Bringing the Library into Brightspace

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The Library website is home to a wide variety of material designed to assist students with their research, writing, and other assignments. Last year we adopted a new platform with features that allow us to create engaging online learning resources that can be integrated into Brightspace.  Instructors can now embed assignment guides, citation guides, and writing centre handouts directly into their Brightspace course modules. Choose between an entire assignment or citation guide or bring in just a single page of relevant content.

Embedded content opens inside the Brightspace environment. Students are able to navigate through an entire citation guide, assignment guide, or writing centre handout and then go right back to the course module. For single web pages, such as a tutoring schedule or citation example, embedding significantly reduces the number of clicks necessary to reach the information. The connection is dynamic so any updates made by the library are reflected immediately in the embedded content.

Instructors can embed as much content as they like into one or more modules of any course. If your class doesn’t have a library instruction session there are still many pages that might be helpful to students, especially for mixed mode or web-based courses, and instructors don’t need to ask permission from the library to embed content.

Library web pages that you can embed include:

  • Assignment guides for a specific course
  • Subject guides
  • Subject specific list of databases
  • Subject tutoring schedules
  • Citation guides (APA, MLA, Chicago)
  • Writing Centre schedule
  • Writing Centre handouts

Our subject librarians are happy to help anyone who would like more information or some in-person assistance with embedding library material into their courses. We also have a step-by-step guide on our website as well as in a downloadable Word Document.

 

List of all content available for embedding

How to embed content into Brightspace online guide

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Learning Skills for Students: A Learning Strategist Pilot

What is a learning strategist?

Taking notes, planning your assignment and studying for an exam – these skills are probably second nature to you.  For some students, though, these learning skills pose a particular challenge.  A learning strategist, also known as a learning specialist, is a professional who can help students develop these academic and other related executive functioning skills including prioritizing and staying on task.

How do students access a learning strategist?

Learning strategist programs are available in many Canadian colleges and universities with a range of models. Typically, they offer one-on-one consultations between students and the learning strategist to work on set goals and skills.   However, learning strategists may also work with students in group settings and/or with faculty in curriculum design.  Priority is often given to students who are academically at-risk and/or registered with accessibility services.

What’s happening at Langara

With one time funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the Learning Strategist Pilot Working Group launched a pilot at Langara between Oct 2018 and May 2019.  The goal was to assess the need for a learning strategist program at Langara with a focus on building longer term capacity beyond the pilot.

Over the course of the pilot, the Working Group contracted a consultant team with a learning strategist to conduct an environmental scan and limited one-on-one learning strategist sessions. Conscious efforts was made to recruit students with disabilities and/or from academic at-risk groups.

The top areas needing support as identified by the participants were:

Time management Study and exam taking skills
Procrastination Self care

The most frequently identified goals as set by the participants also reflect these areas of needs. In practice, the learning strategist always focused on individual self-identified goals when working with participants.

Pre-post responses suggest that the students’ confidence, self-efficacy and academic success improved as a direct result of participation.   Here are some sample feedback from participants:

“My grades have gone up since the semester started, and I was able to eliminate the major stressors in my school life”

“Greater ability to judge time needed for assignments. Greater ability to schedule smaller chunks of study time.”

“[The learning strategist] really did help me take a stressful semester and turn it around completely…..I am finishing on a very positive note, with grades I am proud of and feeling reading and prepared going into finals.”

With another one time grant from the Ministry, the Learning Strategist pilot has been renewed from June 2019 to April 2020. In addition to the continuation of one-on-one sessions, this pilot hopes to assess best practices in referrals from the classroom and other support areas.  A recent addition to the pilot is a study to evaluate the role of a learning strategist in the Return to Learning Course to support students on suspension.

For more information, contact Daryl Smith (dsmith@langara.ca) or Joyce Wong (joycewong@langara.ca) Co-chairs of the Learning Strategist Pilot Working Group.

Other members of the Learning Strategist Pilot Working Group include: Teresa Brooks (International Education), Kaveh Farrokh (Counselling), Suzanne Munson (Accessibility Services), Reba Noel (Student Engagement), and Rick Ouellet (Indigenous Services and Education).

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Book Library Instruction for Spring 2020!

A fresh decade approaches and with it a new opportunity to add library instruction to your syllabus this year!

Here in the library, we have been working to make the process for requesting library instruction more streamlined and give faculty a more comprehensive view of what kinds of workshops, tutorials, and services you and your students can access.

New for Spring 2020!

  • Request Library Instruction Form – avoid sending emails back and forth with your subject librarian by filling in our new Request Library Instruction Form here:
  • Information Literacy Instruction at Langara Library – View more information about all of our information literacy options on our new informational web page here:
  • Comprehensive information about the Online Tutorials – This new comprehensive guide about the online tutorials gives you more insight into the content of the library tutorials as well as a series of FAQs for faculty and students.

To find out more about Information Literacy Instruction at Langara, feel free to get in touch with your subject librarian or the Library Instruction Team!

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Light Therapy Lamps at the Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month we continue to highlight some of the great resources the Langara Library has to offer beyond books, featuring our light therapy lamps.

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Langara Library is here for you, no bones about it!

 

October is Canadian Library Month, dedicated to raising awareness of the important roles libraries play in their communities, especially through the unique services and resources they provide beyond traditionally-imagined book collections. Our own Library and Learning Commons is no exception, and we have several items in our collection that may surprise you! October seemed like a fitting month to highlight two in particular as it is also Halloween:

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New streaming video resource: BBC Channel now available in Curio.ca

Langara recently added the BBC Documentaries channel to our Curio.ca subscription. These wide ranging streaming videos from the BBC delve into international history, social justice, earth and space science, medicine, animal behaviour, technology and more. Here are some series to get you started! Continue reading

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Do you use library DVDs in your instruction? We want to hear from you! 

Do you use library DVDs in your instruction? Would you like the option to use the same content via streaming videos? The Library wants to hear from you!

Some DVD programs are now also available for purchase as streaming videos. If the Library acquired these streaming videos, you and your students could access them 24/7 via the Library website. And don’t worry, we can still keep the DVD copy in our collection.

If you are interested in potentially moving from library DVDs to streaming videos, please contact the Media Collection Librarian Annie Jensen (ajensen@langara.ca) with the following information:

Title of DVD:
Date you will next use it:
Your department:

Note: Some DVD content isn’t available via streaming, but the Library will do our best to track down whatever we can!

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Can We Decolonize Open? An Open Access Week Event

Join Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC for an exciting half-day celebration of Open Access Week (Oct 21-27, 2019). This year’s theme from SPARC is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge. Our keynote speaker, Jessie Loyer, will explore this question alongside participants through the lens of decolonization. The conversation will continue with local panelists engaged in open knowledge work.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of our partner BCcampus. All are welcome.

Date: Tuesday, October 22 2019
Time: 12:30pm-1pm (check-in), 1pm-4pm (program). Detailed agenda provided below.
Place: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond BC; Wilson School of Design, room 4900
Cost: Free! Registration requested

This event will also be live streamed on Kwantlen’s Open Access Week event page (no registration required).

Summary of Jessie’s talk

Sometimes when folks are in the midst of a monumental, feel-good shift, they fail to realize who has been excluded from that space. Librarians and scholars have been advocating the ideals of open access for many years and have seen the exciting changes the movement creates for public knowledge. Yet we rarely think about whose voices are absent and the structures of power that limit this project. Together, we’ll query our positionality in these spaces, and consider how the politics of refusal and an ethic of care might intersect to complicate the open access movement, potentially creating futurities of reciprocity. If rethought as a tool of resurgence, open access can support justice.

About Jessie
Jessie is Cree-Métis and a member of Michel First Nation. She is a liaison librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary, a guest on Treaty 7 and Blackfoot territory. Her research looks at Indigenous perspectives on information literacy, supporting language revitalization, and creating ongoing research relationships using a nêhiyaw minâ otipêmisiw concept of kinship.

Agenda

12:30-1 Check-in
1-1:15 Welcome
Lekeyten – KPU’s Elder in Residence
Todd Mundle – University Librarian, KPU
1:15-2:20 Keynote by Jessie Loyer
2:20-2:40 Refreshment break, courtesy of our partner BCcampus
2:40-3:55 Panel discussion

  • Natalie Knight (Diné and Yurok) – moderator; Indigenous Curriculum Consultant, Langara College
  • Jessie Loyer (see bio provided above)
  • Lara Maestro (formerly of UBC’s Indigitization initiative)
  • Maddie Knickerbocker (Lecturer in the First Nations Studies Department at SFU)
  • Michael Wynne (Digital Applications Librarian, Washington State University Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation)
  • Emily Larson (Digital Specialist, Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre)
3:55-4 Closing remarks; giving thanks

We respectfully acknowledge that our host, KPU, takes its name from the Kwantlen First Nation and is located on the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem peoples.

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Do your students need writing or research support?

The Writing Centre, and the Library and Learning Commons will be offering three research and writing clinics for students during this Fall semester.  Please help us promote and spread the word to your students:

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Research and Writing Coach-in

Don’t work alone with your essay or writing assignment.  Join us for free research and writing clinics once a month in the Library.

Librarians and writing tutors will be available during the clinics to offer individual help with research, writing and citation for all subjects.  There’ll be also coffee and snacks to keep you going.

Drop-in anytime during the clinic (no need to register).  Just bring your assignment and any notes or drafts you’ve completed. Group projects are welcome.

Where: Writing and Tutoring Centre (1st floor of the Library)

When:

  • September 24 Tuesday 3:30 -5:30 pm
  • October 15 Tuesday. 3:30 -5:30 pm
  • November 12 Tuesday 3:30 -5:30 pm
  • Text “coach-in” to 604-670-6866 to get a reminder message with all the dates

Remember, too, that the Writing Centre and the Library’s Ask a Librarian Service offer regular drop-in and online help. See schedule: Writing Centre – Ask a Librarian

For more info, contact Joyce Wong joycewong@langara.ca local: 5047

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Lawsuits and loggerheads: Recent developments in Canadian copyright

The past few months have been incredibly interesting for Canadian copyright –especially for the intellectual property nerds/enthusiasts among us.

In June 2019, the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) released its report for the statutory review of the Copyright Act. The review allowed INDU to reflect on the impact of changes introduced by the Copyright Modernization Act in 2012 –which, significantly for us at Langara, included the addition of education as a fair dealing purpose.

In preparing its report, INDU heard from over 200 witnesses and reviewed 192 briefs from citizens and stakeholders (Langara among them). Based on these oral and written testimonies, INDU formulated 36 recommendations, three of which directly address educational fair dealing (see Recommendations 16-18).

INDU’s thorough, inclusive, and balanced take came as a relief to the educational sector. As part of the review process, INDU invited the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (Heritage) to conduct a study on remuneration models for artists and creative industries. Rather than provide a summary of its findings, Heritage released its own report entitled Shifting Paradigms in advance of INDU.

Copyright law strives for balance between user and creator rights but, according to legal expert Michael Geist, Heritage “utterly failed to comply with the request to call on a broad range of stakeholders,” resulting in what he calls “the most one-sided Canadian copyright report issued in the past 15 years.” Yikes. All this considered, it’s unsurprising that Heritage’s actions elicited a snarky public response from INDU.

So what comes next? Both reports have been presented to the Canadian Government for consideration. In theory, the recommendations put forth by INDU and Heritage could translate to concrete legislative changes. However, whether there is taste for copyright reform in lead up to a federal election remains uncertain.

Higher education is also anxiously awaiting a decision in York University’s ongoing legal battle with Access Copyright, the copyright collective that arranges licenses and collects royalties on behalf of Canadian authors and publishers. On July 12, 2017, the Federal Court sided with Access on the two primary questions in the case: (1) whether Access Copyright’s license is mandatory for post-secondary institutions, and (2) whether York’s fair dealing guidelines (which are akin to those adopted by Langara and many other Canadian colleges and universities) are indeed fair to creators and copyright owners. York’s appeal was heard on March 5 and 6, 2019 and legal experts expect a decision anytime between now and early 2020.

Who needs reality television when you have Canadian copyright? 😉 The Copyright Office will continue to share developments with the Langara community as they transpire. In the meantime, we welcome your questions. Visit Langara’s new copyright website or contact us at copyright@langara.ca

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