Blog Post 7 – Advanced Information Services – GIS

Activity 1:toronto pub lib branches map.PNG

Activity 2:


Activity 3:

Canada 150 Tour

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Blog Post 8 – evaluation – Library Operations

Evaluate a service or product at the Durham College library (or the LIT program).

Write a one-page report that includes a heading and your answer or response to the questions or tasks in the evaluation process. (See the sample report in the slides).   In step 4, choose to collect data using a survey.  Create a Survey Monkey survey to collect the data.  Apply Survey Monkeys tips and tricks about writing survey questions.   Post a link to your report on your blog.

Survey Evaluation Lib Operations

Survey Link

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Blog Post 6 – Open Data

Here is an example of some open data that I have accessed and filtered on Google Fusion names.PNG


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Blog Post 7 – Budgeting

Use Excel to create a budget for the library that addresses (or does not address!) the interests of the employees/board and the community, and the fact that the SOLS databases are no longer available for free.  Now, your library must pay $1,256.00/year to access the databases.  Include the cost of the databases in your new budget.  Be sure to balance the budget with a 5% cut or a 1% increase to your budget.  Briefly defend your budget decisions for a cut or an increase. Post your Excel spreadsheet as a Google Spreadsheet on your blog, and make sure I can open it and click on the cells to view your formulas.


Excel Budget Sheet with comments attached to cuts defended.

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Blog Post 6 – Library Operations– Part A – Planning and organizing YOUR work

  • Use the ST/AR interview answer format to answer the following interview question:
  • In this position, you will be responsible for supervising student volunteers. There are between 10-12 student volunteers at the library. You will be expected to supervise these students, in addition to planning and delivering weekly children’s programming activities and events, writing monthly reports about goals and achievements in your department, working at the reference desk 8-10 hours per week and assisting with library-wide projects. Describe a situation where you’ve had a similar workload and describe how you’ve successfully managed your time to accomplish your work.

In my final semester of my Library and Information Technician program I have had a similar workload. I have four assignments that need to be completed at the beginning of April as well as 140 hours for placement. My placement is scheduled on Fridays from 9am-5pm, the only other days of the week I had off were Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday’s. One of the assignments we were given within the first month of the semester. As we completed the required work for the week it gave me the skills to complete parts of the assignment. I made a schedule around the time that I had free. I used a project managing website called Trello as well as my personal agenda. Both of these resources helped me get organized by planning out and scheduling my time. I prioritized what I needed to complete, by due dates as well as the size of the assignment. I have been able to get a large amount of my assigned work completed in the short amount of time I have during the week.

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Advanced Info – Blog Post 4 – Public Lending Right Program and Creative Commons

Complete Part One and Part Two.

Part one:  What is the Public Lending Right Program?  Why was it established? Post your answers on your blog.  Read:  Toronto Public Library sadly embraces ‘culture of free‘ (By: Noah Richler Published on Sat Dec 20 2014).  What is TPL’s policy now?  What are the issues presented by Richler? What do YOU think? Why? Post your answer on your blog.

Part two:  Go to Creative Commons.  Find an image with a CC by 2.0 licence.  Create a citation for it. Post the image and your citation on your blog.


Part 1:

The Public Lending Right Program (PLR) was created to distribute annual payments to Canadian authors. The PLR gives a royalty for each book purchased and an extra fee for each book purchased by a public library. This was established because public libraries loan material out to hundreds and thousands of people each year. Before the PLR, thousands of people were reading books borrowed by their public library but authors were only getting royalties for the single book that was purchased; not all of the times their book was loaned. Because of PLR, authors who register with the program can now get extra royalties from their works purchased by public libraries. But what about books that are donated to public libraries? Since they were originally bought by a single reader does the author still get royalties from all the loans at the library?

In December of 2014 the Toronto Public Library was offering to pay five dollars for good book donations. This article claims that no money is going to the authors if books are donated to a library. The Toronto Public Library has now created a list of books that they are able to accept donations of. They will buy books from this list for five dollars if they are in new condition and have the original dust jacket. Richler described that the ‘culture of free’ played a large part in the Toronto Public libraries program, saying that people try their hardest not to pay for things which causes artists to not be rewarded for their work. I don’t agree with everything that Richler says but I do agree that authors should be paid someway for materials donated to the library. Richler had a very aggressive way of thinking when it comes to free materials, I have a very different point of view about free materials than he does.

Part 2:


Image by EmmyMik. CC BY 2.0.

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Library Operations – Blog post 1a – organization structure

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.


Peel District School Board. (2017) retrieved February 4th 2017.

Brenda Roberts. (2017) retrieved February 1st 2107. Personal Interview

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