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)
Place: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond BC; Wilson School of Design, room 4900
Cost: Free! Registration requested.

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.

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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Book Library Workshops for Fall 2019 Now!

It’s never too early to think about how to best help students on their research assignments for next term! If your class has a significant assignment that asks students to gather resources, synthesize different ideas, and make sure they cite properly, consider adding a library online tutorial or in person workshop to your fall class.

New for Fall 2019!

  • Online Assignment Guides in Brightspace – The library has moved assignment guides to a new hosting platform which allows you to embed an assignment guide directly into your Brightspace course! For more information, please contact your subject librarian:
  • Student Mark Lookup – We have recently made it possible for students to check their own marks by logging into their MyLibrary Account. This login page is available from the navigation menu on the library homepage or by accessing this link:

To learn more about your library workshop or tutorial options, please contact your subject librarian or continue to read below.

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Media Resources for Indigenization

Over the past year the Langara Library has been working to acquire more resources in the media collection to help support instructors who are working to Indigenize their course content across all subjects. We have tried in particular to emphasize works that are not only about First Nations people and issues but created and distributed by First Nations people. Feel free to explore the following streaming collections and series, and get in touch with the media collection team (media.acquisitions@langara.ca) if you have any questions or suggestions!

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Library Server Domain Name Changes – Brightspace Pages May Need Editing

The Library recently moved its Catalog server and Ezproxy server from the langara.bc.ca domain to the langara.ca domain. Ezproxy is the part of our system that allows students and employees to continue to access full-text, subscription databases even when they are away from campus.

One consequence of this move is that we have changed the URLs that refer to these servers. Many thousands of URLs that are under the Library’s control have already been updated, but there may be other links that are embedded in Brightspace or other web pages that are out of our control. We need your help to ensure that all links are corrected. While old format URLs are still working today, they will no longer work after the end of August 2020 (note: extended from end of 2019).

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Changes to Safari e-books access method

The access method of the Safari Books Online e-book series has been changed to Langara federated login. One result of this change is the URL links of individual e-book titles have been updated to point to the new login method. Please find out the new links by searching the e-book titles in the online catalogue. For instructors, if you have any links to Safari e-books in your Brightspace courses, you will need to update the URLs. Please contact your subject librarian if you have any questions.

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Streamlining access to Open Access content with Unpaywall

At the end of May, Langara Library started using Unpaywall to make it easier for our users to find Open Access content. This is material that is freely available for all to use, but finding it can sometimes be difficult. Unpaywall harvests Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, making it easy to find and use. We’ve enabled to Unpaywall API in our link resolver (the Get Full Article link you sometimes see in your search results Langara L image with the text Get Full Article) and if Unpaywall finds an Open Access version of the article you’re looking for, it will provide a link.

Image of the Unpaywall button on the link resolver screen

This should make it easier for our users to find open access copies of articles. Contact the library if you have any questions or want to know more about Open Access!

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Research and Writing Coach-In

The Writing Centre, and the Library and Learning Commons are pleased to offer three research and writing clinics for students during this summer semester.  Help us promote and spread the word to your students.  Please feel welcome to share the followingdetails with 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:

  • May 21 Tues. 3:30 -5:30 pm
  • June 18 Tues. 3:30 -5:30 pm
  • July 23 Tues. 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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Changes to Kanopy streaming access

Effective May 1 2019, Langara Library will transition to a limited access model, or mediated mode, for the Kanopy streaming film platform.

We recognize that streaming videos have become an increasingly important resource for courses over the past several years, and that Kanopy in particular is an awesome resource, unparalleled in content and user experience. However, due to the increasing costs of the service, which have doubled in the past year and are no longer sustainable, the library can no longer provide unlimited access.

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