OLA Poster: Librarians Co-Teaching 1st Yrs


These librarians co-taught 1st year Pharmacy students at U of Waterloo, focusing on drug and medical information and critical thinking (click on the 1st image for a large view; click on the video below for an interview with Shannon and Kate.)

OLA Poster: Public Library Volunteer Programs


Vaughan Public Libraries offers many volunteer programs for teens, ranging from Reading Buddies through to more unique opportunities like letter writing for Amnesty International. This poster shows how they have developed programs that cater to a range of tastes and abilities while still focusing on literacy and community service.

OLA Poster: ORCID: Persistent Digital Identifier


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that helps researchers and scholars distinguish the research activities from those of others with similar names. The identifier is being integrated into key workflows by funders, research organizations, publishers and others. In this poster by K. Jane Burpee see the multi – faceted value of ORCID and explore 6 ways to help you and your library grow ORCID presence with your campus faculty and graduate researchers.

OLA Poster: U of Guelph – Embed with Art


How do you increase visibility of the library’s art collection and also promote campus art as a learning experience? This poster showcased a collaborative project with campus partners that utilized tools and techniques to embed the library’s art collection into the curriculum, develop students’s visual literacy skills, and add a rich context by highlighting the special collection with the digital archive and exhibit. Thanks to K.Jane Burpee, Judy Wanner, and Linda Graburn from University of Guelph.

Better Together @ UofToronto Scarborough Campus Library


Even though OLA Super Conference 2014 is behind us, I wanted to highlight an excellent showcase of teamwork and bridging communication silos: “Better Together: Empowering Library Staff through Mentoring and Collaboration” from Sarah Forbes, Liaison Librarian, Physical and Environmental Sciences and Sue Reynolds, Reference Assistant; U of T Scarborough. A PDF of their presentation is here: OLA SC Session 612- Better Together

Here are my notes:

The issue

Liaison Librarian model in place since 2011, where librarians have more instructional duties and are not on the reference desk. Technicians have solo desk shifts, with 5 people covering the desk between 9am and 9pm. 2 new positions were created to aid this. Each technician has about 3 hours on desk with the rest completing other duties off desk. Resulted in communication silos: Librarians were on-call and not always available; Technicians new to reference at U of T were providing conflicting information to students for recurring projects and other issues; and the reference coordinator librarian overseeing the function also had liaison librarian duties.

Searching for a solution

Having a binder of information, assignments, and recurring issues was tried at the desk, but it didn’t really work as it was incomplete and adhoc. Staff tried to email tips for different questions with attempts to answer, but stopping a reference interview to check email proved difficult. Using the Blackboard program for course management was tried, but didn’t catch on.

Strategic Plan Process

Technicians provided input into the strategic plan. An exercise with

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Reframing Situations to Generate Solutions


Thanks to Catherine Steeves (University of Guelph), Catherine Davidson (York University) and Barb McDonald (Brock University) for an excellent session on Sense Making & Solving Problems: Leveraging the View “From the Balcony”. They talked about Olman’s work on Reframing Organizations – seminal work by Olman that they studied at Harvard Institute for Academic Librarians. Here’s my notes:

Leaders fail for 2 reasons:

they don’t take ppl with them and 2. look at the full situation – with the facts

Major schools of organization thought:

Structures HR Symbolic Political

Leaders need fluency in all 4, but the truth is that everyone has their own “natural tendency” frames – what comes most naturally to you; we all find it difficult to look at situations through different frames. Go to Link to complete the assess/identify your own frame: to determine your natural frame

Structure Frame: How do you know if structure is at the heart of the problem? Bolman’s advice – if the characters change & the plot remains the same, the structure is the problem.

HR frame: looks at the impact & implications for ppl & relationships

The Political frame: a metaphor for this frame is the jungle; the key resource everyone is vying for is power; the organization is formed thru coalitions that are marked by stark different in values, and this leads to conflict; conflict is seen as driving innovation and sparking new ideas; political leaders bargain & build relationships

Symbolic frame – it is the least written

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Until Next Year - OLA Poster Sessions


Dysart & Jones Associates was the delighted sponsor of the 2013 OLA Poster Session Presentations. This year, in addition to our sponsorship of the poster sessions, we showed our support of these incredible posters by having them featured on our website. We believe these posters represent innovative and forward thinking programs, projects and solutions. Further, the presenters themselves show innovation in action, the kind of innovation Dysart & Jones fosters through its own strategic planning and change management. We like to think of these presenters as representatives of the future of library leadership.

We thoroughly enjoyed the poster sessions of 2013 and look forward to seeing many more next year. The poster sessions really are a ‘conference session’ on a poster and offer an especially interactive way of sharing information.

Here are some of the 2013 OLA Super Conference Posters:

ILS on a Shoe-String Budget

Information Seeking Behaviour of Nurses

Doubling Down: Wilfrid Laurier Library’s Online Teaching & Learning

Crisis culture in Librarianship: how we are digging our own grave and why

Better late than never: using clickers to engage the (not-so-new) freshman

Much ado about Shakespeare: Developing Shakespeare and the Theatre Literacy at the Library

Grimsby Grows Seed Library

Strengthening Medical Library Services in Ethiopia

Searching for the Library at Fanshawe: how students access the library website

How to integrate the ILS system, social media and subject guides

TPL libraries are busy

It’s Virtually the Real Thing

Inside OCULA Goes Online and Interactive

All Our Sisters National Forum

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OLA Poster: Information-Seeking Behavior of Nurses


This poster was developed by: 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.

OLA Poster: Doubling Down: Wilfrid Laurier Library’s online teaching & learning


This poster session was developed by: Michael Steeleworthy & Pauline Dewan; Wilfrid Laurier University Library

In Spring 2012, The Wilfrid Laurier University Library undertook a review of its online teaching and learning strategy. This examination included an analysis of the library’s teaching and learning goals, tools, and organizational structure, a literature review of current theory and methods in online teaching and learning, and a survey of instructional librarians at post-secondary libraries across North America. Our results, which call for more self-service learning options, a stronger online presence for librarians, and a renewed organizational structure for online instruction, are informing the Library’s wider restructuring as it moves toward a student-centered, digital-oriented service model.

OLA Poster: Crisis Culture in Librarianship: How we are digging our own grave and why


This poster was developed by: Sajni Lacey, Student

This poster provides an overview of the discourse currently available on the crisis culture in librarianship and tries to understand why librarians have consistently predicted the demise of the library and librarianship over the past few decades. A brief examination of the literature points to fears over the economy, advancements in technology and communication within the profession have developed this crisis culture. An analysis of what this means for the future of librarianship and what we can do to improve this discourse indicates that librarianship is in a period of tremendous change with enormous potential.