Expanded collections in response to COVID-19 and the transition to remote teaching

Many of our library vendors have temporarily expanded access to their collections as many institutions are moving to online learning in response to COVID-19.

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Trends in Information Literacy Instruction – March 2020

Welcome to the renewed and reinvigorated Trends in ILI – a seasonal roundup of recent publications from the Information Literacy Instruction literature. This month, we ask what do we call the community we serve? Are community colleges having a good time with the ACRL Framework? How do we get past grit and growth mind-set when teaching research? And should we be teaching students how to organize the information along with how to find it?

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Collaborative Library Workshop: Improving Research and Critical Thinking Skills

During the Fall semester of 2019, Anne Kristiansen, Art History instructor and I collaborated on “something completely different” for a library session.  Previously, I had been working with Anne to create assignment guides that link to resources relevant to her essay topics.  As a guest speaker, I would also present for about 30 minutes to her students, showcasing the guides and speaking about research strategies. One-way delivery was the practice.  While occasional surveys indicated that students found the presentations and the guides helpful, the gap connecting the resources with critical analysis has become more prominent, especially with the diverse academic experience emerging among our students.   To bridge this gap, Anne and I decided to co-teach a two-hour workshop during class time.

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Introducing the Langara Open Student Scholar Prize

In partnership with Open Langara and the Langara Institutional Repository (The LaIR), this term the Library is pleased to announce the first Open Student Scholar Prize. This prize celebrates the exemplary work being done by our students and offers them an opportunity to share their work in an Open format.

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$1,240,856 in open textbook savings! Where’d you get that number?

Open textbooks have saved Langara students an estimated $1,240,856 since 2013. This makes Langara the heaviest user of open textbooks amongst all B.C. colleges and universities.

$1,240,856 is a significant figure. You might be wondering: Where does it come from?

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Problem playing Kanopy videos on Citrix machines

There is a known issue with playing Kanopy videos on campus Citrix machines. Until a solution is found by IT, instructors should make alternative plans for showing Kanopy videos on Citrix machines (such as playing the videos on a connected laptop). Kanopy appears to be the only collection with temporary Citrix compatibility issues, so videos from other Library collections (e.g. Curio, NFB) should play fine.

Kanopy videos should work on non-Citrix machines, on and off campus. We recommend playing all videos via the Chrome browser.

If you have questions or problems playing Kanopy videos on Citrix machines, please contact ajensen@langara.ca.

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New video collection: Arctic: Land of Change

Arctic collection logoA new collection from the Canadian Museum of Nature invites you to discover how knowledge of Arctic biodiversity can provide clues to better understand climate change and its impacts.

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Bringing the Library into Brightspace

woman sitting in a library using an iphone

The Library website is home to a wide variety of material designed to assist students with their research, writing, and other assignments. Last year we adopted a new platform with features that allow us to create engaging online learning resources that can be integrated into Brightspace.  Instructors can now embed assignment guides, citation guides, and writing centre handouts directly into their Brightspace course modules. Choose between an entire assignment or citation guide or bring in just a single page of relevant content.

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Learning Skills for Students: A Learning Strategist Pilot

What is a learning strategist?

Taking notes, planning your assignment and studying for an exam – these skills are probably second nature to you.  For some students, though, these learning skills pose a particular challenge.  A learning strategist, also known as a learning specialist, is a professional who can help students develop these academic and other related executive functioning skills including prioritizing and staying on task.

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Book Library Instruction for Spring 2020!

A fresh decade approaches and with it a new opportunity to add library instruction to your syllabus this year!

Here in the library, we have been working to make the process for requesting library instruction more streamlined and give faculty a more comprehensive view of what kinds of workshops, tutorials, and services you and your students can access.

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