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  1. National Institutional Repository Managers Meeting Summary Report / Réunion nationale des responsables de dépôt institutionnel Rapport sommaire [Download]

    Title: National Institutional Repository Managers Meeting Summary Report / Réunion nationale des responsables de dépôt institutionnel Rapport sommaire
    Creator: Hatherill, Jeanette
    Description: On November 9, 2016, institutional repository managers from across Canada met at the University of Ottawa. This was an independently-organized meeting that took place one day before a Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) event, “Where Next For Repositories?". A total of 43 institutional repository managers attended this bilingual meeting. The invitation was extended to all IR managers in Canada regardless of whether their library was a member of CARL or not in order to be as inclusive as possible and to ensure that librarians who may be isolated in their work outside of the CARL framework would have a chance to attend, participate and contribute. Among attendees, a variety of roles and job configurations were represented. There were IR managers who were responsible for other scholarly communication initiatives such as journal hosting or OA fund administration, IR managers with subject librarian duties, IR managers who run the entire IR program independently at their institution and IR managers who are members of large development and service teams. While the predominant job function represented was service management, systems librarians were also in attendance. The primary goal of this meeting was to build and foster community for institutional repository managers in Canada. The geographic dispersion and lack of any national meeting that would naturally bring institutional repository managers together on an annual basis has in the past meant that Canadian IR service managers have struggled to connect with and support one another. In addition, by organizing this meeting we hoped to reduce feelings of isolation and stress for IR managers in Canada. As a community, we wanted to come together to discuss our most pressing operational issues and share possible solutions. / Le 9 novembre 2016, les responsables de dépôt institutionnel de tout le Canada se sont réunis à l’Université d’Ottawa. Il s’agissait d’une réunion organisée de façon indépendante, qui s’est déroulée la veille d’un évènement de l’Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC) intitulé « Et la prochaine étape pour les dépôts? » Au total, 43 responsables de dépôt institutionnel (DI) ont assisté à cette réunion, qui s’est tenue dans les deux langues officielles. Y étaient invités tous les responsables de dépôt du Canada, peu importe que leur bibliothèque fasse partie de l’ABRC ou non, afin qu’elle soit la plus inclusive possible et de faire en sorte que les bibliothécaires qui sont peut-être isolés dans leur travail hors du cadre de l’ABRC aient la possibilité d’y assister, d’y participer et d’y contribuer. Les participants représentaient une variété de rôles et de configurations de travail. Certaines étaient des responsables de dépôt chargés d’autres activités de communication savante, comme l’hébergement de revues ou l’administration de fonds de libre accès, d’autres qui exercent des fonctions de bibliothécaire spécialisé, qui exécutent l’ensemble du programme de dépôt de manière indépendante dans leur établissement, ou des responsables de dépôt qui sont membres de grandes équipes d’élaboration de logiciels et de service. La gestion du service était certes la fonction professionnelle la plus fortement représentée, mais des bibliothécaires des systèmes avaient également répondu à l’invitation. L’objectif principal de la réunion consistait à bâtir et à favoriser une communauté pour les responsables de dépôt institutionnel au Canada. La dispersion géographique et l’absence de toute réunion nationale qui réunirait de façon naturelle les responsables de dépôt institutionnel tous les ans ont eu pour effet, par le passé, que les responsables canadiens de service de dépôt ont eu du mal à nouer le contact les uns avec les autres et à s’entraider. En plus, en organisant cette réunion, nous espérions atténuer les sentiments d’isolement et de stress des responsables de dépôt du Canada. Nous souhaitions, en tant que communauté, nous retrouver pour discuter des problèmes de fonctionnement les plus pressants et partager d’éventuelles solutions.
    Subjects: Institutional Repositories, Meeting Report, Summary Report, Repository Managers, Repository Management, National Meeting, Canada, Dépôts institutionnels, Rapport de reunion, Rapport sommaire, Réponsables de dépôt institutionnel, Gestion de dépôts institutionnels, Réunion nationale
    Date Created: 2016/3
  2. Embodied information in workplace contexts [Download]

    Title: Embodied information in workplace contexts
    Creator: Polkinghorne, Sarah
    Description: The purpose of this poster is to highlight what is known about embodied information in people’s work experiences. This research extends our understanding of this issue by exploring embodiment in work settings beyond what has been examined to date in information behaviour and information practice (IB/IP) scholarship. This poster reports results from a scoping review investigating what research literature reveals about how people are informed by their own bodies. Embodiment has been little examined in IB/IP scholarship, but a growing number of researchers advocate for greater attention to it (Keilty & Leazer, 2014; Leug, 2015; Lloyd, 2010; Olsson, 2009). Focusing on results relating to work settings, this poster synthesizes findings from allied disciplines as well as library and information studies (LIS). This study follows Arksey & O’Malley’s scoping review method (2005). This method is widely used in the health sciences to generate a picture of the state of knowledge on an issue, and IB/IP researchers can use it for the same purpose. Data collection involved searching five databases for potentially relevant literature: CINAHL, MEDLINE, Web of Science, LISA, and Library & Information Science Source. This searching, limited to 1990-2015, created a deduplicated screening pool of 3097 records. Next, the researchers iteratively refined inclusion criteria and narrowed this pool to 249 studies for full-text examination and thematic analysis.
    Subjects: embodiment, information, scoping review
    Date Created: 2016
  3. Leaning into Sustainability at University of Alberta Libraries [Download]

    Title: Leaning into Sustainability at University of Alberta Libraries
    Creator: Gerald Beasley
    Description: The purpose of this paper is to present a case study that considers the links between cost avoidance, lean design and sustainability in relation to two different library projects at University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) - the design of the Research & Collections Resource Facility and the development of new fee-based library services at UAL’s John W. Scott Health Sciences Library.
    Subjects: Academic libraries, Lean design, Sustainability, Library buildings, Fee-based library services, Bibliometrics
    Date Created: 2016/04/16
  4. Building the Spanish Juvenile Fiction Collection at the University of Alberta’s HT Coutts Education Library [Download]

    Title: Building the Spanish Juvenile Fiction Collection at the University of Alberta’s HT Coutts Education Library
    Creator: Lacroix, Denis
    Description: This article describes why and how the University of Alberta Libraries built a Spanish language children’s literature collection. Selection criteria, findability, visibility, and assessment are addressed in the context of this collection. Practical information is provided to help librarians build similar collections and promote them.
    Subjects: Spanish Juvenile Fiction, Collection Development, Subject Librarians, University of Alberta Libraries
    Date Created: 2017/01/31
  5. A Book Review of A Friend In Hope: a Story About Hope's Journey with a Brain Tumour by M. Zammit & E. Dornbusch [Download]

    Title: A Book Review of A Friend In Hope: a Story About Hope's Journey with a Brain Tumour by M. Zammit & E. Dornbusch
    Creator: Lacroix, Denis
    Description: This is a book review of a storybook written originally in English by Marisa Zammit and illustrated by Erica Dornbusch under the title A Friend In Hope: a Story About Hope's Journey with a Brain Tumour. The author also reviews the French translation Mon amie Claire: L'histoire de Claire et de sa tumeur cérébrale and the Italian version La mia amica Speranza: Speranza e il suo tumore cerebrale.
    Subjects: Book Review, A Friend in Hope, Mon amie Claire, La mia amica Speranza, Children's Literature, Storybooks, Brain tumours
    Date Created: 2017/01/30
  6. A Selective Collection of Children’s Health Fiction 2014 - 2016 [Download]

    Title: A Selective Collection of Children’s Health Fiction 2014 - 2016
    Creator: Campbell, Sandy
    Description: This books contained in this list were selected for inclusion in a children's health collection, such as a hospital library or public library. The collection is designed for use by children from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6. Materials were selected based on date of publication and their potential to be helpful to children who are coping with health issues, themselves, or in loved ones, based on criteria detailed in the Juvenile Health Fiction Checklist. "Health" has been interpreted broadly to include physical, psychological and psychosocial issues. The current list supplements the 2011-2014 Selective Collection of Children’s Health Fiction. Highlighted titles link to reviews in the Deakin Review of Childrens Literature.
    Subjects: Children's Health Fiction, Health Fiction, Juvenile
    Date Created: 2017/01/09
  7. Changing how monographs are acquired in response to evolving needs [Download]

    Title: Changing how monographs are acquired in response to evolving needs
    Creator: Koufogiannakis, Denise
    Description: Presentation given at the Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Oct. 31 - Nov. 5, 2016. Abstract: In April of 2014, the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) made a major shift in how we acquire monographs, moving from a distributed, subject selector-focused, slip-based model, to an approval only, e-preferred and PDA-led model. This change was implemented in response to the expanding and evolving roles of liaison librarians and the need for enhanced workflow efficiencies. With two years of data related to this transition and the impact of the new model, we will present an assessment of the impact of the new model. The objective of this presentation will be to provide insight to other librarians considering a shift to a more automated and centralized monograph acquisitions approach. We will discuss the reasons for rethinking how UAL approaches monograph acquisitions, the challenges of making such a significant change, and the impact of such change on our budget, collection composition, and staff roles, as well as anticipated future changes. We plan to engage the audience with conversation about their own experience in streamlining workflows, and other possible models that may work in different contexts. Attendees can expect to gain insight about making a major organizational shift, implementing change, and assessing the impact of a new model.
    Subjects: Libraries, Acquisitions, Ebooks
    Date Created: 2016/11/4
  8. 我愛雪梨 — 中外譯名雜碎 Wo ai Xueli: Zhong wai yi ming za sui (I love "Pear" [i.e., Sydney]: on transliterating proper names) [Download]

    Title: 我愛雪梨 — 中外譯名雜碎 Wo ai Xueli: Zhong wai yi ming za sui (I love "Pear" [i.e., Sydney]: on transliterating proper names)
    Creator: Chor, Louis 左永業
    Description: This Chinese essay was published in 1990 in the commemorative publication to mark the 10th anniversary of the Four Seas Chinese Radio (CKER AM 1480) in Edmonton. It discusses the transliteration of non-Chinese personal and geographical names into Chinese forms. Recently in October 2016, there were hot discussions, with political ramifications for Hong Kong, about the improper use of the name label "Shina" that refers to China (as an all-inclusive politico-cultural and historical entity). This essay includes information on that name label.
    Subjects: Chinese transliteration, Chinese romanization, Translation, Transliteration of foreign names, Shina (Geographical name), 支那 (Geographical name), 四海中文廣播電台 (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), Four Seas Chinese Radio (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
    Date Created: 1990
  9. Perpetual Beta: Assessing the Institutional Repository [Download]

    Title: Perpetual Beta: Assessing the Institutional Repository
    Creator: Sivak, Allison
    Description: The institutional repository (IR) is more than an end product that holds content. It is a complex system with a variety of participants and a development course that can most accurately be described as “perpetual beta.” As a software system with both commercial and open-source iterations, an institutional repository undergoes continuous change in functionality and development. Predictions in the early 2000s were that the IR would stimulate a radical change in scholarly publishing. That initial formative vision has not yet been fully realized. The literature on institutionally focused IRs, as opposed to discipline-focused repositories, is starting to recognize that the reductionist lenses through which librarians view the institutional repository are too limited for the systems that have been built and the support required from academia.
    Although librarians may promote IRs as the solution to the crisis in scholarly publishing, other areas of academia have different objectives for the IR and do not necessarily share that restrictive view. This chapter reviews some of the major assessment options librarians have for measuring the value and success of the institutional repository.
    Subjects: institutional repositories, assessment, digital libraries, open access
    Date Created: 2013
  10. Critical consciousness and search: an introductory visualization [Download]

    Title: Critical consciousness and search: an introductory visualization
    Creator: Polkinghorne, Sarah
    Description: This chapter describes a visualization of the main elements in play when we search for information. The chapter describes how this visualization can be used to start classroom conversations around how social, political, and economic systems influence how people create, organize, find, and gain access to information.
    Subjects: critical pedagogy, information literacy, library instruction
    Date Created: 2016