Journal Club

To keep up to date on Academic Librarianship in Canada, check out below for our list of new articles published in the field! New articles will be added regularly. If you’ve come across an article that hasn’t yet been featured, feel free to send it along to!

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Meet with an Academic Librarian!

Where? Grad Club meeting room
When? Friday, July 12 @ 12pm

Interested in academic librarianship? Come out and meet with Joyce Garnett to discuss academic librarianship and ask any questions you have about the field!

Joyce Garnett has over 40 years of library experience and is a University Librarian Emeritus due to serving as University Librarian at Western for 15 years. She currently teaches the course Academic Libraries in our program, and has a wealth of knowledge pertaining to academic librarianship that she is always happy to share. So drop by the Grad Club to relax and ask any burning academic librarianship questions to an experienced professional in the field!

This event will be hosted by CAPAL, who will provide two pitchers of beer for early attendees.

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ELIP Volume 2 is Out!

The Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP) Journal is run by Master of Library and Information Science students. It is open access, peer-reviewed, and contains articles ranging from student experience to research in library and information science. Volume 2, the most current issue, includes an article by Stacey Zip, a recent MLIS graduate, titled “International Students and the Canadian University: Towards the Creation of Tailored Action Plans for a Dynamic User Population” which explores the relationship between academic libraries and international students at Canadian universities and proposes the implementation of an international student librarian.

Be sure to hop on over to ELIP’s webpage to check out the journal. Volume 1 and 2 are both available, and contain articles on a number of topics written by MLIS students. And if you want to contribute to future issues, don’t hesitate to make a submission!

Abstract from Stacey Zip’s “International Students and the Canadian University: Towards the Creation of Tailored Action Plans for a Dynamic User Population”:

This paper explores dynamic international student populations within Canadian academic institutions and their relationship with the academic library. The international student body has evolving needs that must be adequately addressed by the library and institution to support growing numbers of students. Plagiarism, language barriers, and an unawareness of library services are well-known barriers to success, while more current issues such as changing technologies are equally problematic. Through efforts such as hiring an international student librarian, academic libraries may discover the specific issues facing their institution’s international students and begin the process of addressing them in a tailored manner. Data collection needs to be a priority for better understanding the international students, as does partnering with professors and student organizations to market library services and promote information literacy in a Canadian context. An international student librarian may also provide continued outreach that is inclusive, proactive, and collaborative, which would in turn create an atmosphere that fosters international student success and is able to support rising Numbers.

Zip, S. (2019). International students and the Canadian university: towards the creation of tailored action plans for a dynamic user population. Emerging Library & Information Perspectives, 2, 54-80.

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CAPAL does OLA Superconference 2019

Our members attended sessions, volunteered, and explored the EXPO floor! Keep reading to hear about our experiences and some of the sessions we attended.

Volunteer Experience

“Attending the OLA Superconference 2019 as a volunteer was a whirlwind of a rewarding experience. Volunteering provides conference access for the day of your shift, or if you’re an OLA member you gain access to the entire conference for all four days! Because this was my first time at OLA, I only attended one day. Before my shift I explored the book store, and had fun selecting my free pins and badge decorations. I attended a session, and explored the EXPO floor. I browsed the student research posters, and checked out some impressive vendor displays. I really loved seeing the new technology being used in digitization, and speaking with the representatives was a great experience. During my shift, I connected and met with other volunteers and was able to meet and assist conference-goers of all backgrounds. I even connected with someone from my hometown in Nova Scotia, who used to work in my local library when I was a kid! Although I only attended the conference for a day, OLA offers the option to become a member at a reduced priced for student volunteers, which would have given me access to all four days of the conference. I really wish I would have done that as there was so much to see and experience. One day was not enough!”

Session Recaps

Getting Found / Staying Found:
Practical Strategies for Improving Discovery for Online OA Journals

Roger Gillis, Dalhousie U/Public Knowledge Project; Andrea Pritt, Pennsylvania State U/PKP; Andrea Kosavic, York U; Jeanette Hatherill, U Ottawa; Sonya Betz, U Alberta

“My first session on the Friday morning of the conference, this lively talk revolved around the particular difficulties of getting OA journals to compete with traditional journals, especially with newly launched OA journals. A central strategy presented was getting a journal indexed by the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). While this inclusion was highlighted as useful, panelists also acknowledged the varied difficulties in getting a journal to this stage and offered useful thoughts and tips from their experiences for accomplishing this task. When asked how the OA movement could gain traction in the face of hesitant academics who prefer traditional publishers, panelists agreed that the situation is difficult, but that messaging underscoring the advantages of OA is a good strategy. Overall this session was stimulating and enlightening: these librarians rocked it!”

Power to the People:
Initiatives to Recruit, Support, and Retain Diverse Librarians

Dee Winn, Concordia U; K-Lee Fraser, Cape Breton U; Janice Kung, U Alberta

“This was my final ‘official’ session of OLA 2019 (right before going to see the Debaters), and focused on the crucial issue of diversity in librarianship. With a particular emphasis on the academic library, these panelists acknowledged the encompassing meaning of the word ‘diversity’, but clarified that their focus was on racial diversity. After presenting some concerning statistics which underscored a lack of racial diversity in academic libraries across Canada, panelists laid out the results of their research project. They found that while programs are in play to support early career visible minority librarians, there are less to no supports available for visible minority librarians at other stages in their career, especially for those in managerial roles. Anecdotes were shared by panelists and audience members that highlighted this problematic situation, and energetic discussion about strategies for ameliorating this situation ensued. This session was thought-provoking and highly relevant: kudos to the excellent presenters!”

Diving Into Electronic Resources Management (ERM) Work:
The Stories of Two Early Career Professionals

Kailey Brisbin and Hana Storova, U Guelph

“This session focused on the experiences of two professionals working in ERM at the University of Guelph. The session was hands-on, and involved working at tables in small groups to brainstorm ideas and work through questions relating to ERM and management. This method combined with their informative presentation and personal experiences, helped provide a more complete picture of how dynamic and varied this work can be. As an MLIS student, this panel was particularly engaging as it focused on the skills required for this work: metadata skills, tech skills, leadership and teamwork skills, and the transferable skills that we may already possess or can easily obtain. The presenters were supportive, friendly, and encouraged everyone, especially MLIS students, to put themselves out there, find a mentor, build relationships, and engage in scholarship and professional development. As a whole, this session was fun and informative, and gave me a list of goals to keep in mind as a finish my degree and venture into the workforce!”

Let’s Get Together:
School and Academic Librarians Unite to Tackle the IL Gap Between Secondary and Post-Secondary Education

Heather Buchansky, Colleen Burgess, Susie Choi, Karen Weber, Tracy Zahradnik

“This session was conducted by teacher-librarians and academic librarians, and focused on the challenges a first-year post-secondary student encounters transitioning from secondary school. Together, facilitators and attendees identified some of the information literacy problems and collaborated to create actionable solutions. The attendees were divided into 11 groups and one person from each group presented their top challenge and their top solution to everyone. A few of the challenges discussed were research and reading resilience and the perception of readiness for post-secondary students. Some of the actionable solutions proposed were instructor-oriented, suggesting collaboration between faculties in secondary and post-secondary schools, while others were student-focused, suggesting that staff and faculty should talk to first-year post-secondary students about the perceived gaps. Overall, the session was a unique experience that moved beyond discussing barriers and focused on collaboration to create actionable solutions. After the conference, attendees were provided handouts that outlined these suggestions, which further emphasizes the sense of community they desire to foster.”

A Public Library Strategy for Serving Teenagers and Young Adults

Lisa Heggum, Helena Dong, Michael Warner

“This session was a presentation based on a publication by Lisa Heggum, a manager in youth services at Toronto Public Library (TPL), and Helena Dong and Michael Warner, youth service specialists in TPL. Their publication resented a new evidence-based strategy guiding services for youth aged 13-24. This presentation provided a youth-informed framework that enabled TPL to develop their youth service pillars. The topics discussed were on improving public library spaces, collections, programs, technology, outreach initiatives, volunteering, and employment opportunities. As an MLIS student, and an aspiring youth librarian, this session provided great insight into a new strategy that redefines youth services in a productive and forward-looking way that focuses on the gaps in services and how to address and improve these services for youth. All the attendees were able to leave with a copy of the new publication, “A 2019 Toronto Public Library Youth Service Strategy”.”

Get Involved!

Conferences are a fantastic way to network and learn about what is happening in librarianship. If you have a research topic or paper you’re proud of, the conference is the perfect place to showcase your ideas and hardwork. Or, if you’re looking for volunteer experience, or to simply experience Canada’s largest library conference, the OLA Superconference is the place to do it! Visit their volunteer page for more information.


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On co-op: Q&A with Chris Read

Chris Read is an MLIS candidate at Western University and started an 8-month co-op placement with the Office of Research and the Collection Development team at the University of Waterloo, Dana Porter Library in September.

Where is your co-op?

I work with the Collections Development team at the Dana Porter Library, and with the Office of Research at the University of Waterloo in the role of Digital Assets Assistant.

What are some of your duties at the University of Waterloo?

Many of the projects I work on are in support of the implementation of myResearch; a research management and intelligence tool backed by the Office of Research. MyResearch will provide University of Waterloo researchers with an online portal to collect and display a record of their scholarly output. Since the implementation of myResearch is being rolled out in stages, one of my initial tasks has been to study a test group of researcher CVs in support of verifying research output data in the new system. This process includes ensuring accuracy and completeness of metadata and affiliations for identified works, and communicating with the project team to resolve issues as they come up. I have also worked with the Office of Research to create training materials and workflows for new data entry roles, and will continue to be involved with their training process and supervision as they come on board.

I also work to support the Copyright and Licensing Librarian and the Collection Development team in support of their initiatives and activities. Recently, I have worked on a project that involves comparing the copyright websites of the U15 schools (Group of Canadian Research Universities), which includes Western and Waterloo. Copyright has become a dynamic area in Canadian librarianship in recent months, and it will surely continue to attract attention going forward.

In LIS9005 we talked a lot about organization cultures in information organizations. What is the organization culture like at Waterloo?

There are a variety of ways to become involved in the library and across the Waterloo campus, and I feel supported in pursuing these opportunities from my colleagues. For example, I am involved with campus-wide Indigenization initiatives, and recently joined the library’s Open Access Working Group. Later this month, I will participate in a 2 day retreat, MAP3, at which proposals for future projects in the library will be tabled. I hope to bring my enthusiasm for a number of the proposals, and my perspective as a new co-op student to this process. The nature of my role is collaborative. Through the Office of Research, I am able to liaise with researchers and deans in a number of faculties. I have the opportunity to work with a number of librarians who have a variety of skill sets, interests and professional backgrounds.

Do you have any tips for students interested in a co-op at an academic library?

I found that the specific project for my co-op position, as described in the job application, was something that I could research during the co-op application stage. I was able to look at other institutions with similar implementation processes which helped illumine the project a bit more for me. This kind of background information was useful as I considered my skills and experience in relation to this role.

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