From the Windy City of Chicago

Coming to you today from the Windy City of Chicago, where I am fulfilling commitments as a member of the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation.

The Committee’s charge is to be responsible for the execution of the accreditation program of ALA, and to develop and formulate standards of education for library and information studies for the approval of council.

To catch up on the latest work of the Committee on Accreditation, check out our newsletter, Prism, here.

Going to the dogs?

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity indulge in a little puppy play time and had a nice visit with Kisbey, Subie, and Murphy, three of the registered therapy dogs who were visiting the Murray Library. It was a real treat!

This was the third time the U of S has hosted therapy dogs on campus, and with students lining up to say hello to our furry friends, I am sure it won’t be the last.

For more information about this initiative and others happening on campus during final exam season, visit: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/university-of-saskatchewan-students-pampered-during-exam-season-1.3032577IMG_0613

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Identifying and avoiding predatory publishers: a primer for researchers

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has pooled their expertise to help researchers identify predatory publishers.  Check out the recently released guide at: http://www.carl-abrc.ca/uploads/SCC/predatory_pubs_primer-e.pdf 

29 major academic research libraries across Canada, together with Library and Archives Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) make up the membership of CARL.  CARL strives to enhance the capacity of member libraries to partner in research and higher education; it seeks effective and sustainable scholarly communication and public policy that encourages research and broad access to scholarly information.

Libraries are changing!

The appearance of therapy dogs in campus libraries, as part of the University’s Stress Less During Exams activities, is yet another sign that libraries are changing!  Collections, facilities, and services are more responsive to student learning needs and we are working much more in partnership with others across campus to ensure a positive learning experience.

The University Library has partnered with the U of S Research Chair in Substance Abuse and St. John’s Ambulance to bring trained and certified therapy dogs to the library. For more information on when the dogs will be visiting the library, visit: http://library.usask.ca

This initiative is one of many being offered through in conjunction with the Take a Break at the University Library Program throughout the final exam period. There will be Play-Doh, crafts, puzzles, LEGO, board games, music, and more available for students to relax and have fun with. The library branches hosting the Take a Break spaces are the Murray Library, the Leslie & Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, the Engineering Library, the Education & Music Library, and the Science Library.

All of the seven libraries on campus will also be giving out snacks, generously donated by the Alumni Association.

Please continue to engage, enlighten, and explore at your library!

April Fool’s Day Library Spoofs

This week, via YouTube and other internet sites, an imaginative array of library marketing and promotional materials around the April Fool’s Day theme hit the airwaves.   Headlines included: University Library to Close, Reopen as a Coffee Bar (courtesy of Berkeley); alternative revenue generation options (University of Wisconsin – Madison); and my favorite, the Hotel Harold (BYU).  You can check out the Hotel Harold in just 50 seconds by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dSOhALb-c

I hope April Fool’s Day passed without incident for you.

Music in Saskatchewan

Our current exhibition Music in Saskatchewan, curated by librarian Carolyn Doi, continues to attract strong public interest, including media interest with both CBC and the Star Phoenix recently interviewing Carolyn. For more information, click here.

The exhibition, on the first floor of Murray Library, continues through until the end of March.

Aboriginal Internship continues to spark attention

Library sector and broader community interest in the University Library’s Aboriginal Internship continues with Intern Jessica Generoux front and centre in a range of media articles and industry publications — the latest interest coming from Library Journal.  Click here for the full article.

Dean’s Award for Excellence

I established the Dean’s Award for Excellence in 2007 to recognize library employees for their exceptional demonstration of core values of both the university and the library, and their exemplary service/work toward fulfilling the library mission.

The award may be made to an invidual library employee and/or team. For the purpose of this award, a team consists of two or more individuals who interact dynamically and interdependently to achieve spceficied, shared, and valued organizational objectives for which they are collectively responsible.

The award is valued at $1,000 and is intended to support the career development and/or enhance the working environment of the recipient(s). A maximum of two awards may be made in any one year; one each in the categories of individual and team. In circumstances where there are no nominations or nominations do not meet an appropriate standard, no award will be made.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence is March 31. Please consider nominating an individual or team today!

Supporting Student Learning

I am very pleased to share that the 2014-2015 award recipients for the Linda Fritz Scholarship for Library Assistant, and the Edna Jen Warrington Bursary for Student Library Assistants have been announced.

Established in 2002, the Linda Fritz Scholarship for Library Assistants was developed to recognize academic excellence of students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan who have worked for the University Library. Librarian Emerita Linda Fritz retired in 2008, and we celebrate and appreciate her continued association with the University Library as one of our active donors. This year, I am pleased to announce that Sudheej Krishnan is the recipient of this scholarship. Sudheej is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program specializing in forensic mental health. Congratulations Sudheej!

Established in 2012, the Edna Jen Warrington Bursary for Student Library Assistants was developed to provide financial assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan who currently work or have worked as a Student Library Assistant at the University Library. Over many years, Edna Jen Warrington provided distinguished service in various roles at the University Library, retiring in 2012, but remaining a very active supporter and donor. This year, I am pleased to announce that Joseph Sillito is the recipient of this bursary. Joseph is currently a student in the College of Law. Congratulations Joseph!