Library Operations – Blog post 3 – project management

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.

Meagan Holwerda & Maddi Clark –

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Advanced Info – Blog Post 2 – Open Access

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 the access to academic papers without payment. This also includes the ability to search and re-use content. Without Open Access on academic content, academic libraries are forced to pay excessive amounts for journals or databases like EBSCO. Students, faculty, and researches lose out when academic libraries do not pay these fees. One of the points of view mentioned in this video was that governments pay so much money to have this research done that it does not make sense why they would charge so much for information they want people to see. On the other hand, why would governments want you to be able to access this information for free when they spent so much money on the research? I agree with the point of view made in the video, that it makes no sense why something would cost so much when the people who paid to have it researched want it to be seen. Knowledge should be accessible to everyone without cost.

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Advanced Info Blog Post 1: Digital Natives, Grown Up Digital

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 the library’s reference department?


The concept of digital natives effect how library reference departments provide their knowledge, feedback, and help. Different formats for different learners will be required so that each client can be helped in a way that they will understand. Digital natives are more likely to be comfortable with technology in a library where a ‘digital immigrant’ might be more hesitant to use the technology. Library workers need to be prepared to support digital natives and digital immigrants with a variety of needs and technical knowledge. In recent years libraries have changed their ways to accommodate the ever-growing technology. In future years, I see the library providing access to more specialized digital resources such as databases. Library reference departments will continue to instruct clients on how to use technological materials.

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H&G Blog Post 7 – Govt Information – Statistics


gov statistics

Statistics Canada. Table 109-0300 – Census indicator profile, Canada, provinces, territories, health regions (2011 boundaries) and peer groups, every 5 years (accessed: March 24, 2016)

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CS2 – blog post 5 – option a – Aboriginal Centre

Reflect on the presentation made by Peggy and Julie: What did you already know? What did you learn? What are some of the reasons Julie and Peggy mentioned, that make traditional classroom learning difficult for some students? What are some of the solutions Julie and Peggy mentioned, that might make traditional classroom learning less difficult?


Unfortunately, Peggy and Julie were not able to speak to us on Wednesday morning. My sister is a Canadian Studies major and in high school I learned some basic information in my genocide and crimes against the humanities course. I knew that the government had forced the parents to give up their children and that there were bad conditions, they face abuse, and that the purpose of residential schools was to assimilate them into European culture. I wasn’t aware that residential schools were still operating in the 1990’s. Traditional classroom learning is difficult for some Aboriginal students because the traditional European style of learning does not meet their needs. Some solutions could be hands on, active learning, small classes, shared and group learning, and an education system that is designed and implemented by First Nations educators.

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CS2 – blog post 4: UDL

Here is the link to the college’s UDL resources for faculty:

Please explore the topics on the site.

Please complete this learning tutorial:

When you are finished, answer the following question:

  • Question: A professor learns that he has two students in his class this semester with disabilities. One student has visual impairment and has difficulty reading printed documents. The other student has a learning disability and has difficulty comprehending complex concepts. Describe 5 ways the professor can make the course more accessible.

If you used the CAFE website to answer the question, insert a link to the section of the website that helped you answer the question.   Post your answer on your blog and be prepared to discuss it in class next week.


The professor can make the course more accessible to the student who has difficulty reading print documents due to a visual impairment by adding voice recordings or ‘audio notes’ to any Microsoft document (word, PowerPoint, excel, etc.). The student could also use a document reader that will read the words printed on the screen to them at any speed they wish. If possible the professor could also use the ‘Accessible Documents’ through C.A.F.E and follow the steps in the documents to make Microsoft a more accessible tool.

The professor can make the course more accessible to the student who has difficulty comprehending complex concepts by using graphic organizers and advanced organizers to help the student understand the concepts of the lesson. The professor could also post outlines before each class so that the student can have more processing time.

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Government Information Partner Question – Health and Govt

Post your question and your partner’s question to your blog.  Be prepared to demonstrate how to answer the questions to another pair next week.


Mine: Q: I need to find out information on the debates having to do with adoptions that happened last week with the MPP of the Hamilton Mountain. Can you help?


  1. Start at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario homepage.
  2. Click ‘Debates and Proceedings’ on the sidebar.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and select the hyper link to ‘House Hansard Index: Current Session’.
  4. Once at this page, select ‘T’ for Taylor, Monique under the ‘House Speaker Index’.
  5. You can either scroll or use ‘ctrl+f’ to search for Taylor or adoptions.
  6. There will be a link beside the subheading that you can choose that will allow you to read the scripts from the debate.

Raven’s: Q. I’m doing a project on the Canadian Parliament Buildings and need an electronic resource, where can I find the history of the parliament buildings themselves?
LIT: Insert a link to the resource that you found for the student, and explain the steps you took to find this answer.
1. Starting from the “Parliament of Canada” website click “About Parliament”
2. Click the “Art, Architecture, and Heritage” tab
3. In the Architecture Column Click the “Parliament Buildings” link, this page has a history of all the buildings on parliament hill.

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