#DoItForTheGram: Using Social Media to Promote Programs and Bring Reader’s Advisory Online

Amanda Price and Jessica Bellows / Whitby PL

This poster will detail our experiences using social media to promote our Summer Reads program and perform reader’s advisory through online channels. It will explore our process for developing posts, and will detail the triumphs and challenges of using different aspects of social media to engage with the community.

Barrier-Free Education – An Academic & School Libraries Collaboration

Karolina Roussakis / St. Lawrence C

Since the implementation of the government run program STRIVE, the St. Lawrence College Cornwall campus library sought to put forward a collaborative effort with local high schools to fill gaps in information literacy at the secondary level, therefore better preparing high school students for their entrance into the postsecondary world.

Breaking Bridges and Destroying Trust: How Communities Are Harmed When Libraries Protect Hate Speech

Matthew Murray
Mike Nason
John Fink
Megan Wilson
H. E. Casson

In 2019, public libraries in Vancouver and Toronto allowed a transphobic speaker to rent a room to massive public outcry. This poster will assess and critique the actions and reactions of these libraries, including an evaluation of the impacts this decision will have on marginalized communities for years to come.

Diversity, Inclusion & Recruitment: An Exploration of Canadian LIS Programs

Astrid Ramos / Hinton Municipal Library & Archives

Websites, as digital self-representations, are essential recruitment tools for Canadian LIS programs. These entry points for LIS professionals are in a unique position to address issues regarding diversity within the field. This poster illustrates a 2019 examination of Canadian LIS program websites and their language regarding diversity, inclusion, and recruitment.

Do Our LibGuides Actually Work? Results and Recommendations from Task-Based Usability Testing

Angel Su / U of Toronto
Sarah Guay / U of Toronto Scarborough

The University of Toronto Scarborough Library conducted task-based tests and interviews with students on five LibGuides to evaluate the effectiveness of these resources in helping students to complete assignments and develop research skills. Recommendations were generated from the results to improve students’ ease of use and engagement with the guides.

Exploring the Cognitive Dimensions of Online Legal Research

Leslie Taylor / Queen’s U

In 2019, nine JD students participated in a think-aloud study while conducting an online legal research task. The think-aloud protocols were analyzed qualitatively using an inductive approach based on grounded theory methodology. Preliminary results reveal how complex cognitive processes shape the online legal research process.

Getting to know our students: Using visitor-resident typology maps to examine students’ use of online information sources.

Marta Samokishyn, Victoria Tsonos, Jérémie LeBlanc / Saint Paul U

This poster addresses students’ use of online information sources, examining how participation in library lab in collaboration with the first-year academic writing course challenges students’ behaviours online. The presenters demonstrated unique application of visitor-resident typology map in IL context, encouraging students to become critical consumers of information in the digital age.

Introducing the Copyright Anxiety Scale

Amanda Wakaruk and Céline Gareau-Brennan / U of Alberta

Canadian copyright law is intentionally flexible, which can create confusion, anxiety, and chill. Having observed these frustrations first-hand, Amanda Wakaruk and Céline Gareau-Brennan present a draft Copyright Anxiety Scale to help better quantify and examine this phenomenon as well as explore implications for both creators and users of copyright-protected works.

Keep Them Reading, Thinking, and Making! The Eric Walters School Library Summer Lending Challenge

Anita Brooks Kirkland and Carol Koechlin / Canadian School Libraries

In spring 2019, Canadian School Libraries (CSL) launched a nationwide call with author Eric Walters for school libraries to encourage students to take books home for the summer. CSL has surveyed participating schools and share the results of this innovative program designed to keep kids reading over the summer.

Let Them Help: Student Volunteers in School Libraries

Kimberly Senf / Elmwood School

A robust student volunteer program has developed over the past four years in the Senior Library at Elmwood School. Maintaining a core group of volunteers has become an essential aspect of running the school library. This poster includes practical aspects of launching a student volunteering program as well as the lessons learned.

Prioritising marginalised voices: Exploring new methods of diversity assessment in our popular reading collection

Meg Eccelstone and Carli Agostino / U of Guelph Library

To determine if the University of Guelph’s Gryph Reads popular reading collection was meeting its mandate of centring marginalised voices, the Gryph Reads committee developed efficient methods of diversity assessment. This poster will highlight the assessment techniques and strategies used to build a diverse reading collection, including benefits and shortcomings.

Reaching Inside: Opening a New Chapter at a Local Prison

Jennifer Robinson / County of Lennox and Addington Libraries

Lennox and Addington Libraries checked out Bath Institution offenders’ literacy needs. Weekly visits led to a book lending program. Bookmark survey feedback resulted in Readers Advisory services. Social chats with club leaders launched resource lists. Keep turning the page!

Representation and Diversity: Confronting Racism in Public Library Subject Headings

Sarah Caetano / Western U

Public libraries have an ethical commitment to represent diverse perspectives in their collections. Studies show exposure to diverse materials can positively impact youth development, improving their self-image, world-view, and cultural understanding. This poster illustrates the findings of a content analysis conducted on a public library’s YA subject headings between 2014-2019.

School library staff across Ontario

Christine Corso / People for Education

For over 20 years, People for Education has been surveying principals in Ontario to learn about the resources and programs available in publicly funded schools across the province. This poster displays the 2019 results, showing how library staff are not equitably distributed across the province.

School Library Technicians Dream Big: Working Together to Bring More to the School Library

Tori Murray and Jess Oakman / Ottawa CSB

Library Technicians are often the only library professional in their school(s). However, they can dream big and bring exciting programming ideas to life in their space. We will share how we create engaging programming, approach teachers, collaborate with other library professionals, and go beyond being the book-keepers.

Self-Directed Programming: Engaging Children Outside of Scheduled Programs

Rebecca Robinson / King Township PL

The King Township Public Library’s Central Branch is being renovated and the temporary facility does not have space for children’s programming. To fill the void, passive programming was introduced. It was so popular and well-received that the initiative was rolled out to all branches.

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Student Athletes: Academic Library Outreach and Engagement Strategies

James Murphy / U of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources

Student athletes can be a challenging group to connect to from the academic library. They are often on the road and have training demands on top of the typically busy student schedule. This poster will explore the hurdles and successes that the University of Calgary Libraries have had working with this important student group over the past few years.

Visible Minority Librarians of Canada Network: 2018 Mentorship Program Results

Valentina Ly / Sinai Health System
Yanli Li / Wilfrid Laurier U

The ViMLoC Mentorship Program ran from October 1 to November 30, 2018. There were 25 mentors and 48 mentees. A follow up survey was conducted about the mentorship experience that shows a comparison of mentors with mentees in their perspectives about mentoring expectations, benefits, interactions, activities, relationship building and more.

Weaving Material ConneXion Into The Curriculum

Shelley Woods, Patricia Buckley, and Gouthami Vigneswaran / Sheridan C

Come experience our Material ConneXion samples and learn how we integrate them into a design curriculum at Sheridan. Find out how faculty librarians collaborate and integrate the database and materials into student assignments.

You Are the Product: Understanding Amazon and Platform Ecosystems

Thomas Blennerhassett / Michener Institute of Education at UHN

This poster will explore and define what Amazon Web Services is and how online platforms are increasingly dominating information ecosystems. Specifically, it will describe platform infrastructures and how platforms create and profit off of their userbases. The goal is to give librarians a functional guide to online platforms.