MRU Library

Magnum Photos Now Available on ARTstor


Brought to you via the Library’s subscription to ARTstor, this first launch of the Magnum Photos collection is an archive of over 73,000 images of world events, personalities and issues, capturing “definitive moments” from the 1930s to present.

A co-operative owned by 80 documentary photographers, Magnum Photos International, Inc. was created after World War II with the belief that “photographers must have a point of view in their imagery that transcends any formulaic recording of contemporary events”.

To explore this archive, access ARTstor from the Library’s Find Articles page, under Commonly Used Images.  Enter the ARTstor Digital Library and:

  1. Search for your favourite image(s) by typing in magnum and your topic(s) OR
  2. Browse by Collection, then select Magnum Photos

Please contact the Library Info Desk for further queries.  Happy viewing! 🙂

Student Library Advisory Council


Under the authority of the Library Faculty Council, the Student Library Advisory Council will be a resource and forum in which to gather input and advice from the Mount Royal student body on the development and growth in Library Services.  It will also share information about library initiatives with the student body.

This is another step  in helping ensure we have a  regular forum for student input and feedback.
We ask that students express interest by the end of March.

Please contact Kim Halvorson if you wish to participate or if you would like more information.
phone:  403.440.6124

19th Century British Pamphlets Collection

jstor Brought to you via the Library’s subscription to JSTOR, the initial release of the 19th Century British Pamphlets collection provides  access to 8200 primary documents about the “socio-political and economic landscape of 19th century Britain”.

Content of the collection includes:

  • pamphlets by and about: Charles Babbage, W.E. Gladstone, Florence Nightingale, Charles Bradlaugh, Joseph Hume, Thomas Paine, John Bright, John Stuart Mill, Robert Peel
  • advertisements, diagrams and maps, petitions, annotations, engravings, portraits, cartoons, letters

Current titles are from the:
Knowsley Pamphlet Collection (University of Liverpool)
Cowen Tracts (Newcastle University)
Hume Tracts (University College London)

A total of 20,000 pamphlets will be available with subsequent releases from the collections of: Durham University, University of Manchester, London School of Economics and Political Science, and University of Bristol.

To search for these documents, use the Limit To: Pamphlet feature available from Advanced Search.

Please feel free to contact the Library Info Desk if you have any queries.  Best wishes to your research!

A word from our Director – Noise Issue

Thank you all for taking the time to express your concerns and to offer suggestions about noise in the Library. As you noted, unfortunately noise has been an ongoing challenge given our very limited space and open design. Not to mention the sometimes competing needs of students. It was a good reminder too for all of us who work at the public service desks in the Library and I know everyone is being more careful about their volume.

We are pursuing plans to renovate our Library viewing room and are considering this as a possible ’silent’ study area. There are some things we might be able to do more immediately such as better designation of ‘very quiet’ study areas — maybe carrels for example. We will look closely at what quicker fixes might be possible.

I would also like to extend an invitation to you, and any other student reading the blog, to consider becoming a member of our new Student Library Advisory Committee. The intent of this committee is to provide input and advice for the Library. This would include arising issues (such as noise management), service improvements and of course planning for our new Library and Learning Centre building. If you are interested, or if you want some more information, please feel free to send an email.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. Keep them coming.

Carol Shepstone
Director, Library

New Library Gallery Exhibit

Come and enjoy the Library Gallery’s new exhibit featuring oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings.

The Library is looking for new original art for the April-June, 2009 exhibit.  If you’re interested in showing your work, please contact:

Judy Trafford (440-6784)
Joan Taylor (440-5930)

“Art Inspires Learning”

New Streaming Audio Archive

dram_logoWith the Library’s new subscription to DRAM, you can now access CD quality audio recordings on demand.

DRAM is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to music scholarship by preserving and disseminating “musical recordings largely ignored by the commercial marketplace based upon their aesthetic and historical value”. Initially an acronym for Database of Recorded American Music, DRAM’s archive has extended beyond the Americas. It contains about 2000 albums (15,000 compositions) from 15 independent labels, most notably New World Records and Composers Recordings.

The collection includes music of all genres “from folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond”, complete with liner notes, cover art and essays. You can search by: Composers, Performers, Ensembles, Instruments or Labels.

Access DRAM from the Library homepage under Find -> Articles / Encyclopedias / Dictionaries -> Music. From off-campus, you’ll be prompted to enter your MyMRC username and password.

Any queries? Please contact the Library Information Desk. Enjoy!