Archive for the ‘PD’ Category

PD Session Tommorow: Library Resources You Didn’t Know You Had

May 8, 2007

Over the past few months, RDC Library has added over 30 new article databases to their collection, along with a variety of other resources. Come to this session to hear about these new resources and discuss what they mean for student research (and your own!).

Facilitators: Michelle Edwards Thomson & Kristine Plastow

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Time: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.          Room: 1006R (Library Instruction Lab)


Alternatives to the Research Paper

May 8, 2007

It is PD time again, and today library staff facilitated a discussion on developing assignments beyond the research paper. If you were unable to attend the session, but are interested in some of the things we talked about you can contact us:

Michelle Edwards Thomson:

Anwen Burk:

and/or check out the following online resources:


What the Blog?!

December 4, 2006

When: Tuesday, December 19 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where: The Library Instruction Lab (1006R)

What: Have you ever asked yourself “What on earth is a blog?”. Do you know what a blog is, but haven’t had the time to explore how they work or how to access them? Well, this session is for you. (more…)

To Netspeed and Back

October 24, 2006

Last week several staff from the library attended the Netspeed Conference in Edmonton. Netspeed is a technology conference for all things library. We learned a lot about how to use technology to make the library more accessible. Three of our staff members – Sona Kothari, Kristine Plastow and Lillian Teh-Frenette – presented “Beyond Blogs” to a group of about 100 eager library folk. If you want to look at their presentation it is available via the Netspeed website or you can find it under the NEW “Presentations” section on the main page of this blog. Check this section regularly to find out what new and fabulous presentations the library staff have created.

Join us at the campus conference

August 25, 2006

Librarians are participating in the presentation of three sessions at next week’s campus PD conference. It’s not too late to sign up, or just drop in.

1) Research Delivered to your Desktop, presented by Kristine Plastow and Sona Kothari
Monday, August 28, 3:15-4:30 PM, in the Library Instruction Lab
Back by popular demand! Discover some easy and quick ways to stay current with the latest scholarship in your field. Come to this session to learn about the newest tools the library has acquired specifically to help faculty with scholarship and research, including database search alerts and table of contents services.

2) Alternatives to the Research Paper, presented by Michelle Edwards and Sona Kothari
Tuesday, August 29, 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, Room 2006F
Want to teach your students library research skills but tired of fighting plagiarism? Come to the Library to hear about and share new, different, or alternative assignment ideas for fostering information literacy and critical thinking skills.

3) Wikis, blogs and podcasts, oh my!, presented by Rob Bastell, Stacey Mateika and Sona Kothari
Tuesday, August 29, 1:00-3:00 PM, Library Instruction Lab
How do students really use the net? This session will look at the way students use the net for communication, for information, and for fun. We’ll explore wikis (and Wikipedia), blogs, podcasts, downloads, and more. We’ll also discuss some of the downside of the social aspects of the web such as privacy and security concerns.

And, join us for a bonussession! On Wednesday, August 30, 3:30-5:00 PM, in the Library’s West Wing, the Academic Technology Sub Committee will sponsorthe first session in the new “Teaching and Technology” series. Nursing instructor Kristen Gulbransen will present “PDAs: how to use them, how to wear them.” In addition to learning how to use a PDA in the classroom, there will be a cash bar and free food – so there are two more great reasons to come to this session. And, who knows, you might even win a free PDA or PDA accessory! See you there!