University of Toronto
What I do in the Information Commons
I am the manager of the Information Commons Digital Studio and the Licensed Software Office (LSO). We promote the services of the Information Commons and prepare hardcopy and Web documentation for various products we support. The Digital Studio offers a variety of high-end scanning equipment which includes an oversized (11 x 17) flatbed, an 8.5 x 14 flatbed with an automatic sheet feeder (for OCR scanning), and three slide scanners, which can handle positive or negative film in sizes from 35 mm to 4 x 5 inches. Each workstation is equipped with a CD burner, a Zip and floppy drive. Each workstation also has access to the colour and black and white laser printers located in the Cumputer Access Facility. next door For more information on the Digital Studio visit:
We use the Information Commons website to describe our services; announce courses; distribute software (via our UTORdist service) and, provide other information of interest to the University community.
You can visit the Information Commons Web site much of which is maintantained by my staff.
The LSO negotiates and administers software license agreements with many vendors in order to decrease overall software costs to the University. The software can be purchased by UofT students, faculty and staff. However, depending on our agreement with the vendor, not all software is available to everyone.
The software available covers a wide range of applications including: communications software; compilers and programing languages; database systems; geographical information systems; hardware packages; integrated desktop packages; LAN systems; mathematical, statistical and scientific packages; operating systems; parallel programming systems; plotting packages; text research; virus protection software; visualization packages; and page (print and web) layout packages.
A list of current products can be found here.
The LSO also offers a CD / DVD volume duplication service.
You can reach me at:
The groups I manage are located on the 1st floor of the Robarts Library. If you'd like, you can come and visit my office.
The Robert Lansdale Photography Fonds
Robert Lansdale (b 1931), a Toronto photographer, has had a long and active career as a commercial photographer and photojournalist, beginning with Federal Newsphotos (1953-1961), then with Jack Marshall Ltd (1961-1968) and finally, with his own business, Robert Lansdale Photography Ltd (1968-). Mr. Lansdale received his formal education in photography at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now University) from which he graduated in 1953. In 1967 he became an Accredited Photographer in commercial/industrial photography.
Beginning in the early 1960's, Mr. Lansdale was hired regularly by the University of Toronto to undertake a wide variety of photographic assignments. He worked primarily for the Department of Public Affairs, providing the photographic record required for official promotional and news purposes of the University. The frequency of these assignments resulted in him being recognized by the University community as the "U. of T. photographer".
Mr. Lansdale has won a number of awards: Globe and Mail Spot News trophy, 1956 and 1958, the Graflex of Canada Publicity trophy in 1962 and 1963, Toronto Telegram Sports Photography trophy, 1963 and Eaton's of Canada plaque for best black and white photo in Show, 1956.
About the Robert Lansdale Photography Fonds
This fonds of approximately 50,000 images was donated to the University of Toronto Archives in 1998. It provides a very complete historical record of the university from the mid-1960's to the mid-1980's. Among the portrait photographs are prominent local, regional and national figures such as Northrop Frye, Margaret Atwood, W.O. Mitchell, Margaret Lawrence, Marshall McLuhan, Pauline McGibbon, members of the Royal family, a young Bob Rae as student activist, and presidents of the University from Claude Bissell (1958-1971) to Robert Prichard (1990-2000).
The Digital Studio is scanning the 50,000 negatives at 4,000 dpi using a Polariod 4000 Plus 35mm slide scanner. The images are compressed and burned to CD. Lower resolution versions of the images will be loaded in a searchable database available to anyone at UofT.