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The 2020 Osler Day celebrations are upon us!

Each year we celebrate Osler Day on the first Wednesday in November. The day is an occasion to come together and to support endeavours that honour Sir William Osler’s emphasis upon humanistic reflection. It is an opportunity for students to …

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Emancipation Day and painful legacies in the teaching of science, medicine, and art

What does Emancipation Day have to do with the Osler Library? Superficially, not much. Peel back the layers of the history of medicine, though, and the relevance becomes clear. For centuries, medicine has been used to generate and perpetuate ideas …

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Canadian Flowers Week

July is the month of luxurious bloom and gorgeous, showy flowers. It’s also Canadian Flowers Week from July 16-22, “an annual advocacy, education and awareness campaign that celebrates Canadian grown flowers” associated with the Toronto Flower Market. Its main goal …

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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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#Quarantunes: a ROAAr staff selection

Many, many (like a thousand) years ago, when I was a very anxious university student, I got the idea to make mix-CDs for people. It seemed like it would make for a nice distraction. I posted an anonymous ad online, …

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Zoom Backgrounds | McGill Library & More

Birks Windows

Secret study spots, sun-lit nooks, silence in the stacks – we miss it all. Most of all, we miss seeing our users. So we created some library-themed and campus Zoom backgrounds to help the community feel connected while working remotely …

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A mirror into the microcosm: digitizing Johann Remmelin’s 1619 flap anatomy, Catoptrum microcosmicum.

By Ruoshan Gu and Mary Hague-Yearl The staff at the Osler Library are always on the lookout for new ways to challenge our colleagues in Digital Initiatives. The team in the digitization lab seem to be able to do anything, …

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#adventuresincataloguing : retracing the lived history of books

La version française suit By Megan Chellew, Coordinator, Cataloguing & Metadata; Robin Desmeules, Rare Books Cataloguer and Anna Dysert, Rare Books Cataloguer The practice of cataloguing rare books goes beyond simply describing the title and contents of a particular object. …

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Take McGill’s hidden gems home with Ex Libris

This September, McGill launched a capital campaign and a new branding vision for the university. The fall of 2020 promises even more excitement as McGill’s bicentennial festivities get underway. As we look back and forward, this is a perfect moment …

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Tomorrow is Osler Day! Be an Oslerian on Wednesday 6 November

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, come with us to celebrate the legacy of Sir William Osler.   Osler Day is typically held on the first Wednesday of November.  It is a day-long series of events that celebrate Sir William Osler …

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