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Undercurrents- Beyond homework: Student engagement at York Wrapup

Beyond Homework: Student engagement at York was held in the Collaboratory at Scott Library on Thursday March 24th. It was the first Undercurrents event, a series that is hosted by the York University Libraries and aims at showcasing the work being done by Undergraduate students. This event specifically highlighted the extracurricular activities of four extraordinary students.

Brianna Roberts discussed her involvement with the theatre students association and planning the event called ‘Emmanuel Jal: We Want Peace’.

Brianna was followed by Michelle Cho’s accounts of her time working at a school in Tazmania.

Marcus Joo, who served as a very last minute replacement for another student that was unable to attend, spoke of his role as the president of York’s Mock UN team. He also spoke of the benefits of getting involved in a range of extracurricular activities as a student.

The event closed with Meara Tubman-Broeren who highlighted her work with York’s Sexual Assault Survivor’s Support Line as well as outlining the importance of student engagement.

Khalid Karim served as the moderator for the event and hosted a discussion with the whole panel following their presentations. Brianna even managed to rejoin the panel after dashing off to write an exam!

The Collaboratory worked well as a venue for an event of this type. Some students gathered on the hills to be actively involved in the event and many other students (reluctant to give up their prime seats at the tables) watched from surrounding areas. The audience and the participants all expressed their enjoyment as well as the hope that more events would held in the future.

You can see full descriptions of the presentations at www.library.yorku.ca/undercurrents

If you have any questions or comments please contact Angela Hamilton adh@yorku.ca


BEYOND HOMEWORK: STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AT YORK

Undercurrents is the creation of York University Libraries and its Student Advisory Group. This series of events is designed to provide undergraduate students at York with a forum to discuss their work and experiences both on and off campus.

Our Next Event:

BEYOND HOMEWORK:
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AT YORK

Join our panel of engaged undergrads as they discuss their
work beyond the classroom. From child soldiers to
sexual assault, Tanzania to TEDx, learn how and
why they got involved, and how you can too.

WHEN: Thursday, March 24th, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Scott Library Collaboratory (second floor)
WEBSITE: www.library.yorku.ca


Guest Speakers:

BRIANNA ROBERTS
I will be speaking about my experience as part of the Theatre Student Association and the Creative Arts Student Association. I will talk about the importance of being involved in student government and the opportunities that being a student leader has presented me with. I will speak specifically about one successful event I planned called ‘Emmanuel Jal: We Want Peace’. He is a former child soldier and world famous hip hop artist. Planning this event has opened many doors for me, including a potential job offer at Universal Music. I will speak about the challenges and benefits balancing extra curricular activities with school work, and the importance of networking while at University.

MEARA TUBMAN-BROEREN
Volunteering with the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Support Line (SASSL) has increased my engagement with the York community by giving me the opportunity to meet and work people outside of my program, examine the issues affecting the student community, and work towards having an impact on these issues. Most of all, volunteering for SASSL has given me the chance to encourage York students, and others, to engage in a dialogue about sexual assault and the issues surrounding it. I believe that removing the stigma surrounding these issues by encouraging open discussion can have a significant positive impact.
The university experience can be overwhelming, and it is easy to feel lost in the crowd, especially at a school the size of York. Getting involved with student organizations can be an empowering experience, as you become a part of shaping the culture and community of the university.

MICHELLE CHO
Details coming soon.

YAMAN KHATTAB
My presentation, entitled “Gems of experience,” will be centered upon important opportunities which I believe students should deeply consider taking a part of, along with my personal story and advice to others aspiring to possibly start up a student club or become more involved in the YorkU community. I hope to make the presentation both informative and inspiring, and elucidate why involvement in student life in often needed to make a degree “complete.”

for more information, please contact Timothy Bristow: timothyb@yorku.ca


It’s coming to a room near you…

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Every two years the OCUL Map Libraries join together for a two day event where the Map and GIS staff share ideas, experiences, and knowledge. On June 18th and 19th the York Libraries will welcome 19 participants from all over Ontario.

This year topics include:

* History of Interactive Mapping at Ryerson
* The Magic Spell of Maps Maps and E-STAT
* Horror (or Not) Stories About Collection Moves/Renovations/ Relocations
* I Like to Map-it, Map It!
* Metadata Cataloguing with Geospatial Metadata Explorer.

A field trip to the New Archives of Ontario is also planned. As usual, interesting, funny, and ridiculous questions and incidents in the Map Libraries will be shared and enjoyed by all. If you see someone wandering with a map or GPS unit, please extend a hearty York welcome. They’re not lost, just exploring!

Posted on behalf of Dana Craig and Mary McDowell.


Web of Science: Monday March 23rd

The Thomson Reuters session will be taking place in SMIL on March 23 from 2:30-4pm. All are welcome. Julia Hawks will be reviewing new features added to Web of Science/Web of Knowledge as well as giving us a heads up about what’s on deck from Thomson Reuters including:

*Century of Social Sciences

*Biosis Citation Index

*Proceedings Citation Index

*Incites (for tracking faculty publications and performance).


Introducing……

The newest member at Frost Library…Fiona O’Connor!

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Fiona has assumed the role of Circulation Assistant at Frost, please take a moment to introduce yourself to her at the Winter Reception!

and the Bronfman Business library’s latest addition, June Hill…

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June is the new Reference Assistant, so please be sure to introduce yourself to her at our Winter Reception!


April 2008 Meeting Schedule


WC
Tuesday April 1, 2:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

LF
Tuesday April 8, 2:00 p.m.
SMIL Screening Room

ILC
Thursday April 10, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom

ETG
Thursday April 10,1:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

Cataloguing Committee
Tuesday April 15, 9:30 a.m.
210

DIAG
Tuesday April 15, 2:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

LCC
Thursday April 17, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom

Circulation Committee
Thursday April 17, 2:15 p.m.
SMIL Screening Room

LMC
Friday April 18, 10:30 a.m.
310 Boardroom

ILC
Thursday April 24, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom

ISC
Meeting has been canceled for this month.


March 2008 Meeting Schedule

March 2008 Meeting Schedule

WC
Tuesday March 4, 2:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

Cataloguing Committee
Tuesday March 11, 9:30 a.m.
210

LF
Tuesday March 11, 2:00 p.m.
SMIL Screening Room

ILC
Thursday March 13, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom

ETG
Thursday March 14,1:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

LMC
Friday March 17, 10:30 a.m.
310 Boardroom

DIAG
Tuesday March 18, 2:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

LCC
Thursday March 20, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom

Circulation Committee
Thursday March 21, 2:15 p.m.
SMIL Screening Room

ISC
Wednesday March 26, 2:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

ILC
Thursday March 27, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom


February 2008 Meeting Schedule

February 2008 Meeting Schedule

WC
Tuesday February 5, 2:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

 

LF
Tuesday February 12, 2:00 p.m.
SMIL Screening Room

 

ILC
Thursday February 14, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom

 

ETG
Thursday February 14,1:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

 

DIAG
Tuesday February 19, 2:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

 

LCC
Thursday February 21, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom

 

Circulation Committee
Thursday February 21, 2:15 p.m.
SMIL Screening Room

 

LMC
Friday February 22, 10:30 a.m.
310 Boardroom

 

ISC
Wednesday February 27, 2:00 p.m.
310 Boardroom

 

ILC
Thursday February 28, 10:00 a.m.
310 Boardroom