Library Operations – Workshop – Blog post 1b – due Saturday February 4th @ 11:59pm

Library Operations – Workshop – Blog post 1b – due Saturday February 4th @ 11:59pm

Complete ONE of the following options and ONE of the following tasks:

Option1 – Visit the Oshawa Public Library or Pickering Public Library website, or other public library where you have a membership AND can access  Log-in to  Browse the

business workshop options.  Select ONE of the workshops to view.  Watch the session that you selected.  Be sure to take notes about the information being presented.

Option2 – Attend a workshop at OLA SuperConference.

When you are finished watching the workshop or attending the OLA workshop, complete ONE of the following tasks:


  1. Use the format posted below to write a formal report that summarizes the information that you learned in the or OLA workshop.  Please cite the or OLA workshop at the end of your report.  Post your report on your blog.
  2. It is common for staff who attend workshops and other training to report back to their colleagues about what they learned. Use VennGage or other infographic authoring tool to create an infographic that summarizes the most relevant points from the workshop you watched or attended.  Post your infographic on your blog.

*Note:  Oshawa Public Library and Pickering Public Library do not charge residents of Durham a fee for a membership card.  Once you have a membership card, you can access

Report format: 

Report to: Sue Pratt, Instructor

From: Maddi Clark, LIT

Regarding: OLA workshop

Date: Feburary 4th 2017

Here is the report that you requested on January 18th, 2017.  It summarizes OLA workshop that I attended on Feburary 3rd 2017.

OLA Workshop / Session :

Focused, Flexible, Free-ranged: Becoming a 21 st century Library Technician


Library and Information Technicians (LIT) have a countless of career options available. To survive and thrive in our profession, we have to be lifelong learners, creative and tech-savvy. In the Session the speakers a recent graduate from the LIT program and a student final year of the LIT will discussed critical and important essential and transferable skills, networking and staying positive while job searching (Shannon (2017 ) .

My summary of the entire session:

What I learned about my session is do what you want to be. That when going into the program that there is myriad of career options available that you would not think existed or do not think you have the skills to do. That being aware of the choices and decisions you choose in life forms who you are and want to become. This session audience is specific for those who are going to be graduating, searching for placement opportunities and transferring into a new career. The speakers went over critical information of career options, mentor programs, employment services, accession skills, transferable skills, how to search jobs, how to prepare for an interview and business attire.  

Most relevant/most interesting points:

Accession Skills

In groups, we had to discuss what accession skills are, why they are important, and collaborate on what was missing from the list they had created. Some of them are critical for working in the library field such as :

  • Reading and Writing
  • Document and Computer use
  • Critical thinking
  • Oral and Written communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer service
  • Research and training
  • Developing partnerships in the community, collaborate with the community and partnerships
  • Money and management – numeric and calculations
  • Job task planning

Transferable Skills

The speakers did an overview of transferable skills and searching for jobs using specific keywords and the skills you already gain from experience whether its enjoy reader advisory or teaching a program for students to ride motorcycles. These skills are critical for being able to adapt and be flexible. In groups, we went over a document that broke down common LIT transferable skills and we had to fill in the blanks and give a reasoning behind the answer.


Social Networking

The speakers were keen on how important it is to social network especially since our field is very small and everyone knows everyone. What is the goals we want to achieve. They recommend going to libraries in your community, museum and archives, going to events such as OLA to meet people in the field that would have answers for your questions and advice they can give. Social Networking only takes two steps – Saying Hi and Asking the questions. It takes a lot of stress and anxiety to go up to someone and ask about themselves of their career, yet getting to speak to someone will give you a chance for them to introduce to more people and career options. Another great way is to use social media. To all tech savvys who use social media everyday its a great essential tool to get more involved in the community and job postings. I know on Twitter and Facebook there is groups to join in the conversation. This may be a issued for those who never and rarely use social media. We cannot be overwhelming or fear by technology since it is an essential skill to have.

Job Interviews

Since I am going to be newly graduate in the spring, I am going to be getting ready for the job search process.  The speakers told us it takes time and lots of patience. They recommended to go to career services, further education and employment services to give more information on how to have a good resume and cover letter, to get practice on how to answer questions, to research the library or business where you want the job, use the STARR (Situation or task, action you took, and the result) method. This is a great method to give an example to a situation you have been in and how you reacted/ dealt with it. Pace yourself when searching for a job, don’t expect to get the dream job you want. It takes time. If you do happen to get an interview, that is great! If you feel overwhelm thinking about the job interview, think of it as a business meeting you are attending. REMEMBER, they have your resume. They only know the one side. They want to see you under the pressure of if you can do it. They will ask questions and expect full answers, the ones that are emotional intelligence and why interested in the position. They will put you through exercises to see evidence that you can do it. The last important piece was having the interview outfit ready to go. When in a interview you want to wear clothing that is professional and that will bring out confidence. You want to wear a outfit that is more than their common business attire such as a blazer jacket, blouse, dress pants – NO jeans!  Its better to dress higher than dress less. 

Closing comments, thank-you, recommendations or reflection about online learning or attending workshops for Professional Development

My reflection for this session is that I was well-informed for a student who is going to be graduating in the spring. The speakers chose the topics to give a clear picture of the stage after I graduate and getting ready to jump in the job searching process. I like how they wanted us to reflect on our soft and hard skills, to get the groups to collaborate and shared their stories on accession skills, transferable skills and getting ready for the job interview. The only thing is that I think they should have been more clear in their outcomes for the session since some were ahead in their years and had really good jobs and thought this was about what is expected for 21st  library technicians and have a PowerPoint.
Work Cite
Shannon, B. and Sara, F. (2017). Focused, Flexible, Free-ranged: Becoming a 21 st century Library Technician,Retrieved from

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Blog post 3 – Project management – due Saturday January 28th @ 11:59pm

Blog post 3 – project management – due Saturday January 28th @ 11:59pm

Option 1: on your own or with a partner… Read the case study on page 69 of the textbook.  Presume:

 This is a public library

 The cataloguing department has no other backlogs

 Physical processing is done by student assistants

Remember to think about what other areas of the library are stakeholders in this project.

Use Excel to create a Gantt chart or use Trello to create a Board  for this project.  Post your Gantt chart or link to your Trello Board on your website.

Trello Link –

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Blog Post # 1 – Organization structure

Library Operations – Blog post 1a – organization structure – due Saturday February 4th @ 11:59pm

What is the organization structure at your placement?  Provide evidence to support your answer. Create a diagram to represent the structure of the organization.  Use boxes to represent the departments or teams.  Include labels on each box.  Use lines to illustrate the reporting structure.   Post your illustration on your blog.


NOTE: this is a 2-part blog post; part 2 will be assigned later this month.  Complete parts 1& 2 to earn full credit for this post.

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Open Access

Blog Post 2 – Open Access – due Saturday January 14th @ 11:59pm

Watch the video:


In your own words, define and describe Open Access.  How does it impact the services at an academic library?  Identify both points of view about an issue mentioned in the video.  Which point of view reflects your opinion on the issue?  Why?

“Open Access” is new access model available to all meaning free, Immediate, research articles, online, with full re-use rights content all over the world.  Instead being limited to certain primary sources, paying an absurd fee for a year subscription for 15 or more academic classes, and only having a limited number of faculty staff and students to access, it would restrict paying that large fee and providing freedom to read and spread scientific discovery and encourage innovation. This model will be accessible to the general public, give recognition to researches, as well give the opportunity for new researcher and scientist to read it, cite and experience themselves. Not only is it expensive from the author to pay a leg and arm to have their article review and printed in a journal, but academic libraries having to pay more from the journals publishers to subscribe to the one journal for 365 days or less. It’s silly. I thought buying textbooks that are worth $200.oo is a lot, imagine being a academic library paying for ONE subscription that’s over $1000.00. Learning should not cost that much. Learning, like reading should free. An academic library is responsible for their patrons who are faculty, students, researches and sometime, the general public. In the academic mission statements their key points is to enhance teaching and learning, acquire, preserve and make accessible scholarly resources, enrich discovery. They invest in providing scholar resources. That means in a realistic sense should be able to provide any article that their clients need. Not the case!!! The cost is too much to afford a year subscription and to keep buying them for clients “think” is relevant to their studies (issues with Abstracts not giving a detailed enough or if the article is relevant to what the client search for). With Open Access, clients of academic library can access these restricted articles. This benefits the authors of the material as well from having their work expose, read and cited by innovative fellow scientists. This is increase the science knowledge and learning. This can be access over the world. Academic libraries can deliver the best quality and quaintly of primary resources. The government pays grants to scientist to bring scientist discovery- it should not be restricted from learners hands. Open Access is the model academic libraries for scholar articles to give the best for their clients. 


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Advanced Info – Blog Post 1 – Digital Natives

Due Saturday January 7th @ 11:59pm Read Prensky’s “Digital Natives” article and the excerpt from Tapscott’s Grown Up Digital.

How does the concept of digital natives effect the services delivered in an academic/research or special library reference department?

Answer :  

Digital Natives – Those first-born generation students and learners born in the world with digital technologies.

Digital Immigrants – Those are born in the digital world, yet later point in their life will be adopted in it.

The concept of digital native effect the services delivered in an academic/ research or special library reference department is that the academic/special librarians will have to be “digital native speakers” or have a relative awareness of technology knowledge. That librarians are going to bring both legacy content (traditional learning) and future content (digital technology) when delivering services to their patrons. However, it’s difficult to bring on these services if a librarian has not yet adapted to new technology or even if a tech savvy. It depends on your schooling as well; you can go to college and university, learning how to use the integrated library systems, Microsoft software, video editing and web designing. Underneath that depends if they are Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. When in interviews librarians are likely to explain the academic atmosphere and keen interest in research, not I am a digital native or digital immigrants. Technology is moving forward and fast. New phones, drones, social media platforms, software and tools and high-speed internet. Some people have all the access to all the grand technology, well others never or later was adopted. This is a big issue. If technology is moving faster than us, how do we keep up? I grew up when technology was slowly raising and growing. I grew up with basic computer literacy and did not have more knowledge until I went to college. I got a phone recently, using the newest laptop and learning basic library systems. That is a big gap to some who are tech savvy. Colleges and Universities needs to bring more education on the new advance technology, government needs to give more funding to libraries to give the opportunity to give digital natives to teach digital immigrants. We need libraries not only using technology but creating technology. Be able to know what the front and back of a program/ software., How do we balance out digital natives and digital immigrants in a library setting – more schooling? more conferences and workshops? More funding? all three.

Another concept of digital native effect the services delivered in an academic/ research or special library reference department is moving toward the interactive learning than broadcasting learning. Libraries have been moving toward how to not see their patrons as one group, but as a individual. This is will be open a much understanding and idea on how the student learns, by asking on how they learned. Richard Sweeny, university librarian at the New Jersey Institute of Technology says that “They want to learn, but they want to learn only what they have to learn, and they want to learn it in the style that is best for them. (Grown up digital – The Net Generation as Learners, 2017). Individuals could be visual, aural, verbal and physical learners. Individuals can either have one than one of these types of learning styles or just one, either way its criterial to know how they are going to understand the material – print/ electronic, learning kits, text to sound etc. I think with funding from the government, the services provided from the academic/ special reference department and the help from digital natives and digital immigrants the outcome will be greater.

Cited Work

Grown uo digital – The Net Generation as Learners. (2017) (1st ed., p. 130).

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BONUS Blog Post – DUE on or before April 7th @ 2pm

BONUS Blog Post – DUE on or before April 7th @ 2pm

Create an annotated bibliography on the topic of LIBRARY WEBSITE DESIGN – BEST PRACTICES – with at least eight sources.  Cite your sources in MLA citation style.  Be sure that your annotations identify the best practices listed in the resource.

1. One 


Gambrell, Khalilah. “7 Best Practices for Creating a User Friendly Library Website.” Website. EBSCO Post, 8 Dec. 2015. Web. 30 Mar. 2016. <;.
7 Best Practices for Creating a User Friendly Library Website is identify for best used for creating a website design because its give you stats and data of what students surveying strentgh and weakness of their library website and suggestions thy need for the library wedsite design layout. After 18 months of analying the data, EBSCO came with seven practices with reccomendations for an friendly user wesite design that all users can use.
 Elimanting Barriers -7 Best Practices for Creating a User Friendly Library Website. Web. 30 Mar. 2016. <;. Inforgraphic visual of the best seven practices of creating a friendly user library website
2. two 
Singley, Emily. “Top 5 Problems with Library Websites – a Review of Recent Usability Studies.” Usable Libraries. Usable Libraries, 1 Oct. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2016. <;.
The top problems and issues of Academic libraries and library tools from 16 studies in the past two years that students of their college or unversity are not content with the layout of their library website ; from the Jargon terms, to finding full- text for electronic formats.

Angie Thorpe & Ria Lukes, (2015) A Design Analysis of Indiana Public Library Homepages. Public Library Quarterly 34:2, pages 134-161.

Harry Gibbs, (2005) STUDENT PREFERENCES IN THE DESIGN OF LIBRARY WEB PAGES: A UK, FURTHER EDUCATION PERSPECTIVE. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship 11:1, pages 33-45.

 Academic Library Website Design Principles: Development of a Checklist is about a study done to using a checklist based on guidelines is a valuable way to identify usability problems in websites. Information developers can use the checklist to measure how easy it is to find, understand, and use information displayed on a website (Thorpe andLuke, page 128,2015). for libraries use for an eample to make thier resources and link more accessiable for thier clients.
ASEK, CHRIS. How to Design Library Web Sites to Maximize Usability. San Diego, CA: Library Connect, in Collaboration with the Elsevier User Centered Design Group, 2004. PDF.
How to Design Library Web Sites to Maximize Usability is a PDF file design by library connect to give full instruction on how to create the suited web design for your library and how to keep your website colour, font, structure consistant, no jargon , a help page for those who needs assistance for using the website. The Pdf file also includes how to make your library design more accessable with hyper text and linking, Asethics and grahics, how to put the main content in the center of the page while having enough white space, the website being flexanle and efficent and improtant to let the clients give back feedback about the strenghts and weakness of their website, suggestions and improvement.
Poll, Roswitha. Evaluating the Library Website: Statistics and Quality Measures. Durban, South Africa: WORLD LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CONGRESS, 2 Aug. 2007. PDF.
The quality of a library website can have different aspectss • contents • language • structure • design • navigation • accessibility to be efficent and effective for both the library and the community. There are strong and logical, effective ways to give you library homepage the best fit for your community There are also have main topics and FAQ to assit the using the homepage.
Teague-Rector, Susan. “Building a Library Web Site.” Building a Library Web Site. American Library Association, 2011. Web. 31 Mar. 2016. <;.
The North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries a strong desire to create a fresh, modern, and welcoming Web presence, with a clear personality brand for the library. The libraries also wanted to highlight its core search tools and support the most common research and course-related tasks.
Lam, Amber. “Teen Library Website Models: Identifying Design Models of Public Library Websites for Teens.” The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. A YASLA Publication, 2015. Web. 31 Mar. 2016. <;.
This article is about the research that is to identify and understand current website models of public library websites for teens and childern. The results concluded from identiying the strengh and weakness of four websites designs for teens to evaulate is that Teens perferred directness, keywords, subject categories, organization and possible limitation of search results based on relevance, and spell-check  (Naughton, 2015) and a help page when needing assistance, The library took the results fromm the teens and create a friendly using webpage that meet the needs of their youth users.
work cited
Naughton, Robin. Teen Library Website Models: Identifying Design Models of Public Library Websites for Teens. Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults 6 (2015): n. page. Web. <Date accessed>
EasyBibVideos. “PD Series: Best Practices for Library Website User Experience.”YouTube. YouTube, 17 Apr. 2014. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.
An informative online vitural tutorial on the best practices for a website for librarians and users to be educated and effiecent on how to create a usability webpage for all ages of the library community.
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Goverment Reference blog : Video reference

Blog post:  You work at the local newspaper.  A journalist appears/emails/calls/texts you and says she’s writing a story and needs to know (ASAP!)…  Post a link to the video your group made to answer the question assigned to your group.  If you did not attend class and would still like to complete this assignment, please email Sue by April 1st @ noon.  Sue will assign a reference question for you to answer.


Part One : 

Add a CANSIM table that’s relevant to your Special Topic to your government services pathfinder.


Part two 

}It’s drama time!

}In groups of three…

}Find the answer

}Choose one person to be the newspaper library’s LIT

}Choose one person to be the journalist

}Choose one person to the be video-recorder

}Dramatize the reference question and demonstrate and explain how to answer it using information from Statistics Canada

}Upload your video to youtube

}Send your link to Sue

}Post a link to your video on your blog (5%)

Abbby and I Pathway video

Using government reports to solve dilemmas

Reference Question :

Students are making decisions about their future this month.  We’re writing an article on the shortfall of labour in the skilled trades.  Can you find us some statistics about the apprenticeship pathway?

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