Using Adaptive Research Consultations to Support Scholars More Effectively

From the April SHARE Update, this posting by Megan Pottersbush,  2016-17 National Digital Stewardship Resident (NDSR) at the Association of Research Libraries:  “Although I enter research consultations with questions in mind—and often on paper if there is a particular library or technical goal to illuminate, I try not to assume that my current favorite tool or … Read More

Proquest Databases @ U of T – Liaison Update Forum

Links and materials from the June 14 2016 Liaison Update Forum to review methodologies and communications options related to the discontinuation of selected Proquest databases. Library web site: “Libraries approach to collection building” (includes links to Confluence-posted content for library staff) Presentation slides: PQC methodology June14 Proquest Central documentation (in Confluence) Sample questions and responses from today’s discussion: Each … Read More

Liaison Librarians Update Forum December 4 2015

The December 4 Liaison Update Forum showcased 6 lightning round presentations.  Each presentation was followed by small group discussion and an open Q&A session.  Presenters kept track of the questions (which were submitted on index cards to preserve anonymity) and have kindly recorded and shared their responses for this post. Stephanie Orfano: Thinking beyond fair dealing: … Read More

September 4 2013 workshop on copyright for liaison librarians

On 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: Update on Copyright Compliance at the University of Toronto (PDAD&C #15, 2013-14 September 5 2013)  U of T Fair Dealing Guidelines (PDAD&C #26, 2012-13) List … Read More

What can liaison librarians do to support and encourage use of our less popular but outstanding databases?

As part of the June 13 2013 liaison librarians event on acquiring and deploying e-resource collections at the U of T, Dan D’agostino provided an overview of the Oxford Bibliographies and Sage Research Methods Online.  These are excellent tools but receive low use. Many faculty and grad students aren’t aware of them. Librarians discussed how … Read More

Summary: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment

Below is a summary of the points made in the white paper: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment We will be discussing the paper at the June 5 Librarians’ Information Literacy Practice Exchange.  In addition to the summary below, take 5 minutes to read Kevin Smith’s April … Read More

RE-Read: Academic Libraries in a Digital Age (2000)

I just re-read John Lombardi’s 2000 article “Academic libraries in a digital age” and was struck by how so many of his observations on digitization issues in libraries continue to be true.  In 2000, Google was still a relatively new company.  Librarians were struggling with hardware, software and content that was hard to access and … Read More

Information literacy and employability

What a great idea — connecting information literacy to employability, and using student tesimonials of how being information literate makes a difference in their daily working lives.   More at

Beyond the sage on the stage: Report

The Ontario government and higher education authorities, along with the highest levels of university administrations, is paying closer attention to the quality of teaching at universities.  In April 2012,  the Council of Ontario Universities released the report Beyond the Sage on the Stage: Innovative and Effective Teaching and Learning at Ontario Universities to highlight examples of … Read More

Results of the “snowball” exercise from Megan Oakleaf’s December 2011 workshop

Thank you Patricia Bellamy for compiling and organizing the results of the “snowball” exercise held during Megan Oakleaf’s December 2011 presentation to U of T librarians.  The snowball exercise contained questions that each of had remaining at the end of the day.  We scrunched up each question into a ball, tossed it into the middle … Read More