Instruction and Faculty Liaison Librarian at Gerstein, was mentioned in the article "Impactful Librarians: identifying opportunities to increase your impact" in the latest issue of the Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries

January 5, 2016

Jack Leong recently gave a plenary talk in the Conference on Digital Humanities organized by the Open University of Hong Kong, held December 17 to 18, 2015. His talk reviewed the concept of digital humanities and discussed the close collaboration between librarians and humanities scholars. Using the digital humanities projects on Chinese Canadian studies that he coordinated, led, and participated, Jack provided useful experiences in developing digital initiatives and argued that librarians are becoming hybrid professionals. 

November 25, 2015

Lana Soglasnova, Slavic Cataloguing Supervisor with Materials & Bibliographic Processing, recently co-published an article in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly:

Soglasnova, Lana, and Mary Hanson. "Socially Responsive Design and Evaluation of a Workers’ Compensation Thesaurus for a Community Organization with Selective Application of Cognitive Work Analysis: A Case Study." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53.8 (2015): 905-26.

doi: 10.1080/01639374.2015.1044632
This article presents a case study of the evaluation of social responsiveness and relevance of terminology used in a specialized thesaurus constructed for a community legal clinic library. The thesaurus is intended to assist in meeting information discovery and educational needs of a small organization that advocates on behalf of injured workers for legal and social justice within Ontario's workers’ compensation system. The authors include an overview of the thesaurus project and the historical context of workers’ compensation. They discuss the use of Cognitive Work Analysis as an evaluation methodology particularly appropriate to both the material and the clinic's culture of collaboration, with examples of its application in practice and some lessons learned.

November 9, 2015

Lynne Kutsukake, retired librarian (from UofT Robarts and East Asian libraries) has just published a novel, "Translation of Love". Taking early retirement to pursue writing seems to have paid off! Lynne won the prestigious Journey Prize in 2010

November 9, 2015

Catherine Duff, Reader Registration, Robarts Library and Research Associate, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations has published another work, "Shechem V, The Late Bronze Age Pottery from Field XIII at Shechem / Tell Balâtah", published as part of The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Archaeological Reports Series.

November 3, 2015

Barry Dov Walfish, Librarian / Selector - Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, & Theology and Cataloguer & subject specialist (Judaica and Hebraica), co-edited and authored in a publication released last week: "The Bible Retold by Jewish Artists, Writers, Composers and Filmmakers". His article is entitled "Images of Esther in Modern Jewish Art".

November 2, 2015

Ksenya Kiebuzinski had an article published in honor of U of T history professor Paul Robert Magocsi, entitled, “Captured: On Oral History, Photography, and the Trial of Jura Drahiruk.” A Jubilee Collection: Essays in Honor of Professor Paul Robert Magocsi on His 70th Birthday, ed. Valerii Padiak, Patricia A. Krafcik. Uzhhorod; Prešov; New York: Valerii Padiak Publishers, 2015. 329–40.

October 28, 2015

Nich Worby and colleagues were successful in their application for a SSHRC connect grant as part of funding to hold Archives Unleashed: Web Archives Hackathon this coming March 3 - 5, 2016. This hackathon will bring together a small group of 20-30 researchers to collaboratively develop new open-source tools and approaches to web archives.

October 19, 2015

Bobby Glushko, Head, Scholarly Communications and Copyright, recently co-authored an article in Scholarly and Research Communication, entitled, "Outside the Four Corners: Exploring Non­-Traditional Scholarly Communication".

October 9, 2015

Engineering and Computer Science Librarians kept busy this past summer, presenting some papers, a lightning talk, and a webinar:

Michelle Spence

Spence, M., & Saundry, A., & Mawhinney, T., & Dooley, S. J., & Barsky, E. (2015, June), Minding the gaps: Comparing engineering research output and library holdings at four large universities Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington. Available at:

Spence, M. (2015, June). Doggone Fun at Engineering & Computer Science Library. Lightning strikes presentation at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington. Available at:

Angela Henshilwood, Cristina Sewerin, Michelle Spence, and Tracy Zahradnik

Henshilwood, A., Sewerin, C., Spence, M., Zahradnik, T. (2015, June), Librarians: The next generation. Mentorship at the University of Toronto Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington. Available at:

Cristina Sewerin, Dylanne Dearborn, Angela Henshilwood, Michelle Spence, and Tracy Zahradnik

Sewerin, C., Dearborn D., Henshilwood, A., Spence, M., Zahradnik, T. (2015, July), Research Data Management Faculty Practices: A Canadian Perspective presented at 36th Annual IATUL Conference, Hannover, Germany. Available at:

Angela Henshilwood

Maus, J., Henshilwood, A. (2015, August), Reference On Reddit: Can We Help? OLA Education Institute Webinar.

October 6, 2015

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resource Librarian, at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, has been awarded a 2014-15 Academic Librarianship Award by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) in recognition of her outstanding contributions to university education in Ontario. This award has come about through peer nomination - her colleagues Shelley Hawrychuk and Vicki Skelton - and with wonderful letters of support from librarians and faculty from across the University of Toronto.

“Dr. Sonne de Torrens is a teacher, scholar, researcher, advocate, and mentor,” said Andrea Buchholz, Chair of OCUFA’s Award Committee. “She consistently demonstrates an extraordinary level of engagement with her profession, her university, her colleagues, and her students. For that, she is an obvious choice for the Academic Librarianship Award.”

Harriet will receive her award at an October 24, 2015 ceremony in Toronto, alongside winners of OCUFA’s Teaching Award.

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September 28, 2015

Ravit David, Digital Production Content Manager at Scholars Portal, recently co-published an article in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly entitled, "Assessing Metadata and Controlling Quality in Scholarly Ebooks".

September 18, 2015

Juliya Borie, Cataloguing Librarian, recently published an article in a special issue of Serials Review: Borie, J. (2015). New Forms of Scholarship and a Serials (R)evolution. Serials Review, 41(3), 176-179.

September 17, 2015

The digital Ukrainian Émigré Press Collection has recently been preserved by the Slavic and East European Materials Project, a project UTL's own  Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Head, Petro Central & East European Resource Centre & Slavic Resources Coordinator, provided the idea and acted as organizer to complete. The Collection Guide shows the titles and holdings information and links to the catalog records, where links to the full-text digital content can be found. This project entailed cataloging and digitizing holdings of 90 titles from the collections of Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences in New York City. 

September 9, 2015

Andrew Nicholson, GIS/Data Librarian at the UTM Library, has co-authored a new book on "Using Google Earth in Libraries: A Practical Guide for Librarians" published by Rowman & Littlefield. More information about the title can be found here:

September 4, 2015

Sharon Dyas-Correia, Senior Serials Strategist and Collections Librarian for Open Access Initiatives, has been very busy with publications and professional activities lately. She recently co-published the following paper with Blair Kuntz:

Sharon Dyas-Correia (Column Editor) and Blair Kuntz Contributors (2015) “Middle East and North African Information Resources: Western Libraries Navigating the Montage.” Serials Review, Vol. 41: 2, 100-105, DOI: 10.1080/00987913.2015.1034000


In August she presented two papers at the IFLA Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.  The first paper was titled “New Serials, New Roles, New Issues?: An Update” and was presented during the Serials Open Program.  The second paper “Library Publishing and Collection Development Activities: What’s the Connection?” was presented during the Acquisition and Collection Development Open Programme.  The papers will soon be published in the IFLA Library.
Finally, Sharon was nominated and re-elected for a second term as Chair of the IFLA Standing Committee on Serials and Other Continuing Resources for 2015-2017.  Sharon was first elected to the position of Chair in 2013.  Re-election to the position is an endorsement of Sharon’s contribution to international serials work and the work of the committee.  For more information on this IFLA Section, please visit

August 25, 2015

Ksenya Kiebuzinski of the Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre recently published “Les brouillards galiciens: Sacher-Masoch’s Galician Tales in French Translation, 1870-1900” (in Ukrainian). Ukraïna XX stolittia: kultura, ideolohiia, polityka: zbirnyk statei (20th-century Ukraine: culture, ideology, politics, eds. Larysa Holovata, Ksenya Kiebuzinski) no. 20 (2015): 217-28. Available electronically at:

Jack Leong has been nominated and elected the Chair of the IFLA standing committee on Library Services to Multicultural Populations for 2015 to 2017. Jack has served in this committee as the Information Coordinator (2009-2013) and Secretary (2013-2015). This nomination is an endorsement of Jack’s leadership and contributions in IFLA and the professional community, in the area of multicultural library services.
In addition to organizing workshops and conferences in advocating multicultural library services, the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section has created the IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto, toolkit and guidelines. These documents were translated into 24 languages and have been well used by information professionals all over the world. For more information about this IFLA Section, please visit

July 31, 2015

Stephen Qiao’s presentation 'Digitization and its Impact on Scholarly Research' has been selected as one of five (out of 28 presentations) outstanding speeches in the 2015 International Conference on Chinese Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries (Xi’an, China, June 16-20). Stephen’s presentation introduced four different types of digital projects that the East Asian Library has been involved with in the last several years, and a brief assessment of each of these projects regarding their pros and cons. This conference is designed for Chinese and overseas librarians, publishers and scholars to showcase the developments of digital library and project construction and applications, and share the latest research ideas.

July 24, 2015

Accessibility Librarian Katya Pereyaslavska has several forthcoming publications as part of a four part series in Open Shelf, dedicated to the developing area of inclusive librarianship and accessibility. The first of the series, Leadership and the Development of Library Accessibility Policies, is now available in the Ontario Library Association's Open Shelf magazine online. She also recently published an article with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the UK on how to make your library an accessible physical and virtual space.

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resources Librarian at UTM, recently published an article 'Une proclamation de foi: les retables commandés au XVII siècle par le prieur Vincent Royer pour l'abbaye prémontrée de Beauport"/A Proclamation of Faith: The 17th-Century Altarpieces Commissioned by Prior Vincent Royer for the Premonstratensian Abbey of Beauport.' You can access it online or in PDF format on her page.

July 20, 2015

Carla Hagstrom and Heather Cunningham (Gerstein Library) presented a lightning talk, 'Teaching Searching From the Inside Out: Reducing Cognitive Load' at the June CHLA Conference (Canadian Health Libraries Association). Miriam Ticoll (Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto) also presented a paper, 'The Value or the Library Value Toolkit' with HSICT members Jeanna Hough and Sheila Lacroix.

Dana Kuszelewski and Vincci Lui were among several Toronto-area health science library staff who were featured in a promotional video about next spring’s 2016 joint Medical Library Association/Canadian Health Libraries Association/International Clinical Librarian conference in Toronto (shown at the recent MLA and CHLA conferences).

July 13, 2015

Carla Hagstrom has again been asked back as a librarian-teacher at the week-long McMaster Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop (June 8 - 12). Erica Lenton also attended as a librarian-teacher for the first time. This workshop is a unique opportunity to work closely with health professionals, learning how they seek and view information as well as in-depth analysis of evidence-based clinical practice skills and concepts.

July 10, 2015

Silvia Vong (Kelly Library) and Vincci Lui (Gerstein Library) presented two papers at the following international information literacy conferences: “Situating Students in the Scholarly Conversation: Poster Sessions as a Pedagogical Tool for Teaching IL Threshold Concepts” at LILAC (Newcastle, England) in April, and “Developing a Taste for Scholarly Communication: Teaching ‘Scholarship is a Conversation’ Through Poster Sessions” at the LOEX Conference (Denver, Colorado) in May.

The Gerstein Science Information Centre was well represented at the Medical Library Association Conference (Austin, Texas) in May. Erica Lenton presented a poster “Thanks for setting this up for us!”: Evaluating a user-mediated 3D printing service at a large academic health sciences librarywhich generated much interest.  Erica was also invited to join the Medical library Association’s Scholarly Communications Committee.

Patricia Ayala and her collaborators were awarded with the 2015 Ida and George Elliot prize for their paper, “Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review,” presented annually for a work published in the preceding calendar year that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship:

Patricia was also a presenter on a special panel, “The MLA Research Agenda Systematic Review Project” and is a member of the Medical Library Association Working Group on Systematic Reviews.  She has also been the Chair of the McClure Excellence in Education Award Jury from 2014-2015.

Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resources Librarian at UTM, co-authored an article featured in Advances in Librarianship vol. 39. The article, entitled Librarians in a Litigious Age and the Attack on Academic Freedom, fits with the volume's theme of current issues, innovations and boundary-pushing studies in areas not often found in library literature.

July 7, 2015

Steve Marks, Digital Preservation Librarian at ITS, recently contributed his expertise to the Society of American Archivists' Trends in Archives Practice, a series of modules featuring brief treatments that fill significant gaps in archival literature on practical management in the digital age. In Module 8: Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository, Steve navigates the complex standards and criteria of ISO 16363, Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories.

July 7, 2015

Reference Librarian Eveline Houtman was recently published in the journal Communications in Information Literacy. Her article, "Mind-Blowing:" Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Information Literacy Instruction introduces the concept of self-regulated learning to implementing the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and explores a more learner-centred approach to instruction.

July 3, 2015

UTL's John Bolan, Patricia Bellamy, Joanna Szurmak and Rita Vine, and CTSI's Carol Rolheiser collaborated to write an article for Essays on Learning and Teaching, Vol. VIII. Entitled ‘Realizing Partnership Potential: A Report on a Formal Collaboration Between a Teaching and Learning Centre and Libraries at the University of Toronto’. The piece explores the partnership formed between UTL and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) when successfully launching Partnering for Academic Student Success (PASS). Link to the full article coming soon!

July 3, 2015

Reference Librarian Judith Logan wrote a guest post titled 'Reorienting Reference' for the the ACRLog, the blog of the Association of College and Research Libraries, which addresses the UTL user experience and the improvements offered by the new library website.

July 3, 2015

Brock Silversides, Head of the Media Commons, contributed a piece on turn-of-the-century photographer Peter McKenzie to the latest issue of the Saskatchewan Archives Board magazine, Saskatchewan History. Visit the Archives Board website to read more.

June 26, 2015

Bobby Glushko, Head of the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office, and Nelly Cancilla, Copyright Outreach Librarian, were interviewed about accessible media for the audio documentary An Open Book, which explores the intersections between literature, copyright, creativity and accessibility. You can listen to it via the accessible web player on the Contact Program page or as a podcast through the Contact iTunes page - Nelly is featured at the 13:30 minute mark and Bobby at the 20:00 and 26:00 minute marks.

June 12, 2015

Rachel Beattie, Archival Assistant at the Media Commons Archive, will be giving a conference paper at the Association of Canadian Archivists conference in Regina, Saskatchewan this week. Her paper is titled ’Everybody Wants Something’: Unconventional Outreach Activities for SMI Archives.”

June 12, 2015

The workshop ‘Cantonese Worlds’ was successfully held at the St. John’s College, University of British Columbia, as part of the Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents Project (港加交匯研究計劃). Jack Leong, Director of the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, made a presentation about the work of the Library in the “Collecting Hong Kong” panel on Day 2 of the workshop.
More details on the workshop can be found here:
A link to the webcast of his panel session can also be found here:

June 4, 2015

The University of Toronto Libraries had a very strong presence at this year's Canadian Association of Music Libraries conference (June 3-5, 2015). UTL presenters included: 

  • Suzanne Meyers Sawa, James Mason, Houman Behzadi: The Kathleen Parlow Collection: Digital Humanities at the Faculty of Music Library, University of Toronto
  • Kyla Jemison: Bindings of printed music: an exploration of form and function
  • Alastair BoydWork in Progress: Cataloguing the Compositions of Derek Holman
  • Brock SilversidesThe Professional Archivist's Fear of Popular Music
  • Madeleine Boyer: Where have all the labor songs gone? Preserving Canadian Labor Culture

As well, Tim Neufeldt and James Mason chaired sessions at the conference. 

June 4, 2015

Helen Kula, Librarian, Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre, UTM, co-delivered a webinar with M.J. D’Elia on startup thinking and libraries. The webinar, ‘How to Run Your Library like a Start-Up,’ was sponsored by Sirsi-Dynix as part of its monthly webinars and attracted over 450 sign-ups and about 170 participants. [full details] [slides]

June 4, 2015

Sharon Dyas-Correia, Senior Serials Strategist and Collections Librarian for Open Access Initiatives, recently co-authored an article published in the NASIG proceedings issue of the Serials Librarian, entitled Mapping the Final Frontier: A Publisher’s Experience Launching an Open Access Journal in the Burgeoning Mixed Access Economy.

May 29, 2015

Marlene van Ballegooie, Metadata Librarian and Juliya Borie, Cataloguing Librarian, recently published an article in the Serials Librarian issue dedicated to NASIG Proceedings, entitled Facing Our E-Demons: The Challenges of E-Serial Management in a Large Academic Library.

May 29, 2015

Canadian Copyright Board Decision & Impacts for Libraries

Bobby Glushko, Head of Scholarly Communications and Copyright, wrote a guest blog post explaining the impacts of the recent decision by the Copyright Board of Canada regarding a tariff proposed by Access Copyright for copying by employees of Provincial governments. More details are available in the blog post:

May 27, 2015

John Papadopoulos, incoming Chief Librarian of the Graham Library published a book:

Nancy McCormack, John Papadopoulos and Cathy Cotter, The Practical Guide to Canadian Legal Research, 4th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Carswell, 2015)

May 27, 2015

Cataloguer and Reference Specialist Jordan Hale recently published an article featuring some of the Map & Data Library's collections and work:


May 27, 2015

Rudy Fearon with the help of Paul Armstrong from ITS has republished his books: Free Soil, Spin, and Lost Tongues in eBook format:

Publications, Conference Presentations, Professional Activities, Special Appointments and Awards

May 19, 2015

Librarians Join CTSI in “Partnering for Academic Student Success” (PASS)

The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of librarian secondees for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Partnering for Academic Student Success (PASS) initiative is a collaboration between CTSI and the University of Toronto Libraries. Now entering its sixth year, this partnership brings librarians  together with CTSI staff to work on various teaching and learning initiatives, highlight and encourage collaborations with instructors, and support the effective use of library resources in instruction. The overall goal of PASS is to increase capacity for integrative learning and academic excellence within classrooms.  Librarians from all three campuses are eligible to apply.

​​Rita Vine, Head, Faculty and Student Engagement, is a continuing member of the PASS team. As well, Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian, will be continuing her work with CTSI and PASS for another year. Joining the team this year will be​​ Courtney Lundrigan, Instructional and Reader Services Librarian, John W. Graham Library, Trinity College and Eveline Houtman, Coordinator, Undergraduate Library Instruction, Reference & Research Services, Robarts Library.

Please join CTSI in welcoming these librarians! We are looking forward to another productive and exciting year of collaboration.

May 5, 2015

Nadia Zavorotna receiving her scholarshipNadia Zavorotna, Reference Specialist in the Petro Jacyk Resource Centre, is the recipient of the 2015 Wasyl Janischewskyj scholarship, established by the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre. She has been awarded $8,000 for her research topic "Ukrainian émigré scholarly life in Czechoslovakia during the interwar period." [read more]



May 4, 2015

The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office team gave three presentations at the May 4 ABC Copyright conference in Winnipeg: 

  • The U of T Experience / Beefs and Bouquets: The UBC Experience (Bobby Glushko, Allan Bell) 
  • Getting Your Copyright Office Online: How to Effectively Use Social Media for Outreach and Promotion (Nelly Cancilla) 
  • Leveraging Collections and Copyright Expertise to Engage Faculty (Bobby Glushko, Stephanie Orfano, Graeme Slaght, Nelly Cancilla) 

May 1, 2015

Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Head, Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre, recently published the following article: “Dancing the Kolomyika at the Opéra-Comique: Léo Delibes’s Galician Opera Kassya,” in Austrian History Yearbook 46 (2015): 134-62.

April 27, 2015

The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network (CGI DPN) has been named the 2015 recipient of the CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology.

Sam-chin Li, Government Publications Librarian, is the current co-chair of the CGI DPN steering committee and Steve Marks, Digital Preservation Librarian, is the current chair of the CGI DPN technical committee. 

The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network is a project initiated in October 2012 by library staff at eleven member institutions: University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, McGill University, Dalhousie University, Scholars Portal, University of Toronto and Stanford University. The mission of the CGI DPN is to preserve digital collections of government information, ensuring the long-term viability of digital materials through geographically dispersed servers, protective measures against data loss, and forward format migration. 
Through the innovative application of LOCKSS and Archive-it technology, the Network has established a geographically distributed infrastructure to preserve government information in a secure environment, helping to ensure access to critical digital content in the future. The CGI DPN’s collaborative approach to acquiring and preserving digital content is both cost effective and efficient. The Network is an important example of librarians as proactive stewards in the realm of digital content. 
The CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology is presented annually to honour a member or members of CLA for innovative use and application of technology in a Canadian library setting. 

April 21, 2015

Alan Darnell, Director, Scholars Portal, has been awarded the 2015 ORION Leadership Award in the Higher Education category.

Each year, ORION recognizes movers and shakers with the ORION Leadership Awards in three categories: Kindergarten to Grade 12, Higher Education, and Innovation. The Leadership Award winners demonstrate outstanding leadership, spearheading initiatives that truly opens the way into tomorrow’s digital information economy, and improving lives through connectivity.

Alan is the director of Scholar’s Portal, a shared service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) that is truly collaborative. Founded in 2002, Scholars Portal provides a shared technology infrastructure across 21 university libraries in Ontario, enabling data management and resource sharing that can further the work conducted by Ontario universities.

Alan and his team help save time and resources as they facilitate the digitization of massive amounts of library data. In addition, projects such as the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE), enable users with print disabilities to obtain resources in accessible formats.

A project like Scholar’s Portal requires coordinated action at a provincial level. Alan, along with his team, has worked tirelessly since 2003 to provide content aggregation and preservation services for 21 university libraries. This shared technology has tremendous impact on digitizing and archiving libraries and in facilitating collaboration between the users. Under Alan’s leadership, this ground-breaking shared service demonstrates how higher education institutions can go beyond data management to enhanced knowledge circulation, using state-of-the-art resources in Ontario.

[Read more about the 2015 ORION Leadership Award winners]

April 9, 2015

David Eden, Stacks Supervisor at Robarts Library, is directing a play titled Maggie's Getting Married that will be performed at the Village Playhouse.

Publications and Conference Presentations

March 19, 2015

Eveline Houtman, Reference/Government Publications Librarian, has written a guest post on the ACRLog (the blog of the Association of College and Research Libraries), entitled, 'Teaching with big ideas: How a late addition to the ACRL Framework might make us rethink threshold concepts'.


Congratulations to some of this year's presenters at the 2015 OLA Super Conference:

Helen Kula and Andrew Graham

Getting socialized: experimenting with collaboration software

Courtney Lundrigan Formal mentoring: teaching to learn and learning to teach
Sylvia Vong, Jenaya Webb, Mindy Thuna, Whitney Kemble, and Collen Burgess (OCUL) Crossing the threshold: from old to new IL standards
Joanna Szurmak A picture is worth a thousand words: visualizing resource overlap

Nich Worby and Jesse Carliner

Poster: "The state in the bedroom: advancing special collections through storytelling"
Judith Logan How do I get a job? Evidence-based advice

Lisa Gayhart and Gordon Belray

Harnessing the power of user research for website redesign projects. The talk related to their work on the University of Toronto Libraries website redesign project.
Marc Lalonde Adding e-resources license information to library systems. The talk focused on how librarians can clarify users' rights of access to e-resources under the Libraries' licensing agreements.
 Angela Henshilwood Mind the gap: an engineering library's elearning experience. The talk contextualized the library's production and piloting of an online information literacy tutorial geared toward first-year engineering students.


Sylvia Vong, Collaborative Learning Librarian at the John M. Kelly Library, had her Android-only mobile app highlighted in the Winter 2015 edition of YorkU. "By harnessing WebEval, students can gauge the legitimacy of online sources and get better essay results."


Marlene van Ballegooie, Metadata Librarian, Information Technology Services, published an article in a special issue of the Serials Review devoted to 'The Future of Serials' entitled, Knowledgebases: The Cornerstone of E-Resource Management and Access.

P.J. Carefoote, Cataloguer and Reference Librarian and Deborah Whiteman, Head, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library had an opinion piece  published in University Affairs Magazine. The article, The Intimacy of Original Manuscript: Why Special Collections can Be Transformative to the Student, is written for faculty on the benefits of introducing their students to original materials and the rare book library.


Bobby Glushko, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, has authored an article entitled, Copyright Implications of Epigraphic Squeezes, in Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Canadian Centre for Epigraphic Documents (CCED) Journal.


Kathleen Scheaffer of the iSchool (Librarian, Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator) recently published an article entitled, Digital Identity: A New Literacy Challenge for Librarianship in the Ontario Library Association's (OLA) Open Shelf online magazine.


Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resource Librarian at UTM, has authored an article entitled, 'Academic Librarianship: The Quest for Right and Recognition at the University of Toronto' in the newly-released book, In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada.

Abstract: This chapter is a historical account of a sequence of key events that took place in the 1960s and 1970s in the labour and professional history of academic librarianship at the University of Toronto. The events highlight two synchronic developments: the changing scope of what constituted academic librarianship and the quest for professional autonomy and recognition. Of all the events discussed, one in particular, marked a turning point for librarians: the audacious Reference Revolution of 1974. This event marked the end of an era for the Chief Librarian, Robert H. Blackburn (1954-1981), and the start of a new epoch for librarians with membership in the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) in 1974-1975. This historic period has been reconstructed from archival documents at the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services (UTARMS), the Librarians’ Association of the University of Toronto (LAUT) and UTFA, as well as from interviews with librarians, who were either participants or who had first-hand knowledge about these events.


Bobby Glushko, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, co-authored an article in the August edition of Feliciter magazine, entitled, Understanding 'Large and Liberal' in the Context of Higher Education.


Sharon Dyas-Correia (Senior Serials Strategist and Collections Librarian for Open Access ) and Michelle Alexopoulos (Professor of Economics, U of T)  jointly authored an article, entitled, Text and Data Mining: Searching for Buried Treasures, in September's Serials Review


Sharon Dyas-Correia (Collection Development Department) presented a paper titled “Open Access and Collection Development Policies: Two Solitudes?” at the IFLA conference in August. The paper was written and researched jointly with Rea Devakos (Information Technology Services). 


Agatha Barc, Readers Services and Instruction Librarian at the E.J. Pratt Library, presented a paper titled “Early History of Library Science Education in the Province of Ontario, Canada” at an IFLA satellite conference in August. 


Dr. Barry Walfish, Judaica specialist at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, recently published a comprehensive entry on Karaism in Oxford Bibliographies Online: 

Walfish, Barry Dov, Mikhail Kizilov. "Karaism". In Oxford Bibliographies Online.(


PJ Carefoote, Medieval Manuscripts and Early Books Librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, will be giving one of the lectures in the University Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Continuing Studies: 

Forbidden Fruit: A Brief History of Literary Censorship

September 15 | The Oakville Club
October 23 | Markham Civic Centre
December 3 | Alumni Hall, St. George Campus

University Lecture Series

Critical analysis, provocative ideas and thoughtful insights. It’s all here in the University Lecture Series where leading scholars, thinkers and experts tackle an eclectic range of topics in history, art, politics, religion, health and public affairs.

A brief question-and-answer period follows each presentation in the series, which is offered at U of T’s St. George Campus, central Oakville and at the Town Centre in Markham.

[full details] [register - series is by full subscription only]


Catherine Duff contributed a chapter (Chapter 9) in a monograph published by Eisenbrauns (2014) entitled Tell el-Borg I: Excavations in North Sinai edited by James K. Hoffmeier. Catherine was a staff member on this American-led excavation team from 2005-2009. Her chapter is titled "Levantine-Egyptian Interconnections at Tell el-Borg, North Sinai", pp. 436-481.


Jesse Carliner, Sam-chin Li and Nich Worby published an article in the Spring 2014 issue of TALL Quarterly:

Li, S-ch., Carliner, J. & Worby, N. (2014). Page not found: Web archiving government information and beyond. TALL Quarterly, 33 (1), 10-15. 


Kathleen Scheaffer, of the Faculty of Information Inforum, published an article in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Academic Librarianship:

Scheaffer, K. (2014). Champions of digital literacy: Fostering a world of informed digital producers. The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Available online July 8, 2014.


Harold Averill, Associate University Archivist, won an award, an 'IPPY' from the Independent Publisher Book Awards for his work on Recollections of a Neighbourhood: Huron-Sussex from UTS to Stop Spadina (Words Indeed Publishing).

The book received a silver medal (second prize, tie) for Canada–East – Best Regional Non-Fiction. Harold was recognized for his work as the book’s archivist and researcher along with its designer, Anne Vellone, and editors, Nancy Williams and Marie Scott-Baron. Recollections of a Neighbourhood is a chronicle of the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood from the issuance of land grants in the 1790’s to the death of the Spadina Expressway in the 1970’s.

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year's best independently published books, the "IPPY" Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who "take chances and break new ground." The 2014 prize ceremony was held in New York on May 28.

Read more about the neighbourhood in this Globe & Mail article. Check out the book in UTL libraries.


Laure Perrier, Patricia Ayala and David Lightfoot (St. Michael's Hospital library) were among the contributors to a study recently published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association which aimed to assess the effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings on patient, healthcare provider, and researcher outcomes: Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review


Rudy Fearon recently released his 2001 CD on iTunes. He will be participating in the Blue Coffee Reading Series at the Magpie Taproom on June 23rd


Nadia Zavorotna recently released a Slavic Humanities Index. The Slavic Humanities Index is a new bibliographic database in the field of Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern European Studies. This comprehensive database provides access to important scholarly and cultural periodicals published in the region that until now had remained largely unindexed and, therefore, difficult to utilize in research. It includes publications from Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. The index offers a single point of access to bibliographic citations of articles, book reviews and other materials across different disciplines including: history, literature, philosophy, language, linguistics, ethnology, theatre and film studies, cultural studies, borderland studies, and regional studies. The index currently contains over 200,000+ bibliographic citations from more than 200 periodicals in twenty one languages. Presently, more than 135,000 of them are edited de visu and available to researchers. The database can be searched in native alphabets, or using the Library of Congress or International Scholarly transliteration systems. [read more about the Index]

You might also like to read more about the Index in the Fall 2013 issue of PJRC Update (page 5): Slavic Humanities Index - A New Bibliographic Database


The Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) have just been published as a special issue of The Serials Librarian and three UTL librarians have work published in the volume. 

The Serials Librarian: From the Printed Page to the Digital Age

Volume 66Issue 1-4, 2014

Special Issue:   Art & Information, Architecture & Knowledge


Marlene van Ballegooie & Juliya Borie

From Record-Bound to Boundless: FRBR, Linked Data, and New Possibilities for Serials Cataloging.  

Lauren Collister, Timothy Deliyannides & Sharon Dyas-Correia 

The Library as Publisher 


Helen Kula, Christina Kim and Hyun-Duck Chung will be delivering a workshop on market research at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV (June 26-July 1, 2014). This session is part of the RUSA BRASS sponsored pre-conference on June 27, 'How Business Librarians Support Entrepreneurs: "This full-day pre-conference will address common questions on how to help entrepreneurs locate information about their market, industry, competitors and customers for both 'Main Street' and technology start-ups and which free or premium resources to use". More information on this session and many others, is now available in the Preliminary Program online. 

Hyun-Duck, Christina and Helen will give us an update on their experiences at the ALA conference in July.


Rudy Fearon was one of several poets to read their work at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Community Gallery on April 16 for the unveiling of Why (Not) Portraits of Poets?, a celebration of painting and poetry resulting from a collaboration between Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and the AGO’s Adult Education program.

The show, which includes several portraits of each poet along with a poem by the writer, runs until June 15 in the Weston Family Learning Centre.

Above: Rudyard Fearon, Olive Senior, Myna Wallin, Ayesha Chatterjee, Sachiko Murakami, Clarke and previous TO Poet Laureate Dionne Brand. 

Read the full story at


Rudy Fearon, Senior Preservation Associate at Robarts Library, participated in a poetry reading as part of the Art Bar Poetry Series on Tuesday, April 22. 


Matt Edwards, Senior Resource Sharing and Access Services Associate at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, has recently published a paper in Astrophysics and Space Science. Click below to access the abstract or download Matt's paper:

Edwards, M. (2014) Gravity from refraction of CMB photons using the optical-mechanical analogy in general relativity. Astrophysics and Space Science, DOI 10.1007/s10509-014-1864-4


Rudy Fearon, Senior Preservation Associate at Robarts Library, had his poem Snow featured on the Poems from the Beloved blog.


Joanne Lynes, Access Service Associates at the OISE Library, has been invited to give a talk at the Main Branch of the Welland Public Library about her research on the history of Welland High. Anyone interested in learning more about Joanne’s research can contact her at She would be happy to share her slides for the event.


Kathleen Scheaffer, Librarian and Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator at the iSchool, published an article with Assistant Professor Rhonda McEwen which looked at how Facebook is used to mourn and grieve a loss of a loved one, and how the features and terms of use of Facebook influence users' practices and alter memory archives: 

McEwen, R. and Scheaffer, K. (2013). Virtual mourning and memory construction on Facebook: Here are the terms of useBulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 33 (3/4),  63-74. 


Rudy Fearon recently participated in the AGO's Portraits of Poets workshop.  Combining poetry readings and individualistic life drawing, this workshop is one of the most unique portraiture classes in the city.  Presented in collaboration with the League of Canadian Poets, this 8 week workshop will culminate in an exhibit of student work in the AGO Community Gallery during National Poetry Month, April 2014. To read more about Rudy's experience click here.   


Marcel Fortin has published a book through the University of Calgary Press: 

Bonnell, J. & Fortin, M. (2014). Historical GIS Research in Canada. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

In addition to being available in print, the book is available as an open access download:



Rudy Fearon recently had a poem, At Forty, published in The Trillium, Issue #1. Read the poem.

Cris Sewerin has been offered an editorial position for the quarterly open access journal Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (ISTL). She will edit  a column called There’s an App for That: 

There’s an App for That is a column dealing with technology in sci-tech libraries. Topics may include mobile apps, web apps, software and hardware.  These may be specifically related to sci-tech libraries or may be innovative or specific uses of more general programs. 


Lisa Gayhart, Bilal Khalid and Gordon Belray published the lead article in the latest issue of Code4Lib Journal. The article profiles the design and methods that they used in the responsive catalogue web interface.

The Road to Responsive: University of Toronto Libraries Journey to a New Library Catalogue Interface: "With the recent surge in the mobile device market and an ever expanding patron base with increasingly divergent levels of technical ability, the University of Toronto Libraries embarked on the development of a new catalogue discovery layer to fit the needs of its diverse users. The result: a mobile-friendly, flexible and intuitive web application that brings the full power of a faceted library catalogue to users without compromising quality or performance, employing Responsive Web Design principles."


Pam King and Mindy Thuna recently published Altmetrics in Context for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. The document, available on the CARL Website, provides a quick introduction to this new field of research impact assessment and encourages researchers to use altmetrics in their work.


Jack Leong has recently published his paper “The Spiral Dance of Ideology and Utopia: Appropriating Humanity and Technology in Science Fiction” in the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, issue 2, volume 40, 2013.

Introduction of the paper

The concepts of ideology and utopia have been best dissected by Karl Mannheim and Paul Ricoeur in their Ideology and Utopia (1935) and Lectures on Ideology and Utopia (1986), respectively. Both philosophers argue that while ideology attempts to legitimize the existing social order by upholding the interests of the dominant social group, utopia functions to subvert the status quo and to establish an innovative perspective for perceiving the present, as well as the future social order. In this article, the author adapts the sociological discussions of utopia by Mannheim and Ricoeur to the study of science fiction. The question of whether the utopias depicted in science fiction contribute to a kind of spiral progression for humanity and its civilization is explored. In particular, the author analyses how and why technological utopias challenge the present reality and construct alternate possible worlds through the examination of the utopian metaphors of cyberspace, cyborg and space travel in science fiction from Canada, the United States, Poland, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Works discussed include William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984), Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris (1968), Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985), Shi-kuo Chang’s “Dream-cutting Romance” (1976) and Jian Du’s The Ultimate War of Super-brains (1994).


Sherry Smugler recently published an article in the ALA Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) as Occasional Paper #9 entitled Facing Change: A Perspective on Government Publications Services in Canadian Academic Libraries in the Internet Age. Sherry's work addresses important issues pertaining to government documents in Canada today and the changes that have have a significant impact for scholars and library collections over the last few decades. 


Rudy Fearon has been invited to participate in the AGO's Portraits of Poets workshop alongside George Elliot Clarke and Olive Senior, among others.  Presented in collaboration with the League of Canadian Poets, this 8 week workshop will culminate in an exhibit of student work in the AGO Community Gallery during National Poetry Month, April 2014.  Get more information on the workshop here.


Eveline Houtman recently published an article on the In the Library with the Lead Pipe online journal entitled "New literacies, learning and libraries: how can frameworks from other fields help us think about the issues" which is already garnering attention in the twittersphere - Tammi Owens @tammi_owens writes "Really compelling, will share widely".  You can check out Eveline's article at: /              


Carla Hagstrom is one of the librarians at Gerstein who has developed expertise in the preparation of systematic and scoping reviews. Carla often instructs students in health professional programs such as Social Work and rehabilitation medicine about the techniques required to execute these types of searches. As such reviews follow specific procedures and are intended to be very comprehensive, authors are frequently required to have a health science librarian on their research team. Thus, Carla is approached often by faculty to participate in their research, preparing grant proposals and developing search strategies. Carla recently participated in and received acknowledgement for her assistance to UofT Faculty of Medicine authors Cleaver, S. and Nixon, S. in their article, "A scoping review of 10 years of published literature on community-based rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation 2013: Early Online: 1-10. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.845257.


Our colleague Jack Leong has recently published his paper “Community Engagement – Building Bridges between University and Community by Academic Libraries in the 21st Century” in the September issue of the International Journal of Libraries and Information Services, which is a peer reviewed journal.


This article examines different outreach strategies in academic libraries in Canada, the United States and China. It analyzes the possibilities and concerns of community outreach and argues that community outreach by libraries is the best approach to respond to the increasing significance of community engagement in academic environment. Drawing on the outreach program at the University of Toronto Libraries, this paper demonstrates that academic libraries can effectively connect resources and enable interactions between scholars and the public. These connections and interactions ultimately lead to the preservation and generation of knowledge and understanding. Available outreach examples are investigated and classified into four major categories: 1) community access, 2) information literacy, 3) cooperation, exchange and partnership, and 4) exhibitions and scholarly events. In each category the trends and values are illustrated by representative cases discussed in literature and the activities organized by the author in his capacity as the Director of the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, and the Chair of the International and Community Outreach Committee at the University of Toronto Libraries. The discussion and analysis of the diverse outreach activities in this article provide guidance and suggestions for academic librarians who are interested in outreach and community engagement of any scale and nature. Cases are draw from a wide spectrum and are particularly strong in the setting of large academic libraries, special collections and programming for multicultural populations.

Access the article here:


Cover image of the book, The Visual Culture of Baptism in the Middle AgesHarriet M. Sonne de Torrens, librarian at the U of T Mississauga Library, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, and Miguel A. Torrens, librarian, selector and cataloguer at the University of Toronto Libraries, recently published a scholarly book titled The Visual Culture of Baptism in the Middle Ages through Ashgate in Britain. 

From the publisher's website:

Under the guidance of the leading experts on baptismal fonts and the co-directors of the Baptisteria Sacra Index, the world’s only iconographical inventory of baptismal fonts, a research project at the University of Toronto, this collection of essays by a group of European and North American scholars extends the traditional boundaries associated with the study of baptismal fonts. The ‘visual’ is privileged, whether it is in the metaphysical, literary or empirical realms of scholarship, offering a rich understanding of the powerful role of baptism played in medieval and renaissance society. In the quest for a holistic understanding of the vessels, the settings and contexts, the rituals and the spiritual significance of the font, itself, the contributors have turned to a range of sources, folkloric tales, baptismal records, liturgical sermons, civic records, literary accounts, hagiographies and historical documents about local families, communities and ecclesiastical developments. Previous scholarship about baptismal fonts has often focused on the purely stylistic, iconographical and liturgical perspectives, using primarily ecclesiastical and liturgical documentation. This collection of essays shows the wealth of new information that baptismal fonts can offer when scholars adopt interdisciplinary approaches and engage in readings that question traditional assumptions inherited in scholarship.

Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens and Miguel A. Torrens are Co-Directors of the Baptisteria Sacra Index: An Iconographic Index of Baptismal Fonts.


Hana Kim, librarian at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, made a presentation, with Helen Kim (University British Columbia), at the Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation and Collaboration Symposium, held September 26-27 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Their presentation was titled 'Building a Nation-Wide Korean Canadian Heritage Archives in Canada: Issues and Challenges'. The Korean Canadian Heritage Archives is a collaborative project of the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia that aims to create a nation-wide online searchable database for materials relating to Korean Canadian culture and history. With attendees from all across the country and the world, this symposium was a fertile arena for insight and discourse on many pertinent issues related to the design, management, and administration of cultural heritage archives.


Rudy Fearon’s most recent book of poetry, Lost Tongues, was recently reviewed in The Chronicle Herald. Rudy received a letter from President Naylor in August acknowledging his work and wishing him continued success. In his letter, President Naylor said, "I am delighted to see that you have maintained such prolific output in addition to your 'day job' at Robarts! Best wishes for continued success." Copies of Lost Tongues can be purchased from Rudy for $25 each.


Heather Cunningham and Jennifer Robertson published an article in the August 2013 volume of the Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association:

Cunningham, H. and Robertson, J. (2013). Crazy Egg. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, 34(02), 123-126.


MaRS Discovery District librarians Helen Kula, Hyun-Duck Chung and Christina Kim's proposal 'Academic Libraries Engaging the Entrepreneurial Community on Campus (ALEEC)' was accepted for the Cultivating Entrepreneurs track of the the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) symposium, which will be held in Toronto November 7-8, 2013. They will be presenting as part of a larger panel themed, After the Big Idea: Presenting Entrepreneurs with the Toolkits they Need to Succeed. 

Lisa Gayhart published and article in the July 2013 volume of Code4Lib Journal - Out From Behind the Firewall: Towards Better Library IT Communications

Awards, Special Appointments, and Professional Activities

Juliya Borie, Cataloguing Librarian & Selector, Kate MacDonald, Cataloguing and Digital Services Librarian, and Interim Director at the Graham Library, and Elisa Sze, Collections & Public Services Coordinator at the Faculty of Information Inforum, published an article in the upcoming issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly: Asserting Catalogers’ Place in the “Value of Libraries” Conversation


Houman Behzadi, Music Collection Development Librarian, will be giving two presentations at the Music Library Association 2015 meeting in Denver, Colorado this weekend. The two presentations are entitled, 'Advocacy in the Digital Sphere: Taking Control of the Digital Score' and 'Building Collections of Persian Music: Opportunities and Challenges'.


Rachel E. Beattie, Assistant Media Archivist with the Media Commons, presented a screening of the documentary film Let the Fire Burn and facilitated an educational discussion afterward, touching on the film’s impressive use of archival footage. The event was a co-presentation by two student groups: the Association of Canadian Archivists student chapter and the Association of Moving Image Archivists student chapter. The talk/screening drew an impressive turnout for such a cold day.


Monique Flaccavento and Jenaya Webb, Public Services and Instructional Librarians at the OISE Library, are part of a tri-institutional team that received a 2015 Council of Ontario Universities grant. The team, which also includes librarians, faculty and e-learning experts from Western and Queen’s universities, will develop a series of online Academic Literacies and Research Skills (ALRS) learning modules for graduate students in the social sciences. The $75,000 grant was awarded as part of the COU’s Ontario Online Initiative.


Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian, presented a poster entitled 'What are first-year students saying? Assessing a Personal Librarian program' at this year’s 34th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in Dallas, Texas in February.


Patricia Ayala, Instruction & Faculty Liaison Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, along with her co-authors, has been honoured as the recipient of the 2015 Ida and George Eliot Prize by the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association. Patricia’s article Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review was deemed worthy by MLA President Linda Walton of “laying the foundation for MLA’s second century of excellence and achievement in the health information profession.”

Patricia and her collaborators will be honoured at an awards luncheon at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Austin, Texas in May.


Media Production, a unit of the Information Commons located at Robarts Library, just completed a set of promotional videos for Graduate Studies in the Department of Chemistry. The shorter clips can be found on the department's site (see 'take a tour through our video gallery' section), and a longer video can be viewed on YouTube.

Frank Scornaienchi, Media Specialist, was the project manager and Nick Genova, a casual staff member, was the videographer/editor. The Department of Chemistry is delighted with the videos!

Media Production provides a wide range of media services to the University of Toronto community, including event videography, webcasting, event videoconferencing, video production, editing and DVD mastering, tape, DVD and CD Conversion & Duplication, and media conversion. 


Ana Patricia Ayala, Instruction & Faculty Liaison Librarian will take on the librarian seat for the Academic Board (one of the three Boards of Governing Council at U of T) for the three-year term beginning July 1, 2015.


Silvia Vong, Collaborative Learning Librarian at the Kelly Library, recently won the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries - a division of the ALA) 2015 Early-Career Librarian Scholarship and was also selected for a named scholarship for the Education and Behavioral Sciences Section.


The OCUL Collaborative Futures project will soon have its first full-time staff member! Amy Greenberg has been appointed to the role of Collaborative Futures Project Manager effective February 1. Many of you know Amy in her current role as Scholars Portal Assistant Director for Member Services & Learning/Research Support. She has worked for OCUL in the Scholars Portal Operations Team since 2003 when she was hired as OCUL VDX User Support Librarian.

Over the next two months, Amy will be gradually shifting her responsibilities from Scholars Portal to Collaborative Futures.


Rachel Delph, LibrArtwork by Rachel Delph - author of Heart of Darkness drawn in pencil on one page of open bookary Assistant with the Robarts Library Access and Information department, will be presenting an exhibition of her work at the De Luca Fine Art Gallery, commencing December 11. Rachel Delph is an interdisciplinary, multimedia, conceptual artist. She comes from a background in art and architecture at the University of Toronto.

A reception to open the exhibit, entitled, Marginal Ideas - Rediscovering the Sacredness of Reading, will be held on December 13, from 5:00 - 8:00pm.

The installation of Delph's fifty-four 'book dummy / diptychs' at De Luca Fine Art offers the viewer a unique reflection on the reading of books in an age when ebooks seem to have taken over from the physical objects.


Katrina Cohen-Palacios, one of the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management (UTARMS) TALint student employees, was honoured as a CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Academic All-Canadian and received a T-Holder’s Academic Excellence Award at the Blues’ fifth annual academic excellence breakfast this November.

She plays on The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women's rugby team. Congratulations, Katrina!

Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian, is involved in broader collaborations across the university, including participation on the Executive Committee of the Student Life Professional Group. The group is a network of U of T administrative staff dedicated to improving the student experience on all three campuses. First and foremost, the group is a communication vehicle, believing strongly that the University can become a stronger community through constant communication and collaboration. To this end, the group meets monthly during the academic year (September to May), hosting a monthly presentation series, networking and social events, a staff mentorship program and an annual retreat.

Find out more about the group, how it supports student success and how you can join!


Katya Pereyaslavska has been named Visiting Program Officer (VPO) for Accessibility and Universal Design with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), effective October 1, 2014.

Pereyaslavska is the Scholars Portal Accessibility Librarian at the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), a position she has held for two years. She has worked in other capacities at UTL since 2009.

The ARL VPO program provides opportunities for outstanding staff members at ARL member libraries to contribute to special projects and programs, either in whole or in part, in order to advance the agenda of the Association. [Learn more about Katya's new role]


On October 8, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) membership ratified the Board’s election of Larry Alford, Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto, as ARL Vice-President/President-elect. [read the news release]


Congratulations to Philip Oldfield on receiving an award of excellence from the International Federation of Ex Libris Societies for the British Armorial Bindings web site.

The BAB is a collaborative effort with the Bibliographical Society of London and represents 50 years of work, a good deal of it done by Philip. The web site lives on the UTL Digital Collections page and needless to say, the ITS Department feels great about this too!

See for the list of past International Federation of Ex Libris Societies (FISAE in French) winners.


Congratulations to Sharon Dyas-Correia who was recently elected Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Standing Committee on serials and other Continuing Resources. 


Julie Hannaford and Caitlin Tillman have been chosen by the Association of Research Librarians (ARL) to participate in the 2013–2015 ARL Leadership Fellows program—formerly the Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program. This executive leadership program meets the increasing demands for succession planning for research libraries with a new approach to preparing the next generation of deans and directors.

This fifth offering of the program is being designed and sponsored by six ARL member libraries: University of Guelph Library, North Carolina State University Libraries, Purdue University Libraries, University of Toronto Libraries, Vanderbilt University Library, and University of Waterloo Library. The 2013–15 ARL Leadership Fellows applicant pool was highly competitive, and the selection committee, composed of the ARL directors sponsoring the program, chose 26 fellows representing a broad array of backgrounds and experiences and from multiple ARL and non-ARL institutions.


Patricia Ayala has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Appointment of a Dean, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing


Sandra Langlands has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Appointment of a Dean, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.