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ILC Roundtable Rescheduled: The Art of Negotiation

We have rescheduled the ILC Round Table:

The ILC would like to invite all librarians at York University to attend our next round table event. As in the previous events, we are going to speak from our experiences. The discussion will centre on the various negotiations we have encountered in our instruction.

Feel free to share, demonstrate or comment on what you have learned from these experiences.

Again, we will use an informal, unconference style approach in the first five minutes of the event to construct agenda topics based on the attendees’ interests and concerns.

Please bring your ideas you want to share but please keep things informal and to 5 minutes or less. Computer access will be available in the event it’s needed.

Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be provided by the generousity of the ULO

Please  RSVP to Peter’s email,

TRY Conference

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Visit to register for the seventh annual Library Staff Conference. We look forward to a day of outstanding sessions FREE to all staff appointed members at UofT, Ryerson, and York.

University libraries now navigate an environment of increasingly powerful technological tools, budget constraints, changing pedagogy, performance measurement, heightened concerns about open access and intellectual property rights, new publishing models and challenges to traditional service models. The future is unpredictable but, as we look toward the horizon and the future of higher education, we are compelled to respond to, and sometimes lead, change.

This one-day conference provides an opportunity for all members of the University of Toronto, York and Ryerson University library communities to gather together for a day of learning and socializing with colleagues.

The conference will take place at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011.

Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment!

In addition, if you are interested in convening any of these events please contact Angela Hamilton or Peter Duerr


Undercurrents is the creation of York University Libraries and its Student Advisory Group. This series of events is designed to provide undergraduate students at York with a forum to discuss their work and experiences both on and off campus.

Our Next Event:


Join our panel of engaged undergrads as they discuss their
work beyond the classroom. From child soldiers to
sexual assault, Tanzania to TEDx, learn how and
why they got involved, and how you can too.

WHEN: Thursday, March 24th, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Scott Library Collaboratory (second floor)

Guest Speakers:

I will be speaking about my experience as part of the Theatre Student Association and the Creative Arts Student Association. I will talk about the importance of being involved in student government and the opportunities that being a student leader has presented me with. I will speak specifically about one successful event I planned called ‘Emmanuel Jal: We Want Peace’. He is a former child soldier and world famous hip hop artist. Planning this event has opened many doors for me, including a potential job offer at Universal Music. I will speak about the challenges and benefits balancing extra curricular activities with school work, and the importance of networking while at University.

Volunteering with the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Support Line (SASSL) has increased my engagement with the York community by giving me the opportunity to meet and work people outside of my program, examine the issues affecting the student community, and work towards having an impact on these issues. Most of all, volunteering for SASSL has given me the chance to encourage York students, and others, to engage in a dialogue about sexual assault and the issues surrounding it. I believe that removing the stigma surrounding these issues by encouraging open discussion can have a significant positive impact.
The university experience can be overwhelming, and it is easy to feel lost in the crowd, especially at a school the size of York. Getting involved with student organizations can be an empowering experience, as you become a part of shaping the culture and community of the university.

Details coming soon.

My presentation, entitled “Gems of experience,” will be centered upon important opportunities which I believe students should deeply consider taking a part of, along with my personal story and advice to others aspiring to possibly start up a student club or become more involved in the YorkU community. I hope to make the presentation both informative and inspiring, and elucidate why involvement in student life in often needed to make a degree “complete.”

for more information, please contact Timothy Bristow:

Libqual Forum details! All Staff are invited


Thursday, June 10th, 2-4 p.m. – Accolade West 006

What is…

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This winter hundreds of undergrads, grads and faculty filled out online Libqual+ surveys providing us with invaluable insight into our library. Libqual results touch on every aspect of our work as a Library and is therefore  relevant to each and every one of us.

The forum will be an opportunity to:

  • To learn about the results from this year’s Libqual+ survey
  • To explore what these results mean
  • To discuss a framework for action
  • To begin brainstorming what we can do to respond

Refreshments provided!

We encourage you to familiarize yourself,  in advance, with the Libqual comments and report.

These documents can be found on our LibQual+ Page

Please RSVP to Christina Pringi.   We hope you can make it!


1) Welcome & Introduction – 5 min.
2) Libqual+ 2010 Results: An Overview – 30 min.

  • What is Libqual?
  • The goals of Libqual
  • How the survey works
  • Numerical results
  • Comments

3) Pair & Share exercise – 30 min.
4) The Comments: What do they tell us? – 15 min.
5) A Framework for action – 10 min.
6) Brainstorm: What can we do about it? – 20 min.
7) Next steps & Wrap-up – 10 min.

Brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood Library Assessment Committee

Content Management System Refresher Workshop

The Web Committee invites all staff to attend:

Content Management System

Refresher Workshop

April 19, 2010


Scott 531


1pm-2pm: Review of the CMS basics

2pm-4pm: Bring a current project and get help, ask questions, or get feedback

Please let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to see covered. See you there!

Questions or Comments?

Angela Hamilton:

Bill Denton:

Details! Spring Reception April 26

Once again, we’ll be hosting our retirees and guests on April 26th for the Spring Reception!

Program hosted by Bronfman Business Library Staff: “Know Thyself”

  • Featuring YUL trivia!

  • Bill Denton answers the burning question: “Who visits my web page & where do they click?”  using  Google Analytics and ClickHeat.


10:30 – 11:45  a.m.        Program – Accolade West 006


12:00  – 2:00 p.m.       Luncheon – Michelangelo’s

Our friends at Michelangelo’s are once again providing their delicious Italian specialties:

  • Chicken Spieducci (kababs)
  • Pasta Primavera (Garlic and Olive Oil)
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Caesar and California Mix Salads
  • Fruit Platters and Assorted Pastries

Click here for a copy of the poster.


Developing Your Teaching Portfolio -Tomorrow!

Time: 12:00 noon
Location: SMIL Screening Room

Tomorrow’s session, the second in ILC’s Professional Development Teaching and Learning Series is “Developing Your Teaching Portfolio” and will be led by Ros Woodhouse, Academic Directer of the Centre for the Support of Teaching. She has requested that all those attending tomorrow’s session bring a laptop and a copy of their Teaching Philosophy Statement (if they have one).

Hope to see you all there!
Mary Kandiuk, for ILC

OLA Superconference 2010: The Skinny Part 1

Librarians were involved the following sessions:

How Relevant is Artificial Intelligence to Today’s Libraries? Presenter: Grace Liu, University of Windsor Leddy Library. Convenor, Ricardo Laskaris.

Photo courtesy of J. Cheng

Academic Libraries in a 24/7 World. Catherine Devion, Coordinator, Circulation and Access, U of T Scarborough; Mark Robertson, Associate University Librarian, York University; Martha Whitehead, Associate University Librarian, Queen’s University

Click here for the powerpoint


Toni Olshen was presented with the OCULA Lifetime Achievement Award at OLA.

Congratulations Toni!

The Lifetime Achievement Award honours exceptional achievements in service to OLA/OCULA and any other library organization; research and publication in areas of academic librarianship;  and planning and implementing a library program which serves as a model to others as well as  honours a librarian who has served as a role model for the profession.

Looks Like Julie Drexler had a close encounter...

OLA Superconference 2010: The Skinny Part 2

Staff were invited to report on their experience at Superconference, We have three reports, thank you!

1. Alison Ball ((Mono Acquisitions) writes:

The following were key points I jotted down at one of my sessions. The speaker was Pam Casey and these were her suggestions of ways to stay current. [Do You Have the Skills for Tomorrow's Library Careers? Pam Casey, President, Information Now]

A good working knowledge of social media sites—U Tube, Stumble Upon, Delicious, Digg, Reddit, Flickr, Forums, Twitter, Wikis, blogs, functional knowledge of some HTML/CCS.

Basic knowledge of web site design standards and best practices including knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript.

Tech skills to acquire–Taxonomy development, Metadata analysis, Information Architecture, Web 2.0, Social Media

Skills to develop–Leadership, presentation, ability to be flexible and independent.  Join online networks, blogs, wikis etc.

Training offered at:

University of Toronto offers PLC training check their website:

Athabaska University:

Special Libraries Association:

SeoTraining Toronto:

Associations Knowledge Workers of Toronto:

Special Library Assoc.:

CIPS-Computer Information Professions:

AIM-Assoc. Of Information Manage :

Online & Social Networks

Lined In –

Twitter – (business networking tool)

Facebook – look up sla Toronto, ola, and cla

Ning –

Yahoo –

Airset Group Cloud Computer groups

Yahoo groups

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals

Websites to check regarding Taxonomy:

Social Media website:

U OF T- PLC program teaches all of the above

Journals to have a look at:

KMWorld, eContent and Information Outlook

Lastly, I recommend listening to Aimee Mullins the plenary speaker, who is not a librarian but a motivational speaker.  This is not the session she did at OLA but a previous one she did for TED.

2. Janet Cheng (Scott Reference) Writes:

Thanks to your support for me to attend this Conference. The only difficulty is to make the choice of which session to go amongst these hundreds of presentations …..

Day One – I attended the 419 Meeting Procedures Part 2 which is to do with the formal meeting procedures. Handouts will be available once they put it on the OLA Conference web. Aimee Mullin’s session on “From overcoming to embracing: seeing opportunity in adversity” is the highlight of the day and I hope I have learn from her attitude.

Day Two – Lgen the Honourable Romeo Dallaire’s session is again powerful and inspiring to all the attendees. I’m happily away with his autographed book and to remember that there is no such thing as “status quo”.

photo courtesy of J. Cheng

Then I attended the “Academic Libraries in a 24/7 world” which is the hands-on experience of U. of T Scarborough, Queen’s and York on serving students’ needs and juggling resources at the same time.

Christopher Hume’s session is my wrap up of the day in which he talked about the value of the libraries, its presence in the community and its relation to the individual and their family.

I have enjoyed attending this Conference and thanks again for the opportunity.


3. Nisa Lawson (University Librarian’s Office) writes:

Building a Successful Event: Special events 101 . Ann Andrusyszyn, Manager of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications, Barrie PL

The presenter highlighted some very tried and true methods for event planning but what struck me as the most useful were the event planning templates at Microsoft.

Touch me! Multi-touch Screens and More!

Fiacre O’Duinn, Cataloguing Librarian, Hamilton PL

This presentation highlighted a very important trend in technology and how it can relate to teaching and learning skills. Multi -Touch devices allow more than one user to interact with a given program just by touching this large flat surface. Aptly, one product introduced to us was called Microsoft Surface.

Imagine if you will, a huge iPhone that you can use for file sharing just by placing your cell phone on its surface, while someone else crops photos and literally “throws” it into a mobile device placed on the same surface. Take a look at some of the demos on YouTube! The possibilities are endless with what you can do.

In between sessions, I was able to interact with the wonderful people at the expo, who were giving out some pretty cool stuff, and not just pens. That’s where I got this little guy.