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OLA Super Conference 2013 Thursday Poster Sessions: A Guide

OLA Super Conference 2013 Thursday Poster Sessions: A Guide

Here’s a guide to the 24 poster sessions sponsored by Dysart & Jones that will be presented on Thursday, January 31st at the lower lobby of the MTCC. Be sure to have a look and speak with the presenters as they share their innovations on research, programs & services, problem-solving, and technology.


Note: Posters will be open for viewing at 10:30 am. Group One will be presented between noon and 1:00 PM. Group Two will be presented between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. All posters will be taken down by 5:00 PM.

Group One: Presented between noon and 1:00 PM

Sault Ste. Marie Centennial Then and Now Calendar Sharon Wigney & Kevin Meraglia, Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

The library participated in the yearlong celebration of our City’s 100th anniversary of incorporation as a city in 2012, by highlighting our archive photograph collection. After research, 13 photographs were selected giving an overview of the city in 1912. We then took photographs of the same scenes as they appear presently and assembled the calendar with the two images and a brief history for each month. The success of this project has yielded great interest from the community and we are hoping to repeat this project in upcoming years to highlight other photographs from our archives.

Engaging Patrons: Fightback on the 2012 Toronto Budget Maureen O’Reilly & Viveca Gretton; TPLWU Local 4948

Libraries and librarianship are under attack but popular resistance has been strong. The Toronto Public Library Workers (TPLWU) Local 4948 (CUPE) lead a successful community fightback campaign to the Ford administration’s 2012 austerity budget. Learn more about the tools of the campaign, the players – including Toronto literati, and the suspenseful vote at city hall that ended in a successful conclusion.

OLS-North and SOLS Joint Research Initiative on Province-Wide ILS Ghyslain Sabourin, OLS-North

This joint initiative will investigate the implementation of a provincial ILS to be shared by small public libraries in Ontario. There are two main components. First, an environmental scan will gather information on successful ILS consortia arrangements including membership and governance; implementation strategies; and funding models for future sustainability. Second, an online survey will be created where over 260 Ontario public libraries serving populations of 50,000 or less will be asked to indicate their preferences for participating in a provincial ILS and how it could best suit their business needs. The project will be communicated to interested public libraries and questions answered during the poster session.

Doubling Down: An analysis of and recommendations for Wilfrid Laurier University Library’s online teaching and learning programme Michael Steeleworthy & Pauline Dewan; Wilfrid Laurier University Library

In Spring 2012, The Wilfrid Laurier University Library undertook a review of its online teaching and learning strategy. This examination included an analysis of the library’s teaching and learning goals, tools, and organizational structure, a literature review of current theory and methods in online teaching and learning, and a survey of instructional librarians at post-secondary libraries across North America. Our results, which call for more self-service learning options, a stronger online presence for librarians, and a renewed organizational structure for online instruction, are informing the Library’s wider restructuring as it moves toward a student-centered, digital-oriented service model.

Information Literacy Program Innovation Using Blended Learning Course Redesign Models Andrew Colgoni, McMaster University

Blended learning requires a fundamental course redesign to effectively integrate both face-to-face and online elements. Using a project management approach and course redesign models from the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) in the U.S., McMaster University Library implemented a blended learning pilot in five large enrolment undergraduate classes with existing information literacy components, with the goal of enhancing learning outcomes and reducing face-to-face information literacy instruction across the library system by 50%. Using results from instructor focus groups and student online surveys, we will assess this innovation in terms of project management, learning outcomes, workload, technologies and partnerships.

Crisis Culture in Librarianship: How we are digging our own grave and why Sajni Lacey, Student

This poster provides an overview of the discourse currently available on the crisis culture in librarianship and tries to understand why librarians have consistently predicted the demise of the library and librarianship over the past few decades. A brief examination of the literature points to fears over the economy, advancements in technology and communication within the profession have developed this crisis culture. An analysis of what this means for the future of librarianship and what we can do to improve this discourse indicates that librarianship is in a period of tremendous change with enormous potential.

How to Integrate the ILS System, Social Media and Subject Guides Cindy Li, University of Regina

There are many different ways to manage subject data in library system. But how to integrate them, make them work together and have one stop access for patrons is a big challenge. This poster will use one example –GIS (Geographic information system) research project to show the steps. The display will include how we export data from Voyager, import into Pinterest, and then link to LibGuides, which is followed by twitter and links with LibCal. Faculty and students will access GIS resource and related event in one place. It is helpful for research and study.

Better Late Than Never: Using clickers to engage the (not-so-new) freshman Vincci Lui, McGill University, Macdonald Campus Library

What’s a librarian to do when their annual in-class visit gets postponed due to a packed syllabus? Every October, freshmen at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus are given an overview on how to effectively use library resources and services. Last fall, this usually carefully-timed orientation session was pushed to later in the term -after some students had already attended another library workshop, and well after their first library visit. Find out how the use of flexibly-structured PowerPoint slides and an interactive clicker polling strategy uncovered library misconceptions, empowered students to determine session content, and addressed knowledge gaps.

Creating a Virtual Branch Using WordPress Stephen Wood, Grey Highlands PL

When creating a new website, Grey Highlands Public Library (GHPL) chose to use the Open Source Content Management Software WordPress to create an interactive web experience that provides the same level of service as a physical branch would. Using Instant WordPress, GHPL developed a new branch website offline on a flash drive before making it “live”. The new interactive website provides a cutting-edge experience for our patrons that is easy for staff to maintain and upgrade. Open Source software allows public libraries to create an easy-to-access interactive virtual branch.

Virtual Orientation to Services for Students with Disabilities Susan Ewing & Maureen Haig; York University Libraries

Student engagement, recruitment and retention are critical issues in the post-secondary environment and this applies equally to students with disabilities. Increasingly we are turning to instructional videos that can be accessed online anytime and anywhere. This poster will highlight the work carried out to date on a video project by York’s Academic Innovation Fund. A joint venture between Counselling & Disability Services and York University Libraries, the end products will assist both prospective and current students in navigating their way across campus to various services and in using accessibility software (e.g. Kurzweil).

“Practice Makes Perfect” -Building Interview Skills Speed-Dating Style Kate M. Johnson, Data Consultant, MaRS Data Catalyst, MaRS Discover District

Information professionals are dynamic and diverse in their knowledge and skills, which means that effective communication in a job interview is crucial to landing the position. The “Practice Makes Perfect” project draws upon a speed-dating format and provides participants with a safe and friendly environment to build their confidence and experience in answering interview questions. Participants have a set time to answer typical interview questions in pairs, rotating to a new partner after receiving feedback. Learn how to set up your own “Practice Makes Perfect” session and foster an environment of collaboration and constructive feedback among your fellow information professionals.

Collection Development for Aboriginal Communities: Providing Alternative Format Materials through the CNIB Library Partners Program Theresa Power, CNIB; Francine King, Wasauksing First Nation Public Library

In 2010, CNIB received two years of funding from the Ontario Government, which supports the delivery of CNIB Library services to Ontarians with print disabilities offered through Ontario’s public libraries, including First Nations libraries. The CNIB Library developed its collection of aboriginal literature to meet the needs of Partner libraries working within aboriginal communities. Wasauksing First Nation Public Library, a CNIB Partner library, embraced the aboriginal collection and uses it to enhance its services for clients with print disabilities. See how the CNIB Library developed this innovative collection and how it is being used and marketed in this Partner Library.


Group Two: Presented between 1:00 and 2:00 PM

Use Online Forms in Library Activities Jennifer (Cong Yan) Zhao, McGill University

Google Docs forms have been widely used in the library for many purposes, such as collecting registration, feedback, and suggestions. This poster goes beyond that and presents three explorative practices of using online forms to communicate with patrons at McGill University: (A) marketing library services to faculty by creating a checklist using a Google Docs form, (B) assessing students’ information literacy needs by an online pre-test form, and (C) getting consensus on the ranking of journal subscription suggestions within the department by a LimeSurvey form. Issues of using online forms will be discussed.

InsideOCULA Goes Online and Interactive Martha Attridge Bufton, Jenaya Webb, Elizabeth Yates, Carey Toane, OCULA Members

How do you create an interactive online publication designed to engage Ontario’s academic library community? Our web migration team will unveil the exciting results of this challenge and describe the steps we followed in preparing InsideOCULA’s extreme newsletter makeover. We’ll discuss the importance of planning and documentation, explain the process of working with OLA’s new content management system (iMIS), and share our successes and lessons learned. The demands of distance collaboration among team members in Ottawa, Hamilton, and Toronto will also be highlighted.

Info Health: Anatomy of a Successful Health Information Program Cathy Simpson & Beth Labelle; Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library

There’s an abundance of health information, but determining if it’s reliable isn’t easy. In response to this, Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library partnered with their local family health team and medical school to bring their community timely and accurate health information. Info Health focuses on healthy living, disease prevention, detection and management and navigating the healthcare system. The monthly programs reach a live audience of 30 to 50, are broadcast on local cable and available to borrow on DVD. Learn how you can start and run a successful health information program in your community.

All Our Sisters National Forum -Shoebox Stories Heather McDonald, London Public Library

Come and hear about the three-year journey of the London Public Library participating at a national level while engaging with the people that are often most misunderstood. This community led project enhanced partnerships while providing a voice for women who have experienced homelessness. All Our Sisters National Forum was the first national multidisciplinary conference addressing the social, economic and practical issues affecting women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Learn why the London Public Library decided to dedicate resources and take on a leadership role in a project whose mission it was to initiate and engage through dialogue, research and lived experience.

It’s Virtually the Real Thing Karin Davidson-Taylor, Royal Botanical Gardens

Imagine being able to connect with experts globally without having to go further than your local library. Videoconferencing is an innovative technology that enables you to interact in real-time with cultural organizations as well as other libraries throughout North America and beyond. Explore how you can collaborate with other libraries, provide engaging education sessions for patrons including seniors and children, or extend this service to community organizations. School and academic libraries can support and enhance teachers’ lessons with curriculum-connected interactions. Come with your questions and leave with enthusiasm to discover how you might use videoconferencing in your library.

Beyond Literacy: Exploring a post-literate future Kate Restivo, Patrick MacInnis, Amber Fundytus, Quenby Mahood; iSchool, University of Toronto

Reading and writing are doomed. Literacy as we know it is over. Welcome to the post-literate future. Beyond Literacy is a thought experiment, which explores the possibilities of a post-literate future -a future in which literacy (reading and writing; visible language) has been displaced, replaced, or exceeded by a new or evolved capacity, capability or tool. It is also an experiment in scholarly communication ( and pedagogy. Created by University of Guelph librarian and instructor, Michael Ridley, in conjunction with graduate students at the University of Toronto’s iSchool, the project was co-published by ACRL and OLA.

ESL Cafe at Hanover Public Library Agnes Rivers-Moore, Norma Graham, Theresa Seim; Hanover Public Library

Hanover Public Library partnered with the Adult Learning Centre in Walkerton to offer English Second Language Coffeehouses to the newcomers in the area. We offer a monthly venue for new Canadians to meet, socialize, practice English conversation, and exchange information about experiences in Canada. Refreshments are provided and the information that our guests exchange is priceless. Many do not know where to turn to discuss assorted problems – shared information and peer support help them cope. Library staff attend and help with information. This is a highly popular program, and makes an enormous difference in people’s lives.

Entering the Academic Honesty Milieu: Strategies for success Susan Shepley & Kathleen Oakey; Sheridan College

What role can a library play in advancing the academic integrity of its institution? See how Library & Learning Services has been leading academic honesty initiatives at Sheridan College and the impact these have had at both the program and administrative levels. We’ll share practical strategies for implementing a suite of learning tools that can transform an institution’s approach to policy development, prevention and intervention strategies.

Getting Ready for RDA: A Modular approach to training library staff Emma Cross, Carleton University Library

Resource Description and Access is the new content standard coming this Spring 2013. Libraries will need to address training for staff in all Departments on how to interpret, catalogue and use RDA records. This poster will analyze training needs faced by most libraries and offer a practical guide to implementing RDA applicable to libraries of all sizes. Emma Cross is a member of the Pan-Canadian Working Group on Cataloguing with RDA and the poster will be based on her experiences planning and delivering RDA training at Carleton University Library. Please drop by to discuss RDA and obtain some practical suggestions on implementation for your Library.

Google vs Databases : Comparison of Information Retrieval Systems Marg Baltzer, London District Catholic School Board

We have access to an unprecedented amount of electronic information. In general, it appears that most people have come to rely on search engines as their preferred information source. Librarians and other key stakeholders prefer to access information from subscription based databases. In an objective, evidence based approach we evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of search engines and databases. The results show a statistically significant difference in search results that will assist key stakeholders to make more informed decisions.

A Central Place to Manage System Problems Grace Liu & Allan Laporte; University of Windsor Leddy Library

Do you have a central place to report and track system problems? Have you had complaints on service delay? In November 2011, our library developed a new procedure adopting an email account as the primary contact for library staff to report system problems. In previous practice, such reports went to individual technicians’ telephones, emails or expressed directly by knocking door-to-door. It was very hard to track problems and ensure consistent quality services. This new procedure enables the library to document systems problems and allocate resources more efficiently. This poster will share our success and experience with the new procedure.

Back to the Future? A Team-based Approach to Collections Linda Graburn, University of Guelph

Poster presents a case study on the implementation of an integrated Information Resources team of librarians responsible for all aspects of collection development, management and assessment. As opposed to the more common “liaison” model of distributed collections responsibilities, the advantages of an integrated, dedicated team lie in the areas of shared decision-making, improved book plan design, greater potential for research collaboration, and easier management of workload and professional development opportunities. Additional benefits of this staffing model include improved ability to deal with the challenges of dwindling budgets, support interdisciplinary research, resolve access issues, and meet provincial “Institutional Quality” assessment requirements.



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