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University of Waterloo
Architecture Library Accreditation Report August 2010
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Oxford Reference Online selected titles relating to architecture
Proquest Digital Dissertations and Theses
RIBA: British Architectural Library Catalogue Online
Urban Studies Abstracts
Worldcat library catalogues worldwide
UW Library has embedded linking technology into the research databases which allows users to link directly from
the database to the full text electronic journal subscription or to the Primo catalogue record for holdings and call
number information. UW Library also provides free access to the bibliographic management software RefWorks.
All licensed digital datasets, previously available only from the campus Map Library, are now accessible directly
from Musagetes Library. An online research guide describing the software and data available, both licensed and
freely available, has been prepared by the Library Associate responsible for providing GIS assistance. The guide is
updated regularly and the link to it easily found on the Musagetes Library homepage
The library’s GIS workstation is equipped with a variety of programs to help students with their mapping,
including ArcInfo, Google Earth Pro, GeoViewer, and AutoCAD. The computer is accessible during library hours.
Additionally, student versions of ArcInfo can be purchased for $25. from Architecture Computing and Media
Student Film Collection
Since the School of Architecture is located some distance from the main commercial district on Hespeler Road,
the undergraduate and graduate student groups sponsored the creation of a locally owned film collection. With
funds from various sources and suggestions from fellow students, a now 400 title DVD collection is available for
rent by members of the School community. Academically oriented titles on architecture and design sit beside
commercial hits and obscure art films in a special section of Musagetes library. While the collection is owned and
administered by the students, the library houses the collection and collects rental and late fees on their behalf. All
money collected goes back to the students for new purchases.
2. Staff
Three full-time positions, a limited contract position, and limited contract casual positions staff Musagetes
Architecture Library. Job descriptions for full-time staff are available upon request.
Branch Head (FT):
Oversees the daily performance of library operations
Liaises with School of Architecture faculty and students
Provides reference assistance/information literacy workshops
Selects library resources, developing the general and Rare Book collection
Supervises the Library Associate and hires full-time staff
The Branch Head has an Honours B.A. (Visual Art), B.Ed., and MLIS with 30 years of service as an Architecture
Librarian. She was also UW’s Fine Arts Librarian before accepting her current position five years ago. The Branch
Head reports to the Head of Branch Libraries on the main UW campus.
Library Associate (FT):
Provides GIS assistance/workshops to faculty and students
Provides general reference and circulation assistance at the Public Services Desk
Supervises the Library Assistant and hires and supervises casual staff
The Library Associate has a B.A. in English and several years of increasingly responsible positions in various
university libraries. She attends conferences and workshops to maintain and upgrade her GIS knowledge.
Library Assistant (FT):
Provides circulation assistance
Processes course-related materials for the reserve collection
Ensures the book and journal collection is maintained and accessible
Deals with patron accounts and cash handling
The Library Assistant has a B.A. in History and a Library and Information Technician Diploma. She previously
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