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- ItemChanging professional roles in academic libraries: structures and relationships(2015) James, Norene; Shamchuk, Lisa; Koch, Katherine; Laplante, DenisInvestigators conducted a survey in February 2014 that captured perceptions from library technicians and librarians across Canada about the changing roles and dynamics of work relationships. Focused on results from the academic library sector, this paper will share how work responsibilities, professional roles, and relationships between librarians and library technicians are perceived to be changing, as well as provide suggestions for improving workplace culture. Results will be of interest to academic librarians and library technicians who seek evidence of changing professional roles, and relationships between professions, as well as the need to mindfully reinvent organizational structures and culture.
- ItemChanging professional roles in academic libraries: Structures and relationships(2015) James, Norene; Shamchuk, Lisa; Koch, Katherine; Laplante, DenisInvestigators conducted a survey in February 2014 that captured perceptions from library technicians and librarians across Canada about the changing roles and dynamics of work relationships. Focused on results from the academic library sector, this paper will share how work responsibilities, professional roles, and relationships between the professions are perceived to be changing. Results will be of interest to academic librarians who seek evidence on changing professional roles, relationships between professions, issues of power and hierarchy in the workplace, as well as the need to mindfully reinvent organizational structures and culture.
- ItemFunding support for open access journals(2018) Gallilee, Patty; Gaynor, Kathy; Hall, RobynAcademic libraries have an important role to play in helping to ensure that scholarly publishing is sustainable, and that the public has access to research results and knowledge. In addition to running institutional repositories, and funding publisher’s open access (OA) article processing charges (APCs), libraries have increasingly begun funding OA journal operations directly from collection and operating budgets. The following report details attempts to “flip” subscription charges in this manner, and provides recommendations on ways that libraries can continue to support the publication and discovery of OA content into the future.
- ItemLibrary councils and governance in Canadian university libraries: a critical review(2016) Revitt, Eva; Luyk, SeanDespite the nearly 40-year history of library councils in Canadian academic libraries, scholarly literature regarding library governance and decision-making processes within the context of Canadian university libraries is almost non-existent. Nevertheless, there is evidence of a general disenfranchisement of librarians from significant decisions affecting library operations, resources, services, and the appointment and evaluation of senior administrative positions. Furthermore, it is evident that library councils in Canadian academic libraries, where they do exist, function primarily as information-sharing forums rather than as the collegial decision-making bodies they were originally intended to be. Through a close examination of the CAUT Bulletin, this paper traces the development of library councils in Canadian academic libraries. Within the framework of institutional theory and drawing from librarianship, management, and educational administration literature, the paper proceeds to critically discuss systematic barriers to collegial governance in academic libraries. Historical and anecdotal evidence suggests that administrative resistance is a continued and key obstacle to the democratization of decision-making processes in Canadian academic libraries.
- ItemOpening-up digital platforms to community-based research(2023-05-31) Hall, RobynCanadian universities are striving to build stronger foundations in community engagement. Community-based researchers are doing this foundational work, conducting research alongside community partners. This work often results in non-traditional research outputs, which advance knowledge but are not disseminated through conventional publishers. Examples include reports, policy briefs, photographic exhibits, and video productions. While this work serves to inform policy, advance social change, and by extension, contribute to teaching and learning, it is often not shared widely online in ways that encourage discoverability, and long-term reuse. Notably, it is frequently absent from digital platforms maintained by academic libraries used to distribute scholarly and creative works in open and sustainable ways such as institutional repositories and web-publishing applications like Omeka and Pressbooks, and it is rarely shared under flexible Creative Commons licenses. Reflecting on recent data collected through surveys and interviews with Canadian librarians and community-based researchers, this presentation will provide insight into why this work is so often not shared on open access platforms. Participants will be asked to consider challenges and opportunities present at their own institutions to support the dissemination of community-based research outputs, and ways to enhance university services to help advance its impact and reach.
- ItemPiloting a blended model for sustainable IL programming(2015) Nelson, Jody; Morrison, Joan; Whitson, LindseyThis paper aims to describe the MacEwan University Library’s successful pilot of a fully blended information literacy (IL) instruction program for first-year English courses. Development, implementation and assessment of the pilot prior to full implementation are discussed.
- ItemSupport for community-based research at the heart of the university(2023-06-07) Hall, RobynLibraries are often considered the heart of the university, supporting faculty, students, and staff carrying out teaching and research across disciplines. In recent years academic library services have evolved to support research dissemination practices that embrace principles of open science and knowledge democracy, aiming to make all forms of knowledge more accessible to the public through, for instance, online hosting platforms and providing expertise in copyright, data sharing, and knowledge mobilization. These services are, however, poorly communicated and underutilized when it comes to supporting community-based research projects and the non-traditional research outputs that frequently result from this work in collaboration with community partners. Drawing on findings from a recent study that included interviews with two-dozen academics and administrators engaged with community-based research across Canada, this session aims to help bridge the gap between the needs of community-based research projects, and common library services that support both traditional and non-traditional research creation, dissemination, archiving, and impact assessment. By the end of the session, participants will have increased awareness of ways that academic libraries can help support community-based research projects and ways that these supports might help advance their own work.
- ItemTaking it to the streets: Teaching public scholarship strategies for community impact and student success(2023-05-18) Hall, RobynHigher education’s expanding focus on community-based research is opening up new opportunities for students to develop and apply literacy skills that can have real world impact. This session will discuss several strategies librarians can use to teach students about creating and sharing research outputs intended for use by community partners and the broader public, with a focus on accessibility, knowledge equity and knowledge mobilization. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own instruction and ways that they can expand their teaching to incorporate public scholarship strategies to benefit students creating and sharing works beyond the classroom.
- ItemThe library's role in celebrating faculty publications(2018) Hall, RobynIn recent years, MacEwan University Library has partnered with the university’s Office of Research Services to organize events that celebrate faculty authorship and creative output. What initially started as a biennial recognition of books and CDs by faculty members and staff has expanded to an annual celebration of various forms of dissemination, including peer-reviewed journal articles. Similar author recognition events have begun taking place at universities across the country that are led by libraries and follow a diverse range of formats. This session will highlight the motivations, benefits and challenges of organizing such events, and some of the creative ways that MacEwan's library has been able to leverage this event to promote a variety of services and initiatives that support research, scholarship, and creative activity happening on campus.