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  1. Decolonizing Description: Changing Metadata in Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission [Download]

    Title: Decolonizing Description: Changing Metadata in Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    Creator: Farnel, Sharon
    Description: This presentation provides an overview of the work of the University of Alberta Libraries to examine and revise its descriptive metadata practices to more accurately, appropriately, and respectfully represent Indigenous peoples and contexts. The presentation was given at the Netspeed Library Technologies Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 3 October 2017.
    Subjects: metadata, cataloguing, decolonization, LIS practice, inclusive description, information ethics
    Date Created: 2017/10
  2. Unsettling Our Practice: Decolonizing Description at the University of Alberta Libraries [Download]

    Title: Unsettling Our Practice: Decolonizing Description at the University of Alberta Libraries
    Creator: Farnel, Sharon
    Description: This poster provides an overview of the work of the University of Alberta Libraries to critically examine and revise its descriptive metadata practices to more accurately, appropriately, and respectfully represent Indigenous peoples and contexts. The poster was presented at the Diversity by Design Symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 14 September 2017.
    Subjects: metadata, cataloguing, decolonization, LIS practice, inclusive description, information ethics
    Date Created: 2017/09
  3. “Ruthless Criticism of All that Exists”: Marxism, Technology, and Library Work [Download]

    Title: “Ruthless Criticism of All that Exists”: Marxism, Technology, and Library Work
    Creator: Sam Popowich
    Subjects: libraries, labour, technology, politics
    Date Created: 2017/09/14
  4. Truth Machine: The Political Economy of Command and Control [Download]

    Title: Truth Machine: The Political Economy of Command and Control
    Creator: Sam Popowich
    Description: This article looks at the socio-economic context of Gilles Deleuze's "Postscript on the Societies of Control", and interrogates the technological underpinning of the shift from discipline to control in the centres of advanced capitalism. The paper argues that developments in computer science and cybernetics in the first half of the twentieth century led to a cybernetic capitalism in which statistics, probability, and binary logic create a "post-truth" which serves to structure the self-control and self-regulation of docile subjects. In the end, it argues for a reclamation of "democratic excess" as a means to regain agency and the full richness of the human experience of truth.
    Subjects: information, data, politics, technology, critical library and information studies
    Date Created: 2017/09/14
  5. Skunk berry or skunk currant [Download]

    Title: Skunk berry or skunk currant
    Creator: Campbell, Sandy
    Description: A member of the gooseberry family, skunkberries or skunk currants are found across nothern Canada. This edible berry has a strong odor and bristly. Skunkberries can be used to make jelly and were used as a traditional medicine by Indigenous people.
    Subjects: Wild berries - Northern Canada, Wild berries - Arctic Regions, Ribes glandulosum, Country food - Northern Canada, Traditional Medicine - Northern Canada. , Skunkberries, Traditional food - Northern Canada
    Date Created: 2017/07/06
  6. Openly Sharing Library Data [Download]

    Title: Openly Sharing Library Data
    Creator: Koufogiannakis, Denise
    Subjects: open data, library data
    Date Created: 2017
  7. Canadian Indigenous Peoples Filters for Medline [Download]

    Title: Canadian Indigenous Peoples Filters for Medline
    Creator: Dorgan, Marlene
    Description: This presentation describes a project to create first-generation search filters that retrieve studies from the Ovid MEDLINE database related to Canadian Indigenous Peoples. The filters are designed to be single line searchs that can be “cut and paste” into the OVID Medline search box.
    Subjects: Database Searching - Filters, Database Searching - Hedges, Indigenous Peoples - Canada - Medical Literature
    Date Created: 2014/ 9/23
  8. Tweets to put Students in the Driver’s Seat: A Systematic Review of Twitter in Medical Education [Download]

    Title: Tweets to put Students in the Driver’s Seat: A Systematic Review of Twitter in Medical Education
    Creator: Chambers, Thane
    Description: Background Social media has transformed communication and information dissemination. Despite its almost ubiquitous use among students, its impact on medical education (ME) is less clear. Among social media platforms, Twitter facilitates active participation, fosters concise discussions, may be used for asynchronous learning, and provides real-time feedback. However, some instructors question the use of Twitter as a sound pedagogical tool that builds meaningful knowledge for medical students. Methods A systematic review of the literature was conducted to identify Twitter’s use in UGME and PGME. The authors searched Medline, Embase, Cochrane, ERIC, CINAHL, and Scopus. A data extraction form identified the type of medical students, level of instruction (categorized by Bloom’s Taxonomy), how Twitter was used, subject discipline, and learning objectives. Results Database searches retrieved 772 articles, 340 titles/abstracts were screened, 92 full-text articles selected, and 18 articles included in the review. A preliminary analysis reveals that Twitter is not used successfully to build learning and knowledge for medical students. Many studies used Twitter as a supplementary activity or for distributing information. Most of the educational interventions did not appear to use educational theory in their construction and focused on the technology, rather than on how it can be used as an educational tool. Conclusion Despite high rates of social media usage by medical students and residents, there are few examples of Twitter as a successful tool for learning. However, Twitter is a new technology and with more time, there may be more examples documented of its successful use in ME.
    Subjects: social media, twitter, medical educaiton
    Date Created: 2017/05/01
  9. 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
  10. 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