Thursday, August 30, 2018

Social Justice Reading List from Coutts Library

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The Education Library has made a list of all of the must-have social justice resources for students in grades 7 – 12. If you need a story that deals with a difficult topic, your way in is here.

There are plays that deal with racism, mental illness, violence, and bullying; graphic novels that deal with gender, sexuality, war, and race; short story anthologies; social justice novel websites; and a slew of young adult novels that address everything from indigenous life, to body image, to sexuality, to homelessness. 

Each resource has a brief synopsis of what it is about – allowing you to judge for yourself which ones are the perfect resources for you to use in the classroom, at home, or for your own interest. Here are a few of my favourites:

Graphic novels

The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson; illustrated by Kelly Mellings

A gripping story about indigenous life and the strength of healing after a life on the street. It is set in Edmonton at the Stan Daniels Healing Centre with both author and illustrator hailing from Alberta.

Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis and Shannon Watters

Five best friends spend the summer together and encounter supernatural beings at camp. This is not about to stop them from having the best summer ever. Themes include: gender, gender identity, friendship, magic, and monsters.

Young Adult Novels

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

A fabulous, heart-wrenching, cynical love story. Themes: race, parents, love, immigration.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

One of the finalists for Canada Reads Shortlist 2018. Although set in a dystopian future, parallels can be drawn to the world today. Themes: Dystopian future, Indigenous peoples, survival, race, family.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

A long-time classic about a teen who experiences trauma she will not talk about. No one at school understands why she was once so outgoing and popular, to becoming a pariah, who no one talks to. Themes: sexual violence, peer pressure, relationships, high school. Also found in graphic novel form.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Library Instruction: A Core Service We Provide!

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The University of Alberta Libraries is a strong supporter of teaching and information literacy. As a Teaching Library, we provide quality services and resources to facilitate the teaching, learning, and research needs of our user community.

Librarians (liaison or subject librarians) responsible for specific subject areas are heavily involved with instruction. A large part of their work involves teaching in many forms such as, library workshops, one-on-one consultations for research, and curriculum-based lectures.

Library sessions are typically one-shot workshops that cover a myriad of topics. Librarians teach everything from effectively searching databases for literature, citation manager tools, research metrics, research data management, and predatory publishing.

In many instances, librarians are embedded in the curriculum and collaborate with instructors to teach students information literacy skills and how to navigate over 1000 library resources to complete assignments!

In the visualizations below you can see some of our instruction statistics from 2013- 2017. 
The fall term sees an influx of students, so naturally it is the library’s busiest month for instruction, as we reach out to our users and provide an orientation about our services and resources. While much of our instruction is considered “course based” (in fact, 80% of all library instruction are embedded within the curriculum), we do offer instructional sessions outside of regular courses.

These sessions may cover similar content, providing more opportunities to pick up information literacy skills such as developing good keywords for a search, or additional topics relevant to research or campus life, such as how to manage a unique identifier for your researcher profile that distinguishes your work from others (e.g. ORCID), or predatory publishing. These non-course based sessions also offer greater flexibility to offer longer sessions, such as the monthly three hour training sessions on systematic review searching.

In the 2016-17 academic year, we taught over 700 library instructional sessions and we’re excited to see what this year brings!

Are you teaching in the upcoming academic year? You’re invited to contact your subject librarian to discuss library instruction options for your courses. Subject librarians welcome opportunities to work with instructors like you!

To learn more about the key components of our instructional program, refer to the Teaching and Learning Concept Paper.

Special thanks to Jessica Thorlakson, ALES Librarian, for contributing to this blog post. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Bruce Peel Special Collections wins UCDA Awards: a hat trick!

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Bruce Peel Special Collections received wonderful news that judges of the annual University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Competition have chosen three of the Peel library's recently published exhibition catalogues for an Award of Excellence.

The judges evaluated 1,060 print and digital entries for excellence in design, illustration, concept, typography, printing, and overall message; and in this year's competition, they awarded 5 Gold Awards, 12 Silver Awards, and 198 Awards of Excellence. 

The award-winning publications will be on display at the 2018 UCDA Design Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 29 to October 2, where the winners will be recognized with certificates. 

"I commend our catalogue designers and Exhibitions & Collections Assistant Kevin Zak for their fine work, as well as the entire publication team (noted below) for their commitment to excellence." says Robert Desmarais, Special Collections Librarian and Head of Bruce Peel Special Collections.

Salt, Sword, and Crozier: Books and Coins from the Prince Bishopric of Salzburg (c.1500-c.1800) by Felice Lifshitz and Joseph F. Patrouch

Designer: Lara Minja (Lime Design)
Editorial: Cheryl Cundell
Exhibition Design: Kevin Zak
Photography: Kevin Zak & Louise Asselstine
Special Assistance: Linda Quirk, Jesse Carson, Robin Chorzempa, Paul Gifford, Carolyn Morgan, Jeff Papineau, Michaela Stang, Sara Tokay
Managing Editor: Robert Desmarais

Experiment: Printing the Canadian Imagination by David McKnight

Designer: Natalie Olsen (Kisscut Design)
Editorial: Cheryl Cundell,
Exhibition Design: Kevin Zak

Research & Editing Support: Linda Quirk, Jesse Carson, Samantha Nugent
Copyright Consultation: Adrian Sheppard
Special Assistance: Paul Gifford, Michaela Stang, Carolyn Morgan
Digital Reproduction: Jeff Papineau, Kevin Zak
Managing Editor: Robert Desmarais

Binding Fragments: Book Covers in the Salzburg Collection by Felice Lifshitz and Joseph F. Patrouch

Designer: Sergio Serrano
Design Director: Kevin Zak Special Assistance: Michaela Stang
Managing Editor: Robert Desmarais