Transition to OpenAthens authentication system on August 19

The transition to our new authentication system, OpenAthens, will take place on August 19, during intersession. There may be some disruption as we make the transition with our resource vendors and update links in the library catalogue.

Prior to August 19, you can update links to ebooks or streaming videos by linking to the library catalogue record for these items. In our classic catalogue view, scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for Share this title:

Please wait until after August 19 to update links to articles. More information will be coming in the next few weeks about best practices for updating these links.

Questions? If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Library Systems team (library_systems@langara.ca).

We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your library experience.

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Library Transitioning to OpenAthens for Online Resource Access in Fall 2024

Do you access online library resources through bookmarked links, Brightspace, Reading Lists, syllabi, or other course materials? If so, please review the following information about upcoming changes to how you access these resources.

The Library is excited to announce that we will be replacing Ezproxy with a new authentication tool called OpenAthens. This transition will take effect for the fall 2024 semester. OpenAthens is a cloud-based identity and access management service that will make it easier for you to access our online resources.

What to Expect:

  • Timeline: We aim to implement OpenAthens during the August 2024 intersession period.
  • Access: You will continue to use your Langara O365 login credentials for accessing library resources.
  • Link Updates: After implementation, please update any bookmarked links or links included in your course materials (syllabus, Brightspace, etc.) to ensure uninterrupted access.
As of July 2024, there is no immediate action required from you. We will be providing detailed instructions and support as we get closer to the transition date.

Questions? If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Library Systems team (library_systems@langara.ca).

We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your library experience.

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Time to check and update your library videos!

Do you use videos in your teaching? Now is a great time to double check the Library has what you need! Here’s 3 ways we can help:
  1. Checking access: The Library’s media team can ensure we have an active streaming license in place for videos you plan to use.
  2. Format changes: Using DVDs but wish you had streaming options? Let us know–we’ll replace it with a streaming version (or find a great alternative).
  3. Curriculum development: Updating a syllabus, Indigenizing content, or incorporating UDL principles in your classes? We can give you a custom list of films currently in our collection, as well as options we can purchase, based on your class topics and/or syllabus.

Please contact Langara’s media collections librarian, Annie Jensen (ajensen@langara.ca), for help with anything media related.

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Call for faculty nominations: The Langara Open Student Scholar Prize

Instructors, did you receive an assignment this term that made you think or impressed you with its creativity? Consider nominating it for the fourth annual Langara Open Student Scholar Prize!

The Langara Open Student Scholar Prize celebrates exemplary work being done by Langara students and offers them the opportunity to share their work in an open access format.

The top three projects are published in the Langara Institutional Repository’s Open Student Scholar Prize collection. The winners also receive a gift certificate to their choice of one of three businesses in the following amounts:

  • First place: $250
  • First Runner Up: $150
  • Second Runner Up: $100

Projects of all mediums are eligible for this prize, provided they include a research component. Additional eligibility criteria are outlined on the Open Langara website.

Interested in nominating a deserving student? Ask them to complete the online entry form, which includes a field for instructor nominations, by April 30, 2024. The majority of past award recipients learned about this opportunity through Langara faculty.

Questions? Contact open@langara.ca. We thank you for your support!

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Seeking faculty fellows: The UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship

“Wicked problems” is a phrase used to describe complex societal issues that evade easy solutions. Pohl, Truffer, & Hirsch-Hadorn (2017) assert that interdisciplinary collaborations are neccessary if we are to find solutions to pressing global problems, such as poverty, inequality, and climate change.

Since 2021, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ – Langara College has participated in an award-winning interdisciplinary teaching fellowship built upon the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Open Langara, the College’s open education committee, is currently seeking fellows for the 2024 cohort.

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Update for Online Library Tutorials – Retention Policy

In accordance with best practices for data retention and student privacy, the Library Instruction team is instituting a new retention policy for student marks.

If you assign students our Online Library Tutorials, you will know that we keep marks on file for students so that they don’t have to complete the same content again. There has been no policy about how long to keep these marks.

Starting in Summer 2024, student marks will only be kept for a three-year period. Students who have completed tutorials more than three years ago will have to re-take the tutorial. The marks will be deleted from our archives entirely for data privacy and better maintenance.

Any further questions about the tutorials may be addressed in our guide here:

Please contact the Library Instruction Team if there are concerns or questions.

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The robots are here and our best defense is personal connection: An Open Education Week event recap

Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) has been on every educator’s mind since ChatGPT arrived on scene in November 2022. Many of us are experiencing ‘AI fatigue’ (can we talk about something – anything! – else, please?) and yet we can’t walk away because the ground continues to shift and the stakes feel too high.

Autumm Caines, lead instructional designer at the University of Michigan – Dearborn and an instructor with College Unbound, ruffled feathers with a series of blog posts that urge educators to pump the brakes and first consider the ethical implications of these new technologies.

“It takes people to develop meaningful curricula around technology use, imagine harms and try to avoid them, and that takes time,” writes Autumm in a post entitled In defense of banning ChatGPT. “I’m all for slowing this bus down.”

On March 4, 2024, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ – Langara College co-hosted a conversation between Autumm and critical educational technologist Brenna Clarke Gray (Thompson Rivers University) entitled “Planes, trains, and generative AI: Recentering open education values in new technology adoption.”

If I had to distill the hour-long conversation (which is now available in Langara MediaSpace) down to one takeaway, it would be this: Higher education’s best ‘defenses’ to GenAI are interpersonal connection and good pedagogy.

AI is eroding trust between students and instructors (and even within scholarly communities). Research shows that academic integrity infractions are greatly reduced when students feel a sense of belonging. The same is true of good pedagogy –when students are invested in their learning, they want to do the work.

I encourage you to listen to Autumm and Brenna’s thought-provoking conversation from start to finish. [Spoiler alert: It includes a great analogy between old timey cars in the Henry Ford Museum, located in Autumm’s hometown of Dearborn, MI, and the onward march of technology.]

This event celebrated Open Education Week (March 4-8, 2024), an annual global celebration of the open education movement. Langara is one of the top adopters of open educational resources amongst B.C. colleges and universities.

-Lindsay Tripp,
Librarian, Copyright & Open Education

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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

Docuse

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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