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About the Research Forum

Since 2002, Concordia's Library Research Forum has provided librarians, archivists, graduate students, teaching faculty, and information professionals with an opportunity to describe and promote their completed or in-progress research, practical case studies or projects. The Forum also provides a venue for researchers to seek suggestions for enhancing their research interests, to identify potential new partners for projects, to test the effectiveness of their undertakings, and to promote research in academic libraries.

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2017 Research Forum Program

Concordia University Library's 15th Annual Research Forum
Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre, Loyola Campus
Friday, April 28th 2017
9:00am to 4:45pm



Miguel Figueroa. Mr. Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries, an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA's Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU's Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona's Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.


Registration and Coffee & Pastries

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Krista Alexander: Chair of the Librarian’s Forum Steering Committee, Concordia University

Survey of research data management practices and needs at Concordia University, Montréal
Danielle Dennie: Librarian responsible for scholarly communications & digital course reserves, Concordia University
Alex Guindon: Geospatial and Data Services Librarian, Concordia University

This presentation will highlight the results of a survey, and a series of follow-up interviews, that were completed by faculty at Concordia University in 2015-2016, on their research data management (RDM) practices and needs. In light of the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, the research results demonstrate the need for the Library, and for Concordia as a whole, to tackle the pressing issue of RDM.


L'Empire, le Canada et les pratiques documentaires à l'âge victorien de l’information, 1840-1850
Alain Roy: Conseiller en politiques, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada

Au cours des dernières années, l’histoire des archives et celle des bibliothèques se sont élargies, s’intégrant dans ce qu’on appelle l’histoire de l’information. Cette approche plus globale révèle des enjeux partagés dans l’évolution des pratiques documentaires. Dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle, reflétant tant le mouvement d’émergence des nations que le passage de l’État vers la modernité, ces pratiques se transforment en Grande-Bretagne et dans l’Empire. Au Canada, celles-ci évoluent également, qu’il s’agisse de la gestion de l’information ou des archives historiques, de la croissance de la bibliothèque de l’Assemblée législative ou de pratiques discursives, témoignant de liens étroits entre mutations des pratiques documentaires et passage à l’État moderne.



How to Find (and Lose) Anonymous Books
Emily Kopley: Library Researcher-in-Residence, Concordia University

Which authors and books were anonymous or pseudonymous in the early-twentieth century, and why? Here bibliography is of little avail, and online catalogs and databases provide extremely partial gratification. Searches at library catalogs of anonymous authors do not regularly yield multiple signatures of a given author, and a keyword search of “anonymous” tends not to return works that are unsigned, pseudonymous, or signed by a phraseonym. This talk details some of the ways I have found and lost anonymous books, and describes my efforts to construct a data-set that is at least representative.


Something besides homework: Reframing research support for graduate students
Martha Attridge Bufton: Subject Specialist, Carleton University Library
Nikki Tummon: Liaison Librarian, McGill University

Traditionally, Canadian academic librarians support graduate students by introducing them to discipline-related tools and materials: We help with their homework. The promise and power of the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is that we can envision responding in less traditional, more creative ways to students’ research needs, particularly those in professional programs. In this presentation, two social work subject specialists (from Ontario and Quebec) explore how academic librarians can re-frame their teaching for social workers-in-training and other professionals and will share their approach to information literacy instruction, highlighting some key challenges and responses to working with this group of learners, including support for scholarly writing.


Poster Viewing

Academic Librarians and their social media presence: A case study in Malaysia
Niusha Zohoorian-Fooladi: MSI Candidate, Université de Montréal

Archival appraisal practices in a federal government institution
Erica Vanden Bosch: Master of Information Studies candidate, University of Ottawa
Inge Alberts: Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Between Digitization and Promotion: Mining the McGill Student Publications Collection for Compelling Outreach Narratives
Annelise Dowd: MISt Candidate, McGill University

Framing and Reframing: Iterative Implementation of the ACRL Framework
Vanessa Lawrence: Science Reference Librarian, Carleton University
Heather MacDonald: Health and Biosciences Librarian, Carleton University

Grey is the New Black: How to keep up with Grey Literature in the Academic Library
Aleksandra Blake: Library Subject Specialist, Carleton University Library

Library Anxiety, Race, and Nova Scotia
K-Lee Fraser: MISt Candidate, McGill University

Overcoming an overconfidence bias: measuring the impact of embedded information literacy instruction on the perceived confidence level of the first-year undergraduate students and its effects on students’ learning
Marta Samokishyn: Collection Development Librarian, Saint Paul University
Sandy Hervieux: Head of User Services, Saint Paul University

Play your cards right! The role of meaningful play in teaching information literacy to first-year students
Ryan Tucci: Reserves Technician, Carleton University Library
Martha Attridge Bufton: Subject Specialist, Carleton University Library
Colin Harkness: Collection Development and Acquisitions, Carleton University Library

Publication practices of researchers in minority French-speaking communities in the digital age
Victoria Volkanova: Scholarly Communications Librarian, Université de Moncton

What are the outcomes associated with the use of internet-based consumer health information? Insights from a systematic mixed studies review
Vera Granikov: Research Embedded Librarian, Dept. of Family Medicine, McGill University
Reem El Sherif: Research Assistant, Dept. of Family Medicine, McGill University
Dr. Pierre Pluye: Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, McGill University


The Future Together: Trends, Signals, and Collaboration for the Future of Libraries
Miguel Figueroa: Director, American Library Association Center for the Future of Libraries

How do we think about the future? Over the past two years, ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries has learned that thinking about the future starts when we activate our minds to look for signals and trends outside of our immediate environments – from categories like technology, education, demographics, the economy, and more. Those signals and trends become relevant when we consider them in light of our shared professional values and the values we seek to provide to our communities. Foresight and trend scanning becomes a sort of collaborative research process that helps us envision the libraries of the future, oftentimes by using our own library skills in new ways. As we talk together and with our communities about the trends and signals we see, we can begin to make the move from futuring to innovation for better libraries.


La qualité des pratiques de développement des compétences informationnelles au sein du réseau de l’Université du Québec
Guy Bélanger: Professeur associé, Université du Québec à Rimouski
Marie-Michèle Lemieux: Agente de recherche, Université du Québec

Une étude méthodologique en trois phases a été conduite au sein du réseau de l’Université du Québec afin d’évaluer les pratiques de développement des compétences informationnelles. La première a permis de valider 339 critères de qualité. La deuxième consistait à expérimenter un processus de mesure de la qualité des pratiques actuelles. Dans la troisième, des cercles de qualité constitués dans six universités ont procédé à l’évaluation de leurs résultats, ce qui a permis d’identifier et de prioriser les forces, les points faibles et leurs causes. L’analyse des résultats a conduit les auteurs à définir un continuum de pratiques collaboratives.


A Library Matter of Genocide: The Library of Congress and the Historiography of the Native American Holocaust
Michael Dudley: Public Services Librarian, University of Winnipeg Library

This paper argues that Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and classification, as applied to books regarding genocidal colonial encounters with Indigenous peoples, exhibit problematic tendencies towards euphemisms for genocide, colonial narratives, erasure and double standards. Monographs discovered in OCLC’s global WorldCat related to the LC subject “Indians of North America” and some variation of the keywords genocide, holocaust, ethnocide, ethnic cleansing or extermination were analyzed in terms of their often problematic indexing and classification. The paper argues that present practices represent a barrier to discovery and thus have historiographic implications.


Poster Viewing

More than Just a Student Voice: Facilitating Student Leadership Development through the Library Student Liaison Program
Qing Meade: Diversity & Inclusion Librarian, Eastern Washington University
Suzanne Milton: Dean of Libraries, Eastern Washington University

This presentation will describe the development and implementation of the library student liaison program at Eastern Washington University Libraries over nine consecutive years. This program was originally designed to promote, through peer communication, the use of library resources and services. How this program evolved into an experiential learning experience is explained. Each student liaison was encouraged to integrate his or her own educational experience through creative exploration and effective mentoring. The social change model of leadership development will be used to provide a conceptual framework to examine the positive effect of this program on students’ leadership skill development.


What can librarianship learn from organizational behaviour? Navigating new roles for new times
Jessica Lange: Scholarly Communications Librarian, McGill University

Several recent studies investigate the changing role of liaison librarians and how traditional liaison positions are shifting to include competencies on emerging topics such as open access, copyright, and research data management. One proposed model to help liaisons with this transition is to pair them with functional specialists. However this model begs questions such as should functional specialists ‘train’ liaisons, act as the resident expert, or operate somewhere in-between? This presentation will discuss how theories and concepts from the field of organizational behavior (i.e. the study of how groups and individuals act in organizations) can help librarians navigate these new roles.


Closing Remarks
Guylaine Beaudry: University Librarian, Concordia University

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The Forum registration is now full. Please add your name to our wait list if you would like to be contacted in the event of a cancellation.

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The Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre is located on Concordia’s Loyola Campus in west-end Montreal. The Conference Centre is “RF” on the campus map.

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Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our sponsor, ProQuest Coutts.

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More Information

Krista Alexander
Chair, Research Forum Steering Committee

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