Ontario Associate University Librarians Meeting at McMaster, Library FYI, McMaster University Library (December 2008)
Bibliographies & Guides
Open Resources LibGuide: Features information about “open” resources including open access journals, open source software, open education resources, and media covered by creative commons agreements.
Copyright LibGuide: Provides faculty and students with information about using copyrighted works. Maintained in collaboration with RDC Library Chair.
21st Century Fluences: Business/Economic Information (PDF) Planning document with related resources & potential partnerships listed; created in collaboration with librarians at McMaster University Library (January 2009)
Canadian Library Grants (PDF) Table created for McMaster University Library management (April 2009)
Find Business Cases ‘How To Find’ guide, McMaster University Library (January 2009)
Find Market Share ‘How To Find’ guide, McMaster University Library (November 2008)
Freedom to Read LibGuide Shares information on challenged books in celebration of Freedom to Read Week (created February 2011)
Learning Commons in Academic Libraries (PDF) Annotated bibliography created for McMaster University Library management (April 2009)
Mentorship Programs in Academic Libraries (PDF) Annotated bibliography created for McMaster University Library management & distributed at the Annual Associate University Librarians Meeting (November 2008)
Open Access FAQ on publishing scholarly journal articles in open access publications, McMaster University Library (March 2009)
Open Resources LibGuide Guide on how to find open resources online, including scholarly literature, multimedia, teaching objects, and software, RDC Library (created December 2010)
Finding Research Articles (PDF). PowerPoint slides from a first year Biology class at RDC (January 2012)
Research Skills Workshop (PDF). PowerPoint/Turning Point clicker slides from a Practical Nursing class at RDC (October 2010)
Finding Business Information Resources (PDF). Two-part presentation prepared and delivered by myself & McMaster Library staff to second year commerce students as part of a course-integrated information literacy assignment (5 sessions, March 2009)
RefWorks for Business (PDF). Workshop delivered to business faculty & students at McMaster University (1 session, November 2008)
Digital Divide & Conquer: Why Open Access & Information Fluency Make a Great Team. Session presented at the Canadian Library Association’s 66th National Conference & Trade Show, Halifax, NS (May 2011)
Librarians strive to encourage students’ lifelong learning and critical thinking skills. Enhancing their awareness of Open Access resources in an increasingly complex digital information landscape furthers this objective. This session will explore ways librarians are promoting OA publications, focusing specifically on how these resources can enrich students’ lives now and for years to come.
Digital & Media Literacy @ RDC. Webinar led with RDC librarians Kristine Plastow (Chair) & Teneil Vuori at the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) Spring Meeting, Calgary, AB (April 2011)
The ability to interact with information across a variety of technological platforms, tools and media is a vital skill for students and faculty to possess in contemporary learning and workplace environments. This session will address challenges and opportunities academic librarians and staff at RDC Library have experienced in seeking to foster patrons’ digital and media literacy skills.
Open Access Week and Beyond. Poster presented at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2010, Toronto, ON (February 2010)
Abstract: Academic librarians’ support of open access publishing initiatives has enhanced library collections, research innovation and the visibility of institutions’ output. Many have paid less attention, however, to educating university students about open access resources. Drawing on exemplary promotional efforts, this poster describes ways that Canadian academic librarians might ensure students know about open access resources and understand their potential uses and limitations, from actively participating in Open Access Week to integrating open access topics into instruction sessions and beyond. During the poster session, information about recent developments in the open access movement in Canada will also be made available.
The Open Access Librarian: Educator or Advocate? (PDF). Roundtable presentation delivered to McMaster University Library staff (April 2009)
Abstract: This roundtable questions librarians’ approach to open access journal publications. After a brief overview of the advantages and disadvantages that open access journals bring to academic work and thus library collections, the discussion will be opened up to attendees as to what role they think librarians should play in the open access debate, be it one of educator or advocate.
Making Beds, Making Change. Paper presented at the Canadian Anthropology Society and American Ethnological Society Conference (CASCA-AES), Toronto, ON (May 2007)
Abstract: A great deal of recent anthropological work has focused on socioeconomic and cultural changes resulting from capitalist globalization and labour immigration. In this paper, I contend that the North American labour movement is rebuilding itself amid these processes, with recent im/migrants emerging as important players in struggles over fair wages and working conditions. Specifically, I explore how first generation immigrant women in Toronto’s hotel industry are not only a group confronted with exploitative labour conditions, but also represent political agents for change. A consideration of their experiences prior to immigrating and as new citizens can illuminate contemporary problems in the Canadian labour movement relating to issues of race, class and gender.
Tent card created and placed around RDC Library to promote the Directory of Open Access Journals, which was the Library’s featured resource for April of 2011 as part of the Resource of the Month initiative. Web site created to support a poster session on promoting Open Access to students presented at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference. Site provides extensive information and resources about OA and the OA movement in Canada (Winter 2010)
Display promoting databases BestCase & WRDS. Appeared in the showcase outside of Innis Library, McMaster University (Spring, Summer 2009)
Photo submission to Library FYI, the McMaster University Library staff newsletter, to help promote the Mac Toy and Food Drive (December 2008) Flyer created to promote a RefWorks workshop for business faculty & students, McMaster University (November 2008) Poster created for Engage, the 8th Annual Sociology & Anthropology Graduate Student Conference (March 2007)