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- ItemOpen AccessAcademic law libraries and self-represented litigants(2010) St. John, Muriel (Lefebvre)Self-represented litigants are growing in numbers and they are a concern in every sector of the legal community. These citizens use public institutions to do their legal research. In this article, I focus on academic libraries and academic librarians offering services to this clientele, a form of university outreach to the community. Academic law librarians play an intermediary role between self-represented litigants and the legal information they seek.
- ItemOpen AccessThe art nouveau book designs of Talwin Morris(2004-06) Ford, LyleThis article provides an overview of Morris' career, placing his work within the context of technological changes in bookbinding. The article concludes that Morris' designs signify the popularity of Art Nouveau and its relationship to commercial activity.
- ItemOpen AccessBibliometric Analysis and Funding Success to Evaluate an Organization’s Research Grant Decisions(2016-06-01) Lê, Mê-Linh; Hammond, Greg; Novotny, T; Pierce, G; Wade, JTitle: Bibliometric Analysis and Funding Success to Evaluate an Organization’s Research Grant Decisions Objectives The Manitoba Medical Services Foundation (MMSF), a non-profit medical foundation that has provided nearly $20 million to support and fund research since 1974, sought to evaluate the subsequent output of both its successful and unsuccessful operating grant applicants. The foundation, which focuses on supporting new researchers, worked with the Library to determine whether its grant review process was successful in selecting the best candidates from 2008 to the 2012 competitions. Methods Using information up to 2014 for the five years of grants, which totaled $1,912,300 in funding, an analysis was first completed for all successful and unsuccessful grant applications. The analysis focused on two areas: publication history and funding history. Scopus – one of the largest databases in the world and a resource committed to eliminating author identification issues – was employed to determine the number of published articles and the h-index for each researcher. The funding databases of the three largest federal granting agencies in the country were searched to determine whether a researcher had subsequently obtained other grants. The bibliometric and funding data were statistically analyzed to assess the impact of a researcher’s initial grant result on their future publication output and funding success, as well as the local multiplier effect for the granting organization. Results Statistical analyses clearly demonstrated that those researchers who received funding from the MMSF went on to have greater academic productivity than unsuccessful candidates. Specifically, successful candidates had a greater number of publications, a higher h-index, larger amount of funding from the major Canadian research granting organizations, and greater odds of receiving funds as either co-investigators or lead principal investigators. Analyses also showed that successful applicants were ultimately very successful in bringing future external funding back to the province, with a local multiplier effect of 10:1 (i.e., for every $1 spent on Manitoba-based researchers, $10 returns to the community). Conclusions This research demonstrated that the current process used by MMSF is successful at selecting individuals who subsequently go on to become high-performing researchers. These researchers are ultimately more productive and obtain more funding than those individuals that are not selected. Furthermore, this project demonstrates a new way for Libraries to use metrics to assist organizations or institutions as they are called upon to demonstrate their value and impact on the community.
- ItemOpen AccessBleak House: The death of in-class undergraduate instruction in academic libraries(2019-05-22) Popowich, Emma; Vokey, SherriThe nature of the university is changing, with increased commodification of teaching and research. This paper dissects the milieu responsible for shifting library priorities, evaluating core tenants like university vision statements and strategic plans to show how libraries are compelled to reassess the staff dollars they spend on in-person instruction.
- ItemOpen AccessBook Review: Foundations of Information Ethics(Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2020) Fuhr, JustinThis review analyzes John T. F. Burgess and Emily J. M. Knox's Foundations of Information Ethics (2019). Foundations of Information Ethics is an excellent guidebook throughout its 156 pages. Burgess and Knox have gathered an impressive group of authors to provide an introduction to the complex field of information ethics. As we continue to develop indepth online infrastructure and communities, and as monolithic corporations gather data on global citizens, information ethics will have increased significance. Given this context, Foundations of Information Ethics provides a much-needed foundation on which more literature can be published in the future.
- ItemOpen AccessBridging the Health Information Gap for Hospital Nurses(2008) Shaw-Daigle, Christine; Demczuk, Lisa; Cohen Baker, Analyn; Raynard, Melissa; Giles-Smith, Lori; Barrett, PatriciaObjectives: To develop library services that support nurses in meeting their new professional continuing competency requirement and to connect nurses directly to quality information for practice and lifelong learning. Description: Licensed practicing nurses must document their continuing competency on an annual basis. Recognizing an emerging information need, we developed several onsite and virtual library programs and services to help community hospital nurses meet their new professional requirements. Our goals were to provide in-person research and library consultation services to front-line staff and to develop creative and innovative ways to deliver evidence-based information directly to nurses at the unit level. Simultaneously, the Regional Health Authority Nursing Leadership Council (RHANLC) recognized a growing gap in nurses taking leadership roles in the health region. Partnering with other health sciences librarians, we expanded our online resource guides into an online learning support tool to bring leadership literature to potential nurse leaders. Results: The following personalized library services to support the continuing competency goals of nurses were developed.• On the Unit is a scheduled in-person visit to consult with nurses about their information needs. • Webliographies are a series of online resource guides for nursing-specifi c topics. Cooperating with the RHANLC, we enhanced the webliography format into an online and interactive learning support tool for leadership development. • Competency Collection: Information Pathfi nders are customized information packages designed for nurses. Print packages of information are readily available on units throughout the health care facilities. • Info-RN is an electronic newsletter highlighting nursing resources, library services, and information literacy concepts. We identified the unique information needs of nurses and created innovative ways to deliver evidence-based information directly to them. These new services provided an opportunity for librarians to contribute to the development of effective nurse clinicians and future nurse leaders.
- ItemOpen AccessBuilding a Community of Practice for Research Data Services: Experience of CLIR/DLF E-Research Peer Network & Mentoring Group(Digital Library Federation, 2014-10) Ishida, Mayu; Fear, Kathleen; Kollen, Chris; Kouper, Inna; Roark, Kendall; Williams, SarahFrom March to October 2014, eight academic libraries in the United States and Canada participated in the CLIR/DLF E-Research Peer Networking & Mentoring Group (ERPNMG), a program that aimed at encouraging and building a self-reliant, mutually supportive community engaged in continuous learning about e-research support. The program consisted of a series of webinars, practical activities and virtual discussions that helped the participating institutions to evaluate, refine and further implement their research data services (RDS). In this panel the ERPNMG participants, including the library representatives and the facilitators who worked with them, will share their experiences and discuss the successes and challenges of implementing research data services while engaging in mutual learning as well as propose the next steps for the ERPNMG after the end of program. We will place our experiences in the conceptual context of communities of practice (CoP) and encourage the audience to discuss the needs and opportunities for emerging communities of practice around data.
- ItemOpen AccessBuilding Trust After the Labour Action: A Way Forward for a Nascent Bibliometric Service(2020-06-26) Szwajcer, Andrea; Vokey, SherriPurpose: To provide an instructive case study on the role of academic librarians’ evolving role in the responsible and ethical stewardship of metrics for libraries wishing to provide support services for bibliometric and related performance metrics-based services. Background: Considerations of governance and appropriate use of performance metrics is an ongoing concern among the academic community. In October and November 2016, members of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association, inclusive of faculty librarians, took a three week labour action. Primary among the issues in dispute was the proposed language around the use and application of bibliometrics in faculty evaluations and tenure processes. Although the University of Manitoba faculty and librarians are not alone in the struggle to highlight the deficiencies and dangers of applying performance-based metrics for these purposes, it has been noted that there is a paucity of scholarly discourse on this critical issue. Process: Following the action, the mediated agreement included a recommendation to form a joint committee with a mandate to determine whether the collective agreement could include language restricting the use of performance metrics at an individual level. The faculty association, understanding the importance of the role of libraries in data stewardship and knowledge of bibliometrics, appointed a librarian member to the committee. Summary: The joint committee’s recommendations from the final report will be presented as well as an environmental scan of bibliometric services offered across Canada. These findings will then be contextualized with the service as it currently stands, together with informal feedback from faculty and graduate students who have engaged the service, to discuss how we proceed to further develop such services at the University.
- ItemOpen AccessCaring for your bariatric patient: a resource guide to the literature on care of the morbidly obese.(2011-01) Thiele, Tracy; Osterreicher, AngelaIn response to escalating obesity in Manitoba, Canada, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) formed a Bariatric Care Committee to address the issue of providing safe, efficient, and effective care for this population. The WRHA proposed that Deer Lodge Centre (DLC) be designated as the site for the management and care of bariatric patients requiring long-term chronic care. As a result, a DLC Bariatric Committee with several working groups was formed. The working groups were to provide plans for clinical program, communication, research and education, staffing, capital planning, and equipment. The Research and Education Working Group conducted literature reviews for each of the working groups. A selection of the most pertinent resources found for the DLC Bariatric Committee Working Groups are highlighted here. It is anticipated that this resource will provide assistance for others wishing to establish bariatric programs within their facility. Citations are categorized under the headings: clinical care (activities of daily living, airway management, and skin care), comprehensive knowledge, staff education, equipment/capital planning, excellence, respect, geriatrics, and safe handling. This resource guide will be of interest for nurses caring for bariatric patients and for organizations providing long-term care of bariatric patients.
- ItemOpen AccessChanges to Library of Congress Subject Headings Related to Indigenous Peoples: for use in the AMA MAIN Database(Unpublished, 2015. Revised 2017.) Bone, Christine; Lougheed, Brett; Callison, Camille; La France, Janet; Reilly, TerryAdditions, changes and deletions to the Library of Congress Subject Headings relating Indigenous peoples. These changes were created for use by the Association of Manitoba Archives in their MAIN database of Manitoba archival descriptions.
- ItemOpen AccessChunk and Chew: Nurses' Role in Helping Patients to Understand and Integrate Health Information(2019-05-24) Avery, Lorraine; Estrella-Holder, Estrellita; Warner, Travis; Szwajcer, AndreaObjectives of this workshop are: -Apply health literacy skills in a 'universal precautions' approach -Demonstrate the 'teach-back' and 'chunk and check' method -Effectively integrate written and other education media according to health literacy -Have an awareness of available health literacy resources
- ItemOpen AccessCollection Usage Pre- and Post-Summon Implementation at the University of Manitoba Libraries(Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 2012-11-11) O'Hara, Lisa HansonThis study examines the use of print and electronic collections both before and after implementation of Summon at the University of Manitoba Libraries. Summon is a web-scale discovery service which allows discovery of all of the materials the library owns or has access to from a simple search box on the library’s web page.
- ItemOpen AccessCollective Agreements and the Freedom for Librarians to Research(2018-04-23) Babb, MaureenThe ability to conduct and disseminate research on any topic, even a politically sensitive one, is a component of academic freedom. The collective agreements, which govern the rights and responsibilities of librarians, of twelve Canadian universities were examined to determine the state of academic freedom and the expectations and provisions for research at these institutions.
- ItemOpen AccessCompetency Culture: An Innovative String of Pearls to Deliver Health Information to Nurses(2006) Cohen Baker, Analyn; Demczuk, Lisa; Raynard, Melissa; Shaw-Daigle, ChristineObjective: To support Manitoba nurses in their new professional requirement to maintain competency. Setting: The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM) requires that licensed, practicing nurses in the province document their continuing competency on an annual basis. In response to this requirement, the community hospital libraries, affiliated with the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries, developed several onsite and virtual library programs and services. Audience: The target group for these new initiatives is nurses working within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Winnipeg community hospitals. Program: The University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries (UMHSL) developed online resource guides, information packages and a newsletter to support the continuing competency goals of the CRNM and Manitoba nurses. Webliographies are topic specific, online resource guides including links to books, journal articles, ejournals and websites. They are updated annually and are accessible via the UMHSL website. Competency Collection: Information Pathfinders are customized information packages designed for nurses interested in a particular Healthcare issue. Print packages of information are readily available on units throughout the Healthcare facilities. Info-RN, is an electronic newsletter which highlights nursing resources and library services; it is published and distributed three times per year. Conclusion The UMHSL identified the unique information needs of nurses in the community hospitals. To address this need, the UMHSL developed creative and innovative ways to deliver evidence-based information directly to nurses at the unit level.
- ItemOpen AccessCreating, Delivering and Evaluating an Informatics Course(Medical Library Association, 2021-05-24) Lê, Mê-LinhBackground: Due to changes in the scope and nature of care provided by pharmacists, all accredited Canadian Pharmacy programs were required to transition from a 4-year BSc to a 5-year PharmD by 2020. At the University of Manitoba the PharmD program launched in Fall 2019 and included the creation of a new 1-CR Pharmacy Informatics course. In late 2018, the Pharmacy liaison librarian was asked to be part of the planning team and soon was tasked to take the lead role. This presentation will present the challenges and opportunities associated with taking on an expanded role of this nature. Description: During the nine month planning process, the liaison librarian took a leading role in outlining the entire structure of the course, writing the syllabus, mapping out content and objectives to competencies and standards, creating all assessments, delivering the majority of the content, and marking and providing feedback. This session will also delve into the practical aspects of being an instructor that are not often discussed by librarians, such as figuring out honorifics, convincing students that not everything can be evaluated via a multiple choice question, how presentation styles and tone change when moving from a librarian to an instructor role, dealing with academic integrity issues in a professional program, and how to avoid teaching without being distracted by the thought of student evaluations. Conclusion: Assessment of the initial course was done through two means: student evaluations and faculty feedback. Student evaluations were used to better understand their perspective on the quality of the course and modify future offerings. Faculty feedback has been incredibly positive; the librarian has developed a much stronger relationship with the college with hours of instruction to the college increasing from 2 hours to 10, has been invited to participate in future course design, and taught the course again in 2021. Ultimately, this presentation will show another way in which librarians can demonstrate their value to administrators, which can be accomplished by broadening the instructional roles that liaisons play.
- ItemOpen AccessCurrent Awareness in the New Millenium: RSS(Taylor and Francis, 2006) Cooke, CarolKeeping current is essential for both patrons and librarians in the health sciences. We receive electronic and photocopied tables of contents. We subscribe to relevant mailing lists, newspapers and magazines. We review Web sites, books and journals. Our desks are littered with current awareness items that more often get old than read. RSS or "Really Simple Syndication" is a means of organizing and simplifying current awareness efforts. Using RSS feeds from a variety of sources along with aggregator software can keep up date with out the clutter. This article will provide a starting point from which to take advantage of RSS and continue the process of active learning.
- ItemOpen AccessCustomer Priority Management: Reference Triage(2016-04-14) Fullerton, Cody; Herter, JoshuaCommunication between reference staff in libraries is important in order to serve the patron/customer properly and promptly. Triaging a question from reference desk staff to subject experts involves both parties to be receptive and collegial. This presentation outlines in-person and virtual reference problems as well as proposed solutions. It also includes live polling results of the library staff in attendance, which informed discussion of these issues.
- ItemOpen AccessDeveloping Data Services Skills in Academic Libraries(Association of College & Research Libraries, 2022-05) Fuhr, JustinResearch data services are increasingly offered by academic libraries. As a result, librarians may need to upskill to provide data services and build capacity. This study measures the current level of data services skills of academic librarians and explores preferred methods of continuing education. An online survey was circulated asking respondents to self-assess data skills in four categories. The results capture a baseline of self-assessed data skills and show statistical significance between the percentage of time a librarian provides data services and higher levels of technical skill sets. The findings support the hiring of data librarians in academic libraries offering data services and providing training for librarians who provide any level of data services.
- ItemOpen AccessDeveloping Librarian Data Services Skills: An Assessment of Current Levels of Competency and a Plan for the Future(Medical Library Association Annual Conference, 2021-05) Fuhr, JustinIntroduction: Research data services are increasingly offered by academic libraries. Librarians may need to upskill to provide sufficient services or to build capacity within their institution. This study measures the current level of data services skills of academic librarians and explores their preferred method of continuing education to support data services.Methods: A twenty-two question online survey was circulated. Respondents self-assessed their data skills in four categories: general data services, programming languages and software, library instruction, and soft skills. Likert-scale questions were also used to measure how important various professional development initiatives were to respondents. Results: There were 120 responses to the survey. There is statistical significance between percentage of time providing data services and higher levels of technical data services skill. Conclusion: Academic libraries that plan to or currently offer technical data services should hire dedicated data librarians. In addition, training should be provided for librarians who provide any level of data services, with respondents preferring workshops, communities of practice, and mentorship with peers.
- ItemOpen AccessDigging Deeper into Virtual Reference Transcripts(Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015) Armann-Keown, Vera; Cooke, Carol A.; Matheson, GailPurpose The purpose of the study is to identify the information needs of patrons in a large Canadian academic library system by analyzing the types of questions asked through the Library’s “Ask A Librarian” system. The results provide information on specific areas of competencies and training for staff providing virtual reference services. Methodology This article looks at virtual reference data collected between January and April 2012 from a large Canadian academic library and provides an analysis of the types of questions asked by library users. The researchers developed a detailed coding scheme for the analysis of question type and referrals made, and used the qualitative analysis software NVivo™ to code and analyze the data. Findings The results of this analysis found that patrons often tap into synchronous online library help when they encounter challenges with online library resources. Specific areas of patron training to be developed were also identified. Finally, areas for staff training were uncovered which will help the library provide a consistent level of service to patrons. Originality This is the first study in the library community to conduct a detailed analysis of the virtual reference transcripts from a large Canadian university using the NVivo™ content analysis software. The study developed and employed more detailed coding categories then has been used in previous studies in order to provide more information about the questions that patrons are unable to complete on their own. The study also captures detailed information pertaining to referrals.