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

Rare theses book spines

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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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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DRAW needs you!

Looking for something to do while you’re self-isolating and social-distancing? Would you like to contribute to weather, climate science, and history? Come help us transcribe weather records from the past on DRAW! You can join a community of citizen scientists …

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Karis Shearer awarded Raymond Klibansky Research Travel Grant

The McGill Library welcomes Dr. Karis Shearer to our Rare Books and Special Collections reading room! Dr. Shearer is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) where she directs …

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Fiat Lux – Reimagining the McGill Library

When Redpath Hall, McGill’s first dedicated library, was originally built, the words “FIAT LUX” adorned the entablature above the entrance. These words, Latin for “let there be light,” embody the concept of illumination as knowledge, a motto as timely today …

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Fontanus, Vol 13 (2013) now available online

Fontanus cover excerpt

  “Founded in 1988, Fontanus: from the collections of McGill University, was conceived as an annual scholarly journal edited and produced by McGill Librarians. The primary purpose of Fontanus is to showcase the University Library’s extensive rare and special collections through in-depth …

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News Release: BAnQ and McGill sign a partnership agreement

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and McGill University signed a partnership agreement today that creates a formal framework for future collaborative projects involving the two institutions. The agreement was signed by Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill …

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Brown Bag Lunches at McGill Library

In May 2011, Jessica Lange and Katherine Hanz were eating lunch at the LOEX Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, when they realized that they knew very little about the research being done by other McGill librarians.  Jessica and Katherine had …

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Seeing Students’ Ears Perk Up: A Comment on Teaching & A Book Review of Critical Library Instruction Theories & Methods

Teaching is one of my favorite intellectual activities.  I believe it is a dialogue between the instructor and students, where complete silence from the audience is not allowed.  I try to keep my audience from being silently passive at all …

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