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  1. Against the wind: Challenges and barriers to Canadian academic librarians’ instructional practices [Download]

    Title: Against the wind: Challenges and barriers to Canadian academic librarians’ instructional practices
    Creator: Polkinghorne, Sarah
    Description: Helping students learn how to navigate information—and misinformation—is as important as ever. The Canadian information literacy (IL) landscape continues to evolve along with rhetorical, theoretical, and contextual developments, such as the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the critical library pedagogy movement. However, relatively little is known about actual changes to librarians’ IL practices over time, and what causes or prevents librarians to change their practices. This paper shares results from a twenty-year study of IL practices in Canadian academic libraries, with a focus on the barriers and challenges to this work.
    Subjects: information science, information literacy, academic libraries
    Date Created: 2017
  2. Interviews that attend to emplacement: the "walk-through" method [Download]

    Title: Interviews that attend to emplacement: the "walk-through" method
    Creator: Polkinghorne, Sarah
    Description: Within library and information studies (LIS), there is growing awareness of the role of the body and its surroundings in people’s information and knowledge experiences. Predominant data collection methods, such as the sit-down interview, should be reexamined in light of this awareness. This paper examines interview methods theoretically and empirically. First, this paper introduces the concept of emplacement, the interrelationship of body, mind, and place, as a useful lens for challenging conventional interviewing practices. Second, this paper delineates the “walk-through” interview, which in a study of undergraduates’ information behaviours prompted richer detail from participants than did “sit-down” interviews.
    Subjects: information science, mobile methods, emplacement, qualitative methods
    Date Created: 2017
  3. Coming to our senses: considerations for studying sensory information [Download]

    Title: Coming to our senses: considerations for studying sensory information
    Creator: Polkinghorne, Sarah
    Description: Everyone uses information gathered through the senses to understand and navigate daily life. Despite this ubiquity, some types of sensory information have received little attention within library and information studies (LIS). This CAIS paper analyzes one sense as an example, the sense of smell, in order to identify cultural, linguistic, and methodological considerations for bringing it into greater focus within our discipline. This paper illustrates the complexities of studying sensory information, and argues that doing so will contribute to richer examinations of people’s information practices.
    Subjects: information science, sensory experience, information behaviour
    Date Created: 2017
  4. Chinese genealogy = 家譜 [Download]

    Title: Chinese genealogy = 家譜
    Creator: Chor, Chun-wai 左鎮威
    Description: This genealogy in my possession may serve as a sample of Chinese genealogical records the originals of which may be rare today.
    Subjects: Chinese genealogy, Genealogy, Family history, Genealogical records, 家譜, 族譜
    Date Created: 1930s or 1940s
  5. Presenting Hybridity: Hong Kongese in Koon-chung Chan’s Hong Kong Trilogy [Download]

    Title: Presenting Hybridity: Hong Kongese in Koon-chung Chan’s Hong Kong Trilogy
    Creator: Leung, Chun Yin
    Description: This dissertation examines the characteristics, such as inclusivity, dynamism, creativity and otherness, of hybridity in the Hong Kong Trilogy written by Koon-chung Chan. He states clearly that hybridity does not simply mean a mixture and shallow exchange of cultures that exists in Hong Kong. Chan believes that it innovates a local culture with Hong Kong as the mainstay and it consolidates the identity of Hong Kongese by clearing the differences between Hong Kongese and the people in the neighbouring areas. The concern and the pursuit for identity of the Hong Kongese is a contemporary occurrence in Hong Kong society and academia. Due to Hong Kong's colonial background, Hong Kongese cannot avoid the effects of both Chinese and colonial cultures that have affected and will continually affect them in the post-colonial period. Hybridity provides a postcolonial perspective to assess the behaviours and thoughts of the protagonists and their relationship with their society in the stories. The protagonists show a 'so far yet so close' relationship between Hong Kong and themselves. The complexities of how they give themselves an identity intertwine with their relationship with their families and community.
    Subjects: Hybridity, Hong Kongese, Koon-chung Chan, Hong Kong Trilogy
    Date Created: 2015/07/10
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    Title: Libraries Staff Publications
    Creator: ERA Administrator
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  9. An Autobiographical Narrative on the Implementation of Guided Reading in a Middle School Environment [Download]

    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
  10. Habits of Resistance: Feminism, Phenomenology, and Temporality [Download]

    Title: Habits of Resistance: Feminism, Phenomenology, and Temporality
    Creator: Rodier, Kristin Anne
    Description: Feminist resistance to gender oppression, while surely a collective political project, has an important individual dimension. Individual resistance most often takes the shape of self-transformation where one works on the self to change desires, attitudes, and practices. I argue that paradigms of self-transformation that rely on willpower or increased self-knowledge for change can responsibilize oppressed persons when changing proves difficult, which frustrates feminist ends. Because of this I argue that habit deserves increased attention from feminists working on personal resistance to gender oppression. I analyse a range of contexts in which habit appears and I underscore its temporal character in order to render intelligible problems in feminist theories of resistance. I work from the assumption that habits have both a negative and a positive quality—they can keep us stuck, but they also provide the ground from which we can change. While habits have been theorized as the reason for a lack of social change, I argue that habit reveals to us that much of how we are constituted is actually our personal control. I argue that paying closer attention to habitual constitution reveals that there are both multiple kinds of habits and also multiple strategies that can change them. At the same time as I argue for increased attention to habit, I build a relationship between lived experiences of temporality and how social forces produce meaningful temporal narratives. In this sense, I engage with our habits of time. I situate this project in contemporary feminist theories and draw on the phenomenological and existential traditions drawing primarily on the works of Simone de Beauvoir, Edmund Husserl, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. My overarching concern is not to say what habit is or what habits we should have, but rather to see what habit does.
    Subjects: Resistance, Temporality, Phenomenology, Habit, Feminism
    Date Created: 2014/12/22