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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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Portrait of Dinah Lauterman

A French version follows. Une version française suit. By Jane O’Brien Davis, Museum Database Assistant, McGill Visual Arts Collection What’s in a name? The Blackader-Lauterman Library of Art and Architecture is named after two people: Gordon Home Blackader and Dinah Lauterman. …

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~11,300 LibQUAL+ survey responses have helped McGill Library continuously improve since 2003

Over the past two decades, McGill Library has administered the LibQUAL+ survey on a quasi-annual basis to assess satisfaction with collections, services, and spaces. After survey results are analyzed, we act to make needed improvements. Increasing the number of our …

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Tap to Begin: Exploring McGill’s Archives with a Touch Table

By Emily Zinger Archives might have a reputation for their antique holdings, but step into McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room and you’ll find an example of how technology can bring a collection to life. The Taylor White …

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Une conversation avec François Vincent, peintre-graveur

Texte de Rachel Vincent-Clarke, Assistante aux Communications et à la Collection, Collection d’Arts Visuels de l’Université McGill En consultant récemment une liste d’œuvres d’art acquises par la Collection d’arts visuels (CAV) de l’Université, je suis hasardeusement tombée sur le nom …

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