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Friday, June 11 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Lightning Talks 2

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Patrons and Palaeography: Helping With Historical Handwriting
There has been a surge of interest in historical handwriting in the past year as citizen volunteer their time to help institutions with crowd-sourced transcription projects during pandemic times. UNB Libraries has been creating palaeography help materials (tip sheets, letter examples, blog posts) and holding workshops for several years to aid students in accessing and interpreting primary documents which feature cursive writing. Undergrad students are often not familiar with cursive writing due to curriculum changes and by offering some assistance, it allows them the benefit of using documents in their original format. By providing basic palaeography help, patrons may more easily and readily utilize historical collections and assist in volunteer projects.

The Kids Are Alright: Supporting Parent Patrons at Acadia University's Vaughan Memorial Library
Acadia University’s Vaughan Memorial Library has implemented initiatives to support its parent patrons, who are students, faculty, staff, and community members. This brief talk will present the recently developed (2019) Children in the Library policy, as well as the child-friendly resources available at the library.

A First-Year Librarian Embedded in a First-Year Experience: Using a courses’ LMS to advance my learning
One-shot class-based sessions and one-on-one consultations are the basis for providing support to students and are most often provided in-person. However being able to support students online, whether they are on- or off-campus, is now the norm. Subject guides, website resources, and online chats are a great foundation for online support, but as for interacting directly with students after a one-shot, there is little opportunity without the student initiating the interaction. In this presentation, I discuss my experiences as a new librarian, who has interacted with a learning management system (LMS) as an undergraduate and graduate student, and now as an instructor.

As the librarian charged with supporting First-Year Experience (FYE) courses, I reached out to a professor of a FYE course with a proposal to participate in their course beyond the planned one-shot session, specifically through the university’s LMS (Moodle). The proposal detailed my plan to build upon the face-to-face one-shot library session by interacting with the students through a forum dedicated to library and research-related questions, as well as posting resources related to weekly course content.

Topics that will be explored in this presentation include lowering barriers for students to contact their librarian, keeping students aware and engaged, and supporting the concepts and tools covered in their face-to-face, one-shot library session. Additionally, a view into the specific online FYE courses will better equip me to understand student learning outcomes, and in turn, to develop better supports and teaching sessions for other FYE courses.



Speakers
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Leah Grandy

Special Collections Assistant, Archives & Special Collections, UNB Libraries
Leah works regularly with The Loyalist Collection and other primary documents held at UNB Libraries to engage students and researchers with the material through interactive projects. She holds a PhD in History.
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Agnieszka Hayes

MLIS, Independent Scholar
Agnieszka Hayes has worked in both academic and public libraries in four provinces. She is passionate about accessibility in general, but especially in libraries.
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Keri McCaffrey (she/her)

Liaison Librarian, Robertson Library - University of Prince Edward Island
Keri McCaffrey is a Liaison Librarian at the Robertson Library at UPEI. Her interests include Academic Integrity and Information Literacy. One of her most exciting duties is being in charge of the Robertson Library social medias. Check out Robertson Library's Instagram here: http... Read More →
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Maggie Neilson (She/Her)

Academic Librarian, Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University
Maggie is an Academic Librarian at Acadia University, and the Coordinator of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Vaughan Memorial Library. In addition to her role in the Library, Maggie is active in coordinating and supporting EDI initiatives across the Acadia campus and participates... Read More →


Friday June 11, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am ADT
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