Student services has moved to the Inforum

As of January 2020, Student Services is now located in the Inforum.

Accordingly, the information on the Inforum website has changed. This page is meant to keep our users up-to-date. If you have any questions about these changes, please get in touch with Interim Inforum Director, Kathleen Scheaffer. up to December 20, 2019. After that, please contact Student Services staff.

Check each of the following sections for CHANGES to:
Course reserves  |  Syllabus Service  |  Research & reference services   |  Inforum website  |  Personal Librarian Program  |  Seed Library branch  |  Staff changes 

The following resources will REMAIN in place:
Technology loans  |  Print, copy, scan  |  Workstations  | Software  |  Group study rooms   |  4th & 5th floor study spaces   |  iRelax mindfulness resources

Information about these services, resources, and faculties can now be found on the iSchool website. Inforum website pages will redirect you to the appropriate iSchool page(s).

The following programs will CONTINUE to be offered:
iSkills workshops  |  Mindful Moments

NEW services offered in the 4th floor space will include:
KMDI/Semaphore Makerspace  |  Student Services

Course reserves

In order to ensure that there is a team able to maintain a course reserve collection, while simultaneously increasing the hours that these materials are available, Lari Langford, Head, Robarts User Services agreed that all Inforum's Course Reserve books could be relocated to Robarts Course Reserves, on the 3rd floor (Media Commons). 

The books were moved on Monday December 16, 2019. The Course Reserves stacks at the Media Commons are closed, so books must be requested at the service desk by their call numbers.

Syllabus Service

The Inforum has arranged a partnership with the UTL's Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office (SCCO) Syllabus Service. The service is available to faculty members and instructors on a semesterly basis. Course readings are made available to students, while respecting Canadian copyright law and existing U of T licensing agreements and policies.

For complete details, including how to submit your syllabus/syllabi, priority service dates, copyright considerations and more, see https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/copyright/course-readings-and-reserves-support

Research & reference services

From January 2020, research and reference help will be available through Robarts Library services.  Help is available in-person, by phone or email, and through chat, as described here. Consultations with Nalini K. Singh, reference librarian, who has been seconded to User Services, Robarts Library from February 2020, may be requested by emailing nalini.singh@utoronto.ca from February 2020 onwards.

A page of information on how Faculty of Information students may access library assistance has been created on the iSchool website, along with a specially curated page of research help links.

Inforum website

Content relating to technology loans, computing and software, print/copy/scan, how to access U of T Library services, iRelax, Mindful Moments, events, group study rooms, 4th & 5th floor spaces, FI theses & dissertations, has now moved to the iSchool website. See redirect links from the Inforum website.

The Inforum website will continue to host information about iSkills & Orientation workshops.

The Inforum Library website of November 5, 2019 is archived in the web collection of the University of Toronto Archives & Records Management (UTARMS).

Personal Librarian Program

This program is no longer offered.

Seed Library branch

The Inforum branch of the Toronto Seed Library has closed as of December 13, 2019. The nearest Seed Library branch can be found at the OISE Library.

KMDI/Semaphore Makerspace

KMDI-Semaphore 307 Makerspace moved into room 417 in the Inforum in December.  With the support of facilities staff, Director Sara Grimes, her KMDI team, and Interim Inforum Director Kathleen Scheaffer have worked together to ensure a smooth move.

Student Services

Student Services staff have moved to the 4th floor Inforum back offices. 

Staff changes

Part-time contract librarian, Daisy Dowdall, has moved to a 2nd floor FI office. Reference librarian Nalini K. Singh (away in January 2020) has been seconded to User Services, Robarts Library from February 2020 onward, and Kathleen Scheaffer is on research leave beginning in January 2020. The team of Inforum student assistants (see below) will continue to work on the Information Desk until the end of Winter Term 2020.

Student assistants Winter 2020

Phoebe Burke, MI-LIS & KMIM student  |  Defne Inceoglu, MMSt student  |  Faria Khandaker, MI-ISD & HCDS student  | Abigael Krueger, MI-LIS & UXD student  |  Melissa Mertsis, MMSt student  |  Marina Popovic, MI-LIS student |  Hanna Schacter, MMSt student  |  Madison Stoner, MI-LIS student  |  Samantha Summers, CDP student