The Canadian Museum for Human Rights

I visited the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. I highly recommend it for anyone who has the opportunity to visit this museum.

Below is a selection of photos I took.


The Art of Cartography

I went to the Art of Cartography exhibit hosted at the Toronto Reference Library. It was fascinating to see how cartography and its practices have changed throughout the ages.

Highlights included:

Frislanda, a fictional island that had been included in maps for over a century
-The politically charged ‘beaver maps’

Below are the images I took.

TIFF Film Reference Library Tour

I had attended a tour of TIFF’s Film Reference Library (FRL), arranged by the OLA last week.

We were shown where their onsite collection was housed. The collection contained images, films, books, scripts, soundtracks, etc.The FRL has one of the largest English Canadian film collections in the world. Their collection includes the archives of various figures and groups from Canadian film.

They also have exhibits on display.

In their reading room for patrons, they presented a display of their materials to us. Below* is a sample of what they showed us. The highlight for me was discovering a cookbook inspired by Gone with the Wind.

*These pictures were taken and posted with permission.

The Map & Data Centre, Weldon Library

In July, I attended a tour of the Map & Data Centre (M&DC) with the SLA student group. It was a delight to learn about the many resources available in a map library.

The M&DC had different kinds of globes, including ones about the solar system. The raised-relief ones appealed to me, which represented the elevation of the world by having its surface shaped to reflect the heights (i.e. it wasn’t flat or smooth). With my images, you can see how high the Himalayas are compared to India. It’s incredible to see how far the mountains go. Next, you can see the deserts and mountains in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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There is a diverse range of atlases. If you search your library catalog with “Atlas of,” you will find that many topics are covered. Just as an example, in the photo below, the titles are about the historical atlases of Britain, a satellite atlas of Croatia and the surface temperatures of various European countries.

This picture is just one row of shelves in the M&DC; the possibilities and wealth of information is endless. Atlases are not just about geography, but about visualizing information.
Fire insurance plans are essentially the historic maps of various cities from as far back as the late 1800s. The M&DC has digitized some of these maps and are free to view.

A daylight map, showing where in the world it is daylight or nighttime in real time.

The M&DC offers so much more than what I’ve described above. Statistical data and consultation are offered. Various GIS software is available to use and visualize data. Every university should have a map library in some capacity, so definitely check out the resources available to you.

John & Dotsa Bitove Law Library

I went on a tour of the law library at Western University. Below are some of the pictures I took recently.

The first photo shows the stairs you climb to get into the library. When you enter, you are on the top floor. The first thing you notice is the stained glass window on the other side of the room.

On the second and third floor, I found some surprising features. The stacks have numbers for the rows, making it easier for patrons to locate items other than using a call number. Perhaps other libraries should adopt this. It is also the only library I know that has gaps in its floors (see the fourth image, where you can see the stacks downstairs).

The third floor had compact shelves which were automated. I had only ever seen manual ones before.

John Sadler, the director, led the tour and also gave us insight on the future of the library. The Bitove Law Library was moving much of its print materials offsite and digitizing it. The library posted a job ad all about moving and rearranging materials. They are planning on using the new space for patrons.

Sadler also told us about some amazing law resources: Real Property Reports (RPR) and Dominion Law Reports (DLR), which essentially highlight and summarize cases and decisions made by the courts. These are generally a part of the reference collection.