A Note on Language in the Library Catalogue
When conducting searches for materials, users of the Gabriel Dumont Institute Library’s catalogue may encounter language or terminology that is offensive or hurtful. Library staff are sensitive to these issues, and are working to address them wherever possible.
In some cases, such as when offensive terms are used in titles by the original authors or creators of the material, staff have chosen to transcribe this language without changing it. Even though the language is inappropriate by current standards, it reflects the attitudes of the creators at the time the material was created, and changing it would hinder retrieval and obscure the historical record.
In other cases, such as with subject headings which are applied by librarians to describe materials in the catalogue, library staff are actively working to replace biased or inappropriate terms with culturally appropriate, respectful, and inclusive language. These efforts are ongoing, and staff welcome input from library users regarding inappropriate subject headings which should be prioritized for remediation.
Staff welcome feedback, questions, and reports of inappropriate language in the catalogue. Please use the CONTACT form to get in touch
The needs of students, staff, and faculty are always given priority at the GDI Library. However, members of First Nations, Inuit or Métis communities and any others who wish to use the library’s materials will also be permitted borrowing privileges at the discretion of the librarian.
Borrowing privileges come with responsibilities. Please respect the following guidelines:
There are computer workstations available at the library for patron use. Patrons may use these workstations for word processing, emailing, and research, but they are asked not to use them for social networking unrelated to coursework or research.
The computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, although instructors may reserve blocks of the computers for in-class use from time to time. Notices will be posted informing patrons when the computers have been reserved by instructors.
Printing and photocopying are also available in the library. At present, patrons who are not affiliated with the Gabriel Dumont Institute are asked to pay a printing charge of $0.10 per sheet in cash immediately after printing (no credit). Photocopies are $0.10 per page.
PLEASE DO NOT
We live on a finite planet with finite resources, and as North Americans, we collectively consume more than our fair share of the Earth’s resources. We encourage our patrons to help reduce our waste and tread more lightly on the planet.
Please ask yourself the following questions before you print:
When materials have been laminated, they cannot be recycled and will eventually end up in a landfill. Please think carefully about whether you intend to use something long enough to warrant laminating it. Items which will be used only once or for a short period of time before being discarded should not be laminated.
Note: use of the laminator is limited to GDI students and staff.
EATING AND DRINKING
Please do not eat in the library. The crumbs and food wrappers attract mice.
Please help us reduce our waste by not purchasing beverages in disposable containers. As an incentive for patrons to make the extra effort to bring their own drinking containers, we permit beverages in the library when they are in reusable containers. Patrons who bring in disposable coffee cups or other beverage containers intended for one-time use will not be permitted to drink from them in the library.
Please throw recyclable paper in the recycling bins stationed through the library, not in the garbage cans. If you must drink from a disposable can or bottle outside of the library, please make sure the empties find their way to a recycling bin rather than the garbage can. Check with library staff about where to recycle batteries or other items you’re unsure about.
Library staff welcome suggestions for further steps we could take to minimize our impact on the planet. Let us know if you have a good idea!