Reminder to Book Library Instruction – Fall 2017

Looking for a way to help your students with their research this term? Have you considered adding a library instruction session to your class?

If your curriculum involves a research project, working with your subject librarian can help your students choose appropriate resources, avoid plagiarism, and learn better citation practices.

In-person classes or workshops and online assignment guides can be catered specifically to your assignments and give your students strategies to do better research. For general skills, we also offer three online tutorials that are delivered through D2L. If you are interested in the content of the tutorials, contact your subject librarian with your Employee ID to be enrolled in our sample courses.

Online D2L Tutorials:

Our online tutorials, delivered through Langara’s D2L Course Management System, are helpful for both learners at the college and distance students gain library research skills. We offer:

Introduction to Research – This tutorial introduces students to library research methods and is geared toward first-year students in all disciplines. This tutorial has just been given a major renovation this summer and includes more current topics, examples, and a higher degree of interactivity to reinforce good research practices and behaviours.

Avoiding Plagiarism – Langara instructors explain plagiarism in a series of short videos. They discuss intentional and unintentional plagiarism, explain why students need to be aware of the issues and consequences, and provide clear solutions to protect their academic integrity.

Can I Use This? Evaluating Your Sources – This brand new online tutorial provides students with a 5W (Who, What, Where, When Why) Framework to apply to resources that they find both through the library and online. Short videos walk students through the evaluation process with several example resource. Help your students make better decisions about the resources they include in their papers.

In-Person Tutorials:

Your subject librarians can work closely with you to develop an in-person library tutorial that introduces your students to library resources and research skills. By providing copies of your assignments or discussing your student’s specific needs, we can make sure that these tutorials are useful and extremely relevant. Bringing your classes to the library for hands-on learning is very useful, but activities and tutorials can be delivered in your classroom as well.

Online Assignment Guides:

Give your students a road map to your research assignment! Your subject librarian will create a customized guide with recommendations of resources and search strategies. See examples of research guides and the updated general subject guides here: http://langara.ca/library/research-help/assignment-help/index.html.

To book any kind of library instruction for your Fall 2017 classes or if you have other questions about how the library can help, please feel free to get in touch with your subject librarian.

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Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success

ACRL Report CoverThe Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has published their latest report for the “Assessment in Action (AiA): Academic Libraries and Student Success” project. Launched in 2013, the AiA project involves over 200 postsecondary institutions that have created “campus-wide partnerships… to promote collaborative assessment and library leadership.”

The latest project report, published in April 2017, provides evidence that academic libraries contribute in various ways to student learning and success.

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Paths to Reconciliation: Thoughts from the APAG Mini-Conference

By Alison Curtis, Librarian

I attended three reconciliation workshops at the April APAG Mini Conference: Carving for Reconciliation Cohort Student Meet and Greet; Reconciliation: The Journey of Our Generation; and Silversmithing for Reconciliation. Each provided different ways to learn about indigenous experience in Canada and the need for reconciliation, and together they were nothing short of transformative. Like many other attendees, I left convinced that we need the College to offer more workshops on reconciliation, and we need everyone (everyone!) at Langara to take those workshops.

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Introducing LaIR: The Langara Institutional Repository

Alli Sullivan and Anna McAuliffe

Librarian Alli Sullivan presenting
Oakridge Centre gift card to contest
winner Anna McAuliffe

Thanks to everyone who submitted their creative ideas for the Institutional Repository Naming Contest, which ran through March and April. We received 148 submissions from staff and students across campus!

A panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Library, Langara’s Educational Technology (EdTech) department, and the Scholarly Activity Steering Committee unanimously selected the winning entry: LaIR (Langara Institutional Repository).

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Library and Learning Commons Spring Semester Reports

The Library and Learning Commons Spring Semester (January – April) Reports are now available.

The Library Report can be accessed here: Library-Spring2017-Report

Highlights from the report include:

  • Results from the 2017 Library Instruction Survey
  • A winner in the naming contest for Langara’s new Institutional Repository
  • A recap of Open Education Week
  • Lots of staffing updates

The Learning Commons Report can be accessed here: LC-Spring2017-Report

Highlights include:

  • The launch of the Microsoft Office and D2L tutoring service
  • Increasing popularity of the Writeaway virtual writing help service. Langara students utilized the service more than any other partner institution.
  • A spike in subject tutoring visits, particularly among Computer Science and Economics students.

 

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#RDRinYVR: Dr. Robin DeRosa talks open education with Langara

On MarchRobin DeRosa at Langara 21st, Langara kicked off Open Education Week 2017 with a visit from renowned open education researcher and advocate Dr. Robin DeRosa.

Entitled Beyond OER: The Promises, Pitfalls, and Potential of Open Education, Robin’s keynote presentation focused on three key questions:

  1. How can we make college more affordable?
  2. How can we improve learning?
  3. How can we maximize the impact of our research?.

The live stream, generously provided by EdTech and IT, drew close to 40 online attendees from Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

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Academic Innovation Directory – updated for May 2017

For Langara employees… This updated directory includes all the areas represented within the Academic Innovation portfolio:

  • Library and Learning Commons
  • CAPER-BC
  • Educational Technology (EdTech)
  • Teaching & Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC)
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Library Instruction Reminder for Summer 2017!

Need to make sure your students are ready for research this term? Consider booking library instruction for your classes! This summer, we are piloting a re-vitalized Introduction to Research tutorial. If you would like your class to be in the pilot for a new, more interactive tutorial, please let your subject librarian know.

Your subject librarian can help your students obtain vital information literacy skills from basic research to subject-specific strategies. In-person classes and online assignment guides can be catered specifically to your assignments and give your students a leg up on their research. For general skills, we also offer three online tutorials.

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Brent Searle Receives IUG Beacon Award

Brent Searle Beacon AwardBrent Searle, Systems Manager at Langara Library, accepted the 2017 Beacon Award on April 3, 2017 during the 2017 Innovative Users Group (IUG) Annual Conference in Baltimore.

This award honours “exceptional service to the Innovative Users Community through presentations, collaboration, selfless dedication to libraries as a whole, and sage advice to others via the IUG List. While a great implementation is the product of a great employee, the IUG Beacon Award will acknowledge great community members – people who help others attain greatness and share the knowledge that they gained in the process.”

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Scholarship Café review: Opening Up Teaching and Learning & more

Scholarship Café attendees enjoyed seeing all the faculty and students’ work represented — very impressive!  This year’s venue of the T-Gallery with professionally printed posters (thank you C&M) provided a polished and dynamic event.  Read about Opening up Teaching and LearningMy Student Success Course, and Langara Makerspace.

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