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  1. Czechoslovakia's 68 Collection

    Title: Czechoslovakia's 68 Collection
    Creator: Jana Maresova
    Subjects: Czechoslovakia, Prague Spring of 1968
    Date Created: 2015
  2. Web Directions Team Report

    Title: Web Directions Team Report
    Creator: Web Directions Team
    Description: The University of Alberta Libraries' response to the Campus Task Force on the World Wide Web, laying out recommendations for the development, monitoring, staffing etc. of the Libraries' web presence.
    Subjects: University of Alberta Libraries, World Wide Web
    Date Created: 1996/05/31
  3. Ski Lift Rice Drying in Japan

    Title: Ski Lift Rice Drying in Japan
    Creator: David Sulz [translation]
    Description: English translation of a short Japanese newspaper article about a specialty rice dried via ski lift.
    Subjects: Japan, Rice production, Translation Japanese to English
    Date Created: 2014
  4. Tweets, twits and 2.0s: Utility or futility? You be the judge.

    Title: Tweets, twits and 2.0s: Utility or futility? You be the judge.
    Creator: Harder, Geoffrey S.
    Description: A presentation about social media and web 2.0 technologies for the Edmonton Law Librarians Association. Presented in 2010.
    Subjects: social media, libraries
    Date Created: 2010
  5. Research Data Management at the University of Alberta

    Title: Research Data Management at the University of Alberta
    Creator: Harder, Geoffrey S.
    Description: A presentation given at a meeting in Edmonton on November 17, 2015 co-sponsored by RDC and the University of Alberta with support from SSHRC on behalf of the federal granting agencies. The Edmonton meeting involved senior representatives of 16 institutions, as well as of the federal granting councils and other national organizations with an interest in research data. All who gathered in Edmonton were cognizant of RDM issues in part because of work underway to develop a set of guidelines on data management by the federal granting agencies.
    Subjects: research data management, libraries
    Date Created: 2015/11/17
  6. An Autobiographical Narrative on the Implementation of Guided Reading in a Middle School Environment

    Title: An Autobiographical Narrative on the Implementation of Guided Reading in a Middle School Environment
    Creator: Derek Herman
    Description: Abstract Studies indicate that, as students move through the school system, many begin to experience an increase in reading difficulties. The research, indicating that reading progress drops off or plateaus regardless of the student’s reading ability compound this finding. Currently, in junior high English language arts programs, explicit reading instruction is more the exception than the rule. Students who struggle with reading as they leave elementary school will often find that the gap between their grade level peers continues to widen if interventions are not put into place. Guided reading is one component of a balanced literacy program that can help alleviate the challenges faced by the struggling reader. Although at the present time there appears to be minimal research done in this area, some studies report the success of guided reading implementation at the junior high level. One intent of this project is to make a case for the importance of reviewing the literature on guided reading in middle years classrooms. The goal is to develop a common understanding of what guided reading implementation looks and feels like from the teacher’s perspective by examining the successes and tensions specific to a junior high setting. The second intent is to provide background about how I, as an educator, came to realize that action needed to be taken; therefore, I am making a case for a future in-depth look at the actual implementation of guided reading. I propose that the basis of the project be an autobiographical narrative on the implementation of guided reading with one group of four students who are considered to be reading at three or more levels below grade level. I will reflect on the guided reading implementation by reporting on the process leading up to, during, and after the sessions in such a way that it shows my transformations along the continuum of the meaning-making process. The practical implications of this project will hopefully move the research forward in an area that needs to be more extensively looked at. Hopefully, I can provide educators with a look at some of the literature surrounding this instructional practice in a middle school setting and give a first-hand account of the experiences associated with guided reading in a junior high setting.
    Subjects: guided reading, middle school, junior high, autobiographical narrative, balanced literacy
    Date Created: 2015/12/08
  7. Alberta (testing embargo)

    Title: Alberta (testing embargo)
    Creator: Farnel, Sharon
    Subjects: Alberta, testing embargo
    Date Created: 2010/10/10
  8. Technology and the Politics of Choice: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, and Intellectual Freedom

    Title: Technology and the Politics of Choice: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, and Intellectual Freedom
    Creator: Alvin M Schrader
    Description: This presentation addresses the prescriptive technology of Internet filtering software, also known to its critics as \"censorware\", \"electronic book banning\" and even e-book burning. My lens is library and information studies, and my theme is that the attempt to regulate and control Internet access through filtering products leads to unintended consequences for education and learning. Among these consequences are young people's understandings and practices of personal responsibility and choice, information and media literacy, critical thinking, and intellectual freedom. Uncritical reliance on technological solutions such as filtering can put educational goals at risk. There is also a strong possiblity that filtering puts schools and school boards at greater risk -- rather than minimizing their burden. Contrary to the overly cautious legal advice that officials might receive, filters may actually increase the institutional burden, because the resort to filtering as a solution could be construed as an admission of institutional responsibility, thus shifting the burden away from students and parents. The weaknesses of filtering technology are found in human language, and come from three areas of foundational knowledge in library and information studies: intellectual freedom, indexing theory for information retrieval, and reader response theory. In a nutshell, what these bodies of thought reveal is a whole set of intractable barriers that render perfect control over expressive content in any communications medium an impossible idea and ideal. These barriers issue from the unsolvable problems of ambiguity in language, indexing, and reading. The reality is that the locus of the problems associated with Internet content is social and political, not \"technological.\"
    Subjects: school libraries, Web awareness, schools, Internet access, library access, electronic book banning, Internet safety, intellectual freedom, censorship, filtering, censorware, Internet filters, Internet content, education
    Date Created: 2002/03/15
  9. Literature Review: 21st Century Reference Collections

    Title: Literature Review: 21st Century Reference Collections
    Creator: Desrochers, Christopher G. J.
    Description: A literature review of 21st century reference collections with a focus on weeding and highlighting electronic reference materials.
    Subjects: Collection, Library, Reference, Electronic
    Date Created: 2013/04/30
  10. Building an Instant Learning Community within the Classroom Using Mobile ARS: A Practical Overview

    Title: Building an Instant Learning Community within the Classroom Using Mobile ARS: A Practical Overview
    Creator: Hwang, Christina
    Description: Students at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) are discovering how information literacy instruction can be used to build a learning community through mobile ARS technology. Librarians can engage students in providing an immediate forum in which they can interact with each other thereby creating a shared constructivist learning environment that is anonymous yet fully participatory.
    Subjects: mobile ars, clickers, classroom, student engagement, information literacy
    Date Created: 2011/05/25