Pecha Kucha: Occupy the Stacks: What Academic Libraries Can Learn from The People’s Library

Carey Toane, MLIS candidate – Western University

Tents, placards, human microphones…and books? That Occupy Wall Street had a library at all is something that all librarians should take note of – and find hope in. This presentation by an MLIS student and former New Yorker will incorporate the experiences of librarians who went down to lend a hand at Liberty Square –including the woman who started it all–to pinpoint some takeaways for academic librarians (hint: no more Ms. Nice Guy), slay a stereotype or two, and possibly even find a cure for that pesky apathy.

Pecha Kucha: Adapt for the Future: Applying Discovery Layers in Academic Libraries

Courtney Lundrigan and Kevin Manuel, Ryerson University

Web Scale discovery services have become the holy grail for libraries to stay relevant to a generation that ‘Googles’ its way through research in the digital age. Does finding information faster equate to finding the most appropriate research? Follow the adventures of three librarians who evaluate user satisfaction with a web scale discovery tool. “but we had planned to discuss our assessment of Ryerson’s web scale discovery service, in the context of how it is impacting the librarian’s job: shift in instruction and the nature of reference questions, in addition to greater outreach and marketing strategies to ensure we are reaching our users and that they understand that libraries and librarians are still relevant, despite the existence of these tools.”

Pecha Kucha: Mentoring New Librarians for Teaching Success

Allison Bell, University of Toronto

Teaching is often a daunting task for those fresh out of Library School who may not have had the opportunity to lead instruction for diverse groups of students before beginning their professional practice. My presentation will describe a variety of informal mentoring opportunities for new librarians at the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), put  in place to help them to develop their skills in the areas of teaching and liaison.

In 2009 an initiative called FLISA (Faculty Liaison: Inspire, Support, Activate!) began for liaison librarians at UTL. This group mentoring system allows experienced librarians to pass along their tips to newbies, and also encourages reverse mentoring as new librarians are able to share their ideas gained through library school with those who have been working as liaisons at UTL for many years.

Other opportunities for teaching improvement through mentoring at UTL include: a Mentoring Interest Group, which seeks to establish informal mentoring wherever possible; a staff development committee which organizes training sessions on Blackboard, the course management system, as well as other learning technologies; and librarian-led group instruction sessions covering teaching aids such as Libguides and Prezi. Through informal mentoring we seek to promote best practises to new librarians and encourage them to try new technologies. Librarians at UTL also have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills through shadowing, as well as a videotaping and critique service. Through these various opportunities, we aim to support our newest librarians with their instruction and liaison responsibilities, to help them to best connect with faculty and students, and promote information literacy across campus.