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- ItemLegally satisfied: a survey of law library workers and job satisfaction(2009) Eva, Nicole; McCormack, NancyThe authors surveyed law library workers across Canada in an attempt to discover whether they were satisfied with their jobs, and to compare these findings to previous surveys of those working in other types of libraries. Findings indicated that while law library workers are generally quite satisfied with their work, issues were discovered including salary, stress, and opportunities for advancement.
- ItemDO get technical! Using technology in library instruction(The Partnership. Provincial and Territorial Library Association of Canada, 2011) Eva, Nicole; Nicholson, HeatherToday’s post-secondary students are digital natives. Much has been said and written about how to reach this generation, and the consensus seems to be that we need to meet them on their turf. In this session, presented at WILU 2011 in Regina, SK, two librarians from the University of Lethbridge shared their experiences with using technology to engage students in library instruction. The hands-on session introduced some simple tools librarians can learn quickly and apply to spice up their instruction with technology. These include creating online animated videos using Xtranormal, a low-cost way to create polished and humorous videos to introduce or summarize key information literacy concepts; and adding interactive polling to PowerPoint presentations using a tool called Poll Everywhere, which is an effective way to instantly engage students in instruction using the web or web-enabled devices. Interactive polling eliminates many of the challenges of using clickers which are prevalent in many post-secondary library instruction environments. The presenters also discussed how they have experimented with wikis to encourage active learning and student collaboration in a series of library instruction sessions. Wikis allow for free and paperless student participation in knowledge creation in an online forum. Finally, they demonstrated how they have used Skype to deliver library instruction at a distance, including the use of the screen sharing feature. The presenters stressed the ease of use of these free or low-cost tools to improve classroom engagement and add interest to sessions.
- ItemInformation literacy instruction for satellite university students(Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2011) Nicholson, Heather; Eva, NicoleThis paper provides a broad outline of the current climate in adult information literacy for distance education students according to our research. The successes, challenges and lessons learned from our pilot project are also shared.
- ItemImproving library services to satellite campuses: The case of the University of Lethbridge(Routledge, 2012) Eva, NicoleA survey was done of instructors at two satellite campuses located at a distance from the main campus of the University of Lethbridge in order to ascertain both utilization and awareness of library resources and services. Results were enlightening, indicating that lack of awareness and communication is one of the biggest obstacles for these distance instructors to make use of the University Library and its services such as information literacy instruction for students.
- Item[Review of "Knowledge management: Historical and cross-disciplinary themes" by Danny P. Wallace](University of Toronto Press, 2012) Eva, NicoleBook review
- ItemA stress-free collaboration: the University of Lethbridge Students' Union and the University Library partner to deliver a "Stress-free zone" to students during final exams(ACRL, 2012) Eva, Nicole; Girard, JeremyMany institutions struggle with tight financial resources, and libraries may abandon ideas for student-oriented programs due to budgetary concerns. Student affairs departments typically have funds designated for student-oriented programming and may be able to use those funds to support the work of outside departments. In this article, Eva and Girard describe the creation of a “stress-free zone” to support students during exams and show how libraries and student affairs can pool financial resources in support of innovative programs and services.
- Item[Review of "Managing library volunteers" by Preston Driggers and Eileen Dumas](University of Toronto Press Journals Division, 2012) Eva, NicoleBook review
- ItemMarketing comes to reference & user services(American Library Association, 2014) Eva, Nicole; Shea, ErinThe ‘M’ Word… the dreaded Marketing, Promotion, or Communications piece that can come with many of our jobs. Why is it that we loathe it so much? Is it because we feel that as librarians, we should be above this sort of ‘selling’ tactic? Is it because we think libraries are so inherently wonderful that they need no promotion? Is it because we got into librarianship specifically to avoid having to do this sort of thing? For some of us, it’s all of the above. But the fact remains – people don’t know what you have unless you tell them. And telling them – communicating your benefits to them – is, in fact, marketing.
- ItemMarketing to faculty in an academic library(American Library Association, 2015) Eva, NicoleMarketing a library needs to take into account the various stakeholders within the constituency. Often, academic libraries focus on students as their main ‘target market’, but it is important not to overlook faculty members as important patrons and allies. The needs of faculty are very different from those of students, as are the messages and the communication avenues. This article discusses various ideas on how to engage faculty with the library.
- ItemInformation literacy as an essential component of liberal education(University of Lethbridge, Teaching Centre, 2015) Eva, Nicole; Cowan, Sandra A.
- ItemInfogr.am(2015-11-27) Eva, NicoleReviews the free features of the website Infogr.am
- ItemImproving library services to satellite campuses: a follow-up study at the University of Lethbridge(2015-12-16) Eva, NicoleDiscusses a study conducted to determine knowledge of and use of library services that were provided by the University of Lethbridge Library to two satellite campuses located in Calgary and Edmonton.
- ItemThreshold concepts: every style, every discipline(University of Lethbridge. Teaching Centre, 2016) Eva, Nicole; MacKay, Bruce[No abstract available]
- ItemThe Canadian dollar versus the collection: How Canadian university libraries are coping(The Partnership. Provincial and Territorial Library Association of Canada, 2016) Scott, David R.; Eva, NicoleThrough 2015 and into 2016, Canadian academic libraries’ collections budgets were severely strained due to the steady decline of the CAD/USD exchange rate. As most subscription fees for electronic resources (e-resources) are billed in US dollars, the falling value of the Canadian dollar significantly reduced libraries’ purchasing power. This study is based on a survey of the English-speaking member institutions of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a Canadian collections consortium, carried out to determine the impact of the poor exchange rate on collection development and how libraries are coping with new budgetary pressures. Librarians from 33 universities provided survey responses. Of these, 22 participated in telephone interviews to further discuss concerns and ideas regarding the current crisis. The study finds that all participant libraries have taken actions to address the budgetary shortfall, including cancelling serial and database subscriptions, negotiating lower costs with vendors, purchasing fewer monographs, and soliciting additional funding from their institutions. While the financial strain resulting from exchange rate fluctuations is indeed a significant problem for which solutions should be sought, several respondents stressed that it only exacerbates the ongoing inflation of e-resource subscriptions. This deeper and enduring issue, which is expected to outlast the present exchange rate crisis, is enabled by an inherently flawed scholarly publishing system. Thus, librarians engaged in discussions with their wider academic communities concerning collections budgets should not focus exclusively on the exchange rate but should leverage the opportunity to explore alternatives to the current scholarly communication model. If solutions exist, they will likely only be achieved through the support of faculty and university administrators, as well as cooperation among post-secondary institutions and library consortia.
- ItemChanging our aim: infiltrating faculty with information literacy(Communications in Information Literacy, 2016) Cowan, Sandra A.; Eva, NicoleLibrarians are stretched thin these days – budget cuts and decreasing numbers are forcing us to look at new ways of doing things. While the embedded information literacy model has gained popularity in the past number of years, it may be time for a new model of information literacy. We must arm teaching faculty with the tools they need to teach information literacy to their students. Ideas and examples of how academic librarians can weave information literacy into the teaching culture on campus, and provide instruction to faculty members on how to teach research and information skills to their classes, are explored. By meeting faculty members in their usual ‘learning spheres’ we can show them a more holistic perspective on information literacy and give them examples of how libraries can help them in their own teaching and research, thus encouraging them to transfer some of that knowledge to their students.
- ItemHow information literate are they? : a SAILS study of (mostly) first-year students at the U of L(University of Lethbridge, Teaching Centre, 2016) Cowan, Sandra A.; Graham, Rumi Y.; Eva, Nicole[No abstract available]
- ItemAn analysis of management and economics journals at the University of Lethbridge: beyond usage data(2016-01-18) Eva, NicoleThis article investigates the importance of journal titles in the area of Management and Economics at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta, Canada. Not wanting to rely solely on usage data, the author undertook a citation analysis to see which journals were most frequently published in by the institution’s authors. The analysis also illuminated publishers providing journals which were most frequently used. Other business libraries may be interested to replicate the analysis in their own libraries as well as to see the results from this mid-sized academic library.
- ItemReview of ATracker in Work/Life Flexibility Column(Routledge, 2017) Eva, NicoleReviews the free features for the app ATracker
- ItemAnnotated literature review: student evaluations of teaching (SET)(University of Lethbridge Faculty Association, 2018) Eva, Nicole; University of Lethbridge Faculty Association. Gender, Equity & Diversity Committee
- ItemAmplify your impact: An interview with Mark Aaron Polger, editor of Marketing Libraries Journal(American Library Association, 2018) Eva, Nicole; Shea, Erin