The McGill Library supports teaching, learning, and research activity at McGill University. We receive over 2.5 million visits annually, and millions more visits online and offer rich collections, wide-ranging information resources, innovative services and attractive, comfortable facilities. We strive to be a user-focused organization and are committed to constantly improving services and collections.
It is our people that make “library magic” happen every day.
McGill librarians are subject-specific research experts who can help you:
- identify the best resources for your search needs
- learn how to search databases and the catalogue to improve your search results
- discover and experiment with emerging technologies like 3D printing and virtual reality
- master citation management software and work with research/information management tools
- access curated resources organized by subject, course or topic
- find your way around the library’s buildings and services
Library staff members are here to support your academic work so get to know your librarian. Have a question? Ask us!
To familiarize yourself with the faces you may recognize in the classroom or walking down the halls, we recently asked our librarians two questions:
- Tell us about two resources (e.g. database, print or e-resource, mobile app, etc.) that you love to use on a day-to-day basis and why these tools are useful.
- What are your research interests? Why are these topics important to your work as a librarian.
Here’s a short sample of what we found out:
One of my favourite resources is…
…Project MUSE. It collects essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Its content written by the most prestigious authors and scholars in their fields. Once content goes online in MUSE, it stays online, permanently.
– Macy Zheng, liaison librarian, East Asian Studies
…The Wendy Patrick Health Information Collection is a small collection of mostly print books on a variety of health and wellness topics. It can be a great resource for reading more about how to fight insomnia and stress or learn more about specific health conditions affecting yourself or your family and friends. You can find a link to search the collection from the Consumer Health guide here.
– Jill Boruff, liaison librarian, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychiatry Consumer Health
I am currently working on…
…the pivital role that libraries play in fostering and promoting inclusion and social justice. I am the organizer of Crowdsourcing Social Justice, a one-day event of workshops, lectures, and collaborative activities promoting equality and the elimination of barriers due to gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or disability. It was a great way to show the McGill community the power these tools can have beyond the academic world. [The McGill community is] very lucky to have access to all this information and technology and what better way to give back and be engaged citizens than by using our access to promote access for all?
– Marcela Isuster, liaison librarian, Education, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies
…information literacy, gamification and active learning, emerging technologies, virtual reference, entrepreneurship, and digital scholarship. Gamification of library instruction has always been a key area of mine as I truly believe in the benefits of active and experiential learning in the classroom. One of my current research projects has been exploring the use of Snapchat and other social media tools as a reference interview facilitator. The project seeks to evaluate intimidation barriers to traditional and virtual reference and develop new ways to overcome them. My personal philosophy surrounding librarianship is that it is important to be innovative in our practices rather than being responsive to trends.
– Amanda Wheatley, liaison librarian, Management & Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Organization, Organizational Behaviour
Look out for more research insights, resource recommendations, and helpful tips from our librarians on social media. Search for the hashtags #McGillLibStaffPicks and #McGillLibResearch