Practice Exchange

Posted on behalf of Aneta Kwak:

Overview of the event

The Library Teaching and Learning Committee (LTLC) held a Practice Exchange on Tuesday, November 29th, 2018. Aneta Kwak (Accessibility and Public Services Librarian, D.G. Ivey Library) introduced the Peer-to-Peer Learning Program, developed by the LTLC Community of Practice Working Group (LTLC CoP WG) in 2017-2018. Kelly Schutlz (Data Visualization Librarian, Map and Data Library) and Ben Walsh (User Services Librarian, Robarts Library) joined Aneta in a panel discussion to share their insights and experiences participating in the pilot of the program in the winter of 2018.


The Peer-to-Peer Learning Program was developed in response the 2017-2018 LTLC goal to “use our Community of Practice (CoP) to share best practices for librarians with an interest/role in teaching” (LTLC 2017 Goal Setting & Discussion). A suggested first step for the LTLC CoP WG to meet this goal was to survey peer observation on the campuses and develop a sustainable method for peer observation. As one of the members of the LTLC CoP WG working on this task, Aneta described the development of the program, which included a survey of existing practices, developing a process with supporting documents, and documenting suggested steps to complete the process.

During the development of the program, it became apparent that there are two models that could be used to support peer-to-peer learning for teaching, Peer Observation and Teaching Squares.

In the Peer Observation model, participants observe an instruction session taught by library staff and provide formative feedback to the instructor.

In the Teaching Square model, participants observe an instruction session taught library staff and reflect on their own teaching practice based on what they have observed. This model does not require providing feedback to library staff that is teaching, instead, observers are encouraged to reflect on their own practices.

Aneta described the recommended process and accompanying documents for both models, which are also available on the Peer-to-Peer Learning for Teaching confluence page.

Panel Session

Kelly and Ben joined Aneta in a panel session to share their experiences and insights participating in the pilot of the program in the winter of 2018, at which time the process and supporting documents were tested. The group shared their concerns leading up to participating in either model, the greatest challenges, greatest learning experience, which model was preferred, and how the observation impacted their relationship with colleagues.


Following the panel session, there was discussion around the logistics of how library staff would be partnered and whether the participants could create a hybrid model. It was explained that the LTLC CoP WG would be working on partnering participants in a manner that included staff from various departments and different years of experience. Aneta also explained that the documents and processes available on the Peer-to-Peer Learning for Teaching confluence page are suggestions and can be adapted to the needs of the participants.

If you would like to participate in the Peer-to-Peer Learning for Teaching Program, please contact Aneta Kwak ( ) or any member of the LTLC CoP WG.

Practice Exchanges happen 2-3 times a year, and the Community of Practice Working Group is always looking for new topics to discuss. Have an idea? Feel free to contact a member of the group.

LTLC Community of Practice Working Group 2018-2019

Aneta Kwak, Eveline Houtman, Alexia Loumankis


Liaison Update Forum May 24 2018 – Curriculum Mapping, ORCID, and Discover Archives

Below is a list of speakers and any slides or resources from the liaison update forum held on May 24:

  1. Jessie Richards, Curriculum Developer, Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education presented on Curriculum Mapping (Curriculum map example 1 and example 2)
  2. Stephanie Orfano, Head, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office, presented on ORCID task force updates
  3. Emily Sommers, Digital Records Archivist, presented on Discover Archives


LTLC Practice Exchange: Activate classroom learning with polling apps

Submitted by Ben Walsh

Overview of the event

The Library Teaching and Learning Committee (LTLC) held their first Practice Exchange of 2018 on March 9th. Kaitlin Fuller (Liaison & Education Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre), Margaret Wall (Communications Librarian, Chief Librarian’s Office), and Jesse Carliner (Robarts Library, Reference & Research Services / Communications Librarian, Chief Librarian’s Office) introduced two free polling tools they have been using in recent instructional sessions to engage students and provide active learning opportunities.


Mentimeter is a platform Kaitlin deployed in her health sciences IL sessions as a way of pretesting to determine areas for emphasis and to reinforce key learning outcomes. She also reported grounding recommendations made to faculty in data generated through Mentimeter.

Kahoot! is a polling tool Margaret and Jesse introduced into a large first-year IL session in Convocation Hall. While Poll Everywhere was the app they initially planned to use, Margaret and Jesse did a quick redesign of planned activities after learning that Poll Everywhere had too few seats to accommodate the large number of students expected. Kahoot! has no limit on the number of participants and Jesse and Margaret’s poll had close to 500 students taking part. They used the poll as an alternative to the think-pair-share activities they would normally use in instruction sessions and see the data generated through the tool as a useful addition to our understanding of undergraduate student needs.


Most attendees agreed that Mentimeter’s more formal interface would be a better fit for IL instruction. Questions were raised about privacy and accessibility which led to a rich conversation about student needs in the context of mobile technology in the classroom.

Practice Exchanges happen 2-3 times a year, and the Community of Practice Working Group is always looking for new topics to discuss. Have any ideas? Fee free to contact a member of the group.

LTLC Community of Practice Working Group members 2017-18:
Aneta Kwak, Kelly Schultz, Eden Rusnell, and Ben Walsh


Library Teaching & Learning Committee PD Day 2018: Course Design & Curriculum Renewal

Overview of the event

The Library Teaching and Learning Committee (LTLC) held their annual PD Day on January 12, 2018. Jessie Richards, Curriculum Developer with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, was the guest speaker and presented on Course Design and Curriculum Renewal. The half-day event also had a librarian panel, with Stephanie Perpick (Liaison Librarian, UTSC), Mindy Thuna (Head, Engineering & Computer Science Library), and Desmond Wong (Outreach Librarian, OISE Library), providing insights to their own curriculum renewal experience. Mariana Jardim, faculty liaison from CTSI, also presented on her curriculum mapping experience with UTSC Health Studies through a practicum course she took during her time at the iSchool.

Why are we talking about curriculum renewal?

The most recent U of T Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA) states, “faculty and staff will work together to revitalize the undergraduate curriculum in many disciplines through curriculum mapping processes that better define learning outcomes and pathways for students” (p.7).

Many departments will be undergoing a curriculum mapping process in the upcoming years. The PD Day presenters provided librarians with a starting point for understanding and engaging in this process with mapping information literacy and library instruction throughout a program.

LTLC PD Day Planning Committee 2018:
Heather Buchansky, Robyn Butcher, Kaitlin Fuller, Navroop Gill, and Kelly Schultz

Useful links:

LTLC PD Day 2018 slides and activity notes
Curriculum Renewal Guide (created by Jessie Richards)
Curriculum Mapping LibGuide
UofT signs Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA)




Articulate Storyline – Accessible Learning Object Design Guide

This guide, created by Will Heikamp, was introduced at CTSI this week:

Accessible Learning Object Design Guide

It’s specifically meant to support those people using Articulate Storyline to design online learning objects in compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA Web Accessibility standards.

Thank you to Eveline Houtman for providing this resource.



Infographic – University of Toronto Research and Innovation Ecosystem

An infographic about the University of Toronto’s Research and Innovation Ecosystem has been published by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

The infographic illustrates the relationships between funding support, research, innovation, teaching, and community engagement at U of T. It includes lots of great statistics about the university!

Thank you to Klara Maidenberg for sharing this.


Get to Know Your Functional Specialists – Liaison Update Forum

The Liaison Update Forum on Oct. 4 featured short presentations by UTL’s functional specialists, who explained what they do and how their services can be useful to liaisons. Below is a list of speakers and any slides or resources they provided with their presentation.

Suggestions for Improving the Connection between Functional and Liaison Librarians

At table discussions after the presentations, a number of suggestions came forward on how to advance collaborations between functional specialists and liaison librarians:

  • invite liaisons who may not regularly teach, to co-teach or be present during information literacy workshops
  • create a directory of functional specialists in Confluence
  • functionals could do more with liaison clusters during the pilot – come in to talk more about opportunities
  • highlight some of the tools that liaisons could promote or use (e.g. Omeka, Islandora)  as spotlight articles in In the Loop – a way of showcasing these tools to staff who may not be aware of them
  • create a visualization/flow chart of a digital project, from genesis to execution – to illustrate how projects come to be, and the path to execution and completion. This could serve as a model to faculty members who may want to make their own collections of content/images available online.
  • Add the work of functional specialists to the Library Resources for Faculty guide, to better highlight their work and increase awareness


Call for proposals: 2012 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Thank you Sara McDowell for forwarding:


Centre Mont-Royal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 19 – 22, 2012

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) invites proposals for presentations at its 32nd Annual International Conference – “Learning without boundaries? Apprentissage sans limites?”

The theme of this conference is learning without boundaries. Questions to explore include:
• Does learning have boundaries?
• What boundaries do we have or need?
• Are boundaries productive? Constructive? Liberating?
• Which boundaries need to be re-drawn, crossed, broken or maintained?

The theme invites participants to expand their boundaries and /or bridges in areas related to:
• Research
• Teaching practices
• Learning environments
• Language, culture, and disciplines
• Learning support services such as: libraries, student services, service learning, stages/internships

Deadline: All proposals must be submitted by midnight Thursday January 19, 2012.

For more information and the full Call for Proposals, please visit the Conference website


Immersion ’12 Teacher/Program track applications due FRIDAY DEC 2

Forwarded from Patricia Bellamy, thanks!

From: Margot Conahan []
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 12:53
Subject: Immersion ’12 Teacher/Program track applications due Friday 12/2

Hi Immersion alumni!

This Friday, December 2 (11:00 p.m. CST) is the application deadline for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion ’12 Program (Teacher and Program tracks). Immersion ’12 will be held July 22-27, 2012, at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Immersion ’12 Program provides four-and-a-half days of intensive information literacy training and education for academic librarians.  Whether your institution is just beginning to think about implementing an information literacy component or whether you have a program well under way, Immersion ‘12 will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to help your institution build or enhance its instruction program.

  • “I can honestly say I have never experienced a more holistic learning experience! WOW!” — Immersion ’11 participant
  • “Immersion has been an energizing experience – so full of new ideas, new perspectives, new minds and colleagues.” — Immersion ’11 participant
  • “This was definitely a career transforming experience.” — Immersion ’11 participant

Acceptance to Immersion ’12 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation.  Complete program and track details, along with application materials, are available online. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail

Margot Conahan
Manager, Professional Development
Association of College and Research Libraries
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520


NEW lit search on faculty-librarian collaboration (including curriculum integration)

Whitney Kemble of UTSC, who is one of the librarians seconded to CTSI for 2011-2012, has produced a lit search on faculty-librarian collaboration, including articles on curriculum integration.  We’ve linked that in the sidebar under “InfoLit Library”  in this blog.  Thank you Whitney!