Category Archives: Academic Innovation Newsletter

Library Services in a Virtual World

As we prepare for the fall semester, take a quick look at how the Library has adapted its services and collections to support online learning. While we still are not sure what the Library’s physical space will look like in … Continue reading

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Library Materials: Fees and Renewals

Do you have library materials checked out before the start of the Summer Semester?  Don’t worry – we have renewed them until the end of the current semester. We also recognize that coming to campus may be difficult so at the … Continue reading

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Trends in Information Literacy Instruction – July 2020

This summer, recent publications from the Information Literacy Instruction (ILI) lead us to think critically about Critical Library Instruction, examine the teaching moments in our reference transactions, and look again at the improved outcomes from multiple library sessions in a … Continue reading

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Leveraging Your (Copy)Rights for Online Instruction

Since the quick pivot to fully online instruction in March, the spotlight has been turned on tools required for online delivery (Brightspace, MediaSpace, Zoom, and the like). Less attention has been paid to how copyright can support educators as they … Continue reading

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“That’ll be $0, please”: Art History forgoes textbooks, embraces open education

At the start of the summer semester, Langara Art History students discovered that their learning materials this term will cost them nothing. This surely came as a relief to many struggling with financial instability, limited library access, and delayed textbook … Continue reading

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Updating video formats for online instruction

Do you use DVDs in your teaching? With status of in-person instruction still uncertain, now is the time to think about the format of videos you hope to use this fall and beyond. Many DVD programs are also available for … Continue reading

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New Database Trial: Ebsco’s Faculty Select (Open Educational Resources)

With the quick pivot to fully online instruction, open educational resources (OER) are more important than ever before. Unlike commercial learning materials, which are protected by traditional copyright, OER are openly licensed. Open licenses allow educators to retain, reuse, revise, … Continue reading

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Announcing the Open Student Scholar Prize Winners!

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the first ever Open Student Scholar Prize! In February and March of this year Open Langara and the Library jointly ran the Open Student Scholar Prize with great success! The Judges were … Continue reading

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Using Open Textbooks for Summer Classes

As we look toward an online summer term our students face two significant barriers to textbook access: finances and physical distance. In order to help navigate these challenges, Open Langara and the Library are here to support instructors interested in … Continue reading

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Videos expiring from Criterion on Demand

A number of videos will expire from Criterion on Demand in the coming months (up through 2025). If you use videos from Criterion on Demand in your teaching, please look through the following list of titles to ensure your curriculum … Continue reading

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