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November 20: Centraide bake sales at Schulich Library of Science and Engineering & McLennan-Redpath complex

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:15

Please mark your calendar! The McGill Library is organizing two bake sales in support of McGill’s Centraide campaign!

When: Thursday November 20 from 11:30am to 4:00pm

Where: McLennan Library Building entrance and the Frank Dawson Adams Building entrance (just outside the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering)

Baked goods will include brownies, cookies, cupcakes, banana breads, pizza, and more! All items donated by Library staff members. All proceeds will go to Centraide of Greater Montreal.



McGill Library Visitor Survey: A one-day census to find out more about our users!

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:51

During library service hours on Tuesday, November 18, the McGill Library will be holding its first survey of visitors to the Library.

For one day only, the Library will ask everyone who enters our spaces during service hours to tell us:

  • Their status (e.g., McGill undergrad, member of the public, etc.)
  • Their faculty, if applicable
  • Their primary reason for coming to the Library that day

The survey is very short (3 questions!), and will capture a one-day snapshot of McGill Library users, and their use of space, collections & resources.

The survey will be conducted by library representatives at the entrances to the following McGill Library buildings/branches:

  • McLennan Library Building entrance
  • Schulich Library of Science & Engineering
  • Nahum Gelber Law Library
  • Marvin Duchow Music Library
  • Birks Reading Room
  • Islamic Studies Library
  • Macdonald Campus Library

Thank you in advance for helping to make this one day event a success!

Questions or suggestions? Please contact Dr. Lorie Kloda, the Assessment Librarian, at assessment.library@mcgill.ca

Survey icon designed by Brennan Novak from the thenounproject.com

December 5 film screening: Return to Homs

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 15:09

Friday, December 5 at 6pm
Tuesday Night Café,
Morrice Hall, room 017
3485 rue McTavish

Review: How differently people might remember the Alamo had there been a camera crew there to observe it. Talal Derki’s “Return to Homs” represents a remarkable achievement in immersive conflict-zone filmmaking, fearlessly taking auds to the front lines of the Syrian civil war and embedding them alongside soccer star turned resistance leader Abdul Basset Saroot, a charismatic nonviolent protestor pushed into taking up arms against the oppressive regime. What the film lacks in context it gains in visceral eyewitness value, its countless tragedies serving as a potential rallying cry to supporters wherever this Sundance World Cinema docu winner unspools abroad.
excerpt from a review by Peter Debruge, Chief International Film Critic, Variety

Official site and trailer: http://www.returntohoms.com/

A post-screening discussion will be moderated by Vincent Romani, Professor of political science, UQAM. Director Talal Derki will take part in the discussion via Skype. Presented by the Islamic Studies Library.


November 11: Restored Book of Remembrance digitized and on display

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:36

November 11, 2014
10am to 4pm
McLennan Library Building           3459 McTavish Street, main floor lobby

The McGill University Archives is pleased to announce two events in commemoration of Remembrance Day.  On November 11, a digitized version of the newly restored Book of Remembrance will be launched on the McGill Remembers website. In addition, attendees at the Remembrance Day Service are invited to view the original Book of Remembrance on temporary display from 10am to 4pm in the lobby of McLennan Library Building.  This event will be followed by the official unveiling and long-term display of a replica copy on November 13 at 4:30PM.

The illuminated Book of Remembrance records the names of the nearly 700 students, staff and faculty who lost their lives in World War I and World War II.  Each name is handwritten in calligraphy and the parchment pages are illuminated with vibrant reds, blues or greens, as well as silver and gold.  The Book is bound in red leather with the McGill University emblem emblazoned with silver and gold on the cover.

The Book was first unveiled during the official opening of Memorial Hall, now part of the Currie Gymnasium Complex, on November 26, 1950.  Memorial Hall was to be the permanent home of the Book of Remembrance and commemorative artifacts such as the battalion flags and the portrait of the Unknown Soldier, as well as the site for future Remembrance Day ceremonies.  By the mid-1980s, Memorial Hall was no longer used for these activities, and the illuminated Book of Remembrance was becoming a distant memory.

In February 2014, the Book of Remembrance was removed from its original casing in Memorial Hall to be restored and digitized.  As a result of this project, a replica of the Book was made and will be housed in a special display case in the pedway connecting the McLennan and Redpath Library Buildings. A digitized version will be launched on the McGill Remembers website, and the original will be made accessible for viewing in the Rare Books and Special Collections, and Archives Reading Room on the fourth floor of the McLennan Library Building.

November 11: Town Hall on libraries

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:29

On Tuesday, November 11 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in the Cyberthèque (Redpath Library Building), students, faculty and staff are invited to re-imagine the McGill University Library and Archives. Representatives from the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch will explore 21st century academic library trends and present general themes, ideas, and feedback collected from recent faculty, student, and staff focus groups held in October. The Town Hall will also be livestreamed here for those who cannot attend in person.

For more information, please visit the website dedicated to the feasibility study: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/about/planning/master-plan

Not available on November 11? Anonymous feedback on any library-related topic can be relayed at anytime by visiting: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/about/planning/master-plan/feedback

Acclaimed actor and director Martha Henry to deliver 2014 Shakespeare Lecture

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:26

The Friends of the McGill Library in partnership with the Stratford Festival presents the annual Shakespeare Lecture featuring acclaimed actor and director

Martha Henry

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 5:30pm

Pollack Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West

Free admission.

RSVP: 514-398-5711 or rsvp.libraries@mcgill.ca

About Martha Henry: Martha Henry’s storied career at the Stratford Festival began in 1962, when she appeared as Miranda to William Hutt’s Prospero and Lady Macduff in Christopher Plummer and Kate Reid’s Macbeth. Her acclaimed roles have included many of Shakespeare’s women: Titania, both Helenas, Luciana, Cressida, Viola, Countess of Rossillion, Cymbeline’s Queen, Lady Anne, Queen Eleanor, Cordelia, Goneril, Rosaline, Princess of France, Thaisa, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Doll Tearsheet, Queen Margaret, Joan la Pucelle, Constance, Isabella, Beatrice, Paulina and Volumnia. Her more contemporary roles include Olga (Three Sisters), Mary Tyrone (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Martha (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Mrs. Alving (Ghosts), Agnes (A Delicate Balance), Linda Loman (Death of a Salesman) and Prof in Taking Shakespeare, directed by Diana Leblanc in the 2013 season. As a director at the Festival, her productions include Brief Lives (Douglas Rain), Richard II (Geordie Johnson), Richard III (Tom McCamus), Antony and Cleopatra (Peter Donaldson and Diane D’Aquila), Of Mice and Men (Graham Greene), An Enemy of the People (David Fox), Three Sisters (Lucy Peacock and Tom McCamus) and Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex (Diane D’Aquila, Brent Carver and Peter Hutt). In 2014, her 40th season with the Festival, she is directing Mother Courage and Her Children and appearing as Lady Bountiful in The Beaux’ Stratagem. She is also the Director of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival. An Equity Lifetime Member and recipient of the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Martha Henry has also received five Genie Awards, two Betty Mitchell Awards, Toronto’s Drama Bench Award, New York’s Theatre World Award, three Gemini Awards (for TV) and seven honorary doctorates. She is a Member of the Order of Ontario and a Companion of the Order of Canada.

 - biography courtesy of the Stratford Festival

Lecture sponsored by Michael Sabia and Hilary Pearson.

Free film screening – Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 17:14

Wednesday, October 15th at 5:30 pm
Octagon Room, Islamic Studies Library

Synopsis: With a dogmatic and fundamentalist view of Muslims increasingly predominant in the Western media, there has never been a more important time to show an alternative view of Islam. Sufism is the mystical dimension of Islam that preaches peace, tolerance and pluralism. And it encourages music, which is seen as a way of getting closer to God. Sufi music is literally some of the most ecstatic in the
world. This documentary by Simon Broughton looks at Sufism and its music in different
part of the Islamic world – Syria, Turkey, Pakistan and Morocco. It follows
the development of Sufism, reveals the views and beliefs of devotees, examines
the growing threat from fundamentalist Islam and includes fantastic performances
from some of the greatest Sufi musicians.

A post-screening discussion will be moderated by Dr. Pasha M. Khan, Chair
in Urdu Language and Culture, and professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies.

- excerpted from http://www.worldmusicfilms.com/?id=231

McGill Library Feasibility Study focus group participants wanted

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:29

This September, McGill University began a feasibility study to best determine how the McGill Library and Archives can meet the evolving teaching, learning and research needs of its community. The McGill University Library & Archives, University Services and the architecture firms of Shepley Bulfinch and EKM will be leading the initial phase of planning for the renewal of the Library. The kickoff meeting with architects has been set for Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Architects will tour library locations and meet with various user groups in order to gather data and feedback. Several faculty and student focus groups have been scheduled over the two-day period and we need your help! Feedback is being sought from undergraduate and graduate students at all levels and from all disciplines. What does the Library mean to you? Be part of a focus group and tell us what you like, what we should change or add in order to meet your learning,  research and teaching needs. Two student focus groups are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 from 11am – 12:30pm and 12:30pm – 2:00pm. A light lunch will be served.

If you are interested in being a part of a focus group please fill out this short online form: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/about/planning/master-plan/help-wanted

Need more information on the study, process and people involved? Please visit http://www.mcgill.ca/library/about/planning/master-plan

Can’t make it to the focus group session but still want to contribute ideas? Feel free to give anonymous feedback on any topic, anytime by visiting: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/about/planning/master-plan/feedback

Photo: Klaus Fiedler, McGill Library



The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson to give 2014 F.R. Scott Lecture

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:55

The Friends of the McGill Library present the annual F.R. Scott Lecture featuring award-winning journalist and author

Jeffrey Simpson

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6pm

RSVP required.

Please call 514-398-5711 or email rsvp.libraries@mcgill.ca

Birks Reading Room, 3520 University St., 2nd floor

Free admission

About Jeffrey Simpson: Jeffrey Simpson is The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist. Simpson has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes — the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Jeffrey has published eight books — including Discipline of Power (1980); Spoils of Power (1988); Faultlines, Struggling for a Canadian Vision (1993); The Anxious Years (1996); Star-Spangled Canadians (2000); The Friendly Dictatorship: Reflections on Canadian Democracy (2001); and Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge (2007). His latest book, published in 2012, is Chronic Condition, Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the twenty-First Century, which won the $50,000 Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy.

– excerpted from The Globe and Mail

Special public lecture on Borges by McGill visiting scholar Alberto Manguel

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:51

Special public lecture by internationally acclaimed anthologist, essayist, novelist & McGill visiting scholar

Alberto Manguel

Sherlock Holmes in Buenos Aires: Borges & the detective story

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6pm

RSVP: 514-398-5711 or rsvp.libraries@mcgill.ca

Birks Reading Room, 3520 University St., 2nd floor

Free admission

About the lecture: Jorge Luis Borges believed that the detective story was at the true heart of every fictional narrative and he filtered through this genre metaphysical ideas, speculations about time and space, higher mathematics, literary theory, theology and historical events. “Literary genres,” he said, “depend perhaps less on the texts themselves than on the manner in which these texts are read.” This suggestion allows us to read the Odyssey or Don Quixote as if the hero of these works were not the troubled king of Ithaca and an old and deluded Spanish squire, but Sherlock Holmes and his faithful Watson.

About Alberto Manguel: Alberto Manguel was born in Buenos Aires in 1948, and counts as a pivotal experience reading to the blind Jorge Luis Borges when Manguel was sixteen and working at the Pygmalion bookshop. Manguel is now a Canadian citizen and has contributed regularly to Canadian newspapers and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as to the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times and the Village Voice, and the Svenska Dagbladet. In 1992, Manguel’s novel, News from a Foreign Country Came, won the McKitterick Prize. Manguel was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and honorary doctorates from the universities of Liège, in Belgium and Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge, UK. He is an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).



McGill Library closed on Monday, September 1

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:12

The McGill University Library is closed on Monday, September 1 for Labour Day. All branches will reopen on Tuesday, September 2.

Please check individual branch pages for specific opening and service hours.

Photo: Klaus Fiedler

Film Screening: The Wanted 18

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:37

Date: Friday, September 26th at 5:30pm                                                           Location: Tuesday Night Café (room 017), Morrice Hall, 3485 McTavish (H3A 0E1)

Synopsis: Through stop-motion animation, drawings and interviews, directors Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan recreate an astonishing true story from the First Palestinian Intifada: the Israeli army’s pursuit of eighteen cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared “a threat to the national security of the state of Israel.” – summary from Toronto International Film Festival 2014 programmes information.

Presented by the Islamic Studies Library.

Post screening discussion moderated by Dr Esmail Nashif, professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University (Israel).

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