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Monday, June 25, 2018

Alison Hitchens appointed Associate University Librarian - Collections, technology and scholarly communication

Alison Hitchens

Alison Hitchens has been appointed to the newly-redefined senior administrative portfolio of Associate University Librarian, Collections, Technology and Scholarly Communication at the University of Waterloo Library, effective June 25, 2018. In this role, Alison will provide leadership in the areas of collections, access, technology, assessment, bibliometrics, and scholarly communication.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Looking back at Eid, 26 years ago

2 muslim men sitting in a mosque

The original version of this article was written by Library co-op student Tahreem Farooqi, and previously published on the Special Collections & Archives blog.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Library helps tackle issues on the Bridge to 2020

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.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Library's got game

Staff holding games

Student Engagement Committee co-chairs, Mary Lynne and Ryan, show off some of the new additions to the board game collection.

The Student Engagement Committee is excited to announce some excellent new additions to the Library's ever-growing board game collection.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Learn something new with

The 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

What is

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Welcoming our newest Library staff

Introducing our newest Library staff, hired in Winter term 2018:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Library Ambassadors program is growing (up)!

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...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Remembering Bill Watson, former University Librarian

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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sticking up for students

sticky notes spelling out 'you rock'

All over University of Waterloo, Post-its are popping up to encourage students during one of the more stressful times of the year, and the idea stuck to the Library's Student Engagement committee.

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:

Monday, April 9, 2018

How do YOU use the Library catalogue?

A new Library catalogue is coming

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.

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