Yearly Archives: 2020

Virtual Puzzles: Winter fun & a splash of colour to ring in 2021

Outdoor activities are front and center this holiday break. If you are looking for a fun way to stay warm after an afternoon of sledding or skiing, try your hand at solving these jigsaw puzzles featuring vintage images courtesy of …

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Year in Review: Most searched, borrowed, watched titles of 2020

2020 will go down as a year filled with flux and firsts. One of the few things that remained tried and true was that the Library’s electronic resources continued to be available 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Articles, e-books, e-journals, newspapers, …

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Bicentennial Snapshot | Student Life (and boils!) at the Library

We look forward to a time in the near future when comfy furniture (with CUSHIONS or THREE-INCH PADS!) in sun-filled nooks are back in our spaces for good. More fun library-related bicentennial stories will make their way to you in …

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Dogs of the McGill Library

Large dog in field of grass

Therapy dog visits are an important element of finals season. Because they’re not possible this year, in an attempt to bring joy and comfort into your homes, we’re sharing just some of the dogs of the McGill Library. Consider this …

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Trot away from 2020 with our DIY rare holiday phenakistoscope

This holiday season is unlike any other. As we move into a new (and hopefully better) year, the Library wishes you much peace, rest, and health coupled with lighthearted moments of reflection, joy, and discovery. Once again, we have remixed …

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Back to the Future: Exam-themed Zoom backgrounds from the Archives

Bird's-eye-view of exam - 1970s, black and white.

We know that exams look very different this year. But whether you’re packed into a crowded Zoom room, or an actual room, there are certain things that make exams exams. Late night studying, cue cards, highlighters, pizza delivery, setting two …

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Our top webpages in 2019 and 2020: What has changed and stayed the same?

When comparing McGill Library’s website statistics from Google Analytics before and since March 2020, you get a fascinating glimpse of where usage has changed and stayed the same. While physical library branches closed on Friday, March 13th due to COVID-19, …

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De-Stress + Sketch: It Matters!

By Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection Lire la version française De-Stress and let your creative side take flight with McGill’s Visual Arts Collection. Sustained looking at an artwork can unlock greater appreciation. Sketch, sculpt, quilt, or paint …

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Busy behind-the-scenes: McGill Library’s Digitization-on-Demand

ballerina string puppet on a green backdrop

By Greg Houston, Digitization & New Media Administrator and Elis Ing, Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections Lire la version française While our doors may be closed, we are still hard at work. With such rich collections of unique …

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Tourism and Taunting: Martin Lister and William King’s 1698 Travel Tracts

By Dr. Mary Hague-Yearl, History of Medicine Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine Lire la version française Does the pandemic have you feeling like a zombie? Grab your ticket and enter our historical portal! Your ticket will be …

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