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Library Research Forum

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.

The 16th Annual Research Forum took place on Friday, April 27, 2018.

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2018 Research Forum Program

Concordia University Library's 16th Annual Research Forum
Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre, Loyola Campus
Friday, April 27th 2018
9:00am to 4:45pm

Registration opens at 8:30am



Roberto Rocha
This year's keynote speaker is data journalist Roberto Rocha. Roberto is part of a four-person national investigative team at CBC Montreal that specializes in data-driven stories. It was at the Montreal Gazette, where he was a journalist for ten years, that Roberto first became interested in writing news stories based on data sets and was one of the first in Canada to do it full time. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has lectured in journalism at the University of Ottawa.


Registration and Coffee & Pastries

Christopher Carr, Chair, Librarian’s Forum Steering Committee, Concordia University

Can data and transparency restore public trust in mainstream journalism?
Roberto Rocha, Investigative Journalist, CBC Montreal


Making Connections: Bringing Archives to Undergraduates
Alexandra Mills, Special Collections Archivist, Concordia University

The development of undergraduate courses around archival and special materials is an active, immersive, and hands-on approach to teaching that has been proven to encourage critical thinking, improve primary source literacy skills, and engage in active learning. This presentation will reflect on the benefits and challenges of using primary sources in the classroom by examining a collaborative pedagogical initiative at Concordia University that integrated the Negro Community Centre/Charles H. Este Cultural Centre Fonds into the undergraduate history course Telling Stories.

"Mother Jacobs' Home Remedies," Now with an Economic Flavour: Tracking Jane Jacobs' Influence in Economics using Bibliometric and Network Analysis
Joanna Szurmak, Research Services and Liaison Librarian, University of Toronto Mississauga Library

This talk is part of my work on the influence of urban theorist Jane Jacobs’s writings on economics, a discipline to which she felt she had contributed, but where her impact is not well documented. We will examine the bibliometric analysis and discipline mapping tools I am using to construct a network of scholars influenced by Jacobs through citation and other quantifiable properties of their publications. My points of departure are Leydesdorff (2001, 2003) and Brughmans (2013); I will build on their work hoping to open a discussion of bibliometrics, impact metrics and discipline mapping in research.

Using Advising Analytics Software to Track Impact and Value of Library Resources on Student Achievement
Joleen M. McInnis, Liaison Librarian to the College of Health Sciences and Life Sciences, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA
Leo Lo, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA

Using novel advising analytics software at Old Dominion University, librarians Joleen McInnis, Lucinda Rush, and Leo Lo, have piloted a study to measure the impact of library information literacy instruction, librarian consultations, and other services on student success and achievement. This presentation will discuss the opportunities and challenges of launching such a study and discuss what they learned during the pilot semester.

Poster Viewing

The importance of mother tongue and the rebirth of a community library
Marco de Petrillo, MISt Candidate (2019), McGill University
Mila Bozic Erkic, MISt Candidate (2018), McGill University

Undergraduate Library Research Awards: Rewarding Research or Prizing Promotion?
Susie Breier, Anthropology, Sociology & Women’s Studies Librarian, Concordia University Library

Missing Mods: An Examination of an Online Fan Community's Archiving Practices
Andrea Budac, Graduate Student, University of Alberta

Strategic Directions of Canadian Academic Libraries
Elizabeth O’Brien, Head, Strategic Initiatives, University of Toronto Scarborough

Hybrid librarianship: Academic librarian education for online pedagogical roles
Heather McTavish, MISt, Master of Arts in Education, candidate, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

"Making it Possible to Know": Library Wayfinding and Student Experience
Jenaya Webb, Public Services and Research Librarian, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Library, University of Toronto

A Call to Action: Decolonizing Academic Libraries
Donna Langille, Master of Information Studies Candidate, School of Information Studies, McGill University

Using escape rooms to teach information literacy
Mylène Pinard, Liaison Librarian, Macdonald Campus Library, McGill University

Social Media #OTD: Outreach tools and development
Katrina Cohen-Palacios, Adjunct Archivist, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries

Vérification par liste bibliographique : Résultats d’une évaluation des collections d’œuvres de littérature jeunesse dans les didacthèques des universités francophones du Québec
Rachel DeRoy-Ringuette, Doctorante, Faculté d’éducation - Département de didactique, Université de Montréal
Isabelle Montesinos-Gelet, Professeure titulaire, Faculté d’éducation - Département de didactique, Université de Montréal
Audrey Laplante, Professeure agrégée, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal

Remixing Information Studies, Copyright, and Participatory Culture: A Study of Fan Fiction Writers’ Legal Information Behaviour
Rebecca Katz, PhD Candidate, McGill University School of Information Studies


Exploring Local Music Collections and Collecting in Canada
Sean Luyk, Digitial Initiatives Projects Librarian, University of Alberta Libraries
Carolyn Doi, Music Librarian, University of Saskatchewan

This presentation describes a multi-year SSHRC-funded research study on local music collecting: Sounds of Home: Exploring Local Music Collections and Collecting in Canada. Our research presents a significant opportunity to contribute to the knowledge of how local music is defined in practice. In a world where a major issue is how the local relates to the national, the transnational, and the global, enhanced access to a diverse variety of local music collections will be of great value across a wide range of disciplines in cultural, media, and historical studies.

Ableism and access in the academic library
Claire Burrows, Researcher-in-residence, Concordia University Library

This presentation highlights findings from a PhD study that focuses on how Canadian academic libraries are approaching the provision of accessible services, as well as how disabled students experience these services. The study weaves in threads from critical disability theory—situating disability in “the spaces between subjectivity and objectivity” (Gabel & Peters, 2004, p. 588)—to develop alternative understandings of disability and to explore how these might be used to examine a “traditional” LIS question of how we might approach providing service to a specific population.

Structures de pouvoir et archives institutionnelles : une analyse des contextes sociohistoriques des archives hospitalières
François Dansereau, Archiviste / Archivist, Centre universitaire de santé McGill / McGill University Health Centre

La structure des fonctions et des activités administratives et médicales sont apparentes dans la création, la conservation et l’utilisation de documents provenant des hôpitaux. Cette présentation étudie les structures de pouvoir des hôpitaux du Centre universitaire de santé McGill afin d’évaluer les pratiques archivistiques et la production et la circulation de documents, particulièrement des photographies. Elle utilise un cadre d’analyse du genre et des arguments provenant des théories de « collectivités imaginées » afin de dresser le portrait des archives des institutions hospitalières nord-américaines.

The structure of administrative and medical functions and activities are reflected in the creation, selection, preservation, and use of hospital records. This presentation explores the structures of power of the hospitals of the McGill University Health Centre in order to study record keeping practices and the production and dissemination of documents, particularly photographs. Gender analysis frameworks and theoretical arguments of “imagined communities” are used to paint an accurate picture of North American hospital archives.

Poster viewing

Government information in Canadian academic libraries
Emma Cross, Cataloguing and metadata librarian, Carleton University Library
Sylvie Lafortune, Librarian, Research Support Services, Carleton University Library

How are Canadian academic libraries are responding to the changes in the publication and delivery of government information? The session will present preliminary results of a national study of Canadian academic libraries completed by Emma Cross and Sylvie Lafortune at Carleton University Library. This comprehensive study covers both technical and public services at academic libraries. Participants were also asked to comment on the role of academic libraries in regard to government information and future trends in the field. This session will provide interesting insights into how academic libraries are coping with a rapidly changing landscape.

Folksonomic explorations and community cultivation: special collections on Instagram
Robin Desmeules, Cataloguing Librarian, McGill University Library
Anna Dysert, Librarian-Cataloguer, McGill University Library

An active voice in the Instagram special collections community, @mcgill_rare is the work of a quintet of McGill librarians and archivists. We cultivate a sense of community by using a folksonomy of shared hashtags that describe, locate, and connect. We will share preliminary findings from a project using Netlytic to explore the Instagram rare books community folksonomy. With this social media analysis tool, we tracked the usage and reach of key hashtags over three months. Through social network analysis, we explore the folksonomic structure of the special collections library community and how our account interacts within it and beyond.

Closing Remarks
Dr. Guylaine Beaudry, Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy, and University Librarian, Concordia University

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The Forum registration is now closed.

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Location and Directions

The 16th Annual Research Forum will be held at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre, located on Concordia’s Loyola Campus in west-end Montreal.

Concordia’s Loyola campus: 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal H4B 2B9

The Conference Centre is "RF" and can be reached via the main Administration Building, "AD". View AD and RF building location details on our campus map.

Getting to Loyola campus

By Bus/Metro/Train

Universite Concordia/Campus Loyola bus stop (53806) is on Sherbrooke Street West in front of the AD building.

By car

Due to road construction in the west end and some rerouted access from Autoroute 20, driving will require you to plan ahead for closed exits and detours.

Parking: Parking is available on Sherbrooke and neighboring streets; be sure to check signs.

NB: Loyola laneway closure

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Information for Presenters


Presenters will give a brief oral presentation between 15 and 20 minutes followed by a question period.

Presenters are responsible for preparing their own handouts or other display materials. A laptop, projector and screen will be provided. To facilitate transitions between presentations, presenters will be asked to submit their presentations the day before the event.

Facilitated posters

You will be provided with a corkboard poster board that is raised off the ground and is approximately 4ft high and 5ft long, along with corkboard pins. You can use this space to present your research any way you deem appropriate. A standard 3 x 4 printed poster which fits into a portable poster tube/carrier is a popular choice; however if you want to use the space to display your research in a different way, please feel free to be creative. Gain inspiration from posters from our past forums here.

The posters will be on display for the entire day and poster presenters will have an opportunity to describe their posters.

Poster presenters are responsible for printing their own poster and any other materials.

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Our Sponsors

A big thank you to our sponsor, ProQuest Coutts.

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More Information

Christopher Carr
Chair, 2017 Research Forum Steering Committee

2017 Research Forum Steering Committee members:
Dr. Guylaine Beaudry, Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy & University Librarian
Kathleen Botter, Systems Librarian
Jenna Dufour, Art History and Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics Subject Librarian
Mia Massicotte, Systems Librarian

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