Practice Exchange

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 … 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

Talking about metrics to the University community – notes from the February 24 2015 practice exchange

Gail Nichol reviewed the recent discussions between the Library and senior university members  on how to support the acquisition of reputation metrics for use by faculty, departments and divisions.  Several librarians  shared stories of how they are currently supporting faculty and departmental requests for information. Trends we noticed: Although the H-index isn’t perfect, it has become the … Read More

Problem based learning: We tried it!

A psychology instructor asked me to teach a one hour class for her third year Gender Relations class (n=60).  She wanted me to cover PsycINFO and general library search tips, but there isn’t a research assignment this semester. I was nervous about engaging third years when their grade for the class isn’t at stake, so I … 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

Feb 21 Practice Exchange on Assessment notes

Notes and resources from the February 21 Practice Exchange on assessment.  Resources mentioned in the session  Some of the resources mentioned in the session are posted: Eveline’s sample 321 form Sooin’s summary of the one minute papers from the session. Rita’s examples of short faculty assessments Books These were mentioned as useful resources for designing … Read More

Notes from the first Practice Exchange – examples of successful teaching practices

Tuesday January 15 2013 brought with it the inaugural Practice Exchange, a meeting of U of T librarians interested in exchanging ideas and information about their teaching. The first session focused on examples of successful teaching experiences.   Below are a few of the things participants mentioned and chatted about as things that have worked for … Read More

Communities of Practice (CoPs) best practices summary

Law librarian John Bolan, who is one of this year’s seconded librarians to CTSI, prepared this summary of best practices for communities of practice. The document was part of John’s research on how best to implement our practice exchanges for instruction librarians, which will start in January 2013. Thanks John!

Moving Forward on the Librarians Teaching Program and Practice Exchanges

CTSI’s seconded librarians — John Bolan, Angela Hamilton, Joanna Szurmak,  and I — have been continuing the tasks of developing a program of professional development for librarians who teach at the U of T. Development of this program commenced in 2010, when the first group of CTSI-seconded librarians (Patricia Bellamy, Sarah Fedko, and Sheril Hook) … Read More