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brown bag :: an odyssey through <odesi>

Come join us on a trip through the wonders of <odesi>, the Scholars Portal service that provides a web-based data exploration, extraction and analysis tool. See how you can use this tool to answer questions at the ref desk using Statistics Canada data, as well as data from Gallup and other polling agencies.

Walter Giesbrecht will lead this brown bag session on May 20 in Scott 531 from 12-1:30.  We plan to follow up with a Research Frontiers session sometime in the fall in conjunction with more promotion of this resource to the wider YU community.

Accessibility Customer Service workshops

More Accessibility Resources – an EI Institute was run in July, I have hard copies of the handouts for that one, drop me a line and I can send youa copy. this is the description of the session, followed by links to the  materials for the September 9 session.

Event Page

Click here for Part II -  Sept 9, 2009

Supporting Documents:

TRY Impressions

Here are some impressions about the TRY conference, from YUL folks who attended:

Ricardo Laskaris writes:

Seamus Ross, (new Dean of University of Toronto’s iSchool) spoke on the necessity of spreading awareness of digital preservation issues beyond library and archives domains, and the role of the University of Toronto in educating students not in how to solve known problems, but in how to approach unknown problems with creativity and new ideas.

[He also pointed us to his previous work, at Digital Preservation Europe.  They produced this fun little video]

Phil Gold presented research on a paper comparing part-time and full-time librarians; he noted the importance of recognizing that users’ experiences with reference staff (the majority of whom are part-time librarians) and circulation staff largely determine the public perception of the value and importance of the library.

Sally Wilson and Graham McCarthy presented on m-learning, the provision of library content and services to mobile devices. They also presented selected results from a Ryerson survey conducted last November on student cell phone use.

Jeannie An and Allison Bell presented on the implementation of mentoring programs for library staff, and on their personal experiences implementing auch a program at McMaster.

Andrea Kosavic and Jeff Newman presented on cloud computing and its implications for libraries and library users. Discussion touched on issues such as privacy, ownership, and security.


I attended the session The Adventure of Building Engagement through Embedded IL: Redesigning PSY309 presented by Joanna Szurmak.  It was interesting to hear her story of curriculum integration and her assessment of the whole exercise.

The interesting question that arose for me was how does  teaching a series of IL workshops on very specific IL subjects translate into overall IL competencies?  Students were tested once in the beginning and once in the end of term.   She had student take the SAILS test which as you may know tests for the ACRL Information Literacy competencies.  There was minimal difference between pre- and post IL instruction results.  These results may not neccesarily reflect negatively on the IL instructor, however…maybe  3rd year students are more IL savvy than we give them credit for.  It would be interesting to compare SAILS results between first year and third year Psych students. Joanna indicated that she assumed curriculum integration would necessitate re-writing entire courses.  Aren’t there creative ways of integrating IL into existing curricula?  Since I am an  Education grad, but not a Librarian,  I was intrigued by this assumption and wondered if this is a view held here at York as well.

Christina Hwang and Catherine Devion (above) from U of T Scarborough gave a session on promoting their 24/7 library services.  I was particularly interested in their success with getting students to show up to focus groups and to complete surveys!  I’ll link to the presentation when they post it.

The final session of the day was a discussion with the three University Librarians.

From Left to right: Carole Moore from University of Toronto; Madeleine Lefebvre from Ryerson and Cynthia Archer from York.

They were asked to prepare answers to various questions about the future of Academic Libraries.  I for one am always curious to hear what the person at the top thinks about the directions we are taking…and they didn’t disappoint.  I noted some differences in points of view, however subtle…but generally they were all “on the same page”,

Lastly, here is a shot of the gang at lunchtime!–Christina

Web of Science: Monday March 23rd

The Thomson Reuters session will be taking place in SMIL on March 23 from 2:30-4pm. All are welcome. Julia Hawks will be reviewing new features added to Web of Science/Web of Knowledge as well as giving us a heads up about what’s on deck from Thomson Reuters including:

*Century of Social Sciences

*Biosis Citation Index

*Proceedings Citation Index

*Incites (for tracking faculty publications and performance).

Scopus Day – July 7, 2008

Come find out how Scopus can help you improve your research on MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008!

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It’s designed to find the information researchers need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process.

Do you need to know…

*What is the most important article in your field?

*How many times your article has been cited? What about an article written by your friend/advisor/colleague?

*How to do a literature search that crosses multiple disciplines

Morning Session
10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Scott Library,
Room # 530
FREE coffee and pastries

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Session
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Comp. Sci. & Eng (CSE) ‘A’
FREE boxed lunch

Afternoon Session
2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Scott Library,
Room # 530
FREE coffee and pastries

Please register for a session by emailing or ext. 55601

Everyone that attends a session can enter a raffle to win a FREE iPod Shuffle!

Hosted by York University Libraries!

Fall 2007 Brown Bag Series

The Information Literacy Committee and the Web Review Committee are happy to announce the fall series of brown bag lunches. Please see below for more information. Please contact Adam Taves [ or ext. 20074] if you have any questions. Thanks to the Cataloguing Committee for their assistance in planning the Brown Bag Series.

Information on the winter line-up of brown bags will be sent out soon.

List of topics:

Tuesday Oct. 23: OpenURL/CoinS [Stacy Allison-Cassin]

Thursday Nov. 8: Cool Tools for Scholars [John Dupuis]

Wednesday Nov. 14: Curriculum Integration [Ilo Katryn-Maimets & Mark Robertson]

Monday Nov. 26: What differences do academic libraries and librarians make? [Deena Yanofsky]

Wednesday Dec. 5: Changes are Coming? Resource Description and Access and the Future of Bibliographic Description [Marcia Salmon & Tim Knight]

Brown Bag Descriptions (Microsoft word file)

ILC Brown Bag Lunch Tomorrow

The Information Literacy Committee (ILC) is hosting a brown bag lunch tomorrow entitled “Working with and developing links with faculty.” They will be joined by Rob Kenedy (Sociology) & Ross Rudolph (Political Science) in a discussion about building strong links between faculty and librarians.

*Where*: SMIL Screening Room (note the room change)
*Time*: 12 – 1:30

Note there are two remaining brown bags for this term.  The one scheduled for April 5 is a rescheduled session to make up for an earlier cancellation.  Both will be held in the SMIL Screening Room.

*March 29: Social Software and its Possibilities (WRC) *
A discussion about social networking in an academic environment, including wikis, blogs and social bookmarking.

*April 5: Assignment Toolkit (ILC)*
A discussion around assignment design, developing good assignments and how to approach faculty when presented with problematic assignments.

First round of blog training is now over!

Thanks to everyone who came for the initial training session! In particular, thanks for your patience; we (Stacy and I) hadn’t been able to spend a whole lot of time on this, and I guess it showed (a bit, anyway). We’ll definitely work on better documentation, which will be posted or linked to the “Information for Blog Authors” page. We invite comments as to how we can make the training better, and/or anything else blog-related you’d like to know how to do. Another round of training will be announced for sometime in the next few weeks; a road trip to Frost is planned as well.

Here’s the group blogging away…

Blog training.jpg

and a very happy group post-training!


Staff blog training

blogThe first round of training for the designated authors (you know who you are!) will take place at 10am on Friday, Feb 23, in 531 Scott. Stacy and I will take you through the basics of what you need to know, give you time for some hands-on experience, plus answer any questions.

For those authors who aren’t able to make it to this session, we’ll schedule another one soon. A road trip down to Frost is also in the near future.