President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur has announced the release of seven issue papers exploring themes that will form the basis of the University's strategic planning conversations.
Each issue paper was developed by advisory groups tasked with "developing an understanding of their issue area at Waterloo and conducting an environmental scan to reflect Waterloo's current status in the area, best or leading practices, and opportunities for further development of the issue." Creation of the issue papers was also supported by 14 members of Library staff. The unique skills embodied by our librarians helped by shaping research questions, and providing literature review and synthesis for each theme. The process also drew on the Library's expertise in bibliometrics and user experience.
The Lynda.com learning platform is now available to all University of Waterloo students! The new campus-wide license was the outcome of efforts between eCampusOntario and LinkedIn, on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, to provide all students, faculty and staff within Ontario Colleges and Universities with access to Lynda.com.
Our Library Ambassadors program is expanding to give our student ambassadors even more leadership opportunities! Starting this spring term, two new Senior Library Ambassador positions will help take the lead in the increasingly successful program. Find out why we're so excited about this new development...
One of University of Waterloo Library’s only five University Librarians has passed. William (Bill) J. Watson held the post from 1969 to 1972, following Waterloo’s first University Librarian (UL), Doris Lewis.
Watson worked at McGill and University of British Columbia before coming to Waterloo. Chairman of a national committee on automation in libraries in 1969, Bill accurately predicted a time when library operations would be driven by computers, and not the card catalogues of the time.
Inspired by encouraging messages posted in departments across the university, Student Engagement Committee co-chair Mary Lynne Bartlett and some of her student Library Ambassadors got to work at spreading the love in the Davis Centre Library:
University of Waterloo Library is working with a group of Ontario universities to develop a common platform for discovering scholarly resources and collections. This will mean users will benefit from easier discovery and retrieval of resources across Ontario, and libraries will benefit from each other's expertise and work more closely to manage e-resources and preserve print collections. While there are many advantages to this approach, some of the ways that you currently access resources will change. Specifically, over the next few years, the TRELLIS catalogue will be retired by the software vendor and we will implement a new system in its place.
The exam period can be a particularly stressful time of year. If you are struggling, it can be helpful to talk to someone who understands what you're going through.
UW MATES (Mentor Assistance Through Education and Support) is a counselling-based, one-to-one peer support program offering drop-in peer support counselling to all students in the Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries during the exam period. Sessions are free of charge and confidential.