Presented by Olga Perkovic, McMaster University
In September 2016, McMaster University Library piloted an event for graduate students that was unlike the traditional offering of drop-in presentations or workshops. This poster will describe how a teaching “rounds” activity to present key information about the library’s services, collections and resources, was planned, promoted and implemented. Graduate Research Rounds, a collaboration between the Library and the School of Graduate Studies, proved to be a worthwhile activity for both the library staff and the students. Observations and feedback will also be shared.
“Play your cards right”: Teaching information literacy through meaningful play
Presented by Martha Attridge Bufton, Colin Harkness, and Ryan Tucci , Carleton University
Games can enhance learning by giving students the opportunity to connect actions with outcomes and overall game experience. Based on theories of meaningful play and information literacy (IL), Sources is a card game designed to strengthen IL abilities by teaching undergraduates the connection between source choices and success in various academic contexts. The “card table” becomes an interactive learning space for exploring and applying the threshold concept of “information creation as a process.” Find out more about the game and how it has been implemented in IL sessions for first-year undergrads at Carleton University.
Presented by Paula Hannaford, Elaine Goettler, and Shelley Hawrychuk, University of Toronto Mississauga Library
Come hear our story of the evolution of our liaison model and how our academic library’s focus on service has enabled us to grow beyond our wildest dreams! Learn how we evolved beyond the traditional model of customer service and are recognized for a new responsive approach to research and service. We created a high impact service philosophy and our team’s approach to engagement has profoundly impacted our value to our community. And we are so proud of our awesome new reference desk, it’s a beacon for everyone!
Accessible Library Websites: Understanding Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Presented by Mark Weiler, Wilfrid Laurier University
“All in” libraries have websites people with disabilities can use. To ensure people with disabilities can use websites, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires most Ontario websites to comply with the Web Content Accessibilities Guidelines (WCAG). This poster reviews WCAG and a recommended strategy for evaluating websites. Lessons learned are shared: a) welcome the complexity of WCAG, b) use spreadsheets to manage details c) develop knowledge of assistive technologies, d) leverage the work of others e) be open minded to the benefits WCAG can bring.
Add It Up! How Libraries Can Stimulate the Local Economy
Presented by Amy Jennison, Meaford Public Library
Invigorate your downtown. Stimulate local businesses. Market the community and promote the library. How? As the hub of a community, rural libraries can play an important role in connecting employers with employees. Libraries can generate new foot traffic for small businesses by partnering with them to host events in and outside the library or by offering online resources and training. Plus, do it all on a shoestring budget.
Presented by Virginia Wilson, University of Saskatchewan
Librarians connecting globally through formal or informal networks provides opportunities for communication, collaboration, sharing, and learning, which in turn can enhance research and practice. The University of Saskatchewan Library’s Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP) has launched the C-EBLIP Research Network. With an international focus, the C-EBLIP Research Network is an affiliation of institutions committed to librarians as researchers and/or interested in evidence based practice. This poster will showcase the membership, illustrate the steps of forming the C-EBLIP Research Network, present preliminary activities of the group, and discuss benefits and challenges of this new endeavor.
Presented by Jeannette Hess, Wasaga Beach Public Library
This innovative program features donated books which are repurposed, transformed and embellished using a variety of mixed media. Altered Books appeals to our library users because it combines recycling, repurposing and crafting. Crafting For Grownups offers relaxation, stress relief, and an opportunity to nurture creativity. The process of envisioning, producing, and realizing a finished piece to its final form increases our sense of self-worth and encourages us to connect with others. Examples of some of the crafts that have been made will be on display. There will also be a small make and take book page craft available.
Presented by Crystal Mills, Tom Adam, and Nicole Nolan, Western University
In August 2016, Western Libraries launched a Course Readings service using Ares via the LMS (Sakai). This was the culmination of two years of hard-fought collaboration across a siloed library and university environment. The poster will highlight: engaging stakeholders; achieving staff buy-in across autonomous locations; promoting a luxury “full-service” option for faculty; navigating potential tension by partnering with The Book Store; meeting copyright requirements with library-funded copyright clearance.
Presented by Jessica Thorlakson, University of Alberta
3D printing is becoming a common practice in University laboratories and departments, but how can we can provide more equitable access to this technology? This poster will present the process and experience of the University of Alberta’s Science and Technology Library in piloting a 3D printing service in collaboration with the Faculty of Science. It will highlight how we established the service, its design and workflow, share usage statistics, and identify lessons learned.
Building a Community of Makers: How four school libraries and their public library worked together to empower young learners with Makerspaces and a school district Mini Maker Faire
Presented by Beth Chng, School District 57, BC
Four teacher librarians from Prince George, BC met regularly over the 2015-16 school year to develop our maker programs. We organized a large year-end maker celebration that was hosted by the public library, where 100 students in grades 4-7 met to showcase some projects they had developed, teach each other new skills, participate in design and engineering challenges, and explore various new maker activities and resources. Our goal was to draw students into our libraries, build the library community, and to show our students that their identity as makers makes them part of a larger community of learners.
Connecting Rural Communities
Presented by Jessica Veldman and Andrew Whitfield, Wellington County Library
Wellington County Library was one of the first libraries in Canada to offer mobile internet hotspots to patrons, using funding from the Ontario Libraries Capacity of Fund from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Specifically targeting rural communities, this project has had a big impact on our library system. Learn how we set up and launched the project, challenges and successes, and our future plans.
Presented by Patricia Baker, Ottawa Catholic School Board
What elements do you need to consider before transforming your space into a modern Learning Commons. Colour, lighting, signage, furniture and even transition area all make a difference in your design. Consider the purpose of different areas within your Learning Commons. What setting or ambience do you want your patrons to feel walking in to your Learning Commons? How can you make your Learning Commons the inspirational hub for your school or community.
First Nations Public Library Week 2017
Presented by Andrea Crawford and the First Nations Public Library Week Planning Committee: Beverly Bressette, Virginia McKenzie and Cynthia Tribe, Ontario Library Service – North
The 17th celebration of First Nations Public Library Week will take place February 13-18, under the theme, Revitalizing Community Spirit. This poster session highlights the important role that first Nation libraries play in building community and social networks, while demonstrating how all libraries can engage in this annual celebration.
Get W.I.T.H. It!
Presented by Ryan Moniz, Markham Public Library
Get W.I.T.H. It! is a monthly workshop designed to engage youth on various topics pertaining to teen health, interests, and social issues. It is a joint initiative between Markham Stoufville Hospitals Day School ATLAS and Markham Public Library.We talk about topics that matter to students but aren’t discussed in the classroom; healthy eating, sexual health, bullying, stress management, and tons more. What does breaking bad school habits and Family Feud have in common? Stop by the poster session and you may just find out…
Presented by Jamie Goodfellow and Gouthami Vigneswaran, Sheridan College
What is an Exam Jam and how can your library host one? Sheridan Library’s First Year Team helps students foster research and other academic skills during a students’ first year at College. Libraries tend to focus on research skills related to assignments but what can we do to help students when it comes to their first Exams? Our poster will answer these questions, discuss our experience running our event and help you decide if hosting an Exam Jam is right for your institution.
Presented by Irena Trebic and Chelsea Shriver, University of British Columbia
UBC Library curated an exhibition exploring the impact of the Harry Potter series on the local Vancouver business community, which was followed by a user survey. This innovative, collaborative project enhanced discoverability of our collection, highlighted the local impact of a publishing phenomenon, made thematic connections between academic business research and popular fiction via a new research guide, and provided opportunities for student engagement (eg. scavenger hunt, crossword puzzle, etc).
Presented by Alison Clarke, University of Toronto
This poster describes a way to organize, code and analyze qualitative survey data from public library customers and staff, including visualizing useful results, and setting up the potential for longitudinal data collection and analysis. This project was undertaken during a 2016 co-op placement at Brampton Library.
Presented by Megan Anderson and Linda Crosby, Fanshawe College
There are many factors that go into managing eResource collections. How do we ensure that rational, objective decisions are being made in an era of massive budget cuts and a sinking Canadian dollar? In order to ensure the same criteria was being applied across the board, the Librarians at Fanshawe College developed an eResource Selection Priority Matrix. This poster explains the creation process and implementation of this matrix.
Presented by Michelle Ryu, OLA Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Committee
A recent survey by the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (2013) found that “there are at least 120 first, second, and other generation minority librarians working in (or for) Canadian institutions across the country and beyond” who need a forum to discuss their issues and to have networking opportunities, and a mentorship program. This committee looks to fill this role within Ontario. We present recommendations to members to encourage inclusion of culturally diverse groups of persons within their libraries.
Presented by Allyson Fox and Anne Marie Madziak, Southern Ontario Library Service
SOLS is excited to share the results of our recent large-scale assessment of training and development needs of public library staff. Our consultation process included a survey of 3200 public library staff, dialogue sessions with CEOs and a series of stakeholder labs with staff, managers and supervisors from all sizes of public libraries across southern Ontario. This poster session will present the key insights from our findings, including: top training needs, barriers to training and preferred learning formats. Important implications for libraries will be highlighted, along with recommended best practices for investing in the ongoing growth and development of the library’s Human Capital.
Presented by Shawn Hendrikx, Harriet Rykse, and Samuel Cassady , Western University
The Acquisitions Budget Strategies (ABS) working group was tasked with developing long term strategies for reviewing resources that would enable Western Libraries to meet FY 2015/16 budget targets in an environment of fiscal restraint driven by the weakened Canadian dollar. Our poster will describe key long- and short-term strategies that were developed which allowed us to manage the reduced purchasing power and will prepare Western Libraries for any currency fluctuations in the future.
Presented by Alex Hanam, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University
Menstrual health tracking is an area of tech development that is oft unseen. This analysis includes the management of personal health data of three apps and concerns regarding legislation for privacy and security in the Internet of Things (IoT). This research shows that there is room for improvement in how personal data is collected, transmitted, and secured, and communicating this to users. If we are to be ALL IN, living life in tandem with IoT, it is in our best interest to know the risks.
Presented by Alexandra Yarrow, Robin Gallagher, Megan McMeekin, Tristene Villanyi Bokor, and Charmaine Atrooshi, Ottawa Public Library
Public libraries in Canada and the US offer a variety of alternative services, including pop-up libraries, home delivery, bookmobiles and vans, and vending machines. In early 2016, OPL released a survey to libraries asking them to provide information about these services, including staffing, projects, partnerships and policies. Survey results provide an illuminating picture of what services are currently offered by libraries, trends and innovations, and successes and lessons learned.
“Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes”: Three User-Centered Collection Development Practices at Carleton University Library
Presented by Colleen Neely and Joanne Rumig, Carleton University Library
Since 2014, Carleton University Library has been adding to the ways it practices collection development. In addition to the subject liaison firm order model, we have added 3 successful user-centred ways to acquire material. We ended our approval plan and used its selection framework to create a DDA plan. We started a textbook purchasing program in Reserves, and we instituted print purchase on demand procedures in ILL. This poster provides an overview and key takeaways for each initiative.
Presented by Lisa Ainsworth, Peel District School Board
Pop-up inquiry centres related to Blue Spruce books assist in building connections while encouraging student-driven exploration and increased engagement for learning. The centres are designed to be set up in the school library but can be transferred to a classroom, or be put away quickly, when need be. Each pop-up centre includes a Blue Spruce book and hands-on artifacts or learning materials. The integration of technology where appropriate provides additional access to information through video and interactive websites that allow for more exploration. Students are “All in” as they respond to each centre with a creation, presentation, discussion, or wondering.
Program-to-Go bags: an unBEARably cute learning resource
Presented by Emily Farrell, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Public Library
In 2016 the Edwardsburgh Cardinal Public Library created a new service for the families in their community: Program-to-Go (P2G) bags. These bags are designed to be a self-contained library program that can be taken anywhere, all supplies (except scissors) are included. Each bag holds 6 books, 2 activities, and 1 craft with supplies for 4 people. Themes include Dinosaurs, Disney, Pete the Cat and many others tailored to interest families and children. This poster discusses the community need that drove this project, the elements to this new service, project expenses and recommendations for anyone wishing to start a similar program.
Presented by Karen Lints, Sheridan College
In 2016, Sheridan College launched a Citation Campaign event to promote a culture of Academic Integrity on campus. A variety activities were hosted at three campuses to not only engage students in a conversation about plagiarism, but also share citation resources through clinics, games, booths, and giveaways. As a cross campus partnership that involved staff, tutors, and peer mentors, the Citation Campaign reached students from a diverse range of programs. Visit this poster session to discover how Sheridan Library planned, implemented, and evaluated the Citation Campaign.
Presented by Jordan Graham and Amie Wright, New York Public Library
What does successful outreach from the public library to schools look like? This poster session will discuss successes and lessons learned over the past 5 years of running the MyLibraryNYC program – a school-library outreach partnership with more than 500 schools in NYC spanning the 3 public library systems. We will focus on concrete takeaways and best practices applicable for all library systems.
Sometimes You Can Use Blogs!: Information Literacy Instruction for a Practitioner-based Discipline
Presented by Dana Ingalls, McGill University
Dietetics is a practitioner-based field, so ability to find and assess both academic and non-academic sources is crucial. Recognizing this, I redesigned a Dietetics information literacy workshop using the ACRL Framework, focusing on metaliteracy and active learning. This presentation will discuss strategies for teaching information literacy to practitioners and applying the Framework in this context. Results of a pre and post session assessment will also be presented.
Presented by Kelly Thoreson, Nicole Maddock, and David Fiander, University of Western
Users can be a compass in designing location codes to sail smoothly from catalogue to shelf. Over the summer of 2016, Western Libraries designed and conducted user testing on newly-proposed plain-language OPAC location code displays. This poster will cover our process in designing and conducting user testing, key findings about user wayfinding, and lessons learned through the experience with an aim to educate on developing user testing and understanding user experience related to wayfinding.
What does Batgirl know about research anyway?
Presented by Melanie Cassidy, University of Guelph
In 2016 four librarians delivered a panel presentation to 200 writers, comic artists, and content creators at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, WA. The purpose of the panel was to provide insight on search methods, information resources, and an overview of how to work with local libraries to further their creative pursuits. While this type of professional engagement may seem out of scope for librarianship, the response from this community may help us reconsider how to deliver library supports.