Ingenium celebrates Library Shelfie Day!

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Happy Library Shelfie Day!

Founded in 2014 by the New York Public Library, Shelfie Day is celebrated on the fourth Wednesday of January each year. It’s a day for bibliophiles to pose and promote the things they love on social media, along with the hashtag: #LibraryShelfie!

Below you’ll find some “shelfies” from our proud, library-loving Ingenium staff. These shelfies also serve as their reading recommendations — so be sure to come to our libraries to take a closer look at what’s on the shelves. Tune in to our Twitter and Facebook accounts today — we have the feeling that more staff will catch the shelfie fever and join in! Why not join the fun and share your own recommendations with us?

Fiona Smith Hale stands beside a shelf with a very large book, which is lying flat due to its size.
Chief Knowledge Officer Fiona Smith Hale poses in the Ingenium Centre’s Rare Book Room. This beauty of a shelf holds books on the Victoria Bridge in Montreal.
“A feat of engineering, the Victoria Bridge opened in 1859. It spans the St Lawrence River and connects Montreal with the south shore. This book, Construction of the great Victoria Bridge in Canada, by James Hodges, is one my favourite books in the collection. Not only is it written by the chief engineer on the project, it includes wonderful, technical drawings of the bridge. This particular edition is a presentation copy signed by the author and presented to T. E. Blackwell, who was vice-president of the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada.” - Chief Knowledge Officer Fiona Smith Hale
Anna Adamek poses in front of library shelves that hold research publications, while holding a handful of publications.

Director of the Curatorial Division Anna Adamek chose a shelf in the Ingenium Centre’s reference section that holds the Transformation Series.

“The Transformation Series are published results of the cumulative effort of Ingenium research over time. On the surrounding shelves are Historical Assessments and other research products, written by Ingenium staff. However, I chose the Transformation Series shelf because it is partly empty; this symbolizes all the research that will be accomplished in the future — in partnership and in shared authority with research communities throughout Canada and the world!" - Director of Curatorial Division Anna Adamek
Sylvie Bertrand stands in front of her chosen shelf holding a trade catalogue; the cover shows the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver aircraft and an illustration of a Beaver, painted yellow.
Library Services Officer Sylvie Bertrand took her shelfie in the Technical Manuals Room at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, with a shelf of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada brochures and manuals.
“The aircraft technical manual and trade literature collection contains manuals on all phases of operation, from assembling the newly purchased aircraft, operation and maintenance of the equipment, to storage of the equipment, pilot notes, training manuals, airline timetables, and trade catalogues. The collection can be searched in our library catalogue.” - Library Services Officer Sylvie Bertrand
Jesse Rogerson stands in front of shelves in the Ingenium Centre’s Rare Book Room, which holds books on astronomy and astrophysics.

Science Advisor Jesse Rogerson, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, in the Ingenium Centre’s Rare Book Room.

“This is the astronomy and astrophysics section of the Rare Book Room at Ingenium's new Library and Archives. It contains books, manuscripts, and articles chronicling our investigations of the night sky throughout Canada's history, and thus, is my favourite shelf in the library!” - Science Advisor, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Jesse Rogerson
Sharon Babaian stands in front of a shelf with bound volumes of periodicals. She is holding one open to the front page: Canadian Railway and Marine World.
Curator of Marine and Land Transportation Sharon Babaian poses in front of a periodical shelf that holds, Canadian Railway and Marine World.
“This is an invaluable source of information on the development of marine and land transportation in Canada. I have used it a lot; I find this periodical is particularly interesting because it covers both land and marine transportation from 1912 to 1936.” - Curator of Marine and Land Transportation Sharon Babaian
Catherine Campbell poses in front of a shelf lined with grey archival boxes. She holds a seed trade catalogue; a woman is holding flowers on the cover.
Librarian Catherine Campbell stands next to a shelf holding Trade Literature.
“Dreaming of spring? I am. These unassuming grey boxes in our trade literature collection contain some real treasures!” - Librarian Catherine Campbell
A photograph from above shows Erin Gregory posing in front of shelves of books on the Douglas DC-3 aircraft. DC-3 shows on many of the book spines in the shot.
Curator of Aviation and Space Erin Gregory posed in front of shelves of books on the Douglas DC-3.
“I picked two shelves that feature my favourite airplane, the Douglas DC-3. You can tell by some of the titles how long this plane has been around and the variety of roles it has played throughout its history.” - Curator of Aviation and Space Erin Gregory
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Adele Torrance

 Adele Torrance is the Archivist at Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation.