Open Champions

Langara’s fourth Open Champion is Bradley Hughes from the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

An Open Champion is someone who advocates for Open sources at Langara. Open sources include Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER). They are publicly accessible, free to use resources that can make course materials more affordable for students without compromising the quality of the resource. Instructors can also modify and adapt OER to meet their specific needs. We’ll be posting about Langara’s Open Champions over the next few months. Continue reading

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Time to Book Library Instruction – Spring 2019

We’re all looking forward to a well deserved break, but if you’re already thinking about class planning for the January term, consider adding library instruction to get your students set up for research and citation success!

At the library, we offer a suite of online tutorials and the opportunity for in-person library instruction that is catered to your specific research assignment.

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

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Earn $500: Review an open textbook today!

Open Langara has partnered with BCcampus to offer Langara instructors a $500 honorarium to review a textbook in the BCcampus Open Textbook Collection.

For those unfamiliar with the BCcampus Open Textbook Initiative, the aim is to “make higher education more accessible by reducing student cost through the use of openly licensed textbooks” (BCcampus). Since 2013, Langara instructors have saved students over $500,000 by adopting free, open textbooks and other open educational resources.

Currently, BCcampus offers $250 for a textbook review, but for a limited time Open Langara will match that amount for a total of $500.

Instructors do not have to be using a free, open textbook to be eligible for the honorarium. We encourage all to apply.
Interested? There are a limited number of spots available, so apply today.

More details below.

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Open but not Free: Invisible Labour in Open Scholarship

To celebrate Open Access week (October 22-26), the Open Langara Advisory Committee is co-sponsoring a panel event discussing invisible labour in open scholarship.

The event will take place during the evening of Wednesday, October 24 at SFU Harbour Centre. A reception with light refreshments will precede the panel discussion and questions. Continue reading

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2017/18 Langara Library and Learning Commons Annual Report

The 2017/18 Library & Learning Commons Annual Report (April 2017 -March 2018) is now available to read here.

The Library & Learning Commons continues to be more active and dynamic than ever, shattering records in many areas:

  • number of information literacy classes taught (878), students instructed (21,940), and teaching hours logged (647)
  • number of questions answered by library staff (60,051)
  • number of visitors to the Library (773,262) and bookings of library spaces (18,547 hours)
  • Writing & Subject Tutoring visits (7,979) and WriteAway submissions (613)

The Library also tackled many collaborative initiatives and launched new and exciting projects in 2017/18.

Read the full report to catch up on these highlights and more.

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Decolonizing the Library Catalog

In 2016 the Musqueam First Nation, on whose unceded traditional territory Langara is located, gave Langara a Musqueam name that means house of teachings. As part of Langara’s commitment to strengthen the connections between the Musqueam people and the College, our librarians began thinking about ways the library can better participate in decolonization by acknowledging the history of colonization and resituating the traditions and values of indigenous peoples outside of a colonial ideology. Similarly, across Canada, librarians have begun wrestling with a colonial legacy that exists in our collections and catalogs.

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Copyright start-of-semester reminder

September has officially arrived and with it a new school year. A friendly reminder that members of the Langara community are required to adhere to the Canadian Copyright Act and the College’s copyright policies.

Fair dealing and educational exceptions in the Act afford students and instructors a suite of special allowances for educational purposes. These are outlined on Langara’s copyright website and the Copyright Office’s new Brightspace/D2L tutorial, Copyright for Instructors


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Reminder to Book Library Instruction – Fall 2018

While we still have one more month of glorious summer, many of us are already looking forward to course planning in September. If your assignments require research and citations, you should consider adding library instruction to your syllabus this fall.

If you have used library tutorials in the past, thanks for the continued support! This summer, we have been working to improve some of our processes to make sending previous marks easier for instructors and library staff:

  • Tutorial due dates: We ask you to carefully consider the due date for your tutorial(s) and make dates firm. Granting extensions can only be requested by instructors and if an extension is required, it will only be available to the entire class (not individual students).
  • Marks reporting: For student convenience, we keep marks they receive on library tutorials recorded and are able to forward the mark to future classes. We have a new process this term where students must give permission to share the mark within the Brightspace environment. Detailed instructions can be found here: https://langara.ca/library/research-help/tutorials-login.html
  • Do you accept previous marks? If you would rather your students take an online tutorial fresh, please let us know and we can disable students’ ability to forward previous marks.

The full catalogue of library instruction can be found after the break:

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Library Services Spring 2018 Semester Report

The Spring 2018 Semester Report is now available. Catch up on a busy semester at the Library, including such highlights as:
Alli and students

Librarian Alli Sullivan chats with students at this year’s Scholarship Cafe.

  • A record number of instructional sessions
  • The official launch of The LaIR at the Scholarship Cafe
  • The debut of the Copyright for Creators online tutorial
  • Award-winning culinary skills on display at the Langara Cooks event
  • Activities and engagement as part of Open Education Week and Freedom to Read Week
  • And much more!

All semester and annual reports are available on Library Central, tagged Library Reports.

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More Complicated than Theft: Current Trends in Plagiarism Prevention Education

The Student Conduct and Judicial Affairs Annual Report from 2017 marked an astounding increase in the number of reported cases of plagiarism at Langara College, up to 495 total incidents (up from 286 in 2016) (Ross, 2018). Since 2013, the Langara Library has offered the online library tutorial titled Avoiding Plagiarism, a video-based tutorial delivered through Brightspace that offers students some basic information about plagiarism and introduces the concepts of citation. Many of Langara’s students will be asked to complete this tutorial at some point in their studies, and a perfect score on the comprehension quizzes in the tutorial is not an uncommon result.

So where are we going wrong?

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