Great to see Rebecca and Moe’s article on measuring impact in Computers in Libraries June 2013 (it’s the free fulltext for the month!) issue along with Stephen Abram‘s article on unlocking real value in libraries. If you want to work with them in person, Rebecca and Moe are giving a workshop at Internet Librarian 2013 on Sunday, October 27th — Measuring Library Impact. Stephan and Rebecca are also leading a workshop on Encouraging a Culture Change in Your Library
Here’s another poster from the CLA 2013 Conference – this one, developed by Maha Kumaran of the University of Saskatchewan, concerns a network within CLA called ViMLoC , Visible Minority Librarians of Canada. Maha describes ViMLoC as a network that is the ”first and only one of it’s kind in Canada” and it’s purpose being “a collaborative network to connect, engage and support visible minority librarians of Canada; It also serves as a forum for all librarians in Canada to discuss and share information to provide and improve information services to multicultural populations”
ViMLoC has put forth efforts to raise it’s profile recently, as mentioned on the poster. Some of them are linked here:
And Maha’s Feliciter Article:
eTextbooks – they are lighter on both backpacks and the environment, cheaper than traditional print textbooks and much more convenient and efficient. With soaring sales of smartphones and tablets – it makes sense for students to shift to electronic texts. Encouraging mobile device use in classrooms may help students to become more tech savvy as well – some schools are even requiring students purchase an iPad for the upcoming fall semester (College Requiring Students to Go Digital)
At the CLA conference this year, Jennnifer Shrubsole from SIAST (Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology) presented a poster titled “Going Electronic with Textbooks: A Success Story” which explores e-textbook subscription platforms combined with virtual course packs - as the main go-to resource for students instead of purchased textbooks (both print and electronic). This combination saved students a lot of money and gave them access to many more e-texts, indexed and searchable databases as well as virtual course packs that are more easily updated by instructors. Instructors were pleased that they could provide well-rounded readings from more than one source, as well as current readings for their students as opposed to being limited to a single text which often becomes outdated. A win-win situation for both students and instructors.
E-textbooks currently provoke much discussion and debate, but the traditional method for textbook selection and distribution is also flawed. At SIAST, one program no longer requires the purchase of a ‘textbook’, but uses SIAST Libraries’ e-book collections. Discover why electronic was best, and which factors led to success.
When cataloguing a new item, cataloguers value the rules and standards set in place for the sake of consistency and authority control – and how this naturally ensures the item’s ability to be searched and discovered by library users. But when it comes to subject cataloguing – rules and standards only go so far before cataloguers must use their own interpretation in determining the “aboutness” of the resource, to the best of their ability to ensure they are considering user’s needs. Often this experience of determining aboutness varies from cataloguer to cataloguer.
This year at CLA, Wendy Gail Rondeau, recent MLIS Graduate and Media Librarian at CBC, developed and presented a poster titled “The Lifeworld in the Library’s Backroom” which explores the differences, and also searches for similarities and patterns, between the interpretive styles of cataloguers from different organizations.
Poster Abstract: In this research, aboutness determintation is described as a variable encounter between the cataloguer and the resource for the purpose of subject cataloguing. The cataloguer’s lived experience of aboutness determination demonstrates that this encounter is predisposed by systems and structures, and in which the cataloguer acts as an intermediate agent in consideration of the user and the resource.
Further Reading: Salvano, Chris “Subject Cataloging: The Challenge of Determining “Aboutness”
Academic Libraries in Ontario are beginning to use QR codes as a means of capturing a catalogue record onto one’s mobile device, or a way to promote library events. Such use of QR codes has been implemented at Ryerson, York U and Mohawk College. At CLA this year, we saw a poster titled: “QR Codes as a Collection Discovery Tool” developed by K. Jane Burpee, Linda Graburn and Judy Wanner. This poster expresses the various and innovative ways that Guelph U Library has been making use of QR codes, including self guided library tours and online learning. Check it out:
This poster was developed by Lindsey Whitson-Panjvani. Lindsay previously worked in resource/research capacities at Legal Aid Alberta and presently is an intern with the Centre for Public Legal Education in Alberta (CPLEA)
This poster portrays the public library as the first and sometimes only information resource used by newcomer women. This study sought to understand the attitudes towards immigrant women, and how beneficial it would be to include more sources of information regarding family law, public legal education and intimate partner abuse.
Poster Abstract: Newcomer women in Canada suffering from intimate partner violence significantly under-use relevant social services compared to their Canadian-born counterparts. An information service they are using is the public library. Accordingly, this study explores intersections between newcomer women, family law, and public libraries from the perspective of Canadian library professionals.
Thanks to all of the CLA Poster Session presenters for a job well done and for participating in this Dysart & Jones sponsored event at the CLA 2013 Conference. All of the posters were evaluated by judges based on quality of presentation, relevance of the content and overall appearance of the poster. Congratulations to Diane (DeDe) Dawson, Science Liaison Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan Library for her winning poster, titled: “Exploring the Scholarly Communications Landscape at the University of Saskatchewan”. Diane was presented with an Indigo Gift Card from Dysart & Jones Associates.
This poster describes a study which used a short survey to determine the level of awareness of Open Access among faculty at the U of S, determine the understanding of copyright issues, and support development of library initiatives to expand the scholarly communication landscape.
This poster presents the results of an exploratory survey to understand the current publishing behaviours, and open access awareness and attitudes of faculty at the University of Saskatchewan. The research was conducted to establish a basis for the potential development of scholarly communication.
Dysart and Jones Associates is very pleased to be sponsoring the poster sessions at the 2013 CLA National Conference and Trade Show. We strongly believe that as much work goes into a poster as it does into presenting a session – and it provides a unique and interactive way of sharing innovative projects, programs, ideas and solutions.
This year’s top poster will be awarded an Indigo Gift Certificate provided by Dysart & Jones. To raise the profile and awareness of these poster sessions to conference goers, we will also be featuring these incredible posters on our website following the conference –so please stay tuned! And for those attending the conference, be sure to stop by the Trade Show Floor on Friday May 31st from 11:30pm – 1:30pm and check them out – here are the abstracts:
CLA Poster Session Abstracts