Our annual School Library Day Colloquium hosted by the UBC Education Library and School of Library Archival and Information Studies will be held on Wednesday, November 2 at 4:30PM. 

Speaker: Mike Eisenberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus, The Information School, University of Washington

Topic: Project Information Literacy: What College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age

Time/Location: Wednesday November 2, 4:30-6:00PM, Dodson Room, IK Barber Learning Centre, UBC campus

Abstract: Project Information Literacy (PIL) is ongoing research project, based in the University of Washington’s Information School. The project seeks to understand how early adults conceptualize and operationalize research activities for course work and “everyday life” use and especially how they resolve issues of credibility, authority, relevance, and currency in the digital age. Research in 2009-2010 collected data from over 10,000 students. Most recently, PIL studied how 560 college students managed technology and multitasked while they were in the library during “crunch time” (the final weeks of the term). Prof. Eisenberg will discuss the findings and implications of PIL research–for higher education but also for information work across settings and contexts.

Speaker Bio: Mike Eisenberg is the “founding dean” of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. His current work focuses on information literacy, information problem-solving in virtual environments (funded by the MacArthur Foundation), and information science education K-20.  His “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” is the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with thousands of students-pre-K through higher education-as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve their information and technology skills.

SLAIS Colloquia are free and open to the public. These talks are recorded and broadcast through the generous support of the IK Barber Learning Centre.

An article about the evolution of UBC Library appears in the Ubyssey, UBC’s student newspaper.

You can view the article here.

On August 18, Ingrid Parent – UBC’s University Librarian – became the first Canadian President of the International Association of Library Associations and Institutions.

This appointment has received much media coverage, with articles appearing in the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Courier, the Tyee, Quill & Quire and the Epoch Times (Chinese-language version only).

Ingrid was also interviewed on CBC Radio’s morning show, The Early Edition. You can listen to a podcast of the interview here – it begins at about 1:08 into the recording.

You can view the corresponding press release here.

Ingrid Parent, UBC’s University Librarian, has become the first Canadian to head the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). This organization has been the global voice of the library and information profession for more than eight decades.

You can find out more by viewing the UBC press release here.

SSRN.com President Gregg Gordon sees building learning communities as a core mission of libraries today. In his blog, Gregg says, “Librarians have a wealth of knowledge and specifically know:
• How to research & evaluate content
• How to use different resources for different purposes
• How to determine validity and appropriation
• How to think critically.”

Rather than making libraries irrelevant, the overabundance of information today makes it more important than ever for students to access the skills and knowledge of librarians to learn to manage information – both to save time and to acquire the best information available.

Together with library collections and services, library space is a key core mission. Libraries today are hubs for a variety of uses, from teamwork and collaboration to building a sense of shared mission among users. The Canaccord Learning Commons, currently under construction at Sauder School, is a good example of how we are expanding the notion of the library beyond its traditional borders – incorporating new technologies and innovative physical spaces.

Thanks to Lindsay Ure for pointing out Gregg’s blog.


“In the world of convergence, technology, content, and distribution are converging at a speed never before seen. Consumers are now empowered by new technology and distribution platforms to engage with media and advertising in entirely new ways. Convergence is going to fundamentally redraw today’s business map, fuelling a power shift towards consumers that verges on social revolution.” (PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2009)

Business librarians are no strangers to convergence, and have been at the forefront of creating unified platforms for consumers to retrieve information they need.

B-School libraries are enthusiastic partners in organizational convergence, working with career centers, program offices and other units to deliver services through a cohesive service model. A new article in College & Research Libraries News describes a fruitful partnership between the library and career center at the Katz Graduate School of Business in Pennsylvania, in which the two partners collaborated to augment preparation for MBA students for internship and job interviews. The two different skill sets made instruction sessions livelier and improved the value of the workshop for the students.

The Lam librarians work with staff in the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre at the Sauder School to enhance the research and critical thinking skills of students engaged in career searches. It’s been a fruitful convergence for staff and students.

This article also demonstrates another kind of convergence which will revolutionize traditional online library databases. The user can read the article, download a podcast of it – choosing a male or female voice – or translate the article into twelve languages. Of all the bells and whistles our databases have been displaying recently, this is one magic tool that will make library databases easier to use and more accessible for all users.

It’s convergence at its best.

Citation: Librarians on the case: Helping students prepare for job interviews in an uncertain economy. College & Research Libraries News v. 70 no. 7 (July/August 2009)

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