The link for my tour!
Here is the findings from the survey that I conducted using Survey Monkey the the format of an online word document.
Example of a google fusion table using Ontario Statistics on female baby names.
Here is an example of a google fusion table that I created using open data.
I made my video using both visual, auditory and written teaching styles with the visual being the video, the auditory being my voice explaining what to do and the written being the subtitles on the video. This makes a video tutorial UDL (Universal Design for Learning) appropriate because the definition of UDL is to make the learning experience as accessible for different learn-styles as possible. You have to give people options, not just visual or just auditory, to be able to reach the largest amount of learners with your lesson!
The Public Lending Right Program is run by the Canada Council for the Arts and the program provides money to Canadian authors, like a royalty, when their books get borrowed from the public library system. The first program of this type was started in Denmark, and Canada started theirs in 1986, beginning because two authors of Canadian literature studies reported that there is no “truly national literature” in French or English. All of this information can be found in the website provided in the link above.
In the article Toronto Public Library sadly embraces ‘culture of free‘ (By: Noah Richler Published on Sat Dec 20 2014) Richler brings to light some important problems with a Public library that purchases books cheaply secondhand from its patrons. The largest problem is the fact that by buying these books off of patrons, the author is cut out of making royalties off of the sale of their books to the library. The policy didn’t last long, as our teacher pointed out in class, the library soon revoked the rule and now accept donations, but do not pay patrons for their materials that they have brought in (click here to view the TPL’s acquisitions policy). In my opinion, I can see both sides to this story but in the end I think that I agree with Richler but I also think it is okay for libraries to accept donations but not to pay patrons for their materials. It is important that the library is not ONLY accepting new materials through patrons and that they are still supporting authors but it is important to keep in mind that most libraries, especially public libraries, are running on a tight budget and need to take advantage of donations when they can to support the demand of the public. Therefore, I think that accepting donations is okay but paying patrons for their materials is not.
Image. by Moyen Brenn. CC by 2.0.
Part A: Organization Structure
The organization at my placement is as follows: My placement is with the Municipality of Innisfil and so it is organized like a corporation as well as having some political organization as well. There is a corporate structure with the CAO and the Managing team at the top followed by the other departments who all have their own leadership organization within themselves. The Records Management Department, which consists of the intern and the Records Manager (a singular person).
There is also the Mayor and the Council but I haven’t gotten too much into the political side of my job yet.
I learnt this from my orientation as well as a Clerks Services Department meeting that I attended a couple weeks ago. From what I picked up from these encounters, I was able to piece together this information. I also looked to the website to get all of the department official titles but they didn’t break it down any further.
Part B: Workshop Report- Growing Relationships: Implementing Programming for Barriered Youth
In general, my workshop was about the Collingwood library and the programming that they have to help the youth in their area because they have a lot of younger people who are mental health issues as well as issues at home (criminal records, food security, addiction exposure, literacy issues, lack of stable housing, lack of positive adult role models etc.). More specifically, they wanted to give examples of things that they as a library have done to helped their youth, to give others some ideas or starting points for helping the youth in their respective communities and libraries.
I thought this was interesting first of all because Collingwood is very close to Barrie, where I am from and plan on living, and so I wanted to know what it was like working in a library closer to home. I also thought the topic was interesting in general, working with customers that are troubled is always difficult but especially younger patrons because of their age and the limitations that come along with it (difficulty getting transportation, difficulty getting access to shelters and food banks because of age, cannot get a job because of age or lack of education, difficulty because of teen pregnancy etc.). I really wanted to see the solutions, and how they got to those solutions, especially in a smaller town library with a smaller budget.
All in all, I think what I learned was that connecting with other organizations and building those long-term partnerships is the most important. Getting involved and making connections in the community can only help you in the long run with programming, funding, and getting volunteers. I also learned that as a group, teens are transient and also always evolving. You have to be aware and also morph with them to create what they are looking for in their public space. You want to be an advocate for them as well as give them their own voice and also blend the traditional with the non-traditional youth users to break down the “us vs. them” mentality.
I had a lot of fun at the OLA Super Conference and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about libraries and how they work!
We had to create a fake plan for our SMART goal, how to make it happen and steps we would take.
A link to our Trello board by Erin Wilson and Mary Bailey: