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Welcome Neil!

Please join me in welcoming Neil Livingston to York University Libraries. Neil

Neil has been hired as the GIS Reference Assistant/Coordinator at the Map Library until July 28th, 2017.  Neil has a Master in Environmental Studies from York University, an Honours B.A. in Geography from Queen’s University, and served as a GIS Graduate Assistant with the Las Nubes project.  Neil, before coming to York University, worked as a professional musician and DJ, and has also worked for several publishing companies. Neil may be reached at ext. 20476.

Baby News



Good News from the Map Library! Janet and her husband Chris have welcomed William David into the world. William arrived Sunday July 31 at 4:58pm at 7lbs 13oz. Everyone is happy and healthy!



We’re pleased to announce that Lisa Fallavollita has been hired as Reference/Circulation Assistant at Steacie effective March 14, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Lisa has an MISt from the University of Toronto. Some of you may know Lisa from her most recent experience providing reference service at the Steacie Library as a part time librarian. Lisa`s rich background includes an undergraduate degree in biology and a certificate in publishing, giving her proficiency in the use of social media tools. Before coming to Steacie Library, Lisa worked at the Frost Library as a bilingual reference librarian, advising students in the humanities, planning and presenting research workshops for undergraduate students and developing subject research guides on a variety of  topics including French literature, Spanish literature, translation, women and globalization, and Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Lisa also has experience working at the CNIB Library.

Lisa may be reached at or ext. 33313.

March 3rd and 4th Strategic Planning recap

On behalf of the Strategic Planning Steering Group, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who came out to the World Cafe session on Feb 26th, and to the All Staff sessions with DJA consultants on March 3rd and 4th. We had close to 90 people attend the opening all staff session on the morning of March 3rd and approximately 40 people participated in each breakout session.

The Steering Group was truly heartened by the level of interest and engagement with these events, and with the strategic planning process as a whole. We will be working over the next week or two to consolidate and disseminate the feedback we heard in your small group discussions. This includes both your reactions to the material presented in the environmental scan reports, and the documentation from your small group discussions on shared organizational values. We will endeavour to make all of this feedback available in a digestible form on the strategic planning staff page, and will let you know what that material is ready. A copy of the slide deck from March 3rd, a list of resources that were used in preparing the environmental scans, and the full reports from each of the deep dive and institutional scans will also be available on this page.

As DeEtta and Raynna reminded us, we are now beginning to enter the convergent phase of the strategic planning process. This is one in which we begin the transition from information sharing and idea generation to a consideration of our local context, and begin to generate proposals that reflect this local context. Our next meeting is March 18th, and we will continue to update you as our work progresses.

Prepared by Patti Ryan on behalf of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee

New Options for Classroom Video Reservations

The Libraries are pleased to announce that faculty and graduate students may now select from one of four campus libraries to pick up and drop off Sound and Moving Image Library (SMIL) videos pre-reserved for classroom showings.  In addition to SMIL, which is located on the first floor of the Scott Library, classroom videos may now be picked up and dropped off at the Bronfman Business Library, Steacie Science & Engineering Library, and the Frost Library (Glendon).

More information about this service enhancement is available on the Classroom Video Reservation Form.

Please note that many titles are now available through online video streaming direct from the classroom.  SMIL now offers online access to tens of thousands of streaming videos through online collections such as Criterion on Demand and Kanopy.

Also please be reminded that direct deliveries to classrooms have been discontinued as of September 2015 due to changes in UIT classroom technology services.  There are a number of ways we may be able to accommodate your needs.  For questions relating to accommodation needs, please contact the Sound and Moving Image Library.

Talk By Dale Askey Jan 11th

York University Libraries’ present:
Digital Scholarship Centres at McMaster and Beyond
A talk by Dale Askey (McMaster University)
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January, 11th, 2-4, Scott Library, rm. 503

Dale Askey is Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship as well as Associate University Librarian for Library & Learning Technologies.
Dale’s be speaking about digital scholarship centres, the experience of McMaster’s Sherman Centre, as well as the role of makerspaces.

New Appointment


We are pleased to announce that Amy Poon has been hired as Reference and Instruction Librarian in Scott Research & Collections on a 18-month contractually limited appointment, effective January 1, 2016.

Amy holds a Master of Library and Information Science from The University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Toronto. Some of you may already know Amy through her current job as a part-time reference librarian in Scott Library. Congratulations Amy!