Here’s a guide to the 24 poster sessions sponsored by Dysart & Jones that will be presented on Friday, February 1st at the lower lobby of the MTCC. Be sure to have a look and speak with the presenters as they share their innovations on research, programs & services, problem-solving, and technology.


Note: Posters will be open for viewing at 10:30 am. Group One will be presented between noon and 1:00 PM. Group Two will be presented between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. All posters will be taken down by 5:00 PM.

Group One: Presented between noon and 1:00 PM

Information-Seeking Behavior of Nurses at Health Sciences
Matthew Tremblay & Jami van Haaften; Health Sciences North Library

During 2012 the Library conducted a survey of the information-seeking behavior of nurses, including a large group of newly hired, recent nursing graduates, and close to 100 current nursing staff. We developed our survey tool based on questions found in the literature. The responses showed the most popular sources of information for both new hires and current nurses, and the systemic issues nurses face on the ward in accessing information. Results revealed similarities and differences between the two nursing groups, and offer an interesting comparative to findings from the literature.

Logic Models: A Novel approach to communicating library value
Alan Gale & Pam Jacobs; University of Guelph

The University of Guelph Library has adopted a “logic model” approach to describing and evaluating its services. Logic models are widely used in the broader public sector: much less so in academic libraries. This poster will discuss the development of models for the Information Resources area of the Library, including the performance measures used to evaluate the services. A prototype logic model will be presented. Logic models offer a practical, flexible approach to the evaluation of library services. The discussion process that underlies their development was a wonderful opportunity to jointly review and incorporate best practices into current library processes.

WORD OUT: Teen Summer Reading at Toronto PL
Lisa Heggum, Toronto Public Library

WORD OUT is an online teen summer reading program organized and run by the Toronto Public Library. Started in 2009, the program has continued to develop new and innovative ways to engage youth interest in reading, writing and literary culture. We’re excited to share our successes with the 2012 WORD OUT program. We’re also interested in exchanging strategies and best practises for engaging youth readers online with youth services staff from around the province.

Advanced Studies in Partnerships: Building bridges between MLIS students and the Community Librarians Without Borders
Katherine van der Linden & Xenia Kurguzova; Librarians Without Borders

McGill is a group of socially minded students in the McGill School of Information Studies. By working in a partnership with the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, students have a chance to develop their professional skills while benefitting the community. The main goal of this project is to create a resource centre that will respond to the needs of the aboriginal community of Montreal, as well as of students from Quebec’s CEGEPs and universities. One of the primary tasks here is the development of a classification scheme that will be culturally appropriate yet accessible to our clients.

Edmodo Project: Thunder Bay Catholic DSB District Champions
June Rysinski & Joel Facca; Teacher-Librarians; Thunder Bay Catholic DSB

This session will showcase the Edmodo Project that the TBCDSB Teacher-Librarians developed over the past two years. Presenters will demonstrate how this social learning tool has enhanced professional learning, developed teacher-librarians’ own PLN, and allowed for differentiated instruction. Learn how you can use this Web 2.0 tool for content sharing as well as enriching student engagement and success.

Catering to Immigrants in Public Libraries in the Province of Ontario
Marta Mazur Rusak, Christine Smith, & Xenia Kurguzova; MLIS Students, McGill University

Immigrants have always been an integral part of the Canadian cultural fabric and their successful integration into society will continue to be an important subject in Canadian policy making. Public libraries are essential community centers and can be a key to promoting successful integration. Our project investigates immigrant communities from a variety of ethnic groups and assesses the available services provided by public libraries to immigrant populations in the metropolitan areas in the province of Ontario, with the final goal of uncovering and further developing successful strategies for public libraries focused on reaching Ontario’s growing immigrant population.

Tapping Motivation
Erin FitzGibbon & Claire Peters, R.H. Lagerquist Sr. PS; Sawraj Boparai, Burnt Elm PS, Gloria Henry O’Brien, Mount Pleasant Village School

In our Teacher Leadership Learning Program we explored the use of Inquiry Based Learning and Technology as tools for tapping into student motivation. Our display will discuss the results, challenges and immense learning that occurred for us as teachers and a librarian during this project.

Tell Me What the Poets are Doing: Investigating the library usage habits of the Toronto poetry community
Carey Toane, York University; Paulette Rothbauer, Western University

Poetry readership habits of adults have not been widely researched in English-language scholarship in recent history. We surveyed the Toronto poetry community to ask: What are the characteristics and patterns of English-language poetry readership in this city, and how are these connected to public library usage and events? Framed in reader studies, the findings address the blurry lines between reading poetry for leisure, professional development and studies; public library usage habits and attitudes; bookstores, home collections, and reading series to assess the respondents’ feelings, actions and motivations – and their implications for libraries and librarians.

Humber READS storms Facebook!
Aliya Dalfen & Dijana Kladnjakov; Humber College

Humber READS was launched as an interactive orientation activity designed to entertain, educate and excite students about library collections. Students had the opportunity to recommend their favorite READ during orientation week and have their picture taken, or upload their own photo of their recommended READ on Humber Libraries’ Facebook Wall. This was a highly successful community building event, introducing college students to the library in a fun and unconventional way. This orientation activity sets the backdrop for a leisure reading campaign in an academic environment.

Virtual Learning Commons -A Place for Students, Teachers and Families to DISCOVER – COLLABORATE – CREATE
Patricia Sutherland & Jennifer Farlam; Upper Canada District School Board

Launched September 2012, the Upper Canada District School Board’s Virtual Learning
Commons (VLC) provides an online space for students, teachers and families across the district to discover, collaborate and create. The VLC re-imagines the online library environment by providing not only access to information resources aligned to the curriculum and support for the development of information and digital literacies, but virtual, collaborative spaces for discussion and the creation of learning communities. The VLC also promotes the use of technology in education and provides a place for the showcasing of student-created knowledge products.

ILS on a Shoe-string Budget: Open-source software in a non-profit organization
Zachary Osborne, Jolene Bennett & Lee Benson, Toronto Botanical Garden Library

Without the budgetary means to purchase proprietary software or hire consultants, the Weston Family Library at the Toronto Botanical Garden embarked upon an ambitious project to migrate its catalogue from InMagic to Koha, an open-source ILS platform. In building a new catalogue, the many challenges were handled through collaborative learning and support from Koha’s online community. This poster describes the win-win process of using volunteer talent in a tight labour market to create an ILS in a non-profit organization. By recruiting library technician and librarian volunteers, the library gained its necessary catalogue upgrade, and volunteers gained incomparable and marketable experience.

Using iPads for Proactive Service @ Markham Public Library
Agnes Gorgon, Markham Public Library

In July 2012, staff at Markham Public Library’s Thornhill Community Centre Branch piloted an exciting project, which oversaw integration of iPads in proactive customer service. Information staff volunteers used the iPads (original & iPad2) throughout their scheduled shifts, utilizing the tablet for a variety of tasks, including: information service, displays, customer education and storytime. The poster will highlight the project’s highs and lows, successes and failures, as well as showcase the training and implementation process, and consider future potential.

Group Two: Presented between 1:00 and 2:00 PM

Grimsby Grows Seed Library
Adrienne Charette, Grimsby Public Library

Learn about the Library’s Grimsby Grows Seed Library project. Started with the support of the Niagara Community Foundation and the Richmond Public Library in California, library users borrow vegetable seeds to plant at home. They are encouraged harvest seed from their plants to be returned to the library for the next growing season. Find out how the project was started and how and why you might want to start a seed library at your library.

Copyright, Open Access and Pedagogy: Course pack study at Queens and Stanford Universities
Kim Bell, Queens University

Our poster reports findings of a collaborative study between Queen’s and Stanford Universities. During 2010/2011 investigators at both institutions conducted content analyses of printed course packs to determine the percentage of course-pack content that was available to our institution’s users through online collections or open access agreements. Study investigators identify three equally important but analytically distinct reasons for exposing redundancies: A) Unnecessary additional cost to students;
B) Potential for copyright infringement; and, C) Inhibition of student interaction with key online/digital research interfaces. Results are surprising, and strongly suggest the need for further multi-institutional investigation to bring course reading offerings in line with student cost considerations, copyright law, and educational priorities.

Sense of Place – Does Your Community have a Sense of Place?
Kimberly McMunn & Craig Davidson; Hastings Highlands Public Library

Hastings Highlands Public Library hosted record numbers at their first Municipal Cultural Planning Conference in June of 2012. Keynote Speaker Gord Hume, firmly stated: “Culture is not a Frill” and “Hope is not an Economic Development Strategy”. This event was the perfect opportunity to share how Hastings Highlands has found their Sense of Place and are capitalizing on it. Working together, the Municipal CAO and the Library CEO are building community capacity through cultural collaboration. It’s a win-win situation and opportunities are abundant.

Academic Libraries Engaging the Entrepreneurial Community
Chung Hyun-Duck, Helen Kula, and Christina Kim; University of Toronto Libraries,

MaRS Discovery District The ‘entrepreneurial community’ on campus may encompass staff and students involved in entrepreneurship curricula, campus incubators, faculty and student entrepreneurs, technology transfer staff, and others. Drawing on interviews across the province, presenters will highlight some of the ways that academic librarians are supporting entrepreneurial communities across Ontario. Share your questions and experiences in providing information services for this growing need on campus.

Much Ado about Shakespeare: Developing Shakespeare and Theatre Literacy at the Library
Amanda Wilk, Haliburton County Public Library

As with literature, theatre holds the power to take viewers on a journey, in which they are able to witness worlds separate from their own, and gain a greater understanding of the society they are a part of as well as themselves. The reading, acting, and debating of theatrical works is a literary skill that is being cultivated at Haliburton County Public Library through the creation of a Shakespeare Club. This poster highlights the development of this Shakespeare based program, and discusses the important role theatre can play in public library environments.

Making a Journal Club Work at Your Library
Nancy Collins, University of Waterloo

Ever considered starting a journal club with colleagues at your library? The Librarians’ Association at the University of Waterloo has been running a journal club for library staff for over two years now and it has been amazing for staff professional development – so easy, inexpensive, and great for encouraging communication and sharing across the library system. Library staff choose articles from the library literature to read and then discuss during informal meetings. Many of the articles and meetings have focused on topics that have actualized into new initiatives or directly connected to areas of current interest within the library. It has been a great way for staff to keep current with developments in the field and explore new ideas. This poster highlights the ins and outs of journal clubs and describes how to start and maintain a successful journal club at your library.

Strengthening Medical Library Services in Ethiopia
Sandra Kendall, Mount Sinai Hospital

In response to the Ethiopian Government’s aim to train 5,000 specialist MDs and PhDs and 10,000 Masters graduates by 2018, the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) was established to co-build capacity and sustainability in graduate programming at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Enhancing Library Sciences at the College of Health Sciences, AAU is essential to successfully support the expansion of graduate programming. The program for clinical medical librarians will build capacity in library literacy skills, including the accessing of up-to-date information, with foundational knowledge and appraising the evolving literature in evidence-based medicine (EBM) and critical thinking skills to support medical faculty and trainees. UofT medical librarians provide onsite training at AAU over a series of visits starting in 2011 to reinforce and sustain newly acquired medical library skills.

From Research Help to Ask Us – Moving Away from Walk-up Reference
Jim Brett & Doug Horne, University of Guelph Library

In September 2012 the University of Guelph Library began to pilot a new service – Ask Us! – a multi-tiered service the front end of which is a prominently located triage desk where users can ask any question they may have. More in depth help may be obtained by referrals to 20-minute appointment-based research help sessions or to hour-long consultations with a librarian. The Ask Us! service has dramatically changed the way the Library approaches reference and information services. We’re doing things faster, more efficiently, and the feedback we’re getting from the community is fantastic.

Connecting the Community Through Literature: Launching One Book, One Markham
Leah Rucchetto, Markham Public Library

In growing and diverse communities it is crucial that community members have opportunities to connect. The library can play an important role in strengthening the community. This poster session explores the steps that Markham Public Library took to plan its first ever community-read. Learn more about selecting two books; how we involved over fifteen community organizations in our planning; targeting programs to align with Library Board and City priorities; delivering our programming; what we have been able to take away from our experiences; and the innovative ideas that we will build into One Book, One Markham 2013.

Copyright and Canadian Academic Libraries
Marni Harrington & Alan Kilpatrick; Western University

A current review of the state of copyright in Canadian Academic Libraries will be presented. In recent years, copyright has become a major issue for universities and colleges in Canada. Many institutions have had to confront copyright issues and make serious decisions about the future of copyright in their libraries. Successful information literacy and instruction is dependent on librarians’ ability to access and share information. Alternatives to licensing and publishing will be discussed and copyright issues from 2010 to present will be reviewed and presented.

Searching for the Library at Fanshawe: How students access the library website
Tony Onorato, Fanshawe College, Library & Media Services

Can students find your library’s website? Even if you have invested resources into creating a great library website, students won’t use it if they can’t find it! During our 2012 website redesign, we examined the number of user actions required to access the library from Fanshawe’s homepage. We compared this to the number of actions required at other Ontario colleges, plus forty-six other partner institutions. Usability testing, student feedback and the corresponding research have discovered a gap in accessing the library at Fanshawe and other Ontario colleges. In doing so, we are deterring and disenfranchising students from accessing the library, when we should be creating more user-friendly access pathways, to draw students away from nonacademic resources.

Effective Promotion Planning for Your Library
Brittany Coulter & Marni Harrington; Western University

Successful library events most often depend on deliberate and well-planned promotion. The backbone of planning is having an easy-to-follow protocol for consistent promotion of upcoming events. Promotion protocols facilitate tacit knowledge transfer and ensure compatibility of events to the overarching mission of the institution. Taking examples from event promotion in a special library, we highlight the details of a recently developed and implemented promotion protocol. By way of highlighting aspects of marketing, public relations, advertising and promotion, we present our protocol to be transferred to any type of library.