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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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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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3rd Edition – ROAAr Monthly Screen Share

Updating your digital desktop? Why not try a new screensaver! ROAAr invites you to check LibraryMatters regularly to download a high-quality image from our free monthlyscreen-share. We invite you to use it as a background for your desktop or cellphone, or print …

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Are we there yet? Piece together rare & colourful travel illustrations.

Gaspe : all expense tours from Montreal. Montreal : Provincial Transport Co., [1934]. Rare Books and Special Collections. McGill University Library.

Although a staycation may be in the cards for many of us, it doesn’t mean that we can’t be transported to beautiful spaces and places! Enjoy images from these travel publications-turned-digital jigsaw puzzles from McGill Rare Books & Special Collections’ …

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McGillians Then and Now

This year, for the first time in McGill’s almost 200-year history, convocation ceremonies will be held virtually, with a second convocation, an in-person academic procession and ceremony, in 2021. Until then, to celebrate this exceptional Class of 2020, we thought …

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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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Gardening in difficult times

Social distancing has made me long for two things: the company of other people, and time outside in nature. In the last month or so, I have started seedlings and am planning to plant a small balcony garden near the …

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