–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.
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 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.
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.
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.