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More Zoom Backgrounds: ROAAr edition

Back by popular demand, we’ve got more Zoom backgrounds for students, faculty and staff to use as we start the new academic year. In April, we featured campus places and library spaces. This time, we invite you to take in …

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Dr. Jessica Stacey on Voltaire

Dr. Jessica Stacey is a recipient of the 2019 Raymond Klibansky Collection Research Travel Grant, awarded to pursue research with McGill’s Voltaire Collection. At the McGill Library last autumn, I was putting the finishing touches on a foreword to the …

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Launch | The McGill Library Orientation Game – “Raising Spirits: A Timely Diversion”

As we all prepare for a virtual fall semester, the McGill library is offering an innovative activity to welcome new, current, and former McGillians back to campus, even if only in spirit. We hope to draw everyone back from afar with the aid of their computers: to …

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Data sets from McGill’s digital collections now available for text-mining and data-intensive research

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By Alexandra Kohn, Head, Copyright Office Collections as Data is a movement in the cultural heritage sector to make our collections machine-actionable and available at scale for data-intensive research. Inspired by the Institute of Museum and Library Service-funded project Always …

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Our history by the numbers: McGill Library’s collection over time

Almost every year for many decades, McGill Library staff have completed statistical surveys for the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and other organizations. These statistical surveys ask …

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Helping Hands: Uncovering an Eighteenth-century Midwifery Manual

Par: Mme Margaret Carlyle, Université de Chicago, mcarlyle@uchicago.edu, (Titulaire de la bourse de voyage Marie Louis Nickerson, Bibliothèque Osler d’histoire de la médecine) The Osler Library of the History of Medicine’s recent acquisition of the French-language Abbrégé de l’art des accouchemens (The Art …

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Competing For the Madeline: The Early History of Women’s Basketball at McGill

In 1891, during his first year as a teacher at the YMCA training school in Springfield Massachusetts, McGill alumni Dr. James Naismith invented basketball. Originally envisioned as a game for Naismith’s male pupils, American women began playing basketball as early …

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Elizabeth Gwillim’s Botanical Networks

‘… [A]fter learning a little Botany it seems almost impossible to stop.’ (Elizabeth Gwillim, 1805) The Gwillim Project, funded through a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, began in May 2019. It focuses on the unique paintings …

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The “Her Natural History” Social Media Campaign: Highlighting female contributions to biodiversity research

From collecting specimens and serving as scientific illustrators to conducting and publishing research, authoring natural history books, and more, women have overcome many social and cultural obstacles and gender barriers to help further our understanding of the natural world. Biodiversity …

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Fresh Perspectives: McGill’s Motherwell and Stella Tapestries

By Michelle Macleod, Curatorial Assistant, McGill Visual Arts Collection The Visual Art Collection, with support funding from SSMU and the Dean of Libraries, installed a number of artworks in the McLennan-Redpath library over reading week. As we all eagerly await …

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