Born to Read: Using Community to Introduce Early Literacy

Jen Lisso and Meg Forestell-Page / Guelph Public Library

Born to Read is an early literacy initiative between the Guelph Public Library, the Friends of the Guelph Public Library and the Guelph General Hospital. Together we deliver early literacy packages to families with newborns. Each package contains early literacy information, program information and a board book. It’s lead to an increase in early literacy program attendance.


Can You Escape? Easy Escape Rooms to Engage Your Patrons

Melinda Snyder / Trillium Lakelands District School Board

This poster focuses on the concept of an escape room and how it can easily be created to fit any theme, in either a public library or school setting. See how they are accessible for all, the benefits of offering this activity, and that it’s not as challenging to create as you may think!


Connections Beyond Campus: Outreach Services for High Schools at Ontario University Libraries

Heather Buchansky / University of Toronto

This poster highlights results of an online survey conducted among Ontario university libraries regarding outreach programs to high school students. It provides a snapshot of what is happening in this area, as well as ideas and information for other academic libraries interested in offering similar initiatives to this student cohort.


Copyright Education for Film Students

Sam Cheng / Sheridan College

Sheridan College Library provides copyright information and consultations to support film and documentary students on their projects. This poster will highlight the partnerships with faculty and students, our educational approaches, common copyright scenarios for film students, and challenges that students have encountered with fair dealing and copyright clearance.


Creating Safe and Inclusive Spacing for LGBTQ+ Youth in Public and School Libraries

Christopher Knapp / Prince George Public Library

School and public libraries serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, with innovative changes in physical spacing, programming and services, and reference interviewing fostering stronger library communities. But, how is this done? Come discuss how more representative collections, mindful services, and programming create safer and more inclusive LGBTQ+ spaces.


Exploring Faculty Perceptions of Information Literacy Learning: A Qualitative Study

Catherine Baird / Montclair State University

This study investigates faculty members in a university writing department and their perceptions of how students learn information literacy (IL) skills. Based on a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with faculty, the results fill a gap in the literature where only a few recent qualitative studies exist.


For The People, By The People: An Open Access eTextbook Powered by Faculty, Students and Librarians

Sanja Hinic-Frlog, Jessica Hanley, Simone Laughton / University of Toronto

We have created an open eTextbook to meet the specific learning requirements of Biology students taking an Animal Physiology course. Key aspects of this project are the involvement of students at every stage in the process and clear linkages made with course learning outcomes to support student learning.


Growing a Seed Exchange in an Academic Library

Meg Miller and Cindy Barnes /  University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College

Our library offers an heirloom and open pollinated seed exchange to members of the university, the college and the broader community. The program is helping us form relationships with groups that otherwise might not be interested in library services. Come talk about lessons learned in growing our service!


Have Your Say! What Our Library Survey Told Us

Janice Thompson, Anna Mann, Melissa Paladines / William Osler Health System

Surveying your clinicians is a great way to determine how well your library is meeting their needs. But how do you encourage them to complete the survey? And what do you do with the results? We will describe how we created, promoted, and disseminated the results of our survey.


Impact of Promotional Events and Routes of Access on OurDigtalWorld’s Digital Newspaper Collection

Tiffany Luk / OurDigitalWorld and University of Toronto

A site traffic analysis study for 24 newspaper sites from OurDigitalWorld’s digital newspaper collection and the Ontario Community Newspaper aggregate site was completed in order to assess the impact and routes of Web access from 2016 to 2018 and to determine potential promotional strategies to increase site usage and awareness.


Integrating Indigenous Issues Across the Curriculum and Throughout the School Community

Krista Spence and Doug Anderson / University of Toronto

An elementary school developed relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit community members to support environmental inquiry and incorporate Indigenous voices through the creation of a Teaching Garden. Cross-curricular collaborations with various teachers, parents, traditional teachers, knowledge keepers, elders, and artists ensure Indigenous issues are integrated in a whole-school approach.


Library as Space, Place, and Community: A Walking Tour

Doris Wagner / University of Alberta

A library session that became a walking tour of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at the University of Alberta for a Community Service Learning 100 class. It was a unique way to present a library session and discuss library services, library as place and add in information literacy.


Making CELA Daisy Discs More Accessible at Hamilton Public Library

Tammy Moorse / Hamilton Public Library

Hamilton Public Library changed many aspects of our CELA Daisy Disc collection. By asking the right people before and during the implementation of both physical and cataloguing changes this collection is now more accessible and more used by Hamilton Public Library customers.


ORCID Education at the University of Waterloo

Alissa Droog, Laura Bredahl, Peter Stirling, Shannon Gordon, Brianna Samson / University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo Library completed an ORCID promotion with our School of Optometry and Vision Science in 2018, which resulted in over 80% of faculty signing up for ORCID accounts. This poster shares details about the project, promotional material and transferable project learnings.


Pilot for the People: Trialing New Reference Service Points

Amy Weir / Humber College

Until September 2018, Humber’s North Campus reference desk was situated away from collections and outside sight lines. Concerned about declining usage and students’ experience, reference staff initiated a pilot project to identify an improved location. This successful project has tripled research queries, increased traffic by 28%, and reinvigorated reference services!


Responding to an Aging Population: A Qualitative Exploration of Older Adult Library Programming

Kaitlin Wynia / McMaster University

An aging population poses challenges and opportunities for Canadian public libraries. This qualitative study investigated older adult public library programming. Findings draw attention to the societal value of this programming, the challenges libraries face in serving this demographic, and may be useful in considering future directions for this field.


Round Two, What’s New? Comparing Two Phases of UX Research at the UTSC Library

Sarah Guay and Sue Reynolds / University of Toronto

User testing is a valuable method for measuring user habits and expectations, as well as identifying problematic areas for improvement within a website. In this poster, we compare two phases of user experience research carried out on the University of Toronto Scarborough Library website using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative research methods.


The APLL Institute: Graduating Public Library Leaders Who are Making a Difference

Anne Marie Madziak / Southern Ontario Library Service

The APLL Institute, a leadership program of Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) recently turned 10! We’ll highlight outcomes of the program (new knowledge, new behaviours, new skills), display the nine leadership practices and engage passers by in conversation about the leadership we need to create a promising future for our libraries.


Using Loose Parts to Spark Inquiry

Beth Lyons / Peel District School Board

Loose parts can be used to spark an inquiry mindset and to invite learners to explore as their natural curiosity is stimulated and imagination is given free rein. Loose parts allow for multiple entry points and help to develop creativity as they communicate their reasoning and thought processes.


We Need to Talk About Donations: Policies and Strategies for Small Academic Libraries

Paula Cardozo / University of Lethbridge

Small academic libraries can struggle with unwanted donations. With falling circulation, workload, space limitations, processing costs and limited budgets, we must be selective. How do we diplomatically divert unwanted donations while encouraging resources we actually need? Join a former donations coordinator to discuss her research, share strategies, and swap stories!