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A 3 Million Milestone at YUL!

Congratulations to Linda Gamble! She recently added record number 3 million to Sirsi with The New Politics of Disablement. Written by Michael Oliver and Colin Barnes, this new edition provides great insight into the nature of disability and the field of disability studies as situated within the current capitalist environment.

New Faces at YUL!

Welcome some of our recent hires!

Ling He is our Digital Services Librarian in Bibliographic Services effective May 1, 2012 for an 18-month contract. Ling has been working as Part-time Digital Projects Librarian in Bibliographic Services at Scott Library for almost a year.  Ling’s cataloguing experience includes time spent as a Cataloguer for Coutts Information Services and in Bibliographic Services.  Ling also has experience working as a web developer, MIS specialist and Programmer. Ling can be found at 105D Scott Library, and can be contacted either through ext. 20461 or

Kim Stymest joined the Peter F. Bronfman Business Library effective May 1, 2012 for a 3 year contract.Kim has worked at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade doing in-depth business and economic research and analysis.  She has also served as a Business Librarian at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  She has done market research on social media monitoring and as a practicum student assessed video and audio-editing software for the Rotman School of Management. Kim lives at S237V in the Bronfman Business Library, and can be reached at ext. 22747 or at

Elif Gurses is our new Manager of Acquisitions effective May 7, 2012. Elif received her M.Sc in Library Science in 1998 from Ankara University (Turkey) and her Ph.D in Information Management from Hacettepe University (Turkey) in 2006. She spent the past 6 years serving as Deputy Director of the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council where she oversaw a variety of services including the national licensing of electronic resources, reference and ILL. She also coordinated the development of the Turkish Social Sciences and Humanities database. Elif can be found at 108B Scott Library, and can be contracted either through ext. 22798 or

Notice of upcoming one day conference – VSAO annual conference at Glendon Campus on Saturday 28th April 2012

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to alert you that the annual all day Spring Conference of the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario is fast approaching and will be held on Saturday the 28th April 2012 at Glendon Campus.

This title for this year’s conference is “Victorian Thresholds: Between Culture and Anthropology” and will showcase a variety of scholars from Brock University, University of Buffalo, Duke University,  University of Toronto and the  University of Windsor.

The day’s talks will include presentations on the famous novella by Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Franics Galton’s Narrative of an Explorer in Tropical South Africa, Adam Bede by George Eliot, Charles Darwin’s anthropological theories and Dinah Craik’s  female bildungsroman Olive.

For full conference listings, directions and registration details, please see the following link:

Thank you,

Peter Duerr,

Editor, VSAO Newsletter


Victorian Studies Association of Ontario
45th Annual Spring Conference,
28 April 2012
Glendon Campus,
York University

Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee, Virtual Exhibit at Archives Ontario

Sixty years to the day of King George V’s death, Queen Elizabeth is marking the start of her seventh decade on the British throne. It has been a remarkable journey by any standard. 

The Queen marked the start of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Monday 6th February 2012 with a message to her subjects, the release of two official portraits and a visit to a nursery school in Norfolk.

The 85-year-old Elizabeth is the second longest-serving monarch behind Queen Victoria, who had 63 years on the throne.

Canada began its own celebration by awarding Diamond Jubilee medals for community service to 60 people at Rideau Hall.

The Archives Ontario is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth with  an online exhibit showcasing selections from their extensive historical collections about the monarchy. These range from Empire Day pamphlets, photographs from the Queen’s many visits to Canada, materials designed for children, film clips from royal speeches, government documents regarding her travels, paintings and items regarding other members of the royal family.

The nine sections to the e-display are as follows:

A Brief Biographical Sketch

Pomp and Ceremony, Decorations and Decorum

Celebrating Celebrity: Unoffical Royal Watchers

Empire Day

Royal Symbols

The Monarchy in Ontario

Behind the Scenes

Royalty in the Archives

Just For Kids

It will run until  the end of 2012.

Hope you can enjoy this virtual exhibit by then!


Peter Duerr, Domestic Government Documents Librarian

In honour of the recent Flag Day, please have a look at a historical treasure courtesy of Archives Ontario!!!!

Canada adopted our present national flag only in 1965 after considerable debate in the House of Commons. While we are known world wide for our colourful banner of the maple leaf in red and white, there were  a number of other suggestions thoroughout the twentieth century.

On the 30th November 1929, Col. J.F. Mitchell, a former M.L.A. of the Manitoba Legislature, published a booklet proposing a new design for a Canadian flag.

In order to read more of his rationale behind choosing the design on the right side of this page, please go to the address shown below. ( It was  “tweeted” by Archives Ontario on Flag Day, the 15th of February.)

The Colonel had a very interesting take on why he choose these particular symbols and included a map of the constellations to further his explanations.

With all the best  from your friendly neighbourhood Gov Docs Librarian,

Many thanks,


YUL loves babies!

Tuan says:

We are happy to welcome our little man Jayden Tuan Anh Tran Nguyen, born January 20, 2012 @8:43am, weigh 6 pounds 7 ounces. He is a Rabbit according to Chinese zodiac, and a Cat in Vietnamese Zodiac. Jayden take daddy’s Vietnamese name so mommy gets to name him in English after her’s (Jessica).

These are photos of him 9 days, 11 days, and 28 days.

What is Worldshare? Information Session February 1st

Worldcat is changing to Worldshare!

Come learn about the changes to this platform with our OCLC representatives Daniel Boivin and Andy Spilioe on:  Wednesday February 1, 2012 from 9:30-11am. Location:  SMIL, Scott Library.

WorldCat Resource Sharing will move to the WorldShare Platform in 2012, and it will be renamed WorldShare Interlibrary Loan. Beta testing of the new service is beginning soon, with general release targeted for mid-2012. Libraries will have at least one year to move from the current FirstSearch interface for resource sharing to the WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service.

The first services built on this new technical infrastructure are Webscale Management Services, which have been rebranded as OCLC WorldShare Management Services, and include circulation, acquisitions and license management applications.  Over time, OCLC will bring together additional OCLC services and applications under the OCLC WorldShare name, including resource sharing, consortial borrowing, metadata management and additional applications.

WorldCat will continue to serve as the name for shared data, including registries and the knowledge base, as well as discovery services such as and WorldCat Local.

For more information:

· OCLC WorldShare

· News release

· OCLC WorldShare video

· “Libraries at Webscale” discussion document

· OCLC WorldShare Management Services

· OCLC WorldShare Platform

Thursday December 22nd – holiday get-together in the ULO!

Oh yes indeed it’s that time of year -

to get together, spread good cheer.

Do drop by before the reindeer fly

and help us celebrate this time of year.

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Please join us from 11:30 – 1:30 on Thursday December 22nd in Rm 310.

(please note the event’s updated ending times)

Food and merriment will abound!

If you wish to bring something to share, please do but it is not required.

Just bring yourselves.

Notice of Scott Loading Dock Construction

Please be advised that work is scheduled to begin at Scott loading dock. Some service parking will be affected. There will also be heavy equipment and dump trucks operating in the area which will affect pedestrian traffic.

Please avoid the loading dock area during the construction. Facilities staff are aware that there may be delays in deliveries and have advised our regular couriers and deliveries that there may be some temporary barriers around the site and to take all precautions when operating vehicles in the area.

If you have any issues or concerns, please contact John Thompson, Facilities Manager.

New Developments & Faces at YUL!

Linda Hansen would like to highlight these new appointments at Scott Circulation:

Rocco Bellantoni – Evening Supervisor
Salman Ali – Records Coordinator (and new ext. 33359)
Anna Santilli – Circulation Coordinator

Spotted at Second Cup – our recent hires as of August 1…

Dany Savard, Social Sciences Librarian and Xuemei Li, Business Librarian.

Dany, who is fluently bilingual, has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Toronto and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario.  Dany may be found at 110 B  Frost Library, ext. 88267.

Xuemei has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Yantai University (China), and her Master of Science in Computing and Doctor of Philosophy in  Information Science (Webometrics) from  the University of Wolverhampton in England and her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia. Xuemei lives at S237V in the Bronfman Business Library, ext. 88865.

Congratulations to Timothy Bristow, who has been hired effective August 1 as our new Digital Humanities Librarian.

We’d also like to welcome Jaspreet Bhatthal,  a new Reference Assistant in Steacie Science Library.  Jaspreet has her BSc from York  and is a certified Medical Laboratory Technologist trained within the disciplines of Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine and Histology.  Her  primary area of research interest is microbiology. Jaspreet may be reached at ext 33313