Library Instruction for Summer 2020

If you are including a research component to your online courses for Summer 2020, the library is still here to help! We have many different options for online library instruction and we encourage you to reach out to your liaison librarian to discuss what would be best for your students.

Some options for online library classes may include:

  • Synchronous session with the librarian who can share their screen and walk students through the research process.
  • Asynchronous screen captures that walk through the research process that students can watch on their own time.
  • Embed your Library Assignment Guide directly into your Brightspace Course. Instructions on this can be found here:
  • Custom built learning objects that you can embed into your Brightspace Course (this will take more lead time)
  • Using the existing online tutorials through Brightspace. More information on that can be found here:

Please stay tuned as well for new library learning objects about citation and other research skills.

Full information about Information Literacy Instruction at Langara College can be found here:

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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 using an open textbook for the summer term. Open textbooks are licensed to be freely used and distributed. They are written, edited, and reviewed by faculty from universities and colleges across Canada and the world.

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Online library resources for faculty and staff

Did you know that the Langara Library’s vast collection of online resources is available to Langara employees? Keep up to date on the news, engage in professional development, or just relax with an e-book or feature film, all from the comfort of home. All online resources are available off-campus once you log in with your Langara ID and password.

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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 won’t be affected by these future title deletions. If you are using a title from this list, please contact ajensen@langara.ca so the library can find a replacement.

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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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