Academic Innovation Directory – updated for January 2018

For Langara employees… The Directory – updated for January 2018 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 Update

Darcye Lovsin, Copyright Librarian

Changes continue in the Library…

Darcye Lovsin is covering Lindsay Tripp’s maternity leave, taking on the role of Copyright Librarian, co-chairing Open Langara, and acting as Subject Librarian for Aboriginal Studies, Canadian Studies, Classical Studies, History, and LEAP.

Darcye is a recent graduate of the Master of Information Studies program at the University of Toronto with recent work experience in the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office GSLA at Robarts Library, University of Toronto.

Welcome Darcye!

Contact information for all Subject Librarians

 

 

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Surveying in the Library

It has been brought to our attention that an increasing number of students are distributing surveys without prior permission in the Library as part of an assignment.  While we value the benefits of experiential learning, we also need to ensure minimal interruption for students studying in our space.  If your assignment requires a survey to solicit feedback from students, please help us by instructing your students to conduct their surveys in the corridor outside of the Library.

Please feel welcome to contact your subject librarian if you have any questions or need special accommodations for your students.

 

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A Busy Start of Term for the Library and Learning Commons

The start of the school year has been particularly busy at the Library, with record numbers of visitors coming through our doors. Over September and October, we have seen an influx of almost 20,000 more visitors compared to the same period in 2016. Not surprisingly, there has also been an upswing of student visits at the Writing and Tutoring Centre.

During the months of September and Oct, Subject Tutors saw a dramatic increase of 45% in student visits over the same period last year.  Similarly, the Writing Centre experienced a 25% increase in student visits.

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Important Announcement for 2018 Library Instruction Booking

As you may have heard, D2L is becoming Brightspace! That means that the library tutorials are also getting this new look. To ensure that the content, quizzes, and activities are all working the way they should, we at the library are asking for a 2 week delay for enrolling students into the library tutorials this spring. The library will be able to have the content and quizzes in the library tutorials available after January 16, 2018. If you usually like your tutorials to be open as soon as the term starts, please allow us this brief interval to make sure everything is working properly.

The launch of Brightspace will also coincide with the launch of our new, re-vitalized Introduction to Library Research Tutorial. We have been working hard for the past several months to give this vital tutorial a much needed renovation. It includes more activities, tougher quiz questions, updated resources, and view based conditional release of quizzes. If you would like to preview the new content, please contact Alli Sullivan, Teaching and Learning Librarian (asullivan@langara.ca), with your employee ID to get added to the preview course.

If your course involves a research assignment, please consider adding library instruction to help your student find and evaluate appropriate resources, avoid plagiarism, and practice better citation. The complete list of our services are below the break:

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Recent Changes to Library Online Systems

You may have noticed some changes to various Library systems over the last few months: our Quick Topic Search, interlibrary loan (ILL) form, and link resolver have all changed. But don’t worry! They still have the same functionality.

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VHS at Langara

As you have hopefully heard, by September 2018 VHS will no longer be a supported format at the college and VHS players are already being phased out of classrooms. During this transition, AV/IT has increased the number of laptops available to faculty for use on campus.

The Library is hard at work determining which of our VHS titles are still being used and how we can replace these with either DVD or streaming video. VHS titles that are no longer being used or of value will be removed from our collection. These decisions will, as usual, be made in close consultation among faculty, subject librarians, and departments.

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Personnel Updates at the Library

Over the past few months, three long-term library staff members entered into well-deserved retirement:

  • Zelja Loncaric, Library Operations Supervisor, continues to explore the world through many fantastic trips and adventures, and even drops by from time to time to help us out.
  • Judy Kornfield, Monographs Librarian, is busy working on her tan and welcoming the arrival of her first grandchild.
  • Brent Searle, Library Systems Manager, has moved to Gabriola Island with his guitar, and is contemplating raising sheep on his spacious woodland property.

Although the 100 years of experience at Langara that our retirees had between them cannot be replaced, the Library is pleased to welcome new staff members:

  • Corrie Playford has joined us as our Science Librarian, bringing with her experience from Conestoga College Library, and before that as a food scientist.
  • Philip Wong, Systems Librarian, has worked as a librarian on three continents, and brings with him a wealth of library systems experience.
  • Amelia “Mia” Clarkson will cover Annie Jensen’s maternity leave, and is a recent graduate of the Master of Information Studies program at the University of Toronto. Most recently she worked as a media librarian at the CBC.
  • Julie Cole, our new Library Systems Administrator, is a graduate of the Langara Library and Technology program, and brings with her years of IT experience from the financial sector.

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APA Style Central Now Available

The Langara Library recently subscribed to APA Style Central, a product from the American Psychological Association (APA) designed to assist instructors and educate students on the proper application of the rules of APA Style in their writing. Continue reading

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