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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Academic Innovation Directory – updated for September 2017

For Langara employees… The Directory (updated September 12) 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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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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