September 4 2013 workshop on copyright for liaison librarians

Picture of Bobby Glushko and U of T librariansOn September 4, over 70 librarians from across the university libraries participated in the workshop “Engaging Faculty on Copyright and Open Access” with Bobby Glushko.

Here are the key documents mentioned in Bobby’s presentation:

  1. Update on Copyright Compliance at the University of Toronto (PDAD&C #15, 2013-14 September 5 2013) 
  2. U of T Fair Dealing Guidelines (PDAD&C #26, 2012-13)
  3. List of approved copyshops
  4. Access Copyright 2012 poster (summary of rights under the AC license)
  5. UTL Copyright Libguide
  6. The email address to use for copyright-related questions (tracked):

The in-class exercises engaged participants in the challenges inherent in faculty discussions.  We compiled whiteboard notes of ways to effectively communicate with and assist faculty in the copyright conversation.

Some of the key learning points from the notes:

How can we set the stage for a helpful conversation?

  • Don’t panic. Even if their students do.
  • Less is more — less detail, more assurance. “Try not to make them afraid.”
  • Manage the complexity by offering simple services that can help them.
  • Remember, we’re not copyright cops. We provide advice and information on university policy, guidelines.
  • There may be many questions, but you don’t have to answer them all on the spot.

What do we need to ask faculty when they present a copyright question?

  • How much of this work to you (really) need?
  • If the original documents are not library copies, where do the originals come from?
  • Are these items under copyright?
  • Is the copy intended for classroom or other use?

Helpful (and easy) ideas

  • Encourage instructors to use the Bookstore as their preferred copy shop. Share the approved list of copy shops.
  • Reserve Services in many U of T libraries can find durable links for required readings and make those available through the Library Resources page in Blackboard. Media Commons staff can help with video copyright questions.
  • We might already have a license for this.
  • Is the person posting the item that you want to use the actual copyright owner?
  • Remember fair dealing and refer to the U of T Fair Dealing Guidelines.
  • Would a substitute be ok?  Find alternatives to restricted materials or images.
  • Remind instructors that reducing course packs can save students money – a  good thing.
  • If it’s not clear to you, send it up the chain to Bobby.



Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference

From his address at the 2013 Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries & Information Services, Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, calls for a major shift in the ways that libraries think about and gather data:

“There was a time when the research library had a monopoly on research—if you wanted to do research, you had to use the library, literally, physically. We lost that monopoly over the last 20 years but our historical-legacy thinking and practice have not come to terms with this loss. In fitting our measures to our goals, we need to realize this fundamental truth if we want to have a fighting chance and not focus on the library solely, but the world of information in which we now live.”

Read more on Shore’s address



Grades, attendance improve when students lead learning

From Academica Top Ten

 Sep 20, 2013

“Allowing students to lead university seminars can improve both attendance and results, reveals a pilot study out of the Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. When only 50% of their students showed up to finance lessons at AvansU, academics decided to invite students to lead the teaching of finance seminars in 2 classes. Lecturers remained present only in a supervisory role. The study found that with students taking over the classroom, attendance rates increased from 55% to 96%, and that 86% of students passed the finance exam at the first attempt, compared with 79% of those who remained in teacher-led classes. Due to the experiment’s success, AvansU has decided to expand the study. Times Higher Education


Interested in ethnographic research? Join or audit the iSchool course this fall

From Jenna Hartel:

You are warmly welcomed to participate in the course INF2330: Information Ethnography at the Faculty of Information this fall. It is offered on Monday, 1:00-4:00. You can learn more about the course, here.

As you may know, ethnography is hot as a means to better understand the Information Age. As libraries continue to undergo exciting changes, there is a great opportunity for ethnographic research into the use of information resources and services and/or into the student learning experience to which we hope to bridge and to serve.  Of note, INF2330 is unique at the Faculty of Information for providing a chance to conduct original research on “human subjects” with clearance from the Office of Research Ethics, and is therefore an ideal setting to conduct a pilot study of your own design.

Please consider this opportunity and do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any details of joining/auditing the course.


Jenna Hartel, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information University of Toronto 140 St. George Street Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G6