Poster developed by: Simone O’Byrne; Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and Peter Duerr; York University
Over a million pages of Ontario Government Documents have been digitized over the past several years courtesy of the Ontario Digitization Initiative (ODI) . The full text of these documents are publicly and permanently hosted at the University of Toronto’s Internet Archive. In order to establish a snapshot inventory of past, present and future efforts, a 32 question survey was circulated among 77 institutions. Data from the 22 responses was collated and presented at the 2013 OCUL Summit. This poster will showcase the major themes of our findings.
Poster developed by: Jill Bedford and Rodney Howland; McMaster University
Launched in 2009, MAC’s Blended Services Model demanded more complex skills from Library Assistants at main service points. This led to the development of a library training committee composed of a blended services staff member from each library and a librarian. This group developed and implemented a participatory training plan for ongoing staff support. The poster will showcase a unique combination of training strategies and diverse activities that led to the successful implementation of this initiative. Two years later, results from surveys and feedback show the model works.
Poster developed by: Lisa Gayhart, and Bilal Khalid; University of Toronto Libraries
With a wide variety of library patrons, an increase in mobile usage, and a growing segment of users with varying levels of abilities, a library catalogue has to be many things to many people. This poster examines University of Toronto Libraries’ development of a new responsive and accessible library catalogue, focusing on overcoming challenges such as: improving search functionality and performance; designing an intuitive interface, optimized for various screen sizes; and soliciting and incorporating user feedback. Speak with members of the development team and learn more about this innovative project.
Poster developed by: Judith Logan; University of Toronto
Field experiences are often cited as one of the best ways for LIS students to improve their chances of getting a job post-graduation. Anecdotal evidence corroborates this, but there is very little hard evidence. This poster will report preliminary findings of a mixed-methods study that is attempting to measure the impact of field experiences–in all their various forms–on career success.
Poster developed by: Kristen Caschera; London Public Library
Appy Hour is a pilot project, designed to showcase the library’s reference and reader’s advisory services surrounding e-books, electronic collections and other resources. Patrons bring their phones, tablets and other devices into the Library and get help with a variety of questions: How do I download an e-book? Can you recommend an app? Why am I getting this error message? In addition to allowing for more intensive one-on-one help, Appy Hour also serves as a good way to train other staff on this type of reference service.
Poster developed by: Jennifer Borkowski; The Hospital for Sick Children and Kathy Anderson; Toronto District School Board
The Hospital for Sick Children and the Toronto District School Board have a unique partnership in the mandate to promote literacy in an acute care setting. This poster will highlight the education program, book lending Children’s Library, mobile library service and edutainment activities that promote literacy in developing minds. Other hospital programs include promoting reading to babies, story times and reading clubs in collaboration with the Therapeutic Clown Program, Child Life Specialists and multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Scarborough Students Explore Ancient Oral Epic
Poster developed by: Brenda Beck; The Sophia Hilton Foundation, and Parthi Kandavel; Sathya Sai School of Toronto
In the spring of 2013 a sixth grade homeroom teacher showed his Scarborough students 26 freshly animated episodes of an ancient Indian oral epic. These videos tell a story of confrontation between farmers and native hunters as land is cleared and pioneer farms take hold. Though unwelcome initially, the farmers gradually become assimilated and gain social recognition. The kids were able to apply story examples of bullying, self-confidence and more…to other aspects of their lives. Photos, teacher notes, exercises, an ipad story version, videos and graphic novels will be displayed.
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Posters developed by: Jennifer Hance, Maria Buda, Pam Richards, Gurvinder Batra, Katinka English, Mary Anne Howse, Ronald MacPherson, Elena Springall,and Miriam Ticoll;Mobile Devices Task Force of the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto (HSICT)
In 2012 the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto’s Electronic Resources Sub-Committee created the Mobile Devices Task Force to research what is happening with wireless technologies in Consortium libraries. Data were collected using separate surveys targeting: Library Heads, Mobile Champions from parent organizations; and Consortium Vendors. Key findings: how Consortium libraries are incorporating mobile technologies; types of mobile devices rolled out by parent organizations; and types of mobile devices supported by vendors. This allows the Consortium to ensure that key mobile devices and related library resources are supported by vendors.
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Data analysis leads to the creation of online learning objects
This poster developed by: Gail Strachan, Kathryn Klages, and Maria Bordignon; Seneca College
See this poster at OLA Superconference 2014
In the Fall of 2010 Seneca Libraries started to collect detailed data on the type, length and preparation time of every information literacy activity undertaken in the library in order to assess the breadth and depth of our information literacy program; to identify program areas within the College that we were not systematically reaching and to ensure all first year students received basic information literacy skills as mandated in our academic plan. In analyzing the data we discovered we were teaching face-to-face only 1 of every 4 students enrolled in College English. The large number of programs and courses indicated that it would not be feasible to instruct all students face to face.We determined we could meet our objective to ensuring all students receive information literacy instruction through the development and implementation of online learning modules.We have developed over 12 online modules with assessments to date, with more in development.