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  1. Social Narratives of Divorce in Children’s Picture Books [Download]

    Title: Social Narratives of Divorce in Children’s Picture Books
    Creator: Laycraft, Candice
    Description: When parents divorce, their children often experience personal upheaval and distress. Processing this event and the feelings it evokes can be facilitated through bibliotherapy, which uses children’s picture books containing themes of parental divorce and separation for healing therapies. According to bibliotherapeutic practices, when children see their personal lives reflected in fictional stories they can relive, validate, discuss and understand their experiences better. Arguably, this personal identification can only be achieved when these stories present divorce in ways that are familiar, current and socially relevant. These recognizable themes, when repeated within this genre of children’s literature, become normalized social narratives that reflect the social context that created and perpetuates them. Such narratives were analysed using content analysis in fifteen picture books published between 2006 and 2016. Results from this analysis were grouped into three social themes; family structures, relationships and emotions. These findings highlight normative social messages on divorce that have been commonly presented to children over the past decade.
    Subjects: Divorce--Juvenile Literature, Children of Divorced Parents--Juvenile Literature, Bibliotheraphy, Picture Books for Children
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  2. From LIT to MLIS: My Journey from Library Technician to MLIS Candidate [Download]

    Title: From LIT to MLIS: My Journey from Library Technician to MLIS Candidate
    Creator: Tokay, Sara
    Description: The role of librarianship in the twenty-first century is defined by constant change. However, the choices available to pursue a career in a diverse field such as library sciences are distinct from one another, and do not always allow for a better understanding of each role. A library technician diploma or a masters degree in library sciences remain the only academic options, with no undergraduate degree to bridge the gap between the two. With this in mind, I want to share my experiences in pursuing a library technician diploma right on through to a master’s degree in library studies. I believe the choices I have made and the invaluable lessons I have learned are worth sharing, and may help to narrow the distance between these two different academic paths and their respective roles within a library.
    Subjects: Library Education, Libraries and Colleges--Canada, Personal Narratives
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  3. Reframing Library Architecture [Download]

    Title: Reframing Library Architecture
    Creator: Whistance-Smith, Greg
    Description: How can the architecture of the public library serve and reflect the ethos of the institution? What does the built library communicate to its users, and how does that communication work? And how can its spaces adjust to—and thrive in—a digitally augmented 21st century? Reframing Library Architecture will explore these questions, developing a spatial philosophy for the institution that can guide the design of new public libraries and the renovation of existing ones. It will take a critical look at library architecture, situating it historically, analyzing how it functions as a communications medium, and proposing future trajectories. The talk will begin by situating the built public library as a communications medium, and highlighting a few of its core values (and their spatial implications). It will then look at how the design of the building frames visitors’ perceptions of the institution and collection. What spaces belong in the library, new and old, and how should they be designed and arranged will then be explored. The talk will conclude by presenting a prototypical branch library, designed using the principles that have been outlined. Extensive illustrations will be used throughout. The goal of this presentation is to give librarians some tools to critique their buildings beyond mere functionality.
    Subjects: Library Architecture, Public Libraries, Library Buildings -- Design and Construction, Library Buildings -- Remodelling
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  4. Knowledge Management Systems in Academic and Government Settings and Content Generation Methods [Download]

    Title: Knowledge Management Systems in Academic and Government Settings and Content Generation Methods
    Creator: Nguyen, Tanya
    Description: This poster presentation compares how the University of Alberta Libraries and Service Alberta creates and manages its Content Management Solutions (CMSs). The CMSs for both organizations are contained in knowledge repositories that are updated manually by authorized individuals. As the body of knowledge in libraries and government offices continues to grow, having knowledge repositories allows organizations to have an online location for all the procedures and instructions to help run the day-to-day activities, and also provide services to their customers. Since both organizations manually create and manage content, these will be examined in depth using supported literature on knowledge management systems. In addition to manual labour to create content, the International Foundation for Information and Technology (IF4IT) predicts that Automated Content Generation (ACG) procedures may be used more in the future to create CMSs. Though there are many arguments for ACG in terms of quantity, quality, costs, and time, organizations will adopt a procedure for their knowledge repository that best fits with their organization.
    Subjects: Knowledge Management Systems, Content Management Solutions, Academic Libraries, Government Libraries
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  5. Between Censorship and Reconciliation [Download]

    Title: Between Censorship and Reconciliation
    Creator: Bartee, Katie
    Description: In my presentation I explore the grey area between censorship in terms of banning books, and reconciliation.  I will be using the children’s novel The King’s Daughter by Suzanne Martel as a case study. The King’s Daughter was published in 1981 and is the story of a French orphan who chooses to become a Fille du Roy and is shipped off to New France to help populate the colony.  What follows is a lively, though quite racist romp through the wilderness in what is now southern Quebec.  A decade into its life, the book was challenged and banned in Saskatchewan.  In response, the publisher released a new version, which had been censored without any input from Martel.  Unfortunately, the second edition manages to do the nearly impossible and is more racist than the first.   My presentation will focus primarily on the ways that libraries deal with challenged books, particularly those that lean in a racist sort of direction.  I will draw on documents from various libraries, the American Library Association, the United Nations, the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, and my own feelings on the matter.
    Subjects: Censorship, Reconciliation, Libraries
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  6. Availability of Resources for Religious Practice in Canadian Public Libraries [Download]

    Title: Availability of Resources for Religious Practice in Canadian Public Libraries
    Creator: Snihurowych Lynch, Sarah V. W.
    Description: Although religious groups make up a significant percentage of the Canadian population, there is a gap in research about whether or not Canadian libraries carry sufficient materials to meet the needs of their religious users. To address this gap, this study examined the number of Christian, Islamic, and Sikh religious resources, which were applicable for religious practice, in Toronto Public Library and Vancouver Public Library. This information was compared to the most current data from Statistics Canada on the number of self-identified Christians, Muslims and, Sikhs living in Toronto and Vancouver. The findings suggest that the amount of religious material currently available for the religious practice of these groups may be inadequate and that this is an issue which requires further investigation.
    Subjects: Canadian Public Libraries, Religious Library Materials, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Library Collections
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  7. Pokémon Go to the Library!: Assessing Digital Trends at the Library [Download]

    Title: Pokémon Go to the Library!: Assessing Digital Trends at the Library
    Creator: Ball, Tanya
    Description: This research presents the findings regarding digital trends within libraries, using Pokémon Go as a case study. It aims to add understanding as to why digital trends and keeping up with them are vital to all library systems and also to provide insight into how libraries can adopt future digital trends. A literature analysis is the basis of this study. By analyzing the professional literature surrounding the use of Pokémon Go within libraries, the author will identify the three libraries who are front runners within the field. The author will scan each of the library’s social media pages to discover whether or not they have successfully jumped onto the trend. Findings have illustrated that Public libraries are the frontrunners of Pokémon Go. Most libraries that have documented use of the game tend to come from the United States. This study will not look at every library with great detail. Rather, it will provide a broad analysis of those libraries that are key to the discourse surrounding Pokémon Go within the library. Since the game was initially released in the United States, libraries located there are more likely to be highlighted. It is hoped that this study will inspire libraries to better acquaint themselves with upcoming games and technology before they are released. That way, they can be accurately utilized before the trend has subsided. This is only of the academic study that specifically focuses on library’s involvement with Pokémon Go.
    Subjects: Pokémon GO, Digital Trends, Case Studies, Libraries
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  8. Promoting Literacy with Fanfiction to Young Adults [Download]

    Title: Promoting Literacy with Fanfiction to Young Adults
    Creator: Walker, Deanna
    Description: Engaging reluctant readers is a common topic among library professionals as the literary lives of young people appear to be changing or declining. Although much research has already been conducted about the nature of reluctant readers, there is little on how to combat it and even less on alternative methods of delivering literacy. The combined use of a literature review and a case study are used to explore fan fiction. The literature review examines fan fiction and its purpose in the literary lives of young people. Case studies of other libraries are key to support the idea of using fanfiction. The literature review explores the viability of fanfiction as a teaching tool to promote reading and writing. It is hoped that this study will inspire the development of a pilot program surrounding the creation and analysis of fanfiction as an alternative method to engage reluctant readers.
    Subjects: Literacy, Public Libraries, Fan Fiction, Young Adults
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  9. ​How library staff can help researchers comply with open access mandates [Download]

    Title: ​How library staff can help researchers comply with open access mandates
    Creator: Hamilton, Sam
    Description: ​This presentation outlines the recent Canadian Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications and what it might mean for academic library staff who will need to become versed on open access (OA) options for researchers. The distinction between “Gold” OA policies and “Green” OA policies is discussed, along with pros and cons of each. Tools that library staff can use to determine the level(s) of open access provided by publishing venues, such as SHERPA/RoMEO, are shown, along with how these tools can be used to help researchers determine the publishing options that will enable them to comply with funders’ OA mandates. The presentation concludes with a discussion on how researchers can self-archive their author manuscripts in institutional repositories - such as the University of Alberta’s Education and Research Archive (ERA) - as an alternative means of meeting OA mandates.
    Subjects: Open Access Publishing, Canadian Tri-Agency, Institutional Repositories
    Date Created: 2017/02/03
  10. What it Means to be a Harlequin Book: Text Analysis of Early Harlequin Covers [Download]

    Title: What it Means to be a Harlequin Book: Text Analysis of Early Harlequin Covers
    Creator: Laura Gerlitz
    Description: The use of computational analysis to visualize and aid in the interpretation of literature and book history is a way of supplementing traditional literary criticism. The application of statistical algorithms on a large scale allows a researcher to derive textual patterns and relationships that could not be determined without the aid of technology. Instead of only examining a small text sample this study will utilize a large corpus published by Harlequin Enterprises during its first ten years of operation, from 1949 to 1959. By examining stylistic changes in publishing language over time this project will be firmly situated as an effective example of a computational, cross-disciplinary approach to the research and analysis of Canadian book history.
    Subjects: digital humanities, text analysis, Harlequin Enterprises, stylistics, paratext
    Date Created: 2017/02/02