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The Awe-ful Spectre of Precarity in Libraries

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Date created: 
2019-08-15
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This presentation explores how vocational awe and ghostly labour intersect with precarious work in libraries and by discussing the potential for action both within and outside of those constraints. What do these explorations reveal about labour structures, library service, and work culture? How are the values of our profession discarded, reaffirmed, or changed? Together with sharing findings from our research project on precarious work in Canadian libraries, this presentation reimagines library labour relationships and otherwise explores solutions to the negative effects of precarity. 

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Conference presentation

Community Resource Handbook 2021: A Guide to Community Engaged Research

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2021-01
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The intention with this handbook is to offer readers a practical and accessible guide for community-engaged research. But it is just that: an offering. It is not a definitive guide or a prescriptive checklist. It is recognized that the beauty and complexity of many CER projects lie in their unique contexts and imaginative approaches. That means a "onesize-fits-all" handbook may not make sense for everyone.

This handbook is for community-serving organizations including, but not limited to, community groups, not-for-profit organizations, public and private foundations and local, provincial and federal government agencies. This handbook is designed to help community organizations gain a practical understanding of community-engaged research. It also provides a guiding framework for developing a CER project.

This handbook can also be useful for students, early-career researchers and anyone who is curious about using research to advance community interests.

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SFU Knowledge Mobilization Hub Year One Highlights

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2020-12-01
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SFU’s Knowledge Mobilization Hub aims to grow a culture of knowledge mobilization (KM) at SFU and contribute to SFU being recognized as a world leader in KM. This one-page report provides a high-level summary of the SFU Knowledge Mobilization Hub's activities from October 2019 to September 2020. It outlines the timeline from funding to launch and shares details about three core areas of focus: consultations for KM support & navigation; capacity building training & events; and recognition efforts to highlight SFU mobilizers. The report also documents the number of stakeholders engaged, participants who attended KM workshops, and the amount of funding awarded to proposals supported by the KM Hub over the past year. Keywords: knowledge mobilization; culture of knowledge mobilization; institutional structures; capacity building

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Institutional Systems & Structures for Knowledge Mobilization: Bringing Worlds Together to Support Knowledge Mobilization

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2020-11-25
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In this roundtable, we explore developing structures for knowledge mobilization in two different institutional systems, a university and in health and social care. First, we will explore developing a knowledge mobilization hub at Simon Fraser University, exploring consideration for spaces, sources, and supports. We will discuss questions space in the context of remote working, of the future roles of institutional libraries, and how to assess the value and impact of knowledge mobilization supports. Next, will consider the delivery of safe, effective, person centred care and how a systems approach must be developed to maximise knowledge use. The structures, processes and culture change that are required to mobilize knowledge from research, experience and practice to develop into ‘learning systems’ will be explored.

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Conference presentation

Let's Talk About Faculty Outreach and Engagement: Successes, Lessons Learned, & Strategies

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Date created: 
2020-04-30
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Are you a scholarly communications expert looking to foster deeper engagement with your faculty colleagues on topics like open access, scholarly publishing, copyright, or knowledge mobilization? Do you find yourself constantly reimagining your workshops, speaker series, and promotional material, hoping that this time you've crafted a resonant message that will motivate researchers at your institution to take action? Join us for a facilitated discussion about faculty outreach and engagement. We'll start the conversation by sharing some examples of our events, programming, and communications campaigns: things we’ve tried that failed; things we’ve tried that worked; and some reflections on what success looks like at our institution. Then we'll turn things over to you, surfacing your experiences and perspectives on faculty engagement. We hope to pool the expertise in the room and share some strategies we can all take back to our institutions.

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Conference presentation

SFU Open Access Policy Report 2020

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Date created: 
2020-03
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Report
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Course Journals Supporting Social Justice: Developing Equitable Scholarly Communications Through In-class Publishing Projects

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Date created: 
2019-11-22
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How can OJS and OMP be used in classes to engage students in discussions around social justice in scholarly publishing? This presentation will discuss examples of course journals and book projects at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) which attempt to involve students in anti-colonial, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive forms of scholarship. These projects aim to be inclusive in a variety of ways: in terms of accessibility, language, content formats, and sustainability strategies. The presenters discuss the ways that OJS and OMP can be used in the classroom to develop students’ awareness of, and ability to address, social justice concerns in traditional publishing. Finally, they will explore how lessons learned from these case studies can be implemented in other courses.

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Conference presentation

Course Journals: Leveraging Library Publishing to Engage Students at the Intersection of Open Pedagogy, Scholarly Communications, and Information Literacy

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Date created: 
2019-11-14
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This article presents a case study for developing course journals, an approach to student writing and publishing that involves students in the production of an online, open access journal within a structured classroom environment. Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library’s Digital Publishing program has partnered with instructors in four different departments across the university to implement course journals in their classrooms using Open Journal Systems. Two models of course journals have emerged, both of which offer valuable learning opportunities for students around scholarly communications, information literacy, and open pedagogy. In Model 1, students act as both authors who write and submit their work for publication in the course journal and as reviewers who referee each other’s submitted work. In Model 2, students act as the course journal editors, crafting the course journal’s call for papers, soliciting content, recruiting reviewers, and managing the editorial workflow from submission to publication. This article discusses challenges and opportunities of both models as well as strategies for smooth implementation and collaboration with classroom instructors.

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BC Academic Libraries Section (BCALS) Winter Meeting Panel - 2019

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Date created: 
2019-11-29
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The theme for the BCALS 2019 Winter Meeting is user engagement. Academic library workers’ focus on community engagement and patron-centred services conveys their commitment to service and their interest in remaining conscientious of patron needs and barriers. Join us as we hear from a panel of experienced library and information professionals to explore opportunities for engaging with user communities, seeking and making the best use of user feedback and assessment strategies, and forging partnerships within and beyond the library that can support and enhance the diverse experiences of library users.

The speakers for this year's meeting are Heather O'Brien (Associate Professor, UBC iSchool), Julie Mitchell (Assistant Director, Student Engagement, IKB Learning Centre, UBC), Joyce Wong (Librarian/Coordinator User Experience, Langara College), Ebony Magnus (Head, Belzberg Library, SFU).

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Video

Perceptions and Experiences of Precarious Employment in Canadian Libraries: An Exploratory Study

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Date created: 
2019-09-23
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Precarious employment is a labour practice characterized for employers by flexibility and economic efficiencies and for workers by vulnerability and uncertainty as to job duration, scheduling, and pay. It is increasingly common in Canada and can result in physical, mental, financial, and social strain for people who experience it. In libraries, it has the potential for negative effects on individual staff members, organizational health, and service quality. However, literature on precarious library work is scarce, and it is unclear how its effects on library staff compare to those described in the broader literature or how it affects the library field as a whole.

The purpose of this study was to gather information about library workers’ perceptions and experiences of precarious employment and to see how it played out in library contexts. Thirteen library workers both with and without experiences of precarious employment participated in qualitative, semi-structured interviews, which were synthesized into a narrative summarizing their thoughts and experiences. Results indicated that while there were some positive effects of precarious work, they mainly benefited library organizations from scheduling and financial standpoints, while negative outcomes were more numerous, more salient, and affected individuals as well as organizations. Awareness of such perceptions and experiences may help to spark conversations and support for those experiencing negative effects from precarious work, and it can serve to reduce or eliminate factors leading to those effects. However, failure to address them may result in negative outcomes for library workers and organizations, such as stress, turnover, marginalization, burnout, leaving the field, reduced service quality, and more. Accordingly, this paper provides some of the first qualitative information on precarious employment in libraries and may be used to support broader discussions about the topic.

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