EVENT – Planes, trains, and generative AI: Recentering open education values in new technology adoption

Many educators have felt pressure to climb aboard the generative AI train since it came barreling down the tracks. But what happens when we leap into new technologies without first pausing to imagine harms, such as surveillance, bias, and discrimination? Join host Brenna Clarke Gray and guest speaker Autumm Caines for a conversation about the pedagogical implications of generative AI. Can recentering the core values of the open education movement—equity, inclusion, transparency, and social justice—in our pedagogy help us move forward in a good way? How do we introduce these considerations to our students and empower them to make informed decisions with new technologies? We’ll consider these questions and more in our hour together.

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New streaming video collection: The Docuseek Canadian Collection


Docuseek streams essential independent, social-issue and environmental films, providing exclusive access to over 2,000 films from renowned leaders in documentary film distribution.

Get to know the Docuseek collection!

All Docuseek films are listed in the Library catalogue, so you can also find them in any Library search–just look for the Video icon:

For questions or help with anything Media related, contact Annie Jensen ajensen@langara.ca


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Wed Eats with the Academic Success Centre

Join your colleagues working in the Academic Success Centre over appetizers to learn how the ASC helps students achieve their academic goals by offering a variety of free resources and assistance to enhance student learning. We would also like to meet you and invite conversations about how we can be partners in student support.

Attendees can visit stations describing services offered by the ASC, including:

  • Langara Students Success Course (LSSC)
  • Peer Supported Learning (PSL)
  • The Learning Commons (Tutoring and writing help)
  • Langara Return to Learning Course (LRTL)

For more information on the ASC, visit our website [https://langara.ca/academic-success-centre/index.html].

Date: Jan. 24, 2024

Time: 11:30 – 1:30 PM (Drop-in anytime)

Location: T Gallery

Appetizers and drinks will be provided, so come as your schedule allows. To help us plan, please RSVP: https://forms.office.com/r/2nfiXnPUpT?origin=lprLink

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

For more information, contact Joyce Wong joycewong@langara.ca

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New streaming media collection: Can-Core Academic Video

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There’s an exciting new video collection at the Library! Can-Core Academic Video is a streaming video platform with thousands of videos by Canadian and Indigenous filmmakers. The films in Can-Core have been selected for their strong curriculum fit and come from some of Canada’s best and brightest filmmakers from coast to coast.

Unique Content

Explore Can-Core with a selection of curated lists and selected titles:

Recently Added Indigenous Videos (curated list)

International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25) (curated list)

Sustainable Agriculture (curated list)

Feature Films and Dramatic Series (curated list)

Monkey Beach (feature film)

Putin: the New Tsar (documentary feature)

Something in the Water- Are Canadians Drinking Asbestos?: W5 (documentary short)

A Cedar is Life (documentary feature)


search features

You can search Can-Core by keyword, browse by subject area, and narrow your results to Indigenous Content Only. Can-Core videos are included in Library catalogue searches, so you can equally find these videos when searching our main collections.

Get Help

If you’d like a tailored introduction to Can-Core for yourself or your department, contact Media Librarian Annie Jensen (ajensen@langara.ca).



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Reading lists: A new way to share resources with your students

A growing number of instructors are moving away from traditional textbooks and instead using “à la carte” resources (websites, journal articles, book chapters, videos, and more) to support learning outcomes.

The Library and EdTech are implementing a new tool called Reading Lists to help instructors seamlessly integrate these diverse resources (or “readings”) into their Brightspace courses.

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New: New York Times online!

The Library has subscribed to the New York Times online! This joins our other newspaper resources in providing current and historical news content, going back to 1851.

To access the NYT online, visit this site: https://nytimesineducation.com/access-nyt/ You will need to register for an account using your Langara email address. Search for Langara in their Find School search box.

Screenshot of the New York Times website saying "Activate your complimentary access to NYTimes.com, provided by your school, college, or university. There is a search box with "Find School" above it.

On the next page, there are two options depending on if you’re on or off campus. On campus, click the “here” link. Off campus, click “Go” to log in to the Library’s authentication system.

NYT login screen showing steps to take if you are on or off campus

On the next page you’ll be able to create a personal account with your Langara email address. Once you’ve created your account, you can login at NYTimes.com or on the NYT mobile app.

Faculty and staff have access for 1456 days from registration. After that point, you will need to renew your account using the steps above. Students will have access until December 31 of their graduation year.

The NYT archive is called TimesMachine. It is a searchable interface of digitized pages of New York Times issues published between 1851 and 2002. Articles published between 1851 and 1980 are available to download as PDF files. You can access it at the link above or from the NYT homepage by navigating to the left menu in the top left corner of the screen, selecting More, and clicking on TimesMachine. Make sure you’re logged in to the NYT site before you access TimesMachine.

Screenshot of the NYT TimesMachine website showing two newspaper pages from April 19, 1906

We also have access to New York Times in Education as part of our subscription. This is a new resource to help educators make the most of the NYT’s digital 24/7 content. New content and teaching resources are added to this site on a weekly basis by Faculty Contributors from a variety of institutions. You’ll need to create an account with your Langara email address. This is separate from your NYT account.

If you have any questions about accessing the NYT, or any other resources, please contact the library and we can help you out. Happy reading!


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Lights, camera, time to check your library videos!

Does your teaching include videos? Now is the perfect time to review and refresh the streaming videos and DVDs you use in your classes.

The Library’s media team is happy to double check that we’ll have an active streaming license in place for videos you plan to use. If you’d like the media team to check titles for you, please send the following to Media Collections Librarian Annie Jensen (ajensen@langara.ca):

  • Video title or URL
  • Date needed

Currently using DVD but wish you had streaming options? Let us know–we can often find a streaming version of DVDs in our collection (or find a great replacement option).

Doing curriculum development? Incorporating UDL principles in your classes? We can also make custom video lists of films currently in our collection, as well as options we can purchase, based on your class topics and/or syllabus. We have media money, help us spend it!

Fun fact: Did you know that streaming videos have the strongest usage stats of any Library material? This is thanks in large part to the role instructors play in helping develop our media collection. Your requests and feedback drives our selection process–with fantastic results!

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Energize your teaching practice with the UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship

Exciting news! snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College is participating in the 2023 UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship.

This award-winning fellowship provides faculty with an opportunity to work with students and colleagues to impact change through community engagement and open teaching practices.

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Make no bones about it–we’ve got a new anatomy video collection!

There’s a hip new anatomy collection in the Library!

Acland’s video atlas of human anatomy (aka Acland Anatomy).

This unique collection is an atlas of human anatomy featuring fresh cadavers and lightly preserved human specimens in their natural colors and textures, with nearly 330 videos of real human anatomic specimens, including 5 new, groundbreaking videos of the inner ear.

Dr. Robert Acland presents moving structure–muscles, tendons, and joints–making the same movements that they make in life. The videos show complex structures step by step–from bone to surface anatomy–to provide a foundation for understanding anatomical structure and function. Acland anatomy presents a 360-degree view of specimens accompanied by clear narration and labeled structures, ideal for preparation and review in human/gross anatomy courses and labs. Real movement; exquisite dissections.

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New library resources

The Library has recently subscribed to some new resources that we’d like to let you know about!

Vividata provides reports on Canadians’ usage of over 3,500 products and services. Information includes user demographics, attitudes, media consumption, retail outlets, frequency of usage, and preferred brands.

To access reports, you need to enter the username and password found on the intermediate page before the Vividata login screen.

JBI Database
The Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Practice Database is comprised of the complete JBI EBP content set available via Ovid, which spans a range of medical, nursing, and healthcare specialties and includes evidence summaries, systematic reviews, best practice guidelines, and more. We also have access to JBI SUMARI (System for the Unified Management of the Assessment and Review of Information): Learn to develop, conduct and report on systematic reviews of evidence related to the feasibility, appropriateness, meaningfulness and effectiveness of health care interventions or professional activities.

Harvard Business Review Ebook Collection
The Harvard Business Review Ebook Collection contains more than 600 titles exclusively published by Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) that are suitable for readers at the undergraduate and graduate levels on the topics of leadership, strategy, innovation, technology and management.

ACM Digital Library
The ACM Digital Library is a full-text research, discovery and networking platform containing all ACM publications, a collection of full-text publications from select publishers, and the ACM Guide to Computing Literature, a comprehensive bibliographic database focused on computing.

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