Community partnerships

Virtual celebration to bring together theatre scholars to launch digital archive

Michael Chekhov looks on as Ludmila Chirikov and Lucy Singer fit Beatrice Straight for a costume in this photo by Nonny Gardner Cangelosi, used by permission.

Michael Chekhov looks on as Ludmila Chirikov and Lucy Singer fit Beatrice Straight for a costume in this photo by Nonny Gardner Cangelosi, used by permission.

International scholars, researchers, and performers will soon be able to access the works and methods of Michael Chekhov through a new digital archive available through the Leddy Library.


Literary magazine finds second life through Leddy Library online archive

Rampike archive screen shot

It’s been 40 years since the first issue of Rampike, a cutting-edge literary magazine, rolled out from the basement of Rivercrest Road near the Humber River, in Toronto’s west end.

In 1979, its unique format — 18 inches tall and 6 inches wide — stood out against other publications. It was available on five continents, and now, all 24 volumes are accessible anywhere with an internet connection.


Library resources aid documentary headed to Montreal Independent Film Fest

Anushray Singh, director of the historical documentary “The North was our Canaan,” films footage in the Leddy Library.

Lights, camera, library? A local film headed to the Montreal Independent Film Fest sheds light on the importance of primary resources to capture historic stories.

The North Was Our Canaan is a local documentary that shares the story of those who crossed the Detroit River into Sandwich seeking freedom from slavery. Directed by Anushray Singh (MFA 2020) and produced by local historian Irene Moore Davis and Leddy librarian Heidi Jacobs, it features the voices of descendants residing in historic Sandwich Town.


Stray cats inspire librarian’s book for children

Book Cover - This is Klaus

It was during the gloomy month of March in the early stage of lockdown that librarian and author Heidi Jacobs found herself restless and distracted. Staring out her back window to the garden her she was entertained by the antics of two stray cats who had made a home for themselves in her backyard.

“I spent a lot of time staring out my back window, drinking coffee, watching the winter fade to spring,” said Jacobs. “It was the funny antics of these cats, who I named Klaus and Sebastian, that brought inspiration to my distraction.”


Librarian tackles virtual services

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed new questions for research and teaching on campus, and the Leddy Library is finding answers.

Information services librarian Adam Mulcaster is currently helping a group of researchers in the faculties of nursing; science; and arts, humanities, and social sciences identify literature to support their work in assessing the impact of COVID-19 on regional health care workers, particularly those who are crossing the international border daily to commute to their jobs in Michigan.


History teaches the significance of community during a crisis

Sarah Glassford holding new book

When Leddy Library’s archivist Sarah Glassford opened her mail last week, she found copies of her new book on Canadian women’s Second World War experiences, aptly titled Making the Best of It. Flipping through the pages she couldn’t help but notice parallels between wartime and the current COVID-19 pandemic — especially the significance of community to both.


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