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Publications by faculty affiliated with the School of Library and Information Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.
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  1. Anna Wilson Disability in the Academy and Academic Library Profession [Download]

    Title: Anna Wilson Disability in the Academy and Academic Library Profession
    Creator: Anna Wilson MEd., MLIS
    Description: Anna Wilson, University of Alberta The United Nations guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities includes non- discrimination, full participation, and inclusion in society. Unfortunately, many scholars with disabilities are not represented in the academic and library staff of universities, where ableist understandings may have become institutionalized in the beliefs, language, and practices of non-disabled people. This paper uses critical disability theory (CDT) to examine the hegemonic construct of ableism. Originating from critical race theory, CDT examines the spaces between the social constructions of disability and medical models of disability. The presentation explores how the academy can integrate CDT principles to value the social capital of people with disabilities beyond theory into practice within universities, and away from a current, commodified, disability business that replicates conditions of isolation and poverty.
    Subjects: Hegemonic Ableism, Critical Disability Theory, Critical Race Theory
    Date Created: 2016/10/19
  2. Open Educational Resources (OER): Background and Some Considerations [Download]

    Title: Open Educational Resources (OER): Background and Some Considerations
    Creator: McNally, Michael B
    Description: This presentation provides some basic information on Open Educational Resources (OER), discusses the roles of libraries/librarians and addresses some considerations in designing and using OER.
    Subjects: Open Educational Resources
    Date Created: 2016/10/04
  3. Lifelong Learning and Open Educational Resources [Download]

    Title: Lifelong Learning and Open Educational Resources
    Creator: McNally, Michael B
    Description: Open educational resources (OER) provide all kinds of libraries a practical and effective way to facilitate lifelong learning. This presentation examines the multiple roles librarians can play in regard to OER. The presentation concludes with an overview of OER initiatives currently underway at University of Alberta Libraries.
    Subjects: Open Educational Resources, Lifelong Learning
    Date Created: 2016/04/29
  4. Broadband 101 (Video) [Download]

    Title: Broadband 101 (Video)
    Creator: McNally, Michael B
    Description: This learning object is prepared in support of the consultations for Getting Started - Building a Broadband Consensus as part of the development of a broadband toolkit for use in Alberta. This object is a video version of the Broadband 101 presentation.
    Subjects: Community and Rural Broadband
    Date Created: 2016/06/08
  5. Broadband 101 [Download]

    Title: Broadband 101
    Creator: McNally, Michael B
    Description: This learning object is prepared in support of the consultations for Getting Started - Building a Broadband Consensus as part of the development of a broadband toolkit for use in Alberta.
    Subjects: Community and Rural Broadband
    Date Created: 2016/06/07
  6. Building a "Digital Futures' Community Broadband Portal [Download]

    Title: Building a "Digital Futures' Community Broadband Portal
    Creator: McNally, Michael B
    Description: This presentation by Drs. Rob McMahon and Michael B. McNally was presented at the Digital Futures Symposium on Rural Broadband Enablement held in Olds, AB, Oct 14-15, 2015. The presentation outlines considerations for the construction of a portal and repository to house materials on community and rural broadband. Several questions are posed to the audience throughout the presentation.
    Subjects: Rural and Community Broadband, Digital Futures Symposium, Digital Communities Broadband Portal
    Date Created: 2015/10/15
  7. Assessment of the Research Learning Needs of University of Saskatchewan Librarians: A Case Study [Download]

    Title: Assessment of the Research Learning Needs of University of Saskatchewan Librarians: A Case Study
    Creator: Alvin M Schrader
    Description: As academic librarians with faculty status increasingly embrace research engagement as a core value and requirement, one of the little studied questions is the extent to which they possess the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct high quality research and scholarship, and what further learning needs they might have within the organizational setting. This paper summarizes an institutional case study of the research knowledge of academic librarians employed at the University of Saskatchewan, encompassing their current research interests, experiences, competencies, environmental context, and learning needs. The goal was to develop a framework for additional educational activities and institutional supports that would enhance their knowledge and skills.
    Subjects: research in academic libraries, Canadian research libraries, academic librarianship, University of Saskatchewan Library, academic libraries, academic librarians
    Date Created: 2011/05/14
  8. Design vs. Pedagogical Considerations for OERs [Download]

    Title: Design vs. Pedagogical Considerations for OERs
    Creator: McNally, Michael B.
    Description: This presentation examines the tension between design principles for Open Educational Resources (OERs) and the pedagogical needs for class/course materials. Designing OERs for maximal use requires considering several facets including intellectual property concerns, considerations for alternatively-abled persons, and OER usage for learners with limited or no access to broadband and/or limited access to ICTs. However, incorporating all of these design principles can result in learning objects that are less well suited to use classroom use. Ultimately OER creators must consider balancing the needs of incorporating the best practices for in-class or online pedagogy with design considerations for maximizing OER use.
    Subjects: Open Educational Resources, OERs, Instructional Design
    Date Created: 2014/04/23
  9. Rotten by Design: Shortened Expiry Dates for Government of Canada Web Content [Download]

    Title: Rotten by Design: Shortened Expiry Dates for Government of Canada Web Content
    Creator: McNally, Michael B.
    Description: This paper examines the Government of Canada’s Web Renewal Initiative and impact on the provision of web based government information. A content analysis of documents received through Access to Information requests reveals the government’s limited timelines for providing access to web content.
    Subjects: Government of Canada Web Content, Web Renewal Action Plan (Canada), Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
    Date Created: 2015/06/04
  10. Industry Canada's Spectrum Management Consultations: Democratic Participation or Regulatory Capture [Download]

    Title: Industry Canada's Spectrum Management Consultations: Democratic Participation or Regulatory Capture
    Creator: McNally, Michael B.
    Description: This paper examines Industry Canada consultations on spectrum management from 2008-2012. Using post-revisionist regulatory theory, the paper aims to examine the degree of regulatory capture at Industry Canada. It provides a brief statistical analysis of the consultations and examines two case studies. The authors conclude that regardless of the level of regulatory capture at Industry Canada, greater academic and media scrutiny of the consultations is required to reduce slack that creates the possibility for capture.
    Subjects: Industry Canada, telecommunications policy, spectrum managment
    Date Created: 2013/08/19