Archive for the ‘academic libraries’ Category

Information Literacy and Google

Google has now developed lessons for teaching people how to search using, you guessed it, Google!  Here is a link to their tutorials  I haven’t had an opportunity to walk through them all yet, but I am happy to see that google is taking on the responsibility.  I especially like that they want people to know how to evaluate for credibility.  Three cheers to you Google!!!


Strategy and competition: the Porter Report

The Harvard Business School has graciously shared with the internet community the insights of their Institute for Strategy and Competition led by Michael Porter.  Here you can find links to publications and presentations, competition and firm strategy, economic development, and society.  This is a valuable resource that any business student would benefit from reviewing.

Business Datasets that are available for free online

Below is a link to seven free datasets useful for business:

Health Administration Journals (Freely available on the Internet)

I did extensive updating to the subject guide for health administration journals when I was working at the Bronfman Business Library at York University last summer.  As it has been a while since I worked there I thought I should list those journals that are freely available on the web here so I will have a record of them in case the guide is updated again or taken down from the site.  Here is the link to York’s site:   where the databases to which they have subscribed are included in the list.  Please note, this list was originally compiled by Sophie Bury, Business Librarian at York U. and my role was to update it.  Below are the web links:


Free Medical Journals

American Medical News

British Medical News

Canadian Journal of Public Health

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Health Affairs

Health Care Financing Review

Health Care Management Forum

Health Care Management Review

Healthcare Manager

Health Data Management

Health Law Journal

Health News

Health Promotion International

Health Services Management Research

Hospitals and Health Networks

Hospital Financial Management

Human Resources for Health (WHO)



Journal of Health and Human Services Administration

Milbank Quarterly

Modern Healthcare

New England Journal of Medicine

Six essential copyright facts librarians should know

Lesley Ellen Harris has listed 6 essential copyright facts librarians should know.  They are:

1.  You can summarize an article or book without copyright permission.  There is no copyright protection for ideas, history, facts, or news.

2.  Licenses are like contracts – you can negotiate – so, if you want to license an electronic database or journal but under different terms than those offered, you can try to negotiate different terms.

3.  Provisions that allow reproduction without permission are usually for specific types of libraries.  In Canada, “library provisions” are for a library, archive or museum that is not established or conducted for profit and is not part of an organization that is established or conducted for profit.  This type of library holds a collection of materials that is open to the public or to researchers.  

4.  Fair use/dealing is intentionally ambiguous.  Harris quotes the U.S. copyright office fact shee on fair use as follows:  “The distinction between fair use and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.”

5.  Fair use/dealing applies to all users of content, not just libraries.  The Supreme Court of Canada is quoted by Harris as saying, “research is not limited to non-commercial or private contexts.”  Source:  CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada(SCC 2004).

6.  The duration of copyright varies from country to country.  In Canada, copyright expires 50 years after the death of the author.  In the U.S. this is not the case and you may still need to apply for permissions 50 years after the author’s death.


Rhetoric & Composition

I have been compiling a list of websites on the topic of Rhetoric & Composition for use on a subject guide for the college.  I’ve decided to list them below.  Some are more appropriate to teaching than to students so I have not included them in my college guide but they are worth keeping for looking into in future.  Here they are:

The following is an excellent site to use as an overview of the topic:

Writing Spaces is an online textbook with several chapters that may be of interest to the instructors for this course.  I have included links to only a few of them here, but would recommend instructors review the text in its entirety to decide what is most appropriate for their course.  See below for links:–composition-as-a-write–critical-thinking-in-college-writing–ten-ways-to-think, designed for use as a textbook in first-year college composition programs.– College Composition and Communication website. The CCC Online Archive is designed primarily as a research tool, an online supplement to the journal College Composition and Communication. University of Texas at Austin, explores how information technologies are changing the ways we produce and consume texts, the ways we argue, and how we can flexibly address these sociotechnical changes.– A refereed online journal devoted to contemporary theories of rhetoric, writing, and culture.– Issues in Writing is a semiannual, refereed journal devoted to the study of writing in science and technology, government, education, business and industry, the arts and humanities, and the professions. – A journal devoted to the teaching of composition and the language arts.*– An international peer reviewed journal that publishes high quality theoretical, empirical, and review papers covering the broad spectrum of writing research.

Journal of Electronic Publishing – A really interesting ejournal on publishing ejournals. – A portal to sites relevant to the field of rhetoric and composition., The Forest of Rhetoric by Dr. Gideon Burton, Brigham Young University., writing at Colorado State University, counsil of writing program administrators, a consortium for the study of writing in college., the national writing project based in the United States.  You can search this site for additional resources on rhetoric., a clearinghouse of resources on writing compiled by Colorado State University., research on activity devoted to student writing., International Writing Centers Association, The European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing., The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) supports and promotes the teaching and study of college composition and communication., a site for professional and personal conversations on pedagogy, curriculum, administration, and social issues affecting basic writing., National Council of Teachers of English., a networked journal and digital community for writers and teachers of writing.


Information Literacy and Eli Pariser’s TED talk

This TED talk by Eli Pariser about “filter bubbles” is a nice way to introduce students to some of the issues around using the internet for research.  It clearly articulates the invisible algorithmic editing that is used to personalize the results of web searches and debunks the myth of the web as providing open access to the world of information.

See additional clips on Andy Burkhardt’s blog.

Art & Image Resources Available Through Subscription Databases

The following subscription databases house art and image resources.  There may be others as well, but these are those that are available in the college library at which I am currently employed.  I decided to include this list here because I discovered that my web-guide on this topic was not available when I went to it and I thought it was lost.  Now that it is available again, I thought I should have some back-up of this information.  Art and image resources available through the web have been listed on this blog earlier.  You cannot access the databases here without a paid subscription.

Art Full Text (Wilson): For reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Covers folk art, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, and Sculpture, among other subjects.

Art Museum Image Gallery (Wilson):  Drawing on the collections of distinguished museums around the world, the content of Art Museum Image Gallery is rights-cleared for use in educational settings, so they can be employed liberally in class lectures, assignments, and academic presentations.

ArtStor: Offers hundreds of thousands of images from all eras and cultures. Click on the orange “Go” button to begin searching. Enter your search term and double click on any image that interests you in order to enlarge it.

Berg Fashion LibraryThis is the first online resource to provide access to interdisciplinary and integrated text, image, and journal content on world dress and fashion and will be useful to anyone researching or studying fashion, anthropology, art history, history, museum studies, and cultural studies.

The Canadian Reference Centre (EBSCO): Do a basic search. Type in what you’re looking for (for example, ferns), then limit your search by selecting one of the following: black and white photograph; color photograph; diagram, or; illustration. Double click on the image that looks interesting to you in order to enlarge it.

Cinema Image GalleryThis unique database features an unparalleled range of pictures, posters, video clips, and other material from around the world of film and television from the late 19th century to the present day.

Electric Library (Proquest): Do a Basic Search. Enter your search term and de-select all categories except pictures.

Grove Dictionary of Art Online:  Has images of artistic works including paintings, sculptures, carvings, architecture, and even antiques. Click on “images”, and search through the alphabetical listing or enter your search term and click search. This database is best used to find images of the works of the great masters. Just enter their last name as your search term.

Humanities International Complete : Do a basic search.  You can limit your search to bring back results that include images. You can further limit your results to maps, colour or black and white photos, diagrams etc..

Art and Image Resources Available on the Web

The following is a list of art and image resources available on the web.  I originally compiled this list for use as part of a pathfinder for Sheridan College.  The pathfinder also included databases in the Sheridan collection which have been omitted here.  All collections included in this list should be consulted as to the proprietary rights of the images prior to re-publishing the images.

Blog about Library Instruction

Below is a particularly useful blog about library instruction written by Iris, a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Carleton College in Minnesota.

One of her articles in particular discusses learning outcomes

using action words from Bloom’s taxonomy

which I find especially useful.  It helps to emphasize what students learn as opposed to what is being taught.