Monthly Archives: December 2013

Copyright and course readings

You have probably heard about the upcoming expiration of U of T’s agreement with Access Copyright on Dec. 31, 2013. I’ve added some information to the UC Library website about the new copyright situation for U of T instructors as of January 1st:

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Canada Reads 2014 contenders

The theme for the next CBC Canada Reads is “the novel that could change the nation.”  In case you want to start reading the contenders in advance of the debates (on CBC radio in March), most of them are currently available at the UC Library.

The exception is The Orenda: five U of T libraries, include UC, own a copy of this recent novel by Josepha Boyden, and all five copies are checked out. Given this (and given how popular Joseph Boyden’s previous novels have been!), I have just ordered two additional copies for the UC Library.

Here are the five contenders:

book cover: The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

I caught part of the 2-hour Nelson Mandela special on “Q” this morning, where the interviews were punctuated with some wonderful songs.

There are lots of books about Mandela at Robarts and other U of T libraries, including his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
book cover: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Your favourite bestsellers

I was curious to see which bestsellers have been borrowed the most from the UC Library since we launched our Bestsellers collection last Fall (Sept. 2012). (I’m only counting actual loans not renewals.)

Here are the winners!

IN FIRST PLACE — OUR MOST POPULAR BESTSELLER! — WITH 15 LOANS:

TIED FOR SECOND MOST POPULAR — WITH 14 LOANS EACH:

IN THIRD PLACE — WITH 12 LOANS:

TIED FOR FOURTH PLACE — WITH 11 LOANS EACH:

TIED FOR FIFTH PLACE — WITH 10 LOANS EACH:

TIED FOR SIXTH PLACE — WITH 9 LOANS EACH:

It isn’t a totally fair competition: it would be hard for books we just bought this Fall to “catch up” to books we’ve had since last Fall.  Also, a few of our bestsellers were so popular in the first year that I bought a second copy a few months ago, and that gives them even more chance to rack up loans.

Even so, I find this a pretty interesting list: Non-fiction appears to be even more popular than fiction! And it’s interesting that some books that were first published years ago are still going strong, including Norman Doidge’s The Brain That Changes Itself (2007) and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers (2008).  The stats above are for the paperback copies in our Bestsellers section, but the hardcover editions of these two books have also been very popular with UC Library patrons, ever since they appeared.

Graphic novels at the UC Library

Lately I’ve been working on expanding the UC Library’s collection of graphic novels, and we now have over a hundred — with more on the way!

Our recent display at the front of the library featured graphic novels by women, and our library assistants reported that the books “went like hotcakes.” The authors included:

Several of these authors are discussed in the book Graphic women : life narrative and contemporary comics.

display-graphic-novels-by-women