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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

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!

Did you get an ereader over the holidays?

January 4th, 2012 by Mita

Recently, we got a question from a reader who was interested in adding library books to her new ereader and wanted to know how to go about this. I thought I would share my answer for all those other folk out there who also received a new Kobo, Kindle, or Nook over the holidays:

The world of ebooks is in a state of considerable flux at moment. There are a variety of file formats for ebooks out there and at the moment, all competing for market share. Most ereaders are able to read files in the epub format … except the Kindle, which uses the mobi format as its default. The file format that most ebooks, tablets and computers can read is the pdf format and almost all the ebooks available from the Leddy Library are in this format. Unfortunately, while pdf files can be opened by most ebook readers, they are really hard to actually read from them.

So while you can generally read any pdf ebook offered from the Leddy Library, you may be able to only download a portion of the book at a time. To make matters even more confusing is that each publisher is deciding how much of a book can be downloaded at a time — if they even let the reader do this at all.  Some of these services will require the reader to register at their website before the ability to download a work is made possible.

It’s a very confusing reading landscape out there.

Now, before you start cursing Santa out for not bringing you a tablet computer instead, please know that there are reading options for your ereader.

For recent, popular reading, the Windsor Public Library makes ebooks available through the Overdrive service.

For public domain material (mostly works before the 1920s), both the Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg provide texts in a variety of formats, including epub and txt.  Canadian Public Domain material is also well represented in Scholars Portal Books which allows such works to be read and downloaded.


If you have any questions about ebooks and the Leddy Library, please let us know at leddyref@uwindsor.ca.

The Library is closed. Leddy will re-open January 3rd, 2012

December 23rd, 2011 by Mita

Have a good holidays! See you next year!

Pick up some holiday reads (for when your exams are done)

December 14th, 2011 by Mita

The holidays are a great time to curl up with a good book and The Leddy Library has the following reads from this year’s New York Times Notable Non-Fiction List while others are on order…


ARGUABLY: Essays. By Christopher Hitchens.
“Hitchens’s esophageal cancer inevitably throws a shadow over this spirited, provocative, prodigiously witty collection.”

THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: Why Violence Has Declined. By Steven Pinker.
“Are humans essentially good or bad? Has the past century seen moral progress or moral collapse? Pinker addresses these questions and more.”

BLUE NIGHTS. By Joan Didion.
“Mourning the 2005 death of her daughter, Didion presents herself as defenseless against the pain of loss in this elegantly written memoir.”

THE BOY IN THE MOON: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son. By Ian Brown
“The truth Brown learns from his severely disabled child is a rare one: the life that seems to destroy you is the one you long to embrace.”


CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman. By Robert K. Massie.
“Massie provides a sweeping narrative about the impressive minor German princess who became empress of Russia.”

The Information

THE INFORMATION: A History. A Theory. A Flood. By James Gleick.
“Gleick argues that information is more than just the contents of our libraries and Web servers: human consciousness, life on earth, the cosmos — it’s bits all the way down.”

IS THAT A FISH IN YOUR EAR? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. By David Bellos.
“Against the orthodox view that a translation can’t substitute for the original, a scholar argues that the two need not be the same, but only similar.”

Knocking on heaven's door

KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. By Lisa Randall.
“A Harvard professor meditates on the nature of science and where physics is headed.”

Net Delusion

THE NET DELUSION: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. By Evgeny Morozov.
“In this challenging and often contrarian book, Morozov explores how the Internet is used to constrict or even abolish political freedom.”

The Quest

THE QUEST: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. By Daniel Yergin.
“This comprehensive study makes clear that energy policy is not on the right course anywhere.”

The Swerve

THE SWERVE: How the World Became Modern. By Stephen Greenblatt.
“The legacy of the Roman poet Lucretius, and the Renaissance book hunter who saved his great poem from oblivion.”

Thinking Fast and Slow

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW. By Daniel Kahneman.
“Kahneman, a psychologist who won the Nobel in economic science in 2002, presents a lucid and profound vision of flawed human reason in a book full of intellectual surprises and self-help value.”

Why the west rules for now

WHY THE WEST RULES — FOR NOW: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future. By Ian Morris.
“A Stanford historian argues that we face an immediate choice — East-West cooperation or catastrophe.”

Thank you for your years of service!

December 12th, 2011 by Mita

Recently the University of Windsor held a reception to celebrate the contribution of staff who have contributed so much to this campus over their years of service.

The Leddy Library was represented by six employees with 40 years of service, one with 30, and two with 20: Maureen Souchuk, Fay Kennedy, Alida DeMarco, Patricia Belanger, Beverly Dalley, John Minos, Johanna Foster and Marjorie Stephens.

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!

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

A reading list for future journalists

November 4th, 2011 by Mita

The Columbia Journalism Review asked their favorite journalists, scholars, and critics to recommend books and other works that could help the next generation of reporters become better observers, storytellers, and thinkers. You can find the following suggestions from the Leddy Library:

London labour and the London poor

London labour and the London poor

“Though not officially a journalist, he pretty much invented the reported urban sociological sketch, one of journalism’s best and most durable forms.”

Berlin diary ; the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941

Berlin diary ; the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941

“Part diary, part rewrite of Shirer’s CBS radio reports, it conveys both the daily feeling of the beginning of World War II and the relentless energy and courage of a great reporter at work.”

Song of the Dodo

The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions

“Takes a fairly arcane subject—island biogeography—and from it weaves a great narrative. He’s an intrepid reporter and a wonderful storyteller, and any journalist can learn from him.”

Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness

Desert solitaire : a season in the wilderness

“Abbey is the real thing, and those don’t come along very often. His memoir-cum-elegy for the American Southwest is worth reading once a decade or so.”

Prisoner without a name, cell without a number

Prisoner without a name, cell without a number

“Reveals the courage that journalists can be called upon to summon and how it’s possible to retain one’s humanity in the face of evil.”

The things they carried : a work of fiction

The things they carried : a work of fiction

“A lesson in writing, of the importance of detail in telling a story. It teaches journalists: look, see, remember”

In cold blood; a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences.

In cold blood; a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences.

“Still the gold standard for true crime writing, even if there’s some fudging of the facts.”

Roughing it

Roughing it

“For the sheer joy of writing and giving a sense of place.”

Tides of consent : how public opinion shapes American politics / James A. Stimson.

Tides of consent : how public opinion shapes American politics

“Accessible and provocative summary of scholarship on the role of public opinion in American politics.”

Jimmy Corrigan : the smartest kid on earth

Jimmy Corrigan : the smartest kid on earth

“A masterpiece of the graphic novel genre, demonstrating how storytelling can be solemn, beautiful, and devastatingly sad using a medium usually considered inferior to the long-form written word.”

Den of thieves

Den of thieves

“The latest den, which brought the world to its knees, is but an echo of the past.”

Random family : love, drugs, trouble, and coming of age in the Bronx

Random family : love, drugs, trouble, and coming of age in the Bronx

“Leaves you unable to draw simple conclusions about the complicated, often no-win choices people and families must face daily.”

Happiness : lessons from a new science

Happiness : lessons from a new science

“Uses data to analyze, in detail, the health of societies around the world; helped show how GDP is a poor measure of how healthy a society is.”

The trust : the private and powerful family behind the New York Times

The trust : the private and powerful family behind the New York Times

“A must-read if you want to understand how The New York Times became our most important newspaper.”

Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia

“Goes beyond reporting, literally into the trenches, to give his firsthand account of the Spanish Civil War.”

The promised land : the great Black migration and how it changed America

The promised land : the great Black migration and how it changed America

“This history of the black migration is the best model I know for using narrative nonfiction to depict sweeping social change.”

Understanding comics : the invisible art

Understanding comics : the invisible art

“Analysis of the nature of graphic narrative invites journalists (and everyone else) to continually reinvent every storytelling form we’ve inherited.”

Within the context of no context /

Within the context of no context /

The age of missing information

The age of missing information

“Complementary deconstructions of TV culture serve as a valuable corrective to today’s wave of Internet-determinist diatribes.”

On writing : a memoir of the craft

On writing : a memoir of the craft

“Will cure you of adverbs, and embolden your best writer’s instincts.”

The creation of the media : political origins of modern communications

The creation of the media : political origins of modern communications

“How media-related decisions shaped the openness but also the gargantuan flaws of the American public sphere.”

What are journalists for?

What are journalists for?

“Parses brilliantly such questions as, What really is the public that journalists supposedly serve, and how well do we serve it?”

Genius : the life and science of Richard Feynman

Genius : the life and science of Richard Feynman

“A wonderful example of how to deal comfortably with the intersection of science and public policy.”

Middlemarch: a study of provincial life

Middlemarch: a study of provincial life

“Exemplifies the precise observation, psychological complexity, and generosity of spirit to which narrative nonfiction should aspire.”



“A perfect antidote to watered-down, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand war coverage, and a testament to the power of the individual observer.”

Evidence based reviews: trials, error and the God-complex

October 31st, 2011 by Mita

It’s the Second World War, a German prison camp, and this man, Archie Cochrane, is a prisoner of war and a doctor, and he has a problem. The problem is that the men under his care are suffering from an excruciating and debilitating condition that Archie doesn’t really understand. The symptoms are this horrible swelling up of fluids under the skin. But he doesn’t know whether it’s an infection, whether it’s to do with malnutrition. He doesn’t know how to cure it. And he’s operating in a hostile environment. And people do terrible things in wars. The German camp guards, they’ve got bored. They’ve taken to just firing into the prison camp at random for fun. On one particular occasion, one of the guards threw a grenade into the prisoners lavatory while it was full of prisoners. He said he heard suspicious laughter. And Archie Cochrane, as the camp doctor, was one of the first men in to clear up the mess. And one more thing: Archie was suffering from this illness himself.

This is the beginning of economist Tim Harford’s TED Talk entitled “Trial, error and the God Complex”Harford also introduces us to the remarkable Archie Cochrane in his latest book Adapt: why success always starts with failure.

If you would like to learn more about the life of Archibald Leman Cochrane, I’d recommend this brief bio from our Oxford Reference Online collection, which also contains the source of this definition of a Cochrane review.

Cochrane review n A systematic review of research into the effects of a healthcare intervention, designed to inform and guide practical decision making. A Cochrane review adheres to a structured format described in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization established in 1993. [Named after the Scottish epidemiologist Archie L(eman) Cochrane (1909–88) who promoted the use of systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials]

Through the Leddy Library, you have access to Cochrane Reviews through Evidence Based Review via http://leddy.uwindsor.ca/ebm-reviews which allows you to simultaneously search the following: