I have a super weird question but one that I had always wondered about every time I come to the library…. There are 3 video monitors that are visible upon entering the webster library on the top of the staircase (directly facing the stairs) and they all appear to be zoomed in on a couple of random bookshelves… I suppose my question is what exactly is the purpose of these video monitors? Are the books that the camera is focused on really expensive and rare or something? To discourage theft? I dunno…
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the library staff for starting to take noise complaint more seriously now. I have seen staff go around with red clips boards handing out warnings to noise violators! Keep it up 🙂
Thanks for your question. When the building opened in 1992, Montréal artist Rose-Marie Goulet created art installations. One of them is the installation with the cameras and video screens that you see as you come up the stairs into the Webster Library. The screens show activity from three different places in the library. They are not meant to serve a security purpose, but to show different aspects of things that happen at a library. Thank you for asking! Perhaps others were wondering the same thing. Thanks also for your positive feedback about our efforts to control noise.
I really appreciate the Exhibition about Haiti that has been put to the attention of students lately. As a Canado-Haitian, it is for myself a great opportunity to learn more about the past and struggles of my country of origin. Haitians do have an History and it is not exclusively a violent one: activists and groups of women were dedicated to address and change social injustices in Haiti. It is the first time that I can appreciate an exhibition about Haiti and the Library is a strategic place for the latter. I warmly thank the group of persons who found that Haiti’s history diserved to be told and that took the time to arrange such thoughtful exhibition. Things like this should happen more often at the University so as to provide knowledge about Haiti’s battles and victories to people and especially to Haitians who to often know little or nothing about Haiti. We Haitians have to learn about our past and be more proud of our History.
I am delighted that you appreciate the exhibit. Thank you for sharing your impressions!
The exhibit was organized by Concordia’s CURA (Community-University Research Alliances) Oral History Research Project “Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations.” You can learn more about this group’s research on the Montreal Life Stories website.