New! Zeutschel Zeta Overhead Scanner in McLennan

By Scott Goldstein and Joel Natanblut

Starting in June 2023, the McGill Library is piloting a new overhead scanner called the Zeutschel Zeta, currently available on the first floor of McLennan near the uPrint machines. In addition to incredibly high-quality scans, the Zeutschel Zeta has great features, including the ability to automatically remove fingers captured during the scanning process, auto-crop or manual crop functions, removing/ reorganizing scanned pages and output to JPG/ TIFF/ PDF with automatic OCR text recognition in numerous languages, and more.

The Zeta overhead scanner is a large machine sitting on a desk with an open book sitting on top of the scanner. Beside the machine is a digital image of the book being scanned.

No need to bring a flash drive as scans can be emailed to any email address you designate or uploaded to Dropbox.

Try it out and let us know what you think! Submit feedback using this online form: Thank you.

New Interactive Signage at HSSL!

This fall, when new students arrive at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library for the first time, they will be greeted by new interactive signage made possible by the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS). This new system will help them get from A to B more quickly and to feel right at home in Library spaces.

The project includes wayfinding for 40+ locations across the McLennan-Redpath Complex. Also included is integrated Waitz data for each floor, letting users know the busyness of study spaces in advancecall number ranges by floor, isometric-designed floorplans; and quick navigation to washrooms, copiers, the service desk, and cafeteria.

Thank you, AUS, for improving the student experience and for your continued support of the Library!

Bidding Welcome to A New Member of the HSSL Community

Getting to Know Dr. Kristen Howard

As we look outside the McLennan and Redpath windows, campus is buzzing with excitement as our newly-graduated students take a step into their future (congratulations to them!). But have you wondered what is going on the other side of these windows? Why we have welcomed a new member into our Humanities and Social Studies Library (HSSL) Community! 

We are pleased to present Dr. Kristen Howard, a recent McGill graduate who will be taking up the position as Liaison Librarian for History and Classical Studies, and Government Information at HSSL. 

During her Masters in Information Sciences at McGill, Kristen did a practicum at the Jewish Public Library where she curated the Lilly Toth Miniature Book Collection. This became one of her most prized projects. 

Kristen is not only a historian, and a newly-crowned Liaison Librarian, but she is also an avid knitter! Previously, she collaborated with the McGill Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections to helm a number of workshops, such as Rare Stitches: Knitting Inspired by Illuminated Manuscripts and Knitting in Code with Kristen Howard. She speaks of the workshops as:

“… fun ways to use our library resources. I’m really interested in creative uses of Rare Books and Special Collections. Not everyone may have studied the Classics or Latin, but you can still appreciate the beauty of a Latin manuscript, even if you can’t read it. These workshops were a way to bring people who might never use a Latin manuscript because they can’t read it, and show them how beautiful it is, that it can inspire something”.

During that deep time in the pandemic when everyone shied away from reading apocalyptic literature, Kristen discovered one of her favourite book collections; the Lady Astronaut Series. It eloquently puts forth an alternate account of how we might have done space travel in the 1950s if women had received equal opportunities within the industry. 

As a newly-admitted member of the HSSL community Kristen looks forward to working in collaboration with the faculty and students. 

Please join us in welcoming Kristen to our library, we are excited to get to know her more! For questions related to classical studies, government documents, and history, feel free to reach out to for help.