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Join us on Monday for a Summer Code Party

June 21st, 2012 by Mita

Want to learn how to re-mix a website?

Mita Williams, User Experience Librarian of the Leddy Library, is hosting a very informal “Kitchen Table Learn Something” at The Williams Cafe in the Leddy Library on Monday, June 25th, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  Feel free to register for reminders and more information or just drop by.

This “Kitchen Table” event is part of Mozilla’s Summer Code Party.

The goal: help millions of people move from using the web to making the web. As part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission, we want to help the world increase their understanding of the web, take greater control of their online lives, and create a more web literate planet.

Please be aware that The Williams Cafe is not currently open.

Exam hours in effect: Leddy now open 24 hours

April 5th, 2012 by Mita

Thursday April 5 to Thursday April 19

Thursday, April 5 at 8am to Friday, April 13 at 2am (24hrs)
Saturday, April 14: 10am to 2am
Sunday, April 15 at 10am to Thursday, April 19 at midnight (24hrs)

from Leddy Hours

Welcome our new librarian

April 3rd, 2012 by Mita

We’d like to welcome David Johnston to the Leddy Library as our new Information Services Librarian.

Dave earned his Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. He recently completed a contract position as Public Services Librarian at Mount Allison University.


Optical Character Recognition for the Masses

March 30th, 2012 by Mita

Optical Character Recognition for the Masses

Our second talk in the Leddy Library’s Librarian Research Series is today, at 11 am in Room 302, West Building, in the Leddy Library.

Art Rhyno will be presenting his talk, Optical Character Recognition for the Masses: Digitization Options for Small Budgets and Big Collections.  Please join us!

Check out what`s new at Leddy Library

March 15th, 2012 by Heidi

Get a sneak peek at the new books coming into Leddy Library by visiting the New Arrivals shelf behind the Reference Help Centre on the main floor. Browse by subject.  See what’s new. Find your new favourite book.

What if Maria Susanne Cummins had Twitter?

March 12th, 2012 by Mita

Please join us on March 16, 2012, in room 302 West from 11am to Noon to hear “What if Maria Susanna Cummins had Twitter?: Information literacy, literary history, social media and the classroom” – a presentation by Heidi LM Jacobs.


This presentation is the first of a series of a Librarian Research Series which provides the opportunity for the library and campus community to hear more about the exciting, innovative, and diverse research projects being undertaken by the librarians of the University of Windsor.  Upcoming talks include:

March 30, 2012, 11:00- Noon
Art Rhyno
“Optical Character Recognition for the masses: Digitization options for small budgets and big collections”

April 13, 2012, 11:00- Noon
Mita Williams
“The library as interface to public space and public self”

April 20, 2012, 11:00- Noon
Brian Owens
“The archival manuscript and the book: Tools of knowledge and artefacts of destruction during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812.” (Working Title)

April 27, 2012, 11:00- Noon
Karen Pillon
“No student turned away: Using Kohlberg’s 6 Stages of Moral Development to inform a customer service model”

May 4, 2012, 11:00- Noon
Kristi Thompson & Victoria Paraschuk
“Finding strength(s): Insights on Canadian Aboriginal physical cultural practices”

May 11, 2012, 11:00- Noon
Tamsin Bolton
“Students helping students: Measuring the impact of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Mentor Program”

May 18, 2012, 11:00- Noon
Selinda Berg


Exam hours in effect! Leddy is open 24/5

December 5th, 2011 by Mita

The Leddy Library is now open 24 hours on most days for your studying needs:

Saturday Dec 3rd ~ to ~ Monday Dec 19th

Leddy Library will remain open 24hrs/5days

Sunday 10am through Saturday morning at 2 am
Saturday 10am through till Sunday morning at 2 am

exception: Monday, December 19th, Leddy is closed at 12 midnight

Good luck students! You can do it!

Food for fines!

November 25th, 2011 by Mita

Help support the University of Windsor Student Food Bank and reduce your library fines by donating non-perishable, unexpired food items at Leddy Library’s Circulation Desk. For each item that you donate, you’ll receive $2 off your fines, up to $50 per person!

An Occupy Reading List : Updated!

November 16th, 2011 by Mita

Everyone knows that you are what you read. So to learn more about the protesters who have been occupying Wall Street for the past three weeks, it makes sense to find out what they’re reading.

The quote is from Bill Morris, who was curious what were in the libraries of the various Occupy movements.  And in this spirit  and in time for today’s panel discussion on the Occupy Movement, here are some of the books that occupies some of the time of some of the people involved in the Occupy Movement.

People's history of the united states

The People’s History of the United States

“Steve Syrek, an English Ph.D. student at Rutgers University, responded when he heard that librarians were needed and protesters were hungry for copies of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Syrek bought nine copies and donated them to the People’s Library…”

from: The Eclectic Reading List at Occupy Wall Street

The Verso book of dissent : from Spartacus to the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad

“This suggestion comes from one of the Occupy Wall Street Librarians. “What are you guys telling everyone to read?” I asked. He immediately picked up this book, which he said was one of his favorites. “Verso is a great publisher generally,” another guy who was stacking books added. “We like everything they publish.


“If you’re looking for one of the orienting works around contemporary politics of resistance, I’d say you should pick up Antonio Negri’s and Michael Hardt’s Empire.”

from:  Hydra’s Occupy Wall Street Reading List

Direct Action

Direct action : an ethnography

“Nevertheless, some figures are credibly cited as influential, notably David Graeber, an American anthropology don at Goldsmiths in London, who helped organise what became the Wall Street occupation in its early weeks; his books include Direct Action: An Ethnography, Debt: The First Five Thousand Years and Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology.”

Time for outrage!

“Another elderly agitator – grandfathers can sometimes be recruited against fathers – played a comparable role in the southern European sit-ins that followed the Arab spring. Published a year ago when he was 93, the former French resistance fighter Stéphane Hessel’s call for a youth uprising against the powerful, Time for Outrage!, became a pan-European bestseller and was read by the first occupiers in Madrid – the name they adopted, Los Indignados (later copied by the Greek protesters), was taken from its Spanish title, ¡Indignaos!”

from : The Guardian: Occupy: the intellectual high ground

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

“Bartleby’s positive refusal continues to resonate with the OWS movement”

from: Occupy Wall Street Library: Marathon reading of “Bartleby, the Scrivener” @ 60 Wall St, 11/10

Civil Disobedience

“In his seminal 1849 essay Civil Disobedience, Thoreau made a compelling case for individual resistance to civil government that would inspire generations of revolutionaries and ordinary nonconformists alike to engage in moral protest against being made unwitting accomplices in the injustices perpetrated by the state. ”

The art of moral protest  : culture, biography, and creativity in social movements

“One thing this year’s unrest and its treatment in the popular media have exposed is the tendency of today’s scholars to reduce protest to “objective” factors like resources, evolutionary biology, and political structures. More than a decade ago, prominent NYU, Columbia and Princeton sociology professor James M. Jasper channeled his frustration with this conflation in The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements — a thoughtful and provocative treatise on the creative, subjective side of social and political protest.”

from:  Occupy Omnibus: From Philosophy to Art, 10 Essential Books on Protest

And for information about the Occupy Movement, I’d recommend checking out the Occupy Movement Research Guide from Patti Ryan and Lisa Sloniowski of York University. This Changes Everything Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement is currently on order.

And, as an addendum: two more lists

The first list is “Occupy Primer Reading List: The Essentials” from the Occupy Wall Street’s Practical Change Working Group.

If you are curious about why Occupy Wall Street has turned into Occupy Everywhere, if you want a basic understanding of the problems in the system that make this stand necessary, we believe these are the books to start with, in no particular order.*

shock doctrine
Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

Debt: The First 5000 Years – David Graeberend of growth
End of Growth – Richard Heinberg

in defense of food
In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan


Griftopia – Matt Taibbi

These #ows primer books have been selected because they

  1. give a basic yet rarely-discussed understanding of the structural problems that need to change
  2. are often-requested books at the Occupy Wall Street Library
  3. are relatively objective, even though trolls and false media may profess otherwise

Another list recently published is from Barbara Ehrenreich, author of such works as Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America.

In addition to “A People’s History of the United States”, her 3 books on protest include:

Poor people's movements
“Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward’s classic Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail (1978) because to a large extent, Occupy is a poor people’s movement — a movement of the unemployed, of debtors, of low-wage workers and the homeless.”

Bury the chains
“Adam Hochschild’s Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves (2005) because it so perfectly illustrates Margaret Mead’s iconic statement: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

50 years of Massey Lectures to read, to listen to, and enjoy

November 7th, 2011 by Mita

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the CBC Massey Lectures which were created to honour Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada. Over the past fifty years, renowned writers and thinkers such as John Kenneth Galbraith, Martin Luther King, Northrop Frye, Noam Chomsky, and Ursula Franklin have contributed to its tradition.

You can listen to many of the past Massey Lectures online and you can listen to this year’s Massey Lectures (Adam Gopnik’s Winter: Five Windows on the Season) every night this week, online or on CBC Radio One. Or you can read the following Massey Lectures available from the Leddy Library collection.

Winter: Five Windows on the Season

CBC Massey Lectures 2011

Player One: What is to Become of Us

CBC Massey Lectures 2010

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

CBC Massey Lectures 2009

Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

CBC Massey Lectures 2008

The City of Words

CBC Massey Lectures 2007

The Ethical Imagination

CBC Massey Lectures 2006

Race Against Time

CBC Massey Lectures 2005

A Short History of Progress

CBC Massey Lectures 2004

The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative

CBC Massey Lectures 2003

Beyond Fate

CBC Massey Lectures 2002

The Cult of Efficiency

CBC Massey Lectures 2001

The Rights Revolution
CBC Massey Lectures 2000

The Triumph of Narrative – Storytelling in an Age of Mass Culture

CBC Massey Lectures 1999

Becoming Human

CBC Massey Lectures 1998

The Elsewhere Community

CBC Massey Lectures 1997

The Unconscious Civilization

CBC Massey Lectures 1995

On The Eve of the Millennium

CBC Massey Lectures 1994

Democracy on Trial

CBC Massey Lectures 1993

Twenty-First Century Capitalism

CBC Massey Lectures 1992

The Malaise of Modernity

CBC Massey Lectures 1991

Biology As Ideology

CBC Massey Lectures 1990

The Real World of Technology

CBC Massey Lectures 1989

Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Countries

CBC Massey Lectures 1988

Compassion and Solidarity

CBC Massey Lectures 1987

Growing up with Canada, (unpublished)
CBC Massey Lectures 1986

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

CBC Massey Lectures 1985

Latin America: At War With The Past

CBC Massey Lectures 1984

Globalism and The Nation State

CBC Massey Lectures 1983

Indefensible Weapons
CBC Massey Lectures 1982

Dangers & Options: The Matter of World Survival

CBC Massey Lectures 1981

No lecture in 1980.

Canadian Cities and Sovereignty Association

CBC Massey Lectures 1979

The Inadvertent Epic: From Uncle Tom to Roots

CBC Massey Lectures 1978

Myth and Meaning

CBC Massey Lectures 1977

No lecture in 1976.

“Limits to Science” (unpublished)
CBC Massey Lectures 1975

Nostalgia for the Absolute

CBC Massey Lectures 1974

Designing Freedom

CBC Massey Lectures 1973

Inscape and Landscape

CBC Massey Lectures 1972

The Power of the Law

CBC Massey Lectures 1971

Time As History

CBC Massey Lectures 1969

The Politics of Family

CBC Massey Lectures 1968

Conscience for Change

CBC Massey Lectures 1967

The Moral Ambiguity of America

CBC Massey Lectures 1966

The Underdeveloped Country

CBC Massey Lectures 1965

The Real World of Democracy

CBC Massey Lectures 1964

CBC Massey Lectures 1963

The Educated Imagination

CBC Massey Lectures 1962

The Rich Nations and The Poor Nations

CBC Massey Lectures 1961